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Titans stick with Mariota as Jets and Rams provide the big surprises in round one

Gang Green fans will be particularly happy with how things fell into place last night.

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.
New Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

THE TAMPA BAY Buccaneers did what was expected and selected Jameis Winston with the first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, but there were still some surprises in last night’s first round.

Florida State quarterback Winston’s selection by the Buccaneers meant the big question surrounded what the Tennessee Titans would do with the second pick after much talk of a trade down.

Despite all the speculation, the Titans held firm and drafted 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.

Mariota and Oregon beat Winston’s Seminoles in the College Football Play-off semi-finals last season and will now likely serve as the franchise quarterback for a Titans team coming off a two-win season in 2014.

The shocks came shortly after as USC defensive end Leonard Williams slipped outside of the top five to the New York Jets, and the St Louis Rams took running back Todd Gurley at 10.

Gurley is the first running back taken in the opening round since 2012 and is something of a risk having torn his ACL in 2014.

A trade did not come until the 15th pick, when the San Diego Chargers moved up two spaces in a deal with the San Francisco 49ers to take another running back, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.

San Francisco took Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead with the 17th pick received from the Chargers. The night’s second trade came when the Denver Broncos moved up to pick 23rd overall.

Denver switched spots with Detroit in a deal that sent Broncos guard Manny Ramirez to the Lions to choose Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, who was cited for marijuana possession earlier this week.

The Lions made Duke’s Laken Tomlinson the seventh offensive lineman taken with the 28th pick.

And fresh off winning the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots wrapped up a first round that also saw five wide receivers taken by picking Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown.

First round in full:

1. Jameis Winston, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. Marcus Mariota, QB – Tennessee Titans
3. Dante Fowler Jr, DE – Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Amari Cooper, WR – Oakland Raiders
5. Brandon Scherff, OL – Washington Redskins
6. Leonard Williams, DT – New York Jets
7. Kevin White, WR – Chicago Bears
8. Vic Beasley, LB – Atlanta Falcons
9. Ereck Flowers, OL – New York Giants
10. Todd Gurley, RB – St. Louis Rams
11. Trae Waynes, CB – Minnesota Vikings
12. Danny Shelton, DT – Cleveland Browns
13. Andrus Peat, OL – New Orleans Saints
14. DeVante Parker, WR – Miami Dolphins
15. Melvin Gordon, RB – San Diego Chargers
16. Kevin Johnson, CB – Houston Texans
17. Arik Armstead, DE – San Francisco 49ers
18. Marcus Peters, CB – Kansas City Chiefs
19. Cameron Erving, OL – Cleveland Browns
20. Nelson Agholor, WR – Philadelphia Eagles
21. Cedric Ogbuehi, OL – Cincinnati Bengals
22. Bud Dupree, DE – Pittsburgh Steeers
23. Shane Ray, DE – Denver Broncos
24. D.J. Humphries, OL – Arizona Cardinals
25. Shaq Thompson, LB – Carolina Panthers
26. Breshad Perriman, WR – Baltimore Ravens
27. Byron Jones, CB – Dallas Cowboys
28. Laken Tomlinson, OL – Detroit Lions
29. Phillip Dorsett, WR – Indianapolis Colts
30. Damarious Randall, S – Green Bay Packers
31. Stephone Anthony, LB – New Orleans Saints
32. Malcom Brown, DT – New England Patriots

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