The regular season is complete and while 12 teams are headed for the postseason, the NFL off-season begins for the other 20 franchises. And that means the top-20 picks for the 2015 NFL Draft order is now official
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers possess the No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. For now, Oregon's Marcus Mariota appears to be the favorite to be their choice. If Jameis Winston performs well on and off the field over the coming months, however, it could be the former and not the latter Heisman Trophy winner who ultimately hears his name called first on draft day.
The week 17 early games are in the books and the top-three picks for the 2015 NFL Draft are set. With the loss to New Orleans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will pick No. 1 next spring followed by the Tennessee Titans at No. 2 and the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3
NFL scouts were the ones in a celebratory mood after watching the Holiday Bowl, which featured Southern Cal's Leonard Williams and Nebraska's Randy Gregory, arguably the elite prospects in college football.
Productive and reportedly playing in their final collegiate games, Mike Davis and Duke Johnson deserve top billing. There were several other NFL prospects who enjoyed strong performances in the Independence Bowl, however.
For just the second time since the league reformatted the playoffs, a divisional winner will qualify for the postseason with a sub-.500 record. That club (currently projected to be the Carolina Panthers) will pick no lower than No. 21. The other three teams -- Tampa Bay, Atlanta and New Orleans -- will 'earn' a top-10 selection with the Bucs a possibility for the No. 1 overall pick.