USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams is the consensus best player in the 2015 NFL draft. Mike Mayock thinks so, Mel Kiper thinks so, and most of the lesser-known draft “experts” who pop up around this time of year think so.
But where there’s widespread agreement that Williams is a great player, there’s no agreement at all about which team will draft Williams on Thursday night. And there’s even a chance that the best player in the draft could drop.
The Buccaneers appear to be set on Jameis Winston, so Williams won’t go first overall.
The Titans seem to be leaning toward drafting Marcus Mariota, or trading the second overall pick to a team that wants Mariota.
The Jaguars have been widely reported to be fond of Florida pass rusher Dante Fowler at No. 3.
The Raiders would make a lot of sense for Williams, but there are also plenty of reports that Oakland wants Alabama receiver Amari Cooper at No. 4.
Could Williams fall to Washington at No. 5? Could he fall even further than that? It’s hard to imagine that the consensus top player would drop that far.
But as we close in on Draft Day, we just don’t know where Williams will go.