Interstate of Green: Mock Draft 1.0
Rich Wilhelm @koda522
Myles Garrett DE/Texas A&M- Browns (Logical pick don't see this changing, clear cut number one for a rebuilding team with tons of money and draft picks)
Soloman Thomas DE/Stanford- 49ers (Two words…John Lynch. He will want a defensive player to cause havoc. With Garrett off the board, Thomas is the BPA)
Jamal Adams S/LSU- Bears (Bears have had a solid free agency period thus far. In my opinion the Bears will have the best turn around of any team in the top 5. They added Glennon, Wheaton, Kendall Wright, Marcus Cooper, Prince Amukamara and Quintin Demps. They seem set at QB, corner and wide receiver now. No better player than Adams to make this team a contender.)
Leonard Fournette RB/LSU- Jaguars (Sometimes having two running backs in a committee is not better than one clear cut number 1. This is the case with the Jaguars. Chris Ivory isn't the running back he was with the Jets. TJ Yeldon could be a solid compliment to Fournette but Leonard would run away with it, no pun intended.)
Marshon Lattimore CB/Ohio State- Titans (Titans are a young team that is one or two years off competing at the most. Add a ballhawk to the secondary and call it a day.)
OJ Howard TE/Alabama- Jets (Some may call this pick as a reach. In a perfect world the Jets trade down slightly and still get Howard. Howard to me is the next Gronk, why not take a chance. Hooker and Allen are also options but Hooker’s injury scares me and Allen is not necessarily a position of need which is weird to say for a rebuilding team.)
Malik Hooker S/Ohio State- Chargers (As stated above Malik Hooker has an injury to bounce back from. When healthy is in many ways better than Jamal Adams. With Phillip Rivers on his way out, the Chargers need to add talent everywhere.)
Marlon Humphrey CB/Alabama- Panthers (An Alabama CB in the top ten sends shivers down the spine of any Jets fan.Luckily its the Panthers turn to roll the dice. Carolina is zone heavy so Marlon should fit right in.)
Jonathan Allen DE/Alabama- Bengals (With the Bengals offensive line decimated I am very close to putting Cam Robinson here. Jonathan Allen could very well go 2nd overall and is a great athlete. He is my faller for this draft based solely on need. The Bengals get a great player here.)
Mike Williams WR/Clemson- Bills (The Bills have been searching for a good compliment for Sammy Watkins for years. No better player than Mike Williams to fill that role. With Watkins at Williams on the same team, it will give McCoy even more holes to run through.)
Reuben Foster LB/Alabama-Saints (If not for his antics at the combine I could see Foster going third overall to the Bears. If Foster keeps his head on straight it will be a steal for the Saints who desperately need defense)
Deshaun Watson QB/Clemson-Browns (This selection is one that I see happening and I don't think ill change this. Watson to the Browns makes all the sense in the world. Have him come in and win the job from Kessler and Osweiler if he is still around.)
Corey Davis WR/Western Michigan-Cardinals (Larry Fitzgerald is at the end of his career and Michael Floyd is not a Patriot. The Cards are set at RB so now it is time to add to the wideouts. QB is also an option here since Palmer has one or two years left.)
Dalvin Cook RB/Florida State-Eagles (The Eagles do not have a running back worthy of the title starter. Cook could be a full time back with Sproles sprinkling in. Eagles desperately need another McCoy).
Forrest Lamp OG/Western Kentucky-Colts (Protect the future of the team. The goal of the Colts has to be keeping Andrew Luck off his back. It is time to build the line. RB is an option here and if Cook passes the Eagles I see that as the pick. Give Luck weapons and a line. In a weak division the Colts are always in it.)
Derek Barnett LB/Tennessee-Ravens (Same height and weight as Terrell Suggs. Barnett has arguably the best hands of any pass rusher in the draft. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein writes that Barnett is a, “championship hand fighter on college level. Hands are strong, fast, efficient and lethal.” Barnett’s hand fighting skills are very comparable to 2016 defensive ROY Joey Bosa’s.)
John Ross WR/Washington-Redskins (No better way to replace Desean Jackson than with someone faster than him. John Ross climbed the boards after his combine and should have himself a nice career. After losing Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson, Ross would have a large role.)
Takkarist McKinley DE/OLB UCLA-Titans (Titans dont have any household names at DE. McKinley plays both DE and OLB so you can start him at DE or have him play across from Kevin Dodd on occasion. Titans need to build the defense, It is a bonus that the player plays two positions.)
Christian McCaffrey RB/Stanford-Bucs (Doug Martin’s future is up in the air. Jaquizz Rodgers was a nice change of pace back. Charles Sims cant stay healthy. Why not trade those three backs in for a newer model? McCaffrey has the genes to do great think. Instant franchise running back)
Cam Robinson OT/Alabama-Broncos (Robinson (6-foot-6, 322 pounds) started every game of his three-year college career at left tackle. Did I mention the Broncos don't have a starting left tackle? This one is a no brainer)
Taco Charlton DE/Michigan-Lions (Taco’s combine wasn't the greatest and is sometimes inconsistent but in Detroit he would have a good opportunity to learn from and on the other side of Ezekiel Ansah. If Taco pans out that line will be legit)
Mitch Trubisky QB/UNC-Dolphins (This is my wildcard of the first round. Tannehill has proven he is not the guy in my opinion. Matt Moore came in and showed he can play just like Tannehill can. Trubisky would have a few years to play behind Tannehill before he gets the boot.)
Garrett Boles OT/Utah-Giants (The biggest glaring needs for the Giants is their offensive line and running back. At this point in the draft the top tier running backs are gone. The mantra is start from the line and build out. Garrett Boles can come in day one and start opposite Ereck Flowers)
Gareon Conley CB/Ohio State-Raiders (QB-Check, Beast mode at RB- almost check. The Raiders have a fierce defense and may only be a cornerback away from a run)
Patrick Mahomes QB/Texas Tech-Texans (This move makes almost too much sense. hometown hero who can sling the ball down the field. Deandre Hopkins would be very happy. Have a true competition between Savage and Mahomes)
Ryan Ramczyk OT/Wisconsin-Seahawks (The Seahawks starting tackles right now are George Fant and Garry Gilliam. Haven't heard of them? Most people haven’t. Seahawks will need to address the line more than once in this draft)
Tre'Davious White CB/LSU-Chiefs (Phillip Gaines is not the answer)
David Njoku TE/Miami- Cowboys (Jason Witten just signed an extension he has no real shot of finishing. This year is the year to get a young tight end on the roster and have Witten be the mentor. Not only will knowledge come but it will also lighten Witten’s load)
TJ Watt LB/Wisconsin- Packers (Packers have little depth behind Nick Perry and Clay Matthews. Julius Peppers is 37. Watt can play both OLB and ILB. He checks the boxes to be the #2 at all four linebacker spots)
Jabrill Peppers LB/Michigan-Steelers (Every linebacker on the Steelers was underwhelming last year. You insert Jabrill Peppers and you immediately have a spark plug to rejuvenate that defense. The fact that he can play safety two makes it even more intriguing.
Hasson Reddick DE/Temple- Falcons (Falcons have one the best offenses in recent memory. The defense lost them a Super Bowl plain and simple.They need a playmaker on the line. Hasson Reddick can be a player who comes in and has the chance to be a leader. The roster right now is black at the position with Clayborn, Reed and Crawford. Perfect fit)
Tim Williams DE/Alabama-Saints (Saints do not have a defensive end on the left side to speak of. Start Williams opposite Cameron Jordan and let the fun begin)
Craig Gorbunoff @cgorbs94
Browns - Myles Garrett - Incredible speed on first step. Throws Offensive lineman around. Played through injury and doubt teams and was still incredibly disruptive. clear cut best player in draft
49ers- Solomon Thomas - Incredible DE, has a opportunity to learn from great veteran talent in San Fransisco
Bears - Jamal Adams - Ball Hawking safety, sees field well. open field tackler. can help transform this defense
Jags - OJ Howard - Best TE in draft (maybe best we've ever seen entering draft). Jags traded away Julius thomas, Bortles needs a big target
Titans - Mike Williams - It's time to give Mariota the weapons he deserves with this legit number 1 receiver.
Jets - Mitch Trubisky - Strong Arm, can scramble, reminds me of a faster Matt Ryan.
Chargers - Malik Hooker - Chargers have needed a safety since they lost Weddle
Panthers - Leonard Fournette - Type of player you can build an offense around. a very special running back
Bengals - Jonathan Allen - Simply too good to pass up here
Bills - Corey Davis - bills get a complimentary receiver to sammy watkins and make Taylor a dangerous QB in this
Bengals- Reuben foster
Browns- Deshaun Watson
Cardinals- Marshon Lattimore
Eagles- Tre'davious White
Colts- Derek Barnett
Ravens- Forrest Lamp
Titans- Cam Robinson
Buccaneers- Taco Charlton
Lions- Ryan Ramczyk
Raiders- Marlon Humphrey
Texans - Patrick Mahomes
Seahawks - Dalvin Cook
Chiefs - Malik Mcdowell
Cowboys - Haason Reddick
Packers - Tim Williams
Steelers -Takkarist McKinley
Falcons- Garett bolles
Saints- Charles Harris
Kevin Lidlow @klidlow65
Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett DE Texas A & M- The Browns are in need of of a quarterback but I don’t think they can pass up on a true DE like Garrett. He is without a doubt the best player in the draft and the most complete player in his respective position. The QB’s in this draft need time to develop.
Washington Redskins (trade from San Francsico for Kirk Cousins) Jonathon Allen DE Alabama- The Redskins are a mess right now and their QB doesn’t want to be there anymore so I think we will see a trade and them moving up to the second pick and takes an excellent 3-4 defensive end who gives you an inside pass rush.
Chicago Bears- Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State- After signing QB Mike Glennon the Bears will not pursue a quarterback in the draft. That being said I see them focusing on DB and why not take the most flashy player?
Jacksonville Jaguars- OJ Howard TE Alabama- After trading away Julius Thomas, the Jaguars are looking to add some playmakers and OJ Howard would be a perfect player, He is a great tight end during his time at Alabama and really improved his run blocking, that is a good boost to help their run game.
Tennessee Titans- Corey Davis WR Western Michigan- Mariota needs some very talented wide receivers and Davis is the perfect fit. He’s 6’3 208 pounds, has an Alpha attitude on the field and not afraid to take on the challenge of heavy target load. Excellent competitiveness. Focuses like a laser when ball is in the air.
New York Jets- Mitch Trubisky QB UNC- I know what you’re thinking and I’m not to proud of it but the Jets want the best player available and technically he is the best QB They did sign McCown so they can develop him for a year but I know there is going to be a bunch of Jets fans not happy especially me.
Los Angeles Chargers- Leonard Fournette RB LSU- The Chargers need a solid running back to take pressure off of rivers.
Carolina Panthers- Derek Barnett DE Tennessee- The most polished pass rusher in the draft would enhance a pass rush that should improve with the return of Julius Peppers.
Cincinnati Bengals- Reuben Foster ILB Alabama- Foster is a menacing "Mike" linebacker with a nasty temperament and rugged game.
Buffalo Bills- Mike Williams WR Clemson- The Bills have a WR1 in Watkins but they could use a "bully" on the edge to take advantage of smaller corners.
New Orleans Saints- Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama- The Saints need a lot of help at cornerback especially in a league where there are talented wide-outs, this makes sense.
Cleveland Browns- Deshaun Watson QB Clemson- The Browns have two first round picks this year, they took the best defensive end and now they will take a good quarterback.
Arizona Cardinals- Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson- After losing Tony Jefferson, the Cardinals need to add depth to their CB roster, Tankersley has good size would fit perfect.
Philadelphia Eagles- Gareon Conley CB Ohio State- This is a heavily talented CB group, I think in this stage of the rounds where we will see them go off the board, the eagles need corners especially in a division where there are multiple talented receivers.
Indianapolis Colts- Ryan Ramcyzk OL Wisconsin- Luck is getting killed out there, last year they drafted Conklin which helped them a lot. I see them going line again.
Baltimore Ravens- John Ross WR Washington- Flacco finds a nice deep threat wide receiver so he can use his cannon of an arm. Plus Ross was the fastest WR in the combine.
San Francisico 49ers- Soloman Thomas DE Stanford- Thomas would end up falling to the 49ers at 17 and it would be a good pick because whether he is standing up or hands down he will affect plays.
Tennessee Titans- Forest Lamp OG Western Kentucky- The Titans need corners and help at the WR position but I think they go safe here and get an lineman.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jabrill Peppers LB Michigan- The Bucs would get a solid player that can play mulitple positions.
Denver Broncos- Cam Robinson OT Alabama- A guy with excellent size, strength, and power, he would be a perfect fit for the Broncos.
Detroit Lions- Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA- McKinley would be ultra-productive playing opposite of Ziggy Ansah in the Lions' defensive front.
Miami Dolphins- Tre’Devious White CB LSU- White has top-notch feet and can mirror and match with the best of them. Miami is light at cornerback; White should be able to step in and be an immediate third corner with a chance to win a starting spot in camp.
New York Giants- Garrett Bolles OT Utah- Ereck Flowers is not working out a tackle for the Giants, so they need new blood there.
Oakland Raiders- Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt- Adding Cunningham would be great for the raiders because he would compliment an already talented group with Mack and Irvin.
Houston Texans- DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame- The Texans are in need of a quarterback and luckily for them one of the top three would fall right onto their lap.
Seattle Seahawks- Kevin King CB Washington- He is an ideal player for the hawks as he is instinctive, athletic, and very competitive.
Kansas City Chiefs- Dalvin Cook RB Florida state- Even with his shoulder injury, that won’t be enough for the Chiefs to not pick him as Jamal Charles successor.
Dallas Cowboys- Adoree Jackson CB USC- Jackson is a polarizing player in personnel circles, but he is a special athlete who would fill a big need for the Cowboys.
Green Bay Packers- Teez Tabor CB Florida- He needs to run faster than what you recorded at the combine but overall a great player.
Pittsburgh Steelers- Taco Charlton DE Michigan- Charlton’s agility would allow him to succeed in Pittsburgh and they need an outside rusher.
Atlanta Falcons- Dion Dawkins OG Temple- The Falcons need to keep their offensive line stout for their explosive offense.
New Orleans Saints- Budda Baker S Washington- Baker would be an excellent fit for the Saints and it would help them dearly especially since they added secondary help earlier.
John Hazelet @JohnHazelet475
1 Browns DE Myles Garret Texas A&M
By far the biggest draft prospect, Garret will help the Browns get after the QB. I look for the Browns to address their QB position via trade (Jimmy G?), with the 12th pick or moving up from the 12th pick. They have had a solid offseason and they are the team holding the most picks over the next 2 years. More to come from them in this draft.
2 49'ers S Jamal Adams LSU
I still see a ton of potential for a trade in this spot. Either for Cousins or another team falling in love with a QB moving up to get him (Jets, Cardinals or Browns?). If the 9ers keep the pick, it’s Adams all the way. How can John Lynch pass on a Safety of this caliber? He can’t... Unless he gets an arsenal of picks in return.
3 Bears DE Solomon Thomas Stanford
The Bears have done a nice job adding pieces through free agency. I think Thomas will give them good versatility on the Defensive line. However, if the 9ers pass on Adams or trade their pick to a QB hungry team, I think the Bears would run their card to the podium to take Adams.
4 Jags RB Leonard Fournette LSU
The Jags, like the Bears have done a great job adding talent to their roster through free agency. Coughlin/Marone have this franchise headed in the right direction early. Fournette in this spot, for this team is a no brainer. Marrone will want to play a little ball control to minimize turnovers from Blake Bortles. Although, I would find it very tempting if I am the Jags to grab Lattimore and team him with last years #1 Jalan Ramsey in their secondary for the next 6-10 years.
5 Titans WR Corey Davis Western Michigan
This was a tossup for me between Mike Williams, Corey Davis and Lattimore. The Titans also pick at 18 and I see them addressing the CB position at that time, as this is a pretty deep CB draft. Davis to me is the top WR in the draft just slightly ahead of Williams. He will make a great tandem with Marcus Mariota.
6 Jets RB Dalvin Cook FSU
The Jets can never just get out of their own way. Honestly, I think they should look to trade down at least once maybe twice in this round to add picks and address some of their many needs. But... Cook to me is a great fit for this team who desperately needs a little life on Offense. He brings an explosiveness this team clearly lacks. The Jets have a solid young WR core and will no doubt look to address TE in the first 3 rounds of this draft. They have drafted Defense for 100 years in a row… I think now is a time to draft Offense. They can go many ways with this pick. If Fournette is still available, he should be their man. Passing on Lattimore might be tough here but the Jets have been burned taking CB’s this early (Millner) and may be a little scared of Lattimore's injury history. The other player that I would not rule out for the Jets at 6 (or higher) is Mitch Trubisky. If the Jets love him and have conviction about him, they should draft him and let him compete with the other QB’s on this roster. God knows they have been looking for the next Broadway Joe for decades...
7 Chargers S Malik Hooker Ohio State
Hooker is a Safety that can cover. I think he is a fit at a need position for the Chargers. Sleeper in this spot is a QB (Watson?). Rivers can’t play forever, drafting his replacement might be more of a luxury than a need but the Chargers may want to make a splash in their new City. Even if the QB they take doesn’t see the field for a year or two.
8 Panthers CB Marshon Lattimore Ohio State
While the Panthers like to focus more on the D-Line than the Secondary, having the drafts top corner drop to them at 8 is just too much to pass up. Their secondary was flat out awful last season after cutting ties with Josh Norman. Lattimore gives them his replacement.
9 Bengals LB Reuben Foster Alabama
Being sent home from the combine has no impact on this kid’s talent. Foster is a hard hitting LB and Marvin Lewis just can’t help himself with this pick. The Bengals could also go with Mike Williams to give the Red Rocket another weapon... Another player I would not rule out here is OJ Howard. Think about him in tandem with Eifort who by the way... is in the last year of his contract.
10 Bills WR Mike Williams Clemson
The Bills can use a compliment to Sammie Watkins and they get a good one in Williams. Williams has great size and plays a very physical game. I think he compares well to Plaxico Burres. I think he could be a better pro than Plax as long as he doesn’t shoot himself in the leg...
11 Saints DE Derek Barnett Tennessee
The Saints can go in a lot of directions here including their possible QB of the future, Christian McCaffrey or some secondary help. I say Barnett is the pick. Teaming him with Cameron Jordan gives the Saints some nice push up front.
12 Browns QB Mitch Trubisky NC
Honestly, after last week’s Pro-Day, I think anyone who wants Trubisky will have to trade into the top 5. Every draft in recent memory I can point to the QB who had their stock soar after their pro day. Trubisky is that guy this year. He is an Ohio kid who fits what the Browns are looking for. In a perfect world, he is their guy at 12 if he is there and if the Browns don’t pull off a trade for Jimmy G.
13 Cardinals DE Jonathan Allen Alabama
The Cardinals in my opinion will be all in for Trubisky. This team desperately needs a QB to eventually replace Carson Palmer. However, if they cannot move up to get him, I think they will look to replace Calais Campbell, who they lost in free agency, with Allen.
14 Eagles CB Tre'Davious White LSU
The Eagles addressed their WR need in free agency, now it’s time to add to their secondary. In a division that has OBJ, Brandon Marshall, Bryant, and Pryor for 2 games per year each, the Eagles can use a guy who can cover like White. He can also contribute on special teams.
15 Colts S/LB Jabrill Peppers Michigan
The Colts need a lot of help in 2 areas, the O-Line and their entire Defense. Peppers is an impressive player that will help improve an overall poor defense. Peppers is a special player who will immediately improve the Colts Defense and Special Teams regardless of what position they decide to play him at.
16 Ravens Edge Tim Williams Alabama
The Ravens can also address Corner or WR here. My bet is that they try to find their next great Edge Rusher in Williams. Williams is a guy with a motor. He will make an immediate impact to the Ravens pass rush.
17 Redskins RB Christian McCaffrey Stanford
I considered going John Ross here as a replacement to D Jax but McCaffrey makes a lot of sense here. The Redskins can use an upgrade at RB and this guy provides it. McCaffrey will not only help in the run game but in the pass game and special teams as well.
18 Titans CB Marlon Humphrey Alabama
I have the Titans adding a WR with their 5. Here they address the CB spot with Humphrey. According to some scouts, Humphrey might need time for his technique to catch up with his traits. Even if that is the case, I think the Titans would be happy to have him at 18.
19 Tampa Bay Caleb Brantley DT Florida
The Buccs biggest needs are D-Line and RB. If McCaffrey falls here, I think they grab him. If not, Brantley will be the pick. He is powerful, stout defensive tackle with the quickness to play the three-technique and the power to play nose. Brantley has potential to be the impact player the Buccs need on defense.
20 Broncos O.J. Howard TE Alabama
No question Denver needs to upgrade their O-Line but cant pass on a playmaker like Howard. Chances are, he will go higher than 20 with a team moving up to get him. If he lasts to this spot, Denver should run the card to the podium. Howard in my mind is in the Kelce, Gronk, Reed and Olsen class of TE. He also might be this drafts safest pick which could make him attractive before the 20 spot.
21 Lions Taco Charlton DE Michigan
The Lions go a long way to improving their pass rush by going in state to do so. Coupling Taco with Ziggy Ansah gives the Lions a formidable pass rush for years to come.
22 Dolphins David Njoku TE Miami
I debated on Njoku or Hassan Reddick in this spot. Both would fill a need for the Dolphins. I also think moving up to get O.J. Howard is a real possibility. I know the Dolphins added Julius Thomas and brought back Anthony Fassano but adding Njoku will solidify this position on what I believe is an offense on that is already on the come for 2017.
23 Giants Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
Protecting Eli has to be a Giants priority. Ramczyk is strong, athletic, and nasty blocker. He will be an immediate upgrade to the Giants O-line.
24 Raiders John Ross WR Washington
I struggled with this spot, the Raiders could fill a need at LB, DT or CB but I think Ross could take this passing game to a new level with his big-play ability. I think Mark Davis honors his father by doing what Al did for years and taking the fastest player in the draft.
25 Houston Texans Pat Mahomes QB Texas Tech
The position is a huge need for the Texans and I think Mahomes is a little more polished than DeShone Kizer. The Texans also have big needs on the O-line so it wouldn’t shock me if they ended up going with Garett Bolles, Forrest Lamp or Cam Robinson.
26 Seahawks Garett Bolles T Utah
Seattle fills a huge need at Tackle by drafting Bolles. He has elite athletic ability and foot quickness and that’s just what the doctor ordered for a Seahawks team who struggled in the trenches last year. Hassan Reddick wouldt surprise me in this spot either, I just think the need at Tackle is greater than their need for an Edge rusher.
27 Chiefs DeShaun Watson QB Clemson
The Chiefs get their QB of the future and Watson lands in what I think is the perfect place for him. Andy Reid has had success developing quarterbacks and that’s exactly why I love this spot for Watson.
28 Cowboys Teez Tabor CB Florida
The Cowboys secondary has taken a huge hit in Free Agency and Tabor is their first step in rebuilding it. Tabor has terrific size and quickness but his ability to cover the quick WR could be a concern.
29 Green Bay Packers TJ Watt LB Wisconsin
Watt may lack the true speed to be considered a big time Edge rusher but he is a long limbed, high effort defender who posted impressive numbers his one year as a starter at Wisconsin. Watt may need to improve his pass rush technique to have long term success in the league but I think he may have a good resource for a pass rush mentor in his brother JJ.
30 Pittsburgh Steelers Hassan Reddick LB Temple
While their might be an urge to draft Kizer as an eventual replacement for Big Ben, I think the Steelers instead will take the eventual replacement of James Harrison. Reddick can be explosive. I think he is exactly what the Steelers are looking for.
31 Atlanta Falcons Forrest Lamp OG Western Kentucky
The Falcons offense was nothing short of explosive last season. In their scheme, running the ball is the key to what they like to do (except when leading in the Super Bowl). Lamp would be an absolute steal at 31.
32 New Orleans Saints Deshone Kizer QB Notre Dame
I have the Saints going defense with their top pick in this draft, now I think they go with Drew Brees’ eventual replacement with Kizer. Kizer has all the tools to be a solid QB in the league, I think sitting a year or maybe 2 behind Brees is exactly what Kizer needs to be successful in the league.
Alex Hand @Hand7Alex
Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett – Edge – Texas A&M
Similarly to the 2014 Houston Texans, the Cleveland Browns are desperate for a starting quarterback, but reportedly have a much higher grade on the draft’s top edge rusher than any of the available quarterbacks. Adding Garrett would create a nasty front seven and the Browns would still be able to draft a solid quarterback with their twelfth overall pick.
San Francisco 49ers – Leonard Fournette – RB – LSU
General Manager John Lynch knows that he has to nail this pick, and with offensive-minded Kyle Shanahan as head coach, the green horned duo selects the safest pick in Fournette. Fournette draws comparisons to Bo Jackson, which will be fantastic given the current quarterback options are between Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.
Chicago Bears – Johnathan Allen – DE – Alabama
Allen falls to the Chicago Bears mainly because his shoulder injuries might just be too much for 49ers GM John Lynch to gamble on. Outside of his twin shoulder repairs, Allen should perform similar to the New York Jets’ Sheldon Richardson, only without the off-field concerns.
Jacksonville Jaguars – O.J. Howard – TE – Alabama
While taking a tight end in the top five sounds a bit daft, but given the loss of Julius Thomas, the 49ers selection of Leonard Fournette, and the drop off in performance from their receiver core, Howard should be the x-factor to put the Jaguars back into AFC South contention.
Tennessee Titans – Marshon Lattimore – CB – Ohio State
Like Cleveland’s first pick, this draft selection is virtually a lock. Numerous reports state the Titans are in love with Lattimore and they rightfully should be. A lock-down cornerback at Ohio State, Lattimore can come in and contribute immediately for a Tennessee franchise also hunting for a post-season appearance like the team that drafted before them.
New York Jets – Jamal Adams – SS – LSU
An absolute stud at safety that could raise a new standard for New York’s currently atrocious secondary; at #6, Adams would be the best player on the board for the Jets and that means a lot when your GM is Mike Maccagnan.
Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker – FS – Ohio State
Needing a replacement for Eric Weddle was imperative a year ago and with the seventh overall pick, the Chargers will be able to select the rangiest defensive back in the draft.
Carolina Panthers – Dalvin Cook – RB – Florida State
There has been rumors circulating regarding the Panthers trading up with the 49ers for the second-overall pick and the only reason they would do that is to select Leonard Fournette. Sadly for Carolina, that likely will not come without player compensation, as San Francisco will need every body they can get. The alternative in Cook would still overhaul the run game for a Panther team that has a limited window of opportunity to return to a Super Bowl.
Cincinnati Bengals – Reuben Foster – LB – Alabama
Foster has been a player the Bengals have definitely needed after having its offense face divisional foes like C.J. Mosley and Ryan Shazier twice a season. Like Mosley, Foster is an Alabama product that should be a plug-and-play in what might inevitably be Marvin Lewis’s last season as head coach in Cincinnati.
Buffalo Bills – Mike Williams – WR – Clemson
With Sammy Watkins slew of injuries over the passed few seasons, the Bills need firepower on offense and there’s no better way to find that than in another Clemson Tiger’s 6’4”, 225 lb. frame. Williams can easily step into Buffalo’s offense as the new number one wideout and perhaps form a duo similarly to how Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey used to be for Chicago.
New Orleans Saints – Solomon Thomas – DE – Stanford
The Saints need assistance at all three cores on defense. While analysts have labeled Thomas a tweener, his playmaking abilities make it very difficult to rank him any different than other prototypical pass rushers. Thomas’s downsides come in length and preferred height, but there have been plenty of successful NFL edge rushers that have done just fine with their shorter stature and less than ideal arm length.
Cleveland Browns – DeShone Kizer – QB – Notre Dame
The Browns have reportedly been infatuated by Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, but Watson’s transition to an NFL offense and less than perfect height might be enough for Cleveland to select the 6’4”, pro-ready Kizer. None of the quarterbacks in this year’s class are locks to become competent starters, but Kizer has displayed great positional intelligence in interviews leading up to the draft.
Arizona Cardinals – Marlon Humphrey – CB – Alabama
The Cardinals postseason window is closing rapidly, and one of the ways they can extend that timeframe is with a fresh cornerback across from Patrick Peterson.
Philadelphia Eagles – Corey Davis – WR – Western Michigan
The Eagles signed wide receivers Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith to short-term contracts and come with zero guarantees that they will stay healthy or produce the numbers the team might expect from them. Davis is an ideal fit for Philadelphia’s West Coast-offense and would become a terrific building block to pair with Carson Wentz.
Indianapolis Colts – Derek Barnett – OLB – Tennessee
Similarly to the Saints, the Colts need help everywhere defensively. Barnett is a true outside linebacker in that he can drop into coverage as well as he can rush the passer, and would surely boost the capabilities of a below average defensive unit.
Baltimore Ravens – John Ross – WR – Washington
With the retiring of Steve Smith, Baltimore is now more in need of a #1 wideout than ever before. Ross broke the 40-yard dash record and showed on his college tape that it wasn’t just a fluke.
Washington – Taco Charlton – DE – Michigan
The defensive line is Washington’s largest positional need, and while Charlton (6’6” at 277 lbs.) will more than likely start as a project in a 5-tech role; his rotational ability and potential could elevate the team to a divisional crown in the NFC East.
Tennessee Titans – Forrest Lamp – OG – Western Kentucky
The loss of Chance Warmack leaves a void at the guard position and with all three first round receiving talents off the board, the Titans can scoop up the best guard prospect available and ensure that Tennessee’s fabulous run game stays strong.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – David Njoku – TE – Miami
The Bucs have slowly stockpiled talent on both sides of the ball over the past couple of seasons, and adding a stud tight end would only increase the ceiling of this offense.
Denver Broncos – Cam Robinson – OT – Alabama
Denver’s offensive line has become a joke since their Super Bowl victory, and with a huge question mark regarding who might the starting quarterback be moving forward looming, it’s always best to ensure that said franchise has two bookend tackles to make the job easier for the signal caller.
Detroit Lions – Takkarist McKinley – LB – UCLA
The Lions could go multiple directions here, but they are exceptionally thin at the linebacker position. Adding a playmaking like McKinley would take some pressure off the defensive line and assist the secondary when needed; which will be quite often in a division possessing terrific tight ends.
Miami Dolphins – Malik McDowell – DL – Michigan State
While many question over McDowell’s motor, if the coaching staff in Miami is convinced that they forge him into a high horsepower figure, the results could be astonishing. McDowell possesses amazing size (6’6” and 295 lbs.) and can rotate between defensive tackle and defensive end in a four-front.
NY Giants – Ryan Ramczyk – OT – Wisconsin
The Giants have been searching for a starting left tackle ever since Ereck Flowers has proven unworthy, and while there is a chance that it will not be the easiest transition, the Giants need to start prepping their offensive line for the sake of both Eli Manning and the team’s next franchise quarterback.
Raiders – Jabril Peppers – LB/S – Michigan
The comparisons to Charles Woodson are slightly exaggerated, but that is the emphasis made when describing Pepper’s playing style. The Raiders lost Malcolm Smith, have 33-year-old Reggie Nelson at one safety position, and 29-year-old Bruce Irvin at outside linebacker. Drafting a hybrid linebacker/DB like Peppers can add flexibility to this defense looking to make another run to the playoffs.
Houston Texans – DeShaun Watson – QB – Clemson
With Tony Romo on his way to the broadcast booth, the Texans need to draft a quarterback this year. Watson, a two-time Heisman nominee, lead his team to a national title against Alabama. Despite the occasional inaccuracy, average height for the position, and language barrier that is an NFL offense, he gives the Texans the best chance to win the AFC South.
Seattle Seahawks – Garrett Bolles – OT – Utah
The Seahawks need all sorts of help on the offensive line. The defense will be able to provide for itself for 2017, but Russell Wilson is going to need more protection in the pass game even with Cheeseburger Eddie Lacy taking handoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs – Gareon Conley – CB – Ohio State
Conley is a high first-round talent that only fell due to the depth in this year’s class. He’ll be able to come in and contribute immediately, creating a nightmare in the AFC West playing across from Marcus Peters.
Dallas Cowboys – Tre’Davious White – CB – LSU
With Morris Claiborne now playing for the New York Jets, the Cowboys will swap one LSU cornerback for another. White should be able to at least come in as the starting nickelback and allow Byron Jones to roam free strictly at safety.
Green Bay Packers – Caleb Brantley – DT – Florida
The Packers have a starting 5-tech in Ricky Jean Francois, but he’s 30 and if either he or Mike Daniels goes down due to injury, their depth chart is barren. Brantley can serve as a great rotational piece and insurance policy that will learn well from the current starters in place.
Pittsburgh Steelers – T.J. Watt – LB – Wisconsin
Regardless of scheme, I feel Watt would be a perfect fit for the city of Pittsburgh. He can line up at multiple positions and will wreak havoc when combined with Ryan Shazier, James Harrison, and Bud Dupree.
Atlanta Falcons – Mitch Trubisky – QB – North Carolina
The Falcons do not need much in regards to positions needing filled given that they almost captured a Super Bowl this past season, but they do need a better insurance plan than 35-year-old Matt Schaub god forbid Matt Ryan goes down.
New Orleans Saints – Christian McCaffrey – RB – Stanford
Taking an edge rusher with their first pick was a smart move, so now the Saints can afford to bring in a character and weapon like McCaffrey that could spark the offense enough to make up for their loss in the Brandin Cooks-to-New England trade.
Rayfel Kroeger @Rayfel47
1 Myles Garrett- Browns
2 Solomon Thomas- 49ers
3 Jamaal Adams - Bears
4 OJ Howard- Jags
5 Jonathan Allen- Titans
6 Mitch Trubisky- Jets
7 Malik Hooker- Chargers
8 John Ross- Panthers
9 Taco Charlton- Bengals
10 Marshon Lattimore- Bills
11. Derek Barnett
12. Deshaun Watson
13. Reuben Foster
14. Leonard Fournette
15. Hassan Reddick
16. Corey Davis
17. Malik McDowell
18. Mike Williams
19. Delvin Cook
20. Ryan Ramcyk
21. Jabrill Peppers
22. Forrest Lamp
23. Zach Cunningham
24. Marlon Humphrey
25. Patrick Mahomes
26. Garrett Bolles
27. Deshone Kizer
28. David Njoku
29. Christian McCaffery
30. Tim Williams
31. Budda Baker
32. Kevin King
Brandon Turner @Bturner4559
Cleveland Browns: DE Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) No surprise here as the Browns take the consensus best player in the draft. A true elite pass rusher who dominated all season while injured. There might be a discussion about QB here after whiffing on Wentz last year but the Browns will bank on their second pick of the 1st to fill that need.
San Francisco 49ers: DE Solomon Thomas (Stanford) With Cousins staying in Washington a case could be made to grab a QB here, but Kyle Shanahan’s offense is not rookie friendly (one of the reason they were looking at Cousins in the first place) as it confused even Matt Ryan at times. Instead the Niners take a player with potentially the highest ceiling in the draft.
Chicago Bears: QB Mitch Trubisky (UNC CH) The Bears move on from the Cutler era with a bang and draft the top QB in the draft. Trubisky is impressive and is the most complete prospect but only has one year of tape.
Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Leonard Fournette (LSU) The Jaguars get an absolute monster to try and help out the struggling Bortles on offense. One way to reduce interceptions is to force linebackers and safeties to respect the run game, and respect it they will, because if you let Fournette build a head of steam he will turn you into a highlight reel.
Tennessee Titans: CB Marshon Lattimore (OSU) The physical corner with the great combine goes top 5 to a team that desperately needs secondary help. The titans keep accruing talent and developing Mariota as they transition into a contender.
New York Jets: S Jamal Adams (LSU) The Jets go defense again but this team grab a much needed leader to pair with Leonard Williams. Jamal Adams has a Ray Lewis level influence on a locker room to pair with impeccable instincts at safety. He and Williams can be the cornerstone to a Jets defense that can be great for years.
LA Chargers: S Malik Hooker (OSU) The Chargers look to create a DE, S combo of their own by pairing Hooker with Joey Bosa. Hookers unmatched range and nose for the football will have him stacking Ints even in year one.
Carolina Panthers: DE Jonathan Allen (Alabama) After moving on from the inconsistent Kony Ealy the Panthers get a leader and the model of consistency in Alabama’s team captain. Allen has been the driving force behind Alabama’s success and will take that pedigree to Charlotte.
Cincinnati Bengals: TE OJ Howard (Alabama) Howard never quite lived up to the hype at Alabama but many scouts he’ll make an even better pro. Andy Dalton could fall in love with the Howard’s 6’6” frame.
Buffalo Bills: WR Mike Williams (Clemson) The Bills chose to keep Tyrod Taylor and now add another Clemson superstar for him to throw to. Mike Williams has a Megatron type ceiling and will be a force in the AFC East.
New Orleans Saints: DE Derek Barnett (TENN) The Saints are still trying to rebuild their defense and a presence off the edge like Derek Barnett would go a long way towards that. His hand usage is second to none and helps make up for his lack of prototypical size.
Cleveland Browns: QB Deshaun Watson (Clemson) The Browns gamble that a QB they like will still be here at 12 and are rewarded with the reigning college champ Watson. Watson’s turnover and pitiful ball velocity may scare some teams but his moxie and IT factor are exactly what a struggling franchise like Cleveland needs.
Arizona Cardinals: LB Reuben Foster (Alabama) Like Reggie Ragland except he can cover, Foster can do it all. His athleticism is frightening and can be a force on the Cardinals if he can stay healthy and keep himself under control. Foster has had a number of issues with his anger over shadowing his play.
Philadelphia Eagles: CB Tre’Davious White (LSU) Revis-lite. A pure cover corner who can step in right away and make an impact. Struggles in run defense and doesn’t have blazing speed but makes up for it with advanced mechanics for the position.
Indianapolis Colts: OT Ryan Ramczyk (Wisconsin) The Colts have needs all over the team but hopefully they finally have a competent front office who can see that protecting Luck is always the first priority. Ramczyk is a future long-time left tackle in the league. He is brilliant at understanding what pass rushers are trying to do to him and never falls for a twist or blitz. Patient, precise, and smooth with the knowledge that comes from playing offensive line for Wisconsin. Has played against many future NFL pass rushers and proven himself. Only medical issues have held him back from going higher.
Baltimore Ravens: WR John Ross (Washington) Flacco finally gets his deep ball back with the Washington speedster. Ross demands a defenses attention as he can hit a homerun on any play. A fiery player who will fit right in with the Ravens, Ross only downside is his lack of physicality.
Washington Redskins: LB Jabrill Peppers (Michigan) Someone was going to reach for the hybrid peppers and it makes sense it would be the dysfunctional Redskins. After canning their impressive GM over jealousy issues, and then hiding behind past alcohol issues as the reason, who knows where Dan Snyder will take this team.
Tennessee Titans: WR Corey Davis (Western Michigan) Mariota desperately needs his guy at the WR position, who can help him be better instead of the other way around. Corey Davis is silky smooth in his routes and plays WR like he’s already a veteran. Put on a clinic in college and has drawn Eric Decker comparisons. Match him with someone like Mariota and watch out. He might end up being the best WR in this class.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Quincy Wilson (Florida) Some scouts believe Wilson is the best CB in this draft, some think he should switch to safety. The polarizing prospect has impressive stats, a good attitude, and has a nose for the ball. His footwork can be sloppy though and he can be too handsy but the Buccaneers will get a premier player at good value.
Denver Broncos: OT Cam Robinson (Alabama) Cam Robinson has huge size and absolutely crushes in the run game. As the Broncos lean more and more upon that aspect of their offense Robinson will fit right in. He has played against top tier edge talent and hasn’t always shut them down, so there is some risk there.
Detroit Lions: DE Takkarist Mckinley (UCLA) A defensive end who could play OLB Mckinley is an undersized but fierce talent that will pressure the QB from day one. Him and Ansah could make offenses lives miserable and start to bring Detroit back to contenders.
Miami Dolphins: OG Forrest Lamp (Western Kentucky) Lamp doesn’t have the length to play tackle but will dominate inside as a guard. He’s as good as it gets as a prospect mentally and has unreal athleticism that shuts down bull rushes and opens up the run game.
New York Giants: OT Garett Bolles (Utah) Flowers and Hart struggled all year long at tackle for Big Blue and caused the offense to once again struggle to be consistent. Bolles is a one year starter but has the ceiling of a premier left tackle.
Oakland Raiders: LB Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt) The Raiders had next to nothing at linebacker this year, signing veteran free agents midseason to try and get some sort of production. Counting on Khalil Mack to cover up the LB play isn’t a good strategy going into this season and the Raiders turn to Cunningham to take care of business. A twitchy playmaker who can play all 3 downs, Cunningham could be a pro-bowler if he can clean up all his missed tackles.
Houston Texans: QB Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) After the Osweiler failure and years of sub-par veterans manning the QB role; the defense, fans, and Obrien need something new to raise morale. Mahomes has risen up boards as more teams have put on his tape and seen some of the jaw dropping throws he made this year. He still lacks touch on his throws and is as raw as they come but arms like his are rare.
Seattle Seahawks: CB Marlon Humphrey (Alabama) With no O-lineman worth taking the Seahawks go for value and a need here and get Humphrey. Humphrey has size and speed to go with playing against top tier competition during his college year. The hope is he can step in and contribute right away.
Kansas City Chiefs: RB Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) An elusive runner who can do it on the ground and in the air, McCaffrey gives a much desired playmaker to the suddenly RB needy Chiefs.
Dallas Cowboys: DE Charles Harris (Missouri) The Cowboys have tried for multiple seasons to solve their pass rush issues with low character players at a value but are finally forced to use a 1st round pick. Harris comes at a great value as his numbers were deflated this year from Missouri asking him to do a lot more than get after the QB.
Green Bay Packers: CB Gareon Conley (Ohio State) The Packers were strapped at Cornerback even before they cut veteran Sam Shields. Conley is big and allowed a 37% completion rate this season. The only reason he’s still here for the Packers to draft is Conley did have some trouble with Michigan’s receiving corp. when they met.
Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Carl Lawson (Auburn) The Steelers tried and failed to steal Hightower away from the Patriots and switch to plan B with Lawson. Lawson doesn’t have natural bend but he’s a refined rusher who can complement Bud Dupree.
Atlanta Falcons: DE Derek Rivers (Missouri Valley) Rivers is a player who’s been mocked to the Falcons consistently as they search for someone to play across the incredible Vic Beasley. Rivers doesn’t have elite pass rushing traits but displays a high motor that wears down defenses and will be great for cleaning up from the pressure Beasley will bring.
New Orleans Saints: CB Chidobe Awuzie (Colorado) The Saints STILL are last in pass defense going into next season. They need answers at CB and they look to Awuzie who has risen up draft boards this off-season. Awuzie is a long CB with speed who sticks to WRs using fluid steps and is used to playing man on man. He isn’t the best tackler and his hand usage could draw penalties at the next level but he’s a steal with the last pick in the draft.
Ryan Neal @RWilliamNeal
1. Cleveland Browns - Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett
The Browns are in one massive rebuild. With that being said, they have to take the best player in the draft in Myles Garrett. He is going to be their best defensive player for years to come.
2. San Francisco 49ers - Stanford DE/OLB Solomon Thomas
Solomon Thomas is going to be a very good edge rusher. In the 49ers system, Thomas can rack up the sacks. The 49ers desperately need someone to get to the quarterback and Thomas is that guy.
3. Chicago Bears - Ohio St. CB Marshon Lattimore
The Bears are still looking for that clear number one cornerback. Luckily for them, Marshon Lattimore looks the part. One NFL scout says “I haven’t seen a cornerback as athletic as Lattimore in years.” The Bears are getting a stud with this pick.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Alabama DL Jonathan Allen
By releasing Jared Odrick, the Jaguars are left with a hole at defensive tackle. That hole will be filled by Jonathan Allen. Allen is the best interior defensive lineman in this class.
5. Tennessee Titans - LSU S Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams is a special talent. The Titans need to address their secondary as a whole. Even though they already add Johnathan Cyprien, they will not hesitate to take Adams.
6. New York Jets - LSU RB Leonard Fournette
The Jets get pretty fortunate and Leonard Fournette falls right into their lap. Although they have bigger needs at CB and QB, they cannot pass up a running back with the talent of Fournette. The Jets get a big piece for their offense going forward.
7. L.A. Chargers - Ohio St. S Malik Hooker
Again, almost like the last pick, the Chargers get fortunate and cannot pass up Malik Hooker even though they have other needs. He is a great player who will be a cornerstone in their defense.
8. Carolina Panthers - Ohio St. CB Gareon Conley
The Panthers have yet to find a replacement for Josh Norman. Gareon Conley is a player who can come in and have an instant impact at CB for the Panthers.
9. Cincinnati Bengals - Alabama LB Reuben Foster
Reuben Foster has top five talent but falls to the Bengals. They have a need at linebacker and Foster is the perfect player to fill that need.
10. Buffalo Bills - Alabama TE O.J. Howard
O.J. Howard is the best TE prospect we have seen in years.He has the potential to be an elite player in the league. This will be a huge addition to this Bills team.
11. New Orleans Saints - Temple LB Haason Reddick
12. Cleveland Browns - North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky
13. Arizona Cardinals - Clemson WR Mike Williams
14. Philadelphia Eagles - Tennessee DE Derek Barnett
15. Indianapolis Colts - Utah OL Garrett Boles
16. Baltimore Ravens - Michigan St. DT Malik McDowell
17. Washington Redskins - Florida LB Jarrad Davis
18. Tennessee Titans- Washington WR John Ross
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Michigan DE Taco Charlton
20. Denver Broncos - WKU OL - Forrest Lamp
21. Detroit Lions - Florida DL - Caleb Brantley
22. Miami Dolphins - Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk
23. New York Giants - Alabama OT Cam Robinson
24. Oakland Raiders - Washington CB Kevin King
25. Houston Texans - Texas A&M QB Patrick Mahomes
26. Seattle Seahawks - Temple OL Dion Dawkins
27. Kansas City Chiefs - Wisconsin LB T.J Watt
28. Dallas Cowboys - Missouri DE Charles Harris
29. Green Bay Packers - Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie
30. Pittsburgh Steelers - Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham
31. Atlanta Falcons - UCLA DL Takkarist McKinley
32. New Orleans Saints - Miami TE David Njoku