1. Cleveland Browns (1-15): Myles Garrett Texas A&M Edge
Not much needs to be said here, I know there is a lot of smoke around Trubisky, but that smoke leads me to believe they covet someone else as their quarterback. Garrett fits mold of new analytic approach, freak athlete, high production, squeaky clean off the field.
2. San Francisco 49ers (2-14): Jamal Adams LSU Safety
One of the most dynamic players in this draft, a real tone setter on defense. He instant gives any team that Eric Berry/Earl Thomas type player in the secondary that teams have to account for on every play.
3. Chicago Bears (3-13): Solomon Thomas Stanford Defensive End
Explosive. That is the word to describe Thomas, he is a vicious defensive end with ability to create havoc both on the edge or pushed inside, which is rare. Reminds me of a Aaron Donald-type player, once he adds some NFL weight.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13): Deshaun Watson Clemson Quarterback
Blake Bortles is not a franchise quarterback, that is evident. He is also in the last year of his rookie deal. Why not Mitchell Trubisky? Trubisky’s limited exposure is certainly a red flag for MOST teams. With Tom Coughlin coming over from the New York Giants he wants to win, and due to his age, he wants to win now. Believe it or not, the Jaguars have a very good team, they just lack that quarterback to take them over the top.
In one of the weakest divisions in the league, Watson can step right in and enable this team the opportunity to get to the next level. He might not have the tools the other quarterbacks in this class have, but he certainly is a winner.
5. Tennessee Titans (9-7): Marshon Lattimore Ohio State Cornerback
6. New York Jets (5-11): Malik Hooker Ohio State Safety
The Jets need a lot, and outside of quarterback, there is no need as apparent as the secondary play. With the aging Revis gone and the weak secondary play, Hooker is almost too perfect for them. I understand they want to trade down, but countless times in the NFL you see trade downs benefit the teams coming up to get the player. In the NFL quality> quantity. Malik Hooker is a pro-bowl quality safety.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11): Jonathan Allen Alabama Defensive Tackle
8. Carolina Panthers (6-10): Christian McCaffrey Stanford Running Back
Shocking to some, Leonard Fournette will not be the top back selected in this draft. This is not of knock on Fournette, McCaffrey is just that much more complete for modern day football. His ability to run both in between the tackles and outside them mirrors the likes of LeSean McCoy. His special teams ability compared with his route running is as game changing of Tavon Austin. Jonathan Stewart is of a similar style to Fournette. Imagine Newton in the shotgun with Stewart on one side and McCaffrey on the other. Good Luck!
9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1): Hasan Reddick Temple Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
10. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Corey Davis Western Michigan Wide Receiver
11. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Marlon Humphrey Alabama Cornerback
12. Cleveland Browns (1-15): Patrick Mahomes II Texas Tech Quarterback
As mentioned earlier, the Mitchell Trubisky to Cleveland scenario is too hot to be true, in my opinion. Would Trubisky be linked this much to Cleveland if he wasn’t born there? Who knows. What I do know is Mahomes ceiling is as high as any in this draft. His arm talent along with scrambling ability gives Cleveland that excitement they thought Johnny Manziel would bring, minus the circus.
With Hue Jackson regarded as quarterback oriented coach, Mahomes tools will be appealing. Also once again, he fits the analytical mold of athleticism, production, and character.
13. Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1): Mike Williams Clemson Wide Receiver
This pick is not only best player available, but it also gives the Cardinals the heir apparent to the immortal Larry Fitzgerald.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9): Leonard Fournette LSU Running Back
Wentz has a solid rookie year, what better to help him continue to grow than a running back of Fournette’s quality? They went out and got a couple receivers, the defense is above league average, a strong running back is one of their bigger holes. One point of concern for Fournette is his 616 carries in three years at LSU, especially his 300 carry season in 2015. That’s a lot of thread off his tires.
15. NEW YORK GIANTS TRADE: Alabama Tight End O.J. Howard
*TRADE ALERT* I’ve read multiple reports that led me to believe Howard will not make it past Baltimore. If that is true, the Giants should not hesitate in trading up to secure him. He will give Eli another immediate weapon, as well as tremendous blocking abilities to help out the offensive tackles. This is a bad offensive lineman class, so this trade gives them a top flight tight end and also keeps them from reaching on a tackle as most team will end up doing later.
16. Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Derek Barnett Tennessee EDGE
17. Washington Redskins (8-7-1): Charles Harris Missouri Defensive End
18. Tennessee Titans (9-7): John Ross Washington Wide Receiver
Marcus Mariota is set with a great offensive line and two bulls at running back. With the luxury of picking Lattimore at the top of the draft, they need to give their franchise quarterback a weapon. Ross is more than a burner and would make for a very interesting wrinkle in the Titans offense.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): Garrett Bolles Utah Tackle
20. Denver Broncos (9-7): Malik McDowell Michigan State Defensive Tackle
21. Detroit Lions (9-7): Reuben Foster Alabama Linebacker
There’s no doubt that linebacker is one of the biggest needs on the Lions defense. Due to off-field issues and health question marks, I can very easily see a slide into the mid to late first round for Foster. The Lions will not be able to stop themselves from running up with the card. If all checks out, Foster is a special player.
22. Miami Dolphins (9-7): Budda Baker Washington Safety
23. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS TRADE WITH GIANTS: Tre’Davious White LSU Cornerback
The trade with the Giants nets them the same player they probably would have taken at 15. It is a win-win for both teams and in a deep defensive draft enables the Colts to stockpile some depth in the mid rounds.
24. Oakland Raiders (12-4): David Njoku Miami Tight End
25. Houston Texans (9-7): Mitchell Trubisky North Carolina Quarterback
The Texans are certainly candidates to move up to get Trubisky. The reason he is the third quarterback taken is simply because the gap is so close, it’ll be a team preference for him. I don’t know who the Texans would have to jump in front of in order to land him and that is why I have him going 25th.
He is a solid quarterback with plus mobility, plus accuracy, a good enough arm. The issue with Trubisky is that nothing jumps off the page, he does a lot of things well, but nothing quite elite. He could be a very good quarterback given the right opportunity, Houston could be that with an elite receiver, great running back, and elite defense on the other side of the ball. Whether it be Trubisky or Watson, both should be thrilled to be taken by the Texans, despite having to fall to #25.
26. Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1): Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky Guard
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Joseph Mixon Oklahoma Running Back
The issues with Mixon have never been with his abilities on the field. I have read multiple reports that some teams have him as the highest graded running back and other simply don’t even have him on the board. The Chiefs have shown the willingness to take players with red flags, Tyreek Hill, lets also not forget Andy Reid was the coach that gave Mike Vick his second opportunity. Mixon is very good, he can be that complete back to step in and replace the great Jamaal Charles. Listen, Mixon is going to get drafted and you are going to have to answer the same questions on why you chose him, whether it be in the first, third, or seventh round.
28. Dallas Cowboys (13-3): Taco Charlton Michigan Defensive End
29. CHICAGO BEARS TRADE: DeShone Kizer Notre Dame Quarterback
Teams like Kizer more than the media likes Kizer, this mock is based off what I think will happen, not what I would do. Personally I think Kizer should go higher, he reminds me of a younger Ben Roethlisberger, the way he moves to extend the play and not looking to just take off an run the way a Mahomes or Watson may do from time to time. He also has a big time arm and reacts very well under pressure. It may take a little more for the Packers to trade their pick to their division rivals, but everyone has their price.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): T.J. Watt Wisconsin Defensive End/Linebacker
31. Atlanta Falcons (11-5): Jabrill Peppers Michigan Safety/Linebacker/Whatever A Team Thinks He Is
The front office has made a lot of remarks about how versatile Peppers can be. He fits the mold of bigger defensive backs that run around with their hair on fire that the falcons have been collecting. Keep in mind the head coach of the Falcons was the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks that featured bigger, stronger, faster players in the secondary such as Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Brandon Browner, and Kam Chancellor. Peppers also adds value in special teams and potentially even on offense. The Falcons have said multiple times they see him as a safety and thats exactly where he will play when they pick him.
32. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Takkarist McKinley UCLA EDGE