The NFL Draft is still about 40 days out, but the hype is steadily growing in preparation for April 27th! The first round is where so many superstars are harvested, but also where a lot of draft disappointments come from. Find out the player I have your favorite team drafting as well as what makes them such a special prospect.
This is Mock 2.0 (out of 3) in preparation for the draft! Enjoy!
1) Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M
Cleveland may be tempted to go with Trubisky here in hopes of landing their franchise Quarterback, but I believe that would be a huge mistake. Build your team first, then go get your quarterback. Cleveland still has a lot of building to do. Better to grab Myles Garrett, an elite athlete with Hall of Fame level power, Garrett is bubbling over with potential. The former Aggie still needs to add some pass rush moves and improve his technique, but he’s likely a future star.
2) San Francisco 49ers: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
Kyle Shanahan is taking on a full out rebuild with this 49er team, I advise he start with building a solid defense. San Francisco has some young talent along the defensive line such as DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead, now it’s time to find a franchise edge rusher. Barnett combines absurd athleticism with sound technique. He’s got great strength and football IQ. No glaring weaknesses, he’s the right pick if San Francisco wants to start the rebuild off right.
3) Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback, North Carolina
Chicago and its fanbase can finally move past the drama-ridden Jay Cutler era. What better way than to bring in the top signal caller in the 2017 class? Trubisky has excellent mechanics, solid footwork, and his throw power is right up there at top of the class. The former Tar Heel is a solid decision maker and is surprisingly mobile. Trubisky is capable of being the Franchise Quarterback so many teams look for.
4) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamal Adams, Safety, Lousiana State
Although the Jaguars have gone through disappointing season after disappointing season, they have been slowly gathering a talented team. Their defense is already stocked with young talent, now let’s add in the top safety in the draft. Jamal Adams is simply amazing in every way. Incredible athlete, top of the class technique. Ball skills? Check. Run defense? Check. Man and zone coverage? Check. The point is Jacksonville cannot go wrong with taking Adams here, the kid is almost a can’t miss.
5) Tennessee Titans: Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama
Don’t get me started on how good Reuben Foster is, that’s a long conversation. Long story short, Foster is by far the best inside linebacker prospect in this draft. Great straight line speed and quickness, with strength capable of handling the physicality of the NFL, and then some. Absolutely terrific in coverage, great tackler, I can’t wait to watch Foster dominate on Sundays. Tennessee fills a need while also taking a tremendous talent. Great pick for a quickly rising Titans squad.
6) Denver Broncos*: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford
Trade*: Denver Sends pick #20, #51, #203, and a 2018 1st to the New York Jets for #6.
John Elway makes a huge splash for good reason. Denver fills a defensive end need while getting a truly special talent. Thomas is right up there with the best prospects in the draft. With no weaknesses in his game, the former Cardinal is ready to bloom into a superstar led by his awesome combination of athleticism and power.
7) Los Angeles Chargers: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
San Diego has struggled to protect Philip Rivers for far too long, it’s time to get this fixed. In a fairly weak offensive line class, Robinson is the one true top ten talent. Robinson is quick off the line, and has very solid strength. His technique is something to marvel at, an incredible combination of hand fighting and balance. Already solid in all facets of blocking, Robinson is the right pick here for San Diego.
8) Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, Louisiana State
Carolina is coming off a very disappointing 2016 campaign, on the bright side, they land the most talented prospect in the draft. Calling Fournette a franchise running back is selling him short. The LSU product has the best combination of speed, vision, and power I have ever seen. Fournette can block and receive proficiently to boot. Can’t go wrong with Leonard Fournette at #8.
9) Indianapolis Colts*: Jonathan Allen, Defensive End, Alabama
Trade*: Indianapolis sends the #15, #80, and a 2018 2nd to the Cincinnati Bengals for the #9.
It is time for Indianapolis to get serious about building a defense, it’s getting embarrassing. The Colts have a franchise Quarterback in Andrew Luck, they gotta start giving him a team to work with. Getting Jonathan Allen, a top 5 talent, does just that. Allen is just so polished, he may just be the surest bet in the draft to have a successful NFL career. Absolutely tremendous in dealing with blocks and in run defense, combined with great athleticism. It’s hard to not see Allen as a future star.
10) Buffalo Bills: Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback, Alabama
Stephon Gilmore has moved on from Buffalo, what better way for Buffalo to move on than to find his replacement? Marlon Humphrey is a really special cornerback. Humphrey has the best hips in the class, and is also the best run defender in the class! Terrific in man coverage, and damn solid in zone. He can fit in with any system or team. Humphrey has lock-down corner written all over him. Great get here for Buffalo.
11) New Orleans Saints: Teez Tabor, Cornerback, Florida
New Orleans made improvements in 2016 to a historically bad 2015 defense. Now it’s time to keep building. Teez Tabor has the best combination of ball skills, man coverage, and zone coverage in the class. With terrific football IQ and sound hip movement, I like Tabor to be a franchise cornerback for New Orleans.
12) Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia): Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson
Cleveland already spent its other first-round pick soundly, now it’s time to try and find their franchise quarterback. Watson and Kizer are the two QB’s Cleveland should consider here, I think Watson is the safer pick. Watson has an incredible combination of decision making and mobility that he hangs his game upon. With solid mechanics and footwork, Watson has the capacity to become special.
13) Arizona Cardinals: Jarrad Davis, Linebacker, Florida
Arizona took a nose dive in 2016, and now they are trying to pick up the pieces. Jarrad Davis gives them a sure thing in the middle of their defense. The former Gator has athleticism rare to his position and has very sound technique. Solid in coverage and in dealing with blocks, Davis should do just fine in the NFL. Whether they are rebuilding or not, Davis is a nice fit.
14) Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota): Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State
Taco Charlton would be a great fit here, but Dalvin Cook has too much talent to pass up . Cook’s straight line speed and vision make him a big play waiting to happen. Combine that with his quickness and elusiveness, that makes him a hell of a back. Solid in receiving and blocking, Cook is the 3 down, franchise back you look for. A great running back/quarterback combination may be on its way to Philly.
15) Cincinnati Bengals*: Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan
Traded back with Indianapolis
Cincinnati’s defense has been slowly and painfully depleted over the last couple years, They gotta fix it. Taco Charlton would really help. Charlton has a truly rare combination of quickness and power that his potential overflowing. Already a great run defender, if the former Wolverine can clean up his pass rush moves, he should be a star early on.
16) Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
The Ravens must be laughing, the top Wide Receiver in the class has slipped to them at #16 and they will gladly take him. Adding Corey Davis would give Flacco a true number one receiver, and maybe push the Ravens back to the playoffs. His route running skills are off the charts, you won’t see someone Davis’s size be a better route runner than he is. With good top end speed, and a great ability to go up and get the ball, Davis is set for a huge career in Baltimore.
17) Washington: Budda Baker, Safety, Washington
Washington has a really nice team, it’s their defense that just needs to get to the next level. Budda Baker may just do that for them. If Baker were a chess piece he’d be the Queen, he can do it all. With tremendous hips and athleticism, Baker will succeed wherever he is used (free or strong safety). The former Huskie is really sound in man coverage, and solid in the run game. Washington may have just found a superstar at pick 17.
18) Tennessee Titans: John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington
Tennessee lands an absolute stud and their franchise receiver. Ross was a mid first round talent even before he broke the NFL record in the 40-yard dash. Ross combines his blinding speed with route running skills that makes him almost impossible to cover. He needs to improve on his hands a little, but this kid should be an immediate star.
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Demarcus Walker, Defensive End, Florida State
After a successful 2016 led by a high-flying offense, Tampa Bay must shift its focus to the defense. Adding Demarcus Walker would be a nice get for the Buccaneers who are in a need of a pass rusher. Walker fits the prototypical “speed rusher” to a T. Combine that with elite technique, Walker may just end up being a double digit sack machine. A bit of a risk, but a risk worth taking here for Tampa Bay.
20) New York Jets*: O.J. Howard, Tight End, Alabama
Traded back with Denver
The Jets trade back to #20 and still land a borderline top ten talent. O.J. Howard dominated the SEC and is a surefire franchise tight end. Howard has straight line speed and quickness that will make him nearly uncoverable with his height. Add in his ability to block, this kid may just be a star from day one. A lot of tight ends have shaky hands, but not Howard, nothing to worry about with him. Solid, safe pick here for New York.
21) Detroit Lions: Caleb Brantley, Defensive Tackle, Florida
I loved A’Shawn Robinson last year, and if the Lions grabbed Brantley, they would have a tremendous young tandem. Brantley is the ideal 3 technique in today’s NFL. The former Gator has the athleticism, hand fighting, and pass rush moves that teams look for in an interior pass rusher. Brantley is a great get even if the need isn’t the most pressing for Detroit.
22) Miami Dolphins: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, Louisiana State
In the modern NFL, you can never have too many good “cover corners”. Tre’Davious White is exactly that. The former tiger is first round caliber because of his elite combination of speed and hips that have his potential looking sky high. An extremely smart corner with great ball skills, White is hard not to fall in love with. If he can improve in the run game, White should be a star.
23) New York Giants: Garett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah
New York has added Brandon Marshall to an already potent receiving core, it’s Eli Manning’s protection that needs improvement. Bolles enters the draft as the surest thing among offensive tackles, great quickness and footwork headline a really impressive skill set. I would like to see him clean up his technique a little, but it sure isn’t a weakness. With Bolles being added to an elite offense, and having a sound defense, New York may just be Super Bowl 52 contenders.
24) Oakland Raiders: Malik McDowell, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State
Lots of intriguing options here for Oakland including Tight End David Njoku, and Cornerback Quincy Wilson, but at the end of the day, Oakland needs improvement among the front 7. McDowell, if able to tap into his outstanding potential, could become a superstar. His athleticism and power combination should have the Raiders salivating, if he can add some pass rush skills, as well as improvement in dealing with blocks, McDowell will be a steal.
25) Houston Texans: Deshone Kizer, Quarterback, Notre Dame
Houston is a super bowl caliber team if they can find a quarterback. After the horribly failed Brock Osweiler experiment, Houston is again fishing for a franchise QB. Let’s get this straight, I don’t think Kizer is an immediate fix, you’re drafting a project. His mechanics are his strength, and he is already a sound decision maker with great mobility. I love his pocket presence, it’s his accuracy that needs dramatic improvement. If he can accomplish that, he may just be that franchise quarterback Houston is desperate for.
26) Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Ramczyk, Offensive Tackle, Wisconsin
Don’t overthink this Seattle, Russell Wilson has been scrambling for dear life way too often over the last couple of years. Ramczyk is currently the best offensive tackle on the board and the last one that is a first round talent. Ramczyk has a rare power and footwork combination that will define his potential. His technique and body control all check out, if his quickness doesn’t inhibit him, he should be something special. I hope he can become that franchise Left Tackle that Seattle needs, but he may be better suited at the Right Tackle position because of his relative lack of quickness.
27) Kansas City Chiefs: Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson
Kansas City is a team that is right there, they just need a little more firepower on the offensive side of the ball. Williams offers great size, with solid route running and top end speed. His quickness has me concerned, but his ability to go up and grab the ball is without question. A solid blocker, Williams should fit in just fine in Kansas City, and perhaps push them to that elusive Super Bowl birth.
28) Dallas Cowboys: Quincy Wilson, Cornerback, Florida
Dallas had an unbelievable run in 2016, led by an overpowering combination of Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. The defense held up, but they need more help. Quincy Wilson would bring a true lock down corner to Dallas which is sorely needed. The former Gator has a sound frame, great athleticism, and uncanny man and zone coverage skills. His run defense on the other hand gravely concerns me. It needs fixing in a hurry. If he can improve there, he would be a great get for Dallas.
29) Green Bay Packers: Chidobe Awuzie, Cornerback, Colorado
Green Bay was absolutely decimated by injuries at a cornerback position that was already weak coming into 2016, the results were not good, to say the least. It’s a new year, and drafting Chidobe Awuzie would be a great start. Awuzie is a nice athlete with sound hips, but it’s his ball skills that are extraordinary. The former Colorado Buffalo should be in for many interceptions and deflections in his NFL career. Solid pick, and a great fit here for Green Bay.
30) Pittsburgh Steelers: David Njoku, Tight End, Miami
Pittsburgh is as much of a contender as anyone for Super Bowl 52. And adding another weapon to a high-flying offense would only make them scarier. Njoku is an incredible athlete, with great route running ability. Add in his size and knack for coming down with those 50/50 balls, Njoku should be a tough cover. Njoku would be able to carve a nice niche in Pittsburgh’s potent offense.
31) Atlanta Falcons: Montravius Adams, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
Not many glaring needs for the Super Bowl 51 runner-up. Atlanta should be set once again to have an unstoppable offense, the defensive line is what needs some tuning up. Montravius Adams was an absolute monster for Auburn and could be the same for Atlanta. Adams has incredible power which he uses to push offensive lineman around, as well as hold his ground against double teams. His ability to deal with blocks well is truly special. Safe, sensible pick here for Atlanta.
32) New Orleans Saints (from New England): Jabrill Peppers, Safety, Michigan
In one night, the Saints drastically improve a porous secondary, and perhaps turn their greatest weakness into a strength. Peppers has athleticism that jumps off of the tape, and really good hips as well. His man coverage is sound, which only increases his versatility. I like Peppers as a strong safety, but I’m not about to put him in a box. An exciting and promising prospect, this pick caps off a great night for the Saints.
1) (33) Cleveland Browns: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State
2) (34 San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Texas Tech
3) (35) Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Stanford
4) (36) Chicago Bears: Evan Engram, Tight End, Ole Miss
5) (37) Los Angeles Rams: Kevin King, Cornerback, Washington
6) (38) Los Angeles Chargers: Chad Hansen, Wide Receiver, California
7) (39) New York Jets: Haason Reddick, Linebacker, Temple
8) (40) Carolina Panthers: Dion Dawkins, Offensive Tackle, Temple
9) (41) Cincinnati Bengals: Zach Cunningham, Linebacker, Vanderbilt
10) (42) New Orleans Saints: Raekwon McMillan, Linebacker, Ohio State
11) (43) Philadelphia Eagles: Ahkello Witherspoon, Cornerback, Colorado
12) (44) Buffalo Bills: Dede Westbrook, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
13) (45) Arizona Cardinals: Charles Harris, EDGE, Missouri
14) (46) Indianapolis Colts: Joe Mixon, Running Back, Oklahoma
15) (47) Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, Linebacker, Alabama
16) (48) Minnesota Vikings: Forrest Lamp, Offensive Guard, Western Kentucky
17) (49) Washington Redskins: Alvin Kamara, Running Back, Tennessee
18) (50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lorenzo Jerome, Safety, Saint Francis
19) (51) New York Jets*: Cordrea Tankersley, Cornerback, Clemson
– Trade with Denver
20) (52) Cleveland Browns (from Tennessee): Gareon Conley, Cornerback, Ohio State
21) (53) Detroit Lions: Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Penn State
22)(54) Miami Dolphins: Dan Feeney, Offensive Guard, Indiana
23) (55) New York Giants: D’Onta Foreman, Running Back, Texas
24) (56) Oakland Raiders: Corn Elder, Cornerback, Miami
25) (57) Houston Texans: Conor McDermott, Offensive Tackle, California Los Angeles
26) (58) Seattle Seahawks: Carlos Watkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
27) (59) Kansas City Chiefs: Eddie Vanderdoes, Defensive Tackle, California Los Angeles
28) (60) Dallas Cowboys: Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, California Los Angeles
29) (61) Green Bay Packers: Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn
30) (62) Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin
31) (63) Atlanta Falcons: Dorian Johnson, Offensive Guard, Pittsburgh
32) (64) New England Patriots: Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State