The NFL Draft is still a couple of months out, but the hype is growing steadily in preparation of April 27th! The first round is where so many superstars are harvested, but also where a lot of draft disappointments come from. Find out who I have your favorite team drafting as well as what makes them such a special prospect. This is Mock 1.0 in what will be a series of Mocks leading up to the draft! Enjoy!
1) Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
Cleveland needs talent. It’s the bottom line. Garrett may take a couple of years to develop into all that he can be, but when he does, he may just dominate. The 6’5″ 250-pound Garrett is an athletic beast with tremendous power. Get ready Cleveland, you’re getting someone special.
2) San Francisco 49ers: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
San Francisco was pretty abysmal last year, and they need a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball. Derek Barnett was a tremendous player for the Vols and is bubbling over with potential. A crazy good athlete, with good technique, Barnett is ready to take on the NFL.
3) Chicago Bears: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford
Chicago has a tough decision here, Solomon Thomas or Jonathan Allen. Neither is a bad option, but if I’m Chicago, I’m going with Thomas and his athleticism. Solomon Thomas has no glaring weaknesses in his game and has an extremely high ceiling. He’s the right pick here for Chicago.
4) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamal Adams, Safety, Lousiana State
Jamal Adams is the prize piece in an amazingly talented 2017 safety class. Incredible athleticism and technique combination for the former Tiger. Good run defender? Yes. Good football IQ? Yes. Solid in man coverage? Yes. Jamal Adams is as close as you will get to can’t miss.
5) Tennessee Titans: Jonathan Allen, Defensive End, Alabama
Tennessee sits at number five and takes the best player available. Allen simply dominated college football this year, and it shouldn’t take long before he does the same in the NFL. Simply amazing how well he deals with blocks, he shreds them like they’re not even there. Great technique and athleticism combination, Allen is about as solid as they come.
6) New York Jets: Mitch Trubisky, Quarterback, North Carolina
The New York Jets may finally have their Quarterback. Trubisky has elite mechanics and throw power that has his future looking bright. At 6’3″, Trubisky uses his mobility well, similar to Alex Smith. Trubisky is the best Quarterback in this class by a pretty good margin and in my opinion, a safe and solid pick here for New York.
7) Los Angeles Chargers: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Cam Robinson is the one top ten talent in a fairly weak offensive tackle class. Robinson has it all, great size, with solid quickness and power. Robinson has great hand technique and stays balanced in his drop. Solid in all phases of blocking, Robinson would be a great get for Los Angeles.
8) Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, Lousiana State
There is a lot of talk going around about the top of this running back class, and Leonard Fournette should be at the top of the list in my opinion. The kid is an amazing talent, straight line speed, vision, power, it’s all there for Fournette. I won’t say he will have a more successful rookie year than Ezekiel Elliott, but I will say he is as good of a prospect, if not better.
9) Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, Inside Linebacker, Alabama
Cincinnati needs to get that elite defense back again and adding Reuben Foster would be a great start. Amazing athlete, solid technique, great in coverage, Reuben Foster has superstar written all over him. Whoever is lucky enough to land this kid is getting a hell of a football player.
10) Buffalo Bills: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
Corey Davis is simply amazing. At 6’2″ he is an astounding route runner, Davis has a nice top speed and is very astute at going up getting the ball. He’s a solid blocker and should fit in just fine in any system. Davis and Watkins give two great targets for whoever is quarterbacking Buffalo in 2017.
11) New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio State
The redshirt sophomore has athleticism, hips, and ball skills that have him ready to be a franchise cornerback.
12) Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia): Budda Baker, Safety, Washington
Baker has elite level athleticism that should make him extremely versatile.
13) Arizona Cardinals: Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback, Alabama
Humphrey has the best hips in the class and should be a very good man to man corner.
14) Indianapolis Colts: Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State
Cook has elite speed and vision which is a scary and rare combination.
15) Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota): John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington
Ross has an elite combination of speed and route running ability; he will be almost impossible to cover man to man.
16) Baltimore Ravens: Jabrill Peppers, Safety, Michigan
The hype on Peppers has cooled off, but his athleticism and swift hips have not gone away.
17) Washington Redskins: Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan
Charlton combines great size, athleticism, and power. Enough said.
18) Tennessee Titans: Teez Tabor, Cornerback, Florida
Tabor was a superstar at Florida. He dominated in man, zone, and run defense.
19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State
Malik Hooker is whom you want roaming free at the top of your defense. Prototype free safety, amazing athlete.
20) Denver Broncos: O.J. Howard, Tight End, Alabama
Tremendous speed and quickness from the tight end position, matchup nightmare.
21) Detroit Lions: Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson
Williams gives Stafford yet another weapon to use at his disposal, Williams has great size and is terrific at going up and snagging the ball.
22) Miami Dolphins: Demarcus Walker, Defensive End, Florida State
Athleticism is overflowing with Walker, combine that with solid technique, and he’s a first round talent.
23) New York Giants: Malik McDowell, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State
Incredible combination of power and athleticism, his effectiveness is the big question mark.
24) Oakland Raiders: Caleb Brantley, Defensive Tackle, Florida
Brantley has quickness and pass rush skills that make him a scary three technique.
25) Houston Texans: Deshone Kizer, Quarterback, Notre Dame
Kizer has fallen off over the course of the year, but he is still a 6’4″ 230-pound redshirt sophomore with great mechanics and mobility.
26) Seattle Seahawks: Garett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah
Bolles has great quickness and footwork, and he’s a potential franchise left tackle. The downside, he is already 24 years old.
27) Kansas City: Quincy Wilson, Cornerback, Florida
Wilson has great size, speed, and ball skills. However, his hips concern me with his potential future as a lockdown corner.
28) Dallas Cowboys: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, Louisiana State
White has an incredible combination of athleticism and hips, but his 5’11″ height could cause some problems.
29) Green Bay Packers: Haason Reddick, Outside Linebacker, Temple
Reddick is supremely talented, fantastic athlete. However, his 6’1″ 230-pound frame raises some concerns.
30) Pittsburgh Steelers: David Njoku, Tight End, Miami
Njoku is right behind Howard as the best tight end in a stacked class. Great size and speed combination.
31) Atlanta Falcons: Chidobe Awuzie, Cornerback, Colorado
Awuzie has come on the scene late; terrific ball skills could make him an interception machine.
32) New England Patriots: Jarrad Davis, Linebacker, Florida
Davis is a great athlete and should be very versatile, inside linebacker for New England should suit the former Gator well.