You know what time of year it is!? Mock draft season!! Where we pick apart all the incoming draft prospects and see if they will fit on our fantasy rosters. I really, really enjoy this time of year because anything is possible. I will be updating this mock as we get closer to the NFL draft. Read Em’ and weep or jump for joy, so…. Here… We… Go…..
- Browns: Myles Garrett, OLB/DE, Texas A & M
2016 record: 1-15 (.549)
Top needs: QB, C/G, DB
My Browns need a QB, but the upside and dominant force that Myles Garrett brings to the table you just can’t pass up. His first 2 to 3 steps can destroy a play call for the offense. He jumps with the ease of a gazelle and bats balls. He burned left tackles that are pros now. So, Mr. Jackson, Coach! TAKE GARRETT!! Just make sure he don’t lean on his sheer athletic prowess and teach him some more technique so you guys can shut up these Steelers fans with a Lombardi Trophy to go with our NBA championship trophy! (This article was written, pre “I want to go to Dallas” ridiculous video came out!”)
NFL Comparison: Von Miller/ Julius Peppers
- 49ers: Mitch Trubisky, QB, N. Carolina
2016 record: 2-14 (.504)
Top needs: QB, OL, OLB, CB, WR
My honest opinion is that the “Niners” will trade down because their roster is lacking overall talent. Mitch Trubisky makes sense here because he will be a part of the rebuilding process. “Mr. Football Ohio” will need time to adjust to the speed and crazy defensive blitz packages that will soon be thrown at him. He has the size, arm, and intelligence to be an all pro but he will have to show us how he does under major fire. I’m rooting for the local N.E. Ohio QB.
NFL Comparison: Carson Wentz/ Matt Stafford
- Bears: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
2016 record: 3-13 (.521)
Top needs: QB, DB, OL
In my humble opinion, I really think the Bears see now what they have in Jordan Howard and are bound and determined to get him major help clearing the path to establishing a sick run game that harkens back to the days of Walter Payton and Neal Anderson. They spent the last couple years beefing up the defensive line, and now I think the offense will get some help.
NFL Comparison: Joe Staley
- Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
2016 record: 3-13 (.527)
Top needs: OL, DT, RB
Everyone I see has the Jags taking a defensive player here, but I feel like they want to take some attention off Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson. How can you pass on a player that is the No. 1 overall recruit while in high school and the USA Today National High School Offensive Player of the year? Who is now, I’ve read, getting compared to freaking Bo Jackson? Even if there is 10% of Bo Jackson here, I mean you got to snag him and lean on him to open up the passing game in Jacksonville. This kid is big time, and with uncommon abilities. Oh, and I think he will be fine if asked to catch the ball. I would focus my offense around him. Sorry to the T.J. Yeldon owners.
NFL Comparison: Bo Jackson/Adrian Peterson
- Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St.
2016 record: 9-7 (.465)
Top needs: CB, WR, ILB
Although the Titans were great against the run last year, they were fourth worst in the league against the pass. Giving up 269.2 passing yards per game, I think Lattimore will come in and help right away. He is an “in your face” and very tough pro-ready cornerback. His knock is that he has only one year of experience. I have watched a lot of cornerbacks coming out this year, and I think this kid is the best. What a great luxury pick the Titans get here because of the Rams trade (picks exchanged for the 1st overall to draft Jared Goff).
NFL Comparison: Janoris Jenkins/Vontae Davis
- Jets: Corey Davis, WR, W. Michigan
2016 record: 5-11 (.518)
Top needs: QB, OLB, CB
I know they need cornerback help but the stat that needs changing with the Jets is the scoring per game. They ranked third last in the league last year with 17.2 points per game. Well, this kid can score and score and score. He could step in right away with Marshall and Decker. Now, get Christian Hackenberg a room with Corey Davis with a strip of field somewhere close and have them play catch every freaking day and gain some chemistry and get some scoring going in the big apple!!!
NFL Comparison: A less thick Demaryius Thomas
- Chargers: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
2016 record: 5-11 (.543)
Top needs: OT, WR, QB
After one of my all-time favorite safeties and players departed in Eric Weddle, the Chargers need an alpha to be the last line of defense in now L.A. This is where Mr. Adams steps in. He is an ultimate leader and is a “run downhill and clean your clock” kind of safety. I am a big Ohio State fan, and I like Malik Hooker, but I really think the Chargers need a thumper who can also cover the pass like Adams. Just put him back there and reap the benefits for the next 10 to 15 years. This is a kid who doesn’t come around often and can turn around a struggling defense in a hurry.
NFL Comparison: Darren Woodson
- Panthers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
2016 record: 6-10 (.518)
Top needs: OT, DE, RB
Carolina gets a steal here, and most likely Mr. Allen will be long gone by the 8th pick. He will take care of a need by the Panthers and will be a disruptive force along the defensive line with plus pass rushing ability. What I look for in a defensive lineman is #1, a quick first step or burst and then #2, hand violence. Jonathan is very well suited in both of these and will make some offensive lineman very frustrated. He is a vocal player and will let you know when you are out of position. His only knock is that he might need to add some bulk to play inside and also that he played with a lot of grade “A” talent and will have to show that he is a force on his own.
NFL Comparison: Ndamukong Suh/ Fletcher Cox
- Bengals: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama
2016 record: 6-9-1 (.521)
Top needs: C, MLB, Edge
This pick will give the Bengals a beast for many years to come in the middle of their defense. This baller will do whatever it takes to bring his game up. He lost twenty pounds last summer to improve his playing speed. It worked, and he earned a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC honors. His tremendous strides and very loose hips help him get on his horse early and often to go sideline to sideline. This, in turn, makes him very valuable in the pass coverage game, which I stated in my article on this outstanding young man here->. https://dynastyfootballfactory.com/lb-rueben-foster-alabama-crimson-tide/ I hope, for IDP purposes he goes to a team that lets him rack up tackles and roam. I think the Bengals would benefit if they selected him and let him do his thing.
NFL Comparison: Bobby Wagner with a little Navarro Bowman thrown in.
- Bills: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
2016 record: 7-9 (.482)
Top needs: OT, WR, DB
If this young man can get his route running and release tweaked he will be a dominant force in Buffalo. He will be alongside fellow Clemson alumnus Sammy Watkins, which hopefully will be a positive thing. He can catch most up for grabs passes and is a fine ball tracker. Can work all levels of the field and one thing I find exceptional is his brave, over the middle toughness. I still like Corey Davis slightly better from a fantasy standpoint, but this kid is a super duper close second. I still think he will take a good year to come around so he can be stashed on your taxi squads.
NFL Comparison: Plaxico Burress with a good dash of Mike Evans
- Saints: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
NFL Comparison: Marcus Peters
- Browns (From Eagles): David Njoku, TE, Miami
NFL Comparison: Greg Olsen
- Cardinals: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
NFL Comparison: Darius Slay
- Colts: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida St.
NFL Comparison: Jamaal Charles with a dash of Marshall Faulk
- Eagles (From Vikings): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
NFL Comparison: Jimmy Smith
- Ravens: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
NFL Comparison: Justin Smith
- Redskins: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio St.
NFL Comparison: Reggie Nelson
- Titans: Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
NFL Comparison: Anquan Boldin
- Buccaneers: Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton, DE, Michigan
NFL Comparison: Chandler Jones
- Broncos: Forrest Lamp, OG, W. Kentucky
NFL Comparison: Zach Martin
- Lions: Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple
NFL Comparison: Ryan Shazier
- Dolphins: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
NFL Comparison: Julius Thomas
- Giants: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan St.
NFL Comparison: Carlos Dunlap
- Raiders: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
NFL Comparison: Aaron Donald
- Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
NFL Comparison: Marcus Mariota, with a touch of RG3
- Seahawks: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
NFL Comparison: Ereck Flowers
- Chiefs: Budda Baker, S, Washington
NFL Comparison: Bob Sanders
- Cowboys: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
NFL Comparison: Leonard Floyd
- Packers: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
NFL Comparison: Better version of Morris Claiborne
- Steelers: Gerald Everett, TE, S. Alabama
NFL Comparison: Delanie Walker, with a good dash of Brandon Marshall (Jets)
- Falcons: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
NFL Comparison: Nick Perry
- Patriots: Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan
NFL Comparison: Eric Weddle, with a super small dash of Charles Woodson
**The Rams and Vikings have no first round picks.
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