- Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
- San Francisco 49ers: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
- Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
- Tennessee Titans: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
- New York Jets: DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
- Los Angeles Chargers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
- Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
- Cincinnati Bengals: Rueben Foster, ILB, Alabama
- Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
- New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
- Cleveland Browns: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
- Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
- Philadelphia Eagles: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
- Indianapolis Colts: Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple
- Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
- Washington Redskins: Jabrill Peppers, S/LB/CB/RB
- Tennessee Titans: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian McCaffery, RB, Stanford
- Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin
- Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
- Miami Dolphins: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
- New York Giants: Cam Robinson, T, Alabama
- Oakland Raiders: John Ross, WR, Washington
- Houston Texans: Mitch Turbisky, QB, North Carolina
- Seattle Seahawks: Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
- Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
- Dallas Cowboys: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
- Green Bay Packers: Takkarist McKinley, DE/DT, UCLA
- Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
- Atlanta Falcons: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
- New England Patriots: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Cleveland Browns must draft the best player available on draft day, and the absolute best player in this year’s draft class is Myles Garrett. His physical traits, performance on the field, and potential are unlike any player on either side of the football since Jadeveon Clowney.
The 49ers appeared to be very impressed with DeShone Kizer after his meeting with them, and the 49ers are left without a quarterback coming into the free agency period. The 49ers will draft at least one single-caller this season, and I have a strong belief that Kizer could be one of them.
Jonathan Allen is a beast on the defensive line, and is a total game-changer. Allen possesses a strong motor, excellent football IQ, and knows how to stuff runs and sack quarterbacks. He would fit perfectly as a defensive end in vic Fangio’s system, and would flourish immediately, wrecking havoc on opposing offenses.
For the time being, I’m sticking with the Jaguars drafting Adams. The Jags need to draft the best player available in this position, and even though some will argue that would be Leonard Fournette, I’m going with Adams. He is a consistent tackler with strong hands when going up for interceptions. Adams could arrive into the mess that is Jacksonville, and make an impact right away.
Even though the Titans have expressed interest in trading away their first round selection, but I would keep the pick, and draft a superstar to add to their secondary. Hooker and Lattimore are superstars from Ohio State who would both fit the Titans defense. I believe that Hooker would fill a bigger need, and has a higher ceiling. His aggressiveness is uncanny, and the turnovers he can create are game-changing. He reminds me a lot of Ed Reed, and his potential is to be a player of his caliber.
The Jets have a ton of directions to go with this selection. They can trade down and get more picks later in the draft, and picks for later years, or they could keep the pick. If they keep the pick, they need to draft a player to build the team around. The Jets have nothing to lose. Everybody’s going to get fired if something good doesn’t happen soon, so I would draft Watson. Watson is a winner that can thread the needle. Watson is a team-leader, and has the perfect personality to quarterback the Jets.
I have a feeling the the Chargers may surprise us football analysts and simply draft the best player available. Thomas if an exceptional athlete with play-making ability and very good fundamentals. The Chargers need to keep him fit and bulked up if he’s going to succeed, but his tape and talent leads me to be believe he can become a superstar defensive end, and a great compliment to Joey Bosa.
The Panthers have pressing needs in the secondary, and they will take a deep look at Marshon Lattimore, but I believe that the best course of action would be drafting Fournette. Jonathan Stewart is getting older and more fragile, and Cam newton needs a consistent power rushing attack to compliment his style of play. Heck, if you looked up power runner in the dictionary, you would probably find a picture of Leonard Fournette. He’s a punishing, downhill runner that can run a 4.51 40-yard dash. He could have a Ezekiel Elliott impact for the Panthers if they drafted him.
The Bengals can draft so many players and fill so many different holes with this pick. They can go with John Ross, Marshon Lattimore, or even Mike Williams, but I believe that Rueben Foster is the best fit for the team. He may scare teams off after getting sent home from the NFL Scouting Combine after an altercation with a hospital worker, but I don’t believe that the Bengals will be scared off. Foster is a sure-tackler and he comes to play every day. If the Bengals are willing to keep Vontaze Burfict, they won’t be scared to draft this Alabama stud.
I considered slotting Williams to the Bengals, but I believe that the Bengals will go wide receiver in the later rounds in the draft. Mike Williams going to Buffalo is a match made in Heaven. Williams would team up with Sammy Watkins, and they compliment each other perfectly. Williams would be a risky pick. First of all, he’s injured his neck, but secondly, he elected not to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, hinting that he’s not confident in his track speed. However, his talent and production makes him a top-10 pick.
Marshon Lattimore is the best cornerback in this draft, and the Saints would be thanking their lucky stars if he fell to them. Lattimore is your classic man-to-man corner with excellent fundamentals. Lattimore would immediately upgrade the Saints secondary, and Sean Payton would have a lot of fun coaching him.
Sidney Jones reminds me a lot of his former college teammate Marcus Peters, and Jones could make a similar impact in the NFL. Jones is very thin, and only weighs 170 pounds, but he surprises you with strong press coverage and good run support. He stays strong and man-to-man coverages and limits big plays. He’s a great model of consistency that would upgrade the Browns old ailing secondary.
The Cardinals have so many pending free agents and needs to fill on both sides of the football. It’s so disappointing after seeing them in the NFC Championship in 2015. If the Cardinals want to bounce back, they need to replace Michale Floyd and get a solid wide receiver alongside Fitz. Davis is the perfect outside receiver with skills that will easily translate into the NFL. He has magnificent route-running skills, and he has a knack for the end-zone. Davis is one of the safest picks in the entire draft, and for the Cardinals, it would be a smart one.
Dalvin Cook wants to prove that he’s the best running back in this draft class, and becoming the workhorse for the Eagles would be a great way to prove it. Carson Wentz needs more weapons on offense to lean on, and Cook would be Wentz’s favorite. He’s a punishing runner that is very gifted at finding holes to run through. Ryan Matthews is injury-prone and there’s no way Darren Sproles can maintain his level of excellence for too much longer. Cook is a no-brainer for the Eagles.
Hasson Reddick was one of this year’s combine warriors after posting excellent times in the 40-yard dash, and displaying explosiveness in the both the broad and the vertical jumps posting amazing numbers. Reddick’s production at Temple will help his draft stock, and his athleticism and skills on the field will carry over well to the NFL. The Colts need linebackers desperately, and drafting a quick, twitchy, playmaking linebacker like Reddick would fill a major need on defense.
Marlon Humphrey has all of the skills and athleticism to be a great NFL cornerback, but he must improve on his ball skills if he wants to reach his potential. I believe that there is no better to help him with these skills than John Harbaugh and the Ravens. The Ravens need help in the secondary, and with the correct coaching, he will become an excellent corner.
I’m guessing that Peppers will play defense as a NFL player as a safety or linebacker. Luckily for the Redskins, they have a need for both positions, and drafting Peppers would fill both gaps. His tackling is strong, and he possesses the physical traits and fundamentals to be a great linebacker, and he possesses the ball skills to be an awesome safety. Peppers would immediately be a playmaker for the ‘Skins and a fan favorite.
Tre’Davious White put up solid numbers at the combine, and solidified his position as a first round cornerback. His cover skills are magnificent, and his run support skills are strong. He’s an all-around great cornerback, and he would fill a major need for the Titans. The Titans secondary could get a major face-lift in this draft.
The Buccaneers have a need at both running back and safety, but if I had to chose which position they should attack in the first round, I would say running back. Christian McCaffery has a similar playing style to Doug Martin, but McCaffery is a little bigger, and more ofd a duel threat than the Muscle Hamster. Jameis Winston will need a running game to compliment his passing game, and McCaffery’s abilities as a wide receiver will make him one of Jameis’s favorite targets. If I had to go a different direction, I would have the Bucs select Budda Baker, a safety.
The Broncos may attempt to trade up for Christian McCaffery, but if he’s off the board, then Ramczyk is a no-brainer. The Broncos desperately need to improve their offensive line, and I believe that Ramczyk can pave holes for whoever plays running back for the Broncos, and will protect Trevor Siemian.
The Lions need to get themselves a better pass rush, and Taco Charlton would be an excellent fit. The Lions need a left defensive end to rush the quarterback and Taco would fill that role nicely. He is a big body that reminds me a little bit of Ezekiel Ansah. The Lions coaching staff would need to teach Charlton the fundamentals, and get him into the weight room. Charlton also needs to become more consistent at the NFL level.
In my last mock, I had Wilson’s teammate, Teez Tabor going to the Dolphins, but he disappointed at the combine, and I believe that Wilson did just enough to make the swap. Wilson has good cover skills, the body, and the mindset necessary to be a Pro Bowl cornerback.
Cam Robinson is your prototypical offensive lineman, and has the highest ceiling of any offensive lineman in this draft. He’s a strong tackle with the athletic skills necessary to excel in the NFL. Robinson will need a lot of coaching, as he struggles with balance, and blocking faster defensive players. His instincts are questionable, and that is the major reason why i have Cam falling this far down in the first round.
For the Raiders, I decided against Zach Cunningham, Malik McDowell, and John Ross, but in the end, I chose the 40-yard dash king. The Raiders like to draft impact players that will make an immediate impact on their roster, and John Ross is the guy. The Raiders need a slot receiver to compliment the talents of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, and John Ross does that perfectly. What you’d see in this scenario is Ross going deep, and catching deep ball touchdowns, or Ross drawing extra coverages, and leaving Coop and Crab wide open down the middle of the field. Raiders fans, this would be the dream scenario for everyone in Oakland.
I considered tagging Turbisky to the Browns, his favorite NFL team at the twelfth position, but I decided that the Browns needed to go defense and draft a cornerback. Instead, I have him going to Texas. Turbisky is a prototypical quarterback with a strong arm and good accuracy. Turbisky must work on his footwork and refine his accuracy, but overall I believe he’s the best quarterback in this entire draft class. I have him falling this far because, Kizer and Watson are better fits for the respected teams they’re drafted by in my mock.
I had just put down Garett Bolles for Seattle, and then I remembered how dominant Lamp was against Alabama. His blocking skills are fantastic against the run and pass, and his combine numbers blew me away. Lamp’s fundamentals are magnificent and he has the body to become an All-Pro offensive lineman. Don’t be surprised if he quickly becomes a player of Zach Martin’s caliber.
Zach Cunningham is a fantastic inside linebacker that would be a perfect fit for the Chiefs. He plays hard and is an intimidating player in the middle. His tackling is strong and consistent and his coverage skills are elite. Cunningham is very NFL-ready and could become a Pro Bowl player very quickly into his career.
Gareon Conley is an awesome cover corner with good fundamentals and ball skills. His press coverage is elite and he could quickly develop into a strong man-to-man cornerback. For the Cowboys, Conley would an excellent selection that would fill their biggest need. Don’t be surprised however if they go for Tim Williams.
The Packers appear to like drafting players from UCLA, and McKinley would fill a huge need for the Packers and fit the tendency. McKinley is a good pass rusher with good fundamentals. He also stuffs runs as good as anybody. McKinley needs to improve on his use of hands and footwork, but besides that, McKinley is a very polished defensive lineman.
T.J. Watt isn’t quite his brother J.J., but he does posses similar athletic traits and playing styles as to J.J. Watt. T.J. was an impact player at Wisconsin, but he could becomes even more so if he went to a team of Pittsburgh’s caliber. Don’t be surprised if he immediately becomes a Pro Bowl player in the NFL.
The Falcons paved their way to the Super Bowl by drafting impact players with successful college careers. Barnett’s talents are evident, but he must improve on his pass rush fundamentals and learn to get to the quarterback using speed and agility, and not just his hands. Barnett also must become more controlled when sacking the quarterback, or some quarterbacks will evade him. Barnett also must be quicker to get pumped up and stretched out, as he starts some games very sluggishly.
Garett Bolles is a balanced offensive lineman that blocks both the run and pass very well. He needs to improve on using his lower body more, or he’ll be overpowered by the NFL’s defensive lineman, but other than that, Bolles is a prototypical offensive lineman.