Mock Draft 1.0
April’s draft is nearing
- Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett DE, Texas A&M
This is presumed pick, kind of reminds me of when the Texans took Clowney. I’m not sure Garrett will be as ready day one as many seem to think. The ceiling is unquestionable though.
- San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas DE, Stanford
Another team with an unquestionable need at quarterback but the new GM & coach both have multiple year contacts so no need to reach when one isn’t there. Number 2 may be a little rich for Thomas but he’ll ride his combine buzz to this pick.
- Chicago Bears: Marshon Lattimore CB, Ohio St.
That’s right, no QBs in the top 3, I could be wrong but there’s too many talented players in this draft in other areas of need for these top 3 teams to reach for a project QB. Lattimore is as solid as they come at corner, plug and start day one.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamal Adams S, LSU
Want to turn around a losing culture? Draft players who win, last year it was Jalen Ramsey, the year before Dante Fowler, and this year enter Jamal Adams. Three solid ultra-talented pieces who are leaders to turn around that locker room.
- Tennessee Titans (from LA Rams): Reuben Foster ILB, Alabama
Tennessee would probably prefer Adams or Lattimore but Reuben Foster isn’t a bad consolation prize at all. True mike linebacker with great leadership skills, great foundation to build upon, and could be a franchise linebacker for years to come.
- New York Jets: Malik Hooker S, Ohio St.
Fournette could also be in play here but I think the Jets will have a hard time not putting Malik Hooker on their draft card. He checks all the boxes a free safety should check and seems to love causing quarterback fits. Operation: Make the Jets D Great Again.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Ryan Ramczyk OT, Wisconsin
Probably the most boring pick to this point but this makes sense because they need tackle help and what you see is what you get with Ramczyk. Plug and play day one and will potentially prolong the career of Phillip Rivers.
- Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette RB, LSU
My number one player in the draft going number 8 is great value and the only question here is fit. Fournette isn’t used to playing a spread system but I think they can put Cam under center and figure it out.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Zach Cunningham OLB, Vanderbilt
This kid has some buzz about him and I think the combine will help to intensify that buzz. Most compare him to Derrick Johnson and I can see that, his size and speed are going to sell NFL execs on taking this kid earlier than some may think.
- Buffalo Bills: DeShone Kizer QB, Notre Dame
Okay someone has to take a chance on these QBs and I’m spit balling here as to which team it will be and what QB it will end up being. So I land here with Buffalo and I think Kizer’s combine will be big and I could see him being the first QB off the board.
- New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett DE, Tennessee
Perfect fit here for New Orleans, corner is a need but there’s so many good corners they can snag one later. Pairing Barnett with Sheldon Rankins, potentially Nick Fairley, and Cameron Jordan. WATCH OUT.
- Cleveland Browns (from PHI): Mitch Trubisky QB, North Carolina
This would be the dream for the Browns (for the record I’m not a fan of Trubisky) and it could be a reality. You get your pass rusher and QB in the first round and you potentially come out of the first round with 2 massive holes filled.
- Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis WR, Western Michigan
Michael Floyd is gone, Larry Fitzgerald isn’t getting younger, and John Brown isn’t a number one option. My #1 WR Corey Davis who I compare to Terrell Owens would be a great fit and probably the best player available as well.
- Indianapolis Colts: Takkarist McKinley OLB, UCLA
The Colts have a lot of holes and athleticism on defense is one of them. McKinley has athleticism to spare and will test off the charts at the combine. Can set an edge but his lack of size will probably put him at outside backer but can rush the passer.
- Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN): Sidney Jones CB, Washington
True cover corner who can play man to man as good as any corner in this draft would be great for the Eagles. Maybe go get Mike Williams to help out Carson Wentz but I think Sidney Jones may be too good to pass up here for Philly.
- Baltimore Ravens: Mike Williams WR, Clemson
Wide out isn’t the top priority for the Ravens in this draft but it is a need and the value of Mike Williams here at 16 may be way too enticing to pass up. He’s got good size not the fastest guy but competes as well as anyone for 50/50 balls and can be a true red zone threat.
- Washington Redskins: Jonathan Allen DT, Alabama
Every year there’s one player who falls down in the first round for one reason or another and I think Jonathan Allen may be that player this year. I question if he can be an every down player and the comparisons are all over the board. Solid value at 17 for sure.
- Tennessee Titans: John Ross WR, Washington
You have to think that one of Tennessee’s picks will be for a playmaker for Mariota. I would personally go for a corner here but logic says John Ross will be the selection. Elite speed and a true deep threat for Mariota.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marlon Humphrey CB, Alabama
Could be a tight end here, potentially an interior defensive lineman but another corner to pair with Vernon Hargreaves and solidify that secondary may be the smart route. Also Humphrey at 19 is solid value.
- Denver Broncos: David Njoku TE, Miami
I think GMs are going to fall in love with both of these athletic tight ends but I think Njoku will beat out O.J. Howard basically because as of right now I like him a little more. I think both guys have pro bowl potential. Which one will John Elway select?
- Detroit Lions: Quincy Wilson CB, Florida
Quincy Wilson was the best corner at Florida and will go before his teammate Teez Tabor. The Lions could take Taco Charlton here as well but a corner with Wilson’s ball skills will be hard to pass up.
- Miami Dolphins: Taco Charlton DE, Michigan
Speaking of Taco, here he is, he’s certainly first team all name. The Dolphins have a few options here but with Mario Williams leaving Charlton can step right in and make an immediate impact.
- New York Giants: Dalvin Cook RB, Florida St.
Cook would have to be if not the number one guy left at least on the board for the Giants. Running back is a need and there may not be a better value pick in the draft than Cook at 23. No brainer.
- Oakland Raiders: TreDavious White CB, LSU
Corner is a need and I think White is one of the more undervalued players in the entire class. Good ball skills, instincts, and plays faster than he’ll probably run. I like him more than Tabor and I think Oakland will too.
- Houston Texans: Garrett Bolles OT, Utah
Possibly the best left tackle in the entire class, I don’t think this pick will necessarily excite Texans fans but it makes sense. Osweiler is the guy at least for now and that line needs some work. Bolles is raw but I like his upside.
- Seattle Seahawks: Malik McDowell DT, Michigan St.
I’m not saying I would take Malik McDowell in the first round but execs seem to like his upside and athletic tools. Some mocks have him going in the top 15 which I don’t see as a possibility but in the 20s it makes more sense.
- Kansas City Chiefs: DeShaun Watson QB, Clemson
I’m not the biggest Watson fan but the clock is ticking for Alex Smith in KC and I think the selection of Watson will put that in clear focus. This team isn’t getting any better with Smith at the helm, take a chance.
- Dallas Cowboys: O.J. Howard TE, Alabama
Jason Witten getting a little long in the tooth? Want another weapon for your young QB, have you met O.J. Howard? This would be an absolute no brainier at this point. I don’t need to sell anyone on this one.
- Green Bay Packers: Charles Harris DE, Missouri
The Packers need pass rush help and Charles Harris will be a player that day one will be a situational pass rusher with the ceiling of an every down player. I’m not sure many selections would be better fits than this one. Match made in heaven.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Hasson Reddick OLB, Temple
I’m a huge fan of Hasson Reddick. Huge motor and creates havoc for opposing offenses. He tied the single-season Temple record for tackles for loss last season with 22.5, the kid is simply a stud.
- Atlanta Falcons: Teez Tabor CB, Florida
This is honestly a stab in the dark, I have no clue what Atlanta will do. In my opinion secondary help is needed and Tabor would be good value this late in the first round. They could go a total different position though, I’m pretty lost on this one.
- New England Patriots: Cam Robinson OT, Alabama
If I’m New England I would take the best offensive line talent on the board and I’m sure Robinson will be near the top of theirs. Whether he pans out to be a right or left tackle the value at 32 is spot on and it makes sense to prolong Tom Terrific’s career.