- Cleveland (1-15)- Myles Garrett, EDGE- Texas A&M 6`5 262lbs
This is a no brainier here. Myles Garrett to me is the best player on the board hands down. He will be able to turn that defense around if they can build with him. Along with Collins and Shelton adding Garret will give them one of the better front 7`s in football.
- San Francisco (2-14)- Deshaun Watson, QB- Clemson 6`3 215lbs
I was stuck on this pick for quite a bit. I could not truly decide what needed the most or how they would want to address it here. This was only made harder with out knowing their GM or coach. But, currently they have QB issues with no one really knowing what they will do with Gabbert or Kapernick. Watson may not come out and light it up, but in a season or two he will be the QB we all saw in college. The only thing that will be a blessing year one and a curse year two is how much he likes to run. They do not have a shining light at WR so those legs of his will provide an extra explosive ability for what is seemingly a one dimensional offense.
- Chicago (3-13) ***I think they trade down** But, since I don’t do trades in my mocks this early. Solomon Thomas, EDGE- Stanford 6`2 275lbs
The Bears like my self will be stuck on this pick if they do not trade down. To early to get a WR, if they do let Alshon walk. Could go Fournette or Cook, but also seems like a bit of a reach. Could also go QB with Trubisky or Kizer, but neither of them seem like super solid picks. Not to mention there are a ton of solid QB`s coming out next year, and they seem destined for another sub-6-win season. So I think Thomas is their pick here he can fill a need at either OLB or DE where ever they decide to play him and is one of the best in college at getting pressure on the QB, attacking in the run game, and has solid athletic ability. Not sure if he really fits the scheme if they go OLB with him, but he will be a solid DE if they stick him their since that’s his natural position in college.
- Jacksonville (3-13)- Malik Hooker, S- Ohio State 6`2 205lbs
Again the Jags will go Safety with their first pick, though this time maybe they will realize he is a much better safety than corner. Hooker is the best ball hawking safety in this draft and has no issue in the tackling department either, with 74 total tackles and 7 picks last year. Some concern will go into this pick as he has only been a short-time starter at safety. But, his talent and abilities are flat out good, and he can easily develop into one of the best safeties in the league. Him mixed with Cyprien and Ramsey could start to make one great back-half of a defense. If that DL ever takes the step forward and gets pressure on the opposing QB having a stacked DB set like they are heading towards will make them a force on defense.
- Tennessee – from Los Angeles (4-12)- Reuben Foster, LB- Alabama 6`1 236lbs
This is when Titans fans cheer. Foster could be the best LB Alabama has ever produced this has been the narrative for a while now and he has done nothing but solidify that fact. Titans have not had an elite stand out LB in a long time. Titans could easily go Mike Williams or a corner here as well. They have a second pick in the first round which allows them to gamble a top-end WR or CB will be there and they can get the best ILB in maybe the last couple of classes. Foster will make that front 7 much better than it was last year the moment he gets there and could be another candidate for a player drafted who is now the most talented on that side of the ball for his team.
- New York Jets (5-11)- Teez Tabor, CB- Florida 6`0 201lbs
Jets will be in the same sort of situation that the Bears will be in. I took a long hard look at this pick as well, Fournette should be the easy lock here for this pick. However, the Jets have Powell and still have Forte. What they do not have is any sort of DB`s who can command attention in the secondary any more. Tabor is the best overall corner in this draft with a super high ceiling. Jets have not had much luck drafting CB lately, but here they have no choice. There is a good chance an OLB, RB or TE will be there in the 2nd, but getting a top-end CB that opportunity will not come back around. With Tabor they can start working on the defense, the offense should get most of its issues handled through FA. The big wild-card here is if they cut Brandon Marshall look for them to go Mike Williams with out a second thought, they are the Jets chances they go flashy over need is the most likely scenario. Either of the three ways they end up with an elite talent it doesn’t matter if its Tabor, Fournette or Williams.
- San Diego (LA Chargers) (5-11)- Jon Allen, DL- Alabama 6`3 291lbs
A new star has been born in Charger blue by the name of Joey Bosa. Putting the best interior DL next to him is not only a good choice matched with the fact he is the best player on some teams board its a great pick at 7. The AFC West instantly became the hardest division in football last year and there was thoughts for a while we could see three teams in the playoffs out of the West. Creating a dynamic, young, and aggressive DL will surely get them a few wins by its self, their DB`s are no slacks either. The Chargers have been building a defense through the draft for the last 3-years, this pick right here will solidify them as one of the better young defenses around. Its not a sexy pick for the new LA Chargers, but one that if Allen keeps going the way we think could end them up with what could be a clone of the Jets DL when they had Wilkerson, Richardson and Harrison. No one will run on that OL, and QB`s will struggle in the pocket.
- Carolina (6-10)- Mike Williams, WR- Clemson 6`3 225lbs
No one is more excited than Cam Newton with this pick. While Benjamin is every bit a solid #1, his other options at WR are lackluster at best. Funchess is going no where fast and Ginn needs glue to hold onto a ball. Giving him another target will allow for that offense to expand a great deal. Williams is a big bodied WR who can get just about any jump ball, but with that option/roll out tendency of the Panthers he will be a great target over the middle. He can also block which can set up better for any sort of screen game they want to run or QB draw. While Kelvin Benjamin is a solid WR, I think Mike Williams can take over that job, within the next 3-seasons. There is still the issue of if his neck was is fully healed, so you can bet that will be extremely analyzed and discussed once they can get to him at the combine all the way up until the draft. Lets say that happens and there are questions, I think they still go WR and go Corey Davis. Much more chance of getting an CB in the 2nd round, or in FA which is a need than their is an elite WR for a team who`s franchise QB needs all the help he can get.
- Cincinnati (6-9-1)-.Marshon Lattimore, CB- Ohio State 6`0 195lbs
Right now you can make the solid argument that the Bengals best DB period is Adam Jones, who is nearing age 34. They currently have no answer to any of the speedy big WR in that division. Lattimore will give them an option to lock down, Brown, Perriman, and Coleman. He can also learn from Jones as well, there are more questions than answers about a team who has been a solid performer for the last 5-7 years right now. But, getting Lattimore and helping out one of the weaker secondary units is a solid decision here and one they will not pass up.
- Buffalo (7-9)- Corey Davis, WR- Western Michigan 6`3 213lbs
Ding! Ding! Ding! Surprise! Bet you didn’t see this one coming did you. This will make more sense than you think for the ever confusing Bills. They currently have no QB, no real second WR, their first WR cant stay on the field and their only hope is a shifty RB who is about to see a ton of 8-man-boxes next year. Getting Davis will stretch the field for Shady to get some more room to run, it will give them a solid option for who ever is the QB in the likelihood Sammy Watkins misses a few more games next year. If Sammy ever does get healthy him and Corey Davis could make for the best 1-2 WR set in the league in about 2-years when Sammy is done getting hurt and Davis as some time under his belt. That will make for an attractive FA landing spot for a QB, or if they decide to draft one next year they have 2 #1 WR and an elite RB to let him play with.
- New Orleans (7-9)- Jamal Adams, S- LSU 6`0 211lbs
Saints will be hard up to not pick Adams and will fall in love with him all over again when he puts on that uniform. He went to LSU so the team and fans should already be very familiar with him. When Adams gets there he will be one of the best safeties they have had in a very long time. The Saints have been spending a few 1st on defense the lat few years in Rankins, DT and Anthony, LB adding a 1st round top-10 type player at the S position will be sure to help them both out. While Hooker is more of a ball hawking play maker, Adams is a much better coverage guy who will be a great addition to come down and play either LB in nickle or slide into the corner back slot and cover the TE. This is already one of my favorite picks in the draft and I think a solid fit. Matched up with Vonn Bell they will have a very nice safety set. Which will be much needed as the Falcons, Buccaneers and Panthers offenses seem to get more explosive and have more weapons each year, having cover in the deep-3rd will be vital for success in the NFC South.
- Cleveland – from Philadelphia (7-9)- DeShone Kizer, QB- Notre Dame 6`5 220lbs
The Browns can make several picks here all of which would make sense Kizer, Trubisky, Fournette, Cook, and McKinley. With all the options I think they still go QB. They know Kessler and RG3 are not the answer to their ever evolving QB conundrum. While Kizer is maybe the least pro-ready out of any of the 1st round QB, he has the highest ceiling. Which may work in their favor, he can sit and wait with RG3 currently here and Kessler has some experience so he does not have to start right away. There are a ton of QB next year they could completely bypass a QB here as well, I doubt it though. Even though guys like Rosen looked great on tape and we are excited to see him nothing is a sure thing with injuries, or he could go back to school.
- Arizona (7-8-1)- Mitch Trubisky, QB- UNC 6`3 220lbs
Arizona gets a pro-ready QB in Trubisky who can learn behind one of the better Qb`s of the last decade in Carson Palmer. He is not yet ready to retire, but next year or the year after seems like a sure thing. While Trubisky is learning he can also spot start for Palmer who seems to get injured at some point each year. With him locking up their future QB, they can start getting offensive players around him to expand on his strengths and gear the offense towards them. Also, a possiblity they go DL here and pick up Mahomes or Davis later as well. But, like I mentioned with Cleveland the draft is a gamble every year, every pick, every player. So if you have a guy you want you take him, your second choice may not be there.
- Indianapolis (8-8)- Dalvin Cook, RB- Florida State 5`11 206 lbs
Here is another team with a big win. Cook will be a great player in Indy. Luck will finally have a guy he can hand the ball off to over and over again and he is solid out of the backfield. Cook is a top-10 player on almost every board so this is a win-win. Not only do they get the best player on the board still, but they get one a huge position of need. Gore is about done and they may have some of the worst back up RB in the league. With Gore being a busing RB giving him some plays off and letting Cook have any 3rd down over 1 yard, might get another year or two out of Gore and allow him to be effective on those short yardage moments.
- Philadelphia – from Minnesota (8-8)- Leonard Fournette, RB- LSU 6`1 230lbs
We see back to back running backs go here. Once again I think both the Eagles and Vikings would pick a RB here so either way he comes off the board. They would rather have Cook as I think he fits the offense a bit better, taking Fournette is not a bad second option. I think Fournette is better than Cook, but its a coin flip for most people. Philly has not had a solid RB situation since Shady left. Fournette will give them a strong ground game that Wentz will be able to work with and maybe create some more RPO plays.
- Baltimore (8-8)- Forrest Lamp, OG- Western Kentucky 6`3 300lbs
Baltimore needs to start working on that offensive line to build up the run game and with younger WR they need a bit more time as none of them are super polished. Lamp has been gaining a ton of momentum over the last few weeks and his tape vs Alabama was some of the best around for an OL. He is the best OG on a lot of teams boards, and Baltimore wont pass up the opportunity to take him and start rebuilding that offensive line.
- Washington (8-7-1)- Taco Charlton, DL- Michigan 6`5 272lbs
I am sure Washington would love to have seen Cook or Fournette fall to them, but that wont happen. Lucky for them they can take a RB in the second round. What they do however get is one of the best pass rushing pure DL in this draft. He had a massive amount of sacks last year with 10 and 13.5 tackles for loss. He is a vicious hand fighter and has great ability to get past any OL he wants. This is a solid pick for a team needing to cut down on the time their DB`s need to cover and lets not forget, they need something to compete against that Dallas OL and getting to Eli Manning instantly knocks him down a peg.
- Tennessee (9-7)-Takkarist McKinley, EDGE- UCLA 6`2 258lbs
Its pretty clear with out a solid #1 WR on the board the Titans will go back-to-back defense here. They snag one of my favorite EDGE players in this draft. While he may not be super clean yet, he does have the highest running motor in college football. He can also play OLB just as well as he can play DE. I would leave him at OLB, he can be as aggressive in the run game as he can be in passing game. While the AFC South is currently in the midsts of some of the worst OL and QB play in the NFL, Takkarist is not only a great pick, but matches up well vs some weak division opponents.
- Tampa Bay (9-7)- OJ Howard, TE- Alabama 6`6 215lbs
Tampa thought they were building something special with Mike Evans, Jameis Winston, Doug Martin, and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. Well in 2 short seasons they now will have only 2 of the 4 remaining by the draft. Giving Winston another big pass catching target over the middle and down the seams will create many opportunities for a mismatch. Lets also not forget the Bucs will most likely use Simms as the RB going forward who likes to go outside and run screens, Howard will be a perfect blocker in all of those scenarios. If they can get him to become a great blocker, teams will become aware of his dual-ability and planning for it which could open up some interesting things in the screen game or putting him in the backfield as a FB/TE. There are many needs for a team who won 9 games last year, but creating an elite offense and building around that QB seems to be their focus right now. Not to mention there is a ton of S, DE, and LB depth in this draft.
- Denver (9-7)- Ryan Ramczyk, OT- Wisconsin 6`5 314lbs
Denver is once again going through another transition period. We went from Pre-Peyton, to Peyton-era, and now to post-Peyton. This has also come with vast numbers of new coaches. However, this time there are huge questions at QB, OL, RB, TE, WR2/3 and even some defensive positions. They are now sitting in the most dangerous division in the NFL. With some of the most elite pass rushers in the game in Bosa, Mack and Houston who they will see a total of 6 times a year. Creating an offensive line around Lynch or Trevor will be their main focus. While they could start either RB CJ Anderson or Booker, they still need to have a line to create holes. They would not risk Lynch their soon-to-be franchise QB when their is the best OT in the draft on the board. This might also be the best player on the board, their most needed position and a great fit. Denver just like Wisconsin has a downhill running game, this will be nothing new for the massive Ryan Ramczyk. I am sure you will instantly notice his impact, if you will at least notice he might be the biggest guy on the field.
- Detroit (9-7)-Sidney Jones, CB- Washington 6`0 181lbs
Boom. That will be the sound Sidney Jones will make when he hits the three main WR in the NFC North. While Darius Slay will still be there, Jones will soon jump him. He did not have a ton of hype in college until this last season when he was a huge reason why the Huskies defense helped lead them to the playoffs. Detroit has neglected the secondary for far too long, they are similar to the Buccaneers in the fact even with 9 wins they have a ton of holes. Jones is a top-5 CB in this class and well be a great addition to the Lions secondary. He will need to add a bit of weight before he goes head-to-head with some of the best, but he has some great coverage talent. Detroit fans will quickly have a new favorite player in Jones and the Lions are closer than they have ever been to making a several year playoff run. Focusing on the defense in this draft and offensive line is their only objective, doing this correctly sets them up well for the next several years.
- Miami (10-6)- Jabril Peppers, ATH- Michigan 6`0 205lbs
This is one of the most common picks across the board for several reasons. One, is quite simply at this point in the draft he is the best overall player out there and maybe the most athletic guy in the draft. The second one is he should be slated as a Safety at the next level which they need badly. The third reason is his experience at LB makes him an amzing fit for a LB in the nickle formation, he is big enough to take that role and fast and athletic enough to either take a TE or rush the passer. While he may not have elite mechanics as a coverage player, you can not deny his physical ability. The Dolphins are no strangers to taking a guy and slotting him in a new position or creating something from nothing. If they can do this with Peppers they might have picked up one of the biggest first round steals in a decade.
- New York Giants (11-5)- Tim Williams, EDGE- Alabama 6`3 252lbs
The Giants were just moments away from another Super Bowl run. One of the main reasons they fell short (minus the drops), was the defense. While they maintained an amazing defense when you look past the basic stats it had more to do with Jenkins and Collins than anything else. They need someone at LB to help get to the QB, play in coverage and be able to slide in an out of LB and DE in Nickel and Dime packages. Tim Williams is their guy, and he will be a great fit. While he has only been a 3-4 OLB he has had experience at DE, and I think he will be much better suited as a 4-3 LB than a 3-4 OLB, due to his lack of ability to get around the OT and he does not have an aggressive downhill first step. He also has some off-field red flags as well about some drug tests. What the Giants know they are getting is one of the most physically elite Linebackers in the country and one who had back-to-back seasons of 9 sacks in college as a pass rushing OLB. The where, how and when aspects will fall away when thinking about where he will line up as his pure presence on that defense will help create one of the best defenses front and back in all of football. There is also the possibility of them going for John Ross, Cam Robinson or Adoree Jackson if the red flags are too much as any of those 3 would also fill big needs for the Giants.
- Oakland (12-4)-Malik McDowell, DT- Michigan 6`5 276lbs
Weird to think last year the Raiders would be dead last in Sacks on defense, but they were. McDowell will change that in a hurry as he had double-digit sacks last year. He has also been hailed as the best pass rushing DL in this draft by several high ranking scouts, gm`s, coaches and analysts. What we do know is the Raiders need to get a pass rush going if they want to get back to the playoffs again, they cant expect that offense to play at an elite level game in and game out. McDowell to me is a cant miss prospect in the first round, however there is just so much talent what I think is a top-15 player got pushed to 24. There also will not be a ton of DT/DE talent in FA this year, the Raiders will go DT/DE here with out blinking. Interestingly enough they got a guy who if you blink you will have missed how he got round the usually slower OL. Lets also point out his freakish height and wingspan at 6`5.
- Houston (9-7)- Cam Robinson, OT- Alabama 6`6 310lbs
This should be pretty easy for everyone to see. Houston paid 70MM for a QB who is somewhat average and they have one legit OL. Nothing gets a coach and GM fired faster than signing a QB to a big deal or drafting one in the first round and they fail. The first thing they need to focus on is keeping his pocket clean, they have a great 3-wide-out set and a decent run game. Adding a massive OL here will help both the run and keeping Oswiler up. Which if he had more time might finally be able to show he can be worth that 70MM, either way the Texans know if they blow it this year no one will be around next year, so they will do what ever they can to set Oswiler up for success. The best way to do that is to add one of the best OL in this draft in Cam Robinson.
- Seattle (10-5-1)- John Ross, WR- Washington 5`11 190lbs
John Ross wont have to move very far as Seattle snags him here. We saw several times this year the Seahawks struggle with WR and on KR/PR. John Ross will be able to do both, Paul Richardson came on for them at the end so Ross might start as a slot. They seem to have the RB position locked up, and there is enough DL depth in this draft WR will be the easy choice here. John does have some medical concerns, but if all of them are clear Seattle gets a guy who in 1-2 seasons can end up being one of the best 2nd WR in the league. Baldwin and Wilson have just created such a connection I don’t think an under-sized speedster will bump him off, and begin able to use his speed vs CB2`s or nickle CB will create a much better mismatch. Seattle will finally hit with a 1st round pick making everyone in that front office very happy.
- Kansas City (12-4)- TJ Watt, EDGE- Wisconsin 6`4 243lbs
KC had an amazing season and watched several players evolve like Tyreek Hill and Dee Ford. The only really lacked two things solid #1WR play and true LB play not just pass rushing. There is not a top end WR left on the board, but I imagine they take a hard look at Isaiah Ford from Virginia Tech as well. TJ Watt will not only be a great replacement for Houston when he decides to hang it up, but has a ton of range as some good speed. He will fit in nicely and can spell at OLB/DE, but I think if they slide him inside is where he will be able to help them the most, while preparing him to take over for Houston. This may not be a sexy pick, though could be flashy drafting JJ Watts younger brother.
- Dallas (13-3)- Adoree Jackson, CB- USC 5`11 185lbs
Dallas had a tough loss to Green Bay in the playoffs, they got beat by WR alone and Rodgers ability to by time for his WR. They have not had an elite CB for some time, or an above-average kick returner. Adoree Jackson can do both, while his progression to the top-tier`s for a CB might take 2-3 seasons, he can make an instant impact on special teams and will be a lock to at least start at nickle coverage. I don’t see a move to safety based on his size, but I have seen stranger things happen. Dallas will love his versatility, speed, and ball hawking ability. This kid is a game-breaker and Dallas will love his Deion Sanders like swagger.
- Green Bay (10-6)- Quincy Wilson, CB- Florida 6`0 209lbs
Green Bay just got destroyed today against the Falcons who scored at will, their corners could not stop anything if they tried. While Quincy Wilson has dropped the more people truly look into his game, he will be an amazing fit for a system that likes to run zone. He is the best player on the board and was a top-5 type pick for the last two years looking at this draft. If the Packers can fix his small flaws they will have a solid #1CB with this pick in no time. I still like Quincy Wilson and love his size, I assume he will come into the combine around 210. The Packers are the best team with the worst defense in the league, the will spend over half their picks on defensive players and a big chunk of money in FA. However, with that being said I think it is a sure lock they go with a RB in either the 2nd or 3rd round, based on the fact they currently have a WR as a RB, who while he did play well is no where near as good as projected 2/3rd round picks Brian Hill-Wyoming, Jamaal Williams- BYU, and Marlon Mack- USF.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)- David Nojku, TE- Miami 6`4 240lbs
Its always hard to judge what the Steelers will do in the draft or where they truly want to go. I went back and forth on what I think they will do for quite some time between Nojku, Elfein, Pocic, McMillian, and Budda Baker. Ultimately I think it will come down to Elfein and Nojku. They will end up taking Nojku based on the fact they have struggled to keep WR healthy or on the field in general. He is the best pass catching TE in this draft and is flying up draft boards, with his size he can easily be utilized in the slot, wild cat, and in 5-wide sets. He will be one of the more versatile players on the Steelers offense and give Ben a consistent over-the-middle target which I personally think he does not currently have as most of his WR are either out of the backfield RB`s or speedy guys.
- Atlanta (11-5)- Pat Elfein, C- Ohio State 6`2 300lb
Matt Ryan has had an MVP type year and will most likely take home the trophy. They currently posses the best RB duo in the NFL as well as one of the best QB`s and the best WR. Elfein I think will be another Center in college who will be able to move to Guard if asked and become elite at the next level. You can never have enough good offensive linemen and with the offense they have been building adding a guy who has blocked for Samuel, Elliot and both pocket and dual-threat QB`s will give them a chance to do what ever they want with him in the game. There is also word that Chip Kelly might take over that offense, so getting some new faster offensive linemen to adjust to the new scheme is a top-priority for them.
- New England (14-2)-Raekwon McMillian, ILB- Ohio State 6`2 240lbs
The Patriots are the one team each draft where when you get to them you have no idea what they will do. Mainly due to the fact they create players, they don’t usually get elite guys and watch them continue to be elite they build them into the system and the system builds them. They did lose Jamie Collins in a trade this year and have a need at both ILB and OLB slots. McMillian is one of the best ILB in this draft and if you take pass-rushing away is a top-7 LB period based on tackling, zone coverage, man coverage, motor and instincts. He was a force at Ohio Sate and that will not stop here. He will crafted by the best defensive coordinator in the league, after already coming out of one of the better defenses in college. McMillian has a chance to be great with the Patriots and one of the next elite level linebackers. Him lined up next to Hightower will create one of the best run stopping ILB tandems around. I also would not sleep on the option of them going with McCaffrey here either. They have not had a solid #1 RB in many years and rarley go RB, but McCaffrey is a guy who can do everything and something that Bill loves is versitility.