While the mock drafts are interesting for me, I figured we could spice it up a bit by bringing in my dad to do half of the picks, just to see the draft from a different perspective. So, the picks were alternated from 1 to 31, with the first pick going to me. Here’s how that draft panned out. (NOTE: This is not a mock draft, this is more so what we would do at each team’s spot.)
(1) Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California
The Rams moved up here to find a franchise quarterback, and with their current quarterback situation, they want someone who will start right away. Jared Goff is the most ready to play quarterback in this draft.
(2) Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Eagles get the quarterback they want. Wentz has the prototypical strong arm and top notch athleticism. He will be able to develop very nicely for a year or two behind current starting quarterback Sam Bradford.
(3) San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
The Chargers grab the best player in the draft, a guy who can play anywhere in the secondary and be good at it. He has the instincts and ball skills to thrive in any defensive system. John Pagano is very happy with this pick.
(4) Dallas Cowboys: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
The Cowboys opt to go with a guy who can play both defensive end and defensive tackle. He will play end until Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence return, and then he will be moved inside. He is arguably the most complete defender in the draft.
(5) Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The Jags continue with the revamping of their defense, adding Joey Bosa to help boost their pass rush, which should be much improved with the addition of Malik Jackson and the return of Dante Fowler. They continue to rebuild on the defense under Gus Bradley.
(6) Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome sticks to his guns and grabs the best player available here. Eugene Monroe is their current left tackle, but Tunsil’s talent and upside will prove that he belongs in that spot.
(7) San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
The first big shock. Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke realize the potential of Lynch and grab him here to become the next quarterback of the 49ers. His athleticism will prove to be a great fit in Kelly’s system.
(8) Tennessee Titans (from Browns): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
The Titans, who moved all the way back to 15, see someone they want and move up here to grab a top offensive tackle in Ronnie Stanley, who will be able to protect Mariota’s blindside and send Taylor Lewan to right tackle. The Browns grab more picks in this trade. Everyone wins here.
(9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Tampa Bay could go a lot of places here, but adding a corner like Hargreaves should help solidify the secondary. He is a very good cover corner with great toughness and ball skills. He would probably start as a nickel corner behind Alterraun Verner and Brent Grimes, and eventually will move to outside.
(10) New York Giants: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
The Giants have the steal of the draft so far. Myles Jack fills out their defense beautifully. He has a great skill set for a middle linebacker. He can run vertical in coverage with tight ends and running backs, but he has the toughness to play the run. The Giants love that he falls to here.
(11) Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, EDGE, Georgia
Chicago should keep building on the defensive side of the ball, and a team can never have enough pass rushers. Floyd would do really well on the opposite side of Pernell McPhee, and could be a double digit sack regular in a couple years.
(12) New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
It’s no secret that the Saints need help on the defensive side of the ball. They grab a player who can defend the run and rush the passer well. His presence on the defensive line will force teams to stop doubling guys like Cam Jordan and Hau’oli Kikaha.
(13) Miami Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
The Dolphins get their dream scenario and run the ticket up as fast as humanly possible. Elliott fills one of their biggest holes, and now the Fins have a big time lead back who can take pressure off of Ryan Tannehill and gives new head coach Adam Gase another nice weapon to work with.
(14) Oakland Raiders: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Darron Lee is a type of linebacker that most teams search for. His speed as a linebacker is second to none in this draft, meaning his ability to run with tight ends and running backs is very good. He also has the toughness to be a tackling machine, and would be devastating when sent on a blitz. Oakland picks up what feels like another Ryan Shazier.
(15) Cleveland Browns (from Titans): Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The Browns have really put themselves in a good position here. They have acquired picks from both the Eagles and the Titans, and still get a top talent in round one. Jack Conklin is as solid as any offensive line prospect in this draft, and he will start right away playing opposite of Joe Thomas. Thomas and Conklin will protect RGIII (or whatever QB Cleveland drafts) very well.
(16) Indianapolis Colts (from Lions): Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
The Colts know they need a top offensive line prospect in this draft so that they can better protect Andrew Luck, so when Conklin goes, they make a deal with the Lions to move up two spots and grab Taylor Decker, a big, physical tackle who can start on day one.
(17) Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Atlanta had a tough decision to make between Ragland and Lawson, but they opt to go with Lawson in order to generate a better pass rush off of the edge. Lawson and Beasley will be a great duo for years to come.
(18) Detroit Lions (from Colts): Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
The biggest surprise of the draft so far. The Lions acquire a pick from the Colts and believe they can grab and offensive lineman later, and they opt to go for a defensive tackle. Butler has the high motor and is exceptional against the run. His small school competition doesn’t concern the Lions one bit, and they believe they’ve added a star.
(19) Buffalo Bills: A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
The Bills miss out on a chance to get Lynch, so the Bills go a different direction. Robinson has big time potential, and the fact that you can use him as either a defensive tackle or a defensive end shows his versatility. The Bills have just increased the talent of their defensive line and can be a force like they were two years earlier.
(20) New York Jets: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
The Jets go with the best player available here. Ragland makes their front seven that much more formidable. Ragland has great instincts and always seems to find the football. He believes he plays the pass better than people believe, but his tackling and run stopping ability are enough for the Jets to grab him here.
(21) Washington Redskins: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
The Redskins just added a superstar corner in Josh Norman, so their focus has completely shifted to the defensive line. The Skins have always been pretty good against the run, but adding Reed to their front ensures that their line will be very good. Reed does a lot of things well, but his best attribute is a hole plugger in the run game.
(22) Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Houston desperately wants to have a solid number two receiver. Corey Coleman fits that mold, and his speed perfectly complements DeAndre Hopkins. I can see the Steve Smith like potential of Corey Coleman, and he will fit well in this offense.
(23) Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
The Vikings are another team with a big need at wide receiver. Treadwell looks like the best prospect in this draft, and his lack of speed doesn’t bother me. His ability to go up and win jump balls should be all the Vikes need to see. They grab Treadwell to be their number one receiver.
(24) Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
The Bengals lost both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, and they need to find a receiver in this draft to help out Andy Dalton. Doctson is the type of possession receiver that would be a great complement to AJ Green, and he could develop into one of better number two wideouts in the league.
(25) Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
No corners have come off the board since Vernon Hargreaves at 9, so the Steelers get to pick from a bunch of guys. The Steelers switched to a zone coverage scheme during last season, and it seemed to work better. Apple is one of the better corners who plays off ball coverage very well, and his size will benefit him against guys like AJ Green, who he will see twice a year.
(26) Seattle Seahawks: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
The Seahawks decide against reaching for an offensive lineman, and they go for a corner with great size and speed. Jackson has the potential to be a force in the legion of boom, and the fact that Browner is aging might throw him right into the fire week one.
(27) Green Bay Packers: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Mississippi
This is a definite risk for the Packers here. But, Nkemdiche’s potential is almost too great to pass here, and the Packers believe they have the veteran presence in the locker room to control this guy and get him on track. His ability to rush the passer and shed through interior blockers. What a steal this would be for the Packers if he would stay out of trouble.
(28) Kansas City Chiefs: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
Andy Reid’s running scheme has been a success in Kansas City the past few years, but adding a weapon for Alex Smith to get the ball to would be smart. Maclin is the sure fire possession guy, and Kelce stretches the field well for a tight end, but Fuller has the speed to separate from corners to get open. His speed could be valuable in the run game as well.
(29) Arizona Cardinals: TJ Green, CB/S, Clemson
A guy who has risen up boards in the past few weeks, Green has good size to play either corner or safety. The Cardinals jump on him here because of his versatility he brings to the secondary. He can slide down to corner when both Mathieu and Tyvon Branch are playing safety, or he could play safety if the Cards want to drop Matheiu down to play corner. Green is a great addition here.
(30) Carolina Panthers: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Another surprise at the end of the round occurs. The Panthers pass over a couple corners in order to draft one who, had he not torn his knee up, probably would have been a first round pick. His coverage skills are excellent, and if he heals well from his knee injury, could be a serious stud in Carolina and would fill the void left by Josh Norman’s departure.
(31) Denver Broncos: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
Denver has to decide to grab a quarterback, or solidify their offensive line and wait to draft a QB. Quarterback is a position they desperately need, and there will be more offensive line prospects later in the draft. They decide on getting Connor Cook, a quarterback with solid potential. He could sit behind a serviceable Mark Sanchez for a while and develop into a solid starter.