With the New England Patriots being crowned champs last Sunday, the draft order is now finalized (save a coin flip between the Vikings and Colts). The NFL Draft process is already underway, with the East West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl in our rear view mirror. With the offseason in full swing, it’s mock draft season! Let’s take a look!
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
Everyone knows that the Browns need a quarterback, but there aren’t any quarterbacks worthy of going first overall. The Browns, knowing they have three more picks in the first two rounds, opt for the best player in the draft. Garrett can contribute off the edge immediately.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC
The Niners are basically starting from scratch with the hires of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch. With all these changes, it’s time for the franchise to find its next franchise quarterback. Trubisky has the arm talent and intangibles that can work in Shanahan’s scheme.
3. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
It’s tough to decide between Adams and Jonathan Allen here, but the Bears didn’t have issues with their front seven last season. The issue was in the secondary, so why not bring in a guy who has the playmaking ability to lock down the back end of the defense?
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Jags have a young core in place defensively, and they should see that unit through. The question now in Jacksonville is whether Blake Bortles is in fact a franchise quarterback. The Jags struggled mightily on offense, so they bring in a player who can take serious pressure off of Bortles.
5. Tennessee Titans (from Rams): Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Titans have the perimeter to address, but corner is so deep they could even wait until round three. The Titans pounce on a linebacker with a very high ceiling who can come in and ignite their defense. Foster has the ability to move sideline to sideline, rush the passer, and play solid coverage.
6. New York Jets: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Jets had issues in the secondary last season, and it’s quite clear that Darrelle Revis is on the decline. Marshon Lattimore is a superb cover corner that could ease the headache on the back end of their defense.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
It still feels weird to write “Los Angeles” here. I don’t think I’ll ever like it. Anyways, the Chargers defense vastly improved last season through free agency and the draft. Joey Bosa looks like a future All Pro. Now, it’s time to bring back a player who can fill the void that Eric Weddle left. Hooker has extremely good ball skills and range. The Ed Reed comparisons are spot on.
8. Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Allen falls a little further than he should, and the Panthers pounce. Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei are both free agents this offseason, and bringing in Allen, who can play outside and inside, adds versatility to the Panther defense.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
The Bengals have a lot of holes to fill, but Thomas is a perfect fit for this defense. Thomas is a strong player with great quickness to come off the edge or play inside. He is the perfect complement to Carlos Dunlap.
10. Buffalo Bills: DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
I don’t believe that the Bills are buying in to Tyrod Taylor as their franchise quarterback. With the coaching change, the Bills could release Taylor and look somewhere else. Watson is a great leader to have on your team. He has the mobility of Taylor, but I trust his arm more.
11. New Orleans Saints: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
The Saints have a need at corner, but they, like Tennessee, have the luxury to wait and find a strong player later in the draft. Instead, the Saints opt to find a rusher who could complement Cam Jordan. Imagine Jordan and Charlton coming off the edge with Sheldon Rankins collapsing the pocket from the interior.
12. Cleveland Browns (from Eagles): OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
Another opportunity for the Browns to snag a quarterback. Instead of gambling with a signal caller, the Browns play it smart and get another impact player, this time on the offensive side of the ball. Howard can do it all, and combining him with Barnidge would be a dream for a young quarterback, should the Browns pick one later.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Cardinals do have Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, but they could do well to add another stud to that secondary. Wilson is a big and physical corner who has very good coverage skills.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Vikings): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Eagles aren’t that far away from contending in the NFC East. They have their franchise quarterback in place, but it’s time to give him some help on the outside. Corey Davis is as polished a receiver as there is in the draft. His route running fits in perfectly with Philly.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
The Colts need to start adding defensive talent so they don’t have to rely on Andrew Luck to win shootouts every single week. Barnett is a strong edge rusher with a motor that doesn’t stop.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Baltimore solidified the safety spot with the Eric Weddle signing last offseason, but they still struggled on the back end. Marlon Humphrey has the size and speed to excel in the NFL, and his tackling ability adds more to his draft stock.
17. Washington Redskins: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
The Redskins need to find help on defense, and what better place to start then with their front. McDowell has boom or bust potential, but with his size and athleticism, the Redskins take a chance on a developmental guy who can play all over the line.
18. Tennessee Titans: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Titans have lacked a number one receiver for some time now. Mike Williams has the leap and hands to win jump balls, but he can also separate on his routes. He has to iron out his route tree, but he provides instant help in the passing game with the potential to be a high end number one in the future.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami
The Bucs have gotten more production out of the tight end spot with the emergence of Cameron Brate. But, the opportunity to double up at tight end could be very beneficial to Jameis Winston. Njoku is a raw talent, similar to how Antonio Gates was, but he has a chance to develop into a very good player.
20. Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Broncos’ issues on offense weren’t necessarily all on the quarterback position. Denver didn’t run the ball as effectively as they did in their Super Bowl season, and their line has been a weakness in pass protection. Garett Bolles is 24, but he could come in right away and make an impact.
21. Detroit Lions: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The Lions could address issues on defense, but why not take a chance on someone who could alleviate pressure from Matt Stafford. Cook wouldn’t just balance out the offense, he is a dynamic playmaker in the making.
22. Miami Dolphins: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
The Dolphins defense is aging, and Kiko Alonso can’t do it all at linebacker. Jarrad Davis is a special player at linebacker, and he can play downhill while being solid in coverage.
23. New York Giants: Charles Harris, EDGE, Missouri
Jason Pierre-Paul seems like a lock to leave in free agency. Romeo Okwara is coming along as an edge rusher, but you can’t have enough rushers on your team. Charles Harris has the power to move defenders on the edge.
24. Oakland Raiders: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Giving up the most yards per play can’t happen if the Raiders want to contend for a Super Bowl title. The secondary needs to be revamped, and the potential of Sidney Jones is a very promising start.
25. Houston Texans: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Who knows if Derek Newton can recover from dual torn patellar tendons? It’s time for Houston to look for replacements. Ramczyk would do an excellent job at right tackle, and could be the future on the left side.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
Seattle struggled all season with the offensive line, and with limited options in free agency, the Hawks take a versatile lineman in Lamp. He can play either tackle or guard, but he has a chance to be a Pro Bowler at the guard. Seattle may look back at this draft and say “I Love Lamp” (I had to).
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
With Eric Berry and the Chiefs reportedly a long ways off in contract negotiations, it is feasible to see him walk out the door. Jabrill Peppers is a solid replacement, and his athleticism and size will be good at the back end of a defense. He does struggle in coverage at times, but the Chiefs can use him wisely.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA
The Cowboys need more from their pass rush. It’s possible that David Irving develops into a stud, but they more than that. DeMarcus Lawrence didn’t perform up to expectations this past season and no one is sure what could happen with Randy Gregory. McKinley is a fastball coming off the edge.
29. Green Bay Packers: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
It is no secret that the Packers need cornerback help. It’s possible they wait due to the depth in this draft, but with a talent like Conley sitting there, it’s hard to pass on him. Conley is fluid and has great anticipation in coverage. He can start from day one.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Teez Tabor falling all the way down here shows the true depth at corner. Tabor did struggle in down the field coverage last season, but the Steelers zone scheme will play to Tabor’s strengths.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
We all saw the impact Grady Jarrett had in the Super Bowl. The Falcons need more help like that to take away double teams that Vic Beasley will see in the future. Having a line pusher like Brantley on the interior would help out Atlanta’s pass rush big time.
32. New England Patriots: Haason Reddick, LB/EDGE, Temple
The Patriots love versatile guys in their defensive scheme (see: Patrick Chung and Eric Rowe). Haason Reddick gives a lot to a team. He can cover and play inside linebacker at a high level. You can also have him come off the edge on third down, where he played a ton at Temple. This is a Patriots pick.
33. Cleveland Browns: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
The Browns land a talented developmental QB to start off the round.
34. San Francisco 49ers: Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn
San Francisco has Armstead and Buckner on the interior, and now they need to generate pressure off the edge.
35. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Protecting Blake Bortles and opening holes in the running game is important for Jacksonville’s offense to roll. Robinson projects as a good right tackle.
36. Chicago Bears: John Ross, WR, Washington
The Bears could use some explosiveness in their offense.
37. Los Angeles Rams: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
Jones has big play ability that could help second year pro Jared Goff progress.
38. Los Angeles Chargers: Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
There’s a chance that the Chargers will lose Melvin Ingram in free agency, and Anderson could come in and be effective on passing downs.
39. New York Jets: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Mahomes has a very good arm, but teams want to see about his intangibles. The Jets take a chance here with their QB situation among the worst in football.
40. Carolina Panthers: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Jonathan Stewart is aging, and Cam Newton needs some help in the run game.
41. Cincinnati Bengals: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
The Bengals don’t really have a standout number one corner, and White might be a steal this late.
42. Philadelphia Eagles: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
The PR department will figure out how to deal with this pick (the Eagles brought in Vick back in 2010), but the Eagles need a talented running back to balance out their offense.
43. Buffalo Bills: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
The Bills could use a rangy defender on the back end of their defense who can fly to the ball and make plays.
44. New Orleans Saints: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
The Saints would love the versatility McCaffrey brings to an offense, especially in the passing game.
45. Arizona Cardinals: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi
Wide receiver is running thin in Arizona, but Evan Engram would provide the Cardinals with a seam stretching threat down the middle.
46. Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
With Terrell Suggs on his last leg and Elvis Dumervil well past 30, the Ravens need to get younger off the edge.
47. Indianapolis Colts: Budda Baker, S, Washington
The Colts could use a rangy safety who is capable of playing all over the defense, including playing up near the line of scrimmage.
48. Minnesota Vikings: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
The Vikings need some serious help on the offensive line, and a big, physical tackle like Moton could begin the turnaround.
49. Washington Redskins: Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
Dawkins is tough to get off balance, and he can play either tackle or guard in the NFL.
50. Denver Broncos: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
Feeney would continue the flood of offensive linemen into Denver, and would be huge in the run game.
51. Cleveland Browns (from Titans): Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Moreau was a big standout in the East West Shrine Game, and his fluidity proves how well he could play at the next level.
52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
DeMarcus Walker has all the moves to excel off the edge, and you can put him almost anywhere along the line.
53. Detroit Lions: Montravious Adams, DL, Auburn
Haloti Ngata only has a couple years left, and Ziggy Ansah needs some help along the line.
54. Miami Dolphins: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
Tankersley has the length and quickness to thrive in the NFL.
55. New York Giants: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
The Giants biggest weakness is the offensive line, and Garcia could be the future at left tackle.
56. Oakland Raiders: Desmond King, DB, Iowa
There’s a lot of talk about where King’s natural position will be in the NFL, but his coverage ability gives the Raiders another piece in the secondary.
57. Houston Texans: Marcus Williams, S, Utah
Marcus Williams has everything to be a free safety in the league, and he has the range to find the football.
58. Seattle Seahawks: Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
A big and physical corner going to Seattle. Does that sound familiar?
59. Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Zach Cunningham could fill the void that Derrick Johnson could leave, and he has the ability to do everything as a linebacker.
60. Dallas Cowboys: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Another corner flying under the radar, Awuzie has very good coverage skills and ball skills.
61. Green Bay Packers: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
The Packers aren’t going to be very effective with Blake Martinez and Jake Ryan. McMillan provides more athleticism and speed for Green Bay at the second level.
62. Pittsburgh Steelers: TJ Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
Jarvis Jones didn’t pan out for the Steelers, and James Harrison isn’t the future. TJ Watt has a good motor to play on the edge.
63. Atlanta Falcons: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
Desmond Trufant should be back and dominant, but you can’t have enough corners who can play on the perimeter. Plus, Jackson is dangerous as a returner.
64. New England Patriots: Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa
Analysts are very split on Johnson. He holds his ground, but doesn’t push the line. In the Pats gap scheme, Johnson would fit right in against the run.
Jake Schyvinck covers the NFL and NFL Draft for The Sports Guys. Follow him on Twitter @JSchyvinck13 for plenty of NFL Draft coverage this offseason.