At this point in draft season, with just over a month to go, I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of mock drafts. So, with that being said, what makes this different? To spice it up a little, I brought in my dad to play GM along with me. In this round one mock, we alternated picks starting at the top and worked our way down to number 32. Here is a look inside our heads, based on what we have seen so far from the players, and what we think each team might need. My dad took the first, and we alternated from there. Enjoy!
**NOTE: This is not what we think will happen. This draft is based on my dad’s and my thoughts on players and what we would do at each team’s spot. This will probably look much different on draft day. Also, we did this before free agency.**
Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
Scott: He’s the best pass rusher in this draft and a freakish athlete. Cleveland needs help in a ton of places, with quarterback being one to circle. I’m not a fan of the quarterbacks, especially this early, so as Cleveland, we won’t complicate this. Give me the best player on the board.
San Francisco 49ers: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Jake: The Niners could do a number of different things here. The secondary could use a face lift, and the quarterback position needs a long term solution. But, let’s go with the number two player on my board at the moment. Yes, Foster’s odd incident at the combine raises questions, but he’s too good of a player to let that incident define him. With NaVorro Bowman’s injury history, Foster provides immediate help and can be the next Patrick Willis for that defense.
Chicago Bears: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Scott: The Bears have built a solid front seven that should only get better as the players gain experience. The secondary is the issue for Chicago right now. Marshon Lattimore has the ability to play right away and force opposing quarterbacks to look elsewhere.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Jake: The Jaguars have a number of areas to address. Maybe the quarterback position becomes their focus with the inconsistency of Blake Bortles. We know there was inconsistency in the secondary last season, and a presence on the back end is important. Adams can come up and play the run in the box or stay back in coverage. The influx of young talent continues for Jacksonville.
Tennessee Titans (from Rams): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Scott: Like everyone else who’s up this high, the needs are evident. The Titans could be serious division contenders once again if they nail these picks. Humphrey is a top corner in this class, and his physicality is what separates him from the rest.
New York Jets: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Jake: The Jets could go quarterback, but what’s the rush? None have left the board yet. With that in mind, let’s grab the heir apparent to Darrelle Revis. Wilson is very technical and is a great zone corner. He can also run with guys in man coverage. Todd Bowles needs speed on the outside with his heavy blitzing scheme, so Wilson is a nice fit.
Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Scott: The Chargers are an up and coming defense. They nailed the Bosa pick last year, and now need some help on the back end to fill out their unit. Malik Hooker has tremendous range to play the back end.
Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Jake: The fall stops here. It seems unnecessary for the Panthers to address a position with good depth, but Allen could rush from the interior or off the edge. His versatility could help the pass rush continue to thrive and make things easier for the young secondary.
Cincinnati Bengals: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
Scott: I’m a huge fan of OJ Howard. He’s the most ready tight end I’ve seen coming out. Of course the Bengals have other needs, but why not help Andy Dalton out on the offensive side of the ball? With Jones and Sanu gone last season, Dalton struggled more. Pairing Howard with Eifert would be a nice combination.
Buffalo Bills: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Jake: Is Tyrod Taylor the long term answer? Who knows, but adding insurance with a value pick here isn’t the worst thing. The Bills have offensive pieces in place. They just need a leader who can make all of the throws.
New Orleans Saints: Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford
Scott: There isn’t much weakness to Thomas’ game. He can play inside and outside, and having a disruptor like Thomas alongside Cameron Jordan and Sheldon Rankins is tough to pass up.
Cleveland Browns (from Eagles): Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Jake: I was hoping for Howard here, but I knew he wouldn’t last long in this draft. The Browns need instant impact wherever they can find it, and I still don’t trust taking a QB here. Dalvin Cook has all the makings of an every down back. He has breakaway speed and can line up outside in the passing game.
Arizona Cardinals: Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan
Scott: Another one of my favorites still sits on the board. I’m higher on him than a lot of people, but I see a great football player. He can line up in multiple spots and create havoc. The Cardinals would love having another defensive piece they can move around the formation.
Philadelphia Eagles: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Jake: The Eagles need help on the offensive side of the ball. Carson Wentz doesn’t have too many options, even with the signing of Jeffery and Torrey Smith. The more the merrier here. Davis is an excellent route runner who can excel in any scheme. Wentz to Davis could be a lethal combination for years to come.
Indianapolis Colts: Takk McKinley, EDGE, UCLA
Scott: I’m sure everyone knows how much the Colts are hurting for defensive talent. There’s no reason they shouldn’t contend with Andrew Luck at QB. Pass rusher is a good place to start. McKinley is dynamic coming off the edge.
Baltimore Ravens: Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan
Jake: I debated for about eight of the allotted 10 minutes at this spot. I decided to follow my strategy of need based drafting. Terrell Suggs isn’t getting any younger, and Elvis Dumervil has been released. It’s time for a new force to come off the edge. The Ravens like big, long players off the edge. Charlton is the fastest off the snap, but his strength makes him very effective. I’m probably going to regret passing on the guy taken next.
Washington Redskins: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Scott: Yeah, I think you’ll regret that. I get arguably the best running back in the draft at 17? Sign me up. The Redskins don’t have a sure fire long term answer at running back, and Fournette is the type of player who can instantly change an offense.
Tennessee Titans: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Jake: Tennessee is on the verge of contending, but there’s one thing they desperately need: a number one wide receiver. They do have possession receivers on their roster, but a big bodied pass catcher who is masterful on deep balls is necessary for this offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Scott: Tampa Bay doesn’t really need a lot. They are a solid roster. So, why not get some more help protecting Jameis Winston? Ramczyk has the potential to be another standout Wisconsin lineman in the NFL.
Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Jake: There’s a big reason Denver struggled towards the end of the season. One, they didn’t have the Sheriff. Two, the running game struggled and they didn’t have the balance to get opposing defenses on their heels. Bringing in strong offensive linemen can help put the Super Bowl 50 Champs back on track. Bolles can come in and be effective from the jump.
Detroit Lions: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Scott: Reddick impressed me in the Senior Bowl a lot, and his speed as a linebacker is eye popping. The Lions could use another key piece on defense, and Reddick can play right away.
Miami Dolphins: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
Jake: The Dolphins have multiple areas of need on defense, but it’s time to find a middle linebacker. I know Timmons has signed, but him and Alonso aren’t necessarily the future. Davis is a downhill mauler with above average coverage skills.
New York Giants: Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
Scott: You can never have enough pass rushers, and the Giants will use Denver’s recent philosophy. Even with JPP and Vernon outside and Okwara behind them, Tim Williams provides speed off the edge and can come in on third downs.
Oakland Raiders: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Jake: This did not take into account the torn achilles Jones suffered on his pro day. But, with his talent, the Raiders could plan for the future and expect him back after redshirting. The Raiders have a larger window than most teams, so this pick wouldn’t harm them. Jones has great length and coverage ability to fit right in and be a lock down corner.
Houston Texans: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Scott: Moreau was a big riser at the combine, and his speed can’t be overlooked, especially in the passing league we see today. Moreau has good ball skills and plays tough at the line of scrimmage. Moreau comes in and takes the place of departed CB AJ Bouye.
Cleveland Browns (trade with Seahawks): DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Jake: First trade of the draft. The Seahawks move back with no issue, and the Browns come back into round one to grab the quarterback of the future. Kizer has the strong arm to fit with Hue Jackson, and his athleticism is another plus.
San Francisco 49ers (trade with Chiefs): Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Scott: This will remind some of the Niners trade up to get Joshua Garnett last year. Kansas moves back and acquires a couple picks in a deep draft. As for the Niners, they get their quarterback to develop into a starter in a couple seasons. Mahomes has a strong arm and makes plenty of wow throws. He can sit behind Hoyer for a while.
Dallas Cowboys: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
Jake: The Cowboys desperately need help off the edge, and a top name fell right into their lap. Barnett has technique questions, but his motor never stops. With all the departed corners in free agency, Barnett needs to make an impact early on.
Green Bay Packers: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Scott: Green Bay needs an overhaul at corner. Even as Randall and Rollins progress, they need corners with better coverage skills. Conley is overshadowed a bit by Lattimore, but he’s a top 15 player himself.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
Jake: Speed, speed, speed. It’s all about speed on both sides of the ball these days. Pittsburgh has other needs, but Jackson has multiple strengths in his game. He will help out a very depleted cornerback group with his speed and ball skills. Don’t forget about his ability as a returner, which he will excel at from the get go.
Atlanta Falcons: Charles Harris, EDGE, Missouri
Scott: Atlanta’s defense began to stand out with rookie studs Keanu Neal and Deion Jones. Now, they need someone to help out Vic Beasley off the edge. Charles Harris has so many different moves off the edge and is as technical as any rusher in this draft. Bringing him in continues the reload in Atlanta.
New England Patriots: Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa
Jake: I know the Patriots will go with a versatile player wherever they draft as they continue to build their defense. The reigning champs need some help on the back end with the departure of Logan Ryan. Desmond King can play nickel for them and also shift back to safety. He does very well in coverage and can be another Belichick-groomed star.
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Jake Schyvinck covers the NFL and the NFL Draft for The Sports Guys. For continuous coverage, follow him on Twitter @JSchyvinck13.