To see my previous Mock Draft, pre-Combine and Free Agency, click here… This is my latest mock draft based on what happened in Indianapolis and at the various Pro Days around the US. Tweet @TheInsideZone or @TomLikeNFL with your thoughts.
1, Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, Edge, Texas A&M
[Previous Pick: Myles Garrett, Edge, Texas A&M]
The consensus best player in this years Draft class. Cleveland go for the safe option here and take a ferocious pass-rusher who has the attributes of developing into an All-Pro edge rusher.
2, San Francisco 49ers: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU
[Previous Pick: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama]
9x Pro-Bowl Safety and new 49ers GM John Lynch goes best player available here and bypasses on a QB. Adams is a complete Safety prospect, excellent in man and zone-coverage and has the ability to deliver knock out blows to receivers over the middle.
3, Chicago Bears: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
[Previous Pick: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame]
Cemented his place as the best Corner in a deep class at the Combine. Blazing 4.36 speed with good size, an uber-athlete who can play press, man or zone coverage. Can develop into a lockdown No.1 Corner for a Bears Defense that needs young playmakers.
4, Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State
[Previous Pick: Jonathan Allen, D-Line, Alabama]
The Jaguars pair last years stud CB Jalen Ramsey with a ball hawking Safety. Hooker has outstanding instincts despite being a raw prospect. He will benefit from the pressure Jacksonville plans to dial up on opposing QBs next year with their loaded pass rushers.
5, Tennesse Titans (from LA Rams): Jonathan Allen, D-Line, Alabama
[Previous Pick: Jamal Adams, S, LSU]
Despite finishing 6th in Sacks (40.0 in 2016), the Titans cannot pass up the opportunity of taking an explosive pass rusher and stout run defender who adds some youth to their Front Seven.
6, New York Jets: Solomon Thomas, Edge, Stanford
[Previous Pick: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State]
The Jets routinely collect pass rushers. With Muhammad Wilkerson supposedly going awol, Thomas gives the Hets another talented pass rusher to play alongside Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams.
7, LA Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
[Previous Pick: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State]
Philip Rivers, finally… finally gets a playmaker on the outside. Williams has protypical height, weight, speed and size. He is a ferocious competitor and natural pass catcher who is tough, scrappy and can be a No.1 Receiver in the NFL. Rivers gets a No.1 WR and a Red Zone target outside of the ageing Antonio Gates.
8, Carolina Panthers: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
[Previous Pick: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU]
The Panthers traded Kony Ealy to the Patriots and replaced him with the 37 year-old Julius Peppers. Derek Barnett is a talented and under-rated pass rusher who would inject some youth into this Panthers pass rush. Barnett next to 2016 1st Round pick, DT, Vernon Butler – could form part of a young rejuvenated Panthers D-Line that also boats Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei, Charles Johnson and Mario Addison.
9, Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
[Previous Pick: Solomon Thomas, D-Line, Stanford]
The Bengals have major needs along their Offensive Line, however, that would be a reach here. The Bengals relapsed in 2016, never recovering after losing Mohammad Sanu and Marvin Jones in Free Agency. Although a small school guy – Corey Davis has the route running and ball skills to warrant being looked at, at here. At 6’3″ he’s a red zone threat and should benefit from playing alongside A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert.
10, Buffalo Bills: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
[Previous Pick: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, UNC]
Sticking with my guns on this one. If the accurate and talented one year starter is still on the Board at No.10, the Bills would be fools to pass him up. Tyrod Taylor is not the long term answer, but can serve as a bridge QB as the Bills look to finally find a franchise Quarterback, 21 years after Jim Kelly retired.
11, New Orleans Saints: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
[Previous Pick: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama]
I previously had Foster going No.2, however, his antics at the Combine might just drop him out of the Top-5/ 10. He’s the best Linebacker in this years draft and the best LB prospect since Luke Kuechly. He’s a thumper, tone-setter, alpa and emotional leader – he’s also highly intelligent, instinctive and can play all 3 downs. He is everything you look for in a modern day Linebacker and the Saints are getting a stud with the No.11 pick.
12, Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
[Previous Pick: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson]
Quarterback is an option with Watson but the Browns could sit on their picks until next years talented class of QBs rolls around. The Browns instantly improve their woeful Defense with two picks – an uber-athletic freak pass rusher – and a talented CB who has ideal height-weight-speed to be a lockdown No.1 CB. Although Humphrey’s technique could do with some work, Cleveland’s secondary gets a big boost with another talented SEC defender.
13, Arizona Cardinals: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
[Previous Pick: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan]
You can never have enough corners. Quincy Wilson is a big, tough corner who excels in press coverage. He has protypical size and is not afraid to match up against opponents No.1 Receivers. Arizona could form a strong partnership with Wilson next to Patrick Peterson.
14, Philadelphia (from Minnesota): Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
[Previous Pick: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington]
Sidney Jones was the pick before his Pro Day. Gareon Conley is a player who has accelerated up Draft boards since the Combine. A run on CBs continues as the Eagles take a physical press-corner with top-end speed who can develop into a No.1 CB.
15, Indianapolis Colts: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
[Previous Pick: Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU]
The under appreciation and de-valuing of the RB position allows the Colts to gain a generational-type RB. The Colts would have one of the most exciting and dynamic, young triples in football with Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Leonard Fournette. Having Fournette in the backfield should limit the beating Luck takes and will force opponents to load the box against the bruising runner. Single high Safety looks will allow Phillip Dorsett and Donte Mocrief single coverage on the outside, where the two speedsters could burn man coverage.
16, Baltimore Ravens: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
[Previous Pick: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan]
Looks and plays like a Baltimore Raven. Charlton is a strong, tough, physical pass rusher who has twitch ability. Although he was inconsistent at Michigan, the other Harbaugh brother will get the most out of this gifted pass rusher.
17, Washington Redskins: John Ross, WR, Washington
[Previous Pick: Budda Baker, S, Washington]
DeShone Kizer or Deshaun Watson are intriguing options, however, the Redskins give Kirk Cousins (or whoever is the Redskins QB of the future) another weapon after losing Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Ross does not just have freaky speed, he is also an accomplished route runner but has durability issues.
18, Tennessee Titans: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
[Previous Pick: John Ross, WR, Washington]
A complete TE who is an exceptional blocker. His elite blocking ability fits Tennessee’s smash mouth style Offense but he also brings a threat as a receiving TE. Howard gives Mariota another red zone target alongside TE Delanie Walker. He has the speed to burn LB’s on go routes up the seam – the Titans steal a playmaker at No.18.
19, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
[Previous Pick: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama]
This pick helps the Bucs protect their young franchise QB, giving him more time in the pocket to find his weapons down field. Ramczyk posseses all the traits you look for in a franchise LT and continues that Wisconsin Offensive Linemen lineage.
20, Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
[Previous Pick: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin]
Denver needs to address its Offensive Line if it hopes to make it to the AFC Championship Game and challenge the Patriots. With Ramczyk going the pick before, pick 20 could be a sweet spot for Bolles who proved at the Combine he has the elite athletic ability needed to play LT in the NFL. Bolles could play RT for a year, before transitioning to LT in 2018.
21, Detroit Lions: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
[Previous Pick: Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA]
The Lions never found a replacement when start interior Defensive Linemen Ndamukong Suh left in 2015. While McDowell is not the prospect Suh was – the Lions can still get plenty of production out of the hometown kid and at only 20 years old, McDowell has plenty of upside and Pro-Bowl potential.
22, Miami Dolphins: Hasson Reddick, LB, Temple
[Previous Pick: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee]
Toss up between Reddick and OG Forrest Lamp. Reddick blew up the combine and has elite range and closing speed. Miami’s two year re-build of their Linebacking corps is complete with Reddick at SAM, Lawrence Timmons at MIKE (for the next two years) and Kiko Alonso at WILL. An explosive playmaker heads to South Beach.
23, New York Giants: Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU
[Previous Pick: David Njoku, TE, Miami]
The Giants gets a steal as teams aware of the deep RB Class fear overreaching too early. Cook is a true 3-down back who is an explosive runner with blazing speed and acceleration. Cook is also a solid pass catcher and gives Heads Coach Ben McAdoo and QB Eli Manning a new wrinkle to the Giants Offense.
24, Oakland Raiders: David Njoku, TE, Miami
[Previous Pick: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan]
Derek Carr gets an explosive playmaker to pair with Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and recently signed TE Jared Cook. Njoku is a special athlete who presents a mismatch every time he lines up for Oakland.
25, Houston Texans: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
[Previous Pick: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida]
Bill O’Brien gets a young talented signal caller with a cannon arm to groom as the Texans QB of the future. While he may not be ready just yet, Kizer has all the traits you look for in a franchise QB.
26, Seattle Seahawks: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
[Previous Pick: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah]
Not a sexy pick but a sound one. Newly signed Luke Joeckel should play LT and with this pick, the Seahawks address their deficiencies on the Offensive Line. Lamp is a 4-year LT who has the athleticism to pull as a Guard and excel in the run game.
27, Kansas City Chiefs: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
[Previous Pick: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson]
In a League where Defenses play the majority of snaps in their nickel or dime package, the Chiefs are currently undermanned at Corner. Marcus Peters was a clear hit two years ago and the Chiefs can get him his running mate with White at No.27. Not a physical, press corner like Peters but sticky in coverage and could be a mirror-cover Corner to complement Peters on the other side.
28, Dallas Cowboys: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
[Previous Pick: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri]
The Cowboys hit on their draft class last year with Ezekiel Elliot, Dak Prescott and Jaylon Smith (potentially). The ‘boys biggest needs are on their Defense and talented pass rushers can do a lot to hide deficiencies in both the front and back end. Charles Harris is a relentless pass rusher who uses speed-to-power in order to penetrate into the backfield and get after Quarterbacks.
29, Green Bay Packers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
[Previous Pick: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU]
Aaron Rodgers gets another weapon this offseason following the signing of Martellus Bennett. McCaffrey is a swiss army knife and will give the Packers a clear No.1 RB that their run game needs. He will also give Rodgers and Head Coach Mike McCarthy a weapon to use in the screen and passing game. This fit seems too logical.
30, Pittsburgh Steelers: Takkarist McKinley, Edge, UCLA
[Previous Pick: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida]
Corner is an option here, but the Steelers need to add pass rushers. The great Steelers Defences of old relied on talented Front Sevens where Offenses were never sure who was coming and who was dropping. Takkarist McKinley is an unbelievable athlete, clocking a 4.59 with his 6’2″, 250lbs frame. He’s a relentless worker and his impressive TFL numbers bode well for future production in the NFL. McKinley could provide a long-term replacement for the ageing James Harrison next to Ryan Shazier.
31, Atlanta Falcons: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
[Previous Pick: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky]
The Falcons have a loaded roster and despite signing Dontari Poe on a one year contract, Brantley gives them a long term force on the inside of their Defensive Line. Brantley is thick, stout interior linemen who has the quickness to rush the passer, but the power and strength to anchor and stuff the run. Atlanta gets a long term solution at its only area of weakness on Defense.
32, New Orleans Saints (from New England): Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
The trade with New England gives the Saints and Sean Payton the opportunity to draft Drew Brees’ heir apparent. Deshaun Watson has the highest floor of any QB in this years draft class, however, many are unsure whether his ceiling is as high as Kizer or Trubisky. Sitting for two years behind Drew Brees and being groomed by Sean Payton could end up making Watson the best QB in this years draft class.
Notable Players falling to Day 2:
Ryan Anderson, Edge, Alabama // Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt // T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin // Jabrill Peppers, Safety, Michigan // Budda Baker, Safety, Washington // Sidney Jones, CB, Washington // Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC // Teez Tabor, CB, Florida // Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama