Today, I will give you my updated NFL mock draft (round 1 only) and give you the goods, but also to give you a full analysis on them. There are players that have risen on my draft board and there are some that fell out of the first round. Lastly, there are some crazy picks in my draft, but they make sense hopefully. Remember, it is a mock draft.
1. Tennessee Titans – Jalen Ramsey – CB/S
The Titans take the best player in the draft and add a great piece to their secondary. Dick LeBeau needs another Troy Polamalu type player that can do everything, but this time in Tennessee.
2. Cleveland Browns – Laremy Tunsil – OT – Ole Miss
RGIII is looking to show the Browns that he still has the goods, which I thing he still has. Hue Jackson will turn him and around, plus losing half of the starting offensive line, the Browns could use Tunsil on the right side with Joe Thomas still at the left tackle spot. Those two tackles will keep RGIII on his feet.
3. San Diego Chargers – Deforest Buckner – DE – Oregon
Pagono loves big versatile defensive linemen. Buckner is a freak and will make an impact of a struggling defense. He stands at 6’7” and weighs 290 pounds. Buckner is very good at stopping the run, but good at pass rushing as well. The Oregon Duck is one of the draft’s strongest prospects.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio State
The Cowboys need pass rushers to make their defense flow as they run a Tampa 2 like defense. Bosa would replace Hardy and it seems that so far Randy Gregory is not looking like the guy they gambled on, which It was only his first season. Time will tell, but Bosa is the right pick here for the Cowboys.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack – OLB – UCLA
Jack is a top player and would fit the youthful core in Jacksonville. He would compete right away with Skuta for the starting job. Jack is fast, which helps him cover backs and tight ends, plus he makes strong and bone crushing tackles. Despite recovering from an ACL tear, he should be ready by training camp.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Reggie Ragland – ILB – Alabama
Seems like a reach here for Ragland, but remember the days of Ray Lewis in the middle. Not saying he is Ray Lewis, but he is a darn good downhill run stopper, who is an underrated coverage linebacker. He did not play on third downs in college, but has shown in practice and in some limited third downs that he can be an every down linebacker at the highest level of the game of football.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota State
With Kaepernick possibly on his way out from San Fran, I could see Chip Kelly taking a quarterback of his own and letting him learn and grow at the same time, but Gabbert will get a chance to win the job also. Wentz is mobile enough to fit Kelly’s offensive scheme and has a big frame that allows him to make strong throws.
8. Philadelphia Eagles – Darron Lee – OLB – Ohio State
Lee is the next Lavonte David. He can blitz, cover, and tackle. Solid pick for a struggling Eagles defense, who could use a playmaker at the linebacker position.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sheldon Rankins – DT – Louisville
The Louisville defender is a big defensive tackle that will step in day one and make an impact next to Gerald McCoy. Rankins is good at stopping the run, but has a good skill set to get to the quarterback, which will help McCoy and the rest of the defensive line get more one-on-one looks against the offense.
10. New York Giants – Laquon Treadwell – WR – Ole Miss
The Giants have Odell Beckham Jr, but he needs a Robin. Treadwell is his Robin and Victor Cruz would become the slot receiver, which is best suited for him now.
11. Chicago Bears – Ezekiel Elliot – RB – Ohio State
With Forte gone, the Bears could draft Elliot to be the bell cow and to platoon with Langford, who showed last year that he can be a playmaker. Fox loves to run the ball and have running backs that can do it all, but it will be nice to have two running backs like that. He is the best running back to many in this draft.
12. New Orleans Saints – Andrew Billings – NT/DT – Baylor
The Saints need to bolster up their defensive line with a powerful nose tackle in Billings, who will make lots of bills in his career. He is one of the only nose tackles that seems that he can actually record many sacks. He will give defenses a scary and make offensive coordinators tell their offensive line to try and eliminate him from play.
13. Miami Dolphins – Vernon Hargreaves III – CB – Florida
Grimes and one of the McCain’s are gone, which were the starters last year, but they picked up Maxwell in a trade with Philly that solves one side, but they need to find a corner to play on an island on the other side. Well, Hargreaves III is the solution to one of the many problems they have on defense.
14. Oakland Raiders – Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan State
The Raiders locked up Donald Penn to a two-year deal, which will give Conklin a chance to learn and eventually take over for Penn after his new deal is up. Conklin dominated Bosa and shows he is big and strong enough to play against some of colleges best pass rushers in Carl Nassib, Joey Bosa, Dean Lowry, and Shilique Calhoun (practice).
15. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff – QB – California
The Rams are a quarterback and wide receiver away from winning their division. Goff would hand the ball off most of the games and be asked to make the simple throws, which he can do. He is accurate and would have less stress on him as a day one rookie, but he would compete with Keenum.
16. Detroit Lions – Eli Apple – CB – Ohio State
Mathis retired and Slay needs help. The Lions have many holes in the secondary, and both offensive and defensive lines. Apple is near the top of my top 30 prospects, but the Lions snag themselves a corner that can make a stand in camp to become a day one starter. Need help to stop gunslingers like Aaron Rodgers, Teddy Bridgewater, and Jay Cutler.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Leonard Floyd – OLB – Georgia
Dan Quinn wanted Bruce Irvin to join him in Atlanta, but he went to Oakland. Floyd is like Irvin. Both entered the draft as project like players and Floyd seems to be more raw, but with a higher chance to reach his full potential. Lastly, the former Bulldog is an underrated linebacker in the coverage department.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Noah Spence – OLB – Eastern Kentucky
Spence would be a nice pick to have as Robert Mathis and Trent Cole are getting much older, plus they released former first round pick in Werner. Spence has had off-field issues in the past, but after leaving Ohio State, it seems that he has cleaned up. He helped Bosa become the player he is.
19. Buffalo Bills – Jarran Reed – DT/DE – Alabama
This is a strong fellow that was playing with kids in college as he was a man. He is going to have a better NFL career than he did in college. Rex Ryan would love to add a versatile defensive linemen with tons of power that can do anything. He is a steal at number 19.
20. New York Jets – William Jackson III – CB – Houston
After cutting Cromartie, seeing that Milliner is a bust, and Skrine is only as good in the nickel or even as a fourth corner on the team. It shows that they need to address this position with a talented player like WJ3. He is a big and athletic corner that seems he has the ability to also play some free safety that can bump and run in this pass friendly league.
21. Washington Redskins – A’Shawn Robinson – DT/DE – Alabama
The Redskins have cornerback needs, but I could see them taking a versatile defensive linemen that can lineup anywhere in a 3-4 scheme. Robinson is strong as iron and uses his long arms to bully offensive linemen.
22. Houston Texans – Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor
Coleman would be the perfect fit for the Texans’ offense. Short underneath routes like drags, screens, and slants would bring another dimension to their passing game as Hopkins does everything and especially very good at going deep down field to take the top off the defense.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Doctson – WR – TCU
Doctson has the potential to be a number one receiver in this league with his size and skill abilities. Doctson and Diggs would complement each other well with Bridgewater throwing them the ball.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Will Fuller – WR – Notre Dame
The Bengals lost Jones and Sanu to other teams, which leads them with really only with A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell at top of the depth chart. Fuller solidified his first round stock by proving that he can catch the ball with his hands instead of only using his body. He is fast and would be a better deep threat than A.J. Green. Dalton would love to have these two together in his offense.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Vernon Butler – NT/DT – Louisiana Tech
The Steelers lost McLendon to the Jets and only have Daniel McCullers, Roy Philon, and Ricardo Mathews as the team’s current nose tackles. The Steelers need to fix this area of need by taking Butler, who would step in day one and provide a spark in the middle of their defensive line.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Ronnie Stanley – OT/OG – Notre Dame
After lots of concerns of Stanley’s work ethic and strength, I can see him falling to the Seahawks. Seahawks need to revamp their offensive line after losing Okung to the Broncos and Sweezy to the Buccaneers.
27. Green Bay Packers – Robert Nkemdiche – DT/DE – Ole Miss
Supposed to be a top 5 pick, but he had his troubles with the law, which lead to teams questioning his character. He is still worth a first round pick. Explosive off the snap, but needs to maintain his motor.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Mackensie Alexander – CB – Clemson
Drops due to the fact that he is only a sophomore and he has not found the ball in college (zero career interceptions), but he was rarely targeted due to his coverage skills. Lots of pass deflections.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Ryan Kelly – C – Alabama
The Cardinals get the best center in the draft and need a center. Seems that Lyle Sendlein is going to retire after seeing his contract expire and they traded away Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots for Chandler Jones, who fills a defensive line hole.
30. Carolina Panthers – Le’Raven Clark – OT – Texas Tech
Clark is a big boy with long arms, whose stock has gone up over the past couple of months, but is a steal at the end of the first round with teams in the second round going to call around this part of day one of the draft. Clark will be the Panthers future left tackle and will end their projects by filling in veterans on one-year deals. Lastly, Clark needs to tweak his stance.
31. Denver Broncos – Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis
If the Broncos do not land Kaepernick, it looks like that Mark Sanchez is the starter, but if Lynch is available here, the Broncos take him in less than 30 seconds and let him compete for the job.