Today, I will give you my final first round NFL mock draft before the real draft arrives. This draft will give you a full analysis on the selections. There are players that have risen on my draft board and there are some that fell out of the first round. Lastly, remember, it is a mock draft.
- Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff – QB – California
The Rams are back in Los Angeles and need a franchise quarterback, which they lacked since Kurt Warner left. Goff is the man to lead the Rams offense as he can throw the ball anywhere on the gridiron. Lastly, accurate quarterback that is lucky to have Todd Gurley in place.
- Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota State
The Eagles brought in Chase Daniel and retained Sam Bradford, but those are stop gap players, which they still need a franchise like quarterback and they have Wentz out there, so they snatch him. Elliot would be nice since they need an instant starter at that position, but you can find a running back in the second or third round with a guy like Devontae Booker or Jordan Howard.
- San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey – CB/S – Florida State
The best secondary player in the draft, but some say he is the best prospect in the whole draft, but Jason Verrett breaking out last year was great, but imagine two shutdown corners in the area. Ramsey is versatile to play safety as well.
- Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio State
Lost Greg Hardy and his 6 sacks, which should help the team from an attitude perspective, but the defensive line is thin as Ron Marinelli needs good pass rushers for his defense to work. Bosa is the best well rounded defensive end by being able to apply pressure on the quarterback, but also stopping the run.
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack – OLB – UCLA
If Jack did not have knee problems, he would clearly be the best player in the whole draft, but so far he looks good in practices as I seen. Jack is the missing piece in Bradley’s up and coming defense. More speed for them on defense and especially in the slowest linebacker group in the league.
- Baltimore Ravens – DeForest Buckner – DE – Oregon
The freak is going to love playing for Harbaugh. He is a gigantic football player that will get that Ravens defense back on track. That defense is lacking a player like Buckner’s caliber. He can get to the quarterback, but most definitely gets to the running back with ease. He will demand double teams, which will free up his other teammates for one on ones.
- San Francisco 49ers – Laremy Tunsil – OT – Ole Miss
The 49ers could take Paxton Lynch, but why would they when Kaepernick fits the system out and he needs to give it a try as he has the best offensive playbook for his skills in front of him. They take Tunsil, who is the best offensive lineman in the draft that allows the Niners to rebuild what was once a dominate line. The Ole Miss product would step right in at the right tackle spot, but if Andre Davis comes back, he would play the left guard spot, which will help the team out even more. More yards for Hyde and Kaepernick.
- Cleveland Browns – Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame
The Browns seem that they do not need a quarterback as bad as everyone thought they did. That is why they traded down. Now, they could gamble and take Paxton Lynch at an earlier spot, but I think they take the second best tackle in the draft and plug him at the right tackle spot. RGIII will need protection and Stanley will help do that.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sheldon Rankins – DT – Louisville
Everyone says the Bucs need a corner or defensive end in the first round, but they really need and should want Sheldon Rankins. Rankins can do it all, which they need. He would play alongside McCoy and eat up the double teams to allow McCoy to get his one on ones, which he is very good at winning. The Buccaneers can attack those other positions on day two or three.
- New York Giants – Ezekiel Elliot – RB – Ohio State
The Giants need a solid running game, which they had when they were good. Elliot would jump straight in the rotation and take many carries away from Jennings and others. Elliot would join talented stars like Odell Beckham Jr and Victor Cruz in a scary offense. Elliot does it all and that is what a coach likes about him.
- Chicago Bears – Leonard Floyd – OLB – Georgia
Floyd is an interesting prospect. Did not produce much in college, but has the tools to be great. Now, I truly think he will not be like Barkevious Mingo. Floyd has lots of explosiveness and is underrated in the pass coverage department. He will excel in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense.
- New Orleans Saints – Vernon Hargreaves III – CB – Florida
The Saints need to solidify the middle of that defensive line, but their secondary was not very good. They have some nice pieces back in their secondary, but they need a future Pro-Bowler in VHIII. Can run with anyone, but will have trouble I think in his rookie season adjusting to the physicality in the hardest level of the game of football.
- Miami Dolphins – Kevin Dodd – DE – Clemson
Everyone thought Lawson should be the pick here, but I think the Dolphins would prefer to have a more balanced player in Dodd, who could do anything you ask for. Also, Lawson seems to have nagging injuries, which Dodd has not shown. Dodd helps fill the loss of Olivier Vernon, who fled to the Giants in the off-season.
- Oakland Raiders – Reggie Ragland – ILB – Alabama
The Raiders have less of a need and want at the cornerback spot after they signed Sean Smith to a big deal. So the red circle on the depth chart points at the inside linebacker position, which is the weakest area on their defense. Ragland is a downhill linebacker that makes tons of tackles and he can play a three downs, despite not doing so in college.
- Tennessee Titans – Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan State
After receiving a boat load from the Rams for the first overall pick, they pass up on Laremy Tunsil, which they do think that they is not that much of a difference between the top three offensive tackles (Tunsil, Stanley, Conklin). Conklin will most likely step in the right side, even though I prefer to have Lewan on the right side. Overall, the Titans become a better offense with this addition to their team.
- Detroit Lions – Le’Raven Clark – OT – Texas Tech
The Lions have a weak offensive line with glaring holes on the tackle spots. Clark is a project like player, but he has a high reward if you can develop him, which the Lions will be going through another down year, but it will pay off for them. Clark has long arms and is hard to get past.
- Atlanta Falcons – Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson
The Falcons could not get to the quarterback last year, which hurt their season after a 5-0 start. Quinn needs good pass rushers to get his defense rolling like it did in Seattle. Lawson is a big guy, but I think he drops from an early teen spot to a late teen spot because of his nagging knee injuries.
- Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio State
Decker is a true right tackle, but any help on the Colts offensive line would help so they can keep their prize possession Andrew Luck on his two feet. The Colts do not gamble on this pick, so they punch the card in less than 40 seconds.
- Buffalo Bills – A’Shawn Robinson – DT/DE – Alabama
We have seen a good Robinson, but we can see better at the next level, as Rex Ryan is the best coach to get his motor to start and to never end. Long arms that will drive offensive linemen back and demand double teams. Going to have to develop more moves other than just a bull rush. Will be good on stopping the run on day one, but has to develop as a pass rusher over time
- New York Jets – Darron Lee – OLB – Ohio State
Lee is a value pick here. He does it all. That includes rushing the quarterback, dropping back and providing solid coverage, and lastly, makes even tackle. He is versatile, which will help Bowles get him on the field. Line him up as a 3-4 pass rusher or throw him as a middle linebacker. He is just like Kordell Stewart, who is best known as “Slash”, but on the defensive side.
- Washington Redskins – Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor
Coleman to the Redskins is a shocking selection, but the Redskins’ GM usually picks safe as we seen last year, but I think he spices things up and gives Kirk Cousins another weapon. He has three solid speedy receivers that can do anything and a tight end that is in the top 5 in the league. Coleman is fast and does not run many routes, but he would be the main slot and underneath type guy that has the potential to be a number one in the game today. After signing Josh Norman, the Skins can shift their focus in the draft. Don’t forget that DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon will become unrestricted free agents after this season, so it would be nice for the Skins to have a similar receiver in place when they depart.
- Houston Texans – Josh Doctson – WR – TCU
The Texans could take Treadwell, but go get a duplicate of Hopkins in Doctson. Doctson to me brings a more usable element and skill set to the Texans than Treadwell would do. Doctson has pure hands and is looking good after that hand/wrist surgery. Faster than Treadwell, which is key here.
- Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell – WR – Ole Miss
Bridgewater needs another target after Mike Wallace was cut. Treadwell and Diggs fit together well as one being a big receiver that can run any route, but lacks straight line speed, but makes up with it due to his frame. Diggs is the speedster and will run any route like we seen last season. Treadwell is the best receiver by many analysts. Diggs fits the number two role better, which Treadwell is supposed to be a number one receiver.
- Cincinnati Bengals – Keanu Neal – S – Florida
The Bengals rely on solid safety play in their defense as Reggie Nelson and George Iloka provided over the past couple of years. Nelson is gone and is going to suit up for the Raiders. Neal is a big hitter, but can cover as well. A Gator leaves and you replace him with a fellow Gator. Neal is the only man that I saw knock Derrick Henry flat on his butt. Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther will love to have him play in his defense and same with Head Coach Marvin Lewis.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Vernon Butler – DT/NT – Louisiana Tech
The Steelers lost Steve 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.
- Seattle Seahawks – Kenny Clark – DT – UCLA
Clark is a versatile defensive tackle that can play anywhere on the line. Top 3 run stopper in this draft. Pass rushing skills are young, but will develop over time. Pete Carroll and his coaches will develop this man into a future star. Finally, he has powerful and violent hands that punches through offensive guards.
- Green Bay Packers – Andrew Billings – NT – Baylor
The Packers retained Guion and let Raji walked, but that defensive line looks thin and especially at the nose tackle position. Billings is a steal at pick number 27. Big man that can do it all. Most people think that nose tackles don’t get sacks, but this nose tackle will. He will not only draw double teams, but he will draw triple teams.
- Kansas City Chiefs – William Jackson III – CB – Houston
Marcus Peters is pretty much by himself on the depth chart or at least the only great corner on the chart. They lost Sean Smith to the Raiders and that leaves a gigantic hole in that consistent defense. Jackson is a big corner that loves to press and tackle.
- 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.
- Carolina Panthers – Mackensie Alexander – CB – Clemson
Alexander continues to slide down the draft due to new rumors that he is hard to get along with. Well, I think Ron Rivera could get along with him as he has made good relationships with past troublemakers (attitude problems). Alexander is my second best corner in this draft after Jalen Ramsey. He can do it all, plus the Panthers need another corner who could do it all after Josh Norman departed to Washington. Alexander would pair up with Bene Benwikere.
- Denver Broncos – Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis
The Broncos cannot expect to go make another Super Bowl run with Mark Sanchez, so they take their week 6 replacement in Paxton Lynch to become the future in Denver. Big arm, size, and is mobile. He needs to learn a lot, but Kubiak’s offense is very quarterback friendly.
Note: The New England Patriots do not have a first round pick due to their involvement in the Deflategate Scandal.