This is my third to last NFL Mock Draft of the year. The next one will come out after the NFL Combine, then the final one will come out a day or two before the draft. Once again, the analysis of each pick will be listed at the end.
- Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett – DE – Texas A&M
- San Francisco 49ers – Deshaun Watson – QB – Clemson
- Chicago Bears – Jamal Adams – SS – LSU
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonathan Allen – DL – Alabama
- Tennessee Titans – Reuben Foster – ILB – Alabama
- New York Jets – Marshon Lattimore – CB – Ohio State
- Los Angeles Chargers – Ryan Ramczyk – OT – Wisconsin
- Carolina Panthers – Dalvin Cook – RB – Florida State
- Cincinnati Bengals – Solomon Thomas – DE – Stanford
- Buffalo Bills – Malik Hooker – FS – Ohio State
- New Orleans Saints – Teez Tabor – CB – Florida
- Cleveland Browns – Mitch Trubisky – QB – North Carolina
- Arizona Cardinals – Mike Williams – WR – Clemson
- Indianapolis Colts – Takkarist McKinley – OLB – UCLA
- Philadelphia Eagles – Leonard Fournette – RB – LSU
- Baltimore Ravens – Haason Reddick – OLB – Temple
- Washington Redskins – Malik McDowell – DL – Michigan State
- Tennessee Titans – Corey Davis – WR – Western Michigan
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – John Ross – WR – Washington
- Denver Broncos – Forest Lamp – OL – Western Kentucky
- Detroit Lions – Derek Barnett – DE – Tennessee
- Miami Dolphins – David Njoku – TE – Miami (FL)
- New York Giants – Caleb Brantley – DT – Florida
- Oakland Raiders – Jarrad Davis – MLB – Florida
- Houston Texans – DeShone Kizer – QB – Notre Dame
- Seattle Seahawks – Cam Robinson – OT – Alabama
- Kansas City Chiefs – Zach Cunningham – ILB – Vanderbilt
- Dallas Cowboys – Taco Charlton – DE – Michigan
- Green Bay Packers – Marlon Humphrey – CB – Alabama
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Tim Williams – OLB – Alabama
- Atlanta Falcons – Carlos Watkins – DT – Clemson
- New England Patriots – O.J. Howard – TE – Alabama
Browns – Myles Garrett is the best player and fit for Cleveland at number one. They are switching defenses from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3. Cleveland builds a nice defense with Garrett leading the charge.
49ers – New head coach in Kyle Shanahan, which usually means new quarterback in town. Niners get a winner in Watson, who will give it his all to win. This could become a nice duo in the west coast. Best quarterback in the draft.
Bears – Bears have the hardest pick as they have Allen, Adams, and Foster on the board, but they have a nice front seven, so how about fixing that secondary. The Bears can address the corners on day two and free agency, but they get a stud in Jamal Adams at number three to pair him with Amos.
Jaguars – Jaguars get the missing piece to the defensive line, a stud defensive tackle next to Malik Jackson. Allen is a versatile and strong man, who could easily be the number one pick.
Titans – The Titans take the best inside linebacker in the draft and instantly improve their linebacker corps. Foster will start day one. Hard hitter that will run the defense and scare the opposition.
Jets – The Jets get a corner here. They will sign a veteran to compete with Hackenberg, plus draft one later. So with that being said, the Jets get a stud corner in Lattimore. Revis took a step back this year, as age has caught up to him. Skrine, Williams, and Burris are good, but they need another top corner.
Chargers – The Chargers need to solve their left tackle problem and do so by acquiring their next franchise left tackle in this Wisconsin product. Not a sexy pick, but a safe one, as Rivers needs protection. Best offensive tackle in the draft.
Panthers – The Panthers took a huge step back this past year. They have holes at the offensive tackle, running back, and defensive end positions. Stewart will most likely be a cap casualty, that could let the team spend that money in free agency on a position of need. They take Cook here, as he is the best back in the draft. The Panthers love to run, so they younger, stronger, and faster at the running back position.
Bengals – Solomon Thomas is an intriguing prospect. He is versatile, quick, and strong. It will be fun to watch him play alongside Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap. He can line up inside on passing situations as well.
Bills – The Bills safeties need to be reevaluated, that is why Malik Hooker is landing in Buffalo. The Bills get a real centerfielder, as they have missed eversense Jarius Byrd left for the Saints.
Saints – Teez Tabor is a nice addition to the Saints, as he gives them number one corner talent, which they lack. Tabor alongside Breaux is interesting.
Browns – Browns get their quarterback in Trubisky at 12. He is my second highest ranked quarterback in this draft. He fits what Cleveland wants to run offensively and as an organization. He has the arm strength and body size to be a solid quarterback on Sundays.
Cardinals – Fitzgerald does not have many more years left and he needs a partner alongside him and they get that in the best receiver this draft class has to offer. Williams will grow under Fitz, and then eventually lead the Cardinals receiving group.
Colts – The Colts defense still needs help and draft McKinley from UCLA is a good start. They need to replace three pass rushers, which Mathis retired, Walden and Cole are free agents, but if the Colts can retain Walden and draft McKinley, then that is a nice duo.
Eagles – The Eagles need to get Wentz a number one receiver, but maybe they can sign one via free agency or draft one in the second round and draft the best player available in Leonard Fournette. Wentz needs a running game behind him and Fournette can get the job done.
Ravens – Reddick was a defensive end in college, but he fits better as a 3-4 pass rusher, and he is a sleeper in the first round. He seems like a Ozzie Newsome type player. He is quick enough to drop back into coverage, which is a bonus. I really like this pick.
Redskins – The Redskins need to revamp that defensive line, as most of their defensive linemen are impending free agents. They do so by adding a talented prospect from Michigan State. McDowell is a top ten talent, but his work ethic concerns teams, which makes him fall.
Titans – Corey Davis is another sleeper. He is coming from a smaller school, but the kid can play with anyone. He is the most balanced receiver that can do it all. Mariota gets his number one receiver that the team lacks. They already have good receivers, they just need a Corey Davis to help put them at top of the AFC South.
Buccaneers – Winston can get the football to anyone. He has Mike Evans, Cameron Brate, and Adam Humphries to throw the ball too, but Winston needs another top receiver like Evans, and Evans needs a Robin on the team. That is why John Ross is heading over to the east coast to set sail and siege the day in Tampa Bay. Evans and Ross could be a scary duo from day one. Ross gives the Bucs that speed that they are looking for.
Broncos – The Broncos are having trouble offensively. It starts up front in the trenches, as the guard play has stunk it up in Denver. Lamp is another sleeper like Reddick and Davis. Lamp played offensive tackle at Western Kentucky, but he is best suited as a guard. No matter how the Broncos utilizes him, he will work hard and become a stud. He will grow quicker at the guard position.
Lions – Ansah cannot do it by himself and the defense needs help at multiple positions, but especially at the defensive end spot. Barnett is a steal at 21. He knows how to get to the quarterback and is a preseason candidate to win the rookie defensive player of the year honors.
Dolphins – Cameron was a bust signing and Dion Sims is just a solid number two tight end that is a security blanket and blocker, which is fine, but they need a receiving tight end that can be a difference maker and help give Tannehill another threat in the air. They do so by snagging David Njoku, who spent his college days in Miami, as a Hurricane. He is a riser, but a sure first round talent. Njoku will be Tannehill’s favorite weapon.
Giants – The Giants continue to stack up that front four and by snatching Brantley. Hankins is a free agent, but if they bring him back and add Brantley to the group that includes “Snacks”, then that is a nasty group to watch in the east.
Raiders – Davis is the right man to run the middle of that Raiders defense. I loved watching this kid fly all over the field in college and the same will happen when he starts day one in 2017 for the Raiders. Del Rio will rave about this kid when he watches him.
Texans – Osweiler was a bust signing. They had Tom Savage, who was more than capable on leading the team last year, but he always gets hurt, so they gamble and take Kizer from Notre Dame at pick number 25, which is a good idea. He will have a chance to start. Honestly, he probably gives Houston the best chance to win. He has some nice offensive pieces around him already.
Seahawks – The Seahawks cannot skip on selecting an offensive tackle and at pick number 26. They go after Cam Robinson, which is a safe pick and a good one. He can be the team’s right tackle or left tackle from day one. Russell Wilson will greatly appreciate and approve this selection.
Chiefs – Cunningham is a versatile linebacker, but he will play in the middle. He is a strong tackler that usually never misses. He will be the kid that replaces Johnson in the middle.
Cowboys – Cowboys need to add another young pass rusher and do so by taking Taco Charlton. Taco will have a chance to compete for the starting job, as this group is good, but not great. He makes them better. Notable defensive ends in Dallas includes Randy Gregory (bust & suspended), Lawrence (best rusher), Crawford (solid player, versatile), and David Irving (raw, but promising).
Packers – Humphrey falls, but he is still a first round talent. The Packers snatch him, as they need corners badly. They just released Sam Shields. Gunter is a shaky player that is only a good depth guy. They need to get Randall help back there. Pass rusher can come in the second round.
Steelers – Tim Williams is only in my first round mock, as he is a special talent. I would have him higher, but teams will not gamble on him earlier. He is a want and need in Pittsbugh, as Harrison is a rotational player due to age, Jarvis Jones has not panned out, and it will leave Dupree as the only pass rusher worth starting all three downs. Dupree and Williams could become a special duo.
Falcons – Falcons need to get even more meaner and stronger in their trenches. Their defensive tackle group is weak. Grady Jarrett is a solid player, but other than him it is a weak unit. Carlos Watkins is a unique player that will turn heads in Atlanta.
Patriots – Gronk always gets hurt and is unreliable, plus Bennett is a free agent, who is really excited going to the open market. They need another tight end to pair with Gronk and Howard is the perfect complement.