Today, I will give you my last NFL mock draft, as Thursday (4/26/17), the Draft will open and team’s will find their next key contributors. This mock will look different than the past ones I made, as now we have issues with some of the prospects whether it is off-field problems or just poor testing results, but we also have some big risers in this draft like Kevin King and Patrick Mahomes II, plus many more. Now, the two teams to keep an eye on in this Draft is the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns, due to the fact they have two first-round picks each, which means they can run the table in the trade department. Also, there are three teams without a first-round selection (Patriots, Vikings, Rams). Lastly, after I give you my selections, I will give an analysis of each pick.
1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett – DE – Texas A&M
2. San Francisco 49ers – Jamal Adams – SS – LSU
3. Chicago Bears – Jonathan Allen – DL – Alabama
4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette – RB – LSU
5. Tennessee Titans – Marshon Lattimore – CB – Ohio State
6. New York Jets – O.J. Howard – TE – Alabama
7. Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker – FS – Ohio State
8. Carolina Panthers – Solomon Thomas – DL – Stanford
9. Cincinnati Bengals – Reuben Foster – LB – Alabama
10. Buffalo Bills – Mike Williams – WR – Clemson
11. New Orleans Saints – Haason Reddick – LB/DE – Temple
12. Cleveland Browns – Mitchell Trubisky – QB – North Carolina
13. Arizona Cardinals – Tre’Davious White – CB – LSU
14. Philadelphia Eagles – Dalvin Cook – RB – Florida State
15. Indianapolis Colts – Forrest Lamp – OL – Western Keentucky
16. Baltimore Ravens – Taco Charlton – OLB – Michigan
17. Washington Redskins – Takkarist McKinley – OLB – UCLA
18. Tennessee Titans – John Ross – WR – Washington
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kevin King – CB – Washington
20. Denver Broncos – Ryan Ramczyk – OT – Wisconsin
21. Detroit Lions – Corey Davis – WR – Western Michigan
22. Miami Dolphins – Garett Bolles – OL – Utah
23. New York Giants – David Njoku – TE – Miami (FL)
24. Oakland Raiders – Malik McDowell – DL – Michigan State
25. Houston Texans – Patrick Mahomes II – QB – Texas Tech
26. Seattle Seahawks – Cam Robinson – OT – Alabama
27. Kansas City Chiefs – Christian McCaffrey – RB – Stanford
28. Dallas Cowboys – Chidobe Awuzie – CB – Colorado
29. Green Bay Packers – Marlon Humphrey – CB – Alabama
30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Deshaun Watson – QB – Clemson
31. Atlanta Falcons – Derek Barnett – DE – Tennessee
32. New Orleans Saints – Adoree’ Jackson – CB – USC
Prospects who just missed the first round due to injury, failed test, or other reasons
Jabrill Peppers – LB/S – Michigan
T.J. Watt – OLB – Wisconsin
Gareon Conley – CB – Ohio State
Sidney Jones – CB – Washington
Zach Cunningham – LB – Vanderbilt
Jarrad Davis – LB – Florida
Tim Williams – OLB – Alabama
Caleb Brantley – DL – Florida
Jordan Willis – DE – Kansas State
Charles Harris – DE – Missouri
Evan Engram – TE – Ole Miss
Joe Mixon – RB – Oklahoma
Alvin Kamara – RB – Tennessee
DeShone Kizer – QB – Notre Dame
Analysis of each selection
1. The Browns take Myles Garrett here. Obvious pick and a game changer for Hue Jackson’s defense.
2. Adams would form a nice pair with Eric Reid. John Lynch was a leader on the Bucs championship defense and he finds a player like him in Adams. Adams will change the culture of the Niners’ locker room.
3. The Bears need secondary help, but it will be hard to pass on Allen. The Bears only make their defensive line younger and stronger. Allen is versatile and can line up anywhere on the line. He can stop the run and pass.
4. Adding Fournette will take stress off of Bortles. The team wants to run the ball heavily and by doing so will open up the passing game. Third downs are a question, but he will get a chance to prove himself in that area.
5. Lattimore is the best corner in this draft, according to many of the experts. He gives the Titans a true number one. They need a number one, as Jason McCourty was just cut.
6. Howard is a surprise pick here, as the Jets could use a quarterback, cornerback, and pass rush help, but Howard is a tight end that does it all, which the Jets love running the football and Howard is the best blocking tight end in this draft, plus he is a mismatch nightmare in the passing game. Just find a way to get this kid the ball and he can run all day.
7. Hooker is an instant upgrade over Lowery. Best free safety in the draft and he knows how to run the center of the field. Safe pick by the Chargers.
8. Thomas helps the Panthers greatly, as he can line up as an end or tackle. On the typical running downs, the Panthers should line him up as an end and on sub packages, line him up inside next to Kawann Short. He is a smart player that will have a successful NFL career. Safe pick here.
9. Foster is a thumper, which the AFC North is a physical division and Foster is a physical man. He failed a drug test, but I do not think he will fall out of the first round like Peppers. Burfict, Minter, and Foster is a solid three-headed monster in Cincy. The Bengals take him and get back to what they do best and that is playing solid defense.
10. Mike Williams makes sense here. The Bills lost some receivers in the off-season to other teams, so they need to find their replacements and Williams fits the bill, plus if Watkins can stay healthy, this Clemson duo could become deadly.
11. Reddick is a riser and sleeper. This Temple kid is athletic, as he can cover running backs, tight ends, and rush the quarterback. The Saints get a value pick here at 11.
12. The Browns land their franchise quarterback in Trubisky. Smart kid with a nice touch on the ball. He should sit his first year, so he can learn more. He will be the first quarterback off the board.
13. White landing in Zona would be interesting to see, as Peterson finally gets some help across from him. White is like Peterson; they can line up anywhere and White also returns punts.
14. Cook would help the Eagles get over that hump on the offensive side of the ball. Mathews and Sproles are solid but, Cook brings that explosive and bell cow edge that they lack in the backfield.
15. Mewhort and Lamp would form a good guard duo and this will help the Colts establish a better running game and help keep Andrew Luck on his feet.
16. Charlton makes sense here. Ravens need pass rushers and they get an intriging rusher here. They need to let T-Sizzle mold Taco into that pass rusher they need, as Suggs is almost finished in his career.
17. McKinley joins a loaded pass rushing group in Washington. This is a value pick and a pick that just has to happen. The Redskins will find ways to implement the UCLA product on the field. Good to have tons of quality pass rushers and especially in the NFC East.
18. Ross gives Mariota that number one receiver that he is lacking. Ross is the most explosive receiver out of Corey Davis and Mike Williams.
19. King is a sleeper and riser. He is also a solid football player that is not flashy. He just does his job. The Bucs need another corner. Grimes is on his last year on his deal and he is not young. Look into the future of a combo of Hargreaves, King, and Elliot. King would be that giant corner that could help the Bucs stop those giant receivers in the NFC South.
20. The Ram is a solid pick. Best offensive tackle in this draft. Now, he might push one of the tackles for the starting job. Mean dude on the field. He will not be the next Joe Thomas, but he will be a good one.
21. Davis joins Tate and Jones in the receiving group. This is an interesting pick and makes the Lions offense even more scarier than displayed. They can snag a corner or defensive end in the second round.
22. Bolles can play the tackle position, but Tunsil will hold down the left tackle spot, meaning Bolles would kick inside next to him and provide a nice young punch on the offensive line.
23. Giants need a tight end and have been honestly lacking one since Jeremy Shockey left. Njoku is an underrated blocker, but a nightmare in the passing game. He is going to be a good one for many years. Eli Manning would appreciate this acquisition.
24. McDowell is a talented player, but his work ethic is questionable, but I do think Del Rio can get the best of him. Raiders need more defensive line depth and this is a smart pick up.
25. Mahomes will be the next Philip Rivers. He is a gunslinger and O’Brien will love him. He will most likely sit his first year, if Tom Savage can stay healthy. This is the future of the Texans and he has some nice weapons on offense already that could help him if he is thrown into the fire out of the gates.
26. Robinson replaces Gilliam, as he signed with the 49ers. The team gets better instantly in the pass and run blocking department with Robinson coming into town. He starts day one.
27. McCaffrey fits the Chiefs scheme. No more Charles in KC, but Spencer Ware will be the bell cow, but McCaffrey is the future in the backfield. He might steal a good amount of snaps from Ware. McCaffrey is a four-down player. He returns kicks and punts, runs the ball well, and catches the football. Andy Reid is hoping the Stanford product falls to his team at 27.
28. Cowboys secondary is depleted, as they lost many secondary players to free agency. Chidobe will come in and compete for a starting job. He is one of my favorite corners in this draft and he will excel in Dallas.
29. The Packers need to get a corner in the system again, as Sam Shields is gone. Gunter struggled most of the time and Randall missed some time. Humphrey and Randall will run the outside with Gunter and Rollins fighting for the third corner spot. Smart pick here at 29.
30. Watson is the future in Pittsburgh. He gets at least a year or two to learn under Big Ben, which should help. He has weapons in place for him with Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell. Watson is a winner and will only accept that. He needs to work on his decision making, but he does throw a nice ball, plus his mobility is key.
31. Barnett gives the Falcons another pass rusher in the fold. He might be asked to stand up like Beasley, but he will most likely be on the line with his hand in the dirt. He will steal time away from the team’s current defensive ends.
32. Jackson does it all. He plays on offense, defense, and special teams. I do not know how much time Jackson will spend playing on offense, but he will be a dynamic player for Sean Payton in his secondary.