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NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0
4/3/17

Version 1.0 - 3/6/17

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1. Cleveland Browns – DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

The Browns could opt to take their pick of the litter with the quarterbacks, but Garrett is the most likely option. Adam Schefter reported that the Browns are extremely high on Garrett, who is the most gifted defensive lineman in the draft. He recently put on a show during the NFL Combine and the Browns could use a difference maker on defense. It would be shocking if Cleveland passes on Garrett, who most people see as the best player in the draft.

Previous Pick: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

2. San Francisco 49ers Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

The 49ers have plenty of needs, but Thomas is the fastest rising prospect in the NFL Draft right now. Hes an athletic defensive lineman, who will be able to play multiple positions if needed but will likely end up playing the role of a 4-3 defensive end for the majority of his career. Hes a great pass rusher, which is a position the 49ers desperately need to upgrade. It isnt out of the question that they select a cornerback, quarterback or any other position here, but Thomas is the odds on favorite at this time.

Previous Pick: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State

3. Chicago Bears Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama

Allen was the favorite for the second overall pick before struggling at the NFL Combine. That should be enough to knock him below Solomon Thomas, but it likely wont knock him too far. Hell climb back up the draft boards once teams begin looking more at film rather than Combine results. Hes another versatile player, who will be able to find success both inside and outside on the defensive line. He also found plenty of success against both the run and pass during his time at Alabama. Hell be an immediate upgrade to the Chicago defense.

Previous Pick: QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina

Leonard Fournette

The Jags could shift their offense away from turnover prone Blake Bortles to a power ground attack.


4. Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Im extremely skeptical about the Jaguars using this pick on Fournette, but it does make sense in theory. The Jaguars have expressed interest in adding talent around Blake Bortles, and Fournette would be a massive upgrade over T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory. This would allow the Jaguars to rely more on controlling the clock and an emerging defense rather than Bortles arm. Normally it would be difficult to mock a running back this high, but the success that the Cowboys found with Zeke Elliott will cause other teams to try to replicate that game plan.

Previous Pick: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

5. Tennessee Titans Jamal Adams, S, LSU

The Titans have a huge hole at cornerback, but they will have to settle for a safety here. Adams and Malik Hooker are neck and neck for the first safety off the board, but Hooker is dealing with injuries right now. Tennessees biggest hole is currently in their secondary, and Adams is arguably the best player available here. They could reach on a cornerback, but its more likely they use this pick on arguably the best safety in the draft.

Previous Pick: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

6. New York Jets Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

It seems criminal to have Lattimore go this late in the draft, but that is the way the cards fell. The Jets are currently relying on Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine, which is extremely dangerous. Lattimore would immediately step in and contribute on the Jets defense. He comes with tremendous upside, and this could be the first time the Jets have a true shut down cornerback since the earlier years of Revis Island.

Previous Pick: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

Hooker is expected to miss a few months due to recent surgeries or else he would likely be the first safety off the board. The Chargers reportedly love him though, and he would fill a big void in the defense. Jahleel Addae is going to be a free agent, and the Chargers desperately missed Eric Weddle in the secondary last season. Hooker is a ball-hawking safety who also has good skills with the ball in his hands. He lacks experience, but he is the type of turnover machine that teams are looking for at the backend of their defenses.

Previous Pick: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

8. Carolina Panthers Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Its no secret that the Panthers need help at cornerback. They could go with a multitude of players here, though, as cornerback rankings are all over the board at this point. Humphrey is a great option as he is a big corner with great speed as well. He isnt quite NFL ready, but he has the potential to immediately step into a role for the Panthers. They will need to find a replacement for Josh Norman or they will continue to struggle defensively.

Previous Pick: Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama

9. Cincinnati Bengals Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Barnett is a top notch defensive end, but gets somewhat lost in the shuffle in a draft filled with elite pass rushers. The Bengals are in need of another pass-rushing defensive end, and Barnett could make an immediate impact. He was the all-time sack leader at Tennessee, and Barnett makes a ton of sense as a high-upside selection for Cincinnati.

Previous Pick: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

10. Buffalo Bills O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

The Bills recently stated that their number two wide receiver is currently on their team, and while I dont believe that to be true, I do think that drafting Howard here makes more sense than drafting someone like Mike Williams. There are plenty of questions surrounding Williams while there are very few surrounding Howard. He struggled to post elite production at Alabama, but he is an elite blocker, who has the potential to develop into an elite receiving tight end. He could immediately take pressure off of Sammy Watkins by working the middle of the field and Howard is a more likely option than a wide receiver here.

Previous Pick: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

11. New Orleans Saints Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

The Saints need to address their pass rush in this draft and they likely will do that in the first round. Charlton is a bit of a wildcard as he does not have much production in college, but his size and athleticism will force teams to fall in love with him. He has the potential to become one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL, which is something the Saints will be looking for at this pick.

Previous Pick: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

12. Cleveland Browns Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

It wouldnt be surprising to see teams trade up for quarterbacks, as that is a position that always tends to be over-drafted. The Browns are a team that desperately needs to find a franchise quarterback. There have been reports that they are in love with Trubisky, but there are other reports stating that they like Deshaun Watson more. They are a team that needs the most talented player and Trubisky simply has more upside than Watson. Hes a young player that the Browns could build around for the next decade.

Previous Pick: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

13. Arizona Cardinals Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Larry Fitzgerald is on his last legs, and Michael Floyd is out of Arizona. That means they are going to need someone to step in as the top receiver after Fitzgerald retires, but John Brown and J.J. Nelson dont fit the mold. Corey Davis does, boasting great size with good routes and strong hands. Hell make a great red-zone option for Arizona this season, while learning behind Fitzgerald. He will make an outstanding replacement that can take over as soon as Fitz announces hes done.

Previous Pick: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

14. Philadelphia Eagles Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

The Eagles upgraded the wide receiver position in free agency, which will allow them to focus on their secondary with this pick. Conley was overshadowed by Marshon Lattimore at Ohio State, but he displayed elite upside during his time as a starter. He struggles to provide run support, but he is an extremely versatile cornerback as he can play both left and right corner. He can also play in man or zone coverage and hes a high upside player that is flying up draft boards.

Previous Pick: John Ross, WR, Washington

15. Indianapolis Colts Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

The Colts must hate the idea of keeping Andrew Luck healthy, which makes me question this pick. Robinson is a player that is projected to become a right tackle or guard, but some teams believe hell be able to handle himself at left tackle. That type of versatility will help Indianapolis, who absolutely need to find someone who can protect their franchise quarterback. Robinson is a three-year starter in the SEC, which means he has been playing against great pass rushers throughout college. There are a few concerns about his inconsistencies, but the Colts do not have much of a choice here.

Previous Pick: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

16. Baltimore Ravens Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Cook underperformed at the NFL Combine, but he has such elite tape and production in college that teams are likely to overlook that. The Ravens recently stated that they need help at running back and Cook is an elite prospect. He could step into the starting role and be a workhorse running back. Hes the type of player that teams can build their offense around, and he would solve the Ravens running back issues for quite some time.

Previous Pick: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

17. Washington Redskins Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

Foster is an elite prospect, but there are a ton of question marks surrounding him, which has caused his value to fall. He has suffered multiple concussions during his time at Alabama. He also recently had rotator cuff surgery and was kicked out of the NFL Combine after getting into an argument with a hospital worker. There are no questions about his talent though, and the Redskins need major help in their front seven. Foster would immediately help their run defense, which was lacking last season. If the Redskins can get over his question marks, Foster is an elite value pick here.

Previous Pick: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

18. Tennessee Titans Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

The Titans missed out on Brandin Cooks earlier this off-season, but they will get their more traditional receiver here. Williams is sliding down the draft boards because of questions about his speed, but he isnt a receiver that relies heavily on speed. Hes a massive receiver, who uses his size well. He has the ability to work each of the levels of the field and he uses his size to come down with contested catches. He has the potential to develop into a WR1 that the Titans are in need of.

Previous Pick: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford

McCaffrey is the type of Swiss army knife the Bucs need in their offense. In the season-ending news conference, Coach Dirk Koetter stated that the Bucs need players with catch and run ability in their offense. McCaffrey isnt exactly a wide receiver, but he has more than enough receiving potential to play in the slot. Hes a big play waiting to happen, and hes also a matchup nightmare for defenses. He tested well at the Combine, which should certify that hes selected in the first round this April.

Previous Pick: Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford

20. Denver Broncos Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

The Broncos badly need an offensive tackle. Ramczyk is the best tackle on the board, and he has the potential to become a solid left tackle for a long time. He has looked good in both run and pass blocking during his time at Wisconsin. Hes a fairly athletic player, and he should immediately help the Broncos offensive line. Hell likely start at right tackle as a rookie before moving to left tackle later in his career.

Previous Pick: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

21. Detroit Lions Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

The Lions need quite a bit of help in the front seven and McKinley is an interesting option. He isnt an ideal fit, but hes an athletic player that could be taught to play multiple positions. Hes raw, which means it could be easier to mold him into a 4-3 outside linebacker or defensive end. This is a big of a risky pick, but the Lions were rewarded when taking a raw player in Ziggy Ansah and they will be looking to hit the lottery again here.

Previous Pick: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

22. Miami Dolphins Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Reddick flew under the radar before dominating at the NFL Combine. He displayed elite athleticism, but there are plenty of question marks surrounding him. His position is a bit unknown, as some teams peg him as a defensive end, while some believe hes an outside linebacker, and others see him as an inside linebacker. The Dolphins need help at defensive end and outside linebacker, and Reddick would give them a bit of versatility for the future.

Previous Pick: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

23. New York Giants Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

The Giants offensive line continues to be one of their biggest weaknesses. Bolles isnt a prospect that is completely ready to step into the offense right now, but he comes with plenty of upside. He has the potential to move inside if needed and he could immediately compete as the Giants swing lineman. He also has the potential to turn into a starting left tackle, which would allow New York to move Ereck Flowers to another position after struggling early in his career at left tackle.

Previous Pick: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

24. Oakland Raiders Malik McDowell, DT/DE, Michigan State

Coach Jack Del Rio stated that it is critical for the Raiders to get an interior pass rush working next season and McDowell is the best option plug the hole. He struggled last season for Michigan State with only 1.5 sacks, but that was because of an injury, as he had 4.5 sacks the year before. Hes a high upside pick that does come with some risk, but McDowell has the potential to play multiple positions, which only increases his upside. This is a matchup made in heaven for the Raiders.

Previous Pick: Malik McDowell, DT/DE, Michigan State

25. Houston Texans Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

The Texans are still holding out hope that they can sign Tony Romo, but their current quarterbacks are Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden. There have been rumors swirling that Mahomes is the Texans preferred choice at quarterback, and he likely wont be available in the second round. He has been labeled a gunslinger because of the type of offense he played in during his time at Texas Tech, but he was able to control his turnovers. He also has a big arm and isnt afraid to pick up first downs with his legs. Even if the Texans are able to sign Romo, Mahomes could ultimately end up being their quarterback of the future.

Previous Pick: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

26. Seattle Seahawks Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

The Seahawks never seem to take offensive linemen in the first round, but they dont have much of a choice this offseason. Russell Wilson was sacked 41 times in 2016, and they need to keep their franchise quarterback upright in the future. Johnson is the best tackle available, even though he is more known for his run blocking. He has the potential to play both left and right tackle as well. He isnt the safest player in the draft, but he fills a hole in a solid Seahawks roster.

Previous Pick: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

27. Kansas City Chiefs DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Quarterbacks always go higher than they should, and that will likely be the case again this season. Teams will likely trade up, but Kizer makes a lot of sense for the Chiefs. Alex Smith is aging, and its questionable whether a game manager is going to be able to lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl. Kizer has all the tools to become a great quarterback, but he needs to improve his decision-making and accuracy, which he could work on while waiting behind Smith. Keep in mind, Andy Reid isnt afraid to groom a young quarterback behind an aging starter.

Previous Pick: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

28. Dallas Cowboys Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

Engram ahead of David Njoku is not going to be a popular option but it makes sense in this situation. Engram is essentially a huge slot receiver that is going to cause problems for anyone that guards him. Linebackers are not fast enough to keep up with him while cornerbacks are too small to cover him. He will add another wrinkle in an elite Cowboys offense after taking over for Jason Witten.

Previous Pick: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

29. Green Bay Packers Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan

Peppers looked outstanding at the NFL Combine, which should help his stock during the draft. Hes a player that can play multiple positions, as he has been labeled a safety, cornerback, linebacker, running back, and wide receiver throughout the draft process. The Packers could use him to replace Micah Hyde, who played a hybrid role in their defense. Peppers could be a steal for a team this late as long as they have a plan in place for him.

Previous Pick: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

30. Pittsburgh Steelers Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt

James Harrison is aging to say the least, although he may not be playing like it. Regardless, hes likely to hang up his cleats soon, and the Steelers will need a replacement. Cunningham is a linebacker that has good range which can be seen by his elite production at Vanderbilt. Hell be able to take a year to put on extra muscle with the Steelers as well.

Previous Pick: Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt

31. Atlanta Falcons Forrest Lamp, OG/C, Western Kentucky

Lamp is a player that has been gaining steam throughout the process. He tested well at the Combine, and hes a player that has the potential to play tackle, guard, or center. Hes coming from a small school, but hes a four year starter, who has plenty of tape to study. The Falcons have a need in the interior line and Lamp is a player that can fill multiple holes as a sixth lineman.

Previous Pick: Forrest Lamp, OG/C, Western Kentucky

32. New Orleans Saints TreDavious White, CB, LSU

The Saints are currently trying to work out a deal for Malcolm Butler, which shows they understand they need help in the secondary. If they are able to land Butler, they will likely use this on another position. White offers a high upside player, who has the ability to turn into an every down cornerback for New Orleans.

Previous Pick: Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan