It is time for the final picks. No amount of studying can accurately predict how every pick will turn out in the first round of the draft, but here I am trying to do just that.
So here we go, in all of its’ glory, my final mock draft…
- Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett – DE, Texas A&M
- Just take him. If Cleveland is smart, they will take Garrett No. 1 overall.
- San Francisco 49ers
Solomon Thomas – DE, Stanford
- I will stick with Thomas here. The 49ers can afford to go best player available. I mean they are rebuilding.
- Chicago Bears
Jamal Adams – S, LSU
- We are holding steady here in the early goings. No changes yet. Adams will beef up the secondary.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Leonard Fournette – RB, LSU
- Fournette is special and I really can not see Jacksonville passing up on a chance to bolster the run game that features Chris Ivory and TJ Yeldon. Yes, that means you take him.
- Tennessee Titans
Marshon Lattimore – DB, Ohio State
- I have not changed yet. Is this really a new version of a mock draft?
- New York Jets
DeShaun Watson – QB, Clemson
- I have come to the conclusion that the Jets need a quarterback. No seriously. By taking any other player, they are not solving their problems. Develop a quarterback so talent can eventually surround him. Watson is a winner.
- Los Angeles Chargers
Malik Hooker – DB, Ohio State
- Hooker is an easy fit with the Chargers. Day one starter in my book.
- Carolina Panthers
Jonathan Allen – DT, Alabama
- Panthers need to shore up the defensive line. Gee that line was used last time. Well, the same applies here. Allen comes from the Alabama system so he must be good. Check that, he is really good. I mean, REALLY good.
- Cincinnati Bengals
Derek Barnett – DE, Tennessee
- I just can not see Barnett falling out of the top 10. The Bengals would love to have this edge rusher on their defense.
- Buffalo Bills
Corey Davis – WR, Western Michigan
- Simply put, he is the best receiver in the draft and I was a fool to have him fall so far in my previous mock.
- New Orleans Saints
Reuben Foster – LB, Alabama
- Foster is an absolute tank. The Saints cannot pass up on this opportunity. He will be a wrecking ball in the middle of their needy defense.
- Cleveland Browns
Mitchell Trubisky – QB, North Carolina
- With Watson off the board, the Browns “settle” for Trubisky. I still love his size and athleticism and he will have time to develop with head coach Hue Jackson and a rebuilding Browns squad.
- Arizona Cardinals
OJ Howard – TE, Alabama
- I can see the Cardinals going QB here but they are in a win now mode with Carson Palmer and will add a QB later in this draft.
- Philadelphia Eagles
Christian McCaffrey – RB, Stanford
- This is the running back that fits the best in the Eagles system. McCaffrey is extremely versatile and he and Carson Wentz just seem like a great pairing.
- Indianapolis Colts
Forrest Lamp – OL, Western Kentucky
- The Colts need offensive linemen. It is as simple as that.
- Baltimore Ravens
John Ross – WR, Washington
- Joe Flacco needs some help. I think Ross makes sense here to really stretch the field.
- Washington Redskins
Haason Reddick – LB, Temple
- With Ross off the board, I can see the Redskins pass on Mike Williams and make a play for Reddick to help out the defense and get a new found sense of pass rushing.
- Tennessee Titans
Mike Williams – WR, Clemson
- Here is where Williams comes into play now. By adding Lattimore early and getting their starter on defense, the Titans immediately upgrade the WR’s and give Marcus Mariota a new weapon.
- Tampa Bay Bucs
Dalvin Cook – RB, Florida State
- Cook just makes sense staying in Florida. He can really bolster a young and explosive Tampa Bay offense that also added veteran speedster DeSean Jackson.
- Denver Broncos
Cam Robinson – OL, Alabama
- The Broncos need to protect their quarterback, whoever it will be. The defense is still deadly so they should go for their more pressing need at this point.
- Detroit Lions
Taco Charlton – DE, Michigan
- They pass rush has not been the same since Cliff Avril left. Charlton could be the answer here.
- Miami Dolphins
Charles Harris – DE, Missouri
- He has been moving up on draft board. I agree. Miami can add to the pass rush to alleviate pressure in the back end.
- New York Giants
Jarrad Davis – LB, Florida
- The Giants have a great defense but there is a huge hole at linebacker. Davis is a day one starter and could make an impact.
- Oakland Raiders
Malik McDowell – DT, Michigan State
- The front seven needs to be beefed up in the middle between Khalil Mack and Mario Edwards Jr.
- Houston Texans
Patrick Mahomes – QB, Texas Tech
- Here is the future of Houston. Tom Savage may be the starter at the moment, but I would not be shocked if Mahomes fits the bill right away and starts week one.
- Seattle Seahawks
Ryan Ramczyk – OL, Wisconsin
- The Seahawks need to sharpen up the offensive line to protect Russell Wilson. Wilson thrives on his mobility but not when he is getting hit.
- Kansas City Chiefs
Zach Cunningham – LB, Vanderbilt
- Chiefs need a successor to Derrick Johnson and Cunningham could fill the void when needed.
- Dallas Cowboys
Budda Baker – S, Washington
- Baker can soften the blow of losing a lot in the secondary.
- Green Bay Packers
T.J. Watt – LB, Wisconsin
- His brother J.J. suggests he is more NFL ready than he was. If that is the case, that is a pretty scary thought. Clay Matthews and T.J. Watt? Yikes.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
Jabrill Peppers – S, Michigan
- He is the most polarizing prospect in the draft. Where does he fit in the NFL, if at all? The Steelers need a playmaker and they are getting one in Peppers. Now, how do they use him?
- Atlanta Falcons
Takkarist McKinley – DE, UCLA
- I initially had him higher, but needs changed for teams picking earlier in the draft. I like this fit. McKinley and Vic Beasley can make for a deadly pass rushing combo. A young one to boot.
- New Orleans Saints
Adoree Jackson – CB, USC
- Jackson is a hype train name. Most have him falling out of the first round due to concerns about, well, his skill level. He is a play maker with the ball in his hands. The question is: on offense or defense? I believe someone will reach for him. I think the Saints are candidates to do that and by adding him and Foster, they get two rookie starters.
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