Mock Draft season is here.
In the midst of the start of free agency, many fans around the country wonder and decide for themselves who they want their favorite team to select in the upcoming draft. This year’s draft will take place in Philadelphia, a change from Chicago and New York. So who is your team drafting?
Well I’ll tell you…then promptly change my mind in a few weeks. So here we go.
- Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett – DE, Texas A&M
- Garrett has all the tools to become an elite pass rusher. With his combine numbers off the charts and no ‘great’ quarterbacks in this draft, Cleveland needs to take this man.
- San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Allen – DT, Alabama
- The 49ers will pass on a quarterback here and settle for one later. Likely, GM John Lynch will op for a stop gap, unless he nabs Kirk Cousins. Allen is a force on the D-Line and San Fran needs all the help they can get on defense.
- Chicago Bears
Mitchell Trubisky – QB, North Carolina
- Reports are Jay Culter is as good as gone whether he is cut or traded. Bears need a quarterback and seem like a more desperate team than San Francisco who is in total overhaul/rebuild mode. Trubisky is the pick
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Leonard Fournette – RB, LSU
- Blake Bortles has shown flashes on franchise level talent but isn’t helped out by the huge reliance on 50 plus passes a game with a very young offense. He’ll need a fierce runner behind him. Fournette is a generational running back.
- Tennessee Titans
Marshon Lattimore – DB, Ohio State
- Simply put, Lattimore is a ball hawk and will immediately fit the need the Titans have at their weak secondary. It also helps they can take him high as they have two first round picks.
- New York Jets
Marlon Humphrey – DB, Alabama
- Goodbye Darrelle Revis, helo Humphrey. The Jets have loads of problems but it would help on defense to have a lockdown corner.
- Los Angeles Chargers
Malik Hooker – DB, Ohio State
- The Chargers need secondary help especially with the release of Brandon Flowers. Lets see if Gus Bradley looks good again as a defensive coordinator and tries to bring out the Seattle in him.
- Carolina Panthers
Derek Barnett – DL, Tennessee
- Panthers would love to have an edge rusher to help out that defense. Barnett would be the best available at 8 if the first 7 go how I say. Which they probably won’t.
- Cincinnati Bengals
Solomon Thomas – DL, Stanford
- They’ll miss out on Barnett, but the Bengals will scoop up Thomas because of their need at edge rusher.
- Buffalo Bills
Mike Williams – WR, Clemson
- Regardless of the quarterback, the Bills will take Williams to get a game-changing receiver and they could roll out Cardale Jones and still complete deep balls to get the offense rolling. Okay, well, this pick is in my belief that the Bills will keep Tyrod Taylor at a reduced rate.
- New Orleans Saints
Taco Charlton – DL, Michigan
- Saints might trade up if they think the top 3 defensive linemen are gone but Charlton is still a nice prize given his athleticism and he is a great playmaker against the run.
- Cleveland Browns
Deshaun Watson – QB, Clemson
- Could this be the one? The Browns have a shot to get two franchise players on opposite sides of the ball within the top 15. I feel Watson will work best with Head Coach Hue Jackson.
- Arizona Cardinals
Deshone Kizer – QB, Notre Dame
- May be a surprise, but the Cardinals need to look toward the future. How much more can they ask out of Carson Palmer? Age and injuries are catching up with Palmer and a year removed from falling one game short of the Super Bowl, the Cardinals lacked offensive firepower. Kizer is the future in Arizona.
- Philadelphia Eagles
Corey Davis – WR, Western Michigan
- This is very subject to change because the Eagles could get busy in free agency. There is a dire need at receiver and corner. Oh and running back is also a big hole on the offense. Philly needs to surround Carson Wentz with weapons and Davis has Terrell Owens comparisons. Take him here. CB and RB can be filled in later rounds with a corner being available in round two.
- Indianapolis Colts
Cam Robinson – OL, Alabama
- Why not running back? The Colts need to be able to block first and keep their franchise quarterback healthy. They is a desperate need for the offensive line here.
- Baltimore Ravens
Sidney Jones – CB, Washington
- The Ravens need a shutdown corner. Jones could arguably end up the best with his tremendous strength to go along with great technique.
- Washington Redskins
John Ross – WR, Washington
- DeSean Jackson could be elsewhere so the Redskins need a cheaper, younger and equally as fast receiver. Enter Ross who broke the combine record for the 40 yard dash with a 4.22.
- Tennessee Titans
O.J Howard – TE, Alabama
- Marcus Mariota could use some more weapons. How about an elite tight end? Yes please.
- Tampa Bay Bucs
Dalvin Cook – RB, Florida State
- Cook is a game changing back and the Bucs could be cutting ties with Doug Martin who has struggled and suffered from injury. Cook will be staying in the Sunshine state and Jameis Winston will love have a franchise back.
- Denver Broncos
Forrest Lamp – OL, Western Kentucky
- Denver needs line help in order to protect whoever their quarterback is. It was a problem last season. Lamp, if he doesn’t play tackle, could slide inside to guard.
- Detroit Lions
Teez Tabor – DB, Florida
- Detroit could pair Tabor up with Darius Slay and hit the pass rusher pick in the second round. Their defense could use a great talent like Tabor to be their No. 1 corner if Slay ever flames out.
- Miami Dolphins
Takkarist McKinley – DL, UCLA
- Andre Branch is testing free agency, so the Dolphins can scoop up McKinley who could make a day one impact.
- New York Giants
Malik McDowell – DT, Michigan State
- Never hurts to help out arguably one of the best defense last season. Giants are known for the pass rush and great defensive line play. Pick up McDowell.
- Oakland Raiders
Reuben Foster – LB, Alabama
- Raiders need an inside linebacker to help out Khalil Mack on the outside. Jack Del Rio could have a lot of fun with this prospect considering Foster is projected to be a higher pick in some drafts.
- Houston Texans
Patrick Mahomes – QB, Texas Tech
- Three quarterbacks you say? Well yes. Brock Osweiller was terrible and Tom Savage started for the first time in his career with mixed results until he was concussed. Mahomes is the future here with a great defense already and playmakers on offense.
- 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
David Njoku – TE
- Older Jason Witten can still be good. However, young at QB and RB, why not at TE? The Cowboys are a legit contender so giving Dak Prescott another toy will certainly help.
- Green Bay Packers
T.J. Watt – LB, Wisconsin
- 3-4 system? Check. Need for a rusher opposite Clay Matthews? Check. Watt is an explosive playmaker on defense. The Packers should not pass him up.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
Charles Harris – OLB, Missouri
- He can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3 as a linebacker/defensive end. Harris has 18 career sacks including nine just last season. The Steelers would love to have another pass rusher especially with James Harrison in the twilight of his career.
- Atlanta Falcons
Caleb Brantley – DL, Florida
- Throw in another defensive lineman who can help out the pass rush and stuff the run and the Falcons might’ve held off the Patriots.
- New England Patriots
Christian McCaffrey – RB, Stanford
- This is a match made in heaven. McCaffrey can do it all running and catching and he can line up everywhere. Why not give Brady a playmaker to make him even better, if that is even possible