NFL Mock Draft (Round 1)

  1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett: DE Texas A&M: Garrett’s scary combination of strength, speed, and size is too good for the Browns to pass up here.
  2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas DE Stanford: The 49ers have not made any progress with the Redskins and Kirk Cousins. Rebuilds tend to take a long time and there is no reason to force it by choosing a quarterback. Thomas is a strong defensive tackle that moves well for his size. He and Deforest Buckner could team up to form an intimidating defensive line for the 49ers in the future.
  3. Chicago Bears: Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State: After the Bears signed Mike Glennon to an expensive contract, the Bears have secured their quarterback of the future. Now, they need to polish their defense and it starts with their secondary. Adding the physical ball-hawking corner Lattimore would be a good start. When thinking of Lattimore, Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes comes to mind.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette RB LSU: Boy the Jaguars could go in a lot of directions here. Chris Ivory and TJ Yeldon proved that they could not handle a big workload and struggled against weak competition last year. Fournette is the definition of a workhorse. His powerful running style along with good speed for the position will allow him to dominate for years to come.
  5. Tennessee Titans: Jamal Adams S LSU: After their first winning season since 2011, the Titans look ready to make another playoff push next season. In order to do so, they will have to improve upon what was one of the worst secondary units in the league. Jamal Adams, a well-built safety, with good cover skills, will help the Titans secondary.
  6. New York Jets: Jonathan Allen DT Alabama: Many experts expect the Jets to nab a quarterback with their sixth pick, but I decided to choose a different route. The Jets only sacked the quarterback 27 times last season (29th in the NFL). Assuming the Jets select Allen, they will get a strong interior lineman who has a knack for getting to the quarterback.
  7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker S Ohio State: A rangy, ball-hawking safety, Hooker ranked in the top ten in the nation with seven interceptions. His explosive style of play could help the Chargers fill the void of Eric Weddle who signed with the Ravens last season.
  8. Carolina Panthers: Mike Williams WR Clemson: Mike Williams, a long, fluid wideout produced impressive numbers returning from a neck injury. His above average body control, size, and speed should give quarterback Cam Newton yet another target.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster ILB Alabama: The explosive, physical linebacker Foster has been under fire in recent weeks due to off the field issues. His style of play would complement Vontaze Burfict and give the Bengals a feared linebacker duo.
  10. Buffalo Bills: Corey Davis WR Western Michigan: Last season, the Bills leading receiver, Robert Woods only accumulated mere 613 yards. Woods has now signed with the Los Angeles Rams, leaving a major void to be filled. Davis a tall, slender receiver will help fill a major need for Buffalo. Think a young Brandon Marshall when thinking about Davis.
  11. New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett DE Tennessee: The Saints sacked opposing quarterbacks only 30 times last season. In 39 career games in college, Barnett recorded 33 sacks. Do the math.
  12. Cleveland Browns: Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina: This is where the Browns will finally find their franchise quarterback. Despite only having 13 career starts under his belt, Trubisky underrated arm strength and athleticism in addition to his pinpoint accuracy has propelled him to the top of many mock drafts. He doesn’t have ideal size, but his smart decision-making skills and leadership could make him into a consistent starting quarterback.
  13. Arizona Cardinals: OJ Howard TE Alabama: The last tight end to record 500 yards or more in a single season for the Cardinals was Freddie Jones back in 2003. Howard, a multi-faceted tight end is a formidable blocker his athletic enough to challenge cornerbacks and safeties. His size and strength put him amongst some of the best tight end prospects in recent history.
  14. Philadelphia Eagles: Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford: McCaffrey, a dominant running back during his years at Stanford would be the perfect pick for a rebuilding Eagles squad. His speed and agility would fit nicely into Doug Pederson’s offense and give young quarterback Carson Wentz another target out of the backfield. The Eagles have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since they traded LeSean McCoy in 2014.
  15. Indianapolis Colts: Charles Harris OLB Missouri: I like this pick for the Colts. It has been several years since the Colts had a consistent pass rush. Harris, a former basketball star could give Indy the stability and talent they need to pressure opposing quarterbacks.
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin: The Ravens offensive line has struggled to create holes for their running backs in recent years. Ramczyk, a strong offensive tackle helped Wisconsin rush for over 200 yards per game last season.
  17. Washington Redskins: Haason Reddick ILB Temple: This pick is more of the best player available situation. Reddick, a versatile player should be able to provide immediate help to the Ravens secondary and front seven. He is light enough to cover running backs out of the backfield, while powerful enough to challenge ball carriers at the point of attack.
  18. Tennessee Titans: John Ross WR Washington: Ross recorded the best official 40-yard dash in NFL combine history. The Titans add another speedy threat to help them stretch the field.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama: Yet another Nick Saban product. I could make a case for Dalvin Cook to be picked here, but let’s remember Doug Martin is only two years removed from a 1,400 rushing yard season. The Buccaneers allowed opposing quarterbacks 7.7 yards per attempt (fourth-worst in the NFL). Humphrey a strong cover corner should give the Bucs even more depth in their secondary.
  20. Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles OT Utah: Arguably the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft, Bolles could help give the Broncos stability in their offensive line. Since Peyton Manning’s record season in 2013, Denver has employed several different running backs, all of whom have struggled. The offensive line needs some help and Bolles should be able to fill a major void.
  21. Detroit Lions: Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA: Similar to Ezekiel Ansah, McKinley an explosive athlete should be able to provide help in the Lions weak front seven. Since Detroit lost Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, both top pick in their respective drafts, their pass rush plummeted. McKinley should help restore what was a strong pass rush.
  22. Miami Dolphins: Jarrad Davis ILB Florida: Last season the Dolphins allowed teams to average 140 rushing yards per game. Granted, star safety Reshad Jones was injured, but the Dolphins lacked an athletic playmaker in their linebacking core. Davis should be able to provide a spark for a talented defense.
  23. New York Giants: Cam Robinson OT Alabama: Since becoming a highly recruited player in 2014, Robinson has earned even more praise for a successful career at Alabama. His size immediately makes him an interesting target, but his improved footwork and understanding of the game put him atop most offensive linemen.
  24. Oakland Raiders: Kevin King CB Washington: Despite making several signings to help improve their defense, the Raiders remained one of the worst defensive units last season. King dominated the Pac-12 during his tenure at Washington and his style of play should translate well to the pros.
  25. Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech: The Texans are not a bad enough team to rebuild, but their not nearly good enough to compete for a title either. With several pieces in place, this is the pick where the Texans find their identity for the future. Mahomes natural ability reminds me of a young Robert Griffin and his strong work ethic will allow him to gel with coach Bill O Brien. The main question is whether his small frame will allow him to endure the physicality of the NFL. That remains to be seen,
  26. Seattle Seahawks: Forrest Lamp OG Western Kentucky: Poor Russell Wilson. Had it not been for poor protection the entire season, he might have made yet another Super Bowl run. The Seahawks offensive line allowed Wilson to be pressured on 36 percent of his drop backs. Lamp, a tough offensive lineman with a knack for the game should provide protection for the athletic Wilson on day one.
  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Evan Engram TE Ole Miss: I know, the Chiefs have Travis Kelce, but Engram is more of a receiver than a tight end anyways. His relatively big stature and fantastic speed will make him a nightmare matchup for opposing defenses.
  28. Dallas Cowboys: Jabrill Peppers S Michigan: This is another pick that is the best player available situation. Peppers might be the most versatile and athletic player in the draft, having the ability to play: running back, linebacker, safety, and cornerback all while contributing on special teams.
  29. Green Bay Packers: Adoree Jackson CB USC: Yet another extremely athletic player. Jackson was amongst one of the most explosive return men in the country last season in addition to his ball-hawking skills as a corner. He is still relatively raw at the cornerback spot, but his natural athleticism and size can take him a long way.
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers: David Njoku TE Miami: Njoku, an extremely athletic tight end should give the Steelers yet another good target. His freakish athleticism and built frame will allow him to challenge anyone who covers him.
  31. Atlanta Falcons: Taco Charlton DE Michigan: Six foot six inch defensive ends are hard to come by. They’re even harder to come by when they have the athleticism and quick first step as Charlton. The Falcons already have one dominant edge rusher in Vic Beasley, why not add another?
  32. New Orleans Saints: Zay Jones WR East Carolina: Drew Brees prefers wideouts who are good route runners who have reliable hands. That is exactly Zay Jones. A polished and productive receiver out of East Carolina, Jones would perfectly fit into the Saints heavy passing offense.

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