The NFL season has come to a close following the thrilling Super Bowl a couple Sunday’s ago. Now we turn our focus to the draft which draws ever closer. We will get a great look at all the talent at the NFL Combine, which takes place March 2-5 in Indianapolis. Highlighted below is my projected mock draft of the first 20 selections along with Mikey’s picks as well.
Gabe’s Mock Draft
Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M. The Browns could use help at every position but I think they need to take the best talent available. It also helps that they have another first round pick courtesy of the Eagles. I think Garrett is the best athlete and player in this draft and can help them immediately on the defensive side of the ball.
San Francisco 49ers: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson. The 49ers need a QB. Colin Kapernick clearly isn’t the guy. I think that Watson offers the most potential and he always seems to play well in big games. His decision making has struggled this year and he is coming from a spread system in college, a year or half a year to learn may benefit him but his arm talent and dual threat capabilities give him the tools to be great in this league.
Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina. Trubisky is one of the more intriguing guys in this draft. He only has one year of starting experience at UNC but looked very solid in his playing time. He is QB with a good arm, great pocket presence and ability to throw on the run. He is rough around the edges but could develop into “the guy” down the line. He would be a perfect fit in a place like Chicago if they could start Hoyer or Barkley for one more season.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama.Jonathon Allen is a beast and should be able to find the field immediately in Jacksonville. He will pair well with Fowler on the D-Line. Jags fans should be ecstatic if they can get Allen.
Tennessee Titans (via L.A. Rams): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson. This fits a real need for the Titans. They need another playmaker on the offensive side of the ball on the outside. Rishard Matthews is not a number one guy but could be a great number two while Tajae Sharpe has a lot of potential as a third option. Williams would give Mariota a go-to weapon which could prove deadly for all other AFC South teams.
New York Jets: Leonard Fournette. RB. LSU. The Jets could really benefit from a lot of choices here but I think Leonard Fournette makes the most sense. Matt Forte is on his last legs and Fournette gives them an early down and goal line weapon and they could then use Forte on 3rd down and passing situations.
San Diego Chargers: Jamal Adams, S, LSU. The Chargers need help in the secondary and Adams is a guy who is a true, play-making safety. He can match up in the slot against receivers and can also line up against tight ends. That versatility makes him extremely valuable and will provide the Chargers with a playmaker in the secondary.
Carolina Panthers: Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU. Cook is the best all around running back in this draft. He has a unique combination of size and speed. Cam, Olsen and company could really use a weapon out of the backfield. Carolina really needs help on the O-line but there isn’t anyone worth taking at this pick with Robinson gone.
Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama. Reuben Foster is a physical inside linebacker who has incredible explosiveness. He also is very athletic and is very good in coverage. He can be every down guy for the Bengals and could create havoc with Burfict and Foster anchoring the defense.
Buffalo Bills: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan. The Bills need to get their QB help, whoever that may be next year. Watkins is a great receiver but he has been injury prone during his short career so far. Robert Woods is a good player but he not a number 1 guy, he could benefit from playing in the slot and being a guy to create a mismatch. Davis would provide a well-rounded, sure handed receiver who can go up and high point the football as well as create space with his routes.
New Orleans Saints: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida. Tabor has good ball skills and the position comes very naturally to him. He has quick feet and he has a good football IQ. New Orleans needs some help on the back end and Tabor could play outside or in the slot and help one of the worst defenses in the league.
Cleveland Browns (Via Philadelphia Eagles): Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan. Some Ohioans may not like this pick but Peppers is a tremendous talent. He can be such a versatile player. He can come down to the box and stop the run or play in the slot and cover the slot receiver or tight end. He also brings return capabilities and could play some wildcat/running back if Hue Jackson wanted to get creative.
Arizona Cardinals: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame. The Cardinal’s had a rough year but have a lot of talent across their roster. Who knows how much Carson Palmer has in the tank. Kizer is a quarterback they can develop over the next couple years and could become the face of the Cardinals in the future.
Philadelphia Eagles (Via Minnesota Vikings): Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida. The Eagles could use a shutdown corner. Wilson will provide that for Jim Schwartz with his size and physical play. The Eagles could go somewhere else with this pick but if the duos of Fournette and Cook and Williams and Davis are gone, CB will be the top priority.
Indianapolis Colts: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State. Hooker is a ballhawk at safety and is all over the field. He would provide a valuable lift to a defense that lacks young playmakers.
Baltimore Ravens: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee. Defensive end may not be an immediate need for the Ravens but Barnett is a premier pass-rusher and he would instantly be a big threat for other teams to deal with.
Washington Redskins: Tim Williams, OLB/DE, Alabama. Williams can get after the passer on the edge and is getting better at stopping the run. He has top-10 ability but some off the field issues might hinder his draft stock.
Tennessee Titans: Solomon Thomas, DE/DT, Stanford. Thomas has improved his stock as the year has gone on. He can be plugged in anywhere and make an impact.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cam Robinson, T, Alabama. The Buccaneers have a chance to improve protection on Winston with this pick. Robinson does both a good job in run blocking and pass protection and could be considered as a top-15 pick depending on his combine and pro day.
Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin. The Broncos need help on the O-line to protect whoever plays QB in 2017 and to help get the running game going. Ramczyk is a solid player who can be plugged in right away or add young depth.
Mikey’s Mock Draft
Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
San Francisco 49ers: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC
Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Tennessee Titans (via L.A. Rams): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Carolina Panthers: Dalvin Cook, RB Florida State
Cincinnati Bengals: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Buffalo Bills: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
New Orleans Saints: Deshone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles): Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Arizona Cardinals: Jabrill Peppers, Defensive football player, Michigan
Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Baltimore Ravens: John Ross, WR, Washington
Washington Redskins: Zack Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Tennessee Titans: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Denver Broncos: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State