This is one of the most talented classes in years but with a number of qb needy teams and lack of a clear top passing prospect or a common ranking of for the positions top prospects at all the first round could see a lot movement. The draft’s best players are on the defensive side of the ball but a number of them come with injuries or off field issues. It’s gonna be a wild night in Philly and there’s no better way to start off draft day with a final mock draft.
- Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&m
Garrett is on the best defensive line prospects in the past decade and can change a defense from day one. He offers elite athleticism and can give the Browns a real game changer. If they make pick Trubisky the fans of Cleveland should stage a hostile takeover of the organization.
- San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
Thomas is an all around defender off the edge that can anchor the 49ers defensive front in both the pass rush and run defense. He can become the top player on a young growing defense that could be great in a couple years. Shanahan should try to build up the defense while he tries to find his franchise quarterback
- Chicago Bears: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Hooker is centerfield player with blazing speed and he’s the best ball hawk in the draft. The Bears have no talent in the secondary and while they could look at corner Hooker is the best DB in the draft and offers the highest upside, plus he creates more turnovers than any other player. He could develop into an Earl Watson and Devin McCourty type talent.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Over the weeks I’ve grown to like McCaffrey more than any other running back in the draft but one of the things that makes him so great is his receiving skills and Bortles is throwing the ball too much already. Fournette is still an elite talent and in the right offense he could become the next AP. Making him a workhorse back will open the play action for Bortles and give Robinson and Hurns more field to work with.
- Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Tennessee needs to add more talent to Mariota but it’s too early to take a receiver and with Demarco Murray, Derrick Henry, and Mariota taking up all the carries there’s no need for McCaffrey. There are some concerns over Lattimore’s injury history but he’s the draft’s best corner in coverage and with the Titans being desperate for talent in the secondary they can take the risk
- New York Jets: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
I think Cleveland will move up here for Trubisky as the Jets try to move down and add second rounders to bring in as much talent as possible. If they stay put though adding one the best and most complete TE prospects to ever come out of college won’t hurt as they try and infuse their offense with as much talent as they can.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Adams is a leader and could take a charge of young Chargers’ defense oozing with talent. He could make Landon Collins like impact and help the Chargers win a lot close games as they try to get back to the playoffs.
- Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Cam and the Panthers struggled this past season but it’s not all his fault since he had no talent around him on offense outside Greg Olsen. Adding McCaffrey will allow them to become one of the league’s top rushing teams again with opponents having to focus on him and Newton and he would give the former MVP a second playmaker in the passing game that he desperately needs.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Bengals need to improve on both sides of the ball but adding youth to defense is something they have to. Foster is one of the most versatile backers and shows great range. He’ll be able to take over in the middle for Cincinnati and give their defense a game changing presence as they try to compete with Big Ben and Joe Flacco
- Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Bills already have one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL but they need to add talent at receiver. Sammy Watkins is a true no. 1 but he’s struggled with injuries and has dealt with defenses only focus on him since he was the Bills’ only threat. Adding Williams will give Tyrod a great red zone weapon and 50/50 ball receiver while creating more space so Watkins speed can be fully utilized.
- New Orleans Saints: Kevin King, CB, Washington
The Saints probably won’t be able to trade for Malcolm Butler or Richard Sherman which means they’ll have to add a corner through the draft. King a freakishly big and athletic for corner coming in at 6’3” with 4.42s 40 and a 40” inch vert. He spent extended time covering in the slot while in college and showed great skill which would give the Saints the ability to keep him on a team’s no. 1 no matter where they go.
- Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Deshaun Watson is my favorite is my favorite QB in the draft but the Browns seem to be leaning towards Trubisky. I’m not big on him and think at best he’s Sam Bradford, maybe a little bit better. You never know with Hue Jackson though he had some people thinking Andy Dalton should have actually won the MVP 2 years ago.
- Arizona Cardinals: John Ross, WR, Washington
Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald aren’t getting any younger and adding a receiver that has the fastest 40 in combine history and is coming off a 19 TD season should make their lives a little easier. Arians has shown he covets speed in recent drafts and adding a home run threat like Ross might be too much for him to pass up on
- Philadelphia Eagles: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
After adding some talent at receiver during free agency the Eagles can afford to focus on their defense. Jackson isn’t the biggest corner but he’s one of the fastest in the draft and might have the best closing speed among them. Jackson is one of the best players in space and with great ball skills he’ll manage to rack up yards up after picks. Between returns and interceptions Jackson can give the Eagles a weapon that can change games in one play.
- Indianapolis Colts: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The Colts need to find starting running back and because of the elite talent in this class they luck out (pun intended) with Cook falling to them. He has and extensive history of off field concerns and some injury concerns but on the field he’s a special talent. He looks like mix between Marshall Faulk and Jamaal Charles and pairing him with Andrew Luck may be the first time this organization actually tries to help out their franchise QB.
- Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
If this happens the Ravens will draft the best receiver in the class and give Flacco an elite receiver that he’s needed since his super bowl run. Davis brings elite size, strong hands, and great route running ability. He creates great separation on vertical routes and will allow Flacco to utilize his cannon arm.
- Washington Redskins: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
The Redskins defense struggled last year and they had couldn’t get any pressure from the line. Adding Allen will give them an all around player on along their defensive front that can play end or tackle.
- Tennessee Titans: David Njoku, TE, Miami
Missing out on the top receiver prospects the Titans pick up Miami tight end David Njoku. He would allow the Titans to line up in double tight formations that would also feature Delanie Walker. Although the Titans need talent at receiver this would give them an extremely versatile offense with a great vertical threat up the middle and deadly red zone passing attack.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Tampa Bay looks to have a deadly passing attack next year but will have to wait to add another back in the later rounds. Picking up Barnett at 19 though is quite the consolation prize as they add one of the top DE prospects and continue to add talent as they try to make it back to the playoffs.
- Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OL, Wisconsin
The Broncos offense was terrible last year and it all goes back to their offensive. Ramczyk should be able to come in and play tackle or guard, either way he’s an improvement.
- Detroit Lions: Jaraad Davis, LB, Florida
The Lions linebacking corps could use some talent and Davis gives them a three down player that has no problem picking players up in coverage. He’d help improve a Lions defense that took a step back last season.
- Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
With Tunsil most likely moving to tackle next season there’s an open guard spot and the Dolphins can fill it with the draft’s best O-lineman. Lamp has great feet and gets out fast when pulling creating a path to the second level consistently as a lead blocker. The Dolphins could have on of the NFL’s best lines with a pick like this
- New York Giants: Garett Bolles, OL, Utah
Eli Manning is getting older and the Giant’s line is letting him get hit too much for his age. Bolles could play guard or tackle for them, they just need to add talent along the line.
- Oakland Raiders: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
The Raiders offense just added Marshawn Lynch and they were explosive before that. To take the next step they have to focus on the defense and they need a corner. Awuzie is a great athlete and at just over 6’0” he has the size and physicality to play the taller receivers. Adding him will allow the Raiders to send more pressure in the pass rush with his man coverage ability
- Houston Texans: Deshone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Kizer has arguably the highest potential of all the QB prospects and adding his arm talent to Bill O’brien’s offense could a match made in heaven. He’ll have to work on his decision making but having a talent like Deandre Hopkins and speedsters Will Fuller and Braxton Miller should make the transition easier.
- Seattle Seahawks: Jabrill Peppers, ATH, Michigan
Seattle’s Legion of Boom isn’t as feared as it once was and both Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor have struggled with injuries over the past few seasons. They’ve also struggled to get a good nickel corner in recent years. Jabrill can play play as a third safety or nickel corner and take snaps at linebacker. Peppers could be just what Seattle needs to reignite their defense this upcoming season.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
At 6’0” with a 4.35 in the 40 he brings great athleticism and physicality to the cornerback position. Putting him with their all pro Marcus Peter would give them two corners with great speed downfield that excel in the press.
- Dallas Cowboys: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Cowboys Secondary took a major hit this offseason and they have to add more talent if they want a repeat of last year. Wilson is a tall physical corner that has great footwork. He plays well zone and man and does a great job of blanketing receivers on short routes
- Green Bay Packers: Hassan Reddick, LB, Temple
Green Bay needs to add talent anywhere on defense they can and get a player with the versatility and talent like Reddick will should be a huge boost. Reddick could function as pure pass rusher but has the athleticism and coverage skills that would allow him to play a role similar to Jamie Collins when he was with Patriots.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
The Steelers have missed recently on edge rushers in the draft and they have struggled to rush the quarterback. Although Charlton might not be the best fit for their defense he already has good pass rushing skills with all pro potential. Charlton will infuse the Steelers defense with youth and athleticism
- Atlanta Falcons: Budda Baker, S, Washington
The Falcons already have some talented pieces in their secondary but adding Baker to back end of the defense with Keanu Neal could out their defense on another level. He posses great speed, breaks to the ball quick, and has the ability to come down and play corner. Dan Quinn can put him in a number of places on the field and will covet his speed and versatility.
- New Orleans Saints: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Drew Brees will turn 39 during the playoffs next year and doesn’t have too many years lefts. Sean Payton will have a hard time passing up on the best QB in the draft. Watson can excel in the Saints Offense and if he spends 2-3 seasons developing behind Drees could do wonders for his career. Watson is a proven winner who plays his best games on the biggest games and his potential may make Payton pass on an immediate impact player in favor Drew Brees’ successor.