This is it! Draft week! So, here goes my final four-round mock draft.
A few personnel notes:
- Michigan DB/LB Jabrill Peppers provided a diluted sample at the combine. Draft stock: who knows.
- Alabama LB Rueben Foster provided a diluted sample at the combine. Draft stock: dropping.
- Florida DT Caleb Brantley was charged with battery after allegedly punching woman. Draft stock: plummeting.
Also, the New England Patriots signed running back Mike Gillisee away from the Buffalo Bills. He was a restricted free agent, so Buffalo will receive a fifth round pick as compensation.
Here we go!
1. Cleveland – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Garrett is the consensus top player available in this draft. Even though the Browns have allegedly been considering a quarterback at number one, this kid is a physical beast and would not only be the logical choice here, but also the safer one. There are good odds the Browns can come back and get a quarterback at 12.
2. San Francisco – Jamal Adams, S, LSU
As a Bears fan this would be devastating, but it makes sense that former All-Pro safety John Lynch would take a safety noted to be a tremendous leader with his first pick as GM of the Niners. Adams is going to be a superstar, and while the Niners have plenty of issues on offense they can address those later.
3. Chicago – Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Not a bad consolation pick here for the Bears if they indeed landed Thomas, who could be as dominant off the edge as Garrett. Pairing him with Leonard Floyd would give the Bears a pass rush that many teams would fear – and envy.
4. Jacksonville – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Jags have invested a lot of money and picks in their defense and now need to get their act together on offense. They’re an intriguing spot for a quarterback if they are truly putting Blake Bortles on notice, but adding a workhorse back would help Bortles and his young receivers. Fournette is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.
5. Tennessee (from LAR) – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Lattimore has been handed the top of a deep cornerback draft class by most analysts after only one season starting at Ohio State. He’s a freak athlete who looked great while taking advantage of some really bad Big Ten quarterbacks last year. The Titans could use help in a few places on offense and their defensive front, but can look to address those when they come back at 18.
6. NY Jets – Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
The Jets are a dumpster fire. Will they go quarterback (again)? There’s a chance they do. There’s also a chance they trade down to add picks. But assuming they stay put at six, the best player available for their needs is Allen, a potential all-pro who can get after the quarterback and is versatile enough to move around the defensive front.
7. LA Chargers – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
You feel bad for Keenan Allen because he keeps getting hurt, but at some point the Chargers need to address the receiver position. Their top producer barely reached 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns last year. Williams looks a lot like Brandon Marshall on tape (on the field, not his studio shows).
8. Carolina – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Hooker is another incredible athlete coming out of Ohio State but, like Lattimore, he only started for one year. There are concerns about missed tackles and his turnovers were opportunistic last season, but the Panthers have a number of issues to address and Hooker is arguably the best talent on the board here.
9. Cincinnati – Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
The Bengals could use help in their secondary and at linebacker, and they’ll have options at both spots here. Davis has been climbing draft boards recently – helped partially by Foster’s issues and his good tape continuing to impress. Rey Maualuga was released in the wake of the Bengals signing Kevin Minter in March, but that change shouldn’t keep them from looking to Davis here.
10. Buffalo – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
The Bills have new coaches (again) and have had questions all over the roster since their glory days. They have committed to Tyrod Taylor at quarterback for at least 2017, though, and hope to have a healthy Sammy Watkins on the field for a full season. Howard is arguably one of the three best talents in this draft and would be an enormous addition to an offense that could use another weapon.
11. New Orleans – Haasan Reddick, LB, Temple
The Saints defense has been brutal the last couple years, and their trade with New England that brought back a couple picks – including 32 overall – will give them some flexibility to address their problems. Reddick is a solid linebacker who has athletic ability for days and can play inside or outside. He, too, is climbing in the wake of Foster’s issues but adding a top tier linebacker will help a Saints team that just added Adrian Peterson on Tuesday.
12. Cleveland (from PHI) – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Here’s your best-case-scenario for the Browns (and their fans). Pass on Trubisky at one (aka do the right thing) and still get him at 12. Odds are that someone (Arizona, Washington, Houston) will make a play to trade up in front of the Browns at 12 if they feel strongly enough that this kid is legit, but there’s clearly a scenario where he could/should be there at 12 when Cleveland is back on the clock.
13. Arizona – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Larry Fitzgerald is nearing retirement and the Cardinals released Michael Floyd during last season. Even if they wanted to address their quarterback situation with an heir to Carson Palmer, neither of them would have a reliable option in the passing game. Davis is a terrific pick here for a team that can come back and get a quarterback later in the draft while addressing other, bigger issues.
14. Philadelphia (from MIN) – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
This has quickly become one of the more trendy picks in mock drafts for good reason. McCaffrey perfectly fits into the Philly wants to do, and he’s good enough that picking him at 14 isn’t a reach for the Eagles. Sure, the Eagles have other issues to address… but none more pressing than playmakers on offense. And this kid is electric.
15. Indianapolis – Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
Indy needs to rush the quarterback better/at all, so there’s a chance they look at Barnett or McKinley here. But their bigger problem is the number of games missed by Andrew Luck, the
beard face of their franchise. Protecting him continues to be their largest concern, and while most drafts see tackles given priority I believe Lamp, a guard, is the better pick here for the Colts.
16. Baltimore – Jabrill Peppers, DB/LB, Michigan
Yes, he provided a diluted sample at the combine. Yes, he was a late scratch from Michigan’s bowl game. Yes, he’s a ridiculous athlete who was positionless in college because he played everywhere and always seemed to be around the ball. I would be shocked if he slid past Jim Harbaugh’s brother and the Ravens.
17. Washington – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Washington needs help in their defensive front and my guess is it’s here that the fall of Reuben Foster ends. He’s still a fabulous, athletic linebacker who happens to have some character concerns. The Skins will play the Warren Sapp/Randy Moss card here and tell everyone they’re getting top five talent at 17.
18. Tennessee – Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
How about the Titans add a top corner and the guy who broke Reggie White’s career sack record just down the road at Tennessee? We’re getting to the point in a deep draft that many picks make you chuckle because of the value, and Barnett sliding to 18 is one of them. The Titans would love to add a bona fide star pass rusher to their mix.
19. Tampa Bay – Takk McKinley, OLB, UCLA
The Bucs could use some defensive help in a few areas, and a pass rusher here like McKinley is (again) really good value. Tampa could also consider a running back (Dalvin Cook? Alvin Kamara) or a tackle to protect their franchise quarterback, but McKinley is simply too good to pass up.
20. Denver – Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
If you haven’t heard, the Broncos offensive line was awful last year. They added a couple free agents to help, but it’s about time they draft a cornerstone tackle to keep their quarterback off his ass. Ramczyk is a really good athlete for his size and this would be an immediate help to their offense.
21. Detroit – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Conley is the top corner on some boards, and had more experience (and better tape?) than Lattimore at Ohio State. The Lions could look to replace some lost pieces on their offensive line, fix their running game, address their receiver issues or bulk up their defensive front, but an elite corner makes a lot of sense here.
22. Miami – Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri
The Dolphins putting Harris opposite Cameron Wake is a good start to slowing down opposing offenses next year. Miami is another team that could consider an offensive lineman here but the talent on the board is just too good to pass on. They’ll come back and help their offensive line later.
23. NY Giants – Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
The Giants would be thrilled to get to 23 and have arguably the best offensive tackle (Robinson), a few really good defensive linemen and linebackers available. Malik McDowell, David Njoku, Dalvin Cook and Ryan Anderson could all be in play here. But locking down one of their tackle positions for the rest of Eli Manning’s career is the smart play.
24. Oakland – Adoree Jackson, DB, USC
Oakland might go defensive tackle or inside linebacker here. I could also see them looking at their offensive line and running back depth and addressing one of those here. But Jackson just feels like a Raider. He jumps off the television screen while playing defense or in the return game, and has the swagger of the old time Raiders.
25. Houston – Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Their quarterback situation sucks. By taking a quarterback in the first round, the Texans would have control of the player for five years – a reason to pick one early. They might be persuaded to trade up to get their man.
26. Seattle – Kevin King, CB, Washington
Seattle continues to shop Richard Sherman for some reason, and King is a perfect replacement. A big, strong corner who saw some time at safety at Washington, he would be a perfect fit in the Seahawks’ defense.
27. Kansas City – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Everything I said about the Texans picking Mahomes is true here as well except the Chiefs actually have a good starting quarterback (Alex Smith). This is probably the best fit in the NFL for Watson to develop; Andy Reid knows what he’s doing with QBs.
28. Dallas – Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
The Cowboys need to add depth to their pass rush and secondary, and Charlton is the best value at this pick. It isn’t crazy to think they go corner or safety, however.
29. Green Bay – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
And Bears fans everywhere groan. The Packers need to address their offensive line, linebackers and running game and grab an elite back here. Adding Cook to that offense is almost a worst-case-scenario for the NFC North.
30. Pittsburgh – John Ross, WR, Washington
Sure, let’s throw the fastest receiver ever at the combine opposite Antonio Brown… the Steelers need a safety and linebacker depth, but this pick creates matchup migraines for the rest of the league.
31. Atlanta – Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
The Falcons need help on their defensive line. McDowell, probably a top-15 talent but underwhelming performer, would be an intriguing play here for the Falcons.
32. New Orleans (from NE) – David Njoku, TE, Miami
Remember when Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham where breaking records? Yeah, Brees does, too. But he isn’t getting younger and the Saints trading away their best receiver means they need help in the passing game. Njoku’s performance at the combine was mind-numbingly impressive and he would be a great Graham 2.0 for Brees.
33. Cleveland – Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
34. San Francisco – DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
35. Jacksonville – Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
36. Chicago – Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
37. LA Rams – Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
38. LA Chargers – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
39. NY Jets – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
40. Carolina – Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi
41. Cincinnati – Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
42. New Orleans – Marcus Maye, S, Florida
43. Philadelphia – TJ Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
44. Buffalo – Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
45. Arizona – Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
46. Indianapolis – Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
47. Baltimore – Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
48. Minnesota – Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
49. Washington – Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
50. Tampa Bay – Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana
51. Denver – Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
52. Cleveland (from TEN) – Budda Baker, S, Washington
53. Detroit – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
54. Miami – Antonio Garcia, OL, Troy
55. NY Giants – Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
56. Oakland – Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
57. Houston – Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
58. Seattle – Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
59. Kansas City – Derek Rivers, LB< Youngstown State
60. Dallas – Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
61. Green Bay – Jordan Willis, OLB, Kansas State
62. Pittsburgh – Josh Jones, S, NC State
63. Atlanta – Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
64. Carolina (from NE) – Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
65. Cleveland – Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
66. San Francisco – Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
67. Chicago – Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
68. Jacksonville – Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
69. Tennessee (from LAR) – Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
70. NY Jets – Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
71. LA Chargers – Davis Webb, QB, California
72. New England (from CAR) – Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
73. Cincinnati – Desmond King, CB, Iowa
74. Buffalo – D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
75. New Orleans – Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
76. Philadelphia – Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina
77. Arizona – Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
78. Minnesota – Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
79. Indianapolis – DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
80. Baltimore – Anthony Walker, Jr, ILB, Northwestern
81. Washington – Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
82. Tennessee – Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, Texas A&M
83. Tampa Bay – Jarron Jones, DL, Notre Dame
84. Denver – Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
85. Detroit – Nico Siragusa, OL, San Diego State
86. Minnesota (from MIA) – Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
87. NY Giants – Duke Riley, LB, LSU
88. Oakland – Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
89. Houston – Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
90. Seattle – Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
91. Kansas City – Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
92. Dallas – Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
93. Green Bay – Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State
94. Pittsburgh – James Connor, RB, Pittsburgh
95. Atlanta – Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
96. New Orleans (from NE) – Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
97. Miami (comp) – Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
98. Carolina (comp) – Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
99. Baltimore (comp) – Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
100. LA Rams (comp) – Dorian Johnson, OL, Pittsburgh
101. Denver (comp) – Ethan Pocic, OL, LSU
102. Seattle (comp) – DeVonte Fields, OLB, Louisville
103. Cleveland (comp) – Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA
104. Kansas City (comp) – Marcus Williams, S, Utah
105. Pittsburgh (comp) – Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
106. Seattle (comp) – Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
107. NY Jets (comp) – ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
108. Cleveland -Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
109. San Francisco – Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
110. Jacksonville – Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
111. Chicago – Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
112. Tennessee (from LAR) – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame
113. Washington (from NYJ) – CJ Beathard, QB, Iowa
114. LA Chargers – Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin
115. Carolina – Montravious Adams, DT, Clemson
116. Cincinnati – Isaac Rochell, DL, Notre Dame
117. Chicago (from BUF) – Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
118. New Orleans – Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
119. Philadelphia – John Johnson, S, Boston College
120. Arizona – Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
121. Indianapolis – Dawuane Smoot, DL, Illinois
122. Minnesota – Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado
123. Baltimore – Mason Cole, OL, Michigan
124. Washington – Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
125. Cleveland (from TEN) – Julien Davenport, OL, Bucknell
126. Tampa Bay – Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
127. Denver – Vita Vea, DT, Washington
128. Detroit – Gerald Everett, TE, Southern Alabama
129. Minnesota (from MIA) – Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
130. Oakland – Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah
131. Houston – Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
132. Indianapolis (from NE) – Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan
133. Kansas City – Adam Bisnowaty, OL, Pittsburgh
134. Dallas – Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
135. Green Bay – Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
136. Pittsburgh – Tyrone Crowder, OL, Clemson
137. Atlanta – Kyle Kalis, OL, Michigan
138. Cincinnati (comp) – Chad Hansen, WR, California
139. Philadelphia (comp from CLE) – Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
140. NY Giants (NFL penalty) – De’Veon Smith, RB, Michigan
141. LA Rams (comp) – Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina
142. Houston (comp from CLE) – Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville
143. San Francisco (comp) – Hardy Nickerson, LB, Illinois
144. Indianapolis (comp) – Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn