With free agency all but wrapped up and now just a mere month standing in the way of the NFL Draft, I decided to pump out my debut mock draft here at Breaking Football. I included 2 rounds with some trades atop the draft board.
Quarterbacks remain the biggest anomaly in this year’s draft, while I have 3 in the 1st round, none landed inside my top 10, although a particularly, polarizing running back prospect did. Check it out and let me know what you think.
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1.01: Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett EDGE, Texas A&M
- Lets not over think this Cleveland, Myles Garrett is the best player in this class and I would argue that it isn’t even close. The Browns should already have their card turned in and start working on pick number 12.
1.02: San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas EDGE, Stanford
- Solomon Thomas staying in California just makes to much sense. The 49ers are transitioning into a base 4-3 scheme and they’ve already discussed kicking both Armstead and Buckner inside to the 3 technique positions. New 49ers General Manager John Lynch played his football at Stanford University and new Head Coach Kyle Shanahan might not yet be in a rush to snag a quarterback.
1.03: Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams Safety, LSU
- The Chicago Bears signed Mike Glennon to be their two year stop gap quarterback. The Bears are in a position to take one of the best players available, it just so happens to be a player at a position of need.
1.04: LA Chargers TRADE from Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Hooker Safety, Ohio State (Jaguars get Chargers 3rd + Future 3rd)
- The Chargers have been rumored to love Malik Hooker. In order for the Chargers to grab Hooker they will need to leap frog the Tennessee Titans who are looking for some help in the secondary.
1.05: Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore CB, Ohio State
- The Tennessee Titans desperately need a play maker in their secondary. I’m sure they’d love to have Malik Hooker or Jamal Adams but Marshon Lattimore is right up there with those two. The Tennessee Titans draft their CB1.
1.06: New York Jets: Leonard Fournette RB, LSU
- The Jets went ahead and signed Josh McCown as their stop gap quarterback and they seem to be pleased with the progress of Christian Hackenburg. The only way the Jets can survive with one of those two under center is to get a run game going. According to NFL sources, the Jets are looking to add a fullback to their roster. Perhaps this is because they’re looking to draft power running back, Leonard Fournette.
1.07: Jacksonville Jaguars: Cam Robinson Offensive Tackle, Alabama (From Chargers Trade)
- There were a lot of rumors early on about Cam Robinson and his off-field issues. Since the combine, I’ve read nothing but positive things about Robinson. It sounds like the kid is one of the brightest offensive line minds in the draft and shares a passion for the game of football. Doesn’t make sense for the best offensive tackle in the draft class to fall much further than pick #7. Jacksonville also had Cam Robinson in for a private workout.
1.08: Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey Running Back, Stanford
- There were reports before the combine that the Carolina Panthers would consider Christian McCaffrey at pick number 8. At the time, this was an absolute stunner. There was no way McCaffrey could vault all the way into the top ten. McCaffrey went ahead and lit up the combine and an entire Carolina coaching staff showed up at the Stanford pro day. McCaffrey teaming up with Cam Newton in Carolina makes a ton of sense.
1.09: Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster Linebacker, Alabama
- The Bengals have never shied away from drafting or signing players with character concerns. The Bengals also desperately need a 3 down linebacker and Reuben Foster can do just that.
1.10: Buffalo Bills: O.J. Howard Tight End, Alabama
- The Bills were thought to be interested in both Martellus Bennett and Jared Cook and they missed on both. It sounds like the Bills are “all-in” on OJ Howard, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
1.11: New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett EDGE, Tennessee
- The Saints have invested heavily in their defense over the past 10 years and they’ve missed badly. It’s time for them to take a safe, hard-nosed, high character football player for that side of the ball. Derek Barnett can line up opposite of Cameron Jordan and provide heavy pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
1.12: Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky Quarterback, North Carolina
- Hue Jackson didn’t like any of the quarterbacks early on in the 2016 NFL Draft but he’s rumored to love Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson. I think he rolls with the Ohio native and drafts Mitchell Trubisky as the quarterback of the future.
1.13: Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
- I have been banging the table for this pick for almost two months. Bruce Arians, Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer have all been rumored to be considering retirement. This franchise doesn’t have a bad roster and could be looking to take one more last run before completely rebuilding after the retirement of their coach, QB and WR1. Corey Davis is the perfect fit for Bruce Arians offense and could be the perfect successor to Fitzgerald.
1.14: Philadelphia Eagles: Dalvin Cook Running Back, Florida State
- The need and the fit is all there for Florida State RB, Dalvin Cook. Cook has been compared to Jamaal Charles, formally of the Kansas City Chiefs. It just so happens that the Head Coach of the Eagles was Jamaal Charles’ offensive coordinator. The Eagles recently had Cook in for a private visit/workout.
1.15: Indianapolis Colts: Jabrill Peppers Safety, Michigan
- The Colts and new GM Chris Ballard are going to be extremely tough to forecast. We know they need defense and we know Ballard comes from an organization that isn’t afraid to take risks. Jabrill Peppers is my top player on the board and it fits what the Colts like to do on defense.
1.16: Baltimore Ravens: Mike Williams Wide Receiver, Clemson
- The Baltimore Ravens are another tough team to forecast. They signed Brandon Carr and Tony Jefferson which basically eliminates the major needs they have in the secondary. The Ravens are rumored to be extremely interested in Cam Robinson but I have him going much earlier. The best player at a position of need is Clemson wide receiver, Mike Williams. Williams gives Joe Flacco that red-zone target this team has so desperately lacked.
1.17: Washington Redskins: Jonathan Allen 5-Tech, Alabama
- Call me crazy, but Jonathan Allen is destined to fall in the 2017 draft. Jonathan Allen opted to return for his Senior season because he received a 2nd round grade from the NFL draft advisory board. What has changed? He had a similar season to the one he had the year before, not to mention the arthritis that was discovered in both of his shoulders.
1.18: Tennessee Titans: John Ross WR, Washington
- Tennessee needs to do two things throughout the NFL Draft, repair their secondary and draft weapons for Marcus Mariota. John Ross can stretch the field vertically but can do much more underneath when the ball is in his hands. Ross seems like a perfect fit for the Titans at pick 18.
1.19: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku TE, Miami
- David Njoku, Desean Jackson, Mike Evans and Cameron Brate, let that sink in. That is a receiving core that can really stretch the field and go up and get the football. The perfect receiving core for a quarterback in Jameis Winston who loves to let it rip. Njoku has visited with the Buccaneers on multiple occasions throughout the NFL draft process.
1.20: Denver Broncos: Haason Reddick LB, Temple
- The Broncos really missed the speed of Danny Trevathan last season. Haason Reddick brings a lot to the table and seems like the type of prospect John Elway would love to have in the Orange and Blue.
1:21: Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton EDGE, Michigan
- The Detroit Lions did a nice job repairing the offensive line through free agency. Now its time to get Ziggy Ansah some pass rushing help off the edge. Taco Charlton is the perfect for the Detroit Lions scheme and should help take some of the pressure off former first round pick Ziggy Ansah.
1:22: Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp OG, Western Kentucky
- I’m sure the Miami Dolphins would love to get David Njoku or OJ Howard but neither will be there at pick 22. The Dolphins went ahead and traded Branden Albert and are going to move Laremy Tunsil to the left side after stealing him in the 2016 draft. This ultimately will leave a hole at the guard position that Lamp can fill immediately.
1.23: New York Giants: Garrett Bolles OT, Utah
- Ereck Flowers shouldn’t be playing left tackle in the NFL and Bobby Hart probably shouldn’t be playing tackle at all. The Giants desperately need help at the tackle positions and drafting Bolles would allow Flowers to shift over to the right side. The Giants have met with Bolles more than once during the draft process.
1.24: Oakland Raiders: Malik McDowell DT, Michigan State
- Malik McDowell fits the Oakland Raiders defensive line profile; big, long and athletic. McDowell is a high risk, high reward prospect that the Raiders should be willing to take.
1.25: Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson QB, Clemson
- The Texans can’t bank on signing Tony Romo. I’ve heard nothing about the Texans working out quarterbacks or even meeting with them. They could keep quiet and hope one falls to them at pick 25.
1.26: Seattle Seahawks: Gareon Conley CB, Ohio State
- Seattle needs help on the offensive line but I’m not sure there is a player worth taking. Gareon Conley has the length and ball skills the Seahawks typically look for in their corners. Conley is a solid fit and fills a position of need for the Seahawks at pick 26.
1.27: Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Cunningham LB, Vanderbilt
- It’s time for the Chiefs to move on from Alex Smith but they don’t get their quarterback of the future at pick 27. Cunningham is a long and rangy LB who will fill a position of need.
1.28: Dallas Cowboys: Takk McKinley EDGE, UCLA
- I can just hear Jerry Jones now; “Takk and Dak just played their hearts out today.” Now tell me you didn’t just read that in a Jerry Jones country accent. Takk is a perfect fit for the Cowboys who really need someone to help get after opposing quarterbacks.
1.29 Green Bay Packers: Charles Harris EDGE, Mizzou
- Charles Harris is arguably the best EDGE rusher available and he just seems like a Ted Thompson pick. Harris doesn’t jump out at you when you look at the athletic profile but he’s a twitched up pass rusher who loves to get after the quarterback
1.30 Pittsburgh Steelers: Derek Rivers EDGE, Youngstown State
- I’m on the Derek Rivers round one hype train, I think it’s going to happen. The Steelers desperately need help off the EDGE and the Steelers have shown interest in Rivers throughout the draft process.
1.31: Atlanta Falcons: Caleb Brantley DT, Florida
- The Falcons and their defensive minded coach will continue to add speed and physicality to that side of the ball. Caleb Brantley was rumored to fail miserably during the combine interview process but Dan Quinn has personal ties back in Gainsville and could know how to get the most out of the former Gator.
1.32: New Orleans Saints: Patrick Mahomes Quarterback, Texas Tech
- Sean Payton visited Texas Tech sometime this week and had Patrick Mahomes workout for them. Mahomes falls in their lap at pick 32 and they prepare for life without future hall of famer, Drew Brees.
2.33: Cleveland Browns: Budda Baker S, Washington
2.34: San Francisco 49ers: Deshone Kizer QB, Notre Dame
2.35: Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Engram TE, Ole Miss
2.36: Chicago Bears: Quincy Wilson CB, Florida
2.37: LA Rams: Dan Feeney OG, Indiana
2.38: SD Chargers: Pat Elflein OC/OG, Ohio State
2.39: New York Jets: Obi Melifonwu S, Uconn
2.40: Carolina Panthers: Adoree Jackson CB, USC
2.41: Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Mixon RB, Oklahoma
2.42: New Orleans Saints: Marlon Humphrey CB, Alabama
2.43: Philidelphia Eagles: Tre’Davious White CB, LSU
2.44: Buffalo Bills: Teez Tabor CB, Florida
2.45: Arizona Cardinals: Cordrea Tankersley CB, Clemson
2.46: Indianapolis Colts: Chris Wormley 5 tech, Michigan
2.47: Baltimore Ravens: T.J. Watt EDGE, Wisconsin
2.48: Minnesota Vikings: Dorian Johnson OG, Pittsburgh
2.49: Washington Redskins: Jarrad Davis ILB, Florida
2.50: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alvin Kamara RB, Tennessee
2.51: Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk OT, Wisconsin
2.52: Cleveland Browns: Justin Evans S, Texas A&M
2.53: Detroit Lions: Chidobe Awuzie CB, Colorado
2.54: Miami Dolphins: Tim Williams EDGE, Alabama
2.55: New York Giants: Raekwon McMillan LB, Ohio State
2.56: Oakland Raiders: Carlos Henderson WR, La Tech
2.57: Houston Texans: Antonio Garcia OT, Troy
2.58: Seattle Seahawks: Kevin King CB, Washington
2.59: Kansas City Chiefs: Sidney Jones CB, Washington
2.60: Dallas Cowboys: Fabian Moreau CB, UCLA
2.61: Green Bay Packers: JuJu Smith Schuster WR, USC
2.62: Pittsburgh Steelers: Desmond King CB/S, Iowa
2.63: Atlanta Falcons: Carl Lawson EDGE, Auburn
2.64: Carolina Panthers: Dion Dawkins OG, Troy