It’s official that March Madness is upon us and the college basketball world is on fire. How convenient that March Madness comes shortly after the NFL Combine, somewhat filling the gap between the NFL Combine and the NFL Draft. March Madness keeps me busy while I impatiently wait a an NFL Draft that’s just a month and a half away.

Free agency just kicked off for the 2017 NFL off-season and there haven’t really been a lot of significant surprises outside of how well the latest Super Bowl Champion Patriots have shored up their already strong team through free agency. Everyone is waiting to hear about what happens with Jimmy Garappolo, or more whether or not how much the Browns are willing to offer up for his services. As a Browns fan, I think paying anything more than a second round pick for Garappolo would be an absurd move, but that’s just me. Moving forward, I gift you this three round mock draft to help get you through the next week or so if March Madness isn’t your thing.

*Cleveland trades #1 and #175 to New Orleans for #11, #42 and 2018 1st

1 New Orleans (from Cleveland) Myles Garrett – Edge – Texas A&M The Saints would love to add a pass rusher of Garrett’s caliber to disrupt opposing quarterbacks and assist the secondary. Picking up #32 and #103 from the Patriots makes them a player to move up and still have a several picks in the draft.
2 San Francisco Jamal Adams – SAF – LSU Pairing Adams up with Eric Reid could allow for a very tough secondary in San Francisco. Solomon Thomas could be an option here, but I prefer the upside of Adams with a defense that needs to reestablish it’s identity.
3 Chicago Jonathan Allen – DL – Alabama Leonard Floyd progressed well throughout 2016 and the Bears really need to shore up the front seven. They are getting beat up against the run and Allen could make a significant impact from day one.
4 Jacksonville Leonard Fournette – RB – LSU I think it’s established that TJ Yeldon isn’t the answer as the workhorse back in Jacksonville. Granted, the offensive scheme hasn’t been privy to calling the run much, but that will have to change if there is any chance to salvage the Blake Borltes experiment.
5 Tennessee (from Rams) Marshon Lattimore – CB – Ohio State Let’s not act like the signing of Logan Ryan alone just solves all of the secondary problems in Tennesee. Lattimore’s only question in his health and assuming his physical checks out, he could become one of the next top play making corners in the league.
6 New York Jets O.J. Howard – TE – Alabama The Jets are likely going to have to look to Christian Hackenberg at some point in 2017 an he’ll need weapons, especially with Brandon Marshall out Howard is a bit of a reach here for me, but he can block, while also make tough catches, utilizing athleticism to create separation.
7 Los Angles Chargers Malik Hooker – SAF – Ohio State No brainer pick here. Hooker contributed lightly his first two seasons playing behind guys like Von Bell and Tyvis Powell, only to break out in a huge way as a top play making defender in college football.
8 Carolina Dalvin Cook – RB – Florida State Cook’s breakaway speed and ability out of the back field make him a candidate to be the next big time rusher in the NFL. Paired with Cam Newton in the backfield could create significant mismatches for NFL defenses. Jonathan Stewart turns 30 next week and hasn’t played a 16 game season since 2011.
9 Cincinnati Solomon Thomas – DE – Stanford Thomas brings youth and athleticism opposite Carlos Dunlap on a defense that has taken a few steps back from previous years. Thomas isn’t likely to last this long, but stranger things have happened.
10 Buffalo Ryan Ramczyk – OT – Wisconsin Imagine what Shady McCoy could do with just one more block from the offensive line. Ramcyzk doesn’t have a lot of experience against FBS talent, but he showed consistent progression as  starting left tackle for the Badgers. He can start immediately on the right side for Buffalo who will want to protect its new investment of Tyrod Taylor  better than 46 sacks.
11 Cleveland (from Saints) Taco Charlton – Edge – Michigan Charlton isn’t Myles Garrett, but he’s likely just a tier below, which is a steal at pick 11. He can get to the quarterback and doesn’t shy away from making plays in space. His inconsistency causes some concern, but his upside may be hard to pass up.
12 Cleveland (from Eagles) Malik McDowell – DL – Michgan State The Browns are going to beef up the front seven with B1G talent grabbing the pass rusher in Charlton and now getting McDowell who I like to be an effective, versatile five technique. These two selections help the front seven come to form while the secondary gets addressed later in the top 100.
13 Arizona David Njoku – TE – Miami (Fl.) I’m really not a fan of drafting tight ends this high (like OJ Howard), but Njoku could bring more athleticism to the position and allow another safety outlet for Carson Palmer who is starting to show his age.
14 Philadelphia (from Vikings) Marlon Humphrey – CB – Alabama The Eagles are desperate for help in the secondary and thanks to an injury to Sidney Jones and poor combine performance for Teez Tabor, the quality of top tier corners in this class is diminishing. Humphrey is long and athletic, also helping himself with a 4.41 forty yard dash in February.
15 Indianapolis Kevin King – CB – Washington Sidney Jones was the top corner in Washington according to many, but Kevin King’s NFL prospects look very solid as well. He helped himself as a top performer in four of six catagories while coming in at 6’3 200 pounds. But what’s most attractive is his versatility, having played all four secondary positions at Washington. A former strong safety, he’s not afraid to get physical with his counterparts as well.
16 Baltimore Mike Williams – WR – Clemson Baltimore has their pick of the top receivers taking the first one off the board. While some prefer the speed of John Ross or separation of Corey Davis, I think William’s ball locating and physicality wil pair him well with underperforming speedster Breshad Perriman.
17 Washington Reuben Foster – LB – Alabama Foster would be a solid weakside inside linebacker in Greg Manusky’s 34 defense. At this point, he’s one of the best players available, while filling a need having to face Zeke Elliott twice a year and the Eagles and Giants vying for significant rushing upgrades.
18 Tennessee Corey Davis – WR – Western Michigan There’s an opportunity here to shore up the front seven, or even add a safety with Marshon Lattimore, but Davis gives the Titans a potential #1 option who at worst should be a solid #2. Davis has progressed with his ability to create separation and possesses highly coveted size at 6’3 209.
19 Tampa Bay Christian McCaffrey – RB – Stanford Since Doug Martin’s breakout season, he has not lived up to expectations. There’s been a lot of uncertainty in the backfield for a couple seasons now and McCaffrey’s versatility could really assist Jameis Winston.
20 Denver Haason Reddick – LB – Temple Reddick played more of an edge role at Temple, but his athleticism and versatility makes him a great fit for the weakside inside linebacker position next to Brandon Marshall in Denver’s front seven. He’s got a high motor and contributes in clutch situations.
21 Detroit Jabrill Peppers – SAF/LB – Michigan The Lions need defenders who can tackle and Peppers brings that with sideline to sideline range. His defensive versatility could be a huge benefit for the Lions and despite the lack of play making at Michigan, I fully believe that he has top five overall upside wherever he plays.
22 Miami Caleb Brantley – DT – Florida Brantley has the kind of attitude that could be dangerous for opposing offensive lines paired with Ndamukong Suh. Miami was gashed in the playoffs and need to shore up the front seven in a big way. Brantley is an excellent start.
23 New York Giants Garett Bolles – OT – Utah It’s hard to project Bolles future given we haven’t seen a lot of tape on him, however, his athleticism makes him a very attractive prospect as well as his meanstreak. Eli Manning’s quick release should help ease him in the right tackle role, unless the Giants move Ereck Flowers over and put the rookie at left from the start.
24 Oakland Zach Cunningham – LB – Vanderbilt The Raiders could really help themselves at linebacker by grabbing the rangy Cunningham. His finishing ability comes into question at times, taking bad angles or leading to high, but his athletic ability combined with size and instincts make him a nice candidate to play behind Khalil Mack.
25 Houston Cam Robinson – OT – Alabama Robinson’s stock has seemed to drop, likely because he doesn’t appear to be a franchise left tackle. I still think his ability to be a bookend on the right side is of late first value and the Texans could upgrade Derek Newton and assist the run game to set up whoever their next quarterback is for success.
26 Seattle Forrest Lamp – OG – Western Kentucky Lamp projects to a better offensive guard given his arm length and footwork. His athleticism allows his versatilit and he could even become a center option if necessary.
27 Kansas City Gareon Conley – CB – Ohio State Take your pick of Tre’ White, Conley or even Teez Tabor if his combine didn’t shy you away. Kansas City knows that they need to shore up both sides with how well Marcus Peters has aclimated himself in the league. Teams will be throwing opposite field. Conley shows solid man ability, while also having some credentials in run support.
28 Dallas Derek Barnett – Edge – Tennessee I really like Barnett a lot and there’s not a great chance that he falls this far. However, we’re in mid-March and these mocks will change significantly over the course of the next six weeks. Barnett fills a significant need on the edge for Dallas who hopes to take the next step in 2017.
29 Green Bay Jordan Willis – Edge – Kansas State Willis put on a show at the combine and impressed teams with his ability to move laterally and in space. His pass rushing skills speak for themselves and he would immediately contribute on third down as a rookie.
30 Pittsburgh Charles Harris – Edge – Missouri A run on pass rushers at the bottom of the first with all three guys who could easily go top 20. Harris has a nice combination of burst off the edge and size. James Harrison could show him the workout facility and develop a monster.
31 Atlanta Obi Melifonwu – SAF – UConn Melifonwu put on a show at the combine with his 6’3 frame. His aggressiveness as a tackler in the box would aid an Atlanta team who also have some concerns with defensive line depth. Melifonwu could develop into a popular hybrid linebacker/safety to alleviate concerns against th run.
32 New Orleans (from Patriots) Tre’Davious White – CB – LSU I promise that it’s purely a coincidence that multiple players are being drafted near their collegiate cities. However, Tre’ White could benefit from the Superdome turf and the pass rush of Myles Garrett as the Saints attempt to bolster their defense which plays a big role in keeping them out of NFC South contention.
33 Cleveland Deshaun Watson – QB – Clemson
34 San Francisco Mitch Trubisky – QB – North Carolina
35 Jacksonville Takk McKinley – Edge – UCLA
36 Chicago John Ross – WR – Washington
37 Los Angeles Rams Quincy Wilson – CB – Florida
38 Los Angles Chargers Ryan Anderson – Edge – Alabam
39 New York Jets Alvin Kamara – RB – Tennessee
40 Carolina Marcus Maye – SAF – Florida
41 Cincinnati Josh Jones – SAF -North Carolina State
42 Cleveland (from Saints) Tim Williams – Edge – Alabama
43 Philadelphia Dalvin Tomlinson – DT – Alabama
44 Buffalo Teez Tabor – CB – Florida
45 Arizona Antonio Garcia – OG – Troy
46 Indianapolis Joe Mixon – RB – Oklahoma
47 Baltimore Gerald Everett – TE – South Alabama
48 Minnesota Roderick Johnson – OT – Florida State
49 Washington Budda Baker – SAF – Washington
50 Tampa Bay Pat Elflein – OC – Ohio State
51 Denver Evan Engram – TE – Mississippi
52 Cleveland (from Titans) Chidobe Aquzie – CB – Colorado
53 Detroit Taylor Moton – OG – Western Michigan
54 Miami Adoree’ Jackson – CB – USC
55 New York Giants Chris Wormley – DT – Michigan
56 Oakland Zay Jones – WR – East Carolina
57 Houston DeShone Kizer – QB – Notre Dame
58 Seattle Curtis Samuel – WR – Ohio State
59 Kansas City Carlos Watkins – DT – Clemson
60 Dallas Jourdan Lewis – CB – Michigan
61 Green Bay Raekwon McMillan – LB – Ohio State
62 Pittsburgh Bucky Hodges – TE – Virginia Tech
63 Atlanta Jaleel Johnson – DT – Iowa
64 New England TJ Watt – Edge – Wisconsin
65 Cleveland JuJu Smith-Schuster – WR – USC
66 San Francisco Jarrad Davis – LB – Florida
67 Chicago Damontae Kazee – CB – San Diego State
68 Jacksonville Jake Butt – TE – Michigan
69 Los Angeles Rams Dorian Johnson – OG – Pittsburgh
70 New York Jets Justin Evans – SAF – Texas A&M
71 Los Angles Chargers Tanoh Kpassagnon – DL – Villanova
72 Carolina Jermaine Eluemunor – OT – Texas A&M
73 Cincinnati Cooper Kupp – WR – Eastern Washington
74 Philadelphia Dion Dawkins – OG – Temple
75 Buffalo Jordan Leggett – TE – Clemson
76 New Orleans Chris Godwin – WR – Penn State
77 Arizona ArDarius Stewart – WR- Alabama
78 Baltimore Trey Hendrickson – Edge – FAU
79 Minnesota Taywan Taylor – WR – Western Kentucky
80 Indianapolis DeMarcus Walker – DE – Florida State
81 Washington Cameron Sutton – CB – Tennessee
82 Denver Rasul Douglas – CB – West Virginia
83 Tennessee Kendell Beckwith – LB – LSU
84 Tampa Bay Alex Anzalone – LB – Florida
85 Detroit Montravius Adams – DT – Auburn
86 Minnesota (from Dolphins) Larry Ogunjobi – DT – Charlotte
87 New York Giants Dawaune Smoot – Edge – Illinois
88 Oakland Cordrea Tankersly – CB – Clemson
89 Houston Adam Shaheen – TE – Ashland
90 Seattle Derek Rivers – Edge – Youngstown State
91 Kansas City Ethan Pocic – OC – LSU
92 Dallas Fabian Moreau – CB – UCLA
93 Green Bay Dan Feeney – OG – Indiana
94 Pittsburgh Malachi Dupre – WR – LSU
95 Atlanta Antony Walker Jr. – LB – Northwestern
96 New England Nathan Peterman –  QB – Pittsburgh
97 Miami Keionta Davis – Edge – Chattanooga
98 Carolina Zach Banner – OT – USC
99 Baltimore Kareem Hunt – RB – Toledo
100 Tennessee (from Rams) Marcus Williams – SAF – Utah
101 Denver Carlos Henderson – WR – Louisiana Tech
102 Seattle Tarell Basham – Edge – Ohio
103 New Orleans (from Patriots,Browns) Carl Lawson – Edge – Auburn
104 Kansas City Jamaal Williams – RB – BYU
105 Pittsburgh Stevie Tu’lkolovatu – DT – USC
106 Seattle Duke Riley – LB – LSU
107 New York Jets Patrick Mahomes – QB – Texas Tech

 

About The Author Keet Bailey

Keet is the Breaking Football NFL Draft project leader. A huge draft enthusiast, Keet has covered the NFL draft for over 15 years. An avid Cleveland Browns fan, Keet resides in Ohio.