Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett should go first overall. But with the Browns you never know. They need a quarterback and could addresses first overall or with their second pick overall (12) or at 33 in the second round. Michell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson be targets. The quarterbacks will shape the landscape of this draft.
1. Myles Garrett – Cleveland Browns – DE
Garrett has size strength and speed. A quick, long first step seems to put him in the backfield before his second foot leaves the ground. Garrett looks like the type of game changing defensive player you can build around.
2. Solomon Thomas – San Francisco 49ers – DE
Thomas looks like he could be moved all over the defensive line and even as a rush linebacker in different packages. He’s strong, athletic and always seems to be moving forward. Good job seeing screens develop in the backfield.
3. Marshon Lattimore – Chicago Bears – CB
Lattimore has good size and athleticism. He only has one real year under his belt because of hamstring issues. If those are past him which seemed to be the case Lattimore should be a great pick up here or somewhere in the top ten. The Bears are getting a corner who could end up a top corner in the league.
4. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars – RB
Runningback has been an area of need for quite a while. Fournette could be the pick to fill it. It wouldn’t shock me if they filled another position and grabbed a runningback in round two.
5. Malik Hooker – Tennessee Titans – S
Versatile safety that can play all over. Good height and will add depth and future starting ability to a secondary that needed a lot of help last year. Reads quarterbacks well and quickly reacts.
6. Mitchell Trubisky – New York Jets – QB
Trubisky could be gone as early as the second pick. It would be best if he could sit a year after lining up in the shotgun at North Carolina. He throws well on the move but can be frustrating with his accuracy. Missing some wide opens receivers. Trubisky escapes pressure well in the pocket. Could go as early as two to San Francisco. Only 13 starts at UNC. With the current state of the quarterback position Jets are in position to take a shot on Trubisky early.
7. Jamal Adams – Los Angeles Chargers – S
Adams started early at LSU and is a big hitting safety. Adams is very good in coverage and would be a big upgrade for the Chargers
8. Derek Barnett – Carolina Panthers – DE
Barnett is a slow starter who builds up during the game. He turns from just another guy on the field to a pocket moving force. Very good at shutting down the run. Gets a year to learn and work in with Peppers back.
9. Jonathon Allen – Cincinnati Bengals – DE
Not the fastest or strongest player in the draft. Allen is already a great hand technician. He can bounce back and forth between tackle and end depending on down and distance. Allen could go top five.
10. OJ Howard – Buffalo Bills – TE
Buffalo has many needs. Howard is a solid all-around tight end who should be an immediate upgrade to the offense.
11. Hasson Reddick – New Orleans Saints – LB
Reddick made a name for himself at the senior bowl and carried it over to the combine showing off his athleticism. Reddick should be a rock in the middle or weak side for years to come.
12. Deshaun Watson – Cleveland Browns – QB
Sitting for a year will give him a better understanding of reading defenses in the pocket. He doesn’t kill his team with mistakes. Watson isn’t overly accurate with his deep balls. Makes plays with his feet. Whoever drafts him would be wise to install some running plays for him in the early years. If this pick happens Watson will be another name in the Cleveland quarterback graveyard. I don’t see him doing much in the NFL and should probably go in the second round.
13. Mike Williams – Arizona Cardinals – WR
Arizona’s offense was a shell of itself outside of David Johnson last season. Larry Fitzgerald is getting older and Williams would be a perfect pick to pass the torch when the time comes.
14. TreDavious White – Philadelphia Eagles – CB
White will start in the slot and work his way out. He played and even started some games as a freshman at LSU. He can return kicks on special teams and play on kick coverage as well.
15. Reuben Foster – Indianapolis Colts – LB
Foster was sent home from the combine for acting aggressively toward medical staff. If Foster can keep it together mentally this should be a great pick up.
16. Corey Davis – Baltimore Ravens – WR
Long and lean, Davis is a big time playmaker. Davis comes from the MAC but should be an immediate starter in the NFL. Could be a steal at pick 16 and I wouldn’t be shocked if he came off the boards in the top ten.
17. Christian McCaffrey – Washington Redskins – RB
All around offensive threat. Also a weapon on special teams. McCaffrey would be a big upgrade at runningback. Reminds me a lot of a smaller David Johnson from Arizona.
18. John Ross – Tennessee Titans – WR
Speedster who’ll give Mariota an immediate deep threat. Njoku could be considered here too.
19. Dalvin Cook – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB
Cooks comes with off-field issues. He put up great numbers at FSU but he’s not overly big or fast but he’s strong and tough to arm tackle. Buccaneers need an upgrade at runningback after Doug Martin has been injured and ineffective.
20. Ryan Ramczyk – Denver Broncos – OT
Ramczyk started at Wisconsin for one year but dominated at the position. He should be a plug and play guy for many seasons.
21. David Njoku – Detroit – TE
Ebron hasn’t been able to stay on the field. Njoku Gives Stafford another weapon. Njoku does his best work off the line of scrimmage, catching passes in the flats and over the middle. He’s a willing blocker, just not a good one.
22. Gareon Conley – Miami Dolphins – CB
Conley is 6′ with solid speed. It may take him a year to adjust to the NFL. Conley is a two-year starter at Ohio State. Physical corner who attacks the ball.
23. TJ Watt – New York Giants – DE/LB
The last name tells you what kind of player you’re getting. He could move around the defense before finding a home as a defensive end. Great length at 6’5” and may still have time before he peaks as a player.
24. DeMarcus Walker – Oakland Raiders – DT/DE
Tremendous pass rusher. Gets under blockers and runs right by them by taking great angles toward the quarterback. Can line up at tackle and end. He could even play some outside linebacker in a 3-4. Big upgrade if he makes it to the Raiders.
25. Forrest Lamp – Houston – OT
Houston could take a quarterback here. They seem to have a value chart and stick to it. Lamp could be higher on the board than any of the QB’s. The Texans have been rumored to like Mahomes from Texas Tech and could get him here. Lamp is an athletic four-year starter at Western Kentucky. He tested well at the combine and is athletic enough to play any position on the line.
26. Cam Robinson – Seattle Seahawks – OT
Seattle’s offensive line was a disaster last season. Robinson should plug-in at right tackle in his rookie season. Battle etsted against top competition in big games.
27. Pat Mahomes – Kansas City – QB
Alex Smith is capable of getting the team to the playoffs. His dead cap money drops about 6 million dollars next season, if Mahomes is ready to go in 2018, it’ll make it a lot easier to dump Smith at age 33. This is a perfect situation for him. Mahomes has a big arm. He sets his feet quick under pressure in the pocket and gets the ball out. Good accuracy on deep balls. Throws well on the run. Has the potential to be the best quarterback in the draft. Will need to learn to play under center. If he doesn’t go day one he’ll be gone early day two.
28. Garett Bolles – Dallas – OT
Bolles is a one year starter at Utah after transferring from junior college. He’s an athletic tackle who could fill in for Doug Free on the right side. Bolles got into a lot of trouble in his younger days. It seems like all of that is behind him. This would be a huge get for Dallas as he could start right away.
29. Jabrill Peppers – Green Bay Packers – DB
Extremely versatile defensive back who also lines up at linebacker. He’ll be a matchup guy and will help out immediately on special team as a returner.
30. Takkarist McKinley – Pittsburgh Steelers – OLB/DE
very quick off the line of scrimmage and could end up replacing James Harrison is he ever retires.
31. Zach Cunningham – Atlanta – LB
Productive outside linebacker at Vanderbilt with 192 tackles the past two years. The Falcons love athletic defenders and Cunningham has good speed and leaping ability.
32. Obi Melifonwu – New Orleans Saints – S
Big (6’4”) and very athletic safety who can tackle and cover. He uses his length well to break up passes. Showed he can be more physical during Senior Bowl week.