My third mock draft features some big changes from the last one I put out so get ready. (Draft Order courtesy of walterfootball.com)
1. Cleveland- Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
The Browns get the best defensive player in the draft possibly. Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah form a very intriguing pass-rushing duo.
2. San Francisco- Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
I give Trubisky the nod over Watson and Kizer because of his physical frame and arm strength. Lack of experience does scare me a bit though.
3. Chicago- Jonathan Allen, Alabama
A dominant player on the defensive line for the Crimson Tide, I believe is a great fit for a team that has a developing front seven unit.
4. Jacksonville- Leonard Fournette, LSU
The Jags need to be more consistent in the running game, and Fournette is just the guy to give it the “boost” it needs.
5. Tennessee- Jamal Adams, LSU
The Titans need secondary help badly. Adams is really good, especially in run support, great athlete.
6. New York Jets- DeShaun Watson, Clemson
The future Jets’ quarterback is not on the current roster in my opinion. Good quarterback play wins in the NFL, and I think Watson has the tools to win in this league.
7. Los Angeles Chargers- Malik Hooker, Ohio State
This underrated Chargers’ defense gets a huge boost to the safety position in Hooker. He has the play-making ability to help a good young secondary even better.
8. Carolina- Dalvin Cook, Florida State
I think Cook is the best offensive playmaker in this draft with his ability to catch the ball in space and run between the tackles. Jonathan Stewart is solid, but is an impending free agent. Also, it would not hurt to give Cam another weapon.
9. Cincinnati- Reuben Foster, Alabama
The Bengals need an infusion of youth on defense, especially at linebacker. Rey Malaluga is no longer an impactful player on the inside. A tandem of Foster and Vontaze Burfict could be dangerous.
10. Buffalo- Jabril Peppers, Michigan
It was either Peppers or Marshon Lattimore at this pick for me. I think Peppers is the better pick because of the uncertainty of Aaron Williams’ return from a neck injury that could force him into retirement.
11. New Orleans- Adoree’ Jackson, USC
Jackson has a knack for shutting down good wide receivers (ask Calvin Ridley). Very fluid athlete, and also a threat on special teams as a returner.
12. Cleveland- Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
Make plays and can cover, he will give help to Joe Haden on the other side of the field.
13. Arizona- Deshone Kizer, Notre Dame
I think he is perfect for Bruce Arians’ downfield passing game with his arm strength. Will have a year or two to learn from Carson Palmer.
14. Philadelphia- Mike Williams, Clemson
Might become the best receiver on the roster from Day 1. Big, physical, sure-handed, and tough (he took a beating against Alabama). Nice fit for Carson Wentz.
15. Indianapolis- Derek Barnett, Tennessee
Been hearing whispers that he is moving up into the top 8 or 10. Talented pass-rusher as he passed Reggie White for the career sack total at Tennessee this past season, impressive. Gives the Colts much needed help on the defensive line.
16. Baltimore- Tim Williams, Alabama
This pick “screams” Ozzie Newsome. Great pass-rusher at linebacker who plays the run well too. Williams would be a great replacement for Elvis Dumervil.
17. Washington- Malik McDowell, Michigan State
Versatile defensive lineman who can cause havoc in a 4-3 or 3-4 alignment. The Skins’ need help in the interior as they did not get a bunch of production from that unit in 2016.
18. Tennessee- Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Not a bad consolation prize for not being able to draft Mike Williams. Fills a need because Marcus Mariota needs more options to throw the football to besides Delanie Walker.
19. Tampa Bay- Teez Tabor, Florida
Well, the Bucs go the “Gainesville route” since they had success with Vernon Hargraves III last season and draft his Florida teammate Tabor. Physical with good size (6 feet, 200 lbs.). Don’t be surprised if they go wide receiver as well.
20. Denver- Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
The Broncos had so many issues at tackle last season, they wished they had Ryan Clady. Donald Stephenson simply won’t cut it, so draft Ramczyk. Maybe he helps them regain the physicality they had in 2015 in the run game.
21. Detroit- Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
One of more underrated players in this draft I believe. Very good in open space as he “flies” to the football. With the uncertainty surrounding DeAndre Levy’s return, Cunningham seems like a logical replacement.
22. Miami- O.J. Howard, Alabama
Tight end is a position where the Fins’ could stand to improve, so why not get the best one available in my mind. Can use him as a H-back and on the line as a blocker. Really good hands in the passing game as well. Miami tight ends combined caught 55 passes this season.
23. New York Giants- Taco Charlton, Michigan
The Giants are possibly going to lose Jason Pierre-Paul to free agency, it is a make-sense pick. Charlton’s tackle and sack totals increased every year while at Michigan. He registered 10 sacks in 2016. His film against Ohio State really showed his talent.
24. Oakland- Jarrad Davis, Florida
The Raiders spent money and draft picks on pass rushers and it did not quite work out to plan. I think they will switch their focus to linebacker as that unit is not particularly impressive.
25. Houston- Cam Robinson, Alabama
Robinson and the Texans just seemed destined for each other. The Texans are in desperate need of a tackle, and Robinson is probably the best one available. In my next mock, Robinson will probably not be this low.
26. Seattle- Sidney Jones, Washington
I really like Jones for Seattle. Really good athlete with speed. The Seahawks have had health issues at corner opposite Richard Sherman. Who knows, he could replace Sherman if his price tag becomes too high.
27. Kansas City- Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
Humphrey is a big corner at 6’1, and has good cover skills. People probably have soured on him a bit because he struggled a bit in the Tide’s playoff games, but I don’t think the film was as bad as some think.
28. Dallas- Gareon Conley, Ohio State
Seeing that Brandon Carr and possibly Morris Clairborne might not be back next season, don’t be shocked if the Cowboys start over at cornerback in the draft.
29. Green Bay- Solomon Thomas, Stanford
Julius Peppers is at the end of his career and the rest of the Green Bay front seven don’t really get after the QB. Thomas can solve that problem real quick, talented pass-rusher with a “motor”
30. Pittsburgh- Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
Physical tackler who I think can really develop alongside a Lawrence Timmons. They are a little “long in the tooth” at linebacker.
31. Atlanta- Charles Harris, Missouri
Harris provides pass-rushing ability, something Atlanta still lacks despite having Vic Beasley.
32. New England- John Ross, Washington
Wide reciever is not a position of need per se, but with Edelman’s injury issues, the Pats’ could use more speed and playmaking at the position.