Saturday, April 22, 2017

[LIVE] Two Round NFL Mock Draft (And Then Some)

It's been five years since I put together a two-round mock draft. That's too long. For that, I apologize. To try to make it up to you, I'm going to try something new. I will have a "live" version of the mock draft here, and I'll continue to update as we get closer to the draft. [Updates will be made in red until 6pm on Draft Day.] I'll add all of the Jets picks too just for good measure. For what it's worth - although I will not make up trades in this mock - I think the Jets will work out a deal with either the Browns or .... the Redskins if Mitch Trubisky is still on the board. The Redskins would then deal Kirk Cousins to the 49ers (maybe for pick 34 this year and another second rounder next year?).

The best night of the sports year is almost upon us. And it will be even better without Chris Berman! Enjoy.

Round 1
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DL, Texas A&M - The Browns have no choice here. They need to take Garrett, the player on top of every team's draft board. He has the highest upside of any prospect this year, and Cleveland desperately needs that. I don't love his lack of production against top competition, but that's nitpicky.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina - I think Mitchell goes #2. I'm just not sure who will take him. As mentioned above, I can see scenarios where the Browns and Redskins trade up for him, but ultimately I think Kyle Shanahan will build around Trubisky.
3. Chicago Bears: Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
5. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford - I flip-flopped McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette about a dozen times before finally settling on the Stanford product. I’m not sure the Panthers are ready to give up on Jonathan Stewart just yet, and McCaffrey can complement that style better than Leonard can. The two can even be on the field at the same time if you split McCaffrey out wide.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Reddick might be the biggest beneficiary of Reuben Foster's recent issues.
10. Buffalo Bills: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
11. New Orleans Saints: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
12. Cleveland Browns: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State - The Browns are going to be bad again in 2017. The QB class of 2018 figures to be much stronger than this year's crop. I think Cleveland revamps the defense this year and finds their quarterback at the top of next year's draft. Time to feed Brock Osweiler to the wolves.
13. Arizona Cardinals: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
15. Indianapolis Colts: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
16. Baltimore Ravens: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
17. Washington Redskins: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
18. Tennessee Titans: Kevin King, CB, Washington
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
20. Denver Broncos: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
21. Detroit Lions: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
22. Miami Dolphins: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
23. New York Giants: David Njoku, TE, Miami
24. Oakland Raiders: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
25. Houston Texans: Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
26. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
28. Dallas Cowboys: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
29. Green Bay Packers: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jabrill Peppers, Athlete, Michigan
31. Atlanta Falcons: Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston -
32. New Orleans Saints: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU - Local, talented product at a position of need.

Round 2 (Overall Pick)
1 (33). Cleveland Browns: Budda Baker, S, Washington
2 (34). San Francisco 49ers: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
3 (35). Jacksonville Jaguars: Antonio Garcia, OL, Troy
4 (36). Chicago Bears: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee - Rocket scientist.
5 (37). Los Angeles Rams: John Ross, WR, Washington - The two players that could make this mock look terrible are Ross and Jordan Willis. Ross is reportedly in play a high as #5, but if a couple of these teams end up passing on him, a drop into the top of Round 2 is a possibility. I’ll call this my boldest prediction.
6 (38). Los Angeles Chargers: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame - Rocket scientist he is not. What was he thinking with this quote? The greatest ever? Last year he was behind Malik Zaire on the depth chart.
7 (39). New York Jets: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss - It's been five years since a Jets tight end put up more than 400 yards receiving in a season. I'm not sure in Engram would top that mark in 2017, but with an actual QB he would in 2018.

Engram would give the Jets a weapon out wide.
8 (40). Carolina Panthers: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah - In my first mock, I had Bolles to Carolina as well…but that was in Round 1. There’s a chance he slips here and Carolina would be thrilled if he did.
9 (41). Cincinnati Bengals: Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC - Pacman 2.0 without the off-field baggage.
10 (42). New Orleans Saints: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
11 (43). Philadelphia Eagles: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
12 (44). Buffalo Bills: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
13 (45). Arizona Cardinals: Josh Jones, S, NC State
14 (46). Indianapolis Colts: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
15 (47). Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State - Moves up as Brantley plummets.
16 (48). Minnesota Vikings: Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
17 (49). Washington Redskins: Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
18 (50). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
19 (51). Denver Broncos: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
20 (52). Cleveland Browns: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington - There’s a good chance that 2017 becomes a redshirt year, but the Browns won’t be competitive anyway and this would be a smart gamble with the extra pick Cleveland owns in this draft.
21 (53). Detroit Lions: T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
22 (54). Miami Dolphins: Marcus Maye, S, Florida
23 (55). New York Giants: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
24 (56). Oakland Raiders: Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan - Welcome to the top two rounds.
25 (57). Houston Texans: Aviante Collins, OT, TCU
26 (58). Seattle Seahawks: Desmond King, CB, Iowa
27 (59). Kansas City Chiefs: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma - They already have Tyreek Hill so why not?
28 (60). Dallas Cowboys: DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
29 (61). Green Bay Packers: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
30 (62). Pittsburgh Steelers: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
31 (63). Atlanta Falcons: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
32 (64). Carolina Panthers: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State - Who better to pair with Christian McCaffrey than the poor man’s Christian McCaffrey? Samuel can also line up out wide or in the backfield with or without Jonathan Stewart and gives Cam Newton more weapons at his disposal.

Dropped Out
Caleb Brantley, DT Idiot, Florida

Remainder of Jets Draft
Round 3 (Overall Pick)
6 (70). New York Jets: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
43 (107). New York Jets: Derek Rivers, OLB, Youngstown State

Round 5 (Overall Pick)
6 (150). New York Jets: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson

Round 6 (Overall Pick)
7 (191). New York Jets: Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse

Round 7 (Overall Pick)
6 (224). New York Jets: Kyle Kalis, OL, Michigan


Other Thoughts
-I still like the idea of the Bills using their fourth rounder on Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly, nephew of Buffalo legend Jim Kelly.


-Crazy draft idea: The Browns should go all in on a 2017 tank job and focus exclusively on the 2018 seasons and beyond. Take Garrett at 1 and take the best available players at 12 and 33. Then trade 52 and 108 for a 2018 first rounder. Trade 65 and Joe Thomas (to Seattle or the NYG?) for a 2018 first rounder. Trade Kevin Zeitler for a 2018 second rounder. I know the Browns just signed Zeitler this offseason, but this would essentially allow the team to buy a second rounder (for the price of Zeitler’s signing bonus). This series of deals would give Cleveland three 2018 first rounders and four 2018 second rounders along with Garrett in addition to boatloads of cap room.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

It's been way too long since I last posted, and few things in the sports world get me more excited than the NFL Draft. I like getting my first mock out before the Combine to set a marker in the water.

1. Cleveland: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M - Not even the Browns can screw this one up. Although by drafting him, they'll probably screw him up somehow.

2. San Francisco: DT Jonathan Allen, Alabama - I'm not a believer in this year's QB class, but then again, I wasn't a believer last year and QBs went first and second overall. Plug Allen in for the next decade and call it a day.

3. Chicago: S Jamal Adams, LSU - Safety is becoming sexy again.

4. Jacksonville: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU - I was on Zeke last year as a surprise top 10 pick before almost anyone else. Fournette is this year's Zeke so I'm expecting him off the board at the same #4 selection.

5. Tennessee (via LA): DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford - Haven't seen anyone else with Thomas this high, but every time I watched him, he dominated. Also making a blind faith assumption that he'll interview well and impress teams with his Stanford intelligence.

6. New York Jets: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The Jets could go in so many different directions here, but fresh off the Revis release, I'll give them Lattimore.


Newest graduate from THE Cornerback University

7. San Diego Los Angeles Chargers: S Malik Hooker, Ohio State - Like I said, safeties are hot right now. An Eric Weddle replacement.

8. Carolina: OT Garrett Bolles, Utah - This is a weak year for top-tier offensive linemen but the Panthers need to protect Cam. 14 years ago, Carolina took OT Jordan Gross from Utah with the 8th overall selection and that worked out pretty well (Gross still works as a sideline reporter for the team). Repeat performance here?

9. Cincinnati: DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee - Pure speculation here, but I'm guessing the Bengals spend less on college scouting than any other team in football. They are probably too cheap to even drop the $79.99 to purchase ESPN Goal Line. They watch CBS, Fox, ABC, and ESPN. Don't even think they can afford ESPN2. If you don't play on those channels, you are out of luck in Cincy. Then they take the best players from those teams. Really simple strategy. Hey did you see Barnett dominating the SEC? Sure did. Let's take him.

10. Buffalo: CB Teez Tabor, Florida

11. New Orleans: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan

12. Cleveland (via Philadelphia): QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina - Seems like a dream scenario for Cleveland. After landing the best player at #1, they would have their pick of QBs to ruin.

13. Arizona: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan - Tough to think of a better situation for a young WR than to learn from Larry Fitz. Just ask Michael Floyd. Too soon?

14. Indianapolis: OT Cam Robinson, Alabama

15. Philadelphia (via Minnesota): CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama

16. Baltimore: ATH Jabrill Peppers, Michigan - Harbaugh connection.

17. Washington: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama - Anyone else sick of Bama or is just me? Love that Clemson dominated them in the national title game. I digress.

18. Tennessee: WR Mike Williams, Clemson - Similar to the Browns' dream scenario, I think the Titans brass would do back flips if they could snag Williams here. I'm guessing he's in consideration for them at #5.

19. Tampa Bay: RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State - I'm struggling to find a great spot for Cook so let's keep him in state.

20. Denver: OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin - I have a soft spot for any former D-III athletes. Make us proud, kid.

21. Detroit: DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State - Michigan connection? Why not.

22. Miami: WR John Ross, Washington - Out goes Kenny Stills; in comes his faster, (much) cheaper replacement.

23. New York Giants: TE OJ Howard, Alabama - It has now been a full decade since Jeremy Shockey left New York. (Wow, that makes me feel old.) That was the last time Eli had a legitimate threat at the tight end position.

24. Oakland: DT Caleb Brantley, Florida - The Gators might have four first round picks from their defense (and possibly up to seven defenders drafted in total). How did they give up any points this year?

25. Houston: CB Sidney Jones, Washington

26. Seattle: OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky - I love Lamp. Not really, but Russell Wilson will take any protection he can get.

27. Kansas City: QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson - A sneaky landing spot for the man Dabo dubbed "Michael Jordan."

28. Dallas: OLB Tak Mckinley, UCLA - I love watching this guy's tape. Freak athlete with sprinter speed who runs all over the field to make plays.

29. Green Bay: CB Adoree Jackson, USC

30. Pittsburgh: WR Zay Jones, East Carolina - Fantasy Sleep-ah alert.

31. Atlanta: TE David Njoku, Miami - If you thought the Falcon offense was good last year, wait until they add a threat at another position.

32. New England: QB Pat Mahomes, Texas Tech - Just a hunch but I think Jimmy G will get traded this offseason for a couple second round picks allowing Mahomes to become the heir to the Brady throne. (Speaking of feeling old, I remember when Mahomes' dad was on the Mets. Jesus.)

More thoughts:

-The Jets will end up with another second round QB. Wouldn't mind if that pick was DeShone Kizer.

-How about Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly to the Bills in Round 3? Uncle Jim can watch after him in Buffalo and keep him on the right track.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I Wish...... The Mets Got Mike Trout


Future face of the Mets


Tell me who says no to this deal:

Mets receive: Mike Trout, Huston Street
Mets trade: Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Morcos Molina

Angels receive: Sam Travis, Andrew Benintendi, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Morcos Molina
Angels trade: Mike Trout, Huston Street, CJ Wilson’s Corpse

Red Sox receive: Matt Harvey, CJ Wilson’s Corpse

Red Sox trade: Andrew Benintendi, Sam Travis

NBA Trade Idea: Wolves/Bucks

Minnesota trades Ricky Rubio to Milwaukee for Greg Monroe




I will fill in more blanks when time allows, but here are the highlights:

-Wolves would then select Jamal Murray with the 5th pick; Bucks would take Skal Labissiere with the 10th pick.

-Murray-Zach Lavine-Andrew Wiggins-KA Towns-Monroe with Gorgui Dieng off the bench? Yes, please. Thibs can get these guys to play D, and that offense would be unreal.

-Rubio-Kris Middleton-Greak Freak-Jabari Parker-Henson/Skal would be a wingspan fest and extremely fun to watch. Maybe a trade of MCW for a shooter could follow?

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Trades That Need to Happen - Mets & Angels



I will try to fill in further explanation when time allows, but here’s the deal-

Mets trade: P Matt Harvey, P Zack Wheeler, OF Curtis Granderson, SS Amed Rosario, 2B Dilson Herrera, 3B Jhoan Urena, and OF Brandon Nimmo

Angels trade: OF Mike Trout and P Huston Street
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Sandy Alderson needs to pick up the phone and tell Billy Eppler that he can choose anyone not named Thor, Degrom, or Conforto in exchange for the game’s best player.

From the Mets’ perspective, this deal is a no-brainer as Trout can finally play in some meaningful games while serving as the face of the franchise right next to where he grew up.

Add him into this lineup and this is what we have:

1-Wright, 3B
2-Trout, CF
3-Cespedes, RF
4-Conforto, LF
5-Duda, 1B
6-D’Arnaud, C
7- Walker, 2B
8-Cabrera, SS

Offense, in New York?!?! Holy crap!

The rotation, especially in the playoffs, would be just fine with a combo of Thor, DeGrom, Matz, and the ageless Bartolo. Street adds a 7th or 8th inning option for Terry Collins. A ProvenCloser™ on a non-contender would be superfluous and Street is still owed about $14m through the end of next year.

From the Angels vantage point, it’s time to blow this up and start again.

Harvey can be the ace they’ve lacked since Jered Weaver finished third in Cy Young voting in 2012. If Wheeler can return to his pre-TJ form, the Angels would have a solid #3 on their hands.

Granderson is a serviceable outfielder that would help replace a fraction (admittedly, a small fraction) of Trout’s 2016 production.

Rosario, Herrera, Urena, and Nimmo are the four lotto tickets that could form the foundation the next time this team is competitive. Rosario has superstar potential while the others can be above average regulars. The barren farm system needs a talent infusion, and I believe these four would immediately become the Angels top four prospects.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mock Draft Results

I will try to write a draft summary, but here's a summary of how my final mock went.

Going in, I said, "I will be disappointed if I don't hit at least 8 of 31 exact picks and any less than 28 first rounders."

Well, I had 9 direct hits. It would have been 10 if I didn't foolishly swap out Ronnie Stanley with DeForest Buckner, but what can you do.

Unfortunately, I only hit 25 of 31 first rounders. I'm really kicking myself for adding both Alabama DTs instead of Will Fuller, but again, hindsight is 20-20.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Final Mock Draft: Round 1



This is going to be an incredible first round. Anytime you have a draft with a players that has a range from fifth overall to the middle of the second round (Myles Jack), you know it’s going to be entertaining. Another guy, Darron Lee, is a top-10 pick in some mocks. I don’t have him as a Day 1 pick.

Here’s my last attempt at predicting what will happen tonight. It will probably go up in flames as soon as the Titans trade back to the 6-slot when Laremy Tunsil slips, but that’s unavoidable.

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
8. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
10. New York Giants: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
11. Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
12. New Orleans Saints: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
13. Miami Dolphins: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
14. Oakland Raiders: William Jackson, CB, Houston
15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
16. Detroit Lions: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
17. Atlanta Falcons: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
19. Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
20. New York Jets: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
21. Washington Redskins: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
23. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Sterling Shephard, WR, Ohlakoma
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
26. Seattle Seahawks: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
27. Green Bay Packers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
29. Arizona Cardinals: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
30. Carolina Panthers: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
31. Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Other thoughts:
-It wouldn’t shock me if any of these guys were picked in Round 1 either:
Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Ohlahoma State
Kamalei Correa, DE, Boise State
Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

-Hopefully this DB from Houston (Willie Jackson) turns out better than the last one Oakland picked (DJ Hayden). Or maybe, the two work nicely together and raise each other’s games.

-I’m a sucker for last minute rumors, and I really hope the Ronnie Stanley to San Diego one is true even if I don’t agree with the pick. I'm not buying this rumor.

-My favorite players in this draft: Doctson, Ragland, and Butler. I also have a soft spot for any quality OU receivers which makes me fond of Shephard.

-I will be disappointed if I don't hit at least 8 of 31 exact picks and any less than 28 first rounders.

-Unfollow me on Twitter (@mspici) if you don't want to get bombarded tonight.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mock Draft with Ricky & Coop: Round 1

The annual TSB-Ricky-Coop mock is here. Let's see if we do better than the NFL Network panel or any other panel for that matter. 

1. Los Angeles Rams: Generic QB #1 (Goff)
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Generic QB #2 (Wentz)
3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil
4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, DB, FSU
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
6. Baltimore Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, Florida
7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
8. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, DE, tOSU
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
10. New York Giants: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
11. Chicago Bears: Zeke Elliott, RB, tOSU
12. New Orleans Saints: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St
13. Miami Dolphins:  William Jackson III, CB, Houston
14. Oakland Raiders: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
15. Tennessee Titans: Ronnie Stanley, OT, ND
16. Detroit Lions: Jack Conklin, OT, MSU
17. Atlanta Falcons: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
18. Indianapolis Colts: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
19. Buffalo Bills: Darron Lee, LB, tOSU
20. New York Jets: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
21. Washington Redskins: Reggie Ragland, LB, Bama
22. Houston Texans: Laquan Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
23. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Lousiville
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, tOSU
26. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Kelly, OL, Alabama
27. Green Bay Packers: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Bama
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Artie Burns, CB, The U
29. Arizona Cardinals: Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois
30. Carolina Panthers: Su'a Cravens, OLB/S, USC
31. Denver Broncos: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

Best theory I heard all week came from Ricky who thinks the Eagles traded up for Zeke Elliott or Tunsil, not a QB. That would be incredible.

Friday, April 22, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft - Round 1 (Updated)



There’s been a complete overhaul at the top of this draft after two massive trades. Here’s my (updated) best guess at how things will play out.

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
6. Baltimore Ravens: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
7. San Francisco 49ers: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
8. Cleveland Browns: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
10. New York Giants: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
11. Chicago Bears: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
12. New Orleans Saints: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
13. Miami Dolphins: William Jackson, CB, Houston
14. Oakland Raiders: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
15. Tennessee Titans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
16. Detroit Lions: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
17. Atlanta Falcons: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
19. Buffalo Bills: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
20. New York Jets: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
21. Washington Redskins: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
22. Houston Texans: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
23. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Sterling Shephard, WR, Ohlakoma
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
26. Seattle Seahawks: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
27. Green Bay Packers: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
29. Arizona Cardinals: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
30. Carolina Panthers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
31. Denver Broncos: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

The defensive line depth in this draft is pretty striking. In any other year, Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd from Clemson would comfortably find themselves as Day One picks. This year, though, I didn’t have a place for them in the top 31. Hopefully one of them falls to pick 51 where the Jets can stop the freefall.