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