1. Cleveland Browns (0-11): DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
I think this pick comes down to falling in love with one of the QB prospects or trading back, with the latter option being preferred in their mind. For this mock I am giving them the top current QB on our board but we all know how much this can change over the next few months.
2. San Francisco 49ers (1-9): Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
I know many analysts have dropped Deshaun Watson a little more each week with some saying he is a day two pick. I think he showed the world what he could do last season and may be protecting himself as we all have known he was entering the 2017 draft. Much like Jameis Winston, I think Watson still has a chance to go high and with the potential fit of his style of play and Chip Kelly’s scheme, it could be fun to watch.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8): Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
Jacksonville will be sprinting to the podium if the top player in the draft is sitting there for them to pluck when the go on the clock. Myles Garrett is another dynamic piece to add to their young but promising defense.
4. Chicago Bears (2-8): Jabrill Peppers S Michigan
With the top two QB off the board there is a slight chance they would grab Mitch Trubisky but I have them taking another route in this mock draft. Grabbing a stud like Jabrill Peppers can breath some life into their defense as he can help at multiple positions right out of the gate.
5. New York Jets (3-7): Jalen Tabor CB Florida
The Jets could use help in many spots but here I have them making a slight reach to bring in some youth at CB. With Revis making excuses for falling off it is time to bring in the future.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1): Jonathan Allen DT/DE Alabama
The Bengals are lost this season and they need to continue to upgrade. Jonathan Allen will instantly add to the pass rush, or lack thereof, of Cincy.
7. Tennessee Titans (5-6): Mike Williams WR Clemson(From Los Angeles)
The Titans use the first of two first round picks to grab a go-to #1 receiver for Mariota. Tajae Sharpe was a nice find but he is a #2 WR and adding a top tier WR to this unit will make them dangerous overnight.
8. San Diego Chargers (4-6): Cam Robinson OT Alabama
It seems like every year the Chargers need offensive line help and with Rivers nearing the end of his career it is never a bad idea to continue to add pieces. Robinson may be better off at RT or even moving into OG to start his rookie season but giving Rivers and Gordon more help up front will be a big bonus with the likes of Miller, Mack and Houston in the division.
9. New Orleans Saints (4-6): Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
New Orleans needs to address their CB unit as they continue to get burned on a weekly basis. Lattimore can add the length and coverage skills coveted in today’s passing game.
10. Carolina Panthers (4-6): Leonard Fournette RB LSU
Carolina uses this pick to grab the top player on the board who also can make a major impact. Jonathan Stewart can’t ever stay healthy and a powerful runner like Fournette can take this offense to the next level.
11. Green Bay Packers (4-6): Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
The Packers just got torched by the Redskins and while injuries have piled up, there are still upgrades needed to the unit. Once Blake Martinez gets back healthy there is a hole next to him that Zach Cunningham can fill creating a quality duo for years to come.
12. Arizona Cardinals (4-5-1): Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina
The Cardinals use this pick to get their signal caller of the future. Palmer is not getting any younger and this offense is ready made to be one of the leagues best, that is if they can add some pieces to the interior of the offensive line this offseason.
13. Tennessee Titans (5-6): Quincy Wilson CB Florida
If the Titans can manage to come out of the first round filling two major needs with potential studs, I think they will be happy. Quincy Wilson is a major upgrade for Tennessee’s defensive unit.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5): Malik Hooker S Ohio State
Tampa needs to find a safety that can step in and make big plays. Luckily, a potential top-10 talent like Malik Hooker falls into their laps to save the day.
15. Buffalo Bills (5-5): Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
Free agent departures of Stephen Gilmore and lack of talent makes this pick a no brainer for Rex Ryan. Adding Marlon Humphrey can raise the play of the entire defensive unit.
16. Cleveland Browns (0-11): Desmond King CB Iowa (From –Philadelphia)
The Browns have to add a talent opposite of Joe Haden to limit the bleeding that is their passing defense. They tried to fix this a few years back with Justin Gilbert but in true Brown’s fashion here they are again, however the talented Desmond King should put an end to this problem for the foreseeable future.
17. Indianapolis Colts (5-5): Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
The Colts should jump at the chance to upgrade their RB position. While Frank Gore has been good there is no reason to not take the best available prospect when he can step in right away and help in both phases of the offense.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5): Reuben Foster LB Alabama
The Steelers need to find another piece to play alongside Ryan Shazier when he is healthy once they let the aging Lawrence Timmons walk this offseason. Reuben Foster is a three down player who has the makings to be a star for the Steel Curtain.
19. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5): JuJu Smith-Schuster WR USC(From – Minnesota)
The Eagles have to consider getting Carson Wentz a #1 receiver with a great vertical game to go with his big arm. They perfect target is JuJu Smith-Schuster who has the size (6-2 220lb) and deep threat ability to be a star in Philly.
20. Miami Dolphins (6-4): Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
Miami is going to need to replace potential free agent Mario Williams, whose production will not be hard to beat. Step in Derek Barnett who has the size and talent to be a force playing across from, and eventually replacing, Cameron Wake.
21. Baltimore Ravens (5-5): Tim Williams OLB Alabama
The Ravens go back to a familiar pond to grab their next pass rusher with Tim Williams from Alabama. Both Suggs and Dumervil are not getting any younger or any better and the need for youth at the position is coming quick.
22. Houston Texans (6-4): Jamal Adams S LSU
I don’t think Jamal Adams will be available at this point on draft day but in this mock the safety needy Texans are thrilled to have him fall into their laps. Adams has the talent to step in and transform their secondary right away.
23. Detroit Lions (6-4): Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
The Lions have never filled the hole left by Suh departing for Miami. Malik McDowell is a disruptive force who could go in the top-10 so grabbing him at this point is a major win for Detroit.
24. New York Giants (7-3): Dawaune Smoot DE Illinois
With JPP most likely hitting free agency the Giants look to replace him with another prospect in Smoot. We have seen for years the Giants are at their best when they are able to get to the QB and don’t hesitate to draft prospects who can do just that.
25. Atlanta Falcons (6-4): Charles Harris DE Missouri
I still have no idea why Atlanta skipped over their pass rush need in last years draft but they find a speed rusher in Charles Harris to step in for past his prime Dwight Freeney. The Falcons have to get their defense up to par quick so they don’t waste the best years of the talent they have acquired on the offensive side.
26. Washington Redskins (6-3-1): Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
Continuing to upgrade the interior OL is a major need for the Redskins. Nelson can come in and help them win the battles in the trenches and keep Cousins slinging the ball all over the field.
27. Denver Broncos (7-3): OJ Howard TE Alabama
The best way to help a young QB, or one on his last legs in a possible Tony Romo to the Broncos matchup, is to give them talented players. One such position which has been a staple in Kubiak’ s offense is TE and the addition of OJ Howard would add another dimension to the Denver passing game that has been missed since Julius Thomas left for Jacksonville.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3): Jarrad Davis LB Florida
The Chiefs tend to draft for future holes and an ILB spot will be opening up when the non-aging Derrick Johnson decides to hang it up. Ramik Wilson has played well the past few weeks but a talent like Jarrad Davis can step right in for Johnson when the time comes or play next to him on day one.
29. Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1): Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
The Seahawks have to continue to add depth and impact starters on the OL. One position in particular that needs to be upgrade is OT where Ryan Ramczyk can step in and give Russell Wilson some protection.
30.Oakland Raiders (8-2): Sidney Jones CB Washington
The signing of Sean Smith was thought to fill a major need in the defensive backfield for the Raiders. But to this point teams are licking their chops and throwing on the Raiders with ease. Finding a replacement for the impending free agent and disappointing DJ Hayden and upgraded their pass defense can be solved quickly with the addition of Sidney Jones.
31. New England Patriots (8-2): Corey Davis WR WMU
Can you imagine what would happen if the Pats had a big receiver on the outside? We all saw what happened when Brady got Moss, and while I am not saying Corey Davis is Moss, he can add a dimension to the Patriot’s offense.
32. Dallas Cowboys (9-1): Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA
The cowboys can’t seem to keep their pass rush on the field due so more talent is needed. McKinley can step in and give them the high motor athlete they covet on the edge.