January 8, 2017 at 8:26 am #1080
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1.Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
The Browns need a quarterback, but the Browns’ need a lot of things. Garrett is the best pass-rushing prospect since Jadeveon Clowney in 2014 and not even the Browns’ could screw this pick up. Assuming Jamie Collins is retained in free agency, pairing him with Garrett would give the Browns’ defense a slimmer of hope.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Mitch Trubisky QB, North Carolina
The 49ers currently don’t have a coach or general manager, so this pick will remain a bit murky for the time being. Rumors have surfaced that Josh Mcdaniels is interested in the 49ers job. Assuming Mcdaniels leaves New England for the bay area, finding a franchise quarterback will be at the top of the organizations’ list. While Trubisky has only one year of starting experience at North Carolina, scouts are already gushing about his arm and pocket presence. If Josh Mcdaniels could help lead the Patriots to a 3-1 record with Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo (who is no slouch nonetheless), then he should be able to work with the talented Trubisky.
3. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams S, LSU
Surprised to not see Jonathan Allen’s name? Well come draft day it should come to nobody’s surprise to see Jamal Adams off the board this early. The Bear’s have one of the most underrated front sevens in the entire NFL and one of the worst secondaries. Adams has some of the best instincts of any safety who’s come out in the last five years, and could eventually mold into an Earl Thomas type of player. While the Bears’ also need a quarterback, John Fox is not the type to take a an unproven quarterback this early in the draft.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnathan Allen DE, Alabama
The Jaguars are almost the opposite of the Bears’ in a defensive sense. In 2016, the Jaguars had one of the best young secondaries in the NFL but almost a non-existent pass rush. Adding Allen, the nation’s’ best defensive player this season, to pair with Dante Fowler Jr. and the Jaguars’ front seven should terrorize Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota for years to come.
5. Tennessee Titans: Quincy Wilson CB, Florida
After playing the Rams’ like a fiddle in last years’ draft, the Titans now have a top-five pick, something that is ultra rare for a team that just missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record. The Titans’ need more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, but these needs can be addressed with later selections. The Titans’ have one of the best young defensive front sevens in all of football however struggle in the secondary. Adding Wilson, whom some regard as the best coverage skills in the class should help provide a needed boost to the secondary.
6. New York Jets: Leonard Fournette RB, LSU
Tim Williams would be an interesting selection, however he doesn’t fit Todd Bowles’ scheme as well as other players. Ted Thompson, the Jets’ general manager typically abides by the best player available strategy in the first round. With Myles Garrett and Jonathan Allen off the board, this leaves Leonard Fournette available. Fournette has been widely regarded as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, almost ten years ago and should instantly be able to replace the aging Matt Forte.
7. San Diego Chargers: Malik Hooker S, Ohio State
Malik Hooker is a freak and a playmaker either way you look at him. He has the athletic ability to cover tight ends and receivers from the safety position and makes plays all over the field. Hooker has six, yes six pick six this season and will add to a San Diego secondary that desperately misses Eric Weddle.
8. Carolina Panthers: Dalvin Cook RB, Florida State
The Panthers’ desperately need an offensive tackle however this year’s’ class is definitely one of the worst in recent memory. Jonathan Stewart’s’ had the same narrative his entire career, if he’s healthy he plays well. Stewart has never been able to stay on the field and is turning 30 this offseason. With his cap hit of five million dollars and a strong running back class the Panthers’ will be likely to move on. Taking Cook, a prospect some consider to be better than Leonard Fournette will help open up a Panther’s offense that struggled in 2016.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Barnett DE, Tennessee
While Derek Barnett isn’t necessarily the best athlete, his pass-rushing skills are matched by no one in the 2016 class. The Bengals’ were a disappointment this year on defense and with an aging front seven, it’s time to look to the future.
10. Buffalo Bills: Deshaun Watson QB, Clemson
While the Bills’ are likely to move on from Tyrod Taylor for some foolish reason this offseason, it could signal that they are looking at drafting a quarterback this offseason, potentially early. Deshaun Kizer to most is a superior prospect in comparison to Deshaun Watson in most people’s’ eyes, a nice performance against Alabama could once again raise Watsons’ draft stock. Throw in the fact the Bills’ have an affinity for Clemson players, it would not come as a surprise to see Watson in a Bills’ uniform.
11. New Orleans Saints: Solomon Thomas DE, Stanford
Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, and Jameis Winston are all formidable quarterbacks. The Saints have has issues on defense for the past 5+ seasons. Cameron Jordan has been phenomenal as a pro, however, the Saints need to find someone to compliment him. Thomas absolutely dominated the Sun Bowl and has the looks of a future All-Pro type of player in the NFL.
12. Cleveland Browns: Deshone Kizer QB, Notre Dame
After passing on Carson Wentz last year, the Browns’ once again have a need at quarterback. While the 2016 class may not provide as many franchise type quarterbacks as in years’ class, there is still potential. Arguably the most talented is Notre Dame quarterback, Deshone Kizer. Kizer started the year red hot and had NFL scouts drooling. As the season went on his stock began to fall as scouts questions about his decision making arose. The Browns’ will once again try their hand at quarterback with their second first round pick.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Reuben Foster ILB, Alabama
This pick almost makes too much sense. Deone Bucannon is a fine player, but the Cardinals need someone to compliment him on the inside. Foster is fantastic in run support and should help create more opportunities for Chandler Jones to get to the quarterback.
14. Indianapolis Colts: Takkarist Mckinley OLB, UCLA
Robert Mathis is now gone and the Colt’s need to find a replacement. Mckinley is a freak of nature who broke the college football world in 2016. McKinley can rush the passer almost as well as anyone and would provide a spark to an putrid Colts’ defense.
15.Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Williams WR, Clemson
Mike Williams has the making of the next superstar wide receiver in the NFL. Carson Wentz needs weapons to succeed in the league, adding Williams should open up their offense.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams OLB, Alabama
Elvis Dumervil turns 33 this offseason and Terrell Suggs is long in the tooth. Williams is an excellent pass rusher and would fit Baltimore’s’ scheme absolutely perfect.
17. Washington Redskins: Jabrill Peppers OLB/S, Michigan
Peppers’ draft stock has fallen immensely over the last month. The more scouts watch film on him, the less they like. He’s not quick enough to play corner and not big enough to play a traditional linebacker role in the NFL. His position will most likely be at safety. If Peppers can continue to develop in zone coverage, something Michigan ran very scarcely during his tenure, Peppers has the chance the be a game-changing type of player.
18. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis WR, Western Michigan
Marcus Mariota still needs someone to throw too. Delanie Walker is nearing the end of his career and has been Mariota’s top target during his time in the NFL. Adding Davis, whom some compare to Brandon Marshall should give Mariota a reliable target for years’ to come.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: John Ross WR, Washington
Vincent Jackson is at the end of what has been a wonderful career. Jameis Winston needs someone else to throw the ball too besides Mike Evans. Ross has the speed and quickness to open up defenses and make this Buccaneers offense even more dangerous.
20. Denver Broncos: Chris Wormley DE/DT, Michigan
The Broncos were awful against the run this year. Wade Phillips will likely become the head coach due to Gary Kubiak’s’ retirement. Wormley has the motor and drive to become a nose tackle in the NFL and should help the Broncos’ defense return to its’ 2015 form.
21. Detroit Lions: Marshon Lattimore CB, Ohio State
The Lions’ need both a pass rusher and someone opposite Darius Slay. The 2017 class is full of pass rushers, so the need can be addressed in the later rounds. Marshon Lattimore has the potential to be a really good corner in the NFL. If Detroit is able to correct it’s defensive issues, the Lions could be a sneaky 2018 super bowl team.
22. Miami Dolphins: Dan Feeny OG, Indiana
Chances are Branden Albert will be gone come 2017 which means Laremy Tunsil will be moved to Left tackle. Assuming this happens the Dolphins have a need at guard and adding Feeny, one of the most consistent players in all of college football should once again but Miami’s’ offensive line near the top of the NFL’s.
23. New York Giants: Zach Cunningham OLB, Vanderbilt
The Giant’s defensive has been excellent this season. If there is one position group that needs more talent it would be the linebackers. Zach Cunningham is fantastic in open space and can even rush the passer at times.
24. Oakland Raiders: Malik Mcdowell DE, Michigan State
McDowell’s slide finally ends. Due to injury his draft stock could see him fall to the middle of the first round or even later potentially. McDowell is an ultra talented player who needs to gain some weight but has tremendous upside.
25. Houston Texans: Jarrad Davis ILB, Florida
Brian Cushing is no longer the player he was in the past so adding youth is necessary. For some this may be too early for Davis but given his athletic ability and the need for an inside backer this pick makes sense.
26. Green Bay Packers: Sydney Jones CB, Washington
Sam Shields may or may not play football again. Demarious Randall has been a pleasant surprise this season though more depth is definitely needed. Jones has the makings of a potential number one corner, though he still must work in man coverage.
27. Seattle Seahawks: Cam Robinson OT, Alabama
The Seahawks offensive line has been a mess this season and must be addressed in the offseason. The Seahawks are known for taking risks on players that have character concerns. Robinson has the talent to be a quality starter at either tackle position, it’s just a matter of keeping his nose clean.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: TJ Watt ILB, Wisconsin
While this may seem like a reach in some people’s’ eyes, inside backer is a need that the Steelers must take care of. Watt is a hard worker and a great tackler. Isn’t the most athletic linebacker in the class but fits right into what the Steelers want in a linebacker.
29. Atlanta Falcons: Taco Charlton DE, Michigan
Vic Beasley was an absolute beast this past season. He will soon be garnering more attention on the outside and it would be wise for the Falcons to add someone to take some of the pressure of him. Charlton is a fantastic athlete who is still raw. Given Dan Quinn defensive expertise, Charlton could develop into a nice piece for the Falcons’ defense.
30. Kansas City Chiefs: Jalen Tabor CB, Florida
The Chiefs have been willing to take risks on players with off the field issues in the past. Marcus Peters had flags all over him back in 2015 and look how he’s panned out. Tabor has some similar traits to Peters in terms of ball skills. Since letting Sam Smith walk last offseason the Chiefs need someone to pair with Peters, Tabor could be that guy.
31. Dallas Cowboys: DeMarcus Walker DE, Florida State
Randy Gregory may not even play football next season and Demarcus Lawrence is still having issues staying off the pot. Walker dominated college football this season with 14.5 sacks and help lead the seminoles to a Orange Bowl win over Michigan. Would help provide some much needed pass rush to Dallas’ defensive line.
32. New England Patriots: Ryan Ramczyk OT, Wisconsin
Ramczyk rose up draft boards this season do to his stellar play. The Patriots offensive line play has been better this season but could still use some upgrades.January 8, 2017 at 1:05 pm #1081
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I agree that my beloved Bears need to desperately upgrade their Secondary, however they also need to upgrade either OT spots (C. Robinson?), pass rush (J. Allen or other), CB or Safety (you addressed), or if they do let Jeffery go which I think they should a young WR to hopefully add some fire power. OR I am not totally against them trading down.January 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm #1083
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I know it’s early, but this looks pretty damn good. Not sold on Wormley or Solomon Thomas yet. And I do not think Jarrad Davis is special.
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