DA Mock Draft: January 4

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The mock draft is akin to bearing your soul for all to heckle. I tend to stay away from mock drafts as the author is the one usually getting mocked but was enticed to throw in my two cents. So here are my predictions on the initial 20 choices, as well as a bit of dry humor, in this first endeavor from Draft Analyst.


Cleveland Browns, 1-15

Myles Garrett


Texas A&M

Analysis: The Browns did a good job last April making trades and collecting extra selections. The problem started when they used those picks. Defensive end is not a real need for the team but good players that impact the game are a dire necessity for this franchise. Garrett fills the need.




San Francisco 49ers, 2-14

Mitch Trubisky


North Carolina

Analysis: This was a lazy pick on my part as I don’t think Trubisky is worth the second pick of the draft if he enters. At the same time, the highest-rated players on my board are an RB, DL and safety -- positions not needed by S.F. This could be the hot spot for a team looking to trade up.




Chicago Bears, 3-13

Jonathan Allen



Analysis: Defensive line may not be a huge need but Allen is good value and someone who will flourish in the Bears' 3-4. With Mitch Unrein turning 30 in a few months, this pick makes a lot of sense. 




Jacksonville Jaguars, 3-13

Jabrill Peppers



Analysis: I’d like to put an offensive lineman in this spot and have no qualms putting a running back here as well but Peppers is the best player on my board. For too long the Jaguars selected need over BPA, part of the reason they are in their present state. The team needs playmakers and Peppers does that in the secondary and on special teams.




Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams, 4-12)

Cam Robinson



Analysis: (late edit) Would prefer a receiver but no pass catcher is worth the ffith pick. Robinson can play any of four positions on the offensive line and would help further protect the team's franchise signal caller. Trading down is a possibility.




New York Jets, 5-11

Leonard Fournette



Analysis: Let the outrage commence!!  I’d much prefer to put an offensive lineman in this spot but at this point none are worth the sixth pick in the draft, though some feel Garett Bolles of Utah will be a top-10 pick by draft day. Many prefer Dalvin Cook over Fournette and I’m okay with that. The bottom line is the Jets fill a need with BPA.




San Diego Chargers, 5-11

Mike Williams



Analysis: I’m going off my board here with the pick of Williams. I have no doubt he’s the most talented receiver in the draft, though I am concerned about the neck injury that kept him on the sidelines in 2015. 




Carolina Panthers, 6-10

Dalvin Cook


Florida State

Analysis: Jonathan Stewart had a terrific campaign in 2016 but he’ll be 30 in two months and there’s not much behind him. Cook is another weapon to take the pressure off Cam Newton and that's a good thing.




Cincinnati Bengals, 6-9-1

Tim Williams



Analysis: We could easily place a cornerback here but the Bengals' pass rush was in the bottom half of the league. 




Buffalo Bills, 7-9

JuJu Smith-Schuster



Analysis: Whether or not the Bills select a receiver in Round 1 depends on what happens in free agency as well as who they appoint as their new head coach. But it never hurts to have a big-bodied receiver catch the wayward passes delivered by Buffalo signal callers, whoever that may be in 2017.




New Orleans Saints, 7-9

Marlon Humphrey



Analysis: Help in the secondary is a must and Humphrey is solid value at this point. Malik Hooker is also a strong candidate at this spot.




Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles, 7-9)

DeShone Kizer


Notre Dame

Analysis: The Browns are drafting another quarterback…in the first round...from Notre Dame…the humanity! Many feel Kizer is not worth a first-round selection but I disagree. I was understandably disappointed in his lack of progress last season but that seemed to be a running theme for just about everyone at Notre Dame, so I’ll give him a slight pass.




Arizona Cardinals, 7-8-1

Reuben Foster



Analysis: Foster is a perfect fit in this spot and fills a need. He’s a three-down linebacker who makes plays and should be a starter from Day 1.




Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings), 8-8 or Indianapolis Colts, 8-8, TBD by coin flip -- (Indianapolis Colts for our purposes).

Garett Bolles



Analysis: Bolles will announce if he’s entering the draft by the end of this week and we don’t know what he’ll do. I can tell you this much -- the more I speak with people, the more confirmation I receive that Bolles is a top-20 pick and potentially the best left tackle in the draft. Say hello to Andrew Luck’s new blind side protector. (Late edit -- Bolles did in fact declare for the draft soon after this story was posted).




Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings, 8-8) or Indianapolis Colts, 8-8, TBD by coin flip- (Philadelphia Eagles for our purposes).

John Ross



Analysis: At face value this is the perfect fit; solid value that fits a need. In the end we’ll have to see if the Eagles lure DeSean Jackson but to Philly, assuming he’s available, as well as finding out the complete medical story on Ross. Otherwise a cornerback, possibly from the Univeristy of Washington, fits in this slot.




Baltimore Ravens, 8-8

Malik Hooker


Ohio State

Analysis: Both Ravens starters at safety are over 30 and Hooker adds not only youth to the position but a dynamic style with a complete game. This could turn out to be 2002 all over again for the Ravens.




Washington Redskins, 8-7-1

Solomon Thomas



Analysis: Thomas is a perfect fit for the Redskins three-man line. He’s a developing talent who may hit a few bumps in the road but has great upside. 




Tennessee Titans, 9-7

Sidney Jones



Analysis: O.J. Howard would be a definite consideration at this spot but cornerback is a glaring need and on my board Jones is slightly ahead of the tight end. Jones has the size, speed and skill to be a terrific cover man on Sundays.




Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-7

Corey Davis


Western Michigan

Analysis: I grade Davis as a second-round choice and feel the middle of Round 1 is a little early for his services, but this is a great fit. Tampa needs another receiver to pair with Mike Evans and this duo could be lethal and help hasten the development of Jameis Winston. 




 Denver Broncos, 9-7

Ryan Ramczyk



Analysis: The Broncos need help all over the offensive line. Ramczyk is presently a good talent who could be a great talent down the road.