DA Mock Draft: January 4th

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The mock draft; bearing your soul for all to heckle.  I tend to stay away from mock draft’s 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, is this first endeavor from Draft Analyst.

#1

Cleveland Browns, 1-15

Myles Garrett

DE

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.

       

 

#2

San Francisco 49ers, 2-13

Mitch Trubisky

QB

North Carolina

Analysis:  This was a lazy pick on my part as I don’t think Trubisky is worth the 2nd pick of the draft if he enters.  At the same time the highest rated players on my board are a RB/DL/S- positions not needed by SF.  This could be the hot spot for a team looking to trade up.

       

 

#3

Chicago Bears, 3-13

Jonathan Allen

DL

Alabama

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

       

 

#4

Jacksonville Jaguars, 3-13

Jabrill Peppers

S

Michigan

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.

       

 

#5

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

Cam Robinson

OT

Alabama

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

       

 

#6

New York Jets, 5-11

Leonard Fournette

RB

LSU

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 Garrett Bolles of Utah will be a top ten 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.

       

 

#7

San Diego Chargers, 5-11

Mike Williams

WR

Clemson

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. 

       

 

#8

Carolina Panthers, 6-10

Dalvin Cook

RB

Florida State

Analysis:  Jonathan Stewart had a terrific campaign in 2016 but he’ll be 30YO 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.

       

 

#9

Cincinnati Bengals, 6-9-1

Tim Williams

DE/OLB/Edge

Alabama

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

       

 

#10

Buffalo Bills, 7-9

JuJu Smith-Schuster

WR

USC

Analysis:  Whether or not the Bills select a receiver in round one 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.

       

 

#11

New Orleans Saints, 7-9

Marlon Humphrey

CB

Alabama

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.

       

 

#12

Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles, 7-9)

DeShone Kizer

QB

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.

       

 

#13

Arizona Cardinals, 7-8-1

Reuben Foster

ILB

Alabama

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 one.

       

 

#14

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

Garrett Bolles

OT

Utah

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 to more confirmation I receive Bolles is a top twenty 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 teh draft soon after this story was posted).

       

 

#15

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

John Ross

WR

Washington

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.

       

 

#16

Baltimore Ravens, 8-8

Malik Hooker

S

Ohio State

Analysis:  Both Ravens starters at safety are over 30YO 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.

       

 

#17

Washington Redskins, 8-7-1

Solomon Thomas

DL

Stanford

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. 

       

 

#18

Tennessee Titans, 9-7

Sidney Jones

CB

Washington

Analysis: OJ 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 Sunday.

       

 

#19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-7

Corey Davis

WR

Western Michigan

Analysis:  I grade Davis as a second round choice and feel the middle of round one 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. 

       

 

#20

 Denver Broncos, 9-7

Ryan Ramczyk

OT

Wisconsin

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.