Two-Round Mock Draft

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Since the BCS film work is complete we’ll take a detour for this week’s edition of Monday Musings. The combine is over, free agency has filled holes or created voids on depth charts and we are a month from the draft. It's time for a mock draft.

#1

Cleveland Browns

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. The Browns must start collecting great football players and Myles Garrett gets them headed in the right direction.  

 

#2

San Francisco 49ers

Solomon Thomas

DE

Stanford

Analysis: On one hand Thomas doesn’t make sense when you consider the 49ers took defensive linemen in the first round the past two drafts. But like Cleveland, the 49ers must take best player available and start collecting potentially great players. Thomas is loved in many areas of the scouting world and makes sense as BPA.

 

#3

Chicago Bears

Jonathan Allen

DL

Alabama

Analysis: Defensive line is a legitimate need, and despite a poor combine performance Allen is a terrific player on film who will flourish in the Bears system.

 

#4

Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette

RB

LSU

Analysis: The Jaguars have drafted for need for years and it has cost them dearly. Fournette is BPA and immediately upgrades the running game.

 

#5

Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams)

O.J. Howard

TE

Alabama

Analysis: I’d prefer to put a receiver or cornerback here, but Howard rates higher than any player at those positions on my board and tight end is a need for the Titans. He also offers Marcus Mariota a big-time target and will help as a blocker.

 

#6

New York Jets

Malik Hooker

S

Ohio State

Analysis: Jamal Adams may be a better fit for the Jets system but he’s too much like Calvin Pryor -- best up the field and in the box. Hooker is like having a cornerback who stuffs the run in the middle of the field. In the end I believe the Jets will trade out of this spot.

 

#7

Los Angeles Chargers

Jamal Adams

S

LSU

Analysis: Adams is not the true free safety the Chargers would prefer but improves the position the day the team selects him.

 

#8

Carolina Panthers

Dalvin Cook

RB

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. The asterisk on this selection are off-the-field issues which may haunt Cook.

 

#9

Cincinnati Bengals

Reuben Foster

ILB

Alabama

Analysis: Recently re-signed Kevin Minter is primarily a stop-gap player. Foster has minor off-the-field issues and a shoulder that underwent surgery two months ago, but I have complete trust Marvin Lewis can get the best from him.  The best from Foster is Pro Bowl-worthy.

 

#10

Buffalo Bills

Marshon Lattimore

CB

Ohio State

Analysis: I don’t rank Lattimore as highly as others, as injury issues and his small body of work concern me. That said, he is a great athlete who flashes cover skills.

 

#11

New Orleans Saints

Marlon Humphrey

CB

Alabama

Analysis: Help in the secondary is a must, and I still rate Humphrey as first-round value. His 40 time of 4.41s at the combine eased my concerns about his deep speed.

 

#12

Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles)

Mitch Trubisky

QB

North Carolina

Analysis: I could’ve gone cornerback here, but at this point Trubisky is good value and fits a desperate need for the Browns.

 

#13

Arizona Cardinals

Mike Williams

WR

Clemson

Analysis: Quarterback is a consideration at this spot but none rank nearly as high as Williams, who helps the receiver spot both now and in the future.

 

#14

Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings)

Kevin King

CB

Washington

Analysis: Some may consider this a surprise, but King has been soaring up draft boards. He’s a talented corner who ran well at the combine and has awesome size and shutdown potential.

 

#15

Indianapolis Colts

Christian McCaffrey

RB/WR/RS

Stanford

Analysis: There are a number of ways the Colts can go but McCaffrey improves the running game, upgrades the return game and will assist as a slot receiver and pass catcher out of the backfield.

 

#16

Baltimore Ravens

Tim Williams

OLB/Edge

Alabama

Analysis: Alabama defenders are getting bashed recently and you have to ask why? Unless a major red flag pops up on Williams over the next four weeks, I view him as the perfect replacement for Terrell Suggs.

 

#17

Washington Redskins

Budda Baker

S

Washington

Analysis: Interior defensive line and middle linebacker are needs, but any player at those positions is a reach in this slot. Baker secures the middle of the defense in center field and provides a major upgrade over DeAngelo Hall.

 

#18

Tennessee Titans

Corey Davis

WR

Western Michigan

Analysis: Yet another weapon for Marcus Mariota, Davis immediately improves the Titans receiver position.

 

#19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

John Ross

WR

Washington

Analysis: Receiver is still a need for the team despite the free agent signing of DeSean Jackson. Ross sets the offense up perfectly for Jameis Winston.

 

#20

 Denver Broncos

Garett Bolles

OT

Utah

Analysis: The Broncos need help all over the offensive line. Bolles is a potential great talent down the road.

 

#21

 Detroit Lions

Derek Barnett

DE

Tennessee

Analysis: Terrific fit for the Lions who need a pass rusher to help take the pressure off Ziggy Ansah.

 

#22

Miami Dolphins

Forrest Lamp

G

Western Kentucky

Analysis: Haason Reddick is tempting here but I grade him as a better fit in a 3-4. Lamp doesn’t offer a lot of downside and at the same time his versatility is appealing.

 

#23

New York Giants

Ryan Ramczyk

OT

Wisconsin

Analysis: The Giants could select a tight end but they also need help at left tackle. Ramczyk offers terrific upside but may need time before he’s NFL-ready.

 

#24

Oakland Raiders

Zach Cunningham

LB

Vanderbilt

Analysis: Any defensive back would be serious consideration here but the need for an inside linebacker stands out.

 

#25

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson

 QB

Clemson

Analysis: I’m not a big fan of Watson in Round 1 but Houston would like to get a young signal caller on the roster -- despite the fleeting success of Tom Savage -- and I’m sure Bill O’Brien believes he can develop a system tailored to Watson’s talents.

 

#26

Seattle Seahawks

Gareon Conley

CB

Ohio State

Analysis: Adoree’ Jackson is a consideration here as would any highly rated offensive lineman who slips to 26. Conley is big and athletic, plays smart football and perfectly fits the Seahawks mold.

 

#27

Kansas City Chiefs

Chidobe Awuzie

CB

Colorado

Analysis: Phillip Gaines is in the final year of his contract. Awuzie adds depth and a future replacement.

 

#28

 Dallas Cowboys

Adoree' Jackson

CB

USC

Analysis: A pass rusher would be a definite consideration here as would Jabrill Peppers, but Jackson’s cover skills and return ability (Dallas ranked in the bottom half of the league for punt and kick returns) are too attractive to pass up.

 

#29

 Green Bay Packers

Haason Reddick

OLB

Temple

Analysis: Cornerback is a definite consideration and as I said stated back on February 8, the team plans to draft corners early and often. That being the case, Reddick is too good to pass up as he’s a great pass rusher who is developing into a three-down linebacker.

 

#30

 Pittsburgh Steelers

Takkarist McKinley

OLB

UCLA

Analysis: The Steelers have had a lot of success with this type of pass rusher.

 

#31

Atlanta Falcons

 Cam Robinson

OG

Alabama

Analysis: Robinson would be a good replacement for Chris Chester if he doesn't return and will offer a security blanket for right tackle Ryan Schraeder.

 

#32

 New Orleans Saints (from New England)

Jabrill Peppers

S

Michigan

Analysis: Receiver is a thought here but the Saints must fortify their secondary and Peppers will help as a kick returner.

 

Round Two

33. Cleveland: Tre'Davious White/CB/LSU

34. San Francisco: Patrick Mahomes/QB/Texas Tech

35. Jacksonville: Dan Feeney/G/Indiana

36. Chicago: JuJu Smith-Schuster/WR/USC

37. LA Rams: Obi Melifonwu/DB/UConn

38. LA Chargers: T.J. Watt/OLB/Wisconsin

39. NY Jets: Carl Lawson/OLB-Edge/Auburn

40. Carolina: Taco Charlton/DE/Michigan

41. Cincinnati: Tarell Basham/DE-Edge/Ohio

42. New Orleans: Jordan Willis/DE/Kansas State

43. Philadelphia: Curtis Samuel/RB-WR-RS/Ohio State

44. Buffalo: Davis Webb/QB/Cal

45. Arizona: DeShone Kizer/QB/Notre Dame

46. Indianapolis: Taylor Moton/OT/Western Michigan

47. Baltimore: David Njoku/TE/Miami

48. Minnesota: Fabian Moreau/CB/UCLA

49. Washington: Chris Wormley/DT/Michigan

50. Tampa Bay: Dorian Johnson/G/Pittsburgh

51. Denver: Malik McDowell/DL/Michigan State

52. Cleveland: Evan Engram/TE/Mississippi

53. Detroit: Jalen Tabor/CB/Florida

54. Miami: Raekwon McMillan/LB/Ohio State

55. NY Giants: Gerald Everett/TE/South Florida

56. Oakland: Justin Evans/S/Texas A&M

57. Houston: Antonio Garcia/OT/Troy

58. Seattle: Charles Harris/DE-Edge/Missouri

59. Kansas City: Isaiah Jones/WR/East Carolina

60. Dallas: Marcus Williams/S/Utah

61 Green Bay: Quincy Wilson/CB/Florida

62. Pittsburgh: Chris Godwin/WR/Penn State

63. Atlanta: Daeshon Hall/DE/Texas A&M

64. Carolina: Carlos Henderson/WR/Louisiana Tech