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Mock Draft VI

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


This mock draft will change. Frequently.


This mock draft is my best guess of what will happen. I know there are many who want to trade down or robotically recite the term “best player available.” Need is always factored in and one year away needs should be considered. Embrace it.


1. Cleveland Browns - EDGE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M - Viewed as the draft’s top prospect. He is the unique prospect in this draft. Reportedly dealt with a high ankle injury this season. NFL teams have to rush the passer, and drafting players like Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib doesn’t prevent you from adding Garrett. I know Adam Schefter mentioned the team is “split” on this pick, but you cannot pass on Garrett. Trading up from 12 seems far more likely… if the team loves a quarterback.



2. San Francisco 49ers - S Jamal Adams, LSU - This pick is clouded in secrecy and zero speculation is currently sticking, likely due to there not being a clear second prospect. This is a total guess, but let me tell you my rationalization. One, the 49ers need a cornerstone piece, and by all accounts Adams might be the best leader in the class. Plus, he played the same position as the new GM. Still, this wouldn’t turn guaranteed money to safeties on its head.


3. Chicago Bears - QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson - Multiple beat writers have connected Watson to the Bears in recent weeks. I’m not certain of the prospect, but I am buying the Bears drafting a quarterback. Mike Glennon’s contract can be whittled down to a one year deal, which will allow John Fox to get past his fear of playing a rookie quarterback.


4. Jacksonville Jaguars - EDGE/DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford - Thomas is a really, really, really good football player. He can rush from the edge or possibly work inside. The Jaguars filled practically every hole during free agency, but can continue to add talent at tackle, tight end and running back. Do those needs line up with the talent on the board at this pick? Apparently a QB is in play, too.


5. Tennessee Titans - EDGE/DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama - This is a difficult selection. I wouldn’t be stunned to see the Titans trade out of both first round picks to acquire more selections. The team has obvious needs at receiver and corner… but I think Jon Robinson will appreciate Allen’s ability to disrupt from a variety of alignments. I would expect a trade, or possibly a corner, since this is not a need.


6. New York Jets - CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State - I know many expect Marshon Lattimore to be the first corner, but a number of NFL people are worried about his history of hamstring injuries. Enter Conley, who is an outstanding prospect. He shines on the left, right and in the slot. Physical, ball skills, etc. We can look back in three years and view Conley as the best corner in this class. The position is pivotal in Todd Bowles’ defense.


7. Los Angeles Chargers - FS Malik Hooker, Ohio State - Some might render football down to turnovers and big plays. Hooker can create big plays and turnovers thanks to his extreme range from his safety spot. A rangy free safety can totally change the success of Gus Bradley’s defense. This is one of the best prospect to team fits in the draft.


8. Carolina Panthers - RB Leonard Fournette, LSU - Panthers coach Ron Rivera used the term “evolve” multiple times after the Panthers season when speaking about offensive changes. We have no idea what that means, since the team’s offense has changed very little this offseason. Adding Fournette would define that term. Dave Gettleman recently went out of his way to praise Fournette’s passing down ability.


9. Cincinnati Bengals - EDGE Derek Barnett, Tennessee - A receiver is definitely in play, or even Fournette if he drops. And don’t rule out O.J. Howard. Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap are getting older and more expensive, and the team has failed to find long term solutions at either spot. Barnett posted a ton of production at the collegiate level and wins with bend and a strong motor.


10. Buffalo Bills - QB Mitchell Trubisky, UNC - Let’s talk through this. A billionaire businessman does not spend his weekends or free time traveling to college campuses to meet with 20 and 21 year olds for fun. This is for business and goes beyond being thorough. The Bills are taking the blueprint the Eagles laid out last year when trading up for a quarterback. If the quarterback they like is not available, look for the Bills to trade out.


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Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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