After the NFL combine and a week of Free Agency, I decided to release my 3rd NFL mock draft of the year. There are a few new faces in the list, but many of the early selections remained unchanged. Again, we will get a better feel for team needs and interest of players as we get closer to the draft, but for now, I made picks based off what I think will happen. Let’s dive in!
|1.||Cleveland Browns||Myles Garrett||DE||Texas A&M|
|2.||San Francisco 49ers||Marshon Lattimore||CB||Ohio State|
|3.||Chicago Bears||Jamal Adams||S||LSU|
|4.||Jacksonville Jaguars||Malik Hooker||S||Ohio State|
|5.||Tennessee Titans (from LOS)||Solomon Thomas||DE||Stanford|
|6.||New York Jets||Leonard Fournette||RB||LSU|
|7.||Los Angeles Chargers||Jonathan Allen||DE||Alabama|
|8.||Carolina Panthers||Derek Barnett||DE||Tennessee|
|9.||Cincinnati Bengals||Reuben Foster||ILB||Alabama|
|10.||Buffalo Bills||Mitchell Trubisky||QB||North Carolina|
|11.||New Orleans Saints||Gareon Conley||CB||Ohio State|
|12.||Cleveland Browns (from PHI)||Deshaun Watson||QB||Clemson|
|13.||Arizona Cardinals||Corey Davis||WR||Western Michigan|
|14.||Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN)||Christian McCaffrey||RB||Stanford|
|15||Indianapolis Colts||Garrett Boles||OT||Utah|
|16.||Baltimore Ravens||Taco Charlton||DE||Michigan|
|17.||Washington Redskins||Hassan Riddick||LB||Temple|
|18.||Tennessee Titans||John Ross||WR||Washington|
|19.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||OJ Howard||TE||Alabama|
|20.||Denver Broncos||Ryan Ramczyk||OT||Wisconsin|
|21.||Detroit Lions||Marlon Humphrey||CB||Alabama|
|22.||Miami Dolphins||Forrest Lamp||OG||Western Kentucky|
|23.||New York Giants||Dalvin Cook||RB||Florida State|
|24.||Oakland Raiders||Quincy Wilson||CB||Florida|
|25.||Houston Texans||Cam Robinson||OG||Alabama|
|26.||Seattle Seahawks||Taylor Moton||OT||Western Michigan|
|27.||Kansas City Chiefs||Malik McDowell||DT||Michigan State|
|28.||Dallas Cowboys||Charles Harris||DE||Missouri|
|29.||Green Bay Packers||Tre’Davious White||CB||LSU|
|30.||Pittsburgh Steelers||David Njoku||TE||Miami|
|31.||Atlanta Falcons||Caleb Brantley||DT||Florida|
|32.||New Orleans Saints (from NE)||Jabrill Peppers||S||Michigan|
|TOP 10 BREAKDOWN:|
1. CLEVELAND – Myles Garrett, OLB/DE, Texas A&M
Prior to the combine, Garrett seemed like the obvious choice. After the combine, this pick is almost a lock. Garrett appears to be the next elite pass rusher, so Cleveland does not hesitate.
2. SAN FRANCISCO – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
This may be a reach, but Lattimore is the best cornerback in this class. The Niners have needs everywhere, so picking one of the best players available at an obvious need makes the most sense.
3. CHICAGO – Jamal Adams, S, LSU
After signing Prince Amukamara, the Bears look to address the safety position of their secondary. Adams isn’t flashy, but is a solid pick. He will pair well with Adrian Amos.
4. JACKSONVILLE – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Jags are going all-out in free agency, bringing in A.J. Bouye and Calais Campbell. With the cornerback need filled, the Jaguars look to bring in a safety after losing Jonathan Cyprien to the Titans. Malik Hooker is a ball-hawk safety that will make an immediate impact for the Jaguars defense.
5. TENNESSEE – Solomon Thomas, DE, Tennessee
Tennessee is in a tough spot. It is too early for a receiver and the best rated defensive backs are off the board. With this being the case, they pick the best player available in Solomon Thomas. Thomas has a high motor and will create havoc off the edge for Tennessee.
6. NEW YORK (J) – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
With quarterback being the obvious need, I think the Jets will make a move for a player prior to the draft. With this occurring, I think the Jets decide to bring in the best running back available in Leonard Fournette. Fournette is a down hill runner that will become one of the league’s best if given a good opportunity.
7. LOS ANGELES (C) – Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama
It is likely the Chargers go defensive back, but Jonathan Allen is too good to let drop any further. Allen can play anywhere on the defensive line, and will pair well with Joey Bosa. This is not the biggest need, but that combo sounds deadly.
8. CAROLINA – Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
After trading away Kony Ealy, I think the Panthers address defensive end early and other needs later in the draft. Barnett is a steal for Carolina at 8 and would step in for the Panthers immediately next season.
9. CINCINNATI – Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
I could see the Bengals looking for an offensive lineman, but it is too early to reach. With that being said, Reuben Foster is the best player available. Regardless of what happened at the NFL combine, Reuben Foster is a good leader and even better football player.
10. BUFFALO – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels
The Bills don’t think Tyrod Taylor is the answer, so expect them to be picking a quarterback early in the draft. Trubisky may go earlier than 10, but if he’s available, expect the Bills to pull the trigger and bring him in. Trubisky is capable of making an impact similar to Carson Wentz, so expect him to be selected in the top 10.