Jan 25 Mock Draft Picks 1-12

1.) Cleveland Browns

Name
Myles Garret
Position
Defensive end
Height
6'5"
Weight
269 lbs
College
Texas A&M

This pick should go as no secret, Cleveland simply needs help. They have glaring needs at almost every position including quarterback. However with an athlete like Garrett available you have to take him. He may have to switch to an outside linebacker to fit the 3-4 system ran in Cleveland but if they use him the way Washington uses Ryan Kerrigan it should mesh very well.

 2.) San Francisco 49ers

Name
DeShaun Watson
Position
Quarterback
Height
6' 2"
Weight
210
College
Clemson

 

This pick will change almost every day with everything going on in the 49ers organization.  A team rebuilding should look away from a developmental quarterback but with Kyle Shanahan coming to town – he’ll want a quarterback he can grow with.  Right now Deshaun Watson is not a top 10 pick, however with the weeks to come he’ll start pushing up draft boards as teams start putting out smoke screens about taking him.  He’ll also put on a show at the combine and pro day. Realistically Reuben Foster is a good pick here.

3.) Chicago Bears

Name
Jonathan Allen
Position
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
Height
6' 3"
Weight
290
College
Alabama

Here goes one of my top players in this draft. Jonathan Allen is a freak. Not only on the field but in the classroom as well.  With such a high motor, strength, and nose for the ball, he makes an impact on almost every play.  One article wrote that he plays angry as a way to let past frustration out which may seem to good but it makes me think of the exact same thing Ndamukong Suh does which leads to plenty of penalties and fines. With good coaching and mentoring Jonathan Allen has the ability to be one of the best interior lineman in the NFL.

4.) Jacksonville Jaguars

Name
Dalvin Cook
Position
Running back
Height
5' 11"
Weight
206
Past Teams
Florida State

In recent years Jacksonville has invested a decent amount into the RB position. They drafted TJ Yeldon early in the 2nd round as well as paid Chris Ivory.  Neither of which have shown “all-pro” ability.  Both current backs have shown streaks of what they could be but Yeldon struggles to stay on the field and Ivory seems to be carrying a Vaseline covered ball.

With virtually a whole new regime starting in Jacksonville, watch for the new squad to target a flashy, lighting bolt running back in Dalvin Cook. If Dalvin ends up in the right system watch out for what he can do.

 5.) Tennessee Titans

Name
Jamal Adams
Position
Safety
Height
6' 0"
Weight
211
College
LSU

Tennessee showed some “gumption” last year on the offensive end. Even with less than stellar receivers; the offensive line, running backs, and quarterback played way beyond expectations leading me to believe this pick needs to be on the defensive side of the grass.  Enter Jamal Adams. This kid looks promising and has only scratched the surface. Not to mention Tennessee’s porous pass defense. He plays similar to Eric Berry, being able to play tough in tackling situations and also a tremendous ball-hawk. Whoever lands Adams will have a superstar come Sundays.

6.) New York Jets

Name
Leonard Fournette
Position
Running back
Height
6' 1"
Weight
235
College
LSU

I’ve always stayed away from putting a running back here but with reports of Christian Hackenberg developing nicely I think they stick with him. Adding Fournette would be a great compliment.  Without getting too far ahead of myself I’ll lightly say Fournette runs similar to AP.  Not the kind of back that will break any ankles but runs with a vengeance. He finds the crease, hits the hole, and runs with a full head of steam. If healthy, Fournette can make a huge name for himself on Sundays.

7.) Los Angeles Chargers

Name
DeShone Kizer
Position
Quarterback
Height
6' 4"
Weight
230
College
Notre Dame

As ageless as Philip Rivers seems, the Chargers needs to start preparing for the future.  This would be a great situation for Kizer to step in and learn under Rivers’ wing for a couple years.  Its hard to say Kizer is NFL ready right now which puts him in a great spot to sit and learn rather than throwing him to the wolves. Melvin Gordon will provide much needed support in the running game helping the next quarterback bank off the play action and check downs.

 8.) Carolina Panthers

Name
Marlon Humphrey
Position
Cornerback
Height
6' 1"
Weight
195
College
Alabama

We all watched the collapse of Carolina when the defense wasnt able to play at the level they did in 2015.  This, in large part due to the departure of Josh Norman. Teams were able to attack their #1 corner game in and game out.  Marlon Humphrey provides a big frame and great coverage skills to emulate a player like Norman. Something else to watch for in Humphrey is his combine. Coming from a track back ground I expect him to FLY at his 40 yard dash and prove that he has the ability to run with the fastest NFL wide receivers.

9.) Cincinnati Bengals

Name
Mike Williams
Position
Wide receiver
Height
6' 3"
Weight
225
College
Clemson

It may seem like a stretch here but we all witnessed what the Bengals werent without AJ Green and Tyler Eifert, and that was mediocre. Losing Marvin Jones to the Lions in 2016 left Green as Dalton’s only big play threat. Mike Williams is a big bodied receiver capable of making the big play and extending drives. Many compare him to Calvin Johnson Jr. however I doubt he’s got the 4.3 speed as megatron did.

10.) Buffalo Bills

Name
Corey Davis
Position
Wide receiver
Height
6' 3"
Weight
205
College
Western Michigan

 

Behind Sammy Watkins, Buffalo has a little depth at the receiver position.  Some games Corey Davis played looked like it was unfair he was even on the field at that level.  He’s a big receiver capable of taking over a game  the same way Julio Jones and Mike Evans can do.

 11.) New Orleans Saints

Name
Malik Hooker
Position
Safety
Height
6' 0"
Weight
202
College
Ohio State

Even with an aging Brees, the Saints will be able to score points. Playing in the NFC South is all about trying to stop/slow down the other divisional offenses. They gave Jarius Byrd a lot of money to become an average safety at best. They drafted Vonn Bell last year on the SS side but why not pair him with his ball-hawking, teammate, free safety, from last year. This tandem would be special in the back end of that secondary.

12.) Cleveland Browns

Name
Mitch Trubisky
Position
Quarterback
Height
6' 3"
Weight
220
College
North Carolina

The Browns are not being shy when it comes to discussing the players they are interested.  They’ve been rumors to be very high on both Myles Garrett and Deshaun Watson, even asking Watson to play in the Senior Bowl.  Its no secret they need a quarterback, and thankfully this isnt at the notorious 22nd pick.(Weeden, Manziel, Quinn) However, with Watson expectedly off the board, I think they go with Mitch Trubisky.  Now I dont think he’s a day 1 starter.  He has some mechanical issues and decision making issues to fix before taking the field but he has the poise and drive to be an NFL quarterback some day. We’ll find out in time if this is too early to take him or not.

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