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
Reuben Foster
Position
Middle linebacker
Height
6' 1"
Weight
240
College
Alabama

First I’ll say, yes I believe Foster is good enough to be the #2 overall pick.  Many will say its crazy to pass on Jonathan Allen but San Francisco has taken defensive lineman in past 2 drafts. They should remember the blueprint they had when they were a successful team with that outstanding line-backing corp in Willis, Bowman, and Smith. Foster is that hard nose, ball hawking middle linebacker with a similar play style to Patrick Willis that the 49er’s should target.

Many have one of the quarterbacks slated to go here but lets face it, none of which are mature or proven enough to be drafted this early. I’m sure a couple of the quarterbacks will put on a great combine and pro day leading them to a high draft stock but tape doesn’t lie. They’ve all shown flashes of promise but none of them dominated the season to show to be an NFL starter yet.

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
Derek Barnett
Position
Defensive end
Height
6' 3"
Weight
270
College
Tennessee

 

 

This pick may go as a surprise. The Jaguars got A LOT better on the defensive side of the ball last year despite their 3-13 finish. Their defense ranked in the top 10 of the league but forced very few turnovers and quarterback pressures. Gus Bradley is now fired and the defense will be in the hands of the defensive coordinator, Todd Wash. I expect Wash to transition back to a more traditional 4-3 defense rather than the cloned “Seattle defense” Bradley brought to town. With that being said, the only real threats they have on the edge will be Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler Jr. I see Barnett adding great depth to be a 1st and 2nd down rusher with a little bit more size to help against the run.

 5.) Tennessee Titans

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

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 Malik Hooker. 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 Hooker will have a superstar come Sundays.

6.) New York Jets

Name
Cam Robinson
Position
Offensive tackle
Height
6' 6"
Weight
310
College
Alabama

 

 

It’s so hard not to put a quarterback or running back here but the Jets have drafted a quarterback in the past 3 drafts. With a diminishing offensive line, its crucial to build that before putting pieces behind it which is why they should lean away from a running back as well.  Cam Robinson can be a day 1 starter at left tackle. With some coaching he could even be an option for right tackle pending any injuries. Standing 6′ 6″ and 310 lbs I dont see Robinson having any issues taking on NFL defenses. With Miami on the rise and New England staying true, the Jets cannot afford anymore early draft pick busts. This one must count.

7.) San Diego Chargers

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

 

 

As ageless as Philip Rivers seems, San Diego needs to start preparing for the future.  This would be a great situation for Trubisky to step in and learn under Rivers’ wing for a couple years.  Its hard to say Trubisky 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
DeShone Kizer
Position
Quarterback
Height
6' 4"
Weight
230
College
Notre Dame

 

 

 

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Buffalo has a lot of back up quarterbacks and are expected to let Tyrod Taylor test the free agent market to avoid paying him the $27 million owed.  DeShone Kizer, if drafted, should be looked at as a day 1 competitor for the starting job. Kizer has some work to do as far as decision making but the intangibles are there.  He stands 6′ 4″, has the arm strength to punish defenses, and is athletic enough to extend plays.

 11.) New Orleans Saints

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

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 a ball-hawking free safety that can also be a help in the run game too.

12.) Cleveland Browns

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

 

 

The Browns need to start getting play makers. Isiah Crowell and Duke Johnson are not bell cow running backs at the NFL level.  Despite being the Browns they surprisingly have a decent offensive line for a featured back like Fournette to run behind.

 

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  • Sandra

    I don’t see the Browns ignoring the oline, secondary and linebacking to select a player at a position (RB) that is passable right now. Not with a first rounder.

    • Mock Draft Central

      Thanks for the feedback. What you may not know is Cleveland actually has a lot invested into their offensive line. Along with the all-pro Joe Thomas, they have Joel Bitonio, Gabe Ikard, and Cameron Erving, who they all drafted with higher picks. However, I cant disagree to go after secondary with that second pick but as of late running backs have been a very hard to come by. Dallas made the same commitment last year rather than taking Jalen Ramsey to solidify their secondary and Zeke turned out to be quite the asset. Keep the comments coming though – we appreciate all of our viewers!

      • Sandra

        Lol, I was born and raised in Cleveland and have been a Browns fan my whole life. So, yes, I am aware of the investment in their OLine. I am also aware that they let two of their own draft picks and Pro-Bowl players (Schwartz, RT, 2nd rounder and Mack C 1st rounder) walk in free-agency. Also, Bitonio has been injured the last couple of years and Erving may be wearing out his welcome. Plus, using Ikard, who has been waived or cut 6 times in 2 years isn’t backing up your argument. Isaiah Crowell averaged 4.88 ypc for Cleveland last year at RB and they didn’t use him much. Why do you feel they will use a high pick on a RB?

        • Mock Draft Central

          Mock drafts and big boards will be changing A LOT in the weeks to come. However one thing thats shown over time is teams draft running backs while other backs are in place. SF did it in 2014 taking Carlos Hyde while still having Frank Gore, Jacksonville did it with MJD while still having Fred Taylor in his prime, Dallas draft Zeke after McFadden rushed for over 1000 as well as signing Alfred Morris in free agency and the Rams drafted Gurley after Tre Mason seemed to be the next Ram running back. Crowell did good, no hiding that. However he does battle injuries(as does most NFL backs) but adding a dynamic running back with an offensive line in place can really help propel the offense. With the emerging talk of Cleveland liking Deshaun Watson – no one knows what they’ll actually do.

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