As the third week of free agency gets underway, the dust has settled and ink has dried from the initial wave of craziness and huge contracts.
More deals no doubt will be finalized in the next few weeks, but it’s clear that most teams have turned most of their focus to next month’s draft.
After seeing who is staying and who is going — and where — there is a clearer picture of team needs heading into the draft, so this seems like the perfect time to roll out Mock Draft 2.0.
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1. Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Hard to image the Browns going in any other direction except for maybe Mitchell Trubisky, but they have the luxury of a pick at 12 and know a quarterback will still there while a difference maker of Garrett’s ability will not.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Neither Brian Hoyer nor Matt Barkley are long-term solutions at quarterback, but their recent signings will move the 49ers to focus on defense with their top pick.
3. Chicago Bears
Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Like the 49ers, the Bears need a quarterback, but Allen is too good to pass up.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Jaguars have spent the last few years devoting a lot of money to their defense. It’s time they add some pieces around quarterback Blake Bortles.
5. Tennessee Titans
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Even though the Titans signed free-agent cornerback Logan Ryan away from the Patriots, cornerback is remains a high need and they pick again at 18 to address another position.
6. New York Jets
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
In the last seven drafts there have only been three tight ends take in the first round (two of them by the Bengals), but Howard has the upside worthy of being the highest tight end taken since Vernon Davis went sixth overall in 2006.
7. San Diego Chargers
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Close call between Adams and Ohio State’s Malik Hooker. But Hooker missed the Combine due to surgeries for a torn labrum and hernia.
8. Carolina Panthers
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
A bit of a reach here, but Jonathan Stewart will be 30 in March, which is ancient for NFL running backs. And the Panthers don’t have much behind him.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Bengals have proven that character flaws aren’t a deal breaker. Adam Jones is still on the roster and the team invited Joe Mixon, who would be a PR nightmare, in for a visit, so it doesn’t appear Foster’s little tantrum that got him sent home from the Combine will force the Bengals to look the other way.
Nor does the recent free-agent signing of linebacker Kevin Minter figure into the equation. The Bengals have no issue stockpiling talent at a given position.
Foster is the top talent available at this point, and the Bengals have a long history of drafting the best player available.
10. Buffalo Bills
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Bills were one of the teams thought to be in the market for a quarterback before they brought back Tyrod Taylor.
11. New Orleans Saints
Takkarist McKinley, LB, UCLA
An edge rusher is at the top of the Saints wish list.
12. Cleveland Browns
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Best-case scenario comes to fruition for the Browns as they get the best prospect in the draft and take the first quarterback off the board.
13. Arizona Cardinals
DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Carson Palmer is 37, and would be a great mentor for Watson as part of a succession plan.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
This could be a Buckeye dilemma for the Eagles with safety Malik Hooker being a higher rated prospect but cornerback being a more glaring need.
15. Indianapolis Colts
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
The Colts have neglected their offensive line for too long, and it’s a big reason why general manager and former Bengal – Ryan Grigson lost his job.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Taking Breshad Perriman in the first round in 2015 has yet to pay off for the Ravens, so they again to find a No. 1 receiver for Joe Flacco.
17. Washington Redskins
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Linebacker is a greater need for the Redskins, but they’ll be thrilled when Hooker drops to them.
18. Tennessee Titans
John Ross, WR, Washington
Marcus Mariota needs a big-time playmaker, and Ross and his 4.22 speed fit that bill.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Tampa Bay fell from 10th to 23rd in total offense last year. The addition of McCaffrey makes the Buccaneers a top-10 threat again.
20. Denver Broncos
Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Only two players from Temple have gone in the first round (Muhammad Wilkerson, Paul Palmer), but Reddick shot up draft boards at the Combine and is the ideal replacement for the retired DeMarcus Ware.
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21. Detroit Lions
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
The Lions fill their biggest need with a player who is sure to be a fan favorite with great pass-rushing skills to go along with his unique name and UM roots.
22. Miami Dolphins
Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
The first first-round pick in WKU history fills a need on the line with last year’s first-round pick, guard Laremy Tunsil, expected to move to tackle.
23. New York Giants
Cam Robinson, T, Alabama
Ereck Flowers, the team’s 2015 first-round pick, is expected to move to right tackle after two years of struggles on the left side of the line.
24. Oakland Raiders
Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
With 2013 first-round pick D.J. Hayden leaving for Detroit, White slides into the starting role.
25. Houston Texans
Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
A trade for Tony Romo ahead of the draft would change this, obviously, but until that happens, Mahomes fills a glaring hole.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Garrett Boles, T, Utah
Boles is just what the Seahawks need to start rebuilding one of the worst offensive lines in the league.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
The Chiefs need another receiver, and no one made a stronger impression at the Senior Bowl, and Jones followed it up by running a 4.46 40-yard dash at the Combine.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
The Cowboys secondary had mass defections in free agency. And while there is still a question as to whether Peppers is a linebacker or safety, Dallas seems like a good landing spot for him.
29. Green Bay Packers
T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
The Packers desperately need a running back, but they don’t seem like the type of franchise that would take a chance Joe Mixon, so they go with a safer, and more popular, pick.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
With James Harrison another year older and Lawrence Timmons off to Miami, outside linebacker is Pittsburgh’s top priority.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Falcons certainly could have used another pass rusher in Super Bowl LI.
32. New Orleans Saints
Kevin King, CB, Washington
The Saints didn’t get Malcolm Butler in their trade with the Patriots for Brandin Cooks, so they get their quarterback with the first-round pick they acquired in the deal.
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