With the Super Bowl in the rear-view mirror, the speculative season begins, and nothing says speculation like mock drafts. Especially when teams haven’t even started to shape their 2017 rosters through free agency, the start of which is still more than a week away.
And some of the players considered top prospects could bomb at the Combine, while other less heralded athletes could rocket up draft boards with impressive performances.
But until the picture crystallizes, here is our Mock Draft 1.0.
1. Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett, LB, Texas A&M
The Browns need a quarterback but can get one from an underwhelming class later with their trove of picks – or they can trade for Jimmy Garoppolo – but what they can’t do is pass on an elite edge rusher.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Some have Deshaun Watson ranked higher, but Trubisky fits more of the Matt Ryan mold that first-year 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is used to after working as the Atlanta offensive coordinator the last two seasons.
3. Chicago Bears
Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
In addition to his elite pass-rushing skills, Allen is a great run-stopper and a perfect fit for the Bears 3-4 scheme.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Jaguars’ first five picks last year and six of seven overall were defensive players, and yet they still need help on that side of the ball.
5. Tennessee Titans
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
There’s nothing wrong with making you franchise quarterback happy, and better. And Williams certainly will do that with freakish athleticism and ball skills.
6. New York Jets
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Darrelle Revis is no longer an island, so the Jets clearly need help at corner.
7. San Diego Chargers
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
It’s back-to-back Buckeyes for San Diego, which took Joey Bosa in the first round last year.
8. Carolina Panthers
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
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
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Alabama LB Reuben Foster could be in play, but his injury issues might be enough scare away Bengals brass after getting basically nothing out of four of their last five first-round picks (William Jackson, Cedric Ogbuehi, Darqueze Dennard, Dre Kirkpatrick) during their rookie seasons.
10. Buffalo Bills
DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
If you’re going to start over with a new head coach, might as well do the same with the most important position on the field and let them grow together.
11. New Orleans Saints
Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Saints need all kinds of help on defense and will be thrilled to see Foster fall this far.
12. Cleveland Browns
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Hue Jackson loves speed, and Cook has much of it as anybody, plus running back is one of many positions where the Browns need to upgrade.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Cardinals have a lot of free agents on defense, but finding an heir apparent to Larry Fitzgerald before he actually retires may be a more pressing need.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Cornerback was the biggest weakness the Eagles had in 2016, and Tabor is a big-time playmaker.
15. Indianapolis Colts
Cam Robinson, T, Alabama
As old and as bad as the Colts are on defense, there is nothing more important that protecting Andrew Luck.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Jabril Peppers, S, Michigan
Peppers goes from one Harbaugh to another.
17. Washington Redskins
John Ross, WR, Washington
If the Redskins find a way to keep free-agent DeSean Jackson, then they obviously go a different way here. But it doesn’t look like that will be the case.
18. Tennessee Titans
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Wilson is a big, physical corner who fills the Titans’ biggest need.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Analysts have him over the place in their mock drafts. The Buccaneers would be thrilled to get him at 19 and make him a bookend with Noah Spence.
20. Denver Broncos
Garett Bolles, T, Utah
Tackle has a been a weak spot even going back to the Super Bowl title in 2016, and the AFC West has some of the best edge rushers in the game.
21. Detroit Lions
Takkarist McKinley, LB, UCLA
Cornerback might be a more pressing need for the Lions, but McKinley will be hard to pass up if he falls this far.
22. Miami Dolphins
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Jordan Cameron is a free agent, and Howard would be an ideal replacement.
23. New York Giants
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Even if the Giants are able to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul, Barnett would be a good fit for an up-and-coming defense.
24. Oakland Raiders
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
Even with Khalil Mack, the Raiders were last in sacks last year. Put some pressure on the interior with McDowell, and Mack will be unstoppable.
25. Houston Texans
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
It’s pretty clear Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage aren’t the answer in Houston.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The offensive line might be a more pressing need, but Humphrey would be a solid fit on an aggressive Seattle defense.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Budda Baker, S, Washington
Eric Berry is a free agent, and Baker could end up being the best safety in this draft.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
The Cowboys were first against the run and 26th against the pass. Harris will help even that disparity.
29. Green Bay Packers
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Eddie Lacy is a free agent, and the Packers are so lacking at running back depth they converted a wide receiver to tailback for their impressive stretch run into the postseason.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
The Steelers would love to see Harris fall a few spots more, but Reddick would be a good fit as well.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Remember the Falcons’ pass defense in the Super Bowl collapse?
32. New England Patriots
Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin
Some think he’s the best tackle available. Going to the Patriots will only increase the likelihood he pans out that way.
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