The draft combine has come and gone. Some prospects have earned their way into the first round, and some others have fallen out. Let’s see where everyone stand in my mock draft 2.0.
#1 Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett DE/OLB Texas A&M
Garrett showed us at the combine what we already knew; he’s an athletic freak. While he lacks many pass rush moves, he more than makes up for it with his high motor and dominance in the run game. Even without many pass rush moves, he still finds ways to get after the QB. He’s had 31 career sacks at A&M. While I personally still have my doubts, there’s no way the Browns can pass him up.
#2 San Francisco 49ers- Jamal Adams S Louisiana State University
Adams was already a top-10 prospect before the combine. After it was over, I think he rose his stock. He’s a guy with great play recognition, and he can move very well at the safety position. 49ers do need a QB, but with the recent signing of Brian Hoyer, I expect them to address that need later in the draft.
#3 Chicago Bears- Mike Williams WR Clemson
The Bears just let their best WR, Alshon Jeffery, go sign with Philadelphia. They went out and signed Mike Glennon to replace Jay Cutler, but as of now he has no reliable weapons. Williams could be the big play threat that would step in for Jeffery and not miss one beat.
#4 Jacksonville Jaguars- Leonard Fournette RB Louisiana State University
The Jags filled a lot of holes this free agency. The only real question mark that remains is at RB. Chris Ivory can’t stay healthy, and TJ Yeldon has not shown any glimpse of upside. Fournette could come in and be an instant impact on the ground and help open up play action for that offense. His jumping numbers at the combine were disappointing but with a 4.51 40 yard dash at 240 pounds, he won’t need to hurdle any defenders if he can just run through them.
#5 Tennessee Titans- Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
Unfortunately due to offseason ankle, we didn’t get to see Davis at the combine and won’t see him at his pro day. What we see on film is what we get with him. After evaluating his film, that shouldn’t be a problem. Marcus Mariota would appreciate a player like Davis. He’s a WR that goes and gets jump balls, but he can also beat corners with his speed. Davis would be a spark to the Titans offense that didn’t have a WR go over 1,000 yards last season.
#6 New York Jets- Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith left to free agency and after last season’s disaster, we know Bryce Petty isn’t the answer. This is a franchise that is rebuilding, and a new QB would be a great starting foundation. Trubisky showed his speed by running sub 4.7 at the combine, and he also had his arm talent on display. His small body of work may be concerning, but so far he has proven that not one part of his game is a fluke.
#7 Los Angelas Chargers- Cam Robinson OT Alabama
The Chargers signed OT Russell Okung to a long term deal. They still need more on that offensive line. They had 2 of the worst OT’s in the league last season. Robinson is the best lineman on my board, and I think he will be a day 1 starter. Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon would love to be protected by a guy like Robinson.
#8 Carolina Panthers- Solomon Thomas DE/OLB Stanford
Premiere pass rushers are at a premium this year. Outside of Myles Garrett, Thomas is the best edge player in this class. The Panthers recently traded Kony Ealy to the Patriots, so Thomas would come in and most likely start from the jump. Thomas would be another piece to the puzzle to help fix that Panther’s defense.
#9 Cincinnati Bengals- Reuben Foster LB Alabama
Foster was dismissed from the combine after an incident he had with the medical staff. Since then, he’s had time to explain himself to different teams. I don’t believe this incident will affect his draft stock. When healthy, he’s the best LB in this class. With the Karlos Dansby departure, it would be a solid fit for Foster to replace him.
#10 Buffalo Bills- Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
Lattimore is another top-10 prospect that was impressive at the combine. He dazzled in the 40 yard dash running a 4.37. The Bills just lost their best CB, Stephon Gilmore, to the Patriots. Lattimore is an aggressive CB that would be a nice replacement for Gilmore if he is still on the board at this pick.
#11 New Orleans Saints- Hassan Reddick OLB Temple
The Saints need two things: pass rush and defensive backs. Reddick fills the pass rush need. He wasn’t even in the first round in my mock draft 1.0 but after his performance at the combine, his stock rose tremendously in my mind. His 4.52 40 yard dash is what started to raise some eyebrows. His explosiveness and ability to bend the edge makes him a for sure first round talent.
#12 Cleveland Browns- Malik Hooker S Ohio State
This is a guy that can cover sideline to sideline. He’s the playmaker that the Browns could use in the secondary. He had 7 interceptions last season, 3 of which he returned for a TD. The Browns let safety Jordan Poyer walk in free agency. Hooker, alongside Myles Garrett, could be the franchise defensive player that this team has been lacking for years.
#13 Arizona Cardinals- Jonathan Allen DT/DE Alabama
Before the combine, Allen was my #1 pick. At the combine he only put up 21 reps in the bench press, and I think that will make some teams shy away from him. The Cardinals just lost Calais Campbell in free agency, and that leaves a big hole in that defensive line. Allen’s shoulder surgery would give me cause to pause, but his tenacious play, especially in pass rushing, would make him well worth the risk at #13.
#14 Philadelphia Eagles- Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
Last season, the Eagles ranked 28th in the league against the pass. Humphrey is one of the best man to man CB’s in this class, and he is also very well in zone coverage. With the injury to Sidney Jones, Humphrey is rising on draft boards. His aggressiveness in press coverage mixed with his 4.41 speed to recover if beat makes him a good fit for the Eagles.
#15 Indianapolis Colts- O.J. Howard TE Alabama
The Colts are another team that has been very active this offseason. They traded away their TE Dwayne Allen to the Patriots. That’s where Howard comes in. His frame matched with his freak athletic ability will make it hard for LB’s to cover him. He is a reliable weapon to go alongside T.Y. Hilton and will make Andrew Luck’s job a lot easier.
#16 Baltimore Ravens- Dalvin Cook RB Florida State University
Cook screams AFC North back to me. His ability to run through arm tackles and still be fast enough to break away makes him special. The Ravens NEED a RB. Cook could be used in the passing game as well because he is a threat to come out of the backfield and make a play.
#17 Washington Redskins- Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
Let’s face reality: Kirk Cousins does not want to be the QB of the future for this team. He’s basically begged for a trade but was forced to stay one more season with the franchise tag. Watson here would make all the sense in the world because he can sit back and learn behind Cousins, but he is also talented enough to come in and start if the Redskins decide to ship Cousins.
#18 Tennessee Titans- Jalen Tabor CB Florida
The Titans have focused on cleaning up the defense this offseason. Last season they were the 2nd worst team when it came to covering #2 WR’s. Tabor would come in and be a reliable CB to play opposite of Jason McCourty. He ran a little slow at the combine, but his play on the field isn’t slowed down. He also has nice ball skills which is always a plus.
#19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
Barnett should be here at #19, but I think he will be. The Bucs were right on the border of being in the playoffs. With no glaring immediate needs, it may be a good idea to take the best available. He uses his hands as well as anybody in this class, and he’s productive in the pass and run game on the edge.
#20 Denver Broncos- Ryan Ramczyk OG Wisconsin
We didn’t see Ramczyk run at the combine due to illness, but his speed shouldn’t be that big of a deal. He is the best interior lineman in this class and will be the perfect fit to protect whoever is under center for the Broncos, especially if they decide to go out and pick up Tony Romo.
#21 Detroit Lions- Raekwon McMillian LB Ohio State
McMillian definitely raised his draft stock at the combine. His 4.61 4o yard dash put the spotlight on him. In my eyes, he was the best at all of the LB drills there too. His football IQ is great, and he is athletic enough t o cover TE’s in space. The Lions ranked 29th in the league when it came to covering TE’s.
#22 Miami Dolphins- Forrest Lamp OT/OG Western Kentucky
Lamp is a versatile lineman. He played his whole career at Left Tackle but because of his size, he may have to move inside to Guard. At the combine, Lamp proved to be one of the more athletic lineman. During his senior season, he held his own against 1st round hopefuls Jonathan Allen and Tim Williams. Adding more protection for Ryan Tannehill would never hurt
#23 New York Giants- Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
The Giants are most likely going to lose Johnathan Hankins to free agency. McDowell would be a nice replacement. He’s not a guy that stuffs a stat sheet, but he is very disruptive. He displayed athleticism at the combine running a 4.85 at nearly 300 pounds. With the addition of McDowell, this Giants D-line might be the best in football next year.
#24 Oakland Raiders- Jabrill Peppers S/LB Michigan
By far, Peppers is the biggest high risk/high reward player in this draft. His versatility alone makes him useful. He proved to be just as fast and athletic as we thought he would be at the combine. You could argue if Derek Carr didn’t get hurt, the Raiders would have made a deep playoff run. With a team this talented, they could afford to take a risk on Peppers.
#25 Houston Texans- Deshone Kizer QB Notre Dame
The Texans made arguably the biggest deal this offseason by shipping Brock Osweiler and his contract to Cleveland. If they can’t land Tony Romo, then I can’t see them passing on Kizer. Some scouts have Kizer as the best QB in the draft. He has the ability to stretch the field and that would benefit the entire Texans WR core.
#26 Seattle Seahawks- Obi Melifonwu S Connecticut
Melifonwu’s name stood out the most over the entire combine weekend. He showed his speed with a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash, and he jumped through the roof in the vertical and broad jump. Seattle is still uncertain on the future of safety Earl Thomas III, so it would be wise to have a backup plan just in case he doesn’t decide to return.
#27 Kansas City Chiefs- Taco Charlton DT/DE Michigan
The Chiefs were last against defending runs between the guard and center. Charlton could come in and immediately clean that up. Dontari Poe is most likely going to leave in free agency, so taking Charlton here would really fill a need. He has excellent get off which allows him to be successful in the run, and he is athletic enough to bend an edge an pass rush.
#28 Dallas Cowboys- David Njoku TE Miami
Njoku proved to be have good speed for a TE which will make him a tough cover in the league. He isn’t afraid to block either, and we know how much the Cowboys love to run the football. Jason Witten will be retiring in the near future, so Njoku could play alongside him until that day comes. When that day comes, Njoku will have the talent to prove that he can be a solid TE in this league.
#29 Green Bay Packers- Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford
Despite what some may think, McCaffrey is a true RB. His ability to see holes as they open up is great, and he has great patience as a runner. The Packers don’t have a true RB right now, so this would be a good move. It would never hurt to add another weapon for the best QB in the game, Aaron Rodgers.
#30 Pittsburgh Steelers- Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
The Steelers need another CB. I know they drafted one last year in Artie Burns, but they still need one. Conley is excellent in press coverage. He’s fast enough to run with just about any WR, and he has good make up speed. When the game is on the line, you can pretty much rely on Conley to be lockdown. He excels in zone coverage too which makes him a good fit for the Steelers.
#31 Atlanta Falcons- Tim Williams DE/OLB Alabama
The Falcons should be Super Bowl champions. They dominated the game all around until their d-line got gassed. Williams would come in and be a force in the pass rush department. Williams is a special talent but with all of his off the field issues, I could see him sliding down to the end of the first round to Atlanta. He would provided needed depth, and he would hopefully help lead them back to another Super bowl.
#32 New Orleans Saints- Adoree Jackson CB University of Southern California
The saints have rebuilt their entire defense this offseason. Last season the Saints basically played Russian Roulette with who would be starting CB. Jackson was one of the most athletic players across all of college football last season. He’s a guy that the Saints could use on defense, special teams, and potentially offense to make a play for them at any given moment.