Drew Patrick's Mock NFL Draft

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 7:32 PM

Round 1 Pick 1 Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M

Cleveland needs a lot of help, yes, and the Browns reportedly like Mitchell Trubisky. However, Cleveland should focus on the big uglies up front. They can bolster the line in a huge way if they add Myles Garrett from Texas A&M. 

I truly believe that Brock Osweiler can be a solid stop-gap QB for the 2017 Browns. The 2018 QB class is slated to be great and you shouldn’t bring a new quarterback into a project franchise until you have a base you’re comfortable with.  

Round 1 Pick 2 San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford 

There are a lot of rumors that the 49ers want to trade away pick number two, but with Kirk Cousins staying put (for now), I’d be interested to see whom they pull in to deal. If they stay, it’s between Solomon Thomas or Mitchell Trubisky. I think much like the Browns, the 49ers should build the defense that needs new blood upfront. 

Round 1 Pick 3 Chicago Bears: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State 

There will be a former Ohio State DB in Chicago. Whether that’s Lattimore or Malik Hooker, one will go here. The Bears did sign Prince Amukamara this offseason, but he bests serves as a reserve. Lattimore has visited with the team and the fit makes sense in a division with Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. 

Round 1 Pick 4 Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU  

I have my doubts about Fournette translating to the NFL, but the Jags really are fond of this guy. It may be the Tom Coughlin influence, but adding talent around a sliding Blake Bortles may help in a noticeably weak division. 

The Jags also have a young developing defense and should show growth this year.

Round 1 Pick 5 Tennessee Titans:  Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State  

The trade with the Rams pays off in spades as the Titans get a player being compared to Ed Reed. The Titans can feel comfortable with Hooker’s injury status as they have a second 1st round pick, and Hooker’s upside is worth the risk.

Round 1 Pick 6 New York Jets: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama 

The Jets aim to select the best player available, which happens to be Jonathan Allen and Jamal Adams. However they are stacked at the D-line and are already trying to ship Sheldon Richardson.  Howard is one of the best available and fits a need for the J-E-T-S. 

Also look for the Jets to potentially trade back. 

Round 1 Pick 7 Los Angeles Chargers: Jamal Adams, S, LSU   

How fast could the Chargers sprint to the podium if Adams falls here? The Chargers get the third most talented player in the draft. They wanted Hooker, but with him off the board, Adams is a perfect alternate. 

Round 1 Pick 8 Carolina Panthers: Johnathan Allen, DE, Alabama 

Julies Peppers and Charles Johnson won’t be around much longer and the Panthers have one of the top talents fall to them at 8.  This is definitely a trade-bait spot, especially if Fournette is off the table. 

Round 1 Pick 9 Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster LB, Alabama  

Rey Maualuga is gone and you need to fill a hole at LB. Reuben Foster. He’s a player who plays with anger and would fit with the Bengals. The other possibility at this spot is to potentially pick up a WR (Mike Williams) to pair on the other side of AJ Green.

Round 1 Pick 10 Buffalo Bills: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama  

Three straight and four out of the last five picks come from ‘Bama. The Bills must replace Stephon Gilmore and Humphrey fits that bill with size and speed that should translate. The track record isn’t the best on Alabama CBs, but Humphrey could be the exception.

Round 1 Pick 11 New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee 

Barnett might be the most underrated prospect in the draft. He had a quietly excellent season last year. The Saints are in dire need of pass rush help and it would be a dream to get Barnett at 11. 

Round 1 Pick 12 Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina 

“Have your cake and eat it too!” The Browns get a QB at 12. They have to be cautious and NOT PLAY Trubisky in his rookie year. Osweiler and/or Kessler should play and they can actually develop a quarterback. The key to this is let the fans know about this “Redshirt” immediately.

Round 1 Pick 13 Arizona Cardinals: Deshone Kiser, QB, Notre Dame  

Carson Palmer isn’t getting any younger and Bruce Arians doesn’t mind gambling on a gunslinger. Kiser had a bad year and I have concerns about struggles to win in college. He does check all the boxes that most scouts love (arm strength, size, etc.). 

Round 1 Pick 14 Philadelphia Eagles: Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford 

First real surprise of the draft will be the Eagles picking up a player that could be the next Brian Westbrook. McCaffrey could be a matchup nightmare, and replace an aging Darren Sproles.  

Question: Will Philly fans be rowdier hosting the draft than New York?

Round 1 Pick 15: Indianapolis Colts: Takkarist McKinley DE/OLB, UCLA 

Indy is in need of any defensive presence. They pick up a good edge rusher in McKinley, and he’s been compared to Robert Mathis. The Colts could perceivably go WR here and it wouldn’t surprise me if Mike Williams is on the board.

Round 1 Pick 16: Baltimore Ravens: Cam Robinson OT, Alabama

Another 'Bama kid… Ozzie Newson reportedly really likes Robinson and will jump if he’s on the board. Mike Williams (WR) may be too hard to pass up on though.

Round 1 Pick 17: Washington Redskins: Mike Williams WR, Clemson

Too impossible to pass up. The Redskins lost most of their targets, Terrell Pryor is a short term maybe. Williams would fit nicely into a Jay Gruden offense. They'll need to address LB in second round.

 Round 1 Pick 18: Tennessee Titans: John Ross WR, Washington

The Titans can play here after addressing a need early on, and why not pick up Ross? Add the player who ran the 4.22 40 yard dash. It worked out last time (CJ2K). I don’t know if Ross’s skills translate other than speed but the titans have room to gamble. Corey Davis could be another option if they don’t want to gamble.

Round 1 Pick 19: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Corey Davis WR, Western Michigan

You can never have too many weapons. Its either Davis or Dalvin Cook, and the third straight WR comes off the board. Despite signing Desean Jackson adding another WR makes sense to me. Three great WR could make the offense scary.

Round 1 Pick 20: Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles OT, Utah

It's either Garett Bolles or Ryan Ramczyk for the Broncos. I went with the guy who should be used to the thin air of Denver. The Broncos need to protect the QB in a division with the best pass-rushers in the league.

Round 1 Pick 21: Detroit Lions: Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple

Lions have needs on the defensive level and it starts here with Reddick. He’s a three-down guy who can help the pass rush because of how well he can blitz and getting to the QB is crucial in the NFC North. Reddick on the other side of Ziggy Ansah could be deadly.

Round 1 Pick 22: Miami Dolphins: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

The Dolphins were just horrendous at LB last year and must adress that here. Cunningham was the breakout star last year in College Football. Miami must fill the LB hole if they want to get back to the playoffs. Forest Lamp (OG/C) could be an option as well.

Round 1 Pick 23: New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk OT, Wisconsin

Not the sexiest pick but the Giants could use O-line help. Ramczyk is a true left tackle and the Giants could start him right away. There are other options but this is the best one for them. (See final statement on previous pick)

Round 1 Pick 24: Oakland Raiders: David Njoku TE, Miami

The TE from Miami is darting up draft boards. If Haason Reddick is available that’s who the Raiders would pick up, but since he isn’t with another target for Derrick Carr. Njoku has been described as “a freakish athlete” and been compared to Vernon Davis or Eric Ebron. 

Round 1 Pick 25: Houston Texans:  Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Until Tom Savage isn’t listed as QB1 I’m not changing this pick. Watson is a “Big Game Quarterback.” Working with Bill O’Brian should help develop Watson more (although starting not to buy the hype). Watson throws too many Interceptions for my likening, but I will always trust a Quarterback that wins.

Round 1 Pick 26: Seattle Seahawks: Gareon Conley CB, Ohio State

Seattle has talked about trading Richard Sherman, They get his potential replacement here. Despite success late in the draft finding CB I think they pick one up here.  Conley is a wild card and could go anywhere from Top 10 to Round 2.

Round 1 Pick 27: Kansas City Chiefs: Dalvin Cook HB, Florida State

KC gets the next Jamaal Charles with Cook. Arguably the most overlooked player in the 2017 class. Kansas City could address the aging LB position but they grab a player who should give SOME life to the Chiefs offense.

Round 1 Pick 28: Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton DE Michigan

The Cowboys either go Secondary or pass-rush Charlton being available is a bonus. Randy Gregory won’t stay out of trouble so Charlton fills that gap. 

Round 1 Pick 29: Green Bay Packers: Jabrill Peppers S/LB Michigan

Two Michigan boys go. Peppers is the most versatile player in the draft. Green Bay just lost Micah Hyde, Peppers could fill that role and roam around were you need him. Plus his return ability will benefit the Pack. You could even see Peppers as a two way player in Green Bay.

Round 1 Pick 30: Pittsburg Steelers: Davis Webb QB, California

Look I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out. Big Ben has already contemplated retirement and Landry Jones is NOT the answer. Webb has a good arm, good awareness, and descent vision. With no pressure on him right away he could develop into a great starting QB. Plus it worked out last time a Cal QB sat behind a Hall of Fame Quarterback.

Round 1 Pick 31: Atlanta Falcons: Forest Lamp OG Western Kentucky  

The Falcons have to keep Matt Ryan upright. Lamp at guard not only can do that but the Falcons get a player valued much higher than pick 31.

Round 1 Pick 32: New Orleans Saints: Budda Baker, S, Washington

The Saints gets this pick thanks to trading Brandon Cooks to the Super Bowl Champion Patriots. New Orleans continues to bolster their defense adding Baker who could play saftey or nickel. 

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