Another week, another mock draft in the books. We’re starting to see some separation between the top prospects and the next group, so let’s dive in and see what we can learn from both college and the NFL to make some picks.
1. Detroit Lions – Jared Goff, QB, California
The Lions are already starting to gut their organization from the inside out and there’s no guarantee Matthew Stafford will be around next year. Its likely they’ll trade him away and draft Jared Goff with the first pick to start over with a new franchise quarterback.
2. Tennessee Titans – Ronnie Stanley, OL, Notre Dame
The Titans invested the #2 overall pick on Marcus Mariota but have struggled to keep him upright. Ronnie Stanley is a franchise left tackle but the Titans can afford to put him at right tackle with Taylor Lewan anchoring the left side.
3. Cleveland Browns – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Quarterback may be a concern, but the bigger problem is wide receiver. The Browns have absolutely no one for Manziel or McCown to throw to. Laquon Treadwell is a future #1 receiver and has all the tools to make the transition immediately to the NFL.
4. San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The Chargers have holes elsewhere but they cannot afford to pass up Joey Bosa, who has #1 overall potential, at this spot. The Chargers lack an elite pass rusher in a division with Von Miller, Khalil Mack and Justin Houston and Bosa can help solve that issue.
5. Baltimore Ravens – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
The biggest area of weakness for the Ravens is their secondary and Jalen Ramsey is an athlete that can comfortably play at either cornerback or safety. He may be a better safety prospect, but his diversity will get him drafted highly.
6. San Francisco 49ers – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Colin Kaepernick has already been benched and it’s likely they 49ers will part ways with him as soon as possible. Paxton Lynch is a player that is gaining momentum heading into the draft season. He has all the traits of a franchise quarterback, but the main concern will be the underwhelming talent he’s faced in the AAC.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Florida
The Jaguars would be ecstatic to land Vernon Hargreaves here as he can come in and fix their secondary immediately. He’s a lock down cornerback but may have some size concerns at only 5’11”.
8. Chicago Bears – Laremy Tunsil, OL, Ole Miss
Laremy Tunsil has the potential to go higher, but he falls to the Bears here. Tunsil is a franchise left tackle prospect that is a perfect blind-side protector for the quarterback the Bears draft in the second round to replace Jay Cutler.
9. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiell Elliott, RB, Ohio State
With the release of Joseph Randle, the Cowboys are stuck with Darren McFadden at running back. Ezekiell Elliott is a prospect that may grade out higher than Todd Gurley did last year. He’s fast, physical and a very good pass protector as well.
10. Houston Texans – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
The Texans have concerns on offense, but cannot afford to pass up Jaylon Smith, who might be a transcendent talent at linebacker. He’s smart, physical and has been known to match up one-on-one with slot receivers.
11. Kansas City Chiefs – Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss
Justin Houston is still a monster, but Robert Nkemdiche is a prospect that can play any position on the defensive line. He came in as a defensive end, but moved inside and has thrived so far. He’s a freak of an athlete that can help free up pressure on Houston and Tamba Hali.
12. Miami Dolphins – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Myles Jack may suffered a season-ending knee injury this year, but he’ll be back by the time of the combine. The Dolphins need help at linebacker and Jack might be the 1B of linebackers in the draft if Jaylon Smith is the 1A.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Taylor Decker, OL, Ohio State
Tampa’s offensive line has played well so far this season but they still need help if they want Jameis Winston to continue to grow. Taylor Decker can step in at left tackle, if Donovan Smith can’t hold on to the position, or slide over to right tackle.
14. Washington Redskins – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
DeSean Jackson and Piere Garcon aren’t creating separation like they used to and the Redskins need a #1 receiver for whoever is playing quarterback. Will Fuller is dominating college football so far and is a better prospect than Josh Doctson because of his younger age.
15. Buffalo Bills – Su’a Cravens, LB, USC
Despite listed as a defensive back, Cravens plays linebacker at USC and at a very high level. He’s not at the Smith/Jack level, but is still a solid first-rounder. He’d fit in well with the Bills at outside linebacker.
16. Philadelphia Eagles – Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA
A versatile athlete that isn’t getting the attention he deserves, Kenny Clark may be worthy of a higher pick when all is said and done. The Eagles have problems offensively, but Clark is a player can come in and help immediately on the defensive line.
17. Seattle Seahawks – Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State
This might be an overreaction to how poorly the Seattle offensive line has been but Jack Conklin seems like he could come in and contribute right away. He’s not a franchise left tackle, but is an upgrade over Russell Okung, or could slide inside to guard if need be.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackensie Alexander, DB, Clemson
The Steelers have a defensive back problem and Alexander is a highly underrated prospect. He has size, strength and has played well against many top receivers in his career at Clemson. Some scouts like him better than Hargreaves because of his size as well.
19. New Orleans Saints – Shaq Lawson, EDGE, Clemson
Much like his Clemson teammate, Shaq Lawson is an underrated prospect that could rise as draft season continues. Lawson is a very powerful athlete and would pair well with Stephone Anthony, their first round pick from last year.
20. St. Louis Rams – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
The Rams hit the jackpot with Todd Gurley and have an amazing talent in Tavon Austin. However, they don’t have a #1 receiver which is where Josh Doctson comes in. He’s an older player, but might be the player they need to push them over the top to serious playoff contention.
21. New York Jets – Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia
The Jets are loaded up front, but have problems at linebacker. Jordan Jenkins is an athlete that can play both inside and outside. He also has some serious potential as a pass rusher as well.
22. Oakland Raiders – Jayron Kearse, DB, Clemson
Charles Woodson might be an immortal alien, but the reality is that he will retire eventually. Jayron Kearse might be raw as a safety, but he’s 6’4″ and very physical. What better player to sit and learn behind than Woodson?
23. Minnesota Vikings – Noah Spence, EDGE, Eastern Kentucky
Noah Spence is an incredible pass rusher, but has major off-the-field issues. A good fit might be Minnesota, where he won’t be pressured to contribute immediately with Everson Griffen and Anthony Barr on the roster as pass rushers.
24. Atlanta Falcons – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
The Falcons are young along the defensive line, but have limitations at linebacker. Reggie Ragland is a stout linebacker who hits like a truck. He’d be a perfect fit for the defense Dan Quinn is trying to install.
25. Indianapolis Colts – Jerald Hawkins, OL, LSU
The Colts will keep winning with Andrew Luck, which will push them out of range for a higher-rated offensive lineman. Still, Jerald Hawkins is a player that can come in and play guard right away, which is an area of need for the Colts.
26. New York Giants – Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor
The Giants have problems along their defensive line and aren’t getting a pass rush with Jason Pierre-Paul out with his hand injury. Andrew Billings won’t provide the same level of pass rush, but is a physical player at the point of attack and worthy of a first-round pick.
27. Arizona Cardinals – Tre’Davious White, DB, LSU
Tyrann Mathieu is a phenomenal cornerback, but an even better safety. Drafting a player like White will allow the Cardinals to move Mathieu back to safety. Plus, they seem to have success with drafting LSU defensive backs.
28. Green Bay Packers – Maliek Collins, DL, Nebraska
Maliek Collins is a player that will generate some serious buzz heading into draft season. Some thought he was a better player than Randy Gregory last year. The Packers could always benefit from some fresh bodies on the defensive line.
29. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
They don’t lack talent at wide receiver, but the Bengals could use a guy to draw attention away from A.J. Green. Coleman is a freak of an athlete, but may be raw at route running. He won’t be asked to be a #1 receiver, which makes the Bengals a perfect landing place.
30. Carolina Panthers – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Cam Newton is in the MVP conversation with Ted Ginn as his #1 receiver, which is amazing. Once Kelvin Benjamin returns healthy, he’ll be even better but the Panthers could use another wide receiver on the outside if Devin Funchess doesn’t progress.
31. Denver Broncos – Spencer Drango, OL, Baylor
Peyton Manning doesn’t have much longer and the Broncos know this as they made a serious run at Joe Thomas before the trade deadline, which means they know they need offensive line help. Spencer Drango is a player that can come in and play either tackle spot if need be.
32. New England Patriots – pick void
The Patriots have no pick due to the DeflateGate scandal.