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Mock Draft IV

Monday, April 03, 2017


This mock draft will change. Frequently.


This mock draft is my best guess of what will happen. I know there are many who want to trade down or robotically recite the term “best player available.” Need is always factored in and projecting trades is close to pointless at this point in the process. With that said, trade talks start between teams at the NFL Combine, and free agency took care of a number of needs. One year away needs should be considered.


1. Cleveland Browns - EDGE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M - Viewed as the draft’s top prospect. He is the rarest prospect in this draft. Reportedly dealt with a high ankle injury this season. NFL teams have to rush the passer, and drafting players like Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib doesn’t prevent you from adding Garrett.



2. San Francisco 49ers - CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - In full disclosure, I am terrible at projecting where corners are drafted. We saw Eli Apple and Artie Burns selected early, which was a total surprise for me. Obviously the second pick could be a major trade target if a team wants to pick a quarterback, especially with Robert Klemko not expecting the 49ers to select one in the first. This pick could easily be Solomon Thomas.


3. Chicago Bears - EDGE/DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford - Thomas is a really, really, really good football player. He can rush from the edge or possibly work inside. The Bears’ older pass rushers are nearing the end of their contracts, or at least the guarantees. I would not be shocked to see a tackle, although many would scream against the value. Piling resources into the offensive line for a new quarterback can work.


4. Jacksonville Jaguars - RB Leonard Fournette, LSU - The Jaguars took care of so many needs in free agency. Perhaps they want to add a rangy free safety, or another offensive lineman, or a tight end, but signs and actions point to a powerful running back who can help build the identity of the offense.


5. Tennessee Titans (via LAR) - WR Corey Davis, WMU - It is difficult to gauge Davis’ stock, as a minor ankle injury has kept him away from the process. After investing in the offensive line and running back position, the Titans priority should be to add pass catchers. And not just one. Perhaps they wait until pick No. 18, but at No. 5 the Titans can add their favorite of the group. I think Davis has the best chance of being a primary piece of an NFL passing game.


6. New York Jets - QB Mitchell Trubisky, UNC - If you think previous years included conflicting quarterback opinions, just wait on this year. Trubisky was a starter for one season. It is vital to evaluate his play when pressured and forced outside of structure, since so much of UNC’s offense is about rhythm. If the Jets have identified a quality starter in this draft, Christian Hackenberg does not matter. It could be similar to the Jimmy Clausen, Cam Newton situation, minus Hackenberg not seeing the field (thank you). The Jets are the most tight-lipped organization in the NFL, so this is a total guess.


7. Los Angeles Chargers - FS Malik Hooker, Ohio State - Some might render football down to turnovers and big plays. Hooker can create big plays and turnovers thanks to his extreme range from his safety spot. A rangy free safety can totally change the success of Gus Bradley’s defense.


8. Carolina Panthers - TE O.J. Howard, Alabama - My comparison for O.J. Howard is Greg Olsen. The two can absolutely coexist on the field and the Panthers plan for post-Olsen life. Tight ends rarely produce throughout their rookie contracts, but Howard can be different. He would help the Panthers edge blockers and be the second most consistent receiver on the roster.


9. Cincinnati Bengals - WR John Ross, Washington - Ross is a really fun player, and would offer a much needed element to the Bengals offense that went down the drain without two playmakers for much of the 2016 season. Andy Dalton is the type of quarterback that needs talent placed around him in order for the Bengals to make a playoff run.


10. Buffalo Bills - LB Haason Reddick, Temple - Linebacker is a pivotal position in Sean McDermott’s defense, and athleticism is a critical factor for linebackers to star in the system. Neither Preston Brown or Reggie Ragland scream “range” like Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Reddick offers that athleticism (93rd percentile) as well as possible blitzing or pass rushing possibilities.


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Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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