|1||1||Los Angeles (from Tennessee)
Jared Goff – QB – Cal Berkely Once the Rams moved up to number 1 Goff became the pick. I like Goff, but am a little worried with what he showed under pressure. Has a tendency to fall away from throws. he will have to bulk up and stand tall to become worthy of number 1 overall.
|2||2||Philadelphia (from Cleveland)
Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota State The Eagles and Browns went two different directions with new head coaches. The Eagles resigned Sam Bradford, signed career back up Chase Daniel for decent money and then traded up to number 2 overall to take Wentz by all accounts. That’s a lot of stock at the QB position. Wentz is a wild card for me.
Jalen Ramsey – FS/CB – Florida State Ramsey is arguably the best overall prospect in this draft. If the Chargers hadn’t spent so much on O-Line lately then Tunsil would have been the pick. Ramsey should be a star in this league.
Myles Jack – LB – UCLA I think the Cowboys would have loved to have this spot in a different draft. With neither QB falling to them and no skill position players worth this pick the Cowboys should probably trade back, but Jack isn’t a bad consolation prize as he’s the best sideline to sideline playmaker I have seen in a while. he may even be their best RB.
Laremy Tunsil – OT – Ole Miss The Jaguars benefit from some teams already having a lot invested in their O-line as they come away with player 1B to Ramsey’s 1A in this draft. The Jags have struggled to be consistent on the left side of their line and Tunsil could protect Bortles for years to come.
Joey Bosa – DE/OLB – Ohio State The Ravens can’t believe their luck that they get to choose between Ronnie Stanley and Joey Bosa. Bosa’s slide will stop here as he can immediately fill the shoes of Terrell Suggs who has suffered numerous injuries the last few years.
DeForest Buckner – DE – Oregon I’m not a fan of Buckner, but this spot makes sense to me. The 49ers were once built on defense and need to replace Justin Smith and Aldon Smith the best they can. Buckner would be a nice piece to that puzzle.
|8||8||Cleveland (from Philadelphia and Miami)
Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan State Cleveland picked up a ton of draft capital trading back with the Philadelphia Eagles. I don’t have a perfect fit here. They could trade back again if a team wants to come up for Elliot or they take Conklin and make an upgrade on losing Mitchell Schwartz.
Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson Tampa is in a good spot to trade back if a team wants to come up to grab Ronnie Stanley in this scenario. Since I’m not doing trades I will grab a DE to help out their pass rush. I would rather trade back and take a corner, but can’t do it.
|10||10||New York Giants
Sheldon Rankins – DT – Louisville The Giants HAVE to go defense this year. They addressed the DE spot in free agency and there really isn’t a DE worthy of this spot so it has to be LB or DT. I’m going with a DT to team with Jonathan Hankins and play next to Olivier Vernon.
Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame Chicago would love to go defense here, but Ronnie Stanley falling to them changes their board. Stanley could start at either tackle spot his rookie year and be an immediate upgrade for the Bears.
Leonard Floyd – OLB/DE – Georgia Floyd would be a continuation of the Saints going after pass rushers to help their defense. They created a huge hole when they put $ and faith behind a player that they then cut. Floyd is older at 24, but has been productive and has the body for the NFL.
|13||13||Miami (from Philadelphia)
Vernon Hargreaves III – CB – Florida Miami needs to replace a starter at corner and Hargreaves falling this far is not a scenario they could have foreseen.
Ezekiel Elliot – RB – Ohio State Elliot probably won’t fall this far, but I have a hard time taking him before this spot for any of the teams above. Elliot would be another weapon for the young Raiders offense.
|15||15||Tennessee (from Los Angeles)
Eli Apple – CB/S – Ohio State The Titans need to get better in the secondary. Apple can play corner, but he can also play safety if need be. I love his size and tackling skills. The Titans could go DE here as well, but I think the need is too great in the defensive backfield.
Josh Doctson – WR – TCU I really want to take a DT here, but the surprise retirement means the Lions need to take a longer look at WR in the 1st round. Doctson has unbelievable ball skills and great combine numbers. He and Golden Tate paired are actually a crazy athletic pair of WRs.
Reggie Ragland – ILB – Alabama Again the DTs here are a value, but Ragland is very talented with pass rush skills as well. The story of Worrilow is nice, but it’s time to put a big time player in the Falcons defense.
Jarran Reed – DT/DE – Alabama Reed is going to be a very good player. He may not rush the pass as well as you want, but he’s a stud versus the run and has a high motor. I think he immediately upgrades the front 7 of the Colts.
Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor When you look at the WR corps of the Buffalo Bills you see Sammy Watkins and a bunch of JAGs. I think Rex will want to make a splash and grab Coleman or Treadwell here. Personally I think Coleman’s speed helps the offense more than Treadwell at this point, but I wouldn’t be mad if they took Treadwell instead.
|20||20||New York Jets
Darron Lee – LB – Ohio State I don’t think Lee gets this far, but the way this mock worked out he did. The Jets would be blown away getting a LB of his talent this far down in the first round.
Robert Nkemdiche – DE – Ole Miss Nkemdiche is a wild card in this draft. He is very talented, but obviously comes with a lot of red flags. I honestly like what the Redskins have been doing lately and this may be a worthy gamble for a playmaker to put next to Ryan Kerrigan.
Laquan Treadwell – WR – Ole Miss Treadwell is going to be a very good NFL player, but maybe not the ideal Fantasy player most expected. His lack of speed will hurt him, but his physical play and ball skills mean he will be a great compliment to Nuk Hopkins.
Andrew Billings – DT – Baylor Minnesota could use a wide receiver, but I don’t have one worthy of them taking here. I wild card is Leonte Carroo. Instead Billings becomes the pick for me. The Vikings suffered when Linval Joseph missed time and Billings would be a great add to the interior rotation.
Chris Jones – DT – Mississippi State The Bengals would love to fill the hole left by Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu’s departure, but this isn’t the best draft to reach for a wide receiver. In this scenario Will Fuller would be an interesting option, but instead they bolster their interior defense by taking Chris Jones.
Su’A Cravens – SS/OLB – USC Cravens is the best blitzer slash run stopper at the safety position in this draft. He would allow the Steelers to get back to exotic pressure blitzes while also providing the upside of position flexibility.
Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio State Decker would be a huge upgrade on what they have at the offensive line position. i know they think they can grab athletes and coach them up, but Decker is tough and physical and they need someone who can protect their star QB now that Beast Mode is retired
Vernon Butler – DT – Louisiana Tech Butler is talented and big and would be a nice addition to a rotation that lost quite a few bodies in the off season. The Packers get lucky that a position of need was actually a loaded position this year. Kenny Bell from UCLA would be great here too.
A’Shawn Jefferson – DT – Alabama The Chiefs could reach for a QB, but I think they will continue to bolster their defense. there are no guaranteed pass rushers here unless they want to gamble on Noah Spence so Jefferson fits the bill for me as far as someone who can play the DT spot in their scheme.
Von Bell – S – Ohio State The Cardinals could go a lot of ways with this pick. For me they are too close to a championship to grab a future QB so Lynch is out. Bell makes sense as they can use him in their three safety rotation. his cover skills are top notch and his weakness against the run won’t be exposed as much surrounded by these players. If the Steelers go Bell then Cravens would fit here as well.
Mackensie Alexander – CB – Clemson The Panthers need at CB just became code red with their off season moves. Alexander is very talented and probably shouldn’t be available down here, but lucky for Carolina he is in this scenario.
Ryan Kelly – C – Alabama Kelly can step in day one and start. One of the better interior line prospects this year, he will help the Broncos QB, whoever he ends up being, stay up right.
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