Jonathan Allen, Myles Garrett go 1-2 in first 2017 Mock Draft

Steve Palazzolo uses both college and NFL data to debut our first mock of the season for the 2017 NFL draft.

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Jonathan Allen, Myles Garrett go 1-2 in first 2017 Mock Draft

It’s officially that time of the year — mock draft time. Every draft class has its strengths and weaknesses and it appears as though this is the year to draft a variety of edge defenders, cornerbacks and tight ends. Unfortunately for QB-needy teams, there are a lot of question marks at the top, with few top-end talents emerging and those who were thought to be in the first-round mix simply haven’t progressed as hoped. Still, there is always talent to be found in any draft class.

Reminder, my mock drafts are based on who I would select as each team — not a prediction of what will actually happen.

Here’s our first in-season crack at a 2017 mock draft:

  1. Cleveland Browns: Jonathan Allen, DI, Alabama

The Browns need help all over the roster and this could be a toss up between either Allen or Myles Garrett. Allen is the choice this time around as his destructive presence will pair with emerging DT Danny Shelton to build a strong defensive line for the Browns. Allen has been unblockable this season, leading all interior defensive linemen with a 93.7 pass rush grade while playing strong against the run in his first extended action on early downs. Allen can disrupt from multiple spots along the defensive front, giving Cleveland a 3-down foundational piece for the defense.

  1. San Francisco 49ers: Myles Garrett, Edge, Texas A&M

Certainly worthy of the top overall pick in the draft, Garrett is a good fit for the 49ers where he immediately becomes their top edge rusher. Garrett’s three-year production has been incredible since stepping onto campus as true freshman in 2014 and he’s played through injury this year to post the fourth overall grade among edge defenders at 90.3. An explosive pass-rusher, the big question for Garrett has surrounded his work in the run game but he’s answer the call this year with an 85.2 grade that ranks fourth in the nation. Garrett has all the tools and the on-field resume to be a star.

  1. Chicago Bears: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

There’s no kind way to say it’s been a disappointing season for Watson, who has taken a step back with regard to accuracy and decision-making. There are questions about how well he handles pressure and just how special his skillset may be, but it’s a thin quarterback class at the top with no surefire options, and Watson has shown the touch, downfield accuracy and good decision-making to be successful. It’s alarming that he’s stagnated this season, but the Bears are ready to move on from Jay Cutler and taking the chance on developing Watson.


  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derek Barnett, Edge, Tennessee

Always in lockstep with Garrett from a production standpoint, Barnett continues to improve his game and he’s produced like a top-five pick in his three-year career at Tennessee. This season, he has the No. 1 pass rush grade among Power-5 edge defenders at 92.4 as he’s adept at using his hands to shed blocks both as a rusher and in the run game. Jacksonville has invested heavily on the defensive side of the ball, but there’s room for more talent and flexibility on the defensive line and Barnett could step in and become the top pass-rusher on the unit.

  1. New York Jets: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

A deep class of cornerbacks has a flavor for all styles and Tankersley fits the long, man coverage cornerback mold. At 6-foot-2, he can jam and run with receivers while showing the movement skills to stick with horizontal routes as well. This season, Tankersley has upped his game to rank No. 2 overall among cornerbacks at 89.5 and he’ll fit the Jets well as they’re in dire need of talent in the secondary.

  1. Carolina Panthers: Carl Lawson, Edge, Auburn

After showing flashes throughout his career, Lawson has finally stayed healthy this season and he’s made opposing quarterbacks pay. His 90.0 pass rush grade ranks right behind Barnett among Power-5 edge rushers while collecting nine sacks, 12 hits, and 31 hurries on his 295 rushes. Lawson has work to do to improve against the run, but he’s flashed his potential there and Carolina can use an infusion of youth at defensive end with Lawson a good fit for their 4-3 scheme.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Losing WR Marvin Jones has hurt the pass game this season and Davis brings the draft’s best route running to complement WR A.J. Green on the other side. Davis can get open at the short and intermediate level while sprinkling in the spectacular catch as well. He’ll give QB Andy Dalton a reliable target who can get open quickly to take the burden off the suddenly poor offensive line.

  1. San Diego Chargers: Malik McDowell, DI, Michigan State

In every single mock draft last year, DeForest Buckner went to San Diego as the long defensive end would have been a great fit for their 3-4 scheme. This year, it’s McDowell’s turn as he brings a similar frame to a San Diego defense that needs more talent in their front three. Last year’s first-round pick Joey Bosa is off to a great start, and McDowell’s burst off the line and length have allowed him to grade well as a pass-rusher (85.1) and in the run game (83.7).

  1. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams): Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida

With two first-round picks, the Titans have a chance for another franchise-altering draft and they start by looking to improve the secondary. Tabor breaks on the ball as well as any cornerback in the class and he’ll take calculated risks in order to make big plays on the ball. His calculations are not always right, and he’s been burned by a double move or two, but Tabor brings a ball-hawking ability in the mold of Denver Broncos’ CB Aqib Talib.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Could we see a Florida State reunion between Cook and QB Jameis Winston? Cook brings a big-play element to the Tampa Bay offense with his angle-changing speed as a runner that makes him the best big-play threat in college football. Last year, we saw Cook lead the nation with 1,066 yards on breakaway (15-plus yard) runs, while this season he’s overcome subpar run blocking to lead the nation with 52 forced missed tackles while contributing more than ever in the passing game. He brings a much-needed versatile weapon to the Bucs’ offense.

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Tim Williams, Edge, Alabama

The annual call to improve the pass rush takes us to Williams who has been the nation’s most efficient rusher over the last three years. He has 109 pressures on only 380 rushes since 2014, affecting the quarterback on 28.7 percent of dropbacks while the FBS average is only 10.0 percent. He has the burst and power to carry that to the next level, but there are questions about his every-down value as he’s only been on the field for 127 runs during that time. It may not matter as unleashing him as a pass-rusher immediately upgrades the Colts defense that must add playmakers this offseason.

  1. Green Bay Packers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

The Green Bay offense is simply not right, whether it’s QB Aaron Rodgers not trusting his receivers or simply their inability to get open, but Williams will take a step toward solving those issues. He has the body control to make plays on the vertical route tree, making downfield catches and adjusting well to back-shoulder fades, a Rodgers staple. He also has the frame to get inside cornerbacks on slants, making him a good fit for the Packers offense that needs to diversify its playmaking options in the pass game.

  1. Buffalo Bills: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

This may be the best fit in the first round as head coach Rex Ryan would like nothing more than to run the ball efficiently and Fournette brings a power and speed blend to be his workhorse. He led the nation with 85 forced missed tackles in 2015 before battling injury this season, and putting him in the backfield with RB LeSean McCoy and QB Tyrod Taylor brings dynamic potential to the Buffalo offense. There are still questions about how effective Fournette can be in the pass game and that drops him a little lower than the top-10 expectations everyone has set for him.


  1. New Orleans Saints: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

The Saints are slowly adding talent back to their defense and Lewis brings a feisty man corner to pair with 2015 breakout star, Delvin Breaux. Lewis had the top coverage grade among returning cornerbacks this season and he’s continued his strong play with only six receptions allowed on 25 targets while getting his hands on seven passes (five pass breakups, two interceptions). Lewis can struggle with bigger receivers, but that’s not a deal-breaker in a league with plenty of sharp route-runners who need a cornerback with similar skills to slow them down. That’s where Lewis brings plenty of value despite a 5-foot-10 frame that will knock him down certain draft boards.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Desmond King, CB, Iowa

No corner has matched King’s three-year production as he’s always ranked among the nation’s top players. He excels in zone coverage and that’s why his fit is perfect for a Steelers defense that will tap into his skillset. He can read route concepts and make plays on the ball as he has 23 pass breakups and 12 interceptions over the last three years. King is also a sure tackler, missing only eight on 187 tackles since 2014, and he adds another strong option on the back end for Pittsburgh.

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

The Cardinals are still looking for a viable cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson and this is the draft to find one. Jones continues to improve and opposing Pac-12 coaches have noticed as he was only targeted eight times in his first seven games. When he has been targeted, he gets his hands on the ball as he has three interceptions and three pass breakups on only 33 attempts. Jones can step in opposite Peterson to shore up perhaps the biggest weakness on Arizona’s defense.

  1. Tennessee Titans: Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan

One of the most intriguing talents in the draft, Peppers may be called a linebacker or a safety, but he brings an athletic presence to the defense. He’s strong in the run game, especially when allowed to chase and run, and he has the coverage ability to stick with tight ends. He fits well as strong safety in a single-high scheme where he can work downhill against the run and play close to the line of scrimmage but he could also fit as a nickel linebacker. Regardless, Peppers is one of the best movable chess pieces on the defensive side of the ball in the draft.

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Charles Harris, Edge, Missouri

It’s a good draft for Baltimore to replenish their pass rush and Harris is one of the best options available. He has strong hands and an effective spin move to keep blockers off balance. Even in a scheme that hasn’t always played to his strengths, Harris has an 87.9 pass rush grade that ranks seventh among edge rushers after ranking ninth in the nation a year ago. Like some of the other top edge rushers, there is still some improving to be done against the run, but he’s at least been competent in that department.

  1. Miami Dolphins: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

An infusion of youth has been in the cards for Miami’s linebacking corps for a while and Cunningham brings an aggressive run defender with the athleticism to cover in the middle of the field. He is second in the nation with 56 stops, as he is not shy at attacking and shedding blocks from opposing linemen. If there’s a complaint, it’s in his tackling where he’s missed 27 over the last two years, but he still ranks among the nation’s top linebackers and he has the skills to translate to the next level.

  1. Detroit Lions: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Our top-graded linebacker this season, Foster has been excellent in all phases. He can defeat blocks with his agility or with his power while bringing that same aggressiveness as a blitzer. In coverage, Foster has been strong since taking over as a starter last season and he’s only missed six of his 69 tackles this season. Detroit’s defense has been weak up the middle and Foster is a 3-down upgrade at linebacker.


  1. Cleveland Browns: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

Here’s where the draft takes a turn. In a quarterback class that lacks inspiration, Rudolph continues to improve an already-impressive skillset. He has the nation’s No. 2 passing grade at 88.6 and he throws the ball outside the numbers with better precision than any quarterback in the country. He deep outs and comebacks are often right on a receiver’s hands, showing the type of accuracy needed for the next level. Rudolph handles pressure well and while he’ll flutter his deep ball at times, he also flashes the downfield accuracy to create big plays in the passing game. Rudolph may just sneak up as a first-round candidate if he comes out this season.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

There’s little doubt that the Eagles need help at the receiver position and they’ll tap back into the USC pipeline with Smith-Schuster. He has the speed to create after the catch or down the field and that big play ability will fit well with the big arm rookie QB Carson Wentz has shown this season. If there’s a concern, Smith-Schuster will disappear at times and he can improve his work on contested catches, but he brings much-needed speed to the Eagles’ offense.

  1. Atlanta Falcons: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

While Atlanta may very well tap into the pass-rusher well, they add a long corner in Humphrey who has the skills to play either man or zone in Atlanta’s scheme. He works downhill well and while can do a better job of finding the ball in the air, he’s rarely out of phase when covering receivers. Humphrey can pair with Desmond Trufant while bringing some insurance for pending free agent CB Robert Alford.

  1. Washington Redskins: Eddie Vanderdoes, DI, UCLA

Vanderdoes has bounced back from 2015’s season-ending injury to grade well against the run at 84.2 while improving his work as a pass-rusher at 84.2. His quick hands allow him to shed blocks and disrupt, while he’s stout enough to hold the point of attack. He can play up and down the line on a 3-4 front, making him a good fit for Washington which is lacking in youth and production up front.

  1. Houston Texans: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Since stepping in as a true freshman in 2014, Adams has been one of the most consistent safeties in the nation and he’s upped his game even more this season. He’s an excellent box safety, sticking his nose in there against the run while also showing the athleticism to line up in a variety roles on the defense. Adams currently owns the No. 2 overall grade among the nation’s safeties at 89.1.

  1. New York Giants: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

McGlinchey has transitioned smoothly from right tackle to the left side, once again grading among the best players in the country at 81.7 overall. A late bloomer at 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, he is a powerful run blocker and he continues to improve in pass protection. McGlinchey can play on either side of the offensive line and adding him to the mix can shore up one of New York’s annual weaknesses.

  1. Denver Broncos: Solomon Thomas, DI, Stanford

Denver’s defense is still capable of playing elite football, but they’ve taken a step back against the run this season, in part due to the loss of DE Malik Jackson to free agency. Thomas is a perfect replacement, as his 88.7 grade against the run ranks fourth in the nation and he’s improved greatly as a pass-rusher this season to grade at 82.6. Thomas can shed blocks and disrupt in all phases, and he projects as a defensive end in Denver’s 3-4 scheme.

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

How many offensive tackles will be mocked to the Seahawks this draft season? We’ll get the ball rolling with Ramczyk who has been one of the most incredible stories of the year as he’s gone from Division 3 player to potential top pick. The sample size is small, but he’s acquitted himself nicely in the Big Ten with an 82.6 grade while showing the necessary skills to pass protect and the power and movement skills to run block at all levels.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

Kansas City has built a championship-level defense but they’re still looking for playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Westbrook has broken out and dominated this season, showing the speed to get over the top of coverage and the route-running to separate underneath. Currently ranked No. 2 overall among wide receivers at 89.4, Westbrook adds a nice complement to the solid Jeremy Maclin on the other side.


  1. New England Patriots: Jordan Willis, Edge, Kansas State

Flying under the radar this season is just how good Willis has been over the last two years. He’s currently grading at 91.2 overall, good for second among Power-5 edge defenders, while ranking fifth in the nation with an 89.2 pass rush grade. New England has some rebuilding to do along the defensive line and Willis is a good start with his three-down ability.

  1. Oakland Raiders: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

The Raiders have added a number of good pieces to the defense in recent years and Davis adds a physical presence to inside linebacker. He packs a punch in the run game and as a blitzer where he always finds his way to the quarterback. Davis is also sound in coverage, especially when working downhill, and he’s showed his toughness as he’s played through injuries this season. He’ll be a god fit for a developing defense.

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Dawuane Smoot, Edge, Illinois

After a slow start, Smoot is headed for another dominant finish that mirrors last year’s as he was one of the nation’s best pass-rushers down the stretch. He’s shown the ability to take over games throughout his career and he’ll step right in as a pass-rush threat along a Cowboys defensive line that has not gotten after the quarterback at a high rate this season.



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  • Chris

    McDowell to the Chargers… I like.

  • JudoPrince

    There is no way Cleveland doesn’t select a QB #1. Deshaun will go number, by far the best QB prospect

    • Michael Crafton

      The browns will not take a QB in the first 2-3 rounds again this year. They need help in the Trenches – They will go DL with first pick and then use their next 3 picks in the 1st and 2nd rnd on OL / S / CB

      • Shoutout to all the guest

        If rg3 does not perform well returning from injury….the browns WILL take a QB #1 and possibly again in the 3rd or 4th rounds (remember they have stockpiled draft picks)

        • Brad Barber

          They’ll probably go after a proven qb like romo.

          • Mike

            Why would romo a 36 year old vet who is not broke or close to needing ANY money go to a team where he will get injured faster than he can blink? Besides money which again he doesnt need would he go there? If youre going to pick a losing franchise hed think about going to and this is a stretch it would be Jacksonville as hed have 3 amazing receivers to throw to all day long and a halfway decent defense built up and high draft picks again this year with a new coaching staff that will be coming in. But i doubt this would happen as well hed most likely choose a team thats a contender at his age maybe the vikings

    • Mike Jones

      By far is a bit strong.

    • TheEsquireof212

      Watson is the most overrated player in all of college football. People look at stats and don’t watch games.

    • Insomniac

      Trubisky or Kaaya are the only Qbs worth looking at. Watson has looked subpar so for this season

    • Alan Mazz

      Judo, you’re lying crystal ball is possessed.

  • Greg Phillips

    I didn’t see a single compelling reason listed why the Dolphins would take Cunningham over Foster.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I suppose it’s possible Cunningham is taking night courses at Vandy to become a pet detective….and that could give him the edge.

  • crosseyedlemon

    The Bucs did so well with their drafting of a kicker last year that they will probably chase a punter with their first pick this time around. If they do go after a RB what becomes of Doug Martin?
    Being both a Bears and Wolverines fan, I’d love to see Peppers end up in Chicago but I doubt it’s going to happen.

    • liltrav88888

      And he’s been a shitty kicker so far lol what a fucking horrible pick

      • TheEsquireof212

        Aguayo will be all time great when it’s over. Seabass started slowly also. You armchair GMs are prisoners of the moment, while REAL GMs take the long view.

    • A Non Imus

      As a Bucs fan, the Aguayo pick felt like a punch in the gut.

    • Djibril

      Doug Martin sucks

  • cloisterwater

    Did you all just guess on who picks where? Because if the season ended today, this order isn’t correct.

    • crosseyedlemon

      5 of the final 6 picks are by AFC teams so obviously that could only happen after some serious sessions of Lets Make A Deal.

      • cloisterwater

        But even a lot of the other picks don’t make sense based off of the standings. I just don’t know how they came up with the order.

        • crosseyedlemon

          There is still a lot of football yet to be played this season so any order that is arrived at right now is just pure speculation.

    • Greenbirdgang

      Which draft spot doesn’t make sense? They all do

      • Brendon

        Green Bay passing on Leonard Fournette when he was available certainly doesn’t…

        • Brad Barber

          Eddie lacy is a solid back when healthy and rhe packers have a top 10 oline. I see williams being rookie of year with rodgers playing like his elite self with anothe r big target

          • Brendon

            And after Lacy they have what? Absolutely nothing, and Lacy has shown himself to not be depended on for a whole season. Especially with his weight issues. Adams, Nelson, and Cobb are more than enough for Green Bay at the moment as long as Rodgers is the QB.

          • Nelson Cobb

            And they have an entire draft to work on better RB depth. Look at the backs this year. Prosise, 3rd round pick. Booker, 4th round pick. Howard, 5th round pick. Kelley, UDFA. Good RB’s slide in the draft anymore, and you can find starting talent in the mid rounds. Eddie Lacy will be re-signed, and he’s a great starting RB when healthy, so they don’t have to find a guy right away. Plus, Ty Montgomery is now a RB, and he’s shown a lot of talent. He may never be an every down back, but a great change of pace, and 1-2 punch with Lacy and Montgomery will be a strong 1-2 punch going forward. If Jordy can’t regain his previous form, they need another guy who can give them a potential #1 WR, cause not having a guy who can work short, medium and stretch the field has hurt them this year, cause Rodgers likes to push the ball down the field, and he can’t right now. If Packers are picking that high, they need to go with the WR over the RB. TE in the 2nd, RB in the 3rd.

          • Mitchell

            I believe the Pack has other needs to be addressed with this pick. Yes, Fournette is fantastic talent. Yes, I think he will go really high. But, I don’t think GB should pick him. Secondary has MAJOR issues outside of Clinton-Dix, and this class is loaded with top tier secondary talent. Running Back class is too deep for me to justify them grabbing Fournette to supplant a second tier back, when healthy.

          • Brendon

            Leonard Fournette is BPA at that point, so why not go with him. And the same could be said for defensive back talent in the draft too. Adoree Jackson, Quincy Wilson, Marshon Lattimore, and Tre’davious White haven’t even been drafted yet in this mock. Not to mention Chidobe Awuzie is a sleeper corner in the draft.

          • Mitchell

            Touche. At that point, I would look more towards Takarist McKinley to help improve the Pass Rush or Rueben Foster to shore up the ILB postion. Personally, I just can’t see the point in drafting another RB with similar play style just outside the Top 10. Just as a btw as well, Adoree Jackson has elite athleticism but he’s not a great corner so I wouldn’t expect him to go to high. Subpar Technique, poor instincts will hamper him.

          • Nelson Cobb

            I love Lacy, he’s great, but look what happens when he’s lost. The run game is non existent. They still gotta re-sign Lacy too, which they absolutely should, but because of the question mark with his ability to stay healthy lately, if Cook or Fournette is available, they really gotta consider that. They gotta do something to make sure that 1 injury doesn’t completely cost them their ability to run the ball. If they can get a sure fire starting RB like one of those 2 guys to pair with Lacy, that’d go a long long way in assuring that they don’t fall back into this same problem if an injury was to happen to Lacy again.

  • T. Kothe

    Does anyone really think there’s a chance the Browns don’t go QB with the number 1 overall pick? I mean, this is the Browns we’re talking about.

    • Shoutout to all the guest

      Its possible, especially if they don’t feel confident in this year’s QB class. Browns have the entire offseason to pick up Romo or decide if they want to move forward with RGIII as well.

      • Brad Barber

        Gotta remember they have two first roundpicks and alot of other ones llater on.They also got the “moneyball” coaches who are supposed to be really smart in ddrafting which they did show in the past draft by getting 14 picks and investing 4 picks to wr and like 4-5 in front seven which both were pretty big weaknesses. Not to mention the best qb watson hasn’t been the same.

      • Mike

        no way no how does Romo go to the browns….why would a QB whos partly made of glass and injured often and hes 36 years old want to go to the browns? Makes ZERO sense. browns do not have the players to make a push into the playoffs much less a superbowl and Romo isnt broke so i dont think he needs a payday

        • crosseyedlemon

          Totally agree with you Mike. Jerry Jones has always been a big supporter of Romo and he will do whatever he can to see that Tony retires in Dallas. The Cowboys suffered a backlash years ago when they forced out Emmitt Smith and they don’t want a repeat of that.

      • You Hunt Street Bats

        nobody knew how good Dak would be, they would have been crazy to trade Romo, and this is coming from a Giant fan, and i fucking hate the cowboys.

      • Will H

        Romo! Romo! Yep, He would love to take his broken back to Cleveland where the very Idea of an Offensive Line seems to be offensive,

        • Shoutout to all the guest

          has the best blind side protector in the game….if the moneys right why not?

          • Will H

            I rooted for a LIons team that didn’t win a game so I totally understand wanting something to look forward to and I also see there are no standout QBs in this draft that we can see. {Please recall Brady went in the sixth round.} Please watch the REST of the Dallas team and finish the OL and the DL first, get a good running back and possession receiver low and buy the cheapest game managing QB out there. Look good enough to get some FAs willing to stay or even come to the Erie area and THEN talk about a one or two year QB who might last long enough to get you in a playoff. You can’t build a future on someone else’s faded glory days.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Browns want to boost attendance so the rumor going around is that they will offer their first round pick to anyone who can keep Trump from coming to town.

      • Will H

        Draft Trump. Draft Trump!

      • Devildog257

        Haha! Loser!

    • Kyle Ferguson

      Gotta remember they got them moneyball people running the place. makes them more unpredictable.

    • tai

      Why reach on a QB in a meh QB class if you can get a potential cornerstone defensive players in Garrett or Allen? They have two 1st round picks so I don’t see the need for them to rush into drafting a QB with their first one versus taking the higher valued player.

    • TheEsquireof212

      They don’t need a QB. Kessler will be alright if they shore up their line. They have issues all over the place defensively.

      • Bay Area Browns Backers

        Yes, draft top Center and OT, the OL makes any QB better. Look what Dallas OL did for Elliott and Dak.

    • TheEsquireof212

      Kizer is limited. Kaaya is what he is. Watson is the most overrated player in college football. And if the Bears take him, they deserve more of Cutler (which is what Watson is).

      • DaStrongSKRAWN

        Watson > Cutler. Don’t give your take on this matter again.

        • Will H

          Agree. At least Watson can run when the OL leaks like a sieve.

    • DaStrongSKRAWN

      They won’t and they shouldn’t. I personally rather Trubisky later in the first or Falk in 2nd/3rd. If Watson is there around pick 10, they should trade up. He’s coachable, just have to work on a few things imo.

      • Dugza the Warbringer

        Yes, Trubisky or Falk. Don’t know where they’ll get drafted, but if I had to take a QB from this class, it would be one of them.

        • Mitchell

          If the Browns want Trubisky, they will have to take him at #1. With as high as he has risen currently and the over-emphasis put on pro days/workouts/combine, it looks as though he’ll trend into the top 5. As for Falk, I like him at the top of round 2, as of this moment. Personally, I’m very down on Mason Rudolph, especially to the Browns.

      • divermike57

        If Wentz would be setting the league on fire, yeah maybe the Browns would be pressured to nab a QB at #1 overall….but that’s not happening, so grab Garret or Allen, then with the second pick in the first rd., take the highest rated corner or safety (I personally think they should grab Jamal Adams, S, LSU).. then in the second rd. grab another DB, then the best OL left on the board…BAMM !

        • Will H


      • Will H

        Falk has decided he would rather wait and be the first player taken next year.

        • DaStrongSKRAWN

          Yea, heard the news yesterday. Next year’s QB draft class looks great.

          • Will H

            He may have wished he did leave after WSu imploded in the bowl game. I’m also old enough to recall that Ryan Leaf came from WSU, so…

    • Noel Daniels

      Myles Garrett or Jonathan Allen. Book it.

    • Robert Webber

      yeah the same Browns that passed on wentz who sucked it up last year. they are going to take the impact defender over any QB in this draft.

  • Max Lerner

    Can you guys stop hyping up Corey Davis – some of us still think our team can steal him in the 2nd round.

    • Mike Jones

      Williams > Davis > Washington > dupre

      • Nelson Cobb

        You’re missing somebody there, a little dude named John Ross from Washington. He probably slots in right behind Williams.

  • Brandon Guimond

    Interesting you have a Dallas/Oakland Superbowl (with Dallas winning). Both teams are exceeding expectations this season, but neither Prescott nor Carr have any playoff experience, so hard to believe they would *both* make the Superbowl. Weirder things have happened though…so who knows?

    • Radio

      I’m assuming it’s based on their current record

      • Malachi

        if that’s the case than the chiefs would be ahead of the raiders, based on h2h tie-breaker

  • Christopher Stadel

    Myles Garrett’s talent would waste away with the 49ers. They already have Lynch and Harold as projected starters beyond 2016. Lynch is already a top-10 edge defender in the NFL and the 49ers have him starting at the Jack LB position. Harold is starting to emerge in the NFL and will eventually make Brooks expendable at the Sam LB position. The team should use it’s 1st round pick on a bigger need whether it is QB, ILB or WR.

    • Jeffrey Hannah

      You again. Good lord I see this same guy trolling on other Niners sites and by God this guy seriously makes me resent cheering for the 49ers. Blows my mind how stupid this fanbase can be. You are the same guy saying Blaine Gabbert is going to save the 49ers and how he was the next coming of Alex Smith. SMDH lol.

      Have you not watched how poorly the SF pass rush has been the last couple of years especially since Aldon Smith and Justin Smith left? Eli Harold only has 1 sack in 25 career games. He fell to the 3rd round for a reason. Its not to say he wont be a bum going foward but his production and curve is not a vote of confidence. Aaron Lynch is not a primary pass rusher, not to mention he barely played this year. Brooks is not getting younger. Tank Carradine still hasnt panned out. I think its safe to say we need pass rush as much as QB, ILB, or WR if not more.

      Please stop commenting on 49ers on the internet. Whenever I see that avatar of yours, immediately my mind says ‘here we go again’ knowing you will say something stupid…and there it is!

      • Malachi

        lol, get emmmm

      • Brad Barber

        Myles garret is a better prospect then clowney was imo. And the 49ers do need a qb but this shouldn’t be the draft for it. How about romo?

        • Will H

          OH, NO, ROMO!!!! Yet another team with a leaky OL where someone thinks its a good idea to turn Romo into a paraplegic

      • TheEsquireof212

        SF needs all the help they can get. Garrett is going to be all world. You can fill the back end once you’ve gotten the front seven stout. Myles would be a good pick for them.

    • Matt Thompson

      FYI, Lynch missed the first 4 games serving a suspension and has been out as of late with a high ankle sprain. At no point in time have the 49ers been playing him (Lynch) at either MLB spot as you proclaim, minus maybe a random blitz.

      Brooks is a liability these days with more off-sides and hand to the face penalties then sacks the last few seasons. Likewise, as Jeffrey pointed out, both Harold and Tank “could be good” and “have potential” but to this point both are unproven and cant be trusted to build a franchise around. All that leads to Garrett, if there isn’t a QB worth taking at the top, (and there isnt) then you take someone to either protect your QB or someone to get after the opposing QB. There are no OT worthy of a top pick this year which again brings the 49ers back to Myles Gerrett if he’s there at pick 2.

      It’s fine to have an opinion, but it will be more widely accepted if its an educated opinion.

  • A Non Imus

    Bucs take Dalvin Cook with Doug Martin on the roster and huge craters on defense? PFF loves to discredit themselves.

    • John

      The hilarious part is that the other team selecting a RB in this mock is the Bills, with McCoy. What a joke. Neither of those two teams would waste a first-round draft pick on RB. Both of those teams would be better off getting help in the secondary. Bills could also use another receiver since their only good WR is incredibly injury-prone.

      The teams that actually need a RB badly would be Colts and Jets (old RB’s that need to be replaced soon), Packers (Lacy has looked like complete trash for awhile now), and the NY Giants. I would definitely argue that all those teams have more pressing needs than RB as well. The Giants are the worst for rushing but their OL is awful.

      • Brad Barber

        Yea I’m a giants fan and i like the mcglichey pick but why over cam robinson?

        • Nick Cortez

          Robinson is very overrated. He has been beaten by nearly every good DE in the SEC this year (Garrett, Barnett, and Key).

          • TheEsquireof212

            Robinson is overrated indeed. As are more Bama players from that over-recruiting program.

          • badgerman66

            Not sure if I agree about Robinson being overrated. The times I watched him against Garrett, Garrett did nothing. Did Garrett get any sacks that game, I don’t think so.

          • Nick Cortez

            Garrett has not done a whole lot this year in general. LSU’s LT held Garrett to nothing, also…he isn’t getting 2nd day consideration let alone Round 1.

      • TheEsquireof212

        Doug Martin can’t stay on the field. Cook is an every down back in both college and NFL. They will shore up the line. Their only real “craters” are the void that Grimes will leave and free safety. They have the linebackers (and can get one this draft as well, as it is deep for that), and have Vern on the other side at CB. Obviously they will fix the line with the amount of money they’ll have. But you don’t pass on a Marshall Faulk type back in Cook.

    • Will H

      You may want to look on Martin’s license and see if he can get Social Security before you go putting your whole running game on him yet again. RBs have a very steep curve and when it gies bad it usually doesn’t come back and when it goes back, it seems to always happen suddenly. Never a bad idea to get a new good one while your current good one still has tread.

    • Will H

      And, oh yeah, He may want to move to a state where they have medical marijuana.

  • Mike J.

    Allen just jumps off the screen to me. He looks like a real NFL-difference maker.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if, come April, he grades out higher than any of the deep crop of DT’s taken last spring.
    Tim Williams will be a player in the league, also. And no, I am not a Bama fan.

  • Chappy

    Fournette is an interesting pick for the Bills but they already have Shady and really need a Safety much more, which is why I think Peppers would be much more likely the pick.

  • tai

    Disagree with the assessment on Rudolph. He’s been better of recent, but I come away frustrated by a lot of his footage. He has the build, the physical tools, the tall stature in the pocket, probably the best deep ball in the class, and experience running something similar to a pro style offense, but he misses a lot of throws he should be able to make. His short accuracy leaves some things to be desired as he sails a lot of shorter passes, making his WR’s reach for passes they shouldn’t have to. Looks more like a 2nd round guy to me. Falk is closer to a guy that may sneak himself up into the 1st round IMO.

    • Mitchell

      Totally with you on this. I came away from falk’s film seriously impressed with his footwork, accuracy, and his ability to put the ball where defenders cannot get to it. The only knock I had was the one that everybody has on spread QB’s not taking the ball from under center. Nonetheless, I didn’t care for Rudolph’s film. His lower body is inconsistent causing him to miss high on short throws and under throw some of his deeper ones. When he’s good, he looks great, but when he’s bad (especially under duress), he’s really, really bad.

  • chris

    “There are still questions about how effective Fournette can be in the pass game and that drops him a little lower than the top-10 expectations everyone has set for him.”

    Someone hasn’t watched their film. Fournette has great hands for a receiver and has done very well in pass pro.

    • Brad Barber

      I think their talking about how we haven’t seen him used much in passing game where alot of rbs have been more involved in lately. It’s more about hands too. Can he chip block then run out and immediately catch the ball?

    • Brad Barber

      Either way is running game is way too good to care about how he does in pass

    • Nick Cortez

      I’m from Baton Rouge and I love Fournette, but his route tree is severely underdeveloped / utilized. He does a good job (not Elliot level) of pass blocking and his hands are average to above average. He isn’t a liability in the passing game, but his best uses will be the screen game and pass blocking. He can be a 3 down back, but he isn’t a true threat in the passing game.

      People compare him to AP coming out because he is completely dominant running the ball, but has a lot to develop in the passing game still. I think that Bo Jackson comparisons are probably better due to running styles.

      At least 1 top 10 team will look at the 3 years of Alabama films and wonder if he is a top 5 pick, or just a round 1 guy. I still think someone pulls the trigger in the top 10, but possibly not the top 5.

    • Will H

      And the sentence he seems to most often say is: “Ow, my leg.”

  • Anon

    Adoree Jackson looked awesome last week. Can’t believe he is not a first-rounder.

  • Tsailencer

    while I would love to see an awesome RB go to the Bills, they just can’t afford to pick one in the first…Aarron Williams probably has seen his last game and Gilmore most likely won’t be paid what he wants with what he’s shown on the field this year so far…that leaves 2 gaping holes in the secondary at S and CB…not to mention that the Bills desperately need another top WR to pair with Watkins…although I still believe Bills need to pick up a big RB to offset Shady and Gilislee’s running styles…I think they wait till round 5 for RB

  • Voidhelix

    I still think OSU`s James Washington and Oklahoma`s Baker Mayfield are two of the most under-rated players in this draft class. Washington has the physicality, ability to high-point & stretch the field, that could make him a #1 WR. And Mayfield reminds me a lot of Drew Brees, when he was drafted in 2001. Both are outstanding talents, who are constantly being overlooked.

    • cory

      I agree with you on Washington. I’m surprised to not seem him going high in mock drafts. Mayfield won’t declare for this year’s draft. He still has more developing to do. He tries to do too much with his feet. He will need to be more discipline at the next level.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Love to see the steelers take the kid from stanford. In rd 2!

    • Will H

      No offense, but which kid from Stanford? Unlike in this mock draft I can see Christian going in the late 1.

  • Dugza the Warbringer

    I really enjoying watching Peppers play, but his lack of turnovers are a concern. If Malik Hooker declares, he’s a top 10 pick. What take him or Adams over Peppers.

  • badgerman66

    By the time the Packers finally wake up and get Rogers more weapons it will be too late. He’ll be too old to get the ball there. Why haven’t they seen before this season that he needs better receivers/tight ends??????????????????????? When you have a big gun you load it up and shoot it a lot…..not exactly rocket science.

    • Nelson Cobb

      Really?? I love Rodgers, but he really gets way to much of a pass at times. One thing Thompson hasn’t done is leave Rodgers without targets to throw too. Jordy before injury was arguably a top 5 WR. Randall Cobb in 2014 was quickly becoming the leagues best slot guy and one of the best RZ guys. He and Jordy were the best WR duo in the NFL in 2014. Before that season Thompson used a 2nd round, 5th round and 7th round pick on WRs. Then the following year, before Jordy got hurt, drafted another WR in the 3rd round. Rodgers has still been great this year, but one of the biggest issues has been his decision making. Guys are getting open early, he’s just passing them up and trying to get something bigger. Tonight, he played within the play, took his quick reads, and the WR were fantastic and the offense ran smoothly looking the way it should vs a defense that has been fantastic at home this year. Aaron Rodgers has got to quit passing up open guys for something more. He’s doing his team, himself and his WR’s a huge disservice when he does, cause WRs don’t like to improvise, especially if they’re getting open in route. Rodgers played perfect tonight, and in turn it allowed the WRs to make plays like they’re capable of. That’s how things should look every week. Aaron Rodgers is without a doubt fantastic, one of the best to ever play, but he lets his ability to extend and improvise get in his own way and hurt him sometimes. He has to stop doing that.

      • Will H

        As one commentator said of Peyton when Marvin Harrison retired and everyone was moaning in Indy: “He’ll have a lot of great receivers in his career.” Great Qbs like Rogers make their receivers, even already great ones, look greater. O lone leakage hurt earlier. So long as they have a Vikings team that keeps running into injury trouble which they kind of insured by drafting Teddy and a Lions team that is still recovering from Millen/Mayhew, They will still sneak into the playoff chase at the end of the season as they did this year. As for the Bears. Cutler. That’s all anyone as had to say throughout his career.

    • Nelson Cobb

      As for the draft, Rodgers needs a RB right now more than anything. Packers need to make sure that if our starting RB gets hurt, whether that be Lacy next year or a rookie, that the running game doesn’t become non existent like it has since losing Lacy. Packers should drop Starks cause he’s quite useless running the ball anymore, bring Lacy back, consider drafting a RB in the 1st if Dalvin Cook is there, and continue with the transition for Ty Montgomery, cause he’s looked good running the ball and has been fantastic as a receiver out the backfield. They need to keep developing him into that scat back type RB, a James White with a little better ability to carry the ball. A RB depth chart next year of Cook, Lacy and a further along Ty Montgomery could keep from having this same issue with the run game. Then they definitely need to draft a TE for the future too, cause even if Cook continues to play well and gets re-signed, he is gonna be 30 and we need a competent replacement. With Adams stepping up like he has this year, with Jordy, Cobb and Trevor Davis all under contract next year, we have enough at the WR position for at least 1 more year. Hopefully Davis and Allison will have progressed enough in their development to start contributing a little more as a #4 and #5 WR.

  • DoubleMeh

    Moot point. Rudolph is going back to OSU next yr.

  • Will H

    Stay in school, Trubisky. Stay in school.

  • Will H

    Wisely, you have Cook ahead of Fournette, Injuries are the only reason but a good one.

  • Sean K

    So you guys have DeDe as the #4 WR in NCAA football. Did he come on that strong late?

  • Brad Carlson

    I’d like the Cunningham pick for my Dolphins (I think it;’s a better pick than a LOT of mocks that I see with us taking a tight end or a safety in the first round), but picking him AHEAD of Foster if Foster is still there? And when the critique on Cunningham is missed tackles and that is one of the most glaring problems that our linebacking corps have is shoddy tackling, I don’t know if I could go for that. If Foster is still there for where we’d pick, we take him. No ifs, ands, or buts.

  • James Rainey

    None of the Ohio State secondary in the First? I’d be willing to bet 2 go top-15 with the third late in the first