Mock draft 5.0: Jets trade up to select franchise quarterback

In Steve Palazzolo's latest mock draft, the New York Jets trade up to the No. 2 spot to nab their QB.

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Mitchell Trubisky

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Mock draft 5.0: Jets trade up to select franchise quarterback

We’re on to the pro-day part of draft season, as the NFL Scouting Combine is now in the rearview mirror and prospects are either sitting on their impressive workouts or looking to rectify anything that may have gone wrong in Indianapolis. Our team is still working through the tape in the ever-changing evaluation process, and the draft board continues to take shape on a daily basis. The first pick has remained constant throughout the mock draft process, but starting with the No. 2 pick, this draft could turn any numbers of ways.

As always, this mock draft is what I would do as GM of each team, not a prediction of what NFL front offices are thinking.

1. Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, Edge, Texas A&M

Garrett has proved everything he’s needed to during the draft process, as he dominated the NFL Combine after three productive years at Texas A&M. His 31 sacks, 35 QB hits and 98 hurries on 978 rushes show that he knows how to get to the quarterback, and his improved run grade of 87.8 ranked third in the nation last season. Garrett is the best player in the draft and a perfect fit for a pass-rush-needy Browns defense.

2. Trade: New York Jets (from San Francisco 49ers)

49ers receive: Jets’ first-round pick (No. 6), Jets’ second-round pick (No. 39)
Jets receive: 49ers’ first-round pick (No. 2), 49ers’ fourth-round (No. 143)

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

(I usually don’t include trades unless it makes a lot of sense for both teams. In this case, the 49ers do not have a good, clear choice to take at No. 2, and the Jets are making a move to find their quarterback.)

The Jets are sorting through a number of unexciting free-agent bridge quarterbacks, but they change that by making the move to get Mitchell Trubisky. The one-year starter was impressive at North Carolina, showing the presence to maneuver the pocket and the arm to deliver the ball outside the numbers with velocity. Trubisky also has excellent short-area accuracy, and his grade on third downs ranked third in the nation a year ago.

3. Chicago Bears

Jonathan Allen, DI, Alabama

Chicago has added a number of key pieces to the defense in recent years, and even with a subpar NFL Combine, Allen brings another playmaker to their defensive front. While it would certainly ease concerns if Allen had shown better athleticism in Indianapolis, last year’s nation-leading 67 QB pressures speak for themselves, and Allen’s three-year production has been outstanding. He knows how to shed blocks and disrupt both the run and pass game, and his 93.6 pass-rush grade led all interior defensive linemen in 2016.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

This pick is another shocker in the draft. Even with QB Blake Bortles on the roster, the Jaguars grab Watson at No. 4 as the quest to find a top signal-caller continues. Bortles was seemingly on the right path in 2015, but a poor 2016 is enough for the Jaguars to look for insurance in Watson, who can throw with accuracy and touch. His best throws are quite impressive, and he’ll make plenty of them, but he’ll also miss his fair share, and he has work to do as far as working through progressions and maneuvering the pocket. However, Watson consistently shows the ability to bounce back from mistakes, and he’s been one of the nation’s top-graded quarterbacks the last two seasons, doing his best work down the stretch.

5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams)

Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

The Titans grabbed former Patriots CB Logan Ryan in free agency, but that won’t keep them from taking another corner, as starter Jason McCourty is heading into the last year of his contract. Lattimore was outstanding in one year of work at Ohio State, allowing a passer rating of only 30.2 into his coverage, fourth-best among corners with at least 40 targets. Lattimore has the size and speed to press and take away the deep ball and the movement skills to break on the ball in front of him, where he didn’t miss a tackle in all of 2016.

6. San Francisco 49ers (from New York Jets)

49ers receive: Jets’ first-round pick (No. 6), Jets’ second-round pick (No. 39)
Jets receive: 49ers’ first-round pick (No. 2), 49ers’ fourth-round (No. 143)

Derek Barnett, Edge, Tennessee

There are few positions that are set on the 49ers’ roster, so they can go a number of ways here. Barnett had outstanding production at Tennessee, finishing No. 2 among the nation’s edge defenders in 2015 (90.0) and No. 3 in 2016 (92.0). He is strong against the run and continues to improve as a pass-rusher, challenging the edge as well as any rusher in this class. He’ll play defensive end as the 49ers transfer to a 4-3 scheme.

Derek Barnett Advanced Stats

7. Los Angeles Chargers

Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

A perfect scheme fit for new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Hooker brings exceptional range as a center-field free safety, as he picked off seven passes last year in his first full season of action. The Chargers continue to add talent to the defensive side of the ball, and Hooker is the next piece in the puzzle. The one issue is his tackling, where he missed one out of every 6.5 attempts last season, good for 135th out of 242 qualifiers. However, Hooker’s instincts and ball skills are necessary for the Chargers’ cover-3/cover-1 scheme, and Hooker makes for a good first-round marriage.

8. Carolina Panthers

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

The Panthers love to surround QB Cam Newton with big-bodied receivers, and Williams adds another weapon to the mix. He can win in the possession game, where he uses his 6-foot-3 frame to win on slants and posts, but he also has the body control to make contested downfield catches to bring a big-play element to the offense, as well. Williams earned the No. 3 overall grade among Power-5 receivers, at 85.0 overall, and adds yet another huge target for QB Cam Newton in the Carolina offense.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

A natural fit in Cincinnati, Davis is the draft’s best route-runner and a perfect complement to WR A.J. Green on the other side. QB Andy Dalton has showed that he can put up good numbers when he has a variety of playmakers all over the field, and adding Davis is another step in the right direction. He can get open in the short and intermediate range, and averaged 8.1 yards after the catch per reception over the last three seasons.

10. Buffalo Bills

Teez Tabor, CB, Buffalo Bills

With CB Stephon Gilmore moving on in free agency, the cornerback position becomes an even bigger need for the Bills. Tabor didn’t have a great combine, but he’s one of the best playmakers in the class at cornerback. He recorded a pass breakup or an interception on 26.5 percent of his targets—best in the class—and can make plays whether playing in press or off coverage.

11. New Orleans Saints

Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Reuben Foster’s off-field antics at the NFL Combine may not sit well with teams, but focusing on his on-field performance, he’s a perfect fit in New Orleans. Foster was the nation’s top-graded linebacker in 2016, at 93.3 overall, as he can take on and defeat blocks in the running game while showing the athleticism to hang with running backs and tight ends in coverage. Off-field aside, Foster is a three-down presence in a league that needs them more than ever.

12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)

Jamal Adams, S, LSU

The Browns’ defense is starting to take shape as they add another playmaker in Adams, who led the nation’s safeties with an 89.4 overall grade last season. He can play the run when lined up in the box, and can play multiple coverages, whether working short zones, covering tight ends, or playing on the back end. Adams continued to improve each year at LSU and he adds a defensive chess piece to the Cleveland defense.

13. Arizona Cardinals

Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

White posted the nation’s top grade among cornerbacks in 2016 at 90.5, bouncing back strong form a subpar 2015. He has enough size and speed to play on the outside, but he’s also capable of kicking inside to cover the slot, adding a versatile dimension to the Cardinals’ defense. With Patrick Peterson locking down one side of the field, the No. 2 corner spot is a vital spot for Arizona to address.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings)

Solomon Thomas, Edge, Stanford

Continuing to move up draft boards after a strong combine, Thomas will fit well in Philadelphia where he can use his outstanding run-stopping ability at defensive end before kicking inside to rush the passer. Thomas was the best run defender in college football last season, finishing at 92.0 overall and improving as a pass-rusher to rank seventh among the nation’s interior defensive linemen, at 86.5.

15. Indianapolis Colts

Tim Williams, Edge, Alabama

Even with the additions of John Simon and Jabaal Sheard in free agency, there’s still room for pass-rushers in Indianapolis, especially a player like Tim Williams, who can make an immediate impact as a situational rusher. He’s only played 168 snaps against the run the last three years, and he may be limited there early on in the NFL, but he did his damage as a pass-rusher, where he put pressure on the quarterback on 26.1 percent of his rushes (the NCAA average is 10 percent).

Tim Williams Advanced Stats

16. Baltimore Ravens

Carl Lawson, Edge, Auburn

Finding pass-rushers is still a priority for the Ravens, and Lawson is coming off a 2016 season in which he finally showed what he’s capable of when healthy. He recorded the fifth-best pass-rushing grade in the nation with his nine sacks, 13 QB hits, and 45 hurries on 364 rushes, and can step right in as a designated rusher as he develops as a run defender after ranking 161st in the country last season.

17. Washington Redskins

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Cook had been going higher in my previous mock drafts, but other positions came off the board first in this one. Cook is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball, and he does a nice job of maximizing his run blocking, as evidenced by his nation-leading 90 forced missed tackles last season. He hits the edge as well as any running back in the class, and that same big-play ability is on display in the passing game, where he can create mismatches out of the backfield or split out wide.

18. Tennessee Titans

John Ross, WR, Washington

Everyone knew John Ross was fast, but a 4.22 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine was nice affirmation for what we saw on tape. Ross can get behind the defense in the deep game and take short passes to the house; that playmaking ability is much-needed for QB Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee offense. Ross averaged 3.04 yards per route last season, good for 12th in the nation.

John Ross receiving map

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Fournette would have been a good fit for Washington, but he also fits what Tampa Bay is trying to build offensively. RB Doug Martin is coming off an injury-riddled season, and Fournette can take right over in the Bucs’ downhill scheme that works well with his strengths. At his best, Fournette led the nation in forced missed tackles in 2015, with 83, as he brings speed and power to the position—even though he may be limited in the passing game.

20. Denver Broncos

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

The first offensive tackle finally comes off the board, as Ramczyk is one of few tackles in the class that looks like an immediate starter at the next level. Denver has a lot of work to do up front, and Ramczyk can step right in at left tackle to offer strong pass protection after he gave up 12 QB pressures last season in his first year of FBS action. He can make every block in the run game, and that fits well with a Denver offense that is looking to add more man concepts to last year’s zone-heavy scheme. Ramczyk’s 85.0 overall grade ranked fourth in the FBS last season.

21. Detroit Lions

Charles Harris, Edge, Missouri

The combine wasn’t kind to Harris, but he knows how to get after the quarterback after posting 20 sacks, 37 QB hits, and 77 hurries on 877 rushes over the last three years. Harris has an excellent spin move that allows him to get inside offensive tackles, a big part of his 88.2 pass-rush grade that ranked 12th in the nation a year ago. Harris has some work to do against the run, but can contribute immediately as part of Detroit’s defensive line rotation as he works on that part of his game.

22. Miami Dolphins

Taco Charlton, Edge, Michigan

The Dolphins need an influx of youth at defensive end, and Charlton is a good fit at this point in the draft. He continues to improve, ranking as the No. 4 edge defender in the nation down the stretch, and he picked up 17 sacks, 19 QB hits, and 66 hurries on about a season-and-a-half’s worth of action between 2014 and 2016. Charlton is also stout on the edge against the run, and his best football may be ahead of him.

23. New York Giants

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

This move is all about loading up on playmakers for the Giants’ offense. They already brought in former Jets WR Brandon Marshall to pair with Odell Beckham, Jr. and Sterling Shepard, and Howard adds a middle-of-the-field complement to the strong receiving corps. Howard wasn’t used often in the passing game at Alabama, but has the size and speed to stretch the seam; he averaged 7.1 yards after the catch per reception over the last three seasons.

24. Oakland Raiders

Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

Oakland has added key pieces to the defense on a yearly basis, and Cunningham can provide a playmaking presence in the middle. He has the athleticism to play zone coverage or cover tight ends, and he has no problem getting dirty in the running game, where his 56 solo run stops led all Power-5 linebackers. The issue for Cunningham is his tackling, where he’s missed 34 attempts over the last two years; if he can cut those down, he’s an excellent three-down linebacker prospect.

25. Houston Texans

Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech

Mahomes lands in Houston for the second straight mock as the Texans continue to search for their signal-caller of the future. Even if they land Tony Romo in the short-term, Mahomes is a great developmental prospect, as his feel for the passing game and ability to create plays outside of structure is outstanding. That same feel also gets him into trouble, as he’ll have a number of bad plays in there, as well, but a team willing to work through the kinks may be rewarded with a high-end starter. Mahomes ranked second in the nation in both big-time throws and third in turnover-worthy throws last season, highlighting the boom-or-bust nature to his game.

26. Seattle Seahawks

Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky

Three years of outstanding grading for Lamp and multiple years of poor offensive line play by the Seahawks make this a good first-round fit. Lamp has ranked among the top five offensive tackles in the nation in each of the last three years, combining smooth pass protection with fundamentally sound work in the run game. Lamp was outstanding in his showcase game against Alabama, surrendering only one QB pressure against the nation’s top defensive front. Short arms will likely move Lamp to guard at the next level, but he has the versatility to play all along the offensive line.

27. Kansas City Chiefs

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

A 6.57 3-cone confirmed what we saw on tape from McCaffrey, and that’s outstanding change-of-direction ability. Our top-graded receiving running back from 2015, McCaffrey would be a top prospect if he was just a receiver, but he also brings a scheme-diverse, patient runner to the backfield. His best fit is with a team willing to utilize his mismatch-creating ability, lining him up all over the field and spreading the field to let him run the ball in either a man or zone scheme. McCaffrey adds another weapon to a Kansas City offense that is quietly adding versatile options all over the field.

28. Dallas Cowboys

Jordan Willis, Edge, Kansas State

An outstanding combine confirmed what we saw on tape from Willis after he posted the nation’s top grade among edge defenders at 94.3 overall, including a 94.1 pass-rush grade. He notched 15 sacks, eight QB hits, and 54 hurries on 546 rushes, and while he did much of his damage against overmatched Big 12 right tackles, he showed the ability to threaten the edge and carried it over into the Senior Bowl game in Mobile. Willis adds a pass-rush threat to a Dallas defensive front that sorely needs it.

29. Green Bay Packers

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

After Jones tore his Achilles at his pro day, Green Bay looks to the future as they eat the redshirt year in hopes of getting a potential top-10 cornerback down the road. Jones was slated to go much earlier in the draft before the injury, as he has good size and press-man ability—two things that didn’t go unnoticed among Pac-12 offensive coordinators, who targeted him only 48 times last season, tied for 201st in the nation.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

After drafting CB Artie Burns last season, the Steelers still have room to add more talent to the secondary. Humphrey has good size and speed, and he does his best work with the ball in front of him—perfect for Pittsburgh’s zone-heavy scheme. The issues with Humphrey arise at the catch point, where he loses far too often as he allowed 16.9 yards per reception on completions into his coverage the last two years.

31. Atlanta Falcons

Malik McDowell, Edge, Michigan State

Atlanta continues to build in the trenches, as McDowell can play outside at defensive end in their 4-3 scheme. He played inside and outside at Michigan State, where he graded well against the run last season, at 83.2, and ranked 12th among interior defensive linemen as a pass-rusher, at 85.7. Our analysts like McDowell’s fit on the edge where he had a number of impressive plays against some of the nation’s top offensive tackles, including Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk and Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey.

32. New Orleans Saints (from New England Patriots)

Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

A smooth-mover for a 6-foot-1 corner, Tankersley is scheme-diverse, as he can play press man coverage and off coverage proficiently. He can be too physical at times, something he’ll have to adjust to avoid illegal contact penalties at the next level, but opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 40.0 when throwing his way the last two years. The Saints continue to add more pieces to a defense that sorely needs it.

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  • Kc Muthardt

    Did you make the trade with the thought that SF will sign Kirk Cousins come 2018?

    • Some Guy

      If that’s the going rate for the #2 pick, I have to imagine the Browns would beat it in a heartbeat if they like Trubisky. #12, a 2 this year and next?

  • Will C.

    What kind of drug u are in? Eagles desperatly needs a CB in round 1

    • K-Dub(F.E.F.)

      We do but its not unthinkable that theyd go Dline or even RB. Although I would be very upset if it’s RB. Should be a corner but if a guy like Thomas or Allen drops you take the value and fill a need at the same time.

  • Tim Edell

    After multiple failed drugs and being compared to Randy Gregory off the field.. no team will be even tempted to take Tim Williams in Round 1

    • K-Dub(F.E.F.)

      If thats true then yeah you’re right he’s day 2 for sure lol

  • Troy Sowden

    As a UW fan I love that you have Sidney Jones still going in the first round but I just can’t see it. I doubt he goes before the 3rd with the injury. Would love to be wrong.

    • DaleR

      Mid second is probable. Last year Jaylon Smith was a top ten pick until he injured his knee. Though he has some permanent nerve damage was still chosen with the 3rd pick in the second round. Sidney Jones was a sure top twenty and his injury isn’t as bad as Smith’s. Given his personality somebody will eat his rookie year because he has shutdown corner potential.

    • K-Dub(F.E.F.)

      I just hope he gets healthy without issue. So tragic for that young man smh

  • Eric T. Heinke

    I want the Panthers select OJ Howard at the 8th. Could we trade down? This is the year to Draft our future TE. I like him better than Williams. Do the Panthers trade KB? We can select a RB in the Second and DE or S.

  • coachv79

    If Texans pass on an OT at 25 color me suprised

    • shaunhan murray

      The weakest position in the draft, maybe 2 first round OT .

  • Cory C

    I have never understood why PFF thinks the Bengals would draft another WR. Considering that they have Green and Boyd (last years 2nd), why would they spend more premium draft capital on the position? Same for Carolina which has needs beyond “big wr” every year.

    • K-Dub(F.E.F.)

      Cuz they dont understand NFL team needs beyond their own grades.

      • Tim Edell

        WR is definitely a team need for Cincy!

    • rodrell green

      Green is often hurt and Boyd proved to be mediocre at best. Dalton could definitely use a number 2/3 wide out. Maybe not in the 1st, but they typically do more BPA mocks.

    • gweedoh565

      Boyd is a slot WR. They need a deep threat opposite Green to draw coverage away.

    • Brian Nagy

      Green is not as young as you’d think. By the time Davis’ rookie contract would end, Green would be 33 years old I believe. Lafell is even older and is mainly a possession guy with length. Davis should be faster and a better route runner than Lafell, Boyd is better in the slot, and while Cody Core shows promise, I can’t see him more than an Andre Holmes or Brice Butler type of guy. I doubt he can develop into a Marvin Jones, although I hope he does.

  • Salwc2k

    This is probably the worst mock I have seen yet. Good thing this is only what Steve Palazzolo would do and not what GMs will actually do.

    • DaleR

      Agreed. Bizarre choices and players falling that make no sense. Absolutely no way Hassan Riddick drops out of the first round. He’s probably a top 15 pick. That’s just one of several head scratchers.

      • Tim Edell

        Reddick is a 1st round lock

  • Iconoclast17

    Really? In light of an almost historically deep CB draft, Ted Thompson is going to burn a one on a player, who unfortunately may never be the same if he makes it back at all. Forest Lamp to Seattle, however, is a perfect pick for the Sea Hawks, now that they have GB’s power RB of the past four years. Lamp would be perfect for GB, now that Thompson has shown his All Pro guard duo the door in the last 6-months.

  • Kevin

    I can’t see Jamal Adams falling to 12. If the Browns draft both Garrett and Adams, I will be stunned. Very happy, but stunned. Kind of a strange philosophy for a mock draft. I thought the whole idea was to predict what the teams would do, not what the writer thinks they should.

    • Alan Mazz

      I like the idea of a sports writer saying what he would do rather than just being a Monday Morning Quarterback. If his or her evaluation is superior to the teams they definitely have the legitimate right to be critical.

  • crosseyedlemon

    I think there is zero chance the Raiders would pass on McCaffery knowing the Chiefs would pounce on that mistake in a heartbeat.

    • Anthony

      Zach Cunningham would be fucking great for us. Besides, Christian doesn’t fit our team well.

      • Malachi

        christian fits every team, lol

        • crosseyedlemon

          Elway would love to somehow land big Mac since they both have that Stanford connection.

          • Malachi

            he fills a lot of needs too, denver needs a kick and punt returner and has for years. and we desperately need a 3rd/slot receiver. not to mention anything we’d get from him at RB, which would just be a bonus, as a compliment to CJ and booker.

            but unless we find the next alejandro villanueva just growing on a tree out there before the draft we’re going to be desperate at LT and likely target ryan ramczyk, with Mac being the consolation prize only

          • Justin Smith

            Not to mention the Ed McCaffrey connection

  • JudoPrince

    If the Panthers are looking for a WR, wouldn’t it make more sense to trade down a few spots and target a player like Ross who has the speed they are looking for? If Barnett is still on the board when the Panthers are up, there may be a team willing to give up a 4th or even 3rd round pick to move up and snag him (Eagles, Colts, Titans). Ross’s speed is a nice contrast to Kelvin Benjamin and Funchess.

    • shaunhan murray

      I think the thinking is that neither Benjamin or Funchess are good enough that you would avoid drafting a #1 receiver who plays like them. It’s always hard to predict trades but it might be in the cards

    • Brian Nagy

      I couldn’t believe they’d pass on Fournette. Or at least pick Ross over Williams as Williams is similar to Benjamin.

  • rodrell green

    I think the Falcons only have eyes for Forrest Lamp, they’ve met twice already. A 3rd visit to Flowery Branch would boost my confidence in this. Given that the team doesn’t see any holes in the roster, I wouldn’t be surprised if they traded up to maybe 26 to get him.

  • Dan S

    That trade back for the 49ers is no where near enough AND you have the 49ers give a 4th back too!! Give me a break.

  • Klattu

    Sidney Jones to the Packers is not going to happen. Packers need CBs to contribute immediately. Maybe 2nd or 3rd round but I doubt it. Green Bay is too risk averse.

    • shaunhan murray

      They are also a very patient team who love tall corners

      • Brian Nagy

        Quincy Wilson, Kevin King, Cordrea Tankersley. These are 6’1+ corners than can contribute now and don’t have a potential career altering injury.

        • Nelson Cobb

          First off, how often does our 1st round pick make immediate contributions??? Rarely. They barely even played Haha for the 1st 6-7 weeks. 2nd, picking 29th, odds of finding a CB there that can make immediate contributions are slim. We’d be better off drafting possibly the best CB in this draft, somebody who could be a #1 CB fairly quick, and just waiting the year on him. No matter what happens, our 2017 is likely gonna rest on House and the development of Randall, Rollins and Gunter, so a rookie CB likely isn’t gonna get much playing time anyway as they do whatever they can to get these kids on track. So why not take possibly the best CB talent in the draft to have for the next 8 years??? 8 years of a #1 CB, or 9 years of a #2 CB?? I’d rather wait the year for the better talent. We never get a chance to get a talent like Jones, never, cause he’s a top 15 pick.

        • shaunhan murray

          Are there? It is well known that Corner is one of the hardest position to start as a rookie, there are a lot of good CB’s in this draft admittedly.

  • Will C.

    Until I read Sidney Jones to Packers I just was thinking this sucks, but after I saw this, I can say that’s freakin ridiculous

  • Michael Brock-Alexander

    There is no way the Niners give up the #2 pick for so little. The Jets would have to cough up another 2nd pick in the following year at the least. Also, I think the Niners would take Solomon Thomas over Barnett.

    • Sandra

      100 % agree. Not only does this person have SF giving away the @2 pick for only a 2nd rounder, but they throw in a 4th rounder? In this deep draft? For a QB? I hope what you’re smoking is legal in your state.

      • Alan Mazz

        If you make the fourth round pick a fifth it would be a very good trade for the 49ers. They would still be guaranteed an elite player at 6 and a very good player at 39.

    • Brian Nagy

      It’s only a few positions, and the player they have them picking, would likely be available up to pick 10 (New Orleans makes sense for Barrett). I think SF NEEDS to move back, as I know they aren’t going to take a QB this year, and their positions of need (4-3 end, safety, LB, CB, O-Line, WR) are not worth the second pick. Even if Allen is BPA, he is a 3-4 end in my book. Maybe a 4-3 DT, but then, where do Armstead and Buckner fit in? These are 6’6+ 290 pound d-linemen!

  • verge tibbs

    jets gm already publicly stated that they’re willing to trade DOWN with anyone for MORE picks. No way he’s trading for a qb who is far from a sure thing. Jets have tore their roster down and are looking to add as much talent as they can through the draft. Trubisky makes no sense to them. they could be waiting for next year for their franchise qb. If not, maybe they take the chance on Watson if he’s still there at 6. I don’t know, nobody does, not even the teams.

    • verge tibbs

      *No way he’s trading up*

      • Leon Kalayjian

        Agreed. Jets need vet until their two young q b s develop. If Cutler is a cancer, then I would give fits another go. He was very good one year ago. Even eli had his bad year. Ryan had an average year one year ago and bounced back. Fits can manage a game and give you one average q b year at which time, you need to go with petty or hack. If you didn’t like these two, why did you draft them?

        • Malachi

          because they’re not good at evaluating QBs?

    • Malachi

      the current jets regime has shown they don’t know what they’re doing in the draft (darron lee) and don’t know how to evaluate QBs (hackenburg)

      • crosseyedlemon

        On the plus side, they aren’t asking Tampa Bay what kickers should be drafted with the first or second pick.

        • Malachi

          this is true, lol

  • verge tibbs

    but holy cow would the Browns be really shaping up if they Garret and Adams! i would be happy for them

    • Brian Nagy

      That would be great for them. I would be shocked if someone who’s thought of as such a sure thing like Adams, falls that far. I would think San Fran would pick Adams over Barnett after trading back, as Barnett’s athleticism raises questions if he can be successful at the NFL level.

    • Joe Pagani

      Why does everyone overlook what a slacker he was, when he played against top level teams. Lazy.

      • Jerryb53

        You talking about Garrett?

  • shaunhan murray

    Fun mock draft, people seem surprised by the QB’s. I would be surprised if the Texas Tech QB goes in the first but QB’s always go higher then people think. I see no issues with any of the picks.

  • Chappy

    I’ll tell you one thing . If Jamal Adams is still there at 10 there’s no damn way they take Tabor over him. That’s just nuts.

  • jeff Smith

    Aaron Rodgers is not getting any younger. Drafting a guy (Sidney Jones) that sits with the hope of recovery makes no sense in first round. Ted Thompson is draft and develop, but the development horizon is no longer a year or more. Its draft and perform

  • rodrell green

    Falcons have enough big defensive ends who can play inside (Clayborn, Shelby, Crawford, Upshaw), they’ll take a complimentary pass rusher to replace Freeney or an offensive guard.

  • rodrell green

    Standing behind the excuse of “this is what I would do”, should take into account of what the team has already done. But Steve gon’ Steve…

  • Phil

    IMO Trubisky to the Jets wouldn’t be the right fit unless they decide they want to become more of a pass first team than run first. Trubisky is a quality passer in all aspects (Short, Mid, Deep) and is an above average runner but with only one year of tape its hard to determine if his numbers would be consistent or if last year was a fluke. Watson’s passing is just as good as Trubiskys but where Mitchell is better at short then mid then deep, Watson is the complete opposite were hes best throwing deep then mid then short. Another difference between the two is that Watson is an elite runner while Trubisky is only above average. Watson also has 3 years of consistant tape so you know what your getting rather than high risk high reward with Trubisky.

  • BigNick

    There should be some sort of “punishment” for teams that blow hole year-in and year-out. But they are consistently rewarded with high picks. Then they stink for another 4 years and lose that player in FA. It’s a vicious cycle. Coaches get fired. Players get cut. But the owner keeps on owning. There should be a rule in the NFL that if your team sucks for a certain number of years, the other owners can force you to sell the team. It’s not like these teams are some private independent business. They are a collective. And poor performance starts at the top. Wishful thinking I know but it does get old seeing the same teams stink, draft good play only to watch them waste away for a few years before hitting FA.

    • Leon Kalayjian

      Maybe commissioner lets gm make all football decisions with final say on all moves. ??

  • Fart

    Why did Malik Hooker go before Jamal Adams, you’d think the chargers would take Jamal.

  • Kyle Ferguson

    I literally just puked and shat myself from reading this mock draft. Worst one I have ever seen in my life. Steve should stick to bartending

  • Jerryb53

    Totally bogus. The niners are just as desperate for a QB as the Jets. You say for the niners there is no clear choice at QB, but for my Jets you have then giving up draft choices for Trubisky. Clown. Trubisky will likely fall to the Jets if they want to take a QB at #6. They have other more pressing needs at RB and TE. Fournette of Howard at #6 is the wise choice. The Jets can go with what they have at QB. Lets see if Petty or Hack can be the guy and pick some franchise players to help Petty or Hack if Petty bombs out.

  • Richard Truong

    49ers have the number 2 pick, and trade it for the number 6 and 2nd rounder? Nope, I don’t think so, as if a team wants their franchise QB, they will give up a future number one and a 3rd and 5th in this years draft. Then the 49ers would have to give up say a 5th rounder in 2018. Look at what the Rams and Eagles give up for Goff and Wentz. If you feel your franchise QB is there, you do it. The problem is that if they don’t, at number 5, there is the Titans sitting where they can do a trade with the Browns where they trade up to grab him one more pick before them. 49ers could just take him for themselves, if they want and trade him later. Same with Browns, give up your next years number 1 and you get your franchise QB.