This mock draft will change. Frequently.
The process is still young. Free agency is weeks away. The Combine has not kicked off. So as of now, I’m focusing more on current team needs and possible changes in the coming months. Prospect positioning becomes more clear as the process moves along. Future iterations will be more fleshed out.
Picks 14 and 15 will be decided by a coin toss at the NFL Combine.
11. New Orleans Saints - 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. The Saints ended the season with corners like B.W. Webb, Sterling Moore, De’Vante Harris and Taveze Calhoun out on the field with a number of others on I.R.
12. Cleveland Browns (via PHI) - RB Leonard Fournette, LSU - The Browns lack an identity on offense. That happens when you rotate quarterbacks. Fournette would allow this team to have an identity on offense, and remember how the Browns featured the run early in 2016. Is it a stretch to suggest an analytics focused front office could select a running back in the first round? Possibly.
13. Arizona Cardinals - QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame - I’m not done with evaluations, but I like Kizer the most of these quarterbacks. There are inconsistencies, but there are also stretches of quarterback play that are exactly what you want to see, even when pressured. The Cardinals need to look ahead at the quarterback position.
t14. Indianapolis Colts - EDGE Tim Williams, Alabama - Talent wise, Williams could go much earlier and might be the second best edge rusher in this class. Some will classify him as just a just a pass rusher, and some would be wrong. Williams can stay on the field in any scheme.
t14. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIN) - RB Dalvin Cook, FSU - I love Dalvin Cook’s game. The Eagles offense can shift with any “type” of running back. They showed that in 2016. Cook is a big play threat who also wins after contact.
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16. Baltimore Ravens - EDGE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA - The Ravens need to inject youth at their edge spots.Kamalei Correa likely fits the opening at inside linebacker, and with Elvis Dumervil’s contract in flux, an edge rusher should be a priority.
17. Washington Redskins - DL Malik McDowell, Michigan State - Scot McCloughan had a target in last year’s draft. Many believe it was Ryan Kelly. I doubt the NFL views a center in this class worthy of the No. 17 overall pick. McDowell would really help Washington’s defensive front.
18. Tennessee Titans - WR Mike Williams, Clemson - The Titans could go a few ways at receiver. Add a true yards after catch threat in Corey Davis or JuJu Smith-Schuster, a vertical player in John Ross or maybe a contested catch receiver like Mike Williams. If Williams gains a positional advantage and the ball is thrown on target, it will be caught.
19. Tampa Bay Bucs - TE David Njoku, Miami - I know the Bucs have Cameron Brate. He is absolutely a starting caliber talent. But inject some unreal upside and athleticism in Njoku, and the Bucs passing offense gets a lot scarier.
20. Denver Broncos - OL Antonio Garcia, Troy - Few tackles each year project as seamlessly to the left side as Garcia. His footwork, athleticism and nastiness to finish off plays makes him one of my favorite prospect in this class.