Let me start by saying this…
THE ORDER IS SET BY SUPER BOWL ODDS
Just be aware, rankings and mock drafts at this time of year lead to the dreaded "Once considered a first round pick..."
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) May 4, 2015
Please do not use these “projections” as where prospects are considered in terms of talent. I actually have no idea.
Do not get angry. Do not get mad online. Just take this for what it is. Last year’s mock at this time included 24 of the 32 selections drafted in the top three rounds, with 14 of the 24 in the first round.
1. Cleveland Browns - QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson - I don’t think Watson is the complete prospect many currently make him out to be, be the upward trajectory is certainly there.
2. San Francisco 49ers - EDGE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M - An impact player since his freshman year. Garrett offers an ability to win with speed and power.
3. Tennessee Titans - EDGE/DL Derek Barnett, Tennessee - Perhaps the most talented defender in a highly talented Vols defense.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - EDGE Carl Lawson, Auburn - Might have been EDGE No. 1 or No. 2 in the 2016 draft. Hopefully Lawson can avoid injury for an entire season.
5. Detroit Lions - EDGE/DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama - Allen only played 40 percent of Alabama’s defensive snaps and made a major impact. We are looking forward to that figure being closer to 60 percent.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars - EDGE Tim Williams, Alabama - The impact Williams made despite playing just 20 percent of Alabama’s snaps last season is astonishing.
8. New Orleans Saints - CB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee - The Vols returned practically every talent on the defensive side of the ball, and Sutton is one of the best.
9. San Diego Chargers - LT Cameron Robinson, Alabama - Robinson struggled at times last year, more than his freshman season, but it was likely due to injury.
10. Atlanta Falcons - EDGE Dawuane Smoot, Illinois - Many focused on jihad Ward along Illinois’ defensive line, but Smoot is the better outside pass rusher.
12. Chicago Bears - RB Dalvin Cook, FSU - My personal favorite running back in the class. Cook’s market share of FSU’s rushing yards and percentage of 20-plus yard runs last year was ridiculous.
13. Tennessee Titans (via the Los Angeles Rams) - WR Mike Williams, Clemson - Williams was sidelined after Clemson’s season opener last year, but apparently he is close to 100 percent.
14. Cleveland Browns (via the Philadelphia Eagles) - RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford - The Browns prioritize production, that was clear from this draft, and McCaffrey certainly produced last season. Who knows if the Browns’ decision makers value a running back this early, though.
15. New York Jets - T Roderick Johnson, FSU - Johnson has a long way to go, but the Jets’ tackle situation could be extremely sour after this year.
16. Washington Redskins - C Ethan Pocic, LSU - Keep an eye on Pocic as one of the top interior linemen in the country.
17. Baltimore Ravens - WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC - JJSS is a really exciting player after the catch.
18. Houston Texans - ILB Anthony Walker, Northwestern - Get to know Walker’s name. He burst on to the scene versus Stanford in the season opener last year and never slowed down.
19. Kansas City Chiefs - ILB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee - Athleticism and aggression is where Reeves-Maybin shines.
20. New York Giants - TE O.J. Howard, Alabama - Howard’s return to Alabama was a bit of a surprise, but he could be heavily featured this season like he was in the CFB Playoff.
21. Oakland Raiders - RB Nick Chubb, Georgia - Who knows how Chubb will look after his knee injury, but before it the running back was one of the top talents in the country.
22. Dallas Cowboys - CB Adoree Jackson, USC - One of the top athletes in college football. There’s plenty of optimism around his game.
23. Indianapolis Colts - EDGE Charles Harris, Missouri - As you can see, this class is loaded with edge rushers.
24. Minnesota Vikings - S Eddie Jackson, Alabama - Jackson’s game was taken to the next level when moving from corner to safety.
26. Denver Broncos - ILB Jarrad Davis, Florida - The Broncos have lost a number of linebacker pieces in recent years. Davis looked great in live viewing last year.
27. Arizona Cardinals - G Pat Elflein, Ohio State - Elflein and Pocic are the nation’s top two interior offensive linemen.
28. Carolina Panthers - EDGE Deatrich Wise, Arkansas - Wise played in less than 50 percent of Arkansas’ defensive snaps last season, but his pass rushing impact was major.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers - EDGE Kemoko Turay, Rutgers - I expected Turay to breakout in 2015. Maybe 2016?
30. Green Bay Packers - WR Malachi Dupre, LSU - The Packers addressed many positions in the draft, but not receiver. Dupre won’t see a ton of targets, thanks to LSU’s offensive focus.
32. New England Patriots - S Jamal Adams, LSU - When in doubt, mock the Patriots a safety.