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The NFL combine is in a few days and that has every football fan wondering what player their favorite team will draft in the first round. With that being said here is my Pre Combine Mock Draft.
1.) Cleveland Browns
Pick: Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett
When Desmond Bryant and Danny Shelton are the two big guys to worry about on the defensive line… its a cry for help. The Browns need a bolstered pass rush and Garrett is a good place to start.
2.) San Francisco 49ers
Pick: Clemson QB Deshaun Watson
Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert aren’t exactly what Kyle Shanahan wants or needs at QB in his first year as Head Coach. new Head Coach+ new Quarterback =possible start of new era.
3.) Chicago Bears
Pick: Alabama DT Jonathon Allen
Allen would be a great addition to what is already a very solid Chicago front seven. A young run stuffer for a team filled with old ones.
4.) Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Florida State RB Dalvin Cook
The Jags rushing attack wasn’t great last year. A backfield consisting of Cook, Chris Ivory, and TJ Yeldon would be too intriguing to pass up on.
5.) Tennessee Titans
Pick: Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore
The Titans have two first round picks. One to address each of their glaring holes; Wide Receiver and Corner Back. They start with Corner and draft Lattimore.
6.) New York Jets
Pick: North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky
Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg might all have had the potential at one point to be Pro Bowl Quarterbacks but the reality is none of them are good enough to clean Trubisky’s Jock strap. Easy pick here.
7.) Los Angeles Chargers
Pick: Ohio State FS Malik Hooker
Anything is an upgrade from Jahleel Addae at Safety…
8.) Carolina Panthers
Pick: LSU RB Leonard Fournette
Cam Newton showed that he is much better with a productive Running Back. Jonathon Stewart isn’t always healthy and that could affect the Panthers in the future. Fournette is a top 10 pick and is he is there then the Panthers shouldn’t pass up on him.
9.) Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Stanford DE Soloman Thomas
The thought of having Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, and Thomas on one defensive line would be mouth-watering for any team.
10.) Buffalo Bills
Pick: Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer
Am I the only one who gets the feeling that Tyrod Taylor wont be around for much longer? New Head Coach= new Quarterback.
11.) New Orleans Saints
Pick: Alabama MLB Reuben Foster
The kid is a stud, there isn’t a single Linebacker on the Saints that ever had the potential that this kid brings to the table.
12.) Cleveland Browns
Pick: Florida State CB Teez Tabor
The Browns need help all over the place, they’ll wait till next year to draft a Quarterback. Adding Garrett and Tabor to your defense can’t do anything but help.
13.) Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis
Fitz is still productive but once he’s gone the thought of John Brown being your No.1 receiver is enough to drive some fans to insanity. Davis gives them a young outside threat that can learn from one of the greats before its time for him to take over.
14.) Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Alabama OLB Tim Williams
Robert Mathis will go down as one of the best to ever wear a Colts uniform, who replaces him? Williams is too good of a prospect for the Colts to not take a chance on.
14.) Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Clemson WR Mike Willams
If he is there at 14/15 there is no way in hell the Eagles pass up on him. Finding a replacement for any receiver on the team other than Jordan Matthews starts now.
16.) Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Michigan SS/MLB Jabrill Peppers
Joe Webb is not a long term solution at Strong Safety, and this defense isn’t getting any younger. They start to with this pick.
17.) Washington Redskins
Pick: Washington FS Budda Baker
Donte Whitner and DeAngelo Hall are both what, 70? Norman and Breeland are fine on the Outside. It’s Safety and Linebacker where they need the most help. Baker fills a need at one of those positions.
18.) Tennessee Titans
Pick: Washington WR John Ross
Mariota is lacking one thing… a reliable receiver. Rishard Mathews is most likely the best receiver the Titans will have entering the draft. A deep threat like Ross would be a perfect addition.
19.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley
Adding McKinley to a Linebacker Corps that already consists of Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander would be too difficult to pass up on.
20.) Denver Broncos
Pick: Alabama TE OJ Howard
Just think he could be the second most famous OJ to be paired with a Bronco. Adding Howard into an already heavy passing attack that consists of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders would do nothing but frighten opposing Defensive Backs.
21.) Detroit Lions
Pick: Alabama OT Cam Robinson
There is a very good chance that Riley Reiff will not be back with the Lions next season. Adding Robinson at Tackle would be a great compliment to second year Left Tackle Taylor Decker and could bolster the Lions rushing attack.
22.) Miami Dolphins
Pick: Michigan DE Taco Charlton
Like in the case of the Bengals, the thought of adding Charlton to an already strong defensive line with Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh would be too appealing to pass on.
23.) New York Giants
Pick: Vanderbilt OLB Zach Cunningham
The Giants had a sneaky good defense last season. Once again, their only hole was at Linebacker. Adding Cunningham would be a nice option for the future.
24.) Oakland Raiders
Pick: Michigan State DT Malik McDowell
The Raiders have a very good pass rush with Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin, a lot of people believe that Mario Edwards just needs some help on the interior and this defensive line can be deadly. McDowell should be all the help he needs.
25.) Houston Texans
Pick: Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk
Lamar Miller is a stellar Running Back, he hasn’t even unlocked his full potential and he won’t until the Texans get help on the offensive line. Ramczyk would be a great start.
26.) Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Western Michigan OG Forrest Lamp
The only thing keeping Russell Wilson from an MVP award is the Seahawks offensive line. Lamp is a good place to start rebuilding the weakest unit on their team.
27.) Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Temple OLB Hassan Reddick
Dee Ford emerged as a legitimate Pass Rusher this past season. Reddick would most likely serve as the Chiefs protection blanket for in case Derrick Johnson or Justin Houston gets hurt. Reddick has the ability to play both interior and Outside Linebacker.
28.) Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Tennessee DE Derek Barnett
I guess no one told Randy Gregory that the NFL has suspensions for illegal substance abuse… again. With Gregory out and Demarcus Lawrence being the only viable threat on the defensive line and David Irving emerging as a threat at Defensive Tackle, adding someone like Barnett via the draft wouldn’t be a bad idea at all.
29.) Green Bay Packers
Pick: LSU SS Jamal Adams
Morgan Burnett is entering a contract year and its not likely that Micah Hyde resigns with Green Bay. If Burnett is not resigned it would be nice to see Haha Clinton-dix and Jamal Adams in the same secondary.
30.) Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: LSU CB Tre’Davious White
The Steelers have a very under-rated defense and the only hole is their Corner Back unit. White is one of the most under-rated Corner Backs in this draft class and a lot of people think he has the talent to go much higher in the draft, but for now he’s a perfect fit for the Steelers.
31.) Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Auburn DE Carl Lawson
Vic Beasley is a beast, adding another Edge defender to compliment him wouldn’t be a bad idea.
32.) New England Patriots
Pick: Utah OT Garrett Bolles
The Patriots can still use some help on the offensive line, that is literally the only hole on this team and its not even that big.
Keep your eyes peeled for my post combine mock draft.