It is time for the next mock draft. With the scouting combine coming soon it is time to start really getting ready for the draft.
1. Cleveland Browns (1-15)
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The Browns need the best players they can possibly get, and in this case would be Myles Garrett. Garrett is a cornerstone type of player that they Browns could build around for the next ten years and would be able to make an instant impact at the pro level.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The 49ers have a clear need at quarterback and with the firing of Chip Kelly, the 49ers should draft the best quarterback in the draft and that would be Trubisky. Trubisky is the best pure passer in this draft and has very good accuracy. He would also benefit from having Carlos Hyde and a decent receiving corps. Kyle Shanahan is a talented coach that can work with a young quarterback and should make Trubisky into a really good quarterback in the NFL.
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
The Bears need a quarterback that can stand tall in the pocket and make some key throws. DeShone Kizer is the best quarterback in this position and should make the Bears a better team instantly. He is still young and needs to grow into the position, but if he is given time, he should be a good NFL quarterback.
Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Jacksonville has a much better roster than what their record indicates. In that case, they should take the best player available and that player would be Jonathan Allen. They could use depth on their offensive line and in the secondary, but Allen would improve the entire defense. He can play inside or outside and would help Dante Fowler become a threat as well. If they can make their defense one of the best, then they can turn this team around quickly.
5. Tennessee Titans (9-7) [Los Angeles Rams (4-12)]
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Tennessee Titans have two really big needs in the draft, wide receiver and cornerback. The best player at either of those positions is Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore has the ability, athleticism and size to play on the outside and give the Titans a big threat outside.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
The Jets need to get younger and fix the quarterback position. Deshaun Watson isn’t the best passer in the draft, but his ability to make plays and win games is undeniable. He would be better than anyone that is currently in the Jets organization and would bring a fresh air to this organization.
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Chargers need a couple of things, but fixing up the defense might be their best option. Jamal Adams is the best strong safety in this draft and would give the Chargers a top player in the secondary to complement their defensive line.
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
The Panthers really need help in their secondary, and with Lattimore gone, their best option is Teez Tabor. Tabor is very aggressive and should be a good slot or outside cornerback in the NFL. The Panthers could bounce back next season if they get a player like Tabor.
Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
The strength of the Bengals is supposed to be their defense, but they didn’t show up the way Bengals fans would have liked them to this season. They need some youth and talent to help revitalize this defense and Ruben Foster is the perfect candidate for the job.
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Buffalo Bills need a receiver to compliment Sammy Watkins, especially given his recent health history. Mike Williams will give them another dynamic receiver, no matter who their quarterback is. Having these two at receiver would make any quarterback happy.
Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
The Saints have a lot of needs on defense, but most importantly, they need someone that can get to the quarterback. Tim Williams would provide them a key defender that can get to the passer at any point. He has excellent quickness and hands to make a difference on any defense. He still needs to develop his technique and ability to stop the run, but his raw talent is something New Orleans can certainly use. He does come with some concern off the field, but his talent is undeniable.
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
If the draft falls the way that is currently predicted, then the Browns would have the best player in the draft, but there would not be a quarterback worthy of the twelfth pick. The best player at this point would be Malik Hooker. He is a top five talent, but has some injury concerns. His athleticism combined with Garrett would make this defense one of the better ones in the league.
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconson
The Cardinals best weapon is David Johnson and they need to protect him and their quarterback. The best way to do that is to that is by building up their offensive line and the best one in this class is Ramczyk. With Carson Palmer coming back, he needs to have time to get the ball out and the only way to do that is to bolster the Arizona line.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9) [Minnesota Vikings (8-8)]
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Eagles desperately need help at the wide receiver position. Corey Davis is possibly the best all-around receiver in this draft. He would give Carson Wentz a great weapon to go to as he progresses. His level of competition wasn’t the best in college, but neither was Wentz’s. He would give them the option of being in contention for the NFC East.
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
The Colts have many needs on both sides of the ball, but their defense is ranked 25th, but their offense is only seventh. The worst part about their defense is their secondary. They have given up an average of 273.3 yards per game through the air and they need to fix that. One of the best ways to improve that is by getting someone that can disrupt the quarterback.
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Ravens have a pretty strong defense and need a dynamic weapon on offense to complement that. Fournette isn’t the fastest running back, but his ability to make a big play when needed is undeniable. Fournette isn’t the best running back in this class, but the shoulder concern for Dalvin Cook and the history of Joe Mixon make Fournette the most ideal option for the Ravens.
Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU
The Washington Redskins are able to throw the ball with ease, but they have had some issues on the ground, even with the emergence of Rob Kelly. Dalvin Cook can break off a major run at any point and would take some of the pressure off the passing game. He is a three down back that could help the Redskins get back to the postseason very soon.
John Ross III, WR, Washington
If the Titans are able to get a big piece for their secondary with their first pick, then they should look to help out their other weakness, wide receiver. John Ross might be the fastest receiver in this year’s draft. He isn’t the biggest receiver, but his ability to make plays makes him a great slot option or even a receiver that can take the top off of any defense. He would certainly add an element to the Tennessee offense that they are desperately missing.
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted a young corner last year and should do the same again in this draft. Marlon Humphrey is young, but will develop into a good cornerback along with Vernon Hargreaves. They also have a couple of needs on offense, but it is never a bad idea to build up their defense a little bit more.
OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
The Denver Broncos have lost a couple of steps on offense in recent years and have the chance to fix that going into next season by drafting OJ Howard. Howard is the best tight end to come into the draft in at least ten years. He can block, catch, and create space. He would be a welcome weapon to whoever is playing quarterback for them next season.
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
The Detroit Lions need some help on the defensive line and the best player for that is Solomon Thomas. Thomas can play anywhere on the defense and would give the Lions a force that they haven’t seen since Suh left for Miami. Their offense could use a good running back, but their defense is a much bigger need at this moment. Getting a player like Thomas this late in the draft would be a steal.
Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Zach Cunningham is one of the best players in this draft, especially as an inside linebacker. He is athletic, fast and is an absolute playmaker. Miami has an average defense that can use a player like Cunningham. He is still a little raw, but he can do anything that you would want a linebacker to do and would improve the entire Miami defense as a whole.
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Giants bought a pretty good defense last year and need a player to help Vernon with Jason Pierre-Paul probably leaving in free agency. Barnett is a good athlete that would keep the trend of the Giants drafting top pass rushers. Any player that breaks a record held by Reggie White has to be good.
Sidney Jones IV, CB, Washington
The Oakland Raiders had two big issues in the 2016 season, Derek Carr’s injury and their defense. Since Carr should be good to go by the start of the next season, they need to address their defense. Sidney Jones is a good cornerback that would help any defense. He needs to improve in coverage and build some muscle, but his height and natural ability would be welcome for the Raiders.
David Njoku, TE, Miami
The Houston Texans have a problem with their quarterback situation and need to do something to help Osweiler out. Giving him a tight end like Njoku might just do the trick. He is a really good receiver with good size. He needs to develop a little bit as a blocker, but given his natural athleticism, he should be blocking with the best of them.
Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
The Seahawks' glaring weakness is along the offensive line and need to find some protection for Russell Wilson. Forrest Lamp is arguably the best offensive lineman in the draft and certainly the most versatile. Lamp is listed as a tackle, but is probably more suited to play inside. He had some injury issues that kept him out of the Senior Bowl, but shouldn’t be an issue long term.
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
The Chiefs need help on defense. They are good when Justin Houston is on the field, but with his recent injuries, it is time for the Chiefs to look for some reinforcements. Charlton has excellent size and athleticism, but wasn’t consistent at Michigan. Hopefully as he develops, he can become a top pass rusher in the NFL.
Takkarist McKinley, LB/DE, UCLA
Takk McKinley is listed as an outside linebacker, but he has the ability to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He is explosive and might just be the best athlete in this year’s draft. He will thrive in Rod Marinelli’s scheme and would quickly become a fan favorite in Dallas.
Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
The Green Bay Packers need someone to replace Sam Shields and they might want to look for one of the smarter players in this year’s draft. He has excellent footwork and has a lot of experience in the position. He needs to add some strength, but other than that, he seems like the perfect cornerback for the Packers.
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
The Steelers could improve in a couple of areas, but building their pass rush makes a lot of sense. Lawson has all of the physical tools to play in the NFL, but there are some questions about his motivation at times. In a city like Pittsburgh, it should be hard for him to lose focus and should develop into a top pass rusher.
Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
The Falcons need to improve their defense, they were worn out by the end of the Super Bowl and need reinforcements. Charles Harris is a high motor player that just keeps going and should complement Vic Beasley very well. He does have a bit of trouble against the run, but should be able to develop.
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Jabrill Peppers is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft. Some people see him as a safety, some as a linebacker and others see him as a running back. There seems to be no definite spot for a guy like Peppers, but if anyone can get the most out of a player like him, it is Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.