Each week there will be an updated top ten mock draft until the end of the season. At that point there will be a full first round mock each week until the draft.
1. Cleveland Browns (0-7)
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
There are a lot of directions that the Browns could go in with this pick because they have so many needs. It would be tempting to take a quarterback, but they should take the best player possible and that would be Myles Garrett. Garrett has the best size and natural ability of any pass rusher that has come out since Jadeveon Clowney. He would instantly give this team more credibility and give them an elite rusher for years to come.
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
San Francisco needs a quarterback that can run Chip Kelly’s offense efficiently, and that doesn’t look like Kaepernick or Gabbert. Deshone Kizer has all the qualities that a team would want in a quarterback. He has great poise, size, intelligence, and arm strength to play at high level in the NFL. He could make Chip Kelly’s offense look better than it has at any point during his NFL coaching career.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
It looks more and more like the Bears are going to cut ties with Jay Cutler this upcoming offense. In that case, they need a replacement at quarterback and Deshaun Watson looks like the guy for the job. He would give them versatility like Chicago has never seen from the Quarterback position. There are certainly areas for hi to improve, but his athleticism and potential outweigh any growing pains the Bears might have to deal with.
Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan
The Panthers secondary has been horrible all year and they need a playmaker back there to alleviate the pain. Jabrill Peppers has the versatility to play anywhere in the secondary of any defense and is a major threat on punt and kick returns. He would help the rest of the Panthers defense by taking some allowing the front seven get to the quarterback and could be a key rusher in blitz situations.
Marion Humphrey, CB, Alabama The Panthers went from having one of the best defenses in 2015 to one of the worst in 2016. The biggest reason for that was the change in the secondary and need some better cornerbacks going forward. Humphrey has the talent and athleticism to be a really good one in this league and should help the Panthers from day one.
Other needs: QB, OL, S, RB
Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama
The Jaguars are going to lose some depth along the offensive line in the offseason and need to replace some of that and have the chance to improve by taking Robinson. He would make a really good guard or right tackle and hopefully help out this offense as a whole. They probably will give Bortles one more year to figure everything out and by drafting Robinson, their running game should improve.
Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
The New Orleans Saints need help all around the defense and Williams certainly improves them. He is an excellent pass rusher and has the ability to be a really good stand up pass rusher that can disrupt offenses in the NFL. He could be the foundation piece for the Saints defense going forward.
Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
The Bengals tend to pick the best player available, regardless of position, and the player in this slot is Jonathan Allen. Allen has the combination of strength and awareness to devastate opposing offenses and would make a premier rotational piece on Cincinnati’s already stacked defensive line. Him in combination with Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap would be a scary combination. They could use some help in the secondary, but if their pass rush is this good, their secondary will be even better.
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
McDowell is an excellent defensive line prospect that could make a difference on almost any line. The Chargers seem to have struck gold with Joey Bosa, but if they are able to add another key piece on that line then they could win a lot more in the trenches and that would lead more team wins. They have other needs, but McDowell might be too good to pass up at this point in the draft.
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Miami needs to sure up their defense and Teez Tabor is a way to do that. He has the size, speed and ability to play anywhere in the secondary for the Dolphins. His can play outside, in the slot, over the tight end or in center field as a safety. He could be a cornerstone type of player for Miami and improve their defense as a whole.