NFL Mock Draft: Colts, Ravens, Patriots find new running backs in first round
The Browns nab two defenders in the top 10 while the Colts take the best running back in the draft
It is tough to take many positives away from Year 1 in the Chip Kelly era for the 49ers, especially on offense, which is supposed to be the specialty of the beleaguered head coach. While plenty of the blame belongs on Kelly's shoulders for the conventional play-calling and poor mid-game adjustments, San Francisco doesn't have a starting-quality quarterback on the roster or the supporting cast that is able to mask the deficiencies of the passing game.
With the 49ers projected to pick No. 2 in the 2017 NFL Draft, the organization might have a chance to draft the new face of the franchise. And North Carolina Tar Heels 's Mitch Trubisky is a likely candidate for several reasons, most importantly that his strengths match up with what Kelly seeks at quarterback for his system.
With a quick release and accurate arm, Trubisky is able to quickly diagnose pre-snap and find favorable matchups to attack. He also has above average athleticism for the position to run zone-read and other option play calls that are littered throughout Kelly's playbook. Unless the Browns fall in love with the Northeast Ohio product, San Francisco is a logical landing spot for Trubisky.
1. Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett , DE/OLB, Texas A&M: The Browns have needs all over the roster and unless they fall in love with a quarterback, this pick needs to be the best talent in the draft, which is Garrett.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: San Francisco desperately needs to life at the quarterback position, regardless of the front office and coaching situations. Despite only one season of starting experience, Trubisky has all the traits to be a successful NFL starter.
3. Chicago Bears
DeShone Kizer , QB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish : The Bears have some intriguing talent on the roster, but the quarterback depth chart is disheartening. Although his tape shows youthful mistakes, Kizer also shows the veteran poise and ideal physical traits to play the position at a high level.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jonathan Allen , DE, Alabama Crimson Tide : Jacksonville has invested heavily in the defensive line, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Jaguars do so again if a talent like Allen is available.
5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles)
Marlon Humphrey , CB, Alabama: Cornerback play for Tennessee has been below average and there will be upgrades this off-season. Humphrey is raw in some areas, but he has the make-up and physical traits teams covet.
6. New York Jets
Deshaun Watson , QB, Clemson Tigers : Opinions from NFL scouts are all over the place on Watson and his draft value. The future of the position looks bleak for the Jets and the organization might need to take a chance on the Clemson product here.
7. San Diego Chargers
Jamal Adams , SS, LSU Tigers : The Chargers are feeling the void left by Eric Weddle in the secondary, but Adams has the total package to be an impact safety with his range, smarts and striking power.
8. Cincinnati Bengals
Reuben Foster , LB, Alabama: Linebacker Rey Maualuga is a serviceable player, but Foster would be an instant upgrade with his combination of play speed, instincts and violence.
9. Carolina Panthers
Derek Barnett , DE, Tennessee: After investing several premium draft picks at defensive tackle, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman will be shopping for pass rushers in this year's class. Barnett isn't a twitchy athlete, but he does everything very well and finds ways to be productive.
10. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)
Malik Hooker , FS, Ohio State Buckeyes : The Browns' secondary has been routinely torched this season with upgrades needed across the board. Hooker is still raw in areas, especially with his high-to-low pursuit angles, but his budding instincts and athleticism project a very high ceiling in the NFL.
11. Arizona Cardinals
Teez Tabor , CB, Florida Gators : Aside from Patrick Peterson , Arizona has more questions than answers at cornerback. Tabor is a good-sized athlete with the aggressive ball skills that NFL teams are searching for.
12. Buffalo Bills
Mike Williams , WR, Clemson: With Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods hitting free agency after this season and Sammy Watkins unable to stay healthy, Williams would give the Bills much needed help on the wide receiver depth chart.
13. Indianapolis Colts
Leonard Fournette , RB, LSU: Is running back the top need for the Colts this offseason? No. But with a talent like Fournette still available for them in this scenario, it would be easy to see general manager Ryan Grigson drafting the uber-talented ball-carrier.
14. New Orleans Saints
Tim Williams , DE/OLB, Alabama: New Orleans ranks in the bottom half of the league in team sacks and pressures this season, lacking a true edge threat. Williams is inconsistent against the run at times, but he can also affect the pocket with his explosiveness.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)
Jabrill Peppers , LB/SS, Michigan Wolverines : Peppers is a polarizing prospect due to hybrid skill-set -- some see a player without a true position, some see a player with rare versatility and some see both. Regardless, he is an elite athlete with a high ceiling.
16. Tennessee Titans
John Ross , WR, Washington Huskies : The Titans have plenty of bodies on the wide receiver depth chart, but no true difference-maker. Ross has elite speed, but it is his polish routes that allow him to create separation and make plays.
17. Baltimore Ravens
Dalvin Cook , RB, Florida State Seminoles : The Ravens have a stable of average backs, which is one of the reasons they rank near bottom of the league in rushing. Cook would help change that.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Corey Davis , WR, Western Michigan Broncos : Mike Evans is the top target of Jameis Winston , but he needs help. Davis is very well-rounded with the athleticism to be a threat before and after the catch.
19. Denver Broncos
Zach Cunningham , LB, Vanderbilt Commodores : Denver locked up Brandon Marshall long-term at linebacker, but more depth is needed. Cunningham is easy to overlook on a below average Vanderbilt squad, but he is the real deal.
20. Washington Redskins
Malik McDowell , DL, Michigan State Spartans : McDowell has an impressive blend of size, athleticism and power to be effective from multiple positions along the line.
21. Houston Texans
Cam Robinson , OT, Alabama: The Texans have been hurting on the offensive line and unfortunately the 2017 class doesn't look like a strong group. However, Robinson has starting ability and first-round skills if his off-field checks out.
22. Detroit Lions
Solomon Thomas , DE, Stanford Cardinal : With Devin Taylor possibly hitting free agency after the season, the Lions could be looking to add a defensive end opposite Ziggy Ansah. Thomas has the powerful and athletic skill-set that allows him to be effective against the run and as a pass rusher.
23. Green Bay Packers
O.J. Howard , TE, Alabama: The Packers' Jekyll-and-Hyde offense is missing a true weapon at tight end and Howard has the athletic versatility to line up inline and out wide.
24. Seattle Seahawks
Ryan Ramczyk , OT, Wisconsin Badgers : Seattle's issues on the offensive line have held back the offense this season and upgrades are needed. Ramczyk has only been at Wisconsin one season, but he has been dominant and projects at either tackle or guard in the NFL.
25. Miami Dolphins
Marshon Lattimore , CB, Ohio State: Miami has some young talent on the cornerback depth chart, but still plenty of question marks. Lattimore is built well for the position with the short-area burst and closing speed ideal for the position.
26. Atlanta Falcons
Charles Harris , DE, Missouri Tigers : The Falcons' pass rush has been sporadic this season and hasn't lived up to the vision of head coach Dan Quinn. Harris has the edge quickness and burst to capture the edge and give blockers trouble.
27. New York Giants
Taco Charlton , DE, Michigan: With Jason Pierre-Paul on a one-year deal, defensive end is a possible need this off-season. Charlton, who has some traits reminiscent of Justin Tuck out of Notre Dame, has all the ingredients of a NFL starter.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
Takkarist McKinley , DE/OLB, UCLA Bruins : The Steelers have several question marks at pass rusher heading into next season and could look to address that need through the draft. McKinley is a tick undersized, but his athleticism and active hands allows him to penetrate the backfield.
29. Kansas City Chiefs
Gareon Conley , CB, Ohio State: Marcus Peters is a stud and Steven Nelson looks like a promising building block on the Chiefs' cornerback depth chart. But there are questions after that and Conley fits what Kansas City wants at the position with his physical, press-man skills.
30. Oakland Raiders
Jarrad Davis , LB, Florida: The Raiders have invested several high picks in the front seven and should again if Oakland has a chance to draft an impact middle linebacker. Davis should win a starting role in training camp as a rookie.
31. New England Patriots
Christian McCaffrey , RB, Stanford: Whether used in the backfield or the slot, McCaffrey gives a versatile Patriots offense more options. His run intelligence and athleticism are a combination New England will appreciate more than some other clubs.
32. Dallas Cowboys
Sidney Jones , CB, Washington: Rookie Anthony Brown looks like a future starter, but Morris Claiborne is a free agent after the season, Brandon Carr hasn't lived up to his contract and Orlando Scandrick has struggled to stay healthy. Jones is well-versed in man and zone schemes, blanketing receivers all over the field.
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