NFL Mock Draft: Jets pass on QB at No. 6, Bills snag Deshaun Watson
Gang Green goes cornerback instead with Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer already off the board
With Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith not expected back in New York, the Jets organization has unrest at quarterback, the most important position in sports. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are young players with potential, but neither should stop general manager Mike Maccagnan from upgrading the position if possible.
However, do the Jets consider Clemson Tigers 's Deshaun Watson or another passing prospect as a clear upgrade? If not, the focus shifts to defense, especially in the secondary where New York has question marks at safety and cornerback. Ohio State corner Marshon Lattimore lacks polish, but his athleticism and ball skills will have coaches excited for his NFL future.
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 Tar Heels : San Francisco desperately needs life at the quarterback position, regardless of the front office and coaching situations. Despite only one season of starting experience, Trubisky, who will skip his senior season, 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 , DL, 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 for them.
5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles)
Jamal Adams , SS, LSU Tigers : With a top-five pick, the Titans need to first and foremost add a difference-maker and Adams has that type of ability patrolling the secondary.
6. New York Jets
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: The Jets have no choice but to address the secondary this offseason with question marks at both cornerback and safety. Lattimore is a very gifted athlete for his size with sticky coverage skills.
7. San Diego Chargers
Malik Hooker , FS, Ohio State Buckeyes : The Chargers are feeling the void left by Eric Weddle a season ago in the secondary and while Hooker is raw in areas, he has the range and ball-hawking instincts to be an impact player quickly in his NFL career.
8. Carolina Panthers
Solomon Thomas , DE, Stanford Cardinal : 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. Thomas has the powerful hands and initial burst to beat blockers from various spots on the defensive line.
9. 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.
10. Buffalo Bills
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: The Tyrod Taylor situation in Buffalo will continue to play itself out the next few weeks, but if he's out of the picture then Watson becomes an intriguing option with this pick. Not sure this would be the right move, but it is definitely plausible.
11. New Orleans Saints
Derek Barnett , DE, Tennessee Volunteers : New Orleans ranked in the bottom half of the league in team sacks and pressures this season, lacking a true edge threat. Barnett isn't naturally explosive, but he understands how to affect the pocket with his rush.
12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)
Teez Tabor , CB, Florida Gators : The Browns' secondary was routinely torched this season with upgrades needed across the board. Tabor has the size, aggressiveness and cover instincts to disrupt the catch point and create turnovers.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Mike Williams , WR, Clemson: While wide receiver was a strength of Arizona not too long ago, Larry Fitzgerald is considering retirement and Michael Floyd is now in New England. Williams could develop into the new No. 1 pass catcher for the Cardinals.
14. *Indianapolis 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 running back.
15. *Philadelphia Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)
Marlon Humphrey , CB, Alabama: The Eagles are desperate for help at cornerback and there should be several options for the franchise in the mid-first round. Humphrey has given up several big plays this season, but NFL coaches will be salivating at his size and skill set.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Dalvin Cook , RB, Florida State Seminoles : The Ravens have a stable of average backs on the roster, which is one of the reasons they ranked near last in the NFL in rushing. Cook would help change that and open up the offense.
17. 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 defensive line.
18. Tennessee Titans
Corey Davis , WR, Western Michigan Broncos : The Titans have plenty of bodies on the wide receiver depth chart, but no true difference-maker. Davis is one of the most prolific wideouts in college football history and is the complete package as a receiver.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
John Ross , WR, Washington Huskies : Mike Evans is the top target of Jameis Winston , but he needs help. Ross is dwarfed by Evans in size, but his explosive athleticism and savvy route-running will only improve the Tampa offensive attack.
20. Denver Broncos
Ryan Ramczyk , OT, Wisconsin Badgers : One of the priorities for John Elway and the Broncos this off-season is to address a leaky offensive line. As long as he is healthy, Ramcyzk is the top offensive tackle prospect in this draft class.
21. Detroit Lions
Tim Williams , DE, Alabama: Detroit needs to address the issues at cornerback, but adding an impact rusher like Williams would help everyone on the defense.
22. Miami Dolphins
O.J. Howard , TE, Alabama: There are glaring needs on defense for the Dolphins, but an athletic tight end like Howard would do wonders for the Miami offense.
23. New York Giants
Taco Charlton , DE, Michigan Wolverines : With Jason Pierre-Paul on a one-year deal, defensive end is a possible need this offseason. Charlton, who has some traits reminiscent of Justin Tuck out of Notre Dame, has all the ingredients of an NFL starter.
24. Oakland Raiders
Zach Cunningham , LB, Vanderbilt Commodores : 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. Cunningham's Vandy tape is a clinic for how to play the position.
25. Houston Texans
Jabrill Peppers , LB/S, Michigan: Lack of a natural position could push him down draft boards, but Peppers is an explosive athlete who could blossom in a hybrid role once he focuses on that one position.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Cam Robinson , OT, Alabama: The Seahawks are getting by with the bodies they have on the offensive line, but that doesn't mean Seattle shouldn't be looking for upgrades. Robinson is an athletic mover for his size, but the technical flaws and balance issues need to be addressed.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Quincy Wilson , CB, Florida: 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 Wilson fits the Chiefs' profile with his physical style.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Carl Lawson , DE/OLB, Auburn Tigers : The Cowboys have defensive needs at every level, but especially at pass rusher. Lawson does an outstanding job using his upper body strength and lower body quickness in unison to beat blockers.
29. Green Bay Packers
Sidney Jones , CB, Washington: The Packers need help on the cornerback depth chart and Jones is well-versed in multiple coverages with the athleticism and ball skills to make plays.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. 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.
Note: The regular season is complete and the top 20 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft are now official. Teams that advance to the NFL playoffs will make up picks 21-32, based on the outcome of the postseason.
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