Prisco's NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Browns get Myles Garrett, Patrick Mahomes on Day 1
Here are some best guesses before NFL free agency shakes everything up
How do you put together a mock draft before free agency even begins?
It isn’t easy.
But we love mock drafts. So this is my first attempt at putting together a mock for 2017. Don’t hold me to it.
As several scouts and personnel directors told me last week: This might be the best draft in years.
It is deep, filled with a lot of good players at key positions, such as corner and receiver. But don’t get too excited by the quarterback position just yet. There are no can’t-miss guys, according to most.
So dive in, eat up the mock, just don’t hold me to it. I will be doing one every other week until the draft. Maybe by then, I will get some guys in the right spots.
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: There are some scouts who have concerns about his disappearing late last season when he supposedly had an ankle injury, but he has a ton of athletic ability.
5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles)
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: It is a deep corner class, so they can wait to address the position if they want. But Lattimore is pretty much considered by the scouts to be the best of the crop.
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: They let Eric Weddle go last season in free agency, and that showed up. Hooker has the range to be a potential Earl Thomas-type of player. But he does have injury concerns.
Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: He might be the best player in the draft, even though he had shoulder surgery last week. Rey Maualuga isn’t a kid anymore. Foster can hit, cover and would provide a much faster option than Maualuga.
10. Buffalo Bills
12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: Is this too high? Probably. But this is a quarterback-desperate team. Mahomes is a guy that a lot of scouts I talked with have really come to like.
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: This is a pass rusher who has the ability to end up being the best in this class. Yes, even better than Garrett. The Colts have to upgrade their pass rush.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)
16. Baltimore Ravens
Budda Baker, S, Washington: They had real shaky play from their safeties last season. This is a kid who can step in and give them range and the ability to tackle in the run game.
18. Tennessee Titans
20. Denver Broncos
21. Detroit Lions
22. Miami Dolphins
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: They had average play at tight end and three of their tight ends are free agents. Howard has excelled on the biggest stage and he would provide a nice weapon inside for the passing game.
23. New York Giants
24. Oakland Raiders
25. Houston Texans
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama: Their tackles had some injury issues last season, so taking one would make sense. Robinson has big-time talent, but he doesn’t always play to it.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Forrest Lamp, C-G-T, Western Kentucky: They love players with versatility up front. He played tackle in college, but a lot of scouts think he can move inside. They need a ton of help on that line.
Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple: This is a pure athlete and he wowed scouts at the Senior Bowl. With Derrick Johnson tearing his Achilles tendon, they need an athletic player inside. Reddick could make that move from the edge.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State: They need a pass rusher, but they can wait to take one. This is the “other” corner for the Buckeyes, but he isn’t far behind Lattimore, his former Ohio State teammate.
Adoree Jackson, CB, USC: He is a game-changer with his big-play skills as a corner and a return man. They have to get better outside in their secondary.
31. Atlanta Falcons
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