As a complete amateur when it comes to scouting football, I admit I know nothing.
My dream job has always been to be the GM (general manager) of the Cleveland Browns and put together the team that finally wins the Super Bowl. When I play Madden I always make sure I create one season where I just simulate through the years and add players through free agency, and the draft. It is in a very small way, the closest i’ll ever get to actually becoming the Cleveland Browns GM.
That doesn’t stop me from playing pretend there and it wont stop me from playing pretend Mel Kiper and creating my own mock draft.
I went through and looked at team needs and took the top prospects at each position and I tried plugging in players where I think they should go based on team needs (this is all taking place before Free Agency) So lets get it started shall we…
- Tennessee Titans- OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss. If the Titans keep the first overall pick i think they would be wise to invest in a top notch LT to protect their QB of the future Marcus Mariota.
- Cleveland Browns- QB Carson Wentz – N. Dakota St. Yes Jared Goff is more NFL ready, and yes the Browns need QB help right now. But with Hue Jackson, and his ability to develop QB’s, and Wentz and his high ceiling, I think Hue will get the most out of Wentz turning him into the QB the Browns need. Having him sit behind McCown for a year and learning the NFL game, with a good mentor would be beneficial to the Browns and Carson Wentz. Cleveland isn’t going to the Super Bowl anytime soon so letting him sit and develop would be the best thing for both parties.
- San Diego Chargers- DE Joey Bosa – Ohio State. The Chargers need both offensive and defensive line help, so in this case I gave them the BPA (best player available) and Bosa is potentially the best player in the draft.
- Dallas Cowboys- CB/S Jaylon Ramsey – Florida State. With Ramsey having a great combine and a great college career I don’t see any way he falls past the Cowboys here. The Cowboys are a much better team than their current draft spot represents, so they will be getting a impact player that can help them during their playoff chases.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- C Ryan Kelly – Alabama. A bit of an unorthodox pick here, Centers don’t normally go this high, but Jacksonville is on to something with their offense. They are having receivers break out and they have a good young QB in Bortles and a good RB. They need to keep the O-Line solidified to continue to have success. I would be surprised if this is the way they go, but I think this is definitely a pick they should consider.
- Baltimore Ravens- OL Vadal Alexander – LSU. Im going to go on a limb here and say that the Ravens will not be picking at #6 if Jared Goff is still on the board. I can see either the L.A. Rams trading up or the San Francisco 49ers moving up one spot to make sure the Rams don’t trade up. If I am wrong and the Ravens do pick at 6 I have them taking the best O-Lineman available so i gave them Alexander out of LSU. He is versatile and can play Guard or Tackle and I think the Ravens would value his versatility.
- San Francisco 49ers- QB Jared Goff – Cal. Like I said in the Ravens description i wouldn’t be surprised to see the niners move up a spot to make sure the Rams can’t steal their guy. Goff being a kid that grew up on the west coast gets to stay on the west coast and play for Chip Kelly.
- Miami Dolphins- CB Vernon Hargreaves – Florida. The Dolphins have CB Brent Grimes who is always making plays, they could pair up a playmaker in Vernon Hargreaves on the other side of Grimes to go along with their excellent D-Line to really make opposing offenses sweat. Facing the Patriots, Jets, and Bills stopping the other team from scoring points would be even a higher priority than in any other conference.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DE Noah Spence – E. Kentucky. Noah Spence really shot his stock up during the senior bowl, but then hurt it during the combine. I’m not sure how much he hurt himself but creating a D-Line of Spence and Gerald McCoy just seems too good to be true.
- New York Giants- DL DeForrest Buckner – Oregon. The Giants a few years back used to have hands down the best defensive line in football with Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul (when he had all 10 fingers), and I’ll even include Michael Strahan in this just for fun, but with age, retirement, and fireworks the D-Line is not what it used to be. Buckner can help accelerate getting that back on track.
- Chicago Bears- LB Myles Jack – UCLA. Myles Jack has unlimited amounts of potential its just about putting it all together. Jack could be; and most likely will be the best linebacker in Chicago since Brian Urlacher.
- New Orleans Saints- DT A’Shawn Robinson – Alabama. I’m going to be 100% honest here, I don’t know much about Robinson other than he went to powerhouse Alabama, I just saw need on the DL for Saints and Robinson was one of the highest rated DL prospects out there.
- Philadelphia Eagles- LB Leonard Floyd – Georgia. Eagles could go QB here, with Doug Pederson coming in as head coach, most coaches want their QB especially when the coach used to be a QB. But I have them going defense here and taking Leonard Floyd out of Georgia. I think he would be a solid fit in the Eagles defense.
- Oakland Raiders- CB Mackensie Alexander – Clemson. In my opinion he had possibly the best collegiate career out of all the CB’s in this draft. I think the Raiders will be the ones to pounce on him and let him shine in Oakland or whatever city they end up in.
- Los Angeles Rams- QB Paxton Lynch – Memphis. If the Rams don’t trade up to 6 with Baltimore or even 5 with Jacksonville to get Goff then they will take the next best option. Paxton Lynch will be the one to lead the LA Rams in their new city.
- Detroit Lions- WR Laquon Treadwell – Ole Miss. With Calvin Johnson possibly retiring they need to find a new weapon for Matthew Stafford to throw too. Treadwell has had NFL comps to Dez Bryant. If those comparisons come remotely true then Stafford and the Lions offense will lessen the blow of losing a HOF reciever.
- Atlanta Falcons- DL Robert Nkemdiche – Ole Miss. With Nkemdiche falling out of a 4th story hotel balcony, his draft stock fell right along side him. Yes, there are off the field questions about him, but there aren’t much on the field questons. The Falcons could use a disruptive player on defense and i think they stop his fall at #17
- Indianapolis Colts- DL Sheldon Rankins – Louisville. Look, The Colts should go O-Line here and protect franchise QB Andrew Luck, but Rankins is a player that could make an immediate impact on the D-Line and i don’t think that they would be able to pass him up.
- Buffalo Bills- OL Ronnie Stanley – Notre Dame. When you face the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins defensive line each twice a year, you better make sure you have a capable offensive line, Stanley will help make sure that Tyrod Taylor gets his chance to make plays.
- New York Jets- OL Jack Conklin – Michigan State. See above description.
- Washington Redskins- Graham Glasgow – Michigan. This just seems like a very Washington Redskins type pick. He fills a need and provides Kirk Cousins with a capable Center.
- Houston Texans- RB Ezekiel Elliot – Ohio State. With the rumors that the Texans are done with Arian Foster Elliot would be a more that capable replacement. Bill O’Brien did coach at Penn State so he knows the damage the Elliot can do.
- Minnesota Vikings- OL Taylor Decker – Ohio State. Decker can come in and be what Kalil wasn’t for the Vikings. He will help protect Bridgewater and help open holes for AP i think that it would be a wise choice for Vikings to make this pick.
- Cincinnati Bengals- WR Michael Thomas – Ohio State. With the Bengals possibly losing their WR’s to free agency they will look to replace them and start with a good one in Michael Thomas.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- CB Eli Apple – Ohio State. The buckeye run is over, but come on how does the not make sense? Steelers always draft Buckeyes and they need help at CB.
- Seattle Seahawks- WR Will Fuller – Notre Dame. The Seahawks are losing Marshawn Lynch, a nice plug in would be RB Derrick Henry out of Alabama but i think they are happy with Thomas Rawls moving forward so they will look for other ways to create offense, insert Will Fuller and they have another weapon for Russell WIlson to throw too which will open it up for Rawls.
- Green Bay Packers- LB Reggie Ragland – Alabama. Ragland in Green Bay will help solidify the defense and help Aaron Rogers and the offense make another deep playoff push.
- Kansas City Chiefs- OG Cody Whitehair – Kansas State. Whitehair is a very good guard who will fit right in with Andy Reid, Alex Smith,and Jamaal Charles.
- Arizona Cardinals- S Karl Joesph – West VIrgina. Tyrann Mathieu is one of the best safties in the game, pair him up with Joesph and not to mention Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals secondary is the best in the NFL.
- Carolina Panthers- DE Emmanuel Ogbah – Oklahoma State. I would love to give the Panthers a LT here, but I don’t think that there are any worth taking at this point in the draft, so instead they take the BPA and grab Ogbah who very well could go much higher in this draft.
- Denver Broncos- OG Sebastian Tretola – Arkansas. The Broncos get the last pick in the first round since the Patriots forfeited theirs due to the “deflate gate”. With their last pick they will take the best offensive lineman available to protect presumably Brock Osweiler and try to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
Thanks for taking the time to go through my Mock Draft 1.0. Once FA takes place and I see a few pieces move to some new teams I will re-evaluate and come out with 2.0
Please comment below what you like and don’t like about my 1.0 mock draft.