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12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)

LSU RB LEONARD FOURNETTE

At their No. 1 overall spot, I suggested the Browns will likely pass on a quarterback at the top to make sure they get Garrett, then wait to see which quarterbacks will be left for them at their second pick of the first round.

With Kizer, Turbisky and Watson all off the board, I don’t see them reaching for Pat Mahomes or Brad Kaaya, especially over Fournette if he’s still on the board. Fournette has his critics (I’m one of them), but that doesn’t mean he’s not a very good running back; he is. I think he’s less of a super prospect who can succeed in any scheme than others, but I’m also honest with myself and I know many NFL teams think he’s a generational talent. Even I would be comfortable with take him anywhere outside the Top 10.

13. Arizona Cardinals

TEXAS TECH QB PATRICK MAHOMES

Though the Browns passed on Mahomes in the pick above, I don’t see the Cardinals doing the same right after them.

It was up in the air whether or not Carson Palmer would be playing another year in Arizona. But it has recently been reported that he will in fact be back for another season. That sets up a perfect scenario for the Cardinals to snatch up Mahomes, who has a great arm but still needs fine-tuning, to sit for at least part of his first year and learn at a good pace under a top offensive mind in Bruce Arians. 

14. Indianapolis Colts

ALABAMA DE-OLB TIM WILLIAMS

The Indianapolis Colts have a lot of needs, but none are great than their need for a pass rusher.

Williams is a Top 5 talent and is the second-best pass rusher in this class, but some inconsistencies as well as some off-the-field issues seem to have his stock outside of that Top 10 range. If he makes it this far, I can’t see the Colts being another team to pass on him. They’ll take the risk; they need his potential badly. 

15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)

OHIO STATE CB MARSHON LATTIMMORE

The Eagles just don’t have the cornerbacks to line up against Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson or Odell Beckham Jr. – not that many teams do, but their guys are particularly bad at it.

Lattimore has the best tape of any cornerback in this class. He’s smooth in man-to-man coverage, he’s smart in zone and he’s good in press as well. He’s the complete cornerback the Eagles need.

16. Baltimore Ravens

UCLA OLB TAKKARIST McKINLEY

In most mock draft you’ll see Auburn’s Carl Lawson slotted for teams that have stand-up pass rushing needs, but by the time the Scouting Combine is over, I think McKinley will jump Lawson on teams’ boards.

The Ravens need to get back to having consistent pass rushing off the edges. That’s the only way a 3-4 defense works. McKiney has a ton of athleticism and would be a great fit for Baltimore. 

17. Washington Redskins

STANFORD DE/DT SOLOMON THOMAS

Thomas is another player who I think will go higher than his slotted position in this mock, but, like New Orleans, Washington won’t complain if he happens to fall and they pick him up.

Potential wise, Thomas is a Top 5 talent. At his best, he’s unstoppable, plain and simple. But there are moments where he lapses in what he’s suppose to do or just doesn’t understand certain blocking scheme to where his speed and power get lost. His inconsistency are what could drop him past the Top 15, but if whatever team that selects him can get the best out of him on a drive-to-drive basis, we’re talking about potential Pro Bowl production.

LSU S Jamal Adams – Photo by: Getty Images

18. Tennessee Titans

LSU S JAMAL ADAMS

Is Adams going to drop this low? I seriously doubt it, but if quarterbacks go on a big run and other teams prioritize pass rushers, who knows?

Adams is a tackling machine. He’s hyper-aggressive to the ball, and is a true playmaker as a walk-up or in-the-box safety. He has the athleticism to match up against slot receivers and had the power to tackle running backs. He would be an absolute steal is he falls this low.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ALABAMA TE O.J. HOWARD

In PewterReport.com’s latest SR’s Fab 5 column, Scott Reynolds featured Howard, Alabama’s talented tight end, and how he could be great fit for the Buccaneers. That’s why, at pick No. 19 here, that’s who they get.

Bucs fans should brace themselves, however. Though Howard is a tight end, and that position can be sort of hit-and-miss when it comes to draft position, Howard is very talented and will be coveted. He might not make it to pick No. 19. If he does, expect him to be relatively high on Jason Licht’s draft board. 

20. Denver Broncos

WESTERN KENTUCKY OT-G FORREST LAMP

Lamp was the best offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl in the one day of practice we were able to see him before he went down with an injury – the injury is minor and won’t affect his draft stock at all.

Lamp is not only athletic, he’s also versatile. Most think he’ll project to a guard in the NFL, but at tackle this past season, all three of Alabama’s premiere pass rushers, Williams, Allen and Ryan Anderson said Lamp was the best offensive lineman they faced the entire season. That says something when all thee of those guys are going to be Top-60 picks. 

21. Detroit Lions

MISSOURI DE CHARLES HARRIS

If you ask me, Harris could be the gem of the first round as a pass rusher.

As written in Pewter Report’s All Twenty-Tuesday, Harris (or, “Black Ice” as his teammates call him) has all the makings of a full-time starting 4-3 defensive end. Getting him this late would be great value.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
4 years ago

The Bucs pic at 19 for Howard is very good. Knowing the Browns, it’s hard to see them passing on Deshaun Watson, though, since no team without a quarterback has a prayer of climbing out of the cellar. Maybe a lot of folks rank Watson well down from no. 1 overall as a matter of equity in value, but what the heck good is claiming one got precise value when the team is utterly lost without a quarterback. Perhaps the Browns might even trade down a few spots, but their problem is those top few spots are made of of… Read more »

SaskBucs
SaskBucs(@saskbucs)
4 years ago

Thats the lowest I have seen Allen and Adams going. Us Bucs fans will be happy if the top of the draft unfolds with teams taking QBs…. anything I have read makes it seem unlikely though.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

You’re right there, Trevor … just as last year, nobody thought there were any top five QBs at the start of the pre-draft .. yet there they were at the top of the draft.

It’s a quarterback driven league today, every team that doesn’t have a locked down franchise quarterback today – which is more than half the league – is desperate to find one. That may not turn out to be the smart way to draft, but that’s the mentality of the haves versus the have-nots in the NFL.

Thankfully, the Bucs are in the “haves” category!

Brandonges
Brandonges(@brandonges)
4 years ago

As I stated in the Fab 5, I hope Howard is not the Bucs pick based on the poor track record of past first round Tight Ends and TE is a luxury position. This is the lowest I’ve seen Derek Barnett fall. I think if Tennessee’s all time leading sacker is still there at 19, the Bucs would pounce all over him.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
Reply to  Brandonges
4 years ago

I’m not sure I understand your point about “the poor track record of past first round Tight Ends”? I would suggest that looking back over the past 10 drafts, of the 8 TEs selected in the first round, 4 (Ebron, Eiffert, Olsen, Davis) have been pretty darn good over their careers – Ebron’s still pretty young but looking good (that’s 50% – and these guys aren’t top-10 selections), and the other 4 (Lewis, Gresham, Keller, Pettigrew) were hardly busts…perhaps not pro-bowlers, but they all started with regularity. I actually think the TE position looks like one position that is pretty… Read more »

Brandonges
Brandonges(@brandonges)
4 years ago

Notes for other teams: I find it interesting that you don’t have Alabama CB Humphrey in the first round. Most mocks I’ve seen have him going in the top half. Although I personally would touch a Nick Saban DB on the first round, because I think he coaches them beyond their ability. I like that you have Corey Davis and Mike Williams going that high. Both those guys are legitimate studs and Top 10 seems right. I don’t think either sniff falling to the Bucs I’m surprised you have the Browns going Fournette. With their money ball approach, I can’t… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
4 years ago

Kudos Trevor – the pre-FA, 1-day post SB mock draft is notoriously tough to make plausible. At this juncture, basically every pick any mocker makes can be hacked apart – so I won’t do that. I’ll just make a few observations in general about certain teams – all IMO: 1) The Chargers are moving to LA; they will pick someone exciting to play with Rivers in his final few seasons, and Gordon coming into his own, and take their offense to the next level. Instituting an exciting brand of football (ala, Air-Coryell), while teh Rams are doing whatever they’re doing,… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

Two thumbs up!

dfk68
dfk68(@dfk68)
4 years ago

Was it just an oversight or do you really see Jabrill Peppers dropping out of the 1st round? Not a knock on Howard but I think there is better value at 19 than TE. Peppers, Taco Charlton, Derek Barnett, and if the draft plays out like this, Cam Robinson. Pewter Report keeps saying the Bucs are happy with their OL but Robinson would be a serious upgrade to Demar Dotson who is getting old. If Davis, Williams, and Cook are all gone at 19 and OTs Robinson or Ramczky are still there, upgrade the OL! What would the score in… Read more »

wnb0395
wnb0395(@wnb0395)
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

No way peppers falls out of the first round. The kid has the most pure talent of all defensive players in the draft. He can play safety or corner back and hits like a linebacker. He even played some line backer this year for Michigan. He has got great instincts and decent coverage. Always full speed to every play. He was the one defensive player on Michigan that offensive coaches schemed for. He will go top 20.

dfk68
dfk68(@dfk68)
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

We disagree on Peppers. One thing is for sure, he and Dalvin Cook are going to blow up the combine!

dexfields22
dexfields22(@dexfields22)
4 years ago

We just watch how explosive the Falcons offense is in the SuperBowl and you think a TE is the way to go with our 1st pic in this year draft..REALLY?????

matador
matador(@matador)
4 years ago

It will surprise no one to learn that I agree on OL. I believe we have one high-quality starter surrounded by a plethora of backup/depth caliber players right now. Would love to get a stout center, but doesn’t seem to be in the cards and at least one high-quality starting tackle is still a must have. So if you are right about an early run on quarterbacks and receivers, I would happily take the second or third best offense of lineman in the draft with the 19th pick. If we could move down just a few spots and still get… Read more »

jongruden
jongruden(@jongruden)
4 years ago

Trevor, your a breath of fresh air when it comes to writing articles where your fan loyalty of your favorite collegiate team doesn’t cloud your mind esp in drafting. That said, I found it funny you had Mahomes going to the Cards at #13 that’s really high for him who is projected to be 2nd-3rd round pick but I guess we will see. Hooker going before Adams? I would bet $1,000 on that one

Buc 1976
Buc 1976(@robmckenz17gmail-com)
4 years ago

I’m wondering if Cory Davis falls to the 2nd Rd because of his injury?

SandraK
SandraK(@sandrak)
4 years ago

I absolutely don’t see the Browns selecting a RB @12. Especially if Adams is still available.

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