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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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