By: Zach Metkler, GZ Sports Report Writer
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After months of anticipation, it is finally almost here: the NFL Draft. In less than two weeks, one of the biggest events of the NFL offseason will begin for everyone to see what players their team will select. For those of you that are supporters of GZ Sports Report, I have frequently made Steelers seven-round mock drafts. This time, however, I decided to change it up. After much time, research, and analysis, I created a full seven-round NFL mock draft, depicting what I believe will happen starting tomorrow night in Chicago. (Side note: these picks are a blend of rumored connections between prospects and teams, as well as picks that I believe would make sense on paper for the teams.)
So without further ado…
Cleveland, you are on the clock.
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M – There has been internal talk about whether to take Garrett or Trubisky #1. The choice should be simple: take the guy that can be your defensive cornerstone for the next decade.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford – The 49ers need a pass-rusher in the worst way. Thomas goes a long way in helping that as this year’s Garrett-lite
3. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama – Simply put, Allen is the best player available and gives the Bears some nice help along the defensive line opposite Akiem Hicks.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU – After dumping huge chunks of money into improving their defense, the Jaguars will likely look to the draft to add talent. Fournette provides greater talent and upside than Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon.
5. Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State – Even with the addition of Logan Ryan, the Titans could use an upgrade at cornerback. Lattimore gives the Titans an athletic corner to fill that role.
6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU – While the Jets could go quarterback at #6, they’d be better off improving their secondary by selecting the best player available. Adams could be the stud that helps make the Jets defense a more complete unit.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State – The Chargers are still figuring out how to overcome the loss of Eric Weddle last offseason. Malik Hooker is this year’s best coverage safety and would step in as a day 1 starter in a weak Chargers secondary.
8. Carolina Panthers: John Ross, WR, Washington – After losing Ted Ginn to free agency, the Panthers need a speedy deep threat to compliment Kelvin Benjamin. Luckily for them, they have the opportunity to select the fastest player the combine has ever seen: John Ross.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama – Inside linebacker is not the Bengals biggest need, especially after signing Kevin Minter. But don’t be mistaken: Minter is no where near as talented as Foster. Foster could be to Cincinnati what C.J. Mosley is to Baltimore.
10. Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson – The Bills have Sammy Watkins, but his inability to stay healthy raises questions about his longevity. Tie in the loss of Robert Woods to free agency, picking Williams makes too much sense.
11. New Orleans Saints: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan – The Saints need someone to play across from Cameron Jordan and have shown substantial interest in the Michigan product. Charlton would give them a big boost as a pass-rusher.
12. Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina – After deciding to go with Garrett at #1, the Browns can nail the first round by selecting their guy at quarterback. Trubisky could finally be their answer.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson – Carson Palmers days in the NFL are certainly numbered, as retirement is not far away. Watson is a proven winner who could spend a year learning from Palmer before taking over in year 2.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama – The Eagles have major holes at cornerback. They simply can’t cover anybody. Adding a player like Humphrey who checks off all the boxes would set them in the right direction.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee – The Colts could also look at taking a running back here, but the Colts defense (and pass-rush) is abysmal. Barnett is one of the most natural pass-rushers in this class and could make up for the Colts’ prior short-comings in the draft.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan – Breshad Perriman finally made it onto the field last season but the Ravens don’t have a real threat at the position except for Mike Wallace. Davis has the potential to be a difference-maker at all levels as a rookie.
17. Washington Redskins: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State – The Redskins need to improve in the trenches on both sides of the ball and could use some infusion of talent on defense. McDowell would provide that improvement.
18. Tennessee Titans: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama – Marcus Mariota is quickly becoming one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, but he needs playmakers to throw to. The Titans have Delanie Walker, but need someone to replace him in the near future. Howard is the most complete tight end to come out in some time and with the top 3 receivers off the board, Howard is an absolute steal at this point.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State – Yes, the Buccaneers have Doug Martin, but after entering rehab, how confident can they be in his ability to stay out of trouble (especially including his 3-game suspension to start this season)? Cook could be a solid option moving forward.
20. Denver Broncos: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford – The Broncos have expressed a huge desire to add playmakers on offense throughout the draft. McCaffrey gives them versatility to fill various roles as a runner and a receiver.
21. Detroit Lions: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple – Reddick’s stock has been rising all offseason and would add major athleticism and pass-rushing talent to the Lions’ barely average linebacker group.
22. Miami Dolphins: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt – The Dolphins re-signed the oft-injured Kiko Alonso to a much deserved contract extension and signed the aging Lawrence Timmons during free agency. They could use a reliable, young player to be a versatile, long-term option at linebacker. Cunningham is that player.
23. New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin – Ereck Flowers has been a decent player for the Giants, but hasn’t looked that comfortable at left tackle. Selecting a player like Ramczyk could give the Giants an option on the left side with pretty solid upside.
24. Oakland Raiders: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri – The Raiders would love to have Reddick or Cunningham fall to them at #24 but there is no guaranteeing that that happens. Instead, the Raiders add a versatile pass-rusher that can play with his hand in the dirt or in a two-point stance. Harris could develop into a nice compliment to Khalil Mack.
25. Houston Texans: Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech – The Texans need for a quarterback was magnified greatly during the playoffs. Adding a big-arm quarterback like Mahomes could unlock the full potential of DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah – The Seahawks’ offensive line has been one of the league’s worst for a while now. They have almost no choice but to address it early in this year’s draft and Bolles could help with that process.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame – The Chiefs have been invested in examining this year’s quarterback class. Kizer has some question marks surrounding him and the Chiefs would much rather have Mahomes, but Kizer gives them an option to develop behind the aging Alex Smith.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan – Peppers is an interesting prospect, as no one knows where he will ultimately play on the field on Sunday’s. The Cowboys could use this versatility to their advantage and move him around to fit their needs. Peppers just feels like a future Cowboy. Maybe that’s just me.
29. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin – The Packers were able to retain Nick Perry this offseason, but adding another body on defense that could potentially play outside and inside would be a good idea. Watt gets the nod here.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA – You have been hearing this for a while now: the Steelers need pass-rushing help. McKinley is one of the most natural 3-4 outside linebackers in this class and he could be the heir apparent to James Harrison.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky – Guard might not be the Falcons biggest position of need, but adding one could perfectly complete the best offense in the NFL. Lamp has great upside and could be their long-term answer at the position.
32. New Orleans Saints: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State – After solidifying their pass-rush with Charlton, the Saints will look to improve their coverage capabilities by adding the player with some of the biggest upside of any corner in this class. Conley would give the Saints more talent than what they currently have with P.J. Williams and Delvin Breaux.
33. Browns: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
34. 49ers: Budda Baker, S, Washington
35. Jaguars: David Njoku, TE, Miami
36. Bears: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
37. Rams: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
38. Chargers: Kevin King, CB, Washington
39. Jets: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
40. Panthers: Cam Robinson, T, Alabama
41. Bengals: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
42. Saints: Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida
43. Eagles: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
44. Bills: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
45. Cardinals: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
46. Colts: Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State
47. Ravens: Carl Lawson, OLB, Auburn
48. Vikings: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
49. Redskins: Dion Dawkins, OG, Temple
50. Buccaneers: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
51. Broncos: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
52. Browns: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
53. Lions: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
54. Dolphins: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
55. Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
56. Raiders: Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
57. Texans: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
58. Seahawks: Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan
59. Chiefs: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
60. Cowboys: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
61. Packers: Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh
62. Steelers: Josh Jones, S, N.C. State
63. Falcons: Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
64. Panthers: Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
65. Browns: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
66. 49ers: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
67. Bears: Duke Riley, OLB, LSU
68. Jaguars: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
69. Rams: Tarell Basham, DE/OLB, Ohio
70. Jets: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
71. Chargers: Chad Hansen, WR, California
72. Patriots: Jordan Willis, DE/OLB, Kansas State
73. Bengals: Derek Rivers, DE/OLB, Youngstown State
74. Ravens: Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
75. Bills: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
76. Saints: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
77. Cardinals: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
78. Ravens: David Sharpe, OT, Florida
79. Vikings: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
80. Colts: Chad Wheeler, OT, USC
81. Redskins: Desmond King, CB, Iowa
82. Broncos: Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State
83. Titans: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
84. Buccaneers: Marcus Williams, S, Utah
85. Lions: Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
86. Vikings: Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
87. Giants: Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida
88. Raiders: Avery Gennesy, OT, Texas A&M
89. Texans: Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
90. Seahawks: Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota
91. Chiefs: Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
92. Cowboys: ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
93. Packers: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
94. Steelers: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
95. Falcons: Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
96. Patriots: Danny Isidora, OG, Miami
97. Dolphins: Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah
98. Panthers: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
99. Eagles: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
100. Titans: Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
101. Broncos: Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
102. Seahawks: Carlos Henderson, WR, Lousiana Tech
103. Saints: Nico Siragusa, OG, San Diego State
104. Chiefs: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
105. Steelers: Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
106. Seahawks: Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
107. Jets: Davis Webb, QB, California
108. Browns: Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
109. 49ers: Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
110. Jaguars: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
111. Bears: Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
112. Rams: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
113. Chargers: Ryan Glasgow, DT, Alabama
114. Redskins: Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
115. Panthers: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
116. Bengals: Marcus Maye, S, Florida
117. Bears: Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami
118. Eagles: Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic
119. Cardinals: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
120. Vikings: Jayon Brown, OLB, UCLA
121. Colts: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
122. Ravens: Howard Wilson, CB, Houston
123. Redskins: Demarcus Walker, DE/OLB, Florida State
124. Titans: Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
125. Buccaneers: George Kittle, TE, Iowa
126. Broncos: Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
127. Lions: Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
128. Vikings: Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor
129. Raiders: Vince Biegel, OLB/ILB, Wisconsin
130. Texans: J.J. Dielman, OT, Utah
131. Patriots: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
132. Chiefs: Jessamen Dunker, OG, Tennessee State
133. Cowboys: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova
134. Packers: Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin
135. Steelers: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
136. Falcons: Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State
137. Colts: Jordan Morgan, OG, Kutztown
138. Bengals: Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
139. Eagles: Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
140. Giants: Connor Harris, ILB, Lindenwood
141. Rams: Zach Banner, OG, USC
142. Texans: Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International
143. 49ers: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
144. Colts: Carroll Phillips, OLB, Illinois
145. Browns: Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan
146. 49ers: Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
147. Bears: Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois
148. Jaguars: Sean Harlow, OG, Oregon State
149. Rams: Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State
150. Jets: Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
151. Chargers: Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
152. Panthers: Shaquill Griffin, CB, UCF
153. Bengals: Ben Braden, OG, Michigan
154. Redskins: Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming
155. Eagles: Corn Elder, CB, Miami
156. Bills: Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA
157. Cardinals: Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina
158. Colts: John Johnson, S, Boston College
159. Ravens: Freddie Stevenson, FB, Florida State
160. Vikings: Sam Tevi, OT, Utah
161. 49ers: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
162. Buccaneers: Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia
163. Patriots: Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
164. Titans: Marquel Lee, OLB, Wake Forest
165. Lions: Brian Allen, CB, Utah
166. Dolphins: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
167. Giants: Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame
168. Raiders: James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
169. Texans: Deatrich Wise Jr., DE, Arkansas
170. Chiefs: Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
171. Bills: Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss
172. Packers: DeAngelo Brown, DT, Louisville
173. Steelers: Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
174. Falcons: Orion Stewart, S, Baylor
175. Browns: Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
176. Bengals: Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina
177. Broncos: Blair Brown, ILB, Ohio
178. Dolphins: Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
179. Cardinals: Joe Mathis, DE, Washington
180. Chiefs: Avery Moss, DE/OLB, Youngstown State
181. Browns: Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
182. Packers: Stacey Coley, WR, Miami
183. Patriots: Jadar Johnson, S, Clemson
184. Dolphins: Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah
185. Browns: Tanner Vallejo, ILB, Boise State
186. Ravens: Ben Gedeon, ILB, Michigan
187. Jaguars: Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee
188. Browns: Delano Hill, S, Michigan
189. Rams: Matthew Dayes, RB, N.C. State
190. Chargers: Jermaine Eluemunor, OG, Texas A&M
191. Jets: Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
192. Panthers: Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado
193. Bengals: Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas
194. Eagles: Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson
195. Bills: Jordan Evans, OLB, Oklahoma
196. Saints: Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
197. Cardinals: Dylan Cole, OLB, Missouri State
198. 49ers: Jeremy Cutrer, CB, Middle Tennessee
199. Vikings: Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville
200. Patriots: Storm Norton, OT, Toledo
201. Redskins: Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State
202. 49ers: De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina
203. Broncos: Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
204. Buccaneers: Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga
205. Lions: Eric Saubert, TE, Drake
206. Rams: Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State
207. Giants: Jerod Evans, QB, Virginia Tech
208. Raiders: Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan
209. Redskins: Lorenzo Jerome, S, Saint Francis
210. Seahawks: T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina
211. Cowboys: Jeremiah Ledbetter, DT, Arkansas
212. Packers: Marquez White, CB, Florida State
213. Steelers: Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
214. Titans: Aviante Collins, OG, TCU
215. Lions: KD Cannon, WR, Baylor
216. Chiefs: Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, DT, USC
217. Bengals: Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Syracuse
218. Chiefs: Ejuan Price, OLB, Pittsburgh
219. 49ers: Elijah Lee, OLB, Kansas State
220. Redskins: Jeremy Clark, CB, Michigan
221. Bears: Scott Orndoff, TE, Pittsburgh
222. Jaguars: Matt Milano, OLB, Boston College
223. Dolphins: Eric Wilson, OLB, Cincinnati
224. Jets: Jerry Ugokwe, OT, William & Mary
225. Chargers: Devonte Fields, OLB, Louisville
226. Seahawks: Corey Levin, OG, Chattanooga
227. Bengals: Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar (TX)
228. Cowboys: Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
229. Saints: Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T
230. Eagles: Cameron Tom, C, Southern Mississippi
231. Cardinals: Kyle Kalis, OG, Michigan
232. Vikings: John Johnson, S, Boston College
233. Panthers: Josh Carraway, DE/OLB, TCU
234. Rams: Isaac Rochell, DT/DE, Notre Dame
235. Redskins: Josh Tupou, DT, Colorado
236. Titans: Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
237. Buccaneers: Nate Hairston, CB, Temple
238. Broncos: Tyrique Jarrett, DT, Pittsburgh
239. Patriots: Ben Boulware, ILB, Clemson
240. Jaguars: Richie Brown, ILB, Mississippi State
241. Giants: Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
242. Raiders: Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
243. Texans: Hardy Nickerson, ILB, Illinois
244. Raiders: Christian Tago, ILB, San Jose State
245. Chiefs: De’Veon Smith, RB, Michigan
246. Cowboys: Jalen Reeves-Maybin, OLB, Tennessee
247. Packers: Harvey Langi, ILB, BYU
248. Steelers: Keion Adams, DE/OLB, Western Michigan
249. Falcons: Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova
250. Lions: Darius English, DE, South Carolina
251. Bengals: Johnathan Ford, S, Auburn
252. Broncos: Garrett Sickels, DE, Penn State
253. Broncos: Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska
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