Assembling a mock draft before the
Many players rise and fall with their performance at the league's annual evaluation event, their campus pro days, and depending on how deeply teams weigh into the free-agent market. Still, who can resist a little fantasy football?
This pre-combine mock has just one quarterback going in the first round, one player each from UCLA and USC, and a whopping five from Alabama.
The landscape will shift between now and the end of April, perhaps significantly, but here's one snapshot of how the opening round could unfold:
1. CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: A blue-chip pass rusher has eluded the
2. SAN FRANCISCO — Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama: This pick could be Jonathan Allen, but
3. CHICAGO — Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama: The Bears go for the best available defensive player because there's no value at quarterback here.
4. JACKSONVILLE — Jamal Adams, SS, Louisiana State: If the
5. TENNESSEE — Corey Davis, WR,
6. N.Y. JETS — Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: The
7. CHARGERS — Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford: The Chargers need to keep building their pass rush, and Thomas would be an disruptive bookend to Joey Bosa.
8. CAROLINA — Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State:
9. CINCINNATI — Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: The
10. BUFFALO — Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State:
11. NEW ORLEANS — Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan: Sean Payton has said getting an edge rusher is “a must” for
12. CLEVELAND — Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: Browns could pick up a quarterback in a trade (paging Jimmy Garoppolo) or free agency, but if not…
13. ARIZONA — Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: The
14. INDIANAPOLIS — Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA: The
15. PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Jones, CB, Washington: The Eagles are looking for a cornerback who could step into a starting role right away, and Jones is capable of doing that.
16. BALTIMORE — Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: The need for an elite edge rusher is more pressing than for a receiver, although the Ravens would like both.
17. WASHINGTON — Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: The
18. TENNESSEE — Teez Tabor, CB, Florida: Again, the Titans are likely to bail out of one of their first-round picks. They want a corner, and probably could more easily address their receiver need in free agency.
19. TAMPA BAY — Leonard Fournette, RB, Louisiana State: Fournette could also wind up in Carolina. Regardless, the
20. DENVER — Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: The Broncos could go tackle, tight end, or defensive line. But this would be an intriguing landing spot for the multi-purpose McCaffrey, although it could be early for him.
21. DETROIT — Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: If one of the running backs were to slide,
22. MIAMI — Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt: It's too early for the Dolphins to address their need at guard, so they go for a linebacker who can shore up their run defense.
23. N.Y. GIANTS — O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: The
24. OAKLAND — Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida: Despite the outstanding performance of Khalil Mack, the
25. HOUSTON — Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin: The
26. SEATTLE — Garrett Bolles, T, Utah: The
27. KANSAS CITY — Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State: The
28. DALLAS — Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC: The
29. GREEN BAY — T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin: The Packers will be taking an especially hard look at the outside linebackers and cornerbacks. Watt's pedigree is compelling.
30. PITTSBURGH — Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama: Williams, who plays around 235 pounds, is a little on the light side, but he would fit the
31. ATLANTA — Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn: Lawson would be the next brick in the rebuilding process for the
32. NEW ENGLAND — Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan: Peppers has the kind of versatility that Bill Belichick likes, a hybrid who can line up at either safety or linebacker. He needs to run well at the combine.