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NFL mock draft 2017: the sleepers, the shoo-ins and Myles Garrett

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The consensus is that the Browns will go for the Texas A& amp; M as No1 pick but who will your squad go for in Philadelphia on Thursday?

1) Cleveland Browns

Pick: Myles Garrett, edge rusher, Texas A& M

Yeah, weve all ensure research reports is recommended that the Browns could yet expend this pick on a quarterback – and specifically Mitch Trubisky. And yeah, I suspect thats a smokescreen. The Browns front office might rate the North Carolina alum highest out of this years passers, but a team that has induced such a big point of restructuring its front office to prioritise cool analytics couldnt truly spend the No1 pick on a guy with 13 college starts could they?

Garrett is the stand-out player in this draft, a 6ft 4in terror who can covering 40 yards in 4.64 seconds despite weighing more than 270 lbs, and who piled up 32.5 sacks in three years at Texas A& M. He ought to be the picking. But hey, they are still the Browns

2) San Francisco 49 ers

Pick: Solomon Thomas, defensive end, Stanford

John Lynch has stimulated no secret of his willingness to trade down from No2, and if the 49 ers can get a decent cost then I expect thats exactly what theyll do. If not, then this picking becomes a fascinating one to watch because the 49 ers could justifiably go in just about any direction at this point of a total roster overhaul.

I deemed dedicating them Leonard Fournette here, a move that would allow them to use Carlos Hyde as trade currency. Instead Ill say that Lynch trying a cornerstone player for his franchise takes the safer alternative in the form of a versatile and hard-working athlete who could bring a little intimidation factor back to a defense that are now owns simply a single player with more than 14 career sacks.

3) Chicago Bears

Pick: Malik Hooker, security, Ohio State

I wanted to give the Bears a quarterback, as I dont believe for one second that this team believes Mike Glennon is a long-term answer. Although they are overpaying him this year, he is guaranteed only $2.5 m in 2018, so drafting someone who could be developed to step in then would make a lot of sense. But neither general manager Ryan Pace nor head coach John Fox have great job security after consecutive last-place finishes in the NFC North, so quick fixes are involved. The Bears ragged defense intercepted simply eight passes last season( only Jacksonville had fewer ). Hooker had seven on his own at Ohio State.

4) Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Leonard Fournette, running back, LSU

In many ways, Jacksonville might be better off upgrading an offensive line that is not exactly blowing people off the ball, but the lack of top-tier offensive tackles in this draft builds that tricky. And the Jags genuinely do need to do something to improve their running game. They have not rendered a 1,000 -yard rusher in six years.

5) Tennessee Titans( from Los Angeles )

Pick: Marshon Lattimore, cornerback, Ohio State

Logan Ryan is in, but Jason McCourty is gone, so the Titan need further reinforcement at cornerback. Lattimore is the best in this years draft, a ridiculous athlete with size and speed to spare. The Titan could trade down( the existence of this picking is a neat reminder of how well last years swap with the Rams worked out) but if Lattimore was on the board for them here it would feel like an obvious fit.

6) New York Jets

Pick: Jamal Adams, safety, LSU

Another year, and another chance for the Airplanes to draft the franchise quarterback that fans yearn for. Or, to spend the pick on a strong safety instead. Adams would actually be a nice addition at this point and the Airplanes clearly arent in love with their incumbent, Calvin Pryor having in so far failed to take up their option to extend his contract for another year.

7) Los Angeles Chargers

Pick: Mike Williams, wide receiver, Clemson

If either of Hooker or Adams was still on the board at this point, they could be obvious pickings for a team still trying to fill the void left by Eric Weddle. But with both already taken, the options are broader. There would be a logic to developing a young quarterback behind Philip Rivers, but this still feels too soon for that kind of picking. On the other hand, another playmaker never hurts. If Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin are fully healthy then Rivers gets to spread the ball out between what could become one of the best receiving trios in the league. And if not, then at least hed have a fresh alternative.

8) Carolina Panthers

Pick : Derek Barnett, edge rusher, Tennessee

Dave Gettleman has not lived up to his reputation as an obsessive drafter of pass rushing prospects since taking over as general manager in Carolina. A man who helped steer the Giants towards Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul has selected only one defensive objective Kony Ealy in four years with the Panthers. But he is on record as saying he likes this pass rushing class, and specifically that he thinks there is not a significant drop-off after Garrett and Thomas. Barnett was tremendously productive against top-tier college opposition in the SEC.

9) Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Jonathan Allen, defensive tackle, Alabama

Not since 2011 have the Bengals had a pick in the top-half of the first round. They turned that selection into AJ Green, and they could go for another offensive playmaker here in Christian McCaffrey, but I suspect Allen would be too good to turn down. A relentlessly productive interior pass rusher who turned in a mediocre performance at the Combine but rarely did the same when playing for Alabama.

10) Buffalo Bills

Pick : Mitch Trubisky, quarterback, North Carolina

I know this is a provocative pick. In reality, I think its more likely that one of the quarterback-needy squads who passed up their chance to take one early( Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago, New York) trades up somewhere around here to get a jump on the rest. But I also think Buffalo arent totally sold on Tyrod Taylor, and will recognise the value of this opportunity at No10. The Bills have worked out all of the top quarterbacks in this class, so if there is one that they believe has the potential to develop into an upper-tier NFL starter, they might find him hard to pass up.

11) New Orleans Saint

Pick: OJ Howard, tight aim, Alabama

The Saints really need to find some way to upgrade a pass defense that gave up the most yards in the league in 2016. But how great might the temptation be to grab Howard, a rare talent, and dedicate Drew Brees back the various kinds of pass-catching tight aim option he used to have with Jimmy Graham?

12) Cleveland Browns( from Philadelphia )

Pick: Patrick Mahomes II, quarterback, Texas Tech

Word is that the Browns like Trubisky best out of this years quarterbacks. They might even like him enough to move up got a couple of places and grab him, but one way or another I expect them to come out of this first round with a signal caller. Deshaun Watson will be higher on many squads boards, but Browns head coach-and-four Hue Jackson likes guys with big limbs who can get the ball downfield, and that is one area where Watson came up short at the combine – generating a velocity of just 49 mph on his throws, as against Mahomess 60 mph.

13) Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Reuben Foster, inside linebacker, Alabama

It will be interesting to see how far Foster slides after testing positive for a diluted urine sample at the Combine – an event that he was sent home from after reportedly getting into an altercation with a hospital worker. He certainly has the talent to be a success in Arizona, where Steve Keim and Bruce Arians have shown a willingness to look beyond prospects rough edges, but some projections have him tumbling much further than this.

14) Philadelphia Eagles( from Minnesota )

Pick: Gareon Conley, cornerback, Ohio State

The third Buckeyes defensive back to be taken already in this mock, Conleys stock has risen sharply since the Combine though Philadelphias vice-president of player personnel, Joe Douglas, would like you to know that he and his staff were rocking out to this guy Before It Was Cool. Cornerback was already a position of need for the Eagle before they released both of last seasons starters, bringing in only Patrick Robinson by way of replacing.

15) Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Haason Reddick, linebacker, Temple

A former defensive back who converted play at defensive aim and then outside linebacker in college, it is not entirely clear where Reddick best fits in the pros. Devoted that the Colts could stand to improve at just about every position on that side of the ball, such ambiguity might not be a bad thing.

16) Baltimore Ravens

Pick : Cam Robinson, offensive tackle, Alabama

Rick Wagner is gone to Detroit, leaving Baltimore with some big shoes( in every sense) to fill. Robinson is probably the top tackle in a weak class, but surely guys more efficient at clearing routes in the running game than he is at protecting the quarterback. That fits OK for Baltimore, whose vacancy is on the right side of the line.

17) Washington

Pick: Obi Melifonwu, security, Connecticut

Who knows! This is a team operating without a general manager, so even by the usual standards of taunt draft guesswork, this feels like a stab in the dark. Washingtons needs are greatest on defense, and they could certainly benefit from Melifonwus athleticism – though nobody was tipping him as a first round talent until he tore up the Combine. Jabrill Peppers would have been ahead of him on many squads draft boards, but the Michigan players stock is likely to be hurt by news of his diluted urine sample.

18) Tennessee Titan

Pick : Corey Davis, wide receiver, Western Michigan

A dash of playmaking talent outside could go a long way in Tennessee, where the running game is already in very safe hands with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. The flaming velocity of John Ross seems tempting, but general manager Jon Robinson has tended to set his trust in players with a strong body of college production. Daviss 5,278 receiving yards in college are an all-time FBS record.

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Dalvin Cook, running back, Florida State

A Florida native, Cook has let it be known that he would love to stay in-state and join up with his former FSU team-mate Jameis Winston. Not everyone will be so enthused, given Cooks chequered past, but the Bucs staff are said to be high on a player whose vision and sharp cuts mark him out as a back of significant potential. They already have Doug Martin, but patience is operate thin after too many years disturbed by trauma and suspension.

20) Denver Broncos

Pick : Garett Bolles, offensive tackle, Utah

The Broncos dont have any natural left tackles on their roster right now, and whilst the scarcity of options in this draft means that they will most likely need to plug a veteran to start this season, they should also begin developing a long-term alternative. Bolles is raw, having merely started a single season at Utah, and older than most rookies at 25 years old, but he has the nimblest feet of any tackle in this draft.

21) Detroit Lions

Pick: Christian McCaffrey, running back/ receiver, Stanford

What could be more fitting than the person who is violated Barry Sanderss single-season college rushing record landing in Detroit? Absurdly productive and versatile enough to line up in the backfield or as a slot receiver, McCaffrey might be selected long before this. I must admit Im more dubious than some of how well he will to translate to the NFL, where it is typically better to be a master of one trade than a jack of many, but I do think that Jim Bob Cooter is precisely the sort of coach who could make the most of such a multifaceted talent.

22) Miami Dolphins

Pick: Jarrad Davis, linebacker, Florida

The Dolphins could use some interior offensive line assist as Laremy Tunsil prepares to move out to left tackle, but Ill trust in reports that they are not looking to address that vacancy in the first round. Theres been a lot of talk of Miami looking to trade down from this place, but if they cant then Davis would be a nice fit – a sideline-to-sideline kind with first-round talent despite missing a chunk of last season due to injury.

23) New York Giants

Pick: David Njoku, tight objective, Miami

The Giant might have been keen on Davis themselves, to secure the future of a linebacking corps whose contracts all seem to expiring next year. Instead, I say they turn to Njoku a human who just so happens to come from the same school as, and be friends with, the last tight end they expended a first-round pick on: Jeremy Shockey.

24) Oakland Raiders

Pick : Kevin King, cornerback, Washington

Its no secret that the Looter need to get better on defense, and especially against the pass. No other team gave up more hurls of over 20+ yards in 2016, and in a division boasting the likes of Demaryius Thomas and Keenan Allen, a corner with Kings 6ft 3in height could only be an asset.

25) Houston Texans

Pick : Deshaun Watson, quarterback, Clemson

Texans general manager Rick Smith has played down suggestions that he is under pressure to take a quarterback in the first round, but if Watson does slide this far, he may be hard to pass up. His lack of arm strength is a legitimate concern, and his downfield accuracy was erratic in college, but his athleticism, knack for sidestepping the pass rushed and impressive production make it hard for me to imagine him slipping out of the first round.

26) Seattle Seahawks

Pick : Marlon Humphrey, cornerback, Alabama

Yes, the offensive line remained in desperate need of attention – but after adding( the underwhelming talents of) Luke Joeckel and Oday Aboushi in free bureau, my distrust is that the front office will conclude that they have greater priorities elsewhere. Humphrey fits the tall-and-physical mould that Pete Carroll favors though Kevin King might have done so even better.

27) Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Charles Harris, edge rusher, Missouri

Upgrading the pass rushing is not exactly an urgent need for Kansas City, with Justin Houston, Dee Ford and Tamba Hali all on the books, but this could be an astute piece of forward planning. The Chiefs can save$ 7m in cap room if they let Hali go next year, and both Houston and Ford have struggled with injuries. Andy Reid has long believed that games are won in the trenches, so why not take advantage of this strong pass-rushing class?

28) Dallas Cowboys

Pick : Taco Charlton, edge rusher, Michigan

The Cowboys lost most of their starting secondary in free agency, and could stand to invest this pick on a defensive back, but equally they can hope to upgrade their pass defense by adding in a player who would help them to get pressure on the quarterback. At 6ft 6in and 277 lbs, Charltons size attains him a solid fit in Dallass 4-3.

29) Green Bay Packers

Pick : Takkarist McKinley, edge rusher, UCLA

Yet another pass rusher in what I have forecast as a running of them late in the first round. Much like the Cowboys, Green Bay have holes in their secondary but might find the value in masking that flaw rather than trying to fix it directly. Even among edge rushers, the Packers can pick their poison here – if McKinley was gone, then Harris, Charlton, Tyus Bowser or Wisconsins TJ Watt could all be viable options instead.

30) Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick : Jabrill Peppers, safety/ linebacker, Michigan

That diluted urine sample might knock Peppers out of the first round altogether, but he remains an intriguing prospect who played everywhere from safety to linebacker and even slot receiver at Michigan, as well as returning kickings. Versatility, as already noted, can be a double-edged blade, but his athleticism would be a benefit to Pittsburghs thin secondary.

31) Atlanta Falcons

Pick : Forrest Lamp, guard, Western Kentucky

Chris Chesters retirement leaves a gap at guard, and Lamp has been projected by some as a top-1 5 talent. He played left tackle in college, and has the quick feet and athleticism you would expect from someone who flourished in that posture, but absence the height and reach to play that posture in the pros.

32) New Orleans Saints( from New England ) Pick : TreDavious White, cornerback, LSU

Having taken an offensive player with their first pick, the Saints would certainly need to turn their attention back to defense with their second. White is a solid covering corner who can also return punts, although his tackling could be better.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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