NFL Mock Draft 4.0

By Jim Mastrucci
Mar. 14, 2017

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett DE Texas A & M: Myles Garrett DE Texas A & M: Myles Garrett impressed everyone with his performance in the NFL Combine. He's big, he's fast, he's destined to be the Number 1 Overall Pick. Cleveland still has a need at QB, however this could be addressed later.

2. San Francisco 49ers - Jamal Adams S LSU: San Francisco signed Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley to be their QB's for this upcoming season, they are not long term answers and still need a Franchise QB.  However they will draft the best player available. This is Jamal Adams. Adams can be stalwart safety for the 49ers for years to come.

3. Chicago Bears - Mike Williams WR Clemson: Alshon Jeffrey is off to Philadelphia and Kevin White is not reliable.  Chicago made a "splash" in Free Agency by signing MIke Glennon to a 3 year deal.  He will need someone legitimate to throw to.  All QBs are still on the board here, but they will look to be competitive this year with Glennon while possibly drafting a QB in a later round.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama: Jacksonville spent big on defense in Free Agency, signing Jonathan Cyprien as their starting safety opposite Tashaun Gipson.  However, they have a hole at corner by releasing free agent disappointment Davon House.  They hope Humphrey will be everything that house wasn't.

5. Tennessee Titans - Corey Davis WR Western Michigan: The Titans have largely lacked any receivers for some time now, they have swung and missed their fare share of times, but this should not deter them from selecting Davis. With a good running game of Murray and Henry, plus the athleticism of Mariota, coupling that with the receiving threats of Delanie Walker and Davis, Tennessee has the start of something that could be quite formidable.

6. New York Jets - Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State - The Jet have released Darelle Revis, now he is not the corner he once was and Buster Skrine is at least serviceable, they would like to upgrade if possible.

7. Los Angeles Chargers - Malik Hooker S Ohio State: The Chargers have lacked an actual safety ever since Eric Weddle went off to Baltimore.  Speaking of Baltimore, Hooker has drawn Ed Reed like comparisons.  LA could still draft a tackle at this spot after releasing King Dunlap and DJ Fluker. But a talent such as Malik Hooker is difficult to pass up at 7.

8. Carolina Panthers - Dalvin Cook RB Florida State: Previously I had Carolina taking Fournette, which it is possible they still could. Fournette displayed that he still has speed (4.51 40 time), but there has to be concerns about his weight gain, subpar vertical jump and injury issues. Carolina would rather not have another injury prone running back (Jonathan Stewart) and select Dalvin Cook to replace the aforementioned Stewart.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Reuben Foster LB Alabama - There is just something about Foster that screams "Cincinnati Bengals".  Maybe it's the reported incident during the combine where he was told to leave.  While this could be an isolated incident, the comparisons can't be ignored.  Marvin Lewis seems not to care about the legal troubles of his players and Foster could fit right in.

10. Buffalo Bills - Taco Charlton DE Michigan: Taco Charlton is a disruptive force on edge.  Buffalo has lacked any disruptive players on the line for a while.  I'm sure Charlton can't wait to face Tom Brady twice a year and get the chance to sack him.  

11. New Orleans Saints - Jonathan Allen DT Alabama: Nick Fairley is a great Defensive Tackle, however it's hard to argue that another great player right next to him isn't a great idea.  Fairley had it in Detroit with Suh and the endless amount of great defensive lineman with the Rams.  Allen can be a disruptive force in the middle with Fairley and could vastly help the pass rush of Defensive End of Cameron Jordan.

12. Cleveland Browns - Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina: Here it is, the Browns select a Quarterback, and a hometown kid too! Trubisky measured in at 6'2" which is just in the preferred QB height range of 6'2" to 6'5", he has good sized hands, and the ability to evade a pass rush if necessary. The one thing Browns QBs have largely lacked since returning in 1999 is the size and frame to play in the AFC North. Mitchell has both. 

13. Arizona Cardinals - Cam Robinson T Alabama: Simply put, Arizona's offensive line stinks, they need help to protect Carson Palmer if they want him to survive the season, which could be his last. Also Robinson could be a starting tackle for years to come in the desert.

14. Philadelphia Eagles - Derek Barnett DE Tennessee: Here's the deal, Philly''s Defensive End's are average, there is nothing special here. Barnett could be special, which would be a huge steal at 14 in the draft.

15.  Indianapolis Colts - Leonard Fournette RB LSU: As i mentioned earlier about Fournette, weight gain and poor vertical will cause him to slip, he had a good 40 time, however questions of explosiveness and the health of that ankle will allow him to still be available when the Colts pick. Frank Gore has been a stop gap solution at running back, it's time to make a legitimate move to have a better running game.

16. Baltimore Ravens - Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt: Baltimore added some depth to the line in free agency but they still need youth and depth among their linebackers. Cunningham has the potential to replace the ginormous hole left by Ray Lewis, which they have failed to successfully address since his retirement. 

17. Washington Redskins -  Solomon Thomas DE/OLB Stanford: in Washington's 3-4 scheme, as like any 3-4 scheme, talent is required at the Outside Linebacker position.  The last quality OLB they had on their roster was Brian Orapko but he is in Tennessee now.  Thomas could help a defense that needs to strengthen their front 7.

18. Tennessee Titans - Charles Harris DE/OLB Missouri: Tennessee has a good front 7, their secondary needs help, however at this spot in the draft it is hard to justify taking a corner here.  They could have had Sidney Jones, but his torn Achilles will cause him to slide entirely out of the first round.  Now here we are with Charles Harris.  He could be a great addition to their already impressive defensive front.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford: Tampa Bay is looking to improve the Running Back position as they are not satisfied with the production of Doug Martin.  McCaffrey is one of the best Running Backs in this draft, not a top 15 guy, but definitely can be a difference maker for any team in need of a Running Back. 

20. Denver Broncos - OJ Howard TE Alabama: Denver is interested in acquiring Tony Romo to be their QB. Romo's absolutely favorite target in Dallas was his Tight End Jason Witten. Denver does not have a legitimate Tight End on the roster, and they already have a good defense so no need to address defense here when a great talent like Howard is still on the board. This might be a case of best player available, but when it's Howard, you don't think twice.

21.  Detroit Lions - TJ Watt LB Wisconsin: TJ can play either the Inside or Outside Linebacker.  This versatility will be key to team who has a glaring weakness at the Linebacker position., especially after releasing DeAndre Levy.  This will allow Detroit to move him around in multiple spots to best utilize his capabilities. 

22. Miami Dolphins - Quincy Wilson CB Florida: rafting Xavien Howard last year was the first step in the right direction, taking Wilson is the next step. They have good players in their front seven, now it's time to get better in the back 4.

23. New York Giants - Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee: The Giants have not had anyone notable at the Running Back position for a while now.   They have used the Running Back By Committee approach for a long time, now it has come back to haunt them.  With no quality backs on the roster, they have to rely on the arm of Eli Manning who thrives when there is an actual running threat.

24. Oakland Raiders - David Njoku TE Miami: The Raiders have a giant Black Hole (yes pun intended) at the Tight End position. They haven't had anyone worth anything since Zach Miller. A trio of Cooper, Crabtree and Njoku could be overwhelming for opposing defenses.

25. Houston Texans - Deshone Kizer QB Notre Dame: Houston has maybe the only Quarterback situation that rivals Cleveland's in terms of ineptitude, and Cleveland just took them to the cleaners in the Brock Osweiler trade.  Tony Romo could be an option when/if he gets released, but he could go to Denver which would still leave Houston without a QB.  The current combo of Brandon Weeden and Tom Savage is the worst in the league, time to make a move have a legitimate QB.

26. Seattle Seahawks - Jabrill Peppers S/LB Michigan: I am not a fan of Peppers by any means, but if there is a situation where he could thrive, it is Seattle. They could have him play some sort of hybrid/rover position and allow him to make plays that way since he isn't a true Safety or Linebacker, he's an inbetweener.

27. Kansas City Chiefs - John Ross WR Washington: John Ross blew everyone away with his record breaking 40 Yard Dash Time (4.22). Kansas City would love to add another speedy Wide Receiver to compliment Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill. Speed at the WR position could be the key to KC's success in the not so distant future.

28. Dallas Cowboys - Dawuane Smoot DE Illinois: Dallas still hasn't solved their Defensive End problem and they can here. They need someone reliable to play the position and isn't in danger of being suspended for an entire season. Smoot has the potential to be a beast and Dallas needs a beast besides Sean Lee on defense.

29. Green Bay Packers - Jarrad Davis LB Florida: Green Bay re-signed Nick Perry, but still need to replace Julius Peppers.  They could kick Matthews out to the outside, but I think they should keep him on the inside and take Davis to best utilize the talent they have at Linebacker.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech: I strongly believe the Steelers will be finding the guy who they think can be the heir to Ben Roethlisberger at this pick. He only has so much time left and has hinted at retirement. Pittsburgh extended Antonio Brown and is looking to extend Le'Veon Bell. They have the future figured out the at the skill positions, now time to figure it out for the Quarterback position.

31. Atlanta Falcons - Caleb Brantley DT Florida: Atlanta has a great offense, but their defense could use some work. Jonathan Babineaux has played for what seems like forever. Getting some youth in the center of that defensive line could carry this team a long way.

32. New Orleans Saints - Curtis Samuel WR/RB Ohio State: New Orleans traded Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks to New England for this pick.  They have a steady Running Back in Mark Ingram, however they lack an electric playmaker at this position.  Someone cut from the same cloth as Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles.  Samuel is very similar to these players, he is quick and elusive and great at catching the ball. They could line him up in the backfield or split out wide.  Samuel wold be a great acquisition for the Saints.