Sep. 29, 2016
NFL Mock draft top 10 (Thru Week 14)
The NFL draft is just months away and it'll be interesting to see how many teams will move up the board this season with no quarterback worth the #1 selection. Defense is the name of the game this time around, so let's take a look at the top 10 and see who falls where.
Draft positions are due to records after week 14
1. Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett DE/OLB Texas A&M*
The Browns can't go wrong at #1 they have two All-American choices that could make an instant impact on a mediocre defense. I'd take Garrett because of his upside, but his off-the-field problems could drop him a couple of spots.
2. San Francisco 49ers- Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
Chip Kelly is looking for the big bang and Allen could make the Niners D-Line the strength of the defense with aggressive style play. Don't rule out Kelly trading this pick to acquire more picks to build up his type of Roster.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jabrill Peppers LB/S*
Jacksonville will probably have a new coach in 2017 and what better way to bring in a new regime that with a talented player that excels at multiple positions. Peppers will be a hybrid type player on defense and could make Cyprien expendable or help the Jags erase some of the mistakes they made last offseason in free agency.
4. Chicago Bears- Mike Williams WR Clemson*
Alshon Jeffrey's future is very much up in the air with Chicago and the nation's top receiver could fill that void quick. Williams is a precise route runner that has good hands and NFL scouts see him as the perfect package. Williams only knock is his neck injury that he suffered but he'll soon make GM's and scouts put that behind them.
5. Tennessee Titans (via L.A. Rams)- Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama*
It's time the Titans fix their secondary and Humphrey would be a great start. He has prototypical size for his position at 6'1 and he is a competitor. He is also an all around athlete that can make plays and his closing speed is something he's known for and he will definitely need it at the next level.
6. New York Jets- Leonard Fournette RB LSU*
Fournette is a game changer that could help resurrect the Jets offense and give them a unique talent at running back. Matt Forte is near the end of his road and this move would take a little bit of the pressure off of the future QB of the Jets.
7. Carolina Panthers- Rueben Foster ILB Alabama
Luke Kuechly is not promised tomorrow with his history of concussions and Thomas Davis is getting long in the tooth, going into his possible 13th season, so their possible replacement makes a lot of sense here. Foster is an animal sideline to sideline and has the instincts to be to be successful at the next level, the only thing he has to worry about is were he will start his career, inside or outside.
8. New Orleans Saints- Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State*
Corner is a definite need for the Saints and If Lattimore leaves school early this is a no-brainer at this spot. He is a natural playmaker that plays zone coverage well. The Saints will be young at corner but he would have one of the best defensive minds in Dennis Allen to guide him along.
9. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia) Tim Williams OLB Alabama
Williams is a disruptive force that can make plays in the back field whether it's stopping the run or sacking the QB, if you pair him with either Allen or Garrett then you have something good build on. There will be teams trying to jump into the top ten so this pick will be valuable in more ways than one, it could set them up for a good draft.
10. San Diego Chargers- Jamal Adams S LSU*
Adams is a pure talent that can be a leader on defense and in the locker room. He is a beast against the run and manages to always find his way in the box, not to mention he's a safety that can cover if need be. The Chargers need a leader in their defensive backfield.