The NFL Draft is nearly here. There still willbe plenty of rumors and smokescreens between now and April 27. Most of them can be ignored at this point with the proverbial hay already in the barn.
Who will your team select in the first round of the draft? Omnisport provides the answers with its 2017 mock draft.
1. Cleveland Browns — Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: Garrett is simply the best prospect in the draft and has been expected to go to the Browns since they first clinched the No. 1 overall pick. In a draft class that is loaded with edge rushers, the 6-4, 272-pound Garrett is the best. After racking up 32 1/2 sacks in three seasons for the Aggies, Garrett showed what type of freakish athlete he is at the NFL Combine with a 4.64-second 40-yard dash, 33 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, a 41-inch vertical leap and a standing broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches.
2. San Francisco 49ers — Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford: The Niners need a quarterback, but No. 2 is too high to select one in a thin class. The 6-3, 273-pound Thomas gives the 49ers the edge rusher they also desperately need, and he fits the team’s new 4-3 system perfectly. Thomas recorded 11 1/2 sacks and 25 1/2 tackles for loss the last two seasons.
3. Chicago Bears — Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: Mike Glennon is not the future at quarterback, but selecting one here would be a reach. The Bears had just eight interceptions last season, second-worst in the NFL. Though there are injury concerns aboutLattimore, heis the most talented cornerback in the draft class. The first-team All-Big Ten pick had four interceptions and nine pass breakups last season.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars — Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: The Jaguars ranked in the bottom third in rushing offense last season, and Fournette is the type of workhorse they can use to take pressure off quarterback Blake Bortles. Fournette was bothered by an ankle injury last year, but the 6-foot, 240-pound power back still managed to average 6.5 yards per carry and score eight touchdowns. This is after he ran for 1,953 yards and 22 scores as a true sophomore.
5. Tennessee Titans(from Rams) — Jamal Adams, S, LSU: Some regard Adams as the best player in the draft, and the Titans need help in their secondary. The Titans signed former Jaguars safety Jonathan Cyprien last month, and Adams would be an upgrade over Kevin Byard. Adams is a well-rounded safety with good cover skills who can have an immediate impact.
6. New York Jets — Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: Clemson’s Deshaun Watson might be the most NFL-ready quarterback, but the Jets really like Trubisky. The Jets sent six representatives to the UNC pro day, including new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. The Jets then flew in Trubisky for a private workout. He has tremendous upside, but there is a concern he might not be ready after just 13 collegiate starts.
7. Los Angeles Chargers — Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State: The Chargers love Hooker and, if he’s here, they will snatch him. Hooker has raw, natural athletic ability and great potential. Though he had just one season as a starter for the Buckeyes, he showed himself to be an instinctiveplayer with great ball skills.
8. Carolina Panthers — Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: McCaffrey is a three-in-one player who can also be a workhorse back. He does everything well, including running between the tackles against a stacked box. Heis a sure-handed receiver and dynamic returner who is explosive and elusive in the open field.
9. Cincinnati Bengals — Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: The Bengals parted ways with Rey Maualuga after eight seasons and can find his replacement with the 6-foot, 230-pound Foster. Though a bit undersized for the position, Foster made an exponential jump in his play last year after shedding 20 pounds. He’s a plug-and-play linebacker who can make a nice tandem with Vontaze Burfict, who is entering the final year of his contract.
10. Buffalo Bills — Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: The Bills get themselves another Clemson receiver as the perfect complement to Sammy Watkins. Williams is the most athletic receiver in the draft class and, at 6-4, 218, has the size and length teams covet. Williams bounced back from a neck injury in 2015 to catch 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns for the national champions.
11. New Orleans Saints — Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama: Allen is considered by many to be a top-5 player, so getting him here would be a steal. He is a versatile and athletic lineman at 6-3, 286, strong enough to play inside and agile enough to kick out to defensive end. The Saints were 27th in total defense, 14th against the run, but 32nd against the pass.
12. Cleveland Browns(from Eagles) — Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: This is the perfect scenario for the Browns, who get the best player in the draft and follow it up by getting someone who can be their franchise quarterback. While there are some in the organization who would prefer Trubisky, there is not a more accomplished quarterback in the draft. Watson is a proven winner, and that is something the Browns desperately need.
13. Arizona Cardinals — O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: The Cardinals probably will go quarterback in the second round and could go cornerback here, but Howard is just too good to pass up here. He has a skill set like Carolina’s Greg Olsen and adding him would give the Cardinals a potential Pro Bowler and immediate upgrade.
14. Philadelphia Eagles(from Vikings) — Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado: Awuzie has gained steam over the last couple of months and was invited to Philadelphia for the draft.Awuzie is explosive on his break and has excellent length at 6-0, 202 with 31-inch arms. He had 22 pass breakups and three interceptions over the last two seasons and isn’t afraid to help against the run, with 15 tackles for loss over the last two years.
15. Indianapolis Colts — Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: Barnett lived in the backfield for the Vols with 32 sacks and 52 tackles for loss in three seasons. The Colts had the NFL’s third-worst defense last season, including 25th against the run. The Colts’ 33 sacks were tied for 19th and they had just eight interceptions, which tied for the second fewest. Barnett’s penetration into the backfield can help the Colts defense improve in every area.
16. Baltimore Ravens — Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan: Davis may have gone higher, but an ankle injury while training for the combine hurt his spring. The injury isn’t serious, but it preventedhim from running at the combine and WMU's pro day. Davis has prototypical size at 6-3, 209 and good speed. He was a first-team All-American last season with 97 catches for 1,500 yards and 19touchdowns, tied for tops in the FBS. With Steve Smith retired and Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace inconsistent, Davis has a chance to be Joe Flacco’s top receiver.
17. Washington Redskins — Haason Reddick, LB, Temple: Reddick is a freakish athlete who shined at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. A natural pass-rusher with a great burst off the snap, heshown the ability to cover in space, making him versatile as a possible 3-4 linebacker. Reddick can stack the line at the point of attack and also blitz from depth. He had 65 tackles last season with 22 1/2 tackles for loss and 10 1/2 sacks to earn first-team All-AAC honors.
18. Tennessee Titans — John Ross, WR, Washington: The Titans lack a deep threat, and Ross is the fastest player in the draft. The 5-11, 188-pound wideout broke the combine record with a 4.22-second 40-yard dash. He was a second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 after catching 81 passes for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. Adding Ross should open things underneath for Marcus Mariota to find tight end Delanie Walker and receiver Rishard Matthews.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: Cook might be the most talented running back in the class, but several off-field incidents have pushed him down. Despite character concerns, his talent is undeniable. He runs with power and speed, catches the ball well and is a solid blocker. Cook got better each of his three seasons and he can join former Seminoles teammate Jameis Winston in Tampa.
20. Denver Broncos — Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin: Ramczyk is the best tackle in the draft and was a team leader at Wisconsin. Regardless of who plays quarterback for the Broncos this season, they have to protect him. Left tackle Russell Okung left for the Chargers, and right tackle Donald Stephenson was simply not good. The Broncos signed former Raiders tackle Menelik Watson, who can play on the right while the Broncos plug in Ramczyk on the left.
21. Detroit Lions — Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri: Harris is another extremely athletic pass-rusher who can provide versatility for the Lions. He led the SEC with 18 1/2 tackles for loss in 2015 and added seven sacks. He came back with 12 TFLs and nine sacks last season. He has to use his hands better, but he’s a coachable player the Lions can use in a variety of ways.
22. Miami Dolphins — Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky: As the left tackle for the Hilltoppers, Lamp made a name for himself last September with a solid showing against Alabama. His stock has risen since. Lamp, who is projected as an NFL guard,does everything well and can solidify the left side of the Dolphins line alongside Laremy Tunsil.
23. New York Giants — Garett Bolles, OT, Utah: Bolles might be the most athletic tackle with surprisingly nimble feet for a man who is 6-5, 297. Heis technically sound but does need to get stronger and add some bulk. Bolles is ready to start right away for a Giants team that allowed only 22 sacks last yearbut had the NFL’s 29th-ranked rush offense. Bolles can replace Marshall Newhouse and give the Giants solid bookends with Ereck Flowers.
24. Oakland Raiders — Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt: Khalil Mack was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, but the Raiders had little else on defense. Cunningham had125 tackles, 16 1/2 for loss, last year to earn first-team All-American honors as a junior. He had 103 totaltackles (69 solo), 16.5 TFLs and 4 1/2 sacks in 2015. He can be a tackling machine at the next level, freeing up Mack.
25. Houston Texans — Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: Mahomes may not be ready to start Week 1, but he might have the biggest upside of this draft'squarterbacks. He has a cannon for an arm and throws an accurate deep ball. He has to work on intermediate throws but has all the tools to be an NFL quarterback. He played in a spread systembut still had to call out some complex plays at Texas Tech, and picking up an NFL offense should not be an issue.
26. Seattle Seahawks — Kevin King, CB, Washington: It’d be hard to pass up Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey here, but King is a long corner at 6-3, 200 pounds who would better fit Seattle’s Cover 3 defense. He can line up on an island, slide inside over the slot as a nickel corner or even play safety if the Seahawks need him to. He was a three-year starter at Washington and can give the Seahawks some insurance if and when they part ways with Richard Sherman.
27. Kansas City Chiefs — Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina: Jones —the most complete and accomplished receiver in the draft —is a perfect fit for the Chiefs and what Andy Reid wants in a receiver. He has ideal height and weight at 6-2, 201 and his stock soared after he ran a 4.45 40 at the combine. That was after he was the best receiver at the Senior Bowl.Jones caught 158 passes for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns last year to set the NCAA single-season record for receptions. He also finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leading receiver with 399 catches for 4,279 yards and 23 scores.
28. Dallas Cowboys — Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA: The Cowboys were stout against the run last season, but did not have much of a pass rush. McKinley can fill that void, especially with Randy Gregory expected to miss most of the season with another suspension. The 6-2, 250-pound McKinley wasfirst-team All-Pac-12 after recording 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss with six pass breakups. He’s a high-motor player who should have a productive NFL career.
29. Green Bay Packers — Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan: The Packers would consider a corner like Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey, Ohio State’s Gareon Conley or LSU’s Tre-Davious White here, but Peppers is a superb athlete who would give the Packers a Swiss Army knife. Peppers could be used as a safety, a nickel linebacker, over a slot receiver and as a return specialist. He also would help the Packers overcome the loss of Micah Hyde and might even be an upgrade over Hyde.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers — Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan: Though he was a full-time starter just one season, Charlton was a first-team All-Big Ten selection after collecting 9 1/2 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. At 6-6, 277, Charlton has superior length with 34-inch arms and can wreak havoc up front. He has to be more consistent, and a defensive coaching staff like Pittsburgh’s should help him develop into an every-down starter.
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31. Atlanta Falcons — Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: McDowell is another defensive lineman with good size (6-6, 295) and length (35-inch arms). He could stand to gain upper-body strength, but has an explosive first step. His lower body is extremely strong and he understands how to create leverage to get penetration. Despite reaching the Super Bowl, the Falcons had the NFL’s eighth-worst defense and were 17th against the rush. McDowell can help shore up things inside to help pass-rushers like Vic Beasley avoid double teams.
32. New Orleans Saintsfrom (Patriots) — Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: Should Humphrey be gone, Ohio State’s Gareon Conley would be another option. Humphrey is a player who can start right away and help upgrade a defense that allowed the most passing yards last season. Miami tight end David Njoku is another possibility as the Saints need to upgrade there and get Drew Brees another weapon.