There is still a lot of football to be played, but mock drafts are always fun. The order is as of Saturday, October 29. This post will only include picks through the Ravens. Keep an eye out for the second half of the mock draft coming soon.
Cleveland Browns - DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
His team hasn't performed as well as expected, but that isn't on Kizer. Kizer’s stats are slightly down from last season, but they are still impressive given the overall lack of talent around him. He still has a 147.7 passer rating, and is widely regarded as the most NFL-ready quarterback among draft analysts.
San Francisco 49ers - Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Watson is on pace to at least match his historic 2015 season, where he passed for over 4000 yards, and rushed for over 1000. He may have slightly more upside than Kizer, but is slightly more of a risk. But Watson has the potential to be the play maker at quarterback that the 49ers desperately lack.
Chicago Bears - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Garrett is the consensus number one player available, but he falls to the Bears as teams in front have stronger needs at quarterback. The Bears are getting an absolute steal with Garrett. They can pair him with last year’s first round pick, Leonard Floyd, to create a very scary pass rush off the edges.
Carolina Panthers - Jabrill Peppers, LB/S, Michigan
The do-it-all Michigan star is a perfect fit for the Panthers. The Panther secondary has been brutally bad, and Peppers provides a quick fix. He has the ability to play corner in addition to linebackers and safety. Plus, with Thomas Davis nearing the end of his career, Peppers can be the linebacker of the future in Carolina. And as if that wasn’t enough, Peppers is a dangerous returner who is capable of bringing it to the house every time he touches the ball. The Panthers likely wouldn’t use him on offense like Michigan is, but it is yet another thing that he has the ability to do well.
New York Jets - Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
One of the few teams with a worse secondary than the Panthers, the Jets desperately need a corner. Darrelle Revis is on the back end of his career and isn’t the same guy he used to be. Tabor is a corner capable of filling Revis’s shoes. Tabor is a fantastic cover corner, regarded by some draft analysts to be better than former Florida corner Vernon Hargreaves who went in the first round in 2016. He does have some off-field conerns but is still the best corner on the board.
Jacksonville Jaguars - Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Allen is the heart and soul of the dominant Alabama defense, and he is a perfect fit for Jacksonville. Jacksonville needs a boost up front, as shown by their complete inability to slow the Titans offense in Week 8. Plus, they are getting a steal with Allen falling into their lap.
New Orleans Saints - Desmond King, CB, Iowa
King may not be the best player on the board, but the Saints need at corner is to great to pass on the Iowa Hawkeye. King has the size and cover skills that NFL scouts love. He won the Jim Thorpe award for being the best corner in the nation last year, and he has been just as good this year.
San Diego Chargers - Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
After passing on Ronnie Stanley and the other top linemen in 2016, the Chargers need to take a lineman, and the number one ranked big man will be available when San Diego is on the clock. Robinson has seen his stock drop this year, but he is still the best offensive lineman available. The Chargers need help protecting Philip Rivers, as well as opening up holes for Melvin Gordon. Robinson is the perfect guy to strengthen what is a weak offensive line in San Diego.
Miami Dolphins - Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (FL)
The hate on Ryan Tannehill has largely decreased of late as the Dolphins offense has been rolling. But it has been Jay Ajayi who has played at an otherworldly level, not Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill has just as many interceptions as touchdowns this season (seven). As a result, the Dolphins will look to Kaaya. Kaaya is the prototypical pocket passing quarterback, with good field vision, and a great touch on his deep ball. However, he lacks mobility to avoid sacks. The Miami Hurricane will not even have to change locker rooms as he becomes the replacement for Tannehill.
Los Angeles Rams - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Davis is by far the best player you have never heard of. Davis hauled in over 1,400 receiving yards in each of the last two seasons. This year, he is already over 700 yards receiving yards in just eight games. Davis is a big receiver (6’3", 213 pounds), and has the speed (4.48 40yd dash) to burn corners deep down the field. However, he is known as a strong route runner who can create plays all over the field, similar to Antonio Brown. Davis is the kind of big play receiver the Rams need to provide energy to their offense.
Indianapolis Colts - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Colts must be jumping for joy that Fournette is still on the board at 11 overall. Fournette is an absolute beast of a runner and has all the makings of a superstar NFL back. Fournette has missed time this season, but has still amassed 670 yards in just four games. He has been unstoppable. His stiff arm is one of the most dominant moves in college football. Pairing Andrew Luck with Fournette could make for a deadly offensive combination for years to come.
Cincinnati Bengals - Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
This is an easy one. The Bengals have really struggled against the run this season, so let's give them one of the best run stoppers on the board. Barnett is a force in the backfield, rarely letting running backs get passed him. He’s also solid as a pass rusher, the kind of player that screams to be in the AFC North.
Baltimore Ravens - Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
The Ravens have a massive need for help in the secondary, and Jourdan Lewis fills the role the Ravens are looking for. Jimmy Smith is the clear number one corner in the Ravens secondary, but all opposing offenses have to do in order to have success is just throw at any other corner. Lewis is a fantastic cover corner, already making two interceptions in just five games, one of which being a superhuman catch to provide the dagger against Wisconsin. Before Michigan’s win over Michigan State, Lewis had 31 passes defended in his career, good for 12th in the NCAA since 2005. Lewis was coached by Jim Harbaugh the past two seasons, which likely will ease his transition to Baltimore.