With just a handful of days remaining until the Cleveland Browns are officially on the clock, more and more smoke (or true information) continues to emerge surrounding what they will do with the number one pick. I see no plausible scenario in which they trade it for almost anything, so instead of speculating around something like that, I've decided to put together a mock that includes other trades that may go down.
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
While there is some alleged internal strife over what to do with this pick, the Browns would be wise to snag this generational talent and then target a quarterback at a later point.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford
The word on the street is that Kyle Shanahan may be interested in building his offense around Leonard Fournette starting with this pick, but history suggests that he will be able to turn Carlos Hyde (or a bargain type player) into a pro bowl runner. Based on that, going best player available with Thomas at number two makes the most sense.
3. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams, SS, LSU
The Bears have the makings of a fascinating defense already, and injecting Adams into the mix just might help them make the jump to legitimacy.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
It’s tough to tell what the Jags may do here, but they've already invested so much into their defense and have a clear need at running back. Fournette could solve that problem for them for the next decade or so.
5. TRADE: Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
This is where things start to get interesting, as the Jets who sit at number six have started to talk about their interest in several different quarterbacks. This could be smoke to push better players their way, but regardless, the Browns can't afford to screw around if they like one of these guys. Apparently Hue Jackson is a Mitchell Trubisky fan, so whether it is him, Deshaun Watson, or someone else, don't be surprised to see Cleveland get proactive in their pursuit of a passer considering their amount of ammunition to do so.
6. New York Jets: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
I’m of the mind that the Jets are simply posturing in their love of these quarterbacks. Regardless of what Todd Bowles says, they know they are a few years away, and as a result, I have them taking the best player on the board and waiting for someone such as San Darnold to become available to them down the road.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
This is the exact spot that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Mike Evans several years ago, and this is probably the right spot for a guy who is reminiscent of him, and a team that could use that type of receiving talent.
8. Carolina Panthers: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Panthers could go running back here, but after they jettisoned Josh Norman, I’m sure they'd like to see more of a presence at this position in 2017.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
The Bengals are in a good spot to start restocking the cupboard, and Reddick would fit in nicely with Vontaze Burfict in the middle of that defense.
10. Buffalo Bills: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
The Bills need some serious help at pass catcher, and receiver is in play for them after a somewhat underwhelming start to Sammy Watkins’ career based on his pre draft projections. Howard is essentially a massive slot receiver that would give Tyrod Taylor help in the middle of the field, which he struggles throwing to at times.
11. New Orleans Saints: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
This could be a coup for the Saints, as some see Watson as an NFL ready player from the word go. Even if he isn’t, there are certainly worse people to learn from in terms of playing the quarterback position than Sean Payton and Drew Brees for a while.
12. Tennessee Titans (From CLE): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
After trading back and acquiring more picks in the Trubisky deal, the Titans add some help in what is starting to look like their only truly weak position. If they aren’t already AFC South favorites, Davis should help the Titans make that leap.
13. TRADE: Baltimore Ravens: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Sitting right in the middle of the first round, it’s tough to tell where the Ravens will go with their pick. Receiver, O-Line, linebacker, and defensive back are all needs for the team, but I have Ozzie Newsome getting aggressive here to go after a player from his beloved Crimson Tide defense. Foster can play all over the field, and him lining up next to CJ Mosley would make this already good defense into a legitimately elite unit.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
The Eagles are making serious investments into Carson Wentz, and if their reported interest in the former Cardinal spark plug is real, this would be yet another fantastic move in line with that strategy.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
34 year old Frank Gore just doesn't do it for me, and I doubt he does much for Andrew Luck or Chris Ballard either. Cook would be the right replacement for him at 15.
16. Arizona Cardinals (From BAL): John Ross, WR, Washington
The Cardinals better be ready to load up for a final run with Carson Palmer. This pick would not only help with that, but also would be forward thinking in that it provides an eventual replacement for the great Larry Fitzgerald.
17. Washington Redskins: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
The Redskins need help on defense, and picking Conley would be a nice start in supplementing Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland.
18. Tennessee Titans: Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
Allen experiences a pretty harsh slide here, after early draft buzz had him as a lock for the top three. Regardless, he's going to be a good player, and the Titans would be happy to nab him at number 18.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami
This may be a bit of a reach for Njoku here, but when the Bucs see him snatching up high point lobs from Jameis Winston in the fall, I’m sure they'll get over it.
20. Denver Broncos: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
It’s back to the basics for John Elway, whose flashy moves have gained him notoriety over the years. In a somewhat safe move, he finally picks up some OL help that will be crucial to keeping Trevor Simeian and Paxton Lynch upright moving forward.
21. Detroit Lions: Takkarist McKinley EDGE, UCLA
The Lions were an underwhelming playoff team in 2016, and to get back, they'll need to stop pulling off wins by the skin of their teeth. A good way to do that is rush the passer, which McKinley is certainly capable of.
22. TRADE: Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
The Texans were right to move on from their absolute whiff in the form of Brock Osweiler, even if they had to give up draft capital to do it. The pick they gave up is for 2018, so that leaves them room to swipe up the gunslinger from Lubbock with crazy swag and even more insane arm talent. The Giants at 23 would be a good developmental spot for him, so this move makes sense to pull the trigger on now. It would also round out an already complete roster that can't afford a year of Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden behind center.
23. New York Giants: Charles Harris, EDGE, Missouri
The Giants need offensive line help (again) but I have them building strength on strength by adding the wrecker Harris into the mix with JPP and Olivier Vernon.
24. Oakland Raiders: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
The Raiders are rounding into form as a perennial AFC powerhouse, and some defensive help like this could push them over the top as one of them.
25. Miami Dolphins (From HOU): Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan
The Dolphins have finally moved on from the colossal bust that was Dion Jordan, and will be looking to get it right this time with the plug and play Charlton.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Ohio State
The Seahawks know that they can't keep sending Russell Wilson out behind the woodshed every year with these terrible offensive lines. To help remedy that, Ramczyk is the pick for them at 26.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Chiefs could go quarterback at this spot, but their roster is Super Bowl ready, and with most of the signal callers already gone, I could see them capitalizing on their window with Alex Smith by strengthening an already stout defensive backfield.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Obi Melifonwu, DB, Connecticut
Jerry Jones likes shiny things and exciting players, and Melifonwu is a legit workout warrior in the same vein as current Cowboy and former Huskie Byron Jones. Those two in the same secondary is exciting and shiny indeed.
29. Green Bay Packers: Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
Ted Thompson is almost the opposite of Jerry Jones in that he seems to embrace the boring. Wormley isn't the most flashy pick, but a great defense is the perfect complement to the best quarterback on planet Earth who Green Bay currently has on the other side of the football.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Deshone Kizer, QB, Norte Dame
In a few years, this could be a nightmare scenario for anyone who hates this team (AKA myself, and a lot of you reading this). Kizer is raw, and there are questions about his attitude, but if he hits, Pittsburgh will again be blessed at the position which they have had very little issues with for the past 15 years. Add in the fact that Ben Roethlisberger can't seem to stay on the field, and this may have more immediate impact than we may think.
31. Atlanta Falcons: Budda Baker, S, Washington
The Falcons have great talent all over the field, and throwing Baker into an already stacked secondary is too tempting to pass up.
32. New Orleans Saints (From NE): Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Interestingly, this is a player that was mocked to New Orleans with their first pick early in the process. Since then, they've picked up another selection, and could use it on the rusher who is being projected to experience a bit of a slide on draft night.