Guest writer Charvin joins the Outta Bounds team to bring you the mock draft that both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have both been cheating off of.
Alright everybody, were 15 days away so now is the perfect time to break out the Official Outta Bounds NFL Mock Draft. There have been countless hours of research, film study, coffee breaks and take-out that have led to this exact moment. Buckle up because this it’s about to get real.
First Overall Pick
The Cleveland Browns select Myles Garrett (DE, Texas A&M)
There honestly isn’t much analysis needed into this selection. Garrett is an absolute freak and will be dominant from day one. 32.5 sacks in 36 career starts pretty much says it all. But in typical Cleveland fashion they are considering drafting Mitch Trubisky reportedly… Never change Cleveland, never change.
Second Overall Pick
The San Francisco 49ers select Solomon Thomas (DE, Stanford)
Thomas only played two years and wasn’t talked about much throughout the season but his rise shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. He has an incredible first step and isn’t afraid to push people’s shit in. Solomon had 8 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and 63 total tackles this past season. Keeping him as a local star from Stanford is just an added bonus.
Third Overall Pick
The Chicago Bears select Jonathon Allen (DT, Alabama)
This is the spot that becomes a toss up. I could see Allen, Lattimore, or Adams going here and I wouldn’t bat an eye. The Bears clearly need help in the secondary but Allen’s overall talent and versatility will make it tough for Chicago to pass up. Allen was somewhat limited in his first two years because of how stacked Alabama has become but he got 22.5 sacks the past two seasons. The Bears could also trade down because they lack talent all over the field, but for our intents and purposes we will have Big Jon be the pick.
Fourth Overall Pick
The Jacksonville Jaguars select Jamal Adams (S, LSU)
Leonard Fournette is the money pick but I think they can snag a different running back later to pair with Yeldon. So why not draft Adams and have the best young secondary in the NF? Adams is known for laying the wood but recorded 5 interceptions in his career, not bad for a safety that plays close to the line. He will excel with Barry Church next to him and Ramsey and Bouye on the wings.
Fifth Overall Pick
The Tennessee Titans select Hasson Reddick (LB, Temple)
Reddick was a stud at the Senior Bowl and dominated the whole combine process. Malik Hooker is a possibility because he would pair well with Johnathan Cyprien but it’s hard to turn down a linebacker as athletic and prolific as Hasson, even if he played against weaker competition. Any linebacker running a 4.5 second 40-yard dash is impressive, add in his instincts and ability to get to the quarterback (9.5 sacks his senior year) and it feels like the perfect fit.
Sixth Overall Pick
The New York Jets select Marshon Lattimore (CB, Ohio State)
With rumors swirling around Darrelle Revis’ future, it would be wise to snap up the best cover corner in the draft. He only started one season but he has incredible speed and hands, getting 4 interceptions this past season. There are talks that some teams want trade up to the Titans spot if Marshon is still available but I think they hold firm and the Jets will snatch him up.
Seventh Overall Pick
The Los Angeles Chargers(weird as shit) select Malik Hooker (S, Ohio State)
The Chargers are still looking for a replacement for Eric Weddle and Hooker checks off all the boxes that Weddle did. He is an incredible ball-hawk, 7 picks last season, and isn’t afraid to step up in run support. He needs some work in the running game but he is exactly what the Chargers need right now.
Eighth Overall Pick
The Carolina Panthers select Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)
This is dream scenario for the Panthers, getting their top target and best team fit because the teams in front of them don’t have a big need. Injuries hampered Fournette last season but he was unstoppable as a sophomore with 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns. Plus Jonathan Stewart isn’t getting any younger and Cam Newton should probably stop being their primary ball carrier.
Ninth Overall Pick
The Cincinnati Bengals select Mike Williams (WR, Clemson)
Wide Reciever is going to be the pick but which one could vary. Williams is the best in my opinion but someone like John Ross, who could have won a fucking island because he’s so fast, would be great next to AJ Green. Corey Davis is another option but he’s a little too similar in style to Green.
Tenth Overall Pick
The Buffalo Bills select Corey Davis (WR, Western Michigan)
This was a very difficult selection for me. On one hand, the Bills have so many needs and there are better true fits like OJ Howard. On the other hand they need someone to take pressure of Sammy Watkins and another wide receiver makes that easier than a tight end. Adding a player with 97 catches, 1500 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, regardless of the competition, should help Tyrod Taylor out.
Eleventh Overall Pick
The New Orleans Saints select Reuben Foster (LB, Alabama)
Some people have been scared off by his combine incident and worry about how he will handle the increased scrutiny in the NFL; I am not one of those people. The Saints need linebackers and Foster is one of the best inside linebackers in recent memory. He has speed sideline to sideline and oh man can he lay the lumber.
Twelfth Overall Pick
The Cleveland Browns select DeShaun Watson (QB, Clemson)
Cleveland should be picking the best player available and trying Cody Kessler one more season, I just don’t think that’s what will actually happen. Watson has been slowly rising up the boards and he’s a proven winner. OJ Howard would be an excellent selection if they decide to go away from the QB’s.
Thirteenth Overall Pick
The Arizona Cardinals select Mitch Trubisky (QB, North Carolina)
Carson Palmer isn’t going to last forever and Trubisky would be an excellent candidate to redshirt and take over in 2018. They could go off the rails with someone like Zay Jones, a possession receiver to learn behind Larry Fitzgerald, but that would be risky with a potential franchise quarterback still on the board.
Fourteenth Overall Pick
The Philadelphia Eagles select Gareon Conley (CB, Ohio State)
This is the third member of the Ohio State secondary to be drafted in the first round. Conley was incredible at the combine and his stock has skyrocketed since. He had six interceptions in his two years as a starter, not the best in the world but not bad with how much talent was around him. His slightly undersized and won’t live up to a pick this high but will be able to play well immediately.
Fifteenth Overall Pick
The Indianapolis Colts select Forrest Lamp (G, Western Kentucky)
The Colts need to find a way to keep Andrew Luck healthy, so drafting the best lineman in the draft seems like the obvious choice. The Colts have made some pretty horrendous decisions in the past, selecting players that they shouldn’t have and wasting picks in bad trades, but I think they right the ship this year and solidify a very poor offensive line.
Sixteenth Overall Pick
The Baltimore Ravens select OJ Howard (TE, Alabama)
Tight end isn’t a big need for the Ravens but Howard is on of the six best true talents in the draft. He is a huge body that can block with soft hands and great route running. He knows what it takes to win and won’t cause any issues for the Baltimore brass, something they could use a little more of. Derek Barnett is a possibility because of the age along the defensive line but this pick makes too much sense.
Seventeenth Overall Pick
The Washington Redskins select Derek Barnett (DE, Tennessee)
The Redskins could go running back with Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffery, two players that would add another dimension to the offense after the top two wide receivers left, but I think they shore up their defense. Zay Jones isn’t out of the question either as an elite possession receiver (he had one game with 22 catches) but Bruce Allen is in charge now not Scott McCloughan and he was pissed Scott drafted a wide receiver last year. Takkarist McKinley will also get a look because of versatility, but again there’s just too much talent to pass on Barnett.
Eighteenth Overall Pick
The Tennessee Titans select John Ross (WR, Washington)
I mentioned it above but it bears repeating, John Ross is so fast he could have won a fucking island. Adidas said they would buy an island if someone wore their shoes and ran the fastest time in combine history but Ross stuck with Nike and turned the island down. He isn’t just a fast player though, he runs excellent routes and would be a perfect fit with the open offense and Mariota.
Nineteenth Overall Pick
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select David Njoku (TE, Miami)
The Bucs added DeSean Jackson but need to keep adding offensive talent to pair with Jamies Winston and Doug Martin. Tight end is the biggest need and Njoku has been rising up draft boards throughout the year. He is an athletic freak; 4.64 forty and 11-foot-1-inch broad jump, that has the speed to beat you down field but the power to run you over or hold a block.
Twentieth Overall Pick
The Denver Broncos select Garrett Bolles (OT, Utah)
Bolles might not be the best tackle prospect available but he is the best true left tackle prospect. His athleticism allows him to catch outside speed rushers better than most and the Broncos have to find a way to give Trevor Seiman more time. Cam Robinson or Ryan Ramczyk could be the pick but I give the edge to Bolles because of his upside.
Twenty-first Overall Pick
The Detroit Lions select Takkarist McKinley (DE, UCLA)
The Lions have to shore up their defense and an edge rusher to pair with Ziggy Ansah could be lethal. McKinley has the versatility to be a 3-4 outside linebacker or a 4-3 defensive end, either way he knows how to get to the quarterback and if he produces anywhere near the 10 sacks he recorded during his senior year the Lions will be ecstatic.
Twenty-second Overall Pick
The Miami Dolphins select Jarrad Davis (LB, Florida)
Davis had the chance to rise up the board at the combine but missed that opportunity because of an injury. He showed out at his pro day but those typically don’t hold as much weight. He recorded 158 tackles the past two years but has some durability concerns. If he can show teams he’s healthy, and reports have been good so far, he could easily go higher.
Twenty-third Overall Pick
The New York Giants select Cam Robinson (OT, Alabama)
It’s tough to pick an offensive tackle after the Giants spent the 9th overall pick on a tackle in last years draft, but there are already concerns about Ereck Flowers holding up as a left tackle. Robinson was a starter from day one and is an excellent run blocker, something the Giants need to improve if they want to help Eli Manning prolong his career.
Twenty-fourth Overall Pick-
The Oakland Raiders select Malik McDowell (DT, Michigan State)
Malik is the top rated defensive tackle in the draft by some NFL experts and the Raiders could use some help along the line. McDowell is honestly a perfect fit for the bad boy Raiders of old because he will beat the shit out of you after the whistle and not think twice about it. McDowell plays with a clear mean streak and will make the adjustment from the college game very well.
Twenty-fifth Overall Pick
The Houston Texans select Ryan Ramczyk (OT, Wisconsin)
I was very close to going with a quarterback here but it won’t matter who lines up behind center if they can’t keep him upright. This pick allows the Texans to train up one of the better OT prospects behind one of the best tackles in the league, Duane Brown. I’ll say it again, Patrick Mahomes was strongly considered but I think they will wait until round two to pick a signal caller.
Twenty-sixth Overall Pick
The Seattle Seahawks select Marlon Humphrey (CB, Alabama)
Marlon is somewhat underrated because he got picked on at times throughout the year but he is an incredible talent. If the Alabama CB’s had done better in the NFL the last few years then he would probably be higher on the board. The Seahawks are seriously considering trading Richard Sherman but even if they don’t it would be wise to get an understudy because he won’t be around forever.
Twenty-seventh Overall Pick
The Kansas City Chiefs select Christian McCaffery (RB, Stanford)
Dalvin Cook is the better fit but it’s hard to pass up someone as well rounded as McCaffery at this point in the draft. He had no business falling this far but the needs just weren’t there higher up. They could go with Mahomes to prepare for life after Alex Smith but it makes more sense to assemble the best talent now and try to win it all next year and then find his replacement.
Twenty-eighth Overall Pick
The Dallas Cowboys select Tre’Davious White (CB, LSU)
There are so many small needs that it’s hard to really predict which way the Cowboys will go. They need some help on the defensive line but they lost too much in the secondary to avoid picking someone there. There are honestly four or five guys it could be but White is the fit that makes the most sense.
Twenty-ninth Overall Pick
The Green Bay Packers select Dalvin Cook (RB, Florida State)
Cook is insanely versatile and if this were a talent based big board and not a mock draft I would easily peg him in the top fifteen. Outside of some small fumbling issues, which I think have been over exaggerated, there is nothing Cook can’t do. He’s elusive, can run people over, has breakaway speed and can catch it out of the backfield. If he actually lands with the Packers I think he has a great shot at becoming Rookie of the Year.
Thirtieth Overall Pick
The Pittsburgh Steelers select Charles Harris (DE, Missouri)
The Steelers need to infuse youth along their defensive line and Harris is an excellent candidate. Some mock drafts have him going as high as 20th, but I just can’t see that happening. He has very obvious skills rushing the passer but he needs to get stronger to hold up against the size of NFL tackles. If he can find the inner strength to become a bulldog, he will be a steal this late.
Thirty-first Overall Pick
The Atlanta Falcons select Taco Charlton (DE, Michigan)
Charlton will never be a superstar but he should immediately become a very solid player. The Falcons made it to the Super Bowl with a subpar pass rush, at least from the defensive line, and this should take pressure off their secondary to really round out the defense. Plus think about how much fun Gruden is going to have next year talking about a guy named Taco on MNF.
Thirty-second Overall Pick
The New Orleans Saints select Patrick Mahomes (QB, Texas Tech)
The Saints really need to start preparing for a post Drew Brees era and this would be a perfect match. Mahomes needs time to develop and learning behind a Hall of Famer sounds like a pretty great deal. It also allows the Saints to take the pressure of Mahomes, unlike most first round quarterbacks these days, and unleash him at the right time. The air-raid offense can be a tricky transition to the NFL so this is really the best move for everyone involved.
And that’s a wrap for the Outta Bounds first round mock draft. I can’t guarantee it will be perfect but I will guarantee that every selection is correct and NFL teams would be dumb as idiots not to listen to my advice… Looking at you Cleveland.