A certain amount of insanity is needed to mock something as unpredictable as the NFL Draft. When someone decides to undertake the mammoth task of mocking all 253 selections through the seven rounds- including compensatory picks- while keeping tabs of team needs, styles of play, and what has been done in free agency (and the NFL Combine), a new level of crazy has been achieved. The rest of us get to benefit from this obsessive compulsive desire to chart every thought about the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft as Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski indeed mocked all seven rounds.
Below are snippets, follow the link to read the full reports.
No. 1 Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The possibility of pairing Garrett with Emmanuel Ogbah at defensive end along with Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey and Danny Shelton in Cleveland’s front seven is exciting. A year ago, the Browns tied for 30th in the NFL with only 26 sacks. The defense should dramatically improve with so much talent and mad scientist Gregg Williams calling plays. After years of ineptitude, a ferocious front would provide Cleveland with a starting point to move toward competitive football.
All that would be missing is a three-technique defensive tackle disruptor and a hybrid linebacker-safety. The thought of having two incredible speed demons on the edges in Ogbah and Garrett should give the rest of the division fits, while opening lanes up for Kirksey and Collins. Quite exciting to imagine the Browns have to just not screw it up at this point and write down the name Myles Garrett on the card for the No. 1 overall pick.
No. 12 Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
When studying the draft, a distinction must be made between what a player did in college and what he’s projected to do at the NFL level.
An argument in Watson’s favor can easily be made for the quarterback-starved franchise. His collegiate success speaks for itself. Yet there’s a feeling that Mahomes could develop into a truly special quarterback.
More and more draft analysts are coming around on Mahomes. His abilities pop on tape as he can throw the ball with velocity easier than any draft prospect in recent memory. Those who kill him for forcing the ball into tight windows must reconcile the fact he had seven less interceptions than the touted Deshaun Watson despite having more pass attempts.
Second Round selections for the Browns
No. 33 Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
No. 52 Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Obi provides that hybrid-type athlete though without the same productivity or overall football abilities as Jabrill Peppers (yet). The athletic upside though is limitless, and he could just be put on a seek-and-destroy mission from multiple places on the field.
Adams is an interesting choice. He provides the defensive tackle that the Browns need, but he plays more like a zero-tech even though he might line up in the three-tech position under Gregg Williams. It might force the defense to alter some schemes to allow Shelton to provide the penetration from the middle, while Adams provides the stout anchor on the line. It could provide some rather fun twists upon a standard defense.
Other Selections for the Browns
No. 65 Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
No. 108 Howard Wilson, CB, Houston
No. 145 Rudy Ford, S, Auburn
No. 175 Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane
No. 181 Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech
No. 185 Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State
No. 188 Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
Hodges, Wilson, and Dobbs all provide some great value for where they land in this mock. Hodges needs some serious refinement, but has all the abilities to become a dangerous weapon for Hue Jackson’s offense. Wilson probably has too much talent to land in the triple-digits of this draft, but the stacked cornerback class makes it a possibility. Taking a second quarterback late in the draft might remind some of the Redskins taking both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins in the same draft. The only issue with such a strategy would be the Browns would have three quarterbacks with limited experience (adding Cody Kessler) occupying all three quarterback roster spots.
Ford, Smart, Taylor, and Munson are all good enough selections for where they are taken as the entire draft is done well and Browns fans would not be disappointed with how this one played out.