Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: March 22, 2017.
Chicago Bears: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
- The Bears will need to draft a quarterback in 2018 if the Mike Glennon signing does not pan out. Sam Darnold dominated as a freshman redshirt earning some comparisons to Andrew Luck. His arm strength, accuracy, and mechanics are off the charts right now and there is no reason to think he won't be the #1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft at this point with his incredible size at 6-4 225 lbs after having 31 passing touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 2015.
Previous Pick: Jordan Whitehead, SS, Pittsburgh
2017 1st Round Pick: Jonathan Allen, 3-4 RE, Alabama
New York Jets: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
- If the Jets pick second overall in 2018 as well as 2017 then the Jets will give up on both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg to take a quarterback. Petty got cussed at by Jon Gruden, and even though he's beating out Geno Smith for the backup gig, that's not an indication that he's the quarterback of the future. It's more of an indication that the Jets need to be ready to draft a new quarterback in 2018. Josh Rosen should be the second overall pick.
- Josh Rosen was the top true freshman in College Football in 2015. Rosen had 3,670 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Rosen wasn't as dominant in 2016 and suffered a season ending injury. I still think Rosen is the top prospect after Darnold and like Darnold he would be drafted over any quarterback in 2017.
Previous Pick: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
2017 1st Round Pick: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
San Francisco 49ers: Saquan Barkley, RB, Penn State
- If the 49ers are picking 3 it means that Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley both failed. It also means that DeShone Kizer is ready to start. With Carlos Hyde having an expiring contract, I see him jumping ship as San Francisco replaces him
- The 5-11 223 lb Saquan Barkley had 272 carries, 1,476 rushing yards, and 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016. Barkley also had 28 receptions, 402 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns as well. Barkley is a beast and hands down the best prospect since Ezekiel Elliott at the running back position.
Previous Pick: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
2017 1st Round Pick: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Los Angeles Chargers: Mike McGlinchey, RT, Notre Dame
- Los Angeles got Russell Okung to be Philip Rivers blindside. A bookend right tackle who can challenge Okung for the left tackle job is still needed though and that is where Mike McGlinchey comes into play.
Previous Pick: Conor Williams, LT, Texas
2017 1st Round Pick: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
Los Angeles Rams: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
- The 6-4 215 lb Courtland Sutton had 76 receptions, 1,246 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Courtland Sutton is a complete receiver and finally gives Jared Goff a #1 target which allows Goff to blossom in year 3.
Previous Pick: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
2017 1st Round Pick: None
Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
- Jacksonville will give up on Blake Bortles if the Jaguars finish in last place in the AFC South once again. Lamar Jackson won the 2016 Heisman Trophy after throwing for 3,543 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Jacksonville won't hesitate to replace Bortles with Jackson if the Jaguars are the doormat of the AFC South division in 2017.
Previous Pick: Orlando Brown, LT, Oklahoma
2017 1st Round Pick: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Cincinnati Bengals: Mitch Hyatt, LT, Clemson
- Cincinnati a left tackle to replace Andrew Whitworth here. Mitch Hyatt is a blue chip left tackle that can protect Andy Dalton's blindside.
Previous Pick: Geron Christian, LT, Louisville
2017 1st Round Pick: Derek Barnett, RE, Tennnessee
Cleveland Browns: Jake Browning, QB, Washington
- The 6-2 206 lb Jake Browning had 2,955 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions as a true freshman in 2015. Washington has a pretty young offense so the first year adjustment is understandable when you consider Browning has to carry the Huskies. Browning did more with John Ross blossoming in 2016.
- Cleveland needs a real face of the franchise and Jake Browning is an ideal candidate to start right away. With Browning, Cleveland can contend for a wild card spot as early as 2018.
2017 1st Round Picks: Myles Garrett, RE, Texas A&M and Obi Melfonwu, FS, Connecticut
Minnesota Vikings: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
- In this mock, the Vikings got a top ten pick. Teddy Bridgewater got injured and may not be back with Minnesota until 2018 and that's assuming the Vikings use a fifth year player option on him.
- Teams that host the Super Bowl rarely make the playoffs. If the Vikings host Super Bowl 52 and miss the 2018 NFL Playoffs in Teddy Bridgewater's contract year after he won his first playoff game, then the Vikings will move on from him.
- The only offense Luke Falk knows is the shotgun spread offense. I think Falk will do well enough to be a top 10 pick after having 4,468 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Falk is the best quarterback available at 9.
Previous Pick: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
2017 1st Round Pick: None
Buffalo Bills: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
- The Buffalo Bills get Minkah Fitzpatrick here. Minkah Fitzpatrick is by far and away the top cornerback in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Previous Pick: Derwin James, SS, Florida State
2017 1st Round Pick: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Arizona Cardinals: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
- Arizona gets the successor to Carson Palmer. Josh Allen could have declared as a sophomore redshirt and probably would have been a first round pick. Allen will be a 2018 first round pick. He already runs a Pro Style offense at Wyoming. He just has to improve his accuracy by leaps and bounds at Wyoming without running back Brian Hill or wide receiver Tanner Gentry next season.
Previous Pick: J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
2017 1st Round Pick: Reuben Foster, 3-4 MLB, Alabama
Baltimore Ravens: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
- Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington had 71 receptions, 1,380 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2016. The 6-0 205 lb wide receiver is exactly what the Baltimore Ravens need with this pick.
Previous Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
2017 1st Round Pick: Charles Harris, 3-4 LOLB, Missouri
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
- Tampa Bay gets a running back here. Derrius Guice took the starting running back job from Leonard Fournette in 2016. Guice finished with 183 carries, 1,387 rushing yards, and 15 rushing touchdowns in 2016 as a true sophomore.
Previous Pick: Toby Weathersby, RT, LSU
2017 1st Round Pick: John Ross, WR, Washington
Dallas Cowboys: Bradley Chubb, RE, North Carolina State
- Dallas gets a 4-3 right end. Bradley Chubb had 21 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks in 2016 making him an ideal defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys at 6-4 275 lbs. Chubb can rush the quarterback or stop the run.
Previous Pick: Alijah Holder, CB, Stanford
2017 1st Round Pick: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Miami Dolphins: Duke Ejiofor, RE, Wake Forest
- Miami picked a defensive end here. Wake Forest defensive end Duke Ejiofor had 17 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks in 2016. Ejiofor dominated on tape against Florida State left tackle Roderick Johnson.
Previous Pick: Arden Key, 3-4 ROLB, LSU
2017 1st Round Pick: Haason Reddick, LOLB, Temple
New York Giants: Cameron Smith, MLB, USC
- In this mock, the Giants go from a wild card team to a team that is picking in the top half of the draft. I still have them getting the same player I gave them back in August.
- The 6-2 245 lb Cameron Smith had 48 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles, and 78 total tackles as a true freshman. Smith had 83 total tackles in 2016. Smith has ability to start at 4-3 middle linebacker right away if the Giants fail to find an upgrade to Keenan Robinson or Jasper Brinkley assuming neither gets renewed by the Giants in 2017 after their contracts are up. Robinson signed a 1-year extension making him a Free Agent in 2018 and Smith may be an upgrade over Robinson now.
2017 1st Round Pick: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama