The Cleveland Browns have locked up the top pick with a 1-15 season. They should take Myles Garrett here and begin the rebuild in Cleveland.
Right now Cleveland needs to just take the best player that will help them win and that player is Myles Garrett, a generational talent from Texas A&M who is the best pass rusher since Von Miller. Garrett has 8.5 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, and 10 quarterback hurries in 2016 despite being triple teamed by left tackles, left guards, and centers. Garrett declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Cleveland is switching to the 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Greg Williams. Garrett is still the pick at 6-5 272 lbs after many expected him to weigh 6-4 270 lbs since Garrett is an exceptional talent with the versatility to play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker on either side. Watching Garrett face Joe Thomas in training camp will be a treat itself.
Emmanuel Ogbah will likely compliment Garrett at 4-3 left end. Ogbah played in a 4-3 defense at Oklahoma State and will do better in a 4-3 defense. Carl Nassib will be rotational guy behind Garrett and Ogbah at defensive end. Danny Shelton who plays nose tackle for Cleveland also played in a 4-3 defense at Washington, but Cleveland will need a defensive tackle to compliment Shelton in the first or second round. Cleveland will also have Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey, and Demario Davis as 4-3 linebackers with Nate Orchard as a 4-3 outside linebacker for depth. Overall Cleveland is building an excellent foundation with Myles Garrett as a once in a generation edge rusher regardless of whether they operate the 4-3 or 3-4 scheme with this pick.
The bottom line is this. Myles Garrett is the top player. If Cleveland passes on Garrett they will go from an A+ grade to an F grade.
Chicago gave up a 2017 third round pick, a 2017 fourth round pick, and a 2018 third round pick to move up one spot for a quarterback that I have a third round grade on. Terrible selection by the Bears.
The 6-2 222 lb quarterback had 3,748 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Trubisky struggled against Stanford in his bowl game. Some people have a first round grade on Trubisky, but I view him as a second round prospect.
I have Thomas at 8 on my board. He fills a need at left end and with all the picks the 49ers got this is easily an A+ grade.
Kyle Shanahan convinced Charlie Casserly to pass on a quarterback and a running back at 2 for a pass rusher in Mario Williams. San Francisco follows suit by doing the same thing and taking Solomon Thomas. Thomas was in a class with John Lynch during his freshman year at Stanford and they worked with each other on a class project. I can honestly see Solomon Thomas, Leonard Fournette, Reuben Foster, or Marshon Lattimore being the pick here with all 4 players being excellent scheme fits and needs for the 49ers 4-3 defense.
The 6-3 273 lb Solomon Thomas had 15 tackles for a loss and 8 sacks in 2016. The sophomore redshirt is expected to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Thomas could do well as a 4-3 left end. Thomas never lined up at 4-3 right end on tape at Stanford. I love Thomas a run stuffer right now and I really like his rip and swim moves on tape. He just needs to go to a team where he faces right tackles and all the pressure isn't on him to be that sack artist right away. San Francisco is that kind of team right now and in San Francisco you'd have Aaron Lynch at 4-3 right end, Arik Armstead at defensive tackle, DeForest Buckner at defensive tackle, and Solomon Thomas as a 4-3 left end.
Jacksonville addressed cornerback with A.J. Bouye, but I also feel like they could use Marshon Lattimore since I see Bouye as a nickel corner at best. The Jaguars also added Barry Church in Free Agency. This leads me to believe that Leonard Fournette or Marshon Lattimore is now the pick at 4. Jacksonville brought in Leonard Fournette for a workout and did not workout Marshon Lattimore which leads me to believe that Fournette is going to be picked by the Jaguars.
Corey Davis gives Mariota a #1 target. I had Williams ahead of Davis, but I actually think this is a solid pick despite being a reach.
The 6-3 209 lb Corey Davis had 97 receptions, 1,500 receiving yards, and 19 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Davis dominated against Buffalo when College Gameday went to Western Michigan with 13 receptions, 173 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Davis impresses on tape with his hands, route running, jumping, and speed on tape. Davis is a first round receiver when watching his tape, but he did not workout at the 2017 NFL Combine or Western Michigan's 2017 NFL Pro Day, yet he will still get picked in the top half of the draft due to his ability on tape.
The Jets get Jamal Adams because he has the versatility to play both safety spots at strong safety and free safety at 5-11 214 lbs. Adams can play man, zone, or press coverage effectively. Adams is the most complete safety in this draft.
I like this pick. The Chargers had greater needs on defense though which is why I cannot give the Chargers an A+ grade, but this is a great pick.
Mike Williams is only 6-3 218 lbs compared to the 6-4 225 lb freak we initially thought he was. Williams did not run in the 2017 NFL Combine after there were rumors he'd run a 4.6 40-time. His 32.5 inch vertical was also underwhelming.
Mike Williams had 98 receptions, 1,361 receiving yards, and a career high 11 receiving touchdowns. Williams has the hands, route running, speed, burst off the snap, catching in traffic, spectacular catching, and jumping you look for in a #1 target on tape.
Patrick Mahomes is my favorite quarterback in this draft and it's not even close. I think the Chiefs can afford to give up a 2018 first round pick for Mahomes.
The 6-3 230 lb Patrick Mahomes had 5,032 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 12 rushing touchdowns, 53 total touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2016. Mahomes is a quarterback that ran a pro style offense in high school and I believe he can play in any offensive scheme. Mahomes is a first round prospect after acing the draft process. Kansas City got Alex Smith's successor here.
Deshaun Watson is a guy I had a second round grade on. Houston gave up a 2018 first rounder and the 25th pick for a second round quarterback. That's why the Texans got a C- grade.
The 6-2 221 lb Deshaun Watson had 4,593 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, and 17 interceptions in 2016. Watson had a rough 2016 for most of the year, but went 36/56 against the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide with 420 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Watson can operate a vertical offense, a balanced run first offense, a west coast offense, or a shotgun spread offense. His one weakness is throwing into coverage, but he's grown leaps and bounds since the 2017 College Football Playoff started. Watson did well at the NFL Combine, but struggled with throwing to the left at Clemson's Pro Day.
Haason Reddick was a late riser, but he's versatile enough to play outside or inside linebacker. Reddick is a solid pick, but gets a B- grade here with Foster still on the board.
The Cardinals draft the 6-1 237 lb Hasson Reddick with no tight ends available. Reddick played both 4-3 right end and 4-3 left end at Temple off the edge despite his size. Reddick showed the versatility to play both outside and inside linebacker as a plug-in-play linebacker back in Mobile. He dropped back into coverage well during Senior Bowl Week and had 43 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 65 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for a loss, and 10.5 sacks in 2016 during his senior season at Temple. He also abused Notre Dame offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley and Mike McGlinchey on tape in 2015 validating his consistency.
The 6-3 259 lb Derek Barnett had 40 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 56 total tackles, 13 sacks, 19 tackles for a loss, and 16 quarterback hurries in 2016. Barnett got by Cam Robinson, Avery Gennesy, and David Sharpe on tape. Barnett had 33 career sacks in each of his three years at Tennessee with a minimum of 10 sacks in each of his three seasons at Tennessee. Taking Barnett is the smartest thing the Eagles can do though since he is someone that can push Myles Garrett the same way Khalil Mack pushed Jadeveon Clowney. Barnett declared for the 2017 NFL Draft as well.
Malik Hooker was a top 5 prospect. This is easily an A+ grade because now the Colts can have Clayton Geathers at strong safety and have Malik Hooker at free safety.
Hooker is an exceptional safety that played running back, wide receiver and defensive back at all 4 spots CB, SS, FS, and was a return specialist on top of that at New Castle High School before converting to safety at Ohio State. Hooker has the versatility to play both strong safety and free safety. Hooker can play man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage just like LSU safety Jamal Adams.