The lead up and hype of the NFL Draft is all of the buzz around the media this week. The first round of the 2017 draft will take place on Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Here is how we see round one shaking out.
1. Cleveland Browns — Garett Myles, DE, Texas A&M
Browns take the best player in draft, a defensive cornerstone to build around. There’s some talk that they could take Mitch Trubisky here, but given the chance he could be available later on, I see no way the Browns can pass on a game breaker like Garrett.
2. San Francisco 49ers — Jamal Adams, S, LSU
John Lynch knows a great safety when he sees one. Selects Adams to build his defense around.
3. Chicago Bears — Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Bears need help on defense, and John Fox has been known to draft defense over offense, especially early in drafts.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars — Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Best running back in the draft goes to the team probably in the most need for one. Instantly becomes center of the Jags offense, much like Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas last year.
5. Tennessee Titans — Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Thomas could go higher because he has great upside as an every down DE in the NFL, but the Titans will be glad to add him to their strong defense at No. 5.
6. New York Jets — Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
The Jets haven’t had a legit QB since Mark Sanchez, and that really wasn’t saying much. This pick could be Watson or Trubisky — but we’ll go with the more experienced and winning QB to be first off the board in 2017.
7. Los Angeles Chargers — Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Chargers have had a gap at the safety position since Eric Weddle left town. They get a playmaking leader on defense at that position here.
8. Carolina Panthers — Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Carolina has Jonathan Stewart coming back, but they want the lightning back to go with his thunder. McCaffery will help make the Panthers offense unstoppable.
9. Cincinnati Bengals — Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Foster might have been a top 5 pick if not for his failed drug test, but the Bengals could take a chance on him and his high potential here 9.
10. Buffalo Bills — Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Buffalo selects Mike Williams to line up opposite Sammy Watkins and give Tyrod another big weapon.
11. New Orleans Saints — Marlon Humphrey, CB, Ohio State
The Saints are in the market for a starting corner, and are unlikely to be able to bring in Malcom Butler from New England. Humphrey is their guy.
12. Cleveland Browns — Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The Browns get the guy they wanted after all, after no one else seemed to be as high on him as they are.
13. Arizona Cardinals — Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Mahomes has a big arm and can make all of the throws. His football IQ and timing really isn’t there quite yet, but he has the potential to be a legit starter in 1-3 years. Cards will need that after Palmer retires.
14. Philadelphia Eagles — Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Derek Barnett could be the most explosive player in the draft, however he doesn’t project to be an every down player — at least not right away. A team on the rise like Philly could use a spark like this on defense.
15. Indianapolis Colts — Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
The Colts are looking to make Andrew Luck happy and most importantly keep him healthy. They select the best offensive lineman in the draft.
16. Baltimore Ravens — Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Baltimore needs help moving the football on offense, and Davis could be the go to guy for Flacco to keep drives going once he gets fully immersed in to the offense.
17. Washington Redskins — Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
The Redskins have a great offense, but have trouble stopping other offenses, especially with the Cowboys in their division.
18. Tennessee Titans — John Ross, WR, Washington
Marcus Mariota needs more weapons on offense, and who better to stretch the field than a guy that ran a 4.22 at the combine?
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook to the Buccaneers is a match that has been talked about for a while. The only thing stopping Tampa from taking their guy is if someone else does first.
20. Denver Broncos — Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
John Elway stays with his gameplan and takes the best player available on their board. Not a lot of people have Denver taking a LB in the first, but a versatile guy like Reddick can fit right into a position of need for the team. Also a possibility is trading up for a playmaker like McCaffery or trading down for a tackle or tight end.
21. Detroit Lions — Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
The Lions like Reddick, but sine he’s off the board, they go with the next best linebacker, Jarrad Davis.
22. Miami Dolphins — David Njoku, TE, Miami
With Jordan Cameron retiring, Miami needs a tight end to help Ryan Tannehill and the offense.
23. New York Giants — Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Some tend to think the Giants are about to go in complete rebuild mode, but there’s really no major reason to think that. They added Brandon Marshall to help free up OBJ, and could add some protection for Eli with an offensive lineman here.
24. Oakland Raiders — Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
The Raiders need to protect their best player, Derek Carr. Robinson has the potential to be a Pro Bowl tackle sooner rather than later, and would fit right into this playoff contender.
25. Houston Texans — DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
No one needs a QB more than Houston, and they could hit the jackpot with a guy like Kizer late in the first round.
26. Seattle Seahawks — Kevin King, CB, Washington
With talks of Richard Sherman possibly on his way out in the near future, the Seahawks are going to want to keep churning at the cornerback position. King gives them a great prospect to groom into the ‘legion of boom’.
27. Kansas City Chiefs — Charles Harris, LB, Missouri
Charles Harris makes a ton of sense for Dallas at 28, but he might not make it there, because Kansas City could scoop him up at 27.
28. Dallas Cowboys — O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Jason Witten is still productive, but is really on his last legs of his great career — Dallas continues to build around their offense in selecting an NFL ready tight end.
29. Green Bay Packers — Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Green Bay needs more playmakers all around the field, but also needs help in the secondary. Why not help in both areas by drafting Adoree’?
30. Pittsburgh Steelers — Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Pittsburgh believe it or not is a team on the rise. And while they could look at a quarterback if Mahomes or Kizer fall (or they could trade up), a guy like Carl Lawson could provide them with a versatile play maker in their front seven on defense,
31. Atlanta Falcons — Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
Atlanta really has no weaknesses, but some look at their instant offensive line improvement as a possible fluke — they might look to shore up their future on the o-line with a hoss like Lamp.
32. New Orleans Saints — Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
New Orleans can always improve on defense, and after taking a cornerback at No. 11, they get an edge rusher in Taco Charlton with their second pick of the night.
We will have a recap of the first round grading our mock on Thursday night after the first round. Then we will try this again on Friday for rounds two and three! Follow @303Football on Twitter for all our live NFL Draft tweets!