After weeks of teasing and tons of speculation on Twitter, the NFL Combine has come and gone. That means it is time for the release of Mock Draft 1.0. Now before we go into revealing this, understand I’ve revised this so many times I’ve lost count at this point. We took rumors from potential trades into effect, also personal projections of what teams will do in Free Agency in deciding what the picks would be. For my fellow Browns fans at the end of this I’m revealing my ideal Browns draft that would make me exciting for the 2017 season.
A few notes, this cornerback class is extremely deep, I can see 5-6 CBs (maybe more) go in the 1st Round. It was almost impossible for me to even think about what CBs could be in consideration for picks. As for the Quarterbacks, Deshone Kizer really hurt his chances at the Combine as Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky clearly separated themselves from Kizer at the combine. I would argue other QBs at the combine might’ve separated themselves from Kizer too. In terms of talent as a whole, it’s one of the deepest I’ve seen in recent years. Yeah there are some weaknesses with QB/WR/OL, but almost everywhere else there is talent all over the place. I could see 5-10 players who I see as clear cut 1st Round players fall into the 2nd Round. It’s an impressive class and I’m excited to reveal Mock Draft 1.0, let’s get into it.
Bonus: Ideal Browns Draft
52. TRADE: Browns trade #52, CLE and PHI 2018 2nd Round picks to New England for Jimmy Garoppolo
65. WR Zay Jones, East Carolina
108. C Pat Elfein, Ohio State
142. QB Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech
177. WR Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech
183. OT Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell
187. CB Channing Stribling, Michigan
The Browns would end up getting in Round 1 two of the most physically gifted players who are clearly the best for their position in this year’s class in OJ Howard and Myles Garrett. It sets a foundation that the Browns will have extremely athletic and talented players. At 33 the Browns finally get a Safety for the secondary to help in Budda Baker who would make an immediate impact and in my opinion is a 1st Round talent. The Browns would then deal for Garoppolo on a much more reasonable deal when the list of suitors for Bill Belichick goes down over time. Sending 3 2nd Round picks for Garoppolo is a bit high, but much more reasonable for the Browns if they’re looking to win now. Zay Jones showed he had better speed than advertised at the Combine and already has the size to play at the next level, if the Browns can resign Terrelle Pryor they could have a passing attack of Pryor/Jones/Corey Coleman/Barnidge/Howard (WOW). Pat Elfein would be a welcome addition for Browns fans because he’s from Ohio State, but more importantly he would immediately fill a major need at Center for the Browns. Jerod Evans could be viewed by the Browns as a potential high upside project and worst case scenario is a future backup QB (maybe one that one day can dealt like Jimmy Garoppolo). Carlos Henderson is one of my favorite late round WR steals, he’s quick and has big play ability. Julie’n Davenport would also be a nice addition as a high upside Tackle to develop. The Browns would end taking Channing Stribling, who is a big CB (6’2’’) and who knows, maybe he’s the next Richard Sherman (wishful thinking I know).
With Free Agency and the new season year getting ready to begin, things are going to start to take more shape in the next month before Mock 2.0. The Big Board has really started to take shape now and the next step will be the Pro Days. The thing about the Pro Days is you’re really running fairly similar drills, so the only thing to keep an eye on is if any players improve their agility drills. Other than that outside of maybe someone failing the infamous, “Idiot Test” (drugs in system at the combine) teams have a good idea of what their boards look like. With that said teams will look to fill other needs in Free Agency and for Mock 2.0 we’re going to give teams a chance to make their big moves to give a better idea of what position they’re going to be looking at in the draft. Over the next few weeks expect quite a few of these picks to change and potentially more trades. This is one of the deepest drafts in recent memory that it was hard to leave some players off of this mock. We may be done with the Combine in Indy, but that means we’re less than two months away from the draft…a lot of things are going to happen from now until we get to Philly for the draft, all I know is I can’t stand much more of the madness that’s already happening.
In closing, I’ll end with a message to Browns fans again… TAKE MYLES GARRETT #1, THIS ISN’T A DEBATE.