We take a look at how the first round of the NFL draft may pan out for the Broncos now that some questions have been answered in free agency.
It’s 2:08 mountain time and Brock Osweiler is now a Cleveland Brown, Tony Romo is still a Dallas Cowboy, Ronald Leary is now in Denver, and moves continue to trickle in as I type. With free agency in full swing I figured now is a perfect time to do a mock draft as teams fill holes and add depth ahead of April’s draft. Obviously moves are yet to be made and there are always draft day trades but as now this is how I see the first round of the draft playing out.
1. Cleveland Browns-Myles Garrett DE/Edge Texas A&M
The best overall prospect in the entire draft IMO. Ranked number 1 in almost every public big board I’ve come across.Great pass rusher off the edge. Long arms but doesn’t compromise strength.
2. San Francisco 49ers– Marshon Latimore CB Ohio State
The 49ers have lacked a true number 1 corner since Carlos Rogers was in his prime. Lattimore displays great ball skills and intangibles. In conference with Rodgers, Cowboys, Falcons, and the new look Giants passing attack, if San Fran plans to compete in the next 3-5 years they will need a strong secondary. That starts with a #1 corner and Lattimore was my 2nd highest graded player.
3. Chicago Bears– Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
Mike Glennon is in Jay Cutler is out. A QB at #3 would be an extreme stretch. Allen is big, quick, and strong. Could play in 3-4 or 4-3. Defensive anchor if potential pans out.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars– Malik Hooker S Ohio State
Great Instincts. Cyprien is in Tennessee now. Hooker next to newly signed Barry Church and young versatile Jalen Ramsey could be nightmares for opposing passing attacks for years to come. JAX also just threw a bunch of money at A.J Bouye.
5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams)- Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
Very versatile. Can play all along front line. Safety would have been the pick if they wouldn’t have grabbed Cyprien earlier today. Wouldn’t shock me to see Jamal Adams come off the board here if the Titans feel like Cyprien and Adams could coexist in the secondary.
6. New York Jets– Mike Williams WR Clemson
With Brandon Marshall moving across Met Life to the Giants side, it leaves a gaping hole for a big physical WR outside. Enter Mike Williams 6’3 205 with good downfield speed. Decker can mentor Williams on route running because if there is one knock on Williams for me it would be the crispness of his routes and the consistency of the good route running.
7. Los Angeles Chargers– Jamal Adams S LSU
Between Adams and Hooker it is just a personal preference. Both fit multiple scheme and both had high impacts on their teams. No brained for LAC with the departure of Eric Weddle in 2016.
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8. Carolina Panthers– Leonard Fournette RB LSU
Cam Newton running the Read Option at the goal line with Leonard Fournette. Panthers can get back to their Power core to set up Benjamin and Olsen downfield on play action.
9. Cincinnati Bengals- Rueben Foster LB Alabama
Combine “incident” aside this guy is going to be special in the middle of someone’s defense and Cincy has an aging LB corp. Foster would make Burfict very expendable if he has another meltdown, or could be very scary next to each other in Cincy’s defense.
10. Buffalo Bills– Quincy Wilson CB Florida
With Gilmore now in Foxborough the team with the longest playoff drought in the NFL has a gaping hole at corner. Wilson is big and physical and isn’t afraid of coming up in run support. New coach usually means safe pick. Won’t find a much safer pick than Wilson.