Is your bracket busted? Yours truly was looking great until Wisconsin just ruined it all! Oh well, it’s time to focus on what’s really important. The NFL Draft!
We’re almost a month away (but you knew that) from the most important (not actual) sporting event. Teams looking to rebuild (Cleveland, again), reload (New England, again), and just fill in the last remaining pieces to a championship run.
Now, if you’ve looked at mock drafts thus far, good for you…but they are utterly meaningless. Any mock you see pre-Combine is worthless. Ditto for anything pre-free agency. I don’t know how many times we’ve stressed this to anyone that will listen, but teams are built through free agency, and then supplemented via the draft. You think Philly’s going WR after signing Alshon Jeffrey??? You think Chicago’s drafting a qb after signing Mike Glennon (possible, but unlikely). Anyway, it’s still too early for a full mock, but let’s give you a flavor for our Top 10. Here. We. Go.
|1||Cleveland Browns||Myles Garrett (Texas A&M)||DE|
|2||San Francisco||Mitch Trubisky (UNC)||QB|
|3||Chicago Bears||Jonathon Allen (Alabama)||DT|
|4||Jacksonville Jaguars||Solomon Thomas (Stanford)||DE|
|5||Tennessee Titans||Jamal Adams (LSU)||S|
|6||NY Jets||Malik Hooker (OSU)||S|
|7||Los Angeles Chargers||Mike Williams (Clemson)||WR|
|8||Carolina Panthers||Dalvin Cook (FSU)||RB|
|9||Cincinnati Bengals||Leonard Fournette (LSU)||RB|
|10||Buffalo Bills||Marshon Lattimore (OSU)||CB|
Instant Analysis: I think the Browns are locked on to Garrett. Let’s be honest: The Browns need a lot of things. Yes, they need a quarterback. Yes, they need a running back. But what they really need most is a sure thing…and Garrett is the only sure thing in this Draft. Plus, the Browns also have the #12 pick (finally, they are doing this draft thing right and stockpiling picks). It’s possible that Trubisky, Fournette, or Cook fall to #12. It’s not possible that Garrett does. Try all you want, but defenses still win championships.
Other notables: The Jets (wisely) pass on a RB in the first round and shore up their secondary. LA splashes with a WR (hey, they need to sell tickets, defense may win championships, but offense sells luxury boxes). For now, I have Fournette going in the Top 10…but that slow 40 may drop him. I do think that he will be the second running back taken, as Dalvin Cook fits the modern day running back mold (dual threat running and receiving). And Buffalo switches gears and goes with the best cover corner in the draft, after losing Stephon Gilmore to free agency (see how that works).
As we get closer to the real deal, we’ll give you a full analysis of the first round. For now, enjoy this taste.