1. Cleveland Browns
Selection: Myles Garrett, D-End, Texas A&M
Considering just how deeply embedded this current Brown’s regime is with the outside the box mode of thinking, then the selection of Ohio State’s Malik Hooker would make perfect sense here with the 1st overall pick.
But they won’t do it.
It takes balls to say, “Fuck what everyone thinks,” especially with the 1st overall pick. Big balls.
Do Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta have balls that big? I seriously doubt it.
For all of Mr. Garrett’s tremendous athleticism, for all of his special physical gifts, Brown and DePodesta can find another talented pass-rushing prospect either this year or down the road. They will not, however, find another player like Malik Hooker, if they decide to pass on him.
Hooker is that kind of special, in my opinion.
Malik Hooker cannot be erased by way of game-plan. You cannot use a tight end to help block him nor send a back out to chip him. You can do all of those things to negate Myles Garrett from being effective.
The only way you can negate Malik Hooker from being effective is by not throwing into the middle of the field … or the deep sidelines.
Fuck — it doesn’t matter where he really is, really. It only matters if you have the balls to pass on him. Whether you’re Ben Roethlisberger or you’re Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta, you’re gambling if you do pass on Malik Hooker.
My advise: Don’t even think about it.
2. San Fransisco 49ers
Selection: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU
Boy … this is one tough decision for a 1st time general manager to make. Malik Hooker — a ball-hawking, big-play-erasing centerfielder that fits perfectly into the new defensive scheme, or Jamal Adams — a punishing, yet nimble in-the-box safety with enough versatility to his game that almost seems unfair?
Even though I’m banging the drum for Hooker, I could completely understand just how difficult a decision this may be for Lynch to make here.
I went with Adams for a couple of reasons:
- John Lynch has spoken openly about creating a culture in San Fran, a clear advantage in Jamal Adams’ favor as his leadership qualities are legendary in parts of Louisiana.
- Jamal Adams may not be Earl Thomas, the player that Hooker comps to, but he is Kam Chancellor in this new Niners defense, led by 1st year coordinator and Pete Carrol disciple, Robert Saleh. Adams is Kam Chancellor but smaller, with better athleticism.
I see Lynch and crew zeroing in on either Jamal Adams or Malik Hooker with this pick. It’ll be one or the other tonight. As far as Eric Reid goes, I wouldn’t be the least surprised to see him traded by the end of the weekend.
3. Chicago Bears
Selection: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State
Why this pick makes sense: Because it’s Malik Hooker, that’s why. Haven’t you been listening to me? Also, the selection of Malik Hooker makes sense because it seems that Ryan Pace doesn’t mind shooting for upside.
Chicago’s defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio, thrived in San Fran with Dashon Goldon’s range in centerfield. He also lived with his lackluster tackling and pursuit angles. And that’s what he’ll be getting with Malik Hooker, only Hooker is a million times the player that Dashon Goldson ever could conjure up to be in a dream.
Malik Hooker is still new to football but he loves the game. As a teammate, he’s accountable. He wants to improve. And improve he will under Fangio’s watch. Missed tackles will soon become a small part of Malik’s early days.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Selection: Solomon Thomas, Defensive Lineman, Stanford
Like everyone else, I had Leonard Fournette pegged to the Jags at 4. It just makes a lot of sense. And it still makes sense to select Fournette, but Solomon Thomas makes the most sense to me.
I look at what the Jags are building on defense and I say to myself “Self, the Jags defense looks really good on paper. Wow … but you know what’s missing? A versatile D-end that can hold an edge and make a tackle on 1st and 2nd down, yet apply pressure on the quarterback on 3rd down.” That’s where Solomon Thomas comes in.
The Jaguars staff retained last year’s D-coordinator Todd Walsh, who’s another Pete Carroll disciple of sorts. He’s spent the last six years teaching and learning in the Carroll/Gus Bradley scheme, so I’d imagine he can see the value that Solomon Thomas brings to the defense and how he fills a need. Thomas fits the scheme perfectly, and I’d imagine that Tom Coughlin’s panties have gotten moist when evaluating him.
5. Tennessee Titans
Selection: Jonathan Allen, Defensive Lineman, Alabama
Yes, the Titans need a cornerback. Perhaps they need a couple cornerbacks. The good news is, cornerback is arguably the deepest position in the Draft this year, so they can go nuts later at cornerback with their rest of their picks if they like.
Jonathan Allen is perfect for this team. He’s a Jon Robinson type of guy. He’s a Dick LeBeau type of guy, for that matter.
6. New York Jets
With the open reality of the Jets in rebuild mode, moving down this year would be their best option in jumpstarting the process — if they can find a trade partner.
It sounds like the Cleveland Browns are more than interested in moving further up the board from their 12-spot, the second of their two 1st round picks, so let’s make it happen.
6. **Cleveland Browns** (from NY Jets via trade)
Selection: Mitch Trubisky, Quarterback, North Carolina
The details do not matter. Maybe it’s all a smokescreen, but maybe, just maybe the Browns staff really has fallen for one Mitchell Trubisky. I like Trubisky. I like him a lot, actually, so I don’t blame them if they’ve identified him as their guy.
7. Los Angeles Chargers
Selection: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio State
Yup, another talented Ohio State Buckeye added to the roster. But, hey, who’s complaining? Not the fans in LA. Not yet, at least. They’re gonna wait until their new football team turns into a winner before they start caring about shit like the NFL Draft.
With Lattimore, the Chargers get a high ceiling/low floor corner prospect, who, if health permits, will become a lockdown corner very soon in this league. Gus Bradley may have missed out on coaching a dream in Malik Hooker, but Lattimore is damn good consolation prize.
8. Carolina Panthers
Selection: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, LSU
Does anyone really believe that Dave Gentleman, Panthers tough guy GM with a history of drafting bigger and stronger players, will pass on Leonard Fournette for the likes of the smallish Christian McCaffrey? I sure as hell don’t.
There is one thing we can all probably agree on: the Panthers must address the running back position in this draft. Yes, I mentioned that running back class is deep, but can they seriously pass on Fournette here? No, they cannot. Imagine that — Cam and Fournette at the mesh point on a zone-read play. Who do you defend?
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Selection: Forrest Lamp, Guard, Western Kentucky
This is probably too early for Forrest Lamp, but who gives a shit? I’m sure the Bengals do, so I guess that matters. But the Bengals need Forrest Lamp like a foot needs a shoe.
Well, the Bengals love drafting cornerbacks and 6-foot-6-inch defensive ends, so those are always open options for them. I’m kidding. I would have no hesitations in drafting Mr. Lamp here, as I believe he’s a special player. Ask the Dallas Cowboys how they feel about Zack Martin, and they drafted him at #12.
What’s the difference between 12 and 9? Nothing.
10. Buffalo Bills
Selection: O.J. Howard, Tight End, Alabama
Who knows whats really going on behind the scenes in Buffalo? They’re the wild-card here. From what I’ve read, the Bills scouting department expects to fired after the draft. What a shit-show. O.J. Howard is a fit, and, quite frankly, I remain very unenthused with this organization. That’s all you’re getting from me.
11. New Orleans Saints
Selection: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson
Look, I’ve gone on record saying what I would do with this pick if I were in Micky Loomis’ shoes. I believe in trying to find players that could help you win a championship while Drew Brees is still an elite quarterback. But that’s easy for me to say because I’m not in Micky’s shoes.
I also believe that Deshaun Watson is gonna be a really good — possibly great — quarterback. His value here may be too good to pass on, considering Brees’ 38-and-climbing age factor.
12. **New York Jets** (from Cleveland via trade)
Selection: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
Not because the Jets cut ties with a receiver (Brandon Marshall) but since the Jets are in a rebuild mode, drafting a receiver with Davis’ skillset and upside is never a bad idea. His versatility will allow the Jets to be multiple in their schemes and their formations. If they really want Christian Hackenberg to have a chance at developing then they better upgrade his weapons.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Selection: Deshone Kizer, Quarterback, Notre Dame
I just don’t see a player here — a difference-maker here — that would give Steve Keim pause. However, drafting a quarterback — a quarterback who I believe they really like — one that can groom under Carson for a year, provides this franchise with more potential — thus, value — then any other prospect could. Kizer’s the guy here … I think.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
Selection: Christian McCaffrey
Maybe I’m just hoping against hope here, but the simple thought of Christian McCaffrey in an Eagles uniform fills my body with sheer excitement. I almost have a chubby. I don’t have any clue as to what GM Howie Roseman and his new counterpart Joe Douglas have planned tonight, but here’s to a handful more hours of McCaffrey-inspired erections.
15. Indianapolis Colts
Selection: Haason Reddick, Linebacker, Temple
This pick comes down to three players: Haason Reddick, Derek Barnett, and Takkarist McKinley. Maybe they go another direction here, and maybe they choose one of the other two pass-rushers, but Reddick should be their guy. He brings an automatic speed-rush element that’s currently absent from the roster. Plus, Reddick has a great upside to develop.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Selection: Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson
If Williams makes it this far, and clearly I believe that he will, Ozzie Newsome will be springing a chubby of his own — even if it only reaches 39% capacity. Williams has been my pick to the Ravens all along. He’s just a perfect fit for them.
17. Washington Redskins
Selection: Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama
If his head was screwed on tight throughout the draft process, Reuben Foster likely would’ve been gone by this point. The Redskins have been searching for London Fletcher’s replacement for some years now — Reuben Foster is a’calling.
18. Tennessee Titans
Selection: John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington
Do I really need to explain myself here? Ross fills a need, he has electric speed, and he loves to read. It’s a trifecta of sorts. I love Ross as prospect. He’s cross between Odell Beckham and DeSean Jackson, minus most of the emotional baggage.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Selection: Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State
Cook is such a talented running back, but I have no idea how comfortable teams feel about drafting him, given his prior transgressions off the field. I think Tampa would be fortunate to have him fall into their lap, but perhaps they feel more comfortable going in another direction. Taco Charlton?
20. Denver Broncos
Selection: Garrett Bolles, Tackle, Utah
It’s between Bolles and Ryan Ramczyk here. It’s gotta be. Right?
21. Detroit Lions
Selection: Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan
The Lions have a couple of needs on defense, none greater than help on the other side of their stud bull, Ziggy Ansah, at defensive end.
22. Miami Dolphins
Selection: Charles Harris, Defensive End, Missouri
Cameron Wake, the Dolphins lonely, formidable rush end is as old as Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Enough said.
23. New York Giants
Selection: Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Texas Tech
I have a funny feeling that Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo are hopeful Pat Mahomes just falls into their lap here. I feel strongly that he will. Eli is up there in age. Whether this year, next year, or the year after that, if Reese and crew like what they see in Mahomes then they should pounce on the opportunity to draft him at 23.
24. Oakland Raiders
Selection: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee
I’m not at all tapped into the Raiders draft scene, and, quite frankly, I don’t have the energy to care. This is merely a guess here, but I’d imagine that Derek Barnett would be graded out too highly for Oakland to pass on at 24.
25. Houston Texans
Selection: Cam Robinson, Tackle, Alabama
Maybe they opt for Ryan Ramczyk with this pick. Either way, they cannot afford to pass on both Ramczyk and Robinson here.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Selection: Kevin King, Cornerback, Washington
Kevin King is 6-foot-3 and runs a 4.40 40-yard dash.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Selection: Adoreé Jackson, Cornerback, USC
I know Andy Reid; I know him well. He loves athletic corners that create turnovers. He also loves turnovers; you know … the pastry. Apple turnovers, blueberry turnovers, taco turnovers — Andy loves them all. And he’ll absolutely love Adoreé turnovers from Southern California.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Selection: Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback, Alabama
Why Humphrey? He’s scheme diverse, he’s obviously talented, and he’s an SEC-tested corner that fills a need for this team. Humphrey has what it takes to step right in a challenge for early playing time.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Selection: Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE, UCLA
McKinley is too talented to pass on here. James Harrison is just moments away from his next round of steroids, therefore, Kevin Colbert should be looking for his eventual replacement. Pass rushers are always a good choice at the backend of round 1.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Selection: Budda Baker, Safety, Washington
Why Baker? I don’t know. I think that Baker is entirely too good to be here at 31 and that Atlanta would be fools to pass on him. Jabrill Peppers is still available.
32. New Orleans Saints (from New England)
Selection: Jordan Willis, Defensive End, Kansas
Why Willis? Because his name has been buzzing as of late, and because it’s Micky Loomis, a man that’s bound by nature to screw every Saint’s draft with his fat schwantz.
*Side Note: I somehow skipped pick #29 — sorry Green Bay.*