Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
I'm going to project 10 trades in this special mock draft, but this won't be one of the picks that will be dealt. The Browns, unlike the Titans last year, have come out and said they will not be sending this pick anywhere. Unless they get a king's ransom, they should definitely hold on to the top choice. Myles Garrett is just that good.
Washington Redskins: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
*** Trade 1: Redskins trade QB Kirk Cousins to 49ers for No. 2, 2018 first-round pick. ***
This deal almost had to be part of the Trade Mock Draft, right? Kirk Cousins won't be on the Redskins much longer. Whether he's dealt this offseason or signed by someone else next spring, he's certainly leaving Washington. The Redskins might as well get something great for him, and I think the 49ers would be willing to deal two first-rounders for Cousins. In a sense, it's just one first-rounder because this one is being used on Cousins, who is better than all of the quarterback prospects in this class.
As for the Redskins, they sorely need defensive line help, so I considered Jonathan Allen. However, Jay Gruden expressed concern about the lack of play-makers chosen recently, and Leonard Fournette obviously qualifies as one.
Carolina Panthers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
*** Trade 2: Panthers trade No. 8, second-round pick (No. 40), WR Devin Funchess to Bears for No. 3. ***
There's been talk about the Panthers moving up to No. 2. Well, as a Hall of Fame running back once said, "Where there's fire, there's smoke." Perhaps Carolina is trying to move up, but isn't willing to go all the way up to the second pick. Shifting up to the third choice is much more feasible, and I think the Bears would accept this sort of deal if they had any interest in Devin Funchess. They do need a receiver, so if they liked Funchess coming out of Michigan, perhaps they'd pull the trigger.
The Panthers are likely trying to trade up for Leonard Fournette, but I think Solomon Thomas makes a ton of sense as well. The Panthers lost Kony Ealy this offseason, while Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers both might be off the roster at this time next year.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama
I have Jonathan Allen available for the Jaguars in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. He's not the pick there because Leonard Fournette is available, but he's not in this scenario. Jonathan Allen would be a nice addition to their defensive line.
Chicago Bears: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
*** Trade 3: Bears trade No. 8, third-round pick (No. 67), WR Devin Funchess to Titans for No. 5. ***
Poor Devin Funchess is being passed around like a skank at a frat party. Actually, I just included him for the lulz. You can ignore him if you'd like, as I think this deal gets done without him.
In the end, the Bears moved down from No. 3 to 5, and in the process, they moved up from No. 67 to No. 40 on Day 2, just to select the prospect they could take with the third-overall pick anyway. Not bad!
New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Jets' philosophy is to take the top player on their board, so I can't imagine Leonard Fournette getting past them. Fournette is gone in this trade mock draft, but Jamal Adams isn't. Adams makes a ton of sense for New York and its atrocious secondary.
Los Angeles Chargers: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Marshon Lattimore fills a need. Brandon Flowers is gone, so the Chargers will be on the lookout for another cornerback.
Tennessee Titans: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The Titans could select Marlon Humphrey at No. 5 overall, so why not move down three spots and obtain a third-round pick in the process? Tennessee doesn't have a second-round selection because of the Jack Conklin deal, so recouping a Day 2 selection would be huge.
Arizona Cardinals: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
*** Trade 4: Cardinals trade No. 13, third-round pick (No. 77) to Bengals for No. 9. ***
The Bengals don't like to trade, so I don't know feasible this is. However, moving down four spots could be beneficial for Cincinnati, as the team has to obtain several players to compensate for all of the losses this offseason.
Arizona is a candidate to move up, as the team needs a No. 1 receiver to brace for Larry Fitzgerald's impending retirement. Mike Williams likely won't make it past the Bills, so the Cardinals would have to move ahead of Buffalo to secure the Clemson product.
Buffalo Bills: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Mike Williams is off the board, but the Bills can still obtain a talented play-maker by selecting O.J. Howard. Buffalo is in need of a talented tight end, and Howard would offer a huge upgrade.
New Orleans Saints: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
The Saints are in desperate need of an edge rusher to play across from Cameron Jordan. I have to believe they would love it if Taco Charlton would fall to them at No. 11, as Charlie Campbell reported in the NFL Draft Rumors that one team believes the Michigan product will be a top-10 pick.
Indianapolis Colts: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
*** Trade 5: Colts trade No. 15, fourth-round pick (No. 121), fifth-round pick (No. 158) to Browns for No. 12. ***
The Colts have some of the worst linebackers in the NFL, and they've struggled to cover tight ends and running backs as pass-catchers out of the backfield as a result. Here's a much-needed upgrade Indianapolis could move up for. If all it costs is two third-day selections, the Colts could do it to make sure that they have a stud inside linebacker.
Cincinnati Bengals: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Dalvin Cook posted poor numbers at the combine, but those figures don't factor in his excellent vision, and besides, Cook's high-level production at Florida State is just too great to ignore. Cook also has some minor off-the-field issues, but Cincinnati won't think that's a big deal.
Washington Redskins: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
*** Trade 6: Redskins trade No. 17, fourth-round pick (No. 114), fifth-round pick (No. 154) to Eagles for No. 14. ***
The Eagles and Cowboys have done draft-day trades before, so Philadelphia and Washington could swap selections. The Redskins, if they trade Kirk Cousins, will be desperate to land Mitchell Trubisky, but won't be able to get him at No. 17; not with Cleveland sitting at No. 12. In this scenario, the Browns moved down to the 15th spot, giving the Redskins an opportunity to leap them.
I don't think the Browns will panic and take a quarterback in this scenario if Mitchell Trubisky is off the board. They have the No. 33 pick, which they can move up with. Or, they could just trade down again!
The Ravens love Cam Robinson. So do the Broncos. This means Denver needs to leap Baltimore in order to obtain the Alabama tackle, who would be a huge boon for the Broncos' struggling offense.
Baltimore Ravens: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Ravens lost out on Cam Robinson, so do they take one of the other tackles? Perhaps, but Derek Barnett seems like the more realistic scenario. Barnett is the sort of pass-rusher Baltimore wants, and the team certainly needs at least one.
I realize it is hard to know intimate details about every team in the league. But Ballard didn't need to address Luck's protection. Over the last half of the season the Colts offensive line showed major improvement. They have a solid player in Haeg and Clark went from completely worthless in preseason action to being a serviceable RT by the last 4 games. I expect the growth from Kelly across the right side of the line to be enough to have fixed the OL. Grigson was mostly worthless outside of 2012 draft but his parting gift of the 2016 draft class of lineman might have finally been the OL answer.
I understand you think from your perspective, but by now you should understand you do not come close to thinking like the Seahawks F.O., as a fan I have come to embrace not knowing their thought pattern and enjoy the ride. Many would feel you are along the lines of what the old-school GM of the Colts said of Mel Kiper. But your site keeps me amused at times