2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Myles Garrett, DE and Jalen Tabor, CB
The Browns will have to draft a quarterback early in Round 1 at some point in the next couple of years. After preferring Jared Goff to Carson Wentz in the 2016 NFL Draft and then passing on taking Wentz, one can't be sure Cleveland will take a quarterback with one of its first-rounders in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Darnold was very impressive as a redshirt freshman in 2016. Sources say that while they haven't studied Darnold extensively, he jumped out at them as being a potentially special quarterback. Darnold completed 67 percent of his passes in 2016 for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The 6-4, 225-pounder has size and led USC on a nine-game winning streak to end the season.
San Francisco 49ers: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Jonathan Allen, DL
John Lynch grabs a No. 1 wide receiver for Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Kirk played well in 2016 despite inconsistent quarterback play from the Aggies. He had 83 receptions for 928 yards with nine touchdowns while splitting targets with wideouts like Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones. Kirk is a fast, explosive play-maker. Some scouting sources have said their nickname for Kirk is "Baby Beckham" in reference to Odell Beckham Jr.
Kirk (5-11, 200) had an outstanding freshman debut for Texas A&M and earned playing time over more veteran receivers who had previously produced for the Aggies. In 2015, Kirk caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards with seven touchdowns. He averaged only 19.3 yards per kick return, but averaged 24.4 yards per punt returns with two touchdowns.
Blake Bortles is a bust. I wouldn't be surprised if the Jaguars waste the 2017 season hoping he pans out and then are back in the quarterback market by the time of the 2018 NFL Draft.
In 2016, Rosen completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,915 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions in his six games before being sidelined by shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has a strong arm with pocket-passing skills, yet could stand to improve his decision-making and accuracy.
Rosen had an impressive debut as a freshman, completing 60 percent of his passes for 3,670 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He showed off a powerful arm and the ability to be an NFL pocket passer.
While Rosen has gotten a ton of hype, the same thing happened with Christian Hackenberg after his freshman season. Thus, Rosen still has more to prove as a junior to be a high first-rounder.
Los Angeles Rams: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Garett Bolles, OT (Round 2)
The Rams lack a true No. 1 or even No. 2 wide receiver. Tavon Austin is just a slot receiver, and they badly need more receiving talent for Jared Goff.
In 2016, Ridley made 72 catches for 769 yards with seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 188-pounder had a tremendous freshman season for the Crimson Tide as their No. 1 receiver. As a replacement for Amari Cooper, Ridley was very effective with 89 receptions for 1,045 yards with seven touchdowns. He finished the 2015 season with impressive performances against Florida and Michigan State to help push Alabama to the National Championship. Ridley has size, speed and a ton of upside for the NFL.
Key is too good to pass on for the Bears. Key and Leonard Floyd could restore a lethal pass rush for a new Monsters of the Midway.
Key was one of the best players in college football in 2016. He recorded 56 tackles with 14.5 for a loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes broken up on the year. Key is a dangerous pass-rusher with excellent speed and the ability to bend around the corner. He flashed a ton of potential as a freshman for LSU, totaling 41 tackles with 6.5 for a loss, five sacks and one pass broken up. The 6-foot-6, 231-pounder is a lightning-fast edge rusher with a ton of upside to develop.
The Bills need a right tackle to pair with Cordy Glenn, but since the 2017 is a weak tackle draft, that need could carry over to 2018.
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before 2016. McGlinchey has excellent feet to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. As a run blocker, McGlinchey can get movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. McGlinchey also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. His performance in 2016 protecting DeShone Kizer is evidence that McGlinchey is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick.
McGlinchey (6-7, 310) is a tough run blocker and has been part of a good Notre Dame line for years. In 2015, he showed well as a right tackle and had a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The one area that McGlinchey really needs to improve is his repeated problem with false starts.
Pick change; previously Christian Kirk, WR
New York Jets: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Leonard Fournette, RB
The Jets could use an edge rusher to go with their tough interior defensive linemen.
In 2016, Hubbard collected 46 tackles with eight for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes batted. While rotating into the game as a sophomore, he showed his potential with 6.5 sacks. Hubbard also had 28 tackles with an interception. The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder could explode as a senior as he has an early round skill set.
Indianapolis Colts: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S/CB, Alabama
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Solomon Thomas, DE
The Colts could use multiple upgrades to their secondary at corner and safety.
In 2016, Fitzpatrick recorded 66 tackles with seven passes broken up and six interceptions. He was dominant at times for Alabama, splitting time between corner and safety. Fitzpatrick had a superb 2015 season for the Crimson Tide. The freshman totaled 45 tackles with two sacks, 11 passes broken up and two interceptions - both returned for a touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder has excellent size and some natural cover skills. He has a ton of upside to develop. It sounds as if his preference and natural position is safety.
Unless the Saints draft an edge rusher in 2017 and Hau'oli Kikaha breaks out next season, the team could use two edge rushers over the next couple of drafts.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Chubb has been a tough defender for the Wolfpack. In 2016, he had 58 tackles with 22 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one pass batted. As a sophomore in 2015, he collected 5.5 sacks. Chubb has scheme flexibility.
Pick change; previously Harold Landry, DE
Tennessee Titans: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Jamal Adams, S and O.J. Howard, TE
Tennessee needs more play-makers for Marcus Mariota. Here's a No. 1 receiver for the Titans.
In 2016, Sutton totaled 76 receptions for 1,246 yards - 16.5 yard average - with 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has size to him, and in 2015, he showed big-play ability by averaging 17.6 yards per catch. For the year, the redshirt freshman totaled 862 yards and nine touchdowns on 49 receptions.
Scouting sources really like Sutton and think he is a mismatch weapon. One playoff general manager said they loved him and thought he could end up becoming the best receiver from this draft class. One scouting director told WalterFootball.com that, in studying up on players before hitting the road for college training camps before the 2016 season, Sutton's tape really stood out and he continued to impress them as a junior. Sutton is a long-strider, and sources say his speed is comparable to TCU's Josh Docton, who the Redskins took in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Minnesota Vikings: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Cordarrelle Patterson could be leaving Minnesota before long, and Laquon Treadwell has some limitations. Here's some more receiver talent for the Vikings.
Campbell made only 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016, but sources from multiple teams have told me that Campbell has big-time ability and they believe he is going to break out. They also think he has a No. 1 receiver talent in the NFL. Campbell (6-1, 208) probably will take on a bigger role for Ohio State in 2017.
Philadelphia Eagles: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Mike Williams, WR
The Eagles have to get a stronger running game to help Carson Wentz. Here's a stud back for Philadelphia.
Barkley was excellent in 2016, and NFL sources have already said they think he's a stud back for the next level. The sophomore averaged 5.5 yards per carry on the year for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also made 28 catches for 402 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver.
Barkley was very impressive as a freshman in 2015 when he averaged 5.9 yards per carry for 1,076 yards with seven touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 161 yards and a score. Barkley was very impressive running for 194 yards on 26 carries against an Ohio State defense loaded with NFL talent. The 5-foot-11, 223-pounder is a tough runner with a burst.
Pick change; previously James Washington, WR
Miami Dolphins: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Charles Harris, DE
The Dolphins could use a young edge rusher given the ages of Mario Williams and Cameron Wake.
Landry (6-3, 250) had an impressive junior season as an edge rusher for Boston College, recording 16.5 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, seven forced fumbles, four passes batted and 51 tackles. He contributed as a sophomore with 60 stops, and 4.5 sacks. Landry would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
Pick change; previously Bradley Chubb, DE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): Christian McCaffrey, RB
The Buccaneers could use a safety upgrade.
Whitehead (5-11, 190) is a physical safety who has good instincts. He broke out as a freshman with 108 tackles, six passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble. In 2016, Whitehead had 65 tackles with two breakups and an interception while missing multiple games with an arm injury.
The Ravens need a feature runner for their offense.
Scarbrough emerged as a potentially devastating workhorse running back at the end of the 2016 season. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry on the year for 812 yards with 11 touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 228-pounder is similar to Derrick Henry with the size to run over defenders and a surprising burst to break off long runs for a big back.
New York Giants: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/20): David Njoku, TE
Perhaps one of these years the Giants will add a play-maker for the middle of their defense.
In 2016, Jefferson recorded 59 tackles with 5.5 sacks and three passes broken up. The numbers don't illustrate how good of a linebacker he was.
Jefferson (6-3, 238) was highly recruited and showed why as a freshman contributor for the Longhorns. He totaled 61 tackle with seven for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one forced fumble. Jefferson had a bigger presence than the stats illustrate.
Jefferson possesses a nice combination of size and speed. He has a ton of upside, and it wouldn't be surprising if he is in store for some massive seasons with Texas.
I don't get the Garrett Sickels pick in the 3rd when your own evaluation of him clearly states that you believe he his a 3-4 OLB in the NFL and a day 3 pick at best. I think Dallas would rather take the risk with Carl Lawson in that spot than give it to a career rotational player at best.