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This is a combo mock draft of all the 2016 and 2017 prospects. Leading up the 2017 NFL Draft, the consensus was that this class wasn't a very good one, so how would it stack up to the prospects in 2016? How would the draft have gone if all the players were available? Here's the mock, and before you read it, keep two things in mind: 1) The 2016 prospects don't have their rookie campaigns taken into account; otherwise, someone like Jared Goff wouldn't make the cut. 2) The 2016 players were removed from each team's roster for needs purposes.
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Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California
For those complaining about Jared Goff being No. 1 overall, you may not have read the print at the top where I'm not factoring in these players' rookie campaigns; I'm looking at them as prospects coming out of school, and there were a couple of teams that thought highly of Jared Goof. The Browns were one of them. They were one of the few teams that believed Goof was better than Carson Wentz, thanks to their flawed analytics, and they traded out once they realized they couldn't obtain the Cal prospect. I'd have to believe they'd take Goof over Myles Garrett, which would obviously be a huge mistake.
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San Francisco 49ers: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The 49ers were holding out hope that the Browns would be foolish enough to pick Mitchell Trubisky over the vastly superior Myles Garrett. They didn't have luck in real life, but they do in this combo mock draft. This is a no-brainer, as Garrett is the top prospect in both the 2016 and 2017 NFL Draft classes.
Chicago Bears: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
I personally don't know if the Bears would have Carson Wentz rated higher over Mitchell Trubisky, but they'd be foolish if they didn't. There weren't any qualms over Wentz being chosen second overall, while the Trubisky pick was met with much criticism. Plus, Wentz wrecked the Bears in a Monday night performance. I know I'm breaking my rule about not taking 2016 into account, but I think it's OK in this case, as it could be used as a tie-breaker if this were even close, which I don't think it is.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
It sounded like the Jaguars were planning on selecting Joey Bosa if he had fallen to them in the 2016 NFL Draft. Instead, they picked Yannick Ngakoue in a later round. Ngakoue is not on Jacksonville's roster, per the rules I've established for this combo mock, so I have to believe that Jacksonville would pass on the Ohio State product in this scenario.
Tennessee Titans: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
The Titans were considering drafting Jalen Ramsey No. 1 overall last year before they traded out of the top spot. This would obviously provide much more value for Ramsey, as he would fill Tennessee's big need at cornerback.
New York Jets: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
General manager Mike Maccagnan's M.O. is to select the best player available, regardless of position. I'd have to believe that it would be either Ezekiel Elliott or Leonard Fournette in this scenario. There are mixed responses from those in the NFL when they're asked whether Elliott or Fournette is the superior prospect. Some think it's Elliott, while others prefer Fournette. It's close, but I'll give Elliott the edge. Both went No. 4 overall, but Elliott did so in a superior draft class.
Los Angeles Chargers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
We finally have 2017 NFL Draft prospect chosen in this combo mock not named Myles Garrett. I thought the Chargers might have been Solomon Thomas' floor last weekend. The Chargers are switching to a 4-3, so Thomas made sense as a pass-rusher across from Joey Bosa, and he could move inside on pass-rushing downs. Per the rules of this combo mock, the Chargers don't even have Bosa on their roster.
Carolina Panthers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
The Panthers have been hurting at offensive tackle for quite some time. Laremy Tunsil would provide the perfect solution. It's a same for the Panthers that they were drafting in the top 10 in the wrong year; if they had done so when the 2016 NFL Draft class was entering the league, they would've had their choice between Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin.
Cincinnati Bengals: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
There were two players the Bengals had higher on their board than John Ross. One was Leonard Fournette, and there was no way he was slipping past them in the 2017 NFL Draft. He won't get by them here in this combo mock draft.
Buffalo Bills: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Sources told us that the Bills were going to pick Mitchell Trubisky had he fallen to them at No. 10 overall. That never came close to happening, but it does in this combo mock draft. This pick can't be a surprise, as it's been established that Buffalo, thanks to the utter incompetence of Terry Pegula, has no idea what it's doing.
New Orleans Saints: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
Leonard Floyd was chosen three picks earlier than the Saints' selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. New Orleans settled for Sheldon Rankins, but I have to believe the team would've considered Floyd instead.
Cleveland Browns: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
There were some teams that were really down on Corey Davis, refusing to select him in the second round if he were available. However, the Titans proved that other teams felt much differently about the Western Michigan product. Perhaps the Browns would agree with Tennessee, selecting Davis over Corey Coleman.
Arizona Cardinals: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
The Cardinals spent their initial two selections on interior defensive players. That would be the case as well in this scenario. Calais Campbell needs to be replaced, and DeForest Buckner would be the perfect solution. Much better than Robert Nkemdiche, anyway.
Philadelphia Eagles: Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford
It sounded like the Eagles planned to avoid all first-round running backs - except for Christian McCaffrey. Perhaps that's because McCaffrey isn't an ordinary running back; Doug Pederson would've loved having him on the roster because he could have used him in so many ways. I have to imagine Pederson is jealous that the Panthers were able to land him at No. 8 overall.
Indianapolis Colts: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Wonder why the Colts didn't address right tackle during the 2017 NFL Draft? It's because they regard 2016 third-rounder Le'Raven Clark favorably. However, Clark is not on Indianapolis' roster, per the rules of this combo mock, making the position an extreme need. As it so happens, Ronnie Stanley is the top prospect available from either class.
Baltimore Ravens: Jack Conklin, OT/G, Michigan State
The Ravens selected Ronnie Stanley last spring to be their left tackle of the future. Stanley went off the board one pick earlier, but the Ravens can't feel too depressed because they can obtain Jack Conklin instead. That's not a bad consolation prize, as Conklin, who was sought after by the Giants (No. 10 overall last year), had an amazing rookie campaign.
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