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Final NFL Preseason Mock Draft 9/5
Published at 9/5/2016 12:22:16 PM
With the NFL season about to begin and college football underway, it is time for the final preseason mock.
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The Browns have problems all around, so they should just take the best player in the draft class. Garrett is a pass rushing monster, and should continue to show improvement this season.
Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick are obviously not the answers, so QB is a must for the 49ers next draft. Watson is an intelligent QB and a dual threat player. He is kind of small and his accuracy is a bit shaky, but he has all of the tools to be an NFL starter.
The Titans secondary is the weakest point on their defense, so look for them to use one of their two first round picks to strengthen it. Tabor is considered by some to be an even better prospect than his former teammate Vernon Hargreaves who went in the first round last year.
The Lions ranked last in rushing a season ago, and didn't do anything to fix that. Fournette is the second best player in this draft class, and has garnered comparisons to Adrian Peterson, with Todd McShay saying he is the best RB prospect since AP.
The Dolphins lost Olivier Vernon, and Cameron Wake is also aging. The top of this class has some great pass rushers, so they'd likely address the need if they pick this early. Harris is extremely quick out of his stance at the snap, and is the next great pass rusher coming from Mizzou (my school, represent!)
The Titans have used three first round picks on the offensive line since 2013, so using another could seem odd. However, picking a tackle could allow them to move Jack Conklin inside to guard where I see him as a better fit. I have Johnson over Cam Robinson solely for off the field reasons.
The Falcons have a defensive minded coach who helped create that great Seahawks defense, so I'd assume he'd try to replicate that in Atlanta. Allen is a force up front who can play all along the line, as well as stand up as a rush line backer.
The Chargers let Eric Weddle go, and didn't address that need except adding Dwight Lowry. He isn't the future at the position, so the Chargers need to address this in the upcoming draft.
The Saints still need to improve their defense. They have young P.J. Williams at corner, but could look to add another young guy at the position. King was a ball hawk a season ago, coming up with eight interceptions.
I have the Cowboys picking in the top 10 now after the Tony Romo injury because even though Dak looks great, he's still only a rookie, so much can't be expected. The Cowboys might move on from Mo Caliborne, so they might want to look at corner in the first round.
Previous pick: Mike Williams WR Clemson
Since the Browns have a second pick, they can look to take a QB to develop behind RGIII for the time being. Kaaya looks the part of an NFL QB, but needs to continue to show improvement this season to cement his spot as a first rounder.
With the defense not being the same as it was early in the millennium, the Ravens should look to bolster it. Barnett has been a force thus far in his career, and can get into the backfield quick.
The Bears can improve their secondary and line backing corps, and they could do either with this pick. Peppers is a player who can play the hybrid S/LB role in the NFL, and even if he isn't used in that way, can be an improvement at either spot for Chicago.
Previous Pick: Adoree Jackson CB USC
After suffering some losses on the defense, Denver is gonna need to look to fill those holes. Malik Jackson wasn't their biggest loss, but McDowell is one of the top players on the board who fill a need.
Previous Pick: Carl Lawson DE Auburn
Eric Fisher has been a disappointment, so the Chiefs should look to replace him at LT. Robinson falls into their lap here because of character concerns. He is easily a top five talent. Robinson has been one of the nation's best LTs since his freshman season.
I had the Vikings picking here after the Bridgewater injury, but it looks like they gave that pick to Philly. The Eagles need to find a new starter at RB after losing Demarco Murray, and Dalvin Cook is in a competition with Leonard Fournette for the best in this class. Because of his position, Cook falls lower than his value.