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Ramon’s Mock Draft: Round 1

Ramon’s Mock Draft: Round 1

1.Browns (Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M): This pick should be an absolute no brainer. Garrett has been the consensus first overall pick since the process began. There is not a draft expert out there that would argue this pick. Myles has established himself as one of if not the best player in this draft. Myles carries all the physical traits, an absolute beast on the field. The Browns have a plethora of holes of fill on their team. The Browns aren’t merely looking for a franchise QB but a franchise player. Garrett can fulfill that notion and prove to be the juggernaut in changing the Brown’s future outlook.

2. San Francisco 49ers (Jamal Adams S LSU): A first year head coach coupled with a first time GM, it is important to jump-start their regime on the right foot. Adams is an alpha dog, an enforcer on the field. He has the physicality, speed, and intelligence that you look for in an elite safety. He has the capability to come in and establish himself as a leader on and off the field. Lynch’s background as a former defensive back and player, he understands the importance of having a general like Adams commanding a defense.

3. Chicago Bears (Solomon Thomas DE Stanford): John Fox has been known as a defensive architect throughout his career. He laid the foundation in which Carolina built its defense following his departure. Thomas carries all the physical traits and intangibles that you look for in a prototypical defensive end. He’s explosive off the ball and a pocket collapse. In a division where you have to face Aaron Rodgers twice a year, adding a key piece like Thomas could reinvigorate the defensive pedigree Chicago is known for.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: (Leonard Fournette RB LSU) The Jaguars have begun the reconstruction process of building the team in the image of Coughlin and Marrone. Coughlin has always coveted a power running game. Fournette has a combination of speed and power that is hard to combine. Some analysts have compared him to Adrian Peterson when he was coming out of college. Fournette would provide another dimension on the Jaguars offense. He would alleviate some of the pressure from QB Black Bortles who is playing for job this season. All around this is a solid pick for the Jags.

5. Tennessee Titans: (Malik Hooker S Ohio State): The Titans secondary was consistently torched last season, they were trying to cover leaks all season long. Following the release of Jason McCourty, the Titans should be looking to fill the void early in this draft. Therefore, Hooker who is an impact player would fulfill a need and provide an immediate starter as well. Analysts have compared him to Ed Reed. A player of his caliber offers excellent ball instincts, decisive decision-making, and fluid movement across the field. Sideline to Sideline player and a ball hawk. The Titans would plug and play him for the next ten years.

6. New York Jets: (Mike Williams WR Clemson): Following the departure of Brandon Marshall through free agency, the Jets WR lacks a true number receiver. Williams carries the prototypical height, weight, and speed that are associated with a number one receiver. The Jets are in need of QB but with this selection they upgrade their passing arsenal for their eventual franchise QB.

7. San Diego Chargers (Jonathan Allen DT Alabama): The Chargers struck gold in rookie pass rusher Joey Bosa a year ago. Bosa led all rookies in sacks. Pairing Allen with Bosa would provide the chargers with a unique ability to rush from the interior and outside positions. In a division that recently acquired Beast Mode a run stopper is pivotal. Allen possess all the physical traits prototypical of a solid defensive tackle. In a division where they have to face Derek Carr twice a year, they plug in Allen and let him go hunt.

8. Carolina Panthers (Derek Barnett DE Tennessee) The Panthers are in need of upgrade along their defensive line. They lacked the ability to provide pressure on opposing QB’s last season. Having lost Kony Ealy via trade this offseason, the Panthers need a hunter on their defensive line. They reside in a division containing Matt Ryan, Jamies Winston, and Drew Brees. It is imperative for them garner a pass rush. Barnett is considered the best pure pass rusher in this draft. If he can upgrade his pass rushing toolbox, he can become a force to be reckon with.

9. Cincinnati Bengal: (Cam Robinson OT Alabama) This pick doesn’t scream excitement, but the Bengals could take a page out of the Cowboys notebook. They have the weapons on the outside with A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert now its time to solidly their trenches and their franchise QB Andy Dalton with Cam Robinson. Labeled as a “people mover” Robinson would be an instant upgrade along their offensive line. Coming from a program like Alabama he has the pedigree of a winner and would improve their run blocking immediately.

10. Buffalo Bills (Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State): The biggest question mark on Lattimore is his health, having been hampered by hamstring issues throughout his career could make him a boom or bust candidate. If his health holds up, he could transform into an elite CB for the Bills. The loss of Stephon Gilmore is significant in the fact that he left a void on their defense and went to a division rival. If the Bills want to continue to close the void between them and the Patriots, solidifying their secondary is the place to start.

11. New Orleans Saints (Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama): Humphrey emulates the outstanding pedigree you look for in a starting CB. He carries the prototypical body type and athletic traits in a quality corner. The Saints are in dire need of defensive upgrades across the board. Humphrey can come in and provide an instantaneous upgrade in their secondary.

12. Cleveland Browns (O.J. Howard TE Alabama): The Browns could flirt with the idea of taking a QB with the second first round pick, but I believe there is no QB in this draft worthy of a top 15 pick. O.J. Howard is an absolute specimen and as good as it get when it comes to elite talent. He was granted with an A+ bill of health coupled with a skillset that is has to reach it full potential. Howard is player that you can build an offense around. Rather than reach for a QB, the Brown’s secure a defensive juggernaut and offensive weapon in the first round.

13. Arizona Cardinals (Corey Davis WR Western Michigan): As the offseason began, both Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald contemplated retirement. An eventual replacement for Fitz is evident. While both are set to return, the franchise is now aware the end is near for both. Who better for Davis to learn from than one of the best and classiest receiver to play this game. Fitzgerald. Davis is a pack leader and had outstanding production over his four-year tenure at Western Michigan. His skillset combined with the tutelage of Larry Fitzgerald, Davis could develop into an all-pro talent.

14. Philadelphia Eagles ( Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford): One of the if not the most versatile player in this year’s draft. He let it loose at the combine and produced one of the most explosive performances in recent years. At this pro day, he put on a different kind of show, this time demonstrating his versatility as a Wide Receiver. He can also contribute on special teams, making him a triple threat. Getting a young, dynamic back like McCaffrey would instantly raise the playing field of Carson Wentz.

15.Indianapolis Colts (Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky): Protect Andrew Luck. It is as simple as that. Protecting the franchise should be the top priority for the Colts this season. Luck is coming off shoulder surgery and needs to be kept upright throughout the season. Having taken a center last year, some may argue taking back-to-back offensive lineman may not be worth it. Just ask Dak and Ezekiel Elliott down in Dallas how much they love their offensive line.

16. Baltimore Ravens (John Ross WR Washington): The purple speedster who literally lit up the combine with his 4.2 speed. Breaking Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record in the process, many have become enamored with Ross’s ability to separate from defenders. The Ravens are in dire need of an upgrade especially following the departure of Steve Smith. Flacco could use another target and Ross is the man for the job.

17. Washington Redskins (Hassan Reddick LB Temple): His draft stock has been on the rise over the course of the last month. Arguably the most versatile LB in this years draft coupled with his ability to move sideline to sideline, the Redskins would be picking an immediate impact player. The interior of their defense has struggled last season and Reddick could serve as key cog in upgrading their defense.

18. Tennessee Titans (Rueben Foster LB Alabama): Off the field issues, at the combine and a failed drug test could impact his draft stock slightly. This could be the best value pick in the first round if he were to fall to the Titans at this spot. He is an alpha male and a true enforcer on the field. A jack rabbit whose motor has no limit and will come across and deliver hits against anyone. He would be an immediate upgrade for the Titans at that position and could play for the next decade as their starting Middle Line Backer.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: (Dalvin Cook RB Florida State): The front office has stated that Doug Martin is in good spirits and looks to be coming along well. But Dalvin Cook may be the best all around back in this year’s draft. Plugging him into an offense that already have Jamies Winston, Mike Evans, and Desean Jackson could prove to be one of the most young dynamic offenses we’ve seen in recent history.

20. Denver Broncos (Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin): Regardless of who’s under center in 2017, the offensive line needs to be better. Ramcyk is as solid as they come and would provide sound pass protection and the ability to run the ball better as well. Both Paxton and Trevor would be the biggest benefactors following the selection of Ryan.

21. Detroit Lions (Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee): The Lions have lacked a legitimate running threat in recent years. Their most recent pick, Ameer Abdullah has not panned out and Kamara is a complete back. Size, speed, and agility are all part of his game. He would alleviate the pressure off of Stafford and immediately make the entire offense better.

22. Miami Dolphins (Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA): The Dolphins are in need of a youth movement upfront. An aging defensive line could use an upgrade and McKinley is the ideal candidate to be placed into the rotation. In a division where TOM Brady resides, you can never have too many pass rushers.

23. New York Giants ( David Njoku TE Miami): Njoku is a specimen. A rare combination of size and speed, he would join a team with the likes of OBJ, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard. Good luck to all the NFC East defenses.

24. Oakland Raiders (Jarrad Davis LB Florida): With this pick the Raiders continue to solidify their defense. Davis provides all the prototypical attributes your looking in a starting LB. He can run sideline to sideline and serve as a starter for years to come.

25. Houston Texans (Deshaun Watson QB Clemson): Reports have stated that Watson’s visit went exceptionally well. If Watson were to fall here, I believe the Texans would pull the trigger and hope that their eventual franchise QB has finally arrived. Watson is a proven winner, with a 30-3 record and having played in 2 National Championship games, his experience speaks for itself.

26. Seattle Seahawks (Dan Feeney OG Indiana): Protecting Russell Wilson and improving your running game needs to be a priority for the Seahawks. Feeney provides an aggressive interior presence that the Seahawks desperately need.

27. Kansas City Chiefs (Jabrill Peppers S Michigan): Labeled as a hybrid between Linebacker and Safety, the Chiefs could plug him in next to Eric Berry and create their Legion of Boom.

28. Dallas Cowboys (Tre’Davious White CB LSU): The Cowboys offseason has seen the majority of their secondary depart through free agency. Pass Rusher and CB are their biggest need. White is a versatile player who could eventually become their number corner. He fulfills a need and provides them with star power in their secondary.

29. Green Bay Packers (Adoree’ Jackson CB USC): Winner of the nations top DB award, Adoree provides a dual threat on the field both as a CB and punt returner. Having lost Hyde this offseason the Packers could fill a void both in their secondary and special teams with just one pick.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (Evan Engram TE Ole Miss): Depending on how much he Steelers like Njoku, you could see them make trade to jump into the early 20’s and get their guy. Engram could be the biggest sleeper TE in this draft. He is the most raw at the position and is just hitting his prime. He is coming to his own as a player, and utilizing his physical traits. He joins a team with Big Ben under center, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Le’veon Bell, if that doesn’t give you goosebumps that i don’t know what will.

31. Atlanta Falcons (Charles Harris DE Missouri): You can never have to many pass rushers on your defensive line. Playing in a division where you face Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Jamies Winston, a pass rusher is imperative to winning the division.

32. New Orleans Saints (Kevin King CB Washington): The Saints could solidify their secondary in the first round with two solid picks. Pairing King with Humphrey’s the Saints could at last have a secondary capable of stopping the pass. They can let these two young corners develop and eventually have one of the leagues best 1, 2 punch.

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