Ourlads’ Mock Draft by Dan Shonka-Draft Editor
1. Cleveland Browns
DE , Texas A&M
HT: 6044v | WT: 272v | 40: 4.67v
A game changer who dominates with his elite combination of speed, quickness, and hand strength. He can rag doll huge offensive tackles. Gets his hands up once he sheds the initial block, then has a burst to the quarterback or ball carrier. Agile enough to skip over cut blocks. Contain-conscious controlling a back when he is in pass rush mode. No holdup, he separates quickly from a blocker. Showed improved hand use in 2016. Has a variety of skills in his tool box to bring misery to an opposing quarterback.
2. San Francisco 49ers
HT: 6025v | WT: 273v | 40: 4.69v
Thomas is a full grown, play effort football man who plays with violent and physical hands. Explosive when he lines up inside. Comes off on the “S” of the snap and blows up whatever is in front of him. An aggressive and quick twitch competitor who will make plenty of plays just on grit and hustle. Quick and strong when leveraging the blocker as he’s pushing the pocket. Locks out and shivers the blocker. He can move a blocker like a Rogers’ blocking sled.
3. Chicago Bears
DT , Alabama
HT: 6025v | WT: 286v | 40: 5.02
Specializes as a physical interior pass rusher where his frame can handle the more physical interior blockers but will overmatch them with his quick first step and developed rush moves. A powerful, flexible force who can rush the quarterback with initial burst and secondary movement alike (see play versus Texas A&M where he elevates himself over the center and into the quarterback). Diagnoses and responds, good anticipation. Has pro caliber footwork already and enough strength to handle NFL double teams right now. Second on the all time Alabama sack list behind Derrick Thomas.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
RB , LSU
HT: 6004v | WT: 240v | 40: 4.52v
The freight train power back came down to earth in 2016 after his 2015 All-America season. He played with an ankle problem most of the year. His rare combination of size, strength, and speed are coveted by many power NFL teams. When he is rolling downhill picking up momentum he will shred tacklers with his pad level and balance. The physical runner has the ability to create yards after contact and is a punishing finisher.
5. Tennessee Titans f/LAR
CB , Ohio State
HT: 6000v | WT: 193v | 40: 4.37v
A first-team All-Big 10 selection by the coaches this past fall. Raw but has elite ability. Extremely quick in his reactions with sudden change of direction and no wasted movement. Good size and speed, but needs strength development. Excels in man coverage with quick reaction to cuts. Stays on the hip and does not lose leverage. Mirrors routes well. Good at cutting off a route and reacting to the throw. May be a doctors call on his hamstring issues.
6. New York Jets
FS , LSU
HT: 5116v | WT: 214v | 40: 4.44v
One of the top defensive backs in LSU history. Was a factor in the loaded Tigers’ backfield from day one of his college career. Was an All-America in 2016 and may be the top safety prospect to come out in over a decade. A genetic freak with a rare blend of tools. Plays strong like a linebacker. Moves with grace and fluidity like a cornerback.
7. Los Angeles Chargers
FS , Ohio State
HT: 6010v | WT: 206v | 40: 4.48e
A natural feel for where the action is going to be and an explosive reaction to where the action is. Instincts and awareness are off the chart. Strong finisher. Closes a gap aggressively under control. Equally full of range against the run and pass. Can fill multiple roles in coverage. Has the hip swivel to man up on quickness, the speed to run downfield with a deep threat, and the efficient footwork to anticipate and react in zone. Excellent ball skills.
8. Carolina Panthers
RB , Florida State
HT: 5103v | WT: 210v | 40: 4.49
Cook is a dangerous threat to take it to the house each time he touches the ball. He is explosive in and out of traffic, runs hard through contact, and shows the on-field IQ you want out of an every down ball carrier. His potential is as high as any player in this class. An immediate upgrade to most starting running backs in the league. Red Flags and injury history may send him down a few slots.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
ILB , Alabama
HT: 6000v | WT: 229v | 40: 4.69e
Every-down linebacker who can dominate against the inside run, beat running backs to the sideline, and cover tight ends up the seam. Ferocious, aggressive playing style. Will hit through his target. Reliable tackler who rarely misses. Sends a message when he takes on blocks, often standing linemen up and sending their helmets backwards. Enjoys playing the role of enforcer . Had a big advantage keeping clean with the multitude of outstanding defensive linemen that played in front of him.
10. Buffalo Bills
WR , Clemson
HT: 6035v | WT: 218v | 40: 4.56v
This outside receiver just finished a National Championship winning season that was littered with acrobatic 50/ 50 catches. He has room to grow in his ability and technique giving him a high upside of potential. Has all the necessary ability to be very successful and dominating.
11. New Orleans Saints f/MIN
CB , LSU
HT: 5112v | WT: 192v | 40: 4.51v
Wore the coveted number 18 jersey in both his junior and senior seasons. Productive, versatile, and consistent is part of the package White brings to the NFL. Good blend of skills, size, and speed. Very high football IQ. Can locate and track the ball in the air with no loss of balance or speed. Consistently in position after the snap and shows excellent reaction to the ball in the air.
12. Cleveland Browns
TE , Alabama
HT: 6051v | WT: 251v | 40: 4.55v
A tools-rich, hard working athlete who grew up in a pro style offense and saw plenty of action blocking and tackling over the past four years. He has the physical ability to energize the tight end position on any team. Howard is a match-up nightmare for defenses because of his size, speed, and athletic ability. Woefully underused at Alabama until the national championship game where he showcased his immense talent.
13. Arizona Cardinals
CB , Ohio State
HT: 6000v | WT: 195v | 40: 4.46v
Disciplined downfield, works hard to stay in position while keeping his hands off. Very good press corner with good hand placement. Quick to turn and run. Mirrors cuts well. Good job with press and bail. Adjusts speed to maintain cushion. Good eye discipline in man and zone. Good recovery ability. Sticks his foot in the ground and drives hard on the ball. Good ball skills. Can improve in run support. A quarterback like Mitchell Trubisky could be in play here as well as turbo weapon Christian McCaffery.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
CB , Alabama
HT: 6002v | WT: 197v | 40: 4.42v
Humphrey is ready to start in the NFL week one and he won’t show an ounce of fear. An overly confident, overly aggressive defender. Needs to improve his consistency from a skill and technique perspective, however. Talent can only take you so far at cornerback. If he can learn to trust his footwork and track the ball better, he can be a star.
15. Indianapolis Colts
OT , Utah
HT: 6050v | WT: 297v | 40: 4.98v
Has all the physical tools to succeed but will need technique work to elevate his game. Needs better stability and core strength.Could use more sink on and after contact. Had a very rocky teenage stage of his life but is more than a few years removed from it and appears to be on track. His athleticism and hand strength are among the best in this class. Graded out as the top offensive lineman athletically at the Combine.
16. Baltimore Ravens
WR , Western Michigan
HT: 6026v | WT: 209v | 40: 4.50e
Possesses balance and burst out of breaks on routes to create good separation. Special football instincts and savvy to get himself open in all three levels of the field. Possesses long speed and acceleration to run away from defenders. Strong competitor. Very difficult to bring down in the open field. Has a knack to spin and fight through arm tackles for additional yardage. Threat to score every time the ball in his hands. Hand catcher that plucks the ball out of the air.
17. Washington Redskins
John Ross II*
WR , Washington
HT: 5106v | WT: 188v | 40: 4.22v
His speed causes big cushion freeing up underneath routes. Cornerbacks are always trying to bail and run when they see him accelerating off of the line of scrimmage. Was always waiting for the football . Doesn’t attack the football consistently on under throws. Chance he could struggle with corners who are able to get their hands on him. Doesn’t have great play strength so strong press corners could be an issue. Needs to refine intermediate and short route running ability.
18. Tennessee Titans
LB , Temple
HT: 6014v | WT: 237v | 40: 4.52v
The productive chase player can run ball carriers down from behind. Quick to shed, burst, and sack the quarterback. Sudden redirect quickness. A pressure player who is disruptive and relentless in his play. Plays low to the ground. A quick and sudden mover who can slip by blockers with a late burst.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DE , Tennessee
HT: 6030v | WT: 259v | 40: 4.88v
A violent and powerful pair of hands are his ticket to NFL success. An NFL ready pass rusher from a technique standpoint. Flexible enough to get low and stay low as he bends around the corner. Can whip blockers around the edge and back inside on double moves. Finishes every play with gusto. Elevates the defenders around him. Multidown threat to stop the run as well as rush the passer. More of a blue collar worker than a God-given quick twitch pass rusher.
20. Denver Broncos
OT , Wisconsin
HT: 6055v | WT: 310v | 40: 5.10e
A physical long-armed guy with big hands. Quick on back side cut blocks. Pulls with his feet under him and can block athletic corner support. Head on a swivel. Alert. Runs the speed rushers up the field. Effortless switches on twist stunts. Plays square in pass protection. Struggled some versus Michigan’s Taco Charleton with his quick spin move. Very in tune, very coordinated blocker. Smart and quick to react.One year starter. Two years in Badger program after transfer from Wisconsin-Stevens Point. A right tackle only. But will get a shot at left tackle first. Recovering from labrum surgery on his hip.
21. Detroit Lions
DE , Florida State
HT: 6035v | WT: 280v | 40: 4.79v
Walker has done most of his damage when starting between the tackles because of his explosive first step and powerful lower body. Has been among the Seminoles’ defensive line leaders in tackles and sacks since his freshman year. Plays with a flexible lower body and proper hand placement. Instinctive with a nose for the ball. Gravitates to the action. Plays with his motor wide open.
22. Miami Dolphins
ILB , Vanderbilt
HT: 6034v | WT: 234v | 40: 4.68v
Finishes hard and violent. Will create more power on contact than his frame would suggest. Comfortable in space. Uses length to his advantage, good tackle radius. Swallows ball carriers with his arms. Can make high difficulty tackles in space on the move. Has a way of sneaking by and under blockers. Great lower body flexibility. A factor in coverage that can run stride for stride with tight ends and some wide receivers.
23. New York Giants
TE , Miami
HT: 6040v | WT: 246v | 40: 4.66v
Athletic and agile after the catch. Not easy to tackle. Raw in all facets of the game, but has all the markings of a big time playmaker on the next level. His lean and muscular build limits much growth potential, but he can grow in the technique and mechanics department. Talent to provide impact play early in his career.
24. Oakland Raiders
CB , UCLA
HT: 6004v | WT: 206v | 40: 4.36v
Shrine Game notes:Smooth and fluid athlete with excellent footwork and top level lower body movement. During the week he excelled in man-to-man coverage, off coverage, and on press and trail technique. Can stick his foot in the ground and drive quickly on the ball. Good ball skills. Excellent short area quickness and reactions. Stays on top of the deep receiver. Had a showcase week of his talent. Tore a PEC muscle during bench press at pro day. Should be ready by fall.
25. Houston Texans f/PHI
QB , North Carolina
HT: 6021v | WT: 222v | 40: 4.67v
Goes through his progressions and can come back and throw a rocket. He displayed laser type accuracy in a win over Florida State, completing 81.6% of his passes for 405 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Quarterbacks must be mobile nowadays because the ability to run acts as a check down pass. A student of the game. Decisive under pressure. A quick decision maker. He can pull the trigger. Good anticipation. Has a feel for the game. Knows where his weapons are. Even though he was a one-year starter, he was in the offensive scheme for four years.
26. Seattle Seahawks
CB , Washington
HT: 6000v | WT: 200v | 40: 4.46v
Has an enormous cover radius with his rare combination of long speed, short space agility, and overall burst. Minimal to no wasted motion when asked to change direction. Can stay in his backpedal the extra second and rarely opens up too soon. Can plant that foot while moving at a high speed and seamlessly change direction. Would like to see more physical play as a tackler. King is one option but if Cam Robinson or one of the other two top rated tackles are there, they may be a Seahawk.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
RB , Stanford
HT: 5112v | WT: 202v | 40: 4.48v
One of the top all-purpose backs to enter the draft in the modern era. The explosive running back, receiver, kick returner has rare quickness and Hall of Fame caliber natural hands. He will win match-ups in the slot his first year on the job. McCaffrey has light feet, loose hips, and a quick burst with the ability to change direction while moving at full speed. Has an innate lethal combination of vision and movement ability that constantly make the first defender miss.Smart money says he may not last this long.
28. Dallas Cowboys
HT: 5107v | WT: 213v | 40: 4.47
Possesses elite ability with the ball in his hands. One of the most dangerous return men in the league from day one. Has the ability and potential to get a look at running back. Was moved around so much at Michigan that he can be considered one the unknowns of this class. Was not a productive or dominant defensive back. . Plays tough and physical but his frame can’t hold up at linebacker. Question awareness and instincts. Doesn’t flow to the action naturally. Too hands-on in coverage, doesn’t play with proper technique.
29. Green Bay Packers
OLB , Wisconsin
HT: 6044v | WT: 252v | 40: 4.68v
More advanced than most incoming rookies with technique and mechanics. Already has a pro player’s approach to getting off the line and in position to defeat one-on-one blockers. Quick and twitchy. Has a plan every time he gets off the ball. Huge strong hands, long arms, and more than enough flexibility. Can bend at the knees. Understands the nuances to the position. Football smart. Relentless motor and pursuit add to his production.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
OLB , UCLA
HT: 6020v | WT: 250v | 40: 4.61v
A non-stop motor. Extremely quick at the snap with a sudden burst off the ball. An ideal candidate to play a 3-4 outside linebacker with his hand on the ground in passing situations. Productive and dependable against the run. Strong tackling presence. Flexible enough to lower his hips as he turns the edge. Will make plays all over the field.
31. Atlanta Falcons
DE , Michigan
HT: 6055v | WT: 277v | 40: 4.93v
Passes the eyeball test with his length and rangy frame plus his long arms. An explosive leverage player who can bend and walk back the strongest tackle to the quarterback. Can flatten the edge. Easy turn and go ability. Aware of the passer in the pocket. Pursues hard and finishes with some extra punch. Accelerates off the edge to the ball carrier if unblocked on the backside.
32. New Orleans Saints
DE , Kansas State
HT: 6036v | WT: 255v | 40: 4.57v
A physical grinder who plays with good tilt. Always a factor. Plays with energy and effort. Always in the game frame around the ball. Locates the ball and pursues with good angles and tenacity. Plays square and works through double teams. Doesn’t stay blocked. Gets up the field and creates pressure on the quarterback. Good lateral quickness to close down the off tackle seam. A sideline to sideline sprinter who makes crossfield hustle plays. Forced seven fumbles in the last two years.
33. Cleveland Browns
QB , Clemson
HT: 6024v | WT: 221v | 40: 4.68v
Bright hard worker who loves the game. A true two-way threat. Keeps his head in the highest pressure situations. Watson is a competitive and tough kid who hangs, sets, and adjusts well in the pocket. He has played against the best competition college football offers and wins. He drives the quick tempo offense and utilizes his weapons to move the ball.