By: Andrew Nason
Top Cornerback says he’ll bounce back:
Sidney Jones was a top 3 cornerback and a top 20 player prior to suffering an Achillesinjury at his pro day March 11th. Many experts had him dropping 2 or 3 rounds as a result of this, under the impression he would unlikely be able to step on a football field during the 2017 NFL season. Jones recently tweeted out that his surgery went extremely well and his doctors have told him he will be able to play at some point next season. Jones, who has been compared to All-Pro corner and fellow Washington Huskie alum Marcus Peters, will still see a slip in his draft stock, but with the news of his rehab going well, I expect to see him taken late in the 1st round at the earliest and don’t expect him to fall past the 2nd round. He will be a steal for anyone after pick 25.
Webb a 1st round pick?
California quarterback Davis Webb has said that “double digit” NFL teams have told him he is a first rounder. While quarterbacks almost always go higher in the draft than they should, I have a hard time believing he will slip into round 1. Davis has a cannon arm and has ideal NFL size at 6’5, 229 pounds, but he comes from an Air Raid offense, much like Patrick Mahomes, who beat out Webb for the starting job at Texas Tech, forcing Webb to transfer. Look for Webb to be an early to mid-2nd round pick, with Mahomes being taken before him.
Stock Up, Stock Down
Dalvin Cook: Stock Down
Off-field issues scare teams, and Cook has plenty. That combined with a less than stellar combine and pro day may drop him out of round 1.
D’onta Foreman: Stock Up
A 4.45 40-yard dash at 234 is pretty impressive. A good pro day for the Texas running back may have solidified him as a round 2 prospect.
Teez Tabor: Stock Down
Once considered the top corner in this class, Tabor ran a worse 40 time at Florida’s pro day than at the combine. The former guaranteed 1st round prospect can ball, the tape doesn’t lie, but these poor measurable may push him out of the first 3 rounds.
Marcus Maye: Stock Up
While his fellow defensive back Tabor had a bad day, Maye made himself some money at the Gators pro day. He looked smooth in drills and ran in the high 4.4’s to low 4.5 range. Maye broke his arm and missed the last 4 games of Florida’s season, but is a stud safety who should find success like former Gator safety and last year’s Falcons first round pick Keanu Neal.
Jarrad Davis: Stock Up
Another Gator defensive player who had a great pro day. A 38.5 inch vertical, 10’9 broad jump, and a 4.56 40 had scouts in awe. Those numbers would have been the best of all the linebackers at the combine, with the 40 being 2nd best. Davis looks like a possible late 1st rounder, early 2nd.
An updated 1st round mock featuring 2 trades (These are very general trades I thought of).
Trade 1: Carolina gets the 3rd overall pick from Chicago for one of their 2nd round and the 8th overall pick.
Trade 2: New England gets the 12th overall pick from Cleveland for Jimmy Garoppolo
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, Edge, Texas A&M
2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, Defensive Linemen, Stanford
3. Carolina Panthers: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio State
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, LSU
5. Tennessee Titans: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU
6. York Jets: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State
8. Chicago Bears: OJ Howard, Tight End, Alabama
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson
10. Buffalo Bills: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
11. New Orleans Saints: Rueben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama
12. New England Patriots: Derek Barnett, Edge, Tennessee
13. Arizona Cardinals: Deshone Kizer, Quarterback, Notre Dame
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Gareon Conley, Cornerback, Ohio State
15. Indianapolis Colts: Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Stanford
16. Baltimore Ravens: John Ross III, Wide Receiver, Washington
17. Washington Redskins: Jonathan Allen, Defensive Linemen, Alabama
18. Tennessee Titans: David Njuko, Tight End, Miami
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jabrill Peppers, Safety, Michigan
20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah
21. Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, Edge, Michigan
22. Miami Dolphins: Hasson Reddick, Linebacker, Temple
23. New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk, Offensive Tackle, Wisconsin
24. Oakland Raiders: Joe Mixon, Running Back, Oklahoma
25. Houston Texans: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
26. Seattle Seahawks: Forest Lamp, Offensive Guard, Western Kentucky
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson
28. Dallas Cowboys: Quincy Wilson, Cornerback, Florida
29. Green Bay Packers: Charles Harris, Edge, Missouri
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Takkarist McKinley, Edge, UCLA
31. Atlanta Falcons: Kevin King, Cornerback, Washington
32. New Orleans Saints: Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Texas Tech
Carolina Panthers: Marshon Lattimore
Carolina’s secondary struggled last year without Josh Norman. They gave up 33 more passing yards per game in 2016 than they did in 2015 with Norman. Lattimore is a physically gifted corner with All-Pro potential, and will likely not fall to Carolina at 8, so they’ll jump up to get him. Chicago need help in multiple spots, and could use the extra 2nd round pick.
New England Patriots: Derek Barnett
Tom Brady wants to play for 6 or 7 more seasons. Jimmy G won’t wait that long for a chance to start. New England will take advantage of Cleveland’s need for a franchise QB and take the number 12 overall pick from them, and likely much more. Barnett was a sack artist at Tennessee, and will provide an instant upgrade for New England’s pass rush.
Oakland Raiders: Joe Mixon
Latavious Murray is heading to Minnesota, and the Patriots, the only team standing between Oakland and a trip to the Super Bowl, just added Brandin Cooks. Jack Del Rio is cringing. These two things will make the Raiders seriously consider taking a risk on Mixon, a big play running back with a violent history.
New Orleans Saints: Patrick Mahomes
Drew Brees can still sling it with the best of them, but the Saints would be wise to use one of their two first round picks to find his successor. Mahomes comes from an Air Raid offense and will need at least a season to adjust to a pro-style offense, but he is the most physically gifted signal caller in this draft and could set the Saints up with their next franchise quarterback.
Photo: (Chicago Tribune)