A few days after the registration deadline for the next draft, here is a two-round mock, aimed at identifying the needs of the teams. Regarding the order, San Francisco and Oakland must be decided by piece for the 9th choice, but the Niners have been placed before, having more often had a worse record than the Raiders this season. For choices 29 to 32, the order only takes into account the level of the 2017 calendar.
1.Cleveland Browns : Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The statements of the main prospects for this position could push Cleveland to turn to free agency. In the meantime, their priority need remains more than ever that of quarterback!
2. New York Giants : Sam Darnold, QB, USC
The Giants seem to be moving towards the arrival of an offensive head coach, and the arrival of a quarterback would make sense to rebuild the New York franchise in the long term.
3. Indianapolis Colts : Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
The possibilities are endless for Indy. Quenton Nelson would be an interesting choice, but after Malik Hooker, Chris Ballard would have the opportunity to make the defense more formidable to compete with the Texans or the Jags in this area.
4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans) : Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
The departure of Isaiah Crowell seems inevitable, and despite his liabilities as a running backs coach, Hue Jackson must bet everything on the position to (still) save his place.
5. Denver Broncos : Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
It would not be surprising to see the Broncos settle the question of the quarterback via free agency (Cousins?). In the meantime, given the needs of the position, John Elway could be tempted by the leadership of the last Heisman Trophy.
6. New York Jets : Connor Williams, OT, TX
Are there any credible quarterbacks left in the top 10? Not really. It is therefore time to reinforce a line and an extremely irregular pro pass in 2017.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers : Derwin James, S, Florida State
Keith Tandy and TJ Ward are free agents, and Derwin James would be among the best players available for a job. The defensive back can do everything in the secondary. That’s good, Tampa has several necessities on the last curtain.
8.Chicago Bears : Minkah Fitzpatrick, BC, Alabama
Again, the logic of the best player available. With a relatively homogeneous receiver position, without a real star, the Bears could wait for the second round and throw themselves on a number 1 cornerback which they still lack, with the correct seasons, for lack of anything better, from Kyle Fuller.
9. San Francisco 49ers : Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
The dream guard for Kyle Shanahan’s explosive and aggressive system. With Nelson to protect Garoppolo and open the ground breaches, San Francisco could become unstoppable.
10. Oakland Raiders : Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
NaVorro Bowman has expressed his desire to stay in Oakland, but the opportunity to have a run stopper like Smith won’t come around often. Supersonic, the Georgian would have the merit of boosting the ground defense of the Californians.
11. Miami Dolphins : Denzel Ward, BC, Ohio State
The cornerback position has often been attempted in recent years, with varying degrees of success. Given the departure of Byron Maxwell and the uncertainty about the state of form of Tony Lippett, Adam Gase could finally dig up his impact cornerback.
12. Cincinnati Bengals : Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
A very good right tackle, capable of excelling on the ground game: Cincinnati is undoubtedly the perfect substitute for Jake Fisher.
13. Washington Redskins : Vita Vea, NT, Washington
Despite the arrival of Jonathan Allen last year (injured in the meantime), Washington still needs reinforcements on the first defensive curtain. With such a class of nose tackles, it would be difficult to ignore his pleasure.
14. Green Bay Packers : Arden Key, LB, LSU
Clay Matthews and Nick Perry have taken turns this season, but Green Bay no longer has THE pass rusher that took them to the title in 2010. Arden Key is a gem to polish, and can also be extremely versatile.
15. Arizona Cardinals : Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
With the retirement of Carson Palmer, it’s time to rebuild at quarterback. Josh Allen is the most promising prospect, although he looks like he needs some big league time.
16. Baltimore Ravens : Courtland Sutton, WR, EMS
The Perriman failure has been stinging, and the Ravens still need a big receiver who can be effective on the deep threat. A profile that perfectly matches the Texan receiver.
17. Los Angeles Chargers : Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Brandon Mebane is on the end, and the arrival of Da’Ron Payne could make the first defensive curtain unplayable, while improving a calamitous run stop in 2017.
18.Seattle Seahawks : Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Duane Brown will be a free agent next year, and George Fant will return from a long injury. Pete Carroll had better watch his back by drafting (finally) a promising tackle, accustomed to having a mobile quarterback at Notre Dame.
19. Dallas Cowboys : Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
The safety position has often been a problem for Dallas. And in a division that includes Jordan Reed, Zach Ertz and Evan Engram, reaction is key. Harrison has plenty of room for improvement on cover, but his mix of physicality and athleticism can quickly turn him into a poison.
20. Detroit Lions : Billy Price, C, Ohio State
Travis Swanson is a free agent, and the offensive line will be the subject of yet another construction site, after the Ron Prince fiasco. Best center on the board, Price is a versatile player who should significantly improve his team’s ground game.
21.Buffalo Bills : Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
Marcell Dareus gone, Kyle Williams on the end and free agent in the spring, Buffalo must find a partner in Adolphus Washington to make the run stop intimidating.
22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs) : Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Nathan Peterman is not set to be a success (except for the adversary). We must therefore try a new bet to keep Tyrod Taylor in competition.
23. Los Angeles Rams : Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
In Houston, Wade Phillips marked the coup by drafting JJ Watt. After a year of coddling the offense, the defensive coordinator could finally have his say, with one of the most intriguing and skilled punching defensive linemen.
24. Carolina Panthers : Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
A clear need for Carolina, who could take advantage of Ridley’s excellent tracking ability to make the aerial attack hyper unpredictable.
25. Tennessee Titans : Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The Titans’ defense is solid, but it lacks playmakers. Rashaan Evans could look for that by making the second curtain more explosive and pressing on the opposing quarterback.
26. Atlanta Falcons : Braden Smith, G, Auburn
Thomas Dimitroff has often prioritized need over the best player available. The guard post has been an eyesore throughout the year. It is therefore time to inject new blood.
27. New Orleans Saints : Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
The Saints have duty players in the second curtain. Malik Jefferson could provide them with a good dose of athleticism to make this defense even more intimidating.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers : Justin Reid, S, Stanford
Mike Mitchell’s contract could put him in the hot seat, and his irregular performances do not play in his favor. Justin Reid can do just about everything in the backfield and would form a future duo with Sean Davis.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars : Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Paul Posluszny is a free agent and his time as an outside linebacker should not encourage him to stay. Make way for youth, with a skillful Tremaine Edmunds on reading and on the tackle.
30.Philadelphia Eagles : Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
Peters’ injury was handled well, but it also raised depth needs. Okorafor has an interesting potential on the pro pass, and only needs to be developed on the ground game.
31. Minnesota Vikings : Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Same logic as Philadelphia. We do not yet know the quarterback of 2018 but it will certainly be necessary to protect him effectively.
32. New England Patriots : Josh Jackson, BC, Iowa
Malcolm Butler is not sure to stay, and depth is not the Pats’ main ally at the cornerback position. Recovering Josh Jackson in such a position would be a luxury that Bill Belichick would not refuse.
33. Cleveland Browns : Donte Jackson, BC, LSU
34. New York Giants : Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
35. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans) : Simmie Cobbs, WR, Indiana
36. Indianapolis Colts : Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
37. New York Jets : Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers : Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
39.Chicago Bears : Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
40. Denver Broncos : Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
41. Oakland Raiders : Ronald Jones, RB, USC
42. Miami Dolphins : Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
43. New England Patriots (via San Francisco 49ers) : Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
44. Washington Redskins : Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
45. Green Bay Packers : Mike Hughes, BC, UCF
46. Cincinnati Bengals : DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
47. Arizona Cardinals : Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
48. Los Angeles Chargers : Terrell Edmunds, LB/S, Virginia Tech
49. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks) : Dorance Armstrong, LB, Kansas
50. Dallas Cowboys : Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
51. Detroit Lions : Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
52. Baltimore Ravens : Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
53.Buffalo Bills : Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
54. Kansas City Chiefs : Isaiah Oliver, BC, Colorado
55. Carolina Panthers : Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
56. Buffalo Bills (via Los Angeles Rams) : Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
57. Tennessee Titans : Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
58. Atlanta Falcons : Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
59. San Francisco 49ers (via New Orleans Saints) : Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
60. Pittsburgh Steelers : Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
61. Jacksonville Jaguars : Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
62. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles) : Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
63. Minnesota Vikings : Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt
64. New England Patriots : Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State