ESPN has Mel and Todd and we here at DolphinsTalk.com have Tom and Mike! This is our dueling first round NFL mock draft with each of our picks for the entire first round. Tom and myself did these independent of each other and we agree on 4 picks exactly, the rest...not so much! Keep score to see who get's the most correct come next Thursday!
1) Cleveland BrownsTom- Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M: There is no question in my mind, Garrett is by far the #1 player in this draft.
Mike-Myles Garrett-DE-Texas AM: Browns take a franchise defensive player who they can build around. He will instantly make every other player on their defensive line better.
2) San Franciso 49ersTom- Jonathan Allen, DT Alabama: I can't see QB here as badly as they need one. Shoring up defensive woes is important
Mike-Jamal Adams-S-LSU: SF has drafted heavy on defensive line the past few years so I think they avoid going there. QB they will look at in the later rounds or next year in free agency (ie Cousins,) so I think they take the best player at a position of need which is Adams.
Tom- Jamal Adams, S LSU: Another QB needy team, but taking a center-fielder that has elite traits is hard to pass. Secondary was awful as well.
Mike-Malik Hooker-S-Ohio St: The Bears defensive backfield is dreadful and Hooker is an elite talent who can help them immediately.
4) Jacksonville JaguarsTom-Mitchell Trubisky, QB North Carolina: Tom Coughlin is in town and is not sold on Bortles. Trubisky is raw but can develop nicely.
Mike-Leonard Fournette-RB-LSU: I am not as high on Fournette as some others are but this is a logical landing spot for him. Jacksonville has a terrible QB and if you can't pass you best be able to run the ball.
5) Tennessee Titans (via Rams)Tom-Marcus Lattimore, CB Ohio State: After the release of franchise corner McCourty, this is a very logical choice
Mike-Jonathan Allen-DE-Alabama: He is the best player on the board at this time and the Titans are giddy they get Allen at #5.
6) New York JetsTom-Solomon Thomas, DT/DE Stanford: With Richardson having issues and Wilkerson one foot out the door, Thomas makes Jets decision easier
Mike- OJ Howard-TE-Alabama: Jets have a lot of young QB's who they used high picks on currently on the roster so I don't think they go QB here plus next years QB class is better. OJ Howard is a weapon for any young QB and he can replace the targets Brandon Marshall was getting.
7) LA ChargersTom-OJ Howard, TE Alabama: While they can go DE here, taking Howard gives Rivers (and future QB) a phenomenal talent and Gates replacement
Mike-Marshon Lattimore-CB-Ohio St: The Chargers would love a safety but with the top two off the board they look to improve the secondary at CB by getting the best CB in this draft.
8) Carolina PanthersTom--Leonard Fournette, RB LSU: Dallas disproved taking a RB early is for fools. Fournette and Newton will cause havoc for opposing run defenses for many years
Mike--Solomon Thomas-DE-Stanford: Thomas is one of the safest picks in this draft and the Panthers would be jumping for joy to get him at #8. They might consider RB but with Thomas falling in their lap they can't pass him up.
9) Cincinnati BengalsTom--Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama: Foster is the best ILB in this draft. In a division with Le'Veon Bell, this is a huge get for Cincy
Mike--Ruben Foster-LB-Alabama: The Bengals cut Ray Maualuga and need to replace him at middle linebacker and they don't get much better than Ruben Foster. This kid is a do-it-all linebacker who will start day one.
Tom--Malik Hooker, S Ohio State: While Buffalo can go WR here, they need a play making guy in the secondary. Hooker instantly upgrades the back end.
Mike--Mike Williams-WR-Clemson: The Bills have no WR opposite Sammy Watkins so they go to the same school they got Watkins out of to grab Mike Williams. The Bills can run it and they have a QB in Tyrod who is decent enough, they just need weapons for him to throw to.
11) New Orleans SaintsTom--John Ross, WR Washington: Ross blazed the combine with a record 4.22. Brandon Cooks who?
Mike--Gareon Conley-CB-Ohio St: The Saints need to improve their defense and Conley is a CB who has all of the physical tools you want. He is a bit soft in the tackling department but his cover skills are elite.
12) Cleveland BrownsTom--Gareon Conley, CB Ohio State: Rumors of Haden being traded/released still in the air, Conley will make the transition less painful.
Mike--Mitchell Turbisky-QB-North Carolina: The Browns need a quarterback. The Browns have needed a quarterback for over a decade. The Browns get their quarterback here and can bring him along slowly.
13) Arizona CardinalsTom--Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan: Larry Fitzgerald is almost finished with HOF career, bring in someone with comparable metrics.
Mike--Deshaun Watson-QB-Clemson: Carson Palmer isn't getting any younger and this team needs a QB of the future. When healthy this team is talented still; time to think big-picture and go QB here.
14) Philadelphia EaglesTom--Dalvin Cook, RB Florida State: Wentz needs less pressure and more weapons, Cook will provide all that and then some. Dynamic playmaking ability
Mike--Tre'Davious White-CB-LSU: He is the next best CB on the board and the Eagles secondary needs help badly.
15) Indianapolis ColtsTom--Forrest Lamp, OG Western Kentucky: Joe Philbin is OL coach, Luck was destroyed last season, he needs protection. Lamp can even play LT.
Mike--Derek Barnett-DE-Tennessee: The Colts need to get better on both sides of the line of scrimmage. They could consider offensive line here but I think they take Barnett to get that edge rusher they lack.
16) Baltimore RavensTom--Hasson Reddick, OLB Temple: Reddick came on late and has impressive numbers. Ravens find replacement for an aging Suggs in near future.
Mike--Corey Davis-WR-Western Michigan: The Ravens need to replace Steve Smith and you don't want Mike Wallace as your #1 WR as that is a bad situation. Davis gives Flacco another weapon in the passing game.
Tom-Christian McCafrey, RB Stanford: The least productive position was RB for Skins. That changes with McCafrey and his versatility.
Mike--Haason Reddick-LB-Temple: Reddick won the underwear oympics this past year and put on a show at the combine. He can play OLB, MLB, or possibly DE. The Redskins need help on defense making stops in key moments and Reddick will improve that unit.
18) Tennessee TitansTom--Taco Charlton, DE Michigan: Taco is a raw but he has major upside. Big need filled by Titans.
Mike--John Ross-WR-Washington: The Titans improved their secondary with their first pick now they look to improve the return game and give Mariotta a deep threat. Ross can fly and will open up the rest of the field for their other WR's.
19) Tampa Bay BuccaneersTom--Malik McDowell, DT Michigan State: McDowell has skyrocketed up draft boards with his workouts and tape from last year. Bucs get a versatile DL.
Mike--Dalvin Cook-RB-FSU: Cook and Winston are reunited in Tampa Bay. With Doug Martin's status up in the air Cook will step in and be a day one starter.
20) Denver BroncosTom--Garrett Bolles, OT Utah: The Russell Okung experiene was a disaster. Bolles provides blind side protection for future Qbs.
Mike--Ryan Ramczyk-OT-Wisconsin: The Broncos need help at tackle to give whoever their starting QB is a chance in hell to survive. I like Ramczyk as the best tackle on the board and I think Denver will be happy to have him.
Mike--Jabril Peppers-S-Michigan: The Lions really want a linebacker but Peppers is too good to pass up here and there will be a quality LB on the board in Round 2 for them to grab. Lions keep their fans happy by keeping the Michigan product in state.
Tom--Takkarist McKinley, DE UCLA: With a relentless motor and a need to keep getting better, a motivated McKinley is exaclty what the Dolphins need for the future at the DE position
Mike--Taco Charlton-DE-Michigan: Miami has pressing needs at (in no special order) G, LB, DE, CB/S. Defensive End is the most pressing needs for this team. The four names that will pop off the board are Charles Harris Taco Charlton, Jordan Willis, and Takkarist McKinley. I think Miami can add a starting guard in rounds 2 or 3 or later but I am not sure they can find a day one impact defensive end after round 1 so we go with Taco Charlton.
23) New York Giants
Mike--Christian McCaffrey-RB-Standford: The Giants have zero RB's on their roster that put the fear into any defensive coordinator. McCaffrey can do it all and would be a perfect fit for the Giants offense.
24) Oakland RaidersTom--Kevin King, CB Washington: King is now the best Washington CB with Sidney Jones hurt. Great length and coverage skills.
Mike--Jarrad Davis-LB-Florida: The Raiders run defense was awful last year and Davis is a guy who can play OLB or MLB and do it all. Very smart player who will come in and make an impact instantly.
Tom--Marlon Humphrey, CB Alabama: the loss of AJ Bouye and Jonathan Joseph getting older, Texans need to go younger. Especially in a division with Luck.
Mike--Patrick Mahomes-QB-Texas Tech: Houston is a very good team that just doesn't have a QB. Mahomes will have a chance to come in and start from day 1 which is something I am not sure Watson or Turbisky will have.
26) Seattle SeahawksTom--Ryan Ramczyk, OT Wisconson: Russell Wilson took a beating last year, Ramczyk will help him stay upright.
Mike--Forrest Lamp-G-Western Kentucky: Lamp to Seattle is a match made in heaven. The Seahawks offensive line has been poor the past couple years and it has hampered their running game and gotten Russel Wilson hit a lot. Lamp can play all 5 positions on the o-line and will help out wherever is needed.
Tom--Mike Williams, WR Clemson: Williams could go higher, but Chiefs get another good WR to pair with last year's playmaker Tyreek Hill.
Mike--Joe Mixon-RB-Oklahoma: If a team and a coach isn't afraid to take a guy with off the field issues its KC and Andy Reid. Jamal Charles is gone and KC has just so-so guys behind him. Mixon is an every down workhorse.
Tom--Charles Harris, OLB/DE Missouri: Cowboys finally get some defensive help. Harris versatility give Dallas options on where to play him.
Mike--Charles Harris-DE-Missouri: You can never have enough pass rushers and Harris gives the Cowboys another guy who can bring heat vs opposing QB's. CB is a bigger need but the best player on the board is Harris.
29) Green Bay PackersTom--Quincy Wilson, CB Florida: Packers missed cornerback help in the NFC title game. Wilson helps immediately.
Mike--Kevin King-CB-Washington: The Packers must improve their secondary and I like King a little more than guys like Jackson, Wilson, and Tabor. King to GB is a nice scheme fit as well.
30) Pittsburgh SteelersTom--TJ Watt, OLB Wisconsin: Steelers need LB depth, the younger brother of JJ is very good and will be perfect in Pittsburgh
Mike--Deshone Kizer-QB-ND: Big Ben is coming to the end of the road and is already talking retirement. Kizer is a Big Ben clone in some ways and Pittsburgh taking him here gives them the luxury to bring their next QB along slowly.
31) Atlanta FalconsTom--Tre'davious White, CB LSU: Falcons blew a 25 point lead, which mean they were torched in the air. White will help shore up that problem in the secondary.
Mike--Cam Robinson-OT-Alabama: Robinson falls some but I think lands in a perfect spot. He can play tackle or guard and he will make the Falcons offensive line even better.
32) New Orleans Saints (via NE)Tom--Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson: No better QB to learn from for a year or 2 in Drew Brees. Watson has a winning pedigree.
Mike--Jordan Willis-DE-Kansas St: It will kill Sean Payton to pass on David Njoku the TE out of Miami here as he has the potential be a superstar TE for many years, but he has to go in a different direction as he needs to improve that defense. Jordan Willis is one of the safest draft picks in this entire draft.
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