Written by: Lewis T
Cont: NFL First Top 10 Mock Draft
11. New Orleans Saints:
John Ross, WR, Washington
Seeing that the Saints are actively shopping speedster wide receiver Brandin Cooks, electrifying receiver John Ross can pick up right where Cooks left off. In Ross’ junior season he had 81 receptions for 1150 yards and 17 touchdowns. Ross can take the top off of a defense, and is a home run threat any time he gets the ball in his hands.
12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia):
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Even though his stats might not show it because Alabama doesn’t really run it’s offense through its tight ends, O.J. Howard is a freak tight end. He has good hands, can block really well (playing under Saban you don’t have a choice) and can run like a receiver. Howard’s talents were on display in 2016’s title game against Clemson where he had over 200 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Howard can make plays if he’s given the opportunity.
13. Arizona Cardinals:
Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
The Cardinals need to address their wide receivers with an aging Larry Fitzgerald and the departure of Malcom Floyd during the season, but the interior offensive line is more of a need. Lamp could be a step in the right direction. Lamp played left tackle in college, but is projected to slide inside and contribute immediately at guard or potentially center. Lamp’s performance against Alabama solidified him as one of the better offensive lineman in the draft.
14. Philadelphia Eagles:
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Marshon Lattimore may not make it to the 14th pick, but if he’s on the board then the Eagles would be smart to take him. Another big time product from the Ohio State Buckeyes should be a very good corner on the next level. He hasn’t played in many games but he’s definitely made impact when given the opportunity.
15. Indianapolis Colts:
Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
McKinley fills a need that for the Colts at outside linebacker. The Colts need someone who can make plays in the backfield and that is what McKinley does best. McKinley can put his hand in the dirt or stand up and still deliver a good pass rush. In his senior season he had 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss.
16. Baltimore Ravens:
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
Zay Jones is a big bodied receiver with really good hands. He has a very good catch radius and makes catches you wouldn’t think he’d initially get to. If a ball is thrown near Jones he will more than likely find a way to bring it in. In Jones’ senior season at East Carolina he had 158 receptions (no this isn’t a typo) for 1746 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
Soloman Thomas is a tweener. He can play defensive tackle or defensive end. Either way he should succeed at whatever position he’s at. Thomas is a strong, quick player who has a nonstop motor. He’s strong enough to handle guards and has enough quickness to get around tackles. Thomas had 14 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks his junior year at Stanford.
18. Tennessee Titans:
David Njoku,TE, Miami
David Njoku the tight end out of Miami has all the tools to be a star in the league. Njoku is a freakish athlete and looks like he could play defensive end on the next level as well. Njoku can make plays in space, all he needs is the ball in his hands and he will take care of the rest. In limited opportunities, Njoku had almost 700 yards and 8 touchdowns his junior year at Miami.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Budda Baker, S, Washington
Budda Baker the playmaking safety from Washington is a sideline to sideline player. You can find him all over the field in the run and pass game. He diagnoses plays quickly and attacks. He has good hands for a safety and is a really good tackler in open space. Baker had almost 10 tackles for loss as a safety.
20. Denver Broncos:
Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin
Seeing there’s a possibility that Russell Okung may not be back with the Broncos, they might want to draft Ryan Ramczyk. Ramczyk will be starting as soon as he steps foot in the facility. He’s solid in the run and pass game. He simply gets the job done.