It is that time of year again, the James Arthur mock draft, last season he got an incredible number of picks correct.
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- Cleveland Browns
Myles Garret, DE, Texas A&M
The Browns need to rebuild from the ground up, a star pass rusher is where it needs to start. This is a no-brainer pick in a draft where Garret is the clear best player.
- San Francisco 49ers
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Thomas spent five years in Australia while growing up. He will really help the 9ers with a consistent pass rush which is what they have missed since Aldon Smith left.
- Chicago Bears
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Bears have a solid front seven but desperately need a shutdown corner to stop being burned. With Kyle Fuller not working out Lattimore becomes the pick of a very deep class of cornerbacks.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Jags have plenty of talent across the board but have Quarterback issues. A Quarterback’s best friend is a good running back. This is a flashy pick that I feel can propel the Jags to win the South
- Tennessee Titans from Los Angeles Rams
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
It was a toss-up between Hooker and Adams at this spot. I went with Hooker as I feel he brings a more all round game and is much better in coverage than Adams. He will help solidify the improving defence of the Titans.
- New York Jets
O.J Howard, TE, Alabama
The Jets have a tonne of needs on defence that will need to be addressed. However, this is a deep draft on defence and they need to prepare for a young Quarterback to take over. Howard gives them a big physical Y receiver that can help a young Quarterback be successful.
- Los Angeles Chargers
Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Joey Bosa gave them a good edge rusher and now they need an interior pass rusher to complement that. Allen has a tonne of position versatility and is an elite run defender and great rusher. He will make teams really think about how they block the Chargers front.
- Carolina Panthers
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Although safety isn’t a massive need for the Panthers at this point not taking Adams is stupid. He will give them a leader in the secondary and a guy who can help them stop the run and make receivers fear to catch the ball over the middle. With Keuchly’s injuries, they may need help stopping the run.
- Cincinnati Bengals
Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama
The Bengals have needed a dominant 3-down player at MLB for a long time. He will give them everything they need and should pair nicely with Vontaze Burfict. With a strong front four he will be able to run at will and make plays all day.
- Buffalo Bills
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Bills need to see what they have in Tyrod Taylor. Adding Williams will give them another big target opposite Sammy Watkins and help if Watkins was to miss time with injuries again.
- New Orleans Saints
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Saints need desperate help on defence. Barnett will give them a guy with a huge motor and great pass rush. Although his athleticism has been questioned this guy had the most productive college career of anyone in the draft.
- Cleveland Browns from Philadelphia Eagles
Tre’Davious White – CB, LSU
After taking a dominant pass rusher with the first pick they turn to the back end. White is a terrific “press zone corner” which is the direction most defences are going in now. He can tackle and cover Tight Ends and slots. He’ll be a terrific addition for the Browns.
- Arizona Cardinals
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Cardinals need a versatile receiver to pair with Fitzgerald before he finishes up. This is the Cardinals last year in the “super bowl window” and Davis could help Palmer turn back the clock and make one last run.
- Philadelphia Eagles from Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook is a perfect fit for the Eagles who are in desperate need of a three down running back. He will help them create a good running attack and provide Wentz with a more balanced offence.
- Indianapolis Colts
David Njoku, TE, Miami
After trading Allen away, the Colts will need to replace that production. Luck will thrive with Njoku at his side. He will thrive running seams and quick screens. All in all, should help the Colts get the offence back to full flight.
- Baltimore Ravens
Takkarist McKinley – OLB, UCLA
Terrell Suggs isn’t going to last much longer and McKinley is the perfect replacement for him. Although he isn’t the biggest guy he plays with tenacity and speed and the tape doesn’t lie.
- Washington Redskins
Christian McCaffrey – RB, Stanford
This offence could do with a splash, and that’s exactly what McCaffrey can provide them. He is electric as a slot receiver and running back and could create a great tandem with Rob Kelly.
- Tennessee Titans
Gareon Conley – CB, Ohio State
After adding Hooker, Conley is the perfect player here. He is the most polished corner in the draft and is ready to contribute straight away. Although is ceiling isn’t as high as others his floor certainly isn’t as low.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ryan Ramczyk – OT, Wisconsin
This is a bit of a need pick for the Buccs. Winston needs protection to develop to the next level. They were terrible at tackle last season and Ramczyk is an instant upgrade for them.
- Denver Broncos
Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
Lamp is the best offensive lineman in the draft. He will give them a reliable player whether it be a run or pass play.
- Detroit Lions
Charles Harris – DE, Missouri
The Lions need to need another edge rusher to help Ziggy Ansah get pressure. Harris is a polished pass rusher with tremendous upside.
- Miami Dolphins
Haason Reddick – LB, Temple
A massive climber in the draft. Reddick has great versatility and is good at pass rushing, coverage and stopping the run.
- New York Giants
Alvin Kamara – RB, Tennessee
Kamara is a very twitched up agile running back from the mold of LeSean McCoy. He will add a playmaker at the position that the Giants haven’t had since Tiki Barber.
- Oakland Raiders
Jarrad Davis – LB, Florida
The Raiders are missing a run stuffing middle linebacker which is exactly what Davis will give them. He lacks elite pass coverage ability but with his great athleticism, he will only get better in that area.
- Houston Texans
Mitchel Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Although I don’t really love any of the Quarterbacks in this draft the Texans just can’t afford to look past one here. Trubisky has limited experience but his athleticism and arm talent are a better fit for O’Briens scheme.
- Seattle Seahawks
Garett Bolles – OT, Utah
The Seahawks are desperate for help at tackle and Bolles is exactly what they are looking for. He is tenacious and nasty in the run game and will develop into a good pass protector. No brainer here for Seattle.
- Kansas City Chiefs
Deshaun Watson – QB, Clemson
Andy Reid loves to develop Quarterbacks and this is a perfect place for Watson. He can sit behind Alex Smith and learn for a couple of seasons before Reid will unleash him on the league.
- Dallas Cowboys
Taco Charlton – DE, Michigan
Letting Rob Marinelli work with a player with Charlton’s raw ability is perfect. He will give the Cowboys a defensive end that needs to be accounted for on every play.
- Green Bay Packers
John Ross, WR, Washington
Ross has fallen a bit in this draft due to his size and durability. Putting a guy with this speed on the Packers offence will create nightmares for defensive coordinators.
- Pittsburgh Steelers
Jabrill Peppers – S, Michigan
Peppers is what Steeler should be. He is versatile and athletic. I see him playing as a safety and being allowed to roam and make a place. High risk, high reward pick here for the Steelers.
- Atlanta Falcons
Cam Robinson – OT, Alabama
The Falcons need to improve their offensive line and Robinson is a great start. He is a mauler in the run game but will need some development in pass protection. Ideally, he would play guard but I think he will be worked at tackle to start with.
- New Orleans Saints from New England Patriots
Quincy Wilson – CB, Florida
Wilson has ideal toughness, size and ball skills. He should be a starting corner from the minute he is drafted. The Saints need corner help and Wilson is the best option with this pick