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|What’s a team to do when it misses out on that premier pass rusher or lock-down cornerback in the draft? This mock is all about helping to form those backup plans.
In addition to each team’s current projected Round 1 pick in the mock draft below Wholesale Baker Mayfield Jersey , you’ll find a mid-to-late-round replacement option for the player selected. In other words, if a team has its eye on, say, Solomon Thomas but he’s gone before it picks, which Day 2 or 3 prospect offers a similar—if less impressive—skill set?
The Browns are on the clock.
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- 1 1Myles Garrett DE, Texas A&M
Same as it ever was. A rebuilding team doesn’t necessarily have to mold its image around a quarterback—the Raiders, for example, are as much Khalil Mack’s team as Derek Carr’s (or more so). Garrett can be a foundational piece.
Backup plan: Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic. Garrett is a singular talent in this draft, so there aren’t many good fallback options. In Hendrickson Wholesale Akeem Spence Jersey , though, a team can find a Day 3 value in a player who has athletic upside (4.65-second 40, 4.20-second short shuttle) and posted 13.5 sacks in the FBS ranks last year.
- 2 2Mitchell Trubisky QB, North Carolina
Our mocks have been cycling through defensive options at No. 2—Solomon Thomas, Jonathan Allen, Malik Hooker, Jamal Adams. But it’s far from out of the question that the 49ers stay put and nab their franchise QB. Trubisky would have a bright future under Kyle Shanahan. Full scouting report
Backup plan: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee. It’s the escapability that puts Dobbs in the picture here. Like Trubisky, he has work to do with his technique as a passer, but he’s dangerous with the ball in his hands.
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- 3 3Jonathan Allen DE Adidas Chris Stewart Jersey , Alabama
An Allen–Eddie Goldman–Akiem Hicks front line would give the Bears a powerful, versatile grouping atop the depth chart. Allen is a more finished product than Solomon Thomas. Full scouting report
Backup plan: DeMarcus Walker, DT, Florida State. The early-season Round 1 buzz is long gone for Walker, but he offers similar size to Allen, and he too can deliver a punch from several spots along the line.
- 4 4Solomon Thomas DE, Stanford
Two ways to look at the Calais Campbell signing: Either he makes it so the Jaguars do not need to take a D-linemen early, or he’s the perfect mentor for a player like Thomas. Obviously, this points toward the latter. Full scouting report
Backup plan: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova. Thomas is a talented lump of clay in need of molding. Kpassagnon is an even bigger lump (6' 7″ Adidas Shea Weber Jersey , 289 pounds), who is a multi-year developmental project.
- 5 5Marshon Lattimore CB, Ohio State
(Pick via Rams) It was obvious even before the Titans cut Jason McCourty that they would be looking to draft at the cornerback position. Here, they get the top prospect—a physical, aggressive lock-down defender. Full scouting report
Backup plan: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson. Lost a bit in this incredibly deep DB class, Tankersley has 4.4 speed and a hard-willed mentality that matches Lattimore’s.
- 6 6Jamal Adams S, LSU
There has not been a top-four safety since Eric Turner in 1991, but there have been top-10 safeties like Eric Berry and Sean Taylor. While Adams has a long way to go to reach the level of those players, he has All-Pro potential. Full scouting report
Backup plan: Delano Hill Authentic Josh Jackson Jersey , S, Michigan. Hill won’t come with the expectations of Adams, but he does have sub-4.5 speed and can pop ballcarriers in the box.
- 7 7Malik Hooker S, Ohio State
The Chargers led the league with 18 interceptions last season, but only one player (CB Casey Hayward, with seven) had more than two. They badly need a playmaker at safety. Full scouting report
Backup plan: Marcus Williams, S, Utah. A Day 2 steal waiting to happen, Williams is cut from the same free safety mold as Hooker—both players can track the ball like they have built-in radar.