The following is the Xavier Cromartie / College Football Metrics FINAL mock draft for entry into The Huddle Report’s mock draft contest. The scoring is 1 point per player correctly predicted in the first round plus 2 points per player linked to the correct team.
Round 1 (team, position, player, school, change from last/last mock pick)
Top needs: 7T, QB, FS
He’s #1 and then it’s a mess afterward.
Top needs: CB, FS, 9T
The media have floated every possibility imaginable. Ultimately, assuming no trade, I think the ex-safety GM takes a safety. Best scheme fit and best player.
Top needs: 5T, SS, WR
If they’re fine with the medicals it’s an ideal fit.
Top needs: RB, LG, TE
Fournette easily makes the most sense if available. He might not be.
Top needs: WR, ILB, CB
I’ve become convinced that Howard is too good to make it to 16. TEN might still land him with a trade back to 12. Otherwise Mike Williams.
Top needs: QB, SS, CB
Adams probably isn’t getting here. If NYJ trades down a few slots, Lattimore could still be there if the hamstrings are really scaring teams. Healthy, he belongs up here.
Top needs: RG, 9T, FS
Ideal fit since the draft started and nothing has changed.
Top needs: WR, RB, CB
Might have to trade up to get him. Might also have interest in Fournette.
Top needs: 7T, RB, LT
Still think he’s a media creation.
Top needs: CB, WR, ILB
BUF has no future at WR. Might not even have Watkins. Another Clemson pick.
Top needs: CB, 7T, ILB
NO wants to solve the LB problem for good. Play him at WLB.
Top needs: QB, FS, SS
Somehow CLE will figure out how to land him. Perhaps another deal with TEN.
Top needs: QB, CB, FS
ARI needs a strong-armed QB for the future.
Top needs: CB, RB, WR
I think he’s the guy if he’s there. The question is whether he’s there; he could go #9-13. PHI wants the best talents.
Top needs: CB, ILB, 9T
IND needs a leader at ILB. Can get a complementary CB in round 2.
Top needs: RT, C, 9T
Howard and Williams are likely gone. Ozzie goes with another Alabama guy.
Top needs: 5T, 9T, CB
WAS could use another edge to upgrade on Preston Smith.
Top needs: CB, ILB, FS
Thinking they’ll get their CB here instead of earlier. Media finally catching up that Hump is ranked pretty high. Also chance for Awoo~ here.
Top needs: RB, TE, CB
Despite the many reports that Cook will fall to round 2, I still feel that Cook will go in the 1st round to PHI or TB.
Top needs: LT, RB, TE
DEN has to take a left tackle.
Top needs: ILB, 7T, CB
DET has shown interest in smaller WRs, including Ross.
Top needs: FS, RG, CB
MIA needs an impact defender. Jordan Willis could surprise here.
Top needs: 3T, ILB, TE
Unlikely to be Ramczyk. A guard always sneaks in late-1st.
Top needs: ILB, 3T, CB
Awoo~ would seem to be a great fit since he could play slot CB or FS, both of which are needs. Kevin King or Obi are also possible.
Top needs: QB, RT, RG
Rick Smith could be ok with Watson despite his weak 46 MPH arm. Maybe a trade up.
Top needs: CB, LT, SS
He is such a prototypical DB for SEA. Might not make it here.
Top needs: ILB, 5T, QB
Solid SEC cover CB fits KC.
Top needs: CB, SS, 7T
Despite all the connections to Jackson, I fear DAL could make a ‘jump’ up to pair Byron with Obi.
Top needs: CB, ILB, 9T
TJ Watt makes sense if available, but GB has Matthews and Perry (with huge contracts) and Fackrell. GB needs 3 CBs in this draft.
Top needs: 9T, CB, WR
Ultimately an athletic edge rusher makes the most sense, unless PIT shocks with a QB like Kizer.
Top needs: RG, 7T, 3T
Here it is… the mythical fastball-off-the-edge-to-pair-with-Vic-Beasley™. I’m a bit skeptical of the alleged 2nd-round grades. He’s too good.
Top needs: CB, 7T, QB
Taco could go to NO at either 11 or 32. Split opinions on him, but mostly favoring late-1st.
Dropped out: CB Gareon Conley (15)
Left out: WR Corey Davis (medical), TE David Njoku (being a TE), LT Ryan Ramczyk (medical), 9T Takkarist McKinley (medical), CB Quincy Wilson (slow), QB DeShone Kizer (terrible), CB Gareon Conley (panic)
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