Brendan Leister's 1st Round NFL Mock Draft

Brendan has spent a ton of time breaking down the QBs, and Joey Bosa, for his Scouting Profiles. Today he gives you his 1st Round NFL Mock Draft.


1- Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee Titans): Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

Analysis: Best QB in the class. No brainer.

2- Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland Browns): Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State

Analysis: I would not take him here, but they love him.  They make the big bucks.  I do not.

3- San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner, Defensive Lineman, Oregon

Analysis: Great talent, great fit.  I am a fan of building a defense inside out and Buckner would enhance the run D and pass rush significantly.

4- Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Ohio State

Analysis: Elliott is a great talent and would take a ton of pressure off of Tony Romo as he nears the end of his career.

5- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, Defensive Back, Florida State

Analysis: Ramsey is one of the top talents in the class and he would give the Jags an upgrade in the defensive backfield.

6- Tennessee Titans (from Baltimore Ravens): Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi

Analysis: The Titans trade multiple picks in 2016 and 2017 to move from 15 to 6 and select the player they would have taken at 1.

7- San Francisco 49ers: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Analysis: Chip Kelly’s first pick in Philadelphia was Lane Johnson and I expect him to want another young talented tackle as he begins his stint in San Francisco.

8- Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, Edge Rusher, Ohio State

Analysis: I could see a trade down here, but with Bosa still on the board, I expect the Browns to make the pick.  He fills a huge need for the Browns as they look to become more explosive in the front seven.

9- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State

Analysis: The Bucs continue their trend of drafting offensive players early and go with a young tackle to protect Jameis Winston.

10- New York Giants: Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Analysis: It has been a long time since the Giants took a linebacker with a first round selection.  They are due.

11- Chicago Bears: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Houston

Analysis: Hargreaves fills a need and there is a good chance he is the best prospect on Chicago’s board at this point.

12- New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Tackle, Louisville

Analysis: Best talent on the board.  Will help get interior pressure on the good quarterbacks in their division.

13- Miami Dolphins: Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA

Analysis: When healthy, Jack may be the most talented player in the class.  The Dolphins stand pat and are rewarded.

14- Oakland Raiders: Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi

Analysis: Talented player with character questions.  If he pays off, the Raiders front seven could be dominant.

15- Baltimore Ravens (from Tennessee Titans): Shaq Lawson, Edge Rusher, Clemson

Analysis: The Baltimore Ravens move down, collect picks, and still get the second best edge rusher in the class in Shaq Lawson.

16- Detroit Lions: Ryan Kelly, Center, Alabama

Analysis: Many believe Kelly is the best interior lineman in the class.

17- Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee, Linebacker, Ohio State

Analysis: Lee has been connected to the Falcons consistently throughout the draft process.

18- Indianapolis Colts: William Jackson III, Cornerback, Houston

Analysis: Some may be surprised, but the Colts need help at cornerback and with Kelly off the board, I expect them to wait to take a lineman in a later round.

19- Buffalo Bills: Noah Spence, Edge Rusher, Eastern Kentucky

Analysis: I could see Rex Ryan having few worries about Spence’s off-field questions.

20- New York Jets: Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

Analysis: With the retirement of D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets have a huge need at left tackle.  Decker could be the best player on their board at this point as well.

21- Cincinnati Bengals (from Washington Redskins): Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

Analysis: The Bengals trade a third round pick to the Redskins to move up in front of the Texans and Vikings to get Fuller.

22- Houston Texans: Jarran Reed, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Analysis: Vince Wilfork is near the end of his career and Reed is a good replacement.

23- Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, Wide Receiver, TCU

Analysis: The Vikings consider moving up, but stand pat and get the top receiver on their board.

24- Washington Redskins (from Cincinnati Bengals): Karl Joseph, Safety, West Virginia

Analysis: The Redskins move down three spots, pick up a third round pick, and still get their top target.  Joseph is a great talent and would likely be selected earlier if not for tearing his ACL.

25- Pittsburgh Steelers: Keanu Neal, Safety, Florida

Analysis: I could see Neal’s physicality and toughness being a fit for how the Steelers want to play defense.

26- Seattle Seahawks: Chris Jones, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State

Analysis: Jones is an excellent fit for the Seahawks’ aggressive, attacking defensive scheme.  I could see him thriving in Seattle’s culture.

27- Green Bay Packers: Reggie Ragland, Inside Linebacker, Alabama

Analysis: Ragland fills a huge need for the Packers.  I also considered a defensive back for this spot.

28- Kansas City Chiefs: Corey Coleman, Wide Receiver, Baylor

Analysis: Many would be shocked if Coleman fell this far, but his lack of experience running a full route tree leads me to believe it could happen.  Andy Reid had Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia.  Coleman, Albert Wilson, and Maclin would give the Chiefs a dynamic receiving corps.

29- Arizona Cardinals: TJ Green, Defensive Back, Clemson

Analysis: The Cardinals seem to be looking for help in the defensive backfield and Green has the physical tools to develop into a good player.

30- Carolina Panthers: Eli Apple, Cornerback, Ohio State

Analysis: With a need at cornerback after the departure of Josh Norman, I expect the Panthers to target a replacement.

31- Denver Broncos: Vernon Butler, Defensive Lineman, Louisiana Tech

Analysis: Butler may be the best player on the board at this point.  I expect Denver to take the best player on their board.

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