NFL mock drafts are a lot like an NCAA tournament bracket. Fun to fill out, hardly ever accurate at round’s end. One trade is all it takes to throw things into a tizzy, or an early surprise – an overvalued quarterback, anyone? – to set predictions ablaze.
These things are fun to fill out, compare and contrast. We put one together on NFL draft’s eve, and have the Raiders slated for a tall, quick cornerback. The 49ers are getting a game wrecker from a familiar school.
Let’s take a look at the first round in its entirety.
1. Los Angeles: QB Jared Goff, California
2. Philadelphia:QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
3. San Diego: DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
4. Dallas: DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
5. Jacksonville: LB Myles Jack, UCLA
6. Baltimore: OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi
7. 49ers: DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon
+Comment: An Oregon pass rusher ends up in Santa Clara for a second straight season. He’s obviously a scheme fit, considering Chip Kelly recruited him to Oregon.
8. Cleveland: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
9. Tampa Bay: CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
10. N.Y. Giants: OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
11. Chicago: OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
12. New Orleans: DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
13. Miami: DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
14. Raiders: CB William Jackson III, Houston
+Comment: The Silver and Black further strengthen their secondary with someone tailor made for their defensive scheme.
15. Tennessee: OT Jack Conklin, Tennessee
16. Detroit: DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
17. Atlanta: OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State
18. Indianapolis: OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
19. Buffalo: DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
20. N.Y. Jets: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
21. Washington: ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
22. Houston: WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
23. Minnesota: WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi
24. Cincinnati: WR Josh Doctson, Texas Christian
25. Pittsburgh: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
26. Seattle: DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi
27. Green Bay:NT Andrew Billings, Baylor
28. Kansas City: CB Artie Burns, Miami
New England: forfeited
29. Arizona: DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
30. Carolina: OT Jason Spriggs, Indiana
31. Denver: QB Connor Cook, Michigan State