Alex Reno and I put out our first mock draft back in January, still fresh from NFL and college seasons. Free agency really does change everything, as does the whole draft season of combines and pro days and breaking down tape and more tape.
We told you we'd get another one out and we did. Many of the suspects remain the same, but a few individuals have improved their stock according to each of our particular prospect rankings. Go on. Consume the mock. It's the time of the season.
1. Tennessee Titans: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
Lemieux: Just to be clear, I'm leaning towards the notion that Tennessee might trade away the pick. That said, we've seen plenty of teams stand pat when we all thought that and theorizing who the Titans would even sell the pick to with such a class is difficult. If they are keeping the pick, talk seems to veer between Ramsey and Laremy Tunsil, and I'm of the mind that the Titans will choose the defensive back.
2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Reno: I know the Browns signed Robert Griffin and I don't care. The Carson Wentz hype is real. This is the pick that I feel most confident in the likelihood of it actually happening.
3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
Lemieux: With Tunsil still on the board and San Diego still needing any help they can get. The unit could greatly improve its run blocking with Tunsil and that would immediately compliment last year's selection of Melvin Gordon.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
Reno: There may not be a better prospect/team fit than Elliot and the Dallas Cowboys. They already have an all-star lineup in the trenches and all they need is someone to hand the rock to. Elliot is a stud and will make the Cowboys more relevant and more hateable.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Lemieux: Jacksonville spent $200 million in free agency and still didn't get a pass rusher to start opposite Dante Fowler. With Bosa available, this is a no-brainer of several magnitudes.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA
Reno: Myles Jack is a freak of nature. The fact that he had three positions (LB, RB and S) listed on his shirt during the combine says it all. He could probably beat out Joe Flacco as the starting QB if he tried hard enough.
7. San Francisco 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, California
Lemieux: - Chip Kelly's on the coast once more and he's got a chance to groom a Pac-12 quarterback. Start fresh instead of working with broken parts, Chip. For your sake.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Reno: Stanley is not my No. 2 OT in the draft, but he may be the best fit for the Eagles and their zone running scheme. The Eagles need a RT and Stanley is their man.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
Lemieux: After Ramsey I believe Hargreaves is the next best corner available and the Bucs have a need to fix up the secondary. With free agency almost in the books I think Tampa's biggest need and best talent available will intersect with the defensive back out of Gainesville.
10. New York Giants: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Reno: The Giants are caught in a pickle here and may have to settle by reaching for their favorite receiver here unless they have Taylor Decker or Jack Conklin rated higher to fill their need at offensive tackle. This is an extremely tough spot for them, but Treadwell can be a guy that will take some double teams away from Odell Beckham Jr.
11. Chicago Bears: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Lemieux: The best way for the Bears to achieve relevance again in Chicago is to jumpstart its defense. They answered linebacker issues in free agency and they could grab one of the top pass rushers off the board with DeForest Buckner.
12. New Orleans Saints: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Reno: Now that Rob Ryan is gone the Saints can go back to having a defense again. Adding a young stud like Billings will immediately improve their defensive line and he has a real shot at developing into a Pro Bowler. I'm a huge fan of Andrew Billings.
13. Miami Dolphins (via Philadelphia): Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Lemieux: The Dolphins really had their struggles this offseason and hemorrhaged talent where they really couldn't afford. Still, I think they'll probably stick with trying to get that star-studded defense to shine. They still run a 4-3 and they could use another tackle alongside Suh. No one's improved his stock quite like Sheldon Rankins, who I believe is planted firmly in the middle of the first round now.
14. Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
Reno: The Raiders need an inside linebacker. Reggie Ragland is good.
15. Los Angeles Rams: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Lemieux: Right, I'm not expecting the Rams to find their dream quarterback in this round (certainly not with Wentz and Goff off the board) or free agency. I also don't agree with Todd McShay that Hackenberg is worth a second round pick. Whatever, though. Later round or next year for that position, I suspect the Rams will get things ready for whoever they take by grabbing the highly productive Doctson.
16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Reno: Alright. So I was really expecting Bob Quinn to go after a big name OT in free agency, but that didn't happen. Instead, he patched up nearly every other position and I have to think that the Lions will strongly consider a guy like Taylor Decker, Ronnie Stanley or maybe even Jack Conklin if they're going all out for a starting tackle. I think Decker has great value here and I even have him rated higher than Ronnie Stanley. He will be an immediate upgrade over Michael Ola and can help keep Matthew Stafford upright opposite of Riley Reiff.
Lemieux: I'm of the mind the Lions struck out in free agency on tackles. That said, we've been waiting for an offensive tackle to get drafted for a while now; maybe a new GM changes the slate. As Alex said above, Stanley fits better for a zone running and the Lions are looking like they want to keep going with this power scheme Jim Bob Cooter cooked up. At 16 the Lions can be flexible in what they want to get, but they've certainly resolved their immediate needs at defensive tackle and mike linebacker; left tackle is the spot that needs work.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Lemieux: Atlanta's defensive line was dead last in rushing the passer last year. Get Shaq Lawson and maybe they stand a chance to fix things.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Cody Whitehair, OT/OG, Kansas State
Reno: The Colts need help everywhere along the offensive line and how do they solve it? Draft the guy that can play all five positions. Whitehair's best spot in the pros will be at OG if he can add some muscle, but he has the intellect and instincts to hang at OT as well. I love this kid's upside and think he has a real shot at going this early in a weak draft.
19. Buffalo Bills: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
Lemieux: A'Shawn cannot possibly be 20 years old and he's a very bad man. This seems like a match made in heaven for legitimate crazy person Rex Ryan.
20. New York Jets: Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky
Reno: No one in this year's draft can bend around the edge like Noah Spence and the Jets need a pure edge rusher. This one is a no-brainer.
21. Washington: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
Lemieux: Not that great of a place for Washington to be to draft according to their needs. Lee's probably the best player available right now so they'd be wise to take him. It's not the most immediate need for their defensive struggles but it's solid.
22. Houston Texans: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
Reno: Houston has a need for a 5-tech DE and Dodd may be the most instinctual strongside DE in the draft. Despite his one year of starting experience, Dodd's knowledge of the game is very impressive and he's a TFL (tackle for loss) machine. I think his best football is ahead of him.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Lemieux: It was a bit of a toss-up between Coleman and Braxton Miller. I think in the end experience at the position, even with Baylor's system, is probably what will put Coleman ahead of Miller for the front office chaps. For the Vikings it'd be an excellent addition to Bridgewater's rising dominion over their offense.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
Reno: The Bengals desperately need a nose tackle and Jarran Reed is the best one available. I really like the value here and Reed would be a steal with the 24th overall pick.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Lemieux: Steelers need a cornerback and Eli Apple is about where we pegged him last time we mock drafted. Don't think much has changed with free agency. Steelers still gotta get their guy.
26. Seattle Seahawks: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
Reno: WJ3 and the Seahawks are a match made in heaven. He fits their profile with his length and height and has elite speed to go with it. Think of him as a poor man's Kevin Johnson from last year that excels in off-man coverage, but has the tools to develop into a nice press-corner as well. WJ3 is going to make plays in the NFL.
27. Green Bay Packers: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
Lemieux: Hunter Henry is the best tight end available in the draft, without a question. He's got prototypical size, well-rounded technique in both blocking and catching plus experience working in Arkansas's pro-style, multiple-tight end setup. He's pro-ready. While most don't have him graded as a first rounder, the need for a solid, physical tight end is apparent in Green Bay. With most of the top defensive talent they need is off the board here, I suspect in this scenario they'd pull the trigger.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
Reno: Floyd is the best player available here and fits a position of need as Tamba Hali is only getting older and has seen a decline in his production. Floyd has some work to do to reach his potential, but is one of the top edge rushers in this draft nonetheless.
29. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
Lemieux: Lyle Sendlein appears on his way out of Glendale, one way or another -- either he'll retire or the Cardinals will move on. Although there's defensive needs still, the Cardinals could do a lot worse than the Alabama center to replace Sendlein. Kelly is big, fast and can become a leader on the offensive line. Nick Martin (C, Notre Dame) is an option here too.
30. Carolina Panthers: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
Reno: With Roman Harper hitting free agency, the Panthers need a starting strong safety. Tre Boston will get a shot to compete for the role, but if they were to add a guy like Vonn Bell, the competition would be over before it started. Sorry Tre Boston, but you know it's true. Vonn Bell is the real deal.
31. Denver Broncos: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
Lemieux: Well now! Aren't we up S#*@ Creek without a paddle? It would behoove the Broncos to draft a quarterback before they embarrass themselves with Mark Sanchez. With the decision between Connor Cook and Paxton Lynch, I feel like the Broncos will probably take a supposedly safer bet in Cook rather than take the plunge for Lynch. I don't know if it's the right choice, but it's better than just punting on the whole damn thing.