Maiocco's 2017 first round mock draft: Myles Garrett falls to 49ers
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1) QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
Coach Hue Jackson apparently does not want the quarterback. But whether he’s overruled or not, the organizational dysfunction is real and it does not bode well for a long union.
2) DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
We’re assuming the Browns will do a very Browns-like thing and pass on Garrett. Otherwise, the 49ers try to trade back. If they keep the pick and Garrett is off the board, the pick is Solomon Thomas.
3) DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford
There is some talk the Bears could trade up to get Thomas. But in this scenario, that’s completely unnecessary. They can thank the Browns (theoretically) for that.
4) RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
Tom Coughlin likes big backs, and he cannot lie. Even with 12 extra pounds on his frame at the NFL Scouting Combine, Fournette ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash.
5) DT Jonathan Allen, Alabama
His shoulders are a concern, but Allen said his doctors tell him he should be able to hold up for 15 to 20 years. That seems reasonable.
6) S Jamal Adams, LSU
Adams becomes the highest-drafted safety since Eric Berry was chosen No. 5 overall in 2010.
7) S Malik Hooker, Ohio State
If he can just remain healthy, Hooker can be the major general of the Chargers’ defense for a long time.
8) RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Don’t know if you’ve heard about this guy, but he can do a little bit of everything.
9) LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
A little too much water in one’s urine would never prevent the Bengals from flushing one of the top talents in the draft.
10) QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Rewind one year, and the Bills would’ve thought they needed the No. 1 overall pick to reel in this proven winner.
11) CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
He’s the best cornerback in a draft that is filthy rich with cornerbacks.
12) TE O.J. Howard, Alabama
There are few absolutely squeaky clean prospects in this draft. Howard is one of them.
13) WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Former 49ers receiver P.J. Fleck taught him well during their time together in college. (BTW, Davis was a bit-more talented than Fleck.)
14) LB Haason Reddick, Temple
The only question is whether he lasts long enough for the Eagles to keep him in the area.
15) DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
New GM Chris Ballard prefers producers over projections. That’s why he goes with Barnett over immensely talented Charles Harris.
16) WR Mike Williams, Clemson
Can Joe Flacco do his part to help make him an elite wide receiver?
17) DE Charles Harris, Missouri
This quick-twitch athlete has tremendous upside as a pass-rusher.
18) CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
Who’s going to draft Gareon Conley with the allegations against him? All the corners move up a notch.
19) T Garett Bolles, Utah
In a draft that features very few offensive linemen worthy of being selected in the first round, Bolles is the best of the bunch.
20) TE David Njoku, Miami
It’s a great draft class for tight ends, and this guy is certainly no joke.
21) OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
The biggest concern is how his hip will hold up after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in January.
22) G Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
Just watch him light it up at the next level.
23) LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
There are injury concerns with his ankle, but there’s plenty to like that will offset any of those concerns.
24) CB Adoree Jackson, USC
The Las Vegas-in-waiting team does not believe this is a gamble because the Raiders adore this versatile cover man.
25) QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
No need to look much further than Mahomes for the best arm talent in the draft. This state loves a gunslinger, and this guy fits that description.
26) CB Kevin King, Washington
At 6-foot-3, he fits the Seahawks mold . . . as well as being the guy to take over for Richard Sherman, who is wearing out his welcome.
27) QB Davis Webb, California
Alex Smith need not worry, but taking a QB in the first round gives Andy Reid a five-year window to make the transition.
28) S Obi Melifonwu, UConn
Four-year starter. Great size at 6-4, 224 pounds. Ran a 4.40 at the combine. A tackling machine. What’s not to like?
29) LB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
His older brother is a pretty good player, but T.J. is considered the best athlete in the family.
30) S Budda Baker, Washington
When he was born, his mother thought he looked like a “little Buddha doll.” If he looked like a bigger Buddha doll, he would not still be available this late in the first round.
31) TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss
The Falcons lost their biggest offensive weapon, Kyle Shanahan, but they add a playmaker for Matt Ryan (and new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian).
32) CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
If he just drops a couple more spots, the 49ers could pounce with the No. 34 overall pick.