With each passing week, more fanbases are starting to throw in the towel and turn their attention to the NFL draft.
Cleveland Browns fans are decidedly in that boat now, as their team has cruised to an early lead in the race for the No. 1 pick. After a blowout loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, the Browns remain the only winless team in the NFL.
The following mock draft features the updated draft order ahead of Monday Night Football. For teams with the same record, their 16-game strength of schedule was used as the tiebreaker.
|NFL Mock Draft|
|1||Cleveland Browns||DeShone Kizer||QB||Notre Dame|
|2||New York Jets||Myles Garrett||DE||Texas A&M|
|3||Miami Dolphins||Brad Kaaya||QB||Miami (FL)|
|4||San Francisco 49ers||Deshaun Watson||QB||Clemson|
|5||San Diego Chargers||Malik McDowell||DL||Michigan State|
|6||Chicago Bears||Jabrill Peppers||S/LB||Michigan|
|7||New Orleans Saints||Jonathan Allen||DL||Alabama|
|8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Marlon Humphrey||CB||Alabama|
|9||Jacksonville Jaguars||Cam Robinson||OT||Alabama|
|10||Carolina Panthers||Leonard Fournette||RB||LSU|
|11||Tennessee Titans||JuJu Smith-Schuster||WR||USC|
|12||Indianapolis Colts||Dalvin Cook||RB||Florida State|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||Quincy Wilson||CB||Florida|
|14||Cincinnati Bengals||Teez Tabor||CB||Florida|
|15||Detroit Lions||Mike Williams||WR||Clemson|
|16||New York Giants||Derek Barnett||DE||Tennessee|
|17||Kansas City Chiefs||Dawuane Smoot||DE||Illinois|
|18||Tennessee Titans (from LA)||Jamal Adams||S||LSU|
|19||Buffalo Bills||Malik Hooker||S||Ohio State|
|20||Houston Texans||Raekwon McMillan||LB||Ohio State|
|21||Baltimore Ravens||Reuben Foster||LB||Alabama|
|22||Washington Redskins||Jourdan Lewis||CB||Michigan|
|23||Seattle Seahawks||Tim Williams||LB||Alabama|
|24||Cleveland Browns (from PHI)||Mike McGlinchey||OT||Notre Dame|
|25||Green Bay Packers||Dan Feeney||OG||Indiana|
|26||New England Patriots||Christian McCaffrey||RB||Stanford|
|27||Atlanta Falcons||Lowell Lotulelei||DT||Utah|
|28||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cordrea Tankersley||CB||Clemson|
|29||Oakland Raiders||Tre'Davious White||CB||LSU|
|30||Denver Broncos||Carlos Watkins||DT||Clemson|
|31||Dallas Cowboys||Charles Harris||DE||Missouri|
|32||Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN)||Sidney Jones||CB||Washington|
3. Miami Dolphins: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (FL)
The Miami Hurricanes came up short against the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday night, but quarterback Brad Kaaya made a statement against a solid Seminoles defense.
Kaaya completed 19 of 32 passes against Florida State, including a perfectly placed touchdown pass to Stacy Coley that put his impressive accuracy on display for a national audience.
While Clemson's Deshaun Watson is generating more hype than Kaaya this season, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, multiple teams currently have Kaaya rated higher than his ACC counterpart:
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Not every team will covet Kaaya in the draft, partially due to his limited mobility, but franchises seeking a traditional pocket passer could be drawn to the 6'4" quarterback.
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has worked almost exclusively with this type of quarterback in recent years. As the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, Gase spent three seasons with Peyton Manning and then spent a year with Jay Cutler in Chicago before joining the Dolphins.
10. Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
It's been an ugly season for the Carolina Panthers, and it may only get worse as the injuries continue to mount.
In the short term, this is certainly a disappointing development for Carolina fans, but it doesn't change the fact that the team still has a strong nucleus to build around. The Panthers could take advantage of a down year to land an impact player early in the draft.
One of the positions the Panthers should target is running back, where an elite prospect such as Leonard Fournette could be an early option.
In 2015, the Panthers offense benefited from a mostly healthy Jonathan Stewart, and that's been a rare occurrence over the past few seasons. However, the 29-year-old is struggling to stay on the field once again, and Carolina's offense has suffered as a result.
Fournette would provide Carolina with an upgrade at the position and would require little alterations to the offensive game plan. Like Stewart, Fournette is a powerful downhill runner and would fit perfectly in the Panthers offense.
24. Cleveland Browns: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey recently said that he will return to school for his senior year. But as Miller recently pointed out, it's tough to trust players this early in the draft process:
Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey says he'll return to school next fall. Although...think Will Fuller said the same this time last year. https://t.co/BqEkrE2ach— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 5, 2016
Until the list of underclassmen is set, it's best to assume anyone with a first-round grade is turning pro, so McGlinchey will be included in this mock draft.
The lack of depth at his position may actually end up influencing McGlinchey's decision. On his most recent big board, ESPN.com's Todd McShay included just three offensive tackles.
The rebuilding Browns will certainly be among the teams targeting an offensive lineman early in the draft.
The Browns parted ways with right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and center Alex Mack this past offseason and have struggled to field an effective offensive line as a result.