As much fun as the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl can be, the weeks immediately after the big game are painful for football fans. There is still a ways to go until free agency and the NFL draft, but all we can do is try our best to suppress those offseason woes and try to get excited about the upcoming season.
This year's draft has elite talent near the top and also some depth, particularly at the skill positions, throughout the middle to late rounds. It's nearly impossible to predict what some teams are thinking and planning on doing up until April 27, but some teams are more obvious than others.
Take the Cleveland Browns, for example. It's no secret that they're looking for their franchise quarterback, but will they find their signal-caller in the draft or via free agency? Much is left to be desired, but the best we can do for now is speculate.
|2017 NFL Mock Draft|
|1||Cleveland Browns||Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M|
|2||San Francisco 49ers||Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina|
|3||Chicago Bears||Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama|
|4||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jamal Adams, S, LSU|
|5||Tennessee Titans (via Rams)||Mike Williams, WR, Clemson|
|6||New York Jets||Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State|
|7||Los Angeles Chargers||Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama|
|8||Carolina Panthers||Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU|
|9||Cincinnati Bengals||Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford|
|10||Buffalo Bills||O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama|
|11||New Orleans Saints||Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama|
|12||Cleveland Browns (via Eagles)||Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan|
|14||Indianapolis Colts||Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles (via Vikings)||Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Tim Williams, LB/DE, Alabama|
|17||Washington Redskins||Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State|
|18||Tennessee Titans||Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State|
|19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Desmond King, CB, Iowa|
|20||Denver Broncos||DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame|
|21||Detroit Lions||Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan|
|22||Miami Dolphins||Carl Lawson, LB, Auburn|
|23||New York Giants||Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin|
|24||Oakland Raiders||Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida|
|25||Houston Texans||Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt|
|26||Seattle Seahawks||Takkarist McKinley, LB, UCLA|
|27||Kansas City Chiefs||John Ross, WR, Washington|
|28||Dallas Cowboys||Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama|
|29||Green Bay Packers||Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan|
|30||Pittsburgh Steelers||Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State|
|31||Atlanta Falcons||Teez Tabor, CB, Florida|
|32||New England Patriots||Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford|
|David McCracken's mock draft|
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
As badly as the Browns need a quarterback, they can't afford to pass on a player like Myles Garrett.
He can be a starter from day one of training camp and immediately give the Browns a threat on the edge of their defensive front. Garrett is athletic and big enough to even shift inside on some downs and can be the versatile force who so many defenses around the league wish they had.
The only problem with selecting Garrett, however, is that he sounds like he doesn't want to play for Cleveland. And in all honesty, who could blame him?
While Garrett did eventually backtrack on his desire to specifically play for the Dallas Cowboys, saying that he would play for Cleveland, it's hard to imagine that he won't be targeted for his lack of commitment to his teammates and franchise if he makes more comments like that.
Having said that, Cleveland would be silly not to make Garrett the player of its future on defense.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller labeled Garrett as the best prospect in this year's draft class, calling him a "6'5", 270-pound team-changing presence." This pick is simple enough that even the Browns can't mess it up.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Now that they have their star on defense, the Browns can focus on their less-than-stellar offense.
Armed with the Nos. 1 and 12 picks in this year's draft, Cleveland has the opportunity to draft a quarterback at the top of the first round. It's tough to peg how the Browns would rate Deshaun Watson, and if they did think highly of him, would they draft him that high?
It's not often that a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and national champion quarterback has question marks surrounding his ability to win in the NFL. No one is questioning Watson's off-field personality or athleticism, so what's the problem?
There may be other options to choose from in this year's draft, including Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer, but Watson has the work ethic and chip on his shoulder to prove his doubters wrong.
Pass on him at your own risk, but Cleveland should pull the trigger on Watson at No. 12.
Jonathan Allen, DE/DT Alabama
With so much attention fixated on Garrett, Jonathan Allen is flying under the radar, which is a shame because he deserves more attention as a top-five pick in this year's draft.
Allen gave offensive coordinators headaches all year long during this past season at Alabama. Not only can Allen read defenses, shed blocks and make sure-handed tackles, but he also knows a thing or two about getting to the quarterback.
Just watch below as he sheds his blocker and attacks the quarterback. That type of hustle can't be taught, and Allen's technique is what separates him from the rest of the pass-rushers in this draft.
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Garrett will be selected before Allen on the night of the draft, but that's not any slight on Allen. Sitting pretty at No. 3, the Chicago Bears will be salivating at the thought of adding one of the most fierce defensive linemen to come out of the draft in recent years to help kick-start their defense, which has lost its swagger.
Allen will not only put up numbers in Chicago, but he will also be the catalyst in bringing back its historically intimidating defense.