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Mock Draft 2.0; Quarterbacks Fall, Eagles Land A Playmaker

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NFL teams will continue to go back and forth between players that they want to take in the NFL Draft and so we can do the same. Below is our updated Mock Draft 2.0.

Let’s be honest and just say it how it is. This is a weak quarterback class. All the “experts” and mainstream media are trying to hype up these quarterbacks, saying they are worthy of a high draft pick.

There are a lot of teams that need a quarterback, but just because they need one, does not mean that they should reach for one that may not even play in 2017 and will be a developmental project. For that reason, I have quarterbacks falling to teams that will be willing to let them progress slowly.

Game changers are guys that on any given play can change the course of a game. Whether that be a big time sack, special teams play, or a miraculous touchdown, the goal of the draft is to find the player that will be this “game changer” for their team.

Christian McCaffrey is this year’s game changer. A lot of scouts are questioning if his big play ability and size can translate to the pro level, and for that reason, have his draft stock at a mid to late first round grade.

At 5’11” and 203 pounds, he is not by any means a “small” back. LeSean McCoy is 5’11”, 207, and Devonta Freeman is 5’9″, 209, so let’s go ahead and dispell the notion that he does not have NFL size at the running back position.

Now there is the argument that he cannot be a workhorse, an every down back. I understand that the beating you take in the NFL is more strenuous than the PAC-12, but let’s just compare some of the numbers, and I’ll stick to the guys that are his size.

Running Back College Comparison

 Carries (Best Collegiate Year)Yards (Best Collegiate Year)Average (Best Collegiate Year)
Christian McCaffrey3372,0196.0
LeSean McCoy3081,4884.8
Devonta Freeman1731,0165.9

No one would deny that McCoy and Freeman have had very successful NFL careers thus far, and McCaffrey was better at each rushing category in college. More carries, higher average. And we haven’t even mentioned his catching ability out of the backfield, or his special teams intangibles. He could be a top 5 receiver in this draft!

After this long monologue, it boils down to this: teams will still pass on him and he will fall to someone that is going to be extremely happy to gain his services. Where I have him slated to go will leave him with plenty of bro hugs in the City of Brotherly Love. 

The rise and fall of players will continue as we inch closer to draft day, and we will continue to update you each week. 

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Sports Al Dente Mock Draft 2.0

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Riley Carter
Levi Lefler
1.Myles Garrett (DE, Texas A&M)Myles Garrett (DE, Texas A&M)Myles Garrett (DE, Texas Tech)
2.Solomon Thomas (DE, Stanford)Solomon Thomas (DE, Stanford)Reuben Foster (ILB, Alabama)
3.Jonathan Allen (DL, Alabama)Jonathan Allen (DL, Alabama)Malik Hooker (S, Ohio State)
4.Jamal Adams (S, LSU)Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)
5.Marshon Lattimore (CB, Ohio State)Jamal Adams (S, LSU)Marshon Lattimore (CB, Ohio State)
6.Malik Hooker (S, Ohio State)Marshon Lattimore (CB, Ohio State)Jonathan Allen (DL, Alabama)
7.Reuben Foster (ILB, Alabama)Malik Hooker (S, Ohio State)Jamal Adams (S, LSU)
8.Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)Derek Barnett (DE, Tennessee)Marlon Humphrey (CB, Alabama)
9.Derek Barnett (DE, Tennessee)Reuben Foster (ILB, Alabama)Solomon Thomas (DE, Stanford)
10.Marlon Humphrey (CB, Alabama)John Ross (WR, Washington)Mitchell Trubisky (QB, North Carolina)
11.Taco Charleton (DE, Michigan)Marlon Humphrey (CB, Alabama)Haason Reddick (LB, Temple)
12.O.J. Howard (TE, Alabama)Mitchell Trubisky (QB, North Carolina)O.J. Howard (TE, Alabama)
13.Corey Davis (WR, Western Michigan)Mike Williams (WR, Clemson)Mike Williams (WR, Clemson)
14.Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stanford)Dalvin Cook (RB, Florida State)Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stanford)
15.Takkarist McKinley (DE, UCLA)Garett Bolles (OT, Utah)Cam Robinson (OT, Alabama)
16.Mike Williams (WR, Clemson)Taco Charleton (DE, Michigan)Derek Barnett (DE, Tennessee)
17.Jabrill Peppers (SS/LB, Michigan)Zach Cunningham (LB, Vanderbilt)Malik McDowell (DT, Michigan State)
18.John Ross (WR, Washington)Corey Davis (WR, Western Michigan)John Ross (WR, Washington)
19.Dalvin Cook (RB, Florida State)Christian McCaffrey (RB, Stanford)Dalvin Cook (RB, Florida State)
20.Garett Boles (OT, Utah)Ryan Ramczyk (OT, Wisconsin)Garett Boles (OT, Utah)
21.Haason Reddick (LB, Temple)Jalen "Teez" Tabor (CB, Florida)Takkarist McKinley (DE, UCLA)
22.Forrest Lamp (OG, Western Kentucky)Haason Reddick (LB, Temple)Ryan Ramczyk (OT, Wisconsin)
23.Ryan Ramczyk (OT, Wisconsin)O.J. Howard (TE, Alabama) Forrest Lamp (OG, Western Kentucky)
24.Jarrad Davis (LB, Florida)Tre'Davious White (CB, LSU)Zach Cunningham (LB, Vanderbilt)
25.Mitchell Trubisky (QB, North Carolina)Cam Robinson (OT, Alabama)Deshaun Watson (QB, Clemson)
26.Kevin King (CB, Washington)Forrest Lamp (OG, Western Kentucky)Kevin King (CB, Washington)
27.Deshaun Watson (QB, Clemson)Patrick Mahomes II (QB, Texas Tech)Corey Davis (WR, Western Michigan)
28.Tre'Davious White (CB, LSU)Charles Harris (DE, Missouri)Obi Melifonwu (S, Connecticut)
29.Gareon Conley (CB, Ohio State)T.J. Watt (LB, Wisconsin)Jabrill Peppers (SS/LB, Michigan)
30.Zach Cunningham (LB, Vanderbilt) Jabrill Peppers (SS/LB Michigan)Taco Charleton (DE, Michigan)
31.T.J. Watt (LB, Wisconsin)Takkarist McKinley (DE, UCLA)T.J. Watt (LB, Wisconsin)
32.Adoree Jackson (CB, USC)Curtis Samuel (WR, Ohio State)Tre'Davious White (CB, LSU)
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