Keystone Statement Mock Draft: Picks 1-5
Yep, it's that time of year again. We all take guesses at which team is taking which player in the draft, and most of us hang our heads in shame when it's all said and done. That being said, I do love mock drafts, and this will be the first time I've assembled one as a writer for The Keystone Statement. Let's see where we land in picks 1-5, and I'll continue on in increments of 5 up until the actual NFL Draft in Filthadelphia.
1.) Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett
Everyone knows this is the pick. Not necessarily because it's the greatest need of the team (they might as well just always pick a quarterback in an early round...they're bound to strike gold eventually, one would hope) but because he is a freakish athlete. I believe one scout even said something to the effect that he can't produce an accurate scouting report because he has never seen a human being like Garrett.
2.) San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas
Quarterback is a definite need of the 49ers, but I'm not counting out some kind of shifty trade for Kirk Cousins just yet. Thomas is easily the best DE in the draft and has alread been compared to the likes of Pittsburgh's own Aaron Donald. A lot to live up to, but this kid has the chops.
3.) Chicago Bears: Marlon Humphrey
This CB has a huge ceiling and will be an immediate help to the Bears, who are struggling at the position. He isn't just the right size, but his 4.41 40-yard dash is just what scouts are looking for in a cover man. Let's just hope for the Bears sake, Mike Glennon lives up to the hype on the offensive side of the ball.
4.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian McCaffrey
McCaffrey has moved up on a lot of draft boards, and it's easy to see why. The second-generation athlete makes his job look effortless on the field, and can even use his athleticism to double as a slot receiver. He may not have the frame to be a workhorse back, but he will add an explosive element to the run game in Jacksonville.
5.) Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore
A #1 CB on most draft boards, Lattimore was dominant in college, and looks like he could do the same when he makes his way onto the NFL field. His 4.36 40-yard, in tandem with his twitchy quickness will make him an asset in any secondary. His anticipation skills need to be honed a bit, but any team willing to put in the time could be rewarded with a legitimate lock-down corner.