Sunday’s NFL conference championship games resulted in the playoff elimination of the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not only does that mean that those two franchises join the 28 others who have already begun their off-season plans, but also that the draft order for the first round for April’s NFL Draft has been set through the first 30 picks.
The selection order for the first round is now as follows:
1. Cleveland Browns
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Chicago Bears
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
5. Tennessee Titans (from the Los Angeles Rams)
6. New York Jets
7. San Diego Chargers
8. Carolina Panthers
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. Buffalo Bills
11. New Orleans Saints
12. Cleveland Browns (from the Philadelphia Eagles)
13. Arizona Cardinals
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from the Minnesota Vikings)
15. Indianapolis Colts
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Washington Redskins
18. Tennessee Titans
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Denver Broncos
21. Detroit Lions
22. Miami Dolphins
23. New York Giants
24. Oakland Raiders
25. Houston Texans
26. Seattle Seahawks
27. Kansas City Chiefs
28. Dallas Cowboys
29. Green Bay Packers
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Mock drafts abound this time of year, and two reliable sources are part of that. WalterFootball.com updated its mock on January 19. CBSsports.com’s Dane Brugler did the same thing on the same day as well.
There are six first-round projections on which both experts agree on who the team will select. The picks on which both mocks agree are:
1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, defensive end, Texas A&M.
5. Tennessee Titans – Jamal Adams, strong safety. LSU.
7. San Diego Chargers – Malik Hooker, free safety, Ohio State.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Mike Williams, wide receiver, Clemson.
20. Denver Broncos – Ryan Ramczyk, offensive tackle, Wisconsin.
29. Green Bay Packers – Sidney Jones, cornerback, Washington.
While those are the only places in which both experts have the same team taking the exact same player, there are eight other picks on which the mocks agree on the position of the player that team will select. Those picks are as follows:
2. San Francisco 49ers – Brugler: Mitch Trubisky, quarterback, North Carolina. Walter: DeShone Kizer, quarterback, Notre Dame.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brugler: Jonathan Allen, defensive end, Alabama, Walter: Derek Barnett, defensive end, Tennessee.
10. Buffalo Bills – Brugler: DeShaun Watson, quarterback, Clemson, Walter: Pat Mahomes, quarterback, Texas Tech.
12. Cleveland Browns – Brugler: Teez Tabor, cornerback, Florida, Walter: Marlon Humphrey, cornerback, Alabama.
14. Indianapolis Colts – Brugler: Leonard Fournette, running back, LSU. Walter: Dalvin Cook, running back, Florida State.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Brugler: Marlon Humphrey, cornerback, Alabama. Walter: Quincy Wilson, cornerback, Florida.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brugler: John Ross, wide receiver, Washington. Walter: Corey Davis, wide receiver, Western Michigan.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Brugler: Takkarist McKinley, linebacker, UCLA. Walter: Charles Harris, defensive end/linebacker, Missouri.
After Super Bowl 51 on February 5, the full draft order for all 32 first-round picks will be set, and the anticipation for the night of April 27 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will fully begin.