Mike Mayock mock draft: Browns select Myles Garrett, Mitchell Trubisky
The Cleveland Browns selected Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett and North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s 2017 Mock Draft.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock released his only mock draft of the 2017 season this evening and in it he has the Cleveland Browns selecting Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The 2017 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night in Philadelphia with the Browns currently holding 11 draft picks – including the No. 1 selection overall and a second first-round pick, currently No. 12. Although that may change at some point as the Browns are widely rumored to be looking for an opportunity to trade.
The selection of Garrett is all but a lock to become reality Thursday night as he has been the consensus top pick for months. According to his draft profile at NFL.com, Garrett is an:
"Elite edge rusher who possesses rare explosiveness and the fluid-movement skills and agility of an NBA shooting guard. Good size, but he’s never likely going to be a hold-your-ground run defender, and might be best suited as an outside linebacker. However, his ability to explode into the backfield through a gap or around the edge gives him disruptive potential on every snap. Garrett still needs to fine-tune his pass-rush strategy and could stand to give more consistent effort from the start of the snap until the whistle. But his pass-rush production and athletic traits point toward an all-pro career."
Unless executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown suffers a head trauma during the day on Thursday, expect Garrett to be the top pick.
With the Tennesse Titans on the clock at No. 5, Mayock has the Browns swinging trade up from No. 12 to grab “hometown hero” Mitchell Trubisky, the quarterback from North Carolina.
According to his draft profile at NFL.com, Trubisky is:
"a high-end quarterback prospect who possesses NFL size, a big arm and the ability to throw with accuracy from the pocket or on the move. Despite playing in a spread-based offense, he’s a full-field reader who does a very good job of getting an early read on the safeties before crafting his course of action. Trubisky will have to become much more pocket aware and do a better job of recognizing and attacking blitzes to back NFL defensive coordinators off. He hasn’t put all the pieces together yet, but the puzzle is all right in front. Trubisky projects as a good starting quarterback with a high floor and the potential to be great."
It is a pick that will excite many Browns fans and will certainly help sell tickets. But the fact that Trubisky only started 13 games for the Tar Heels and couldn’t beat out Marquise Williams for the starting role. Those are major red flags that are ignored because Trubisky grew up in Mentor.
Mayock also does not offer any details about what the trade would require on the part of the Browns, and he doesn’t have another quarterback going off the board until the Houston Texans select Clemson’s Deshaun Watson at No. 25, so it doesn’t make sense why the Browns would make a deal with the Titans.
But, what the heck, it’s only a mock draft.
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The 2017 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m. As it currently stands, the Browns have the following draft picks: first round (No. 1 and No. 12), second (No. 33 and No. 52), third (No. 65), fourth (No. 108), fifth (No. 145, No. 175 and No. 181), and sixth (No. 185 and No. 188).