The annual SB Nation Writers Mock Draft is in progress over at our network's draft coverage stream. The way it works is that each NFL blog picks a player for their team when their site is on the clock. This is the first year I’ve been able to have the No. 1 overall pick for Cleveland, but there was no sense in trying to overthink this.
No. 1 - DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Chris Pokorny: “Despite the long-standing need for a quarterback, there is no doubt that the Cleveland Browns will select Myles Garrett. He has been rated as the top prospect for a while, and delivering at the NFL Combine solidified his status as a can't-miss pick. Besides the need at quarterback, for which there isn't a worthy prospect at No. 1 overall, it also aligns with a positional need for Cleveland.
The team significantly addressed the offensive side of the trenches in free agency by giving left guard Joel Bitonio a lucrative contract extension, making free agent right guard Kevin Zeitler the highest-paid guard in the NFL, and adding JC Tretter to man the center position. The team has yet to upgrade the defense that ranked No. 31 in the NFL in 2016 under former defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The team's new defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, has already been salivating over Garrett, who can inject a spark into the defense from Day One.”
(In parenthesis is the average voting rank given on Mocking the Draft by voters -- 1 = F; 2 = D; 3 = C; 4 = B; 5 = A)
To see what Dan Kadar thought of our pick (and what people are saying in the comments section), go here. The voting has us at a grade of 4.65 right now, which is probably as high as one can get in a poll like this. If you feel the pick should be rated higher (or lower), feel free to head on over and vote!
For perspective, here are the other picks that have made so far, and their respective grades. I am back on the clock at No. 12 overall, and we’ll also be continuing this through the end of round two.
- Cleveland: DE Myles Garrett (4.65)
- San Francisco: S Malik Hooker (3.93)
- Chicago: QB Deshaun Watson (3.32)
- Jacksonville: DE Solomon Thomas (4.15)
- Tennessee: CB Marshon Lattimore (4.20)
- New York Jets: S Jamal Adams (4.13)