- Texas A&M's Myles Garrett remains the best player in this draft class, and therefore the No. 1 pick. But after that, things can get dicey. Should NFL teams take quarterbacks early? That's what we project happening in this NFL mock draft.
It’s the same question every year: How badly do those teams near that top of a draft want a quarterback?
The answer usually turns out to be “very,” and this year doesn’t set up all that different—except the presence of Myles Garrett, like Jadeveon Clowney in 2014, tips the scales in favor of defense. Clowney was perceived as the clear No. 1 prospect that year, and while it’s taken him a little bit to get going he is starting to show flashes toward that end. The best QB from the ’14 class? Thus far, it’s been Derek Carr, taken in Round 2 after Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were off the board.
Could that history lead the team picking No. 1 to roll with Garrett and wait on a QB? And which QB even is the best pick right now? DeShone Kizer and Deshaun Watson have been the leaders in the clubhouse for a bit, but both have stumbled on occasion this season. Ditto for Brad Kaaya, whose momentum has slowed. Rising North Carolina prospect Mitch Trubisky could crash the party, but he offers very limited college experience.
In other words, as is usually the case this time of year, it’s wide open.
Our latest mock draft follows. How much will change when it’s time to check the lay of the land again in a few weeks?
(Note: The order for this draft is based roughly on the current NFL standings, with adjustments made for playoff seeding.)