Because of that, the Jaguars will need an alpha receiver to replace him. Enter 6-foot-4 Courtland Sutton from SMU. The high-point specialist reeled in 19 touchdowns in 2015 and 2016 and already has five scores through two games this season.
1. Cleveland Browns
Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Oklahoma. Brown Jr. has been spectacular to start the season for the Sooners. In Saturday’s statement win against Ohio State, the 6-foot-7 monster shut down reigning Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year Tyquan Lewis and kept Sam Hubbard and Nick Bosa at bay … not easy tasks. His father played in the NFL for over a decade and begin his pro career in Cleveland. Brown Jr. will be the ideal candidate to ultimately man the left side of the line after Joe Thomas.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Sam Darnold, QB, USC. Brian Hoyer has become the consummate bridge quarterback, and he’s currently the 49ers starter. Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch will likely dive incredibly deep on the 2018 quarterback class. Darnold is in need of some fine-tuning (mainly his elongated release) but plays with a gunslinger mentality and has the arm strength and accuracy to be effective at all levels of the field. His mobility and throw-on-the-run skills make him a tremendous fit in Shanahan’s offense, which features plenty of boot-action.
3. New York Jets
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State. The Jets selected a pair of receivers in the 2016 draft, but neither are as naturally talented and explosive as Washington. Some of the Oklahoma State wideout’s numbers may be inflated due to the Cowboys’ spread-em-out attack, but the 6-foot, 200-pound pass-catcher hits home runs in seemingly every game.
4. Los Angeles Rams
Arden Key, DE, LSU. Key has yet to play in 2017, so this is admittedly more projection than anyone else in this mock. Then again, as a 20-year-old in 2016, he had 12.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. At 6-foot-6 and around 250 pounds, Key is a menacing figure on the edge with a springy get off. Key had been dealing with a shoulder injury and was cleared by doctors earlier this week. If the Rams move on from Robert Quinn, Key will slide right into his spot on the outside.
5. Chicago Bears
Deon Cain, WR, Clemson. What will likely be three years of top-end production at a powerhouse program from a top-end athlete is reason enough for Cain to land in the top five. No, he’s not the contested-catch phenom Mike Williams was a year ago. In fact, he’s quite the opposite. Cain flourishes down the field and after the catch. The Bears need to bolster their wideout group after the unfortunate injuries to Kevin White.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
Connor Williams, OT, Texas. Williams rebounded from — by his standards — a poor outing against Maryland and looked like his normal self in the huge win over San Jose State. The offensive line in front of Philip Rivers is better now than it was a few seasons ago, but it still needs work, especially on the edges.
7. Miami Dolphins
Derwin James, S, Florida State. James is a free safety, strong safety, weakside linebacker, quarterback spy … whatever you want him to be behind the defensive line. The Dolphins like Kiko Alonso and will get 2017 second-round pick Raekwon McMillan back from a torn ACL next year, but that doesn’t stop them from adding a true playmaker on defense.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. Jameis Winston could use an old-school feature back to balance out the Buccaneers‘ new-look attack. Barkley runs with power and elusiveness and can handle a large workload if needed. He’ll face much fewer eight-man boxes in Tampa Bay than he does while at Penn State.
9. Detroit Lions
Maurice Hurst Jr., DT, Michigan. Hurst doesn’t mess around. He just routinely disrupts the opponent’s backfield and sniffs out slow-developing screens. Haloti Ngata is in the twilight of his career. Hurst is an energetic interior defensive lineman who’ll make a seamless transition to Ngata’s position in Detroit.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. Allen Robinson has made a ridiculous amount of catches with a high degree of difficulty in his NFL career. If Jacksonville decides to let him walk in free agency, they’ll need those game-altering receptions back. That’s where Sutton comes in. He wins at the catch point with size, length, and strong hands.
11. Buffalo Bills
Harold Landry, DE, Boston College, The Bills want to get pressure without blitzing. They like their interior pass-rushers and should be content with Shaq Lawson and Jerry Hughes on the edge. There’s nothing wrong with adding more outside pass-rush though. Landry certainly can get to the quarterback and won’t have to leave the field either. He’s a edge-setting force against the run too.
12. Indianapolis Colts
Cameron Smith, LB, USC . The Colts are in dire need of a impact, sideline-to-sideline linebacker. Smith is quick to react to plays in front of him, fluid in coverage, and dynamic enough to make tackles near the line of scrimmage. He’ll be welcomed in Indianapolis.
13. Philadelphia Eagles
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU. Guice is a thunderous runner with the rare ability to run over linebackers and defensive backs or just effortlessly make them miss in the open field. He’s done plenty of work between the tackles and has good enough long speed to hit some 30- or 40-yard runs in the NFL. Another offensive piece for Carson Wentz.
14. New Orleans Saints
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson. Ferrell is somewhat of a late bloomer who’ll win over scouts with his hustle, angular frame, and athletic talents. He had 12 tackles for loss and six sacks in Clemson’s national title season and has a sack to go along with 11 tackles through two games this year. The Saints really need another quality edge-rusher beyond Cam Jordan.
15. Denver Broncos
Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame. The Broncos need more stoutness on their offensive line, especially on the interior. Nelson is wide but agile and packs a powerful punch at the point of attack. He’ll instantly improve Denver’s run game and give its quarterback more time in the pocket.
16. Washington Redskins
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. Let’s say the Kirk Cousins ship sails after a disappointing 2017 campaign. That would leave quarterback as the most glaring need for the Redskins offense. Rosen has squeaky clean mechanics and will bring a great deal of experience into the NFL. He has the personality for the bright lights of the NFC East.
17. New York Giants
Lamar Jackson, QB, Lousiville. Eli Manning is, well, let’s say, now a liability for the Giants offense. In his last 10 games (nine from 2016 and the 2017 season opener), the former No. 1 overall pick has completed 63.1 percent of his passes at just 6.18 yards per attempt with 18 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a passer rating of 84.3. Jackson is the antithesis of Eli; he’s an excellent scrambler and has taken a step forward from the pocket. He’ll instantly gel with Odell Beckham Jr. in the Big Apple.
Source: CBS Sports