It seems you can get an NFL mock draft just about anywhere these days, but few may offer as many intriguing moments for SEC fans as Cris Collinsworth’s latest mock for Pro Football Focus.
The Sunday Night Football color analyst released his first-round mock on Tuesday, and there were a handful of surprising pair with some knowledge and insight worth absorbing in full.
Though there is some debate about the direction the Cleveland Browns will go with the first overall selection, Collinsworth says the Browns “cannot lose” with the pick, and ultimately predicts they will choose Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett with the top selection. He also projects North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky, who is believed to be the player the Browns are debating taking instead of Garrett, lands in Cleveland via the No. 5 overall selection after a trade with the Tennessee Titans.
That No. 1 overall pick is likely to make Aggies fans happy, sure. But his projection for the No. 8 selection is likely to rock the socks of all SEC fans.
Collinsworth projects that the Carolina Panthers will select Leonard Fournette, combining the LSU running back with former Auburn QB Cam Newton to create the ultimate dual-threat SEC backfield.
“I can get the idea of Fournette playing with Cam Newton out of my mind,” Collinsworth said via PFF tweet. “Can you imagine a read-option with those two?”
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 17, 2017
More SEC plot twists from Collinsworth’s mock draft:
- He has LSU safety Jamal Adams, who has been projected as high as the No. 2 overall pick, going all the way down at No. 17 to Washington. That’d be an extremely surprising fall.
- He has Derek Barnett sneaking into the Top 10 after spending most of the mock draft season in the lower part of the first round. Collinsworth projects the Tennessee pass rusher will end up with Cincinnati at pick No. 9.
- He’s projecting Reuben Foster to the Big Easy, with the Saints taking the Alabama product at the No. 11 overall pick. That’d pair him up with former Crimson Tide Heisman RB Mark Ingram.
- He’s sending Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey out west to join Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu with the Arizona Cardinals at pick No. 13. What a SEC defensive backfield that would make.
- Auburn’s Carl Lawson sneaks into the back of the first round, going to the Pittsburgh Steelers at pick No. 30.