On Wednesday morning, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released version 1.0 of his 2017 NFL mock draft.
Plenty can change between now and the 2017 NFL Draft with the bowl season, all-star games, Pro Days and the NFL Scouting Combine, but this gives us an early indicator as how the draft could play out.
As rumors in recent weeks have indicated, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett appears to be the Cleveland Browns’ top target with the No. 1 pick, but McShay went elsewhere.
While McShay did go with a defensive star for the Browns, it was Alabama’s Jonathan Allen who got the nod.
Let’s get this out of the way: No QB in this class is worth the No. 1 pick. The Browns just need more good football players. Allen is a total game-plan wrecker along the defense front (13 tackles for loss, 15 QB hurries). Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett also figures to be in the mix here.
In total, McShay had six members of the Crimson Tide going in the top 16 picks.
The first six picks of the draft are all on the defensive side of the ball, while only one quarterback, UNC’s Mitch Trubisky, is selected in Round 1 by the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 30.
Who does McShay have slotted for your favorite team? You can take a look at the full first-round mock by clicking here.