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Dixon | “What would I do” 2017 Mock Draft

DEC 30 Music City Bowl - Nebraska v Tennessee
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Dixon | “What would I do” 2017 Mock Draft

General Manager Roger Dixon Jr.

My 1st round picks I if were the General Manager

Key: “War in the war roomgives the team an alternative option if the team’s personnel are not in agreement on the primary pick.

  1. Cleveland Browns pick DE Myles Garrett

With the 1st overall pick, we possibly have the greatest pressure on us than any other franchise in NFL history. With that said, not every pick has to be a difficult decision. We have so many holes in our roster we need to continue our current plan of stockpiling as many talented players as possible.  Starting with controlling the line of scrimmage with a prospect that can be the face of a defense. Whisper *we will make a call to lay the foundation to snatch Teddy Bridgewater if the opportunity arrives*.

 

War in the war room: Mitchell Trubisky– Teams cannot win without a QB. So, if we have personnel that have doubts about Garret, then we should choose to take the QB who can throw with anticipation, run to protect himself and extend plays. It is a risk because we do not have an offensive line to protect him nor explosive skill players that can take the pressure from him. His success in college was a small sample size so his play will be tested in Cleveland.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers pick QB Mitchell Trubisky

Our franchise made a long term move by signing our new general manager and coach to 6 year contracts. This gives our top personnel the protection to draft Trubisky and groom him on their time. Hence, we have the flexibily to throw Trubisky into the fire right away or hire a free agent to fill the hole while he learns the game. Either way we have a future that everyone can look forward to.

 

War in the war room: Myles Garrett– The only other sensible choice for the us would be if the Browns decide to choose a QB with the 1st pick. At that point, we would happily ring the phone to choose Garrett.

  1. Chicago Bears pick LB Reuben Foster

This is the pick I am most confident about. I don’t care if Foster has been having a cliché draft season slide. We need to gain our identity back of being a tough, defensive minded team. Foster can become the next Brian Urlacher and a face of our franchise. We selected Leonard Floyd last year, so adding Foster will help bring along a new mindset to our defense which we’ve already invested in.

 

War in the war room: Solomon Thomas– I feel that pick number 3 is too high for Solomon to be chosen but he does provide great diversity along the defensive line. He does a great job penetrating the backfield and holding up against the run. He is even athletic enough to drop back in coverage if our defensive coordinator wants to get fancy.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars pick SAF Jamal Adams

Despite being my favorite player in the draft, this pick was hard because we can feel comfortable choosing many players with this pick. With Jamal Adams, we are getting a day one tone setter. He plays with visible enthusiasm much like our last year pick of Jalen Ramsey. Adding two young stars to our DB group will allow them to grow together and feed off of each other’s energy. In addition, the we already have an above average pass rush and LB group but adding the leadership and high intelligence of Jamal Adams will quickly take our defense to an elite level. Which is exactly what we need because our offense is still in developmental mode.

 

War in the war room: Jonathan Allen– Jonathan Allen would add even more firepower to a strong group of rushers. I am all about being dominant at and good at our strengths. Right now, the we have a great thing with our rushers and adding Allen would make us dominant on the defensive front.

NOV 05 Indiana at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 05: Indiana Hoosiers offensive lineman Dan Feeney (67) during the NCAA BIG 10 football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Indiana Hoosiers on November 05, 2016, at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, NJ. The Indiana Hoosiers defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 33-27. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire) Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

  1. Tennessee Titans pick OG Dan Feeney

Again, I like when teams improve on what they are dominant at. Right now, we have a great thing going with the three-headed running game of Demarco Murray, Derrick Henry and Marcus Mariota. We also invested in our offensive line early in recent past drafts with Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin. Now adding a brawler interior lineman will make our running game prolific. Each future opponent will know that they are entering a dog fight.

 

War in the War room: Cameron Robinson– He would be an alternative because I feel he his best used as an offensive tackle. However, because we already have two great tackles, he would need to move inside to guard. However, his speed and athleticism would allow him to make that move seamlessly.  Also, the high expectations our offensive line has now developed will keep him focused and away from off the field distractions.

  1. New York Jets pick QB Deshaun Watson

He is a proven winner and we need to get back to winning. We need a leader that the team, coaches and city can feel confident in. Watson will understand that we are far away from competing for playoff contention but will still push to win each game. Also, he can handle the intense scrutiny that will come with playing in New York.

 

War in the war room: Jamal Adams, Jonathan Allen, Solomon Thomas– It is a real possibility that one of these three players will fall to us. If we don’t feel comfortable with picking a quarterback this high, then any one of these prospects will step in and contribute quickly.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers pick WR Corey Davis

The window for Phillip Rivers is dwindling down so we need to win before we become the next team begging for a franchise QB. We already have Melvin Gordon to help take some pressure from Rivers. The next step is to give him a reliable #1 option at WR who can produce right away. Keenan Allen has been injured which makes him unreliable making him more of a #2 option. Corey Davis has the quickness to play outside or slot and has the wide catch radius to make big plays. Most importantly, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and should be ready to prove that he is ready to play with the big boys.

 

War in the war room: Cameron Robinson – We still need to find a way to help Rivers as much as possible. Robinson has the culture of winning embedded in him from his years at Alabama and will protect Rivers to give him more time to shred opposing team’s defenses.

  1. Carolina Panthers pick RB Leonard Fournette

There are a couple of reasons why this pick would be a smart one. First, there have been rumors that Fournette is more focused on stardom than the love of the game. Teaming up with Cam Newton will allow him to learn from someone that has had just as much, if not more, publicity as him coming out of college. Instead of Fournette feeling the pressure to put a team on his back, the personality of Newton will take the pressure from him. Second, with this pick we can continue with our go to plan of winning with size. Adding the physical specimen of Fournette will make defenses choose between the lesser of two evils: tackle Cam Newton or tackle Leonard Fournette.

 

War in the war room: Budda Baker– This is a classic ‘drafting by need’ pick. I wanted to put a cornerback at this spot but I don’t feel any of the corners are worthy of high 1st round value. Baker plays bigger than his stature when he plays with a tenacious attitude and flies downhill to make tackles. Don’t forget that he can also cover man to man. Ultimately he’ll fit in nicely with the ferocious defensive attitude we have created.

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Roger Dixon Jr

Roger is a native of Orlando, FL. After excelling in DII football his first 2 seasons, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing on the Florida Gators football team, where he was named Special Teams Player of the Year and Team Captain. He earned his degree in Economics from UF's Warrington College of Business. Roger brings a passion for football and unique perspective of what it takes to be successful in football at the highest level.

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