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Todd McShay's 3rd mock draft still has Myles Garrett going 1st overall

McShay’s mock changed a bit after the NFL Combine and the initial free agency frenzy.

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The NFL Combine and free agency shook things up a bit, but one thing hasn’t changed about Todd McShay’s latest mock. McShay still has pass rusher Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M going first overall to the Cleveland Browns.

Overall, though, there’s more of an emphasis on defense in McShay’s most recent mock draft. In his last mock, McShay had the San Francisco 49ers taking DeShaun Watson with the second overall pick, and in this version, it’s defensive end Solomon Thomas out of Stanford.

The 49ers have significant needs on both sides of the ball, and taking a quality pass rusher that high should yield dividends. Now that the Niners actually have a couple of quarterbacks on the roster — even though it’s Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley — it frees them up to take a talented player at another position of need with the second overall pick.

Shifting views on quarterbacks

The first quarterback off the board for McShay is Deshaun Watson, who is projected to go at No. 12 to the Browns. Because the Browns hold the first and 12th picks in this draft, using the top pick on Garrett and then the 12th pick to draft a potential franchise quarterback would be a smart move.

Dan Kadar at Mocking the Draft took a different approach with his updated mock after the combine. Kadar made adjustments for the weak quarterback market in free agency. There are several teams with overwhelming needs at the quarterback position, so Kadar had DeShone Kizer going to the 49ers at No. 2, Mitchell Trubisky to the Chicago Bears with the third pick, and Watson going at No. 10 to the Bills.

Only three offensive players were selected in the top 10 in McShay’s most recent mock draft, and none of them were quarterbacks. Tight end O.J. Howard comes off the board at No. 4 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Carolina Panthers end up with running back Leonard Fournette at No. 8. Wide receiver Corey Davis goes to the Buffalo Bills with the 10th pick.

Kadar’s mock draft after the initial frenzy of free agency also had less of an emphasis on quarterbacks. One area where Kadar and McShay, and likely every single person who follows the NFL, agree is that the Texans have an obvious need at quarterback as long as they remain in Tony Romo limbo. Where they differ is on which quarterback the Texans should take at No. 25. Kadar has Houston selecting DeShone Kizer, while McShay has Houston taking Trubisky.

Fallout from the combine didn’t have a huge impact

Getting sent home from the combine after an altercation with medical staff didn’t hurt linebacker Reuben Foster’s draft stock much in McShay’s eyes. He has Foster going to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 9. Immediately after the Combine, Kadar had Foster going to the Miami Dolphins with the 22nd pick, but after free agency, Kadar shifted Foster up to Washington at No. 17.

Wide receiver Corey Davis wasn’t able to participate much at the Combine, and he was held out of his pro day at Western Michigan as he continues to recover from ankle surgery. That didn’t keep McShay from mocking him to the Bills at No. 10. In Kadar’s latest, he has Davis going to the Titans at No. 18.

John Ross’ draft stock is on the rise after he showed out at the combine. Ross set a new record in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.22, besting the mark of 4.24 set by Chris Johnson in 2008. He made his way into the first round in McShay’s and Kadar’s latest. Kadar projects Ross to go in the top 10, to the Bengals at No. 9. McShay has Ross going to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 16.

Leonard Fournette weighed in heavier than expected and didn’t have a great vertical at the combine, but Kadar and McShay don’t think it will matter. Fournette still ran a 4.51 40-yard dash after weighing in at 240 pounds. McShay has Fournette going eighth overall to the Panthers, and Kadar has him projected to the Jaguars with the No. 4 pick.

Other odds and ends

There are four running backs going in the first round in McShay’s latest. Fournette is a consensus top 10 for now between McShay and Kadar, and McShay also has Christian McCaffrey going to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 14, Dalvin Cook to Washington at No. 17, and Alvin Kamara to the Chiefs with the No. 27 pick.

Kadar has Cook coming off the board at No. 19 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s the only other running back he currently has in the first round.

O.J. Howard’s placement in Kadar’s most recent mock is interesting. Kadar has the tight end going to Jacksonville with the No. 4 pick. Jacksonville just lost tight end Julius Thomas, who never lived up to expectations with the Jaguars, to the Dolphins. Howard is good, though No. 4 is a surprisingly high draft position. Kadar projects Howard to join Thomas in Miami, with the Dolphins selecting him at No. 22.

There’s plenty of time before draft day, and these projections will continue to shift and change. McShay’s latest makes sense based on the outcomes at the combine and teams’ moves in free agency.