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Mock Draft Monday: Dalvin Cook, four Florida Gators and the Bucs

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January

The NFL draft order isn't officially set, but that's OK. It's still time for the first post of the third season of Mock Draft Monday!

It won't be weekly, but it will be a regular feature. So let's get to it. Here's a roundup of reputable mock drafts, with an eye on Florida. Keep in mind that the picks change based on when they were written.

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.: No. 12, to Cleveland.

ESPN's Todd McShay: No. 20, to Green Bay. McShay writes: Yes, I know GM Ted Thompson has never drafted a running back this high, but there's no doubt the Packers need more explosive playmakers like Cook, who ranks tied for second among all Power 5 RBs this season with 15 touches of 25 yards or more. It would be good value to get a top-10 player at this stage of the first round. 

CBS' Rob Rang: No. 4, to Jacksonville. Rang writes: "Instinctive, explosive and durable, Cook might be hard to pass up for a franchise that has gone with a local flavor with its past three first round picks -- QB Blake Bortles (Central Florida), DE Dante Fowler (Florida) and CB Jalen Ramsey (Florida State)." 

CBS' Dane Brugler: No. 16, to Baltimore. Brugler writes: The Ravens have a stable of average backs on the roster, which is one of the reasons they rank near last in the NFL in rushing. Cook would help change that and open up the offense. 

Rotoworld: No. 14, to Philadelphia. Josh Norris writes: I love Dalvin Cook's game. The Eagles offense can shift with any "type" of running back. They showed that in 2016. Cook is a big play threat who also wins after contact. 

SBNation: No. 8, to Carolina. "There are few players in the draft who come close to Cook in terms of pure talent. He can be for the Panthers what Devonta Freeman has become for the Falcons - an excellent running back who will contribute a lot in the passing offense." 

USA Today: No. 8, to Carolina.

Bucs, No. 19 overall
Kiper: Michigan DE Taco Charlton. Kiper writes: Charlton plays with good leverage for his height (6-5) and has active hands and an incredible wingspan... He can play on his feet, too, which means he could fit in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. 

McShay: Michigan State DT Malik McDowell. McShay writes: "McDowell has supreme talent, and he can be a menace as an inside rusher when he's locked in. But McDowell could fall a bit, because he's not the consistent grinder that typically comes out of Michigan State." 

Rang: Michigan S Jabrill Peppers. Rang writes: "The Bucs' duo at safety of Chris Conte and Bradley McDougald is one of the league's least athletic. That certainly is not the case with Peppers, who wowed with his athleticism and instincts regardless of where the Wolverines lined up him."

Brugler: Washington WR John Ross. Brugler writes: "Mike Evans is the top target of Jameis Winston, but he needs help. Ross is dwarfed by Evans in size, but his explosive athleticism and savvy route-running will only improve the Tampa offensive attack."

Rotoworld: Alabama OT Cam Robinson. Norris writes: "Robinson is not a clean prospect on the field. He does have an aggressive mentality and wants to move his man off the ball. I doubt Bucs fans are content with their tackle situation." 

SBNation: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis: "Davis is too good of a player to let slide further than this pick."

USA Today: Davis. Luke Easterling writes: "I won't be surprised if the Bucs go defense here based on value, but if Davis is on the board, it should be a no-brainer." 

Florida CB Jalen Tabor
Kiper: No. 13, to Arizona. Kiper writes: Tabor, my No. 2 cornerback, is a playmaker who had eight interceptions -- with three returned for touchdowns -- the past two seasons. Arizona struggled to find a No. 2 corner opposite Patrick Peterson all of 2016, and in Tabor the Cardinals would get a guy who could step in and start on Day 1.

McShay: No. 14, to Philadelphia. McShay writes: "Tabor's natural anticipation skills would fill a big need for the Eagles."

Rang: No. 12, to Cleveland.

Brugler: No. 12, to Cleveland. Brugler writes: "The Browns' secondary has been routinely torched this season with upgrades needed across the board. Tabor has the size, aggressiveness and cover instincts to disrupt the catch point and create turnovers."

Rotoworld: No. 21, to Detroit.

SBNation: No. 24, to the Raiders.

USA Today: No. 18, to Tennessee.

Florida CB Quincy Wilson
Kiper: No. 14, to Philadelphia. Kiper writes: That Florida secondary was loaded the past few seasons with Wilson, Tabor and 2016 first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves III. Wilson is right there with Tabor on my board. He's a little bigger (6-1, 213) than Tabor (6-0, 201) and has good ball skills and instincts. 

McShay: No. 27, to Atlanta.

Brugler: No. 27, to Kansas City.

SBNation: No. 18, to Tennessee. Boy, that's kind of ironic, isn't it? Anyway, Dan Kadar writes: "Wilson is built like a safety but he has the foot quickness and press skills of a cornerback." 

USA Today: No. 16, to Baltimore. Easterling writes: "Depth at corner is lacking in Baltimore, but thankfully, this year's class is insanely deep. Wilson has the size, athleticism and physicality to be an instant starter." 

Florida LB Jarrad Davis
Kiper: No. 22, to Miami. Kiper writes: "As a steady and reliable linebacker with a nose for the football, Davis' versatility stands out."

McShay: No. 24, to Detroit. McShay writes: "Davis' game is similar to that of Bucs OLB Kwon Alexander because of his excellent range and a relentless motor."

Rotoworld: No. 32, to New England.

Florida DT Caleb Brantley
McShay: No. 23, to Denver. McShay writes: "His combination of quickness and functional strength would make him a good fit for the Broncos, who will be looking for help along the D-line this offseason." 

Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker
Rang: No. 32, to New England. Rang writes: "The 6-foot-2, 273 pound Walker tied (with Boston College's Harold Landry) for the national lead with 15 sacks over the regular season, showing more refined pass rush technique than the similarly sized Dominique Easley, the Patriots' first round in 2014." 

 

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook could go anywhere from No. 4 overall to No. 20.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook could go anywhere from No. 4 overall to No. 20.

[Last modified: Monday, January 23, 2017 10:45am]

    

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