June 3, 2017
Even if you’re taking his base numbers into account, his 90.7 passer rating ranked 17th among qualified starters in 2016, ahead of players like Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, and Cam Newton. In a world where Mike Glennon can snag a three-year, $45 million contract after throwing only 11 passes the last two seasons, the radio silence around Kaepernick is shocking.
The first number the random number generator spit out was 441, making the Chicago Bears the lucky winner of the top pick. In the real 2017 NFL draft, the Bears traded up one spot, giving up a package of mid-round selections to get the No. 2 pick and take Mitchell Trubisky.
Maybe the opportunity to take Garrett would make the Bears think twice, but let’s just assume Chicago’s infatuation with Trubisky makes him the new No. 1 pick.
The second winning number is 845, making the Bills jump all the way from No. 10 to No. 2.
This one is a little tougher to choose because Buffalo traded down and took a cornerback near the bottom of the first round. The Bills didn’t look for a pass rusher this offseason, but let’s not overthink this too much: Garrett is Buffalo’s guy.
Winning No. 3 is 222, landing the San Francisco 49ers the third pick. That’s where they picked after all, and the draft board looks exactly the same way it did for them in real life. Solomon Thomas to San Francisco was meant to be.
Sorry, Browns. No Garrett, and the new top draft pick for Cleveland is No. 4. What do the Browns do with their new spot in the order? Uhh … Jamal Adams, maybe? They took Jabrill Peppers later in the first round, so sure, let’s go with Adams.