2017 NFL Mock Draft

1.) Cleveland Browns

Name
Myles Garret
Position
Defensive end
Height
6'5"
Weight
269 lbs
College
Texas A&M

wow… Poor Cleveland

From a numbers perspective Myles Garrett would of needed to do something catastrophic to miss out on being the first player drafted.  However, that wasnt the case at the 2017 Combine.  Garrett showed up and simply put on a show proving he is the best player in this class.  Not only that but he also addressed the media to apologize about his comments about a potential Dallas trade.

 2.) San Francisco 49ers

Name
DeShaun Watson
Position
Quarterback
Height
6' 2"
Weight
210
College
Clemson

This pick may go as a surprise, being the 49ers just signed Brian Hoyer.  However it’s only a 2 year deal leading me to believe it might be a play to scab in a quarterback until a new, fresh quarterback will be ready.  Kyle Shanahan makes his success on the arms of his quarterbacks.  It may be a risk to take Watson over some of the polarizing defensive prospects but with Hoyer to start while they strengthen that offensive line and add some targets it secures a quarterback of the future while taking him out of the fold while they add the pieces around him.

3.) Chicago Bears

Name
Marshon Lattimore
Position
Cornerback
Height
6' 0"
Weight
195
College
Ohio State

Chicago may not be making good off season moves, especially signing Mike Glennon to a big deal and letting their only premier WR walk but this tells me they see some talent in this draft. However I dont see them addressing offense with the 3rd pick.  The only viable offensive option at #3 would be Leonard Fournette but with Langford and Howard at running back, I see them filling a big need in corner.  Lattimore proved at the combine he has the tools to become a Pro-Bowl corner.

4.) Jacksonville Jaguars

Name
Leonard Fournette
Position
Running back
Height
6' 1"
Weight
235
College
LSU

 

Coming into this draft process I had 3 possible targets for Jacksonville. Safety (Jamal Adams), D-line (Solomon Thomas/Jonathan Allen), or Running back (Leonard Fournette).  They recently signed a safety in Barry Church, and possibly a defensive lineman in Calias Campbell, leaving Leonard Fournette.  I understand they have TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory but neither of which have shown to be bell-cow backs.  Ivory has a case of the fumbles and Yeldon battles injuries and less than stellar production.  Tom Coughlin loves big running backs (James Stewart, Fred Taylor, Brandon Jacobs, Rashad Jennings) making this a slam dunk.  While Fournette and Yeldon will be making rookie money and Ivory at $6 million a year, they wont have a ton of money invested into this position, making a lot of sense.

5.) Tennessee Titans

Name
Malik Hooker
Position
Safety
Height
6' 0"
Weight
202
College
Ohio State

Tennessee is said to be needing WR’s but I think they’ll do some work in free agency to fill those voids(Alshon?).  That Titan secondary needs help the most out of any unit on the team.  I had Jamal Adams at this pick but with the recent signing of Jonathan Cyprien, and knowing he can only play in the box, that tells me that Tennessee has eyes on someone who can be that center fielding free safety.

6.) New York Jets

Name
Jonathan Allen
Position
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
Height
6' 3"
Weight
290
College
Alabama

The Jets have been making some rather big moves this off-season by releasing Brandon Marshall, Nick Mangold, and possibly Eric Decker.  This leaves that offense looking pretty poor.  I thought at one point they’d take a QB here but with no tight end and back up wide receivers, it would be a bad idea to plug in a rookie QB. With all that being said, its going to take a whole draft class of offensive to start rebuilding that squard. New flash: not to the draft to do that.

Drafting Allen gives them the room to finally trade Sheldon Richardson and plug in another great pass rushing defensive lineman.

7.) Los Angeles Chargers

Name
Jamal Adams
Position
Safety
Height
6' 0"
Weight
211
College
LSU

With Gus Bradley taking over as the new defensive coordinator, he’ll likely want to switch back to his 4-3/Tampa 2 defense.  If thats the case, Bradley relies heavy on the play of his safetys. Jamal Adams is a general on defense and makes an impact on every play. This should be an easy pick if Adams is still there at 7.

 8.) Carolina Panthers

Name
Sidney Jones
Position
Cornerback
Height
6' 0"
Weight
185
College
Washington

There may be a lot better talent to target at the 8th pick but ever since Josh Norman left Carolina, that defense hasn’t been the same. I’m not going to be surprised if they pass on Dalvin Cook to address the defense.  With the high-powered passing offenses in the NFC South, having a good secondary is vital.

9.) Cincinnati Bengals

Name
Forrest Lamp
Position
Offensive guard
Height
6' 4"
Weight
305
College
Western Kentucky

This may be my boldest pick in this mock.  But Cincy is expected to loose Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Witworth to free agency, thats a lot to lose on the offensive line with no replacements. Lamp as shown to be a really good guard prospect and with how the Bengals run that offense he will be crutial to opening up that run game.

10.) Buffalo Bills

Name
Solomon Thomas
Position
Defensive end
Height
6' 3"
Weight
270
College
Stanford

Solomon Thomas may fit that 3-4 defensive end in the Bill scheme perfectly.  Buffalo resigned Tyrod Taylor and shown a bit of commitment to Cardale Jones as a back up, allowing them to take the best available.

 11.) New Orleans Saints

Name
Reuben Foster
Position
Middle linebacker
Height
6' 1"
Weight
240
College
Alabama

Even with an aging Brees, the Saints will be able to score points. Playing in the NFC South is all about trying to stop/slow down the other divisional offenses. They have started working towards building up the secondary in drafting Vonn Bell but its still far from good.  Reuben Foster on tape is as clean of a prospect as they come.  The issue becomes his off the field mishaps.  Regardless New Orleans could really use a general and leader on defense if Foster can prove to be that guy.

12.) Cleveland Browns

Name
O.J. Howard
Position
Tight end
Height
6' 4"
Weight
255
College
Alabama

The Browns have to add some weapons for Osweiler. Not only is OJ Howard a great pass catcher, he’s sneaky good in protection.

13.) Arizona Cardinals

Name
Mitch Trubisky
Position
Quarterback
Height
6' 3"
Weight
220
College
North Carolina

This pick may be a stretch but Arizona has to be thinking about a quarterback after Palmer soon enough.  The depth behind Carson is weak.  This would give Trubisky a great chance to sit for a year or two and then come onto the stage.

 14.) Indianapolis Colts

Name
Dalvin Cook
Position
Running back
Height
5' 11"
Weight
206
Past Teams
Florida State

Dalvin Cook draws comparison to Edgrinn James, making the look of this pick appealing.  I find it attractive because this may be the solution to keeping Luck upright.  Cook is devastating in the passing game, giving his quarterback that check down option every play as well as giving the play action a lot more honesty.

15.) Philadelphia Eagles

Name
Mike Williams
Position
Wide receiver
Height
6' 3"
Weight
225
College
Clemson

Many dont see Mike Williams falling this far, and no disrespect to him but this draft is so deep with defensive players.  With a second year rookie QB, they need to provide him some targets and eventually some help in the running game.  Williams is that immediate receiving help, especially in the redzone.

16.) Baltimore Ravens

Name
Derek Barnett
Position
Defensive end
Height
6' 3"
Weight
270
College
Tennessee

I’m going to agree with Walter Football on this one. With the departure of Elvis Dumervil and an aging Suggs, it only makes sense to recycle the pass rushers. This would give Barnett a great opportunity to learn from one of the best pass rusher of our generation.

 17.) Washington Redskins

Name
Malik McDowell
Position
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
Height
6' 6"
Weight
280
College
Michigan State

Malik McDowell draws about every knock and upside a player can possibly get.  I’ve watched quite a bit of him on tape and all I see is a prototypical 3-4 defensive end that gets pressure on almost every play.  This guy can dominate.

18.) Tennessee Titans

Name
Corey Davis
Position
Wide receiver
Height
6' 3"
Weight
205
College
Western Michigan

Tennessee is sneaky good on offense but Corey Davis falling to them at 18 would be a match made in heaven.  We’ll see a lot of offensive talent drop in this draft due to the magnitude of good defensive players.

19.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Name
Marlon Humphrey
Position
Cornerback
Height
6' 1"
Weight
195
College
Alabama

Tampa started adding to their secondary last year by adding Vernon Hargreaves III, I still dont think they’re done.  Brent Grimes is getting older, Jonathan Banks is gone, and they really dont have much depth.

 20.) Denver Broncos

Name
Ryan Ramczyk
Position
Offensive tackle
Height
6' 6"
Weight
315
College
Wisconsin

Tony Romo? It doesnt matter, no quarterback will prevail in Denver until they get some protection. It just so happens that my #1 offensive lineman is still on my board at pick 20.  Ryan Ramczyk is strong at the point of attack and has the ability to turn defenders to open up running lanes as well as create a pocket for his quarterback.

21.) Detroit Lions

Name
John Ross
Position
Wide receiver
Height
5' 11"
Weight
190
College
Washington

Life after Megatron has seemed rather stale for Lions fans.  Tate and Bolden did a serviceable job but think what a speedy WR like Ross could do with Stafford’s arm.

22.) Miami Dolphins

Name
Haason Reddick
Position
Outside linebacker
Height
6' 1"
Weight
230

Miami proved their offense can drive with Adam Gase as the coach. The outside of the pass rush, their defense was the weak point of the team.  In years past linebacker was always a glaring hole and Miami. Reddick is one of this years fastest risers for good reason.

 23.) New York Giants

Name
Garett Bolles
Position
Offensive tackle
Height
6' 5"
Weight
300
College
Utah

After spending over $200 million on defense last year, this pick has the look of an offensive player. Ereck Flowers turned out to be a dumpster fire who contributed to their 29th ranked rushing offense.  Garrett Bolles should win that starting LT position without a competition. He comes from a bad past including drug use and anger but thankfully he found his way and turned all that negativity into a controlled sense of nastiness on the football field.

24.) Oakland Raiders

Name
Caleb Brantley
Position
Defensive tackle
Height
6' 2"
Weight
320
College
Florida

Caleb Brantley is one of my dark horse prospects. He’s a guy you can give the keys to the 3 technique position and let him to go work. The more blockers it takes to stop him, will only open up the field for Mack to get to the QB. Its rare to see a 315 lb lineman as the first one off the ball but thats not the case when Brantley is on the field.

25.) Houston Texans

Name
Christian McCaffrey
Position
Running back
Height
6' 0"
Weight
205
College
Stanford

This may seem like a head scratcher but much like Indianapolis, the Texans’ QB simply needs help.  Being a compliment to Lamar Miller, McCaffrey offers a lot in the passing game as well as the running game.  Depth behind Miller is quite slim and the Houston defense seems to be just fine.  Its time to start finding play makers.

 26.) Seattle Seahawks

Name
Teez Tabor
Position
Cornerback
Height
6' 0"
Weight
190
College
Florida

Ever since the Legion of Boom first got broke up, Seattle struggled to find a replacement at CB2.  Tabor might be that perfect replacement.  He has the ability to be a #1 CB if he works hard enough. Tabor’s speed isn’t elite but his instinct and ball skills are one to watch.

27.) Kansas City Chiefs

Name
Raekwon McMillian
Position
Middle linebacker
Height
6' 2"
Weight
245
College
Ohio State

Chiefs fan can finally exhale as I moved a running back out of this spot.  With Derek Johnson coming back from injury and garden variety middle linebackers McMillian could be a plug and play guy.  If you doubt that he’s a 1st round talent, go watch his tape and watch the skills he proved at the combine.

28.) Dallas Cowboys

Name
Jabrill Peppers
Position
Safety
Height
6' 0"
Weight
208
College
Michigan

Dallas seems to love superstars.  Peppers may not be the most polished safety in this class but with a guy possessing that much athleticism, its hard not to take a chance on him.  Barry Church is leaving town in free agency, leaving that hole starring Jabrill right in the face.

 29.) Green Bay Packers

Name
Takkarist Mckinley
Position
Outside linebacker, Defensive end
Height
6' 2"
Weight
265
College
UCLA

Green Bay simply loves pass rushers. I dont remember the last time they’re running defense was credible but I also don’t remember the last time teams didnt have to plan for their pass rush.  With Peppers on the way out and Clay Mathews wearing a huge question mark it might be a perfect time to invest in the young pass rusher from UCLA.

30.) Pittsburgh Steelers

Name
Budda Baker
Position
Safety
Height
5' 10"
Weight
180
College
Washington

This may come as a surprise to see an undersized safety on Pittsburgh’s defense but Budda Baker plays like linebacker.  He loves to blitz and is great covering tight ends.

31.) Atlanta Falcons

Name
Taco Charlton
Position
Defensive end
Height
6' 6"
Weight
270
College
Michigan

Vic Beasley put up 15+ sacks last year but still wasn’t very productive on an every play basis.  We all saw the Atlanta defense gas out in the 2nd half of the Super Bowl, showing they need more depth on the defensive line.  Put Taco across from Beasley and let those 2 eat.

32.) New England Patriots

Name
Qunicy Wilson
Position
Cornerback
Height
6' 1"
Weight
213
College
Florida

New England might be losing both starting corners due to trade and free agency.  I wouldnt be too worried due to the deep secondary class of this draft.  Wilson is a BIG corner capable of putting a receiver on an island.

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  • Sandra

    “Add some weapons for Osweiler”? Lol. They are going to cut him or trade him before training camp. He will never suit up from the Browns. They were after the 2nd round pick

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