2017 NFL Mock Draft

March 18, 2017

1.) Cleveland Browns

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

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. Cleveland still hasn’t made any progress towards this age old quarterback search but its comparing gold to grass to take a QB over best available in this draft.

 2.) San Francisco 49ers

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

The 49er’s are essentially drafting with an open palate with the ability to go in virtually any direction.  This leads me to think they may trade out of the pick but for mock drafting purposes I think they go with Jamal Adams.

John Lynch was a long time leader of one of the best defenses ever in Tampa Bay.  Adams, much like Lynch, is that leader type of safety.  He can make all the plays and most of all, be that set of eyes to line everyone up and motivate a defense to be great.

3.) Chicago Bears

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

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 on defense.

John Fox is a defensive mind and Solomon Thomas may be the most versatile player in this draft. He’ll be able to dominate at 4-3 or 3-4 DE.

4.) Carolina Panthers

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

Leonard Fournette would be a stud in Carolina’s system.  This is a trade that might be a lot more popular than people think.  Jacksonville has filled a lot of holes except for quarterback and tight end, neither of which belong at this pick making Carolina’s price to trade up for Leonard cheap.  Drawing similar comparison to Johnathan Stewart, Fournette and Cam would be a 2 man wrecking crew.

5.) Tennessee Titans

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

With the recent signing of Jonathan Cyprien, Tennessee seems to be preparing to either A.) miss out on Adams or B.) have their eye on someone else.  Either way with the rising Solomon Thomas this leads me to believe Jonathan Allen will be that guy.  He can play at either DE or DT in all systems. The medical issues will be the wild card on how far he falls.  Many says the arthritis isn’t bad but in such a deep defensive draft class, teams dont need to mess with it if they dont want to.

6.) New York Jets

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

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.  Regardless the Jets play in a division in which its critical to be able to defend the pass more than run game.  Lattimore has shown a lot of promise in his one year of starting as well as world class speed.

7.) Los Angeles Chargers

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

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 a center field type free safety.  Malik Hooker is just that.  He’s battled some injuries this offseason which may drop his stock even more but as for now, Hooker will find a good home in LA (almost typed San Diego).

 8.) Jacksonville Jaguars

TRADE with Carolina

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

I’m going to hop on the hype train and believe Jacksonville has eyes on OJ Howard. Marcedes Lewis is a true veteran but has been struggling to stay on the field and be effective in the passing game.  Not only does Howard provide immediate help in the passing game but he is a very underratted blocker in pass protection and the run game. Many say this is way too early for a tight end to go but if you look at how active Jacksonville has been in free agency over the past 2 years, its leaving the teams success up to Blake Bortles.  OJ Howard is another security blanket to help the young quarterback.

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 lost Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth to free agency, thats a lot to lose on the offensive line with no replacements. Lamp has shown to be a really good guard prospect and with how the Bengals run that offense he will be crucial to opening up that run game. Lamp’s versatility should be important to the Bengals.

10.) Buffalo Bills

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

Many mockers are putting a QB here but realistically the Bills would not have gone through all that work and wait to keep Tyrod on the roster if they had other plans.  Additionally, Cardale Jones seems to be progressing fine as the next man up under center.

Speaking of quarterback play, Buffalo ranked 31st in passing last year and lost Robert Woods in free agency this year.  Enter Mike Williams, this should provide the Bills that 1-2 receiver punch that all teams strive for.

 11.) New Orleans Saints

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

I have a feeling this whole draft is going to be a mud slide. New Orleans needs to start looking at quarterbacks after Brees, but ultimately need help all over that defense.  Adding Foster will provide an immediate impact at the linebacker position.  Foster can play any of the LB spots in any system.  He’s a true game changer on tape.

12.) Cleveland Browns

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

This is the pick that the Cleveland internet trolls get on me about because its never what they want. Watson may not be the most polished prospect coming out of college but realistically which QB in this class is? At the end of the day Osweiler isn’t going to cut it at quarterback.  He’s also seemingly not going anywhere either after they flirted with cutting him.  Set the rumors aside and lets stick with cold hard facts, they need some ground work and Watson has the tools to at least flirt with being a good NFL QB.

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. Let the QB run start.

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

The Eagles could certainly use some depth at running back but if they dont trade up for Cook I think they settle for a corner in which they need as well. Wentz has got plenty of weapons on offense now and Marlon Humphrey can be a guy to help get that ball back in Wentz’ hands.

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

Tampa would love a jack of all traits running back in McCaffrey.  With Doug Martin serving a suspension for PEDs and possibly a cap hit, McCaffrey would be a great compliment to that backfield.

 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

4.22 speed with Staffords arm? This may be an electric combination everyone would want to watch. Life after Megatron and taken a lot out of the Lions lately but adding a speedy John Ross could resurrect that mojo.

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
Alvin Kamara
Position
Running back
Height
5' 10"
Weight
215
College
Tennessee

Oakland has 2 serviceable backs left on the roster and still could make a push for Peterson, Charles, or maybe a Beast Mode return? But for now I see them finding great value in Alvin Kamara.  Coming into the combine he was looking like a 2-3rd rounder but at similar size to Latavius Murray and outstanding athleticism I’d be willing to bet Kamara safely finds a home before that 33rd pick.  Oakland it is! They’ve been showing a lot of interest in free agent running backs telling me that this pick may be one of them.

25.) Houston Texans

Name
TJ Watt
Position
Outside linebacker
Height
6' 5"
Weight
245
College
Wisconsin

TJ Watt could go to Houston and fall flat on his face year one, but I promise you the attendance would sky rocket.  Having 2 Watt brothers on that defense would put a brand on it.  TJ is believed to be a good MLB prospect displaying good hands, hips, and awareness at his pro day. Don’t be shocked to see him as a fast riser.

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

Taco is one of those prospect that may sneak into the top 15 of fall to the late 1st.  Regardless if Pittsburgh gets their hands on him it will greatly help that pass rush that they are known for.

31.) Atlanta Falcons

Name
Charles Harris
Position
Defensive end
Height
6' 3"
Weight
255
College
Missouri

This draft class is stacked with pass rushers. Despite Vic Beasley racking up 15.5 sacks, we all watched Atlanta defense bog down to a seeming halt in the second half of the Super Bowl.  Charles Harris provides that depth and pass rushing DE/OLB that can help close out games.  He has great bend and get off to burn tackles into the 4th quarter.

32.) New Orleans Saints

via New England trade for Brandon Cooks
Name
DeShone Kizer
Position
Quarterback
Height
6' 4"
Weight
230
College
Notre Dame

This trade allows New Orleans a chance to get their hands on a quarterback after Brees.  No one knows how the QB’s will fall, nor where but if Kizer makes it this far it should be a slam dunk for Payton and his staff.

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  • DimeJag

    I like the Jags’ trade back with CAR to select Howard. Very nice scenario.

    • DimeJag

      Also, Blake Bortles is a bust. We need to rid ourselves of that clown. He loves tendies.

  • DimeJag

    Check out Jags4life dot com. Dope Jags site.

  • Sandra

    still loving Watons to the Browns. His 49 MPH measurement on his throws went a long way to explaining the high number of INTs. And in Cleveland in Nov/Dec/Jan? Lol, no.

    • Mock Draft Central

      Please share your source of him consistently throwing 49 mph first of all. Second of all, none of the quarterbacks rip throws as they’re not throwing to receivers that they have chemistry with nor have to fit balls into tight windows.

      You are a true Cleveland fan if thats what you believe. The NFL average speed for a throw is around 51 mph, put a set a pad on the guy, build him some chemistry with his receivers, and put him in the heat of a game and you’ll see him rip some throws around 55-57 mph.

      Answer me this, why is it that the all time NFL interception leaders were all gun slingers? Yet Peyton Manning built a HOF career throwing the ball under the league average speed

      • Sandra

        Consistently? Are you serious? No one can do that. What can be shown, is the speed measured in the biggest test of his life: http://www.dawgsbynature.com/2017/3/10/14890754/cleveland-browns-2017-nfl-scouting-combine-qb-velocity
        I’d like to know where you got the average velocity for NFL QBs? At the combine every QB save Watson threw at or above 53. Calling BS on your figure.
        All those HOF QBs you mention aren’t going to be surrounded by what the Browns have right now. If the QB is not there in the draft, build with what is. Watson would be a reach @12 and a bust in Cleveland due to his skilset. Other situations around the league I won’t speak to. He could be successful elsewhere.
        And about your snarky Cleveland fan comment – save it. I’ve heard them all.

        • Mock Draft Central

          Well we do have access to more information than just team-bias websites and Twitter. As far as the “snarky” comments, don’t poke the bull if you don’t want the horns. The NFL is a very high tension sport, bringing out a lot of passion from all teams. Now if you’d like to voice your opinion, voice that opinion but do not come around every week trying to tell the world how it should be.
          Mock drafts are 100% opinion but more so a barometer of where the athletes are in current projections.

          • Sandra

            Yep. And I acknowledge my take is 100% my opinion. Talk about bull/horns – don’t put out mock drafts if you can’t take criticism. Attacking me for being a home-town fan is BS and has nothing to do with the topic of debate. It’s weak sauce.

          • Mock Draft Central

            If you feel attacked then I apologize, the comments above seem to be a little light to product an attacking aura but to each their own feelings. I was merely pointing out that you used a team bias source stemming from Twitter that isnt always tailored to the public eye but rather homers.

            Unfortunately for you, we can accept criticism but after weeks of constant banter about our choices for Cleveland, we feel its not necessary to sit back and let a masked individual post snarky comments every week against our picks. Thank you

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