2017 NFL Mock Draft

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

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 Solomon Thomas as an edge rusher.  Whether they stay with a 3-4 or switch over to John Lynch’s old Tampa 2 defense, I see Thomas playing the DE position.

To begin this draft process, Jonathan Allen was the slam dunk better prospect however putting in the tape and watching these athletes “on an island” will show 2 different defenders in Allen vs Thomas.  I feel San Fran currently has 2 big bodies in the middle of that line capable to creating pressure and slowing down offenses but they really need that player in Thomas to be able to simply blow plays up and finish the “slowing down” process that the Oregon guys can do.

3.) Chicago Bears

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

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.

The Bears started to build their defense by signing Prince Amukamara but are very thin at the safety position.  Adams can be that day 1, plug and play, kind of guy.  He’s also very vocal in the sense that he can be a true leader and general of that defense.

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 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
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.) Carolina Panthers

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

If this pick truly happens, every NFC South fan that does not cheer for the Panthers will be saying “son of a!…” Every NFL fan waits for the day their rivals best player hangs it up or goes to another team.  Luke Kuechley is getting close to that after several concussions.  What better way to recycle that position and skills set by adding a player often addressed as a Kuechley prototype.  Foster will have many of opportunities to squash his combine temper tantrum and rebuild his status as one of the best players in this draft.

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 QB’s, they’re going to need targets too.  Robert Woods left for LA and the Rams leaving Sammy Watkins.  Add a big target on the other side in Williams and the Bills will have quite the receiving tandem.

 11.) New Orleans Saints

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

I have a feeling this whole draft is going to be a mud slide. New Orleans needs to start looking at quarterbacks after Brees, maybe add some pass rushers, start looking at secondary help, but one thing that sticks out to me is John Ross.  John Ross sticks out because Brandon Cooks, who was their #1 receiver, gets traded right after John Ross’ pro day for an additional 1st round pick.  New Orleans invested in Mike Thomas last year to add some depth to a thin receiving corp and then they get rid of the biggest star of that group. I think this is going to be John Ross.

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

Howard to the Eagles is a very interesting pick to think about.  Philly’s main goal right now should be to surround Wentz with help.  Howard is just that, he’s a mismatch nightmare in passing and is virtually an extension of the offensive line in protection. Double whammy right here for Philly.

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

Caleb Brantley is a ticking time bomb at DT.  I mean that in the most pro-football way possible.  This kids “get off” is comparable to Leonard Williams coming out of USC. It’s not very often I start a film session on Dalvin Cook, with a pause and rewind because Mr. #57 flew off the ball so fast. You could handcuff Brantley and he’d still be effective due to his get off the ball speed.

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 Lacy, Peterson, Charles, etc 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!

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 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 to recycle a player in Brandon Cooks to avoid paying big money for a while as well as allows them to add some quarterback depth for when Brees retires.

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  • Kowboyfan1965

    AAAAHHH………..I REALLY WANT TO COMMENT BUT…………….UMM….MY FRIENDS WIFE HAS A SNAKE BITE ON HER BOOB AND HE HAS 6 DWI’S AND SOMEONE HAS TO DRIVE HER TO THE ER

    • Mock Draft Central

      Our thoughts and prayers go out to your friend

  • Sandra

    Watson’s game doesn’t translate to the NFL. Combine that with his 49 MPH throws (have you been to Cleveland in the winter?) AND all the other needs and, well, it won’t be Watons @12.

    • Mock Draft Central

      Oh “Sandra” we appreciate your love for the Browns but we’ll all have to wait and see. Unfortunately no one knows right now where these athletes will fall. The only we can do is set a barometer of what range they will land.

      • Sandra

        Well, thanks “Mock Draft Central”. No need to be snarky, I”m just telling you what an undisclosed number of years following this team has taught me.

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