2017 NFL Mock Draft – 3/29/17

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2017 NFL Draft – Round 1

Pick Team Player H/W Hometown Position
1. Cleveland Browns yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Myles Garrett, Texas A&M 6’4, 272 lbs Arlington, TX EDGE
2016-2017 Stats: 33 tackles, 8.5 sacks
Even the Browns will not screw this one up. Myles Garrett has been the top prospect during the entire 2017 draft cycle, and, after a dominating combine, that continues. Cleveland will draft the best talent in the class and use a plethora of later picks to fill out the rest of the roster. As for how Garrett fits in Cleveland, the Browns are moving to a 4-3, which means he will be at home at defensive end. With Danny Shelton and Emmanuel Ogbah also on the line, Cleveland should be able to get after the quarterback with regularity.
2. San Francisco 49ers yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Haason Reddick, Temple 6’1, 237 lbs Camden, NJ MLB
2016-2017 Stats: 65 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 1 INT
This was a very difficult selection for me. Process of elimination in part led me to Haason Reddick. However, if you follow my mocks, you know how much of a fan I am. I believe Reddick is this draft’s Khalil Mack. A smaller school demon who tore up the pre draft process and shot into the top five. Reddick is the most versatile and complete defender in this class. The 49ers, who are transitioning to a 4-3 defense, can use Reddick at any linebacker spot or even edge rusher. In a draft full of question marks, I think Reddick is a sure thing, and that is what John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan desperately need as they look to right this capsized ship.
3. Chicago Bears yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Jamal Adams, LSU 6’0, 214 lbs Lewisville, TX SS
2016-2017 Stats: 76 tackles, 1 INT, 1 sack
The Bears signed Mike Glennon as a stopgap solution, so look for them to address quarterback later in the draft. Chicago did fill a few holes during free agency, but the secondary remains a serious weak spot. Unlike Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker, Jamal Adams comes with no injury concerns, making him the favorite to be the first secondary prospect drafted. Despite a so-so 40 yard dash time, Adams aced his interviews and looked very good during the combine. Scouts love his aggressiveness and leadership abilities, and no team has a weaker safety group than the Bears. Adams would be a fantastic fit.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Jonathan Allen, Alabama 6’3, 286 lbs Leesburg, VA 4-3 DE
2016-2017 Stats: 52 tackles, 9.5 sacks
Jonathan Allen had a poor combine and concerns about his shoulders have crept up, but I will withhold judgement until his medical rechecks in April. As of now, he looks like a perfect fit with what the Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to do. Jacksonville has loaded up on tough, blue collar defenders during free agency, and Allen will fit right in along the defensive line. His best position is probably 4-3 defensive tackle, since he might lack the agility to overcome the better offensive tackles in the NFL.
5. Tennessee Titans yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Malik Hooker, Ohio State 6’1, 206 lbs New Castle, PA FS
2016-2017 Stats: 74 tackles, 7 INT, 1 sack
I am not in love with mocking a player who could not participate in the combine in my top five, but Malik Hooker is the best prospect who makes sense for the Titans roster. I prefer his body of work to Marshon Lattimore’s. With an additional first round pick and a playoff caliber roster, Tennessee can gamble on the upside here. Hooker was a big time play maker in college who could cause headaches for the young quarterbacks in the AFC South.
6. New York Jets 66395011978 Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina 6’2, 222 lbs Mentor, OH QB
2016-2017 Stats: 304-446, 3748 yards, 30 TD, 6 INT
I find it laughable that the immense presence of Christian Hackenberg could keep the Jets from drafting another quarterback. Hackenberg is probably the worst quarterback drafted in the first two rounds since Jimmy Clausen. Of course, having Clausen on the roster did not keep the Panthers from drafting Cam Newton a year later. If the Jets are going to have any success, they need to find a real signal caller. Mitchell Trubisky does not have tremendous upside, but is the most complete passer in this class, and has the best chance to develop into a quality starter. That said, I think Deshaun Watson will be the best quarterback to come out of this class, but Trubisky probably carries less risk.
7. Los Angeles Chargers yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Solomon Thomas, Stanford 6’3, 273 lbs Coppell, TX EDGE
2016-2017 Stats: 62 tackles, 8 sacks
The Chargers have run the 3-4 defense for over a decade, but are transitioning to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. That is good news for superstar in the making Joey Bosa. What would be even better is if the Chargers could add an all around end opposite him. I do not think Solomon Thomas is quite worthy of a top five pick, but he should round into a capable counterpart to Bosa. Thomas has a non stop motor and is a very good all around defender.
8. Carolina Panthers yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Leonard Fournette, LSU 6’0, 240 lbs New Orleans, LA HB
2016-2017 Stats: 129 rushes, 843 yards, 8 TD
Out of the 17,000 mocks on the internet, about 90% of them having Leonard Fournette going to the Panthers. It makes a lot of sense. Carolina has always been at it’s best with guys like Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams wearing down defenses. Stewart is more suited for backup work as he closes in on a nice career. I would not worry about Fournette’s lackluster junior season much. LSU had little incentive to play him at less than 100% with Derrius Guice on the roster. Fournette has a fantastic blend of power and quickness, and has the ability to be a rare 2017 twenty carry per game back.
9. Cincinnati Bengals yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Derek Barnett, Tennessee 6’3, 259 lbs Nashville, TN EDGE
2016-2017 Stats: 56 tackles, 13 sacks
Living in the Southeast (and formerly Knoxville), I have seen a lot of Derek Barnett. Yes, the lack of athleticism is a definite concern, but I have never seen a defender as relentless and energetic as Barnett. I would not bet against him having success in the NFL. His pass rushing skills would be a welcome addition in Cincinnati, where the Bengals have gotten nothing opposite Carlos Dunlap for years.
10. Buffalo Bills yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p OJ Howard, Alabama 6’6, 251 lbs Prattville, AL TE
2016-2017 Stats: 45 rec, 595 yards, 3 TD
Buffalo wisely kept Tyrod Taylor around, but still have a serious lack of receiver talent. Unfortunately, the three first round receivers are all dealing with injuries and other issues, and would be risky picks here. The only question mark surrounding OJ Howard is his production at Alabama, but a lot of the blame can be placed on Lane Kiffin’s play calling. On paper and in shorts Howard is the most complete tight end in this class. He is big, strong, a willing blocker and outstanding receiver. Mobile quarterbacks like Taylor always benefit from a big target at tight end.
11. New Orleans Saints yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State 6’0, 193 lbs Cleveland, OH CB
2016-2017 Stats: 41 tackles, 4 INT
The Saints have been heavily flirting with Malcolm Butler, which shows they may finally be serious about upgrading their secondary. Of course, even if they do land Butler, additional cornerback talent is needed. A few months ago it looked like six or seven cornerbacks could have been taken in the first round. That number has plummeted, however, and only Marshon Lattimore looks like a first rounder. He is an elite athlete, but is dealing with a bit of injuries, and there are questions about his experience. Still, he has the look of a number one corner and would be a great addition in New Orleans.
12. Cleveland Browns yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Deshaun Watson, Clemson 6’3, 221 lbs Gainesville, GA QB
2016-2017 Stats: 388-579, 4593 yards, 41 TD, 17 INT
Somehow, this pick will probably turn into a quarterback. Whether that is Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo or a draft pick. I am still stubbornly holding on to the opinion that Deshaun Watson will be the best quarterback in this class. Sure, he throws interceptions and does not always make the best decisions, but he has, by far, the most experience of any quarterback in this class, and has won big in college. Truth be told, the jury is out on any of these top quarterbacks and it is the ultimate crap shoot. Good luck, Browns.
13. Arizona Cardinals 5o2wuto6hq2592hhy9e4prm6e Gareon Conley, Ohio State 6’0, 195 lbs Massillon, OH CB
2016-2017 Stats: 26 tackles, 4 INT
Although I said that Marshon Lattimore is the only sure fire first round pick, he will not be the only cornerback taken on Day 1. As we all know, defensive backs rise in the draft, as each defense basically needs three talented corners to combat the passing offenses throughout the NFL. The Cardinals have All Pro Patrick Peterson, but little opposite him. While Lattimore is more talented, I would not be surprised if teammate Gareon Conley has the more productive career. Conley needs to improve his tackling, but should be a solid cover guy out the gate.
14. Philadelphia Eagles yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Marlon Humphrey, Alabama 6’0, 197 lbs Hoover, AL CB
2016-2017 Stats: 36 tackles, 2 INT
The Eagles signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, which eliminated the need to draft a receiver early. However, the team only has two cornerbacks under contract, and will need to spend multiple picks on the position. I am a bigger Marlon Humphrey fan than most, though he does have a couple of flaws, one of which is the stigma that Alabama cornerbacks are not successful in the NFL. The Eagles need bodies though, and Humphrey is the most physical and best tackling cornerback in this class.
15. Indianapolis Colts 90361392007 Reuben Foster, Alabama 6’0, 229 lbs Auburn, AL MLB
2016-2017 Stats: 115 tackles, 5 sacks
Reuben Foster may be a headache in the locker room, but he is a dynamic play maker that fits what 2017 teams look for in a linebacker. New Colts GM Chris Ballard has done a great job trimming the fat off of the Colts roster, but this is a team that needs talent virtually everywhere, especially at linebacker. Indianapolis cannot afford to pass up a talent like Foster if he is available.
16. Baltimore Ravens 7456 Garett Bolles, Utah 6’5, 297 lbs Lehi, UT OT
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
It has been a long, winding road for Garett Bolles, but the 24 year old looks like the premier offensive lineman in this draft. He is a fantastic athlete, and plays bigger and stronger than his 6’5, 297 frame. He has the skills to play left tackle, but would slide into the right side where free agent Rick Wagner vacated, and might possibly prove an upgrade. We all know that offensive lineman rise during the draft, and there is a real possibility that Bolles could go as high as six overall to the New York Jets.
17. Washington Redskins yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Dalvin Cook, Florida State 5’10, 210 lbs Miami, FL HB
2016-2017 Stats: 288 rushes, 1765 yards, 19 TD
It looked like the Redskins were on their way up, but once again Bruce Allen could not get out of his own way. Back to Dysfunctional Town. Perhaps Washington could throw Kirk Cousins a bone by drafting a legitimate running back. Dalvin Cook’s pre draft process has been rocky to say the least, but he is still a first round prospect in my eyes. He is strong, quick enough and a good receiver. In fact, he may be the best all around back in this class and would be an instant starter in Washington.
18. Tennessee Titans 3pjgog0vs8brehugdqzh Corey Davis, Western Michigan 6’3, 209 lbs Wheaton, IL WR
2016-2017 Stats: 97 rec, 1500 yards, 19 TD
It is a shame that Corey Davis has not been able to participate in the pre draft festivities due to a lingering injury. I believe he has top ten pick potential, but a team will not draft him that high, which means a playoff squad could get a steal. The Titans have several WR2’s, and 3’s, but Davis profiles as a number one, with his strength and ability to win down field. He is a complete receiver.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers lhf2fxwjfmysj71nzmqw David Njoku, Miami 6’4, 246 lbs Cedar Grove, NJ TE
2016-2017 Stats: 43 rec, 698 yards, 8 TD
Cameron Brate has been a nice find for the Buccaneers, but he does not offer nearly the enticing potential as David Njoku. Njoku is a supreme athlete who is a better blocker than people give him credit for. Of course, where he shines is in the passing game, using his chiseled frame and quickness to overpower college kids trying to cover him. With the addition of DeSean Jackson and now Njoku, Jameis Winston should finally have the weapons needed to take that next step.
20. Denver Broncos 7456 Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin 6’6, 310 lbs Stevens Point, WI OT
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
The Broncos began the long process of rebuilding a terrible offensive line by signing Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson. Leary is a big upgrade at guard but Watson has not shown he has what it takes to be a starting left tackle. Ryan Ramczyk definitely looks the part, though scouts worry about his one year of major college production and current injury concerns. If a team wants a quality left tackle, it almost always has to spend a first round pick to get one, and at this point in the draft the gamble is well worth it.
21. Detroit Lions 2632 Mike Williams, Clemson 6’4, 218 lbs Vance, SC WR
2016-2017 Stats: 98 rec, 1361 yards, 11 TD
Detroit has serious needs on defense, but Mike Williams is too good of a prospect to pass up here. The last time the Lions drafted a Mike Williams wide receiver, it did not work out too well, but the Clemson version has the chance to be a solid number one receiver in the NFL. He is big, strong and excels at catching the deep ball, something Matthew Stafford obviously misses without Calvin Johnson. There are worries about Williams speed, but at this point in the draft the reward outweighs the risk.
22. Miami Dolphins 2632 Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky 6’4, 309 lbs Venice, FL OG
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
Forrest Lamp is not the sexiest draft selection, but he is one of the only guards in this class who can step in and start right away. With so many teams in the 20’s looking for interior line help, Lamp should be a first round pick. The Dolphins will have to use this pick if they hope to find an upgrade over the extremely disappointing guard duo of Jermon Bushrod and Ted Larsen.
23. New York Giants 2632 Cam Robinson, Alabama 6’6, 322 lbs Monroe, AL OT
2016-2017 Stats: N/A
The draft community is split on whether Cam Robinson, Garett Bolles or Ryan Ramczyk is this draft’s best offensive tackle. All three have major strengths and weaknesses. The decision was made easy for the Giants, as Robinson is the only one of the trio still on the board. Robinson held his own at left tackle for the Crimson Tide, and has the size to handle that side in the pro’s. Of course, there are effort and pass blocking concerns, which is why he is available here. The Giants added DJ Fluker during the off season, but should look to avoid going into the 2017 season with Ereck Flowers protecting 36 year old Eli Manning’s blindside.
24. Oakland Raiders 66395011978 Christian McCaffrey, Stanford 5’11, 202 lbs Castle Rock, CO HB
2016-2017 Stats: 253 rushes, 1603 yards, 13 TD
The Oakland..I mean San Antonio…I mean Las Vegas Raiders let Latavius Murray go without so much as a whimper, and have flirted with the retired Marshawn Lynch, so it is clear to say the running back position is in flux. I love Christian McCaffrey as a football player, and liken him to Reggie Bush coming out of USC. Of course, it is up to the generally unimaginative offensive coordinators to get the best out of him. We have seen guys like CJ Spiller and Tavon Austin go to waste for this reason alone. McCaffrey excels as an outside runner and receiver, and would be a great weapon playing with a good quarterback and behind an excellent offensive line.
25. Houston Texans 76753092008 QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech 6’2, 225 lbs Whitehouse, TX QB
2016-2017 Stats: 388-591, 5052 yards, 41 TD, 10 INT
Man, do I hate mocking quarterbacks. It is always more stress than it is worth, as the position is extremely volatile during the draft. Whether or not Tony Romo ends up in Houston, the Texans need to come out of this draft with a quarterback for the future. Unless the team wants to waste a second or third round pick on someone who will not be better than Tom Savage, they will have to spend a first round pick to get it done. This pick comes down to Patrick Mahomes and DeShone Kizer. Both are big and strong with rocket arms, but both come with major question marks. I’ll flip a coin. Mahomes. (who I prefer to Kizer)
26. Seattle Seahawks 7456 Quincy Wilson, Florida 6’1, 211 lbs Fort Lauderdale, FL CB
2016-2017 Stats: 33 tackles, 3 INT
Offensive tackle is by far the biggest need in Seattle, but unfortunately, that position falls off of a cliff once the top three guys are off the board. Seattle also needs to groom a physical cornerback to take over for Richard Sherman when he wears out his welcome. Quincy Wilson fits what the Seahawks like in secondary prospects. He is strong and a willing tackler. Of course, big corners sometimes struggle with quicker receivers, and that is the case with Wilson, who may eventually have to move to safety.
27. Kansas City Chiefs 76753092008 Malik McDowell, Michigan State 6’6, 295 lbs Detroit, MI DT
2016-2017 Stats: 34 tackles, 1.5 sacks
If only you could combine the raw athletic abilities of Malik McDowell with the heart and effort of Derek Barnett, you would have the best prospect in this class. Players like McDowell infuriate scouts. On one hand, you want no part of a lazy player who interviews terribly. However, you are scared to pass on him and see another team land a future Pro Bowler. I seriously doubt that McDowell has the passion to succeed, but some team in the first round will select him and hope to unearth that potential. Andy Reid loves drafting lineman in the first round and might not be able to pass up the opportunity to add McDowell to his roster.
28. Dallas Cowboys 76753092008 Jabrill Peppers, Michigan 5’11, 213 lbs East Orange, NJ FS
2016-2017 Stats: 72 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT
I have no idea what to make of Jabrill Peppers draft projection. Like I have mentioned before, a lot of scouts and coaches are scared of players who do not fill a specific role, and have no idea how to utilize athletes. Jerry Jones and company have often pounced on falling talent, and would probably swoop up Peppers and figure out how to use him later, whether it’s at safety, cornerback or linebacker. Dallas simply needs talent on defense.
29. Green Bay Packers 76753092008 Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado 6’0, 202 lbs San Jose, CA CB
2016-2017 Stats: 65 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 INT
I have seen running back and offensive guard mocked here, but that has never been GM Ted Thompson’s M.O. He usually goes after defense in the first round, and with a secondary that got torched mercilessly in 2016, he will most likely go that route again. Chidobe Awuzie is a physical presence who excels at jamming receivers off their routes and tackling ball carriers. He has stone hands, and only intercepted three passes during his Colorado career, but the Packers would be happy with cornerbacks who can at least knock down some passes.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers 2632 Charles Harris, Missouri 6’3, 253 lbs Kansas City, MO EDGE
2016-2017 Stats: 31 tackles, 9 sacks
The Steelers biggest need is adding pass rushers to help spell the ageless wonder James Harrison. Fortunately, there are quite a few fringe first round edge rushers to choose from. Charles Harris did not set the world on fire as a junior, but he was poorly coached and played on a bad Missouri team. I like his potential more than the other pass rushers available here. He fell into a enviable position in Pittsburgh.
31. Atlanta Falcons 2632 Takkarist McKinley, UCLA 6’2, 250 lbs Richmond, CA EDGE
2016-2017 Stats: 61 tackles, 10 sacks
The Falcons have a lot of bodies along the defensive line, but none can get after the quarterback consistently. Even as a senior, Takkarist McKinley remains a project, but as a situational pass rusher, he should be very good. Vic Beasley cannot do it all alone.
32. New Orleans Saints yookgal4j29r36rx6fz3jug2p Taco Charlton, Michigan 6’6, 277 lbs Pickerington, OH 4-3 DE
2016-2017 Stats: 39 tackles, 9.5 sacks
The Saints have the makings of a good defensive line, but a pass rusher to pair with Cameron Jordan should be a priority. Taco Charlton may lack the versatility to fit in any scheme, but should fare quite well in a 4-3 defense like what the Saints run.

Round 2

33. Cleveland Browns – SS Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
34. San Francisco 49ers – WR John Ross, Washington
35. Jacksonville Jaguars – HB Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
36. Chicago Bears – QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
37. Los Angeles Rams – OLB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
38. Los Angeles Chargers – OG Dion Dawkins, Temple
39. New York Jets – EDGE Carl Lawson, Auburn
40. Carolina Panthers – EDGE TJ Watt, Wisconsin
41. Cincinnati Bengals – HB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
42. New Orleans Saints – CB Tre’Davious White, LSU
43. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson
44. Buffalo Bills – WR Zay Jones, East Carolina
45. Arizona Cardinals – QB Davis Webb, California
46. Indianapolis Colts – FS Budda Baker, Washington
47. Baltimore Ravens – WR Chris Godwin, Penn State
48. Minnesota Vikings – OT Roderick Johnson, Florida State
49. Washington Redskins – OLB Jarrad Davis, Florida
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – FS Josh Jones, North Carolina State
51. Denver Broncos – DT Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte
52. Cleveland Browns – TE Evan Engram, Ole’ Miss
53. Detroit Lions – MLB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
54. Miami Dolphins – EDGE Tarell Basham, Ohio
55. New York Giants – DT Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama
56. Oakland Raiders – OLB Tyus Bowser, Houston
57. Houston Texans – OG Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
58. Seattle Seahawks – OT Antonio Garcia, Troy
59. Kansas City Chiefs – CB Sidney Jones, Washington
60. Dallas Cowboys – CB Adoree Jackson, USC
61. Green Bay Packers – EDGE Tim Williams, Alabama
62. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
63. Atlanta Falcons – OG Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh
64. Carolina Panthers – OT Will Holden, Vanderbilt

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4 thoughts on “2017 NFL Mock Draft – 3/29/17

      1. And THAT is the critical mistake GMs make – the *want* a guy to be great. You have to go with tape, your scouts analysis and production. “Wanting” a guy to succeed gets you Manziel.

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