2017 NFL Mock Draft

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1. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns
2016 NFL Record – 1-15
Points For: 264 (16.5/g) 31st of 32
Points Against: 452 (28.3/g) 30th of 32

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Cleveland has a number of options due to their lack of talent on both sides of the football. Garrett happens to grade out as one of the elite prospects in this draft. If the top prospect was a quarterback or offensive lineman the Browns would select that player as well because the overall need to replenish the roster depleted of elite talent. There options are endless due to their needs to upgrade across the board.

2. San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers
2016 NFL Record – 2-14
Points For: 309 (19.3/g) 27th of 32
Points Against: 480 (30.0/g) 32nd of 32

Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama

The 49ers are starting from scratch and would likely make sense if they drafted Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. San Francisco ranked last in passing yards and that doesn’t necessarily reflect the play of quarterback. The offense as a whole lacks weapons. Love him or hate him, Colin Kaepernick did an admirable job last season for a team in crisis. Trubisky to San Fran reminds me of Alex Smith arriving as the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. He had little help and his talents were wasted for the early part of his career. Building the defense and head into 2018 with the chance to take the next franchise quarterback on the board.

3. Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears
2016 NFL Record – 3-13
Points For: 279 (17.4/g) 28th of 32
Points Against: 399 (24.9/g) 24th of 32

Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

It appears the era of Jay Cutler is over in Chicago after a initial sense of excitement that he could lead the Bears to the Super Bowl after a Rex Grossman led squad inflated the hype. Tribusky lands in the Windy City to take on the task of bringing a proud franchise back to the forefront of the NFC North.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars
2016 NFL Record – 3-13
Points For: 318 (19.9/g) 25th of 32
Points Against: 400 (25.0/g) 25th of 32

Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

Tom Coughlin won two Super Bowls as the head coach of the New York Giants and absent of including Eli Manning the defensive line was the key ingredient. The vogue name for this selection appears to be Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, which I find far fetched at this point. T.J. Yeldon was a second-round pick (2015) and they brought in Chris Ivory last year via free agency. Abandoning them even with a new regime does not seem prudent. Thomas can complement the mind set of Coughlin’s path to get Jacksonville back on track.

5. Tennessee Titans Via Los Angeles Rams

Tennessee Titans (Via Los Angeles)
2016 NFL Record – 9-7
Points For: 381 (23.8/g) 14th of 32
Points Against: 378 (23.6/g) 16th of 32

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

Eric Ebron went 10th overall in the in the 2014 NFL Draft and Howard might jump his selection by five. Delanie Walker will turn 33 this August and battles weekly injuries that aren’t enough to force him out of games, but hampers him from being 100% ready. Howard could be a bold addition to the Titans offense and providing the talented Marcus Mariota with a long-term answer to the position. The NFL Combine can allow Howard to follow in the footsteps of the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft tight end Vernon Davis. Davis had a fantastic combine helping drive his stock. A similiar performance by Howard and he could mirror the success.

6. New York Jets

New York Jets
2016 NFL Record – 5-11
Points For: 275 (17.2/g) 30th of 32
Points Against: 409 (25.6/g) 28th of 32

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

The smartest thing the Jets did was stick to their guns and avoid a long-term deal with Ryan Fitzpatrick. The journeyman quarterback had a Cinderella season (2015) which is long forgotten come 2017. The No. 6 overall pick coincides with this being the 6th time in the history of the franchise they select a quarterback with their first pick available. The list includes Joe Namath (1965 1st-Round), Richard Todd (1976 1st-Round), Ken O’Brien (1983 1st-Round), Browning Nagel (1991 2nd-Round {1st overall pick}) and Mark Sanchez (2009 1st-Round). Perhaps no other prospect in the draft has more debate when his name is mentioned. Watson is a lighting rod of both positives and negative reviews.

7. San Diego Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers
2016 NFL Record – 5-11
Points For: 410 (25.6/g) 9th of 32
Points Against: 423 (26.4/g) 29th of 32

Jamal Adams, FS, LSU

The offense is in good hands with Philip Rivers but the defense ranked 29th overall in the league in points per game. Melvin Ingram one of their best pass rushers hits free agency possibly leaving the cupboard barer than when the season ended if he moves on. The Chargers add Adams who might fill another free agent position with Jahleel Addae also hitting free agency. Adams has the ability for Los Angeles to have back-to-back Defensive Rookie of the Year winners. Joey Bosa took those honors this past season.

8. Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers
2016 NFL Record – 6-10
Points For: 369 (23.1/g) 15th of 32
Points Against: 402 (25.1/g) 26th of 32

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Carolina spent four of their five draft picks last season on defense. They spent their last pick and second from last pick of the entire draft on tight end Beau Sandland. Three of those selections also went towards replacing the departed Josh Norman. Possibly the Panthers switch their focus to offense with their early picks in 2017. Cook provides an influx of youth and talent to the position grown accustomed to Jonathan Stewart.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals
2016 NFL Record – 6-9-1
Points For: 325 (20.3/g) 24th of 32
Points Against: 315 (19.7/g) 8th of 32

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

The Bengals’ offense without Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones who both left via free agency were too much to overcome in Cincinnati. Tight end Tyler Eifert failed to stay healthy which helped damper the season with the Bengals falling short of making the playoffs. Williams kept building his draft stock as the college season continued and his performance in the national championship game only solidified him as the No.1 receiver in the draft.

10. Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills
2016 NFL Record – 7-9
Points For: 399 (24.9/g) 10th of 32
Points Against: 378 (23.6/g) 16th of 32

DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Tyrod Taylor saga continues but it seems the Bills will be reluctant of giving the incumbent signal caller the $27.5 million guaranteed if they pick up his option in March. That leaves the team in search of a quarterback if they do not acquire one prior to the draft when free agency opens. If Buffalo reaches an agreement with a potential veteran quarterback before April 27 then look for Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis to be strongly considered at this selection.

11. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints
2016 NFL Record – 7-9
Points For: 469 (29.3/g) 2nd of 32
Points Against: 454 (28.4/g) 31st of 32

Teez Tabor, DB, Florida

Nothing is more transparent than seeing the points for and points against for the Saints. Their offense scores a ton of points and their defense refuses to stand in the way of any opposing offenses. The addition of Tabor really puts some teeth into the secondary especially facing Julio Jones and Mike Evans twice a year.

12. Cleveland Browns Via Philadelphia

Cleveland Browns

2016 NFL Record – 1-15
Points For: 264 (16.5/g) 31st of 32
Points Against: 452 (28.3/g) 30th of 32

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Cleveland’s last selection of a running back in the first-round (Trent Richardson) didn’t go exactly as plan. He was traded one year later to the Indianapolis Colts after the Browns moved up to the third overall pick to select the former Alabama running back. Cleveland heads to the SEC and plucks one of the Crimson Tides biggest rivals star players the Tigers’ Fournette. Hue Jackson saw first hand the power and ability of Jeremy Hill when he was the OC in Cincinnati. Hill is also a former LSU running back with nearly identical size but not as naturally gifted as Fournette.

13. Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals
2016 NFL Record – 7-8-1
Points For: 418 (26.1/g) 6th of 32
Points Against: 362 (22.6/g) 14th of 32

Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State

The Cardinals have six starters on defense that are pending free agents that includes Chandler Jones and their current strong safety Tony Jefferson. Hooker with the 13th overall pick is a absolute steal and would only enhance the potential of their secondary that already includes Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Even the Seattle Seahawks would be envious of that roster on the back end.

14. Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts
2016 NFL Record – 8-8
Points For: 411 (25.7/g) 8th of 32
Points Against: 392 (24.5/g) 22nd of 32

Ruben Foster, ILB, Alabama

The Colts released productive veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson recently leaving an immediate void at the position. The selection of Foster should provide a quick return on their investment. He has the ability to step in and start right away and providing a long-term tenure on the Colts defense.

15. Philadelphia Eagles Via Minnesota Vikings

Philadelphia Eagles
2016 NFL Record – 7-9
Points For: 367 (22.9/g) 16th of 32
Points Against: 331 (20.7/g) 12th of 32

Marshon Lattimore, DB, Ohio State

Highly doubt he is on the board when this pick rolls around but if he is then pencil in his name for Philly. Nolan Carroll contract has expired and Lattimore is considered the best defensive back in the entire draft. The Eagles need a receiver but being burnt often and early of late in the NFL Draft selecting the position may have them hold back and go after former wideout DeSean Jackson.

16. Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens
2016 NFL Record – 8-8
Points For: 343 (21.4/g) 21st of 32
Points Against: 321 (20.1/g) 9th of 32

Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan

Eric Weddle is on the wrong side of 30 after turning 32 this past January. Weddle however, is a savvy veteran who could be the Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker in terms of teaching him the nuances of playing the position at a very high and productive level. Peppers has a tremendous amount of versatility and talent to excel at the next level.

17. Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins
2016 NFL Record – 8-7-1
Points For: 396 (24.8/g) 12th of 32
Points Against: 383 (23.9/g) 19th of 32

Corey Davis, WR, Western Michgian

Changes on offense are surely coming in Washington with Kirk Cousins, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon all free agents. It seems unlikely all three will be able to be retained leaving some holes offensively. If the Redskins invest in Kirk Cousins providing him with all the pieces to succeed is a must due to how much scrutiny he is under in the nation’s captial.

18. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans
2016 NFL Record – 9-7
Points For: 381 (23.8/g) 14th of 32
Points Against: 378 (23.6/g) 16th of 32

Marlon Humphrey, DB, Alabama

The Titans finally evolved last season and finished with the winning record for the first time since 2011. Tennessee was tied for second worst in yards allowed via the pass (269.2) in the NFL. They ranked 18th in total interceptions with 12 overall which leads to Humphrey being a well welcomed addition.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2016 NFL Record – 9-7
Points For: 354 (22.1/g) 18th of 32
Points Against: 369 (23.1/g) 15th of 32

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

William Gholston is a free agent and had 3.5 sacks last season. Barnett could be the premonition of dual edge rushers for Tampa Bay. Noah Spence was terrific as a rookie and should continue to emerge as a force and with Barnett wreaking havoc on the other side could push the Buccaneers to another level defensively. Receiver is a another concern but Barnett’s value and the depth at receiver in the draft help make the decision easy for Tampa Bay to go defense in round-one.

20. Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos
2016 NFL Record – 9-7
Points For: 333 (20.8/g) 22nd of 32
Points Against: 297 (18.6/g) 4th of 32

Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt

Takkarish McKinley is another possibility with this selection and with a good combine leap Cunningham. DeMarcus Ware is likely moving on from Denver and testing the free agent market. The defense is the back bone of this current roster and keeping it elite is a must even though offensive line issues plague the team. Von Miller is the centerpiece and he needs all the bodies he can get to allow him to terrorize quarterbacks or allow others to do so as he attracts attention.

21. Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions
2016 NFL Record –
Points For: 346 (21.6/g) 20th of 32
Points Against: 358 (22.4/g) 13th of 32

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

The Lions ranked 30th overall in the NFL in rushing yards and would you believe the two teams with Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson finished 31st and 32nd. Detroit has some young talent in Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner but the reality is they need an upgrade. Injuries have already had an impact on Abdullah and McCaffrey will add another weapon to a rushing offense in need.

22. Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins
2016 NFL Record – 10-6
Points For: 363 (22.7/g) 17th of 32
Points Against: 380 (23.8/g) 18th of 32

David Njoku, TE, Miami

Jordan Cameron has never been able to duplicate his magical 2013 season in Cleveland. He caught 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. His next three seasons (2014-16) combined have not out produced his 13’ campaign (67 catches, 870 yards ^ TDs). Njoku is a top flight tight end who could help advance the Miami offense by leaps and bounds. He is the talent Miami wanted when they first brought in the concussion prone Cameron in as a free agent. Those issues have plagued Cameron and now Miami is set to move on and add Njoku.

23. New York Giants

New York Giants
2016 NFL Record – 11-5
Points For: 310 (19.4/g) 26th of 32
Points Against: 284 (17.8/g) 2nd of 32

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

The Giants and left tackle Ereck Flowers would be better served if he was moved to the right tackle. He struggled to live up to his first-round evaluation from 2015 leaving the Giants to add the Wisconsin tackle. The Giants spent draft picks and money via free agent last season and it worked out to perfection but the offense seemed to unravel. If Christian McCaffrey is available he could pose as a potential selection.

24. Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders
2016 NFL Record – 12-4
Points For: 416 (26.0/g) 7th of 32
Points Against: 385 (24.1/g) 20th of 32

Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

Khalil Mack accounted for 11 of the 25 sacks the Raiders recorded in 2016. Oakland finished dead last in that category leaving a gapping hole on their defense. Bruce Irvin added seven move sacks but no other production from the front seven. The weakside linebacker spot could be a option for the Raiders to address and makes McKinley a possible candidate. His immense upside could add another dimension to Oakland’s defense.

25. Houston Texans

Houston Texans
2016 NFL Record – 9-7
Points For: 279 (17.4/g) 28th of 32
Points Against: 328 (20.5/g) 11th of 32

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Houston realized last year at this time their offense was a train wreck. They went and used their first four draft picks on offensive players and signed to high profile free agents in quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller. The result was the 28th ranked scoring offense and leaving Houston to once again use the off-season to address the elephant in the room. Robinson provides stability upfront which may allow the offense to function in a smoother more efficient manner.

26. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks
2016 NFL Record – 10-5-1
Points For: 354 (22.1/g) 18th of 32
Points Against: 292 (18.3/g) 3rd of 32

Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson

Originally had Watkins heading to Washington but their possible pending receiver issues made Cory Davis the pick. Watkins has a high-motor and for a big man shows the ability to make plays. Seattle could use offensive line help also and that could totally be in play but Watkins help bolster the interior and allow the pieces behind him to excel.

27. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs
2016 NFL Record – 12-4
Points For: 389 (24.3/g) 13th of 32
Points Against: 311 (19.4/g) 7th of 32

Raewkwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State

Derrick Johnson has been the anchor to the Chiefs defense for over a decade. The Pro Bowl linebacker will turn 35 this season which opens the door for Kansas City to bring in the McMillan. McMillan is an active and instinctive run stopper with the skill set to carrier on the lineage left by Johnson.

28. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys
2016 NFL Record – 13-3
Points For: 421 (26.3/g) 5th of 32
Points Against: 306 (19.1/g) 5th of 32

Sidney Jones, DB, Washington

Washington receiver John Ross may also pull some attention from the Dallas scouting department but the need to get the secondary built up will have them pass on Ross. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne are both free agents and with the offense looking strong this is an easy pick for Dallas to take the talented cover corner Jones.

29. Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers
2016 NFL Record – 10-6
Points For: 432 (27.0/g) 4th of 32
Points Against: 388 (24.3/g) 21st of 32

Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

Plucking civilians off the streets were a possible option with the injuries that plagued the Packers defense season. Outside linebackers Nick Perry is a free agent and Clay Matthews does have a history of being injured. In five of his eight seasons in the NFL he has failed to play in all 16 games and his impact is severely missed when he is out of the line-up. Williams covers the possibility of losing Perry and adds depth if Matthews misses snaps.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers
2016 NFL Record – 11-5
Points For: 399 (24.9/g) 10th of 32
Points Against: 327 (20.4/g) 10th of 32

TreDavious White, DB, LSU

The Steelers are still a work in progress defensively and in back-to-back drafts they address cornerback with the addition of White. Remember Pittsburgh spent three first-round picks at linebacker (2013-15) drafting Jarvis Jones, Ryan Shazier and Bud Dupree. Last season Artie Burns was the team’s first pick followed by safety Sean Davis in the second-round. Fortifying the backside of the defense is the off season priority

30. Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons
2016 NFL Record – 11-5
Points For: 540 (33.8/g) 1st of 32
Points Against: 406 (25.4/g) 27th of 32

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

The offense ranked first and unless and tremendous prospect slips into the grasp the defense should garner the attention of General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. Jonathan Babineaux is a free agent and McDowell has top-five type ability which should surface under the coaching of Dan Quinn. McDowell has the talent to be very special he just lacks the consistency to show it game after game.

32. New England Patriots

New England Patriots
2016 NFL Record – 14-2
Points For: 441 (27.6/g) 3rd of 32
Points Against: 250 (15.6/g) 1st of 32

Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

Roger Goodell is the commissioner of the league and maybe he tries to take picks off New England to give the rest of the league hope they can compete with the Patriots. Just a thought… Charlton could get time as a rookie on the Patriots front line taking snaps from Trey Flowers. Offensive line or linebacker would be the other two positions that appear next on their list to upgrade.

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