2017 NFL Mock Draft

College2Pro NFL Mock Draft

1. 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

Garrett sealed the deal at the NFL Combine showing his game film is predicated on his elite athleticism. Cleveland has a number of options due to their lack of talent on both sides of the football. 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.

2. 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

Mitchell Trubisy, QB, North Carolina

The 49ers are starting from scratch and would likely make sense if they drafted Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Jonathan Allen did not set the world on fire at the NFL Combine allowing for the 49ers to revaluate the quarterbacks available in the draft. Mitchell Trubisky in his limited action as the starting quarterback at North Carolina will be a hard option to pass on for a franchise looking to develop and young and talented arm.

3. 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

Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

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. Mike Glennon was signed away from Tampa Bay leaving the former Buccaneers quarterback the new man under center in Chicgao. The quarterback position will now be bypassed via the first-round of the draft.

4. 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

Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama

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 Jaguars added Calais Campbell via free agency which leaves Jonathan as the man. The foundation of the Giants two Super Bowl victories were the dominance up front and Coughlin addresses it early as the lead dog in Jacksonville.

5. Tennessee Titans Via Los Angeles Rams

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

The Titans are in a good position to gamble a little on what appears to be a very safe bet. The odds of Howard becoming a real weapon in the NFL seem logical after his collegiate career. He followed that up with a great week at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Veteran Delanie Walker will turn 34 this August leaving the window of opportunity to arise in the selection of Howard.

6. 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

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

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

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Carolina spent four of their five draft picks last season on defense. The trend continues at the top of the 2017 draft with the selection of Barnett. The talented edge rusher will be guided by veteran Julius Peppers who returns to the team that drafted him No. 2 overall back in the 2002 NFL Draft.

9. 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

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

The Bengals’ offense without Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones who both left via free agency last season 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. Jeremy Hill is a free agent after next season and has been up-and-down in his career. The addition of Fournette another LSU running like Hill puts a real force behind Andy Dalton. It also helps soften the defense for Dalton to find targets down field. Rex Burkhead left via free agency to New England and Giovani Bernard is coming off a ACL tear.

10. 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

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Tyrod Taylor returns taking quarterback off the first-round of possible choices. Robert Woods signed with the Los Angeles Rams and Marquis Goodwin signed with San Fransico 49ers and one year ago Chris Hogan left for the New England Patriots. Count in the amount of usual missed time by Sammy Watkins and receiver appears to be a critical issue, hence the selection of the Williams.

11. 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

Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

Even if the team gets a deal done to acquire Malcolm Butler from the Patriots the New Orleans Saints can use Lattimore. The Saints defense has done a great job at being one of the worst over the last few years. Adding Lattimore aids in the defense of the elite quarterbacks calling the NFC South home.

12. Cleveland Browns Via Philadelphia

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

Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State

The Browns allowed Tashaun Gipson to leave last season the Jacksonville Jaguars and Hooker is a top-five type of talent. It would be hard to imagine the Cleveland passing on him. Cleveland has been stockpiling picks for a rainy day and if they haven’t felt the flood waters emerging from the storm they have endured over the years then they may never get over their dismal run of play. The ammunition is available to return in round one to grab a quarterback. Brock Osweiler may be around a little longer than first rumored.

13. 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

DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

The Cardinals must seeing the aging ability in Carson Palmer and know it is the time to strike for their next quarterback. Kizer really solidified himself at the combine proving to be a prospect with plenty of upside moving forward. The best case scenario is he sits a year or possibly two before Palmer exits after a solid NFL career. Bruce Arians has worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer who all are bigger pocket passers and that fits the mold of Kizer.

14. 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

Reuben 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

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

Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

Philadelphia are needy of edge rushers and Charlton might be the best available at this juncture of round-one. Thought hard on the addition of Dalvin Cook but with the depth at running back it would serve the Eagles best to place a potential talent opposite of their two-time All-Pro defensive end Fletcher Cox.

16. 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

Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

The defense is absent Peter Boulware, Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed. The next iconic defensive star to exit the team will be Terrell Suggs and finding someone who can try to carry the torch will rest in hands of the talented Bruins outside linebacker. McKinley is one of the finest edge rushing backers in this draft class and has great size.

17. 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

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

Chris Baker leaving Washington did nothing to improve their defensive unit up front after he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Washington now faces the daunting task of upgrading the unit via free agency and the NFL Draft. McDowell can be as good as he wants to be and when he flashes his ability it is something special to witness but those flashes need to become more sustained or this pick will be a bust.

18. 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. Wanted to pull the trigger on Corey Davis of Western Michigan or the speedster John Ross from Washignton at receiver but held back.

19. 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

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Cook would add another piece to what would shape up to be a pretty explosive offensive unit in Tampa Bay. The recent addition of DeSean Jackson and the addition of a talent like Cook would appear to help the Buccaneers offense go to another level in performance.

20. 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

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

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

Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

Williams comes with a little baggage but remains an elite situational pass rushing specialist. His overall game must evolve but his talent and Miami’s need for his ability make it a good first-round fit. The addition of Lawrence Timmons helps against the run and he’ll serve as a good mentor to the younger Williams.

23. 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

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

Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple

There is always that one guy you know should go higher but keep pushing down the draft board and that guy was Reddick in this mock draft. 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 Reddick a possible candidate. His immense upside could add another dimension to Oakland’s defense.

25. 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

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

Houston jumped at the chance to sign Brock Osweiler away from the Denver Broncos. The result was the 28th ranked scoring offense and Osweiler being sent to Cleveland. The new era of quarterback is on the horizon in Houston. Pay careful attention to the teams that may jockey to jump ahead knowing that this is a glaring need for the Texans. Other teams will look for partners if they want Mahomes for themselves.

26. 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

Garrett Bolles, T, Utah

Bolles is the No. 1 tackle on the College2Pro tackle rankings. Seattle gets a great talent that serves a big need when it comes to helping to build that offensive line. New running back Eddie Lacy will need larger than average running lines at his current size and protecting Russell Wilson at all cost is key for the Seahawks moving forward.

27. 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

T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin

The Chiefs have Justin Houston and Tamba Hali who pose as real pass rushing threats. Hali will be 34 years old in November and adding more Watt will help improve the pass rush moving forward that also includes Dee Ford. Kansas City has a lot of options at this selection especially when considering how crazy the draft shakes out. They might be in a good landing spot to grab a top prospect who slips.

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

Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan

Jerry Jones loves to have men on his roster that can play but also sell tickets and the hype surrounding the former Wolverine is as good as it gets for a safety. Peppers fills a big need with both Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox leaving via free agency. Dallas will be extremely pleased to see this type of talent available at this pick.

29. 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

Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

Plucking civilians off the streets were a possible option with the injuries that plagued the Packers defense season. Especially in the Packers secondary so adding and upgrading in a way does not set the team back at this selection. How Tabor is around this late I can only guess but he kept sliding and sliding down the board. His talent is top-15 but sometimes the draft falls in weird ways.

30. 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

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

Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

The Hilltoppers’ coaches do a superb job at getting their players ready for the next level and Lamp is the perfect example. The defense could use the upgrade and do not be shocked if Charles Harris of Missouri or Carl Lawson of Auburn at possible selections. Even the idea of adding John Ross the fastest man ever to run a forty at the NFL Combine might be tempting but likley will not happen. Lamp adds value and keeps the offense stout up front.

32. New Orleans Saints via New England Patriots

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

John Ross, WR, Washington

This is like a movie script of sorts with the Saints trading Brandin Cooks only to get Ross back in his place when the idea at least to the public was to help the defense. Ross could do some damage with Drew Brees firing his way and we know that ball will be tossed deep in New Orleans.

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