2017 NFL Mock Draft

1. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (1-15): Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M

After the performance that Garrett put up at the Combine and will his game film it solidified his standing as the best prospect in this draft and a generational player. Every report out of Cleveland has the Browns loving him, he’s going to be the first pick.

2. san-francisco-49ers-logo San Francisco 49ers (2-14): Malik Hooker S Ohio State

Quarterback makes a ton of sense here, all indications point to the 49ers signing Garropolo or Cousins next offseason. The 49ers will be transitioning to the Seattle style 4-3 they could really use that rangy free safety to fill the Earl Thomas role. Hooker has All Pro potential and fits their defense too much to pass up here.

3. chicago-bears-logo Chicago Bears (3-13): Jonathan Allen DE Alabama

After signing Mike Glennon can go best defensive player here instead of having to take a quarterback and play them young. Allen is a versatile piece that can be what Justin Smith gave Vic Fangio in San Francisco playing both the DT and DE positions in their 3-4 defense.

4. jacksonville-jaguars-logo Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14): Leonard Fournette RB LSU

With defensive needs filled during during free agency the Jaguars can now turn to helping out an offense that took a step back last season. With Tom Coughlin running football operations you know he’ll put his stamp on the team wanting to run the ball. Having an elite running back like Fournette could take some of the pressure off Blake Bortels throwing the ball so frequently.

5. tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans (9-7): Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State (From Los Angeles)

Fixing the secondary has been a high priority for the Titans as they added safety Jonathan Cyprien and corner Logan Ryan. With McCourty and McCain entering the final year of their deals the Titans could look to get another top flight corner. Lattimore has the makings of a shutdown corner and could be eased into a starting role before taking over fully in 2018.

6. new-york-jets-logo New York Jets (5-11): Jamal Adams S LSU

In Todd Bowles scheme the safety position is a do it all type of role. In Arizona he had Tony Jefferson fill this role while drafting Jamal Adams should give him a potentially upgraded version and a replacement for Calvin Pryor. Adams can come down into the box as an extra run defender, cover tight ends and even play back in half field zone.

7. san-diego-chargers-logo Los Angeles Chargers (5-11): Solomon Thomas DE Stanford

Thomas is at his best when rushing from the interior against guards. While being 278lbs he isn’t going to be an every down defensive tackle the Chargers could use him as a pass rushing specialist as a rookie before trying to either bulk him up to around 290lbs or use him on the edge early with Joey Bosa before moving him around on pass rushing downs.

8. carolina-panthers-logoCarolina Panthers (6-10): John Ross WR Washington

Carolina’s offense last year just lacked sizzle and is in need of some playmakers. John Ross ran a 4.22 40-yard dash which got people’s attention but watching him on tape you see that elite speed. Add that to his ability to run routes and he’s can be a deadly force down the field. Carolina has used Ted Ginn in the past but Ross has the potential to be a much better weapon and complements their tall receivers well.

9. cincinnati-bengals-logo Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1): Mike Williams WR Clemson

While Ruben Foster would be an option the Bengals offense has taken a major hit this offseason and could use some reinforcements. Williams would give the Bengals another top flight receiver to take the pressure off of AJ Green and allow Tyler Boyd to play in the slot where he is better suited. Williams isn’t a burner but can be a downfield weapon with his ability to win contested catches.

10. buffalo-bills-logo Buffalo Bills (7-9): OJ Howard TE Alabama

After a restructuring of Tyrod Taylor’s contract we finally know he’s staying and in my opinion the Bills made the right move. Now the team can move forward to adding weapons to the offense that lacks anything outside of Sammie Watkins and LeSean McCoy. While Corey Davis may be tempting here the Bills could go with Howard who will give offensive coordinator Rick Dennison a playmaking tight end like’s had in the past.

11.new-orleans-saints-logo New Orleans Saints (7-9): Ruben Foster LB Alabama

Fixing the pass rush has to be the Saints top priority, but with an additional first round pick in the Brandin Cooks trade they can afford to take best player available here and get a true leader of their defense. While there are some concerns about Foster his toughness, physicality and fiery leadership will be a welcome sign to a developing defense.

12. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (1-15): Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina (From –Philadelphia)

Trubisky has been a name linked the Browns all offseason as rumors of the team falling in love with him. While the 49ers and Jets are possibilities, there is a great chance Trubisky falls into the Browns lap here. Having Kessler and Brock Osweiler would allow Trubisky a chance to sit and develop for at least half the season instead of being rushed into action.

13. arizona-cardinals-logoArizona Cardinals (7-8-1): DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame

Whether it’s Carson Palmer almost retiring or General Manager Steve Keim stating they need to find the future quarterback could lead the Cardinals to making this choice here. Kizer’s size and arm strength are perfect fits for what Bruce Arians wants in a quarterback, while having Palmer back for this upcoming season would allow Kizer a chance to develop behind him.

14. philadelphia-eagles-logo Philadelphia Eagles (7-9): Corey Davis WR Western Michigan (From – Minnesota)

Don’t let the signings of Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery fool you the Eagles may not stand pat on improving one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL. Davis has the ability to work both outside and in the slot and while allowing Torrey Smith to settle in as a role player. The fact that Alshon Jeffery is on a one year deal gives the Eagles insurance if he leaves after 2017.

15. indianapolis-colts-logoIndianapolis Colts (8-8): Haason Reddick LB Temple

Needing to totally rebuild the Colts defense, General Manager Chris Ballard may look to a potential playmaker to man the middle. Reddick has shined in every phase of the Pre-Draft Process showing he has what it takes to play off the ball. Add in his ability to rush the passer and the Colts have a versatile piece in the middle of their defense.

16. baltimore-ravens-logo Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Derek Barnett DE Tennessee

It was no surprise that Elvis Dumervil was released but the move leaves the Ravens with either Albert McClellan or Za’Darrius Smith as their pass rusher opposite of the aging Terrell Suggs. Barnett is not a complete edge rusher but having time to be a pass rush specialist and learn from Suggs will only benefit him.




17. washington-redskins-logo Washington Redskins (8-7-1): Deshaun Watson QB Clemson

After requesting a trade and no long term extension all indications point to Kirk Cousins leaving Washington after the 2017 season. Washington can’t be caught with their pants down and have to plan for the future. Watson has the tools to be successful but having a year to sit and develop with Gruden while Cousins plays could be the best thing for Watson.

18. tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans (9-7): David Njoku TE Miami

With receivers Mike Williams and Corey Davis already gone the Titans could look to go with another big athletic weapon in Njoku. The Titans are still going to be a run first team but having Njoku and Delanie Walker would allow the Titans to be creative with their two tight end sets and really take their offense to the next level.

19. tampa-bay-buccaneers-logoTampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford

Tampa Bay’s offense really took off last year when they went to heavy sets and emphasized the run game. However, Doug Martin is facing a suspension and he doesn’t look to be in the Bucs long term plans. McCaffrey’s speed, change of direction and receiving skills will allow the Bucs to be creative with him giving the offense a homerun threat from the backfield.

20. denver-broncos-logo Denver Broncos (9-7): Garett Bolles OT Utah

Averaging only 92.8 yards per game the Broncos inability to run the ball put too much pressure on Trevor Siemian. The combination of Okung and Stephenson didn’t provide them with the production as Okung was not brought back. After shoring up the inside of their offensive line, left tackle is the only weakness. John Elway has shown that he’s not afraid to move up to get a target and could do that with Bolles.

21. detroit-lions-logo Detroit Lions (9-7): Taco Charlton DE Michigan

Kerry Hyder was a nice surprise this past year, but the Lions can’t count of him leading the team in sacks for a second straight year. Ezekiel Ansah had a down year but a big part of that is all the attention is going to him. Detroit needs to give him help rushing the passer and could turn to a loaded draft class to get some help. Talk of Taco in the top 10 ended with a pedestrian Combine, but for some odd reason there is a ton of love for him and he’s still likely a first round pick.

22. miami-dolphins-logo Miami Dolphins (10-6): Obi Melifonwu S UConn

Miami has gotten into the playoffs with a good running game and a defense that improved as the year wore on. One area that the defense could stand to improve on is adding a playmaker to the secondary. Starting free safety Isa Abdul-Quddus was released and the Dolphins lack anybody at free safety. Melifonwu ability to play back in coverage and could even come down to match up with tight ends giving the Dolphins a versatile piece next to Reshad Jones.

23. new-york-giants-logo New York Giants (11-5): Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin

While the Giants have invested heavily in the offensive line we all know that Ereck Flowers cannot stay at left tackle and even GM Jerry Reese said they’re open to the idea of him moving to right tackle. New York must continue to address the position and Ramcyzk’s quick lateral agility and the ability in the run game make him perfect for the Giants.

24.oakland-raiders-logoOakland Raiders (12-4): Malik McDowell DT Michigan State

When you head coach comes out and says that they need to get their interior pass rush going you know that it’s going to be a priority in the offseason. So much that Stacy McGee lead their tackles with two and a half sacks but signed with the Redskins. McDowell has top five ability but is far to inconsistent along with rumored attitude issues. The Raiders may feel they have a strong enough locker room to handle McDowell and get him playing to his potential.

25. houston-texans-logoHouston Texans (9-7): Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech

The trade of Brock Osweiler to the Browns was a stroke of genius and gives the Texans a chance to make a run at Tony Romo. Regardless if they land Romo or not the Texans need to look towards the future at the position. Mahomes is loaded with talent but is a year or two away from being able to run an NFL offense. Whether it’s Romo or Tom Savage they can be a bridge to Mahomes.

26. seattle-seahawks-logo Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1): Cam Robinson OT Alabama

It is remarkable that the Seahawks were able to make a deep run into the playoffs with the worst offensive lines in the NFL. But with money tied up elsewhere look for the Seahawks to use high draft picks looking to restock the line. Robinson has some raw talent but that’s exactly what offensive line coach Tom Cable loves. Robinson should be able to challenge at either tackle position and could be a steal if they can develop him.

27. kansas-city-chiefs-logo Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): Tre’Davious White CB LSU

Terrence Mitchell and Steven Nelson have played well this year helping the Chiefs to one of the best defenses in the league. While they earned a chance to start next year the Chiefs shouldn’t stand pat looking to find another good cover corner. White seems to be lost in this class but is easily one of the three best cornerbacks in the class showing the ability to play inside or out and in press or off coverage.

28dallas-cowboys-logo Dallas Cowboys (13-3): Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA

Even with DeMarcus Lawrence back from suspension and David Irving emerging the Cowboys could stand to add at least one more dependable pass rusher. With Irving sliding inside on passing downs the Cowboys could use a fastball off the edge to really put stress on offensive tackles. McKinley is a raw prospect but his quickness and exposition off the edge separates him from the other ends in this class.

29. green-bay-packers-logo Green Bay Packers (10-6): Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado

Even with the Packers using a first and second round picks in 2015 on cornerback, they cannot afford to stand pat as they’ve been prone to giving up big plays. Awuzie is a big nickel cornerback that be a match up weapon for the defense covering tight ends, playing in zone and even playing some safety. With both Clinton-Dix and Burnett becoming free agents after next season, Awuzie could be a successor to one of them.

30. pittsburgh-steelers-logo Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): Adoree Jackson CB USC

Even after drafting Artie Burns in the first round last year the Steelers could repeat taking a corner for a second consecutive year.  Burns is more of a press man corner going against the zone coverage the Steelers have run for decades and could signal a slight change to eventually move to more man coverage. Jackson has the ability to play press man but he has a knack for sitting back and using his world class athleticism to react and make plays on the ball.

31. atlanta-falcons-logo Atlanta Falcons (11-5): Forrest Lamp G Western Kentucky

One of the few weaknesses of the Falcons offense was at right guard where Chris Chester was continually out matched. Even though Lamp played offensive tackle in college but played well at the Senior Bowl once moved inside while his strength and quick feet should provide a good transition.

32.new-orleans-saints-logo New Orleans Saints (7-9): Derek Rivers DE Youngstown State (From New England)

There is no secret about it that the Saints need to add an edge pass rusher and Head Coach Sean Payton even said it’s a must. Rivers would give the Saints a big edge rusher opposite of Cam Jordan using strength, technique and bend to attack offensive tackles. With two first round picks the Saints have a chance to really build their defense through the draft.


Round 2

  1. Cleveland Browns: Jabrill Peppers S Michigan
  2. San Francisco 49ers: Charles Harris DE Missouri
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dan Feeney G Indiana
  4. Chicago Bears: Budda Baker S Washington
  5. Los Angeles Rams: Zay Jones WR East Carolina
  6. Los Angeles Chargers: Taylor Moton G/T Western Michigan
  7. New York Jets: Jarrad Davis LB Florida
  8. Carolina Panthers: Antonio Garcia OT Troy
  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
  10. New Orleans Saints: Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
  11. Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Willis DE Kansas State
  12. Buffalo Bills: Marcus Williams S Utah
  13. Arizona Cardinals: Jalen Tabor CB Florida
  14. Indianapolis Colts: Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
  15. Baltimore Ravens: Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
  16. Minnesota Vikings: Pat Elflein C/G Ohio State
  17. Washington Redskins: Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
  18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carl Lawson DE Auburn
  19. Denver Broncos: Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee
  20. Cleveland Browns: Kevin King CB Washington (From Tennessee)
  21. Detroit Lions: Justin Evans S Texas A&M
  22. Miami Dolphins: Dorian Johnson G Pittsburgh
  23. New York Giants: Tyus Bowser OLB Houston
  24. Oakland Raiders: Quincy Wilson CB Florida
  25. Houston Texans: Evan Engram TE Mississippi
  26. Seattle Seahawks: Caleb Brantley DT Florida
  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Anderson OLB Alabama
  28. Dallas Cowboys: Ahkello Witherspoon CB Colorado
  29. Green Bay Packers: Chris Godwin WR Penn State
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers: TJ Watt OLB Wisconsin
  31. Atlanta Falcons: Daeshon Hall DE Texas A&M
  32. Carolina Panthers: Eddie Jackson S Alabama (From New England)

2 Comments

  1. I think the Bucs would be glad to get Cook at 19. Dalvin will do well on outside zone plays, & he will also make every check-down an adventure for defenses.Methinks he might even be tried at punt returns.

  2. For Cleveland, I think your reasoning is sound. If Trubisky is there @12, the Browns have a serious decision to make. Garrett is a no-brainer. I love Baker @33, but @52 I would prefer one of the Florida guys (Tabor/Wilson) or one of the Kings (Kelvin/Desmond). But overall, I could really dig this draft

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