2017 NFL Mock Draft

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

The Browns make the smart choice here by taking the top player in the draft. Pairing Myles Garrett and newly re-signed Jamie Collins gives Cleveland a fearsome pass rush. The Browns could are rumored to be enamored by both Garrett and Deshaun Watson, but the former is the safer selection with the #1 pick.

2. san-francisco-49ers-logo San Francisco 49ers (2-14): Reuben Foster LB Alabama

This selection is a tough one to predict but as of today I expect the 49ers to go after a veteran signal caller to pair with a mid round prospect. If this is the case then this pick could be dealt to a team like the Jets, who have rumored interest in Mitch Trubisky. In any case the 49ers know the importance of having a dynamic linebacker like Reuben Foster and what it can do for a defensive unit that ranked dead last in the league giving up over 165 ypg on the ground.

3. chicago-bears-logo Chicago Bears (3-13): Jamal Adams S Louisiana State

The Bears will be in the market a quarterback this offseason if they do the logically thing and move away from Jay Cutler. However, the smarter choice here is to take the best talent on the board and look for a mid round quarterback prospect to compete with a veteran option they bring in. The best talent that fits a major need is Jamal Adams, who compares to Eric Berry who happens to be a free agent many fans are clamoring for Chicago to go after.

4. jacksonville-jaguars-logo Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13): Jonathan Allen DL Alabama

The Jags and Jonathan Allen just seem to be such a great fit. Jacksonville has stockpiled top defensive prospects and adding a dynamic interior presence like Allen will only continue to build what should become a great defensive unit. The Jaguars also need to look at building their offensive line and adding to their running game but they can look at those positions later in the draft.

5. tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans (9-7): Mike Williams WR Clemson (From Los Angeles)

While Marcus Mariota made a jump last season, he is still missing a true #1 receiver which the Titans can fix here. Taking Mike Williams give Mariota an elite talent to target down the field which will also only help their running game which was one of the best last season.

6. new-york-jets-logo New York Jets (5-11): Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina

With their current cap situation, which Spotrac projects at $-5,986,587, the Jets have no choice but to do some major roster cleaning. One position that has been mediocre and overpaid for the Jets has been the quarterback spot which has been rumored that they are hot for Mitch Trubisky. While Trubisky only has one year of starting experience he has the size and ability teams look for.

7. san-diego-chargers-logo San Diego Chargers (5-11): Malik Hooker S Ohio State

The Chargers defense is still a work in progress and one position they need to find a player for is in the defensive backfield. Eric Weddle was never properly replaced and adding a ball hawking playmaker like Malik Hooker instantly changes this defense. The makings of a strong defensive core can start with former Buckeye teammates Joey Bosa and Hooker.

8. carolina-panthers-logo Carolina Panthers (6-10): Leonard Fournette RB LSU

Carolina and Cam Newton are at their best when they have a strong running game. Johnathan Stewart is not getting any better and is could be a cap casualty this offseason. The Panthers would be wise to grab Leonard Fournette with this pick to give their offense the boost it needs.

9. cincinnati-bengals-logo Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1): Solomon Thomas DL Stanford

The Bengals are getting no production from Michael Johnson and need to take the opportunity to grab a stud in Solomon Thomas. While being compared to a poor man’s JJ Watt may be a bit high at his point in the process. it is also high praise for his potential. With that being said the Bengals should jump at the chance to add a player of his ability to their defense.

10. buffalo-bills-logo Buffalo Bills (7-9): Quincy Wilson CB Florida

If the Bills under new coach Sean McDermott are going to turn the team into a juggernaut in a division with Brady, the first thing they need to do is add to their defense. One position that is losing key pieces this offseason and needed improvement anyways is the defensive backfield where a player like Quincy Wilson can slot in from day one.

11.new-orleans-saints-logoNew Orleans Saints (7-9): Derek Barnett DE Tennessee

New Orleans needs to continue to add pieces to their bottom feeder defensive unit. While they could use help on both the defensive line and backfield, the best player available is Derek Barnett who can play both on the outside or move inside on passing downs.

12. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (1-15): Deshaun Watson QB Clemson (From –Philadelphia)

The Browns already grabbed the best player in the draft with the #1 overall pick. But there is some intriguing rumors that they are also enamored with Deshaun Watson which makes a lot of sense at this point in the draft. Cleveland needs to bring in a face of the franchise and how better than someone compared to Michael Jordan? Ok, maybe Dabo Swinney was a bit off with his quote but Watson is a proven winner and can bring some of that excitement to a team in desperate need of it.

13. arizona-cardinals-logoArizona Cardinals (7-8-1): Corey Davis WR Western Michigan

Arizona took a mighty fall this season but they are not ready to go into rebuild mode. This roster is still set to win next season and this pick helps them replace the boneheaded Michael Floyd and give them a talented receiver to play with Fitzgerald and eventually replace when he hangs them up.

14. indianapolis-colts-logoIndianapolis Colts (8-8): Ryan Anderson EDGE Alabama

Indianapolis has no choice but to add playmakers to their defense. One spot that has eluded them for too long is a true pass rusher that can put some fear in opponents. Ryan Anderson will rise through the draft process and can step in from day one as a pass rusher. This offseason has to be a major boost for this Colts team because as it sits they are just wasting Andrew Luck on this putrid roster.

15. philadelphia-eagles-logo Philadelphia Eagles (7-9): Dalvin Cook RB Florida State (From – Minnesota)

As we found out a team can’t win with an aged Darren Sproles is their best backfield option. Philly invested in their quarterback last season and this offseason they have to give him some weapons. With both Mike Williams and Corey Davis off the board the best offensive playmaker is Dalvin Cook, who has been compared to Jamaal Charles who Doug Pederson had success with in Kansas City.

16. baltimore-ravens-logo Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama

Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens have had a knack for grabbing players form the University of Alabama. I do think they would look at an edge pusher here, they combination of talent, need and pedigree match up here for Marlon Humphrey and Baltimore. While Humphrey has some work to do on fundamentals, he has the tools to make him a dynamic player in the league.


17. washington-redskins-logo Washington Redskins (8-7-1): Malik McDowell DL Michigan State

Washington needs to bring in a disruptive force for the interior of their defensive line. Malik McDowell could be a steal in a few years if he lives up to his potential which is similar to breakout rookie Chris Jones this season.

18. tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans (9-7): Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State

After getting their #1 receiver with their first pick, the Titans look to add a player to their other unit in need. Tennessee could use additions to both cornerback and safety this offseason and adding a Marshon Lattimore, who some have as the top cornerback and potential top ten pick, this late would fit both need and value.

19.tampa-bay-buccaneers-logoTampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): OJ Howard TE Alabama

Tampa Bay was a surprise team on the rise this season. One thing they could do to keep their momentum going is to add more weapons for Jameis Winston with the lackluster Vincent Jackson entering free agency and Doug Martin once again hurt and now suspended. An underused but dangerous weapon at Alabama, OJ Howard would give Winston another big target and downfield weapon.

20. denver-broncos-logo Denver Broncos (9-7): Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin

Whoever is lining up under center next season for the Broncos will appreciate it if they make improving the offensive line a priority. Giving up the ninth most sacks to opposing defenses will get them no where with the young options they have at quarterback and this pick can help shore up either side of the offensive line for years to come.

21. detroit-lions-logo Detroit Lions (9-7): Jabrill Peppers S Michigan

Detroit needs to add help to their defense in multiple positions. Taking a risk on local product Jabrill Peppers this late in the draft hoping he can use his potential to turn things around for the Lions. The knock on Peppers is what position he will play in the NFL and his lack of turnovers in college. But the Lions have holes at linebacker, safety and cornerback so Peppers can realistically play multiple spots for them next season.

22. miami-dolphins-logo Miami Dolphins (10-6): Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA

The Dolphins made a strong push this season making it into the playoffs. However, upgrades on the defensive side are needed this offseason, especially for the aging Cameron Wake and Mario Williams. Takkarist McKinley has the best first step in the draft and will give Miami the pass rush they were hoping for when selecting bust Dion Jordan.

23. new-york-giants-logo New York Giants (11-5): Taco Charlton DE Michigan

The Giants have made a living by getting to the quarterback over the years. With JPP set to hit free agency, and Jerry Reese never shy to take a defensive lineman it makes the selection of Taco Charlton a no-brainer. The Giants have always like big backs who can excel in both the run game and pass rush in the mold of Justin Tuck, which is exactly who Taco Charlton reminds me of.

24. oakland-raiders-logoOakland Raiders (12-4): Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt

Oakland had a great run this season with help form multiple young draft picks coming into their own. One spot that needs address immediately is the middle linebacking position, which can be fixed by adding a player like Zac Cunningham who has a similar playing style to Derrick Johnson. Building the defense has to be a top need after the Raiders offense led the team all season.

25.houston-texans-logoHouston Texans (9-7): DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame

Houston made a major error when they signed Brock Osweiler to that massive contract last offseason, which was evident by the horrendous play he gave the team throughout the season. Houston needs to find a player at the quarterback position before the defense wastes away making DeShone Kizer, who scouts rave has the highest potential in the draft, a perfect fit with supposed quarterback guru Bill O’Brien.

26. seattle-seahawks-logo Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1): Garett Bolles OT Utah

No matter what Seattle does this offseason they have to add players to the offensive line. Russell Wilson has been running for his life for the past few seasons while the running game needs some help finding holes to run through. The Seahawks have always looked for versatile, nasty offensive lineman which describes Garett Bolles perfectly. Although raw, Bolles potential and ability to play either G/T will give Seattle some freedom to start the best five players on the line next season.

27.  kansas-city-chiefs-logo Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): Sidney Jones CB Washington

 The Chiefs don’t have many major needs besuddd of course the continued mediocre play of Alex Smith. However, with no quarterbacks worthy of this pick Kansas City chooses to bolster their turnover machine defense but bringing in Marcus Peters former teammate and fellow ball hawk Sidney Jones.

28. dallas-cowboys-logo Dallas Cowboys (13-3): Cam Robinson OT Alabama

The Cowboys understand the importance of an elite offensive line. Taking the potential of Cam Robinson to replace Doug Free can help both in run blocking and their horrible cap situation. 

29. green-bay-packers-logo Green Bay Packers (10-6): Teez Tabor CB Florida

 The Packers defensive backs regressed as the season went on and were embarrassed in the NFC Championship. Additions to both pass rush and coverage need to be addressed this offseason. Teez Tabor will bring his confidence and attitude to give Green Bay’s defensive unit some fire. 

30. pittsburgh-steelers-logo Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): Carl Lawson EDGE Auburn

Carl Lawson was made to play linebacker for the Steelers. As long as he checks out physically then Lawson would give Pittsburgh the all around edge rusher Jarvis Jones has failed to become.

31. atlanta-falcons-logo Atlanta Falcons (11-5): Charles Harris EDGE Missouri

 Atlanta’s defense has played much better during their run to the Super Bowl, however they still need to find a pass rusher opposite Vic Beasley. The selection of Charles Harris will give the Falcons a dangerous pass rush and continue the development of Dan Quinn’s defense. 

32. new-england-patriots-logo New England Patriots (14-2): Tim Williams EDGE Alabama

If Belichick believes his locker room can keep Tim Williams on the straight path then the Pats would be getting a steal here. Tim Williams can replace the hole left by Jamie Collins while giving New England insurance in case D’Onta Hightower can’t be resigned. Williams has all the talent but with off field problems that team executives will dig into over the next couple months.

9 Comments

  1. Not a fan of the Titans using neither 1st Rd pick to help bolster their current biggest weaknesses:

    The lack of a “shutdown CB”, and the lack of a deep threat receiver. I’m certainly and totally down with the Jabril Peppers pick though. Thanks!

    • I agree and I think they will grab a CB early in the draft. I went back and forth on their second pick here. Thanks for the feedback!

    • Rams GM should be fired for giving up all those picks and to move to the number one spot and draft Goff while passing on Wentz. Things that can set a team back three or more years.

  2. As a 49er fan and season ticket holder, id like to see M. Garrett drop to #2. The offense can improve with a WR in the 2nd round but I think there will be available qbs to draft in the third to learn the system for a season. Our defense is ass and needs improvements all over the board besides defensive line. Would be cool if they traded back into the first and grabbed R.Foster to pair with Garrett but that’s a lot to ask for and would require a lot of picks to be traded.

  3. Mike Williams is a fine player, but Bengals clearly need an edge rusher and besides Tyler Boyd, they are happy with the progress of young Cody Core and Brandon LaFell. I think they will go DE here and my guess is it’s Derek Barnett

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