The NFL Draft is one of those yearly events you just wait in anticipation for because your favorite team’s future can change in one instant. This is where franchise changing players are born and with the talent in this year’s draft, a lot of teams are going to get better. This draft is very deep especially on the defensive side so trying to tell which player will go where is very hard to do. You can’t go wrong with a lot of players in this draft, there is just that much talent so from 1-32 here is the 2017 NFL mock draft.
1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE Texas A & MIf the Browns don’t take Myles Garrett with the first pick then they will officially be the dumbest franchise in the NFL. This kid is the best all around prospect and an absolute beast. Not taking him would be so foolish of the Browns but I don’t see that happening. Garrett will be a force in the league.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford
Solomon Thomas is a perfect fit at 2. He always gives it his all and can gives the Niners a pass rush. He is a great tackler behind the line of scrimmage and is what you want at the DE position. Pairing him up with DeForest Buckner would be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC West.
3. Chicago Bears – Jonathan Allen, DT Alabama
4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette, RB LSU
Leonard Fournette can arguably be the best running back coming out of a draft class since Adrian Peterson and he fills a hole the Jaguars desperately need to fill. the Jags are in dire need of a solid RB and the former Heisman candidate can fill that hole.
5. Tennessee Titans – Marshon Latimore, CB Ohio State
After losing Jason McCourtey, the Titans now find themselves without a second CB to go along with Logan Ryan. By taking Latimore at 5 it gives them that good CB they need and spices up that secondary.
6. New York Jets – Mitch Trubisky, QB UNC
The Jets really have nobody on their entire team. They need to fill every position but they should start with the QB and why not give the young man a chance to live up to his potential. I don’t see Deshaun Watson landing here because he wouldn’t thrive in the Jets system as much as Trubisky would.
7. Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker, CB Ohio State
Hooker is a perfect fit for the newly moved Chargers. Eric Weedle is getting old but teaming up Hooker and Weedle can benefit the Chargers greatly. He is one of the best tackling secondary players in this draft and can read routes well.
8. Carolina Panthers – Jamal Adams, CB LSU
Carolina’s secondary was tough to watch this year and by drafting Adams it gives the Panthers one of the best all around corners in this draft. A guy who can tackle like a DE and cover the field is exactly what the Panthers need to compete in the NFC South.
9. Cincinnati Bengals – Reuben Foster, LB Alabama
Foster is what you want at the linebacker position and with all the problems the Bengals have with Vontaze Burfict, they need another tough LB who won’t always pick a fight with someone. Reuben Foster fits great in the Bengals system and can barrel his way up the middle. The Bengals could be on to something if they draft Foster.
10. Buffalo Bills – Mike Williams, WR ClemsonMike Williams brings everything to the table and that is exactly what the Bills need. They just gave Tyrod Taylor an extension so why not give him a stud wide receiver as well? Teaming him up with Sammy Watkins will give Taylor even more confidence to throw the long ball and also take pressure of Watkins. We could see a deadly Clemson WR duo take form in the AFC East.
11. New Orleans Saints – Christian McCaffery, RB Stanford
Christian McCaffery and Mark Ingram as a 1, 2 punch for the Saints doesn’t sound to shabby to be. Drew Brees has been going down the field too much lately but McCaffery gives you a running game that the Saints need to improve upon and also he can catch the ball out of the back field which is slowly becoming vital in the NFL. McCaffery is a big boy too which means when he gets going, defenders are going to have a very hard time stopping him.
12. Cleveland Browns – OJ Howard, TE Alabama
OJ Howard is the definition of the perfect tight end. He has great hands, blocks well, and has great speed. You would think that the Browns go QB with this pick but I feel like since this draft class is very deep they can find a QB in the later rounds, perhaps Deshone Kizer?
13. Arizona Cardinals – Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson
This pick may shock a lot of people but consider this, Carson Palmer is on his way out and he really has 1-2 good years left in him so by picking Watson you have someone that fits well in Arizona’s system and can sit for a year and be ready the next year. He can be the Cardinals franchise QB if everything goes well.
14. Philadelphia Eagles – Gareon Conley, CB Ohio State
The Eagles got a lot better on the offensive side of the ball but still have a lot of holes to fill on defense. Selecting Conley will bolster that atrocious secondary of theirs and give them a young, raw talent. Having that kind of player at the cornerback position is vital in the league.
15. Indianapolis Colts – Derek Barnett, DE Tennessee
The Colts lack a pass rusher and really need a guy who can get the QB to the ground. Barnett is the second best pass rusher in this draft behind Myles Garrett so the Colts would get an absolute stud with this pick. They can even begin to rebuild that front around Barnett who had a very impressive combine.
16. Baltimore Ravens – John Ross, WR Washington
John Ross fits perfectly here. After losing almost all their starting receivers, the Ravens will look to find their future WR in this draft and that future WR will be John Ross. Joe Flacco will get his new deep threat and we all saw how fast Ross is. I really don’t see the Ravens passing him up here.
17. Washington Redskins – Zach Cunningham, OLB Washington
Washington needs to figure out their run defense especially since they play the best offensive line in football twice a year. They also need a big body to bolster the pass rush considering they play some tough RBs. Cunningham is fast and strong and that is exactly what the Skins need on defense.
18. Tennessee Titans – Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan
Davis is a perfect fit for Tennessee here. If they don’t select a receiver with their first pick (which they shouldn’t because better defensive players will be there) then they absolutely need to pick one here. The Titans need to give Marcus Mariota a WR that can go down the field and go up and catch the long ball.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dalvon Cook, RB Florida State
Dalvon Cook is the one of, if not the best RB in this draft class. He is explosive and doesn’t go down to easily. The Bucs could create a deadly 1, 2 punch with Cook and Doug Martin. If Tampa wants to win the NFC South or at the very least make the wild card then bolstering that already impressive offense starts with drafting Cook.
20. Denver Broncos – Ryan Ramczyk, OL WisconsinT
This pick is a toss up between Ramczyk or Cam Robinson but in the end the Broncos will go with the big man out of Wisconsin. Denver needs an offensive lineman to protect Trevor Simeon because they now lack that position so going OL here would be a very smart move for the Broncos.
21. Detroit Lions – Jordan Willis, DE Kansas State
Jordan Willis absolutely killed it in the combine and that is one of the reasons why people now have him going in the first round. He fits well in Detroit because pairing him up with Zeke Ansah can give opposing OLs nightmares. The Lions could be on to something if they draft this big, fast linebacker
22. Miami Dolphins – Forrest Lamp, OL WKUWith the breakout year for Jay Ajayi now behind them, the Dolphins need some protection for the star RB and for Ryan Tannehill. Forrest Lamp kind of reminds me of Zach Martin in the sense you can stick him at any position on the OL. The Dolphins do have other areas to address but those can wait until the later rounds.
23. New York Giants – David Njoku, TE Miami
You know this draft class is good when two tight ends can go in the first round. David Njoku reminds me of Martellus Bennett in his earlier years and the Giants desperately need a tight end. They also need an RB but considering this draft class is so deep, they can wait till the second round to get one. The Giants can add to that already outstanding offense by selecting Njoku here.
24. Oakland Raiders – Jarrad Davis, LB Florida
Jarrad Davis is one of the cleanest players in this draft. A huge LB who can bully his way up the middle is what the Raiders need to add to an unimpressive defense. Pairing him up with Kahlil Mack will be deadly for the Raiders going forward, especially when they arrive in Vegas.
25. Houston Texans – Cam Robinson, OL Alabama
It is a toss up between Ramczyk and Cam Robinson as to who is the best OL in this draft and you can make the case for both. However I see more teams being high on Ramczyk more than Robinson which is why he’ll slip to this pick. The Texans need to do something with their o-line and it should start here. Robinson will offer good protection to whoever is the Texans QB next year.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Kevin King, CB Washington
King is an ideal player for Seattle. He reminds me a lot of a Joe Haden type player and adding that to the Seahawks secondary can be scary. The Seahawks may be rebirthing the legion of boom if they draft King with this pick. Pairing King up with the veteran experience of Richard Sherman will do wonders for the young stud.
27. Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech
Patrick Mahomes is another QB who will have to sit and learn. Alex Smith’s time with the Chiefs is slowly coming to an end and he rarely goes down the field. Mahomes does, and by having him in Andy Reid’s system will do wonders for the young QB. Give him 1-2 years and Mahomes will be ready to take the Chiefs to the next level.
28. Dallas Cowboys – Takkarist McKinley, DE UCLA
The young Cowboys are in desperate need of a pass rusher and Takkarist McKinley is exactly what they need. A speedy DE who can get off the line in a heartbeat will add to an already impressive Dallas defense. If all goes well then McKinley could even be in contention for DROY.
29. Green Bay Packers – Joe Mixon, RB Oklahoma
This is going to come off as a controversial pick to some given Joe Mixon’s past mistakes but he is without a shadow of a doubt the best running back in this draft. He shouldn’t slip out of the first round given what happened to him because his talent is too good to pass up. His situation is kind of similar to Laremy Tunsil last year. A video surfaced of a player making a foolish choice causing him to slip in the draft. But if he is to go to Green Bay then one, he will clean up his act in the Packers’ no nonsense system and two, the Packers need him. Green Bay lost Eddie Lacy and hasn’t even addressed the RB situation yet but by giving Aaron Rodgers the best RB in the draft gives the Packers the opportunity to go to the run game more and take some of the throwing load of Rodgers.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jabrill Peppers, S Michigan
The Steelers secondary needs help and look no further than the athletic freak that is Jabrill Peppers. Peppers was playing basically every position for Michigan last year but will stick with being a safety in the NFL. He can also take the kick return will which take pressure off Antonio Brown. Putting Peppers with Mike Tomlin will help the young stud succeed in the league.
31. Atlanta Falcons – Charles Harris, DE Missouri
This may seem as a shock to some but the Falcons still need a pass rusher and Charles Harris is that answer. Teaming him up with Vic Beasley will be a deadly force in Atlanta and could help the Falcons repeat as NFC South champs. I see a lot of sacks coming if Beasley and Harris team up in ATL.
32. New Orleans Saints – Bubba Baker, S Washington
The Saints were one of those teams that gave up a lot of yards last season in the secondary and they need to address that in the draft. Having a two first round picks helps the Saints out a lot. Safety is a major need for them and they should address it by selecting Baker. Teaming him up with Kenny Vacaro will improve the Saints secondary.
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