2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-18-17

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update….and for the first time ever, our 2018 NFL mock draft!

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NBA mock draft, (NBA round two), 2017 MLB mock draft and 2017 NHL mock draft coming soon.

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1. Cleveland, Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

According to multiple reports, Cleveland’s evaluation on Garrett is totally off the charts. That was pre-combine too. Now, on the heels of one of the greatest combine performances ever, this decision is done, and the Niners are now on the clock.

“I think Myles Garrett has the most upside of any pass-rusher in this draft. When healthy, he’s easy to do on tape. He’s 6’5″, 262 pounds,” said NFLN’s Mike Mayock.

“He’s got outside edgeability, he’s got ability to come up and underneath, he can set a physical edge in the run game. But most importantly, he can affect quarterbacks. That’s what this league is about. I think he makes a ton of sense at number one.”

2. San Francisco, Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

Mayock on Thomas: “Kid can play outside on run down, inside on pass downs. There have been some comparisons to Aaron Donald. I’m not sure I see that, but I love his versatility.”

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 3. Chicago, Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama

 Mayock on Allen:

“I think he’s one of the two or three best players in this draft. I think you bang the tables for him, he came backs a senior and had a crazy good year. His tape is outstanding, and it doesn’t matter which tape you put in, they’re all good. What I like about him is he dominates outside in the run game.”

“So you could line this 296-pound guy up outside on first down, if you wanted to, and let him set a physical edge. But I think he’s going to make his money as an inside pass-rusher. He’s quick enough to beat some of those guards and tackles, and he’s strong enough to beat those guards and tackles.”

Be sure to check out Windy City Gridiron for Bears mock draftsourcing

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4. Jacksonville, Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

You can heat your home this winter with all the hot takes about this guy since his decision to skip the bowl game. Still, with Ezekiel Elliott last year and Fournette this year; the running back position is coming back in vogue a little bit in the NFL. These things do go in cycles. Go here for more on Fournette.

 The Jaguars have some nice pieces on defense, but need help on both sides of the ball still. What Jax really needs, perhaps more than anything, is a true star player who can get some eyeballs on this obscure franchise and  more butts in the seats. Fournette, a generational talent at the position, would accomplish both.

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5. Tennessee via Los AngelesMalik Hooker, S, Ohio State

The first of two and possibly three Ohio State cornerbacks who might go in the first round of the 2017 NFL mock draft. Yes, it’s hard to believe that anyone was able to pass against the Buckeyes last fall, isn’t it.

6. New York Jets, Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

The Buckeyes are sort of becoming the Kentucky Wildcats of football, lots of 5-stars enter every season, lots of blue chips leave early for the professional ranks. “Succeed and proceed.”

The New York Jets need to draft a “splash hire,” a true impact player this season. It could be at quarterback, because they haven’t really found anything at all in what they currently have- Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. However, I think the Jets rebuild will entail giving those guys a shot and trying to find a solution that way. This isn’t a deep QB class at all. It is however a very good draft at most other positions, especially defensive back and D line.

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7. Chargers, Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Shooting up the boards right now, in “the DB Draft.” So much LSU in our NFL mock draft, it’s amazing they didn’t reach the college football final four. Mayock on the high value of safeties in this draft, and Adams leading the way:

“Today’s NFL is a pass-first league, and the safety position is changing. Playing against three wideouts and a tight end at a minimum, 65, 70% of the time. So safeties that can cover are at a premium. That’s a long way of saying that I think both these kids can cover. I wouldn’t be talking about them as Top 10 picks if I didn’t think they were complete safeties. I think Adams is a little bit more physical.”

8. Carolina, Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Love this guy as a NFL prospect. He’s ahead of most of the top notch running back prospects that we’ve seen in recent years when it comes to blocking and pass catching. Rushing the football? All he’s done is go out and break Warrick Dunn’s school records, and you know what a solid career Dunn had in the NFL.

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9. Cincinnati, Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Speculation over where Foster goes is all over the map. The Bengals at #9 seems like a reasonable projection on numerous levels.

 10. Buffalo, Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Perfect fit here. It’s needs-based, value, best player available, you name it. He’s got great skills in the run game, and those abilities will be a welcome addition. I was going to slot one of the QBs here, but now that the news just broke, of Tyrod Taylor re-signing, we’ll have to go elsewhere with this pick.

11. New Orleans, Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Saints pass defense needs means that they could go pass rusher or DB first in this draft.

12. Cleveland (from Philadelphia), O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

Tight ends are like centers these days, not often receiving a first round valuation, but this guy is too valuable to pass up. Howard is a guy who has really seen his stock rise throughout this process, and it looks like he’s now top 20 guaranteed, and perhaps top 15 very likely.

13. Arizona, DeShaun Watson, Clemson

Said Mayock: “when you look at Deshaun Watson, I see a kid that went 28-2 in his last two years as a starter. I thought he played his best when the lights were brightest against the best defenses. His two games of 15 and 16 against Alabama. Put the tape on and watch the kid play.

“He’s a competitor. When the game’s on the line, he gets better. He does not shrink.”

You know a lot about Watson already, go to this link to learn more, specifically, how his combine went, where he he excelled and where he left some things to be desired, and also how all that will affect his stock.

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14. Philadelphia via Minnesota, WR, Corey Davis, Western Michigan

The mid-major guy has distinguished himself as quite possibly the number one wideout in this draft class. All this guy did was have the best numerical career of any receiver in college football history. ROW THE BOAT!

15. Indianapolis, Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

This offensive tackle class isn’t as strong as we’ve seen in recent years, but Bolles is among the best available at this position in 2017.

16. Baltimore, Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Ravens could focus on upgrading their pass rush this off-season, as their main weapons in that regard are approaching their mid-30s. Here’s a link to more on what the Ravens might do, should they choose to prioritize WR in this draft.

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17. Washington, Jabrill Peppers, Multiple Positions, Michigan

Titans need defense, so expect them to take defenders early and often come April. Good ol’ #5 began his UM career as a DB but now he’s moved on to doing that and so much more. Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh listed out everything Peppers can, should and does do for the Wolverines this preseason. You can read the very long quote.

Be sure to check out Let’s Go Redskins.com for Skins mock draftsourcing

He’ll like be prioritized as a safety at the next level. At the combine Peppers worked out with both the safeties and the linebackers, showing off his chops not once but twice. His back-flip became the viral video moment of “this shirt and shorts olympics” in Indy last week. NFL GMs will love that fact that he prioritized the team needs ahead of individual self-interest.

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He played where he was needed at Michigan, and that took precedence over developing his own professional vocational skills.

Here’s a link to much more on Jabrill Peppers.

18. Tennessee, Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA

Titans could always use another edge rusher to help in their pass defense.

19. Tampa Bay, Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Despite all the hot takes on this kid during bowl season (and the takes were so hot you could hear your home this winter), I like this prospect a lot and think he’s a great fit here. Although McCaffrey projects as a running back first and is thus classified as such, he could also be a slot receiver and a return specialist at the next level. Here’s a link to more on that.

If McCaffrey falls past the top 10-15, and isn’t selected by the Eagles, Panthers or Colts, he becomes a great value pick to anyone who might select him.

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20. Denver, Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

 21. Detroit, Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

The Lions could really use an improvement in this position group. Kerry Hyder and Ziggy Ansah are the only two who really bring anything of value to the table right now. Mayock described Charlton as “really gifted, a long-edge guy.”

 22. Miami, Hasson Reddick, DE, Temple

Dolphins have added pass rushers in recent years, but they have all been of the older and over-paid variety. Time to get a better infusion of youth and talent in the position group.

Be sure to check out Phinsider for Dolphins mock draftsourcing

23. New York Giants, Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin

You know what they produce a ton of in Wisconsin? Other than cheese, beer and yogurt of course? Big beefy NFL offensive linemen.

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24. Oakland, Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

Raiders definitely have to think pass defense first and foremost at this pick.

Be sure to check out Silver and Black Pride for Raiders mock draftsourcing

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25. Houston, Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Texans need a QB inspired to make this pick by the overall ineffectiveness of Brock Osweiler. What a poor, over-priced signing that turned out to be.

 26. Seattle, Kevin King, CB, Washington

Seahawks stay local, and once again we have teammates going back to back in our 2017 NFL mock draft. Coincidentally, it’s also at the CB position.

27. Kansas City, Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

The Chiefs totally nailed it when they drafted another UW cornerback in Marcus Peters, so why not go to that well again? This is just about the range where Jones should go and what a perfect complement he would make.

28. Dallas, John Ross, WR, Washington

UW receiver ran a record 40-yard-dash time and thus propelled himself into the first round discussion.

Be sure to check out Blogging the Boys for Cowboys mock draftsourcing

29. Green Bay, Adoree Jackson, DB/KR, USC

The second of our two Kordell Stewart type “slash” players to be taken in the 2017 NFL mock draft. Peppers was the first. Packers have to address pass defense, in all ways shape or form, first and foremost in this draft. Yes, it’s a “value GM” culture of a franchise, but they should go DB first.

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30. PittsburghDeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch said DeShone Kizer “blew the doors off” his interview at the NFL Scouting Combine. That was totally expected by anybody who has ever interviewed him. During postgame media availability at his final home game, Kizer answered one of our questions by saying that he’s a proud intellectual.

That’s really saying something, and we must applaud him for it, especially given the current backlash against intelligence, expertise and just even basic facts in our country right now.

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Looking at all the mocks this past fall and winter, and you would see the name DeShone Kizer as #1 or #2 overall, certainly top five at least, in almost every single one. However, once we entered the offseason and thus the NFL draft evaluative period, Kizer’s stock dropped like shares of United Airlines.

Go here for much more on DeShone Kizer.

Here’s a link to more on what Pittsburgh could decide to do in later rounds, and where they might go if they want to draft Big Ben’s successor on day two or day three.

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31. Atlanta, Budda Baker, FS, Washington

We told you this was the DB draft. I cannot stress this point enough.

32. New Orleans, Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut

NOLA could always use an upgrade to their pass defense.

This 2017 NFL mock draft is over, and it’s listed on numerous databases, including Walter Football, Eat Drink and Sleep Football, Silver and Black PrideWindy City GridironBlogging the BoysPhinsider and Let’s go Redskins.

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Comments

  1. Nice picks for Browns, waiting to view rounds 2 and 3.
    Do you expect any trades?

  2. “Horribly detested Trump supporter”

    Advice if you want to be relevant in the sports reporting world, don’t be political. Fuck off.

  3. brownsfan1 says:

    I don’t see the Browns taking Wilson at 12 with Hooker and Adams still on the board

  4. This version of your mock is missing LB Foster…. unless you really believe he’s not a first round selection for some reason…??

  5. You skipped the chiefs bro

  6. d SportsGuy says:

    I seriously hope you didn’t take out a 2nd on your house betting on your current picks. First off, you’ve completely omitted the best LB in the draft in the entire 1st round, Rueben Foster, the guy Arizona dreams will fall to them at 13. IMO, Williams is going to be a bust. I see toughness and injury issues derailing his career before it ever gets started. Too many times opponents have tagged him and he’s completely disappeared from the game for quarters, sometimes halves of games.

  7. TheOUTLAW says:

    I’m okay with the Browns picks, but your very first comment is flat out wrong.

  8. OK, here’s the deal: Bucs won’t got DE, LB, or corner in the first two rounds, unless the value is out-of-sight.

  9. I’d stay away from Humphrey @12. He has “bust” written all over him.

  10. To refute that Mike J. guy, after free agency, the Bucs are in a position to select a player at almost any position–literally, BPA. My money right now is on TE, edge rusher, or DB.

  11. brownsfan1 says:

    Kizer’s stock has really fallen. He may be available in round 2. Won’t be taken @12

  12. TheOUTLAW says:

    Howard is a better pick at 12 for the Browns

  13. KC picking Achilles torn Jones with this cb class ? “Come on man” You haven’t changed this pick since you came out with your first mock.

  14. Sport sites that are not, now, making multiple round picks are pretenders. This site is a pretender.

  15. No way the Bills draft OL in first round with major needs at Will LB, WR, and CB.

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