Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update, and this will be our penultimate update before the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine on-field workouts begin Friday, March 3 with the running backs, offensive linemen and kickers. The schedule continues with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends on Saturday, March 4, linebackers and defensive linemen on Sunday, March 5 and defensive backs on Monday, March 6.
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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. It could be a smokescreen, but either way, there is no way this guy escapes the top five overall for certain, and probably won’t make it past three.
2. San Francisco, DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
The Niners QB situation needs rectification, and I predict that they’ll go in that direction. Though it’s very important to mention that Colin Kaepernick actually has an 16-4 TD-INT ratio this season and with 90.7 QB rating, which is rather elite when you think about it. Kizer is ranked #1 on Mayock’s list of top QBs.
3. Chicago, DeShaun Watson, Clemson
The Bears are a total mess, and they’re really alienating their base, which is about as disengaged as they have ever been in recent memory. The best thing they can do to bring the fans back is to replace Jay Cutler with somebody more fresh and exciting. Reports indicate that they are indeed trying to shop him right now.
It’s time for Chicago to make a big, bold move next year. The Chicago Bears have not drafted a quarterback with a top five overall pick since Jim McMahon #5 overall in 1982. That certainly worked out alright. The last time they took a QB in the top 15 was Cade McNown #12 overall in 1999. That obviously did not work out.
You know a lot about Watson already, go to this link to learn more.
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4. Jacksonville, Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama
The Jaguars have some nice pieces on defense, but still need quite a few more. I was tempted to slot a QB here, as Blake Bortles is definitely not the answer. He’s been putting some big numbers, but those numbers have included turnovers as well, so he’s hurting his team as much as he’s been helping it.
For the time being though, we’ll hold off on that.
5. Tennessee via Los Angeles, 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.
6. New York Jets, Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The New York Jets need to draft a “splash hire,” a true impact player this season. It should be at quarterback, because they haven’t really found anything at all in what they currently have- Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.
Gruden on Trubisky: “He’s a lot more athletic than people think. He can run for first downs and touchdowns. If you look at him on tape, he displays some real courage. He’s stay in the pocket under intense fire and throws strikes. I just wish I had more film of him. He’s had just one year of work, but I am impressed with him.”
7. Chargers, Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Shaping up to be a defense heavy draft and perhaps “the DB draft” in 2017
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.
9. Cincinnati, Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Look for the Bengals to prioritize pass rush above all else. NFL Network ranks this guy the fourth best edge rusher in this class.
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.
11. New Orleans, Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Saints pass defense needs means that they could go pass rusher or DB first in this draft.
12. Cleveland (from Philadelphia), Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Look for the Browns to beef up their pass defense
13. Arizona, Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Cards can’t pass on a guy like this here at this slot, though he’ll miss the combine due to offseason shoulder surgery. Foster is a polarizing prospect, but he’s hands down the best ILB of this class.
14. Indianapolis, 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.
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.
15. Philadelphia via Minnesota, WR, Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Our first outside the box pick here. All this guy did was have the best numerical career of any receiver in college football history.
16. Baltimore, 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.
17. Washington, Chris Wormley, DE/DT, Michigan
Wolverines defense was extremely on point this season, and Wormley is a huge reason why.
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18. Tennessee, 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.”
19. Tampa Bay, Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Williams is a solid prospect, who could be a great value around this point.
20. Denver, 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.
21. Detroit, Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
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.
22. Miami, Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Packers must improve the inside linebacking, which has been very lacking for several years.
Be sure to check out Phinsider for Dolphins mock draftsourcing
23. New York Giants, Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Whether or JPP moves on this offseason, NYG need more depth to their edge rushing capabilities. #GoBlue defense was unreal, all season long, as this guy, with an AWESOME name, is truly “a dude.”
24. Oakland, Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Overshadowed by Peppers yes, but he’s actually the better pure cover corner, and the better pro prospect at the cornerback position. Here’s a link to more on Lewis. 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
25. Houston, Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
Sparty continues to produce special, NFL prospect linemen; on both sides of the ball.
Perhaps Coach Mark Dantonio said it best: “If you’re a starter for us, right now for Michigan State with the success that we’ve had, you have the opportunity to go play at the next level.”
“He’s a great athlete, unbelievable football player,” said Michigan State Tight End Josiah Price.
26. Seattle, 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.
He’ll like be prioritized as a safety at the next level.
Here’s a link to much more on Jabrill Peppers.
27. Kansas City, Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Not the Chiefs biggest need right now, but it will be an area needing reinforcement soon.
28. Dallas, 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.
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.
30. Pittsburgh, Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri
I like the Steel Curtain to go best edge rusher that they will be able to find down at this slot.
31. Atlanta, DeMarcus Walker, DE/DT, Florida State
Falcons have a solid D, but they could always use more reinforcements in their pass rush, and further shore up the pass defense.
32. New England, T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
The Watts are the football version of Duke’s Plumlees, only way better at the next level. Watt is the next in line. Go here for more on Watt.
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 Pride, Windy City Gridiron, Blogging the Boys, Phinsider and Let’s go Redskins.
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