Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update.
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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, Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama
The Niners have addressed their quarterback concerns by signing Brian Hoyer from the Bears. 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.”
3. Chicago, 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.”
It’s time for Chicago to make a big, bold move.
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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.
5. Tennessee via Los Angeles, Malik 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.
7. Chargers, Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
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. 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.”
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), DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
A Toledo product coming home, you can feel the media narratives already! “I think he’s the prototype quarterback in the NFL. He’s at 6’5″, 235-, 240-pound quarterback,” said Mayock. “He’s got a big arm. He’s got a quick release. He’s athletic. He’s smart. He’s got enough athletic ability to move around the pocket. So I love his physical traits.”
Go here for much more on DeShone Kizer.
San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch said yesterday that 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.
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.
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 needs to focus on upgrading their pass rush this off-season, as their main weapons in that regard are approaching their mid-30s.
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.
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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.
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.
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, 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.
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23. New York Giants, 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.
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.
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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.
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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, 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.
T.J. was a borderline first rounder heading into Indy, but he had a great combine to solidify his first round status and thus silence the critics who believed that he should have returned to Madison for another year.
31. Atlanta, Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
Falcons have a solid D, but they could always use more reinforcements in their pass rush, and further shore up the pass defense. Mayock gives Smoot a third round grade, but I’ve seen mocks with Smoot in the first, specifically right here at pick #31.
Here’s a link to much more on Smoot and how he fits in at the next level.
Said Illini and former Bears, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith of Smoot: “He can of course be a 4-3, left end ideally, he can be a stand-up 4-3 linebacker too, so it’s kind of the preference, he has skills that are pretty flexible, play a couple different ways.”
“Most people don’t see him as fast as he really is, so I think he’s going to surprise people with his speed, and agility,” said Illini DL James Crawford, who played alongside Dawuane Smoot last season.
“Smoot is a quick guy that people don’t really see,” Crawford added.
“Because he’s a prototype 250-260 defensive end, but he’s got speed to him too.”
32. New England, Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
Patriots have luxury of going best-player-available again; provided of course Bill Belichick doesn’t once again trade back and deal this multiple for multiple picks in later rounds.
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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