2017 NFL Mock Draft 2-14-17

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update, as the NFL offseason is officially here.

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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.

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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 11-3 TD-INT ratio this season and 67-29 for his career, which is rather elite when you think about it.

Go here for much more on DeShone Kizer.

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 3. Chicago, Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

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. It is not inevitable that they will do so however. 

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 can be sure the Bears will have a very high draft pick this April; so it’s time to go out and select that franchise signal caller.

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

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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 AngelesJamal 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.

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6. New York Jets, 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.

The New York Jets need to draft a “splash hire,” a true impact player this season. It won’t be at quarterback, because they’re still trying to figure out what they have, if they have truly have anything at all, in Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.

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.

7. San Diego, Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State 

Shaping up to be a defense heavy draft and perhaps “the DB draft” in 2017

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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.

 10. Buffalo, Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Perfect fit here. It’s needs-based, value, best player available, you name it.

11. New Orleans,  Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida

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

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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 would love to get a guy like this here.

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14. Indianapolis, 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.

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.

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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, Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

The Buccaneers could use an improvement at edge rusher.

20. Denver, Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

Promising prospect who fills a need.

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 21. Detroit, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee

Lions could use an infusion of youth at the LB position, and some help in their run defense.

 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

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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

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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.

Go here for more on McDowell.

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 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, Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Williams is a solid prospect, who could be a great value around this point.

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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.

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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.

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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 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. no malik hooker?

  4. WR for the Dolphins? Ju-Ju too? What a joke!

  5. Dick Whitman says:

    I was having a good time until you got political. Bye!

  6. brownsfan1 says:

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

  7. Ashton Yates says:

    Calvin ridley is a true sophomore

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

  9. You skipped the chiefs bro

  10. Anonymous says:

    Not a well thought out mock draft. Calvin Ridley is not even draft eligible.

  11. 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.

  12. How is mocking Corey Davis to the Eagles “outside the box”? That’s exactly who they should pick.

  13. TheOUTLAW says:

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

  14. Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina for the bears?

    Pace said numerous times he wants experience…

  15. You forgot to give the Chiefs a pick in the first round. Fix it.

  16. 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.

  17. Anonymous says:

    It’s absolutely asinine how you keep mocking a Rd 1. QB to the Ravens.

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

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