2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Myles Garrett has been the consensus first overall choice for months now.  He’s done nothing but prove he’ll be drafted first since the college season ended.  Garrett goes to Cleveland and San Francisco has many holes to fill in a deep draft.  It’s deep enough they could gamble on a quarterback at the second spot.

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1. Myles Garrett – Cleveland Browns – DE

Garrett has size strength and speed.  A quick, long first step seems to put him in the backfield before his second foot leaves the ground.  Garrett looks like the type of game changing defensive player you can build around.

2.   Solomon Thomas – San Francisco 49ers – DE

Thomas looks like he could be moved all over the defensive line and even as a rush linebacker in different packages.  He’s strong, athletic and always seems to be moving forward.  Good job seeing screens develop in the backfield.

3.  Marshon Lattimore  –  Chicago Bears  –  CB

Lattimore has good size and athleticism.  He only has one real year under his belt because of hamstring issues.  If those are past him which seemed to be the case Lattimore should be a great pick up here or somewhere in the top ten.  The Bears are getting a corner who could end up a top corner in the league.

4.  Leonard Fournette  –  Jacksonville Jaguars  –  RB

Runningback has been an area of need for quite a while.  Fournette could be the pick to fill it.  It wouldn’t shock me if they filled another position and grabbed a runningback in round two.

5.  Malik Hooker  –  Tennessee Titans  –  S

Versatile safety that can play all over.  Good height and will add depth and future starting ability to a secondary that needed a lot of help last year.  I wouldn’t be overly surprised to see OJ Howard or Mike Williams land here.

6.  Reuben Foster   –  New York Jets  –  LB

Foster was sent home from the combine for acting aggressively toward medical staff.  Jets over look it to get a great inside linebacker.

7.  Jamal Adams  –  Los Angeles Chargers  – S

Adams started early at LSU and is a big hitting safety.  Fills a big need for the Chargers

8.  Derek Barnett  –  Carolina Panthers  –  DE

Barnett is a slow starter who builds up during the game.  He turns from just another guy on the field to a pocket moving force.  Gets a year to learn and work in with Peppers back.

9.  Jonathon Allen  –  Cincinnati Bengals  –  DE

Not the fastest or strongest player in the draft.  Allen is already a great hand technician.  He can bounce back and forth between tackle and end depending on down and distance.

10.  OJ Howard  –  Buffalo Bills  –  TE

Buffalo has many needs.  Howard is a solid all-around tight end who should be an immediate upgrade to the offense.

11.  Hasson Reddick  –  New Orleans Saints  –  LB

Reddick made a name for himself at the senior bowl and carried it over to the combine showing off his athleticism.  Reddick should be a rock in the middle for years to come.

12.  Mitchell Trubisky  –  Cleveland Browns  –  QB

Trubisky could be gone as early as the second pick.  It would be best if he could sit a year after lining up in the shotgun at North Carolina.  He throws well on the move but can be frustrating with his accuracy.  Trubisky escapes pressure well in the pocket.  Could go as early as two to San Francisco.

13.  Mike Williams –  Arizona Cardinals  –  WR

Arizona’s offense was a shell of itself outside of David Johnson last season.  Larry Fitzgerald is getting older and Williams would be a perfect pick to pass the torch when the time comes.

14. TreDavious White  –  Philadelphia Eagles  –  CB

White will start in the slot and work his way out.  He played and even started some games as a freshman at LSU.  He can return kicks on special teams and play on kick coverage as well.

15. Takkarist McKinley  –  Indianapolis Colts  –  LB

McKinley showed up on scouts radars as a junior and really exploded onto the scene as a top pass rushing end in his senior season.

16.  Corey Davis  –  Baltimore Ravens  –  WR

Long and lean, Davis is a big time playmaker.  Davis comes from the MAC but should be an immediate starter in the NFL.  Could be a steal at pick 16 and I wouldn’t be shocked if he came off the boards in the top ten.

17.  Christian McCaffrey  –  Washington Redskins  –  RB

All around offensive threat.  Also a weapon on special teams.  McCaffrey would be a big upgrade at runningback.  Reminds me a lot of David Johnson from Arizona.

18.  John Ross  –  Tennessee Titans  –  WR

Speedster who’ll give Mariota an immediate deep threat.  Njoku could be considered here too.

19.   Jabrill Peppers  –  Tampa Bay  Buccaneers  –  DB

Extremely versatile defensive back who also lines up at linebacker.  He’ll be a matchup guy in a pass heavy NFC South.

20.  Ryan Ramczyk  –  Denver Broncos  –  OT

Ramczyk started at Wisconsin for one year but dominated at the position.  He should be a plug and play guy for many seasons.

21.   David Njoku  –  Detroit  –  TE

Ebron hasn’t been able to stay on the field.  Njoku Gives Stafford another weapon. Njoku does his best work off the line of scrimmage, catching passes in the flats and over the middle.  He’s a willing blocker, just not a good one.

22.  Jarrad Davis  –   Miami  –  LB

A good character guy coming from the University of Florida seems to be rare.  But Davis was a team leader and star on the field.  A 2016 injury limited his production.  Davis was a contributor right away as a freshman.

23.  TJ Watt  –  New York Giants  –  DE/LB

The last name tells you what kind of player you’re getting.  He could move around the defense before finding a home as a defensive end.

24.  Gareon Conley  –  Raiders  –  CB

The Raiders offense is looking solid all around.  They need to focus on adding pieces to the defense in this draft.  Conley is 6′ with solid speed.  It may take him a year to adjust to the NFL.  Conley is a two-year starter at Ohio State.

25.  Forrest Lamp  –  Houston  –  OT

Houston could take a quarterback here.  They seem to have a value chart and stick to it.  Lamp could be higher on the board than any of the QB’s.  The Texans have been rumored to like Mahomes from Texas Tech and could get him here.   Lamp is an athletic four-year starter at Western Kentucky.  He tested well at the combine and is athletic enough to play any position on the line.

26.  Cam Robinson  –  Seattle  –  OT

Seattle’s offensive line was a disaster last season.  Robinson should plug-in at right tackle in his rookie season.

27.   Dalvin Cook  –  Kansas City  –  RB

Jamaal Charles is a free agent and could find himself in another uniform.  It’s been a rotation of guys in his absence.  Cooks comes with off-field issues.  They had no problem giving Tykeek Hill a job and he was a star for KC in his rookie year.  I’m not the biggest Cook fan, he put up great numbers at FSU but could be a potential bust at the next level.  He’s not overly big or fast and it wouldn’t surprise me if he slid out of round one.

28.  Garett Bolles  –  Dallas  –  OT

Bolles is a one year starter at Utah after transferring from junior college.  He’s an athletic tackle who could fill in for Doug Free on the right side.  Bolles got into a lot of trouble in his younger days. It seems like all of that is behind him.  This would be a huge get for Dallas as he could start right away.

29.  Taco Charlton  –  Green Bay  –  DE

Charleton’s height at 6’6” gives him the length teams love.  He lined up on the line of scrimmage which i think he can do as a pro.  Charlton is a good outside pass rusher.  He’s quick and shoots the gaps in stunts well.  He could go much earlier to a team like the Colts.

30.  Obi Melifonwu  –  Pittsburgh  –  S

Big and very athletic safety who can tackle and cover.  He uses his length well to break up passes.  Showed he can be more physical during Senior Bowl week.

31.  Zach Cunningham  –  Atlanta  –  LB

Productive outside linebacker at Vanderbilt with 192 tackles the past two years.  The Falcons love athletic defenders and Cunningham has good speed and leaping ability.

32.  Budda Baker  –  New Orleans  –  S

Baker is a smaller safety but plays with great speed and isn’t afraid of contact.  Stands his ground against blockers and does a good job of shedding them.  If Baker was bigger he’d be long gone by now.

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