Lots of changes were made to some teams with the first wave of free agency now complete including one team leaving the first round in a trade and another team getting a 2nd first round pick. Interested to see how that affects the mock? Well then here we go ….. “With the First pick of the 2017 NFL Draft the …..”
1. Cleveland Browns
The Selection: Miles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M.
While the Browns have upgraded their offensive line and wide receiver positions by bringing in Zeitler, Tretter, and Britt they have made no upgrades to the defense and Garrett is still the clear cut number one pick.
Previous Pick: Miles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The Selection: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford.
After bringing in Hoyer and Barkley to fill the quarterback spot for now the team decides that none of the quarterbacks in this year’s class are worth the 2nd overall pick and decides to go with the sure thing defensive end in Thomas.
Previous Pick: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio St.
3. Chicago Bears
The Selection: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU.
The Bears signed Glennon to a large contract to be their quarterback after letting Cutler walk and could use an upgrade in their secondary, and the top safety on the board is Adams who would immediately become a play maker in their secondary.
Previous Pick: Jonathan Allen, Defensive Lineman, Alabama.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Selection: Leonard Fournette, Running back, LSU.
The Jags went to work on the 1st day of free agency bolstering their defense by signing Bouye, Campbell, and Church and also traded for Albert on the offensive line, but are still in need of an explosive running back to help the passing game and Fournette is that guy.
Previous Pick: Leonard Fournette, Running back, LSU.
5. Tennessee Titans (From Rams)
The Selection: Jonathan Allen, Defensive End, Alabama.
The Titans have upgraded their secondary by signing Ryan and Cyprien but have done little else, and with 2 picks in the 1st round can upgrade both sides of the ball in the 1st round alone. They will select Allen here even though he has some red flag issues (shoulder injuries) but his talent is just too great to pass up.
Previous Pick: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU.
6. New York Jets
The Selection: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio St.
Besides cutting just about every high priced player on the team the Jets have done little in free agency so far besides signing Beachum to upgrade offensive line, and could go quarterback here but may get Cutler or Romo still in free agency. They need a new shutdown corner to replace Revis and they think Lattimore is that guy.
Previous Pick: Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback, North Carolina.
7. Los Angeles Chargers
The Selection: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio St.
The Chargers didn’t have a lot of free agent starters on their team and thus will not lose any starters and with Bradley taking over the defense I think first thing he will look for is an Earl Thomas type safety. Hooker’s play is similar to Thomas’s and will help Bradley to build the secondary around him Like he did in Seattle with Thomas.
Previous Pick: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio St.
8. Carolina Panthers
The Selection: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee.
Even though the Panthers signed Peppers in free agency and resigned Addison they are still thin at defensive end and they traded away Ealy for a high draft pick with the Patriots. This is the most glaring position of need and I think they draft Barnett and hope that he can beat out Peppers or Johnson if not this year next season.
Previous Pick: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
The Selection: Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama.
Some might go Taco here because he fits the Bengals defensive end mold (6’6” or taller, 275-280 range) but they need to upgrade at linebacker and even though Rey did well last season for Maualuga he is 29 years old and will be looking for a new contract soon, so I think they take Foster and he becomes the explosive dominant middle linebacker that they thought Maualuga was going to be when they drafted him.
Previous Pick: Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama.
10. Buffalo Bills
The Selection: OJ Howard, Tight End, Alabama.
After deciding to keep Taylor they need to provide him with weapons to be successful and they already have Watkins as his speed receiver and with so many receivers options in the draft why not give him the best tight end available? To compete with the Pats they need to have their own version of Gronk and Howard is that guy who has all the attributes of am elite tight end and can go to the outside and play some receiver as well.
Previous Pick: Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson.
11. New Orleans Saints
The Selection: Haason Reddick, Linebacker, Temple.
The Saints desperately need an upgrade to the linebacker core beside Anthony and Reddick would play weak side linebacker in their system and he can also rush the passer from that position. Basically comparing to Anthony Barr in Minnesota where he has skills and speed to play linebacker and also experience and speed to rush passer when needed.
Previous Pick: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee.
12. Cleveland Browns (From Eagles)
The Selection: Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback, North Carolina.
The Browns get the quarterback that they have been missing finally and he competes with the current quarterbacks on the roster and for the teams sake they hope he is the right selection to finally help turn around a franchise.
Previous Pick: Deshawn Watson, Quarterback, Clemson.
13. Arizona Cardinals
The Selection: Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback, Alabama.
The Cards still need a corner to pair with Peterson and Humphrey now moves to the 2nd best corner in the class after Jones terrible injury at his pro day, and the Cards who struggled at corner opposite Peterson last season have found a reliable corner back that can jump right in and play Cards football.
Previous Pick: Sydney Jones, Cornerback, Washington.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (From Vikings)
The Selection: Christian McCaffrey, Running back, Stanford.
After picking up 2 receivers in free agency (Jeffrey and Smith) the Eagles will now look to give Wentz another weapon with a pass catching all everything running back who has moved slightly ahead of Cook due to Cook’s red flags, and will most likely now be the 2nd running back taken.
Previous Pick: Dalvin Cook, Running back, Florida St.
15. Indianapolis Colts
The Selection: Dalvin Cook, Running back, Florida St.
After acquiring some edge rushers in free agency their biggest need seems to be preparing to replace aging but still good Frank Gore. They will look past Cook’s few red flags and get that elite young running back they have been looking for since before Gore arrived, and he will greatly help with Luck’s passing game as well.
Previous Pick: Ryan Ramczyk, Tackle, Wisconsin.
16. Baltimore Ravens
The Selection: John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington.
After Ross lit it up at the combine with his record 4.22 forty the Ravens are elated that he is still here for them to pick and put with Wallace and Perriman, and he will be an immediate upgrade at slot receiver for them. They could also try to upgrade the edge rushers but I think seeing Ross there is too much to pass up.
Previous Pick: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan.
17. Washington Redskins
The Selection: Malik McDowell Defensive Lineman, Michigan St.
With the signing of Pryor the Redskins will look to upgrade their defensive line now but they did bring in Terrell McClain in free agency, but I do not think that is enough and they will select McDowell at this spot. He could be moved to a defensive end in their 3-4 front with his size 6’7” but could still play defensive tackle but is probably better suited as a DE.
Previous Pick: John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington.
18. Tennessee Titans
The Selection: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan.
The Titans have done so much work in free agency and with their previous 1st round pick to address their defense but now will be thrilled that one of the top receivers is on the board when they are picking. A position they desperately need to upgrade after trying and failing to trade for Brandin Cooks, and Davis would be a perfect get for them to help with Mariota’s development.
Previous Pick: Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback, Miami.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Selection: Obi Melifonwu, Safety, Conneticut.
Melifonwu would fill a need that the Bucs have been patching together with free agents and late round picks since John Lynch was in town, granted McDougald and Tandy have played well, but McDougald is a free agent but they did sign Wilcox to the mix. I think it’s time for the Bucs to find a top safety and Obi may be that pick, and he would help with some size on the back end being 6’4” 224 and his ability to run a 4.40 forty gets him to the ball or the ball carrier quickly.
Previous Pick: OJ Howard, Tight End, Alabama.
20. Denver Broncos
The Selection: David Njoku, Tight End, Miami.
They have been looking for a star caliber tight end since Julius Thomas left in free agency in 2014 and now they have found him. Njoku is a pass catching tight end who needs to work on his blocking, but he another threat to help Siemian or Lynch in the offense.
Previous Pick: Garret Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah.
21. Detroit Lions
The Selection: Zach Cunningham, Linebacker, Vanderbilt.
The Lions have done a good job addressing their needs on the offensive line, corner back, and defensive end in free agency by signing Wagner and Lang, Hayden, and Washington but have not done much to address the departure of 2 of their linebackers. Drafting Cunningham will be a change to that as he is a 3 down backer who is a tackling machine causing several fumbles in the process and would be a great fit with the Lions to help replace Levy.
Previous Pick: Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan.
22. Miami Dolphins
The Selection: Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan.
After the failed Mario signing last season the Dolphins need help on their defensive line currently having only 3 defensive tackles and a need at defensive end they may be looking for someone who can play both, and I think Taco is that guy who has the size to slide inside and play defensive tackle but also have some experience playing defensive end.
Previous Pick: Hasson Reddick, Linebacker, Temple.
23. New York Giants
The Selection: Garett Bolles, Tackle, Utah.
The Giants have done a lot in free agency to shore up their needs and now need to focus on protecting Manning and getting Bolles to fill out their offensive line helps that tremendously. He will start out at right tackle but could flip to left if Flowers continues to struggle and can also play some guard if needed.
Previous Pick: Christian McCaffrey, Running back, Stanford.
24. Oakland Raiders
The Selection: Quincy Wilson, Corner back, Florida.
The Raiders were good on defense all around but could use an upgrade at corner back and having one of the top 5 corners still sitting here when they pick at 24 would make them ecstatic. Wilson would instantly upgrade the back end of their defense and he has the size and skill set to be a starter from day one.
Previous Pick: Malik McDowell, Defensive Lineman, Michigan St.
24. Houston Texans
The Selection: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson.
The Texans traded away Osweiler realizing their mistake and currently have Savage as their starter but he is not a starting quarterback, and they also have been linked to Romo when he becomes available. Even if Romo signs they would still need his heir apparent and Watson could use a year to learn under Romo.
Previous Pick: Cam Robinson, Tackle, Alabama.
26. Seattle Seahawks
The Selection: Cam Robinson, Tackle, Alabama.
One of the obvious needs for Seattle from last season was offensive line help having one of the worst offensive lines in the league and during free agency they brought in Joeckel, but he was a total bust in Jacksonville and they may still look to upgrade the position. Getting Robinson who does come with some red flag but fits the Seattle scheme being a better run blocker and can play tackle or guard if needed helps out dramatically.
Previous Pick: Caleb Brantley, Defensive Tackle, Florida.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
The Selection: Gareon Conley, Corner back, Ohio St.
The Chiefs struggled mightily trying to find a corner to play opposite Peters and settled on Gaines for most of the season but they need a better candidate, and Conley is the perfect fit for them to play next to Peters. He can play in all different coverage schemes and is very good at playing press, and running a 4.44 forty he has the speed to keep up with any receiver.
Previous Pick: Takkarist McKinley, Defensive End, UCLA.
28. Dallas Cowboys
The Selection: Ryan Ramczyk, Tackle, Wisconsin.
Even though the Cowboys might have a bigger need at corner there are a lot more top tier corners then there are offensive linemen, so they pass on the corners and grab another 1st round offensive lineman a need now with the abrupt retirement of Free and the potential mistake of letting Leary walk. Ramczyk is one of the best tackles in the class and some say the most ready to play immediately, and he will slide right into right tackle to replace Free and the Cowboys will keep running on all cylinders.
Previous Pick: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, LSU.
29. Green Bay Packers
The Selection: Forrest Lamp, Guard, Western Kentucky.
After losing Lang from the offensive line and not really having an adequate replacement behind him they will look to replace him and keep Rodgers upright and healthy. Lamp is the perfect pick for the Packers as he can play anywhere on the line but will most likely be a guard in the NFL and he is probably the best pass blocking guard available.
Previous Pick: Forrest Lamp, Guard, Western Kentucky.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Selection: Takkarist McKinley, Defensive End/OLB, UCLA.
McKinley played defensive end in college but his best fit in the NFL would be as a 3-4 outside linebacker and the Steelers are looking for 3-4 outside linebacker help because seriously how long can Harrison continue to play at his skill level? McKinley would fit right in with their defense as a 3-4 outside linebacker and could learn from one of the best, before eventually replacing him.
Previous Pick: Jabrill Peppers, Safety, Michigan.
31. Atlanta Falcons
The Selection: Charles Harris, Defensive End, Missouri.
The Falcons were unable to get to the quarterback during the Super Bowl and adding to the pass rush became a major need last season although Vic Beasley did finally show why has was drafted in the 1st round, but he can’t be the only pass rusher. Drafting Harris will definitely help them gain some pass rushing ability.
Previous Pick: Charles Harris, Defensive End, Missouri.
32. New Orleans Saints (From Patriots)
The Selection: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, LSU.
After a trade with the Patriots involving Brandin Cook’s the Saints now own a second 1st round pick using their first 1st round pick on one of the best linebackers in this class they will now look to upgrade their corner back position. White would be a perfect fit to accomplish that task he will most likely start out by being a slot corner but then will work his way to the outside.
Previous Pick: David Njoku, Tight End, Miami. (For NE)