A few minor signing in the 3rd wave of free agency but no earth shattering moves, but now private work outs and pro days are in full effect. Interesting to see how that effects the mock? So then here we go ….. “With the First pick of the 2017 NFL Draft the …..”
1. Cleveland Browns
The Selection: Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M.
Basically a lock here he might as well go and sign his contract unless something dramatic happens in the next 4 weeks. The 49ers are on the clock …
Previous Pick: Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M.
2. San Francisco 49ers
The Selection: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford.
Also according to a lot of reports this pick is pretty much a lock as well with the 49ers switching to a 4-3 defense similar to what Seattle runs. Thomas could jump right in as either a 3-tech defensive tackle slash anchor to the defensive line or a defensive end in the new scheme.
Previous Pick: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford.
3. Chicago Bears
The Selection: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU.
After taking a long hard look at Allen from Alabama I think they determine that they have some defensive line pieces (none of Allen’s caliber) and instead decide they need to fix the secondary, and why not grab a can’t miss top safety who can start for the next decade.
Previous Pick: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Selection: Leonard Fournette, Running back, LSU.
The team is stacked all around but they really need some pieces to help out and take pressure off of Bortles, and Fournette would be that elite running back that they have needed for that last few seasons.
Previous Pick: Leonard Fournette, Running back, LSU.
5. Tennessee Titans (From Rams)
The Selection: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio St.
Even with the signing of Ryan and Cyprien in the secondary they still need to have a second corner because McCourty isn’t getting any younger, and taking the best corner in the draft will definitely help them improve their defense which ranked 31st against the pass last season.
Previous Pick: Jonathan Allen, Defensive End, Alabama.
6. New York Jets
The Selection: Jonathan Allen, Defensive Lineman, Alabama.
With the type of defense the Jets run I think Allen could slide right in the middle of the 3-4 line with a smaller defensive tackle front and flourish until he is eventually moved outside, but could you imagine a front of Williams, Allen, and Wilkerson? A quarterback might also be intriguing for the Jets with McCown as current starter.
Previous Pick: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio St.
7. Los Angeles Chargers
The Selection: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio St.
He would still be the best option for DC Bradley’s secondary to be the Chargers version of Earl Thomas, but after having 2 surgeries during the off season he is expected to miss 4-6 months prior to the season but if sounds like he should be ready to go once season starts. He has all the skills that Bradley looks for in a safety and would excel in his defense.
Previous Pick: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio St.
8. Carolina Panthers
The Selection: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee.
Even though they signed Peppers back he is at the end of his career and they brought back Addison and Johnson I still see defensive end as their biggest need, and why not take the next best defensive end available in the draft to help address that issue. He would fit perfectly into the Panthers defensive scheme.
Previous Pick: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
The Selection: Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama.
The Bengals did just sign Kevin Minter but they did cut Maulaluga after 9 seasons with them and Minter is not the long term answer as his replacement, so I still think they take the best inside linebacker in the draft even though he had some issues at the combine.
Previous Pick: Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama.
10. Buffalo Bills
The Selection: Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson.
Besides Watkins they basically have no viable receivers and bringing in another Clemson receiver would really help out Taylor with his passing game by having 2 top wide receiver talents to throw to, and pairing him with Watkins might take some double teams off of him and make him a better receiver.
Previous Pick: OJ Howard, Tight End, Alabama.
11. New Orleans Saints
The Selection: Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan.
The Saints desperately need help at defensive end to pair with Jordan but with Barnett already gone they will go with the next best end, and take Taco who is a very good all around defensive end who has the size to be good at rushing the passer and stopping the run.
Previous Pick: Haason Reddick, Linebacker, Temple.
12. Cleveland Browns (From Eagles)
The Selection: Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback, North Carolina.
The Browns finally decide to take the quarterback they have been ignoring for the last few seasons and hope that he is their quarterback of the future, and not just another name of the really long Browns jersey that you can find online.
Previous Pick: Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback, North Carolina.
13. Arizona Cardinals
The Selection: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan.
The Cardinals decide to get another weapon at receiver to play along with Fitz and then to eventually take over for him next season after he retires. Some believe that this could be Palmer’s last season so quarterback could be an option as well as corner, but with corner position loaded this season in the draft they will pass and chose to add to their offense.
Previous Pick: Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback, Alabama.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (From Vikings)
The Selection: Gareon Conley, Cornerback, Ohio St.
After focusing mainly on the offense during free agency and losing a corner in free agency and not having the cash to bid on other corners other then depth corner Robinson who they just signed. They go with the next best corner on the board and immediately upgrade their secondary so that Wentz doesn’t have to try to play catchup in most games.
Previous Pick: Christian McCaffrey, Running back, Stanford.
15. Indianapolis Colts
The Selection: Hassan Reddick, Outside Linebacker, Temple.
In free agency they decided to try to upgrade their linebacker core by bringing in Mingo, Sheard, and Spence but they are still looking for that outside linebacker who can also rush the passer, and Reddick with his speed can play in their 3-4 scheme as an edge rusher and covering out in the flat.
Previous Pick: Dalvin Cook, Running back, Florida St.
16. Baltimore Ravens
The Selection: John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington.
Ross still makes the most sense and would be a perfect trio with Wallace and Perriman and would be a burner that Flacco could throw the deep ball to, and would definitely revitalize their offense and would probably improve the run game by pushing the back seven back.
Previous Pick: John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington.
17. Washington Redskins
The Selection: Malik McDowell Defensive Lineman, Michigan St.
The defensive line needs a major upgrade although they did bring in McClain and McGee in free agency they still need an upgrade in the middle, and McDowell could be that fit and with his size he could also jump to the outside and play end in their scheme.
Previous Pick: Malik McDowell Defensive Lineman, Michigan St.
18. Tennessee Titans
The Selection: OJ Howard, Tight End, Alabama.
After using their first 1st round pick to get the best corner in the draft they will use their second 1st round pick to get the best tight end in the draft, and get a valuable weapon to improve their passing game and maybe take that next step and be a playoff team.
Previous Pick: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Selection: Dalvin Cook, Running back, Florida St.
The Buccaneers and Winston are elated that Cook is still on the board at this pick and can pair Winston’s old college teammate with him as his new pro teammate, and now with a viable replacement may chose to move on from Martin after he was popped for illegal substance use and suspended the first 3 games of next season.
Previous Pick: Obi Melifonwu, Safety, Connecticut.
20. Denver Broncos
The Selection: Ryan Ramczyk, Offensive Tackle, Wisconsin.
Even though Njoku is still on the board this time the Broncos decide it is better to protect their quarterback and improved their run game by taking the best tackle available, and start him immediately at right tackle and then eventually slide him into left tackle.
Previous Pick: David Njoku, Tight End, Miami.
21. Detroit Lions
The Selection: Obi Melifonwu, Safety, Connecticut.
The Lions have done a good job addressing their needs at OL, CB, and DE in free agency by signing Wagner and Lang, Hayden, and Washington but have 2 older average safeties who are in the last year of their deals. After the combine Obi has been a hot name and is rising up draft boards and would be a great fit for the Lions secondary.
Previous Pick: Zach Cunningham, Linebacker, Vanderbilt.
22. Miami Dolphins
The Selection: Forrest Lamp, Offensive Guard, Western Kentucky.
The Dolphins are pretty well set at most position but could use some help at defensive end and also offensive guard, so with the best guard still on the board they decide to address their offensive line and try to keep Tannehill upright and healthy. Lamp will slide right in and be a first day starter at guard for the Dolphins.
Previous Pick: Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan.
23. New York Giants
The Selection: David Njoku, Tight End, Miami.
Eli and the Giants get the best tight end they have had since Shockey was on the team and with OBJ, Shepard, Marshal, and now Njoku the Giants offense becomes dominate once again. Helping Eli to extend his career for several years to come.
Previous Pick: Garett Bolles, Tackle, Utah.
24. Oakland Raiders
The Selection: Christian McCaffrey, Running back, Stanford.
After losing Murray to the Vikings in free agency and trying to lure “Beast Mode” out of retirement and bringing in Peterson for a workout it is obvious that they are looking for their next running back, and they are thrilled that McCaffrey is still on the board at 24 and will run the card to the podium immediately instead of waiting for the clock to run down. Carr will have another weapon to building his offensive game around and they might win a playoff game this time.
Previous Pick: Quincy Wilson, Corner back, Florida.
25. Houston Texans
The Selection: Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Texas Tech.
The Texans realized their mistake of bringing in Osweiler on such a large contract and traded him away to the Browns, and currently have Savage as their quarterback but he is obviously not the starter of the future. They will look to grab a quarterback who is slowly rising up the draft boards with a cannon arm and can make every throw on the field fairly accurately, and they hope Mahomes will be their quarterback of the future.
Previous Pick: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson.
26. Seattle Seahawks
The Selection: Garett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah.
Even though they brought in Joeckel and have decided to shift Efedi over to right tackle they still had one of the worst offensive lines last season and will need to upgrade that if they want to keep Wilson healthy. Bolles might just be the perfect type of offensive lineman for them as he plays aggressive which they look for in offensive linemen.
Previous Pick: Cam Robinson, Tackle, Alabama.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
The Selection: Zach Cunningham, Linebacker, Vanderbilt.
The Chiefs could use an upgrade at inside linebacker with Johnson getting older and Wilson as the other inside linebacker, and Cunningham is the second best inside linebacker in this draft and would be a perfect fit for the Chiefs at this spot as a complement and eventual replacement for Derrick Johnson.
Previous Pick: Gareon Conley, Corner back, Ohio St.
28. Dallas Cowboys
The Selection: Quincy Wilson, Cornerback, Florida.
The Cowboys lost 2 corners and a safety in free agency and the only player they brought in as a replacement is Carroll who is more of a depth player and not a outside starter, so taking an aggressive playing corner who is willing to take risks in the secondary and will be an immediate day one starter would help to bolster their secondary.
Previous Pick: Ryan Ramczyk, Tackle, Wisconsin.
29. Green Bay Packers
The Selection: Takkerist McKinley, Defensive End/OLB, UCLA.
After bringing back Nick Perry and still having an aging Matthews to play outside linebacker they basically have no one else and McKinley would be a good start as a fill in 3-4 edge rusher in their defensive scheme, and hopefully at some point taking over for Matthews when they decide to move on from him or he retires.
Previous Pick: Forrest Lamp, Guard, Western Kentucky.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Selection: Tim Williams, Defensive End/OLB, Alabama.
Most ask the question: “How long can Harrison keep playing at this level?”well the Steelers wont ask it as long as he keeps performing the way he has been, but that doesn’t mean that they wont look for his eventual replacement. Williams might be that player who is a very good pass rusher coming out of Alabama as a defensive end, but he also has the speed and skill as a 3-4 OLB to cover receivers in the flat and to stuff the run.
Previous Pick: Takkarist McKinley, Defensive End/OLB, UCLA.
31. Atlanta Falcons
The Selection: Charles Harris, Defensive End, Missouri.
The Falcons are still desperately in need of pass rush to go with Vic Beasley and have not really added any big pieces in free agency to help with that, so they will look to the draft and take another edge rusher in Harris who has great speed and a pretty good spin move to get to the quarterback.
Previous Pick: Charles Harris, Defensive End, Missouri.
32. New Orleans Saints (From Patriots)
The Selection: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, LSU.
With their first 1st round pick the Saints also went defense in trying to give Jordan some help in pass rush by selecting Taco, and with their second 1st round pick that they got from the Patriots they will look to bolster the back half of their defense. White would be a great pick for them at corner as he can play both the slot and on the outside depending on where the top receiver is in the formation.
Previous Pick: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, LSU.