2017 NFL Mock Draft

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2017 NFL Mock Draft, Round 1

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Rumors have began to spring up over the last week or so that the Browns remain "undecided" on what they're going to do with the top pick in the draft. We've seen reports that the team is considering running back Leonard Fournette and quarterback Mitch Trubisky as well as the long-time favorite to go number one, Myles Garrett.

Fournette would likely only be the choice if the Browns are able to trade down, something the organization believes strongly in. And while it's no secret Cleveland needs to find a franchise quarterback, Trubisky is simply too risky at this point to draft ahead of Myles Garrett.

Despite some last minute rumors, I still fully expect Cleveland to take Myles Garrett #1.

With it appearing that Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will remain a Redskin for at least one more season, San Francisco needs to find a franchise quarterback in the worst way. Brian Hoyer is exactly the kind of guy who starts for the first 5 or 6 games before giving way to the future.

Trubisky only has 12 collegiate starts, which makes this a big risk, but new coach Kyle Shanahan is likely very confident in his ability to develop a quarterback. Trubisky and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan have similar skill sets, making the fit a natural one. Trubisky at this point is expected to play very little as a rookie, but that always changes by mid-season.

While it's no secret the Bears need a franchise quarterback, I can't see John Fox and company drafting one this high when they might be out of a job next season. The Bears have several holes to fill, so they can choose arguably the best prospect in the whole draft.

The Alabama standout is capable of moving all along the defensive line, and a defensive minded coach like John Fox would find ways to use his versatility to the team's benefit.

Allen's combine performance didn't hurt him at all, although persistent shoulder injuries have some teams worried. Allen is certainly tough enough to play through injuries whenever possible, but as a player who uses his strength as a major part of his game, healthy shoulders are a must. Despite the slight injury risks, he should be a difference maker from day one.

**TRADE: Jacksonville sends the #4 overall pick and their fifth rounder (#148) to the Cincinnati Bengals for #9 and #41 overall**

4. Cincinnati Bengals - Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

Solomon Thomas is likely going to be under heavy consideration as early as #2 overall, and there's a very real chance if the 49ers decide not to take a quarterback that Thomas will be the pick. If he gets by San Francisco, he should't be around for long, which is why the Bengals will need to trade up to land their future defensive anchor.

Thomas had a great season and combine performance, and has an incredible work ethic and motor to go along with elite skills for the position. He'll pair with long time Bengal Carlos Dunlap to create a very formidable pass rush before eventually taking over as the leader of the defense. Moving from the second to the fifth round in order to land your main target is an easy decision.

5. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams) - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

After a scary neck injury ended his 2015 season, Williams came back and had a great season for the national champion Clemson Tigers. After running a 4.53 40-yard-dash, the big playmaking receiver is likely to be the first receiver off the board.

The Titans didn't have a single receiver eclipse the thousand-yard mark last season, so adding a big playmaker on the outside seems like a necessity. While the team needs some young cornerbacks to develop, they did sign Logan Ryan from New England so I'd be surprised if they spend their top 5 pick on another defensive back, especially with big Mike Williams available.

Adams was long considered one of the draft's best athletes, flashing top end speed and surprising strength for his size. When he ran a 4.50 40-yard-dash at his combine, however, teams were afraid they had perhaps overvalued Adams athleticism.

Thankfully for Jamal Adams and NFL teams, he ran again at his LSU pro-day and put up a very impressive 4.38 40-yard-dash. Pairing his 40-time with his production and game tape makes him one of the draft's top prospects. Positional value may push him out of the top 5, but he should be a difference maker early in his career.

**TRADE: The Los Angeles Chargers send the #7 overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for #27, #59, #132 and the Chiefs 2018 first rounder.**

7. Kansas City Chiefs - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

With the loss of Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs are expected to be in the market for a new starting running back. While the team's three-headed monster of Charcandrick WestSpencer Ware and Kniles Davis was productive at times, adding a true number one running back would help the team keep the pressure off of veteran quarterback Alex Smith.

With the Panthers likely targeting Fournette at #8, the Chiefs give up a big haul to move up from the bottom of the first round. And while a versatile running back like Christian McCaffery who can catch passes out of the backfield may seem like a better fit to replace Charles in Andy Reid's offense, Fournette's ability to carry the ball 30 times a game is simply more valuable for a team that values ball control. Ware and West can battle for the passing down duties, just give Fournette the rock.

8. Carolina Panthers - John Ross, WR, Washington

Ross made headlines at the NFL combine, running a record 4.22 40-yard-dash. The former Washington speedster is more than just a fast 40-time, though, as he constantly gets open and makes difficult catches look routine on tape. Playing with someone like Cam Newton, who can seemingly throw the ball into the Milky Way, would allow Ross to use his speed on a weekly basis.

With Ted Ginn leaving for New Orleans (and dropping a touchdown a week) Ross would be an instant upgrade over the former Buckeye. If he lands in Carolina, Ross should be scoring long touchdowns on a consistent basis. 

Jacksonville seemed poised to finally take a step forward this past season, as a talented young core and incoming draft class were supposed to make a difference for Gus Bradley and his team. As we all know, that didn't happen, and the Jags have a new head coach.

Joe Mixon has been one of the most polarizing prospects over the last few months after video emerged of him punching a woman in the face and breaking her jaw during his freshman year. Whether or not you believe he's changed, he's stayed out of trouble ever since, has said and done the right things to try and make up for it, and he even apologized face to face to the victim.

None of that is meant to excuse his horrible decision, but the fact is he's the second best running back in the draft. If a team feels he's truly changed and buys into the person he's shown to be during the draft process, he's going to be a first round pick. If he stays out of trouble, he's going to be a pro bowl running back year after year and nobody is going to care where he was drafted.

10. Buffalo Bills - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

One of college football's best receivers over his career, Davis has the talent to be a true number one receiver in the future. He's dealt with injury issues leading up to the draft and hasn't been able to workout for teams, but his game tape alone should make him a top-15 pick.

While some teams may be wary of the competition level Corey Davis faced on a weekly basis, his tape is sensational. He has great hands, runs crisp routes, high points the ball and has an impressive vertical leap. His speed looks impressive on tape as well, but again an ankle injury prevented him from running at all before the draft.

With several corners also available, a potential replacement for the departed Stephon Gilmore is also a possibility. However, the Bills badly need to find a receiver to play next to Sammy Watkins, and in the event Watkins continues to get hurt, likely replace him. Pairing one injury-prone receiver with another would be a risk, but the Bills will hope Davis' ankle injuries are a thing of the past.

11. New Orleans Saints - Haason Reddick, DE/LB, Temple

Reddick had a very good college career at Temple and then blew up the scouting combine, making him a likely first round pick at this point and arguably the draft's fastest rising player. His collegiate experience and natural football instincts make him a potential impact player from day 1, something the Saints desperately need.

 The Saints recent trade of Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots makes it clear the team is going to focus on rebuilding their very poor defense. Sean Payton has mentioned on several occasions this off-season that the team needs an edge rusher, and Reddick is capable of doing that from day one.

12. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles) - Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

Arguably the draft's most talented safety, Hooker could potentially see his name called before LSU safety Jamal Adams. Hooker is more of a center fielder, with great ball skills and very good high end speed, so teams will have to determine what kind of safety they prefer.

The Browns have needs all over, so it would be wise for them to simply draft the best available player at #12. Despite the huge need for a quarterback, finding another defensive building block like Malik Hooker at this point would be a coup. Myles Garrett and Hooker would be a great start to building an athletic, intimidating defense, something teams almost always need to win a Super Bowl.

They could still target a quarterback at the top of round 2.

13. Arizona Cardinals - Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

 Marshon Lattimore had a very good season for the Ohio State Buckeyes this past year, and then had an even more impressive combine performance. He ran a 4.36 40 yard dash while showing fluid hips in drills and the ability to track the football in the air, something most young corners need to be taught how to do. He certainly looks the part of a future #1 corner.

However, he's only made 16 career starts, and he's dealt with major hamstring injuries throughout his career. He had a minor injury during the combine that forced him to sit out, and while he insists it was a hip flexor issue, teams are worried it was yet another hamstring injury.

The injury risks in this case move him out of the top 10, but Arizona would have to be jumping for joy if the draft's top corner fell to them at 13, allowing them to pair Lattimore with Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu to form an even better pass defense.

It's no secret the Cardinals need to find a replacement for Carson Palmer, and I think it's very likely the team drafts a quarterback if Lattimore is gone by this point. Patrick Mahomes Jr. has been moving up draft boards and his arm strength is something Cardinals coach Bruce Arians would really like, so he's a name to watch on draft day as well.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings) - OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

The Eagles need to find some offensive playmakers to put around their developing franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz. With Zach Ertz being productive, a tight end would seem like an odd choice for the Eagles, but Howard has the athleticism of a potential top 10 pick and should be a more productive NFL player than he was at Alabama.

Drafting Howard would allow the Eagles to run a lot of two tight end sets this coming season, which would help protect Wentz as well as giving him big targets to throw the ball to. With the top 3 receivers all taken at this point, the best chance to get Carson Wentz a pass-catching threat is OJ Howard.

15. Indianapolis Colts - Forrest Lamp, OG/OT, Western Kentucky

One of college football's best tackles last season, Forrest Lamp is expected to move inside to guard at the next level. His starting experience and game tape make him a likely day one starter, with the ability to grow into a dominating force on the interior of the offensive line.

For a team like the Colts, who have watched Andrew Luck get sacked over 150 times in the past few years, Lamp is a no-brainer and an instant starter. Keeping Luck upright and on the field healthy will go a long way toward an improved Colts team over the next few years.

Derek Barnett left Tennessee as the school's all-time leader in sacks. That's impressive on it's own, but the fact that he passed Reggie White's career record makes it very noteworthy. One of the draft's most underrated players, the Tennessee standout followed a very productive collegiate career with a great combine performance. It's very possible a team inside the top 10 has fallen in love with him.

The Ravens defense is at their best when they can get after the quarterback, and Barnett is spectacular at that. He could be used all along the defensive line as a rookie, and may be one of the drafts most NFL ready players. Baltimore fans would love him.

The Washington Redskins have Kirk Cousins playing on the franchise tag this coming season, so admittedly drafting a first round quarterback seems unlikely. However, it's also clear Washington isn't entirely sold on Cousins, as they continue to avoid giving him a long-term deal. With this being the final season Washington can truly afford to use the franchise tag on Cousins, they'd be wise to start developing his replacement as soon as possible.

DeShone Kizer has as much upside as any quarterback prospect in the draft because of his raw physical talent and his size. He's the prototypical NFL quarterback, at least in body type. If he can continue to improve and is willing to learn from his coaches, Kizer could be the steal of the draft wherever he ends up going. Of course, he could also be a colossal bust, so it's a major risk with a first round pick.

What makes me think it's a possibility is that Jon Gruden, who never says anything bad about anyone as an announcer and analyst, said this about him:

"Would I use a first round pick on him? Probably not. I don’t think the body of work is complete. I think there are some things that he’s got to resolve in terms of late game situations. There are some things where I think he’s still a little rough around the edges."

Is Gruden simply being honest about a prospect for once? The analysis isn't wrong, so it's possible. But it's also possible his brother told him to avoid talking up Kizer because that's the guy he wants to develop behind Cousins next season. 

Seen as a potential top-5 pick at one point, Reuben Foster's combine blow-up hurt him considerably. Playing a position that has been devalued over the years, Foster needed to impress scouts leading up to the draft to ensure teams understood how valuable he could be. Even if the combine blow-up wasn't his fault, NFL teams don't want their star players screaming at staff members every time they have a bad day.

Despite Foster's issues this draft season, he remains the draft's most talented inside linebacker and could be a difference maker as a rookie. Playing for Nick Saban's defense means he's as NFL ready as any draft prospect, and as an athletic specimen with great instincts I fully expect his combine problems to be long forgotten by the time the season rolls around.

**TRADE: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers send the #19 overall pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for #48, #79 and #86.**

With reports emerging over the last 48 hours that the Minnesota Vikings have had no discussions with Sam Bradford on a contract extension and plan to decline Teddy Bridgewater's fifth year option, it's clear the team has no clear plan in place for their 2018 starting quarterback.

We know Rick Spielman loves to copy the Packers, signing several former Packers and mostly trying to build a team through the draft just like Ted ThompsonSeveral stories this week have discussed Aaron Rodgers slide in the 2005 draft, so I fully expect Spielman to have some kind of weird scenario where the team moves up for a quarterback. While the Vikings still have needs along the offensive and defensive line, you can't compete without a franchise quarterback and it's clear Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater are not the answer.

The Bucs are reportedly willing to trade down from #19, and according to Adam Schefter, one possibility would move them out of the first round entirely. There's a chance that's a deal with a team like Chicago or Cleveland for a quarterback, but the Vikings have shown a willingness to trade up, doing so to acquire both Cordarelle Patterson and Teddy Bridgewater.

**TRADE: The Denver Broncos send the #20 overall pick to the New York Giants for #23 and #140.**

The draft's most versatile running back, Christian McCaffery can line up all over the field. He looks as natural as a receiver when he lines up in the slot, which shouldn't be surprising considering his dad and older brother are NFL receivers. Teams looking for a running back to carry the ball 30 times a games should look elsewhere, but in today's NFL very few teams give any running backs even 20 carries consistently. McCaffery's versatility makes him very valuable.

The Giants would love to add a player like McCaffery to their offense, as he's a matchup nightmare and could excel against defenses that are focused exclusively on the great Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants could use an upgrade at the running back position, and McCaffery could very easily end up as the most productive running back in the class. His ability to line up in the slot would also allow the team to continue to use running back Paul Perkins in certain situations.

21. Detroit Lions - Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA

It's no secret that the Detroit Lions need to find a pass rusher to play opposite Ezekiel Ansah. McKinley isn't quite the physical speciman Ansah was coming out of college, but he's been a very productive collegiate player and he ran a 4.59 40-yard-dash, insanely fast for a defensive end.

Takkarist McKinley has had a difficult journey to the NFL, and it seems very likely he will continue to work his tail off in order to succeed at the next level. As a player who flashes top-5 potential in certain games, McKinley could be a difference maker sooner than most expect.

22. Miami Dolphins - Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida

By targeting Jarrad Davis, the Dolphins would be able to move Kiko Alonso from the inside to the outside, filling a need while also adding a dynamic inside linebacker who's combine performance opened a lot of eyes. He ran a sub 4.6 40-yard-dash, which is insanely fast for a linebacker expected to stay in the middle at the next level.

His speed allows him to shut down the run game from sideline to sideline, and while the league is more of a passing league, Davis has good enough instincts to become better in pass coverage in time. For now, he's a potentially dominant run stopper that allows the other versatile Miami linebackers to move around the formation.

Arguably the draft's top tackle, Cam Robinson has been battling with Utah's Garrett Boles and Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk to be the first tackle off the board on draft night. Robinson came into the draft process as projected top 15 pick, but has seen his stock fall over the last few months. An arrest prior to the 2016 season hasn't helped matters.

He remains a better overall prospect in my opinion than both Boles and Ramczyk, and he's the most likely to remain on the left side. His biggest problem in college seemed to be that he got bored at times dominating, so hopefully consistently needing to compete at the next level will keep him focused.

The Broncos are in dire need of a starting left tackle, and with a huge quarterback question already, it'd be wise to find someone to protect the future quarterback's blind side. Robinson could be the long-term answer teams are always craving at left tackle.

24. Oakland Raiders - Dalvin Cook, HB, Florida State

The Oakland Raiders lost running back Latavius Murray this off-season, as the oft-injured runner signed with the Minnesota Vikings to replace Adrian Peterson. Oakland has already filled the starting job with a major upgrade in the form of Marshawn Lynch, but he's unlikely to play beyond this coming season.

If Cook falls to this point in the draft, Oakland would be wise to turn in their draft card immediately. He was a difference maker every season at Florida State, and while his 4.49 40-yard-dash was disappointing, it's still in the upper echelon of NFL running backs.

Playing behind Marshawn Lynch for a season would give the Raiders an even more explosive offense while also giving their young combination of Amari Cooper and Derek Carr an elite young running back.

Ramcyzk started his career playing Division 3 football before transferring to Wisconsin as a junior, but he's emerged as a very good prospect thanks to good size and improving footwork. He may not be able to stick at left tackle long-term, but he should at the very least be a starting caliber right tackle.

The Texans offensive line is solid, but could always use more depth and Ryan Ramczyk could develop into the units best lineman with time. While it's no secret Houston badly needs a quarterback, drafting one at the end of the first round isn't going to improve the teams situation at all in 2017. They will likely target a quarterback early, but I expect it to be in round 2.

With the Seahawks openly shopping Richard Sherman, it's clear the organization is willing to enter the 2017 season without their superstar cornerback. Trading Sherman would require the Seahawks to develop his long-term replacement, and King is the prototypical Seattle corner. He's big (6'3) and athletic, and is one of the best press corners to come out of the draft in years.

Almost all rookie corners struggle in their first taste of the NFL, so expecting King to replace Sherman would be insane. But developing a long-term replacement, even if they decide to keep Sherman for another year, is a must for this team.

27. Los Angeles Chargers - Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech

After trading down from #7 and landing enough draft picks to speed up the rebuilding process, the Chargers are in the perfect position to draft their future Philip Rivers replacement. As far as financial value goes, drafting a quarterback at the bottom of round 1 is ideal, because teams are able to keep their quarterback for a fifth year as a first round draft pick, while anyone drafted after the first round will become a free agent after four years. And taking Mahomes at 27 instead of 7 saves the team millions per year in salary.

Patrick Mahomes II arm strength alone makes him an intriguing draft prospect, but he's also very mobile and athletic, suggesting he could excel in any scheme under the right coaching. Coming for a heavy spread system means the learning curve is going to be steep, but Mahomes can be one of the few rookie first round quarterbacks who doesn't need to play a snap as a rookie because Philip Rivers is still very good.

The Cowboys don't have any glaring needs, although adding a defensive back is a real possibility. However, Malik McDowell's production and combine performance make him a very good prospect as a defensive tackle, and the Cowboys definitely need to find some more talent for that position.

McDowell could be used situationally for a year or two while he develops, and the athleticism should translate very well to the next level. He's going to be a problem for interior lineman in the near future, although admittedly he might not contribute a whole lot other than depth in his first few seasons. For Dallas, they can afford to wait.

Alabama standout Marlon Humphrey measured in at the NFL combine at just over 6 feet tall and ran a 4.41 40-yard-dash, suggesting he has the size and speed necessary to develop into a capable outside corner in a league that is always in need of defensive backs.

The Packers lost the versatile (albeit overrated) Micah Hyde in free agency, and are always looking for corner depth, and Humphrey has the potential to develop into the team's best corner. He should be able to contribute as a rookie after coming from Alabama's NFL-caliber defense.

David Njoku has jumped up on most draft boards thanks to an athletic showing at the combine. I'm told a few teams actually prefer the Miami tight end to OJ Howard at this point, so it's possible he's drafted inside the top 20.

Pittsburgh would be very excited to add this specimen to their offense, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would have a very good safety blanket and red zone target. Jesse James has been a solid tight end, but Njoku is a major upgrade and would add a whole new layer to an already dangerous Steelers offense.

After a very productive season for the Michigan WolverinesTaco Charlton entered the draft process as a potential top 10 pick after flashing insane athleticism at times while playing along the defensive line. After just an average combine performance, however, Charlton seems to have fallen a tier below the draft's top pass rushers. He has flashes where he looks like the draft's best defender, and stretches where he doesn't even look like a collegiate level player.

The Falcons are always looking to improve their defense, and Charlton could definitely develop into Dan Quinn's version of Michael Bennett, who he coached in Seattle. Adding depth and versatility to their defensive line is a must, and to land someone with Charlton's production and long-term potential would help the Falcons try to repeat as NFC champions next season.

32. New Orleans Saints (via New England Patriots) Davis Webb, QB, Cal

The Saints traded receiver Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots to acquire this pick, and while the team needs defenders in the worst way, they also need to find Drew Brees' successor sooner rather than later. I think they acquired a second first round pick so they can draft a first round quarterback AND a defender to help them this season.

Davis Webb has risen up draft boards over the last month or so, with an original 3rd or 4th round projection turning into a late first or second round pick at this point. Webb has played in spread offenses his whole collegiate career, so he'll need some development time. Playing behind Drew Brees and learning every day from Sean Payton is a best case scenario for the Cal product.

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