2017 NFL Mock Draft 4/8/2017
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett - DE (Texas A&M)
Cleveland Browns

There is not much more we can say about this pick.  Garrett is the consensus #1 pick in this draft.  The Browns won't hesitate with this one.  QB will have to wait.

Myles +
2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas - DE (Stanford)
San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco is another team that highly needs someone to lead their offense but there isn't a player rated highly enough for the pick.  Instead, they follow Cleveland's lead and take the versatile Solomon Thomas to anchor their front seven and disrupt QBs for years to come.  An argument could be made for taking one of the premier players available in the secondary.

Solomon +
3. Chicago Bears: Marshon Lattimore - CB (OSU)
Chicago Bears

I've had Allen in this spot for awhile but with his medical concerns being what they are and Chicago having needs at corner and safety, I'm switching it up.  Lattimore is considered by many to be the best corner in the draft.  He is long, plays with speed and quickness, and has a knack for finding the ball.

Marshon +
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette - RB (LSU)
Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville spent in free agency and it was focused on the defensive side of the ball.  I still think the team would seriously consider Jonathan Allen or Fournette's teammate, Jamal Adams in this scenario.  That said, the team needs to build up its offense and get a running game to help Bortles.  Fournette is grading high and has been a punishing back at LSU for years.  His hard-hitting style and ability to break away should provide many one-on-one opportunities on the outside for others.

Leonard +
5. Tennessee Titans: Jamal Adams - S (LSU)
Tennessee Titans

While the team is looking to add another weapon for franchise QB Marcus Mariota, the team goes with the Best Player Available in this situation.  Adams, a natural leader, will step in and command the secondary on day one.  His dynamic and willing-to-do-anything style will fit right in with DC Dick Lebeau.

Jamal +
6. New York Jets: Malik Hooker - S (OSU)
New York Jets

With Lattimore and Adams off the board, the Jets are forced to go another direction.  Hooker is a great option for them as he is getting consideration for being a top 3 selection.  I think the Jets could go in multiple directiions here as players such as O.J. Howard and Mike Williams could give them pause.

Malik +
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams - WR (Clemson)
Los Angeles Chargers

Every mock draft has the Chargers taking Hooker at 7.  With Hooker off the board, what do they do?  Well, I think providing a playmaker and weapon for their QB is something that would make sense.  Historically, Rivers has a had a larger wideout to go to deep and provide big play ability.  Williams gives Rivers that option again.  And lets be honest, fans love offense and with the recent move to LA, the team needs some sizzle.

Mike +
8. Carolina Panthers: Derek Barnett - DE (Tenn)
Carolina Panthers

With RB Leonard Fournette off the board in this scenario, the Panthers could look to find Cam Newton's running mate later and instead bolster their defense.  Sorry, I just don't see McCaffrey has a fit for the Panthers.  If the team can get comfortable with Dalvin Cook and his off field concerns, he could go here.  The Panthers are aging along their defensive line, particularly at DE, and could use some youth.  The team also traded Kony Ealy to New England so bringing in the SEC sack leader is a good start.

Derek +
9. Cincinnati Bengals: O.J. Howard - TE (Alabama)
Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have drafted with a BPA approach the last few years and Howard could be the guy if they find a situation where all of the elite defensive players are gone.  In this scenario, I considered/struggled with putting Jonathan Allen here.  He doesn't quite fit the Bengals as he is sort of a tweener.  He would be playing behind All-Pro Geno Atkins and do you spend the 9th pick on an interior DL backup?  With incumbent TE Tyler Eifter coming off back surgery and in the final year of his contract, the Bengals could be looking at another Andrew Whitworth/Kevin Zeitler situation so Howard makes a ton of sense.

O.J. +
10. Buffalo Bills: Gareon Conley - CB (OSU)
Buffalo Bills

The Bills need a WR opposite Sammy Watkins but they also need a #1 corner more.  Corners have more value and some say Conley is the better Buckeye corner in this draft.

Gareon +
11. New Orleans Saints: Jonathan Allen - DT (Alabama)
New Orleans Saints

With the Saints looking to bolster their defense, Jonathan Allen's slide comes to an end.  The team needs to accumulate talent at all levels of their defense and Allen could be an elite prospect if he checks out medically.

Jonathan +
12. Cleveland Browns: Reuben Foster - ILB (Alabama)
Cleveland Browns

The Browns shock the world and pass on QB again in order to focus on building their defense.  Foster was a beast for the Crimson Tide and he will bring the same intensity and violent play to a Browns defense that badly needs it.  Paired with #1 pick Myles Garrett, this defense could be ready to compete if other pieces fall into place.

Reuben +
13. Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis - WR (WMU)
Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals have two aging vets leading their offense in QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald and could use some youth.  Corey Davis is seen my many as being the top wideout in this draft class and will step in and be the #1 or #2 option for Palmer immediately.

Corey +
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Marlon Humphrey - CB (Alabama)
Philadelphia Eagles

I mocked Conley here previously and I'm giving this team Humphrey now.  They need not just one corner but two or three! Three more names to consider when thinking about which direction the Eagles should go; Beckham Jr, Bryant, Pryor.

Marlon +
15. Indianapolis Colts: Haason Reddick - OLB (Temple)
Indianapolis Colts

The Colts need some range on their defense and Haason Reddick is the answer.  He should be able to apply pressure from the edge and be the impact player the Colts have been looking for.  Reddick has been shooting up draft boards because of his outstanding tape and offseason workouts.  

Haason +
16. Baltimore Ravens: Cam Robinson - OT (Alabama)
Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens need some OL help and word is Ozzie is a fan of Cam Robinson.  Robinson would help to stablize a unit that has lost some talent over the past two offseasons.

Cam +
17. Washington Redskins: Mitch Trubisky - QB (UNC)
Washington Redskins

With the Redskins not able to sign Kirk Cousins long-term, the team needs to look at other options.  Washington has all QBs available to them and they decide to go with the player who fits Jay Gruden's offense the best.  Mitchell can sit behind Cousins for a year and learn the ropes.  This is a best case scenario for player and team.

Mitch +
18. Tennessee Titans: John Ross - WR (Wash)
Tennessee Titans

The Titans have a ton of sure-handed intermediate route runners but what they lack is speed.  Someone who can take the top off a defense and stretch the field vertically on every play.  John Ross, and his 4.22 speed, is exactly what Mariota needs to take the Titans offense to the next level.

John +
19. Tampa Bay Buccs: Jabrill Peppers - S (Mich)
Tampa Bay Buccs

Tampa Bay grabs one of the most talked about and polarizing prospects in the draft.  Jabrill Peppers is a versatile player who can play in the box and has the 4.4 speed to protect the back half.  Peppers is also a natural leader and will provide the defense with some direction and personality similar that of QB Jameis Winston.

Jabrill +
20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk - OT (Wisc)
Denver Broncos

The Broncos have a need along their offensive line and the tackle from Wisconsin could be their answer.  Best case, he is their new starting LT, worse case, he moves over to the right side.  Either way, the team is getting a day one starter in the trenches which is exactly what Denver and its young QBs need.

Ryan +
21. Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton - DE (Mich)
Detroit Lions

The Lions get some help along their front four with Michigan product, Taco Charlton.  Taco is not a finished product but he has the size and metrics that show he can be a force.  Some analysts see Taco going in the top 10 of the draft.  I think that might be a little rich but current Lions DE Ziggy Ansah will be smiling with this selection.

Taco +
22. Miami Dolphins: Zach Cunningham - OLB (Vanderbilt)
Miami Dolphins

Miami looks to upgrade its defense with this pick and goes with the productive and long LB from Vanderbilt.  

Zach +
23. New York Giants: Garett Bolles - OT (Utah)
New York Giants

The Giants go back and try to find the elite OT that has been eluding the team for a few years now.  Flowers isn't the answer and Bolles will look to take over the LT position allowing Flowers to move to RT.

Garett +
24. Oakland Raiders: Malik McDowell - DT (MSU)
Oakland Raiders

With Marshawn Lynch looking to arrive in Oakland soon, I would expect the team to turn their focus to the defensive line.  McDowell has top 10 talent but questions about his motivation and drive have pushed him down the board.  

Malik +
25. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson - QB (Clemson)
Houston Texans

Personally, I think the Texans thought Romo was going to be theirs for the taking.  CBS won that battle and short of the team trading for Garrapolo or AJ McCarron, I think the team will look to the draft.  Watson is a smart QB with numbers and the leadership the team will be looking for.  It'll be up to Bill O'Brien to unlease Watson's potential and use his strengths in the best way possible.

Deshaun +
26. Seattle Seahawks: Kevin King - CB (Wash)
Seattle Seahawks

With Richard Sherman looking to be short on time in Seattle, the team looks to grab another smart, long, aggressive PAC12 corner in Kevin King.  King may not be the top rated corner remaining here but that hasn't stopped Pete Carroll in the past.  He fits what they do and that is good enough.

Kevin +
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Jarrad Davis - ILB (Florida)
Kansas City Chiefs

Will the Chiefs look at the QBs available and pull the trigger?  Its possible but I also think Jarrad Davis can help this team compete for the playoffs on day one.  That isn't something I can say for the QBs remaining.

Jarrad +
28. Dallas Cowboys: T.J. Watt - OLB (Wisc)
Dallas Cowboys

The Brothers Watt in Texas together.  Dallas wanting to go defense with this pick is no secret and they'll be looking at EDGE and Secondary players.  Watt is an interesting prospect that has huge potential.  You can see shades of JJ in his moves and that isn't a bad thing.  

T.J. +
29. Green Bay Packers: Forrest Lamp - OG (Western Kentucky)
Green Bay Packers

I'm not sure Forrest Lamp is going to last this long on April 27th.  He is too good to still be here at 29 but if he is, he'll help Green Bay immediately after their offseason losses to their interior OL.

Forrest +
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeShone Kizer - QB (ND)
Pittsburgh Steelers

Will he or won't he?  That seems to be the question the Steelers have with their QB the last few years regarding his potential retirement.  The Steelers need to prepare themselves for the day Ben Roethlisberger hangs up the cleats.  Kizor is a big QB, similar to Ben, and he can sit behind Ben for a year or two before being handed the reigns to an organization that is a perrenial playoff/Super Bowl contender.

DeShone +
31. Atlanta Falcons: Charles Harris - DE (Missouri)
Atlanta Falcons

You can never have too many pass rushers and with Charles Harris still on the board, the Falcons add more youth to their aggressive defense.

Charles +
32. New Orleans Saints: TreDavious White - CB (LSU)
New Orleans Saints

The Saints continue to add defense and get one of the best corners in White.  He is quick, sticks to his man, and has had an outstanding offeason which started at the Senior Bowl and continued at the Combine.

TreDavious +
  • Texas A&M
  • Jr
  • 6040
  • 272
  • 4.64
  • 33
  • 41.00
  • 10.70
  • LSU
  • Jr
  • 6000
  • 214
  • 4.56
  • 18
  • 31.50
  • 10.00
  • Stanford
  • So
  • 6030
  • 273
  • 4.69
  • 30
  • 35.00
  • 10.50
  • Alabama
  • Sr
  • 6030
  • 286
  • 5.00
  • 21
  • 30.00
  • 9.00
  • LSU
  • Jr
  • 6000
  • 240
  • 4.51
  • 0
  • 28.50
  • 0.00
  • Ohio State
  • So
  • 6010
  • 206
  • 4.47
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • Ohio State
  • So
  • 6000
  • 193
  • 4.36
  • 0
  • 38.50
  • 11.00
  • Michigan
  • So
  • 5110
  • 213
  • 4.46
  • 19
  • 35.50
  • 10.70
  • Western Michigan
  • Sr
  • 6030
  • 209
  • 4.48
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • Oklahoma
  • So
  • 6010
  • 226
  • 4.47
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • Alabama
  • Sr
  • 6060
  • 251
  • 4.51
  • 22
  • 30.00
  • 10.10
  • Stanford
  • Jr
  • 5110
  • 202
  • 4.48
  • 10
  • 37.50
  • 10.10
  • Alabama
  • Sr
  • 6000
  • 229
  • 4.72
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • Tennessee
  • Jr
  • 6030
  • 259
  • 4.88
  • 0
  • 31.00
  • 9.80
  • Clemson
  • Jr
  • 6040
  • 218
  • 4.50
  • 15
  • 32.50
  • 10.10
  • Ohio State
  • Jr
  • 6000
  • 195
  • 4.44
  • 11
  • 37.00
  • 10.80
  • Washington
  • Jr
  • 5110
  • 188
  • 4.22
  • 0
  • 37.00
  • 11.10
  • Wisconsin
  • Jr
  • 6060
  • 310
  • 5.29
  • 25
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • Alabama
  • Jr
  • 6060
  • 322
  • 5.15
  • 0
  • 26.00
  • 8.10
  • Florida State
  • Jr
  • 5100
  • 210
  • 4.49
  • 22
  • 30.50
  • 9.80
  • Temple
  • Sr
  • 6010
  • 237
  • 4.52
  • 24
  • 36.50
  • 11.10
  • Alabama
  • So
  • 6000
  • 197
  • 4.41
  • 10
  • 0.00
  • 10.40
  • Clemson
  • Jr
  • 6020
  • 221
  • 4.66
  • 0
  • 32.50
  • 9.90
  • Missouri
  • Jr
  • 6030
  • 253
  • 4.82
  • 21
  • 33.00
  • 9.10
  • Western Kentucky
  • Sr
  • 6040
  • 309
  • 5.00
  • 34
  • 27.50
  • 9.30
  • Florida
  • Sr
  • 6010
  • 238
  • 4.78
  • 0
  • 0.00
  • 0.00
  • Michigan
  • Sr
  • 6060
  • 277
  • 4.92
  • 25
  • 33.00
  • 9.70
  • Vanderbilt
  • Jr
  • 6030
  • 234
  • 4.67
  • 15
  • 35.00
  • 10.40
  • Florida
  • Jr
  • 6010
  • 211
  • 4.54
  • 14
  • 32.00
  • 9.80
  • LSU
  • Sr
  • 5110
  • 192
  • 4.47
  • 16
  • 32.00
  • 9.90
  • Utah
  • Jr
  • 6050
  • 297
  • 4.95
  • 0
  • 28.00
  • 9.70
  • Miami (Fla.)
  • So
  • 6040
  • 246
  • 4.64
  • 21
  • 37.50
  • 11.10