It is FINALLY draft week and that means just one more last mock draft. I have constructed a four round mock draft with what I think will happen in the 2017 NFL Draft. I used information from private visits, previous draft trends and rumors from various beat writers to help contribute in what I hope is an accurate attempt at a mock draft. Even with 2 days to go, this mock draft could end up changing based on what we hear leading up to the draft.
REMINDER: This mock draft is what I think might happen and doesn’t reflect my big board in any way.
1.01: Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, TAMU
- Myles Garrett is the no brainer selection and hopefully the Cleveland Browns don’t mess this up. Garrett is far and away the best prospect in the 2017 draft class and should have an extreme impact from day one.
Other Possibilities: NONE – let’s not be silly.
1.02: San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DL/EDGE, Stanford
- The 49ers never brought Solomon Thomas in privately but that’s because John Lynch claims to know enough about the prospect already. The 49ers have recently moves to a base 4-3 scheme and Solomon Thomas could play as a base end and shift inside to the 3-technique in pass rushing situations. New Head Coach Kyle Shanahan may want to draft a quarterback but I think they can afford to wait and get a quarterback later in the draft or even next year.
Other Possibilities: Leonard Fournette, Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson.
1.03: Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
- I want to slot Marshon Lattimore here but the hamstring issues in cold weather seems like risky business. The Bears will try desperately to trade back but ultimately end up taking the safe approach by drafting Jonathan Allen. Allen can play the 5-technique in their base 3-4 defense and kick inside to 3-technique in sub packages. Despite the shoulder medicals, Allen is one of the safest options at pick number three.
Other Possibilities: Solomon Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Jamal Adams.
1.04: Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
- The Jacksonville Jaguars are another team that will desperately try and trade back to acquire more picks but I’m not sure they will have any takers. Jacksonville has seemed interested in drafting Leonard Fournette throughout the entire process and I think he ends up being the pick. Although I don’t agree with this selection, Fournette can take a lot of pressure off Blake Bortles if used properly.
Other Possibilities: Jonathan Allen, Malik Hooker, Solomon Thomas
1.05: Cleveland Browns TRADE w/ Tennessee Titans: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
- I think Cleveland is destined to trade up and grab their guy Mitchell Trubisky. Some are speculating that their guy is Deshaun Watson and Watson’s draft selection odds are currently slated at pick 12.5. Watson could definitely be their guy but I’m not buying it. The Tennessee Titans are in a sweet spot based on their major needs and can afford to trade back and still land the guys that they prefer.
Other Possibilities: Deshaun Watson
Trade Terms: 5 for 12, 52, Future 4th
1.06: New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
- The New York Jets reportedly asked Jamal Adams on his visit “why are you here? You will be off the board by the time we select.” Not so fast, I think Jamal Adams will still be available at pick number six and those comments lead me to believe the Jets will be happy to snag Adams at a discounted price.
Other Possibilities: Leonard Fournette, Marshon Lattimore, Trade
1.07: Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
- It’s really simple, the Chargers need a cover-1 free safety in Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme. Malik Hooker has the range and instincts to handle the cover-1 responsibilites and the Chargers have reportedly been interested in Hooker for quite some time.
Other Possibilities: Jamal Adams, Corey Davis, Charles Harris.
1.08: Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
- I’ve been on this tips since February, thanks to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com. Ron Rivera says he is looking to add to the offense and the Carolina Panthers sent their entire staff to the Stanford pro day. McCaffrey is the perfect fit in Carolina’s shotgun/zone-heavy scheme. They could pass on McCaffrey for a pass rusher but I don’t see it.
Other Possibilities: Leonard Fournette, Solomon Thomas, Derek Barnett
1.09: Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
- The Bengals have been linked to Derek Barnett since Christmas time and bowl season. This probably means the Bengals will end up going in the complete opposite direction, but for the sake of this mock I’m slotting Barnett at pick number nine. The Bengals need a spark off the EDGE and Barnett can provide that with a nice blend of power and flexibility to dip around opposing offensive tackles.
Other Possibilities: Corey Davis, Mike Williams, Charles Harris
1.10: Buffalo Bills: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
- The Buffalo Bills may have their eyes on Mitch Trubisky but I don’t think they have the draft capital to pull it off. Buffalo should take the best player available approach and get their offense another weapon to help open things up for Tyrod Taylor and Lesean McCoy. Oj Howard is a premier blocking tight end with unlimated receiving upside thanks to his athletic profile.
Other Possibilities: Johnathan Allen, Marshon Lattimore, Marlon Humphrey
1.11: New Orleans Saints: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
- Gareon Conley could be the first cornerback off the board when its all said and done. The New Orleans Saints are reportedly in a “win now” mode and will be looking for defensive prospects who can start from day one. Conley has a nice blend of size, ball skills and athleticism to warrant a top twelve selection and I think the Saints will run this one up to the draft podium.
Other Possibilities: Taco Charlton, Derek Barnett, Marshon Lattimore
1.12: Tennessee Titans: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
- The Tennessee Titans trade back, aquire extra picks, and still get the wide receiver they wanted all along. I think the Titans are in a position to reach for Mike Williams at five so getting him at twelve is a dream come true. Mike Williams has the size and catch radius to really make an impact down the field and in the red zone. Marcus Mariota is already a phenomenal red zone quarterback and adding Mike Williams will only make him that much better.
Other Possibilities: Marshon Lattimore, Corey Davis, Oj Howard
1.13: Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
- Arizona is a tough team to forecast because they could go a number of different directions. The Cardinals had a decent turnover on defense and may look to fill some of those voids early on in the 2017 draft. I have them selecting the best wide receiver in this class in Corey Davis of Western Michigan. Davis is similar to Larry Fitzgerald and wins with short area bursts and nuanced route running. Bruce Arians, Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald could all retire after this season, so why not take one more shot and get a splash draft pick who you can build a passing game around in the future?
Other Possibilities: Reuben Foster, Patrick Mahomes, Mike Williams
1.14: Philadelphia Eagles: Charles Harris EDGE, Mizzou
- Josh Norris of Rotoworld has Eagles sources and he’s had Charles Harris slated to the Eagles for a couple weeks now. During this time period, Charles Harris was rumored to be gaining top ten buzz according to reliable sources like Tony Pauline. Harris is an absolute match made in heaven when you think about him in Jim Schwartz’s wide-nine defensive scheme. Harris at 14 is starting to seem more likely by the day.
Other Possibilities: Gareon Conley, Corey Davis, Christian McCaffrey
1.15: Indianapolis Colts: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
- Colts new GM Scott Ballard comes from organization that loves to take risks so this pick may not seem all that crazy for a first year general manager. Reuben Foster has had a shaky draft process but his talent is undeniable. The Colts lack playmakers all over their defense and Foster could turn out to be a steal at this stage in the draft.
Other Possibilities: Charles Harris, Tj Watt, Forrest Lamp
1.16: Baltimore Ravens: Cameron Robinson, OT, Alabama
- If both wide receivers are off the board, I expect Ozzie Newsome to get back to his old ways and build from within the trenches. The Ravens have had Robinson in for a private visit and Newsome loves his Alabama/SEC prospects. Cameron Robinson and Ronnie Stanley would be bookend tackles for the Ravens and have that offensive line set for the next five years.
Other Possibilities: John Ross, Reuben Foster, Derek Barnett
1.17: Washington Redskins: Haason Reddick, EDGE/LB, Temple
- Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has reported that the Redskins are smitten by the idea of landing Hasson Reddick at this stage in the draft and would even consider trading up for him if they needed too. Haason Reddick could be used a base 3-4 SAM across from Ryan Kerrigan or line up next to Zach Brown as a 3-4 Will Inside Linebacker. Reddick can wear a number of different hats for the Redskins and would immediately be an upgrade for that defense with so many holes.
Other Possibilities: Christian McCaffrey, Gareon Conley, Derek Barnett, Tj Watt
1.18: Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
- I truly believe that Lattimore could be in for a draft day slide thanks to his nagging hamstring issues. I mean, do we really have to hold our breathe every time Lattimore takes off running? Anyways, the Titans would be ecstatic to land Lattimore at this stage in the draft and would sprint to the podium to turn in their card.
Other Possibilities: Marlon Humphrey, Chidobe Awuzie, Oj Howard
1.19: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami
- Jameis Winston could make a push to draft his former teammate Dalvin Cook but I think they end up selecting a tight end at pick 19. The Buccaneers two back up tight ends combined for more snaps than starting tight end Cameron Brate. So why not give those snaps to someone who is actually talented? The Buccaneers have met with Njoku three different times throughout the draft process.
Other Possibilities: Jarrad Davis, Dalvin Cook, Budda Baker
1.20: Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
- Denver still needs to address the offensive line and specifically both tackle positions. Ronald Leary is was a solid pick up for the interior but now they need to draft a left tackle and Bolles can be that guy. Bolles is extremely nimble for his size and is absolutely nasty at the point of attack. The only problem with Bolles is there might be some growing pains as he is still a raw football player.
Other Possibilities: Ryan Ramcyzk, Hasson Reddick, Christian McCaffrey
1.21: Detroit Lions: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
- The Detroit Lions need to get Darius Slay a running mate and Humphrey could potentially be that guy. Humphrey is a physical cornerback who flashed the ability to become a premier cornerback but ultimately he still lacks the awareness and ball skills to be elite right away. Humphrey is young and it may take time but the upside, the fit, and the need are all there for this selection at pick 21.
Other Possibilities: Taco Charlton, Quincy Wilson, Tj Watt
1.22: Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
- The Miami Dolphins have on glaring hole on the offensive line and thats at left guard after moving Laremy Tunsil to left tackle. Forrest Lamp is your immediate plug and play guard who will help solidfy the left side of that offensive line for the next 5-10 years. Jay Ajayi doesn’t have the elite ability to create on his own, so I expece the Dolphins to continue to build along that front to help generate some lanes for Ajayi.
1.23: New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
- The Giants seems to be extremely interested in Ramczyk despite the hip surgery and lack of testing number made available. Ramczyk is a technical offensive tackle who could be plugged in at left tackle from day one. Ereck Flowers has no business playing left tackle and Bobby Hart has no business playing it all. The Giants desperately need offensive line help, specifically at the tackle positions.
1.24: Oakland Raiders: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
- Chidobe Awuzie was invited to the green room and he’s probably going round one. Awuzie is who the Raiders though DJ Hayden was going to be so I can see them pulling the trigger here at pick 24. Awuzie can play nickel and outside as a cornerback and even spend some time at the safety position. Awuzie possesses the football intelligence the Oakland Raiders front office seems to prioritize in their draft picks.
1.25: Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
- I doubt Quarterbacks fall this far but it definitetly could happen. Draft Campbell of Walterfootball.com reported that he had spoken to six teams and none of them had a first round grade on Watson. Tony Pauline backed up this sentiment at the time and even recently shared two NFL big boards that left Watson out of the top 32. Is Watson destined for a slide in the 2017 NFL draft?
1.26: Seattle Seahawks: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
- The Seattle Seahawks take chances on big time athletic profiles. I just can’t see McDowell falling as far as people say he is. He is a top ten talent with effort questions and there will be some coaches who think they can get the effort out of him. McDowell seems like a risk the Seattle front office would be willing to take.
1.27: Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
- It’s time for the Chiefs to grab their quarterback of the future and they’ve obviously been doing their due diligence. The Chiefs have basically worked out every top quarterback in this class and I think they will be in a position to snag Mahomes at pick 27. Mahomes is a raw quarterback but has a tremendous ceiling thanks to his ability to improvise outside of the pocket and his incredible arm strength.
1.28: Dallas Cowboys: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
- Adoree’ Jackson was invited to the green room and should be able to sneak into the latter half of round one. The Dallas Cowboys need cornerback help and Adoree’ can provide that as a nickel cornerback. Adoree’ Jackson also has the explosive kick and punt returning ability that should get Jerry Jones jumping out of his seat for this selection.
Other Possibilities: Derek Barnett, Tj Watt, Taco Charlton
1.29: New York Jets trade w/ Green Bay Packers: Davis Webb, QB, California
- I’m buying the first round hype on Davis Webb. Teams fall in love with arm strength, attitude, work ethic and size. NFL teams also like to have that fifth year option for their quarterbacks. This may look crazy on paper but bad organizations make bad decisions and this is a move I think the New York Jets could make. The Jets have met with Webb on three different occassions throughout the draft process.
Trade Terms: 29 for 39, 107, Future 5th
1.30: Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
- The Pittsburgh Steelers might be looking EDGE or cornerback here but they also need a lineback to plug in next to Ryan Shazier. Jarrad Davis has the tenacious and leadership mentality I’m sure Mike Tomlin can get behind. Davis is a physical linebacker who will add to an already aggressive defense.
1.31: Atlanta Falcons: Jordan Willis, EDGE, Kansas State
- It sounds like the Falcons will be looking to trade out of the first round or just go ahead and draft Jordan Willis who they reportedly love. Willis blew up the combine with insane testing numbers and has been on the rise ever since. Willis would be another explosive piece to that defense and would look great across from former Clemson Tiger, Vic Beasley.
1.32: San Francisco 49ers trade w/ New Orleans Saints: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
- I’ve read many reports stating that both Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch love DeShone Kizer. Kizer seems like a perfect fit in Kyle Shnahans offense where he can opperate off of play action and move around outside the pocket. Like I mentioned above, teams love that 5th year option and I expect the 49ers to consider climbing back into the first round.
Trade Terms: 32 for 34, Future 4th
2.33: Cleveland Browns: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
2.34: New Orleans Saints (From San Francisco 49ers trade): Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan
2.35: Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
2.36: Chicago Bears: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
2.37: Los Angeles Rams: Taylor Moton. OG/OT, Western Michigan
2.38: Los Angeles Chargers: Kevin King, CB, Washington
2.39: Green Bay Packers (From New York Jets Trade): Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
2.40: Carolina Panthers: John Ross, WR, Washington
2.41: Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
2.42: New Orleans Saints: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
2.43: Philadelphia Eagles: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
2.44: Buffalo Bills: Zay Jones, WR, ECU
2.45: Arizona Cardinals: Marcus Maye, S, Florida
2.46: Indianapolis Colts: Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan
2.47: Baltimore Ravens: JuJu Smith Schuster, WR, USC
2.48: Minnesota Vikings: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
2.49: Washington Redskins: T.J. Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin
2.50: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State
2.51: Denver Broncos: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
2.52: Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland Trade): Budda Baker, S, Washington
2.53: Detroit Lions: Obi Melifonwu, S, Uconn
2.54: Miami Dolphins: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
2.55: New York Giants: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
2.56: Oakland Raiders: Tyus Bowser, EDGE, Houston
2.57: Houston Texans: Marcus Williams, FS, Utah
2.58: Seattle Seahawks: Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh
2.59: Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
2.60: Dallas Cowboys: Takk McKinley, EDGE, UCLA
2.61: Green Bay Packers: Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn
2.62: Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
2.63: Atlanta Falcons: Dion Dawkins, OG, Troy
2.64: Carolina Panthers: David Sharpe, OT/OG, Florida
3.65: Cleveland Browns: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
3.66: San Francisco 49ers: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
3.67: Chicago Bears: Carlos Henderson, WR, La Tech
3.68: Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Jones, S, NC State
3.69: Los Angeles Rams: ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
3.70: New York Jets: Bucky Hodges, TE, Va Tech
3.71: Los Angeles Chargers: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
3.72: New England Patriots: Desmond King, S/CB, Iowa
3.73: Cincinnati Bengals: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
3.74: Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
3.75: Buffalo Bills: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
3.76: New Orleans Saints: Tarell Basham, EDGE, Ohio
3.77: Arizona Cardinals: Derek Rivers, EDGE, Youngstown St.
3.78: Baltimore Ravens: Pat Elflein, OC, Ohio State
3.79: Minnesota Vikings: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
3.80: Indianapolis Colts: Marlon Mack, RB, USF
3.81: Washington Redskins: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DL, Villanova
3.82: Denver Broncos: Carlos Wakins, DT, Clemson
3.83: Tennessee Titans: George Kittle, TE, Iowa
3.84: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Xavier Woods, S, La Tech
3.85: Detroit Lions: Duke Riley, LB, LSU
3.86: Minnesota Vikings: Ethan Pocic, OC, LSU
3.87: New York Giants: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
3.88: Oakland Raiders: Gerald Everett, TE, S. Alabama
3.89: Houston Texans: Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah
3.90: Philadelphia Eagles: Shelton Gibson, WR, WVU
3.91: Kansas City Chiefs: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
3.92: Dallas Cowboys: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
3.93: Green Bay Packers: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
3.94: Pittsburgh Steelers: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
3.95: Atlanta Falcons: Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
3.96: New England Patriots: Trey Hendrickson, EDGE, FAU
3.97: Miami Dolphins: Dawuane Smoot, EDGE, Illinois
3.98: Carolina Panthers: Demarcus Walker, DL, Florida State
3.99: Philadelphia Eagles: Ryan Anderson, EDGE/LB, Alabama
3.100: Tennessee Titans: Grover Stewart, DL, Albany State
3.101: Denver Broncos: Jermaine Eluemunor, OT/OG, TAMU
3.102: Seattle Seahawks: Nico Siragusa, OG, San Diego State
3.103: New Orleans Saints: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
3.104: Kansas City Chiefs: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
3.105: Pittsburgh Steelers: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
3.106: Seattle Seahawks: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
3.107: Green Bay Packers: Josh Reynolds, WR, TAMU
4.108: Cleveland Browns: Montravious Adams, DT, Auburn
4.109: San Francisco 49ers: Chad Hansen, WR, California
4.110: Jacksonville Jaguars: Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
4.111: Chicago Bears: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
4.112: Los Angeles Rams: Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
4.113: Los Angeles Chargers: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
4.114: Washington Redskins: Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
4.115: Carolina Panthers: Rasul Douglas, CB, WVU
4.116: Cincinnati Bengals: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
4.117: Chicago Bears: Charles Walker, DL, Oklahoma,
4.118: Philadelphia Eagles: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
4.119: Arizona Cardinals: Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin
4.120: Minnesota Vikings: Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota
4.121: Indianapolis Colts: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
4.122: Baltimore Ravens: Davon Godchaux, DL, LSU
4.123: Washington Redskins: John Johnson, S, Boston College
4.124: Tennessee Titans: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
4.125: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Griffin, CB, UCF
4.126: Denver Broncos: Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU
4.127: Detroit Lions: Michael Roberts, Toledo, TE
4.128: Minnesota Vikings: Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina
4.129: Oakland Raiders: Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
4.130: Tennessee Titans: Daeshon Hall, EDGE, TAMU
4.131: New England Patriots: Jordan Morgan, OG, Kutztown
4.132: Kansas City Chiefs: Danny Isidora, OG, Miami
4.133: Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
4.134: Green Bay Packers: Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
4.135: Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
4.136: Atlanta Falcons: Eli McGuire, RB, ULL
4.137: Indianapolis Colts: Carroll Phillips, EDGE, Illinois
4.138: Cincinnati Bengals: Isaiah Ford, WR, Va Tech
4.139: Philadelphia Eagles: Damontae Kazee, CB, SDSU
4.140: New York Giants: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
4.141: Los Angeles Rams: Tyler Orlosky, OC, WVU
4.142: Houston Texans: Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
4.143: San Francisco 49ers: Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
4.144: Indianapolis Colts: Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina