With the NFL Draft now just hours away, here is one final mock draft as we attempt to predict where this years top prospects will go. Where will the QB’s land? Is Myles Garrett the top pick? Lets dive right into it and as always tell us what you think!
Be sure to check out the reports attached for each player and view our entire 2017 reports here.
1.) Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M
Garrett is a once every 5-7 year type of prospect. His ability to get to the quarterback combined with his clean history (both off the field and injury related) is clean. Garett is the top player on almost every board and a team lacking talent like the Browns should take the best player available.
2.) San Francisco 49ers- Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford
This pick will dictate the remainder of the top 10. If San Fran takes a QB then the flood gates could open and a run of signal callers could follow. I have them playing it safe and filling a position of need on their defensive line.Thomas is one of the “risers” of this years draft and is another safe pick.
3.) Chicago Bears- Jonathan Allen, DE/DT Defensive Tackle
Much like the 49ers, the bears could go in a multitude of directions with this selection. Like the two teams in front of them, the Bears lack a long term answer at quarterback. With that being said, they did sign a QB this off season and need talent across the board on both sides of the ball. Allen is another safe selection and one who is scheme versatile.
4.) Jacksonville Jaguars- Leonard Fournette, RB LSU
Jacksonville finds themselves in a prime position entering the 2017 Draft. If the teams in front of them take the QB’s that they desperately need one of the top defensive prospects could fall to them. Fortunately for the Jags, Fournette isn’t bad compensation. Fournette fills an immediate need and will help add another dimension to one of the leagues worst rushing attacks.
5.) Tennessee Titans- Malik Hooker, Safety Ohio State
Tennessee is in a prime position to move this pick, especially with the top three Quarterbacks on the board. Since I’m not mocking trades, Malik Hooker might be the best player available and can play centerfield generating turnovers for the Titans. Hooker is only beginning to scratch the surface of his immense talent.
6.) New York Jets- Marshon Lattimore, CB Ohio State
The Jets have had some of the best CB duos in the league over the past 10 years. With little to no young talent in their defensive backs, taking the top corner available makes a ton of sense for the Jets. Lattimore has all the tools to be a day one starter and could develop into a potential All Pro corner.
7.) L.A. Chargers– Jamal Adams, Safety LSU
The Chargers secondary could use a talented safety on the back end of their defense. Adams not only brings an influx of talent but also brings leadership and accountability. Getting Adams (a top 5 talent) at a position of need is a win-win.
8.) Carolina Panthers- Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford
With Leonard Fournette off the board the Panthers will have to look elsewhere for talent to help former MVP Cam Newton. While the Panthers would love to fill some major holes on their offensive line, no lineman are worthy of a top 10 selection. McCaffrey can come in and cause match up problems for any defense the Panthers face and is a day one starter.
9.) Cincinnati Bengals- Taco Charlton, DE Michigan
The Bengals find themselves just out of reach for the top defensive back prospects. Do they take the top inside linebacker prospect? Do they select the top wide receiver on their board? Instead, they select the most athletic edge rusher in this years class in what may be a surprise come Thursday night. Charlton fits the mold of former Bengal defensive ends and provides versatility for them in future.
10.) Buffalo Bills- Mike Williams, WR Clemson
Buffalo needs to provide Sammy Watkins and the offense another weapon on the outside. Mike Williams joining his fellow Clemson alumni in Buffalo makes a ton of sense and adds another dimension to the Bills passing game.
11.) New Orleans Saints- O.J. Howard, TE Alabama
With the Saints signing of Adrian Peterson, it appears they believe they can make one more run with Drew Brees at the helm. O.J. Howard is one of the safest picks in this years class and can provide immediate help the Brees and the Saints. Not only is he dynamic in the passing game, but he is also a more then capable blocker.
12.) Cleveland Browns- Mitchell Trubisky, QB North Carolina
This would be a dream scenario for the Browns. Reports are saying that Trubisky is very much in play for the first overall pick. The twelfth selection is certainly the floor for Trubisky and the Browns would fly to the podium to grab their franchise quarterback.
13.) Arizona Cardinals- Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson
The Cardinals must come away with Caron Palmers long term replacement sooner then later. Watson is regarded by many to be the top Quarterback in this years class though he may need a year to sit before being ready to set up under center for the Cards.
14.) Philadelphia Eagles- Derek Barnett, DE Tennessee
The Eagles need to hit on this selection, especially with so many long term question marks on both sides of the ball. While I would love to mock an offensive weapon to help build around Carson Wentz, history tells us that Howie Roseman and company value defensive ends early on. Barnett leaves Tennessee as the all time sack leader, beating out some guy named Reggie White.
15.) Indianapolis Colts- Reuben Foster, LB Alabama
Indy had one of the leagues worst defenses in 2016. Foster is a plug and play linebacker that can play sideline to sideline and never come off the field. If not for off the field concerns, Foster may have been a top 10 pick.
16.) Baltimore Ravens- Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan
Baltimore has long lacked a young prolific wide receiver. Pairing Davis with Joe Flacco could produce immediate results for the Ravens. Davis has the body, make up and toughness to fit in the Ravens scheme and plays with a certain toughness that fits this teams mold.
17.) Washington Redskins- Haason Reddick, LB/DE Temple
Washington has got to improve their front 7. Reddick can step in and play multiple positions up front while being a great value pick at number 17. Reddick can get to the Quarterback, drop in pass coverage and is a sideline to sideline defender.
18.) Tennessee Titans- David Njoku, TE Miami
Tennessee would love to land of one of the top wide receiver prospects with this pick. However, with both wide outs off the board, the Titans provide Mariota with an athletic Tight End that he can pair with for the next 5-7 years.
19.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Dalvin Cook, RB Florida State
Tampa Bay is another team rumored to be interested in trading back which is a very real possibility at this point in the draft. With that being said, the Bucs need to add an offensive game changer for Winston so why not grab his former teammate and fellow Seminole Dalvin Cook who can contribute both in the rushing and passing game.
20.) Denver Broncos– Ryan Ramczyk, OT Wisconsin
Denver must rebuild their aging offensive line and Ramczyk is arguably the top offensive tackle available. With no medical red flags and being clean off the field, this looks like a John Elway type of pick.
21.) Detroit Lions- Charles Harris, DE Missouri
In order to beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, the Lions must be able to apply pressure with a four man front. Charles Harris is one of the risers in this years draft and though he will need to add size and weight to be a complete 4-3 defensive end, he can contribute immediately by getting to the quarterback.
22.) Miami Dolphins- Zach Cunningham, LB Vanderbilt
Through the draft process Zach Cunningham has been overlooked by many in the NFL community. While recording 119 tackles at Vanderbilt, this also makes sense schematically and fills a need up front for the Dolphins. Cunningham is a three down linebacker who can play immediately for the Dolphins.
23.) New York Giants- Garett Bolles, OT Utah
The Giants have got to upgrade the talent on their offensive line. Boles is an intriguing prospect with great athleticism that can play inside early on and bump to tackle as he progresses.
24.) Oakland Raiders- Marlon Humphrey, CB Alabma
Oakland has one of the leagues best offenses so improving the defense is a top priority in the 2017 Draft. Humphrey is a big, talented corner who is physical at the line of scrimmage willing to help in run support. Oakland could take a running back at 24, but with the signing of Beast Mode they address an area of immediate concern.
25.) Houston Texans- Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech
In what might be the leagues worst kept secret, the Texans need a quarterback. Shocking I know. What is a secret is whom they’ll select and when. Mahomes has the arm strength to make every throw and the ability to make plays with his feet if need be. The Texans roll the dice with Mahomes in hopes they have found their franchise quarterback.
26.) Seattle Seahawks- Forrest Lamp, OG/OT Western Kentucky
Seattle had problems all year with their offensive line. Lamp is a big, strong athletic prospect that has potential to play tackle. At worst, he could be a dominate guard whose style of play fits the Seahawks and fills a need.
27.) Kansas City Chiefs- Cam Robinson, OT Alabma
Kansas City could be looking for a signal caller with this selection, though no quarterback on the board is worth this pick. Instead, the Chiefs grab an experienced offensive lineman and as we all know Andy Reid loves taking big men in round 1.
28.) Dallas Cowboys- Adoree Jackson, CB USC
Dallas could go several different directions with this pick, though its almost certain they will address the defensive side of the ball. Jackson is an athletic corner who can bring immediate help to a return game that has been lacking the past couple of seasons while refining his coverage skills.
29. Green Bay Packers- T.J. Watt De/OLB Wisconsin
Green Bay needs a running back, but with the top three prospects off the board, the Packers address their aging front 7 and keep T.J. Watt in the state of Wisconsin. Watt, who’s older brother is J.J. Watt has the bloodline and experience to not only get to the quarterback but stout against the run. Sound familiar?
30.) Pittsburgh Steelers- Obi Melifonwu, S UConn
While it wouldn’t surprise me if the Steelers went with a pass rusher at this point in the draft they do need help at Safety and Melifonwu is a rangy athletic safety that the Steelers have lacked since Troy Polamalu. Obi has the skill set to become an elite book end safety and has been rising up draft boards since blowing up the combine.
31.) Atlanta Falcons- Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE UCLA
Atlanta will be attempting to rebound from their epic Super Bowl loss to Tom Brady and the Patriots. With three prolific quarterbacks in their own division, adding a pass rusher like McKinley is never a bad idea. If McKinley is healthy this is a great value pick.
32.) New Orleans Saints- Kevin King, CB Washington
The Saints acquired this pick from the Patriots for Brandin Cooks, and there was plenty of chatter that the Saints were interested in Malcom Butler. Obviously the Saints need help at corner and King is one of the fastest risers entering Philadelphia.