Pre Bowl 2017 Mock Draft

 

 

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1.) Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

The Browns are staring at a 0-12 record and could obviously use an influx of talent at nearly every position. Garrett is my #1 player and is a day one starter. While the Browns would love to find a franchise QB, I don’t feel one is worthy of the number one pick.. yet.

 

 

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2.) San Francisco 49ers

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Much like the Browns, the 49ers need help at almost every position so taking the best available player would be a wise choice. I know the 49ers desperately need a quarterback, but I don’t see any quarterback that is worth the value here and that fits Chip Kelly’s style. Barnett has the ability to be a game changer and is an instant upgrade Day 1.

 

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3.) Jacksonville Jaguars

Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama

Jacksonville has to find a way someone who can be a disrupter and difference maker up front. Allen is that and more. A versatile defensive lineman, Allen can play in any defensive scheme. This is a safe pick.

 

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4.) Chicago Bears

Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

If you don’t know who Mitch Trubisky is yet, he will be a name you hear often from now through April. I like his quick release and his accuracy, though there is plenty of his game that needs to be improved. Should he declare, he could be the first quarterback off the board.

 

 

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5.) New York Jets

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Two years in a row with a running back selected in the top five? Four SEC players in the top five picks? If you listened to the podcast this week, you heard Zac mention Fournette to the Jets as a real possibility. This team needs a long term answer in its backfield, and Fournette is one of the most gifted running back prospects in a long time.

 

 

 

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6.) Tennessee Titans

Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Tennessee has to improve their secondary and the 2017 Draft has plenty of cornerbacks to choose from. Wilson has the size and speed you want in a top tier cornerback and has great ball skills. Wilson is currently my No. 1 cornerback in what looks to be a deep class as Florida continues to pump out top tier defensive backs.

 

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7.) Carolina Panthers

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Protecting Cam Newton or selecting a cornerback? Carolina has invested too much into Newton and the line in front of him must be improved. Robinson hasn’t played nearly as well as I had hoped coming into this season, but his talent and overall body of work make him a good fit for the Panthers.

 

 

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8.) Cincinnati Bengals

Jamal Adams, SAF, LSU

Adams might be one of my favorite players in all of college football. He is a well rounded safety who can play in the box, split the field and isn’t afraid to help in run support.

 

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9.) New Orleans Saints

Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

Foster might be the best player for the Crimson Tide and fills a need for the Saints. The Butkus Award winner is a three down linebacker and dare I say, is best middle linebacker prospect since Luke Kuechly.

 

 

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10.) Cleveland Browns

Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan

Peppers is one of the more captivating prospects in this years draft. While you can’t deny his big play ability, a team drafting him will have to mold their defense after his game, or at least allow  him the flexibility to move all over the field. Cleveland clearly needs playmakers on both sides of the ball, and Peppers can at least help on kick returns while becoming adjusted to life in the NFL.

 

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11.) San Diego Chargers

Malik McDowell, DE/DT, Michigan State

McDowell has been a consistent presence for the Spartans over the past two seasons. With Joey Bosa and McDowell up front, the Chargers would have a young front seven that can cause problems for opposing offenses for years to come.

 

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12.) Arizona Cardinals

Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

The Cardinals, along with the Panthers, have to be one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL. While they have one of the best cornerbacks in Patrick Peterson, he needs a buddy to pair with on the other side. Many could argue a certain cornerback from Alabama, but Jones has been steady all season in the pass happy Pac-12 and is a turn over machine.

 

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13.) Tennessee Titans

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Tennessee needs to begin to equip Marcus Mariota with more weapons outside and Williams is just that. A solid route runner and big bodied wide out, Williams can dominate 50/50 balls with his strong hands and leaping ability.

 

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14.) Indianapolis Colts

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

I think it is pretty self explanatory. The Colts have had no running game for years, and Cook combined with Andrew Luck would finally give the Colts some balance on offense.

 

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15.) Buffalo Bills

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Coming into the 2016 season, many had Humphrey as the clear cut No. 1 corner in this years draft. And while he is still a very talented player, he has struggled at times this year. I fully expect him to have a great combine and if he falls to 15, I am sure Rex Ryan will have this selection in rather quickly.

 

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16.) Green Bay Packers

Tim Williams, DE/OLB, Alabama

Obviously we are seeing a trend here in the first part of Round 1. Yes, this is now the sixth Alabama Crimson Tide player selected and the fifth defensively. And while I don’t expect Green Bay to be selecting this high come April, Julius Peppers isn’t getting any younger and finding a long term answer in the middle of Round 1 is great value.

 

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17.) Philadelphia Eagles

Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

The Eagles’ wide outs may be the worst in the entire league and getting help for Carson Wentz must be a top priority this off season. Davis is a sure-handed wide receiver who looks like a running back with the ball in his hands. His match up against Wisconsin will be a big test against a top tier defense.

 

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18.) Washington Redskins

Desmond King, CB, Iowa

The Redskins have to improve their secondary play opposite of Josh Norman. King shows great ball skills and is a more than willing run defender. While he only has two interceptions on the season, teams have avoided him through the season.

 

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19.) Miami Dolphins

Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida

Miami has go to upgrade its secondary this off season. Tabor is another corner in this draft who can make a play on the ball and has great coverage skills. Tabor has had some off the field rumblings which is something to keep an eye on from now through April.

 

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20.) Pittsburgh Steelers

Zach Cunnigham, LB, Vanderbilt

The Steelers have an aging linebacker inside with Lawrence Timmons. Combining another dominant sideline to sideline linebacker like Cunningham screams Steelers football. Not only is this good value but this also is a great fit for both team and player.

 

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21.) Houston Texans

O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

Everyone saw the potential of Howard in last years national championship game against Clemson. Houston could utilize him as a match up problem while also filling a major need.

 

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22.) Baltimore Ravens

John Ross, WR, Washington

Speed. That has to the be the first thought that comes to mind when you see Ross play. And, while he certainly has elite speed, he is also a polished route runner and would add a dimension to the Ravens offense they haven’t had in some time.

 

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23.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

The Bucs have one of the best wide receivers in the league in Mike Evans, but they have almost nothing opposite of him. Smith-Schuster is another talented USC wide receiver prospect. Look for him to provide more immediate production then his predecessors.

 

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24.) Atlanta Falcons

Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

If Hooker enters the draft, he could be one of the higher secondary players taken in the draft. His talent is evident, and I could see him going in the top 10 should he declare. This would be great value for the Falcons at the end of Round 1.

 

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25.) Detroit Lions

Demarcus Walker, DE, Florida State

Walker is another versatile defensive lineman though I believe his best fit is in a 4-3. As the season went along, Walker got better and better. The Lions continue to re build the defense and get good value here.

 

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26.) New York Giants

Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

The Giants spent a ton of money last off season to upgrade one of the leagues worst defenses and so far, it’s worked out pretty well. However, getting a long term presence up front not only fits the Giants previous Draft history but also fills a need. Brantley has great burst off the line and should be able to generate a solid pass rush at the next level.

 

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27.) Denver Broncos

Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

Denver has struggled at times with pass catching running backs and tight ends have given them a problem throughout the season. With Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry in the division for the foreseeable future, getting a linebacker that can cover and be a constant presence in the box, makes this a great pick for the Broncos.

 

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28.) Oakland Raiders

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

A third running back in the first round? Yep. And McCaffrey adds another dimension to this already potent offense. His ability to be utilized in both the running and passing game makes him a difficult match up for any linebacker. And while I don’t think he is a 25-plus touches a game guy, he should be able to handle enough of the workload to balance out the Raiders offense.

 

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29.) Seattle Seahawks

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

Seattle has had major problems up front all season long. And, while they are playing better, adding an influx of youth to protect Russell Wilson wouldn’t be a bad idea. While Ramczyk isn’t the most experienced tackle, this draft isn’t filled with top end tackle prospects, so sneaking into the first round isn’t out of the question.

 

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30.) Kansas City Chiefs

Pat Elflein, G/C, Ohio State

Andy Reid loves drafting lineman early in the draft and Elflein is an interior lineman who’s played both center and guard for the Buckeyes. Personally, I think he is a better pro at guard but could move to center down the road. That type of flexibility will appeal to Reid and the Chiefs at the bottom end of Round 1.

 

 

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31.) New England Patriots

Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA

McKinley is an undersized edge rusher, but his great quickness and strong hands should allow him to develop as a natural edge rusher for the Patriots. While McKinley will need to put on size in the NFL, the Patriots have a habit of taking these smaller thumpers and turning them into defensive standouts.

 

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32.) Dallas Cowboys

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

Dallas currently has one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL and that must change. Harris displays great burst, power and technique.  With Harris just being named to the All-SEC Second team, his game speaks for itself and he should be able to produce early on for the boys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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