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2017 NFL Mock Draft: Updated with Commentary

*Updated with justification for each pick or trade made*

Here is my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. Below you see what I think will happen tonight once the draft kicks off. To be honest, I’d be happy if I got 5 or 6 right. Comment, share, retweet, and let me know what you think.

Pick Number Team Trade Player
1 Cleveland Browns   Myles Garrett
Garrett is the consensus number one player in the draft, regardless of position universally. This is a no brainer, and if reports are accurate, the Browns agree.
2 San Francisco 49ers   Jamal Adams
As an NFL safety, Adams is the whole package. Great range in coverage and not afraid to attack downhill. Clean medicals and talent make this a smart pick for San Francisco.
3 Chicago Bears   Solomon Thomas
Rumors are the Bears are enamored with Adams and Thomas and will probably choose whoever the 49ers pass on. Thomas is versatile enough to rotate around Vic Fangio’s system.
4 Jacksonville Jaguars   Leonard Fournette
The Jags have built up the defense over the past few years, and now it’s time for an offensive gift. Fournette is an exceptionally gifted runner with explosive size and power. This should take the heat off Bortles a little. OJ Howard wouldn’t be shocking here.
5 Tennessee Titans Cleveland Mitch Trubisky
The Titans move back for the second year in a row, capitalizing on the fact a team needs a QB. This time Cleveland moves up for Trubisky, the hometown kid, to lead the charges.
6 New York Jets   OJ Howard
The Jets could go several ways here. Secondary isn’t out of the question. Howard is one of the few prospects with clean medicals and supreme talent, so he gets the nod for a team who need as many good players as they can find.
7 Los Angeles Chargers   Malik Hooker
The Chargers have been connected to Mike Williams and recently McCaffrey here, but I think they go defense. Their secondary took a major hit with the loss of Eric Weddle, and Hooker has the talent and range to be a great replacement. His medicals are a little concerning though.
8 Carolina Panthers   Christian McCaffrey
The Panthers get their man. McCaffrey absolutely has the talent and work ethic to possible be remembered as the top prospect in this draft. Carolina could use him in dangerous ways, 2 back sets with Johnathan Stewart, slot WR, returner, or checkdown option.
9 Cincinnati Bengals   Jonathan Allen
The Bengals get a steal here, as Allen has top-5 ability. He would be a pain to block paired up with Geno Adkins and he plays as a penetrating defensive interior lineman who can also play end. The double shoulder arthritis and multiple surgeries are concerning, but the Bengals can’t help themselves at pick 9.
10 Buffalo Bills   Marshon Lattimore
This breaks perfectly for Buffalo. They lost Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots and are able to find a natural replacement as a number 1 corner. Lattimore would be an easy top-5 pick if he didn’t have re-occurring hamstring issues that were bad enough for him to take a redshirt at Ohio State. If he can stay healthy, he’s a steal at 10.
11 New Orleans Saints   Derek Barnett
This seemed like a natural spot for a cornerback and probably would have been if Gareon Conley avoided getting in trouble. Luckily, the Saints also need pass rushing and can find it at 11. You have to have talent to break Reggie White’s sack record, which Barnett did this past season at Tennessee.
12 Cleveland Browns Tennessee Mike Williams
The Titans trade back and still have the ability to get their guy. Mike Williams gives Marcus Mariota a legitimate number one target to throw downfield to. Williams has the measurable, the range, and the ability to go up and get the ball.
13 Arizona Cardinals Denver Haason Reddick
This is a complete gut call. Rumors are Denver has looked to trading up as far as the top 5 and two of their biggest needs are linebacker and offensive line. While a tackle isn’t out of the realm of possibility here, I think they have their eyes on a bigger prize. Reddick is the drafts biggest riser, a freak athlete who can play the middle and rush the passer on 3rd downs. The Broncos missed Danny Trevathan last year, here is the replacement.
14 Philadelphia Eagles   Marlon Humphrey
The Eagles were a lock for Gareon Conley until his accused rape earlier this week. Humphrey slots right into that spot as a physical corner with speed who isn’t afraid to attack downhill and tackle. If Mike Williams falls to pick 14, he could likely occupy this pick as well.
15 Indianapolis Colts   Reuben Foster
The Colts need a pass rusher or a corner. There are plenty of pass rushers (corners are a little sparse though). All that said, Foster dropping to 15 is a god send. Another top 5 talent who dropped due to potential character issues, he’s the top inside linebacker in the draft capable of playing 3 downs. Plus, GM Chris Ballard has never been known to let character scare him away from talent.
16 Baltimore Ravens   Corey Davis
Corey Davis falls to Baltimore. Davis has number one receiver potential who has gone through some offseason surgeries. Don’t let the small school pedigree fool you, Davis has all of the talent to go here (or sooner). Don’t be shocked to see Cam Robinson from Alabama here either to replace Ricky Wagner.
17 Washington Redskins   Charles Harris
If Charles Harris falls to Washington, he’s the pick. If the Colts or the Ravens take him, they could trade back or take a corner like Adoree Jackson. Harris finished the year strong, tested well, and has the raw tools to beat most NFL tackles. He will be a great asset to this defense.
18 Tennessee Titans Houston Patrick Mahomes
Houston moves up from pick 25 to make sure they are able to get their Quarterback, and the Titans get to move back again to get more picks. Mahomes is considered by some to be the top quarterback. He has a strong arm and high IQ. He could be a star in the NFL, especially throwing to DeAndre Hopkins.
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Seattle Garrett Bolles
Rumor has it Tampa Bay wants to move back and Seattle wants to move up to jump lineman hungry teams. This seems like a perfect marriage. Bolles is a bit older and has some flags in his medicals, but he could very well be the most talented offensive tackle in this class.
20 Denver Broncos Arizona Deshaun Watson
Arizona is able to move back to a justifiable place to take a project QB. Watson has all the intangibles and the proven ability to win big games. He may be a reach in the top 15, but here he is perfect as the heir to Carson Palmer if he continues to regress.
21 Detroit Lions   David Njoku
The Eric Ebron experiment has not gone well thus far. However, his rookie contract is almost up. Enter Njoku, a raw athlete who put enough on tape and a show at the combine to justify a first round grade. Miami churns out top Tight Ends historically, and Njoku will go to an offense that can utilize his gifts with Matt Stafford.
22 Miami Dolphins   Jarrad Davis
Jarrad Davis has the size, speed, and temperament to be an exceptional middle linebacker in the NFL. Miami won’t be able to help pairing him with Kiko Alonso in the middle and watching them tackle anything within 5 yards. Florida has had some serious talent on defense drafted the past 2 years, and Davis may be the best of them all.
23 New York Giants   Cam Robinson
The Giants may trade up. After all, three targets rumored to them (Bolles, Njoku, Davis) were taken with 3 of the last 4 picks. If they choose to stand pat, and offensive lineman is probably the choice. In this case, Cam Robinson. Robinson started as a freshman at Alabama as a left tackle and never relinquished his role. His game was critiqued pretty hard this year, but most agree he is ready to be an NFL right tackle today and could flip to the left side if Ereck Flowers continues to struggle.
24 Oakland Raiders   Kevin King
Oakland has plenty of offensive talent, so with pick 24 they decide to help out their secondary. The Raiders would love to get one of the top inside linebackers, they could even take Cunningham, but they choose to boost the back end of their secondary. King is tall, lean, and has the ability to play the deep ball and to attack short routes as well.
25 Houston Texans Tennessee Adoree Jackson
With the Titans second pick in the first round, they snag Adoree Jackson. Jackson is an electric returner who is raw as a corner. Numerous teams were rumored to love his interviews and his workouts, so it’s very possible he goes sooner than this as well.
26 Seattle Seahawks Tampa Bay Dalvin Cook
Apparently, Tampa is enamored with Dalvin Cook. He’s from Miami-Dade and his film is absolutely electric. He has power and breakaway speed. However, his combine scores were poor and he apparently has some skeletons in the closet. Taking him at 19 may be a bit of a reach, but Tampa will have to take him here to make sure he’s on their roster.
27 Kansas City Chiefs   Zach Cunningham
Don’t be shocked to see a running back like Alvin Kamara here. But if the Chiefs go defense, interior linebacker may be the decision. Cunningham is an excellent athlete who seems to have raw instincts in football. His athleticism more than made up for that in college as he was a tackling machine at Vanderbilt.
28 Dallas Cowboys   Taco Charlton
The rich get richer. The Cowboys miss out on Adoree Jackson, but are able to get player some teams think could be a top 10 talent. Charlton was a force of nature at Michigan, living in the backfield his last season. He would be an asset in the run and pass game for the Cowboys, especially at pick 28.
29 Green Bay Packers   Joe Mixon
Allegedly the Packers are one of the few teams that are willing to look past Mixon’s off field transgressions. However, there is an above average chance that Mixon won’t be there for them in round 2. While the Packers can use a guy in the secondary or an edge rusher, they could really use a running back. Mixon could easily be the top running back in the class if he had a clean background and has the talent to be a top 5 pick.
30 Pittsburgh Steelers   Evan Engram
Two picks kept popping up with the Steelers, but I chose neither in this mock draft. Don’t be shocked about Jabrill Peppers or Deshone Kizer, but Engram has the ability to carve out a unique role in the NFL. A receiving tight end, Engram has size and speed to make safeties and linebackers look foolish, even at the NFL level.
31 Atlanta Falcons   Takk McKinley
The Falcons get some help on their defense (luckily they didn’t have to blow a lead to get it) and grab Takk McKinley. Medicals pushed this top 15 pick down the draft board, but if the Falcons can keep him healthy they are getting a disruptive athlete who can get after quarterbacks.
32 New Orleans Saints   Obi Melinfonwu
The final pick of the first round. Melinfonwu is the latest Connecticut prospect who took the combine by storm. Melinfonwu has the ability to play safety or corner in the NFL and could even slide down as a linebacker if necessary. The Saints apparently covet his ability and after taking a pass rusher with their first pick, this is a great way to end day one of the draft.

 

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