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2017 NFL Mock Draft by pinkstob - 1.2
Published at 4/26/2017 8:54:22 PM
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The Browns signed Collins to an extension but that won't stop them from drafting a player of Garrett's caliber. A pass rushing OLB isn't the Brown's biggest need, but Garrett is by far the best player available (BPA) in this draft class.
I last had J. Allen going here but I was assuming the 49ers would sign a good veteran QB and Hoyer and Barkley are not that. Trubisky only got a year of starting experience but he has the best balance of accuracy, mobility and potential of all the available QB's.
By paying M. Glennon $15 million/year I don't think the Bears will take a QB in the 1st round. Fox has taken a Ohio State CB in the 1st round on every NFL team he has been a Head Coach (HC) for. Lattimore also matches the size Fox likes in his CB's. Lattimore's stock has moved up over the last month. Lattimore was very productive in college as a playmaker and performed very well at the Combine.
I really don't have a good feel yet for what the Jaguars will do with this pick. I don't even know who I think is the 4th best player in this draft class. After the combine I don't think Fournette or Adams are worth taking at this spot, but the Jaguars didn't do anything in FA to address the RB position and consensus is that Fournette is the best RB in this class. Personally I think it's Cook, but I've been bitten too much in the past making mock drafts to put the player I would draft. In short, I hope more info comes out between now and the draft so I'll feel more confident in this pick.
With the Chargers identifying that they need a QB of a future I no longer think they will use their 2nd round pick to move up in the 1st round to the Titan's spot, since they could use that 2nd rounder to get their QB. The Titans need secondary and WR help but Allen represents the best value of all the available options and also addresses a need for more pressure from the D-line. Allen can do it all as he played inside and outside for Alabama. He can stop the run and rush the passer and LeBeau loves being strong in the trenches.
The Jet could use a ball hawking safety and a upgrade at RB but Hooker represents the best value at this point. Besides, the Jets have now shown more interest in Hooker. Hooker is the best ball hawk in this year's class. I'm assuming Hooker will make a full recovery from surgery this offseason.
The Chargers need O-linemen bad, bad enough to select Lamp here. I always thought Lamp was the best O-lineman in the draft but I couldn't find a spot for him I was comfortable with. I think he has established himself now as a safe pick. Lamp has the size and strength to move to the inside. Lamp is just the type of O-lineman the Chargers like in that he is a good run blocker with great strength and athleticism. He's also a better pass protector than either of their current guards.
Adams addresses a need for the Panthers, but not their biggest need since they picked up another Adams from the Colts in Free Agency (FA). However, Adams is very long in the tooth and I can't see Jamal Adams falling any further than this spot now that I have studied the teams that have been brining him in for private visits. Adams is a well rounded safety who can line up anywhere on the field and be productive.
The Bengals have finally moved on from Maualuga and Minter is not a long term solution at MLB due to his inability to play the pass. Foster is a football seeking missile and demonstrates great instincts for an ILB. His reputation for having an immature personality shouldn't be an issue for Bengals as they have a history and method for dealing with that sort of thing.
This pick will either be a QB or O-lineman and Watson is the best value available among the available QB and OT options. This seems like a good spot for Watson from a value standpoint and obviously fits a position of want (not need) for the Bills. Watson has now outperformed Mahomes and Kizer on the field in college and at the Combine.
The Saints have needed to upgrade their youth and talent on the D-line for some time now. Thomas is an athletic, productive defensive lineman who really stepped it up a level last season and particularly in his final bowl game. He has the ability to play outside or inside on the D-line and he had great combine so he has been steadily moving up draft boards.
I don't think the Browns like Mahomes enough to take him at the #12 spot and in light of Conley's recent off field issue I'm forced to change this pick yet again. Kizer is not ready to start yet according to his college HC and himself, so this is a great team for him as the Browns still have Osweiler and Kessler on the roster. Kizer has a strong arm, good pocket presence and came from a pro offense. He just has to learn patience and continue to work on his accuracy.
With the unfortunate injury to CB S. Jones during Washington's Pro Day the Cardinals will have to look elsewhere for help. I don't think any of the other CB's are worth taking at this spot so they move on to their next position of need: WR. Mike Williams will serve as the heir apparent to L. Fitzgerald. The ability of Williams to win 50-50 balls down the field is something Fitzgerald already does. Williams couldn't ask for a better mentor.
The Eagles still need help at the skill positions on offense and they could go RB or WR but WR represents the best value. The Eagles really need a downfield threat for their offense and Ross running the fastest official time in Combine history is a match made in heaven for the Eagles. Ross has great hands as well and runs crisp routes.
The Colts need a RB with and they haven't picked one up in FA. This is the perfect place for McCaffrey since he can't carry a full load as a RB and can split carries with F. Gore. McCaffrey is a perfect fit for Colts offense with his receiving ability.
The Ravens have to get younger and more talented at OLB. It took McKinley a while to learn to play the run and is still learning after moving up from JUCO which is why he is still here. However, he is very quick and athletic and will make a great OLB for the Ravens.