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2017 NFL Mock Draft by CJDillon88 - 2.26
Published at 2/26/2017 3:44:21 PM
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Best player in the draft, won't reach for one of the QB's. This pick is all but locked in unless they get an incredible trade offer to gather more draft picks.
The next best player after Garrett, they could pair him along with Armstead and Buckner on the D-Line, scary. Shanahan and Lynch are going to try to make a move for a veteran like Cutler, Cousins or Garappalo, so they won't reach for one of the QB's.
Although John Fox isn't big on rookie QB's, Watson is my # 1 quarterback this year and the most pro-ready of the top 3. Trubisky has all the hype right now, but Watson's winning pedigree, athleticism, and readiness will elevate him to be the next Bears QB, since they are more than likely moving on from Cutler.
The Jags could go pass rusher here or even RB as some people think, but I think they go with the top safety to help top pick in 2016, Jalen Ramsey, out in the secondary.
The Titans have 2 first round picks and could go a few directions here because of having another pick. They do need secondary help and taking the top corner in the draft is almost a no-brainer. They could opt for a wide out like Davis or Williams here also.
This pick is a tough one. They could go RB and take Fournette, but that's not their biggest need; they could go CB, but outside of Lattimore the others are more of a reach at 6. Ultimately, they are going to need to a QB of the future, and although they have Petty and Hackenberg in the fold, they are probably not seen as starters in the future. Trubisky gives the Jets a chance to start over.
The Chargers have needed safety help since Weddle left, in steps Hooker. They could also look for a WR with Mike Williams and Corey Davis still on the board and the team's need for more talent at the position; Keenan Allen is injury prone so no one knows how long he will last but someone else to pair with him and Tyrell Williams is another route for the team too.
This seems to be the consensus pick with almost everyone. It seems like the perfect fit at just the right time, with Stewart on the decline. It's almost too good to be true, and more than likely won't end up this way, but if Carolina is able to nab Fournette then look out for this offense in the near future.
Michael Johnson could end up being a cap casualty, but even if not the Bengals won't pass on this versatile talent who could easily go in the top 5 picks. Pairing him with Dunlap would make their D-Line very tough. Other options here are Reuben Foster as LB is a need, or even one of the WR to pair alongside AJ Green.
Bear with me here, as this isn't the typical selection you see in other mocks. Most mocks have Buffalo going QB, taking Mike Williams or going to the defensive side of the ball, no one that I've seen has them going with Davis. A little unconventional of a pick, but I could see them pairing him and his precise route running and good hands with Watkins and his speed/game breaking ability. It also gives them insurance in case Watkins gets injured again.
Another pick that is almost consensus across the board. The Saints need all the defensive help they can get and by taking the best LB in the draft, they do just that. They just happen to be filling a need and taking the best player available at the same time.
Some might be shocked with this selection, but I would not be at all. The Browns have never done things that we would expect them to do, and I just don't see them taking a QB in the first round unless Watson (or maybe Trubisky) falls to them here. Conventional wisdom would say take Kizer he has the highest ceiling, but I think they're either going to try to get Garappalo from NE or give RGIII and/or Kessler another chance to prove themselves. That being said, they need help everywhere, and pairing another Gator next to all-pro Joe Haden would significantly improve their secondary.
Carson Palmer is on his way out, he showed it this past season. He'll give the Cards one more season, so they are going to need to look to the future, they do that here by selecting Kizer to learn under Palmer and Bruce Arians for a year. They could also go WR since Fitzgerald isn't going to be around forever, and Floyd did not pan out as expected.
Another tricky team to pick for. They have a bunch of holes that need to be filled, O-Line being the biggest, so they could opt for Robinson or Ramczyk here to help protect Andrew Luck. But, with Cook still hanging around, they snag him. Some think he is better than Fournette, and he very well could be taken well before this pick, but the Colts get him, giving them a talented RB to help out Luck in the future once Gore retires.
A no-brainer at this point. Carson Wentz needs weapons in order to succeed, and this Eagles WR corp is lacking mightily. Adding Williams gives them a real game changer who will make plays with Wentz for years to come. If Williams, Davis and Cook are all gone by this point, I see Philly taking a corner so other possibilities are Sidney Jones or Teez Tabor here.
Terrell Suggs won't be around forever, so time to start planning beyond him. Baltimore does that here with the best player available, a talented edge rusher who could easily have gone in the top 10 picks.