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2017 NFL Mock Draft by bonar - 3.7
Published at 3/7/2017 1:31:18 PM
I have a feeling this year will emulate 2011, with more QBs going in Round 1 than predicted, and many of them being busts. My gut says that Watson will rocket up the charts like Newton did (few people had Newton Top 20 before Week 1). I also think the dearth of talent at DT will make things interesting. I suspect that most mocks will prove bunk, with teams moving up to grab guys at the QB position and at the shallow spots in the draft and teams willing to trade down with the glut of talent at other positions. With that said, here is a mock that will, most assuredly, end up as wrong as all the others.
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I know people will bash this pick, but these are the same people who had a Round 3 grade on Russel Wilson. Part of me thinks that the Browns might lean to Notre Dame's QB, but I think NFL people will be bigger on Watson than the average Joe. He is a winner and that is what it takes to turn around a franchise. The Browns have more talent on their roster than they get credit for. There is no point in sitting back and waiting another year for a QB. That division isn't as strong as it used to be. Pittsburgh is a mess on defense, Cincinnati can't seem to get it together and the Ravens are a breath away from needing a rebuild.
They have to figure out how to transition to the 43 with the two DE they have drafted, but they must be thinking about moving one of them (or maybe both) inside to even consider it. This means they have a spot open at DE. What I don't see them doing is drafting Allen, unless they are convinced either Armstead or Buckner is a bust. Having those three stunting each other's development by splitting reps doesn't make much sense to me.
The Bears have some needs on defense, but I am not convinced Allen is one of them. I would bet on them trading down. If they don't they will go QB. I like have not seen what everybody else sees in Trubinsky, but I am not a professional scout. I'll go with Kizer.
The tape is off the charts on this guy. If I wanted to help Bortles, and I can't give him Dallas's offensive line with one pick, I'd give him what Prescott got from Elliot. Part of me wants to see Jamal Adams pair up with Jalen Ramsey in a secondary, but this isn't Madden. Fournette at 4 is as solid a pick as Elliot was last year.
This is a hard one. Slotting Jonathan Allen on that line is tempting. Drafting Mike Williams as a target for Marriota is tempting (while they can go WR later, I think they might look to improve the OL in that spot). The NFL is going back to being a game where the center-fielders dictate the tone of the D. This could give them that leader and stud on D to help the team take the next step.
How do they pass on Jonathan Allen, too... I don't know, but they need to trade Richardson or let him be the star. They have over-drafted on the DL for too long at the cost of fielding a decent offense. They cannot compete with the Pats (or maybe even the Dolphins) this year, so they should start to transition the team's identity sooner rather than latter. If they whiff on a QB, oh well. Brady won't play forever and the Jets better have one once he hangs them up.
The Chargers have Bosa and Gus Bradley, which means they should transition to a 43. Getting Allen lets them do that. In a draft that doesn't seem to have much at DT, this would be an insane option for San Diego. It seems unbelievable on paper, but the teams in front of them, with the exception of the Jaguars, don't seem like natural landing spots for Allen to me. And I have to think the Jags try to save Bortles from the abyss.
Big receiver for Newton, which he needs. I would go secondary, but they don't seem concerned there and many Panthers fans seem to be supportive of the corners they have. Some people have Cook going here, but I am not as big on him.
This one seems easy to me, though drafting an Stanford player to the Bengels seems weird. Shouldn't they be picking some headcase criminal? Why do I think that?
They are hoping for Jim Kelly. As a Dolphins fan, I think it would be awesome if that is what they got. I miss the old days. I also like the idea of the Jets and the Bills getting QBs. They can't both miss, right?
The Saints ran a bounty program, that Combine incident won't phase them. They need to get some swag back on defense. I know many are saying secondary, but I really think somebody like Foster would be help change that defense more.
How would they not?
How does Hooker fall this far? Well, I have a feeling there is a safety with a round two grade that a lot of teams have an eye on. Hooker will go first, but that guy will give teams the inkling to look elsewhere and hope.
People keep saying the have to draft a QB to take over from Palmer, but they are a team that can wait for next year's draft. Add a weapon on Offense. Davis looks legit.
I have heard people talk about the OL, but that seems like old news. They need help on the front seven.
Repeat after me: Nolan Carroll is not a starting caliber cornerback in the NFL. They are desperate at CB.
How much do they wish there was a DT prospect worth taking here? There isn't. Do the Ravens ever reach? No. So...
Maybe this pick and the last are interchangeable. I really don't know. So I put the Ohio State guy to the Eagles and the Alabama guy to the Ravens because that seems to make some kind of sense.