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2017 NFL Mock Draft by acorbett417 - 4.12
Published at 4/14/2017 12:40:01 AM
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There seems to be much controversy (to the surprise of many) that Cleveland hasn't made up their mind on Garrett yet. UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky is apparently in the running to be the pick, but since the Browns have a whopping 11 picks in this year's draft, I expect them to make a Kevin Costner "Draft Day" move or two.
The Niners could be looking to trade out of this pick, but Thomas is a perfect fit in their new 4-3 defense. He can work on his run defense, but as a pass rusher, he is exceptional. He's worthy of this pick
The Bears might have bigger needs in the secondary, but Allen is simply too good to pass up. He's immediately Chicago's best defender and although he has some shoulder concerns, he'll make a huge impact right away.
Tom Coughlin is running the show now, and after adding some defenders via free agency, he's going to help out his young quarterback in the draft early. Fournette is considered by many as a better running back prospect than Adrian Peterson was back in 2007. He'll immediately take heat off of Blake Bortles.
Is Sashi Brown or Sonny Weaver Jr running the show?! Who cares! The Browns really like Trubisky if he's even being mentioned as an option at No. 1, so they'll use their arsenal of picks to make a move. No. 12 and a mid round pick should seal the deal for the Titans, who will still have two first round selections this year.
Who really knows if the Jets want(ed) a quarterback here? They worked out so many of them, but Trubisky seemed to be their main target. Oh well, Hackenberg will have to do. With deficiencies in the secondary, adding a safety that compares favorably to Landon Collins will help. On a side note, I think Christian Hackenberg will be a stud eventually, he was just drafted into a bad situation, but then again, I go to Penn State...
The Chargers have a legitimate "win now" window open for as long as Philip Rivers suits up on Sundays, which is likely another couple of years. The most help the Chargers can get him right now is a safety with exceptional ball skills and vision who will fill the void left by Eric Weddle last offseason because the Bolts got torched by everyone last year.
Carolina's 2016 season was a flop for two reasons: they gave up too many yards in the air on defense, and they couldn't find ways to take pressure off of 2015 MVP Cam Newton. There's a lot of buzz about McCaffrey going in the top ten, and I don't see a better landing spot in the entire first round than the Panthers.
Some think Foster is going to fall because of his concussion concerns and his incident with the medical staff at the Combine, but those are just rumors. This type of old-school, hard-nosed linebacker is hard to find these days. Pairing him with the notorious Vontaze Burfict would give Cincinnati one of the most fearsome linebacker duos in football.
Whether or not Tyrod Taylor is the long-term answer for Buffalo at quarterback remains to be seen, but either way, he needs some more help. With former Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins as the only legitimate receiving threat, the Bills should not waste the opportunity to draft a big bodied red zone threat like Mike Williams.
The Saints, like the Chargers, have a short window of time to make another Super Bowl run with Drew Brees staring down Father Time. The best way to help a future Hall of Fame quarterback is to bolster your defense, and adding such a relentless pass rusher like Barnett goes a long way.
After trading down with Cleveland, a pick that originally came from Philadelphia as part of the deal to grab the No. 2 spot a year ago and draft Carson Wentz, Tennessee seems almost unaffected by the first eleven picks. It's reported that the Titans are one of the teams that is really high on Lattimore, and landing him seven spots back from where they originally were picking makes it seem that much sweeter.
A lot of oohing and aahing over his absurd 2016 season and extreme arm talent has caused Mahomes to fly up almost every board. That shows when Steve Keim, someone who's been very adamant about finding his QB of the future, takes the former Red Raider to eventually replace Carson Palmer.
The Eagles did a good job surrounding Carson Wentz with more talent at wideout in free agency and might be looking to add a running back here, but cornerback is the bigger need. Due to the fact that the NFC East currently houses some of the league's premier wide receivers, finding someone capable at the position is a must. Humphrey is a fast and physical player.
Charlton is a great run stopper and can also rush the passer very well. The Colts did not do either of these things last year whatsoever. New GM Chris Ballard will love bringing in this type of talent to add to his defensive overhaul.
Joe Flacco's arm is too big to not have more legitimate deep threats like Ross, who blazed at the Combine with a record breaking 4.22 40 yard dash. Outside of Mike Wallace, Baltimore lacks any big play wideouts, but that changes at pick No. 16.