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2017 NFL Mock Draft by CoachBJones - 4.15
Published at 4/16/2017 1:29:16 PM
My mock will be based off of the needs of each team, the best value and possible trades that could be made based on the trade chart linked to this mock http://walterfootball.com/draftchart.php
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Easy decision, with the acquisitions of the previous two drafts, it is easy to see they will take Garrett with this pick. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams wants rushers on all 3 levels and although they are missing a 3 technique, Garrett allows not only a rotation at Defensive End opposite of him, but scheme versatility. Remember, Willams uses 4-3 and 3-4 looks, so expect a combination of Garrett, Collins, Ogbah and Nassib. Quarterback can be addressed with any of the next three picks the Browns own in the first two rounds.
Let's be clear, the current team we see in San Francisco is all the ownership's fault. They became arrogant and chose and OK GM over a GREAT Head Coach, now you get to pick second overall. This team is goin to wait until next year for a quarterback, but they will have to build the team. No player offensively makes sense this high other than Fournette. They will build the rest of the team in later rounds, hopefully Lynch and Shanahan can build without any interference.
TRADE- Chicago get a 2017 3rd round pick and 2018 3rd round pick. Needed to get a better player than Cyprien and with Tashaun Gipson playing free safety, they go for that enforcer for their Cover 3/Robber that fits the scheme. Adams is a rookie Pro Bowl candidate.
A surprising selection in a sense but Kevin White and Marquess Wilson are both hurt, and Williams is the pick because you can't have a viable option for Mike Glennon if they are in the trainers room. Williams is the type of guy that makes the offense better, your quarterback better (See Dashaun Watson vs Alabama part 2), and improving offensive line play won't hurt later on either.
Williams and Cornerback Marshon Lattimore could be in play, but since there is three picks to use similar to the Browns, in the first two rounds, Titans will be the player with maybe the most potential of any player selected in the first half of the first and second rounds. Hooker is Ed Reed-like in his center field ability, which will benefit the front seven rounding into form in recent seasons. Hooker and the other secondary acquisitions will make this selection the best move defensively for the Titans in some time. Hooker has a All-Pro ceiling and fringe Pro Bowl floor.
I understand they need a Quarterback, but when you cut Derrelle Revis, and you can't be afraid to draft a better player than the last one you tried to draft to replace him. Lattimore is a hight-weight-speed freak who could become the best Ohio State prospect out of this class, as a rival to Hooker.
Before you go off, let me explain this logic. Kizer has alot of tools, but he remains a project and would have stayed in school if the head coach didn't replace quarterbacks so often. That being said, I feel he will not be there in the second and may not be available by the second half of the first round. River will only play for another three seasons at best, leaving the organization and new head coach no choice but to select that Quarterback in waiting to turn over the franchise to. Risky, but necessary.
This could easily be a corner or pass rusher, but you have to give Cam Newton, most importantly, a weapon to build with. This will be a offensive laced draft for the Panthers and there is no better weapon than a tight end with low usage and high potential. Two tight end sets will be a nightmare for rivals in the immediate future. Howard is a 65-70 catch rookie based off of the lack of consistency from the actual wide receivers on the roster.
The Bengals are the LAST team that should make this selection based from the negative reputation the organization already has. But Foster is a Patrick Willis-type Linebacker. Foster will rack a hundred tackles is the alleged concussion issue is under control.
When you lose your best corner to the Patriots, and your best safety to a vicious cheap shot by Jarvis Landry, you have to set a the quarterback position on hold and build the team. Conley is talented in every way, if the team keeps the front line in tact, he will thrive on a level few corners can in this division.
As much as I see this guy hyped into the top 3, I personally can't do it. But, that doesn't mean he can't be a good player or worthy first round pick. The Saints put Cam Jordan, Sheldon Rankins and Thomas together and the defense gets substantially better. Thomas made his living in the backfield throughout his Stanford career. Can move around the line very easily but I think its not needed to make him great, just to get the optimal usage from his abilities.
I honestly think no one should draft a quarterback to be an immediate starter in this draft. But once again, based off of the chargers mock selection, I would draft one just to give the reigns to him later on down the road. Hue Jackson would like to draft him first overall, but when you have two picks and alot of scared GM's and coaches, why draft early when he may fall to the second pick you have? Mitch Trubisky is not a certain type of quarterback, which means if you want to mold him in a certain way, you could. I expect Jackson to use zone blocking scheme to give different locations for him to throw from. Two year project, with this draft group and next year's, it could make the foundation for Cleveland Browns football.
You can want any passer in this draft, no receivers, no production. John Brown may have maxed out in skill and Fitzgerald is one season away from waiting for his gold jacket. Ross is fast, like, cheating fast. But his number from Washington aren't next level, mainly because of the fact his Quarterback was a low 60 percent thrower and isn't capable of making highly accurate deep passes, just throwing to a spot. That doesn't always work, it will with Carson Palmer if only for this season.
Even if the Eagles pick up Jamaal Charles or Adrian Peterson, Christian McCafferey is needed to give an added dimension to this offense. Running back, slot receiver and returner make him the most dangerous Running Back on all four downs, unlike some who play just two or three. Helps the offense score, and get into position to score. Always good when Carson Wentz is your quarterback. He will get a ovation, I think, you know Philly fans.
This is the best landing spot for Jonathan Allen, but I think you take the former Florida State running back and do not look back. Cook has been a one man army against alot of teams he has faced, my Florida Gators included, but the off field will make him the third back selected. This will give Luck that standout back he has needed since day one.
I make this pick because anyone who watches Baltimore play knows they are most successful with Running the ball, Deep Play Action Passes, AND you guessed it DEFENSE. Charlton is the kind of player that makes plays that is timed speed doesn't measure to. It also was the example of Terrell Suggs. They will wheel and deal to help with equally taxing roster issues, just how Newsome as done plenty times before.