2017 NFL Mock Draft by DraftMaster303 - 5.8
Published at 5/9/2016 7:40:53 PM
The 2016 NFL Draft has ended, and you know what that means! It's time for next year's first mock! Note: Draft order is based on NFL Power Rankings
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Robert Griffin III has clearly established himself to be a draft bust. I don't think he will be the guy Cleveland trusts as the face of the franchise. Hue Jackson is far more discerning than the Browns' previous coach, and will probably select a new guy to man the offense.
The 49ers have the same issues as Cleveland. The talent is there, but sloppy quarterback play is holding them back. I see them taking an even further descent in the rankings this year, and trust in Colin Kaepernick lost. Brad Kaaya may not be a household name, but I think he has the makings of one, and if he can improve this year, he could go in the Top 10, especially to a needy team.
Don't get me wrong, Sheldon Rankins was a fantastic pick for the Saints, but the depth at defensive end is still lacking. If the Saints wants to see their defense play better, it starts with the pass rush, and depends on skilled pass rushers in the lineup.
Is Mr. Irrelevant Kalan Reed enough to fill the Titans' secondary woes? I don't believe he is. The Titans should go with the best cornerback in the draft if their defense is to improve. With Derrick Henry and Jack Conklin, I'm certain the offense will get better, but the secondary is still a gaping hole in the Tennessee defense that requires immediate improvement.
The Bears lost Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slauson, and now Jay Cutler is in more danger than ever before. The Bears' offensive line is very young, and they need someone at least accustomed to the spot light to mend the line. Enter Cam Robinson, Alabama's premier run blocker and the best tackle in the draft.
Jabrill Peppers - S - Michigan
(Prospect not in Database)
If there's one thing I know, it's Chargers football, and unless Jatavis Brown can play safety like Tom Telesco said he could, the safety position is in dire need of an upgrade. Jabrill Peppers may not be on the list of prospects now, but he is one of the most improved players from 2014 to 2015, and with an astounding 5.5 tackles for loss for a secondary player, Peppers will look to build on those numbers.
First the NFL draft's best quarterback, and now Cleveland has a chance at the draft's best running back following a trade with Philadelphia. The Browns need to improve in all areas offensively. The committee of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson just doesn't suit their needs. What the Browns need is consistency. Corey Coleman was a good start, but they must continue to build talent.
In the eyes of some, this is the first surprise of the draft, but Christian McCaffery is my favorite running back in the draft, and in my mind is already an NFL-ready talent. He can find the openings in any defensive line and take off, and is also a masterful special teams returner. The Dolphins earned a glaring need at running back after the departure of Lamar Miller, and the question of this year is whether or not Jay Ajayi can carry the running game for the Dolphins.
The Colts need depth at the running back position, and Dalvin Cook is a back who's ready to start for any NFL team. Frank Gore has lost speed and power as of late, and Dalvin Cook could even compete for the starting job in Indianapolis with his athletic abilities. This draft has one of the most broad selections of running backs of any draft class, and in any case, Indy likely ends up with a talented halfback.