First 2017 Mock
Published at 5/9/2016 4:47:29 PM
First 2017 Mock Draft. Draft Order was based on projections. Please note this is an early look of where some of the top prospects in next year's draft could land.
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Cody Kessler seems like an okay quarterback but he's not your future and neither is Robert Griffin III. Watson is by far the superior quarterback prospect over Brad Kaaya and considering how important quarterback is in the NFL, taking Watson is a must.
The 49ers will be a mess, there's no doubt about that. Chip will make matters worse and the 49ers could end up with the number one pick in next years draft. This being said, the Browns are a glorified expansion team that will most likely win two to three games at most. Colin Kaepernick hasn't been the Colin Kaepernick of three years ago and will probably never be. Kaaya has arm talent and is mobile outside of the pocket. Considering how big of a need this is for the 49ers, don't be suprised if Kaaya is a 49er to start to 2017 NFL season.
Is taking a running back in the top five always a great idea, no. Let's consider Leonard Fournette a special case however. Fournette has been compared to Adrian Peterson by many as a player and his tape suggests this as well. With the inconsistancy of Ryan Tanahill behind center, you need to have running game and Fournette is as good as it gets for a running back prospect.
Brian Orakpo can't stay healthy, simple as that. The Titans have a need for pass rush and Myles Garrett is by far and away the best pass rusher in this year's draft. Reminds you a bit of Khail Mack, can play defnseive end in a 4-3, or OLB in a 3-4. On my board Garret's the best prospect in next years draft and shouldn't be passed up by the Titans if he's avaliable.
The Chargers were expected to take a tackle this, they didn't. Instead they took Joey Bosa from Ohio State. The Chargers need to protect Philip Rivers becuase with one more major hit, his NFL carrer could be over. Robinson is the best pure tackle in the class, he excells in run and passing situations. Philip Rivers won't be around for to much longer, you need to make sure his carrer dosne't end to soon thoe.
The Titans need secondary help, this is obvious hole for this football team. Peppers is a missile in the secondary, tackles well, reads the play, and is skilled in zone coverage. Add in the fact that he's extremely athletic and for a team like the Titans, you can't pass him up here with the sixth overall pick.
Linebacker is need for the Giants that just keeps being ignored. This need cannot be overlooked come next year. Lawson has great hands, raps up in tackling, and is super athletic. The Giants have holes in the middle of their defense and this pick would help fix it.
The Falcons need someone to pair with Vic Beasley. Barnett is excellent in run support and brings pressure of the edge. Barnett would make for an excellent fit in Dan Quinn's defense.
What's one of the Browns biggest needs, and what trend have the Browns adapted when it comes to picking players. If you answered secondary and analytics you are correct. Desmond King was the most productive secondary player in all of college football last season and will possibly repeat this coming season.
The Saint's defense will continue to be a problem this upcoming season. Sheldon Rankings will help out the defense line, but the secondary remains and issue. Kenny Vaccaro has been streaky up to this point, Jarius Byrd has been a bust, and Vonn Bell's a potential piece. The Saints don't really have anyone at corner, and adding someone who many regard as the best secondary prospect in next year's draft can't hurt.
David Harris will probably retire somewhere in the near future. The Jets need to find a replacement for him sometime soon and Raekwon McMillan wouldn't make for a bad replacement. McMillan tackles well in open space and is a terrific athlete. Todd Bowles has also been known to take athletic linebackers.
Jourdan Lewis would make for an alternative choice, but by the end of 2016 left tackle will be a huge priority. The Jaguars don't really have anyone set in stone within their offensive line, former second overall pick Luke Joeckel has been underwhelming to say the least and may not return following this season. Johnson is physically gifted (6'6, 323 pounds) and will most likely garner top ten buzz this season.
The Bucs' need someone to pair with Gerald Mccoy. McDowell broke out onto the scene during 2015 and could wind up as a top ten pick when the 2017 draft roles around. McDowell can play run and is a sneaky pass rusher, Is a very versatile player who can either play DE or DT depending on the situation.
Frank Gore doesn't have much left in him, that being said running back is a very deep position in the upcoming draft and there should be value in the second to third rounds. This also being said, unlike 2015, there aren't an abundance of spectacular defensive linemen. Jonathan Allen may be the best defensive line prospect in the entire draft. He can cover the run and get to the passer. Also throw in the fact that Trent Cole won't be around much longer and this is a slam dunk pick for the Colts.
The Lions need to to a better job of getting pressure on the quarterback. Ever since the loss of Suh, the Lions haven't really been the same. Ezekiel Ansah has been great but there's no one really there to take some pressure of him. Add Charles Harris, an athletic linebacker from Missouri who can get to the quarterback. Has all the tools you need and may be ale to convert to defensive end.
Latavius Murray has been average to this point. Running back is a need for the Raiders, one of the most improved teams of the entire off-season. Cook is a straight burner who should be able to have success behind the new Raiders offensive line. Add in the fact that Cook can catch the ball out of the backfield and you've got another weapon to pair with what looks to be one of the best offenses this upcoming season.