2017 NFL Mock Draft by shughes - 10.18
Published at 10/18/2016 5:24:23 AM
Draft order is based on current standings with a few tweaks. As you can tell my mock is a bit different than most since I am not very high on the QB's in this class. Feel free to comment suggestions if you think your team would have drafted a different player.
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The Browns have to like what they see from Cody Kessler so far. He may not be the franchise QB, but he is good enough to hold them over for another year in what, in my opinion, is a very weak class of QB's. Garrett will be a force on their defense for years to come. I think it is also a possibility they trade down if the price is right.
Obviously Kaepernick and Gabbert are not the answer at QB for the 49ers and they have a chance to draft the best QB in the class by a considerable margin IMO. However, I still think that Kizer is inconsistent and I don't like QB's that come out of college from losing teams. I think that the first year will be a struggle for Kizer, but as he improves consistency and decision making he will become their franchise QB.
The Bears have some guy I have never heard of before playing SS, and Peppers is the best guy they can get. He has elite athleticism and good size to play in the box. He has also shown offensive capability so if the coaches are smart enough they may be able to make use of that. I know the Bears need a QB, but IMO there is no one worth picking at #3.
Matt Forte is old and it's time for him to be replaced. I am personally not a fan of taking running backs this high in the draft, but Zeke went 4th and Fournette is definitely more talented than him. I could also see them going CB with Revis getting old, but there is no clear-cut best CB in the class that I'd be comfortable taking at #4 as of now. They obviously also have a need at QB, but none are good enough to go here.
The Bucs have two below average safeties, and Jamal Adams may be the best safety in the draft. While Peppers has elite athleticism Adams is a good athlete in his own right with better instincts. Adams is a playmaker who can lay down big hits, and get interceptions.
It's no secret that the Panthers secondary has been atrocious after the departure of Josh Norman this offseason. I'm not completely sure who the best CB in this class is, but Tabor was one of the top few guys when the season started, and he has played very well all year. He has some off the field concerns, but as long as nothing else comes up before the draft it shouldn't be an issue.
The Dolphins need a great DE and right now they have a 31 and a 34 year old on either side of their D-line. Barnett has been making a massive impact on every game he's been in so far this season and that is the type of guy the Dolphins need on defense. I recognize they also need a QB, but I think this is too high for the guys available. It may be wise to get a QB in later in the draft and have him sit behind Tannehill for a year who I think gets too much of the blame for the Dolphins struggles.
The Jaguars continue to build their defense with the best interior D-lineman in the draft. This will give them a formidable line for years to come, and Jonathan Allen is also the best player available at this point. Allen is very disruptive and had double digit sacks last year for Alabama and is looking strong so far this year.
James Leaurinitus is not a very good linebacker. Foster is, in my opinion, clearly the best ILB in the country and is not your traditional Alabama linebacker. Foster is lighter and faster than the Bama LB's before him, but still a heavy hitter with great instincts. The Saints defense is terrible and they will need to get all the defensive talent they can get from this draft.
Keenan Allen cannot stay healthy, leaving Phillip Rivers absolutely no WR's to throw to. Williams is the best receiver in the class and has good size and speed. I think that he needs to improve one his route running, but he has all the tools to be a #1 target in the NFL.
The Colts have a serious problem keeping Andrew Luck upright. Robinson is the best tackle in this class and has good length and athleticism. The Colts have lots of needs on the defensive side of the ball as well, but protecting Andrew Luck should be their #1 priority.
This is the draft pick the Titans received from the Rams in their trade for Jared Goff. I am a Titans fan and the Titans absolutely need to address CB in the first round because Perrish Cox is not cutting it, and McCourty is getting old. I believe the hype in Wilson who has great size and has been shutting it down alongside Tabor so far this season.
The Lions need someone opposite Ziggy Ansah that can get after the QB. Walker is 3rd in the country in sacks at the moment and has a nasty swim move that seems impossible for college O-lineman to defend. They could also go for for Dalvin Cook here, but like I said, I'm not really a fan of taking running backs high in the draft.
I am tempted to go for JuJu here, but I have not seen enough from him to put him this high in the first round. I am still skeptical because of when he was shut down by Marlon Humphrey when they played Alabama. I wasn't sure who the second best ILB in the draft was, but it seems like Cunningham has claimed that title after a monster game against Georgia including the game saving tackle on 4th and 1. The Titans could use a replacement for Wesley Woodyard.
The Bengals should look to replace Shawn Williams, he is not the long term answer at safety. Hooker has burst onto the scene this year at Ohio State turning into the nation's best deep safety. He can make plays on the ball as well as come up and make plays in the run game.
The Giants have some type of committee thing going on with their running backs, and it hasn't been great so far this season. Dalvin Cook has great speed and can catch the ball well out of the backfield and provides good value at pick #16.