2017 NFL Mock Draft by ottawagiantsfan - 10.21
Published at 10/21/2016 3:22:30 PM
Off sick from work mock. Brief write ups.
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Browns obviously need a QB but I think the analytics team will go pass rusher over QB. Kizer's sub 60% completion rate makes the pick a little easier for the Browns. Garrett arguably best player in draft
If the draft started today, the Panthers would trade back with a qb needy team. Garrett would be a great pick but not available. Panthers love to run and Fournette is a much better prospect then any OT or CB at this time
Bears look to rebuild and need a new face of the franchise. Maybe they bring back Hoyer as a stop gap before Kizer is ready to take the reigns. Cutler is as good as gone
Watson hasn't been as sharp this year as he was last year. Maybe he is trying to win the heisman on every throw or maybe the entire offence is off. Either way he is still a top prospect and too good to pass over. When people are calling for Ponder to play, you know you need a new QB
Where do you start with the Jets? They need help in a lot of areas. Maybe they go QB again but you have to believe that they won't give up on Hackenberg this soon, even if they should. The last Bama CB they took busted but Humphrey seems like a better prospect the Millner was.
It was hard trying to find Grigsons next bust but here goes. When 48 year old Trent Cole is actually considered your "young" pass rusher next to Mathis, you need some youth. Barnett has really elevated his game this year. I think he is a better fit as a 4-3 end the 3-4 OLB, but teams are becoming for hybrid in their sub packages. Barnett can play with his hand in the dirt
This was a hard team to pick as they have many needs, yet somehow still have some good young talent. I went with Tabor as he is a good fit in the Bengals scheme that the Dolphins want to run. Maxwell has played decent past few weeks as they are playing more press man. Tabor and Howard are a good young nucleus to build around
Personally I think Robinson is going to struggle on the left side in the Pro's. But his huge size fits with what the Chargers like. Hopefully he can stay healthy unlike every other Charger lineman
Bengals love to invest high picks on CB's. This time they invest one on a safety. Hooker has been the breakout player of the year so far. Local boy fills a need and can help to get the ball back to the red riffle.
There is still lots of good DT/DE and OLB/DE tweeners that the Jags love, but they decide to go Oline. The Jags have a lot of resources invested in their Defense but not so much on the Oline. McGlinchy looks like he can play everywhere but center. They will find a spot for him
Saints look like they are playing more 4-3 over then 3-4. Allen is stud that can DE or DT in in either scheme. The quickest way to the QB is up the middle. Allen and a healthy Rankins should make life miserable for opposing interior linemen.
The Bucs have needed Safety help for years. I don't think Mark Barron busting will make the team gun shy as that was a few regimes ago. Adams is flexible to play down, high or even some slot. Modern game safety
Personally I'm not as high on McDowell as others are but he makes sense here. Not only is he local, McDowell will help create havoc in the middle. His sky scrapper size fits in with Ziggy and Taylor. GM comes from Patriots, who love big lineman.
The last rumor I read had Lattimore staying in school. But that is a long time from now and if he keeps rising up the rankings, it might be too hard to stay. Lattimore is big, fast and long. His ball skills seem top notch. Great scheme fit and fills a need.
Ozzy get's another Alabama OLB to help with the youth movement they are making on Defense. Last few drafts have brought in some good looking prospects and Williams is another to add to the list. Both Suggs ans Dumervile are breaking down. Williams can rush the passer on 3rd down until he learns how to become a more complete player.
Full disclosure, I'm a huge Michigan fan. I love Peppers but I think it will take him some time to find his way as a pro. Keep in mind, this is really only his second year playing as he missed most of his true freshman season with injury. Already on his third position, Peppers seems destined to be a Honeybadger type player. Meaning a slot weapon. CB, Safety, Blitzer, Dime OLB. Hopefully old school Lebeau uses him correctly