2017 NFL Mock Draft by Doyle524 - 11.2
Published at 11/2/2016 5:21:21 PM
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New Orleans pulls the trigger on a trade from #13 to #1, where they can address a huge need at pass rusher with elite prospect Myles Garrett. This pick will make defensive coordinator Dennis Allen's job much easier.
TRADE FROM CLEVELAND BROWNS - SAINTS RECEIVE 2017 PICK 1.1; BROWNS RECEIVE 2017 PICK 1.13, 2017 PICK 2.12, 2018 FIRST ROUND PICK, 2018 SECOND ROUND PICK
The 49ers get their pick of the litter at QB, and opt for dual threat Deshaun Watson. Watson seems like the perfect quarterback fit for Chip Kelly's offense, with his top tier combination of throwing and running ability.
The Bears snag a pro-style pocket passer in Kizer to replace the likely departing Jay Cutler. Kizer's poor performance in Notre Dame's game against NC State during Hurricane Matthew may raise red flags for a quarterback who will play in Chicago's fierce winters, but even in Chicago it is unlikely to face conditions that harsh.
The Jaguars, in the market for a safety, can find a spot for the versatile athlete from Michigan, whether that spot is at strong safety, linebacker, or some combination thereof like the way Tampa uses "$LB" Deone Bucannon. Peppers is an elite athlete; the struggle will be finding where he fits best on an NFL defense.
With Kawann Short on the last year of his contract, the Panthers could look to replace him. The best interior lineman in the draft is by far Jon Allen, who looks to be able to slot into the defensive interior for any team without missing a beat. Allen is an athletic freak and could even be the best player in this draft.
Looking to replace Frank Gore, at the end of his contract, the Colts find the best playmaker in the draft falling to them with the sixth pick. Leonard Fournette is an elite prospect, with a rare combination of speed, power, agility, and vision that elicits comparisons to Adrian Peterson.
The Jets could use a cornerback. Drafting Tabor, possibly the best physical cornerback prospect in the draft, allows them to move Buster Shrine to his natural slot position. His off the field issues shouldn't be a concern with no-nonsense defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers coaching.
The Chargers have been trying to protect Phillip Rivers with mediocre tackles for long enough. Cam Robinson, who held elite prospect Myles Garrett to season-low numbers in his game against against Texas A&M, would immediately boost the offensive line.
The Ravens need a young pass rusher to take over for the aging duo of Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, and Barnett, a smooth rusher with good technique, would learn well behind them.
With the WR talent in the AFC South, the Titans need a top-flight corner to lock down opposing #1 receivers. Humphrey has elite skills when it comes to shadowing a receiver; questions do arise when the ball is in the air, but that should improve with experience.
McDowell is a big, disruptive, athletic interior lineman who should slot in well next to Gerald McCoy and finish off the fearsome front four the Buccaneers have been building.
Mario Williams could become a cap casualty for the Dolphins, so they could look to replace him in the draft. Charles Harris is a productive pass rusher with whom to replace him.
It might be unpopular to not mock a QB to the Browns in the first, but signs point to both the coaching staff and front office being comfortable with going forward with rookie Cody Kessler. Cleveland's secondary is the single weakest unit on the team. As such, I expect the front office to hit it early and often, especially with the wealth of talented DBs in this draft. In Hooker, the Browns take the best free safety prospect since Eric Berry. Hooker replaces Jordan Poyer immediately, significantly upgrading the worst starter on the team.
Nelson has been dominant for Notre Dame so far, strong at the point of attack in the run game and solid in pass protection. The Cardinals can afford to reach for a need, and one of their needs is interior blocking on the offensive line. Nelson fits as a day 1 starter at guard.
The Bengals could use some more speed in their linebacking corps, and Davis offers just what they need. He makes an already good defense into a dangerous one.
With cornerback taken care of, the Titans are able to scoop up the best wide receiver prospect in the country. Williams has a combination of size and speed that allows him to get downfield quickly and contest for jump balls. He has great concentration when catching contested passes, and he adjusts very well to the ball in the air. This is a weapon Marcus Mariota will love to have.