2017 NFL Mock Draft by Walkman32 - 11.30
Published at 12/1/2016 1:00:44 AM
Essentially, I look at a team's biggest needs and plug in the best available player at one of those glaring needs.
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The Browns need a quarterback desperately, and Trubisky appears to be the most accurate and NFL-ready QB on the board. Cody Kessler is a capable backup, but Cleveland is still searching for a franchise quarterback. I'm not sure Trubisky is that, but he would represent a definitive improvement over their current QB situation.
The Niners have so many holes that they must pick the best player available, and that is Garrett, a monster off the edge with the strength and speed to wreak havoc at the next level.
Allen creates havoc on the line, as he can stuff the run and rush the passer. The Jags have offensive issues, but they won't give up on Blake Bortles just yet, and I think they will value Allen over Leonard Fournette here.
The Bears are moving on from Jay Cutler after this year, and Kizer would be the top quarterback on the board at this stage. Kizer is accurate, tends to make good decisions, and has a good sense of pressure and how to avoid it.
The Jets have Matt Forte, but he is aging and Fournette is a plug and play back in the vein of Ezekiel Elliott. They simply cannot afford to pass on the LSU back here.
Cincy needs corners desperately (as do many teams in the early to mid first round) and I'm predicting they value Lattimore as the top DB in the draft. Lattimore is athletic and can play well in press coverage.
Tennessee has a solid defense other than its corners. Humphrey is not spectacular, but he sticks to receivers and can be plugged in as a starter quickly, something the Titans need badly.
Three corners in a row here, as the Panthers badly need to shore up their secondary after letting Josh Norman go in the offseason. Their lack of talent in at the back end of their defense has been a big reason for their collapse this season. They will look at Tabor as a polished option at CB.
Peppers is a perfect player for Arizona's defensive scheme, and the Cards will likely need to replace Tony Jefferson in the secondary. Peppers can play either safety or linebacker in the NFL and would give Arizona another dynamic playmaker on the defensive side of the ball.
The Saints need a physical presence in the middle of their defense. McDowell will provide just that. This is a perfect landing spot for the Michigan State star.
Tennessee addresses the secondary again with Adams, probably the best pure safety in the draft. Adams can cover fairly well and will help in run support.
Houston looks to bolster their pass rush with the lingering concerns about J.J. Watt. Barnett has been rising up draft boards and appears to be a dangerous edge rusher.
Baltimore decides to roll the dice on one more productive season from Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil and addresses their biggest need on offense. Cook is an explosive rusher who will take some pressure off of Joe Flacco.
Minnesota desperately needs help on the offensive line. Robinson is the top OL on the board here, as he can play every position on the line other than center.
A bit of a reach for San Diego here, but the Chargers miss Eric Weddle and need to replace him at the earliest opportunity.
With Cam Robinson off the board, Cleveland takes the top player on their board in Harris, hoping he can make an impact in the pass rush.