2017 NFL Mock Draft by WillMedlin - 12.19
Published at 12/20/2016 2:48:23 PM
Pree Combine/Pre End of Regular Season Mock Draft. 100% Speculation, my browser was being glitchy so i could only do the first 15 picks, expect a full updated one soon to come.
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The Browns run a 4-3 Defense, and Myles Garrett is an edge rusher out of a 3-4 Defense at Texas A&M, so Jonathan Allen from Alabama could also make sense at this pick. With the Browns needing the best talent they can get to build around at this pick, i cant see them passing on the opportunity to get this kind of talent as the building block to their future Defense.
The 49ers could use Jonathan Allen or Myles Garrett on their defensive line to work with 2 young 1st round in Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner and possibly build the best D-Line in the NFL if those 2 pan out. Sadly, they have had so many problems at winning games without a reliable quarterback that it would be hard for them to pass on the "so-called" best developmental Quarterback with this pick. I personally haven't fallen in love with Mitch yet, but with Kaepernick not looking to be their franchise Quarterback, this would be the most logical pick for the future of their franchise.
The Jaguars need help all around. Jonathan Allen being left at this pick is one of the best things that could possibly take place for their franchise. Getting Jalen Ramsey in the 2016 Draft gave them the anchor they need for their Defensive backs and now they need one in the box. Dante Fowler was an early pick, and is a young talent that was set back by an early injury. Jonathan Allen seems to have already developed more than Fowler and he isnt even out of college yet, so if the Jaguars could claim this super human and get him in the middle of their defense, they could go far in the future. That all depends on Blake Bortles development and the coaching situation after Gus Bradley's firing. Jonathan Allen to the Jags is my call. (switch these if Allen goes first to the Browns, the Jags would have to take Garrett if still available.)
The Bears need help on Defense, as well as behind the center. This pick is somewhat of a long shot, Deshone Kizer seems to be a safe pick for the Bears here, but I feel a defensive anchor is a much safer pick here because you know what you are getting. Jamal may play his senior season at LSU, but if not, he is exactly what the Bears need. Building this defense with Leonard Floyd and Jamal Adams would make it so they could start focus on building their offense, and not have to worry as much on the other side of the ball. Jay Cutler may not be what takes them back to the promise land, but choosing a big Physical safety to help build their defense gives them the opportunity to look for their future franchise Quarterback later in this draft, or in the drafts to come. (i could also see Jabril Peppers here, but remember, this is all pre combine speculation. solely based off of season play.)
This pick is a little more tricky to me. There are so many ways the Jets could go with a pick this early considering the mass amounts of talent in this draft class. The Jets have Forte and Powell, but Forte is getting up there in age and Powell doesn't seem to be their franchise running back, more of a filler. If the Jets could lock in on a potential Adrian Peterson type running back, it would open up so many more paths for the future not having to worry about this position and would really start the rebuild of this franchise.
The Titans defense has looked abysmal at times, so going with a defensive back or a linebacker of some sort seems like a sure thing. With former heisman winners Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry to build around on the offensive side of the ball, they need to find that young stud they can use to bolster up their defense for the years to come. Rueben Foster is hard to pass up on this pick, but with the promise Quincy Wilson has shown being able to disrupt passes, this is the direction i can see them going with this early of a pick.
The Panthers have been severely lacking in pass coverage since the loss of Josh Norman to the Redskins in the off season, so this pick makes the most sense to be since they need to find their next rock in the back field. Since this draft order is speculation, i dont know if Marshon will be left whenever they draft, but if he is, they should jump on him fast because he could easily be the future of their franchise.
The Saints need whatever help they can get on defense because every area seems to be lacking a certain amount. Cameron Jordan is the only defensive lineman they have that can generate at the rate they would like, so adding a young, fast, athletic defensive lineman with an incredibly high ceiling is exactly what this defense needs to build around.
I am personally not the highest on my opinion of Deshone, regardless, he does have all the tools a franchise Quarterback needs, it will just take patience in the development of these tools. Its not an unknown that the Browns need to find a Quarterback, and they cant waste an opportunity in missing the best defensive player in years with the first pick. So taking a quarterback with the pick they got in the trade with the Eagles in last years draft would be the most logical, because they would be able to find their future on both sides of the ball.
With the acquisition of Joey Bosa in last years draft, and how well their defensive backs are playing even with the loss of Jason Verrett, they are one play maker away from having a stacked defense in a lot of ways. Having joey Bosa and Malik McDowell would give them the freedom to focus on their recievers, and also a future Quarterback with Rivers getting up there in age. I can also see them taking Mike Williams or even possibly Corey Davis, but if were talking in terms of raw talent and taking the best player available, this is what i personally see them doing with their pick.
With the arrest of Michael Floyd and his eventual releasing, the Cardinals have Larry Fitzgerald, who is still producing, but who knows how much longer he has left in the tank. They have a solid young core of John Brown who has shown promise as a legitimate 1st or 2nd receiver, along with the dangerously fast JJ Nelson. Adding David Johnson to the offensive side of the ball really gave this team the jump start they needed in rebuilding their skill positions, so adding a 6 foot 4, 210 pound Mike Williams who could blossom into one of the top receivers in the league is the flame that could ignite this into a possible super bowl caliber team.
I am personally high on my opinion of Jabril Peppers, so i would like to see him go earlier than this, possibly to the bears instead of Jamal Adams, but since i am trying to be as objective as possible for this draft, he falls to this spot. The Bengals have a strong core of linebackers as well as a strong defensive line. They also have a young and strongly developing offense with AJ Green, Giovanni Bernard, Jeremy Hilly, Tyler Eifert, etc... Karlos Dansby is getting closer and closer to the end and the only other position they could get an immediate upgrade out of this draft is by replacing Strong Safety Shawn Williams with the young, versatile, athletic Jabril Peppers. He is 6 foot 1, almost 210 pounds and runs a recorded 4.34 40 time. Realistically you could line him up at Strong Safety, Free Safety, Dimeback,Nickel Corner, Inside Linebacker, Outside Linebacker, or even out at Cornerback covering the best of the best recievers. The dude is versatile to say the least.
The Colts are one of the few teams that will consider drafting a running back in the first round. They could go a few ways with this pick, especially with the declining number of running backs that have been taken in the first round recently because of the question of their longevity and ability to produce at a consistant rate as they age. The last few have seemed to pan out well for the teams who went for it (Gurley, Gordon, Elliot). With Frank Gore getting older and older, and their next best option being Robert Turbin, you can expect them to take a running back at some point relatively early in this draft, and i have them taking the safest pick. With Fournette most likely being gone by the time the Colts are on the clock, Cook is their next best option. He is big, fast, agile, and can hit a hole no matter what the size, something the Colts have lacked consistently pretty much since the Edgerrin James days, and im sure they would like to go back and be able to get the run game started for the sake of Andrew Luck. I could also see a tackle like Cam Robinson or an edge rusher going here, but for the sake of speculation, this is my early prediction.
The Bills could use a little help all over the board, but with the first round pick, they need immediate help, not a developmental pick. Sammy Watkins is a great receiver that has been hit with the injury bug which is sad. Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and recently signed Justin Hunter are all average receivers, but not consistent enough play makers after catching the ball. Corey Davis is exactly what they need on the opposite side of a healthy Watkins to make this offense explosive. Tyrod Taylor can make it happen with both his legs and his arm, so if Taylor, and their tandem of running backs can get the ground game established early, then that leaves a whole lot of open field for the NCAA's all time leader in receiving yards.
The Titans have a nice young core to build around on offense, but they need to add an explosive receiver or 2 to develop alongside Tajae Sharpe, who has shown real potential. But with Marcus Mariotas main target being his Tight End instead of a hot shot receiver needs to change. John Ross may be only 5'11, but he is one of the most explosive and quick receivers in this entire draft. This could go a few ways, they could draft Quincy Wilson at 6 and Then John Ross here, (or Corey Davis if still an option), or they could fill in their need for a receiver with their first pick by picking Mike Williams, and waiting for a defensive back with this pick by getting Marlon Humphrey, or whoever happens to be left. This is really a win win situation for the Titans, and after trading the pick last year and obtaining an extra first round pick this year, the future is looking bright for the Tennessee Titans.