2017 NFL Mock Draft by schwartz.88 - 1.7
Published at 1/7/2017 4:27:56 PM
First Mock of the New Year! Leave comments about what you think.
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The Browns need a quarterback, but the Browns' need a lot of things. Garrett is the best pass-rushing prospect since Jadeveon Clowney in 2014 and not even the Browns' could screw this pick up. Assuming Jamie Collins is retained in free agency, pairing him with Garrett would give the Browns' defense a slimmer of hope.
The 49ers currently don't have a coach or general manager, so this pick will remain a bit murky for the time being. Rumors have surfaced that Josh Mcdaniels is interested in the 49ers job. Assuming Mcdaniels leaves New England for the bay area, finding a franchise quarterback will be at the top of the organizations' list. While Trubisky has only one year of starting experience at North Carolina, scouts are already gushing about his arm and pocket presence. If Josh Mcdaniels could help lead the Patriots to a 3-1 record with Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo (who is no slouch nonetheless), then he should be able to work with the talented Trubisky.
Surprised to not see Jonathan Allen's name? Well come draft day it should come to nobody's surprise to see Jamal Adams off the board this early. The Bear's have one of the most underrated front sevens in the entire NFL and one of the worst secondaries. Adams has some of the best instincts of any safety who's come out in the last five years, and could eventually mold into an Earl Thomas type of player. While the Bears' also need a quarterback, John Fox is not the type to take a an unproven quarterback this early in the draft.
The Jaguars are almost the opposite of the Bears' in a defensive sense. In 2016, the Jaguars had one of the best young secondaries in the NFL but almost a non-existent pass rush. Adding Allen, the nation's' best defensive player this season, to pair with Dante Fowler Jr. and the Jaguars' front seven should terrorize Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota for years to come.
After playing the Rams' like a fiddle in last years' draft, the Titans now have a top-five pick, something that is ultra rare for a team that just missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record. The Titans' need more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, but these needs can be addressed with later selections. The Titans' have one of the best young defensive front sevens in all of football however struggle in the secondary. Adding Wilson, whom some regard as the best coverage skills in the class should help provide a needed boost to the secondary.
Tim Williams would be an interesting selection, however he doesn't fit Todd Bowles' scheme as well as other players. Ted Thompson, the Jets' general manager typically abides by the best player available strategy in the first round. With Myles Garrett and Jonathan Allen off the board, this leaves Leonard Fournette available. Fournette has been widely regarded as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, almost ten years ago and should instantly be able to replace the aging Matt Forte.
Malik Hooker is a freak and a playmaker either way you look at him. He has the athletic ability to cover tight ends and receivers from the safety position and makes plays all over the field. Hooker has six, yes six pick six this season and will add to a San Diego secondary that desperately misses Eric Weddle.
The Panthers' desperately need an offensive tackle however this year's' class is definitely one of the worst in recent memory. Jonathan Stewart's' had the same narrative his entire career, if he's healthy he plays well. Stewart has never been able to stay on the field and is turning 30 this offseason. With his cap hit of five million dollars and a strong running back class the Panthers' will be likely to move on. Taking Cook, a prospect some consider to be better than Leonard Fournette will help open up a Panther's offense that struggled in 2016.
While Derek Barnett isn't necessarily the best athlete, his pass-rushing skills are matched by no one in the 2016 class. The Bengals' were a disappointment this year on defense and with an aging front seven, it's time to look to the future.
While the Bills' are likely to move on from Tyrod Taylor for some foolish reason this offseason, it could signal that they are looking at drafting a quarterback this offseason, potentially early. Deshone Kizer to most is a superior prospect in comparison to Deshaun Watson in most people's' eyes, a nice performance against Alabama could once again raise Watsons' draft stock. Throw in the fact the Bills' have an affinity for Clemson players, it would not come as a surprise to see Watson in a Bills' uniform.
Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, and Jameis Winston are all formidable quarterbacks. The Saints have has issues on defense for the past 5+ seasons. Cameron Jordan has been phenomenal as a pro, however, the Saints need to find someone to compliment him. Thomas absolutely dominated the Sun Bowl and has the looks of a future All-Pro type of player in the NFL.
After passing on Carson Wentz last year, the Browns’ once again have a need at quarterback. While the 2016 class may not provide as many franchise type quarterbacks as in years’ class, there is still potential. Arguably the most talented is Notre Dame quarterback, Deshone Kizer. Kizer started the year red hot and had NFL scouts drooling. As the season went on his stock began to fall as scouts questions about his decision making arose. The Browns’ will once again try their hand at quarterback with their second first round pick.
This pick almost makes too much sense. Deone Bucannon is a fine player, but the Cardinals need someone to compliment him on the inside. Foster is fantastic in run support and should help create more opportunities for Chandler Jones to get to the quarterback.
Robert Mathis is now gone and the Colt's need to find a replacement. Mckinley is a freak of nature who broke the college football world in 2016. McKinley can rush the passer almost as well as anyone and would provide a spark to an putrid Colts' defense.
Mike Williams has the making of the next superstar wide receiver in the NFL. Carson Wentz needs weapons to succeed in the league, adding Williams should open up their offense.
Elvis Dumervil turns 33 this offseason and Terrell Suggs is long in the tooth. Williams is an excellent pass rusher and would fit Baltimore's' scheme absolutely perfect.