2017 NFL Mock Draft by mwemer - 1.9
Published at 1/9/2017 8:49:19 PM
Cleveland Browns fan, trying to draft for BPA at top 4 or 5 needs for each team. I won't bother with trades yet
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Perfect Addition to Gregg Williams' new defense. Ogbah, Shelton, Bryant, Garrett with the Collins and Kirksey behind them make for a promising defensive corps. The Browns are one of the youngest teams in the league and could use a real playmaker on this line that can elevate the level of play from other players on this inexperienced defense.
Kaepernick or a new QB? This will be the first question Niners fans will be asking once they find their new coach and GM. Even though their QB situation is atrocious; I believe that the 49ers will draft prospect #1B Jonathan Allen. He's an absolute monster and can help rebuild this defense
Everyone basically agrees that there is slam dunk QB in this draft. The most interesting storyline right now in the draft season is not only where and when a QB will be drafted but who out of 3 or 4 prospects will be chosen first. Kizer, Trubisky, Watson all have potential top 10 scenarios, and Matt Miller seems to think the Bears will draft a QB out of Wyoming. Here I would choose Kizer though. Chicago needs a big strong QB to right their ship. Kizer is 6 ft. 4 inches 229 lbs. Thats a monster of a frame for a QB, close to Big Ben's dimensions. Kizer's frame and arm will help him survive the tough defenses of the NFC North
This offensive line is in shambles and having a negative impact on Blake Bortles' development. Unfortunately, there are no tackles worth taking here. Come April they will try as hard as they can to trade out of this spot. Barring that they could reach for a cornerback, beginning Jalen Ramsey's possible transition to safety. I think they would be smart to grab Jamal Adams here though. Adams looks to be a free safety, and although they have Gipson, he has severely underperformed. Adams can strengthen this secondary and make a formidable duo with Ramsey in the future, taking advantage of the relatively weak offenses of the AFC South.
This class of CBs is one of the best ever. I can see 5 or 6 guys possibly be taken in the top 15 (Humphrey, Tabor, Wilson, Lattimore, Jones and maybe even King.) The Titans are in the lucky position to choose the one that they want. I personally think Humphrey is the best prospect at this position now but that could change on a dime, especially with a good combine showing by Lattimore or Wilson. Malik Hooker is also a possibility here as well.
Where to go with this one? The Jets Dline is set for now, QB is a need but they just spent a second rounder on Hackenburg. CB is also a need with Revis getting older. Maybe even secure another WR in Mike Williams. I'm gonna go with Quincy Wilson here. Tabor is more pro ready, but a year or two under Revis may make Wilson a marquee CB.
Whenever the Chargers move on from Rivers, they need an infrastructure in place to make a smooth transition for a young QB. Mike Williams is a playmaker that would be a great option with Benjamin and an aging Antonio Gates for this offense. Chargers could go secondary here, but they should be getting some of their injured starters back and their defense has more talent on it then one would think. Perryman and Ingram highlight an up and coming linebacker corps while Bosa and Liuget are getting pressure on QBs.
No brainer. Good luck NFC South, you'll need it. With Fournette on the Panthers, Newton will be able to have a little less pressure. Panthers need to address their secondary, but would be remiss to pass on this talent.
As much as I wanted to put Barnett here, I think the Bengals address their O-Line. Whitworth isn't happy and LT is a must have in the brutal AFC North. Robinson is the best prospect right now, Ramczyk is gaining momentum but for now, the Bengals make the safe decision and grab Robinson at 9.
What is up with the Bills? I have no idea what their plan is or what they want to do. Is Tyrod Taylor going to play another game in Buffalo? First things first. This defense isn't bad. On Paper. But with the injuries and suspensions taking their toll, they didn't show their full potential this year. I think this year the Bills go offense and take Watson here. Watson was the consensus #1 pick at the beginning of the year, and now the Bills go all in on him. Although they went to Clemson at different times, Bills fans will salivate at their potential connection.
The Saints are always a bit of a conundrum for me. They have a high powered offense and have successfully bred 3 high quality WRs for Brees to throw to. I think its safe to say that they don't need to concentrate on offense, assuming that they don't try to find a successor to Brees. Here then they should take Derek Barnett. Barnett can replace Kruger on the end and honestly may be the piece they need to battle in the increasingly difficult NFC South.
Many will downvote this because Trubisky wasn't selected. That being said, I believe Hooker is a perfect fit in Cleveland. Trubisky isn't very experienced and shouldnt be thrown into the fire very quickly. We also went through 4 QBs because of our terrible line.Hooker is a free running safety that can wreak havoc. He's a bit undersized but he relishes run support and can close down on WRs quickly, something that may be useful when facing Pittsburgh.
The Cards are the perfect landing spot for Trubisky, taking a year or two under Carson Palmer. If this ends up happening, I think Trubisky will be the most successful QB in this draft class. Trubisky has talent but is a risky pick, and shouldn't necessarily be starting from day one.
Foster has the potential to go anywhere in this draft. One of Kiper's favorite prospects he's completely unpredictable in his landing spot. I've hear early second round, and I've even heard of Niners fans that would be willing to take him if they can't trade out of #2. The Colts need this. Bad. Andrew Luck can't be happy with putting up gaudy numbers to be outscored most weeks due to their absolutely atrocious defense. Foster can be their field general that can whip everyone into shape.
The Eagles need playmakers around Wentz. They could go with Dalvin Cook, or grab a WR like Schuster or Ross. Personally I think they take Cook. Cook lit up the formidable Michigan defense in the Orange Bowl, and made a good case for being picked in the top 15. A pass catcher, he can certainly help out Wentz back there as they strive towards a playoff position.
Underrated in my opinion, McDowell can be the runstopper that the Ravens have been missing since Haloti Ngata left. McDowell can line up at DT or 3-4 DE and is a big body that can take up space. They could add a WR or CB but I think McDowell is the best value here.