2017 NFL 2 Round Mock Draft
Published at 1/31/2017 3:07:54 PM
Some of you reading this might have possibly checked out my old one, if you have, welcome back! I did a few tweaks to some first round picks. I did use the same write ups and with the changes I made, created new ones. I also added round 2! This is post Senior Bowl. Enjoy!
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This so far has been the consensus number one overall draft selection. Last year however that was turned upside down with the emergence of a simple video. This man however has seemed to be impeccable off-field as well. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches and about 270 pounds, stats does not do this man justice, he has been so disruptive that he has been claimed a victim of double teams and schemes where teams take one look at him and say nope. We have seen players at this position go number 1 in the past and not make an immediate impact. I do think that will be the case but there have rarely ever been someone who comes out rookie year and leads the league in things like sacks, so expect him to be used sparingly and look for his impact in other facets of the game like the run game or putting pressure on the QB. His numbers will not show much for a little while.
There’s no #1 QB in this draft yet, DeShone Kizer many people thought coming into this year would be the guy, and many people think Deshaun Watson due to his performance in the national championship should be number 1. My money is on Trubisky.The 49ers are expected to clean house including Chip Kelley who has a clear hard on for anybody with even an inch of mobility in them. The 49ers however are tired of seeing hot flashes in a pan (Kaepernick) or hopes of a former 1st round pick (Gabbert) on causing an uprising on their offense. They are in dire need of change and who else to build it around, than a pocket passer such as Trubisky. Mitch needs some work on some mechanical things such as throwing off his back foot instead of following through but he has an NFL talent arm and runs a system at North Carolina that the 49ers would like since the old Steve Young days
I’m in the population that believes Jay Cutler has run its course in the Bears’ offense, they got by with mediocre play from Hoyer and Barkley. Cutler is expected to be dropped due to dead money cap space and with no free agency market for the position they need to snag a passer but they will address that later in the draft. They have a couple of options in free agency coming up that everyone will keep an eye on to influence this pick whether it is targeting pending free agents like Kirk Cousins, Tyrod Taylor or maybe even trying for Tony Romo (I still don't believe the Cowboys would want to get rid of him). For now, adding someone over the top that will be an instant starter is the main priority in my opinion. Jamal is the best safety in draft and quite possibly the best in the past couple years. He is a hard hitting aggressive safety with a knack for the football. His draft stock is really high and hopefully it'll remain that way throughout the pro days and combine.
Oh dear god this man is a frightening prospect to think would be running all over defenses. The Jags think that T.J Yeldon and Chris Ivory are alright but neither one can produce anything in the ground game. Imagine however, how much the passing game would open for Bortles and company if they had someone that would bring back the memories of when MJD was in his prime tearing up the field? This is what they need to make an offense that isn’t clicking, to run on all cylinders. Pun intended.
Mike has caused an uproar among fans and scouts alike, from his amazing catches to his open field running ability he was the go to man for the Clemson’s' National Championship winning team. There’s no question here so far that Mike Williams has that IT factor and with an offense that is one key away from being one of the best, Mike will provide for Mariota that number 1 receiver they have been dying to have. Tajae Sharp shows promise but right now he is nothing short of MAYBE another 2 or 3 in the future depending on what they do with the others.
Malik is made out to be one of the top defensive players in this draft class behind Jamal Adams. I do think he is outstanding but has question marks around his ability to open field tackle. I do not see that as an issue for him, a little coaching goes a long way. With the decline of Revis, is there any real question as to why the Jets have been in the DB market though? Revis even admitted himself that he isn’t what he used to be. On top of that, people such as Calvin Pryor or Buster Skrine have been shown that they can’t quite produce when there is a lack help from over the top. Rontez Miles is not the answer and the Jets would be back to dominating the air with this safety that is quick enough to be a safety net for the cornerbacks. Especially with the looming question that is Revis Island.
Another question from last year was whether or not the Chargers were going to pull the trigger on an offensive linemen like Leremy Tunsil or Ronnie Staley but instead they went with Joey Bosa and put off their offensive linemen woes which last year put Phillip Rivers on his butt too many times to count. Ryan has quickly risen the boards of many scouts because of his exceptional ability to pass block and even better ability to run block for a team that is starting to lean more and more on the run game. Melvin Gordon showed us this year that he is well capable of being a bell cow back and would put up big numbers before being injured
Regardless of what people think, the Panthers had a lack of production from their defensive line. More so their secondary however for cornerbacks it would be a reach at number 8 to draft a cornerback with so much better talent to fill just as big a hole. The Panthers defensive line isn’t bad by any means but it would control the line of scrimmage so much more with someone as big as Jonathan Allen
Reuben Foster IS the top inside linebacker in the draft, there is no question. His ability to cover the field and rush the passer so well on top of his ability to command the defense has been utmost impressive at Alabama. The Bengals need a field general on defense as well as a big bodied linebacker to bolster a week defense.
One of the quickest risers and one of the most intriguing prospects, he outperformed expectations all year and especially in the National Championship, showing the resiliency and knowledge that NFL teams look for. Tyrod Taylor as much as I love him being a closet Baltimore fan where he came from, they do not look like they want to keep him and pay his 30 million guaranteed money next season and E.J Manuel is set to become a free agent as well. They need an instant replacement and DeShaun Watson is by far and away the most pro-ready. He has accuracy with the ball and is extremely mobile and smart with the ball even while scrambling.
For the last few years the Saints have been searching for someone to aid their ailing rushing attack. Derek Barnett is my favorite rusher in this draft class being one of the best in Tennessee Volunteer history and pairing him with Sheldon Rankins and Cameron Jordan would create a defensive line that would give the front office room to focus on the secondary.
I am a firm believer that this team believes that RGIII can still make a comeback and become something at least a fraction of what he was his rookie year but it never hurts to buy into some insurance with someone who might need an adjustment period but can be a seriously good player. Would not surprise me however if the team would trade this pick away to someone hungry for a first round pick such as the Vikings who traded out of the first for Sam Bradford. Especially with the rumors going around of the two teams working out a big deal in which the details still are unknown. Kizer at the start of the season was made out to be the best Quarterback in the draft before the rise of one year starter Mitch Trubisky. Kizer has the arm strength, accuracy and field IQ that will make him a quality starter but might be hidden in the QB depth chart at first while they give RGIII one last chance.
Sure the Cardinals have Patrick Peterson, but one good cornerback doesn’t make the defense flawless. A couple years ago, the Cardinals started the no fly zone due to an impeccable secondary but nagging injuries (Tyrann) and free agency, it has dwindled down until they placed their hopes on a semi-decent rookie Brandon Williams. They struck gold seemingly with Marcus Golden and the hybrid Deone Bucannon but they still have holes at cornerback that need immediate filling. Quincy Wilson provides that to them, a promising young cornerback who has shown his coverage skills against some of college football’s best
Frank Gore is dying down, while he is an outstanding ground and pound back, they just aren’t getting what they need out of a run game with Gore. Cook is arguably the number 1 running back if Fournette was not the clear cut. Cook shows incredible ability in the passing game which is great considering that is what they are anyways with Luck at the helm. Cook also has great in-between the tackle work and can churn those hard earned yards as well
Corey Davis is a solid receiver for Western Michigan. Obviously if Mike Williams’s wasn’t dominating this draft class so far, Corey would have a good shot of being a high selection if not for that. Corey Davis has had question marks around his consistency when catching the football however there’s no denying that Corey is a quick speedster that has the athleticism and route running abilities to get constantly get open and that’s what matters most of the time. The Eagles did trade for Dorial Green-Beckham and have a solid receiver in Jordan Matthews but they struggled to get open and they need an upgrade desperately for an offense that has come to trust Carson Wentz.
Baltimore has needs across the board on defense, Suggs is getting aged (which doesn’t yet mean anything as he has changed his game plan to accommodate), Cornerbacks are mediocre at best and the safeties other than Eric Weddle are mediocre as well. No other hole is as big however as more pass rushers. The problem here is that they have decent rushers at defensive end and at linebacker however they are just that and cant switch back and forth between the positions. Takkarist is someone who is built to fit the bill, he can lineup as an edge rusher at linebacker or defensive end and while he isn’t a speed rusher, he eats up blocks and can still get in between double teams to wreak havoc in the backfield.