2017 NFL Mock Draft by Macerelli_M - 1.28
Published at 1/29/2017 12:29:51 AM
Players will rise and fall due to their performances at the Combine and Free Agency will fill many teams' needs. *Disclaimer: I made selections based off of teams' draft tendencies and not off of what I feel should happen.
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As it looks right now, Myles Garrett to Cleveland seems to be a lock. Or at least when it comes to a mock draft in January. Cleveland moving to a 4-3 under Gregg Williams should actually play even better for Garrett as he can play the Robert Quinn role. Garrett's size and explosion should help fortify this defensive line as Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib will share snaps on the other side of the line.
San Francisco is trying to play catch up as it still does not have a head coach or GM. Assuming Kyle Shanahan is the new HC, he will need to find his franchise QB. If I were the GM, I would push heavily for Kirk Cousins as he would be worth the #2 overall pick at this point in time. If the 49ers end up drafting a QB, I believe it will go with Deshaun Watson. It's too early right now to really separate the QB class at the top so I think San Francisco goes with the gamer and the proven winner who will bring a winning environment to the locker room.
**This is assuming that Chicago will find its QB during Free Agency (i.e., Tony Romo).
I know this may be a little high for Malik Hooker but I just cannot simply forget that Ryan Pace reached for both Kevin White and Leonard Floyd who were both amazing athletes who needed some refinement. Hooker can play centerfield and would be a much needed ball hawk versus the pass-happy Packers and Lions.
Jacksonville is tricky because its roster doesn't look so bad. Its biggest need is along the offensive line but this is about the worst draft to have that need. There is no Ronnie Stanley or Laremy Tunsil this year. Instead, Jacksonville goes with the safety who has been compared to Eric Berry and Troy Polamalu. Jamal Adams can play high or near the line of scrimmage and should become an impact player on a young and talented defense.
Tennessee's biggest needs are at WR and DB. The crop of players at WR are thinner than at CB so I think Mike Williams will get the nod here. Williams is a big-bodied receiver who should bring a different dimension to the passing game. He can be a security blanket underneath for Marcus Mariota as well as fight for jump balls when Mariota needs to just make a play.
The New York Jets still need to hire an offensive coordinator before we know what kind of offense will be run in 2017. Rumors swirled earlier in the season that the Jets were very high on Mitch Trubisky. Trubisky makes sense here if the Jets do not feel Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg is the answer at the position. Trubisky has the size and toughness to handle the colder weather. I'm not as concerned about his 1 year of starting experience since he had 179 more total collegiate pass attempts than Carson Wentz (Trubisky's 571 vs. Wentz's 392). There should be enough film to grade him and make an offense run with him as QB.
In this case, new DC gets Jonathan Allen to play along the defensive line. Allen drops here as some shoulder issues may concern teams. Plus he falls like Leonard Williams did because he was just a good player but not super flashy. Allen can play the 3-tech or the 5-tech in Bradley's 4-3 Under.
Carolina learned quickly what its defense looked like without Josh Norman. James Bradberry grew into a very promising player but the Panthers still need a true shutdown cornerback to hold off the likes of Julio Jones, Mike Evans, and Michael Thomas. Marshon Lattimore has the size and athleticism to quickly become the CB1 in Carolina.
I do not think this would be the wisest of moves but Cam Robinson goes to Cincinnati if Andrew Whitworth leaves via Free Agency. Cam Robinson will remind the Bengals of Andre Smith and should immediately compete with Cedric Ogbuehi.
Unless Buffalo goes for DeShone Kizer here I see them signing a FA to be a stop gap at QB. Sean McDermott is the head coach because of his defense. Moving the Bills back to a 4-3 should greatly improve the defense but McDermott will still want a general to roam at LB. Reuben Foster can fly around and should be an enforcer like Luke Kuechly.
New Orleans grabs a very impressive edge rusher in Derek Barnett. Barnett should play well opposite Cam Jordan, allowing a now healthy Sheldon Rankins to collapse the interior. A strong pass rush should allow the defensive backs more time to cover.
If the choice comes down to DeShone Kizer or a freak athlete like Leonard Fournette, then the Browns must jump on the RB. Imagine getting Myles Garrett and Leonard Fournette. Cleveland can start changing the landscape by grabbing two generational players in the same round.
Arizona had a down year and a big part of the blame falls on the pass defense. Patrick Peterson played outstanding but Tyrann Mathieu struggled to stay healthy and the CBs struggled to defend anyone. Quincy Wilson is a big defensive back who can keep up with the top receivers in the game. He will see a lot of attention opposite Peterson but QBs will soon learn that is a mistake.
Carson Wentz impressed in his rookie season and should grow even more next year. A receiver like Corey Davis will bring some consistency to the position and should quickly become Wentz's favorite target.
Indianapolis needs to take some giant steps toward improving this roster. While the GM search is currently underway, the consensus is that the offensive line and defense will be the major focuses. The Colts should aim for the proven Free Agents but Andrew Luck would welcome Ryan Ramczyk to the team. Ramczyk can step in immediately at Right Tackle to help keep Luck upright and healthy.
Baltimore needs to find some upgrades at CB and Marlon Humphrey has length, speed, and bloodlines on his side.