2017 NFL Mock Draft Post Super Bowl
Published at 2/8/2017 10:32:12 AM
Mock Draft based off player rankings, needs, and scheme fits. Please grade and comment.
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Cleveland really stunk it up this year 1 draft pick won't make them a playoff team by next season, but adding a top talent could get them better than 1 win. Garrett has been regarded the best player in the draft for the better part of the season and the Browns organization would be idiotic to pass on a player who grades higher than Joey Bosa and Jadeveon Clowney and has been compared to Von Miller.
I don't like this pick if Chip Kelly was still the head coach, Trubisky wouldn't fit in Kellys offense because he is a pocket passer and doesn't have great mobility. Now that Kelly and Baalke are out Trubisky makes more sense for a new gm and head coach who are going to need to get a new quarterback. If the 49ers find a way to grab a free agent quarterback that could start for the team and play at a moderately high level then they should select Solomon Thomas, but Trubisky is a better option than all the free agent quarterbacks not named Kirk Cousins.
Many people are gonna say "how come the bears aren't selecting a quarterback?" and yes with Matt Barkley or Brian Hoyer as their starter that offense doesn't look too appealing and needs an upgrade, but the fact of the matter is this quarterback class sucks and unless you have a dire need at the position, one should not be selected this early, what people forget is the Bears have a couple young defensive pieces in place their problem has been staying healthy throughout a season. Allen would be a great addition to this team who could help propel this defense to the next level and dominate at the 3-4 Defensive End position
Jacksonville is in a precarious position because they have a lot of talent but have a lot of holes. This season their offense under exceeded expectations after last seasons success but their defense stepped up this season and showed strides in progressing forward to a higher level than past years. Their needs are at offensive line and interior pass rush, but their isn't anyone worth this high of a selection. They also need a top tier safety who can play at an elite level, originally I had Malik Hooker slotted here, but his stock will likely fall because of a torn labrum keeping him from participating in the combine and the fact that this years safety class is very talented. Adams is one of the safest picks in the draft this year. His addition could make this defense somewhat scary for opposing offenses next season. Also for those saying the Jags should select Leonard Fournette, that wouldn't be wise with talents like 2014 2nd round pick TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory on a long term contract on the roster.
The Titans seemingly scored big in their trade last year with landing talents like Jack Conklin, Austin Johnson, Derrick Henry, and now the 5th overall pick. Tennessee plays great ground and pound football and plays well in the trenches, but struggles at wideout and lacks depth in their secondary. Unless they sign a big name in free agency this pick should be used on a wideout because the lack of impact makers in this draft class and teams with major need for a wide receiver. They can wait on a corner due to the depth of talent at that position in this draft class.
The Jets as a whole fell apart this season, they need help at offensive line, tight end, cornerback, and inside linebacker. The reason they didn't choose any of those positions is because the Jets philosophy is to get the BPA. Besides the last time they drafted a need they overdrafted Christian Hackenberg by a whole 2 rounds. The past few weeks Solomon Thomas' stock has increased significantly and is being recognized as a top-10 player and the 2nd best defensive end/outside linebacker in the draft. Drafting Thomas will give the Jets the flexibility to trade Sheldon Richardson or Muhammad Wilkerson.
The Chargers apparently really like Hooker, and who would blame them he's a ball hawking safety who could also play slot corner. This pick makes sense after losing Eric Weddle last offseason and Jaleel Addae likely leaving this offseason, The Chargers are going to need a safety and Hooker has the potential to be a Pro Bowler early in his career. His Torn Labrum and Hernia surgeries shouldn't scare teams away and he should be selected in the top-10.
A season ago it would have been hard to believe that the Panthers would be in position to draft Fournette without trading up. I don't see a better scheme fit for Fournette than the Panthers in the top-10. Now the Panthers have more pressing needs in their secondary and on their offensive line, but it's hard to pass a player like Fournette when you have injury prone Jonathan Stewart at running back and nothing to back him up. Fournette can take some pressure off Cam Newton and help him play at a higher level and bring Carolina back to the playoffs
A couple years ago Rey Maualuga, Karlos Dansby, and Vontaze Burfict would have sounded like a great core of linebackers. But in 2016-17 Maualuga and Dansby are past their primes and need to be upgraded. Foster would be a huge upgrade and a candidate for DROY if put in this defense.
I would love to put Deshaun Watson here, but with the Bills hiring a defensive coach in Sean McDermott,then getting Leslie Frazier as their defensive coordinator (former Ravens secondary coach), and they will likely lose Stephon Gilmore in free agency. Humphrey has boom or bust potential and might be worth the risk.
The Saints had one of the highest scoring and successful offenses in the league, but failed to make the playoffs because of the ability to hold opponents of defense. Basically their defense sucks. They need to help out their secondary and the best way to do that besides add corners is increase the pass rush. Barnett would be a great scheme fit for this defense and great running mate for Cameron Jordan. Later in the draft is when the Saints could worry about cornerback depth
The Browns have so many needs across the board, many people think the Browns should go Deshone Kizer, but honestly the Browns should give Cody Kessler another shot at quarterback to prove that he could be a starter at the NFL level. Cornerback is a huge need even with Joe Haden they need more than him to cover an entire offense. Wilson is another great coverage corner from Florida like Haden which is what this defense needs among other things.
Back in 2013 it was rumored that the Cardinals were interested in drafting Blake Bortles to eventually relieve Carson Palmer of his duties, but Palmer proved father time wrong since then and continued to play at a high level. However this season he did regress and show that he won't be able to be the quarterback forever. So this season the Cardinals should reevaluate the quarterback position and take Kizer if he is available.
The Colts would have liked to have drafted a running back or offensive lineman, but none are worth this high of a selection. But also with the retirement of Robert Mathis and the unlikely resigning of Trent Cole and Erik Walden the Colts are going to have a bigger need at edge rusher. McKinley could be the young edge rusher this defense needs to help this team contend.
This is an obvious pick for anyone who watches the Eagles. Yes the Eagles wide receivers are big and their secondary needs work, but more than anything they need an every down running back and the talent is too high to pass up right here. Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles aren't going to cut it especially in the very competitive NFC East. Cook compares very closely to Jamaal Charles who played at a top tier level under Doug Pederson when healthy. Its a no brainer
The Ravens looked more like what their roster showed than last season. But aren't in the playoffs yet. One major need for the Ravens is at cornerback. Shareece Wright shouldn't be a starting cornerback in the NFL and the Ravens need an upgrade opposite Jimmy Smith in order to contend with all the weapons in their division.