2017 NFL Mock Draft by Rcjames253 - 2.23
Published at 2/23/2017 2:32:08 PM
I'm looking at team needs, the big board, draft history, and then throwing in randoms because teams do that to me all the time.
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I think the Browns will go hard after Tyrod Taylor this offseason, but the Browns aren't stupid enough to give up the number 1 pick for him. However, I do think that there's an impressive amount of players in the draft who are speaking up about not wanting to go to Cleveland. Garrett's idiotic begging for Dallas to trade up for him is going to be a big turnoff for Cleveland, who doesn't want players who play without effort or who simply don't want to be there. I wouldn't be surprised if Cleveland traded out of this spot. But since they haven't yet, I'll give them the best player on the board.
SF needs a QB. If they don't get Garrapolo, they'll take Trubisky. I don't necessarily believe he's the best QB out there, but I think some people will be very high on him.
Chicago also needs a QB so this is an iffy pick. But they have a good running back and won't have Jay Cutler next year (who knows where he'll end up) and w/out Cutler they didn't drown anymore than they did with him. If John Fox is smart, he'll continue to try and build a good young nucleus for a rebuilding team.
Fournette is easily my favorite player in this draft. No one knows what Jacksonville is going to do, but it's evident that their offense struggled last year. I'm not as down on Bortles as many others are since I actually watched his games last year and his receivers didn't help him out any. I think a smart coaching staff recognizes that their defense is young and improving with some definite cornerstones in Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, and Yannick Ngakoue. Give the offense the well-roundedness it needs to let their QB perform. Hurns and Robinson are great WRs but you need a running game in this league to get them open. I really think Jacksonville has to invest in a guy who will be a Pro Bowl stalwart for the next 8-10 years.
Tennessee's offense is impressive. To get into the playoffs, you need a defense that can make sure the other team gets fewer points than you do. Looking at how Tennessee is building a run-first, ball control kind of offense, I'd think defensive players should love to go there because their jobs should be easier. However, WR is also a possibility at this juncture, considering needs.
I don't love this pick, but I also think the NYJ are bluffing about Hackenburg's development. If they're not and they are serious about moving forward with Hackenburg, obviously this pick won't be a QB, but I think that franchise needs a shot in the arm and Kizer could provide it. For the record, I think the Jets are pretty consistently poor drafters and I think Kizer won't make it in the NFL.
Allen falling this far is a stretch, I know, but I think needs may create this situation. Yes, the Chargers desperately need a safety, but I just think Allen is too good to pass up at this juncture.
I think Dalvin Cook is also a possibility here but the Panthers need some O-line help, period. Take the best tackle in the draft and call it a day.
The Bengals struggled last year, pretty hardcore. They have an aging defense and need to address it. Thomas would be a godsend.
I think Buffalo makes poor decisions generally in all facets of their football operations. But they do need receiver depth, regardless of who's throwing the football.
The Saints consistently need to improve their secondary.
Malik Hooker reminds me a lot of Earl Thomas. I think the surgeries and missing the combine will cause him to fall out of the top 10 despite his talent, and Cleveland would be getting a steal if they drafted him. Also, if they come out of the first round with two defensive stalwarts for the next decade, the front office can consider it a win.
Patrick Peterson can shut down one half of the field...but that leaves the other half needing to be dealt with.
Poor Indy. Ever since Peyton hurt his neck, things just haven't been the same for these guys. They have a franchise QB, but not a team around him. Keep building.
Watching highlight reels of John Ross is pretty easy and fun. He looks like Desean Jackson or Percy Harvin. He's fast, versatile, and explosive. Wentz would enjoy him.