2017 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Pre Combine 2.0
Published at 3/2/2017 1:01:32 AM
I actually already made a pre Combine mock draft, but with many moves surrounding impeding free agents, cuts, franchise tags, and now compensatory picks I figured I should update it. I know the Combine is going to start shorty, but I will make one next week to include those updates. Without, further adieu here we go!
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I think it would be shocking at this point if Garrett is not the selection here, but crazier things have happened with the Browns. They should not trade this pick for Garoppolo since to me he still is not a proven quarterback worthy of a number one pick. Instead, nabbing Garrett who can be a once in a lifetime pass rusher is just too obvious to pass up on. If he does turn out to be a bust so be it, but at least then people cannot blame the Browns for reaching on a guy.
Last Weeks Selection: Myles Garrett OLB Texas A&M
Unless, they trade for Kirk Cousins or pick up Tyrod Taylor or some other quarterback I doubt the 49ers pass up on Trubisky or any of the other top quarterback prospects here. Some people like Walt have them taking Allen, but after using two first round picks the past two years on interior linemen I doubt they do it for a third. Even if they do move to a 4-3 it would still make no sense to pass up on a quarterback since the only one they currently have is Colin Kaepernick. If the ownership can be patient and allow Shanahan his allotted 6 year contract letting him groom his own quarterback is a fair thing to let him do.
Last Weeks Selection: Mitch Trubisky QB UNC
I think drafting a quarterback if Trubisky slides to them or if Watson really wows them could be a possibility, but under Ryan Pace they tend to draft best player available. Allen is just too good to pass up and could even give Garrett a run for the best player in the draft. He fits any scheme and can come in right away at 5-technique and create one of the best defensive lines in the league. If you cannot find a quarterback for you to score with your next best move is to find a pass rush to stop the opposing quarterback.
Last Weeks Selection: Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
The defense for the Jags needs a new jolt of energy since it should have played a lot better than it did last year. Whether it's with another pass rusher or linebacker whoever they get needs to have good leadership skills and drive to push the defense. I cannot think of anyone better for that than Foster who is a true linebacking leader who can transcend schemes better than previous Alabama linebackers. Foster may not be terrific in coverage, but Myles Jack and Telvin Smith are. He could easily take over for the mediocre Paul Posluszny who is also aging.
Last Weeks Selection: Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
The Titans with this pick need to find a home run since they probably will not be picking this high if they continue to have success. Jamal Adams is the safer safety pick in this draft at this juncture who can come in right away and play at a high level for the Titans weak secondary. However, Hooker by far has the bigger upside to be a dynamic ball hawking safety in the middle of the field. He may have a shaky rookie year since he is a little less experienced than Adams being only a red shirt sophomore, but his upside is on par with Ed Reed. Hooker is a worthy shot to be a home run selection.
Last Weeks Selection: Jamal Adams S LSU
I am not convinced that Fournette is as good as people say and I am still not convinced running backs should be selected this high. However, somebody will draft the stud running back high and it could very well be the Jets if they forgo a quarterback here. They could draft a defensive back here, but the depth of this draft at the position may cause them to wait. Fournette could easily be a go to option to take pressure of their defense as they pound the rock taking up more time of possession on offense. He may be a bit weak in the passing game his skills however, gives him the ability to take the ball to the house on any carry.
Last Weeks Selection: Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio St
The Chargers would love to draft Hooker, but getting Adams is not a bad consolation prize either. They very obviously need a new upgrade at the safety spot after using the mediocre Dwight Lowery after they let Eric Weddle leave. Adams is a safety built in the same mold as Eric Berry who is able to play all over the field, but works best closer to the line to make explosive plays. He is incredibly instinctive and intelligent in the secondary with good ball skills. It will be interesting to see who gets taken first between he and Hooker.
Last Weeks Selection: Malik Hooker S Ohio St
I know the Panthers would love to have one of the top safeties to slide to them, but to me that is highly unlikely. They could look to draft one of the top corners, but after using three picks on them last year I think it's highly unlikely they pick one this early. They resigned Mario Addison, but to me he is more of a rotational pass rusher than one to rely on every down. Bringing in Thomas who is a similar pass rusher as Kony Ealy except a lot more explosive can create a nice one-two punch.
Last Weeks Selection: Quincy Wilson CB Florida
The Bengals too would love to have one of the safeties slide to them, but again I doubt it. A corner is a possibility if Kirkpatrick leaves and they could also cut Adam Jones. However, they have used a few first round picks on corners lately and using it on another one this year may be a waste of time. Charlton is built in the mold of defensive ends they Bengals look for at 6-6, 272 lbs with a very high athletic ceiling. He could definitely be an upgrade over Michael Johnson who has been a very poor pass rusher since his return to Cincinnati.
Last Weeks Selection: Reuben Foster LB Alabama
I initially believed they would draft a quarterback here if they let Tyrod Taylor go, which is stupid in the first place, but there is a reason why this franchise has not made the playoffs since the '90s. Instead, I can see them picking up Mike Glennon or another veteran quarterback and take a receiver here instead. They do need one since Robert Woods is leaving via free agency and Sammy Watkins cannot stay healthy. The Bills love former Clemson players and Williams can actually turn into a better player than Watkins in my opinion.
Last Weeks Selection: Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
The Saints need to upgrade their secondary playing in the high flying NFC South with Julio Jones and others they have to compete with. Lattimore who is a possibly a top 10 selection slides a bit in this scenario so I think they should scoop him up. I think he has a shot at big a shut down corner, but like his former teammate Eli Apple who was very raw coming into the NFL could have a shaky beginning. His athleticisim and coverage skills are a tad better though than Apple's and he has better size.
Last Weeks Selection: Derek Barnett OLB Tennessee
I have a strong gut feeling that this may become the Patriots pick after the Browns trade for Garoppolo. Which, at this spot I think this is a very good bargain since he does have better NFL experience than the rookies coming out and the 12th pick is reasonable if he turns into a good quarterback. If they decide to keep this pick then nabbing a top corner should be in their plans. Jones is slowly pushing himself up draft boards as more teams look into his impressive game tapes. He should not be able to make it out of the top 20 if teams are paying attention.
Last Weeks Selection: Leonard Fournette RB LSU
Larry Fitzgerald will play out the last year on his contract this season, but after he is probably going to retire and move on to t.v. where he should be great. In the meantime solving the issue before it arises could be a smart move so the offense does not miss a beat by next year. Davis is a self driven player who dominated in a lesser division where he was consistently planned against and double covered. Some say he could be better than Williams, which I am not sure about since he still played against lesser competition, but his routes and hands are impressive.
Last Weeks Selection: Mike Williams WR Clemson
The Colts do need to bolster their pass rush, but if Wilson is here I think they should jump all over him. They need new corner help to slow down their main competition in Marcus Mariota who is becoming a better passer and eventually the Patriots if they face off in the playoffs again. Their current to corner Vontae Davis is often injured so new talent across from him can be a real boost. Wilson is a raw, but very athletic corner who needs to learn the nuances of being a top corner. If he does he can be a great shutdown corner in time.
Last Weeks Selection: Derek Barnett OLB Tennessee
The Eagles really want to find a new receiver to grow with Carson Wentz and even thought about trading for one at the deadline. They will make a push for Alshon Jeffrey, but their salary cap space may not allow that. Instead, landing a downfield threat like Ross is definitely in the books for them. I am not a huge fan of his since he is a bit one dimensional due to his size, but teams will love his speed. Much like Corey Coleman he probably will not make it out of the top 20 picks and at this juncture the Eagles will jump on him.
Last Weeks Selection: Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
The Ravens have two aging edge rushers in Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil who need to be replaced sooner than later. They may have found a nice rotational piece in Matt Judon, but more help will be needed besides him. If Barnett slides this far I think the Ravens will jump all over him. He is their kind of pass rusher to a tee with big size and strength to go along with excellent natural pass rushing ability. I would like to see how he does in coverage, but I think he will spend more time rushing than dropping back into coverage.
Last Weeks Selection: Dalvin Cook RB FSU