2017 NFL Mock Draft (1.0)
Published at 3/11/2017 4:31:59 PM
Here's my mock draft for the 2017 NFL Draft with analysis.
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Myles Garrett is the only pick here that makes sense. It's scary how good this guy could be in the NFL, and with all the acquisitions they've made in free agency, he is going to make this team win more than one game next year with the help of all the new free agent pickups.
San Francisco locked up their 2017 quarterback in Brian Hoyer, and showed GM John Lynch was wise by not trading for Kirk Cousins, and just waiting until he's a free agent next year.
Jonathan Allen is by far the best defensive tackle in the draft, and will bring immediate impact to this defense in San Fransico. He's great at stopping the run, and will provide a franchise DT for this team for year's to come.
After signing Mike Glennon to a three year deal, they are needing as much help on the defensive side of the ball as possible. Solomon Thomas is the pick that I like here for Chicago, because he is a great edge rusher, and can provide a boost at the pass rush come Week 1.
The Jaguars have been bringing in huge names on the defensive side of the ball this off-season, but one thing they haven't done is bring in anything at the running back position. Quarterback could be another need they address here, but with a name like Leonard Fournette on the board, it's to hard to pass up. He is the highest rated running back to declare for the draft since Adrian Peterson back in 2007.
Jamal Adams is the best safety in this draft, in my opinion. He plays the ball well in the air, is very speedy, and also isn't afraid to get physical with a wideout. He'd provide a spark to the defensive backfield, and would make this defense even better than it already is.
He's definitely a must for Tennessee in the first round, because they should have the "take the best player available" mentality with their first pick.
Deshaun Watson isn't seen as the first quarterback that should be taken off the board to many scouts, with Mitchell Trubisky being the favorite, but I believe Watson's stock will keep rising over the coming months at a rapid pace.
He's a born leader, has great accuracy, and is the franchise player that this team needs to lead them for years to come. He's shown maturity in high pressure collegiate games, and is great under pressure. All signs should point to Watson being in a Jets uniform come Week 1.
After the departure of Eric Weddle in 2016, the team still had a good secondary. One thing it was lacking was a star player at the safety position. This is where Malik Hooker comes in. Highly regarded as the best all-around safety in the draft class, he is a terrific fit for this, soon to be, championship caliber defense.
He had surgery this off-season, but claims he is ready to roll come the start of the season.
The team addressed LT, WR and CB in free agency, but still is in need of a star cornerback. Don't get me wrong, Dalvin Cook could EASILY be the pick here, but with Ron Rivera's defensive background; this is a gem of a pick.
Marlon Humphrey had a terrific combine, and wowed everyone with what he's capable of doing. He will, and should be, the first cornerback taken, and is a great fit for this hungry Carolina team that is only a year removed from being in a Super Bowl.
Mike Williams is a sheer resemblance of Andre Johnson, in my honest opinion. He's a big bodied, physical receiver. He is capable of catching anything thrown in his direction, and will make one of the nastiest combinations in the league at the WR position with A.J. Green on the opposite side of the field. This is a must for this Bengals team.
Rueben Foster is going to the Buffalo Bills. This team is trying it's hardest to build a mean defense, and this man can provide that with his aggressive style of play in the middle. He is a hard hitter, and is capable of game-changing plays more often than not. He is the perfect fit for this young Bills defense.
The Saints traded WR Brandin Cooks away to the Patriots, acquiring the 32nd pick. Their mindset is defense, defense, defense at this point. They have one of the most high powered offenses in the league, led by the prolific Drew Brees, and are in dire need of a balanced defense to contend for a Lombardi again.
Mitchell Trubisky found his home, and that is with the revamped Cleveland Browns. They just let RG3 go to the free agency market, and parted ways with Josh McCown. Now they're starting fresh, and they have their man here in Mitchell Trubisky.
Trubisky is the perfect fit for this team, because you can't expect a Rookie of the Year type season out of him. Sorry, you can't. He's raw, and he is going to make poor decisions from time to time. I've seen plays where he displays his arm strength, only to overthrow his receivers by a long shot as well.
For a "start from scratch" Browns team, this guy is the pick for them.
The offensive line was a serious issue for Arizona last year. The run game was solid, but Carson Palmer got hit way, way to much for his own good, and that needs addressed. Cam Robinson is the best pass blocking offensive tackle in the draft, and is ready to start right off the bat.
Dalvin Cook is exactly what Philly needs. He can do anything you ask of him in the backfield, and is the spark this offense could use. They just signed Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith, so they're set at wideout. Now they need a running back that can stay healthy, and be the focal point of this offense for years to come.
Derek Barnett is a solid pass rusher. He is exactly what this team could use after not having a spark off the edge since the departure of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis a few seasons back. Indianapolis could use a pass rusher to bring a more aggressive side to their defense that has been lacking in sacks for a while now.
Elvis Dumervil was released, which wasn't a shock. That leaves a hole at the edge rushing slot for Baltimore, and this is where the Charlton pick comes in. His ranking boosted even higher after an awesome combine, and he'd be a great fit to this Baltimore defense that is great at stopping the run and getting to the quarterback.