2017 NFL Mock Draft
Published at 4/8/2017 8:42:05 PM
With around a month until the draft, I tried creating a mock draft to the best of my abilities. I used the best player available in my opinion, but team needs heavily dictated each of my decisions. I did a 2 round mock, but I may add more later.
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This is the presumptive number one pick for good reason as he has both good hands and athleticism to have success at the next level. It is possible that the Browns grab a quarterback to turn the franchise around, but the fact that this draft appears to lack that type of quarterback forces the team to take the best player available.
The 49ers defense is not even reminiscent of the defense that brought them to a Super Bowl a couple years ago. Solomon Thomas can help change this. Currently Ahmad Brooks and Aaron Lynch hold the OLB spot, so there is plenty of room for upgrade at the position.
The Bears have a major need at the safety position with Adrian Amos slated as a starter currently. Jamal Adams would instantly improve their dreadful secondary.
The Jaguars have improved their defense drastically in free agency, so it is now time that they focus on the other side of the ball. Leonard Fournette would give the Jags the run game they have lacked since the days of MJD, and it would also take the pressure of Blake Bortles.
This is tough for me as they so desperately need a wide receiver like Mike Williams or Corey Davis to improve the offense, but they also need help in their secondary. Hopefully, this addition will clean up the defense as well as open up the second first round pick for that wide receiver.
The top tight end in the draft can do everything well, but he still can improve his game. Howard was a reliable target for Alabama during his time in college, and he can do this for the Jets regardless of the player at quarterback.
The chargers need a boost in their secondary, and Hooker is one of the best players on the board. He is an upgrade over both Jahleel Addae and Dwight Lowery. He should be a starter day one if he is healthy.
I don't think Carolina has a desperate need for a defensive end, but Allen is the best player available at this point, and Julius Peppers could be a great mentor for his first year before he ultimately takes the spot full-time.
The need at inside linebacker is less with the signing of Kevin Minter, but they still need an edge rusher. Derek Barnett broke Reggie White's Tennessee sack record, so hopefully for the Bengals he can do the same in the NFL.
The Bills need more weapons than Sammy Watkins if they want to be an offensive threat. The presence of a second wide receiver would hopefully do that. Also, Tyrod Taylor needs players to take the pressure off of him for the 2017 campaign.
Although they have a desperate need for cornerback help, they will struggle to pass up a guy who flocks to the ball from sideline to sideline. He is an immediate play maker on the defensive side of the ball from day one for the Saints.
Watson wins football games which is something the 1-15 Cleveland Browns did poorly. They need a franchise quarterback to turn the team around.
Arizona could use secondary help as they needed another cornerback and they lost safety Tony Jefferson in free agency. This should allow for a young player to pair across from Patrick Peterson.
Neither Ryan Matthews nor Darren Sproles are home run hitters at running back. Dalvin Cook has incredible big play potential with his speed and acceleration. This first round pick should be all about surrounding Carson Wentz with talent.
It was reported the Colts had interest in Harris even if he was a slight reach at 15. He should be an outside linebacker that can rotate in or even start in which case John Simon would be shifted to inside linebacker.
The right tackle position is weak after loss of Ricky Wagner. Cam Robinson would also be a solid pick at the position, but I went with Ryan for the Badgers tradition with successful NFL linemen.