2017 NFL Mock Draft by Todd1989 - 4.5
Published at 4/5/2017 8:30:41 PM
TRADE HEAVY MOCK DRAFT. Eight trades in the first round, three trades in the top five
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Consensus pick, Garrett is the best prospect in the draft and should be a fine building block for this Cleveland defense.
SF receive picks #8 and #40 and a 2018 3rd-rounder/ CAR receive #2
Although this is technically undervaluing the #2 pick according to most trade charts, there will be so much quality available on day two of this draft that I would expect SF accepts this deal. Carolina can afford to make the trade as Fournette would offer a significant upgrade on Jonathan Stewart, and help free up Cam Newton. Having signed Matt Kalil, I would be surprised if they reached on an offensive lineman in the first round.
CHI receive picks #7 and #38/ LAC receive #3
Like Carolina, the Chargers are one of the teams picking early in this draft who don’t have too many crying needs, and like Carolina, would have to reach on offensive lineman to look to address that problem. Instead, the Chargers look to replace Eric Weddle properly, by selecting an elite safety prospect considered by many to be the safest prospect in this class. His 4.33 at the LSU Pro Day will have secured his place as a top five pick.
Many project Thomas to go #2 in this draft due to his tremendous upside, but he lacks ideal length to play DE in a 4-3 for San Francisco and if they get an offer, I expect they trade down. Now, I’m not sure Thomas fits perfectly in a Jacksonville defense which is transitioning into a 4-3, but with concerns over Dante Fowler, Thomas may be too tempting at #4. Don’t Discount OJ Howard here either.
TEN receive picks #12, #52, #108, #185/ CLE receive #5
Cleveland need to ensure they get their man at QB, and don’t risk him falling to the New York Jets. Trubisky is an Ohio native, and probably the only prospect genuinely excited to go to Cleveland; he also happens to be the top rated QB on my board.
With Marshon Lattimore still on the board, I want NYJ to replace Darrelle Revis; but they do not go into the 2017 season with Christian Hackenberg as their starting QB.
CHI receive #25, #57, 2018 1st Rounder/ HOU receive #7, 2018 3rd Rounder
Chicago trade down again, giving them two first round picks next year, so even if they miraculously have a winning record this season they can trade up in a QB heavy draft. Houston, by contrast, trade away big time for a QB prospect who has only recently been in first round discussion, as with the 49ers picking next, they may have been down to their fourth choice QB by the end of the top ten. That’s three QB picks in a row, by the way, guys.
My favourite player in the draft, and Lattimore may well be #2 on SF’s board after Garrett; so for them to pick up a second rounder and future third, whilst securing him would have to be seen as possibly the perfect first draft pick from new GM John Lynch.
A big factor in the Bengals’ struggles drop in form from 2015 to last season were injuries to Tyler Eifert and AJ Green. With Eifert set to return, TE shouldn’t be a huge need for Cincinnati, but Howard’s ability as a blocker would help to replace Andrew Whitworth, and his receiving ability would lessen the workload and dependence on both Green and Eifert.
While Corey Davis is the top wide receiver on my board, a team such as Buffalo (or Tennessee, where he is in play at #5) would be more likely to go for Williams, considering the immediate red-zone threat he would offer. Considering concerns over Williams’ speed and consequential ability to create separation are comparable to those of Laquon Treadwell’s, though, he could slide, as those issues plagued Treadwell in his rookie season.
New Orleans don’t need a defensive tackle- Nick Fairley and Sheldon Rankins (once fit,) were two of our rare bright spots on defense last season. However, Jonathan Allen is a versatile defensive lineman and has been compared with Michael Bennett, meaning Allen could potentially fill New Orleans’ gaping need across from Cam Jordan. Other than that, Allen is an incredible prospect, and was the consensus number two pick before concerns over arthritis in his shoulder arose last month. If Allen falls out the top ten, New Orleans would be all over him.
Tennessee have two picks in the top-20, and an already playoff calibre roster. With those picks they need to improve their secondary and give Marcus Mariota another weapon. Hooker would very much address the former, and would be a top five pick if he wasn’t dealing with a torn labrum and hernia coming off the end of last season.
I’ve said before that I don’t like Kizer going in and starting as a rookie, so perhaps Arizona would be the perfect fit for him. He gets a year to sit behind Carson Palmer, and then will take his position on a win-ready roster.
Having signed Alshon Jeffrey, the Eagles no longer need a receiver in the first round, and considering the depth of this running back class can wait on that need. Conley is a great prospect, with the physical attributes and coverage skills to make an impact in the Philadelphia secondary from day one.
IND RECEIVE #18, #100, #108, TEN RECEIVE #15, #158
Tennessee jump a couple of spots to ensure they beat Baltimore and Washington to Davis- arguably the best receiver in this draft, and an instant playmaker for Marcus Mariota.
Ross offers Joe Flacco the deep threat he craves, and breathes life into this Baltimore