A Little Different Mock Draft by blueblaze3597 - 4.11
Published at 4/11/2017 8:17:21 PM
Trying to be a little different the other mocks out right now, no trades in this mock. Only two QB's taken but six CB's get selected.
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With the recent release of Tramaine Brock, Niners have more holes to fill. Last two drafts had them drafting Arik Armstead and DeForrest Buckner, while they don't exactly fit as 4-3 DEs, I'm sure they can make adjustments with the new coaching staff and play well across the DL.
First real change from the mocks I've read. Adams just ran an official 4.45 40 at the LSU Pro Day, but some clocked him at 4.38 and at one point there was an unofficial 4.33. All these times are improvements on his 40 time at the combine. Safety has been a need for the Bears for years and they've gone out of their way to try to improve the secondary. You can't expect to be successful against Aaron Rodgers or Matthew Stafford with holes in the secondary and this fills a pretty big hole. I have him over Malik Hooker because of recently signed Quintin Demps and his versatility to play both safety positions and his propensity to create turnovers from both FS and SS. Hooker has drawn Ed Reed comparisons but I like Jamal Adams ability to do everything well and consistently a bit more.
A lot of mocks have Leonard Fournette here and its obvious why, I had a hard time not putting him here but the title of this article was the deciding factor. Even after all the defensive signings there is still a hole at DT and Allen would be too good to pass up in a scenario that fills a need with a top rated player.
I've seen mocks having Howard go to the Titans with the 18th overall pick but he has since then been vaulted into the top ten and rightfully so. While the Titans have bigger needs in the secondary, I feel like CB and S is deep enough for them to target later on. The Titans offense also runs out of a base two TE set, which sold this pick to me, and this provides Marcus Mariota with a skilled weapon as well as a improving blocker. Two impressive blocking and receiving TE's to pair with a dynamic running game could really open up the play action for the offense, which would improve the run game as well.
Floor for Fournette, plus Jets gotta sell tickets somehow.
It was tough picking between Adams and Hooker for third overall, but slotting Hooker here is easy. Chargers now have quietly amassed a solid young core of defensive players at ever level of defense.
Panthers have to be excited Solmon Thomas fell to them at 8. They have bandaids at DE with Peppers and Johnson on one and two year deals. Thomas could be the DE of the future with Mario Addison. I wanted to slot Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffery here but Thomas was too good to pass up.
Bengals need OL help, I originally had them trading back with the Eagles for Cam Robinson while the Eagles selected Marlon Humphrey but decided to do a non-trade mock. We know the Bengals are doubling up on receivers and with every OL being a reach here they select Williams.
Under Sean McDermott the Bills are switching to a 4-3 defense. Current candidates for MLB are Reggie Ragland and Preston Brown. Ragland is coming off a torn ACL and isn't even close to the same level athletically as his former MLBs in Kuechley and Jeremiah Trotter, while Preston Brown is consistent he's not a playmaker. Foster fits because he plays fast and does everything well from getting to the QB or in coverage. Even if McDermott wants to try Ragland out at MLB then for the time being Foster and play the Will-backer and serve has the new Thomas Davis.
It was a toss up for me between Barnett and Taco originally. As a Saints fan I've heard comparisons to Chandler Jones and that has me excited. Saints need edge rush help bad and Taco is an athletic guy who could learn from Cameron Jordan to fix some weaknesses.
Browns now have a stellar offensive line so they pull the trigger on someone that can sling it to their offense. Rookie QB behind an impressive offensive line? Hue Jackson must be seeing visions of Dak Prescott.
It was tough mocking Conley this early but the Cards had real problems opposite Patrick Peterson. Conley is a big corner and possibly the most complete out of all the corners in his draft and the Cards have to like that.
Eagles needed secondary help and with the top two CB's off the board they pull the trigger on potentially the most complete corner in the draft.
Colts need pass rushers in a bad way. Barnett will look to bring his consistency opposite Jabaal Sheard
I wanted to put Corey Davis or Christian McCaffery here to fill the void of Kamar Aiken but Ozzie Newsome has boners for Alabama players.