2017 NFL Mock Draft by ottawagiantsfan - 4.9
Published at 4/9/2017 9:42:40 PM
Lazy Sunday, 3 round mock with write up's. No trades
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Shocker I know! Nothing new to add that you already haven't read. Best Player in draft.
Wow first time ever I that I was stumped this early in the draft. Thomas is a fine prospect, and plays a premium position. I personally don't think he should be drafted this high and in most drafts he wouldn't be. I think his ceiling is Olivier Vernon. A good, safe first pick
This was another tough pick to make. I doubt Old school HC John Fox would allow a DB to go this high without putting up a fuss. But I figure this will be his last year as the coach. The Bears have arguably the worst DB's in the NFL. They won't have a chance of dethroning the Packers until they are able to match up with their explosive pass game. Lattimore has all the tools to be a Lock Down CB once he get's some more experience under his belt.
Doug Marrone spent most of his early coaching career as an Oline coach. That is how he climbed the ranks. Nothing makes an old school, Oline coach happier then pounding the ball. New football czar Tom Coughlin is also a fan of having a physical running game to set the tone for the game. (Though Coughlin was a WR himself at Syracuse and isn't afraid to air it out). Enter Fournette. The guy is a freak. I can't imagine too many defensive players lining up to tackle him late in the game. Not a pass blocker yet but will impact the passing game by opening up the play action, deep shots like the jags had in 2015
I know, I know, this should be a DB but hear me out. First Allen is a stud and plays a premium position. Second, GM Robinson comes from the New England system. They never pass up a chance to add big, talented men on the Dline. Third - The draft is insanely deep at CB and Safety. Besides a Dick LeBeau team almost never uses a high pick on DB's.
The Jets look to be bottoming out this year. I believe the talk about a QB this high is a smoke show. Adams is a blue chip pick who has a very good chance of joining the other NY teams star safety to yearly Pro Bowls. Like most Safety's coming out of college, he will be better in the run game then the passing game to start. Next years QB class is loaded so the Jet's should focus on adding as much talent, regardless of position this year.
Another CB goes off the board in the top 10! I gave serious thought to Hooker but decided to go with Humphrey. The Chargers are changing to the Seahawks scheme under new DC Gus Bradley. That means lot's of press coverage, with tall, long CB's. Verrett is very talented but has trouble staying healthy. Humphrey is also fast at coming up to stop the run. Another must in this scheme for a CB
GM Gettleman spent a large chunk of his career with the Giants. He learned that you can never have too many pass rushers. I know they brought back Peppers, but he is only a one year player at this point. The same can be said for Charles Johnson. 2018 is when Barnett should move into the starting line up opposite Mario Addison
It's rare that a FS goes top 10 but Hooker has the talent to warrant it. I don't think he is the can't miss, next Ed Reed that he get's painted as, but he has a shot. His instincts and ball skills are ridiculous. His tackling and man coverage will need work. His one year wonder worries me and int's can be fluky. The risk is worth the reward for a Marvin Lewis defense that used to thrive off of turnovers
The run on defensive players continues. The Bills can go a number of ways with this pick. I'm assuming new HC Sean McDermott runs his defence closer to the one he ran in Carolina then the Blitz crazy scheme he was raised in by the Eagles Jim Johnson. Having said that, an athletic MLB is arguably the most important position in this scheme with the elements of the Tampa 2. Foster has the game speed and quickness to routinely cover 30 yards down the middle of the field as well as run sideline to sideline. Think Kuechly (albeit with less football instincts)
I can hear the groans all the way from the French Quarter with this pick. But McCaffrey is the perfect player for Sean Payton. The knock is he isn't a bell cow back. So what, there are like 5 of those left in the NFL. Ed's boy will be the Saint's best slot WR the minute he steps on the field as well as a nightmare on screens. A terror on special teams, and if given a chance, could be a 1,000 yard runner. In today's game of match up's, McCaffrey is the Ultimate chess piece.
We have a QB! Watson isn't a finished product by any means but you can't knock the "it" factor. He always rises to the top in the biggest moments. The kids a winner. Something the Browns can use more of. Let Hugh Jackson work with him for a year and he should be able to mold him into a rich man's Andy Dalton
With the 13th pick of the 2017 NFL draft, the Cardinals select.... Alshon Jeffrey! I'm joking of course but there are a lot of similarities to their game. Williams looks to have a little more straight line speed but it's his ability to come down with 50-50 balls that draws the comparison. Loud Mouth Bruce Arians offence hums when the QB has a lot of weapons, mostly down field to throw to. Fitz is talking retirement and the other wr's on team can't stay out of the training room. Need pick that is also at the right value.
Some people might view this as a reach but they shouldn't. Conley is a first round talent in any draft. As a Michigan fan it kills me to acknowledge the crazy talent on that team from Ohio. The Eagles play a lot of Man coverage and need guy's that can hold up on an Island. He has the size to cover all the tall wr's in the Nfc east (Dez,Marshall, Pryor, ect). His ball skills is an added bonus considering the QB's will need to get rid of the pass quick facing that pass rush. Should be able to grab some Int's
Boom or Bust! McDowell is one of my least favorite players in this draft but I do see the upside he posses. Coming from Chiefs, new GM Chris Ballard might see McDowell as a similar player to last years second round pick - Chris Jones. Physically gifted but needs to be coached up. McDowell is a high risk, high reward but some risks are needed to field a defense that doesn't waste Andrew Luck's championship window
You can make the case that Howard is a top 5 talent in this draft. You can also make the case that TE is usually not a premium position. This feels like a good spot for Howard. The Ravens have put a lot of resources into the TE position over the past couple of years. For various reasons, it hasn't worked out like they hopped. Howard is the rare new school TE that can also block. Plus when does Ozzy over pass up a 'Bama player?