2017 NFL Mock Draft by Pittsburgh 1.0
Published at 4/25/2017 12:59:39 AM
First round mock, no official trades but trade speculation included.
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The obvious pick. Garrett can be one of the top pass rushers in the NFL almost immediately when he steps on the field. Browns can't screw this up.
The Niners front office is inexperienced and they seem set on getting a QB. If they don't make this pick and trade it, however, I wouldn't be surprised. But whoever would stage a trade would still grab Trubisky.
The Bears are in more urgent need of secondary help but Thomas could provide a lot of pressure, making the need for a shutdown corner less necessary.
The Jaguars should make this pick in a heartbeat. Fournette can make that offense two dimensional again, taking some pressure off of Blake Bortles in a year where he has to succeed.
The Titans could really use a new shutdown corner now that they have moved on from Jason McCourty and brought in a legit outside corner in Logan Ryan. Lattimore has been going higher in many other mocks so this could end up being a steal for Tennessee.
The Jets have tended to pick the best player available recently and that would qualify Adams here. The Jets need secondary help anyway, and with Lattimore already gone, Adams becomes the obvious choice.
This seems to be the no-brainer pick of the draft this year. Hooker has been linked to the Chargers for months and he has the ability to be an Ed Reed like playmaker playing as the center fielder on that defense.
I think this is the first surprise of the draft. I bet the Panthers like McCaffrey more than Dalvin Cook and will pull the trigger on him here. Not only could he replace Jonathan Stewart at RB, he could also split out wide, utilizing both backs at the same time.
While a pass rusher would be ideal, another big target to take pressure off AJ Green and Tyler Eifert could really push the Bengals offense to the next level. If Soloman Thomas falls, however, I bet he won't fall past here.
The Bills are probably hoping that Marshon Lattimore or Mike Williams falls to this spot but Foster is still a good haul. New coach Sean McDermott had the opportunity to utilize Luke Kuechly and Foster is a similar player that could fit right in in the middle of that defense.
The Saints are in a desperate need for a pass rusher opposite Cam Jordan and Barnett is considered by some the best edge rusher in the draft. If the draft shakes out this way, Barnett could be a nice steal for New Orleans.
Now that Trubisky is gone, the Browns need to focus on building an offense around their next quarterback. OJ Howard is one of the safest prospects in the draft, destined to be the top player of a strong TE class. He will be a reliable target for whoever slings balls in Cleveland next year.
Larry Fitzgerald is getting up there in age and John Brown is better suited for a slot role. Davis came just short of setting several FBS receiving records in his four years at Western Michigan and could step in for opposite Fitz, replacing Michael Floyd.
The Eagles were expected to focus on improving the offense early in the draft but after signing Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith, I think they'll address their need for a shutdown corner. Humphrey is the best available in my mind but they could also opt for Gareon Conley.
The Colts defense is horrible and they need upgrades at virtually all positions. An edge rusher might be better but Allen is too good to pass up. Mocked as high as the top five, if Allen starts to slip, he could be a great BPA grab for Indianapolis at a position of need.
The Ravens could use another target for Joe Flacco but it won't matter if he can't get a pass off. Baltimore lost Ricky Wagner in free agency and Robinson would be able to step in and replace him on day one.