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2017 NFL Mock Draft by CTawesome32 - 9.7
Published at 9/7/2016 5:12:47 PM
NFL Mock Draft 2017, picks based off NFL.com Power Rankings.
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It wouldn't surprise anybody that if the Browns had the first pick of the draft next April. It also wouldn't surprise anybody if RG3 had a terrible season and the Browns looked to replace him next year. Deshaun Watson came into the season as the Heisman favorite and the favorite to go first overall. A lot of people are making comparisons to Cam Newton and Russell Wilson and if that is the truth than the Browns will have their quarterback for the next 8-10 years.
The 49ers would have a rough decision to make here. they have to decide between Brad Kaaya and Deshone Kizer if the season ended today. There are a lot of factors here but the biggest is likely who will be making the pick and whether if Trent Baalke and or Chip Kelly will be back next season. Ultimately if they are still in the organization I could see the 49ers selecting Kaaya over Kizer due to scheme fit. Kaaya is a mobile quarterback which Chip Kelly has been lacking for years and could compete with Blaine Gabbert to start week 1 next season.
The Bears can select Deshone Kizer here, but it would be smarter if they selected likely the best player in college football Leonard Fournette. Fournette is the #1 candidate to win the Heisman not named Deshaun Watson and is the best running back in the country. If the Bears are salecting this high it most likely mean the offense declined after Adam Gase and Matt Forte left, Jay Cutlers progression has regressed and the running back committee of Jeremy Langford, Ka'Deem Carey, Jordan Howard, and Jaquizz Rodgers didn't work. Fournette will likely be the bell cow day one for Chicago and help them stabilize their offense.
The Chargers will now have to realize that they cannot ignore the need for an offensive lineman for much longer. Picking Johnson here will make up for the fact that they passed on 2 premier left tackles in Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley last year. However Johnson isn't the best tackle on the board he is number 2 to Cam Robinsons whose stock will fall due to off the field issues. But Johnson is more than a consolation prize and if pans out well will be protecting Philip Rivers blindside for the rest of his career.
Thank god almighty the Titans have a respectable starting corner. For years the Titans have needed an upgrade at cornerback. Tabor is the best shutdown corner in the draft and will be a solid addition to a young and talented Titans team.
Garrett has been called a hybrid of Jadeveon Clowney and Von Miller which on paper sounds good but people forget that Clowney hasn't had much success since college. However Garrett is the best defensive end in the country and would be a great addition to a mediocre Saints defense who needs all the help they could get.
After Tashaun Gipson left for Jacksonville in free agency safety became a huge hole for the Browns. The secondary as a whole needs a lot of work the only player they can rely on back there is Joe Haden. Adams can change that really quick he's a playmaking safety who can change the tempo of this defense who is a few pieces away from being talented.
Last year the Falcons skipped over Shaq Lawson, this year they draft another defensive end named Lawson. Carl Lawson is a very talented defensive end who could become a pass rushing duo with other former first round pick Vic Beasley, who seems to be the only player on the roster who can create a pass rush.
I don't believe the Colts will be picking this high, but if so something went wrong either Andrew Luck got hurt again or the team under preformed which would ultimately lead to the firing of Chuck Pagano. No matter where they pick next season the Colts need to realize that they have a huge hole at running back that the aging Frank Gore cannot fill themselves. Cook puts up a good argument to be the best running back in the country, but isn't quite there. Cook will divert some of the attention that Andrew Luck is receiving from rival defenses and give the Colts the running game they have been lacking for years.
The Lions need more of a pass rush since their aren't any corners worth taking this high left in the draft. Barnett is more of a 3-4 Linebacker, but can transition to a 4-3 Defensive end if necessary. The combo of him and Ziggy Ansah would be scary.
Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharp..? Really. Its obvious that the Titans need a #1 receiver for their young developing quarterback Marcus Mariota. Smith-Schuster would show defenses that the Titans can air the ball out along with ground and pound.
The likeliness that Arian Foster will be healthy to carry ball for the entire season isn't very high and Jay Ajayi will likely not be the answer either. So the Dolphins will likely have to invest a high draft pick on a running back. Chubb is the next best back available and could be a bell cow for them the only concern is injuries so throwing him into the fire right away isn't the best idea, but this would be a smart pick.
The Ravens are making progress to getting where they want to be rather than where they were last season. But still have a gapping hole in their secondary. Jackson is the next best available corner, he isn't a top tier shutdown corner, but will help Baltimores very depleted secondary.
The Giants are in desperate need of a middle linebacker and they finally get one here. McMilan can play for a 3-4 and 4-3 front and be the quarterback of the defense which is exactly what the Giants need. Also it helps that the Giants took another Buckeye with their first round pick last year too.
If the Cowboys are selecting 15th after starting a rookie 4th round pick quarterback in Dak Prescott for most of the season I'm sure they are in good shape and don't need to select a quarterback early. However the Cowboys do need some help on defense and Jabrill Peppers is the type of player the Cowboys need to bring this defense to the next level. Peppers is extremely versatile which ultimately is the reason why he fell this far but could fill multiple of the Cowboys holes on defense. Also could make up for the fact that the Cowboys passed on Jalen Ramsey on this past draft.
The Cam Robinson train ends here. His drop finally ends in Jacksonville where its fair to say that Luke Joeckel is a bust. If Jacksonville isn't a playoff team it is because of their tough division and the inexperience on their defensive line. That line is bad and Cam Robinson could change that real quick if he lands in Duval.