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2017 NFL Mock Draft by Eric Lindberg - 11.21
Published at 11/21/2016 10:39:54 AM
2017 NFL 1st Round Mock Draft. 11/21
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Browns lacking at QB and Trubisky has the arm strength and poise to move the ball down field and feed the playmaking wide receivers (Pryor, Coleman) that Browns fans will enjoy watching for years to come.
Jonathan Allen has been nearly unstoppable this year for the Crimson Tide, despite opposing teams keying in on him and assigning double teams to attempt to stop him. Allen has 7 sacks and 10 TFL on the season and has shown no signs of slowing down. The 49ers will have a superstar-caliber talent in Allen.
With the Bears likely to move on from Cutler in the offseason, Deshaun Watson would energize the Bears offense. With Jordan Howard thriving and the emergence of Cameron Meredith at wide receiver, the Bears offense has sneaky potential heading into 2017.
Myles Garrett is the #1 overall prospect coming out of A&M and Jacksonville lacks a serious pass rush. Registering just 16 sacks through 10 weeks in 2016, (tied for 25th in NFL) Jacksonville needs to improve their front 7. Selecting Garrett would be a perfect first step in doing so.
The Jets desperately need a playmaker on defense and Jabrill Peppers seems like a perfect fit for Todd Bowles and company. Peppers is excellent in coverage and has the ability to be excellent on special teams.
After a rough 2016 season that was plagued by injuries, Cincinnati fans can look forward to Marlon Humphrey. With Adam Jones aging (34 in September) and Dre Kirkpatrick being somewhat of a letdown, the Bengals would solidify the secondary by drafting Humphrey.
Jalen Tabor has had some off-the-field problems (arrested for marijuana possession in 2014, swung helmet at teammate during practice) but Carolina is in desperate need of relief in their secondary. Tabor has shown that he has the ability to be a shut down corner at Florida, but he needs to clean up his tackling in order to be a complete player.
Coming off of an injury-plagued 2016, and unlikely to offer an extension for upcoming free agent running back Eddie Lacy, the Packers need to move away from their one-dimensional offense by drafting LSU RB Leonard Fournette. Fournette would take a tremendous amount of pressure off the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers. Fournette is the clear #1 RB in the 2017 Draft and would be a fine pick for Ted Thompson.
If the Rams want to improve on their 2016 season and give rookie QB Jared Goff a bright 2017 and beyond, they need to protect him in the pocket. Cam Robinson is another top-level talent with off-the-field issues (arrested for marijuana and gun possession) but Robinson has played a big factor in Alabama's offensive success over the past 3 seasons and would be able to play a role in the Rams offense on day 1.
Zach Cunningham is quietly having an outstanding season for the Commodores, racking up 104 tackles (15 for loss) through 10 games. Cunningham shows great range while in coverage and frequently gets to the edge on outside rushes. New Orleans would be drafting a generational talent at linebacker and significantly improve their below average defense.
The future at safety for the Chargers will not likely be with Jahleel Addae or Dwight Lowery, so selecting Jamal Adams out of LSU is a no-brainer. San Diego's defense has let too many games slip away in the 4th quarter and the pairing of Jason Verrett and Jamal Adams in 2017 could result in the Chargers having a feared defense for years to come.
Arizona has had a difficult time protecting veteran QB Carson Palmer in 2016 and if Bruce Arians wants him to remain the starting QB, they will need to find help. That help could very well come by way of Dan Feeney. Feeney is the top player at his position in the 2017 draft class and would serve as an upgrade to current OG Earl Watford.
Tennessee currently employs Perrish Cox as their #2 cornerback, but his job security would be at risk in 2017 if the Titans decide to draft ball hawking cornerback Sidney Jones in 2017. At Washington, Jones has racked up 8 INT's and broken up 19 passes in 36 games. With the Titans clearly lacking in the secondary, Jones would bring some solidity over from Washington.
Mike Williams should be the first wide receiver taken off the board in 2017, and Baltimore will need some help in the receiver department come next season. Future HOF WR Steve Smith Sr. is expected to retire after the 2016 season and 2015 1st round selection Breshad Perriman hasn't proven that he is capable of being the first option in a passing oriented offense. Williams combines great hands and route running with speed and agility and would be a dangerous weapon for Joe Flacco.
John Ross - WR - Washington
The addition of John Ross would add a valuable deep threat to a Buffalo Bills offense that has lacked just that the past few seasons. Think of him as DeSean Jackson.
Ryan Ramczyk - OT - Wisconsin
Andrew Luck has been sacked the most times in the NFL in 2016 (33) and has lacked consistent pass protection throughout his career. Indy's ownership has to make it clear to the franchise QB that they want to protect him in the future. Drafting Ramczyk would lock up the right side, as Joe Haeg has not been getting the job done this season.