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2017 NFL Mock Draft by JackCald99 - Defensive Players Go Early as Quarterbacks fall
Published at 3/18/2017 10:49:37 PM
With Free Agency dying down and the majority of deals being finalised this mock draft focuses on the needs of every team and analyses why these fits make sense.
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Although the Browns are desperate for a Franchise QB they cannot pass on Garrett, who looks to have the makings of a Hall of Fame caliber player. Expect the Browns to start Cody Kessler this upcoming year and look for their QB in next years Quarterback heavy draft.
With Garrett off the board and no QB in this draft looking to be worth the No. 2 pick, the Niners go with Soloman Thomas out of Stanford who has drawn comparisons to Aaron Donald of the LA Rams. He could potentially wreak havoc alongside up and coming tandem of DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead.
This pick was between Jonathan Allen and Jamal Adams for me. Ultimately, I went with Adams as the Bears need help with their secondary. Yes, they did just sign Quinton Demps in Free Agency but picking up Adams shows a clear initiative of building towards something special with this secondary alongside Adrian Amos and Kyle Fuller.
With the Jags yet again building their defense through Free Agency we look to the offensive side of the ball with this pick. The team has found reliable recievers in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns but they still havent found a back to help out the struggling Blake Bortles, thats why with this pick they take Leonard Fournette out of LSU who can be the bruising back that this team is looking for.
The Titans didnt make a splash in Free Agency but did find some decent starters in Cyprien and Ryan to sure up their ailing secondary. Thats why with this pick the Titans pass on talents like Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore, and instead go with Jonathan Allen who will now strike fear into opposing Quarterbacks alondside Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey.
The Jets 2016 season was a horrendous one, the biggest issue for them was at Quarterback. But yet again there is no QB worth taking this early in a draft filled with potential Pro Bowlers. One of these players is Marshon Lattimore coming out of THE Ohio State University who is guarenteed to make an instant impact for the Jets.
This was probably the easiest pick to make in this whole draft, except Myles Garrett to the Browns. By drafting Hooker the Chargers will find their replacement for Eric Weddle who was dearly missed last year. Plus, by moving to Los Angeles the Chargers will need to make a big splash and Hooker can provide the play that can bring this Charger defense to the next level.
With the addition of Julius Peppers it may seem unecessary to draft a defensive end in the first round. But, if we're being realistic, Peppers is in the twilight of his career and sooner rather than later the Panthers are going to need a big time pass rusher to take out the likes of Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Jameis Winston.
The popular pick here at No. 9 is for the Bengals to take Reuben Foster. But since the Bengals have a strong group of players at inside linebacker they take Reddick here who will provide instant pressure on the likes of Big Ben and Joe Flacco in the AFC North.
Excluding Sammy Watkins, the Bills recieving core is... Abysmal. Yes, they did sign Andre Holmes in Free Agency but at best Holmes is a 3rd option. They'll need to take a dominant reciever here to take pressure off of Watkins and to give the returning Tyrod Taylor more options in the passing game.
The Saints need playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Drew Brees will keep the offense going but there is no guarentee that the Saints D can perform to a high enough level to keep the team in games. By selecting Foster the Saints get a dynamic linebacker who will improve their level of defensive play and will undoubtedly have some big hits in his rookie season.
The Browns will be tempted to take Mitch Trubisky here at 12 but must resist and instead take O.J. Howard, who looks to be the best Tight End coming out of college in years. Taking Howard is the smart move here as he looks to be the complete Tight End who can both recieve and block.
The Cardinals replacing Tony Jefferson with Antoine Bethea is not a long term fix, thats why with this selection they'll take the dynamic Jabrill Peppers. The Cards may be tempted by the mystique of Obi Melifonwu here but its a reach to go for him at 13 so they'll take Peppers who will pair up nicely with the already potent secondary in Arizona.
I would have given the Eagles a reciever here before Free Agency, but with the pickups of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith it seems as if Carson Wentz will have plenty options this upcoming season. The Eagles have struggled to fill one position in Free Agency though and thats Cornerback. So, with this pick they select the 2nd best corner in the draft, Marlon Humphrey, who'll give Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins help in the secondary.
The Colts can literally go anywhere but Quarterback here. But considering that they gave up the 3rd most yards last year we'll give them a defensive stud here in Malik McDowell who'll be able to make an impact on Day One againts the likes of Blake Bortles and whoever Houstons Quarterback is.
With no obvious needs the Ravens go with John Ross out of Washington who is not just a speedy wide reciever but a polished route runner who Joe Flacco could get a lot of use out of. People may be concerned of his build compared to other big time NFL recievers but if used correctly John Ross has the potential to become Baltimore's very own Antonio Brown.