2017 NFL Mock Draft (04/12/2017): Projecting the first round
2017 NFL mock drafts continue to draw more and more attention as the 2017 NFL Draft approaches. The draft is just over two weeks away, and fans are anxious to see who their team will be taking.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns still have not made up their mind on who they will be taking. The most common choice is Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The SEC standout did draw some negative headlines this week after he chose not to go on Mike and Mike to talk with Booger McFarland, who has been critical of the defensive end. The other option mentioned by Schefter is North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The draft, which will be in Philadelphia, begins on April 27 and ends on April 29. The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 and No. 12 overall picks, and the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints also have multiple picks in the first round. The New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings have none. The Patriots also do not have a pick in the second round.
Here is an SEC Country NFL Mock Draft, predicting the first round.
2017 NFL mock draft
1. Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
This seems like a no-brainer. Garrett is just about a consensus No. 1 overall pick. Don’t mess this up Cleveland.
2. 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
This is the first time in any of the SEC Country mock drafts that Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t been mocked to the 49ers. Why the change? Well, a number of reports indicate that Thomas is the guy at No. 2 and San Francisco did sign Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley to potentially bridge to next year’s deeper quarterback class.
3. Bears: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Safeties don’t normally go this high, but safeties also don’t normally run 4.33 40-yard dash at their pro day. And that’s exactly what Adams did this week at LSU. He can play all over the field and is the figurative queen of the chess board.
4. Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Because there isn’t an offensive lineman worthy of the No. 4 pick, Fournette makes a lot of sense as the top running back. He’ll help the Jaguars learn if QB Blake Bortles is their answer.
5. Titans: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Titans need help in the secondary. While they’d love to get Adams, Hooker is a great, rangy safety who can be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks..
6. Jets: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Despite having Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on the roster, Trubisky is too good to pass up. While he could remind some of Mark Sanchez (namely because of a lack of college starts), if the Jets bring him along slowly, he can thrive.
7. Chargers: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Chargers’ biggest need is on the offensive line, but they also would love to nab one of the safeties available. Instead, they end up with perhaps the best pure football player in the draft.
8. Panthers: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
While offensive line is a bigger need, the Panthers also need to add some talent in the secondary. While Lattimore has some major injury concerns, he’s still the best corner in the draft.
9. Bengals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Davis could be an excellent second banana to A.J. Green. Foster could be an option if he’s still on the board.
10. Bills: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Like Foster, Howard is one of the top football players in the draft who falls this far only because of the position he plays. But he should be a welcome addition to the Bills’ offense.
11. Saints, Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
The Saints have needs at every level on defense, and they land the best defender in college football with the No. 11 pick. While some are worried about Allen’s long-term health, he’ll greatly help a Saints defense that has been bad for years.
12. Browns: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Watson had 17 interceptions last year, and some have questioned his downfield accuracy. But he’s also lit up the vaunted Alabama defense twice and nearly won the Heisman Trophy twice. He could solve the Browns’ longstanding quarterback quandary.
13. Cardinals: Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
While wide receiver could be a bigger need, Mahomes represents the future once Carson Palmer, 37, decides to retire. Sitting for a year, or two, behind an established veteran could be beneficial for Mahomes, especially given that Palmer sat his first year in the league despite being the No. 1 overall draft pick.
14. Eagles: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Last year, the Eagles got their quarterback in Carson Wentz. Now they’re looking to get him some weapons. The Eagles signed Alshon Jeffery in the offseason. McCaffrey is a standout runner and receiver.
15. Colts: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
Keeping Andrew Luck upright has been a problem. And while the Colts used a first-round pick on Alabama center Ryan Kelly last year, adding another one probably would add a few more years to Luck’s career.
16. Ravens: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Joe Flacco might have the worst set of wide receivers in the NFL now that Steve Smith Sr. retired. Williams brings some much-needed youth and upside.
17. Redskins: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Washington saw a number of playmakers leave in the offseason, such as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Cooks’ versatility could help in both the running and passing games.
18. Titans: John Ross, WR, Washington
Ross lit up the combine by running a 4.22 40-yard dash, the fastest recorded in NFL history. He’d be a huge addition for Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense.
19. Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami
Mike Evans was one of the most targeted pass catchers in the league last year, so adding an athletic freak like Njoku will only help open up the field for he and quarterback Jameis Winston.
20. Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Broncos have a lot of holes to fill on the offensive line. Bolles gives them an answer at left tackle.
21. Lions: Quincy Wilson, DB, Florida
Detroit could go after either a defensive back or a defensive lineman. Wilson, and not teammate Teez Tabor, is clearly the top cornerback coming out of Florida this season.
22. Dolphins: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Peppers is a great chess piece for the Dolphins. He can help fill a number of holes on the Miami defense.
23. Giants: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
One of the best pass rushers from the SEC finally finds a home. Some have questioned his athleticism, but if Barnett can dominate the SEC, he has a chance to do the same on Sundays. He’s also showed his willingness to compete, battling an illness at the NFL combine and a hamstring injury at his pro day.
24. Raiders: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Oakland’s secondary was in disarray last year, and the Alabama defensive back could help shore up the unit.
25. Texans: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
With Tony Romo now out of the question, Kizer represents a long-term option who could play this season if need be.
26. Seahawks: Cam Robinson OL, Alabama
The Seahawks must find a way to protect Russell Wilson. Robinson can help do that at either guard or tackle.
27. Chiefs: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Kansas City is looking for a change-of-pace back after releasing Jamaal Charles. Kamara’s speed and size make him a great option to add another element to the Kansas City offense.
28. Cowboys: Budda Baker, S, Washington
The Cowboys could go tight end here, even after signing Jason Witten to a four-year extension. But Baker gives them another young piece in the secondary.
29. Packers: Gaeron Conley, CB, Ohio State
The Falcons shredding Green Bay’s defense in the NFC title game is a sign the Packers need to improve in the defensive backfield. Conley has the phyiscal tools to hold up in one-on-one coverage.
30. Steelers: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Reddick is another star of the draft process. His athleticism has him shooting up draft boards. In Reddick, the Steelers find a young and athletic replacement for Lawrence Timmons.
31. Falcons: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Atlanta had no problem taking down Tom Brady for the first three quarters of the Super Bowl. But during the fourth quarter, the pass rush wore down. Harris gives the Falcons more depth and the chance to get a long-term starter.
32. Saints: Kevin King, CB, Washington
As mentioned above, the Saints have major needs on defense. King can help the back level of that unit.