2017 NFL Mock Draft – FIVE Rounds
Round One (1-20) | Round One (21-32) | Round Two | Round Three | Round Four | Round Five
33. Cleveland Browns
Obi Melifonwu, Free Safety, Connecticut
The Browns have some questions in their secondary, and get an exceptional value on a player here at the top of the second round. Melifonwu blew up the combine, validating the buzz he has been building.
34. San Francisco 49ers
Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt
The 49ers need to build talent all throughout their roster. Cunningham did not have a great combine, but is a tackling machine and will be a much needed improvement to their linebacker core, where he would move inside.
35. Chicago Bears
Garett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah
The Bears need improvement on the outside of their offensive line, and Bolles has flown up draft boards in recent months. He is a nasty player, perfect for the Bears.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars
John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington
John Ross set the Combine on fire with his blazing 4.22 40, and would provide a major boost to the offense.
37. Los Angeles Rams
Evan Engram, Tight End, Mississippi
The Rams finally make an appearance in the draft after sitting out the first round because of trades made the year before. Engram is really a big slot guy, and a perfect weapon for their young quarterback.
38. New York Jets
Quincy Wilson, Cornerback, Florida
The Jets won’t say it, but they are rebuilding. They have shed a number of veterans, and would like to add younger, talented players across the board.
39. Los Angeles Chargers
Alvin Kamara, Running Back, Tennessee
Joey Bosa has looked like the real deal, and a great pick last year that many people questioned. Alvin Kamara is a do it all running back that has been a little under the radar because he didn’t get a lot of touches in college.
40. Carolina Panthers
Joe Mixon, Running Back, Oklahoma
The Panthers miss Fournette in the first, but get a talented, but controversial RB here. Mixon will be able to take a lot of pressure off of Newton as a power back that can catch the ball as well.
41. Cincinnati Bengals
T.J. Watt, Outside Linebacker, Wisconsin
The Bengals just looked average across the board last year. Not terrible in any area, not great in any area. They desperately needed help at wide receiver, which they got in the first round, and now go after a versatile linebacker that plays with a non stop motor.
42. New Orleans Saints
Budda Baker, Free Safety, Washington
The Saints need to add talent to their secondary, and need more talent to be more effective against the passing game. Baker is an experienced safety with a short learning curve that should be able to contribute immediately.
43. Philadelphia Eagles
Jabrill Peppers, Strong Safety, Michigan
The Eagles defense played well, but need to keep adding pieces and improve as NFC East offenses keep thriving. Teams will have to do their homework on Peppers, and he will need time to learn the position, but the talent is off the charts.
44. Buffalo Bills
Malik McDowell, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State
McDowell drops because he was very inconsistent last year, and didn’t do well in combine interviews. However, if motivated, he could help turn that defensive line into a strength. It is not clear what the Bills will look like next year, but they could be in for some major changes on defense, with a good amount of player turnover there.
45. Arizona Cardinals
Raekwon McMillan, Inside Linebacker, Ohio State
The Cardinals have lost some pieces in free agency, and still have a big need at inside linebacker. They are getting younger at a number of positions, and a sure tackling linebacker in the heart of their defense would fit a major need.
46. Indianapolis Colts
Taylor Moton, Offensive Tackle, Western Michigan
The Colts need to have a very good draft. They have missed on personnel decisions more often than not the last few years, and not done enough to protect their prized QB.
47. Baltimore Ravens
Zay Jones, Wide Receiver, East Carolina
The Ravens would be very happy to add a young, big play threat for their big-armed QB. The problem has been the revolving door at offensive coordinator, and why that keeps being an issue. If the Ravens can find stability with their offensive scheme, adding players like Jones could make them a top 5 offense. If the problem runs deeper, adding talent won’t help.
48. Minnesota Vikings
Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan
Datone Jones will be play as a defensive end in the Vikings’ system, but they need to establish a better rotation of pass rushers. Charlton is not a speed guy, but would be an excellent left defensive end that is just starting to make the most of his abilities.
49. Washington Redskins
Dan Feeney, Offensive Guard, Indiana
Feeney is a mauler, and will help in the run game from day one. The Redskins need an upgrade to one, possibly both guard positions. Feeney would be an instant starter and an improvement to a weak spot on the offense.
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gareon Conley, Cornerback, Ohio State
Even if teams are completely satisfied with the legal situation, because there are so many good corners in this draft, they pass on Conley early. Tampa Bay got a defensive tackle in free agency, and still need help with their defensive backs. They are a young and improving team and need to keep scattering new talent at all levels.
51. Denver Broncos
Carl Lawson, Defensive End, Auburn
It is unclear what the offense will look like next year under a new head coach. They will probably need to get a nose tackle in the coming year, but that can be found later in the draft.
52. Cleveland Browns (From Titans)
Adam Bisnowaty, Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh
Yes, the Browns added a lot to their offensive line, but they need to have that next tackle to finish off the job. Joe Thomas should be effective for several more years at least, but they could use a major update at right tackle to help invigorate the run game, and to give more time for a developing QB. Bisnowaty is a highly productive tackle, with experience against top competition in college.
53. Detroit Lions
Larry Ogunjobi, Defensive Tackle, Charlotte
The Lions need to generate a pass rush, they were among the worst teams in the last year in that category. An injury to Ansah was a big contributor, and poor play from the linebacker group. Ngata will be retiring soon, and adding a player in this draft will give him a year or two to develop. Larry Ogunjobi is a defensive tackle that can hold up excellent against the run and can also get into the backfield.
54. Miami Dolphins
Fabian Moreau, Cornerback, UCLA
The Dolphins have made some nice moves in free agency, along with keeping some key players. They still need to add good, young players to their secondary. Moreau drops a bit because it is a very deep corner class and he is coming off surgery.
55. New York Giants
Kendell Beckwith, Inside Linebacker, LSU
The Giants have a glaring weakness at middle linebacker, and after adding a lot of expensive talent to their defense, can’t allow the middle of the defense be a weakness. Beckwith would be a natural pick for the Giants, solidifying the core of the defense for years to come.
56. Oakland Raiders
Chris Wormley, Defensive Tackle, Michigan
The Raiders need to solidify their defensive line. Wormley would be an excellent value here, and he just eats up blockers, allowing players around him to get single matchups.
57. Houston Texans
Gerald Everett, Tight End, South Alabama
If the Texans pass on Kizer or if he is gone in the first round by the time they pick, they could be hoping that Peterman falls to them here, but in this scenario they grab Kizer in the first and start to add some weapons that will make their offense click. The Texans offense would thrive using 12 personnel, and that means having two great, pass catching tight ends.
58. Seattle Seahawks
Cooper Kupp, Wide Receiver, Eastern Washington
The Seahawks have done an impressive job of winning games while undergoing a tremendous amount of player turnover. Kupp catches everything thrown at him.
59. Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Penn State
Godwin has been rising since the Rose Bowl, but many teams weren’t sure if that was the exception or the rule. So far, he has shown that he has far more speed than people expected.
60. Dallas Cowboys
Jourdan Lewis, Cornerback, Michigan
The signing of Nolan Carroll is a nice start to rebuilding their safety, but they have a lot of work to do. Jourdan Lewis has domestic violence charge that is going surprisingly under the radar, which makes it difficult to project his draft stock.
61. Green Bay Packers
Josh Jones, Free Safety, NC State
The Packers at times has huge problems in pass defense, and need to add talent to their secondary. Jones is moving up draft boards quickly, and might even make it into the first round.
62. Pittsburgh Steelers
Nico Siragusa, Offensive Guard, San Diego State
The Steelers’ offensive line played better as the year went on, but they, more than most teams, understand that an injury or two on the offensive line can shut down an explosive offense.
63. Atlanta Falcons
Cordrea Tankersley, Cornerback, Clemson
The Falcons had a terrible time against the pass this year and it is attributable to several things, among them weak play at defensive tackle, and cornerback play.
64. Carolina Panthers (from Patriots)
Carlos Watkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
This pick is from the Patriots in the Kony Ealy trade, and allows them to build up their defensive line. Watkins is a highly disruptive tackle that will infuse some youth into their aging defensive line.