2017 NFL Mock Draft

2017 NFL Mock Draft – FIVE Rounds

Team by Team Analysis Coming Soon. 

First Round Analysis

 

2017 DraftBlaster Ultimate Draft Guide

Updated April 27: Counterpoint Draft: DraftGeek’s First Round Draft

Updated April 27: Counterpoint Draft: Dr. Dave’s First Round Draft

Player Rankings, Offense: QB | WR | RB | FB | TE | OT | OG | C

Player Rankings, Defense: DT | DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S

 

Round One (1-20) | Round One (21-32) | Round Two | Round Three | Round Four | Round Five

 

Round 1 (Picks 1-20):

NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns

1. Cleveland Browns

2016 First Round Pick: Corey Coleman, Baylor (15)

Browns 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M

What the Browns end up doing with their first three picks will be a hot topic up to, and throughout the draft.  They desperately need a quarterback, and are rebuilding everywhere.  They had a lot of picks last year, but did not draft well. Besides all of the talk about moneyball and the Osweiler trade, etc., they HAVE to start adding good football players.   The latest argument that analysts are making for Garrett being a “no-brainer” at the top pick is that- “don’t worry that he didn’t get a lot of sacks, because in the SEC players don’t get a lot.” Derek Barnett, Jonathan Allen, Tim Williams, Ryan Anderson, and Carl Lawson all played in the SEC and had as many, or more sacks. Garrett is an exceptional prospect, but draft talk hyperbole and hubris is just shocking.

 

NFL Mock Draft - San Francisco 49ers

2. San Francisco 49ers

2016 First Round Picks: DeForest Buckner, Oregon (7) Joshua Garnett, Stanford (28)

49ers 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford

Solomon Thomas will be a great fit for the 49ers new defensive scheme.  He can be used primarily as a defensive end and moved inside on occasion.  The 49ers have to build their defensive back up piece by piece, and starting with a defensive lineman that is versatile and effective against both the pass and the rush is a great start.  This is a pick, however, that will be shopped aggressively, as they will look to add picks.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Chicago Bears

3. Chicago Bears

2016 First Round Pick: Leonard Floyd, Georgia (9)

Bears 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Jamal Adams, Strong Safety, LSU

Looks like the Bears have their quarterback for the near future, and have made some nice moves in free agency but have a major hole at safety. Jamal Adams is a leader, is smart, and can play all over the defense.   Jamal Adams is in the mold of the new “super safety” type player that can be the captain of the secondary and help all over the field. He might be the most talented player in the draft, but SS is not a position that normally goes this high.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Jackson Jaguars

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

2016 First Round Pick: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (5)

Jaguars 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, LSU

Doug Marrone wants to run a power run game, and Fournette sitting here is too hard to pass up.  Their defense last year was very good, but their offense was very inconsistent.  Bortles will most likely get this year to prove he can be the long term solution at QB, and in the meantime, they can create more balance with a power back in the mix.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Tennessee Titans

5. Tennessee Titans (from Rams)

2016 First Round Pick: Jack Conklin, Michigan State (8)

Titans 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Titans signed Logan Ryan in free agency, but this pick could still be a cornerback.  A very bad situation is when a team desperately needs corners, and then have to draft one to be their best defensive back.  With this pick they would have a proven veteran, and a talented rookie that has time to grow. The Titans are having a big problem in pass defense, which is a bit covered up because, for a big part of the season, they were putting up a lot of points.  Lattimore is the best cornerback in this draft, and won’t have to be the best corner on the team from day one as he gets accustomed to the NFL game.

 

NFL Mock Draft - New York Jets

6. New York Jets

2016 First Round Pick: Darron Lee, Ohio State (20)

Jets 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

The Jets have got to get the quarterback position settled, and even if they bring in a veteran, it is a short term solution. Trubisky lacks the starts that are so crucial to determining a quarterback’s success at the next level, but has looked the part in the games he has started. 

 

NFL Mock Draft - San Diego Chargers

7. Los Angeles Chargers

2016 First Round Pick: Joey Bosa, Ohio State (3)

Chargers 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Malik Hooker, Free Safety, Ohio State

The Chargers primary issue in 2016 was the inability to stop opposing offenses late in games.  Hooker is the top “centerfield” safety prospect in the draft with many comparisons to Ed Reed.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Carolina Panthers

8. Carolina Panthers

2016 First Round Pick: Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech (30)

Panthers 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Jonathan Allen, Defensive End, Alabama

Jonathan Allen might be the best player in this draft, and the Panthers covet a strong front 7 on defense.  They have signed some older players to their defensive line, but need to restock for the future.  

 

NFL Mock Draft - Cincinnati Bengals

9. Cincinnati Bengals

2016 First Round Pick: William Jackson III, Houston (24)

Bengals 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson

The Bengals are losing talent at an alarming rate the last two years, and not replenishing. This draft is very important and they will need hits in the early rounds. Williams would give the Bengals a very potent wide receiver combination that should help hide some other weaknesses on their offense.

 

NFL Mock Draft Buffalo Bills

10. Buffalo Bills

2016 First Round Pick: Shaq Lawson, Clemson (19)

Bills 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, LSU

The Bills have a lot of needs, and cornerback probably tops the list.  White has gone remarkably under the radar during the draft process, but is arguably the second best corner in the draft.

 

NFL Mock Draft - New Orleans Saints

11. New Orleans Saints

2016 First Round Pick: Sheldon Rankins, Louisville (12)

Saints 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Stanford

Does the Peterson really change this pick?  Probably not. The Saints have an extra pick in the first round, and will wait out the 11th pick with phone lines open.  If McCaffrey is here when they pick, they would have to seriously consider him, knowing they have another pick to address the defense that desperately needs a talent upgrade.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns

12. Cleveland Browns (from Eagles)

2016 First Round Pick: Corey Coleman, Baylor (15)

Browns 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson

The Browns can sit and wait at twelve for a quarterback, most probably because of one practical reason: they seem to have a similar opinion on Trubisky and Watson, and one of the two should be available here.  They are playing their cards very close to the vest this year, so everyone needs to be honest and say what the Browns do at quarterback is highly speculative, and can change any day.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Arizona Cardinals

13. Arizona Cardinals

2016 First Round Pick: Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi (29) 

Cardinals 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Patrick Mahomes II, Quarterback, Texas Tech

The Cardinals need to get their quarterback of the future in place this year.  Bruce Arians loves strong armed, vertical passers, and Mahomes can take at least a year to work on his mechanics.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Philadelphia Eagles

14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Vikings)

2016 First Round Pick: Carson Wentz, North Dakota State (2)

Eagles 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State

Wentz has been sporadic, but he is a rookie that got thrust into the starting role after the trade of Bradford, and has the talent and proper mental make up. They could really use some help in the run game, and Dalvin Cook provides that, and will catch a lot of passes and be an outlet for Wentz.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Indianapolis Colts

15. Indianapolis Colts

2016 First Round Pick: Ryan Kelly, Alabama (18) 

Colts 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback, Alabama

The Colts are playing exciting, shoot-out football, but they would prefer they wouldn’t have to play this way. Their defense simply lacks talent and depth. It would be expected that they will simply identify the best defensive player that fits their system and pull the trigger, and in this case, they will get lucky. 

 

NFL Mock Draft - Baltimore Ravens

16. Baltimore Ravens

2016 First Round Pick: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (6)

Ravens 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee

The Ravens had an excellent defense in 2016, and hopefully have stabilized their offensive woes if they can keep an offensive coordinator in place long term. Barnett was a profoundly productive defensive end at Tennessee, breaking Reggie White’s sack record.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Washington Redskins

17. Washington Redskins

2016 First Round Pick: Josh Doctson, TCU (22)

Redskins 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Takkarist McKinley, Defensive End (OLB), UCLA

The Redskins have an effective passing game, and have enough creativity with their scheme to maintain an average run game with limited talent. They could be tempted to go for one of the top running backs available, but improving the defense must be a priority in the offseason.  

 

NFL Mock Draft - Tennessee Titans18. Tennessee Titans

2016 First Round Pick: Jack Conklin, Michigan State (8)

Titans 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan

The Titans pick again, and this time they go with their alpha or “X” receiver. Corey Davis is still recovering from an ankle injury, so this is a player to watch. Corey Davis is a gifted player that could help bring more pop to the passing game.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2016 First Round Pick: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (11)

Buccaneers 2017 Mock Draft Selection: O.J. Howard, Tight End, Alabama

Howard could go higher than this, but it is such a good tight end class that teams might be thinking that they can get a very good tight end prospect in the next few rounds.  That would be the only reason, as Howard is a rare talent that will cause major mismatch problems for defenses.  

 

NFL Mock Draft - Denver Broncos

20. Denver Broncos

2016 First Round Pick: Paxton Lynch, Memphis (26)

Broncos 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Ryan Ramczyk, Offensive Tackle, Wisconsin

The Broncos made some improvement to their offensive line in free agency, but it is just the first step.  They like to not go into the draft with any major needs and add talent as it falls to them.  Getting Ramczyk here would be an instant upgrade for a team that couldn’t protect their qb or run the ball last year.

 

Round One (1-20) | Round One (21-32) | Round Two | Round Three | Round Four | Round Five

 

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