The 2017 NFL draft is less than a week away. Good time to release a final mock draft, right? This one, unlike my three prior, goes two rounds deep!
My scouting of the top prospects is complete, and free agency is pretty much settling down (for the most part). Also, it seem as though we won’t get too many big splash trades like last year with the Rams/Titans and Browns/Eagles.
Here’s my picks for the first two rounds of the NFL Draft:
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Are the Browns really thinking about draft a quarterback over Myles Garrett with the first overall pick? Really? There’s no reason why Garrett shouldn’t the be the pick here for the Browns. They can get the best pass rusher in the entire draft and worry about quarterback later on.
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Per Bleacher Report, the 49ers are considering drafting a quarterback with the 2nd overall pick. This was a hard pick to make because there are SO many needs the 49ers could take. However, Kyle Shanahan is the head coach of the 49ers and has been know to work with QB’s very well. If Shanahan thinks he can mold Trubisky as a rookie this season, then San Francisco might need to pull the trigger and hopefully draft their franchise QB.
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
In most of my mocks this year, I’ve had the Bears decision being between safety Adams and Hooker. However, after free agency, safety might not be as big of a need in Chicago as cornerback. Yes, Lattimore has had injury problems his first two seasons in college, but he has all the tools to become a lockdown corner for whichever team drafts him. If not CB, Jamal Adams would be a nice selection for the Bears at #3.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Like Lattimore, Jonathan Allen also has injury concerns entering the 2017 NFL Draft. Putting the arthritis to the side, Allen is a versatile pass rusher who the Jaguars can use either on the edge or at defensive tackle. Although, he’d be primarily an edge rusher in Jacksonville. A D-Line of Dante Fowler Jr., Malik Jackson, Sheldon Day, and Jonathan Allen would be a scary one for any offense to go up against.
5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles)
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Word on the street is that the Titans have offers on the table for the 5th overall pick. Since we’re not projecting trades, we’ll have to make a pick for the Titans at #5. Tennessee has two needs they’ll need to hit with their first two picks, WR and CB. Since cornerback is a deeper position this year, receiver might be the best option at this point early in the draft. Corey Davis gives Tennessee a consistent scoring threat for Marcus Mariota to target.
6. New York Jets
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Will the Jets draft a quarterback if Deshaun Watson is available? That is the main question for the Jets at #6. I think Josh McCown gives New York a “right now” option at quarterback and could allow them to address a different need early in the draft. The Jets need cornerback help and Marlon Humphrey would be the next best CB on the board for them to draft. The only question with Humphrey is whether or not he can develop into a lockdown corner against quality passing attacks. His physical gifts might be too much to pass for New York, but Haason Reddick could be another option if the team wants to address OLB instead.
7. Los Angeles Chargers
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
A definite Top 10 pick in my eyes. Solomon Thomas will be an interesting prospect to watch early. He’s a player who could be drafted as high as #2, but he could also slip down the Top 10 if teams address more pressing needs. Replacing Eric Weddle is a high priority for the Chargers and both Adams and Hooker are available for them to draft. However, they’ll need to add another DE as they transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Thomas would be a solid pass rusher to pair with fellow DE Joey Bosa.
8. Carolina Panthers
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
On 670 The Score in Chicago, it was reported that the Panthers told Christian McCaffrey they’d draft him if available at 8th overall. This would be a bold move by Carolina which are looking at both Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker available to draft with their 8th overall pick. Running back is a need for the Panthers as Jonathan Stewart only has two years left on his contract. McCaffrey could also be a nice pair to Stewart as the two are contrasting in RB styles.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
The main need for the Bengals might be offensive tackle coming into the 2017 NFL Draft. However, none of the OTs are worth drafting in the Top 10 this year. This might force Cincy to look at it’s other two needs which Reddick nails in one player. The Bengals need a more athletic LB and help on the edge. Reddick’s athleticism could be exactly what the Bengals are looking for and he could also help the team on the edge against the pass.
10. Buffalo Bills
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
FINALLY! The fall for Jamal Adams is over! Each mock I’ve had the Bills drafting a wide receiver here, but that was because Adams was never available. Buffalo needs DB help whether that is from the cornerback or safety position. They’d be more than happy to get a Top 5 talent in Adams with the 10th overall pick in the draft.
11. New Orleans Saints
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Just like that, the other top end safety is off the board with the 11th overall pick by the Saints. New Orleans NEEDS to add help at both DB positions with their two first round picks. Hooker would be a “dream pick” here for the Saints. He’d be the perfect safety to go up against the three high-quality QB’s the Saints play twice a year in the NFC South.
12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
There’s a good chance that Watson doesn’t make it past the 5th overall pick in the draft because of the reports involving Tennessee’s pick. As stated early, no trades are happening in this mock. This allows the Browns to snag Watson here at #12. Although it’s better than 1st overall, I still feel the Browns could wait until the second round to draft a QB. However, Gareon Conley’s accusations (made against him days before the draft) make it IMPOSSIBLE for the Browns to draft CB over QB here.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
The best pick for the Cardinals in the first round has to be Reuben Foster. The Cards NEED a playmaking inside LB and Foster is exactly that! Although he wasn’t invited to the draft, the Cardinals would be happy to draft him with the 13th overall pick.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
There’s going to be a lot of Eagles fans upset if the Panthers draft Christian McCaffrey with the 8th overall pick. However, they’ll soon forget about McCaffrey because their team will receive an excellent consilation prize in Leonard Fournette. I personally believe Fournette should be drafted ahead of McCaffrey and that the Eagles might be better off letting the Panthers have Christian McCaffrey.
15. Indianapolis Colts
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
I’ve been on the bandwagon this entire draft season. The Colts need to draft a solid defensive player with their 15th overall pick in the first round. They need to begin giving Andrew Luck more help from the defensive side of the ball. Barnett could give the Colts a nice presence on the edge to rush opposing quarterback and give their offense a fighting chance.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Just like Solomon Thomas, Mike Williams is another prospect who could go high or slip down low. He’d be a gift for the Ravens at #16 who are in need of a quality receiving target for Joe Flacco to target. He might not be a finished product yet, but Williams could develop into a nice safety blanket for Flacco.
17. Washington Redskins
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The Redskins are in a weird position here at #17. There’s really no ILB or S for them to draft without reaching. They could be bold and draft Kirk Cousins replacement, but that move wouldn’t be wise. Running back is a top need for Washington. Cook is a talented RB who could help Washington and give Cousins a solid threat/home run in the backfield.
18. Tennessee Titans
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
After going receiver with their first pick, Tennessee hits another need with a CB from this year’s deep pool of players. Teez is a guy who’s slipped post-combine, but I feel as though he’s a first round talent. I’ll take his size, quickness, and interceptions over some poor 40 times at the Combine and Pro Day.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Yet another player who’s been mocked in the Top 5 at some point this draft season. Howard’s a complete package at tight end. He can block, he can catch the ball, and he can take the ball DEEP! With ASJ no longer on this Bucs team, they’ll need to find a consistent starter eventually. Why not be bold and get the guy with your 19th overall pick?
20. Denver Broncos
Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
No matter who the Broncos have at starting quarterback next season, they’ll need to help protect him. Offensive tackle might be the need Denver cannot push aside in the first round. Bolles might be underdeveloped at this moment, but his athleticism makes his ceiling very high for a late first round pick.
21. Detroit Lions
Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
The two big needs for the Lions entering the draft tonight are pass rusher and LB. McKinley is a prospect who can fit both needs. He’s a terrific pass rusher with amazing TFL and sack numbers in college. Jarrad Davis could be another option for the Lions.
22. Miami Dolphins
Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
Lamp is a unique prospect on the O-Line. He’s a four-year starter at tackle, but will most likely be forced to play guard at the next level. However, he’s a prospect who can also line up at center as well. This versatility along with his athleticism could make him a hard one to pass for Miami at the end of the first round.
23. New York Giants
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Giants fans let us know on our Team Needs video that New York should be looking for an offensive tackle! Ramczyk is a smart, athletic tackle which the Giants can plug in at LT and move Ereck Flowers to another lineman position.
24. Oakland Raiders
Jarrad Davis, OLB, Florida
Oakland will most likely be in a BPA position this late into the first round with what available on the board. They could draft a Malik McDowell here to fill their need at defensive tackle, but it’d be hard to not go BPA and pass on Jarrad Davis. Davis seems like the “total package.” He has the ability on the field and the character off of it.
25. Houston Texans
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
A week ago, we talked on The Onside Kick about Bill O’Brien really liking Patrick Mahomes. Well this might be the only chance he gets to draft Mahomes because I wouldn’t bet he’d make it to the Texans’ next draft pick. Mahomes would probably need to sit a year to iron out the bad habits he developed while at Texas Tech. However, I don’t know if a coach can draft a QB at 25th and not start him. *cough* Paxton Lynch *cough*
26. Seattle Seahawks
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Seattle needs two OTs this year in the draft, but the most important is a LT. Robinson was once a Top 5 pick in my eyes, but has fallen through the draft process. Seattle isn’t complaining though as they get a three-year starting LT to plug into their O-Line at a high position of need.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
Malik McDowell is a prospect who could go off the board as high as #19, but could fall if teams pass DT for other needs. The biggest thing that could see McDowell fall is his character. According to nfl.com, one NFC North area scout said: “He’s just a little lazy and I worry about whether he is going to be a self-starter.”
28. Dallas Cowboys
Kevin King, CB, Washington
Free Agency wasn’t kind to the Dallas secondary and the Cowboys have some secondary holes to fill. King is a tall corner which is rare for a CB. He could be a better pick for the Cowboys because they could put him at safety if they absolutely need to. That versatility could be a huge benefit for the Cowboys.
29. Green Bay Packers
Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Probably the biggest need for the Packers is CB, but there aren’t any really appealing options at #29 for GB. Lucky for the Pack, DE is another high need and there are quality pass rushers available this late in the first round. Harris could add some pop to the Packer pass rush whcih could use a boost.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
John Ross, WR, Washington
Although Pittsburgh might not have been thinking receiver when the night starts, they could if John Ross falls all the way to 20th overall. Ross’ speed is hard to pass on especially if you need a WR. Yes, they have some quality WRs, but adding a speed option like Ross will only make Big Ben’s passing attack better!
31. Atlanta Falcons
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
The Falcons main need is finding an OG for their offensive line. However, unless Forrest Lamp falls, they will not have a smart option for guard in the first. Taco Charlton is a pass rusher who can be adding to the existing rushers in Atlanta and help them out from Day One.
32. New Orleans Saints
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
The first round comes to a close with the Saints taking double DB and going corner at #32. CB and S were the teams top two needs and were both hit on with Hooker and Awuzie. Awuzie’s man-cover skills are tremendous and could be the reason why New Orleans take shim over Tre’Davious White.