|NFL Mock Draft – 3/9/2017|
|1. Chicago Bears (via CLE)
QB – Mitchell Trubisky: N. Carolina
This is the first mock where I have the Browns trading down, but it’s also the first week that there was any indication out of Berea, Ohio that a move in the first was possible. Chicago is going to be signing Mike Glennon but apparently they are still considering drafting a quarterback with their first round pick. If Kirk Cousins does not get traded to San Francisco, Chicago may move up to get ‘their’ guy. The Bears pay the premium to move ahead of the 49ers and go after what they view as the best option for a franchise passer in this draft class.
previous pick:: (CLE) LB – Myles Garrett: Texas A&M
|2. San Francisco 49ers
QB – DeShaun Watson: Clemson
This is the second week in a row that I have the 49ers taking Watson. The obvious is the situation with Kaepernick and the need for a potential franchise quarterback. With Trubisky off the board, the 49ers draft a player that some view as the best option at the position.
|3. Cleveland Browns (via CHI)
LB – Myles Garrett: Texas A&M
Cleveland is able to move back and still go after the consensus top athlete in this draft class, Myles Garrett. The Browns continue to add future firsts while acquiring quality talent.
previous pick:: (NYJ via CHI) QB – Mitch Trubisky: N. Carolina
|4. Jacksonville Jaguars
DT – Jonathan Allen, Alabama
With no clear option worth drafting at #4 overall to help with the offensive line, the Jaguars address another glaring need by adding a disruptive force for the middle of the DL. Jacksonville immediately makes their young and talented defensive ends all the more deadly with the addition of Allen up front.
previous pick:: TE – O.J. Howard: Alabama
|5. Tennessee Titans (via LAR)
CB – Marshon Lattimore: Ohio State
I’m sticking with Lattimore for the Titans this week and I think this could become a locked in mock selection for Tennessee. It’s an obvious need matching potential BPA for a defense that needs to improve for the Titans to become a dominating force in the AFC South.
|6. New York Jets
QB – Patrick Mahomes: Texas Tech
The Jets opt to sit tight at #6 and draft our top rated prospect at the quarterback position, Patrick Mahomes. Although this will be viewed as a reach by most the likelihood of Mahomes making it to the second round is slim to none, and the Jets must identify a franchise passer in order to compete in the AFC East.
previous pick:: (CHI) ILB – Reuben Foster: Alabama
|7. Cincinnati Bengals (via LAC)
DE – Solomon Thomas
The Bengals make the move up to acquire some much needed help on the defensive line. Thomas is our top rated DL in this class and in speaking with a former scout there seems to be some consensus on Solomon’s ceiling being higher the Jonathan Allen’s.
previous pick:: (LAC) DL – Jonathan Allen: Alabama
|8. Carolina Panthers
RB – Leonard Fournette: L.S.U.
You can tab this as week #3 for the Panthers taking Fournette in our mocks. With Charles Johnson signing on for another two seasons it keeps to focus on finding ways to help Cam Newton on offense.
|9. Los Angeles Chargers (via CIN)
S – Jamal Adams
The Chargers are able to move down and still draft a high value target in Jamal Adams. This give Los Angeles an immediate starter and high impact player to a secondary that is in need of play-makers.
previous pick:: (CIN) DE – Charles Harris, Missouri
|10. Arizona Cardinals (via BUF)
WR – Mike Williams: Clemson
Arizona chooses to move up and draft what they see as the eventual replacement for Larry Fitzgerald. With Fitz entering the final season of his contract the rumors are already started that this will be his farewell tour with his retirement coming at the end of 2017.
previous pick:: (BUF) WR – Mike Williams: Clemson
|11. New Orleans Saints
CB – Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
Pass rushers and talent for in the secondary will be the theme for the Saints early in the draft. Marlon Humphrey would be a plug and play addition at corner which may be New Orleans greatest need.
previous pick:: DE – Derek Barnett: Tennessee
|12. Cleveland Browns (via PHI)
S – Malik Hooker, Ohio State
Cleveland continues the upgrade of the defensive side of the ball by targeting a player with exceptional turnover ability. Malik Hooker’s value is said to be all over the place with one current scout relaying that his 2016 season of tape is a lot more ‘all over the place’ than many pundits are discussing. On our most recent update of positional rankings, Malik Hooker has been moved down to third.
previous pick:: S – Jamal Adams, L.S.U.
|13. Buffalo Bills (via ARI)
OT – Cameron Robinson, Alabama
Although this may be a bit of a reach on Cam’s current value, his potential upside makes this a viable option for the Bills at #13 overall. Buffalo may be trending the in the wrong direction going into 2017 so going after a foundation block on the line early in the draft makes a great deal of sense.
previous pick:: (ARI) DE – Solomon Thomas: Stanford
|14. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIN)
CB – Sidney Jones, Washington
Philadelphia will need to add immediate help in the secondary. Sidney Jones tested well enough at the combine to make him a mid-first round selection and the Eagles would pick up a player that would immediately make a difference on game day.
previous pick:: WR – Corey Davis: W. Michigan
|15. Indianapolis Colts
ILB – Reuben Foster, Alabama
Foster has been viewed as potentially the best overall defensive player in this draft, but the early dismissal from the combine sent up a red flag and prevented him from solidifying that status in the workouts. It’s difficult to see him slide to far though as teams such as Indianapolis are starving for defensive play-makers.
previous pick:: (BAL) S – Malik Hooker: Ohio State
|16. Baltimore Ravens
OT – Garrett Bolles, Utah
The Detroit Lions are going to offer too much money for the Ravens to compete when it comes to free agent Ricky Wagner, opening up a huge hole on the right side of the line. Luckily for Baltimore in this mock, Garrett Bolles is still available at pick #16 making this a rather easy selection.
previous pick:: (IND) RB – Dalvin Cook: Florida State
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|17. Washington Redskins
LB – Haason Reddick, Temple
In a discussion this week with a former scout, Haason Reddick’s name was the hot topic as it was repeated that there’s a decent segment of the scouting community that view him as the second most explosive linebacking prospect, behind only Myles Garrett.
previous pick:: S – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
|18. Tennessee Titans
WR – Zay Jones, E. Carolina
Isaiah “Zay” Jones continues his slow creep up my mock drafts. The more I dig in on the tape between Mike Williams, Corey Davis and Zay Jones, the more I come away with the impression that a majority of analysts have the wrong consensus on the #1 overall prospect at wide receiver again this year. Tennessee snags a serious weapon for their passing attack and an instant impact player with our top rated wide receiver in this draft class.
previous pick:: (MIA) DE – Taco Carlton: Michigan
|19. New York Giants (via TB)
TE – O.J. Howard, Alabama
While not a pressing need, the Giants make the move up to grab a top 5 player in this class that sees a bit of a first round fall. Howard would give Eli Manning a gluttony of weapons to work with having Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and the newly signed Brandon Marshall all available in the passing attack.
previous pick:: (TB) WR – Zay Jones, E. Carolina
|20. Denver Broncos
OG – Forrest Lamp, W. Michigan
The Broncos work to fix the issues on the offensive line by drafting the best interior lineman in this class. Forrest Lamp is an immediate upgrade over either of Denver’s current starting options at guard.
previous pick:: OT – Cameron Robinson, Alabama
|21. Detroit Lions
DE – Taco Charlton, Michigan
The Lions choose to stay instate and snag one of the more interesting players to project into the professional ranks. Taco Charlton gets some serious love from analysts and scouts alike, but I question how well his style of play combined with his physical attributes will transpose to the next level.
previous pick:: TE – David Njoku: Miami
|22. Miami Dolphins
DE – Takkarist McKinley, U.C.L.A.
The Dolphins add a versatile piece to the defense that likely plays on the line but could also have some stand up ability at linebacker. McKinley shows up on tape to the point that he stands out rather easily due to a very solid athletic skill set.
previous pick:: (TEN) ILB – Zach Cunningham
|23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via NYG)
DE – Derek Barnett, Tennessee
Derek Barnett is set for a first round slide if he cannot produce above average numbers at Tennessee’s pro day. There are very real questions about his overall athletic ability and what his ceiling may be at the pro level.
previous pick:: (NYG) OT – Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
|24. Oakland Raiders
CB – Gareon Conley, Ohio State
The Raiders need to improve their secondary and opt to do so by taking a bit of a reach for Gareon Conley. The upside for Gareon is always on display when you put on the tape. It’s just a matter of time until he puts it together to become one of the better corners taken in this draft class.
previous pick:: DT – Malik McDowell: Michigan State
|25. Houston Texans
QB – DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
I still feel that Mike Smith and Bill O’Brien will be somewhat pigeonholed into making a decision to take a quarterback if one is available in the first, even if that players value is not consistent with the pick. The signing of Brock Osweiler was a colossal failure and it will for the Texans’ hand to a certain degree.
previous pick:: QB – Patrick Mahomes: Texas Tech
|26. Seattle Seahawks
S – Obi Melifonwu: Connecticut
The Seahawks are always on the lookout for big, athletically gifted players in the secondary. We predicted Obi would test well prior to the combine and had already viewed him as a mid to high second round pick, but his showing at the combine puts him squarely in the conversation for the bottom of the first round.
previous pick:: OT – Antonio Garcia, Troy
|27. Kansas City Chiefs
RB – Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Christian McCaffrey expressed his view that he was being overlooked or considered less of an athlete than other highly regarded runningbacks in this class. Then he promptly went out and lit up the combine. Christian is currently our #2 ranked RB for 2017 and this is our consensus perfect landing spot for the Stanford product.
previous pick:: RB – Alvin Kamara: Tennessee
|28. Dallas Cowboys
WR – Corey Davis, W. Michigan
The Cowboys reap the reward of a falling talent in Corey Davis. The defense may have more pressing needs but the temptation to land another weapon for Dak Prescott and a developing offensive juggernaut may prove to be too much for Jerry Jones to pass on.
previous pick:: CB – Sidney Jones: Washington
|29. Green Bay Packers
LB – Tim Williams: Alabama
The Packers decide to add a weapon on the edge with Alabama’s Tim Williams. Character concerns and a slower than expected 40 time may push Williams out of the first round but Green Bay is desperate for difference makers on defense.
previous pick:: DE – Taco Carlton: Michigan
|30. Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – David Njoku: Miami
The Steelers are pretty adherent to the philosophy of drafting B.PA. (best player available) and tight end, David Njoku may be exactly that at pick #30. Pittsburgh would definitely like to add a weapon on the end of the line with more upside than Jesse James and without the injury questions of Ladarius Green.
previous pick:: LB – Tim Williams: Alabama
|31. Atlanta Falcons
DT – Malik McDowell: Michigan State
The Falcons will look to add more pressure on opposing passers by getting some talent in the middle of the DL. McDowell comes with some concerns about his work ethic but he possesses a high ceiling.
previous pick:: DT – Caleb Brantley: Florida
|32. New England Patriots
LB – T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
The Patriots like players with positional flexibility and room to grow into their system. T.J. Watt would fit both of those markers and after showing flexible athleticism at the combine he may be one of the bigger risers on draft boards leading into the end of April.
previous pick:: ILB – Haason Reddick: Temple