|NFL Mock Draft – 4/10/2017|
|1. Cleveland Browns
DE – Myles Garrett: Texas A&M
This pick is all but locked up. The Browns would need a king’s ransom and probably more to move out of the #1 overall pick.
|2. San Francisco 49ers
QB – Mitchell Trubisky: N. Carolina
This is a selection that is picking up a little steam as we near the draft. The Kirk Cousins situation in Washington is unresolved but the animosity between the two parties seems to have lessened to a degree. If San Francisco has any fear of not being able to get Cousins in 2018 it may be all the motivation they need to pull the trigger on a quarterback early in 2017.
previous pick:: DE – Solomon Thomas: Stanford
|3. Chicago Bears
DT – Jonathan Allen: Alabama
The Bears are showing strong interest in Jonathan Allen and with the release of Ego Ferguson the writing may be on the wall for Chicago to take a defensive lineman early in the draft. The medical rechecks on the 13th and 14th may change the value on Allen but at this point it appears that the majority of teams are considering Jonathan in the top 10 picks.
previous pick:: (LAC) DT – Jonathan Allen: Alabama
|4. Jacksonville Jaguars
TE – O.J. Howard: Alabama
This is the second time that I have mocked Howard to the Jaguars and I am seeing a little more smoke now than what I did previously. I’m hearing less chatter about Leonard Fournette being a sound pick here with more than one former or current scout relaying that Fournette may be set for a bit of a first round slide. Howard’s upside is extreme and a pick in the top 5 is warranted.
previous pick:: (CLE) QB – DeShaun Watson: Clemson
|5. Carolina Panthers (via TEN)
DE – Solomon Thomas: Stanford
There’s a great deal of chatter regarding the Panthers looking to move up in the draft and making an attempt to trade into the #2 spot with San Francisco. One potential target and a player that Carolina is doing a great deal of research on is Stanford product, Solomon Thomas. This is a trade up that I can get behind as Solomon Thomas actually grades out slightly higher in our system than Myles Garrett (Thomas is higher at DE, lower at OLB).
previous pick:: DE – Derek Barnett: Tennessee
|6. Cincinnati Bengals (via NYJ)
RB – Leonard Fournette: L.S.U.
The Bengals are in a position where moving up to snag Leonard Fournette makes too much sense not to mock it. Cincinnati has issues at running back that are not going to fix themselves as both Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard have proven incapable of being reliable. There is a lot of chatter for Cincy and Joe Mixon at the top of the second round but if the asking price is fair enough I believe the Bengals would bite on the trade up for Leonard.
previous pick:: (NYJ) QB – Mitchell Trubisky: N. Carolina
|7. Los Angeles Chargers
S – Jamal Adams: L.S.U.
Los Angeles has a hole at the back of the secondary and in this mock the best player to fill that void is available at #7 overall. Jamal Adams is a top 5 player in this draft class and this is sound value for the Chargers on day one.
previous pick:: (CHI) CB – Marshon Lattimore: Ohio State
|8. Tennessee Titans (via CAR)
CB – Marshon Lattimore: Ohio State
The Titans have done their homework on Lattimore and with issues at corner that need an infusion of youth and talent, this pick makes sound sense. The drafting of Lattimore would provide an immediate return on investment with a player that can step on the field day one and make an impact.
previous pick:: (CAR) S – Jamal Adams: L.S.U.
|9. New York Jets (via CIN)
OT – Garett Bolles: Utah
Garett Bolles is still moving up many boards and the Jets have shown a strong interest in the highest rated tackle in this draft class. For the Jets, being able to move back, acquire picks and still land the best offensive line prospect in 2017 would be a win-win kind of situation.
previous pick:: (ARI) TE – O.J. Howard: Alabama
|10. Philadelphia Eagles (via BUF)
WR – John Ross: Washington
In a discussion with a colleague this week it was relayed to me that the Eagles grade on John Ross is ‘other worldly’ and they believe they may have to move up in the draft to ensure they can draft Ross. I’m not in agreement with John being the first wide receiver off the board and view him as the 4th best option in this class.
previous pick:: (BUF) S – Jabrill Peppers: Michigan
|11. New Orleans Saints
DE – Taco Charlton: Michigan
Taco Charlton has mixed reviews throughout the draft community but he has some intangibles that can’t be taught. New Orleans has to upgrade their defensive front and there are some connections between the Saints and Charlton at this point in the process.
previous pick:: CB – Marlon Humphrey: Alabama
|12. Cleveland Browns
WR – Corey Davis: Western Michigan
I believe that Cleveland will look to trade down from the twelve spot and continue to add future draft ammunition but if they cannot find a trade partner they may opt for a favorite among analysts for the top wide receiver in this class, Corey Davis. The Browns will need to add some legitimate weapons in this draft so taking a receiver in the first round is a realistic possibility.
previous pick:: (JAC) OT – Cameron Robinson: Alabama
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|13. Arizona Cardinals
LB – Haason Reddick: Temple
Haason Reddick has done everything right in the pre-draft process and has worked his way up many warboards. With flexibility at linebacker and pass rushing ability, the Cardinals may look to put Reddick in the interior and solidify the spot for a decade.
previous pick:: (CIN) RB – Leonard Fournette: L.S.U.
|14. Buffalo Bills (via PHI)
OT – Cameron Robinson: Alabama
The Bills are rumored to be looking towards a future that will include drafting a quarterback in 2018. Building up the offensive line would make sound sense and although there are differing opinions on Cameron Robinson’s potential upside a pick in the mid-teens would most likely yield a solid return on investment.
previous pick:: (TB) TE – David Njoku: Miami
Fan of the Buffalo Bills? Check out Matt’s interview with long snapper Reid Ferguson – CLICK HERE
|15. Indianapolis Colts
DE – Takkarist McKinley: U.C.L.A.
The Colts have failed to build up a playoff caliber roster around franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. Takkarist McKinley has the type of high end athleticism that defensive minded coaches will covet and with a roster that needs talent across the board it makes sense for Indianapolis to go after a player that can make splash plays in critical situations defensively.
previous pick:: ILB – Reuben Foster: Alabama
|16. Baltimore Ravens
LB – Reuben Foster: Alabama
The Ravens will feel the loss of starting ILB Zach Orr. Going after what many consider the highest rated interior prospect at the linebacker position with a pick in the middle of the draft feels like a solid move for Baltimore. There’s also the obvious Alabama connection with general manager Ozzie Smith. Although Kamalei Correa (2016 2nd rd) is penciled in as the heir apparent to Orr, passing on a true interior linebacker and moving Correa back to a pass rusher’s role may be an easy decision.
previous pick:: DE/OLB – Taco Charlton: Michigan
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|17. Washington Redskins
S – Malik Hooker: Ohio State
The Redskins have shown some interest in Malik Hooker and this mock pick is made out of both need and potential BPA. Hooker may develop into a premiere ball-hawk in the NFL but he has some work to do before he rounds out his game. At this point in the draft, to this team, this pick makes a great deal of sense.
previous pick:: LB – Zach Cunningham: Vanderbilt
|18. Tennessee Titans
WR – Mike Williams: Clemson
Tennessee will look to add a true #1 receiver in this draft and an investment with the 18th overall pick makes the most sense. Mike Williams has the type of intangibles that make him a true red zone threat and immediately changes how defenses plan to disrupt the Titans offense by being forced to roll coverage.
previous pick:: WR – Corey Davis, Western Michigan
|19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE – David Njoku: Miami
If David Njoku is available at pick #19 I believe it’s a lock that he’s drafted by the Buccaneers. I first started getting feedback on how impressed Tampa was with David close to three weeks ago and now I’m being told that there is a feeling of consensus in the building that Njoku is their guy if the circumstances work in the Buccaneers favor.
previous pick:: (PHI) CB – Gareon Conley: Ohio State
|20. Denver Broncos
OT – Ryan Ramczyk: Wisconsin
Another week, another offensive lineman mocked to the Broncos. I’m still not hearing anything to contradict the idea that Denver will target the best available offensive lineman in the first round regardless of whether it is at tackle or guard.
|21. Dallas Cowboys (via DET)
DE – Derek Barnett: Tennessee
The Cowboys move up in this mock to go after Tennessee edge rusher, Derek Barnett. Dallas will most certainly look at defense early and often in this draft. With a draft stock that is all over, getting a read on where Barnett will come off the board in the first round is difficult but still being available starting in the twenties will have the phones ringing.
previous pick:: (DET) WR – Mike Williams: Clemson
|22. Miami Dolphins
DT – Malik McDowell: Michigan State
There are some serious concerns in regards to Malik McDowell’s work ethic and demeanor, but the Dolphins have a need on the defensive line and McDowell is a top 5 prospect, physically, on the line. Miami is one of a handful of teams in the league that seem comfortable with taking the risk on players with character questions so if Malik is going off the board in the first round this would be a likely landing spot.
previous pick:: (SEA) OT – Garett Bolles: Utah
|23. New York Giants
LB – Zach Cunningham: Vanderbilt
The Giants have issues at linebacker that they are sure to address in this draft. With Zach Cunningham being available at pick 23 I believe New York would be rather quick on pulling the trigger to acquire his services.
previous pick:: LB – Haason Reddick, Temple
|24. Oakland Raiders
CB – Marlon Humphrey: Alabama
The Raiders may look to add a future starting cornerback early in this draft. Getting Humphrey at pick 24 gives Oakland an answer to the question about the future of starting corner Sean Smith.
previous pick:: DT – Malik McDowell: Michigan State
|25. New England Patriots (via HOU)
DE/OLB – Carl Lawson: Auburn
In discussions with an associate that covers the Houston Texans it was relayed to me that head coach Bill O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith do not want to go into 2017 with a true rookie signal caller as the starter. That would make Tom Savage the #1 by default unless a veteran free agent is signed. There is a bit of a feeling that the Texans may be willing to overpay for Patriots back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and it may take a very hefty sum to pry him away from New England. In this mock, the Texans pay the premium and the Patriots go on the clock at pick number 25 to select an edge rusher with a lot of power in Auburn’s Carl Lawson.
previous pick:: (HOU) S – Malik Hooker: Ohio State
|26. Seattle Seahawks
S – Obi Melinfonwu: Connecticut
I keep wanting to mock an offensive lineman to the Seahawks in round one but the information that is available regarding Seattle’s leanings just don’t correlate with that idea. Obi Melinfonwu crushed the combine and raised his draft stock into the bottom of the first. He’s the prototype for what head coach Pete Carroll looks for in a defensive back and if available at pick 26 I believe he ends up in a Seahawks uniform.
previous pick:: (MIA) DE – Carl Lawson: Auburn
|27. Kansas City Chiefs
QB – DeShaun Watson: Clemson
It’s a continued theme that the Chiefs will look to add a quarterback early in this draft and now there is some consensus with analysts that DeShaun Watson may be that guy. It makes sense looking at what Andy Reid likes from his quarterbacks and the likely possibility that Watson is still on the board at #27. I consider this a solid landing spot for DeShaun and one that would significantly increase his odds at being a successful pro quarterback.
previous pick:: QB – Patrick Mahomes: Texas Tech
|28. Detroit Lions (via DAL)
DE – Derek Rivers: Youngstown State
Detroit is able to trade back and acquire picks while still drafting a coveted pass rusher in Derek Rivers. There is a good deal of information linking Rivers to the Lions in the early portion of April. Rivers grades out extremely well in our system and in our finalized rankings will likely end up a top 3 player at defensive end.
previous pick:: (DAL) CB – Fabian Moreau: U.C.L.A.
|29. Green Bay Packers
OG – Forrest Lamp: Western Kentucky
Green Bay has shown some interest in Forrest Lamp over the last couple weeks making this an ideal spot to mock him. With that being said it would not surprise me if Lamp were already off the board, possibly as early as the Titans second pick. The Packers need to strengthen up the middle of their line and Forrest Lamp is the consensus #1 when it comes to interior line players in this draft class.
previous pick:: OLB – T.J. Watt: Wisconsin
|30. Pittsburgh Steelers
QB – Patrick Mahomes: Texas Tech
This mock selection is sure to irritate the Steelers’ faithful but there are some strong indications from Pittsburgh that they will consider Mahomes at #30, depending on the availability of another player. Basically, Derek Rivers made a great impression during his visit and there is a strong belief that he is a lock when the Steelers go on the clock. But what if Derek is off the board earlier? This would open up the door for the drafting of Mahomes, a player that the coaching staff took an apparent shine too during his private interview.
previous pick:: LB – Raekwon McMillan: Ohio State
Fan of the Steelers? Check out Matt McKinnie’s interview with lineman Chris Hubbard – CLICK HERE
|31. Arizona Cardinals (via ATL)
QB – DeShone Kizer: Notre Dame
Will the Cardinals move back into the first if DeShone Kizer is available? There is quite a bit of chatter going on with Kizer and the Cards being linked. A trade up with Atlanta makes good sense and may be there only opportunity to ensure that they end up with Kizer on the roster.
previous pick:: (ATL) OG – Forrest Lamp: Western Kentucky
|32. New Orleans Saints (via NE)
CB – Fabian Moreau: U.C.L.A.
Fabian Moreau has steadily climbed up our rankings and will likely end up a top 3 player at his position for our final listings. The Saints are able to add a high upside defensive back at the bottom of round one to pair with a potentially elite pass rusher at the top of the same round. Sounds like a solid days effort for New Orleans and a big step in the right direction in an NFC South that is becoming offensively supercharged.
previous pick:: DE – Charles Harris: Missouri