2017 NFL Mock Draft December 9
1. Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Hue Jackson loves Cody Kessler, and now RGIII is in the mix to start for the Browns. It would be a mistake to take a quarterback here, but I wouldn’t put it past Cleveland to make that mistake. If Jackson is able to have a say in who is drafted, Garrett will be the pick. Garrett is a freak athlete, who is a great pass rusher, but is also good at stopping the run. He is the best player in the draft class and can help the Browns get a defense to help their young offense.
2. San Francisco 49ers- DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
No quarterbacks are worthy of being taken in the first round, but their values always rise on draft day. Kizer has all of the physical tools to be a franchise quarterback with a strong arm and good build. He misses some easy throws that he should make, which means accuracy is an issue. The 49ers need a quarterback to replace Collin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, as neither have been good this season.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
The Jaguars’ defensive line has been terrible. A lot of people thought that Jacksonville would be a surprise team this season, but you can’t win games if you aren’t good in the trenches. Allen is a good pass rusher and play-maker for the Alabama defense, as he has scored touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.
4. Chicago Bears- Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC
Matt Barkley has been playing well, but the Bears will still want to go in a new direction. Trubisky only has one season of college football experience under his belt, but he has played well for the Tar Heels. His main asset is protecting the football, with only four interceptions thrown on the year, two thrown during a hurricane and two against rival Duke.
5. New York Jets- Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Humphrey is only a sophomore, but has proven he is a reliable shut-down corner. He only has two interceptions on the season, which is a result of other teams not testing him too often. His length will be something that NFL scouts will like. The Jets need to upgrade their secondary, as they are getting torched far too often.
6. Tennessee Titans (Via LA)- Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
The Titans have a lot of needs, but luckily have two first round picks to fill those. Their linebacker core hasn’t gotten the job done this season. While inside linebackers don’t typically go this high, Foster might be the best linebacker that Alabama has produced under Nick Saban.
7. Carolina Panthers- Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Secondaries that need upgrading is a problem that a lot of teams have. The Panthers could use a corner or a safety here. Adams can cover tight ends and play the run well, making him the most desirable safety in this draft class.
8. Cincinnati Bengals- Jabrill Peppers, LB/S/CB, Michigan
Peppers is a highly sought after player due to his versatility on defense. He was an elite defensive back, before moving to linebacker this season. His ball skills are his only true weakness, as he doesn’t have many passes defended and only one interception in his career. The Bengals have been terrible on defense all season and could use a versatile player like Peppers.
9. New Orleans Saints- Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
New Orleans’ defense isn’t playing as badly as they did to start the season, but they still aren’t an acceptable NFL defense. Jalen Tabor was supposed to be the first corner taken out of Florida, but Wilson has quietly had a great season across the field from him.
10. Cleveland Browns (via PHI)- Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Fournette will likely not drop this far, but running backs aren’t usually taken in the top ten, so maybe the Browns can get lucky for once. Cleveland already got their pass rusher in Garrett and now can take Fournette to help out Kessler and the rest of the Browns’ offense. Fournette has all the tools to be an elite NFL running back.
11. San Diego Chargers- Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
What Phillip Rivers has done with the Chargers this season is nothing short of amazing. He has a coach that isn’t great, an offensive line that is below average at best and not many weapons to throw to. The first thing the Chargers should do is get him some more help on the offensive line. Robinson will need to grow into it, but can be an effective starting tackle in the league.
12. Arizona Cardinals- Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
Calias Campbell can’t play forever and is soon to be a free agent. The Cardinals should take a replacement here. McDowell is great at taking on double teams and stopping the run, but won’t ever record many sacks.
13. Indianapolis Colts- Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Colts defense needs to be upgraded as a whole, and they can take the best player available. Lattimore is a ball-hawk at corner with four interceptions on the season.
14. Houston Texans- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Brock Osweiler has been a problem, but there are no quarterbacks worth taking here. The right side of the offensive line needs to be upgraded and McGlinchey will probably wind up at right tackle or guard for his pro career.
15. Tennessee Titans- Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
It isn’t a secret that Marcus Mariota needs more weapons. Williams provides a tall receiver who will be a great red zone threat for the Titans.
16. Buffalo Bills- Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
The biggest surprise of this season may be how good Washington’s secondary has played. The Bills’ corners haven’t played well this season, but at the very least Jones can provide some good depth.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (via Min)- Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
Jackson is one of the best play-makers in the class. He plays both sides of the ball and returns kicks for the Trojans. His best skill is his speed. Jackson almost qualified for the Olympics in track, but came up just short. People watching Jackson play will be reminded of Deion Sanders with the way Jackson baits quarterbacks into throwing to receivers, before speeding up and intercepting the pass.
18. Green Bay Packers- Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The running game has been a huge issue for the Packers. Cook is a first round talent, who can be a great receiving threat out of the backfield for Aaron Rodgers.
19. Washington Redskins- Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Hooker plays like Ed Reed. He follows the quarterback’s eyes very well and then makes a play on the ball. He may return to school, but if he comes out, he can start for the Redskins from day one.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Buccaneers drafted Noah Spence last year, who is having a solid rookie season. Williams Gholston is not playing well on the other side of the line. Barnett has had his best pass-rushing year at Tennessee of his career with 16 sacks. He is also able to stop the run at an average level for prospects.
21. Miami Dolphins- Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Miami’s offensive line hasn’t played well, despite Jay Ajayi and Ryan Tannehill heating up. Drafting Nelson will give the Dolphins options. They can move Laremy Tunsil back to tackle or just use Nelson to replace Jermon Bushrod, who has struggled this year.
22. Baltimore Ravens- Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
Some scouts believe that Tabor is better than Vernon Hargreaves III, who was drafted number eleventh overall last season, which shows how loaded this year’s class is at corner. Tabor’s ball skills will be questioned because he didn’t have an interception for the second half of the season, but for the most part he shuts down opposing receivers.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers- Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri
Pittsburgh is known for having great pass rushers, but they are right in the middle of the pack as a team for sacks. The Steelers drafted secondary help in last year’s draft and now can select a pass rusher to supplement them.
24. Atlanta Falcons- Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
There aren’t many better stories in college football than Cunningham. He grew up in Alabama, but was shunned by both Alabama and Auburn and elected to go to Vanderbilt. He is great at diagnosing plays and making great plays for his team. The Falcons need a lot of defensive help and can start by getting a great linebacker in Cunningham.
25. Detroit Lions- Tim Williams, DE/OLB, Alabama
The Lions’ edge rushers haven’t played well this season. They rank near the bottom in sacks in the league and need to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Williams may not be an every down player in the NFL, but can rush the passer really well, helping out on third downs.
26. New York Giants- O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Howard is under-utilized at Alabama, but is a good target and decent blocker. The Giants could use a good tight end to take some of the coverage off of Odell Beckham Jr.
27. Denver Broncos- Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
Jared Crick hasn’t played well this season and if the Broncos want to keep up the elite defense they have, they will need to fill holes like this. Brantley is a good run stopper for Florida, making him a perfect fit for the Broncos defense.
28. Seattle Seahawks- Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
There aren’t really any offensive linemen in range here, but the Seahawks are desperate. Dawkins may take some work, but could be an upgrade on a bad offensive line.
29. Kansas City Chiefs- JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
The Chiefs offense is really opening up now with the emergence of Tyreek Hill. Smith-Schuster has had a disappointing season, but is talented nonetheless. If Kansas City wants to make their offense even more dynamic they can take Smith-Schuster here.
30. Oakland Raiders- Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Oakland’s corners are overpaid for the amount of their production. They need to continue to improve their defense to become an elite NFL team.
31. New England Patriots- Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
This season the Patriots have some glaring weaknesses. One of those is the front seven on defense. They need to start drafting players for depth purposes at the very least.
32. Dallas Cowboys- John Ross, WR, Washington
Ross is one of the fastest players in college football and makes explosive plays for the Huskies. The Cowboys’ defense can use some work, but Ross can be a great number two receiver behind Dez Bryant, making Dallas’ offense even better.
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