Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft

April 26, 2017

1. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (1-15): Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M

It would be one thing to pass on Myles Garrett for an Andrew Luck or Jameis Winston, but you don’t do it for Mitchell Trubisky. There’s plenty of speculation they will, but when it’s all said and done they’re going to take Garrett.

2. san-francisco-49ers-logo San Francisco 49ers (2-14): Solomon Thomas DE Sanford

All the talk of Fournette and Trubisky here in my opinion is to try and get someone to move up so they can slide down and take who they want. If they stand pat, Thomas is likely their pick. Thomas would give them an elite interior pass rusher which is needed for their 4-3 defense.

3. chicago-bears-logo Chicago Bears (3-13): Jamal Adams S LSU

Another team that is rumored to take a quarterback but likely using it to get a team to trade ahead of them. Instead the Bears find a true enforcing back in the secondary and a leader they haven’t had since Mike Brown.

4. jacksonville-jaguars-logo Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14): Leonard Fournette RB LSU

Looking to take some pressure off of Blake Bortels the Jaguars should and likely will take Fournette. It also doesn’t hurt that Tom Coughlin loves to run the football.

5. tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans (9-7): Mike Williams WR Clemson (From Los Angeles)

The Titans are likely the trading spot for Cleveland to move up and get Trubisky and thus can take a weapon and a true number one receiver for Marcus Mariota.

6. new-york-jets-logo New York Jets (5-11): Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State

This pick could come down one of the two Ohio State defensive backs, but I believe the Jets take Lattimore because of the need for a shut down corner and feel they can get a Budda Baker or someone else on day two that fits their defense.

7. san-diego-chargers-logo Los Angeles Chargers (5-11): Malik Hooker S Ohio State

Jonathan Allen is getting a lot of buzz here, but I feel that’s only if Hooker is gone. Hooker fits their defense so well and Gus Bradley could be looking to get his version of Earl Thomas.

8. carolina-panthers-logoCarolina Panthers (6-10): Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford

Carolina wanted to spice up their offense, then McCaffrey is going to be perfect in that role. His ability to line up all over the offense and be a weapon both running the ball and out running routes against linebackers.

9. cincinnati-bengals-logo Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1): Jonathan Allen DE Alabama

While Haason Reddick makes a ton of sense, the Bengals only draft prospects from big programs in the first round. That could lead them to taking Jonathan Allen who isn’t a great fit but too good of a value. Look for Allen to be a pass rusher initially for the Bengals before finding a starting role.

10. buffalo-bills-logo Buffalo Bills (7-9): OJ Howard TE Alabama

Buffalo needs weapons on offense as they lost two of their three pass catchers in free agency. Howard is the best tight end we’ve seen in several years and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison loves to employ tight ends in his offense. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Haason Reddick LB Temple

Reddick is a hot name heading into Thursday with his ability to play off the ball and rush off the edge. Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen has had success with both Khalil Mack and Von Miller and could use Reddick in a similar capacity.

12. cleveland-browns-logo Cleveland Browns (1-15): Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina (From –Philadelphia)

Cleveland clearly likes Mitchell Trubisky and if they don’t take him with the first overall pick they will move up and get him. They’ll likely have to get up to the fifth or sixth pick to do so.

13. arizona-cardinals-logoArizona Cardinals (7-8-1): Corey Davis WR Western Michigan

While Arizona could go with a quarterback to plan for the future but likely uses their first round pick to find an impact player that can help them make a run at the playoffs while their window is still open. Davis could fill the role Michael Floyd was suppose to give and an eventual replacement for Larry Fitzgerrald.

14. philadelphia-eagles-logo Philadelphia Eagles (7-9): Derek Barnett DE Tennessee (From – Minnesota)

Cornerback could be an option but their scheme doesn’t need elite cornerbacks and thus could go after a pass rusher opposite of Brandon Graham. Barnett’s ability to get after the quarterback will make him a hot commodity.

15. indianapolis-colts-logoIndianapolis Colts (8-8): Charles Harris DE Missouri

The buzz around Harris has been developing while talk is the Colts are really looking to target a pass rusher. While the Colts have added John Simon, Barkevious Mingo and Jabaal Sheard they don’t have an athletic bendy pass rusher like Harris.

16. baltimore-ravens-logo Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Cam Robinson OT Alabama

When you add up Baltimore’s desire to improve their run game and recent talk that they want a Dallas style dominant offensive line makes them taking a lineman here more likely. While Forrest Lamp is a possibility, tackle is a much weaker position.

17. washington-redskins-logo Washington Redskins (8-7-1): Deshaun Watson QB Clemson

There isn’t a lot of buzz around the Redskins taking a quarterback but with both Watson and Mahomes being available here and the likelihood that Kirk Cousins leaves this offseason means the Redskins can’t afford to pass.

18. tennessee-titans-logo Tennessee Titans (9-7): Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado

Even before releasing Jason McCourty the Titans needed help at cornerback. With Gareon Conley was a possibility before his off the field issue, however the Titans have also shown interest in Awuzie whose versatility would be huge in their defense.

19. tampa-bay-buccaneers-logoTampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7): Dalvin Cook RB Florida State

I’m not sure the Bucs take Cook here but could move down and still take him. They want to move on from Doug Martin and with Jameis Winston leading their team they may feel they can take a chance on Cook whose off the field baggage is scaring some teams away.

20. denver-broncos-logo Denver Broncos (9-7): Garett Bolles OT Utah

Denver has to address the left tackle position in the draft and Bolles is the likely only one that is ready day one. While there are some concerns about his past and only starting for a year, the Broncos may have to look past that to fix their offensive line.

21. detroit-lions-logo Detroit Lions (9-7): Jarrad Davis LB Florida

Reuben Foster is a possibility because the Lions desperately need linebackers, however the question is whether General Manager Bob Quinn will take someone with Foster’s poor Pre-Draft process. Instead they could go with Davis who is also very talented but has injury issues.

22. miami-dolphins-logo Miami Dolphins (10-6): Forrest Lamp OG Western Kentucky

With Adam Gase wanting the run game to set up the rest of the offense, they need good offensive line play. With Leremy Tunsil moving out to his natural tackle position that means guard is a huge need once again. To combat that the Dolphins could target the top guard in this class to make it a strength.

23. new-york-giants-logo New York Giants (11-5): David Njoku TE Miami

Don’t expect a quarterback to go here as the regime likely feels the are still too close to losing their jobs. Instead they look to add a weapon and get a player like Njoku whose value is far too good.

24.oakland-raiders-logoOakland Raiders (12-4): Reuben Foster LB Alabama

The Foster slide shouldn’t last past the Raiders who are going to use the draft to build up a defense that has some major issues. Adding Jelani Jenkins helps at weakside linebacker but the Raiders have a huge gaping hole in the middle.

25. houston-texans-logoHouston Texans (9-7): Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech

They are conflicting reports on the Texans and their love for Mahomes, but there is too much smoke to not have any fire. Mahomes would give Bill O’Brien an ultra talented prospect to groom as Tom Savage holds down the fort.

26. seattle-seahawks-logo Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1): Obi Melifonwu DB UConn

Seattle loves to draft prospects to tested at the top of their position and that could lead them to taking either Kevin King or Melifonwu here. With all the Richard Sherman trade talks circling they may feel the need to find top level corner that could replace Sherman down the road.

27. kansas-city-chiefs-logo Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): Malik McDowell DT Michigan State

As a top 5 talent Malik McDowell hasn’t been getting much first round attention but that is starting to pick back up. Andy Reid loves to draft trench players in the first round and has been known to take on players like McDowell.

28dallas-cowboys-logo Dallas Cowboys (13-3): Adoree Jackson CB USC

Cornerback and pass rusher are two of the Cowboys biggest needs. However the top pass rushers are off the board and cornerback is a much bigger need. Adoree Jackson’s ability to play in zone fits right in with Rod Marinelli’s scheme.

29. green-bay-packers-logo Green Bay Packers (10-6): TJ Watt OLB Wisconsin

Trying to predict what the Packers do is not easy but they’ve tended to take players who I’ve thought were reaches and they likely continues here. TJ Watt is the rumored name and he fits their scheme pretty well giving them another edge rusher and someone who can drop into coverage. I like the scheme fit, but believe it’s too early.

30. pittsburgh-steelers-logo Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): John Ross WR Washington

Pittsburgh is another tough team because they could go a lot different directions including quarterback. However with the team disappointed in Sammie Coates and a player like John Ross being available they may feel too tough to pass up.

31. atlanta-falcons-logo Atlanta Falcons (11-5): Taco Charlton DE Michigan

Atlanta wants and needs to add pass rushing help opposite of Vic Beasley and could easily move up as Thomas Dimitroff has shown to do. With Barnett and Harris already off the board the Falcons could move up and get Charlton who would complement Beasley well. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama (From New England)

With the Malcolm Butler trade all but off the table the Saints will have to turn to the draft to fill their need at cornerback. Humphrey has immense talent but his lack of ball skills on deep passes can really scare teams off.

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