2017 Two Round NFL Mock Draft

February 1, 2017

The following article is a part of the USA Today Sports Weekly NFL Draft preview. 

This week we decided to do a collaboration mock draft between myself, Justin Miller @justinm21, and Brian Johannes @Draft_Brian. Let us know in the comments below your thoughts.

First Round –

  1. Cleveland Browns – Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett: A trade up for the top pick is always a possibility, however the Browns should make the smart choice and select the consensus top prospect. Teaming Myles Garrett with newly resigned Jamie Collins is a great start to increasing the meager 26 team sacks from last season. – JM


  1. San Francisco 49ers – Notre Dame QB Deshone Kizer: In most rebuilds the first move the team makes it to target their next franchise quarterback. DeShone Kizer has his flaws but has the prototypical tools teams crave out of quarterback prospects and should only grow within Kyle Shanahan’s scheme. – BJ


  1. Chicago Bears – Alabama DE Jonathan Allen: Chicago should be looking for a new quarterback this offseason, however I think John Fox and company would prefer a veteran signal caller. Taking the best player available in Jonathan Allen would give the Bears a dominant young defensive line. – JM


  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Stanford DE Solomon Thomas:  Improving the pass rush continues to be an area of need for the Jaguars whose 33 sacks was in the bottom ten of the league. Thomas would likely start on the outside on early downs before sliding inside where he thrived in college. – BJ


  1. Tennessee Titans – Clemson WR Mike Williams: Tennessee needs to give their promising young quarterback, Marcus Mariota, a true number one receiver. Adding Mike Williams gives the Titans a downfield threat to free up more running space for their rushing attack. – JM


  1. New York Jets – Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore: With an aging Darrelle Revis possibly moving to safety the Jets need to find a new lock down cornerback for their defense to be successful. Lattimore has elite speed and explosive quickness that allows him to stick with any receiver. – BJ


  1. Los Angeles Chargers – Louisiana State S Jamal Adams: The Chargers seem to always need offensive line upgrades and could use a non-injury prone top receiver. However, they choose to take the top player on the board, Jamal Adams, who can fill the hole left when by Eric Weddle last offseason. – JM


  1. Carolina Panthers – LSU RB Leonard Fournette: Needing to breath some life into their offense the Panthers could be the latest team to draft a running back in the top ten. Fournette’s speed and power is perfect for the Panthers and could allow them to move on from the often injured Jonathan Stewart. – BJ


  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Alabama LB Reuben Foster: Adding speed at the linebacker spot has to be a priority for the Bengals who could choose to release Rey Maualuga and have Karlos Dansby hitting free agency. Reuben Foster is a day one starter with the speed and instincts to excel in the NFL. – JM


  1. Buffalo Bills – Ohio State S Malik Hooker: Regardless whether the Bills play an aggressive blitzing or a more zone based defense the need for a playmaking safety like Hooker may be hard to pass up. Hooker is a rangy ball hawking safety who can sit back and ready the quarterback while the Bills front seven gets pressure. – BJ


  1. New Orleans Saints – Florida CB Quincy Wilson: Having the league’s worst passing defense which gave up a whopping 274 yards per game the Saints are in desperate need of upgrades in the secondary. Adding another cornerback with elite size with Delvin Breaux give New Orleans a formidable matchup for the big bodied receivers in the NFC South. – JM


  1. Cleveland Browns – Clemson QB Deshaun Watson: With reports that the Browns called Deshaun Watson in an effort to have him come to the Senior Bowl, that shows clear interest. Watson has the raw talent to win in the NFL and learning under Jackson may be the best thing for him. – BJ


  1. Arizona Cardinals – North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky: Even before the uncertainty of Carson Palmer for next season, it was time to start looking for Bruce Arian’s next quarterback project. Mitch Trubisky has a strong arm and accuracy to make him a great fit in Arian’s offense, which will also be looking for a new receiver or two this offseason.  – JM


  1. Indianapolis Colts – Florida CB Jalen Tabor: Indianapolis has so many needs on defense that they’re likely to go best player available trying to add blue chip talent. Since Tabor has such quick feet he fits into any scheme which should help with the uncertainty of this coaching staff. – BJ


  1. Philadelphia Eagles – Florida State RB Dalvin Cook: The Eagles have to make it a priority to put playmakers around last year’s second overall pick Carson Wentz. Dalvin Cook has been compared to Jamaal Charles, who head coach Doug Pederson had success with in the past.  – JM


  1. Baltimore Ravens: UCLA DE Takkarist McKinley: Both Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are on the wrong side of 30 while second round pick Kamalei Correa is being moved to inside linebacker. McKinley may have the most explosive first step and would provide a young pass rusher to groom. – BJ


  1. Washington Redskins – Michigan State DT Malik McDowell: The top priority in the capital city will be finding a solution to keeping Kirk Cousins under center for the Redskins. Malik McDowell gets knocked for taking plays off but has the quick first step, size and strength needed to excel on the end in Washington while replacing Chris Baker who is headed to free agency.  – JM


  1. Tennessee – Alabama TE OJ Howard: Not only would OJ Howard give Marcus Mariota an athletic tight end to control the middle of the field and stretch the seam, but his blocking ability is the perfect fit for the Titans exotic smash mouth rushing attack and their two tight end sets. – BJ


  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Western Michigan WR Corey Davis: After suprising many by making a late run the Buccaneers have a young nucleus to build around. One area that must be addressed is adding another playmaker across from Mike Evanst. Having a talent like Corey Davis fall into your lap this late in the draft will give Jameis Winston another big receiver to air the ball out to. – JM


  1. Denver Broncos – Western Kentucky OT Forest Lamp: Averaging only 92.8 yards per game the Broncos inability to run the ball put too much pressure on Trevor Siemian. Lamp’s ability to play both guard or tackle would allow the Broncos to get their five best lineman on the field. – BJ


  1. Detroit Lions – Tennessee DE Derek Barnett: Improving the defense has to the top concern heading into the offseason for the Lions. A key stat that needs improvement is the near NFL worst 26 sacks the defense was able to get last season. Adding a value like Derek Barnett, who piled up double digit sacks all three seasons while in college, to pair with Ezekiel Ansah will quickly improve the Lions’ defense. – JM


  1. Miami Dolphins – Miami TE David Njoku: Continuing to add pieces to the offense should only aide in the development of Ryan Tannehill. Njoku would give Head Coach Adam Gase the athletic tight end that he had in Denver and Chicago and loved to employ in isolation sets. – BJ


  1. New York Giants – Michigan DE Taco Charlton: Taking a long, athletic defensive end whose production in college was inconsistent would only be fitting to replace Jason Pierre-Paul, who fit the same draft report coming into the NFL. The Giants can never have enough pass rushers on their roster so this pick should come as no suprise. – JM


  1. Oakland Raiders – Florida LB Jarrad Davis: Not only did the Raiders inside linebackers struggle but both Perry Riley and Malcolm Smith are free agents. Davis has the speed and acceleration to play sideline to sideline and the strength to stack and shed in the run game. – BJ


  1. Houston Texans – Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk: The Brock Osweiler era in Houston didn’t start the way team executives planned when they signed him to a $72 million contract last offseason. With that being said having a talented offensive tackle fall into your lap at the end of round one, fits both need and value for the Texans and whoever lines up under center in 2017.  – JM


  1. Seattle Seahawks – Troy OT Antonio Garcia: Seattle’s offensive line was a complete mess with four out of the five starters graded 60th or worst according to Pro Football Focus. The Seahawks love drafting elite athletes at their position and Antonio Garcia’s quick feet and laterally agility are second to none in this group. – BJ


  1. Kansas City Chiefs – Washington CB Sidney Jones: Kansas City has built a defense that excels on their ability to create turnovers. Adding Marcus Peters’ former teammate Sidney Jones, who boasts a similar skillset, will eliminate their opponent’s ability to pick on the likes of Phillip Gaines, Steven Nelson and Terrance Mitchell. – JM


  1. Dallas Cowboys – Missouri DE Charles Harris: Even with DeMarcus Lawrence back from suspension and David Irving emerging the Cowboys could stand to add at least one more dependable pass rusher. Using a combination of speed and power Harris has the tools to be the next top Missouri edge defender. – BJ


  1. Green Bay Packers – Ohio State CB Gareon Conley: The Packers will need to improve their 31st ranked pass defense if they plan to make another run next season as was evidence in their playoff loss to the Falcons. Grabbing a cornerback with the length to match up against the bigger receivers around the league is a must. – JM


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham: Not only is Lawrence Timmons an impending free agent but his play has slipped the past couple of years. Cunningham is an elite run defender who is able to knife through traffic attacking the ball and would complement the rangy Ryan Shazier. – BJ


  1. Atlanta Falcons – Michigan S Jabrill Peppers: Even though the Falcons defense has come to life during their postseason run, the offense carried the team all season. Upgrades are needed at pass rusher opposite Vic Beasley and in the defensive backfield. Getting value with Jabrill Peppers, who falls due position clarity, gives Atlanta a player who can help the team in multiple roles for Dan Quinn’s defense. – JM


  1. New England – Temple OLB Haason Reddick: After trading away Jamie Collins the Patriots used a committee approach to replace his production. While that worked in the short term the Patriots could turn to the Senior Bowl standout whose versatility playing in space and rushing the quarterback resembles what Collins provided. – BJ

Second Round –

  1. Browns – Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey
  2. 49ers – Utah OT Garett Bollesx
  3. Jaguars – Alabama OT Cam Robinson
  4. Bears – Washington S Budda Baker
  5. Rams – Washington WR John Ross
  6. Chargers – Indiana OG Dan Feeney
  7. Jets – Alabama OLB Ryan Anderson
  8. Panthers – Texas A&M DE Daeshon Hall
  9. Bengals – Louisiana State CB Tre’Davious White
  10. Saints – Alabama OLB Tim Williams
  11. Eagles – Southern California WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
  12. Bills – West Virginia CB Rasual Douglas
  13. Cardinals – Southern California CB Adoree’ Jackson
  14. Vikings – Western Michigan OT Taylor Moton
  15. Ravens – Texas A&M S Justin Evans
  16. Colts – Conneticut S Obi Melifonwu
  17. Redskins – Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
  18. Buccaneers – Alabama S Eddie Jackson
  19. Broncos – Louisiana State G/C Ethan Pocic
  20. Browns – Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson
  21. Lions – Auburn DT Montravius Adams
  22. Dolphins – Iowa CB Desmond King
  23. Giants – Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara
  24. Raiders – Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley
  25. Texans – Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan
  26. Seahawks – Auburn DE Carl Lawson
  27. Chiefs – Texas RB D’Onta Foreman
  28. Cowboys – Michigan TE Jake Butt
  29. Packers – Wisconsin OLB TJ Watt
  30. Steelers – Baylor WR KD Cannon
  31. Falcons – Florida DT Caleb Brantley
  32. Patriots – South Alabama TE Gerald Everett


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