Way-Too-Early 2017 NFL Mock Draft

It is never too early is it? With the 2016 NFL Draft wrapping up this afternoon, we are going to get a quick start on the 2017 NFL Draft. Obviously, we have no idea how next year’s NFL season will turn out, so the draft order is random. Looking at the prospects for next year’s class, it appears this is a very talented group. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson looks like the early favorite to go number one after a stellar sophomore campaign. Running backs Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook both have dominated since their freshman years of school and both appear to be first round selections. I’m sure these picks will change in the future, but it is never too early. It will be interesting to see this mock a year from now following the 2017 NFL Draft. Well, let’s get started.

Pick Team Player Position College
1. Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
2. New Orleans Saints Brad Kaaya QB Miami
3. Miami Dolphins Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
4. Tennessee Titans Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
5. New York Giants Leonard Fournette RB LSU
6. San Francisco 49ers Cam Robinson OT Alabama
7. Chicago Bears Christian McCaffrey RB/WR Stanford
8. San Diego Chargers Malachi Dupre WR LSU
9. Detroit Lions Desmond King CB Iowa
10. Cleveland Browns (from PHI) JuJu Smith-Schuster WR USC
11. Tennessee Titans (from LOS) Jalen Tabor CB Florida
12. New York Jets Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
13. Baltimore Ravens Carl Lawson DE Auburn
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Charles Harris DE Missouri
15 Atlanta Falcons Jamal Adams S LSU
16. Buffalo Bills Da’Shawn Hand DE Alabama
17. Jacksonville Jaguars Jabrill Peppers S Michigan
18. Washington Redskins Tre’Davious White CB LSU
19. Oakland Raiders Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
20. Houston Texans KD Cannon WR Baylor
21. Kansas City Chiefs Mike Williams WR Clemson
22. Indianapolis Colts Roderick Johnson OT Florida State
23. Dallas Cowboys Luke Falk QB Washington State
24. Minnesota Vikings Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
25. Cincinnati Bengals Adoree’ Jackson CB USC
26. Green Bay Packers Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
27. Denver Broncos Raekwon McMillan ILB Ohio State
28. Seattle Seahawks Tony Connor CB Ole Miss
29. Arizona Cardinals Lewis Neal DE LSU
30. Pittsburgh Steelers Eddie Jackson S Alabama
31. New England Patriots Jarrad Davis ILB Florida
32. Carolina Panthers Jalen Reeves-Maybin OLB Tennessee


Discussion of the Top 5

1.) Cleveland Browns

The Pick: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Discussion: It is likely that the Browns end up with the first pick after this upcoming season. And it it is the case, Deshaun Watson is more than likely the pick. Watson has proven to be an NFL quarterback and is ready for the challenge.


2.) New Orleans Saints

The Pick: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

Discussion: The Saints had one of the worst defenses in 2015 and aren’t going to be much better this season. Drew Brees can’t play forever and will be looking for their next franchise quarterback. Brad Kaaya has tremendous size and looks to translate well to the NFL.


3.) Miami Dolphins

The Pick: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Discussion: Miami may struggle next season and will be looking for a new quarterback. With the top two prospects gone, they look to the defensive side of the ball. Myles Garrett is easily the best defensive player.


4.) Tennessee Titans

The Pick: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Discussion: Tennessee is a young team that will take time before they compete in the AFC South. Derek Barnett is a tremendous pass rusher that will make an immediate impact. Isn’t it fitting to pick a player within their state?


5.) New York Giants

The Pick: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Discussion: Leonard Fournette might be a more hyped prospect that Adrian Peterson, Todd Gurley, or Ezekiel Elliott. The Giants will need some help next season at the running back spot to take a load off Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.


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