2017 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

After the NFL combine and a week of Free Agency, I decided to release my 3rd NFL mock draft of the year. There are a few new faces in the list, but many of the early selections remained unchanged. Again, we will get a better feel for team needs and interest of players as we get closer to the draft, but for now, I made picks based off what I think will happen. Let’s dive in!

Pick Team Player Position College
1. Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
2. San Francisco 49ers Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
3. Chicago Bears Jamal Adams S LSU
4. Jacksonville Jaguars Malik Hooker S Ohio State
5. Tennessee Titans (from LOS) Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
6. New York Jets Leonard Fournette RB LSU
7. Los Angeles Chargers Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
8. Carolina Panthers Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
9. Cincinnati Bengals Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
10. Buffalo Bills Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
11. New Orleans Saints Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
12. Cleveland Browns (from PHI) Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
13. Arizona Cardinals Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN) Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford
15 Indianapolis Colts Garrett Boles OT Utah
16. Baltimore Ravens Taco Charlton DE Michigan
17. Washington Redskins Hassan Riddick LB Temple
18. Tennessee Titans John Ross WR Washington
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers OJ Howard TE Alabama
20. Denver Broncos Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
21. Detroit Lions Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
22. Miami Dolphins Forrest Lamp OG Western Kentucky
23. New York Giants Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
24. Oakland Raiders Quincy Wilson CB Florida
25. Houston Texans Cam Robinson OG Alabama
26. Seattle Seahawks Taylor Moton OT Western Michigan
27. Kansas City Chiefs Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
28. Dallas Cowboys Charles Harris DE Missouri
29. Green Bay Packers Tre’Davious White CB LSU
30. Pittsburgh Steelers David Njoku TE Miami
31. Atlanta Falcons Caleb Brantley DT Florida
32. New Orleans Saints (from NE) Jabrill Peppers S Michigan
TOP 10 BREAKDOWN:

1. CLEVELAND – Myles Garrett, OLB/DE, Texas A&M

Prior to the combine, Garrett seemed like the obvious choice. After the combine, this pick is almost a lock. Garrett appears to be the next elite pass rusher, so Cleveland does not hesitate.

2. SAN FRANCISCO – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

This may be a reach, but Lattimore is the best cornerback in this class. The Niners have needs everywhere, so picking one of the best players available at an obvious need makes the most sense.

3. CHICAGO – Jamal Adams, S, LSU

After signing Prince Amukamara, the Bears look to address the safety position of their secondary. Adams isn’t flashy, but is a solid pick. He will pair well with Adrian Amos.

4. JACKSONVILLE – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

The Jags are going all-out in free agency, bringing in A.J. Bouye and Calais Campbell. With the cornerback need filled, the Jaguars look to bring in a safety after losing Jonathan Cyprien to the Titans. Malik Hooker is a ball-hawk safety that will make an immediate impact for the Jaguars defense.

5. TENNESSEE – Solomon Thomas, DE, Tennessee

Tennessee is in a tough spot. It is too early for a receiver and the best rated defensive backs are off the board. With this being the case, they pick the best player available in Solomon Thomas. Thomas has a high motor and will create havoc off the edge for Tennessee.

6. NEW YORK (J) – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

With quarterback being the obvious need, I think the Jets will make a move for a player prior to the draft. With this occurring, I think the Jets decide to bring in the best running back available in Leonard Fournette. Fournette is a down hill runner that will become one of the league’s best if given a good opportunity.

7. LOS ANGELES (C) – Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama

It is likely the Chargers go defensive back, but Jonathan Allen is too good to let drop any further. Allen can play anywhere on the defensive line, and will pair well with Joey Bosa. This is not the biggest need, but that combo sounds deadly.

8. CAROLINA – Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

After trading away Kony Ealy, I think the Panthers address defensive end early and other needs later in the draft. Barnett is a steal for Carolina at 8 and would step in for the Panthers immediately next season.

9. CINCINNATI – Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

I could see the Bengals looking for an offensive lineman, but it is too early to reach. With that being said, Reuben Foster is the best player available. Regardless of what happened at the NFL combine, Reuben Foster is a good leader and even better football player.

10. BUFFALO – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels

The Bills don’t think Tyrod Taylor is the answer, so expect them to be picking a quarterback early in the draft. Trubisky may go earlier than 10, but if he’s available, expect the Bills to pull the trigger and bring him in. Trubisky is capable of making an impact similar to Carson Wentz, so expect him to be selected in the top 10.

 

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