2017 NFL Draft Big Board – UPDATED: (10/4/16)
Similar to last year, I will post my Way-Too-Early Mock Draft one year prior to the start of the actual draft. I think its fun to look back and see how well I predicted the draft from 365 days ago. Looking at this draft, it seems to be a very solid QB class. Right now, it looks like a 3-man race between Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen to be the top quarterback selected. Like always, the team positions were thrown together quickly based off how I think each team will do. Enjoy!
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!
It has now been 3 years since the 2014 NFL draft occurred. Because of this, I will go back and grade each pick in the 1st round. I will also incorporate my 2014 grades/analysis for each selection. It will be interesting to compare my previous thoughts to how these players have turned out.
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.
2016 NFL Draft 1st Round Grades:
1.) Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff, QB, Cal
I wasn’t very impressed with Goff in college or at the combine. I think this trade/pick will kill the Los Angeles franchise in a couple years.
2.) Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
This pick might be even worse than the first selection of this draft. Wentz has not competed against good competition and will struggle in the NFL.
3.) San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
I have always thought Bosa was underrated during the draft process. I think he will be a very good pass rusher in the NFL. I don’t have any complaints with this pick.
4.) Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
I could not believe Dallas passed on Jalen Ramsey. Zeke is going to dominate behind that offensive line, but Ramsey filled a much bigger need.
5.) Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
Jalen Ramsey is the best player in this draft. Jacksonville needs a lot of help in their secondary. The Jaguars lucked out with him falling to number 5!
6.) Baltimore Ravens – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
I think Tunsil is a better prospect, but Stanley is not too far off and is a much safer pick. Baltimore needs help on the offensive line and Stanley will help on day one.
7.) San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
I like Buckner and think he has a ton of potential. I’m not sure this was the biggest need for the 49ers, but it was a solid pick at number seven.
8.) Tennessee Titans* – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
I understand that Tunsil may be a risk, but I’m not the biggest fan of Conklin. He’s an average tackle and I think Tennessee may be reaching. I would grade them lower, but they need a lot of help on their line, so it was not
(*Trade with Cleveland)
9.) Chicago Bears* – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
I was not a huge fan of Floyd initially, but he has impressed me over the course of the last few months. I think this is a solid pick that will help the Chicago pass rush early next season.
(*Trade with Tampa Bay)
10.) New York Giants – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Eli Apple is a great cornerback. I think Vernon Hargreaves would have been a much smarter pick with him still on board.
11.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers* – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Although he is not the most athletic cornerback in the draft, it is hard to argue that Hargreaves isn’t the most skilled. This a very good pick for the Bucs, even after moving back two spots in the first round.
(*Trade with Chicago)
12.) New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville
Rankins is a tremendous pass rusher. He can play all over the defensive line using his athleticism. The Saints need so much help on defense, so this a good selection.
13.) Miami Dolphins – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
There’s no doubt in Tunsil’s skill on the field. Off the field, he draws many red flags. The Dolphins needed some help on their line, but they definitely had more. Overall, this is a good pick because Tunsil can easily become the best player of this draft.
14.) Oakland Raiders – Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
I thought this was a bit of a reach. Joseph has some serious skill, but the Raiders could have moved back a couple picks to get him. This may be a good pick in a couple years, but I think they took him way too high.
15.) Cleveland Browns* – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
I’m a huge Coleman fan as I have him as the best receiver in the class. Cleveland needs so much help, so this will definitely help their offense. How ironic it is that RG3 gets a Baylor receiver?
(*Trade with Tennessee)
16.) Detroit Lions – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
I think Decker is one of the most underrated players in this draft. He was a 3 year starter at Ohio State and dominated during his career. The Lions need help up front, and Decker will help in the passing and rushing game.
17.) Atlanta Falcons – Keanu Neal, S, Florida
I never would have predicted two safeties drafted in the first round, let alone the top twenty. I thought Shaq Lawson would have been a better selection to pair with former teammate Vic Beasley.
18.) Indianapolis Colts – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
The Colts need so much help protecting Andrew Luck. I really like Kelly because he can play center or guard. He is a good player that fills a huge need.
19.) Buffalo Bills – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Shaq Lawson has no business falling this far. Arguably the best defensive end in college football last season, he has a ton of potential. The Bills definitely stole this pick!
20.) New York Jets – Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
Darron Lee is a freak athlete that flies all over the football field. The Jets have many needs with linebacker being one of them. Lee is probably the best available, so I think this is a good selection.
21.) Houston Texans* – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
I’m assuming Houston moved up one pick to get their choice of receiver in fear of Minnesota moving up. I thought they would choose Doctson or Treadwell, but Fuller? He might have been a good second round pick, but this was really shocking to me.
(*Trade with Washington)
22.) Washington Redskins* – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Doctson is arguably the best receiver in the draft. I was shocked that Washington didn’t go defensive line, but many of those players are falling. Doctson will help Cousins out a lot with his size and skill. Solid pick by Washington.
(*Trade with Houston)
23.) Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
I’m not buying all this “he’s too slow” talk at all. Watching the film, Treadwell can play. This is a good pick that will help Teddy Bridgewater out down the road.
24.) Cincinnati Bengals – William Jackson III, CB, Houston
William Jackson III is a very good cornerback. The Bengals wanted a receiver, but the top four are already gone. Jackson III will fit well in Cincinnati and eventually be their starting cornerback.
25.) Pittsburgh Steelers – Artie Burns, CB, Miami
Artie Burns is a freak athlete. The Steelers need a ton of help in their secondary, and Burns will help right away.
26.) Denver Broncos – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
I think Paxton Lynch will be the best quarterback in this class. Denver, with no quarterbacks on their roster worth starting, need to make a move fast. I think Lynch will be a very good quarterback in the NFL.
27) Green Bay Packers – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
The Packers need help on the defensive line with BJ Raji taking a year off. I think the Packers could have gotten a better defensive tackle.
28.) San Francisco 49ers* – Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
This trade made no sense at all. Garnett would have been available in the second round. The need is serious, but this was too much.
(*Trade with Kansas City)
29.) Arizona Cardinals – Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss
I love this pick for the Cardinals. They are willing to roll the dice a little, and it worked out a couple years ago with Tyrann Mathieu. This could be the biggest steal of the draft if Nkemdiche gets everything together.
30.) Carolina Panthers – Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
This pick was not smart for Carolina. With Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, did Carolina make this pick? The secondary needed to be addressed rather than defensive tackle.
31.) Seattle Seahawks – Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
Germain Ifedi is a solid offensive tackle. The Seahawks need help on their offensive line, so this pick makes a lot of sense. Seattle will need to protect Russell Wilson to get back to the Super Bowl.
1.) I cannot believe that Myles Jack was not picked. Although recovering from a knee injury, Jack is going to be a stud. I think Dallas will pick him up in the 2nd round.
2.) Jalen Ramsey to the Jaguars was the best pick on the first round while Joshua Garnett to the 49ers was the worst.
3.) Robert Nkemdiche is the biggest hit/miss player of this draft.
4.) One of the biggest surprises was Houston passing on Josh Doctson to pick Will Fuller.
5.) Finally, how did Laremy Tunsil fall so far?!?!
2016 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (4-28-16)
After a long three months of the offseason, the 2016 NFL Draft has arrived. For my final edition of mock drafts, I will include the second round of selections. Wow, hasn’t it been a crazy month of April? We had the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles trade up for the first and second overall picks, respectively. Assuming they both take quarterbacks, which will wind up going number one? Will we see another trade in the top 10 during the draft? Well, without waiting any longer, let’s dive into my final mock draft of the offseason. It has been a lot of fun leading up to this day and I hope you enjoy my mock!
|1.||Los Angeles Rams (from TEN)||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|2.||Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland)||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota State|
|3.||San Diego Chargers||Jalen Ramsey||CB||Florida State|
|4.||Dallas Cowboys||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|5.||Jacksonville Jaguars||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon|
|6.||Tennessee Titans (from BAL)*||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|7.||San Francisco 49ers||Leonard Floyd||OLB||Georgia|
|8.||Cleveland Browns (from PHI)||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|9.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|10.||New York Giants||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|11.||Chicago Bears||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|12.||New Orleans Saints||Sheldon Rankins||DT||Louisville|
|13.||Miami Dolphins (from PHI)||Darron Lee||OLB||Ohio State|
|14.||Oakland Raiders||Myles Jack||OLB||UCLA|
|15||Baltimore Ravens (from TEN)*||Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
|16.||Detroit Lions||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|17.||Atlanta Falcons||Kevin Dodd||DE||Clemson|
|18.||Indianapolis Colts||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|19.||Buffalo Bills||Reggie Ragland||ILB||Alabama|
|20.||New York Jets||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|21.||Minnesota Vikings (from WAS)||Josh Doctson||WR||TCU|
|22.||Houston Texans||Will Fuller||WR||Notre Dame|
|23.||Washington Redskins (from MIN)||Andrew Billings||DT||Baylor|
|24.||Cincinnati Bengals||Corey Coleman||WR||Baylor|
|25.||Pittsburgh Steelers||William Jackson||CB||Houston|
|26.||Seattle Seahawks||Chris Jones||DT||Mississippi State|
|27.||Green Bay Packers||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|28.||Kansas City Chiefs||Mackenzie Alexander||CB||Clemson|
|29.||Arizona Cardinals||Ryan Kelly||C||Alabama|
|30.||Carolina Panthers||Artie Burns||CB||Miami|
|31.||Denver Broncos||Christian Hackenberg||QB||Penn State|
|32.||Cleveland Browns||Jason Spriggs||OT||Indiana|
|33.||Baltimore Ravens (from TEN)*||Noah Spence||DE||Eastern Kentucky|
|34.||Dallas Cowboys||Karl Joseph||S||West Virginia|
|35.||San Diego Chargers||A’Shawn Robinson||DD||Alabama|
|36.||Baltimore Ravens||Germain Ifedi||OT||Texas A&M|
|37||San Francisco 49ers||Vernon Butler||DT||Louisiana Tech|
|38.||Jacksonville Jaguars||Kendall Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech|
|39.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Keanu Neal||S||Florida|
|40.||New York Giants||Derrick Henry||RB||Alabama|
|41.||Chicago Bears||Robert Nkemdiche||DE||Ole Miss|
|42.||Miami Dolphins||Xavier Howard||CB||Baylor|
|43.||Baltimore Ravens (from TEN)*||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|44.||Oakland Raiders||Vonn Bell||S||Ohio State|
|45.||Tennessee Titans (from LAR)||Jonathan Bullard||DE||Florida|
|46.||Detroit Lions||Darian Thompson||S||Boise State|
|47.||New Orleans Saints||Connor Cook||QB||Michigan State|
|48.||Indianapolis Colts||Cody Whitehair||G||Kansas State|
|49.||Buffalo Bills||Austin Johnson||DT||Penn State|
|50.||Atlanta Falcons||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|51.||New York Jets||Kamalei Correa||OLB||Boise State|
|52.||Houston Texans||Braxton Miller||WR||Ohio State|
|53.||Washington Redskins||Nick Martin||C||Notre Dame|
|54.||Minnesota Vikings||Le’Raven Clark||OT||Texas A&M|
|55.||Cincinnati Bengals||Kenny Clark||DT||UCLA|
|56.||Seattle Seahawks||Joshua Garnett||OG||Stanford|
|57.||Green Bay Packers||Hunter Henry||TE||Arkansas|
|58.||Pittsburgh Steelers||TJ Green||S||Clemson|
|59.||Kansas City Chiefs||Tyler Boyd||WR||Pittsburgh|
|60.||New England Patriots||Jaylon Smith||OLB||Notre Dame|
|61.||New England Patriots||Sterling Shepard||WR||Oklahoma|
|62.||Carolina Panthers||Su’a Cravens||OLB||USC|
|63.||Cleveland Browns (from DEN)||Cardale Jones||QB||Ohio State|
Discussion of the Top 10
1.) Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee)
The Pick: Jared Goff, QB, California
Discussion: While trading up to number one, it has been obvious that Goff would go number one. Making the move to Los Angeles, the Rams start fresh with a quarterback from the area.
2.) Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland)
The Pick: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Discussion: The Eagles rolled the dice and will take FCS quarterback Carson Wentz. Although recently signing Sam Bradford, Wentz will compete and be the future of an Eagles team that is desperate for a quarterback.
3.) San Diego Chargers
The Pick: Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State
Discussion: Jalen Ramsey is the best player in the draft. With more issues with Laremy Tunsil, the Charges make this a quick selection.
4.) Dallas Cowboys
The Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
Discussion: The Cowboys are in an interesting spot. If Ramsey is there, they will pick him. If not, it will be Elliott. If Zeke gets an opportunity behind the Dallas offensive line with Tony Romo returning at quarterback, he may push for 2000.
5.) Jacksonville Jaguars
The Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Discussion: DeForest Buckner is one of the most explosive players in the draft. He will cause havoc all over the defensive line that will help a struggling Jacksonville defense.
6.) Tennessee Titans (from Baltimore)
The Pick: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
Discussion: The first trade of draft day. Tennessee trades back up with Baltimore to select the player they initially wanted. If this trade occurs, it may be one of the best moves in recent years.
7.) San Francisco 49ers
The Pick: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
Discussion: San Francisco needs help on the defensive front. Leonard Floyd is a player that will compete day one and put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
8.) Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)
The Pick: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Discussion: I think Joey Bosa will drop in the first one. It may seem shocking, but we saw the same scenario last year with Leonard Williams. Bosa is a good player that will definitely improve the Browns defense.
9.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Pick: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Discussion: After a dominating college football season, Shaq Lawson deserves to be a top 10 selection. Tampa Bay needs help on the defensive line to pair alongside Gerald McCoy.
10.) New York Giants
The Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Discussion: To round out the top 10, the Giants select arguably the best tackle in the draft. Eli Manning needs serious help and the entire offense will benefit with Stanley’s presence.
The NFL Combine kicks off on Friday as these athletes begin to compete in order to improve their draft stock. Each year, several players improve their stock while others may hurt their stock. These former college stars are going to do their best to show their athletic ability and potential at the next level. Which players are going to move up the board leading t0 the draft? Let’s find out!
NFL Combine Risers:
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
A couple months ago, Paxton Lynch was a favorite as the first overall pick of the draft. He has a big frame and a strong arm. Right now, Lynch is the number 3 quarterback on most big boards. Also, his poor performance in his final game at Memphis didn’t help his case. Going into the combine, Lynch will get to show off his arm strength and his versatility. His big frame shows his potential, which will get scouts excited. If Lynch performs well, he can be back in the conversation of Jared Goff and Carson Wentz as the first pick, making this draft even more interesting.
Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
The more I watch Corey Coleman, the more and more impressed I get. Although he is listed at only 5’11”, he has one of the highest verticals of the athletes competing in Indianapolis. He is very fast and has some of the best hands in all of college football last season. He is able to go up and compete for catches, as shown by his 20 receiving touchdowns in 2015. I think Coleman will solidify himself as the best receiver in this class come the draft. I think with his athletic ability, he will translate very well to the NFL.
Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
Another Baylor player here on the list, Andrew Billings is a beast. Three years ago, Billings broke a record set by Mark Henry for the most combined weight lifted in the bench press, squat, and deadlift. Billings is one of the strongest men competing the draft, and he will hope to put up the most reps in the bench press competition. Last season, Billings was one of the best run stoppers in the country. Using his unique strength, he was able to dominate the trenches. After the combine, Billings may rise as one of the best defensive tackles in the draft.
Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State
Right now, Jalen Ramsey is the highest ranked player on my board. He is also one of the most athletic players in all of the combine. Last year, we saw Byron Jones shatter many records, and Ramsey may be putting up similar numbers. Ramsey is a unique player that can play all over the defensive secondary. This makes him a hot pick in the NFL Draft. I expect Ramsey to be in the top 3 of all the defensive backs in each competition. This will improve his stock even more, making him almost a lock as a top 5 pick.
Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
Braxton Miller is a hit or miss player. After making the transition to the wide receiver position last year at Ohio State, Miller excelled very well. He had a solid Senior Bowl and is continuing to rise up the draft boards. After playing all over the Ohio State offense throughout his career, it displays his capability to convert to the NFL. He will be one of the fastest players at the combine and will be competitive in other events. With only one year of experience and already showing a lot of good signs, Miller has a lot of room to improve. Come the draft, Miller very well could be a mid to late first round selection.