The 2017 NFL Draft is finally upon here. On Thursday at 8 p.m. EST, NFL teams will finally make their picks official. Pro Days, All-Star Games, individual workouts and the NFL Combine all lead up to this day. Now, we will see what players have their dreams made. We will also find out what teams finally address their biggest roster needs.
Either way, it does does not hurt to make one final mock draft. The Sports Out West Staff gives you another breakdown of the first round. You can view our previous Mock Draft here.
1.Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
Garrett is the consensus best player in this draft. Even Cleveland can not mess this one up. Garrett is a great athlete at the edge position and he was pretty productive at TAMU. He could completely transform the Browns defense.
2.San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford
The 49ers are one of the hardest teams to predict. Their roster needs talent all over the place. Thus, Thomas makes sense as the best player available. He prospects as a good edge rusher who can slide inside on passing downs too. Thomas will help the 49ers transition into more of a 4-3 defense too.
3.Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Bears once again need some help in their secondary. Luckily, Adams is available as a generational talent at safety. The Bears may consider a quarterback with this selection, but Adams is the best player available and he fills a need. Adams has earned comparisons to Ed Reed for his leadership, athletic profile and versatility. Chicago would welcome him.
4.Jacksonville Jaguars: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Team need and generational talent are both checked off with this pick. Howard is a great athlete, blocker and pass catcher. The Jaguars need to put more weapons around quarterback Blake Bortles. Drafting Howard is a good start. Running back might also make sense, but tight end is a bigger need. Not to mention, Howard might be one of the safest picks in this entire draft.
5.Tennessee Titans: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
This is a deep corner class and the Titans are blessed with two first round picks. Therefore, Tennessee could add an offensive weapon with their first pick. However, grabbing the most pro-ready corner makes sense. Lattimore’s addition allows the Titans to move on from Jason McCourty, who they released earlier this month.
6.New York Jets: CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
Marlon Humphrey is great need here. The secondary has not been the same and I am not convinced Morris Claiborne can replicate the year he had with the Cowboys. My second concern is he has yet to play a full season since being drafted in 2012.
7.Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, OSU
Unless you’re sold on Morris Claiborne or Buster Skrine as top end starters, one could argue that corner is a big need for the Jets. Who knows with the Jets, since they need a lot of talent on the roster. Ultimately, Humphrey has the athletic profile, college numbers and character that make him worthy of a top-10 selection. He needs work in man coverage but he is a talented all-around football player for New York.
8.Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
There is a lot of hype surrounding the Panthers selection of Christian McCaffrey due to his versatility as a receiver and runner. Either way, Fournette is the better talent. He can carry an offense and he will strike fear in defenses’ hearts.
9.Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
The Bengals need some defensive help and they’re lucky to find Allen available. He is an interior rusher and run stuffer who can impact the entire defense. There are some questions about his consistency but the Bengals have a defensive rotation that should ease him along.
10.Buffalo Bills: WR Mike Williams, Clemson
Adding Williams gives the Bills a big body receiver who compliments the speed and acceleration of Sammy Watkins, another former Clemson receiver on the Bills roster. Plus, Buffalo gets an insurance policy in case Watkins is injured again.
11.New Orleans Saints: Haason Reddick, EDGE, Temple
It seems like the Saints have needed defensive help for decades. Either way, Reddick has maximized every pre-draft opportunity. He performed well at the NFL Combine and during the Senior Bowl. New Orleans gets a versatile end who can play linebacker or end.
12.Cleveland Browns: DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
There has been a lot of hype surrounding Mitchell Trubisky as the best quarterback in this class. However, he only started one season. Meanwhile, Watson was the best quarterback in the ACC – not Trubisky. Watson also performed great in the past two National Championship games. He is the winner and game changer that Cleveland should not pass on. They grab their quarterback and generational end, Garrett, in the first round.
13.Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer are not getting any younger. Selecting Davis could help the Cardinals prolong both of their careers. If it were not for a foot injury keeping him out of the pre-draft process, Davis would be the first receiver taken. He is big, fast and productive out of a smaller school.
14.Philadelphia Eagles: Kevin King, CB, Washington
King played safety and corner at Washington. He has the big body and ball skills that teams want in a modern NFL corner. Philadelphia really needs some help at corner. King will finally be a long term starter for the Eagles.
15.Indianapolis Colts: DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
Barnett will not blow anyone away with his athleticism. However, he does have decent size and he was productive at Tennessee. The Colts need a pass rusher since Robert Mathis retired and Trent Cole was released. Barnett is a pro ready pass rusher on the edge and he can move inside for passing downs too.
16.Baltimore Ravens: Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan
Speaking of a pass rusher, the Ravens could also use help in that area. Charlton is a good athlete with good production too. He also offers versatility as an inside or outside rusher. Baltimore may consider some offensive help here, but Ravens football always starts with the defense. They will not want to miss out on this talented defensive class.
17.Washington: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
Washington spent a bunch of money to revamp their defensive line this offseason, so it isn’t an imminent need. However, they play in a division where you face Dak Prescott, Eli Manning, and Carson Wentz twice a year. It may not be a bad idea to invest in the defensive line.
18.Tennessee Titans: John Ross, WR, Washington
The Titans currently don’t have a home run threat that most teams covet. Ross regarded as one of the top 3 wide receivers in the draft, since he broke the NFL Combine record for the 40-yard dash. He would be a steal a here.
19.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
With the drama surrounding Doug Martin and his lack of production, it is a good idea to give Jameis Winston another target out of the backfield. Cook is an excellent dual-threat running back and should be a huge upgrade from Martin.
20.Denver Broncos: OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
It goes without saying but the Broncos need to address their offensive line. At this point they do not have any glaring needs on defense and this is good spot to take what is considered the best offensive line prospect in this draft. Ramczyk is a big kid out of Wisconsin and should help shore up one of the ends to protect QB Trevor Siemian.
21.Detroit Lions: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
I could argue the interior defensive line is more of the glaring need than linebacker but with Malik McDowell off the board Reuben Foster isn’t a terrible consolation. Foster was once regarded as a top 10 pick but he has slid down the draft boards due problems at the combine. At 21, Foster would be a great fit for a team needing a big bodied linebacker to shore up the middle. He is a solid pass rusher and stout against the run. Foster would a huge upgrade from their current MLB.
22.Miami Dolphins: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
I originally had Gareon Conley in this position but with the scandal he was involved in. It is highly unlikely that a team take a chance on him in the first round. The Dolphins need another corner to play opposite Byron Maxwell. White is your typical LSU corner. He boasts great cover skills despite questions about his size.
23.New York Giants: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
The Giants had running back by committee last season and that didn’t pan out for them. But lucky for them McCaffrey is available to save the day. He is so versatile he can line up in the slot and play wide receiver. You can make the argument he is the most dynamic running back in this draft. His combination of size and speed makes him a nightmare to guard.
24.Oakland Raiders: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
The Raiders defense was pretty terrible last season. Raiders were ranked 25th in total defense and 13th in points allowed. Their offense carried them most of last season, so they just need to add talent on the defensive side of the ball.
25.Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
After flopping on Brock Osweiler the Texans are left with Tom Savage as their starting quarterback. So they will need to add another signal caller. Mahomes is an excellent athlete with a cannon for an arm but he is far from ready to play right now. It will be interesting to see what Bill O’Brien does.
26.Seattle Seahawks: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
This has been a long time coming. The Seahawks have neglected to address their offensive line and QB Russell Wilson paid the price for it last season. Cam Robinson would be an excellent pick here. He is 6-foot-six and 322 pounds with pretty good athleticism. He is not an elite pass protector but what he can’t do in the passing game he makes up with in the running game.
27.Kansas City Chiefs: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Of all the teams the Chiefs may be in the best position to select the QB. It is not an imminent need but it would be perfect timing to find a successor for Alex Smith. Smith will be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2018 season. Which will allow Mitchell Trubisky to develop.
28.Dallas Cowboys: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
With the departure of Morris Claiborne, the Cowboys have a glaring need at cornerback. Adoree’ Jackson out of USC would be an excellent fit here. He is fast and very athletic. Plus, Jackson can be a dangerous return man despite his size (5’11).
29.Green Bay Packers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
With Clay Matthews on the wrong side of 30–years-old, Green Bay should start to look at finding his eventual replacement. T.J. Watt would fit the bill. He is 6-foot-four, 255 pounds and he ran a sub 4.7 40-time. He possess all the traits you want in an edge rusher and the pedigree to come with it. During his junior year at Wisconsin, Watt recorded 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss.
30.Pittsburgh Steelers: Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
The Steelers need an eventual successor to the ageless James Harrison. He is 38-years-old and he probably won’t be around much longer. Thus, Williams gest to become a successor, and he puts 2015 first round pick Bud Dupree on notice. Dupree has been inconsistent since being drafted.
31.Atlanta Falcons: OL Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
The Falcons are one of the few teams that don’t have any glaring needs, so they hould pursue the best player available. Lamp would add depth to this team and he should compete for the starting right guard position vacated by Chris Chester.
32.New Orleans Saints: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Peppers is listed as a safety but he played a hybrid role at Michigan under Jim Harbaugh. With cap situations in the NFL, I think Sean Payton would really covet Peppers’ freakish athleticism and versatility.
Ultimately, we will finally find out what players teams will officially select when the 2017 NFL Draft begins on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EST. In the meantime, let us know what you think about our second Mock Draft via Twitter.
Editor’s note: Pete D. Camarillo wrote picks 1-16 and the intro. Daiki Sato wrote picks 17-32.*
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