The 2017 NFL Draft begins on April 28, but teams are already prepared for the spectacle. Most of the marquee free agents have already been signed to fill roster voids. Plus, most Draft prospects have completed their Pro Days and Combines.
Therefore, many of the potential first round draft picks are becoming more predictable as we approach the draft. Obviously, many things can change over the next few weeks. Teams still have the opportunity to analyze players more via additional film studies, private workouts and interviews.
Nonetheless, here is a Mock Draft that breaks down each pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
1.Cleveland Browns: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
A pass-rusher is not the biggest need for the Browns but it is hard to pass up Myles Garrett. He is the top prospect in the draft and he would make an instant impact on a defense that was ranked 30th in sacks.
2.San Francisco 49ers: DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford
The 49ers are in a similar situation as the Browns they should take the best player available. It’ll be a nice addition to already young talented defensive line that features Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Earl Mitchell.
3.Chicago Bears: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Jonathan Allen is no doubt the better prospect with the third pick but I have mauled with the Bears taking a top end corner like Marshon Lattimore here. But the Bears face Aaron Rodgers and could use a versatile defensive lineman like Allen. He is stout against the run and an underrated interior pass-rusher.
4.Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
This is an intriguing pick here. The Jags have uber talented T.J. Yeldon that they drafted in 2015 out of Alabama and they alsosigned Chris Ivory last offseason. Both players have been a disappointment thus far, so it may be tough to pass up a player of Fournette’s caliber.
5.Tennessee Titans: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
Two reasons why I have Marshon Lattimore going to the Titans. One, he is arguably the best corner in this draft. Two, CB Jason McCourty is entering the final year of his contract and is turning 30-years-old at the beginning of the season. Those two factors don’t bode well for McCourty’s job security.
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: Safety Jamal Adams, LSU
Since the departure of Eric Weddle, the Chargers have been missing a stud safety and this could be the guy for them. Jamal Adams is a do it all safety. Adams can play the field, come up in the box and he hits like a train. I think he is better fit for the Chargers over Malik Hooker for two reasons. One, he fits the mode of all defensive coaches under Pete Carroll, Kam Chancellor or Falcons’ Keanu Neal. Remember, L.A. just added Gus Bradley, former Jaguars head coach and Seattle defensive coordinator, to be their lead defensive man.
8.Carolina Panthers: CB Tre’Davious White, LSU
After going to the Super Bowl in 2016, the Panthers went from first to last in their division. It proved that the loss of Josh Norman had a huge impact. This is the best way to right the ship by adding a stud corner like Tre’Davious White. He is a quick athletic corner that excels in man-to-man coverage.
9.Cincinnati Bengals: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
The Bengals just released eight-year veteran Rey Maualuga. So there is spot free for a linebacker Reuben Foster. He is a gritty fierce linebacker that embodies the physicality needed to compete in the AFC North. He is stout against the run and quick enough play in coverage.
10.Buffalo Bills: WR Mike Williams, Clemson
After losing Robert Woods to the Rams, the Bills need a wide receiver to pair with Sammy Watkins. Inseert Mike Williams. He is the best wide receiver in this draft and has the big frame to bully defensive backs.
11.New Orleans Saints: LB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
The Saints could use a versatile athletic freak like Jabrill Peppers on their defense. His undefined position could cause him to slide on the draft board, but in his versatility would be a great benefit to the Saints. He can line up at corner or become a third safety in sub-packages. If all goes well I think he can be Micah Hyde type player.
12.Cleveland Browns: TE O.J. Howard, Alabama
The Browns are going to take best player available here. They could take a quarterback like Mitchell Trubisky here but I think the O.J. Howard’s talent is too great to pass up. He will give the Browns’ a real offensive weapon to get an accurate look at Cody Kessler.
13.Arizona Cardinals: LB Haason Reddick, Temple
Haason Reddick is not a huge need for the Cardinals but you can’t ignore his tremendous skill set. A team can never have too many pass-rushers in a pass happy league.
14.Philadelphia Eagles: CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State
Pro Football Focus ranked the Eagles as the No. 1 worst secondary last season. The corners played terrible, so they are in need of a major upgrade. The Eagles need to find a guy who can slow down Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and they may have found their man in Gareon Conley. Gareon Conley has the ideal size (6’1) and speed (4.44) to be an elite corner in the NFL.
15.Indianapolis Colts: DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
The Colts recently released Arthur Jones which was a long time coming. With that vacancy, they should draft Derek Barnett as he is arguably the most polished player in the draft. He does not have the quickness of some of the other players in the draft but he makes it up with his awareness and superior use of hands.
16.Baltimore Ravens: WR John Ross, Washington
After Steve Smith Sr. announced his retirement, the Ravens had a huge hole at wide receiver. They have guys like Mike Wallace and Breshard Perriman but Perriman can’t stay healthy and hasn’t shown consistency when available. Also, Wallace is 31 and he wasn’t an elite receiver to begin with. Hence, the logical choice is John Ross. He ran a blazing fast 4.22 and he could become a home-run guy. He would pair very well with a quarterback like Joe Flacco. This is match made in heaven.
17.Washington: RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
Washington is never afraid to make a big splash, and drafting Mixon could be that next big splash. Mixon proved his first round athleticism via his Pro Day. The former Oklahoma Sooner ran a 4.45 40-yard dash that would have made him the third fastest runner at the Combine. This would be a steal if it wasn’t for Mixon’s 2014 off-field incident. However, he has been upfront about this incident which means a team will take a chance on him.
18.Tennessee Titans: WR Corey Davis, Central Michigan
Tennessee added some defensive talent with their first selection. This sets up the offense as the biggest need. Davis had a foot injury that has basically shut him down during the pre-draft process. Regardless, many considered him the top receiver in this class. He’s the big-bodied guy that NFL teams want.
19.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Dalvin Cook, FSU
Tampa Bay needs a running back with Doug Martin’s status and production in the air. Therefore, it makes sense that Cook will continue playing in the state of Florida. Cook leaves much more to be desired, in terms of pure athleticism due to poor combine tests. Either way, he is a fit next to another Seminole great like Jameis Winston.
20.Denver Broncos: OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
Is Ramczyk the kind of zone blocker that the Broncos prefer at tackle? It remains to be seen. However, Ramczyk is probably the best tackle in this draft class. Denver has a grand need at the position, so they take Ramczyk with hopes to convert him into a franchise tackle.
21.Detroit Lions: DT Malik McDowell, MSU
McDowell has the type of athleticism to play on the inside or outside of an NFL defense. He is probably best as a pass rushing interior defensive lineman. The Lions need some added pass rush and youth in the middle of their defense.
22.Miami Dolphins: CB Kevin King, Washington
King brings the blend of production and size that the Dolphins need at the corner position. He did well in the vertical and 40-yard dash at the Combine, which puts him above other corners in this class. Not to mention, King has experience playing safety and corner. He could have an immediate impact as a starter on the outside or in the nickel.
23.New York Giants: OT Cam Robinson, Alabama
The Giants have built a good roster on both sides of the ball, but protecting Eli Manning with pass pro and a running game are the priority this offseason. Manning is not getting any younger, so they must give home more protection. Robinson can protect the quarterback and open some running lanes. Granted, this might be a little high to pick Robinson, due to questionable finishes of blocks. However, tackle is always a premium position.
24.Oakland Raiders: LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
Cunningham is one of the most ready players in the draft. There are questions about his speed and strength, but he has the frame and production to translate into a good pro. Cunningham is not an ideal fit for the Raiders’ scheme, but he is a fast and smart player that helps the Raiders build their defensive culture.
25.Houston Texans: QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Watson would be an actual steal for the Texans. Houston employes the infamously bad Brock Osweiler and the developing Tom Savage at quarterback. Watson is a mobile quarterback with good arm talent. More importantly, he plays big in big time games. Watson could help the Texans get to the next step.
26.Seattle Seahawks: OT Garrett Bolles, Utah
Seattle’s running game was bound to take a step back without Marshawn Lynch in 2016. That was made worse by the Seahawks allowing Russell Okung to walk via Free Agency too. They also started young players at both guard positions. Seattle still needs a lot of help in that offensive line unit. Bolles could play guard or tackle, and he is a beast of an athlete.
27.Kansas City Chiefs: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
The Chiefs could utilize McCaffrey as a runner and pass catcher. They have a need for a workhorse back since the team has moved on from Jamaal Charles. Yes, they have capable backs at the position, but McCaffrey is too talented to pass up. He has the production and measurable s that teams desire at the running back position.
28.Dallas Cowboys: CB Quincy Wilson, Florida
Dallas has been plagued by injuries at this position, over the past two seasons. The Cowboys also lost Morris Claiborne in free agency. Thus, WIlson can step in and compete for a starting position. Wilson has the measurables and production needed to be a starting corner in the NFL.
29.Green Bay Packers: LB Tim Williams, Alabama
Green Bay needs some added pass rush in their lineup. Julius Peppers is gone and Clay Matthews can not play forever. Williams is a proven rusher with big game experience. He is a great scheme fit and a steal for the Packers.
30.Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
The Steelers have always had a slew of linebackers. Lawrence Timmons bounced via free agency, so there is a void left at inside backer. Davis is more of a sideline to sideline backer, but that did not stop Ryan Shazier from having an impact with the Steelers. The same could be said of Davis. He could develop into a nice piece next to Shazier.
31.Atlanta Falcons: OL Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
The Falcons’ biggest weakness is on the offensive line. Lamp could play tackle or guard in the NFL. He is the best offensive lineman available, so the Falcons gladly take him.
32.New Orleans Saints: CB Adoree Jackson, USC
Jackson has the speed and college pedigree to warrant a first round selection. Jackson also brings added value as a returner for the Saints. More importantly, he could develop into a good man corner in the NFL.
Ultimately, none of these picks will be final until the 2017 NFL Draft begins on April 28th. In the meantime, let us know what you think about our first round Mock Draft via Twitter.
Editor’s note: Pete D. Camarillo wrote picks 17-32 and the intro. Daiki Sato wrote picks 1-16.*
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