January 18th, 2017 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 20:52

1) Cleveland Browns: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A & M- The Browns need a quarterback, but none are worth the top overall pick.  A toothless Browns’ defense adds a major talent. Garrett could be the best player in the draft and will be a dominant pass rusher.  He is no Courtney Brown and becomes a cornerstone player for Cleveland.


2) San Francisco 49ers: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame- The 49ers have a tradition of excellence at the quarterback position.  Kizer has the size, arm strength, mobility and ability to read defenses to be a franchise quarterback.  San Francisco begins the long road back by selecting a talented young quarterback with a lot of upside to build around.


3) Chicago Bears: QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina- The Jay Cutler era is over and the Bears need a good quarterback to win big.  Matt Barkley is really a backup and lacks the size and arm strength to be the answer for Chicago.  Trubisky is just a one-year starter, but he has the talent to be a long-term starter.


4) Jacksonville Jaguars: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama-Allen is simply too good to pass up.  Jacksonville has other needs, but Allen is so versatile that the Jags can move him all over the defensive line in search of a favorable match-up.  Tom Coughlin knows the value of having a top defensive line from his days with the Giants.


5) Tennessee Titans: CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama- The Titans pass defense is lacking and adding an impact cover cornerback makes sense.  Humphrey’s size and length helps him match-up against big receivers.


6) New York Jets: OLB Derek Barnett, Tennessee- The Jets need a lot and have been searching for a top edge rusher for a long time.  Barnett and Leonard Williams will form quite a disruptive duo.


7) San Diego Chargers: S Jamal Adams, LSU: San Diego replaces Eric Weddle with the latest top defensive back prospect from LSU.


8) Carolina Panthers: RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State- Jonathan Stewart is 29 and on the downside of his career.  Cook is a dynamic back and excels at catching the ball out of the backfield.  A playmaker joins Cam Newton in the backfield.


9) Cincinnati Bengals: S Jabrill Peppers, Michigan- The Bengals are getting old in the secondary.  Peppers’ ability to return punts gives Cincinnati a boost, as well.


10) Buffalo Bills: WR Mike Williams, Clemson- Sammy Watkins is hurt a lot and Williams looks like Mike Evans.


11) New Orleans Saints: S Malik Hooker, Ohio State- Jairus Byrd was a disappointment and Hooker displays the instincts and ball skills to be a star.  Hooker produces turnovers, which is something the Saints need on defense.


12) Cleveland Browns: DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford- the Browns have transformed themselves into a good defense with a nasty front seven.  Cleveland starts to establish themselves in the rugged AFC North by building a solid foundation on defense.


13) Arizona Cardinals: QB DeShaun Watson, Clemson- Carson Palmer is in the twilight of his career and does not handle pressure well.  Watson can make all of the throws, is mobile and has terrific intangibles.  Bruce Arians has a good offensive mind to tailor his offense to Watson’s strengths. Palmer can act as a bridge to Watson as the former Tiger learns the pro game.


14) Indianapolis Colts: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU- this is what the Colts had in mind when they traded for Trent Richardson.  Fournette has the size, power, speed and vision to be a bell-cow back in the NFL and take some of the load off of Andrew Luck.


15) Philadelphia Eagles: CB Teez Tabor, Florida- Philly’s corners were beaten a lot last year.  Tabor immediately helps them defend Odell Beckham, Jr. and Dez Bryant.


16) Baltimore Ravens: DE/OLB Tim Williams, Alabama- Terrell Suggs isn’t getting any younger.  Williams can be Baltimore’s next quality pass rusher.


17) Washington Redskins: ILB Reuben Foster, Alabama- The Redskins get lucky that one of the draft’s top prospects slips due to inside linebackers are not as coveted as other positions.


18) Tennessee Titans: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan- Davis has a chance to be Marcus Mariota’s number one target.


19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State- The Bucs continue to build their defense with the talented McDowell.


20) Denver Broncos: OT Cam Robinson, Alabama- Russell Okung has seen better days and Robinson has the tools to develop into a fine left tackle.


21) Detroit Lions: LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt- Detroit has DeAndre Levy at linebacker and not much else.  Cunningham would be a welcome addition.


22) Miami Dolphins: TE O.J. Howard, Alabama- Adam Gase is an offensive coach and Howard could be the stretch-the-seam tight end that takes his offense to the next level.


23) New York Giants: OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin- Erick Flowers is not a left tackle and the Giants have to give Eli Manning time to throw downfield.  Flowers will move inside or to right tackle and improve the team’s run blocking.


24) Oakland Raiders: LB Raekwon McMillian, Ohio State- Teams could run on the Raiders and McMillian is a solid tackler.


25) Houston Texans: OT Garrett Bolles, Utah- The Texans are weak at offensive tackle and have a lot invested in Brock Osweiler.  Houston opts to help their young quarterback out by improving the offensive line.


26) Seattle Seahawks: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State- DeShawn Shead tore an ACL in the Atlanta playoff game.  The Legion of Boom gets a much needed talent infusion.


27) Kansas City Chiefs: LB Jarrad Davis, Florida- Derrick Johnson had knee surgery and is 34.  Davis is Kansas City’s future at inside linebacker.


28) Dallas Cowboys: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan- The lack of pass rush proved to be fatal against Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs.  Charlton has the size and length that Dallas is looking for at defensive end.


29) Green Bay Packers: CB Quincy Wilson, Florida- the Pack’s cornerback situation was a liability late in the season.  Green Bay needs more talent and depth in the secondary.  Wilson provides both.


30) Pittsburgh Steelers: DE/OLB- DeMarcus Walker, Florida State- The Steelers are looking for another edge rusher and like Walker’s size and speed.


31) Atlanta Falcons: CB Sidney Jones, Washington- The Falcons must improve their pass defense and Jones is a fine cover corner.


32) New England Patriots: DE/OLB Takkarist McKinley, UCLA- The Patriots pass rush could use a player with a major burst.  McKinley can fly off the edge and would be very dangerous in New England’s defensive scheme.












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