March 23rd, 2017 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 13:18

1) Cleveland Browns: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A & M- The Browns need a quarterback, but none are worth the top overall pick.  The number one pick should be a great athlete, have outstanding production in college and be clean off the field.  Garrett has all those qualities and is worthy of this selection.  The former Aggie could be another Bruce Smith.


2) San Francisco 49ers: QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina- Kyle Shanahan has the job security to be patient with Trubisky and sit him during his rookie year.  The new 49er head coach knows he needs to find his Matt Ryan to win big.  Trubisky is just a one-year starter, which is less than ideal.  However, he has an accurate NFL arm and can buy time with his mobility.  Brian Hoyer can be the stop-gap veteran quarterback until the North Carolina product is ready to play.


3) Chicago Bears: S Jamal Adams, LSU- Mike Glennon will get his shot to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.  This hopefully takes care of the team’s top need.  Adams is a physical safety with pass defense skills.  Chicago will find cornerback help later in a deep draft for corners.  A dynamic safety is hard to find and Adams can be one.


4) Jacksonville Jaguars: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama-Tom Coughlin beat the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl with major help from a deep and talented defensive line.  Jonathan Allen is big, athletic and versatile.  He can play defensive tackle or end and be a version of Justin Tuck for the Jags.  Tight end and running back help will come later.


5) Tennessee Titans: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State- The Titans added Logan Ryan in free agency, but the upgrading of their secondary continues.  Lattimore is really talented and so young.  He has terrific upside and could develop into a quality number one cornerback.


6) New York Jets: S Malik Hooker, Ohio State- The Jets are in total rebuild mode.  Hooker can be the quarterback of the Jets’ secondary.  He’s a really instinctive, athletic ball-hawk that would be a welcome addition to New York’s defense.


7) Los Angeles Chargers: WR Mike Williams, Clemson- Keenan Allen’s ability to stay healthy is a question mark.  Williams has the skills to be a number one receiver for Phillip Rivers.  The Chargers’ field general is going to love Williams’ ability to come down with contested passes.


8) Carolina Panthers: DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford- Kony Ealy was traded to New England.  Julius Peppers is very near the end of his career.  Charles Johnson is 30 and on the downside of his career. Thomas plays with leverage, heavy hands and has a rare motor.  Carolina passes on Leonard Fournette and drafts a running back later in the draft.


9) Cincinnati Bengals: DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee- Michael Johnson has been disappointing for the Bengals.  Cincinnati’s defensive line was not as productive last season.  Derek Barnett is underrated.  He is an excellent pass rusher who uses technique, instincts and hustle to get after quarterbacks.


10) Buffalo Bills: TE O.J. Howard, Alabama- Buffalo is bringing back Tyrod Taylor.  He could use an excellent tight end to throw to.   Howard also can block and will fit right in with the Bills commitment to running the football.


11) New Orleans Saints: RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State- The Saints have many defensive needs, but Cook could be spectacular in the Saints’ offense.  Cook helps balance the team’s offense. The former Seminole gives Drew Brees a matchup problem for linebackers in the passing game.


12) Cleveland Browns: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan- Davis has the size, hands, and route-running ability to be a team’s lead receiver.  Kenny Britt is more of a complementary receiver.  Corey Coleman provides speed, but Davis could be that big go-to receiver that Cleveland lacks.


13) Arizona Cardinals: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame- Carson Palmer is 37 and is near the end of his career.  Bruce Arians likes to throw the ball down the field.  Kizer has a strong arm and the size to hang in the pocket.  The former Notre Dame quarterback is raw and could have used another year in college.  However, Arizona is a good spot for him.  He can learn from Palmer and Arians has a terrific offensive mind.


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. Frank Gore is 33 and can be a mentor for the talented young back.


15) Philadelphia Eagles: CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama- The cornerback position is a major area of need for the Eagles.  Humphrey has the size and length to battle some big NFC East receivers.


16) Baltimore Ravens: WR John Ross, Washington- the Ravens need a spark at the wide receiver position.  Steve Smith retired, Breshad Perriman is inconsistent and Mike Wallace is fast, but just okay.  Ross has great speed, but also is a fine route-runner.  Joe Flacco has the arm strength to get the ball to Ross downfield.


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.  Foster will help the Redskins defend the run.


18) Tennessee Titans: TE David Njoku, Miami- Delanie Walker is 32.  Njoku is like a big wide receiver.  He is an explosive athlete that can stretch the seam and add a big play element to further help Marcus Mariota.


19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford- Doug Martin is 28 and has a history of injuries.  He also has a strike against him for taking PED’s.  McCaffrey is not built to handle 20-25 carries a game.  However, 15 carries a game plus his ability to catch the football makes him a weapon.  Jameis Winston is going to like having McCaffrey as a reliable checkdown.


20) Denver Broncos: OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin- the rebuilding of Denver’s offensive line is John Elway’s top priority.  The Broncos struggled to run the ball and Ramczyk will help the team open some holes.


21) Detroit Lions: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan- Ziggy Ansah gets a bookend partner.  The Lions need to improve their defensive line.  Charlton can defend the run and has the length and athleticism to keep improving as a pass rusher.


22) Miami Dolphins: CB Teez Tabor, Florida- Marcus Peters slipped in the draft in 2015 and the Chiefs got a bargain late in the 1st round.  Tabor has excellent ball skills and can play inside or out.  His disappointing 40-time at the combine enables Miami to select a playmaker.


23) New York Giants: DE Charles Harris, Missouri- JPP and Olivia Vernon played way too many snaps last season.  Jerry Reese believes in a deep defensive line that can dominate.  Harris has excellent pass rush skills and a motor that does not quit.  Big Blue adds a tight end, offensive tackle and running back later in the draft.


24) Oakland Raiders: LB Raekwon McMillian, Ohio State- the Raiders need to shore up the middle of their defense.  McMillian has excellent range and can help in run defense.


25) Houston Texans: QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech- Houston was decisive and owned up to the Brock Osweiler mistake.  It remains to be seen whether Tony Romo lands here.  However, Romo is really a one-year rental.  Mahomes is talented, but will face a stiff learning curve.  The Texans have no long-term answer at quarterback and take a chance on Mahomes.


26) Seattle Seahawks: - OT Garett Bolles, Utah- Seattle’s offensive line was a big problem last season.  Pete Carroll believes in competition and adds Bolles to the mix as a possible left tackle candidate.  Bolles has good feet and balance.  His nasty disposition will endear him to Tom Cable.


27) Kansas City Chiefs: QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson- Alex Smith is 32 and has not been able to take the Chiefs over the top.  Watson can sit behind Smith for a season or two and really be prepared to play.  Andy Reid is good at developing quarterbacks.


28) Dallas Cowboys: CB Adoree Jackson, USC- Dallas lost both Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne in free agency.  The cornerback position is a huge need now.  Jackson is a fantastic athlete with tremendous upside as a cornerback.  The Jim Thorpe Award winner makes plays on the ball and is a big threat on kick returns to score.


29) Green Bay Packers: S Jabrill Peppers, Michigan- Peppers is a great athlete who can cover, tackle and blitz.  His ability to return punts is also a big plus.  Ted Thompson may envision another Leroy Butler with this pick.


30) Pittsburgh Steelers: DE/OLB- Takkarist McKinley, UCLA- James Harrison is 39 and can play will in spurts.  A long-term answer to complement Bud Dupree has to be found.  McKinley has that 1st-step quickness that all good pass rushers possess.


31) Atlanta Falcons: CB Tre’Davious White, LSU- Atlanta has to go against Drew Brees, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton six times a season.  They had better have a deep and talented group of cornerbacks.  White is another talented defensive back from LSU.  The finalist for the Jim Thorpe award is mature and should be able to contribute early for the Falcons.


32) New Orleans Saints: LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt- Cunningham is instinctive, athletic, productive and smart.  He will help the Saints on defense.












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