It seems silly to say after 1,080+ film grade this season that I still don’t feel comfortable doing a mock draft, but alas I still have more prospects to watch. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t put out my early thoughts on how I believe the first-round of the 2017 NFL draft should play out.
But be forewarned that this isn’t a prediction mock. I’m not in the business of predicting where players will be drafted.
I’m in the business of what these players will actually be in the NFL. And I tend to lean combining talent with need when it comes to mocks.
So let’s get to the selections.
Cleveland Browns Select: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The Browns need a quarterback. Trubisky is the most naturally gifted pocket passer in the class.
San Francisco 49ers Select: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
There are a lot of needs on this 49ers team. But the best pass rusher in the 2017 class is a good start in filling those needs.
Jacksonville Jaguars Select: Jabrill Peppers, LB/DS, Michigan
Peppers might be able to teach how to tackle guys in space and be instinctive to Jack.
Chicago Bears Select: Malik Hooker, DS, Ohio State
The biggest problems are on defense. And Hooker is a special talent.
New York Jets Select: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
One of the most consistent and accurate quarterbacks in this class.
Tennessee Titans Select: Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
Oh sweet baby Jesus…
Carolina Panthers Select: Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan
Cam will enjoy a little more protection.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Jameis Winston: Reunited and it feels so good.
Cincinnati Bengals Select: Pat Elflein, OC/OG
Bodine will get some competition…just kidding Elflein will run away with the spot in minicamps.
Tennessee Titans “Again” Select: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
Secondary help is a must for the Titans.
Indianapolis Colts Select: Soloman Thomas, DE/DT, Stanford
Colts can enjoy some much needed defensive line impact.
Buffalo Bills Select: Jamal Adams, DS, LSU
Safety is always a crucial part of a Rex Ryan defense.
San Diego Chargers Select: Brian O’Neill, OT/OG, Pittsburgh
Offensive line help and versatility is a need for the Chargers going forward.
Baltimore Ravens Select: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The RB carousel is finally over.
Miami Dolphins Select: Brian Allen, OG, Michigan State
He’s bigger and better than his brother from last year.
Cleveland Browns “Again” Select: Nate Gerry, DS, Nebraska
Gerry is savage as !@#$
New Orleans Saints Select: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Saints caught them a Marlon here.
Green Bay Packers Select: Corn Elder, CB Miami
Yes his name is real and he’s spectacular.
Pittsburgh Steelers Select: Quentin Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
I don’t know if he can do a Half Nelson or Full Nelson, but the Steelers will find out.
Detroit Lions Select: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Seems the Lions are having a bit of trouble penciling down their RB position.
Washington Redskins Select: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
You like that?
Philadelphia Eagles Select: John Ross, WR, Washington
Has a injury history, but tape shows a dynamic deep threat.
New York Giants Select: Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
High octane penetrator with a flair for the big play.
Houston Texans Select: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Perfect landing spot for Kizer to develop.
Denver Broncos Select: Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin
Offensive line help is coming with one of the more underrated tackles in this class.
Atlanta Falcons Select: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Falcons have had some success taking Washington corners late.
Seattle Seahawks Select: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Taking a break from the small quick types might be beneficial to their passing offense long-term.
Kansas City Chiefs Select: Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
He’s exactly the type of WR Andy Reid covets.
Oakland Raiders Select: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
There is a bit of a McKenzie connection here with Reggie’s son playing with Barnett.
Dallas Cowboys Select: Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
A bit of immaturity and rawness may drop him here, but the Cowboys take chances on pass rushers like him often.
New England Patriots Select: Obi Meifonwu, DS, Connecticut
Perfect addition to the Patriots’ system.