2017 NFL Mock Draft
* Last updated: December 13
* Will not project trades
* Picks are made based on what I think each team SHOULD DO, not what I think will actually happen
1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
The Browns look primed to pick first in the 2017 NFL Draft, as they are still the only winless team in the NFL. Given the state of their roster, they should have a “best player available” mindset going into this draft, and it is widely accepted that Myles Garrett is the top talent in this class. Luckily for them this also fits a position of needs, as they are currently have the fewest sacks in the league.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The 49ers’ QB room includes Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, and Christian Ponder, none of which should create much excitement for that fan base, and Kaepernick is a liability both on and off the field. Trubisky has gained some momentum down the stretch this season, and has many people saying he is now the top QB in the class.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Malik Jackson as been decent since coming over from Denver, but the Jags at least need to find someone to pair with him on the inside of that d-line. They have some exciting young talent on the edge, but the interior is a bit more of a question mark. Allen is very productive against the run and the pass, and uses his impressive quickness to break up plays in the backfield.
4. Chicago Bears – DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
It seems to be time that the Bears finally move on from Cutler, and while he still may be on the roster next season, it would likely just be to stand in until a new rookie QB is ready to take the field. Kizer has a big arm and a lot of upside, and could really be a special player at the next level if developed properly.
5. New York Jets – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSUYes, the Jets obviously need to find a quarterback, but they have two young ones in Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty that they may want to see how they develop. A solid run game can go a long way to help a young quarterback, and they don’t come much better than Fournette.
6. Tennessee Titans – Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Titans offense has shown some improvement, but the back end of their defense is still a work in progress. Wilson is still very young, but has shown some incredible natural ability and has a lot of upside.
7. Carolina Panthers – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Panthers’ pass defense has been very bad this year, and they could use some help at both corner and safety. Malik Hooker has been a pick-six specialist this year, and has shown a lot of potential and upside throughout his breakout season.
8. San Diego Chargers – Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Chargers have struggled against the pass this year, and they should really look to add some talent to the back end of their defense here. Jamal Adams is a ballhawk and shows impressive awareness and playmaking ability, and would be a steal at this point in the draft.
9. New Orleans Saints – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Saints’ defense has not been good this season, so adding the best defensive player available would make sense here. A talent like Foster is just too good to pass up at this spot, as he shows prototypical size for the position with good speed and tremendous playmaking ability.
10. Cleveland Browns – Deshaun Watson, QB, ClemsonThe Browns have to eventually find out who their quarterback is. And while the coaching staff showed some confidence in Kessler earlier in the season, it seemed to fade a bit later on. Yes, RG3 could always come back from injury and play well, but we’ll call that plan B. Watson has all kinds of ability, and some will argue he is still the best QB in this class.
11. Arizona Cardinals – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
The Cards need some help across from Patrick Peterson. That much is clear. Gareon Conley is a natural playmaker with impressive fluidity and instincts, and could come in and contribute right away.
12. Cincinnati Bengals – Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
The Bengals have struggled a bit on defense this year, and have failed to generate much of a pass rush outside of Carlos Dunlap. Tim Williams is lightning quick off the edge and has been very productive during his time at Alabama.
13. Buffalo Bills – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Buffalo currently leads the league in rushing yards, but they are also last in the league in passing yards, so adding some legitimate weapons on the outside to compliment Sammy Watkins should be a no brainer. Williams is the top wideout in this class, and it would be very interesting to pair him with his fellow Clemson Tiger on the outside.
14. Indianapolis Colts – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Frank Gore is getting older and likely won’t be around much longer. That leaves Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman as the Colts RBs, which won’t excite too many of the fans in Indy. Cook is a special talent that should help improve that offense right away.
15. Tennessee Titans – John Ross III, WR, Washington
Marcus Mariota has played well this season, and personally I think he will be the Titans’ quarterback of the future, so why not give him some weapons to catch the ball? John Ross is the definition of a playmaker, and simply saying that he’s fast is an understatement.
16. Baltimore Ravens – Derek Barnett, EDGE, TennesseeTerrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil are both well into their 30s, and the Ravens have already struggled at times to get to the quarterback this season. Adding a talented pass rusher to help get after the quarterback could really help this defense, and Derek Barnett can do just that.