2017 NFL Mock Draft
Last Updated: April 26, 2017 (11:36 p.m. CDT)
Lou Pickney, DraftKing.com
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2017 NFL Mock Draft
1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M (6'5" 260) *
This one went down to the wire between Garrett and North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky. I ultimately stuck with Garrett, in no small part because of the several reported talks Cleveland had with teams in trying to trade up from #12.
It's reasonable to think Trubisky might be on the board at #5 or #6. But there is no way, absent some draft night dirty tricks, Garrett is going to slide like that. And, if you believe what the Browns say, they've known for weeks whom they plan to draft at #1 overall.
2. San Francisco 49ers - Jamal Adams, SS, LSU (6'0" 210) *
New GM John Lynch has kept his proverbial cards close to his vest, and this projection was very difficult to reach. I had Stanford DL Soloman Thomas penciled in for much of draft season, but particularly when considering how the 49ers' new defensive scheme is predicated on having a top-level safety.
Late word ahead of my Wednesday midnight CDT deadline backed up that line of thought, but nothing about this draft process has been easy. No locks in 2017.
3. Chicago Bears - Soloman Thomas, DL, Stanford (6'3" 275) *
With injury questions plauging Alabama DL Jonathan Allen, Thomas goes into draft night as the top defensive lineman not named Myles Garrett, at least on most boards I've seen.
The Bears could go with a cornerback or a safety here, but Thomas would instantly upgrade Chicago's pass rushing. And, for a staff that faces an unspoken "win now or you're out" ultimatum for 2017, it makes sense to add a high-end prospect who can help out right away.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU (6'1" 230) *
Fournette is a special player, a running back who has been NFL ready for quite some time. And for those of you inclined to whine about Fournette opting out of LSU's glorified postseason exhibition game (which is what non-playoff bowl games are) after this past season, go back and watch Jaylon Smith's knee injury in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl on a loop and get back with me.
Jacksonville is a team that has systematically built up some great talent on defense. But their running game has been pedestrian at best for quite some time, and Fournette would be a huge problem-solver for the Jags in that regard.
5. Tennessee Titans (from L.A. Rams) - Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina (6'3" 210) *
I don't project trades on here; the mock draft process is challenging enough without that. But clearly there is an expectation that a team, possibly the Browns, will trade up to get Trubisky -- and waiting for the Jets at #6 might be too risky.
But I fully expect the Browns to trade up, and Trubisky going off the board at #5 seems as likely as anything.
6. New York Jets - Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St. (6'1" 190) *
This is a rebuilding season for the Jets. I don't anticipate them targeting a quarterback here, but it's difficult to pin down a specific need with so many veterans hitting the bricks. Lattimore makes sense for the Jets, but so do several other players.
In short: the Jets have plenty of options here.
7. Los Angeles Chargers - Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama (6'3" 295)
My instinct had been to imagine the Chargers would take one of the two safeties between Adams and Ohio State's Malik Hooker here. But Allen is an elite defensive lineman who is adept at reaching the quarterback, and this might actually serve as a value pick for the Chargers.
8. Carolina Panthers - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford (5'11" 200) *
Carolina's reported interest in McCaffrey was either the worst-kept secret in the 2017 draft process... or a remarkably effective misdirection. I'm going with the former.
9. Cincinnati Bengals - Derek Barnett, DE/OLB, Tennessee (6'3" 255) *
Barnett broke Reggie White's career sack record at the University of Tennessee. I've known about Barnett since calling one of his Brentwood Academy games in Nashville in 2011, and it has been great to see him develop into a top-level defensive player.
More explanations later...
10. Buffalo Bills - O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (6'4" 255)
11. New Orleans Saints - Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio St. (6'1" 205) *
12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia) - Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (6'1" 195) *
13. Arizona Cardinals - Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama (6'1" 240)
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota) - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (6'3" 220) *
15. Indianapolis Colts - Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple (6'1" 235)
16. Baltimore Ravens - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (6'3" 215)
17. Washington Redskins - Adoree Jackson, CB, Southern Cal (5'11" 185) *
18. Tennessee Titans - John Ross, WR, Washington (5'11" 190) *
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut (6'4" 225)
20. Denver Broncos - Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin (6'6" 315) *
21. Detroit Lions - Taco Charlton, DE/OLB, Michigan (6'6" 275)
22. Miami Dolphins - Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri (6'3" 255) *
23. New York Giants - David Njoku, TE, Miami (6'4" 245) *
24. Oakland Raiders - Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama (6'5" 325) *
25. Houston Texans - Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech (6'2" 225) *
26. Seattle Seahawks - Garett Bolles, OT, Utah (6'5" 295) *
27. Kansas City Chiefs - Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky (6'4" 310)
28. Dallas Cowboys - Kevin King, CB, Washington (6'3" 200)
29. Green Bay Packers - T.J. Watt, DE/OLB, Wisconsin (6'4" 250) *
30. Pittsburgh Steelers - Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (6'2" 210) *
31. Atlanta Falcons - Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA (6'2" 250)
32. New Orleans Saints (from New England) - Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado (6'0" 200)
* indicates player with NCAA eligibility for 2017 who opted to leave school early for the 2017 NFL Draft