2017 NFL Mock Draft: 5 Rounds Deep

With the college football season wrapped up, we go 5 rounds deep in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft.

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It’s getting closer to the time for Roger to start rattling off the names!

The college season is over and we’re officially moving onto draft season. Postseason all-star games, the NFL Combine and underclassman early entries are all in full swing. College bowl season saw future pros separate themselves from the pack. To cap off the college season, Clemson, led by quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Mike Williams took down Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen and the loaded Alabama defense.

As the NFL playoffs move forward and draft slots are being finalized, you have to wonder how these college stars and others have impacted their draft stock. So, we’ve projected just how the 2017 NFL Draft may play out. This will be our final 5 rounder before we extend to a full 7 rounds, following the combine.

So, here we go. Enjoy it! I can already hear the “Your terrible!” and “There not gonna pick that guy!” comments burning up my inbox.


ROUND ONE


1              Cleveland Browns-Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

The Browns have so many holes on that roster that it’s hard to see them taking anyone other than the best player on the board. And right now, that is Myles Garrett, definitely not one of the quarterbacks. Garrett will add an element of athleticism to this defense that is sorely needed.


2              San Francisco 49ers-DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

 Whoever is named the new coach in San Francisco will want to draft his own  quarterback –it’s not like there’s much of a choice. DeShone Kizer has all the physical tools you look for in a QB. His lack of experience and raw mechanics will take time to season, however.


3              Chicago Bears-Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Replacing Jay Cutler is a primary need this off-season in Chicago. Fresh off of a stellar performance in the National Championship Game, Watson, has shown that he’s at his best on the big stage.  Watson has the tools to capitalize on the talent already in place on the Bears’ offense.

Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson has shown, repeatedly, that he rises to the occasion on the biggest stages. Can he be the Bears’ franchise signal-caller?

4              Jacksonville Jaguars-Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

The Jags have invested several high draft picks, but none have panned out as gamechangers on the offensive side of the ball. Fournette has the ability to transform this offense and take pressure off of Blake Bortles and the passing game.


5              Tennessee Titans (from LA)-Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

Defensive line is not a pressing need for Tennessee. But, a talent like Jonathan Allen doesn’t come along very often. Pairing Allen with Jurrell Casey up front would turn a relative strength into a dominant force.


6              New York Jets-Marlon Humprhrey, CB, Alabama

With the rapid decline of Darrelle Revis and the lack in development of Marcus Williams, the Jets need more talent on the corner. Humphrey is a long, fast corner who, while raw, has the skillset to be a top-level cover man on the next level.


7              Los Angeles Chargers-Jamal Adams, S, LSU

The Chargers’ defense took a major step backwards after allowing Eric Weddle to walk in free agency and talent upgrades could be used all over that unit. Jamal Adams is a smart, fast and physical defender who has the qualities to be a team leader.


8              Carolina Panthers-Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

The Panthers simply can’t allow Cam Newton to continue taking the beatings he sustained in 2016. Michael Oher’s production was questionable before he was lost to injury, and everyone knows how subpar Mike Remmers has been. Robinson has the ideal length for a NFL left tackle, but needs to clean up some rough edges in pass protection.


9              Cincinnati Bengals-Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

The absence of Reggie Nelson was sorely felt in the Cincinnati secondary in 2016. Malik Hooker has supreme range and ball skills on the backend.  Besides, being an Ohio State product, the Bengals would not have to spring for a plane ticket to get him into town.

Malik Hooker
The Bengals would benefit from a ball-hawking safety like Malik Hooker.

10           Buffalo Bills-Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Regardless of whom the Bill trot out at quarterback, the guy will need some legitimate weapons to throw the ball to. Sammy Watkins is an elite talent, but can’t stay healthy. The other receivers are just guys. Williams showed to the world during the national title game, his ability to dominate in one-on-one coverage.


11           New Orleans Saints-Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

Aside from Cam Jordan, the Saints have zero ability to consistently affect the quarterback. Solomon Thomas is one of the elite prospects that few people know about. He can rush the passer from all over the defensive line and add a sense of versatility.


12           Cleveland Browns (from PHI)-Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Again, with so many holes to fill throughout the roster, the Browns go with the talented Wilson. Wilson has the requisite size, length and feet to be a successful corner in the NFL. Wilson outshined his more publicized teammate, Teez Tabor, in 2016, giving him the path to follow former Gator Joe Haden to Cleveland.


13           Arizona Cardinals-Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Carson Palmer, like many aging quarterbacks, fell off a cliff in 2016. At 36, it’s hard to see him recapturing his previous form. Trubisky may not be ready to start immediately, but the Cards can continue to start Palmer until Trubisky is ready. Besides, they’re not going to be a legit contender with either of them right away.


14           Indianapolis Colts-Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Running back is not a primary concern for the Colts, with Frank Gore still churning out yards. But, he’s just no longer offers a big play element to his game. Dalvin Cook is the homerun threat this offense needs in the running game. He would allow Andrew Luck to (literally) hand off some of the playmaking responsibility to someone else on occasion.

Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook would bring a much-needed explosive element to the Colts’ running game.

15           Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN)-Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

A second talented Florida cornerback is off the board. Teez “don’t call me Jalen” Tabor, came into the season as the nation’s top corner prospect. And while not bad, he didn’t perform at the expected level. That being said, he check all the boxes when it comes to a corner prospect. He’s a unique character and may rub some personnel men the wrong way.


16           Baltimore Ravens-Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

Terrell Suggs still flashes dominance and Elvis Dumervil has seemed to lose it all. They’re both aging pass rushers that will need to be replaced soon. We all know the Ozzie Newsome –Alabama connection. Williams, even with his previous off-field trouble, will be thoroughly scouted by Newsome. Williams is the most polished pass rusher in this class, with moves and countermoves abound.


17           Washington-Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

Wasington’s defense is steady, but by no means flashy. Adding a talent like McDowell would increase the athleticism up front and allow this defense to make more splash plays in the running game. McDowell can also get after the quarterback from multiple spots along the line.


18           Tennessee Titans Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Question: Who is the last dominant wide receiver to play for the Tennessee Titans? Exactly! You’d have to go back to the days of Derrick Mason to even start the argument. Corey Davis may be the most underrated receiver in this class. But, at 6-4, 215, and being the all-time receiving leader in FBS history, he certainly has the goods to give the Titans a legit receiving threat.

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Selecting Corey Davis could spell an end to the long drought of having no true number one receiver in Tennessee.

19           Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jabril Peppers, S, Michigan

The Bucs need a talent infusion on the backend of that defense, plain and simple. Peppers may be the most polarizing prospect in this draft class. He’s yet to master any one position, but he has the natural ability to be a difference-maker and a chess piece in any defensive scheme.


20           Denver Broncos-Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

Denver still boasts one of the steadier defenses in the NFL. However, they could use a game-changer and enforcer in the middle. Foster is a dangerous combination of speed, smarts and aggression while also showing innate leadership abilities.

Reuben Foster
Adding Reuben Foster would help bring the edge back to Denver’s defense.

21           (p)Detroit Lions-Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

If Detroit wants to build off of this season’s playoff appearance, they must find players to take the load off of Matthew Stafford. McCaffrey has the skillset to be a major contributor, not only as a runner, but also as a receiver from multiple positions.


22           (p)Miami Dolphins-Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Cameron Wake is 34-years-old and Mario Williams will likely be released this offseason. Barnett brings youth and and plug-and-play toolbox. He’s very polished with his hands, although he’s not the flashiest of pass rushers.


23           (p)New York Giants-Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

It doesn’t take long to recognize the deficiencies along the Giants’ offensive line. Drafting Ramczyk would allow Ereck Flowers to move to his more natural right tackle position while the rookie mans the left side. Thus, improving two positions with one pick.


24          (p) Oakland Raiders-Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt

For as much as the Oakland defense improved over the course of the 2016 season, there are still holes to fill. The most glaring is at inside linebacker. Cunningham is a rangy, instinctive defender who can man the middle on all three downs for the next decade.


25           (p)Houston Texans-O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

And O.J. for a C.J.! I’m sure C.J. Fiedorowicz is a awesome guy. What he’s not, is a legitimate threat in the passing game. O.J. Howard is the type of athlete that can be an immediate upgrade over the consistently pedestrian numbers Fiedorowicz posts. Howard is an accomplished blocker as well.


26           (p)Green Bay Packers-T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin

Julius Peppers is on the wrong side of 35 and Nick Perry is a pending free agent. What better way to jolt the Green Bay pass rush than bringing in a Wisconsin product coming off an 11.5 sack season? And he’s a Watt brother for goodness sake!

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27           (p)Seattle Seahawks-Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana

The Seahawks have the NFL’s lowest paid offensive line. Among the group are 2 undrafted free agents (one being a rookie). And the lone first-round pick is another rookie. Feeney is a solid mix of consistent aggression and precise technique. He’d be a welcomed addition to this group.


28           (p)Atlanta Falcons-Carlos Watkins, DT, Michigan

Atlanta has one of the more explosive offenses in the NFL. The defense, on the other hand, can be downright sieve-like. Watkins is coming off a dominant performance in the national title game. His penetrating ability is a perfect fit for Dan Quinn’s aggressive defensive scheme.


29           (p)Pittsburgh Steelers-Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri

James Harrison can’t play at such a high level forever…can he? I’m sure the Steelers don’t want to take the chance. Jarvis Jones has likely already played his last meaningful snap in Pittsburgh. Drafting the lightening-quick Charles Harris would be a great look across from the emerging Bud Dupree and carry on Pittsburgh’s lengthy lineage of playmaking linebackers.

Charles Harris
In a deep class of pass rushers, Charles Harris may be he man the Steelers bring in to rush the edge.

30           (p)Kansas City Chiefs-John Ross, WR, Washington

With no quarterback worthy of a shot here, the Chiefs continue to accumulate pieces to an ever-evolving offense. With Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and now Ross, this shapes up as a formidable group.

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31           (p)Dallas Cowboys-Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

There’s Dez Bryant and a bunch of other dudes on the outside of the Dallas wide receiver corps. Sutton, much like Corey Davis, is absurdly unknown outside the draft community. By the time May rolls around, the big receiver’s name will be one of the more talked about players in this draft class.


32           (p)New England Patriots-Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

The Patriots have feasted on underwhelming offenses and overmatched quarterbacks for much of the season. Winning has disguised the fact that the Pats have no dominant edge rusher to speak of. Bill Belichick is not one to rest on his laurels, however. Charlton is a long, explosive pass rusher with the ability to fill that void.


ROUND TWO


33           Cleveland Browns-Ethan Pocic, C, LSU

34           San Francisco 49ers-Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

35           Jacksonville Jaguars-Budda Baker, S, Washington

36           Chicago Bears-Cordrea Tankersly, CB, Clemson

37           Los Angeles Rams-Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

38           Los Angeles Chargers-JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

39           New York Jets-David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)

40           Carolina Panthers-Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

41           Cincinnati Bengals-Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

42           New Orleans Saints-Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

43           Philadelphia Eagles-Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

44           Buffalo Bills-Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (FL)

45           Arizona Cardinals-Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

46           Minnesota Vikings-Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

47           Baltimore Ravens-Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida

48           Indianapolis Colts-Joe Mathis, OLB, Washington

49           Washington-Marcus Williams, S, Utah

50           Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

51           Denver Broncos-Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

52           Cleveland (from TEN)-Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

53           Detroit Lions-Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State

54           Miami Dolphins-Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida

55           New York Giants-D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas

56           Oakland Raiders-Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC

57p         Houston Texans-Anthony Walker Jr., ILB, Northwestern

58p         Green Bay Packers-Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma

59p         Seattle Seahawks-Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan

60p         Pittsburgh Steelers-Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee

61p         Atlanta Falcons-Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

62p         Kansas City Chiefs-Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa

63p         Dallas Cowboys-DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State

64p         New England Patriots-Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma 


ROUND THREE


65           Cleveland Browns-Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M

66           San Francisco 49ers-DeDe Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

67           Chicago Bears-Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama

68           Jacksonville Jaguars-Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma State

69           Tennessee Titans (from LA)-Jorurdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

70           New York Jets-Haasan Reddick, OLB, Temple

71           Los Angeles Chargers-Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College

72           Carolina Panthers-Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

73           Cincinnati Bengals-Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State

74           Philadelphia Eagles-Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU

75           Buffalo Bills-Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh

76           New Orleans Saints-Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

77           Arizona Cardinals-Anmara Darboh, WR, Michigan

78           Baltimore Ravens-Marcus Maye, S, Florida

79           Indianapolis Colts-Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia

80           Minnesota Vikings-Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson

81           Washington-Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia

82           Denver Broncos-Tyrone Crowder, OG, Clemson

83           Tennessee Titans-Dawuane Smoot, DE/OLB, Illinois

84           Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple

85           Detroit Lions-Alex Anzalone, OLB, Florida

86           Minnesota Vikings (from MIA)-Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh

87           New York Giants-Kendall Beckwith, ILB, LSU

88           Oakland Raiders-Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan

89p         Houston Texans-Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor

90p         Green Bay Packers-Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington

91p         Seattle Seahawks-Kevin King, CB, Washington

92p         Atlanta Falcons-Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State

93p         Pittsburgh Steelers-Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

94p         Kansas City Chiefs-Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

95p         Dallas Cowboys-Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

96p         New England Patriots-Chidobe Awozie, CB, Colorado


 ROUND FOUR


97           Philadelphia Eagles (from CLE)-Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State

98           San Francisco 49ers-Howard Wilson, CB, Houston

99           Chicago Bears-Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

100         Jacksonville Jaguars-Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

101         Tennessee Titans (from LA)-Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama

102          Washington (from NYJ)-Nico Siragusa, OG, San Diego State

103         Los Angeles Chargers-Zach Banner, OG, USC

104         Carolina Panthers-Marquez White, CB, Florida State

105         Cincinnati Bengals-Cooper Rush, QB, Western Michigan

106         Philadelphia Eagles-Avery Gennesy, OT, Texas A&M

107         Chicago Bears (from BUF)-Josh Harvey-Clemmons, S, Louisville

108         New Orleans Saints-Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA

109         Arizona Cardinals-Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State

110         Baltimore Ravens-Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar (TX)

111          Minnesota Vikings-Chad Wheeler, OT, USC

112           Indianapolis Colts-Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa

113         Washington-Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama

114          Denver Broncos-Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama

115         Tennessee Titans-Josh Jones, S, NC State

116          Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame

117         Detroit Lions-Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn

118          Minnesota Vikings (from MIA)-Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina

119          **NY Giants-MOVED TO END OF RD 4 (Walkie Talkie Violation)

120          Oakland Raiders-Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State

121         Houston Texans-Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan

122p         Green Bay Packers-Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech

123p         New England Patriots (from SEA)-Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson

124p         Atlanta Falcons-Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

125p         Pittsburgh Steelers-Stacy Coley, WR, Miami (FL)

126p         Kansas City Chiefs-Connor Harris, ILB, Lindenwood

127p         Dallas Cowboys-Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova  

128p           New England FORFEITED (Deflate-gate)

**New York Giants-Duke Riley, OLB, LSU


ROUND FIVE


129           Cleveland Browns-Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan

130         San Francisco 49ers-Jon Toth, C, Kentucky

131         Chicago Bears-Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State

132          Jacksonville Jaguars-Davis Webb, QB, California

133          Tennessee Titans (from LA)-David Sharpe, OG, Florida

134          New York Jets-Isaac Asiata, OG, Utah

135         Los Angeles Chargers-Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell

136          Carolina Panthers-Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming

137         Cincinnati Bengals-James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh

138          Philadelphia Eagles-Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech

139         Buffalo Bills-Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami (FL)

140         Washington (from NO)-Tarell Basham, DE/OLB, Ohio

141         Arizona Cardinals-Josh Carraway, OLB, TCU

142          Baltimore Ravens-Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

143         Indianapolis Colts-Devonte Fields, OLB, Louisville

144          Minnesota Vikings-Elijah Lee, OLB, Kansas State

145         San Francisco 49ers (from WAS)-Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State

146         New England Patriots (from DEN)-Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt

147         Tennessee Titans-Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas

148         Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Corn Elder, CB, Miami (FL)

149         Detroit Lions-Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas

150         Minnesota Vikings (from MIA)-Damore’ea Stringfellow, WR, Ole Miss

151         New York Giants-Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M

152          Oakland Raiders-Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah

153p         Houston Texans-Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin

154p         Green Bay Packers-Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado

155p         Seattle-FORFEITED (OTA violation)

156p         Atlanta Falcons-Damien Mama, OG, USC

157p         Pittsburgh Steelers-Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU

158p         Kansas City Chiefs-Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina

159p         Buffalo Bills (from DAL)-Mathew Dayes, RB, NC State

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