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