It’s time for a 2017 NFL mock draft.
This is a “what I would do” mock draft, meaning there’ll likely be players you haven’t seen, read, or heard being discussed as Round 1 selections. After watching hours of film, this mock (mostly) represents the prospects I believe are worthy of being first-round picks this year.
You know those “draft do-overs” published a few years after a draft? This is essentially my “early” submission for the 2017 draft class
I’ll (hopefully) have a “what I think will happen” mock â?? with trades â?? the day before the draft.
1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Garrett is the total package as a defensive end. He’s 6’4″, 270-plus pounds with long arms, incredible athleticism, good bendiness, and a decent array of pass-rushing moves for a 21 year old.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
I have Mike Williams ever so slightly ahead of Davis, but with Kyle Shanahan’s West Coast Offense, Davis is a better fit.
3. Chicago Bears – O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Howard’s impact is two-fold for the Bears. He’ll help to provide a huge target for Mike Glennon and chip in as a (strong) blocker for Jordan Howard in the run game. John Fox sees Greg Olsen 2.0 in Howard.
Allen Robinson is has superstar potential, yet is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Adding Williams will give Blake Bortles another high-pointing option, which should help him rebound from a rather ineffective second season. Allen Hurns has been solid, but was hurt often in 2016.
5. Tennessee Titans - Solomon Thomas, DT/DL, Stanford
Dick LeBeau’s Steelers defenses of the mid-2000s were ferocious up front. While a secondary member was considered here, Thomas provides much more value as a three-down linemen who can wreak havoc from anywhere. He’s the perfect understudy to Jurrell Casey, Derrick Morgan and Co.
6. New York Jets – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Gang Green added cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Marcus Gilchrist in free agency. That doesn’t mean former defensive back coach Todd Bowles will hold back from campaigning for Hooker, the most electric play-making defensive back in this class.
7. Los Angeles Chargers – Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn
The Chargers can address clear holes at cornerback in Round 2 or Round 3. With Melifonwu, they get a versatile backend player with an unfathomable combination of size and athleticism. He can do it all. Los Angeles’ front office will see a supersized version of Eric Weddle.
8. Carolina Panthers – Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama
Panthers GM Dave Gettleman loves his defensive linemen. Kawann Short was recently rewarded with a multi-year extension, and Vernon Butler was picked in Round 1 a year ago, but Allen could potentially be insurance if Star Lotulelei can’t be re-signing after the 2017 season. Though best inside, Allen can man the defensive end spot too, which is currently manned by 30-year-old Charles Johnson. Also, Allen is the best player available at this juncture.
9. Cincinnati Bengals – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Bengals need more speed at linebacker. Foster certainly provides that. He and Vontaze Burfict will create a rather menacing duo of second-level defenders. If there are any character concerns with Foster, Cincinnati has shown in the past they’re receptive to those type of players.
10. Buffalo Bills – Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Buffalo has two talented linebackers with …
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