2017 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 1-16
My 2017 NFL Mock Draft is now up. This one is seven rounds. Enjoy!
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: March 21, 2017 with updates every Tuesday leading up to Draft Day.
Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, RE, Texas A&M
- The Cleveland Browns have locked up the top pick with a 1-15 season. They should take Myles Garrett here and begin the rebuild in Cleveland. Extending Jamie Collins helped, but now the Browns still have $102-million to spend on Free Agents. You can go to our 2017 NFL Transactions page to find out more about who your team stands to lose in Free Agency and who they can release to clear up cap space.
- Right now Cleveland needs to just take the best player that will help them win and that player is Myles Garrett, a generational talent from Texas A&M who is the best pass rusher since Von Miller. Garrett has 8.5 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, and 10 quarterback hurries in 2016 despite being triple teamed by left tackles, left guards, and centers. Garrett declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
- Cleveland is switching to the 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Greg Williams. Garrett is still the pick at 6-5 272 lbs after many expected him to weigh 6-4 270 lbs since Garrett is an exceptional talent with the versatility to play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker on either side. Watching Garrett face Joe Thomas in training camp will be a treat itself.
- Emmanuel Ogbah will likely compliment Garrett at 4-3 left end. Ogbah played in a 4-3 defense at Oklahoma State and will do better in a 4-3 defense. Carl Nassib will be rotational guy behind Garrett and Ogbah at defensive end. Danny Shelton who plays nose tackle for Cleveland also played in a 4-3 defense at Washington, but Cleveland will need a defensive tackle to compliment Shelton in the first or second round. Cleveland will also have Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey, and Demario Davis as 4-3 linebackers with Nate Orchard as a 4-3 outside linebcker for depth. Overall Cleveland is building an excellent foundation with Myles Garrett as a once in a generation edge rusher regardless of whether they operate the 4-3 or 3-4 scheme with this pick.
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San Francisco 49ers: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
- I think the John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan regime will end up drafting a quarterback at 2. Lynch came away impressed with all 4 quarterbacks, but the only ones who stood out enough to warrant second interviews with the 49ers were Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer and Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
- DeShone Kizer may not have the eye popping statistics Mahomes has. Kizer has the arm strength, throwing power, quick release, mechanics with ball placement, and size you want in a starting quarterback at 6-4 233 lbs with the remaining first round quarterbacks being 6-2 225 lbs or smaller. I do have questions with Kizer's accuracy at times. Kizer showcased the football IQ I thought he lacked, and seems like he has enough potential to develop into a quality border-line starter. That's why DeShone Kizer moves up to 2 in my newest mock draft.
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Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, 3-4 RE, Alabama
- Chicago realizes that they can save $14-million against the cap by releasing Jay Cutler in 2017 assuming he doesn't deliver. They have Mike Glennon though so there is no reason not to go with Jonathan Allen at 3.
- Chicago can save $1-million in cap space if they release 3-4 right end Mitch Unrein and they can save $5-million in cap space by releasing 3-4 left end Akeim Hicks. Both are in contract years heading into 2017, plus this pass rush would make a major improvement if you had Allen at 3-4 right end and Jonathan Bullard your 2016 third round pick at 3-4 left end next to Allen with Eddie Goldman your 2015 second round pick at nose tackle this could potentially be one of the best 3-4 defensive lines in the entire NFL if all 3 of those guys managed to start next season. That would at least make the Bears competitive even with a quarterback as incompetent as Cutler or a head coach as incompetent as Fox assuming Cutler is released.
- The Bears pick Alabama senior Jonathan Allen here over a quarterback. Jonathan Allen had 10.5 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, and 15 quarterback hurries in 2016 during his senior season. My biggest concern with Allen is that I see him as a 3-4 only player, but he looked like he could play defensive tackle in the 4-3 against Texas A&M. Allen got schooled on tape when facing Arkansas left tackle Dan Skipper and does better against guards and right tackles on tape. He had similar problems against Clemson left tackle Mitch Hyatt who is expected to be a top 5 pick in 2018. Allen also struggled against Kentucky center Jon Toth as well, but he did get a sack on Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp even though Lamp played well against the 6-3 285 lb Jonathan Allen.
- Allen also loses count of plays at times when you watch his tape. If scouts notice this Allen could drop from being a top 3 pick to a top 5 pick, but that's entirely dependent on what what Chicago does at quarterback leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft.
- Chicago can use their second round pick on a quarterback. I'm not sure Chicago can pass on assembling a defensive line that features Jonathan Allen at 3-4 right end, Eddie Goldman at nose tackle, and Jonathan Bullard at 3-4 left end.
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
- Jacksonville addressed cornerback with A.J. Bouye, but I also feel like they could use Marshon Lattimore since I see Bouye as a nickel corner at best. The Jaguars also added Barry Church in Free Agency. This leads me to believe that Leonard Fournette or Marshon Lattimore is now the pick at 4, but another player that could be a dark horse is Dalvin Cook. I'm certain that Fournette or Lattimore will be the fourth overall pick, but I'm uncertain about which direction the Jaguars go in at 4.
- The 6-0 193 lb Marshon Lattimore had 9 deflections from pass breakups and goes by the nickname Lattimore Island. Lattimore ran a 4.36 40-time and reminds me so much of Darrelle Revis that it's scary. Moving Ramsey from boundary to field cornerback and then pairing him with Lattimore and moving Bouye to the nickel makes the secondary so much deadlier with Barry Church at strong safety and Tashaun Gipson at free safety.
- The Jaguars had visits with Dontari Poe and Latavius Murray. If neither player signs with the Jaguars, then I'll strongly consider Leonard Fournette at 4 over Marshon Lattimore.
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Tennessee Titans: Jamal Adams, FS, LSU
- The Titans let Andrew Luck throw for 353 passing yards even with Dwayne Allen, Donte Moncrief, and Philip Dorsett all inactive at Nissan Stadium in front of their home crowd. Bortles had 337 passing yards the following week. Andrew Luck and Blake Bortles had 690 passing yards on this Titans secondary the last two weeks prior to the Titans loss against the Chargers. Tennessee added Logan Ryan to compliment Jason McCourty at cornerback in Free Agency plus former Jaguars strong safety Jonathan Cyprien is the Titans new strong safety leaving free safety as the only need by process of elimination.
- The Titans get Jamal Adams because he has the versatility to play both safety spots at strong safety and free safety at 5-11 214 lbs. Adams can play man, zone, or press coverage effectively. Adams is the most complete safety in this draft now.
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New York Jets: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
- Mike Williams is only 6-3 218 lbs compared to the 6-4 225 lb freak we initially thought he was. Williams did not run in the 2017 NFL Combine after there were rumors he'd run a 4.6 40-time. His 32.5 inch vertical was also underwhelming.
- Mike Williams had 98 receptions, 1,361 receiving yards, and a career high 11 receiving touchdowns. Williams has the hands, route running, speed, burst off the snap, catching in traffic, spectacular catching, and jumping you look for in a #1 target on tape. With the release of Brandon Marshall, Mike Williams can take some pressure off of Bryce Petty.
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Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
- The Los Angeles Chargers need a safety. Melvin Ingram was franchise tagged so he should play 4-3 right end on the Los Angeles Chargers with Joey Bosa playing 4-3 left end. Malik Hooker is now the slam dunk pick for the Chargers here at 6-1 206 lbs.
- Hooker is an exceptional safety that played running back, wide receiver and defensive back at all 4 spots CB, SS, FS, and was a return specialist on top of that at New Castle High School before converting to safety at Ohio State. Hooker has the versatility to play both strong safety and free safety. Hooker can play man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage just like LSU safety Jamal Adams.
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Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
- Carolina's GM said Carolina will address all of their needs in Free Agency and draft the best player on the board at 8. You can check out our NFL Draft Rumors page for more info on that. That means Carolina is pretty much a lock to take a running back at 8 unless Derek Barnett is still on the board. In this mock, he's available, but the Panthers brought back Mario Addison plus they traded Kony Ealy after bringing back Charles Johnson. Even with Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker back they may go Fournette. I wouldn't rule out John Ross as a replacement to Ted Ginn Jr.
- Carolina will either take Leonard Fournette, Derek Barnett, or John Ross at 8. I'm leaning with the 6-0 240 lb Fournette even with Stewart and Whittaker coming back, but there is a huge temptation to change this pick, and I'm not sure how much longer I mock Fournette to Carolina.
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Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Barnett, RE, Tennessee
- The Bengals did not release Rey Maualuga. If that is the case then I believe Derek Barnett is in play at 9 here.
- Reuben Foster tore his right rotator cuff. Adam Caplan was the first to break this story. Foster got sent home for getting into a fight with a hospital patient to top that off. Foster apologized for his behavior, but right now I have doubts about mocking Foster to anyone in the top 10.
- The 6-3 259 lb Derek Barnett had 40 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 56 total tackles, 13 sacks, 19 tackles for a loss, and 16 quarterback hurries in 2016. Barnett got by Cam Robinson, Avery Gennesy, and David Sharpe on tape. Barnett had 33 career sacks in each of his three years at Tennessee with a minimum of 10 sacks in each of his three seasons at Tennessee. Taking Barnett is the smartest thing the Bengals can do though since he is someone that can push Myles Garrett the same way Khalil Mack pushed Jadeveon Clowney. Barnett declared for the 2017 NFL Draft as well.
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Buffalo Bills: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
- Buffalo goes wide receiver. Corey Davis compliments Sammy Watkins perfectly and the Bills need replacements to both Robert Woods and slot receiver Marquise Goodwin. I would not be surprised if Buffalo double dipped at wide receiver, but they should get a cornerback in the second round.
- The 6-3 209 lb Corey Davis had 97 receptions, 1,500 receiving yards, and 19 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Davis dominated against Buffalo when College Gameday went to Western Michigan with 13 receptions, 173 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Davis impresses on tape with his hands, route running, jumping, and speed on tape. Davis is a first round receiver when watching his tape.
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New Orleans Saints: Taco Charlton, LE, Michigan
- New Orleans did not get a left end in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Saints go with Taco Charlton at 11 now with Derek Barnett off the board.
- Taco Charlton can play 4-3 right end or 4-3 left end with his versatility. The 6-5 277 lb defensive end had 10 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss in 2016. Charlton has done enough to be a first round pick in 2017.
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Cleveland Browns: Obi Melifonwu, FS, Connecticut
- The 6-4 219 lb Obi Melfonwu has four years of experience as a starting free safety. Obi Melifonwu is now my third best safety.
- Obi added 12 lbs of muscle between the end of the regular season and his week in Mobile. Obi showed he could play man, zone, or presss effectively on tape. Melifonwu played both strong safety and free safety on tape against Virginia. Cleveland needs to draft for need at 12 and the Browns biggest needs at this point are quarterback, defensive tackle, and free safety. Obi Melifonwu added 5 lbs of muscle and dominated the 2017 NFL Combine. I can see Obi going this high if he continues to build on his momentum.
Previous Pick: Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
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Arizona Cardinals: Reuben Foster, 3-4 MLB, Alabama
- Arizona goes with a 3-4 middle linebacker here. The 6-0 229 lb Reuben Foster makes a ton of sense at 13 if he falls out of the top 10 with Kevin Minter being a Free Agent.
- Reuben Foster had 60 solo tackles, 55 assisted tackles, 115 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and 8 quarterback hurries in 2016. Foster dominated in coverage in 2015. My only concern with him would be to add 5 lbs of muscle at 6-1 228 lbs.
- Foster has the pass rushing of Demario Davis, stops the run like Lawrence Timmons, drops back into coverage like Jamie Collins, and has the exact same versatility as former Alabama linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Reggie Ragland. This linebacker also has the best rip and swim moves on tape since Lawrence Taylor and he's more of an inside linebacker rather than an outside linebacker even though he could be a plug-in-play guy at any linebacker spot in the NFL.
- Foster has the versatility to play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, 3-4 right outside linebacker, 3-4 middle linebacker, or 3-4 left outside linebacker. Foster is the most versatile first round linebacker prospect on tape in 2016.
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Philadelphia Eagles: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
- Philadelphia needs a #1 field cornerback in the worst way possible. I'm not sure they will find a #1 cornerback with Teez Tabor bombing his combine and Sidney Jones getting injured at his Pro Day. Taking Dalvin Cook seems like the safest option for the Eagles at 14.
- The 5-10 210 lb Dalvin Cook has been a monster on the ground in 2016. Cook had 288 carries, 1,765 rushing yards, 19 rushing touchdowns, 33 receptions, 488 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown in 2016. Cook is better at running to the outside than Fournette, he catches out of the backfield, blocks better than Fournette, and is more durable. Some have Dalvin Cook ahead of Fournette. It's easy to see why most feel that way and there is no question that Cook would be an upgrade over Fournette.
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Indianapolis Colts: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
- The ghost of Ryan Grigson cursed the Colts out of the fourteenth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft because Grigson worked with the Eagles before the Colts hired him in 2012 and five years later Indianapolis finally fired Grigson when they needed to win a coin toss with the Vikings for the fourteenth pick which is why Indianapolis has to wait until 15 to pick unless they move up. Cordrea Tankersley ran a 4.40 40-time at the 2017 NFL Combine and has the speed and toughness that Chris Ballard wants.
- The 6-1 199 lb Cordrea Tankersley has the ideal size you want in a cornerback. Tankerlsey had a huge 2016 season and is a perfect scheme fit for Indianapolis at 15.
- Cordrea Tankersley had 11 deflections from pass breakups and who is awesome at stopping the run is the is the top cornerback available. He's practiced against the top receiver in the draft in Mike Williams and has showed the ability to be the most complete cornerback in the NFL Draft. He plays too aggressively at times and gets penalized a lot. Most believe Tankersley is more of a late first round pick. Most were expecting a 4.5 40-time from Tankersley which is why he moved up this much.
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Baltimore Ravens: Charles Harris, 3-4 LOLB, Missouri
- Baltimore has a first round grade on the 6-3 244 lb Tim Williams despite his off the field issues. The Ravens also have a first round grade on Charles Harris. Haason Reddick is my favorite outside linebacker in this draft, but I'm not questioning Ozzie Newsome since he knows how to assess NFL talent. I'm even more confident in the Ravens taking Williams or Harris at 16 in the wake of Elvis Dumervil being released.
- The 6-4 253 lb Charles Harris is the best pass rusher for a 3-4 scheme at this point with 9 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, and 10 quarterback hurries along with excellent burst on tape in 2016. Harris dominated in one-on-one against Florida left tackle David Sharpe, but he fatigued on some plays as well. He'd be the perfect player to pair with Terrell Suggs in the wake of Elvis Dumervil's release.
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