2017 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: March 21, 2017 with updates every Tuesday leading up to Draft Day.
Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
- I'm going with Mitchell Trubisky at 33 now because Cleveland does not have Robert Griffin III or Josh McCown to push Cody Kessler for the starting job. The 6-2 222 lb quarterback had 3,748 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Trubisky struggled against Stanford in his bowl game. Some people have a first round grade on Trubisky, but I view him as a second round prospect.
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San Francisco 49ers: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
- The 49ers took DeShone Kizer in the first round. Now they get Kizer a #1 receiver. JuJu Smith-Schuster is now my top ranked second round receiver.
- The 6-1 215 lb JuJu Smith-Schuster was the top wide receiver back in the preseason. JuJu struggled with only 70 receptions, 914 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2016. JuJu Smith-Schuster is someone that could step in right away to give Kizer a #1 target plus veteran Pierre Garcon would be a #2 across from JuJu and Marquise Goodwin is a solid slot receiver.
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
- Jacksonville needs starters at tight end, left guard, and cornerback. David Caldwell the Jaguars GM said he loves the defensive backs in this draft and that he also expects to be aggressive in Free Agency with a cornerback, but Caldwell settled for a nickel corner in Bouye. That is why I think we see Marshon Lattimore at 4, a tight end plus a left guard on day 2, and then depth players on day 3 like a running back for depth or a cornerback for depth.
- Jacksonville drafts the 6-3 236 lb Evan Engram as a tight end for Blake Bortles with Jacksonville trading Julius Thomas to Miami and Engram dominating the 2017 NFL Combine with a 4.42 40-time. Engram had 65 receptions, 928 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns in 2016.
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Chicago Bears: Davis Webb, QB, California
- Davis Webb had 3,601 passing yards, 33 passing touchdowns, 61.4 completion percentage, and 12 interceptions in his first season as a starter in 2016. Webb was the MVP of the 2017 Senior Bowl. Webb seems like an ideal quarterback for the Bears to develop.
Previous Pick: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
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Los Angeles Rams: Garrett Bolles, RT, Utah
- Garrett Bolles has a high ceiling, but he's raw and needs to get stronger. The Los Angeles Rams signed Andrew Whitworth at left tackle. Bolles can compliment him at right tackle and this allows current left tackle Greg Robinson to move from left tackle to left guard while Rob Havenstein moves from right tackle to right guard thanks to the Rams drafting Bolles here. This makes the Rams offensive line as a whole much stronger.
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Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Evans, SS, Texas A&M
- Los Angeles drafts another safety. The 6-0 193 lb Justin Evans is a good safety and an immediate starter at strong safety in the second round. Pairing Justin Evans up with Malik Hooker solves the Chargers safety problems.
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New York Jets: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
- The Jets took Mike Williams at 6. The Jets continue to build their offense by getting Alvin Kamara as a running back for depth at 39 behind Forte and Powell since Kamara is a top 40 prospect that can run, catch, and block effectively on tape when you watch him face Vanderbilt.
Previous Pick: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
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Carolina Panthers: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
- Carolina drafts Sidney Jones here even though he won't be able to play in 2017 due to a torn ACL. James Bradberry and Daryl Worley have made nice progress and giving them another year to start while Jones recovers from his injury allows you to find out if either cornerback is expendable if they don't step up in 2016.
- The 6-0 186 lb Sidney Jones can play man, zone, or press on tape. He will not escape the top 40 despite his injury.
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Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Williams, FS, Utah
- Cincinnati drafts Utah free safety Marcus Williams here. The 6-1 202 lb safety showed the versatility to play both safety roles and dominated in zone coverage this season.
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New Orleans Saints: Tyus Bowser, ROLB, Houston
- The Saints get an outside linebacker. Houston's Tyus Bowser has been surging up boards. With Tyus Bowser at right outside linebacker, Craig Robertson at middle linebacker, and Stephone Anthony at left outside linebacker, the Saints linebacker core is set.
Previous Pick: Dan Feeney, RG, Indiana
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Philadelphia Eagles: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
- Teez Tabor was a top 3 cornerback at the 2017 NFL Combine. Tabor ran a 4.62 40-time and while he had a horrendous showing he can still correct this at Florida's Pro Day. I think the Eagles look past his 40-time here.
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Buffalo Bills: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
- Both Florida cornerbacks disappointed at the 2017 NFL Combine with their 40 times. This would be an absolute steal though if the Bills could land Quincy Wilson in the second round after taking Corey Davis in the first round.
- The 6-1 213 lb Quincy Wilson goes to Buffalo with the best size and speed of any corner in the draft which is why some have Wilson in the top 10 despite being the #2 corner on Florida. Wilson has good man, zone, and press coverage. Wilson is a pretty complete boundary cornerback despite being the #2 corner on Florida. Wilson is not a #1 field cornerback, but he can compliment Ronald Darby in the boundary.
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Arizona Cardinals: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
- Arizona took Reuben Foster in the first round. Now they get Tre'Davious White in the second round to pair up with Patrick Peterson after getting the best player available at 13 in Foster. There is no question that cornerback is the Cardinals biggest need at this point.
- The 5-11 191 lb Tre'Davious White did too well in Mobile to fall out of the first round correcting his issues with press coverage and stopping the run after having 13 deflections from pass breakups for LSU in 2016. At the same time other underclassmen stepped up at the 2017 NFL Combine which is the biggest reason White fell as far as he did.
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Indianapolis Colts: Takkarist McKinley, 3-4 ROLB, UCLA
- The Indianapolis Colts get their pass rusher at 3-4 right outside linebacker who goes up against left tackles in Takkarist McKinley here. McKinley fatigues in coverage, but he's a dominant pass rusher and run stuffer at 6-2 250 lbs and is capable of bulking up to 265 lbs.
- Takkarist McKinley was expected to be an outside linebacker in the 2017 Senior Bowl after accepting his invite to Mobile before being ruled out of the 2017 Senior Bowl with an injury. McKinley had 18 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, and 6 deflections from pass breakups in 2016. McKinley has the versatility to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 left end, 3-4 right outside linebacker, or 3-4 left outside linebacker with his versatility. I initially had McKinley as a 4-3 defensive end, but he is a better fit for 3-4 outside linebacker after watching his tape.
- McKinley ran a 4.59 40 time despite fatiguing in coverage at the 2017 NFL Combine. As long as McKinley stays healthy and avoids injuries, he should have the speed and toughness off the edge that Chris Ballard wants to bring to Indianapolis.
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Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, 3-4 ROLB, Alabama
- Baltimore has a first round grade on the 6-3 244 lb Tim Williams despite his off the field issues. Haason Reddick is my favorite outside linebacker in this draft, but I'm not questioning Ozzie Newsome since he knows plus I had Williams in the top half of my draft before his off the field issues. If Baltimore loves Williams this much, it's hard to see them passing on him at 47 in the second round if they take Charles Harris in the first round. Some believe he's a Vic Beasley/Von Miller clone and a special player despite the baggage. Williams had 9 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, and 16 tackles for a loss in 2016.
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Minnesota Vikings: Dan Feeney, RG, Indiana
- The 6-4 311 lb Dan Feeney is talented enough to play right guard right now. Feeney also lined up at center and right tackle in Mobile. He gives Minnesota a replacement to Brandon Fusco.
Previous Pick: Tyus Bowser, ROLB, Houston
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Washington Redskins: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
- Washington drafts the 5-11 199 lb Carlos Henderson as a slot receiver. Carlos Henderson had 82 receptions, 1,535 receiving yards, and 19 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Henderson's speed and route running allows him to stand out on tape.
Previous Pick: Jordan Willis, 3-4 LOLB, Kansas State
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
- Both Carlos Watkins and Montravius Adams dominated the Senior Bowl in Mobile and both could be drafted here to pair with Gerald McCoy. I had first to second round grades on both defensive tackles now I have first round grades on both defensive tackles. I think Watkins did enough in Mobile showcasing his rip and swim moves as a defensive tackle to be a top 50 prospect, and while I have a first round grade on Watkins, I ultimately believe he falls to the second round. Watkins had 10.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss in 2016. Weighing in at 6-5 312 lbs with all that weight being muscle helps Watkins as well.
Previous Pick: Budda Baker, SS, Washington
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Denver Broncos: Jarrad Davis, 3-4 MLB, Florida
- Jarrad Davis had 25 solo tackles, 31 assisted tackles, 56 total tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 4 deflections from pass breakups, 5 quarterback hurries, and 2 sacks in 2016. Davis has been all over the field in 2016. Davis got injured against Arkansas and missed the South Carolina, LSU, Florida State, and SEC Championship games, but he 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. Davis is the most versatile linebacker prospect on tape in 2016 after Reuben Foster and his foot speed is vastly superior to Zach Cunningham's. Even with his injuries, Davis is a better player on tape than Cunningham when healthy.
- Davis will be ready to work out by Florida's Pro Day and should jump Cunningham as the #2 middle linebacker. If he dominates Florida's Pro Day he re-enters the first round conversation.
- In this situation, Denver drafts Jarrad Davis for depth behind Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis. Having those guys show Davis how to be a tackling machine will make him a future Pro Bowler.
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Cleveland Browns: Budda Baker, SS, Washington
- The 5-9 195 lb Budda Baker is smaller than advertised after he was expected to weigh in at 5-10 192 lbs. Baker had 49 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 71 total tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 6 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions. Baker is very fast and athletic on tape. I feel like after Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, and Obi Melifonwu he is the best safety at man, zone, and press coverage. At the same time, that lack of size keeps Baker out of the first round even with his impressive 4.47 40-time and in Cleveland, Baker starts next to Melifonwu.
Previous Pick: Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan
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Detroit Lions: David Njoku, TE, Miami FL
- Detroit drafts the 6-4 246 lb David Njoku as a tight end now that Julius Thomas has been dealt to Miami. Some have a first round grade on Njoku, but he only has 9 career starts before declaring as a sophomore redshirt. That's a huge concern for me. That's why I have Njoku slipping. Njoku won't slip past Detroit though despite his poor 2017 NFL Combine since the Lions want to run a two tight end set.
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Miami Dolphins: Tarrell Basham, RE, Ohio
- The 6-4 262 lb Tarrell Basham had 10.5 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, and 12 quarterback hurries in 2016. Tarrell Basham would be a great player to line up at 4-3 right end.
Previous Pick: Demarcus Walker, RE, Florida State
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New York Giants: Zach Cunningham, MLB, Vanderbilt
- The Giants get a middle linebacker. I feel like the 6-3 234 lb Zach Cunningham is a good pick for the Giants in the second round. Zach Cunningham had 71 solo tackles, 54 assisted tackles, 125 total tackles, and 16.5 tackles for a loss in 2016. If you want a tackling machine that can stop the run Zach Cunningham is your man, but his foot speed looked awful versus North Carolina State. Cunningham gives New York an immediate starter at 4-3 middle linebacker.
Previous Pick: Carroll Phillips, ROLB, Illinois
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Oakland Raiders: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
- Oakland goes after a cornerback for depth at the nickel. The 6-0 202 lb Chidobe Awuzie has played everywhere on the secondary at field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, strong safety, and free safety. Awuzie ran a 4.43 40-time plus he had 12 deflections from pass breakups in 2016.
Previous Pick: Zach Cunningham, MLB, Vanderbilt
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Houston Texans: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
- The 6-3 227 lb Gerald Everett out of South Alabama is a complete tight end on tape. He's now the fourth tight end in my rankings, and I honestly would take Everett over both C.J. Fiedorowitz and Ryan Griffin. Tight end is not a huge need for the Texans, but no offensive linemen are available that fit the Texans plus I always give a team that takes a quarterback in the first round an offensive player to compliment them in the second round.
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Seattle Seahawks: Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan
- Seattle goes after a safety for depth that they can groom into a future starter. Jabrill Peppers is a bargain at 58.
Previous Pick: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
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Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
- The 6-1 209 lb Chris Godwin had 59 receptions, 982 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Godwin impresses on tape with his hands, route running, jumping, and speed on tape. Godwin picked apart Adoree Jackson on tape and ran a 4.42 40-time. He's a great fit for the Chiefs at this point in the second round after an impressive Pro Day at Penn State.
Previous Pick: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
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Dallas Cowboys: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
- There are rumors that Dallas will draft Adoree Jackson as a cornerback in the first round. Jackson makes much more sense with this selection though even though I mocked Marlon Humphrey to Dallas in the first round, I can see them doubling up at cornerback with their first two picks and keeping Byron Jones at free safety.
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Green Bay Packers: T.J. Watt, 3-4 LOLB, Wisconsin
- Green Bay takes the hometown Badger in T.J. Watt who falls to their lap after a terrible 2017 NFL Combine. This is an excellent pick for the Packers who get depth behind Clay Matthews adn Nick Perry.
- The 6-5 252 lb T.J. Watt only has one year of experience as a starter. Watt lined up at 3-4 right outside linebacker, 3-4 middle linebacker, 3-4 left outside linebacker, 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, and 4-3 middle linebacker.
- Watt had 38 solo tackles, 25 assisted tackles, 63 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, and 13 quarterback hurries. Watt's ability will intrigue the Packers from a value standpoint despite the bad combine.
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Pittsburgh Steelers: Raekwon McMillan, 3-4 MLB, Ohio State
- The 6-2 243 lb Raekwon McMillan had 49 solo tackles, 52 assisted tackles, and 102 total tackles in 2016. He gives Pittsburgh an immediate starter at middle linebacker next to Ryan Shazier with Lawrence Timmons leaving. McMillan has great run stuffing and coverage. His playmaking is inconsistent though due to a lack of athleticism at times and some consider him a two down linebacker. McMillan has top 60 potential in this draft, but may begin his career a top 100 project. Either way, I can see the Steelers looking at McMillan and seeing his upside, plus his long-term potential as a starting 3-4 middle linebacker.
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Atlanta Falcons: Josh Jones, FS, North Carolina State
- The 6-1 220 lb Josh Jones had 109 total tackles and 8 deflections from pass breakups at free safety in 2016 before declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft. Jones did 20 reps on the bench press running a 4.41 40-time and put himself in late second round consideration with how he performed at the combine. Jones would be a good free safety to pair up with Keanu Neal in Atlanta.
Previous Pick: Tarrell Basham, RE, Ohio
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Carolina Panthers: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
- Carolina gets a wide receiver here. Curtis Samuel had more receiving yards than rushing yards as Ohio State's running back and is expected to convert to wide receiver in the NFL. Samuel could replace Ted Ginn Jr. in Carolina.
Previous Pick: Tanoh Kpassagnon, LE, Villanova
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