Mock Drafts are a massive part of the draft prep season, it seems like everyone and their mother makes a mock draft, so here I am doing my part and getting on the action, the day of the draft. Here is the First installment of the LMBF Way-Too-Late NFL Mock Draft: 2017. Without further ado, here are my picks.
1. Cleveland- EDGE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
- This is a no brainer, generational talent, highest graded prospect since Clowney, would be a total Browns move for them to go QB here but I think that comes later. Draft Myles Garrett and you’ll get a real-life version of Vontae Mack.
2. San Francisco- DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford
- The new regime in San Fran will start to rebuild their defense with the extremely versatile Solomon Thomas, look for him to take on a role similar to that of Michael Bennett in Seattle, at least that should be the 49ers hope.
3. Chicago- S Malik Hooker, Ohio State
- Bears have had a need a Safety for a while now and are essentially killing two birds with one stone as they fill a need and grab the best player available in Malik Hooker. Look for Hooker to develop into a top Ballhawking Center-Field Type Free Safety in the league, he even has comps as highly regarded as Ed Reed.
4. Jacksonville- RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
- Perfect way to help out Bortles or whoever Tom Coughlin decides to put under center next year, absolute physical freak that I’m more than excited for to see against NFL talent.
- Tennessee (from Rams)- TE OJ Howard, Alabama
- I’ve become a huge fan of Marcus Mariota over his young career and I think this draft pick will help him grow tremendously in his 3rd Season, a year where I think he is poised for a tremendous breakout. Howard is a stud although his stats don’t show it because of his usage in Alabama’s Offense but this dude will shine in the NFL.
- New York Jets- CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
- Best corner in the draft in my opinion, people argue since he only started for one year, but he started for one year and was as good as he was, imagine if he started 2 or 3 years. This pick also helps replace Darrelle Revis, so that definitely can turn out to be an upgrade.
- I actually think that this pick will be traded to the Browns so they can move up to get Trubisky but predicting trades in a Mock Draft is just sloppy, but here I am covering my ass just in case.
7. Los Angeles Chargers- S Jamal Adams, LSU
- Chargers finally fill the hole left by Eric Weddle and in doing so, get a guy who could be a mainstay for them for the next 10 years. Going to be an absolute stud in this league, extremely high floor.
- There’s been too much suspiciously weird movement with this pick, enough for it to sound like the Panthers and McCaffrey may have some sort of pre-draft deal, so I see the Panthers pouncing on a running back of the future and the now.
- There has been some talk that Reuben Foster may be dropping in the draft because of the recent diluted sample as well as the hospital incident at the combine. I think that only will mean that the 49ers don’t use their 2nd overall pick on him but I really don’t think he gets past the Bengals in this one.10. Buffalo- QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
- I have a weird feeling that Deshaun Watson will be very successful in the NFL, I really don’t know what it is, just a weird hunch I have. Anyways I think that there is some of the same sentiment around the league thus surprising no one when Watson’s name comes off the board at number 10 to Buffalo as he will most likely sit on the bench for a year behind Tyrod Taylor but when Taylor’s contract runs out next year, Watson could be the guy for new head coach Sean McDermott.
11. New Orleans- DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
- Best player available with this pick, Saints could easily go Cornerback here but I think the talent of Jonathan Allen will be too much for them to pass up on.
12. Cleveland (from Eagles)- QB Mitch Trubisky, UNC
- I’ll peg the Browns to pick Trubisky at #12 in this mock draft but I have a hunch that they will trade up to make sure they can get him. I think it makes the most sense for the Jets at #6 to be their trading partner, just seems to make too much sense.
13. Arizona- QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
- Carson Palmer is on the decline, you only have a year or so left of Larry Fitzgerald, you have one of the best offensive minds as a head coach, and you have arguably the most versatile offensive weapon in your backfield in David Johnson. Might as well draft the QB who has the best raw skills. If the thought is that you are going to have to develop your QB regardless, then why not take the QB with the best tools, and that’s why Mahomes goes off the board so early here. With the right system, and this is the right system, Mahomes could be a star.
14. Philadelphia (from Vikings)- EDGE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
- The Eagles added Chris Long this offseason, but will still need more to help out on their DL, getting a very solid and athletic end like Derek Barnett would be a great piece to add to that defense.
15. Indianapolis – EDGE Charles Harris, Mizzou
- Another EDGE player off the board, and this is simply needs based, the Colts need to start rebuilding that defense. New GM Chris Ballard, will be sending a message to the fans that the front office will be doing just that when they announce this pick of Charles Harris, great rusher out of what is starting to be known as DL ZOU.
16. Baltimore- WR Mike Williams, Clemson
- Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens love taking the best available player on the board, and how could they not love the talent in Mike Williams, they may have missed on Perriman in 2015, but this pick could make up for that.
17. Washington- LB Haason Reddick, Temple
- Reddick has come out of nowhere. Basically, went from a relative unknown to a First Rounder in just a few months but with Washington having a need at interior Linebacker, this former converted Defensive Back can fill that whole for years to come.
18. Tennessee- CB Quincy Wilson, Florida
- Quincy Wilson is a top 3 Corner in this draft, another big physical Corner, didn’t run that well at the combine and actually ran worse at his pro day, but this guy is more than just a 40 time, see him to succeed in for the young Titans.
19. Tampa Bay- OL Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
- I really think this pick is going to be traded, there is no pressing need for the Bucs of value at this pick so moving back only makes sense. With that being said, if they do stay put, I have them taking Ryan Ramczyk as the first O-Lineman off the board. Can battle Donavon Smith for the starting Left Tackle spot and then slide inside to Guard to start. Lots of versatility here.
20. Denver- OT Garett Bolles, Utah
- Denver finally looks to build that offensive line they have been neglecting. Bolles is an interesting prospect as a 24-year-old Junior out of Utah. Little bit of a troubled past, but found himself in football and the LDS Church. Absolute mountain of a man who is pretty nimble for his size, solid pick for the Broncos.
21. Detroit- TE David Njoku, Miami
- If there is a Pass Rusher that Detroit likes they could go with him here but ultimately, I think they go get an extreme talent like David Njoku and decide that they want to build their offense similar to that of the Patriots with the two-tight end set. Lions GM Bob Quinn used to be with New England, it only makes sense if they can create something like the Patriot’s former duo with two uber athletic talents like Njoku and Ebron.
22. Miami- OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
- Miami looks to pave the future for the left side of their offensive line with this pick. Slotting in Forrest Lamp in at guard right night to Laremy Tunsil, give the Dolphins and Adam Gase an extremely young and athletic tag team to pave the way for that growing run game.
23. New York Giants- OL Cam Robinson, Alabama
- Giants help fortify their offensive line and actually Robinson could be the final piece to the puzzle. Robinson can slot in at either RT or RG letting DJ Fluker fill the other spot and thus completing the line with Richburg, Pugh, and Flowers. With this pick they turn a weakness into a strength.
24. Oakland- LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
- Oakland is in need of a middle linebacker who will stick as the starting guy, Davis is a 3-down guy, who will come down and thump you between the tackles all while being able to cover these freaky athletic new age pass catching tight ends. Oakland gets their guy with this one.
25. Houston- QB Davis Webb, Cal
- There has been a lot of recent buzz that Davis Webb could shock everyone and be selected at the end of Round 1, Texans make sense, why not?
26. Seattle- CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
- Seattle loves big, physical, press-corners; they get one of those here in Marlon Humphrey. He really just looks the part and will fit right in to the Legion of Boom 3.0 or whatever version they are on now.
27. Kansas City-WR John Ross, Washington
- After years of not addressing Wide Receiver in the first round, the Chiefs take the fastest man in the history of the combine in Mr. John Ross. The Chiefs could also decide to trade back in the draft if a guy like Patrick Mahomes isn’t here for them but I don’t think they can go wrong with adding the speed and versatility of Ross alongside a guy like Tyreek Hill.
28. Dallas- CB Kevin King, Washington
- Sort of out of the box pick for the Cowboys, but that is what we’ve been used to seeing from the cowboys in recent years. Taking the guy no one is talking about late in the first round just like they did with Byron Jones back in 2015. Kevin King is the name this time as the Cowboys try to rebuild their secondary, recently decimated by Free Agency.
29. Green Bay- EDGE Taco Charlton, Michigan
- So many different ways the Packers can go with this pick, and not only that, but Ted Thompson is notorious for being unpredictable so this was a hard pick to make, but ultimately, I think going with a guy like Taco Charlton would be a great pick to sure up the Packers Spotty Defense. Adding more size and athleticism is never a bad idea and that’s what you are getting with Taco.
30. Pittsburgh- S Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
- There has been a lot of criticism towards Jabrill Peppers by draft experts in recent months, the narrative that he really is a Jack-of-all-Trades but a Master of None. Now that could still be the case but if he gets to play in a fantastic culture like Pittsburgh and has a defined role in the defense unlike he had at Michigan, he can really succeed. Plus, added upside on his return abilities, and no I don’t think this diluted sample will affect his draft stock.
31. Atlanta- RB Dalvin Cook, FSU
- Atlanta likes their Running Backs out of Tallahassee. Ultimately, I think this is another spot where a team will trade back out of their spot so maybe there is no pick by the Falcons here, but if they do have a pick I think they go Dalvin Cook to start the clock on another young productive Running Back.
32. New Orleans (from Patriots)-CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
- Acquiring this pick from the Patriots, the Saints close out Day 1 solidifying a need at Corner with a very talented player like Awuzie. The run of corners most likely starts here as there is a surplus of 2nd round talent, but Awuzie is just good enough to sneak into the first.