A three round mock draft showcases the best prospects in 2017. Four QBs are taken in the first round, and the owners of the top 3 picks end up not taking one at all. The Browns build their roster for the future adding four studs on defense.
1. Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
BEST. PLAYER. IN. DRAFT. PERIOD.
2. San Francisco 49ers- Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
The 49ers can go in many different directions with this pick. They are not in huge need for DL but when you’re drafting this high; you take the best player available. Thomas has the ability to edge rush and stop the run up the middle. Marshon Lattimore is in play here especially after the releasing of Tramaine Brock, but with a deep CB class they can get first round talent in round two, a la Tre White. I don’t think they will go QB as they will attempt to sign Kirk Cousins in 2018 and another bad season will allow them to acquire high draft picks once again to further build the roster.
3. Chicago Bears- Malik Hooker S Ohio State
In a division with the gunslingers of Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford, you need a centerfielder to stop the home run ball. Hooker has the best range out of any DB in the draft, which makes him a more attractive option for the Bears.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars- Leonard Fournette RB LSU
Fournette was NFL ready coming out of high school and I truly believe he can create the impact that Adrian Peterson once did. He will take pressure off of Bortles and Jacksonville will have a legit run game.
5. Tennessee Titans (via LA)- Jonathan Allen DT Alabama
Adding Jon Allen creates a scary front 4, as he would play alongside of Jurell Casey and Daquon Jones. This would really put pressure on the Colts to create a better O line as the Texans and Jaguars also have put together strong defenses.
6. New York Jets- Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
Marshon Lattimore is clearly the best CB in the draft, as many can be argued for #2. The Jets add an extremely talented corner after releasing Darrelle Revis. I don’t believe they will opt to go QB as that would be admitting to wasting a second round pick last year (Christian Hackenberg) and none of the QBs in this draft are worth a top 10 selection, or are ready to start from Day 1. Also, the 2018 class for QBs looks to be much better than this one.
7. LA Chargers- Jamal Adams S LSU
The Chargers defensive backfield hasn’t been the same since they lost Eric Weddle. Adams is my favorite DB in the draft as he can hit like a linebacker and is able to cover TEs and WRs in the slot.
8. Carolina Panthers – Christian McCaffery RB Stanford
The Panthers are in desperate need for playmakers. Why not get a player that can play both RB and WR? This is a true value pick as McCaffery also has great ability in the return game and can be utilized on all three downs.
9. Cincinnati Bengals – Garett Bolles OT Utah
This is another pick where people might think the prospect is going too high. Though, the Bengals lost their starting OT and G this free agency, and Bolles will be to start for them at either position-opening day. The OL class this draft is not as talented as it has been in recent years, wait until Day 2 of the draft and all the elite talent is gone.
10. Buffalo Bills- Mike Williams WR Clemson
The Bills add another Clemson WR to join Sammy Watkins. They are in need of another WR with the departure of Robert Woods and Williams has WR1 potential.
11. New Orleans Saints- Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
Trubisky will be set up to fail if he is selected by a team that forces him to play Week 1 as he only started one year of college football. I love his fit with the Saints as he learns under future HOFer Drew Brees, and will become a solid starter once he retires.
12. Cleveland Browns (via PHI)- Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
It’s my personal opinion that the Browns should not take a QB anywhere within the first three round of this draft. Allow Brock to start this season and further build this roster throughout the draft. If Osweiler lands you in the top 5 of next year’s draft, you’re looking at Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen. Adding Reuben Foster (my second ranked player behind Garrett), you create a dominant presence on the edge (with Garrett) and up the middle.
13. Arizona Cardinals- DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
Carson Palmer is most likely looking at his last season this year. I believe Kizer has the highest upside out of any QB in this class, and a year of learning with Bruce Ariens will prepare for the start of the 2018 season.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIN)- Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
The Eagles needed another CB before free agency, and after losing their top 2 from last season, now they are desperate. Conley is solid in all areas and has the potential to become a shut down corner.
15. Indianapolis Colts- O.J. Howard TE Alabama
The Colts literally need every position on defense, but O.J. Howard may be too good to pass up. In the past two offseasons, the Colts have parted ways with both of their TEs from the 2012 draft, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. Howard will provide a big target in the middle of the field for Luck and he possesses superb blocking skills. I originally had Haason Reddick in this slot and considered Derek Barnett, but ultimately switched to Howard, as he is as sure of a prospect there is in this draft.
16. Baltimore Ravens- Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
The Ravens need a WR1 and Davis has the traits to become so. His transition in to the NFL may be slower than wanted coming from the MAC, but with great size and athleticism, he will be productive right away.
17. Washington Redskins- Taco Charlton DE Michigan
First off, best name in the draft, and second, Charlton has great size at 6’6” 277 pounds. He is effective in all areas of across the D line and is an upgrade over every D lineman on the Redskins.
18. Tennessee Titans- Haason Reddick LB Temple
Reddick has skyrocketed up draft boards since the end of the college season. I love his versatility as he will be able to play outside or inside in a 3-4 defense. He will add a fresh presence to the Titans’ LBs where both Orakpo and Woodyard are 30.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jabrill Peppers S Michigan
I’m higher on Jabrill Peppers than most; I believe his versatility is a strength not a weakness. The Buccaneers are in need of a safety and playmakers on defense and Peppers fits the bill for both.
20. Denver Broncos- Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
Ramczyk will start right way for the Broncos at left tackle. He is an exceptional pass blocker and has proved that he can contain extremely quick edge rushers. His run blocking and overall football IQ are above average, and has potential to grow since he only played one year at Wisconsin.
21. Detroit Lions- John Ross WR Washington
Matthew Stafford has one of the biggest arms in the league, and with Ross’s 4.2 speed, that would be a fun QB-WR combo to watch. I really like Reddick for the Lions if he’s available, and they’re also considering Barnett here also.
22. Miami Dolphins- Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
Barnett is arguably the most NFL ready DE in this draft. He is a very polished pass rusher and his run defense is better than Myles Garrett’s. He will be a great replacement for Cameron Wake when he retires.
23. New York Giants- Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech
This is obviously a pick for the future as Eli will probably play around two more seasons, and no matter what the Giants say, Geno Smith is not going to replace Manning. Mahomes is raw, but he has the arm strength and ability to scramble outside the pocket to be the future face of the Giants.
24. Oakland Raiders- Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma
I know, I know, many of you are probably surprised I have Mixon this high. I’m not afraid to place a player where his talent dictates and without his domestic violence assault, he’s a lock for the top 10. Even if the Raiders acquire Marshawn Lynch, who knows how much he has left, and for how long. A Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Joe Mixon combination would be dominate for the next decade.
25. Houston Texans- Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
This is the absolute perfect fit for Deshaun Watson. He is the most NFL QB prospect right now and is put into a situation with a team with arguably the best defense in the league. Watson’s ceiling isn’t as high as others in this class but he is a winner, and makes Houston Super Bowl contenders.
26. Seattle Seahawks- Kevin King CB Washington
King just seems like a perfect fit for the Legion of Boom. He is long, athletic, and is versatile in the defensive backfield. It would have been crazy to think two years ago that the Seahwaks would have to use a first round pick for a DB.
27. Kansas City Chiefs- Forrest Lamp G Western Kentucky
Incredible value pick for the Chiefs here as Lamp could end up being selected in the top 15. There are more pressing needs for the Chiefs, but Lamp is extremely athletic for a guard and provides an immediate upgrade on the interior.
28. Dallas Cowboys- Obi Melifonwu S UCONN
The Cowboys took many hits this free agency losing their starting safeties and a corner. Obi, one of the more intriguing players in the draft, played all 4 years at UCONN, and got experience at both CB and safety. He will make an immediate impact on defense with his ability to make the tackle and centerfield.
29. Green Bay Packers- Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
Cook who was once regarded as a top 10 talent has seen his stock fall in recent time. The Packers are more desperate for a RB than other team for any other position as their starter (Ty Montgomery) began last season as a WR.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers- Takkarist McKinley OLB UCLA
Though it seems James Harrison will play forever, he will eventually give in to Father Time. Takk has an incredible motor and passion for the game, and will be able to develop to create fear for opposing offenses.
31. Atlanta Falcons- Cam Robinson OT/G Alabama
The Falcons are in need of a starting guard and Robinson will be able to start right away. He had a very impressive career at Alabama, starting for three years for the Crimson Tide. A very durable player and will provide his services across the O line for years to come, perhaps too good to pass up.
32. New Orleans Saints- Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
Though I personally thought the Saints got ripped off for Brandin Cooks, the trade allows them to draft a starting corner. I think Humphrey’s play at Alabama was underrated in coverage and the best area of his game is in run support.
33. Cleveland Browns- Quincy Wilson CB Florida
34. San Francisco 49ers- Tre White CB LSU
35. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jarrad Davis LB Florida
36. Chicago Bears- David Njoku TE Miami
37. LA Rams- Fabian Moreau CB UCLA
38. LA Chargers- Zay Jones WR East Carolina
39. New York Jets – Jordan Willis OLB/DE Kansas State
40. Carolina Panthers- Charles Harris DE Missouri
41. Cincinnati Bengals- T.J. Watt LB Wisconsin
42. New Orleans Saints- Carl Lawson DE Auburn
43. Philadelphia Eagles- Antonio Garcia OT Troy
44. Buffalo Bills- Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado
45. Arizona Cardinals- Raekwon McMillian ILB Ohio State
46. Indianapolis Colts- Tyus Bowser OLB Houston
47. Baltimore Ravens- Tim Williams OLB Alabama
48. Minnesota Vikings – Malik McDowell DT Michigan St.
49. Washington Redskins- Zach Cunningham ILB Vanderbilt
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Taylor Moton OT/G Western Michigan
51. Denver Broncos- Caleb Brantley DT Florida
52. Cleveland Browns- Budda Baker S Washington
53. Detroit Lions- Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson
54. Miami Dolphins- Dan Feeney G Indiana
55. New York Giants- Montravius Adams DT Auburn
56. Oakland Raiders- Carlos Watkins DT Clemson
57. Houston Texans- Dion Dawkins G/OT Temple
58. Seattle Seahawks- Jermaine Eluemunor G/OT Texas A&M
59. Kansas City Chiefs- Sidney Jones CB Washington
60. Dallas Cowboys- Derek Rivers OLB Youngstown St.
61. Green Bay Packers- Ahkello Witherspoon CB Colorado
62. Pittsburgh Steelers- Davis Webb QB Cal
63. Atlanta Falcons- Teez Tabor CB Florida
64. Carolina Panthers (via NE)- Cooper Kupp WR Eastern Washington
65. Cleveland Browns: JuJu Smith-Schuster WR USC
66. San Francisco 49ers: Ethan Pocic C/G LSU
67. Chicago Bears: Roderick Johnson OT FSU
68. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Engram TE Ole Miss
69. LA Rams: Tarell Basham DE Ohio
70. New York Jets: Ryan Anderson OLB Alabama
71. LA Chargers: Pat Elflein G/C Ohio St.
72. New England Patriots (via CAR): Rasul Douglas CB WVU
73. Cincinnati Bengals: Carlos Henderson WR LA Tech
74. Baltimore Ravens (via PHI): Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee
75. Buffalo Bills: David Sharpe OT Florida
76. New Orleans Saints: Taywan Taylor WR Western Kentucky
77. Arizona Cardinals: Desmond King S/CB Iowa
78. Baltimore Ravens: Julie’n Davenport OT Bucknell
79. Minnesota Vikings: Aviante Collins OT TCU
80. Indianapolis Colts: Cam Sutton CB Tennessee
81. Washington Redskins: Nathan Peterman QB Pittsburgh
82. Denver Broncos: Adam Shaheen TE Ashland
83. Tennessee Titans: Chris Godwin WR Penn St.
84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeMarcus Walker DE FSU
85. Detroit Lions: Dawuane Smoot DE Illinois
86. Minnesota Vikings (via Miami): Adam Bisnowaty OT Pitt
87. New York Giants: Alex Anzalone ILB Florida
88. Oakland Raiders: Jayon Brown ILB UCLA
89. Houston Texans: Blair Brown LB Ohio
90. Seattle Seahawks: Chris Wormley DT Michigan
91. Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Walker Jr. ILB Northwestern
92. Dallas Cowboys: Adoree’ Jackson ATH USC
93. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Williams S Utah
94. Pittsburgh Steelers: Howard Wilson CB Houston
95. Atlanta Falcons: Dalvin Tomlinson DT Alabama
96. New England Patriots: Tanoh Kpassagnon DL Villanova
97. Miami Dolphins: Damontae Kazee CB San Diego St.
98. Carolina Panthers: D’Onta Foreman RB Texas
99. Philadelphia Eagles (via BAL): Vince Biegel ILB Wisconsin
100. Tennessee Titans (via Rams): Jourdan Lewis CB Michigan
101. Denver Broncos: Duke Riley ILB LSU
102. Seattle Seahawks: Curtis Samuel WR/RB Ohio St.
103. New Orleans Saints (via NE from CLE): Marcus Maye S Florida
104. Kansas City Chiefs: Brad Kaaya QB Miami
105. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kendall Beckwith ILB LSU
106. Seattle Seahawks: Will Holden OT Vanderbilt
107. New York Jets: Josh Reynolds WR Texas A&M