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We are one day away from football Christmas. The NFL Draft is a time of great optimism for all 32 fan bases. New Additions are made to rosters to make up for players lost to free agency and retirement.

 

This year’s draft is one of the deepest drafts in a long time. The problem with this draft is predicting teams boards and where the players fall due to the depth of this draft. Let’s take a stab at this anyways.

 

NFL TEAM/ Drafted Player /College/ Height/ Weight/ 40 Yard Dash

 

  1. Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett Texas A&M 6’4 272 4.57

 

Cleveland needs impact players across the board. Myles has a few more moves than just a speed move outside. The naysayers will say he didn’t play big in big games. When you watch closely on his tape the offense is often calling a play to the opposite side of the field from him. He impacts the play without the gaudy stats most would love to see. Even being injured in his junior year he was able to record 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks to bring his career totals to 48.5 TFLs and 32.5 Sacks.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers DE Solomon Thomas Stanford 6’2 273 4.69

 

San Francisco is right up there with Cleveland in needing almost everything on the roster. Solomon makes a lot of sense. He’s a dominant pass rushing player with great leadership skills. He could easily be the future captain of this defense. His final game of the year was the Sun Bowl vs the North Carolina Tar Heels. Most people were watching that game to scout Mitch(ell) Trubisky but Solomon Thomas was the guy that kept jumping off the screen with the way he would break through and pressure the UNC QB.

 

  1. Chicago Bears S Jamal Adams LSU 5’11 214 4.56

 

Chicago needs to beef up their defense the most. The key area here is their secondary. Adams will come in and make an impact right away. He’s not the ball hawk that fellow prospect Malik Hooker is but he has great size and speed with quality tackling skills.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars QB Deshaun Watson Clemson 6’2 221 4.66

 

Here is the curveball of this mock draft. Everybody has tied Leonard Fournette from LSU to Jacksonville. That pick makes sense. However, Tom Coughlin did not bring in Blake Bortles. The last two years of Bortles has come from bad to horrendous. A team giving him another chance is asking to have a bad season. Watson has the leadership skills that a team like the Jaguars needs in the locker room. He has some issues on the field to work on but could be a better starter than what they already have on the team.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans DE Jonathan Allen Alabama 6’2 286 5.00

 

Titans need help upfront and in the secondary. Jon Robinson has slowly created a really intriguing team in Nashville. Making Allen this pick would be adding a quality front seven player that will likely play in the 3 technique spot. He has a strong burst over the guard and can get pressure on the Quarterback fast.

 

  1. New York Jets CB Marshon Lattimore Ohio State 6’0 193 4.36

 

Lattimore has all the right tools to be a top end corner in the NFL. The biggest knock on him has been his injury history, often having nagging hamstring issues. Lattimore can come in and replace the hole that once was “Revis Island”.

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers S Malik Hooker Ohio State 6’1 206 N/A

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Malik Hooker is often being compared in the same breathe as former ball hawking safety Ed Reed. That is some mighty big shoes to fill. Malik has had a couple of surgeries and been unable to workout for most teams. Even with this his tape in his only year starting is off the charts. He might not always be the best tackler but he is very smooth while covering and has very high awareness.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers RB Leonard Fournette      LSU 6’0 240 4.51

 

Carolina is relieved in this scenario that Jacksonville passes on Fournette. Panthers are trying to scale back how often Cam Newton runs the ball. Jonathan Stewart isn’t getting younger and the rest of their backs are complimentary players. Fournette is a bowling ball on the field with his huge frame and rare speed.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals WR Mike Williams Clemson 6’3 218 4.53

 

Reuben Foster is being linked with the Bengals at this spot. Originally I would agree. The moment the Bengals signed Minter this pick wouldn’t make sense anymore, unless they kicked Minter out to OLB. The best Bengals teams of the past decade had two talented WRs for their QBs. AJ Green used to run with Mohamed Sanu and Chad Johnson had TJ Houshmanzadeh as his running mate. Mike Williams has a great combination of size and speed to be solid #2 and eventual #1 for Cincy. Williams was Watson’s favorite target in 2016 with well over 1,000 yards and 11 TDs. The air attack of AJ Green, Mike Williams, Tyler Eifert, and Tyler Boyd looks exciting if your name is Andy Dalton.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills TE O.J. Howard Alabama 6’5 251 4.51

 

There is a lot of discussion with Buffalo being linked to Quarterbacks in this draft. Tyrod Taylor seems to be the de facto starting QB for 2017. Why not give him a quality weapon to succeed?

OJ is one of the most talented players in this draft. He’s huge with this 6’5 251 frame. He will be an offensive coordinator’s dream with multiple mismatch opportunities and a red zone threat.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints LB Reuben Foster Alabama 6’0 229 N/A

 

Reuben Foster to some experts is considered one of the best players in the draft. There are some character questions that will likely drop him out of the top 10. The Saints should take Foster due to needing so many impact players on their defense. He could take over that defense and have a huge impact similar to when Patrick Willis took over the San Francisco defense in his career. He’s very aggressive and tracks running backs well. Something New Orleans has been lacking for a while now.

 

  1. Cleveland Browns QB Mitch(ell) Trubisky    North Carolina 6’2 222 4.67

 

The Quarterback position has been the biggest question mark and need for decades. Just to qualify this statement the last 5 playoff QBs in Cleveland are as follows. 2002 Kelly Holcomb(and Tim Couch) 1994 Vinny Testaverde 1985-1989 Bernie Kosar 1980,1982 Brian Sipe 1972 Mike Phipps. Lack of consistency in this position has led to putrid play and vanilla offenses for years. Not saying Trubisky is the savior of this team but from the brief time at UNC you can see a lot of accuracy and athleticism. Keep investing into the most important position in football till you have a franchise QB.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals CB Marlon Humphrey  Alabama 6’0 197 4.41

 

The Arizona Cardinals lost a lot of quality on their defense to free agency. They still have some quality pieces up front In Markus Golden and Chandler Jones. Giving Mathieu and Peterson a little bit of help with Humphrey can help slow opposing offenses. Some would say QB here for Arizona but they could easily move back into the first round later or wait to see who is available in the 2nd round.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles RB Christian McCaffrey   Stanford 5’11 202 4.48

 

Ed McCaffrey’s son has turned into a dynamic running back with a lot of all purpose yards in his college career. The Eagles went out in free agency to give Carson Wentz some WRs to throw to in Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. They could easily go defense here. By taking McCaffrey they are giving their young developing QB a nice weapon in the backfield that can run between the tackles and catch the ball.

 

    15. Indianapolis Colts DE Derek Barnett Tennessee 6’3 259 4.88

 

Derek Barnett should be a top ten pick based on his game film and how dominant he was in a quality conference. His measurables are really poor though and should make him drop to the middle of the first round. The Colts have needed defense for years, even when they were in the Super Bowl with Peyton Manning. Their new general manager, Chris Ballard, seems to want to bolster the defense and finally get to opposing quarterbacks with some regularity.

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens WR Corey Davis       Western Michigan   6’2 209   N/A

 

Balitmore has been linked with many defensive players and offensive lineman. Looking at the offense they haven’t had a lot of quality young possession wide receivers. This team took Breshard Perriman not long ago. Him and Mike Wallace have been more of the speedsters. Davis would bring a different element that is missing in the this WR corp. He’ll high point the ball well and make crazy acrobatic catches.

 

  1. Washington Redskins  LB Haason Reddick     Temple 6’1 237 4.52

 

Haason has proven to be a very versatile and fast linebacker. The Redskins defense needs a player like Reddick. He’s a former defensive back turned defensive end. Haason had a knack for getting to the Quarterback in his senior year with 10.5 sacks. When you’re in a division with Eli Manning, Dak Prescott, and Carson Wentz you’ll need players like this to pressure these guys.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans WR John Ross Washington 5’10 188 4.22(WOW)

 

Marcus Mariota needs some weapons to get this Titans team over the hump and get into the playoffs. Bringing in a burner like Ross will help this offense deep down the field and open up more of the playbook for Mariota to run. John Ross impressed a lot of people setting a combine record of 4.22 in the 40 yard dash. The Titans make the late Raiders owner Al Davis happy by going for the speedy WR.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers   RB Dalvin Cook Florida State   5’10 210 4.49

 

The Bucs run up to the podium with this name on their card. The offense has the horses outside with DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans. This team could use a quality feature back like a Dalvin Cook. Doug Martin is hot and cold. Doug also has plenty of injury history. The other running back Charles Sims has barely played and when healthy doesn’t look to be an every down back.

 

  1. Denver Broncos OT Ryan Ramczyk Wisconsin 6’5 310 N/A

 

Wisconsin breeds top end offensive lineman. Ryan Ramczyk is the next in a long line of quality OL from this college. Ryan shuffles really well and rarely getting beaten by pass rushers outside. The Denver Broncos have been lacking quality OL play for years now.

 

  1. Detroit Lions DE/OLB Takkarist McKinley UCLA 6’2 250 4.59

 

McKinley is the next in a recent trend of UCLA DL going in the first round of the NFL Draft. Detroit Lions need more than just Ziggy Ansah putting pressure on the quarterback from the edges. McKinley has quality speed to give Ansah a nice partner to rush the passer with.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins OG Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky    6’3 309  4.98

 

Brandon Albert has left Miami. Tunsil is likely going to replace him at OT. This will leave a huge hole needing to be filled. Lamp can come in and help solidify this offensive line. Adding him helps both Tannehill and the fantasy football waiver wire pickup of the year in Jay Ajayi. He’s a former OT but has too stiff of a frame to move on the outside of the offensive line.

 

  1. New York Giants TE David Njoku Miami 6’4 246 4.64

 

Giants front office workers would be salivating to see Njoku slip by teams that likely could use a tight end in the first 22 picks. Dreams of Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall, and Njoku will make Eli Manning a happy QB in the twilight of his career. David has similar traits to OJ Howard and can be a huge playmaker for the team that does end up with him.

 

  1. Oakland(?) Raiders LB Jarrad Davis Florida 6’1 238 4.58

 

Jarrad Davis is a tackling machine in the middle of the Florida Gator defense. The Raiders have quality pieces on the outside and really need a linebacker to control the middle of the field. Jarrad looks to be great fit here with some real interest from Reggie McKenzie in Oakland. Jack Del Rio is a former linebacker and would love a piece like Davis.

 

  1. Houston Texans QB Pat Mahomes Texas Tech 6’2 225 4.80

 

The Texans current QBs are former late round draft pick Tom Savage and former Cleveland bust Brandon Weeden. These guys are not really striking fear into opposing defenses. Pat Mahomes comes in as a wild card QB. He’s a gunslinger that does a lot of play off book. He’s going to have a lot of quality pieces on offense and one of the best defenses in the NFL to help his development.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks CB Kevin King Washington 6’3 200 4.43

 

Kevin King has amazing size and speed compared to typical NFL cornerbacks. Seattle’s legion of boom is slowly deteriorating. Richard Sherman might get moved on draft day and even if he’s not his days are looking numbered. Kevin could learn from the quality in Seattle and blossom into top end defensive back.

 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs CB Gareon Conley Ohio State 6’0 195 4.44

 

Gareon Conley is considered the safest pick out of all three of the top end defensive backs in this class from the Buckeyes. He doesn’t have the pure speed of a Lattimore or the ball hawking ability of Hooker. However, Conley has a lot of ability covering and tackling in the secondary.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys          DE/OLB Charles Harris     Missouri 6’2 253 4.82

 

Charles “Black Ice” Harris is another quality pass rusher to come from the Missouri program. Like Denver Broncos Shane Ray there isn’t a lot of quality measurables about him but he’s a tenacious pass rusher. The motor on this guy is what pops off the screen. The Dallas Cowboys still really hasn’t replaced DeMarcus Ware. After the whiff of Randy Gregory a few years back this will finally bring a quality pass rush back to the defense in Big D.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers CB Tre’Davious White         LSU 5’11 192 4.47

 

Ted Thompson is always replenishing this roster with quality draft after quality draft. They have many needs on defense and can go a few different routes. Losing Tramon Williams a couple years ago and now Sam Shields the secondary has become considerably weaker. White was praised at the Senior Bowl this year as one of the quickest learners on the South team. He’s the prototypical CB for the NFL.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers DE Taco Charlton Michigan 6’5 277 4.83

 

Pittsburgh hasn’t had a defense to Pittsburgh standards as of late. Last few years they have been doing their best to make the defense younger and stronger. Taco is a quality edge rusher and could make up for past picks like Jarvis Jones not panning out. The offense is exciting in Pittsburgh but if the team wants to reclaim the throne in the NFL they will need to invest in becoming the “Steel Curtain Defense” again.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons OLB/DE TJ Watt Wisconsin 6’4 252 4.69

 

The younger brother to one of the best players in the NFL JJ Watt. TJ might not be as talented as his brother but he’s no slouch. Wisconsin touted a strong linebacking group this year with Watt as one of the center pieces. He has quality speed and will give the Falcons a threat other than just Vic Beasley pressuring quarterbacks. I can hear Dan Quinn cheering now.

 

 32 New Orleans Saints CB Adoree Jackson   USC 5’10 186 4.38

 

Adoree Jackson is an intriguing prospect. He will likely slide into the first round cause teams will look at his returner ability on top of his defensive skills. When this kid has the ball in his hands watch out cause he can get to the house fast. As stated when Reuben Foster was picked for the Saints, This team needs a lot of help on defense. Jackson adds a nice piece to a struggling Defense.
That’s a wrap for this mockery of a mock draft in 2017.Whoever you cheer for good luck to your team tomorrow!

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