Joe’s 2017 NFL Mock Draft


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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of a helmet, NFL shield, stage, and podium before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Will

With the 2017 NFL draft about a week away, there are many different mock drafts being released. Quite a few of these mock drafts are very similar with the early draft picks, but grow very controversial as they get deeper into the first round. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay are the 2 most popular draft analysts, and many people will base their mock drafts off of what they say. The truth of the matter is that despite being correct on some of their picks, Mel and Todd miss on a good percent of their mocks. The draft is set to begin on Thursday, April 27th and down below I will give you my prediction for who each team will pick in the first round.

*There will likely be some trades in the actual draft, but if the order stays this way then this is what I believe will happen

#1 Cleveland Browns  

Texas A&M -DE Myles Garrett: Many people are speculating that the Browns might take a chance and draft QB Mitchell Trubisky with the first pick, but Garrett is a once in a lifetime type of player that they can’t afford to pass up. He could be the cornerstone of a defense that is looking for some play-makers.


#2 San Francisco 49ers

LSU S- Jamal Adams- Defensive line has been a huge priority in recent years, so the focus here has to be on the secondary. Adams is just too talented for 49ers to pass on him.


#3 Chicago Bears

Ohio State- CB Marshon Lattimore:  I believe the bears will look to bolster their secondary with this pick. After missing out on Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Bouye, they added Prince Amukamara but they will still need more corner help. Lattimore was Targeted 35 times this season and credited with 14 passes defended, including four interceptions. He has a tremendous burst of speed and instincts to make plays from any coverage asked of him.


#4 Jacksonville Jaguars

 LSU RB- Leonard Fournette : The Jaguars would love to draft a power running back like Fournette, who can take the pressure off of Blake Bortles and add some excitement to the offense.

#5 Tennessee Titans

Clemson WR -Mike Williams is a dynamic big receiver who is tremendous at using his size and leaping ability to make catches over defensive backs.  Pairing him with Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray would make for an elite offense.


#6 New York Jets

Ohio State S – Malik Hooker : The Jets do not exactly have a franchise QB, but the 2018 Quarterback class is shaping up to be better than this years so they will go Best player available and draft a play making safety .


#7 Los Angeles Chargers

Stanford DE-  Solomon Thomas: The chargers might strongly consider adding Malik Hooker if he’s available , but I think they’d rather beef up their defensive line with Thomas


#8 Carolina Panthers

Stanford RB- Christian McCaffrey: Ron Rivera wants a dynamic player that can take the pressure off of his franchise quarterback.


#9 Cincinnati Bengals

Temple LB/OLB- Hasson Reddick : Going into the season not many people knew who Hasson Reddick was, but after an awesome season for the owls he has seen his draft stock dramatically increase for all the good reasons.


#10 Buffalo Bills

Alabama TE- O.J Howard: Howard was an elite college tight end, and he will soon become Tyrod Taylor’s favorite target to throw to in the slot.


#11 New Orleans Saints

Michigan DE- Taco Charlton:  Charlton has 34 1/4″ Arm Length and is 6’6″ ft tall which will provide the Saints with another premier pass rusher opposite of Cameron Jordan.


#12 Cleveland Browns

UNC QB- Mitchell Trubisky: The Browns will not be content with having Brock Osweiler as their quarterback of the future, so they will most likely gamble on Trubisky. Trubisky certainly has all the traits that you’d be looking for an  NFL quarterback, but with only 13 games as a starter in college, many are questioning if he is ready for the next level.


#13 Arizona Cardinals

Western Michigan WR- Corey Davis: With an aging Larry Fitzgerald the Cardinals will look to add some youth to the receiver corps and Davis provides them with a nice blend of speed and solid route running skills.


#14 Philadelphia Eagles

Alabama CB- Marlon Humphrey:  The Eagles have a solid defensive line and linebackers, but their secondary is awful. By adding Humphrey the secondary will continue to get better.


#15 Indianapolis Colts

Alabama DT/ DE- Jonathan Allen: When the season ended Allen was projected as a consensus top 5 pick, but after a poor showing at the combine and some shoulder concerns, he drops all the way to 15.


#16 Baltimore Ravens

Washington WR- John Ross: Steve Smith Jr. has retired and former first round pick Breshad Perriman has not lived up to his expectations. With that being said, John Ross is lightning in a bottle and his 4.22 speed will provide the spark this offense needs.



#17 Washington Redskins

Florida State RB- Dalvin Cook: There are some off the field issues surrounding Cook, but with his big playmaking ability, the Redskins  would be stupid to pass up an opportunity to add another toy to their offense. The fumbling issues are a big concern and so is his shoulder injury, but Jay Gruden will look past all of this and grab his running back of the future.


#18 Tennessee Titans

Ohio State CB- Gareon Conley: With the release of long -time Titan DB  Jason McCourty, it is clear that Tennessee will go corner with one of their first-round picks.


#19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

UCLA DE- Takkarist McKinley:  The Bucs added Vernon Hargreaves, III in last year’s draft, but still need more players to help on defense.  By adding McKinley they would be getting a player who is relentless on the field and works very hard off the field to try and improve his game. It might take a few years, but many scouts think he can be a star in the NFL.


#20 Denver Broncos

Miami TE- David Njoku: The Denver Broncos are missing a legit receiving threat from the tight end position, which Njoku immediately gives them.


#21 Detroit Lions

Alabama LB- Reuben Foster: Foster is a vicious hitter with elite playmaking range, but medical issues might cause him to drop this far. By adding him the Lions would be solidifying the middle of their defense with tons of speed and athleticism.

#22 Miami Dolphins

Tennessee DE- Derek Barnett: Barnett is a very special player and is the new all-time sacks leader in Tennessee Vols history. His 33rd career sack surpassed Hall of Famer Reggie White. By pairing him with Ndamukong Suh you have a vicious Duo that will keep opposing quarter-backs awake at night.



#23 New York Giants

Wisconsin OT- Ryan Ramczyk: The G-men thought they solved their offensive line problems when the drafted Ereck Flowers, but let’s just say that didn’t exactly go well. They have a chance at redemption by adding Ramczyk.


#24 Oakland Raiders

Florida LB- Jarrad Davis: The Raiders defense is getting better, but they still lack some depth at line-backer. They were hopping that Rueben Foster would slide this far, but they will certainty be happy with Davis. He is a natural born leader and will elevate this team; which is already on the rise.


#25 Houston Texans

Texas Tech QB- Patrick Mahomes: Houston has tons of talent on their roster, but they still lack a solid quarterback. Recently Mahomes has seen his draft stock soar, and if the Texans could acquire him they’d be getting an extremely tough player with a rocket arm, and who is a student of the game.


#26 Seattle Seahawks

UCONN S-  Obi Melifonwu: Seattle has shown in recent years that they love having tall lengthy defensive backs in their secondary. Obi’s skill set is a little bit raw, but give him time and he will become elite.


#27 Kansas City Chiefs

Missouri DE Charles Harris: Justin Houston and Tamba Hali are good players, but with injuries and age,  it would be wise for KC to add a young and talented edge rusher such as Harris.


#28 Dallas Cowboys

LSU CB- Tre’davious White: This offseason the Cowboys lost Brandon Carr,  Morris Claiborne, Barry Church, and J.J Wilcox from their secondary. It would be ridiculous if they did not add a defensive back in a draft; which is known for its deepness at the position


#29 Green Bay Packers

Tennessee RB- Alvin Kamara: The Packers need to vastly improve their corner-back play from the 2016 season and lucky for them this draft is deep at the position. Ty Montgomery had a great deal of success transitioning from WR to RB, but by adding Kamara this team will have a good shot at the Superbowl.


#30 Pittsburgh Steelers

Wisconsin OLB- T.J Watt: Only had one season of full-time football. He needs to improve his strength and explosiveness. Would provide Steelers with an aggressive player to replace Jarvis Jones.


#31 Atlanta Falcons

Western Kentucky G  – Forrest Lamp:  The Falcons added a few pieces to their defense this off-season, so although it may be tempting for them to go defensive line here; I think they will go with Lamp because adding a fantastic guard will make their offense even more dominant.


#32 New Orleans Saints

Washington CB – Kevin King : The Saints get another solid addition to their defense, and King will provide them with  a long corner to battle with some of the leagues biggest wide- receivers.