The Square Pigeon’s Pipeline: 2017 NFL Mock Draft 3.0
Jason brings us a look at the 2017 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 as we approach the National Football League draft.
Combine is done, and the dust is settling on free agency. A few big names linger out there, but it’s a good time to give you 3.0. Two rounds this time. Enjoy!
2017 NFL Mock Draft 3.0
- Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
The Browns honestly improved last season despite going 1-15. Their record failed to reflect the great improvements on offense, and now, they give new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams a new toy to play with.
- San Francisco 49ers Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
There has been some talk that Kyle Shanahan will want to bring in a veteran quarterback as the starter which would free up this spot, and the rumors have them pushing hard for Kirk Cousins. Now, they’ll get to take a great defensive player.
- Chicago Bears Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
Jay Cutler was officially cut, but the Bears brought in Mike Glennon on a higher deal than expected. Now, they get to take the best player available.
- Jacksonville Jaguars Malik Hooker S Ohio State
The fourth pick might represent a big turning point in the draft because I think there is a good chance a trade happens with this pick. It’s too early to make that call, so let’s give the Jags the best player on the board.
- Tennessee Titans Jamal Adams S LSU
I really want to mock Mike Williams here because Mariota needs some weapons to help him out, but it might be too early. Plus, Adams is too good to pass up. The Titans ranked 30th in pass defense last season, and the secondary help will be appreciated.
- New York Jets Leonard Fournette RB LSU
I’m putting Fournette back to the Jets. They cut Revis, but he was dead weight for most of the season last year anyway. Fournette, Forte, and Powell will make for a great backfield.
- Los Angeles Chargers Taco Charlton Edge Michigan
With the Jags snagging Hooker, the Chargers continue to build their defense. Charlton sounds really high at 7, but imagine Bosa, Ingram, and Charlton coming after the opponents QB.
- Carolina Panthers Dalvin Cook RB FSU
I said in the first mock that the Panthers would love Fournette to fall to 8. Well, in Mock 3.0 they get the #2 back on their board. Jonathan Stewart is often injured and always increasing in age. He turns 30 in March, so his days are numbered.
- Cincinnati Bengals Cam Robinson T Alabama
Robinson performed better at the Combine than he looked on film. Plus, the Bengals got banged early in free agency losing Zeitler and Whitworth. Robinson is a stretch, but fills a huge need.
- Buffalo Bills Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
I’ve had Mike Williams here since the beginning, but that changed the second Gilmore left to sign with the Patriots. The Bills take the first corner surprising late at 10.
- New Orleans Saints Reuben Foster LB Alabama
Once again, the Saints put up massive offensive numbers and failed to come anywhere near the playoffs. This defense fails New Orleans every year, and this pick will help provide much need skill and leadership.
- Cleveland Browns Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
The first quarterback off the board in what would be the latest sport since 2013 when the Bills took EJ Manuel. This draft class might be shockingly close to 2013 in many ways.
- Arizona Cardinals DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
Carson Palmer is old. Also, he played pretty bad last year. Given that Arizona has a solid roster, take a QB and give him a year to sit behind a solid veteran.
- Indianapolis Colts Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
The Colts need defensive help in a big way, and in Mock 2.0, they address it by taking the pass rusher from Tennessee. He’ll have big shoes to fill with the retirement of Robert Mathis at the end of the year.
- Philadelphia Eagles Mike Williams WR Clemson
Carson Wentz desperately needs help on offense. Williams is a true #1 receiver. Possibly the only #1 in the entire draft.
- Baltimore Ravens Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
I had Marlon Humphrey here, but I dropped him down. Steve Smith retired for real this time which leaves a gaping hole in the roster. Davis looks like a young Terrell Owens. Hopefully, he doesn’t have the same locker room issues.
- Washington Redskins Jabrill Peppers S Michigan
Peppers is talented and versatile, but it is hard to say where he will fall in the draft. He played several positions in college, but he will find his home at safety in the NFL.
- Tennessee Titans John Ross WR Washington
The Titans signed Logan Ryan away from the Patriots, so they get to add more talent to help Mariota. With Ross’ record setting 40, he jumps into the first round.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Marlon Humphry CB Alabama
I could see the Bucs jumping on a running back here, but it seems early for Mixon (with his character issues) or McCaffrey.
- Denver Broncos OJ Howard TE Alabama
Howard has to be the best player on the board at this point. The Broncos O-line is an absolute mess, but it will depend on how much they like Cam Robinson or Garrett Bolles or Forrest Lamp. Howard fills a need and is the best player available.
- Detroit Lions Haasan Reddick LB Temple
The Lions have improved their defense to average over the past few years. That’s not a knock on them because they were terrible. Reddick replaces Cunningham because after watching some more film on Cunningham, he’s not as good as Reddick.
- Miami Dolphins Forrest Lamp G Western Kentucky
The Dolphins are moving Tunsil out to LT with the departure of Brandon Albert, so now they can solidify their line with one of the safest picks in the draft.
- New York Giants David Njoku TE Miami (FL)
Jason Pierre-Paul got hit with the franchise tag, so the Giants can spend this pick on another receiving threat. Adding Njoku will make the Giants one of the best passing threats as long as Eli can still throw it.
- Oakland Raiders Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
The Raiders broke out last year with 12 wins, but their defense was amongst the worst in the league. It would be wise to spend their first couple of rounds on defensive talent.
- Houston Texans DeSean Watson QB Clemson
It’s safe to assume that the Texans want Tony Romo, but they don’t have him yet. Let’s give them the best QB left because he should be able to beat anyone left in Houston.
- Seattle Seahawks Caleb Brantley DT Florida
The Seahawks addressed some of their needs at offensive line in free agency, so it’s time to beef up the defensive line. Brantley should develop into an anchor for the interior line.
- Kansas City Chiefs Jarrod Davis LB Florida
Back-to-back Gators come off the board because they played great defense in Gainesville. Davis will be the heir apparent to Johnson at MLB.
- Dallas Cowboys Charles Harris DE Missouri
Dallas needs a pass rusher since Randy Gregory can’t stay out of trouble. Honestly, Harris shouldn’t last this long on the board, but he’s here this time. He might not be on the 4.0.
- Green Bay Packers Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford
With Starks gone and Lacy’s weight concerns, McCaffrey makes a lot of sense here. Ty Montgomery did a great job filling in, but the Packers need a real running back to carry the load with Montgomery as a supporting role.
- Pittsburgh Steelers Takkarist McKinley LB UCLA
The Steelers need an edge rusher since the best one they have is nearly 40. McKinley offers a raw but talented skill set. Double digit sacks are easily attainable.
- Atlanta Falcons Tim Williams LB Alabama
Atlanta could use help on defense even though the unit came together as the season went on. Vic Beasley could use a running mate to get to the QB. If the Falcons can handle the off the field issues, Williams is a steal this late in the draft.
- New England Patriots Adoree’ Jackson CB USC
They did just sign Gilmore, but Malcolm Butler is pretty miffed after getting told he couldn’t get that much money. Jackson needs some time to develop, but he is a dynamic return man right away.
- Cleveland Browns Garrett Bolles T Utah
The Browns already beefed up their line in free agency, but Bolles fills in the void at RT.
- San Francisco 49ers TJ Watt LB Wisconsin
Watt moved up the board after his performance at the combine, almost into round one.
- Jacksonville Jaguars Evan Engram TE Mississippi
Julius Thomas didn’t work out, so now the Jaguars get to draft a TE from this deep class.
- Chicago Bears Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
His love for football has been questioned after the combine, but he’s a steal here for Chicago.
- Los Angeles Rams Dan Feeney G Indiana
For their first pick, the Rams need to address their terrible offensive line.
- Los Angeles Chargers Dion Dawkins G Temple
The Chargers purged the veterans from the line, so Dawkins will help start the rebuild.
- New York Jets Teez Tabor CB Florida
Revis 2.0 failed miserably as he was cut following his arrest. Tabor’s 40 time dropped him to 2nd.
- Carolina Panthers Tre’Davious White CB LSU
Carolina needs help at corner bad, but #8 is too early for them in the first round.
- Cincinnati Bengals Budda Baker S Washington
Baker is a first round talent, but he might fall out because of the depth in pass rushers.
- New Orleans Saints Quincy Wilson CB Florida
The run on corners is on with the third in four picks; Wilson is an underrated, solid player.
- Philadelphia Eagles Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
Another corner comes off the board as the over-shadowed Ohio State products heads to Philly.
- Buffalo Bills Curtis Samuel WR Ohio State
The Bills get an offensive weapon to help Tyrod Taylor move the ball under the new head coach.
- Arizona Cardinals Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson
Arizona gets a corner on the other side of Peterson to form a great secondary.
- Indianapolis Colts Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
The Colts defense is in bad shape, and Cunningham brings a strong presence at linebacker.
- Baltimore Ravens Ryan Anderson LB Alabama
Anderson is a tough, gritty player who already looks like a Raven.
- Minnesota Vikings Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee
Adrian Peterson looks to exit Minnesota, and his replacement is not on the roster currently.
- Washington Redskins Chris Wormley DL Michigan
Wormley does a lot of thing good but nothing great which puts him in the middle of the second.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma
Some call him the best back in the draft, but his off the field incident makes him tumble down.
- Denver Broncos JuJu Smith-Schuster WR USC
Smith-Schuster adds another weapon for whoever plays quarterback for the Broncos this year.
- Cleveland Browns Obi Melifonwu S UConn
After their 4th pick, the Browns transformed their team into a competitive, young team.
- Detroit Lions Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio State
Detroit’s first 2 picks spent on linebackers, but it is a huge team need filled by quality players.
- Miami Dolphins Montravius Adams DT Auburn
Might be early for Adams, but he had a great combine and nothing will be left for the next pick.
- New York Giants Antonio Garcia T Troy
They need to draft some linebackers at some point, but Garcia is better than any remaining LBs.
- Oakland Raiders Alex Anzalone LB Florida
Reports keep popping up about Anzalone impressing during his workouts.
- Houston Texans Rasul Douglas CB West Virginia
Houston steals the most underrated corner in the class; Douglas led the nation in interception.
- Seattle Seahawks Josh Jones S NC State
Seattle has the best safety tandem in the league but age and injuries are catching up with them.
- Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes II QB Texas Tech
It’s far too late for Mahomes to come off the board, but he gets to be Alex Smith’s replacement.
- Dallas Cowboys Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech
Jason Witten is one of the greatest TEs in history, but his time is coming to an end.
- Green Bay Packers Pat Elfein C Ohio State
JC Tretter left for Cleveland leaving a hole at the center of the line which Elfein fits nicely.
- Pittsburgh Steelers Ahkello Witherspoon CB Colorado
Continuing the youth movement on defense, the Steelers snag some needed depth at CB.
- Atlanta Falcons Larry Ogunjobi DT NC Charlotte
More defensive help for the Falcons to take pressure off Matt Ryan to up 35 points to win.
- Carolina Panthers Dede Westbrook WR Oklahoma
Speedster with quickness is just what the Panthers need to go with their big outside guys.