The NFL Scouting Combine is right around the corner now. Here is my last update before these young guys get to show what they can do. Now, this won’t be like a lot of mocks; there will be some major changes.
2017 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
- 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 Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina
The Jay Cutler era (or error?) is finally over in Chicago, but John Fox remains as the head coach. Fox doesn’t like rookie quarterbacks, but he might not get to make this call. Besides, starting a rookie might buy him one more year when they go 3-13 this year.
- Jacksonville Jaguars Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
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 another pass rusher to help Dante Fowler.
- 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 Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
So, there are these crazy reports coming out that Christian Hackenberg has made big strides, and the Jets are willing to enter the season with him as the starter. Plus, Revis decline in play and increase in arrests make this a major need.
- Los Angeles Chargers Malik Hooker S Ohio State
Hooker might be the best player in the draft, and he makes a perfect replacement for Eric Weddle. The Chargers get a steal if Hooker is still on the board here. This pick brings even more young talent to a defense boasting the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
- Carolina Panthers Leonard Fournette RB LSU
I said in the first mock that the Panthers would love Fournette to fall to 8. Well, in Mock 2.0 they get their wish. Jonathan Stewart is often injured and always increasing in age. He turns 30 in March, so his days are numbered.
- Cincinnati Bengals Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
This pick is a pure pick of best available player. Linebacker might not be a huge need, but it will make the defense that much better. Karlos Dansby will likely be gone in free agency (or retirement at this point) which can put Foster in the starting lineup right away.
- Buffalo Bills Mike Williams WR Clemson
I’m hoping the Bills front office comes to their senses and retain Tyrod Taylor. He may not be the greatest QB in the league, but he has done enough to prove himself. Getting him another weapon will help this offense, but if Taylor is gone, this pick might become a QB.
- New Orleans Saints Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
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 create some pressure on the quarterback.
- Cleveland Browns Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
Ramczyk is arguably the best offensive lineman in this year’s draft. He takes over at right tackle immediately before he steps up to replace Joe Thomas. I had a quarterback here before, but I think they can wait until round 2 if they want to take someone.
- Arizona Cardinals Sidney Jones CB Washington
Lattimore is gone at number 13 this time around, but the Cardinals can still take a corner because this draft is super deep. Carson Palmer is returning, so they don’t need to waste a high pick on his replacement.
- Indianapolis Colts Taco Charlton DE Michigan
The Colts need defensive help in a big way, and in Mock 2.0, they address it by taking the pass rusher from Michigan. He’ll have big shoes to fill with the retirement of Robert Mathis at the end of the year.
- Philadelphia Eagles Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
Doug Pederson coached and played under Andy Reid, so he understands the importance of an all-purpose back. Cook will bring running back play back to Philadelphia for the first time since Brian Westbrook left town.
- 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 Charles Harris DE Missouri
Harris replaces McDowell at pick 17 to the Redskins. He probably moves up to this spot because of his pass rush ability. I also think WR John Ross could go here because of the probable exit of DeSean Jackson.
- Tennessee Titans Teez Tabor CB Florida
Safety early and a corner now; hopefully, that will take care of all of those secondary break downs from this season. I still wish we could get Mariota some help, but regardless of your #3 wide receiver, they would be a stretch at eighteen.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
There are a few possibilities with the Bucs. They need to replace Vincent Jackson, who knows what is going on with Doug Martin, and they clearly need a safety. McDowell might be too good to pass up this far down the board.
- 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 Jarrad Davis LB Florida
The Dolphins filled their need at tight end by trading for Julius Thomas. Of course, they’ll need his replacement several times this season when he misses more than a few games. It might be early for Davis, but he will make an impact on their defense right away.
- New York Giants Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA
Jason Pierre-Paul just might leave town in free agency, and if he does, the Giants will desperately need to replace him. They already had a hard time getting pressure on the quarterback. McKinley is raw but could get to double digit sacks.
- Oakland Raiders Cam Robinson OT Alabama
The Raiders had one of the best lines in the league last year, but right tackle could use an upgrade. If Robinson proves himself, he may be the one to replace Donald Penn when he is ready to call it a career.
- Houston Texans Deshone Kizer QB Notre Dame
Mahomes is the second-best quarterback in this draft as far as I’m concerned, but the Texans won’t be asking for my opinion. Kizer can make all the throws, but his 2016 tape shows some serious regression.
- Seattle Seahawks Forest Lamp G Western Kentucky
Every season an interior lineman moves up into the first round, and at this points in the draft, Lamp is the best offensive lineman available. He played tackle in college, but he projects as a guard in the NFL. Seattle could use him at either position.
- Kansas City Chiefs Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
I dropped Humphrey 11 spots because he gets beat deep too often. Since KC has Marcus Peters, Humphrey will have time to develop on the other side. Plus, he has the size and speed that you just can’t teach.
- Dallas Cowboys Quincy Wilson CB Florida
Dallas surprised a lot of people with their defensive play this year because they weren’t abysmal. A big part of that was their secondary play. Scandrick and Carr will both turn 31 before the season starts, and Claiborne is a free agent. Wilson will bring in a young, quality CB.
- 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 Budda Baker S Washington
Baker didn’t make it into the first-round last time, but the more I watch, the more I like what he does. The Steelers defense surprised most people who thought they were old and lacking talent, but they looked good last year. Baker would go a long way to improve the secondary.
- Atlanta Falcons David Njoku TE Miami
Atlanta could use help on defense, but that unit came together as the season went on. The Falcons are really in position to take the best player available. In this case, David Njoku from Miami. He also upgrades the TE position that has lacked since Tony Gonzalez retired.
- New England Patriots Garrett Bolles OT Utah
The Patriots love versatile players. Bolles can play pretty much everywhere on the line. He might not be the best player available, but the Patriots like to make picks like this which are almost automatic.