|2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT: |
The Cleveland Browns
are on the clock
1. Browns: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, EDGE-
The Browns have been a dysfunctional organization for some time now and seem allergic to finding a franchise QB. Even though they need a franchise passer it seems fitting that the "same ole Browns" will wait until the later rounds to draft one.
2. Bears: Deshone Kizer, Notre Dame, QB-
Jay Cutler is what he is at this point of his disappointing career. A strong armed leaderless passer who you cannot count on to help you win a championship. The Bears will be looking for his replacement and Kizer is a strong armed QB with all the tools to be a Franchise passer.
3. Titans: Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
The Titans need help in multiple areas but CB is a glaring hole on their roster. Tabor is an explosive defender with great hands and speed, and will help from day 1.
4. 49ers: Deshaun Watson, Clemson, QB
Talk about a good fit. Watson fits the mold for what Chip Kelly likes to do in his offense. He can run throw and throw with power to all levels of the field. The QB of the future isn't on the 49ers roster so look for them to definitely address the position early in the 2017 NFL draft.
5. Jags: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, S-
This will be a tough pick between Peppers and the Fournette. But ultimately the Jags will continue to build on their Defense with an already emerging offense.
6. Saints: Jonathan Allen, Alabama, EDGE-
Defense has been a problem for the Saints. Part of the problem is not getting a pass rush. Even if their corners play well enough to cover receivers the coverage eventually breaks down because of the lack of a pass rush. Here is one way to help address the problem.
7. Jets: Brad Kaaya, Miami, QB-
The Jets need a QB of the future and Kaaya is projected to go in the first round. I'm not very high on Kaaya but every year it seems like at least one prospect goes higher than they should. If I were the Jets I would go with Chad Kelly who is the better prospect. Nevertheless Kaaya is a very cerebral player that seems to grasp the intricacies of the game.
8. Dolphins: JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC, WR-
The Dolphins offense has been dismal through the first four weeks of the NFL season. Part of the problem has been their mediocre QB Ryan Tannehill but Miami seems too stubborn and unlikely to move on from him. If they do decide to give Tannehill another season, he will need some more weapons. Smith-Schuster is a top WR prospect for 2017.
9. Bucs: Mike Williams, Clemson, WR-
The Bucs need a legitimate #2 WR to play along Mike Evans. Williams would be a great fit and is a tall target that can get behind the secondary.
10. Lions: Lenoard Fournette, LSU, RB-
Detroit is very fortunate to have a player like Fournette fall this far into their lap. The Lions don't have a RB on the roster that has the potential and talent that Fournette does.
11. Chargers: Jamal Adams, LSU, S-
Another LSU player coming off the board and in the top ten. The Chargers need for secondary help is glaring. Adams is one of the top Safeties in this draft and is worthy of being selected this early.
12. Colts: Desmond King, Iowa, CB-
The Colts are a bad defensive team and part of that is their poorest secondary. The selection of King helps in their area of weakness.
13. Bills: Travis Rudolph, FSU, WR-
Rudolph is another tall receiver in what seems to be a deep draft at the position. The Bills could use another legitimate threat at the WR position next to Sammy Watkins.
14. Redskins: Tim Williams, Alabama, EDGE-
Washington has some solid pieces around their mediocre QB (Kirk Cousins) that mask his weaknesses. The Skins foolishly believe they can win a championship with Cousins and its very unlikely they try and replace him. Look for them to take a pass rusher instead. Williams is the best one available at this point.
15. Oakland Raiders: Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech, WR-
Derek Carr could use more help around him. A target like Ford will be a huge help in the development of their young QB.
16. Panthers: Dalvin Cook, FSU, RB-
The Panthers need some offensive fire power to help relieve the pressure off of Newton. A talented running back is not a bad place to start in the first round.
17. Chiefs: DeMarcus Walker, FSU, EDGE-
Walker is a relentless pass rusher that can get to the QB, which is something the Chiefs need on their roster.
18. Giants: Ruebeun Foster, Alabama, ILB-
The Giants are in desperate need of Line backer help. Foster is the best prospect available at this point for the position.
19. Cardinals: Chad Kelly, Ole Miss, QB-
Surprise! The Cardinals have a complete team but Carson Palmer is on the wrong side of 30 and Larry Fitzgerald's window of being a pro bowl caliber performer is dwindling. The Cardinals need to prepare for the future. Chad Kelly is the best QB in this draft class and the Cardinals are getting a bargain by drafting him at this point in the draft.
20. Bengals: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama-
The Bengals have a solid defense upfront but will be looking to add to their secondary. Humphrey is a solid coverage CB and one of the best available in this draft.
21. Green Bay: Cam Robinson, Alabama, OL-
Green Bay has had trouble blocking for the running game and for Aaron Rodgers. This team needs to sure up their offensive line. Robinson is a top ten prospect in my opinion and the Packers would be extremely fortunate to have him fall in their laps. He fills a need.
22. Seattle: Raekown McMillan Ohio State ILB-
The Seahawks are still one of the premier defenses in the NFL but they need help at linebacker. McMillan is the best available.
23. Tennesse Titans- O.J. Howard, Alabama, TE-
It's very rare to see a TE go in the first round but Howard is the exception. He can do a little bit of everything amd will give Marcus Mariota a security blanket when things get tight.
24. Ravens: Derek Barnett, Tennessee, EDGE-
Barnett is a relentless pass rusher that could help reform the Ravens defense that once was amongst the best in the NFL and made them Superbowl contenders.
25. Falcons: Carl Lawson, Auburn, EDGE-
The Falcons offense has been on fire lately. It's the defensive side of the ball that needs help. Lawson can help.
26. Cowboys: Charles Harris, Missouri, EDGE-
Another pass rusher in a draft class that is deep with EDGE rushers. The Cowboys have a bend but don't break defense. It would be nice to have a play-maker that has pro-bowl potential.
27. Texans: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame, OT-
This might be a bit of reach but the Texans need help on their offensive line so they may even trade down and take McGlinchey. If they don't he still may be the pick.
28. Patriots:- Dovante Fields, Louisville, EDGE-
The Patriots just always seem to draft contributing players to their roster and players that best fit their system. Fields seems like that kind of player that will come in and fit in well with a Bill Belichick defense.
29. Steelers: Tre'Davious White, LSU, CB-
Cornerback has been a huge issue for some time now for the Pittsburgh Steelers and they need to address that need early in the draft. White is one of the better prospects still on the board at this point late in the first round.
30. Eagles: Courtland Sutton, SMU, WR-
Carson Wentz has gotten off to a really good start for the Eagles and has had some success early for the team. If the Eagles want to maintain their QB's level of play they will need to continue to give him some weapons to throw the ball too. Their WR core is average at best.
31. Cleveland: Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina, QB-
Typical Browns. Waiting until later to draft their QB of the future. Hopefully this is the last time they keep drafting and striking out on QB's. Trubisky is a quality prospect at the position. He plays with a lot of poise and displays a level of maturity, and leadership that the Browns have been missing at the position.
32. Broncos: Nick Chubb, Georgia, RB-
The Broncos have a running back by committee but no true number 1 guy at the position. Chubb is a talented RB that has long term starter potential if placed on the right team.