2017 NFL Mock Draft 10.0: Heading to the draft finish line
2017 NFL Mock Draft 10.0
The 2017 NFL Mock Draft is less than a week away. CSN Draft expert Ben Standig has made some changes to his latest mock. Who is your team trading? Mock Draft 10.0 has the answers.
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The Browns passed on Jared Goff and Carson Wentz last year. Wise or not, their quarterback need remains clear.
That the freaky athletic Garrett has monster potential is clear as well. Named first-team All-American as a junior, Garrett had 21 sacks over the last two seasons. One league source compared him to another pass-rushing linebacker: Lawrence Taylor. Sold.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
To quarterback or not quarterback here is the question. This may end up becoming Deshaun Watson or Mitch Trubisky, but that decision largely depends on whether the 49ers acquire Kirk Cousins or feel like withholding major investment in the position until 2018.
Instead, they add a versatile and disruptive presence in Thomas for the defensive line.
3. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Jay Cutler is gone, but the Bears are going with Mike Glennon next, essentially eliminating a quarterback selection here.
Anyway, the Bears would be wise to snag a needed defensive playmaker. That could mean safety Jamal Adams, but the 6-foot-2, 295 pound Allen is a monster against the run and at getting after quarterbacks.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Seeing as the Jaguars made splashy moves for their defense early in free agency, why not swing for the fences on offense? Fournette dominated the college level with his size and speed.
Many see that happening on the NFL stage as well. Maybe adding a premier back helps boost disappointing quarterback Blake Bortles.
5. Tennessee Titans via LA: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Tennessee enters the offseason with two first-round picks and uses its first selection on its main defensive need. The Buckeyes sophomore is becoming the consensus No. 1 prospect among corners.
Wide receiver is in play along with defensive line should Jonathan Allen or Solomon Thomas fall.
6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, SS, LSU
The Jets spent a second-round pick on quarterback Christian Hackenberg just last year, but that shouldn't prevent them from considering another passer here.
The secondary is also a big need. Adams has Pro Bowl upside due to his coverage skills.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The ultra-rangy sophomore could go as high as three to Chicago, but won't likely slip past Chargers.
Top needs for the newest LA team includes an offensive tackle most of all plus wide receivers seeing as Pro Bowl-level talent Keenan Allen cannot stay healthy.
8. Carolina Panthers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Carolina could start the run on wide receivers or try fixing its Josh Norman hole with a prospect from the impressive cornerback class.
Yet only Marshon Lattimore is the only CB likely landing in the top-10 and the best pass-catching option plays tight end. The 6-foot-6 Howard dominated the Senor Bowl, only adding to his already formidable hype. The Panthers should have fun pairing Howard and Greg Olsen in two-TE sets
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
A.J. Green is great. The Bengals' other wide receivers are not.
Cincinnati's defense also needs new bodies flying off the edge. The SEC is typically the gold standard among conferences in college football and the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Barnett led all those players with 12.5 sacks.
10. Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
After losing Robert Woods entering free agency, Buffalo needs a running mate for receiving stud Sammy Watkins. Williams has desirable Red-Zone size and ran an impressive 4.50 40-time at his Pro Day. That works.
11. New Orleans Saints: Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
Reddick was among the freakier athletes at the Combine, but there's also production here. Receiver becomes an option now that New Orleans dealt Brandin Cooks and the Saints could certainly add corners considering the receivers in the NFC South.
12: Cleveland Browns via Philadelphia: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Unless the Browns believe 2016 rookie Cody Kessler is their long-term answer, they need a quarterback, again. When they trade for New England's Jimmy Garoppolo, they have their guy. Until then...
After attempting only 123 passes over the previous two seasons, Trubisky completed 68.2 percent of his passes in 2016 while tossing 30 touchdown passes and only six interceptions. Decent bet the 6-foot-3 signal caller is the first passer off the board. By which team is the question.
13: Arizona Cardinals: Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
We might be at the end of the Carson Palmer era and Drew Stanton isn't a starting QB in waiting.
The 6-foot-2 Mahomes oozes potential, but will need time adjusting to the NFL's approach after playing in the spread "Air Raid" attack.
14. Philadelphia Eagles via Minnesota: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Philadelphia needs more reliable running back options than those on the roster. Sorry, Ryan Mathews. McCaffrey backed up his prodigious production on the college level by wowing the NFL community at the combine.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Conley rocked the Combine to the point some think he's a top 10-20 selection. The Colts added several edge rusher types in free agency, but none that should prevent them from snagging another one like Tennessee's Derek Barnett if they desire.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Tired jokes aside, the Ravens must upgrade their receiver unit to help Joe Flacco move closer to elite status.
The 6-foot-3 Davis wasn't just a receiver in 2016. We're talking playmaking monster after catching 97 passes for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns. Edge rusher is the other play.
17. Washington Redskins: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
First off, slow down. More mocks to come before Thursday's Day 1. By then I might slide Foster down in line with current rumors.
According to team president Bruce Allen, the team's big board will make the final call on what the Redskins do at 17. According to numerous draft analysts, the tackling force from Alabama is one of the top 10 players in this class. Some are lowering their grade -- and projection into Day 2 -- because off injury and various off-field issues.
What we know is the Redskins could literally take any position here. If they still believe in Foster's talent above other issues, he'd provide the middle of the defensive with needed oomph. G Forrest Lamp, WR John Ross, CB Gareon Conley and several pass rushers could be in play as well. Unless the big board suggests a trade down, of course.
18. Tennessee Titans: John Ross, WR, Washington
After going with an defensive need pick at 5, Tennessee ideally focuses on its main offensive worry. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has several good receivers, but doesn't have a clear go-to option.
Nobody in history ran a faster 40-time then the 5-foot-11 Ross' unreal 4.22. He helped the Huskies reach the national semifinals with 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. Range is 8 to second round because of potential and injury history.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
It's curious what the future holds in Tampa for running back Doug Martin. Cook is a playmaking dual threat who averaged 6.1 yards per carry and had 33 receptions in the regular season.
20. Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Denver's offense fell apart late in 2016, costing the defending Super Bowl champions a playoff berth. Inexperienced passer Trevor Siemian receives much of the blame, but the Broncos' offensive line was perhaps the main culprit.
21. Detroit Lions: Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri
Detroit needs a greater pass rush presence beyond end Ziggy Ansah. The 255-pound Harris led the SEC with 18.5 tackles for loss in 2015 and tacked on nine sacks in 2016 as a junior.
22. Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
Moving Laremy Tunsil to tackle opens a spot at guard and the powerful Lamp is the best bet to fill it. The defensive line could use more help around Ndamukong Suh.
23. New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
New York spent a 2015 first round pick on tackle Ereck Flowers and still need help. If the Giants focus on offense, adding a playmaker at running back is key especially after releasing Rashad Jennings. They also need a tight end bump and David Njoku would provide the offense a jolt.
24. Oakland Raiders: Jarrad Davis, MLB, Florida
Oakland should focus on defense this offseason with all three levels needing help, especially a suspect secondary. The athletic Davis likely starts his NFL career on the weak-side, but could shift to the middle over time.
25. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Houston unceremoniously dumped Brock Osweiler and lost Tony Romo to the announcing booth. For now that leaves Tom Savage as the starting quarterback. That could (should?) have the Texans targeting a future starter here.
Watson's pass-run ability and clutch performance led Clemson to the national title. It might lead Cleveland to thinking he's its long-term solution.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama
Seattle needs help on both lines. Russell Wilson certainly concurs on the offensive side. The Seahawks could end up with two new tackles this offseason.
There's some buzz Pro Bowl Richard Sherman could be dealt. While that seems unlikely, Seattle could be one of many teams taking advantage of this year's great cornerback depth.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson's season-ending injury should have the Chiefs looking for a long-term replacement. Problem: The top three prospects are gone on this board. Maybe Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer works.
Instead, more pass rush for the defense that relies on 33-year-old Tamba Hali. The 255-pound McKinley had 10 sacks and forced three fumbles for the Bruins.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Running away with the NFC East title with a rookie quarterback was shocking enough, but don't overlook the fact that the Cowboys also did so with a hodgepodge defensive line.
Charlton might be better stopping the run than rushing the passer right now and yet he had nine sacks in 10 regular season games.
29. Green Bay Packers: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Teams shredded Green Bay's secondary throughout the season and that was even with the NFC North not exactly armed with great passing attacks.
There's so much corner depth the Packers could wait until Day 2, but as many as 6-7 could go in round one.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: David Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.)
Antonio Brown rules, but the Steelers need other receiver options. That also includes tight end. Njoku is an athletic freak
31. Atlanta Falcons: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
The Matt Ryan-led offense carried Atlanta to the Super Bowl despite a defensive front-7 not brimming with pass rushers or run stoppers. Signing Dontari Poe helps inside.
With all that said, the instinct-rich Peppers would provide head coach Dan Quinn with a strategic weapon for the modern era whether at safety or as some hybrid outside linebacker,
32. New Orleans Saints via New England: Kevin King, CB, Washington
With six divisional games against the likes of Julio Jones, Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin, stocking up at corner is a smart strategy.
33. Cleveland Browns: T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
The younger brother of you-know-who earned first-team Big 10 honors last season after recording 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.
34. San Francisco 49ers: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Maybe the 49ers land Kirk Cousins this year or next. Maybe not. Even if optimistic, better have a backup plan.
Kizer might be the riskiest of the potential first-round passers, but also sports the most upside.
35. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dion Dawkins, G, Temple
The Jaguars have concerns at guard and tackle. Everyone loves Dawkins inside and some think he's future lies at tackle.
36. Chicago Bears: Budda Baker, S, Washington
Baker plays with a front-7 mentality and will shore up the Bears' weakness at free safety.
37. Los Angeles Rams: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
On offense, rising second-year quarterback Jared Goff remain a work in progress, but he needs more help with his targets and blockers.
The 6-foot-2 Jones caught an insane 158 passes for the Pirates last year.
38. Los Angeles Chargers: Juju Schuster-Smith, WR, USC
The Chargers could use more weapons beyond the oft-injured Keenan Allen. It's worth noting the rugged Smith-Schuster had no luck in the season opener going up against Alabama's corners, including Marlon Humphrey, but his overall body of work stood out.
39. New York Jets: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
New York did let Darelle Revis go, meaning they need a corner capable of hanging on an island. Based on his instincts and production at LSU, the 6-foot-0 White should be capable of stepping in quickly.
40. Carolina Panthers: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
If you haven't heard, the Panthers lost Josh Norman last year. That's why cornerback works.
41. Cincinnati Bengals: Taylor Moton, T/G, Western Michigan
The Bengals suffered significant losses on the offensive line this offseason. They're also still looking for a Reggie Nelson replacement at safety and inside linebacker help if they pass on Rueben Foster in round one.
42. New Orleans Saints: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
Whether at receiver or running back, Samuel would provide Sean Payton with a speedy chess piece the Saints could deploy in several ways.
43. Philadelphia Eagles: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Having upgraded its receivers in free agency and the running game in round, Philly can now tackle its primary defensive issue -- cornerback.
44. Buffalo Bills: Jordan Willis, DE/OLB, Kansas State
The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year could help Buffalo's pass rush. Willis racked up 20 sacks over the last two seasons.
45. Arizona Cardinals: Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
If the Cardinals skip inside linebacker in round one, they could make a key move their defense right here. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound Cunningham, when focused, is a tackling force.
46. Indianapolis Colts: Antonio Garcia, G/T, Troy
Breaking news: The Colts must, must, must do a better job protecting quarterback Andrew Luck.
Whether the 6-foot-6 Garcia lands at tackle or guard, Indianapolis has issues at both spots.
47. Baltimore Ravens: Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
At some point the Ravens must find an edge pass rushing replacement for Terrell Suggs.
48. Minnesota Vikings: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
McDowell could be a force as a 3-4 end or inside in 4-3 looks. He recorded 34 tackles -- seven for loss -- and 1.5 sacks in nine games before missing the last three games with an ankle injury. Inconsistency and passion are concerns for some draft pundits, however.
49. Washington Redskins: Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan
Washington is desperate for defensive line help, especially at nose tackle. That's not Wormley, a first-team Big Ten selection last season.
But the hard-working provides an athletic presence inside. Several cornerbacks, offensive linemen and tight ends are among the potential BPA prospects in this range who could help Washington in other areas.
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Seeing as the Bucs addressed their second receiver slot in free agency with DeSean Jackson and the backfield earlier in this mock, targeting the defensive secondary works here.
51. Denver Broncos: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi
Letting Julius Thomas leave in free agency, while a reasonable financial decision, left the Broncos with a major hole at tight end.
Look for Denver to dip into the deep pool of tight end prospects on Day 1 or 2.
52. Cleveland Browns vis Tennessee Titans: Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State
The Browns suddenly have some cornerstone pieces on defense, including cornerback Joe Haden. Beyond him, the secondary needs major help.
53. Detroit Lions: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Huge setback Jones when he tore his Achilles during his Pro Day workout. Before then, top 20 seemed like the move. For that potential, some team will risk using an early round selection for the long haul.
54. Miami Dolphins: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
Miami should be down with adding depth behind 35-year-old pass rusher Cameron Wake.
55. New York Giants: Davis Webb, QB, California
At some point the Giants must come up with a plan behind 36-year-old Eli Manning. Running back also is in play here.
56. Oakland Raiders: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
Oakland lost Latavius Murray in free agency and maybe adds Marshawn Lynch.
If the talented Mixon puts his impressive skills to use and his sordid off-field issues behind him, the Raiders won't miss Murray much.
57. Houston Texans: Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
Whether its Tom Savage or a rookie quarterback, the Texans must do a better job with protection. Running back Lamar Miller won't object with this call either.
58. Seattle Seahawks: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
Reminder that Seattle needs help on both lines. The powerful Tomlinson had over 60 tackles with three sacks last season for the Crimson Tide.
59. Kansas City Chiefs: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Often loaded with a standout running back, Kansas City now has lots of backfield questions. While his college stats aren't overwhelming, the 5-foot-10 Kamara impressed with his rugged style, 4.5 speed and 214-pound frame.
60. Dallas Cowboys: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
The 6-foot-4 athletic freak dazzled at the Combine with his 4.4 speed and other physical feats. Teams already liked his tackling prowess.
61. Green Bay Packers: Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Julius Peppers moved on, which means the Packers need more pass rushers. They also could target a running back or inside linebacker depending on how the board unfolds.
62. Pittsburgh Steelers: Nate Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
That Ben Roethlisberger returning for a 14th season made news suggests Pittsburgh could begin planning for the day Big Ben says he's done.
63. Atlanta Falcons: DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
Vic Beasley became a force last year, but more help off the edge is needed. Tight end Adam Shaheen and guard Dorian Johnson should be in consideration at this spot.
64. New England Patriots: Marcus Williams, S, Utah
Another best player available scenario. Williams is often projected among the top 50 prospects and Bill Belichick won't sleep on value.
Guard and running back are New England's top needs.