2017 NFL Mock Draft 11.0: Final version
2017 NFL Mock Draft 11.0
The 2017 NFL Draft is finally here. CSN Draft Expert Ben Standig has completed his final mock draft. Take a look.
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: Jamal Adams, SS, LSU
Jay Cutler is gone, but the Bears are going with Mike Glennon next, essentially eliminating a quarterback selection here. A
nyway, the Bears would be wise to snag a needed defensive playmaker. The secondary is also a big need. Adams has Pro Bowl upside due to his coverage skills.
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: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
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.
Yet the safest pick at a need area is the he 6-foot-6 Howard, who dominated the Senor Bowl, only adding to his already formidable hype.
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: Christian McCaffrey. RB, Stanford
Carolina could start the run on wide receivers or try fixing its Josh Norman hole with a prospect from the impressive cornerback class.
Carolina should also seek help if not a replacement for Jonathan Stewart.
McCaffrey backed up his prodigious production on the college level by wowing the NFL community at the Combine
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
A.J. Green is great.
The Bengals' other wide receivers are not.
Cincinnati's defense also needs new bodies and landing Allen at nine could be a bonafide steal.
The 6-2, 295-pound Allen is a monster against the run and at getting after quarterbacks.
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.
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: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Having upgraded its receivers in free agency and the running game in round, Philly can now tackle its primary defensive issue -- cornerback.
Conley rocked the Combine to the point some think he's a top 10-20 selection.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Colts added several edge rusher types in free agency, but none that should prevent them from snagging another one.
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.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama
Tired jokes aside, the Ravens must upgrade their receiver unit to help Joe Flacco move closer to elite status. Edge rusher is also in play.
Yet the idea of Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome building up the offensive is gaining buzz.
That the former Crimson Tide star could once again take one of his own in Robinson makes sense.
17. Washington Redskins: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
According to team president Bruce Allen, Washington'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.
Sometimes bold is the right move. If you tell me they no on Foster, pass rusher Takk McKinley is my Plan B. G Forrest Lamp, WR John Ross and several cornerbacks could be in play as well.
Unless the big board suggests a trade down, of course. That's ideal, by the way.
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: David Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.)
No team may face the "need vs. best player available" debate more than the Big Blue.
New York spent a 2015 first round pick on tackle Ereck Flowers and yet still need help.
However it's unlikely any of the tackle options will be the BPA.
Put the talented Njoku on the field with Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard and opposing defense might cry for mercy.
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: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
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. He could go often the board anywhere from 15 on.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
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.
Now the secondary lost several key pieces this offseason.
29. Green Bay Packers: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
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: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Antonio Brown rules, but the Steelers need other receiver options. 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.
31. Atlanta Falcons: TJ Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
The Matt Ryan-led offense carried Atlanta to the Super Bowl despite a defensive front-7 not brimming with pass rushers or run stoppers.
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.
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: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
The instinct-rich Peppers would the Browns with a strategic weapon for the modern era whether at safety or as some hybrid outside linebacker while providing a jolt in the return game.
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: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi
The Jaguars have concerns at guard and tackle, but their big board may show players at other need areas are the best bets. Tight end is indeed a need after trading away Julius Thomas.
36. Chicago Bears: 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.
37. Los Angeles Rams: Budda Baker, S, Washington
Baker plays with a front-7 mentality and will shore up the Bears' weakness at free safety.
On offense, rising second-year quarterback Jared Goff remain a work in progress, but he needs more help with his targets and blockers.
38. Los Angeles Chargers: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
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: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
If you haven't heard, the Panthers lost Josh Norman last year. That's why cornerback works.
41. Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Maye, S, Florida
The Bengals are still looking for a Reggie Nelson replacement at safety and an upgrade opposite receiver A.J. Green. Maye's talent trumps all the receiver options.
42. New Orleans Saints: Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
More defensive help for the Saints with this pass rusher offering crazy upside. Going for a Brandin Cooks replacement at receiver should also be in play.
43. Philadelphia Eagles: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
Whether at receiver or running back, Samuel would provide the Eagles with a speedy chess piece.
44. Buffalo Bills: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Charlton might be better stopping the run than rushing the passer right now and yet he had nine sacks in 10 regular season games.
45. Arizona Cardinals: 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.
46. Indianapolis Colts: Dion Dawkins, G, Temple
Breaking news: The Colts must, must, must do a better job protecting quarterback Andrew Luck.
Everyone loves Dawkins inside and some think he's future lies at tackle. Indianapolis has issues at both spots.
47. Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
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
If we're talking BPA, safeties Marcus Maye or Marcus Williams could be the call. Same for edge rusher Tyus Bowser.
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.
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
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: Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
The 6-foot-3, 234-pound Cunningham, when focused, is a tackling force. Denver needs a boost in the middle of its defense.
52. Cleveland Browns via Tennessee Titans: Quincy Wilson, Florida
The Browns suddenly have some cornerstone pieces on defense, including cornerback Joe Haden. Beyond him, the secondary needs major help.
53. Detroit Lions: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
The Lions had arguably the NFL's worst backfield situation last season. If the talented Mixon puts his impressive skills to use and his sordid off-field issues behind him, that would be the case in 2017.
54. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Anderson, 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: Dalvin Tomlionson, DT, Alabama
The middle of Oakland's defensive line needs work. The powerful Tomlinson had over 60 tackles with three sacks last season for the Crimson Tide.
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: 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.
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: Marcus Williams, S, Utah
Williams is often projected among the top 50 prospects. Dallas cannot let that kind of value pass especially since the Cowboys have a need at safety.
61. Green Bay Packers: DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
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: Juju Schuster-Smith, WR, USC
Guard Chris Chester retired and a tight end like Adam Shaheen should be in consideration at this spot.
With Taylor Gabriel entering free agency in 2018, Atlanta could target receiver early in the draft.
64. New England Patriots: Antonio Garcia, G/T, Troy
Guard and pass rushers are New England's top needs. Bill Belichick won't sleep on value should a player at another position fall.