2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Round 1)


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It’s mock draft season! That’s all that needs to be said. Let’s get started.

  • Cleveland Browns: Myles Garret, DE, Texas A&M. Don’t screw this up, Cleveland. If you’re picking in the top 5 then you get the best player available. Besides, they have Philadelphia’s pick later.

  • San Francisco 49ers: Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC. Jon Lynch and Kyle Shanahan make their first mistake by reaching for a quarterback way too early. It’s understandable, though; the only QB signed in 2018 is Christian Ponder.

  • Chicago Bears: DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson. Again, another bad reach but Jay Cutler is as good as gone and Matt Barkley isn’t going to show us something new. Watson is more equipped than Trubisky but this is a major risk.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford. Coughlin’s first pick is a defensive end. That shouldn’t be shocking since he won two Super Bowls thanks to disruptive pass rushers.

  • Tennessee Titans (Rams): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson. Tennessee forms their own big three with Murray, Mariota, and Williams. The AFC South just got a lot harder.

  • New York Jets: Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State. Darrelle Revis is dealing with legal issues in Pittsburgh and was essentially on his way out anyway. Hooker isn’t a corner but the secondary will still be improved.

  • Los Angeles Chargers: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin. King Dunlap is dealing with legal issues of his own and hasn’t been setting the world on fire with his play. Ryan may be dealing with a hip injury but the Charges find someone to protect Rivers in his golden years.

  • Carolina Panthers:  Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU. You’re a linebacker and you look in the backfield and see Cam Newton and Fournette run a read option…what do you do? Exactly, no one knows. This pairing will put Carolina’s offense back on track.

  • Cincinnati Bengals: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State. Dre Kirkpatrick is probably signing somewhere else during free agency so the Bengals draft his replacement.

  • Buffalo Bills: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan. If the Bills are smart and sign Tyrod Taylor to an extension then Davis will be the obvious choice. The cupboard will be overflowing if Watkins, McCoy, Taylor, and Davis suit up next year in Buffalo. If Tyrod walks then expect the Bills to reach for a quarterback.

  • New Orleans Saints: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama The Saints need to focus on all things defense and they start by getting the best linebacker in the draft.

  • Cleveland Browns (Eagles): DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame. Cleveland finds “the man” again and drafts Kizer. He’s not ready yet but RGIII is still under contract. DeShone sits for a year while Robert auditions for another chance.

  • Arizona Cardinals: Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan Some might say this is a major reach but if there is one team in the league that loves versatility, it’s Arizona. Deone Bucannon was listed as a safety in the 2014 Draft and now plays Linebacker. Peppers is going to thrive under this staff.

  • Indianapolis Colts: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee. The Colts need a lot of help on defense and they grab the SEC’s second-best defensive end.

  • Philadelphia Eagles (Vikings): Teez Tabor, CB, Florida. The Eagles need as much help as possible at WR and Corner. Williams and Davis are gone so Philadelphia grabs a corner with the moxy that Jim Schwartz covets.

  • Baltimore Ravens: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington. The Ravens add and explosive playmaker to help out the secondary.

  • Washington: Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama Washington’s offense is set so now it’s time to focus on the defense. Jonathan Allen can help stop the offensive juggernauts that reside in the NFC East.

  • Tennessee Titans: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama. The Titans not only add the best receiver in the draft but also one of the best corners in a draft that’s loaded with secondary help. Trading the number one pick last year pays off. The Titans are young and talented.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU. Dalvin gets to join an old friend in Jameis and Tampa Bay moves on from Doug Martin.

  • Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah. It doesn’t matter who lines up behind center for Denver next year, you have to be able to protect them. Russell Okung’s replacement will do just that.

  • Detroit Lions: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama. The entire right side of the Lions’ offensive line are free agents. The overhaul started last spring and Robinson will be the second first round tackle the Lions will take in as many years.

  • Miami Dolphins: Jamal Adams, SS, LSU. Miami’s secondary ranked 20th last season according to PFF. Luckily for them, Adams, arguably the best safety in the draft, falls to them.

  • New York Giants: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama. Currently the Giants starting tight end is undrafted Will Tye. The G-Men have more needs but grabbing the best tight end in the draft is too good to pass up.

  • Oakland Raiders: Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State. Oakland gives their defense another force to add with Mack and Irvin.

  • Houston Texans: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana. The Texans need a quarterback, and badly. Unfortunately, there isn’t one to draft in this spot. They lost Brandon Brooks in free agency last year and now they fortify the offensive line.

  • Seattle Seahawks: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky The Seahawks need immediate help at tackle but drafting one here will be a reach. They take care of some interior work and add the second best-rated guard in the draft.

  • Kansas City Chiefs: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan The Chiefs’ defense is excellent but they are in desperate need of depth. Taco racked up ten sacks at Michigan and adds another pass rusher to an already stacked line.

  • Dallas Cowboys: Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt. Sean Lee is one more concussion away from retirement and has been in the league for seven years. Dallas drafts the best OLB available.

  • Green Bay Packers: Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple. Reddick helped his draft stock a lot at the senior bowl. The Temple product proved he could play with his hand in the dirt as well as standing up. Lining him opposite of Clay Matthews is a smart move for the Packers.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers: David Njoku, TE, Miami. The Steelers add another weapon and their offense gets even scarier.

  • Atlanta Falcons: Desmond King, CB, Iowa. Did I mention this draft is loaded at corner? The Falcons hopeful Super Bowl return starts with adding help in the secondary.

  • New England Patriots: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford. The key to McCaffrey’s pro career is going to a team that won’t put him in a box. He’s listed as a running back but his talent surpasses that. Think of Brian Westbrook. Josh McDaniels is the master of creating mismatches and Christian is the ultimate mismatch nightmare.

So, did the first round fall like you would have wished? What did I get wrong? How stupid was my mock? Let me know @mattgarrett41

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