The 2017 NFL Draft is less than three weeks away. Who will your team pick?
Will anyone have a greenroom nightmare? Draft Day should be a national holiday, I look forward too it more than Christmas. So on that note, lets go open those presents…
Pick #1 Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
Garrett checks off all the boxes. Elite athleticism and elite production. Solidified this spot by running a 4.64 40 yard dash at the combine at 272 lbs. Garrett is the unquestioned top pick in this draft class. He has the potential to be a game changing pass-rusher from day one, in the mold of Von Miller. The Browns have very little talent and Garrett will give them a much needed superstar caliber player.
Pick #2 – San Fransisco 49ers
Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
Thomas is a versatile and explosive pass rusher. He was deployed all over the defensive line in college. Capable of playing either end or even kicking inside in nickel packages. The 49ers are under a new regime and are transitioning to a 4-3 defense. Thomas would give them a great building block to start the process.
Pick #3 – Chicago Bears
Jamal Adams – S LSU
Adams is one of the best all-around Safety prospects to enter the NFL in years. He tests out as an elite athlete by running a 4.34 40 at his pro day, and his production on the field reinforces his measurables. Adams is versatile, able to play centerfield and more than willing to stick his nose in down in the box. He is a complete player and will be an obvious upgrade at a position of need for the Bears.
Pick #4 – Jacksonville Jaguars
OJ Howard – TE Alabama
While one could argue that the Jaguars have more pressing needs at both Quarterback and on the O-Line, they have next to nothing at tight end. Howard is not only the best overall tight end in this class but is also one of the elite talents in the whole draft. Howard can do it all, block, catch, stretch the seem, you name it. Players with such a complete skill set don’t come along often, the Jaguars should pounce on the opportunity.
Pick #5 – Tennesee Titans(From LA Rams)
Marshon Lattimore – CB Ohio State
Lattimore is the top cover-corner in the draft and would be a great pick for the Titans here. The team still has a pressing need at receiver, but they can address this with their other first round pick. Lattimore is a bit raw having only started one year at Ohio State, but he oozes talent. He is extremely athletic and shows off impressive, top-level ball skills. Lattimore should instantly improve the Titans secondary and gives the team great value with this pick.
Pick #6 – New York Jets
Deshaun Watson – QB Clemson
When was the last time the Jets had a Franchise-Level Quarterback? Was it the one year Brett Favre slid into Jen Stergers DM’s? Depending on how you rate Vinny Testeverde, you more than likely have to go all the way back to Ken O’Brien. The teams current roster at the position is dreadful. Watson needs to improve his footwork and mechanics, but he is a natural leader and has shown he compete with the best college football has to offer. But is he up to the task of saving the Jets?
Pick #7 – Los Angeles Chargers
Malik Hooker – S Ohio State
Hooker is the best “centerfield” safety in the draft. He has elite ball skills for the position and the athleticism to cover the entire back-end of the secondary. He will add another young, explosive weapon to the Chargers D. With Joey Bosa coming off the edge and Hooker patrolling the middle of the field, opposing QB’s wont have an easy day at the office against the Chargers for the forseeable future.
Pick #8 – Carolina Panthers
Leonard Fournette – RB LSU
Fournette is not Adrian Peterson, but he’s pretty damn close. Few players enter the league as physically prepared as Fournette. Fournette is a freak of nature, capable of running over, around, or thru any would be defender. He has shown solid ball skills in the passing game and is a willing blocker. His running style also suits the Panthers scheme perfectly. Adding a game breaker like Fournette should also help ease the burden that Cam Newton carries in the offense, keeping him fresher and healthier. Much like Ezekiel Elliot last year, this could be a franchise altering pick.
Pick #9 – Cincinnati Bengals
Johnathan Allen – DT/DE Alabama
In all honesty, I can only see Allen falling this far if teams are scared off by the medical on his shoulders, or his sub-par showing at the combine. If the shoulder injury is a non-issue, the Bengals struck gold. Allen may just be the second best prospect in the entire draft. He’s a versatile lineman who can play all over and get pressure on the Quarterback and disrupt plays from numerous positions. The Bengals need more pass-rushing help and if healthy Allen will deliver in spades.
Pick #10 – Buffalo Bills
Haason Reddick – LB Temple
The Bills are transitioning to a 4-3 Defense under new coach Sean McDermott and the versatile Reddick would be the perfect pick. Capable of playing inside or outside and wont need to leave the field on third downs. He began his college career as a safety and can impact a game in all phases. His versatility playing the run, dropping in coverage, and rushing the passer make him just the man Buffalo was looking for.
Pick #11 – New Orleans Saints
David Njoku – TE Miami
The Saints have never really filled the void that opened when they traded Jimmy Graham. Luckily, the next Jimmy Graham just fell in their lap. Njoku is physical freak for the position. He’s 6-4 246 lbs, runs a 4.5 40 and can jump out of the building. He is a good route runner and a mismatch nightmare. The only real knock on him is his blocking, but the Saints arent drafting him to block. Adding Njoku to Drew Brees arsenal should keep plenty of opposing secondaries up at night.
Pick #12 – Cleveland Browns (From Phi Eagles)
Mitch Trubinsky – QB North Carolina
The Browns have not had a franchise passer since the rejoined the league in 1999. Trubinsky has the potential to change that. He may need time to reach that potential, as he only started one season in college. Luckily the Browns can easily afford him that time, there are no expectations of the team competing in the near future. Many evaluators believed that if Trubinsky would have stayed in college, he’d be the top pick in next years draft. So the Browns can use this as a sort of draft and stash move. Hue Jackson was hired because he was considered a QB savant, now it’s time to earn that paycheck.
Pick #13 – Arizona Cardinals
Ruben Foster – MLB Alabama
Foster is the best pure inside linebacker in this draft, and should be able to step in and anchor the Arizona defense from day one. Had it not been for an incident at the scouting combine that resulted in him being sent home from the event, Foster probably would be gone by this point. In this scenario, his mistake is the Cardinals gain. Great fit and value for Arizona with this pick.
Pick #14 – Philadelphia Eagles (From Minn. Vikings)
Delvin Cook – RB Florida State
The Eagles upgraded the receiving core this offseason by signing Torey Smith and Alshon Jeffery. By drafting Cook, they give Carson Wentz another weapon to aid in his development. Cook is an explosive runner, capable of scoring every time he touches the ball. He’s an adequate receiver and should eventually become a three down back. His change of direction skills are excellent, and his running style make him an ideal fit for the Eagles scheme.
Pick #15 – Indianapolis Colts
Christian McCaffery – RB/WR Stanford
While conventional wisdom would say that the Colts should draft an O-Lineman in order to keep Andrew Luck from certain death, McCaffery is just too good to pass on at this point. A dynamic, swiss army knife type running back. McCaffery is capable to run inside and outside, return kicks, block, and has possibly the best ball-skills in the draft. Giving Andrew Luck a toy like McCaffery is a scary proposition for the rest on the AFC South.
Pick #16 – Baltimore Ravens
Takk McKinley – OLB UCLA
Terrell Suggs is not getting any younger, father time continues to be undefeated. With their cornerstone edge rusher still in the fold, the Ravens still need some help rushing the passer. Enter Takk McKinley, UCLA’s explosive outside linebacker. McKinley is one of the best edge rushers in this class and fills a pressing need for Baltimore. He can play opposite Suggs now, and possibly be his heir apparent in the future.
Pick #17 – Washington Redskins
Derek Barnett – DE/OLB Tennessee
The Redskins are another team that could use some extra help rushing the passer. Barnett should be able to step in and wreak havoc on opposing Quarterbacks. Mostly lined up as a 4-3 DE in college but should be able to transition to a 3-4 edge in the pros. Is a complete player who is also strong against the run game. Uses elite hand usage and has great football instincts. Would be a great compliment on the other side of the Skins defense from Ryan Kerrigan.
Pick #18 – Tennessee Titans
Mike Williams – WR Clemson
Marcus Mariota is an extremely talented Quarterback with unlimited talent. In order for him to reach his potential, the Titans need to start surrounding him with more weapons in the passing game. Mike Williams is one of the drafts best receivers and would be a major talent upgrade for the Titans. He possesses good speed and has unparalleled ball skills in this class. Can go up and win any jump ball and is a major red zone target. Would instantly give the Titans a game-changer on the outside, adding a much-needed dimension to the Tennessee passing attack.
Pick #19 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gareon Conley – CB Ohio State
Ideally the Bucs would have Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffery fall to them here. But both are off the board, and you can never have too many corners in the modern NFL. Conley has been flying up draft boards and would be a solid addition at this point in the draft.
Pick #20 – Denver Broncos
Cam Robinson – G/T Alabama
The Broncos are in desperate need of a talent infusion on the offensive line, and Robinson is the best player available to do that. Should be able to stick at tackle but could also slide inside if needed. Much better run-blocker at this point than he is in pass-pro. If the Broncos can fix his footwork, he has the potential to be a special player at the next level.
Pick #21 – Detroit Lions
Charles Harris – LB Missouri
The Lions need help at linebacker and Harris is the best still on the board. He was a late-comer to football, not playing until his junior year of high school. He has plenty of room for growth and is already a good all-around linebacker. Harris would be a big boost for the Lions defense, if they can snag him at this point in the draft.
Pick #22 – Miami Dolphins
Taco Charlton – DE Michigan
The Dolphins just cut ties with former high pick Dion Jordan. At this point in the draft, they could try replacing him with Michigan’s Taco Charlton. Charlton has progressed nicely in his last 2 years as a starter, and has the talent to really help Miami’s pass-rush.
Pick #23 – New York Giants
Ryan Ramczyk – OT Wisconsin
The Giants need help along the line, and Ramczyk is the best prospect available. He’s a Junior College transfer and has limited starting experience at the highest level but is still improving. Might have the most upside of any lineman in this class.
Pick #24 – Oakland Raiders
Jarrad Davis – LB Florida
The Raiders could use an upgrade in their linebacker corps. Davis has the talent to be that upgrade. With Khalil Mack and CO. harassing the QB, Davis should have plenty of room to roam and make plays.
Pick #25 – Houston Texans
Kevin King – CB Washington
The Texans lost stud Cornerback AJ Bouye to the division rival Jaguars in free agency. Enter King, who is a physically imposing defensive back capable of playing multiple position. Though he spent the majority of the time playing out wide as a corner, he also has some experience in the slot or even playing some free safety. This would be a great pick for the Texans if there’s no QB on the board they value here.
Pick #26 – Seattle Seahawks
Garett Bolles – OT Utah
Over the past few years the Seahawks can not be accused of prioritizing their offensive line. In order to keep Russell Wilson standing, they need an infusion in talent. Bolles has the most athletic talent of any O-Line prospect in this draft. He’s had some character issues in his past, but if the Seahawks are comfortable taking him here, he could help strengthen the teams most pressing weakness.
Pick #27 – Kansas City Chiefs
John Ross – WR Washington
Ross is one of the fasted players to ever enter the NFL. He broke the combine record by running a blistering 4.22 40 yard dash time. But he’s not just a burner, he also runs very good routes and possess excellent ball skills. Pairing him with Travis Kelce and Tyreke Hill would make the Chiefs passing attack much harder to defend.
Pick #28 – Dallas Cowboys
Jabril Peppers – S/LB Michigan
The Cowboys need help in the secondary and Peppers offers that. He also offers an added dimension on special teams. Jerry Jones loves players with star power and Peppers, an electric talent certainly fits the bill.
Pick #29 – Green Bay Packers
Corey Davis – WR Wester Michigan
Despite the fact that Aaron Rodgers led the league in TD passes last year, he did so even though his receivers routinely failed to gain separation. Many times Rodgers excelled in spite of his pass-catchers, not because of them. By bringing in Davis, the Packers would add a game-breaking option that their passing game has been missing since Jordy Nelson blew out his knee.
Pick #30 – Pittsburg Steelers
Zach Cunningham – ILB Vanderbilt
The Steelers could use an upgrade in the middle of their Linebacking corps. Cunningham is extremely athletic and long. He is very good in coverage and should be a three down backer from day one for the Steelers.
Pick #31 – Atlanta Falcons
Forest Lamp – OT/OG Western Kentucky
While the Falcons would love to just draft any player that could protect a 28-3 lead, they’ll settle for Lamp. Lamp is a college tackle with short arms. Most players who fall into this category get kicked inside to play tackle. Lamp has the talent to become a perennial pro-bowler as a guard. He offers great value at this point in the first round.
Pick #32 – New Orleans Saints (From NE Patriots)
Budda Baker – S Washington
This pick was acquired as part of the Brandin Cooks trade. Budda Baker is just the playmaker that the Saints defense needs. If he was 2 or 3 inches taller he’d probably be drafted 20 picks higher in the draft. He has elite ball skills and is also a heavy hitter who wont shy away from laying huge hits in the box.
Pick #33 – Cleveland Browns
Malik McDowell – DT Michigan State
One of the best interior D-lineman in the draft. Great value here.
Pick #34 – San Francisco 49ers
Obi Melifonwu – S Connecticut
Athletic safety that is flying up draft boards. Fills big need for the 49ers.
Pick #35 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcus Maye – S Florida
Best safety available and its a position of need for the Jags.
Pick #36 – Chicago Bears
DeShone Kizer – QB Notre Dame
Mike Glennon is more than likely not the long-term answer at the quarterback position. Kizer has all the physical tools you want in a QB, just needs time to learn and grow.
Pick #37 – Los Angeles Rams
Evan Engram – TE Ole Miss
Engram is viewed as a “Jordan Reed – Type”. Sean McVeigh would love to add his talent to the Rams offense.
Pick #38 – Los Angeles Chargers
Zay Jones – WR East Carolina
Chargers need help at receiver, Jones would boost the position.
Pick #39 – New York Jets
Marlon Humphrey – CB Alabama
Humphrey could be the replacement outside for Revis. Not saying he’s that good but has the potential to be a quality starter.
Pick #40 – Carolina Panthers
Quincy Wilson – CB Florida
Another young CB on a team that has still not adequately replaced the loss of Josh Norman.
Pick #41 – Cincinnati Bengals
Tim Williams – OLB Alabama
Good pass rusher off the edge, fills a big need for the Bengals.
Pick #42 – New Orleans Saints
Tyus Bowser – OLB Houston
Very good edge rusher, will help the Saints put more pressure on opposing QBs.
Pick #43 – Philadelphia Eagles
Jorden Willis – DE Kansas State
Eagles need help along the D-line and Willis offers that.
Pick #44 – Buffalo Bills
Tre’Davious White – CB LSU
Bills still need more depth at corner. White has a very high ceiling.
Pick #45 – Arizona Cardinals
Pat Mahomes II – QB Texas Tech
Elite Arm talent, perfect fit for Bruce Arians system. Great situation where he can sit behind Carson Palmer.
Pick #46 – Indianapolis Colts
TJ Watt – OLB Wisconsin
Good edge rusher. Not as talented as big brother JJ, but who is?
Pick #47 – Baltimore Ravens
Teez Tabor – CB Florida
Ravens need more depth at CB, Tabor could start in the slot and eventually move outside.
Pick #48 – Minnesota Vikings
Curtis Samuel – RB/WR Ohio State
A versatile player who is reminiscent of players like Tavon Austin and Percy Harvin. Gives the Vikings another element in their passing and running games.
Pick #49 – Washington Redskins
Caleb Brantley – DT Florida
One of the better interior pass rushers in the draft. Has the potential to play at any spot in a 3 man front, or inside in nickel packages.
Pick #50 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Alvin Kamara – RB Tennessee
The Bucs need depth at RB and Kamara could be the answer. Good fit at this point of the draft.
Pick #51 – Denver Broncos
Taylor Moton – OG Western Michigan
Broncos need O-Line help and Moton is the best available.
Pick #52 – Cleveland Browns (From Ten Titans)
Pat Elflein – C Ohio State
Best Center in the draft. Cleveland just need to continue to bring in talented footballers.
Pick #53 – Detroit Lions
Carlos Henderson – WR Louisiana Tech
Explosive receiver worth good size and solid hands. Adds another dimension as a returner as well.
Pick #54 – Miami Dolphins
Adoree Jackson – CB USC
Solid DB who may have to start out playing the slot. Also can play a bit as a receiver and has return ability.
Pick #55 – New York Giants
Adam Shaheen – TE Ashland
The Giants need an upgrade at tight end and Shaheen is the best still on the board.
Pick #56 – Oakland Raiders
D’Onta Foreman – RB Texas
The Raiders have talked about trying to bring in Marshawn Lynch. Foreman is a similar runner with huge upside.
Pick #57 – Houston Texans
Davis Webb – QB California
The Texans need a QB. Webb has elite size and arm strength. Good scheme fit for Bill O’Brien’s offense.
Pick #58 – Seattle Seahawks
Sidney Jones – CB Washington
There have been talks of trading Richard Sherman. Jones was a probable first round pick before an injury at his pro day. If healthy this is a steal for the Seahawks.
Pick #59 – Kansas City Chiefs
Joe Mixon – RB Oaklahoma
The Chiefs drafted Tyreke Hill last year so they don’t care about domestic violence charges. Mixon is a great talent and could step right into Jamal Charles shoes as the teams feature back.
Pick #60 – Dallas Cowboys
Jake Butt – TE Michigan
Suffered an injury in the teams bowl game, so he’s fallen in the draft. Could be the heir to Jason Witten in Dallas.
Pick #61 – Green Bay Packers
Jourdan Lewis – CB Michigan
The Packers need lots of help in the secondary. Taking Lewis here is a step in the right direction.
Pick #62 – Pittsburg Steelers
Ryan Anderson – LB Tennesee
Steelers need help at linebacker. Anderson can play inside or outside. Good depth and value pick.
Pick #63 – Atlanta Falcons
Dion Dawkins – OG Temple
More guard help for Atlanta. Dawkins can play all over the interior of the line, giving the team some versatility.
Pick #64 – Carolina Panthers (From NE Patriots)
Malachi Dupre – WR LSU
Panthers need help at receiver and Dupree has excellent ball skills and solid athleticism. Could challenge for a starting job if he picks up the playbook quickly.
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