Tyler’s 7 Round 2017 NFL Mock Draft
2017 NFL Mock Draft: Updated 04/26/2017
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1. Cleveland-Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A and M
Cleveland can develop a QB or select the absolute best player in the draft. Garrett isn’t just the best player, but is a player that can be an absolute star for years to come.
2. San Francisco-Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
The Niners should be the first team to trade back. Thomas offers the highest value, as he is a ferocious pass rusher who will fit this scheme well. However, the Niners have a bevy of pass rushers on the roster, and really need to fix their O line and linebacking corps. Lattimore is an option, but with all the corners available in this draft, the Niners will pass.
3. Chicago-Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Demps is a nice little pick up, but he’s 32, and can be released after next season. Adams can be a transcendent player for the Bears, and a true voice for this defense. After signing several corners, the Bears can afford to pass on Lattimore, and maybe a 5 tech like Allen can be found later.
4. Jacksonville-Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Marrone’s tenure may hinge on the play of Bortles. The best way to keep Bortles moving is to simplify the offense and run it down the competitors throat. Fournette is one of the most powerful runners to enter the draft in the last 20 years.
5. Tennessee(via Los Angeles)-O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Tennessee has made some strategic signings on defense, and that equates to finding as many weapons as possible for Mariota. Do the Titans have tight ends? Yes. However, Howard is the best pass catcher in this draft, and can be lined up anywhere.
6. New York Jets-Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St.
The Jets need a corner, and Lattimore is widely considered a top 5 talent in this draft. A very fluid corner who offers some pop, Lattimore will be a staple in the New York defense. .
7. LA Chargers-Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
The Bolts wanted to Gus Bradley and a major way, and landed him. The key to this defense is an athletic playmaker who can nail a quarterback, while being instinctive enough to get sideline to sideline. With Bosa and Ingram on the edge, Reddick will excel as a player in this D.
8. Carolina-John Ross, WR, Washington
Is this a reach? Yep. This draft is stacked with defenders, but Carolina must, and will, focus on Newton. Ross is the weapon that Dave Gettleman has searched for. An absolute rocket, Ross can split out of the backfield, play the slot, work the outside, and return kicks.
9. Cincinnati-Malik Hooker, S, Ohio St.
Hooker is a spectacular safety, but often college stats won’t translate to the professional level. Teams will only have his 4.47, 40 yard dash time, to look at, but judging by his film, Cincinnati will take a gamble on Hooker.
10. Buffalo-Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan
Peppers will fit well under the tutelage of Leslie Frazier. Micah Hyde can play corner as Peppers will be a scary hitter as a strong safety. The other scenario is, Buffalo will need a hybrid aggressive linebacker for this variation of the Tampa 2, which Peppers can also play. Ultimately, with their lack of depth at the corner position, let Hyde play #2, or nickel, and allow Peppers to roam the secondary..