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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:33 pm    Post subject: My Final 2017 mock draft (Also posted @ FalconsWire) Reply with quote

The 2017 NFL Draft is finally here, and because of that, here’s a final mock draft. Picks will be determined based on the need for the position, the player fit and how close they are to the best player available. Factoring rumors is always tough so at this point, every pick is just being made with the logic of whether or not they fit the need and the scheme. Follow along to see who your team picks.
1. Cleveland Browns: EDGE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
The Browns can’t screw this one up. At No. 1 overall, they have to take the best player in the draft. This year, the best player in the draft is Myles Garrett. He’s very reminiscent of Simeon Rice on the field and could be the next great weak-side pass rusher.
2. San Francisco 49ers: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
The biggest need for any team that doesn’t have a quarterback is always a quarterback. DeShone Kizer might be the best fit in the draft for what Kyle Shanahan wants to run. He’ll be protected by a good running game early in his career and should be able to thrive off of play-action passing.
3. Chicago Bears: QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
The Bears did give Mike Glennon a $15 million per year contract. However, they could use a longer term option than Glennon. Deshaun Watson is the best franchise quarterback prospect in this draft and would bring Chicago a long-term solution to their problems.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Cam Robinson, Alabama
The Jaguars might need a quarterback, but they would be better served cleaning up their line to give Blake Bortles a chance. Branden Albert isn’t a great fit at left tackle anymore. Cam Robinson is the best left tackle in the draft and should be able to start for the Jaguars early on the blind side.
5. Tennessee Titans: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
The Tennessee Titans defense runs at its best when they have a competent man coverage corner as their main cornerback. Marshon Lattimore is the best cornerback in this draft and a true man specialist. Adding Lattimore to Logan Ryan should give the Titans a pair of talented corners to build around.
6. New York Jets: QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
The Jets are going to take a quarterback because they need a starter. Mitch Trubisky isn’t my personal favorite quarterback, but there are teams that like him. The Jets would seem to be one of those teams. Trubisky fits in well with the Jets philosophy of trying to make competent picks but still failing.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: S Malik Hooker, Ohio State
The Chargers are switching to Seattle-style 4-3 defense with Gus Bradley running it. Because of that, they need to make sure they have a center fielder at free safety. Malik Hooker is the best at the job in this draft and has drawn comparisons to Ed Reed. Hooker would be a dream for Bradley to work with.
8. Carolina Panthers: RB Leonard Fournette, Louisiana State
The Panthers don’t really need a running back this high. However, Leonard Fournette might just be too much for the Panthers to pass on. Jonathan Stewart is in the final two years of his deal and could be cut after the 2017 season. Bo Jackson comparisons are a bit rich, but Fournette would be great in Carolina.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: EDGE Solomon Thomas, Stanford
The Cincinnati Bengals need to get someone who can provide a semblance of pass rush across from Carlos Dunlap with Michael Johnson’s play falling off a cliff. Solomon Thomas is very similar to Justin Houston as a prospect and could turn into the next big pass rusher with the right coaching.
10. Buffalo Bills: CB Kevin King, Washington
After losing Stephon Gilmore, the Buffalo Bills need a No. 1 cornerback. That’s where Kevin King would come in. If you wanted to get the next Richard Sherman, you’d have to take King. Athletically, he’s the best cornerback in the draft and should help the Bills improve their defense tremendously.
11. New Orleans Saints: CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
When your only competent cornerback is Delvin Breaux, and he’s continually injured, a top cornerback becomes your biggest need. Marlon Humphrey has that true No. 1 cornerback potential and played football nearby at Alabama. He’ll have to be ready early as the NFC South wide receivers are no joke.
12. Cleveland Browns: QB Pat Mahomes, Texas Tech
The Cleveland Browns are the best team for a rookie quarterback to land in. They have a brilliant offensive head coach, a top-tier offensive line, some efficient wide receivers and a running game that can protect a rookie. Pat Mahomes would be counting his lucky stars if he landed in Cleveland.
13. Arizona Cardinals: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
After losing Calais Campbell this offseason, the Cardinals could use an upgrade at defensive end. Insert Jonathan Allen. He’s arguably the best defensive end in the draft. He’ll fit in nicely as a starter in Campbell’s old spot and will be able to eat blockers in base sets while affecting quarterbacks in nickel.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
The Eagles brought in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to make it easier on Carson Wentz. But to really help the young quarterback, an upgrade at running back is needed. Christian McCaffrey is the best all-around running back in the draft and should be the key to unlocking Wentz’s potential.
15. Indianapolis Colts: TE O.J. Howard, Alabama
The Colts traded away Dwayne Allen this offseason and never found a proper replacement. The Colts likely have needs elsewhere, but bringing in a generational talent at tight end doesn’t happen too often. O.J. Howard has all the tools in the world to make Andrew Luck a happy quarterback.
16. Baltimore Ravens: EDGE Haason Reddick, Temple
After cutting lose Elvis Dumervil, the Ravens never went out and got the right replacement. Haason Reddick fell right into place for them as an instant starter at the strong-side linebacker role that Dumervil played. He would be an upgrade the coverage and run stuffing abilities from the wily veteran.
17. Washington NFL Team: DL Malik McDowell, Michigan State
Washington lost their best defensive lineman when Chris Baker decided to defect to the Buccaneers this offseason. They can replace him with arguably the best all-around defensive lineman in this draft in Malik McDowell. McDowell can succeed from any technique and is a dynamic chess piece up front.
18. Tennessee Titans: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Tennessee just doesn’t have a true No. 1 wide receiver. Corey Davis out of Western Michigan is that true No. 1 receiver in this year’s draft. Had he not suffered an injury that kept him out of the entire draft process this offseason, he would have been considered a top five prospect.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Jamal Adams, Louisiana State
The Buccaneers biggest weakness on defense last year was at safety. Jamal Adams is one of the top safeties in the draft and could fit in well as either a free or a strong safety for Mike Smith’s defense. Adams has the kind of attitude that Smith would love and should be an instant starter in that role.
20. Denver Broncos: OT Garrett Bolles, Utah
The Denver Broncos lost Russell Okung this offseason and could use a better solution at left tackle to protect their quarterback than Donald Stephenson would be. Garrett Bolles might be a little older than your average prospect, but he plays with a nastiness that is needed up front.
21. Detroit Lions: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan
Detroit’s biggest need this year is along their defensive line. They need a complement for Ezekiel Ansah. Taco Charlton is a prototypical defensive end prospect that should fit in just fine for the Lions allowing them to keep Kerry Hyder as the rotational pass rusher off the bench.
22. Miami Dolphins: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
Kiko Alonso is better suited to play weak-side linebacker for the Dolphins. By adding Reuben Foster, the Dolphins will now have a pair of three-down linebackers at their second level. Foster should only fall this far because of the diluted drug test and off-field issues, because on-field, he’s a top five pick.
23. New York Giants: LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
After ignoring linebacker for years, the Giants have one of the top middle linebackers in the draft fall right into their laps. Raekwon McMillan has arguably the best film of any linebacker this year and fits in perfectly to the Giants 4-3 scheme as a three-down linebacker.
24. Oakland Raiders: DL Chris Wormley, Michigan
The Raiders have one of the better collections of talent on defense in the AFC, but they could use someone who will provide pressure from their three-technique inside. Chris Wormley is very similar to Fletcher Cox in a lot of ways and would thrive in Oakland’s defense as a three-technique.
25. Houston Texans: EDGE Charles Harris, Missouri
The Texans love to stockpile pass rushers. With Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt playing the interior roles in nickel, they could still use someone to complement Whitney Mercilus on the outside. Charles Harris is an ideal nickel defender early in his career and should be ridiculously good across from Mercilus.
26. Seattle Seahawks: OL Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
Seattle’s offensive line is atrocious—especially on its interior. Forrest Lamp is the one prospect in this draft that projects to any of the five spots on the offensive line in the NFL. Lamp is a needed talent to help protect franchise quarterback Russell Wilson and should instantly upgrade that offensive line.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
Derrick Johnson is nearing the end of his career, and the Chiefs should take the player that is closest to him to learn and grow behind him for a season. Zach Cunningham is an ideal fit as a three-down linebacker in Kansas City and would do well in their base 3-4 schemes.
28. Dallas Cowboys: EDGE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
The Cowboys get super lucky here and land Derek Barnett. Barnett could fall due to sub-par results at the combine, but he would be a steal for whoever lands him. He’d be an instant starter for the Cowboys at right defensive end and would be their primary edge rusher for years.
29. Green Bay Packers: EDGE Tyus Bowser, Houston
The Packers need a long-term solution at either edge defender or linebacker. In Tyus Bowser, they get a player who will allow them to move Clay Matthews III to inside linebacker due to his fit as a weak-outside linebacker in their scheme. Bowser is also effective with his hand in the dirt in nickel sets.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: EDGE T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
The Steelers love James Harrison, but he’s 39 years old this year. Because of that, they need to bring in his long-term replacement. T.J. Watt is the best fit at outside linebacker in their scheme in this draft. The Clay Matthews clone would be perfect in a rotation with Harrison and 2015 first round pick Bud Dupree.
31. Atlanta Falcons: EDGE Jordan Willis, Kansas State
Atlanta’s two biggest needs are at guard and at edge rusher. With the run on edge rushers, the Falcons need to secure what might be the best fit for their team in the draft in Jordan Willis. Willis is a freak athlete who fits in well as a LEO defender for their Seattle-style 4-3 defense.
32. New Orleans Saints: S/CB Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
When it comes to defenders, the Saints could use as many as possible. They continue to shore up their porous secondary with the selection of Obi Melifonwu. They’ll use him as a cornerback/safety hybrid to handle the talented tight ends and bigger wide receivers in the division.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the write ups and logic behind most picks. Can't believe the 49ers can't trade back into first or wait until 2nd round pick for Kizer and snag a top player at 2.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

love it
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOVE it for the Bengals
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

100% believe Jamal Adams doesn't make it out of the top 10. Maybe top 5. That being said, YES PLEASE.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomas would be awesome, I just don't see it.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ochocinco4pres wrote:
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mountainpd wrote:
I like the write ups and logic behind most picks. Can't believe the 49ers can't trade back into first or wait until 2nd round pick for Kizer and snag a top player at 2.


Yeah, that's a horrific pick. I think it's more likely he's picked in round three than it is in round 1. Just terrible.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand the reasoning behind your choosing Taco for the Lions, but I have several players rated above him as a player who the Lions passed on in your mock. So I give you a solid B for understanding team needs, but it's not an A for me when we passed on better guys.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forge wrote:
mountainpd wrote:
I like the write ups and logic behind most picks. Can't believe the 49ers can't trade back into first or wait until 2nd round pick for Kizer and snag a top player at 2.


Yeah, that's a horrific pick. I think it's more likely he's picked in round three than it is in round 1. Just terrible.


What is it about this forum that makes people such a-holes lol
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Louis Friend wrote:
I understand the reasoning behind your choosing Taco for the Lions, but I have several players rated above him as a player who the Lions passed on in your mock. So I give you a solid B for understanding team needs, but it's not an A for me when we passed on better guys.
it's a realistic pick, though I agree that I wouldn't really love it.
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31. Atlanta Falcons: EDGE Jordan Willis, Kansas State
Atlanta’s two biggest needs are at guard and at edge rusher. With the run on edge rushers, the Falcons need to secure what might be the best fit for their team in the draft in Jordan Willis. Willis is a freak athlete who fits in well as a LEO defender for their Seattle-style 4-3 defense.

Not a bad pick it fills a need for a player it seems our team likes. Talents not quite up to the level of a few the other edge rushers but he does fit our scheme. As you know i like Takk and would prefer him but it's possible our coaches like Willis better i just don't see him as a 1st rounder myself. Would trade down and take him though if possible Smile

now with that aside whats the chance we could offer Seattle our 1st and 4th to go get that fricken stud you have setting there at 26 and a top 10 playe rin Derek Barnett ? Thats a dang move i would kill to make come draft day.

I think they could secure Lamp at 31 probably still and get maybe a 4th rounder for their troubles while we get a top 10 talent.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bananabucket wrote:
Forge wrote:
mountainpd wrote:
I like the write ups and logic behind most picks. Can't believe the 49ers can't trade back into first or wait until 2nd round pick for Kizer and snag a top player at 2.


Yeah, that's a horrific pick. I think it's more likely he's picked in round three than it is in round 1. Just terrible.


What is it about this forum that makes people such a-holes lol


I'm pretty sure you shouldn't be calling anyone an a-hole on this forum. If you would like a refresher on the rules, I'd be happy to provide a link to them. So you should probably check that.

Secondarily, there is nothing a-holish about my response. It's a horrific pick. Pretty sure most would agree with me there. My comments were not inflammatory to the poster at all, nor did I say that the pick was even unlikely or not going to happen, just that it'd be an awful pick if it were made. I'd say the same thing if it were the actual pick. My commentary on the pick has nothing to do with the poster himself.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be a close call between Fournette and Adams in this scenario for Carolina. But wouldn't complain.
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Would love this
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