2017 NFL Mock Draft

2017 NFL Mock Draft – Four Rounds

Updated February 21: Pre-Combine Mock Draft #2

This Week’s Notes: Some adjustments with offensive tackles and other subtle positional moves.  Scouting 15 players this week that have been hold, so another mock later this week will be posted. Deshaun Watson will be kept at the top spot, it is a perfect match.  Hue Jackson LOVES the read option and Watson has torn up defenses loaded with NFL prospects with throws and responsibilities that far exceed the standard spread option quarterback. A few flip flops with safety and wide receiver. Malik Hooker switches places with Jabrill Peppers and Corey Davis takes the top wide receiver spot from Mike Williams.

Added player rankings by position: Offense: QB | WR | RB | FB | TE | OT | OG | C  Defense: DT | DE | OLB | ILB | CB | S

For more information on DraftBlaster’s approach to Mock Drafts and Big Boards, please check out our: “Thinking Man’s Guide to the NFL Draft”. If you are looking for a straight rating of players, please check out our “DraftBlaster Big Board”. Note: This mock draft reflects what we believe each team will do, not should do.

Round One (1-20) | Round One (21-32) | Round Two | Round Three | Round Four

 

Round 1 (Picks 1-20):

NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns

1. Cleveland Browns

2016 First Round Pick: Corey Coleman, Baylor (15)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (30) Pass (28) Rush (19)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (31) Pass (21) Rush (31)

GM: Sashi Brown

Head Coach: Hue Jackson

Offensive Coordinator: Al Saunders?

Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams

Offensive Scheme: West Coast – Run Heavy

Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple

2017 Dead Money: $5,206,489 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $65,636,296

2017 Players Under Contract: 50

Team Needs: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Offensive Tackle, Safety

Browns 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson

Not many mock drafts have Watson going here, but it could just be a matter of time.  Trubisky has looked liked a prototypical quarterback on tape, but his lack of starts is going to keep this pick interesting. Watson’s finish to his career were game changers for the draft, and NFL teams took notice to how he performed against two outstanding defenses on the biggest stage.  This has the feeling of one of those draft years where a few quarterbacks like Watson and Kizer slowly move up the boards as the draft process, but it seems inevitable Watson will rise to the top eventually.

A major consideration here is that Hue Jackson loves to be able to use read option as a part of his offense to keep defenses honest.  Watson could be a perfect fit. Another small note, Trubisky  is considered a bit of a “local boy” for Cleveland.

Check out the special section on value of pro-style attributes for a QB coming out of college: Spread Offense College Quarterback Issue

 

NFL Mock Draft - San Francisco 49ers

2. San Francisco 49ers

2016 First Round Picks: DeForest Buckner, Oregon (7) Joshua Garnett, Stanford (28)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (31) Pass (32) Rush (4)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (32) Pass (14) Rush (32)

GM: John Lynch

Head Coach: Kyle Shanahan

Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan

Defensive Coordinator: Robert Saleh

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2017 Dead Money: $1,310,804 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $46,115,666

2017 Players Under Contract: 42

Team Needs: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Outside Linebacker, Inside Linebacker

49ers 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Jonathan Allen, Defensive End, Alabama

Now that the front office and head coach are in place, the priorities for the 49ers can start coming into view. The personnel for San Francisco is in bad shape, so this could be a year that they are conservative in the draft.  For now, getting a low risk player like Allen or Garrett seems like a logical move.  Garrett might be the better overall player, but Allen is a harder to find player. By the time that the combine is over, however, this pick might be Mitch Trubisky or even DeShone Kizer.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Chicago Bears

3. Chicago Bears

2016 First Round Pick: Leonard Floyd, Georgia (9)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (15) Pass (14) Rush (17)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (7) Rush (27)

GM: Ryan Pace

Head Coach: John Fox

Offensive Coordinator: Dowell Loggains

Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

2017 Dead Money: $757,380 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $53,988,863

2017 Players Under Contract: 44

Team Needs: Quarterback, Cornerback, Tight End

Bears 2017 Mock Draft Selection:  Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker (DE), Texas A&M

The Bears are putting together a much improved defense, and would be lucky to get Garrett, who many consider as the best player in the draft. John Fox wants to control the time of possession with a solid run game, and most likely will continue with a QB already on his roster, or will look for a veteran free agent QB.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Jackson Jaguars

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

2016 First Round Pick: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (5)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (23) Pass (20) Rush (22)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (6) Pass (5) Rush (19)

GM: David Caldwell

Head Coach: Doug Marrone

Offensive Coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett

Defensive Coordinator: Todd Wash

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2017 Dead Money: $393,273 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $26,652,399

2017 Players Under Contract: 47

Team Needs: Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Free Safety, Running Back

Jaguars 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Jamal Adams, Strong Safety, LSU

The Jaguars have a new head coach and sticking with an offensive coordinator that seem to pull it together for them late in the season. They feel that the offensive problems could be due to coaching and scheme.  Jamal Adams is in the mold of the new “super safety” type player that can be the captain of the secondary, and help all over the field. He might be the most talented player in the draft, but not at a position that normally goes this high.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Tennessee Titans

5. Tennessee Titans (from Rams)

2016 First Round Pick: Jack Conklin, Michigan State (8)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (11) Pass (25) Rush (3)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (20) Pass (30) Rush (2)

GM: Jon Robinson

Head Coach: Mike Mularkey

Offensive Coordinator: Terry Robiskie

Defensive Coordinator: Dick LeBeau

Offensive Scheme: “Exotic Smashmouth” (Run Heavy)

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

2017 Dead Money: $2,283,811 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $43,368,317

2017 Players Under Contract: 41

Team Needs: Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Tight End

Titans 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Titans are having a big problem in pass defense, which is a bit covered up because, for a big part of the season, they were putting up a lot of points.  With the 5th pick, they will wait to see the highest available in the secondary, and Lattimore has jumped to the lead as the top cornerback.  He has been a fast riser in the last few weeks as scouts and analysts review tape from last season.

 

NFL Mock Draft - New York Jets

6. New York Jets

2016 First Round Pick: Darron Lee, Ohio State (20)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (26) Pass (27) Rush (12)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (11) Pass (17) Rush (11)

GM: Mike Maccagnan

Head Coach: Todd Bowles

Offensive Coordinator: John Morton

Defensive Coordinator: Kacy Rodgers

Offensive Scheme: Spread, Vertical Attacking

Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple

2017 Dead Money: $573,647 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: ($1,123,250)

2017 Players Under Contract: 50

Team Needs: Quarterback, Offensive Guard, Tight End, Inside Linebacker

Jets 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Changes at San Francisco could mean Trubisky goes there, but for now it looks like they will need to take a year to build up with low risk picks.  But for the Jets…  Back to the well? The Jets haven’t handled their free agents that well in the last few years, and have internal issues that will be resolved before the draft.  For now, even though they seem to have failed at drafting a QB recently, you would think that they are forced to try again. Trubisky doesn’t have a lot of starts, but looks the part of an NFL quarterback.  The draft process will be very important for his draft stock, probably more so than any other player in the draft.

 

NFL Mock Draft - San Diego Chargers

7. Los Angeles Chargers

2016 First Round Pick: Joey Bosa, Ohio State (3)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (14) Pass (8) Rush (26)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (20) Rush (10)

GM: Tom Telesco

Head Coach: Anthony Lynn

Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt

Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Very Multiple

2017 Dead Money: $77,304 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $22,744,497

2017 Players Under Contract: 43

Team Needs: Offensive Tackle, Cornerback, Wide Receiver

Chargers 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Ryan Ramczyk, Offensive Tackle, Wisconsin

The Chargers will be determined to fix their defense’s inability to hold on to leads. This should happen in free agency and the draft.  However, protecting Rivers is paramount and they will be tempted to grab a player at a key position that can keep their star player upright. 

 

NFL Mock Draft - Carolina Panthers

8. Carolina Panthers

2016 First Round Pick: Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech (30)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (19) Pass (21) Rush (10)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (21) Pass (29) Rush (6)

GM: Dave Gettleman

Head Coach: Ron Rivera

Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shula

Defensive Coordinator: Steve Wilks

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins (with prominent use of Buck Sweep)

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2017 Dead Money: $313,090 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $46,568,741

2017 Players Under Contract: 38

Team Needs: Offensive Tackle, Defensive End, Cornerback, Running Back

Panthers 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State

Dalvin Cook before Leonard Fournette? It is possible. Leonard Fournette will have to pass all of his medicals and have a combine that proves he is healthy and the top back. Dalvin Cook may lack some of the power that Fournette has, but he is an explosive playmaker that can change the game on any given play. The Panthers have issues in the secondary, but they hope that playing so many rookies last year will give way to a big jump in quality of play entering their second year.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Cincinnati Bengals

9. Cincinnati Bengals

2016 First Round Pick: William Jackson III, Houston (24)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (13) Pass (15) Rush (13)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (17) Pass (11) Rush (21)

GM: Mike Brown

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

Offensive Coordinator: Ken Zampese

Defensive Coordinator: Paul Guenther

Offensive Scheme: Air Coryell

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2017 Dead Money: $355,863 Projected Salary Cap Space: $44,479,265

2017 Players Under Contract: 47

Team Needs: Offensive Guard, Outside Linebacker, Running Back, Wide Receiver

Bengals 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan

A team that lost a lot after the previous year, the Bengals are regrouping and it shows. Corey Davis is a gifted player that could help bring more pop to the passing game that has lost a step after losing its coordinator and multiple receivers. Davis will get his chance to move into the top WR position at the combine.  He didn’t play against top level opponents, as Western’s schedule didn’t include two top level teams like the previous here, but he has plenty of great tape and can showcase his skills at the combine.

 

NFL Mock Draft Buffalo Bills

10. Buffalo Bills

2016 First Round Pick: Shaq Lawson, Clemson (19)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (16) Pass (30) Rush (1)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (19) Pass (6) Rush (29)

GM: Doug Whaley

Head Coach: Sean McDermott

Offensive Coordinator: Rick Dennison

Defensive Coordinator: Leslie Frazier

Offensive Scheme: West Coast / In Transition

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

2017 Dead Money: $1,475,279 Projected Salary Cap Space: $23,787,778

2017 Players Under Contract: 37

Team Needs: Cornerback, Defensive End, Offensive Tackle

Bills 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford

The Bills want to run the ball and play outstanding defense.  They are doing one of those things. Thomas has been moving up draft boards, and his bowl game performance made a lot of scouts go back and watch tape on him. 

 

NFL Mock Draft - New Orleans Saints

11. New Orleans Saints

2016 First Round Pick: Sheldon Rankins, Louisville (12)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (1) Pass (1) Rush (16)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (27) Pass (32) Rush (14)

GM: Mickey Loomis

Head Coach: Sean Payton

Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael

Defensive Coordinator: Dennis Allen

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2017 Dead Money: $7,916,656 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $23,293,284

2017 Players Under Contract: 46

Team Needs: Cornerback, Safety, Outside Linebacker, Inside Linebacker

Saints 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Taco Charlton, Defensive Tackle, Michigan

Without question the most unbalanced team in football, the Saints are desperate to improve their defense. Getting back Rankins next year will be a boost, but they need help all over. A versatile player like Charlton could wreak havoc with the pass rush.   The Saints need to stop being such a one dimensional team, and adding talent to their defense is paramount.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Cleveland Browns

12. Cleveland Browns (from Eagles)

2016 First Round Pick: Corey Coleman, Baylor (15)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (30) Pass (28) Rush (19)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (31) Pass (21) Rush (31)

GM: Sashi Brown

Head Coach: Hue Jackson

Offensive Coordinator: Al Saunders?

Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams

Offensive Scheme: West Coast – Run Heavy

Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple

2017 Dead Money: $5,206,489 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $65,636,296

2017 Players Under Contract: 50

Team Needs: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Offensive Tackle, Safety

Browns 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Malik Hooker, Free Safety, Ohio State

The talk on Malik Hooker is that he might be the best overall safety in the draft, comparable to Ed Reed. It will be a fascinating year to watch how the moneyball guys in Cleveland approach building this team.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Arizona Cardinals

13. Arizona Cardinals

2016 First Round Pick: Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi (29) 

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (9) Pass (9) Rush (18)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (2) Pass (4) Rush (9)

GM: Steve Keim

Head Coach: Bruce Arians

Offensive Coordinator: Harold Goodwin

Defensive Coordinator: James Bettcher

Offensive Scheme: Vertical

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

2017 Dead Money: $466,463 Projected Salary Cap Space: $38,343,734

2017 Players Under Contract: 43

Team Needs: Offensive Guard, Inside Linebacker, Quarterback, Wide Receiver

Cardinals 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Reuben Foster, Inside Linebacker, Alabama

The Cardinals are loaded with talent, and statistically are pretty good all around. They just keep losing games they probably should be winning. One weakness is at inside linebacker, and getting an Alabama-coached player like Foster would benefit that defense.

 

Note: The Colts and Eagles will do a coin flip to decide the next two picks

 

NFL Mock Draft - Indianapolis Colts

14. Indianapolis Colts

2016 First Round Pick: Ryan Kelly, Alabama (18) 

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (10) Pass (5) Rush (23)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (30) Pass (27) Rush (25)

GM: Chris Ballard

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano

Offensive Coordinator: Rob Chudzinski

Defensive Coordinator: Ted Monachino

Offensive Scheme: Attacking / Play Action

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

2017 Dead Money: $757,144 Projected Salary Cap Space: $49,785,123

2017 Players Under Contract: 42

Team Needs: Inside Linebacker, Outside Linebacker, Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard

Colts 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Jabrill Peppers, Strong Safety, Michigan

The Colts are playing exciting, shoot-out football, that they would prefer that they wouldn’t have to. Their defense simply lacks talent and depth. It would be expected that they will simply identify the best defensive player that fits their system on defense and pull the trigger, and in this case, they will get lucky. Peppers is one of the most exciting players in college, and it will be interesting to see how he approaches the draft process. In the NFL, he could be a star at safety, especially if he can focus on one position. 

 

NFL Mock Draft - Philadelphia Eagles

15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Vikings)

2016 First Round Pick: Carson Wentz, North Dakota State (2)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (22) Pass (24) Rush (11)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (13) Pass (13) Rush (15)

GM: Howie Roseman

Head Coach: Doug Pederson

Offensive Coordinator: Frank Reich

Defensive Coordinator: Jim Schwartz

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3, Attacking

2017 Dead Money: $6,663,611 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $6,730,188

2017 Players Under Contract: 48

Team Needs: Cornerback, Running Back, Offensive Guard, Offensive Tackle

Eagles 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, LSU

Wentz has been sporadic, but he is a rookie that got thrust into the starting role after the trade of Bradford, and has the talent and proper mental make up. They could really use some help in the run game, and getting a bell-cow player like Fournette could make the offense extremely difficult to game plan for.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Baltimore Ravens

16. Baltimore Ravens

2016 First Round Pick: Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame (6)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (17) Pass (12) Rush (28)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (7) Pass (9) Rush (5)

GM: Ozzie Newsome

Head Coach: John Harbaugh

Offensive Coordinator: Marty Mornhinweg

Defensive Coordinator: Dean Pees

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 3-4, Multiple

2017 Dead Money: $5,416,407 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $14,239,718

2017 Players Under Contract: 45

Team Needs: Outside Linebacker, Free Safety, Wide Receiver

Ravens 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Takkarist McKinley, Defensive End (OLB), UCLA

Another year, another offensive coordinator for the Ravens. It is just hard to state that their problems on offense are due to their players, or something else. Their defense has been outstanding, and they have shown that they will go after talent in the draft, even if it is not a glaring need.  Linebacker was not that glaring of a need until their all-pro linebacker retired.  A wide receiver will be needed, but with the spread offenses in college, they are easier and easier to find later in the draft.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Washington Redskins

17. Washington Redskins

2016 First Round Pick: Josh Doctson, TCU (22)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (3) Pass (2) Rush (21)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (28) Pass (25) Rush (24)

GM: Scot McCloughan

Head Coach: Jay Gruden

Offensive Coordinator: Matt Cavanaugh

Defensive Coordinator: Greg Manusky

Offensive Scheme: West Coast

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2017 Dead Money: $5,280,157 Projected Salary Cap Space: $47,085,912

2017 Players Under Contract: 42

Team Needs: Safety, Running Back, Defensive Tackle, Defensive End

Redskins 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Jarrad Davis, Outside Linebacker, Florida

The Redskins have an effective passing game, and have enough creativity with their scheme to maintain an average run game with limited talent. They could be tempted to go for one of the top running backs available, but improving the defense must be a priority in the offseason.  Davis is rangy and able to both get into the backfield and drop into coverage.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Tennessee Titans18. Tennessee Titans

2016 First Round Pick: Jack Conklin, Michigan State (8)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (11) Pass (25) Rush (3)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (20) Pass (30) Rush (2)

GM: Jon Robinson

Head Coach: Mike Mularkey

Offensive Coordinator: Terry Robiskie

Defensive Coordinator: Dick LeBeau

Offensive Scheme: “Exotic Smashmouth” (Run Heavy)

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

2017 Dead Money: $2,283,811 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $43,368,317

2017 Players Under Contract: 41

Team Needs: Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Tight End

Titans 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson

The Titans pick again, and this time they go with their alpha or “X” receiver. Corey Davis is getting a lot of attention at the moment, but didn’t play against the quality competition that Williams did.  At the combine, Davis could make his move to show that he is the top WR in the draft.  Regardless, the Titans would be ecstatic to get Williams here.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2016 First Round Pick: Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida (11)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (18) Pass (16) Rush (24)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (23) Pass (22) Rush (22)

GM: Jason Licht

Head Coach: Dirk Koetter

Offensive Coordinator: Todd Monken

Defensive Coordinator: Mike Smith

Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2017 Dead Money: $776,633 Projected Salary Cap Space: $69,495,239

2017 Players Under Contract: 34

Team Needs: Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, Safety, Wide Receiver

Buccaneers 2017 Mock Draft Selection: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee

The Buccaneers are a young and talented team that are starting to come together offensively and defensively. It is starting to look like they might need some offensive line help, but what they really could use is a boost to their pass rush game.

 

NFL Mock Draft - Denver Broncos

20. Denver Broncos

2016 First Round Pick: Paxton Lynch, Memphis (26)

2016 Offense Rankings: Total (27) Pass (21) Rush (27)

2016 Defense Rankings: Total (4) Pass (1) Rush (28)

GM: John Elway

Head Coach: Vance Joseph

Offensive Coordinator: Mike McCoy

Defensive Coordinator: Joe Woods

Offensive Scheme: Play Action

Defensive Scheme: 3-4

2017 Dead Money: $49,675 2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $40,992,274

2017 Players Under Contract: 39

Team Needs: Offensive Tackle, Tight End, Defensive Tackle

Broncos 2017 Mock Draft Selection: O.J. Howard, Tight End, Alabama

The Broncos play-action offense, along with the fact they have young QB’s, would greatly benefit from a talented, pass-catching tight end. Actually, having two would be ideal as they would have safe outlets, and could operate in a lot of 12 personnel, opening up holes for the running game.  It will be interesting to see if there are any major changes in the offense next year under a new head coach. O.J. Howard is the top tight end in the draft, and is rising quickly.

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