2017 NFL Mock Draft (2 Rounds) 2.0 by James Fedewa

2/28/2017 by James Fedewa  


Who Shall We Pick?

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Round 1

Pick           Team                 Player                            Notes

1 Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M Clearly the #1 overall talent with everything you need to build a good defense around. Tramendous first step, explosive outside presence and should turn into a sack machine.  I like him better than J.Clowney and K.Mack coming out of college.  But I also see him excelling more as a 3-4 OLB than 4-3 DE.
2 San Francisco 49ers Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson J.Allen seems like a great pick here, but the 49ers have drafted defensive linemen in the first round in the last two years (so that DL youth should improve this season). SF needs a refreshing new QB and Watson is a rising super star and my top QB in this draft.  Granted, the 49ers do not have anyone to throw the ball to (yet), so Watson may struggle early in his career. Finding a CB and WR with their next draft pick would be savvy. The 49ers should trade down and acquire more picks.
3 Chicago Bears Jonathan Allen, DL Alabama J.Allen falls right into the Bears lap, although do bears actually have laps?  Maybe we should say the Bears give Allen a Hug with the third pick. If J.Allen does fall to #3, look for some other teams to trade up for him. (Does a Bear $hit in the woods? No, they $hit wherever they want.)
Jacksonville Jaguars
Leonard Fournette, RB LSU Fournette is a clone of Earl Campbell with a twist of Bo Jackson, and will change the way people think about the Jags (forever). With humble intimidation and bruising power, a 235 lbs power back with speed is exactly what any NFL team wants. This team needs a top end runner and Fournette can do everything and fix the Jacksonville offense week one.  This kid is special.
5 Tennessee Titans** Mike Williams, WR Clemson I had the Titans drafting defensive backs with the pick, but this draft is loaded with good secondary defenders. Drafting the best wide receiver is probably the smartest option as the Titans can pick up some good defenders with their next few picks. I think Mike Williams is the better of the top two receivers and he reminds me of Dez Bryant.
6 New York Jets Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State The Jets can draft a QB, OT, CB or OLB here, but they really need a change at RB. Cook can take it to the end-zone every time he touches the ball and might be the best pure offensive weapon in this whole draft. He is more finesse than power,  with speed to burn.
7 Los Angeles Chargers Jamal Adams, S LSU Offensive line is the Chargers biggest need, but that is typically said every season during the draft. The Chargers do not typically invest in first round offensive linemen (except for Fluker) and this year left tackle prospects are very limited (so it would be a bad time to start). Dunlap, Fluker and Franklin could all be cut from the Chargers O-line, so finding replacements very important, just not at #7.  Jamal Adam is a charismatic leader, with a special top tier talent. He is a ball-hawk with incrediable football instincts (that just happens be a position of need). Gus Bradley just found his Earl Chancellor (or Kam Thomas) / blend on Seattle’s safeties.    ***Do not be surprised if Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State is taken here.
8 Carolina Panthers Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford There are bigger needs at this spot but Thomas is BPA, with  wow factor. This defensive line will be pure awesome and will terrorize the NFC South.
9 Cincinnati Bengals Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State Finding a true spot on the defensive line for McDowell is the primary goal, as he lined up everywhere on the DL at Michigan State.  He is my overall favorite in this draft, as his talent, size and anchor are special. He has all the tools a gifted athlete could possess, but is his work ethic there? (probably!) – 6′ 6″ 285 lbs. (zero tech) nose tackles are special. If he can learn some extra pass rushing moves, he can be the best player in this draft class.
10 Buffalo Bills Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State The Bills could draft a QB here, but they are terrible at drafting QB’s.  Well, more unlucky than terrible. They should just keep what they have with Tyrod Taylor and plug Hooker into Jairus Byrd’s old vacant spot. Plus, who knows what’s going to happened to Aaron Williams.   Hooker will make everyone on the defense look even better.
11 New Orleans Saints Marshon Lattimore, CB Ohio State The Saints will draft any CB at this point, and Lattimore might have the highest upside of any of this years rookie CB’s.  Probably a top 10 talent, but only one year of starting experience is wincing. The Saints need secondary help in a bad way.
12 Cleveland Browns* Mitch Trubisky, QB North Carolina Trubisky has all the tools to be a superstar (and you can see his improvement every game).  He will be the new face of the Browns franchise, but just not yet this season. He will learn for at least a year behind RG3 and Cody “Smooth as Silk” Kessler. A one year starter in college, is getting too much hype as a top 10 guy. Browns should draft Kizer here, but Trubisky is from Cleveland (good fit, and he will want to be there).
13 Arizona Cardinals DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame  Carson Palmer will give it a go one more season, and then he will probably hang’em up.  Which means, Arians better get a QB now to train and learn behind Palmer for a season. 6 months ago, Kizer was a #1 overall talent, but his play slipped a little last season.  He can still make it to the top ten of this draft though.
Indianapolis Colts
Derek Barnett, OLB Tennessee A young, promising pass rushing OLB in Indy?  Sounds weird. Normally their OLB’s are just O – L – D.  (I know, that’s a bad joke / OLB, OLD)
Philadelphia Eagles***
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan Eagles need some wide receivers that do not drop balls. C.Davis is the real deal and if you watch his tape, he is special (granted, it’s against small school defenders). Some call him the next T.O.
16 Baltimore Ravens Reuben Foster, ILB Alabama I’m not sold on first round inside linebackers, but Foster is probably the exception.  Plus Ozzy loves Alabama talent. There’s some current hype about the 49ers targeting him, but I do not believe it.  If Foster is gone before this pick, how about Jabrill Peppers?
Washington Redskins
Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford With D-Jax and Garcon gone, the skins are looking for offensive tools and McCaffrey is that tool. (well, the son of a tool). I like him as a slot wide receiver, with a little Danny Woodhead in him (and everyone loves Woodhead).
18 Tennessee Titans Jabrill Peppers, S Michigan Immediate impact defender, check. He should get drafted sooner than #18, but without a true position (SS or OLB) there’s no telling where he can go.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Charles Harris, DE Missouri Adding offensive weapons for J.Winston is a good idea, but they Sre not going matter. Winston loves his Mike Evens, so there is no need for two first round WR’s on this team. . Finding a good pass rusher at this spot is a better idea as all the QB’s in their division are very very good.
20 Denver Broncos Ryan Ramczyk, LT Wisconsin Any offensive line prospect in the 1st round is probably going to be better than what the Broncos has last year. And that’s not saying much in this draft for quality O-linemen. Best left tackle prospect at #20?  SURE, lets try it… Ramczyk has only been a starter for one season, but he has all the tools to be an incredible left tackle.
21 Detroit Lions Sidney Jones, CB Washington Drafting Sidney Jones is very easy with this pick, as he will probably be better than any DB on their roster (even Slay). Jones is not the biggest CB, but he’s  got swagger and toughness that is infectious.  I like these top three Washington prospects.
22 Miami Dolphins Taco Charlton, DE Michigan Everybody loves Tacos, right?  And after losing Vernon and Super Mario, they will need some youth at defensive end to pair up with Wake. Is there a rumor that Suh might get traded?
23 New York Giants O.J. Howard, TE Alabama How did Howard last this long?  This is the perfect scenario for the Giants as the get the best TE in the draft. Sure, Eli has plenty of weapons now, but does Eli even care anymore?
24 Oakland Raiders Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida The Raiders will draft the top rated interior defensive linemen and Brantley fits the bill. He’s more of a 3 tech, but at this point the Raiders need some nastiness in the middle from a good DT.
25 Houston Texans Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama Robinson does not get enough credit and could be drafted as early at #7. Watch his game against Texas A&M vs. Myles Garrett. It is impressive and Myles is no joke. I like Robinson more than others I guess… He can play right tackle for a bit, and hopefully transition to take over a left tackle in a couple years.
26 Seattle Seahawks Garett Bolles, OT Utah Have you seen the Seahawks offensive line?  They need to invest there the most. There’s some blooming young talent there, but they need some more help.
27 Kansas City Chiefs Teez Tabor, CB Florida Nothing  wrong with a very good CB’s at #28. Nothing wrong at all… SOLD!
28 Dallas Cowboys Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE UCLA Jerry Jones made no secret of needing pass rushers. Tak is versital, but QB hunting is his specialty.  I like this pick.
29 Green Bay Packers Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan Why on Earth did the Packers let Casey Hayward leave to San Diego in free agency last year? Not resigning Hayward was one of the worst free agency mistakes in the history of affordable free agents. Lewis is this years version of Jason Verrett (small but really damn good). Scheme fit is good here too.
30 Pittsburgh Steelers Tim Williams, OLB Alabama Talented pass rusher, very talented… but it comes with character concerns.  If he can learn from his coaches and from the ageless Harrison, Williams can be outstanding.
31 Atlanta Falcons Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida Tom Brady in the Super Bowl exposed Atlanta’s weakness, their secondary.  They need one more talented CB, but DE might feel good here too.
32 New England Patriots Carl Lawson, DE Auburn It’s New England, they can do anything with this pick and still win the Super Bowl. If they trade Jimmy-G, they can even take a QB here (maybe Mahomes?)
 2nd ROUND 
 Pick Team Player
33 Cleveland Browns Budda Baker, S, Washington
34 San Francisco 49ers John Ross, WR Washington
35 Jacksonville Jaguars Forrest Lamp, G, WKU
36 Chicago Bears Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech
37 Los Angeles Rams Desmond King, CB Iowa
38 Los Angeles Chargers David Njoku, TE (WR), Miami  / Njoku is not a standard TE, he is more of a bigger receiver (that can RUN very fast). Watch some of his breakaway long TD’s on tape. He’s good, and the Chargers can let him run away in the slot
39 New York Jets Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
40 Carolina Panthers Adoree’ Jackson, CB USC
41 Cincinnati Bengals Zach Cunningham, LB Vanderbilt
42 New Orleans Saints DeMarcus Walker, DE Florida State
43 Philadelphia Eagles Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
44 Buffalo Bills Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
45 Arizona Cardinal Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
46 Indianapolis Colts Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
47 Baltimore Ravens Cordrea Tankersley, CB Clemson
48 Minnesota Vikings Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
Washington Redskins
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR USC
50 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
51 Denver Broncos T.J. Watt, LB Wisconsin
52 Cleveland Broncos Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
53 Detroit Lions Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
54 Miami Dolphins Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
55 New York Giants Raekwon McMillan, ILB Ohio State
56 Oakland Raiders Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
57 Houston Texans Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
58 Seattle Seahawks Obi Melifonwu, S, UCONN
59 Kansas City Chiefs Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
60 Dallas Cowboys Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
61 Green Bay Packers Antonio Garica, T, Troy
62 Pittsburgh Steelers Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
63 Atlanta Falcons Carroll Phillips, DE, Illinois
64 New England Patriots Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma (yes, he’s draftable. The NFL isn’t made of Angeles. Mixon just needs a chance and a good coaching staff to help fix his off field problems.  )

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Posted on February 28, 2017, in NFL. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. For Cleveland: Good picks, I hope it goes this way. I’m not sure that Watson goes that high and Trubisky goes that low, but I could live with it. Baker and Pocic are BPA and address areas of concern which is a win-win as well. Nice job.
    I don’t think Mixon is draftable, certainly not in round 2 with his run-ins.

    • Hello Phila Buster, I wouldn’t expect anyone OTHER than a Browns fan to make the first comment with this mock draft. Browns fans are my biggest viewers, which is great. I guess you have to be a draft fan if you are a Browns fan (which is probably the same reason how I became a draft fan, as I’m a Chargers fan from the early 90’s, and they always picked early).
      I like Watson a lot more than any other QB as he is a 3 year starter, a winner, great charisma and all the tools. Trubisky is only a 1 year starter, but you can see his development every game, and there is a little more of a gamble with him.
      Baker is going to be really good, but he’s not the biggest guy. I’m a little worried about him as a pro and I can see him getting dinged up quickly.
      I think Mixon is will get drafted, but he will have to go to a team that has a great infrastructure and coaching staff. He did make a mistake and I think he owned it and accepted the responsibilities of what came with this mistake. Maybe he goes into the 3rd round, but Mixon is really talented, and the NFL isn’t filled with angels.

  2. Agree, being a choirboy is not a prerequisite for playing in the NFL. However, aside from clocking that woman in the pizza place, he had a run-in with a parking attendant. And then, in a nationally televised game vs Ohio State, he drops the ball before he crossed the goal line (on the kick return). He was lucky the incompetent refs (and OSU not paying attention) didn’t cost him. Too many red flags.

    • Pizza place thing happened in 2014, and I’m sure will haunt him for the rest of his life. What a buffoon and please note that I am NOT defending Joe Mixon’s behavior.
      The ball drop before crossing the goal line is an odd mistake and I’ve seen similar things happen in the NFL. Generally, those types of mistakes are one & done, and don’t happen again. But you’re right, there are three red flags right there, yet everything he does will be under the microscope forever. Corey Blount had red flags, yet he’s still on the Patriots.

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