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Mock Draft 2017 – Joel Bishop

Here is a mock draft I’ve created showing other possibilities that could happen in this year’s draft. It’s not a prediction to what I think will happen.

1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Cleveland do need a quarterback but they also need to add more talent to the entire roster, so they grab the best player in the draft.

2. San Francisco 49ers – Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Quarterback could be taken here and Solomon Thomas has been heavily mocked here but San Francisco go with Adams who is a complete safety but is also a leader.

3. Chicago Bears – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Lots of talk about Chicago possibly taking a quarterback at this pick. Glennon’s contract might look a lot but can turn into a one year deal for the Bears if they decide to move on from him. Trubisky has only started one year so he may need to develop but has the accuracy you want for an NFL starting quarterback.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama

Jacksonville could go running back but go with a solid defensive lineman who can line up at defensive tackle or end and be productive. How much will the shoulders bother teams though?

5. Tennessee Titans – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

The Titans with this early pick can go many directions picking a very talented player before they pick again at 18. They go with this year’s top cornerback and strengthen their secondary.

6. New York Jets – Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State

Jets could go quarterback in this draft but with Hooker still available they must add his ballhawking talents and rebuild this secondary.

7. Los Angeles Chargers – Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

Gus Bradley now being the defensive coordinator will be happy to have a guy he can move around the defensive line and cause mismatches. Pairing Thomas and Bosa will be a good start to creating the defense that he wants.

8. Carolina Panthers – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

The running game needs improvement and they need to take some of the pressure off of Cam Newton. Fournette is a powerful runner and a great athlete who will take over from Jonathan Stewart.

9. Cincinnati Bengals – Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Barnett was extremely productive in college and will add more production to the Bengals’ defensive line. Linebacker could also be addressed at this pick.

10. Buffalo Bills – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Buffalo need weapons, this pick could be a wide receiver or tight end and I wouldn’t rule out qauterback. Corey Davis is a NFL ready wide receiver who can help take away some of the attention from Sammy Watkins.

11. New Orleans Saints – Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple

Reddick’s stock has been rising and rising since the senior bowl and could be taken this high. He has plus athleticism to get to the ball as an off-ball linebacker but can also be a disruptive pass rusher like he was at college.

12. Cleveland Browns – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

The Browns could add a quarterback at this pick or go for the best player on their board and make that pick. Here the Browns select the top Te in the draft who can help elevate their offense.

13. Arizona Cardinals – Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech

Arizona could go with a wide receiver here but go with a quarterback to develop. Carson Palmer won’t be playing for too much longer and they could use a future replacement on the roster.

14. Philadelphia Eagles – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Christian McCaffrey is one of the smartest runners in the draft. He can also play like a wide receiver with good route running and reliable hands. Wider receiver or cornerback could be the pick here.

15. Indianapolis Colts – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Reddick being taken earlier, the Colts go with the talented Foster to help them on defense. There’s a chance Foster’s slide can go into the second round.

16. Baltimore Ravens – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Baltimore need a replacement for Steve Smith and they will be very happy here that Williams is still available. He’s a big wide receiver who can  go up and win many contested catches.

17. Washington Redskins – Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt 

I feel Cunningham isn’t being talked about enough in this draft. He is an athletic player who is a play-making machine and will help add some talent to the Redskins’ defense.

18. Tennessee Titans – David Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.)

Tennessee need more weapons in the passing game and go with Njoku. He is still raw but has a very high ceiling. A wide receiver could be the pick if they are comfortable with who’s still on the board.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Cook could slide even further due to some off-field concerns, fumbling and injuries but he is the top running back in the draft in my opinion and would be an improvement to what Tampa currently have. Cook was a teammate with Winston too.

20. Denver Broncos – Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

Denver made some movies this offseason and added to the o-line but still have a glaring need at Tackle. Ramczyck comes in ready to play day 1 and help give their quarterback time to make throws.

21. Detroit Lions – Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

A player at Michigan that can help the pass rush in Detroit. I expect and improvement with a healthy Ansah but they can do with another guy opposite like Charlton who can play the pass and run.

22. Miami Dolphins – Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

Miami are moving Tunsil back to left tackle leaving an opening at guard. Lamp played tackle in college but is expected to be a lot better at guard in the NFL.

23. New York Giants – DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson

New York have a lot of needs that could be addressed here but Eli Manning won’t be playing forever and they need to find a future replacement at some point. Watson rises up on the big stage but needs development on his decision making and improve his accuracy.

24. Oakland Raiders – Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State

Raiders could add more talent on their defense, McDowell has the chance to really help as he flashes top-10 talent but is also inconsistent. If he can turn up the notch on his motor then he has a chance to be a dominant player in the NFL.

25. Houston Texans – Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

Texans could go quarterback here but they also need a tackle and Bolles is athletic and would give them a chance to do more zone-blocking with Miller at running back.

26. Seattle Seahawks – Kevin King, CB, Washington

Offensive line is a possibility here but Kevin King suits what they need as a cornerback. He’s tall, fast and is also a local player and seems likely he could be their player.

27. Kansas City Chiefs – Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

A physical player who will set the tone but injuries has bothered him. The chiefs get younger at linebacker with a player who can stop the run and defend in the passing game.

28. Dallas Cowboys – TJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin

Very likely Dallas could go defensive end here, if not then cornerback is a possibility. Some see Watt as a linebacker but fits Dallas’ scheme well as a weak-side defensive end, he can rush the passer but is also a good run defender.

29. Green Bay Packers – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

Conley is a very good man-corner who can play in the slot or outside and improve a secondary that struggled last season.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

McKinley slides due to his injury which could put him on PUP for the start of the season but when he is ready he can help generate pressure for this Steelers defense, they need more youth.

31. Atlanta Falcons – Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

Atlanta would like to make another chance at the Superbowl after missing out against New England and they bolster their pass rush with Charles Harris.

32. New Orleans Saints – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

The Saints could have taken this player at pick 11 but get fortunate here at pick 32 and improve their secondary. Humphrey will need more coaching but to me will only get better, he has the size and speed that some teams will love.

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