Week three is nearly wrapped up, with Monday Night Football taking place between the Falcons and Saints happening tonight. As such, it is time for the first edition of the 2017 Mock Draft now that we have a good idea of what team’s strengths and weaknesses are.
As always, the draft order is based upon the current Super Bowl odds.
1. Cleveland Browns – DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Right now, DeShone Kizer looks to be the best quarterback prospect in college football. He has NFL-ready size and elite arm strength as well. Despite Notre Dame’s 1-3 record, Kizer has made some very impressive throws and should continue to impress NFL scouts.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Deshaun Watson has not had the start to his junior season that many thought he would. Clemson’s offense as a whole has struggled so far, but Watson has still made some very impressive throws. San Francisco would be overjoyed at this pick, as Watson would be a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense.
3. Chicago Bears – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Myles Garrett might be the best overall player in the draft, but quarterbacks, as always, take more importance. Chicago would be thrilled for Garrett to fall to them here, as the junior pass rusher has drawn comparisons to Jadeveon Clowney and Von Miller.
4. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles) – Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
Right now, Tennessee does not have many difference-makers on defense. Malik McDowell is a playmaker on the defensive line and would be a great tandem with Brian Orakpo and Jurrell Casey.
5. Miami Dolphins – Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Jabrill Peppers might be the most complete football player in this class. He plays linebacker for Michigan, but was recruited as a safety, played running back and even returns punts. He is an elite athlete.
6. Buffalo Bills – Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
The Bills have a nice pair of cornerbacks in Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore, but they cannot afford to pass up a cornerback of Tabor’s caliber. He is the best pure cornerback in this year’s class.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Jaguars drafted Jalen Ramsey last year, but still need more playmakers on defense. Jamal Adams is a hard hitter and can be a difference maker at safety in Jacksonville.
8. New Orleans Saints – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The Saints have struggled in pass defense in recent years. As such, cornerback is definitely the move here. Marlon Humphrey is a world-class track athlete and has been a very good cornerback for the Crimson Tide.
9. Atlanta Falcons – Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
One of the most complete players in this class, Jonathan Allen bypassed the draft last year to return for his senior season. He can rush from the end position or kick inside to be an elite run stopper from the interior.
10. Tennessee Titans – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Titans need a No. 1 receiver for Marcus Mariota. Luckily, Mike Williams has the skill set that you want from an elite receiver. He is big, physical and has bounced back nicely from his neck injury last year.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
The Bucs just released Austin Seferian-Jenkins after a disappointing career in Tampa. They have some guys at the position currently, but no one who can really maximize the potential of Jameis Winsotn. Howard is a tight end who can stretch the field vertically and would be a nice option for Winston to throw to.
12. Detroit Lions – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Detroit is in desperate need of a workhorse running back. Leonard Fournette is a player who has been compared to a young Adrian Peterson and would be a perfect option for the Lions.
13. Washington Redskin – Desmond King, CB, Iowa
The Redskins spent big money on Josh Norman, but they don’t have much besides him at cornerback. King doesn’t have elite measurables at cornerback, but plays bigger and is very good at creating turnovers.
14. Indianapolis Colts – Tim Williams, DE, Alabama
Apart from Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton, the Colts have very few blue-chip players on their roster. A big need is a quality pass rusher, which is what Tim Williams can bring to the team.
15. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia) – Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
The Browns went offense with their first pick, so they go defense here. The Browns are in total rebuild mode on defense and Raekwon McMillan is a nice player at linebacker to build around.
16. New York Jets – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The Jets signed Matt Forte in the offseason, but there is only so much that Forte has left in the tank. As such, they draft Dalvin Cook here, who has some injury concerns but is an electric player at running back.
17. San Diego Chargers – Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
Keenan Allen is out yet again with injury, meaning the Chargers need to focus on drafting more receiver for Philip Rivers to throw to. Smith-Schuster has drawn Dez Bryant-comparisons for his physical style of play.
18. Kansas City Chiefs – Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
With the status of Justin Houston up in the air, the Chiefs rebound and take another young pass rusher in Dawuane Smoot, a good option with Dee Ford and Tamba Hali on that defensive line.
19. Oakland Raiders – Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Adoree’ Jackson might not be the most complete cornerback in the class, but his world-class athleticism will make him a first round pick.
20. Baltimore Ravens – Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
The Ravens are slowly rebuilding their defense. They have lacked a true lock-down cornerback for a while, which is what Sidney Jones could bring to the team.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
The Bengals wanted to go wide receiver in the first round last year, but all the top options were gone before they picked. Malachi Dupre would be a perfect option opposite of A.J. Green, as Dupre can make defensive backs pay for single-covering him.
22. Dallas Cowboys – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Sean Lee is a playmaker, but the Cowboys need a quality player beside him. Reuben Foster is a classic Alabama thumper, a player isn’t afraid of lowering his shoulder and hitting you hard.
23. Denver Broncos – Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
No matter who plays quarterback for the Broncos, they need to continue building up their offensive line. Cam Robinson has some off-the-field concerns, but is a guy who could step in at right tackle right away before taking over at left tackle after a few years.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota) – Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Carson Wentz looks to be the quarterback of the future, but the Eagles still need a quality option at running back for him to hand off to. Chubb is coming off of a serious knee injury, but has rebounded nicely and should continue to work his way back to full health.
25. New York Giants – Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
The Giants spent a lot of money on their defense, but still need playmakers at linebacker. Jarrad Davis is a player who would have likely been a first round pick last year had he declared.
26. Houston Texans – Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
The Texans gave Brock Osweiler a ton of money in the offseason, so they need to work on protecting him. Ethan Pocic is a very good center and a player who can start right away.
27. Carolina Panthers – Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
The Panthers can’t ride Jonathan Stewart forever, so they grab his replacement in fellow-Oregon Duck Royce Freeman, a very good player in his own right.
28. Seattle Seahawks – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Seahawks need to continue rebuilding their offense line. McGlinchey is not a plug-and-play guy, but is a player who can slowly develop into a franchise left tackle.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers – Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
The Steelers have some young players in their secondary, but still are rebuilding. Armani Watts is a very athletic player who could become a difference maker at safety in the league.
30. Arizona Cardinals – Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
Carson Palmer does not have that much longer in the league, so the Cardinals need to focus on drafting young options on offense to maximize his potential. Jake Butt is a great selection for the immediate future and a nice option for whoever comes next at quarterback in Arizona.
31. Green Bay Packers – Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Carl Lawson has the talent to go much higher than this, but injury concerns will likely bump him down draft boards.
32. New England Patriots – Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Montravius Adams decided to come back for his senior season and has made a ton of money with his great play through the first four games.