2017 NFL Mock Draft, 1st Round, Volume 5


We are getting closer and closer and closer ladies and gentlemen. The festivities will soon begin and NFL teams will soon construct their roster to match their viewpoint. So before the entertainment officially begins on Thursday night, let’s have a little fun and present a full 1st round mock draft.

  1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, EDGE , Texas A&M: It’s not complicated, Browns organization. Garrett is a rare commodity coming out of college. Specimens like Garrett don’t come around often. Turn the card in and watch Garrett haunt offensive coordinators.
  2. Carolina Panthers (sends 8th overall pick, 2017 4th round pick, 2018 2nd round pick to San Francisco for 2nd overall pick, 2018 4th round pick) – Leonard Fournette, RB , LSU: The Panthers are dreaming of pairing Fournette with QB Cam Newton. Their wish becomes reality with a big draft day trade.
  3. Chicago Bears – Marshon Lattimore, CB , Ohio State: Several teams early in the draft have grown fond of the athletic corner out of Ohio State. The Bears snatch Lattimore to build a solid trio at corner in Lattimore, Kyle Fuller, and Prince Amukamara.
  4. Cleveland Browns (sends 12th overall pick, 2017 3rd round pick, 2018 2nd round pick to Jacksonville for 4th overall pick, 2017 4th round pick) – Mitchell Trubisky, QB , North Carolina: The rumors have swirled that the front office in Cleveland is split on Garrett and Trubisky. Well, the Browns have the ammo to make both parties happy and they walk away with their franchise QB and their franchise pass rusher.
  5. Tennessee Titans – Solomon Thomas, DE , Stanford: It’s tempting to draft a receiver such as Mike Williams here for the offense but it is also enticing to provide a defensive line that has Jurrell Casey and Thomas. Scary.
  6. New York Jets – Deshaun Watson, QB , Clemson: Is it the team’s biggest need? That is debatable. However, Watson brings a winning pedigree and with Josh McCown as the team’s veteran face at QB, he gives Watson time to develop.
  7. Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker, FS , Ohio State: The Chargers added a cornerstone piece in Joey Bosa to their defense last year. Here is another ballhawk cornerstone on the back end to allow that Chargers defense to take another positive step.
  8. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) – Jamal Adams, SS , LSU: The 49ers traded down, which is their ideal choice on draft day, get a couple of picks for the future, and still walk away with an elite safety to improve the last line of defense. Not bad of a coup for the team by the bay.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathan Allen, DE , Alabama: The Bengals probably had other considerations to improve their pass rush but a gift falls into their lap on draft day.
  10. Buffalo Bills – O.J. Howard, TE , Alabama: The rumors are real. The Bills adore Howard. His presence makes the Bills offense a little more dangerous.
  11. New Orleans Saints – Reuben Foster, LB , Alabama: Foster has injury concerns that can very well result in a draft day tumble. But with two 1st round picks, the Saints roll the dice on the best inside linebacker in the draft.
  12. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Cleveland) – Dalvin Cook, RB , Florida State: The Jaguars definitely need a spark in the run game and selecting Cook provides just that.
  13. Arizona Cardinals – Mike Williams, WR , Clemson: The Cardinals need a big play receiver in their lineup with Larry Fitzgerald playing his final days as a pro. Williams is a big target that QB Carson Palmer will truly enjoy.
  14. Philadelphia Eagles – Marlon Humphrey, CB , Alabama: The Eagles attacked the wide receiver spot in free agency so in the draft, the Eagles add a big game corner to help a secondary in need.
  15. Indianapolis Colts – Chrisitan McCaffrey, RB , Stanford: Although the Colts can use a premier pass rusher, McCaffrey can bring a dynamic to the offense that can open up so much for QB Andrew Luck, WR T.Y. Hilton, and company.
  16. Baltimore Ravens – Derek Barnett, EDGE , Tennessee: While it is tempting for the Ravens to grab a receiver, having Barnett fall here ignites aspirations to find their next great pass rusher with Terrell Suggs on the tail end of his career.
  17. Washington Redskins – Malik McDowell, DT , Michigan State: McDowell has the skill set that can be a great addition in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. If he can improve his overall effort, Washington may have a true gem here.
  18. Tennessee Titans – John Ross, WR , Washington: The Titans helped the trenches with immediate help at #5 overall and Ross gives the Titans offense a deep threat that will open up the run game in Tennessee even more.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ryan Ramzyck, OT , Wisconsin: It is never a bad idea to provide more protection for the franchise quarterback. Surrounding Jameis Winston with key pieces at receiver and the offensive line may put the Bucs over the hump.
  20. Denver Broncos – David Njoku, TE , Miami: There is a bigger need on the offensive line but the Broncos have been rumored to add a little more juice to the offense. While O.J. Howard may be dubbed as the best tight end in the draft, Njoku has tantalizing ability as well.
  21. Detroit Lions – Taco Charlton, DE , Michigan: Defensive end Ziggy Ansah needs a complimentary pass rusher on the other side and Charlton fits exactly what the Lions can use on defense.
  22. Miami Dolphins – Forrest Lamp, G , Western Kentucky: The team slid Laremy Tunsil to left tackle and bringing in Lamp can improve the void at guard for the Dolphins.
  23. New York Giants – Cam Robinson, OT , Alabama: With added firepower on offense and Eli Manning on his waning years, it will be wise for the Giants to shore up the biggest hole on the team at the moment.
  24. Oakland Raiders – Jarrad Davis , LB , Florida: Last season, outside linebacker Khalil Mack made his presence felt but the Raiders can use another difference maker on defense. Davis can step in from day one and be a great talent in the middle of the Raiders unit.
  25. Houston Texans – Patrick Mahomes II, QB , Texas Tech: This has been written on the wall for months. The rocket arm of Mahomes can work well with receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
  26. Seattle Seahawks – Gareon Conley, CB , Ohio State: Surprise, surprise. The Seahawks sidestep a major need on the offensive line and grab a playmaking corner that can also be insurance in case the team moves on from Richard Sherman at some point.
  27. Kansas City Chiefs – DeShone Kizer, QB , Notre Dame: Kansas City may move on from Alex Smith in a season or two, which prompts coach Andy Reid to take his future starter at the position.
  28. Dallas Cowboys – Tre’Davious White, CB , LSU: The Cowboys secondary took a major hit this offseason, which altered their draft strategy. White gives the team a potential #1 corner with nice upside.
  29. Green Bay Packers – Quincy Wilson, CB , Florida: A huge need at corner will be the main focus for the Packers early in the draft.
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Takkarist McKinley, OLB , UCLA: Bringing back veteran James Harrison is definitely not the long term solution at outside linebacker. McKinley gives the Steelers a future piece with current starter Bud Dupree.
  31. Atlanta Falcons – Derek Rivers, Edge , Youngstown State: Forget the fact he’s from a small school, Rivers has plenty of athleticism that will team with Vic Beasley to provide plenty of heat off the edges.
  32. Los Angeles Rams (sends 2017 2nd round pick, 2017 5th round pick to New Orleans for 32nd overall pick) – Corey Davis, WR , Western Michigan: With the last pick of the first round, the Rams slide up a few spots from the second round and grab a playmaker at receiver for their lackluster offense.
Eric Robinson