2017 NFL Draft Special Episode

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  1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
    I could Totally see the Browns making a Cleveland decision here and drafting Mitchell Trubisky 1st overall. I mean, they ARE Cleveland after all. Myles Garrett is the overwhelming favorite to go first overall, and is the overwhelming best talent in the draft. The Browns would definitely be foolish not to select him.
  2. San Francisco 49ers – Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
    Back-to-back edge rushers to start out the draft. I could see the 49ers maybe picking a QB here, but, Solomon Thomas is a great talent and would be on that defensive line for quite some time to come, giving pressure all through the NFC West.
  3. Chicago Bears – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
    Injury concerns aside, Marshon Lattimore has the greatest upside that a CB has had in a draft in quite some time. He is explosive and by far the best DB in the draft this year. I would be surprised if he dropped out of the top 5.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
    The second best talent in the draft, maybe the most talented. Leonard Fournette rides the coattails of Ezekiel Elliott last year and becomes the first RB drafted. He will make an immediate impact in Jacksonville, giving their high powered offense another dimension. Defenses can’t drop into coverage anymore, and must respect the run.
  5. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams) – Jamal Adams, S, LSU
    Tennessee gets to play with house money and a top-5 draft pick due to a trade last season. It would be hard for them to go wrong here, but, they need real help on the defensive side of the ball. I see them going the secondary route here, drafting Jamal Adams. Big, playmaking safety that can fill a role right away.
  6. New York Jets – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
    The first QB taken in the draft won’t be from Cleveland or San Fransisco, rather he will go to the Big Apple. Deshaun Watson has shown the ability to play in the limelight, and will have to do so right away for the Jets. He would compete for the starting job on day 1.
  7. Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
    The ballhawking safety that we all know well here in Columbus won’t make it out of the top ten. The Chargers hit the ball out of the park by drafting a Buckeye last season, Joey Bosa was DROY without even playing all 16 games. They do it again by drafting Malik Hooker and don’t be surprised if he gets his hands on the ball once or twice in 2017.
  8. Carolina Panthers – Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford
    This may be a bit too high for him to be drafted, but, Christian McCaffrey is a transcendent talent. He plays a position that is revolutionizing the game. He would give the Panthers the real Cam Newton back. McCaffrey can line up as a receiver or in the backfield to catch passes. I think people are underestimating him, which is a dangerous thing to do.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals – Johnathan Allen, DT/DE, Alabama
    A force in the middle of the line, Johnathan Allen goes to Cincinnati to be the disruptor that defense has been missing for a year or two. He is just a beast of a man. I could also see the Bengals stealing a QB here to stash away and train, but, I think the need on the DL is a little bigger.
  10. Buffalo Bills – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
    Another team I could see going the QB route is the Bills. But, I don’t think they want Tyrod Taylor to be playing mentor to a young QB. Instead, they give him the best talent at WR that the 2017 draft has. Corey Davis played in the MAC, so, it remains to be seen what he can do against the best talents in the game. But, he has all the size and athleticism that you could ask for. I truly think this will be a home run for the Bills, and he will line up opposite Sammy Watkins to give them a nice 1-2 punch.
  11. New Orleans Saints – O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
    Drew Brees needs a new TE. The last time that the Saints were great, they had Jimmy Graham. Ever since they traded him away, they have struggled. O.J. Howard is that guy. He is a huge target and a vertical threat downfield. But, don’t sleep on his blocking ability. He had to do that once or twice in the pro-style offense at Alabama. The Crimson Tide didn’t use him to the best of his abilities, but, Drew Brees definitely will.
  12. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles) – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
    Good things come to those who wait. If the Browns don’t be the Browns and pick Mitchell Trubisky at #1 overall, I think he has a good chance to fall to them at #12. Getting through picks 9-11 will be nerve racking. Don’t be surprised to see Cleveland move up a pick or two if he’s still on the board past Carolina. Personally, I don’t think that Trubisky would be a good fit in Cleveland. They need someone who can play right away, and Trubisky needs a little bit of maturing on the field. But, the Browns are enamoured with him. If he’s there at 12, he doesn’t make to 13.
  13. Arizona Cardinals – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
    Larry Fitzgerald is getting old. As is Carson Palmer. Either QB or a new toy for their current QB goes to the Cardinals at #13. Mike Williams has a ton of size to be a WR1 in the NFL. He should be excited to get drafted to a team that loves to throw the ball around to everyone. He will have a great impact in the desert.
  14. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings) – Haason Reddick, LB/DE, Temple
    This pick still irks me. Minnesota traded away their pick in the Sam Bradford move, which looked terrible right away, then looked wonderful for five weeks. Ended up being a bad move in the end. Haason Reddick played across town at Temple, and the Eagles need a LB to play right away. Reddick is that athletic LB that can run all over the field. Plus, he already knows his way around town.
  15. Indianapolis Colts – Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
    The Colts need help on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, they might go with a OL with this pick. But, this is a bad draft for offensive linemen. Derek Barnett is a guy that many mock drafts have going in the top ten. The Colts would be stoked to see him drop this far to them.
  16. Baltimore Ravens – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
    Another defensive player that the Ravens would be ecstatic to see fall into their laps. Reuben Foster is a playmaking linebacker that Baltimore loves to have. Think about the history of the LB position for the Ravens. Foster should be drafted higher than this, but, the Ravens won’t be complaining.
  17. Washington Redskins – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
    Some scouts have Gareon Conley rated higher than his Buckeye teammates, Lattimore and Hooker. Both of those guys will have already been drafted, and it would be a steal for the Redskins to get him at this point in the draft. I could also see Washington making a pick to replace Desean Jackson with an identical, young player.
  18. Tennessee Titans – John Ross, WR, Washington
    That identical player is John Ross. Kid had the fastest time EVER posted at the NFL Combine. A 4.22 is a ridiculous time. Recently, some injury concerns are mounting for Ross as we head into the draft. But, getting Marcus Mariota a new toy to play with should be high on the priority list for the Titans in this spot.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
    I just mentioned how this draft isn’t a great one for offensive linemen. But, I expect a flurry of them to go as we head into these next few picks. Cam Robinson isn’t considered the best on all draft boards, but, if the Buccaneers decide to go away from a RB for pick 19 (presumably because they trust the Muscle Hamster and/or are getting Adrian Peterson), I see them going the offensive line route. Cam Robinson is a large man who has the ability to dominate defensive linemen. See if he can do it at the highest level and protect a good, young QB.
  20. Denver Broncos – Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
    Denver needs a QB. The problem is, they drafted a QB high just last year in Paxton Lynch. They won’t spend another first round pick on a QB this year. I expect them to shore up an extremely weak area for them by helping out the offensive line. Any of the linemen might go here, but, lets throw Garrett Bolles in as the pick for the Broncos. They had a good look at him in his time at Utah.
  21. Detroit Lions – Taco Charleton, DE, Michigan
    Keep it in the state. Taco Charleton is a young, raw talent coming out of Michigan. Detroit is known to go after offensive players, but, they need a defensive presence to help out. Haven’t had a dominating defensive lineman since Ndamukong Suh left a few years ago. Taco would have that potential. Whether or nat he makes it to be that great is a whole other question.
  22. Miami Dolphins – Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
    Laremy Tunsil fell into their laps in the middle of the draft last year due to his drama. Forrest Lamp doesn’t have any drama, but, he is a first round offensive lineman, who can play any position along the line. I like to see him slotted in as a guard, to move Tunsil out to tackle where he belongs.
  23. New York Giants – Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
    I promise, the linemen run ends here with the Giants. Along with the Broncos and Vikings, the Giants have a terrible offensive line. They can address that early on in this draft, by selecting a Tackle that many draft experts have ranked as the 1st or 2nd best in the draft. Since when did Wisconsin have a bad lineman come out?
  24. Oakland Raiders – Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
    Oakland is banking on Marshawn Lynch coming in to help out the run game. So, lets flip it over to the young defense. Khalil Mack is shaping up to be an all-time great, and he needs a running mate in the linebacking core. Jarrad Davis is good enough, and may even go in the top 15 picks. Coming out of Florida, the Raiders would love to have this steal.
  25. Houston Texans – Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech
    They lost out on the Tony Romo sweepstakes to…. tv. So, they would love to address that need in the draft. Unfortunately, Patrick Mahomes II is the only worthy player left. He might end up being the best QB out of this draft, I feel. But, he also needs to polish up a lot of his game. In Houston, he will likely need to start right away.
  26. Seattle Seahawks – Kevin King, CB, Washington
    Richard Sherman might be on the outs soon. Seattle just had to look down the road to find a great replacement for him. Kevin King is a long corner who really knows how to play the ball, and play the run as well. This might be one of the better fits in the draft if King falls this far.
  27. Kansas City Chiefs – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
    I can definitely see Dalvin Cook going a little higher in this draft. There are a couple of teams that might take the bait of drafting a running back high in this year. Kansas City needs an every down back to replace what they lost in Jamaal Charles. This is a good replacement, even as the third RB taken i this draft.
  28. Dallas Cowboys – Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
    Rangy linebacker or edge rusher out of UCLA, Takkarist McKinley goes to the Cowgirls here. Sean Lee isn’t getting any younger for Dallas. They definitely don’t need any help on the offensive side of the ball with the two slam dunk picks they made last season. Linebacker is as good as any for the Cowboys.
  29. Green Bay Packers – T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
    Missed out on big brother JJ a few years ago, Green Bay won’t let younger brother T.J. Watt go through their fingers. Some are saying that the younger Watt has an ever higher upside. He could slot in as either an outside linebacker or as a defensive end, just like big bro. Keeping it in the state, Green Bay makes an obvious choice at 29.
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jabril Peppers, S, Michigan
    Troy Polamalu is long gone out of Pittsburgh. But, Jabril Peppers might be the same player. The kind of player that can play safety or linebacker. The kind of player that knows exactly what to do with the ball. The kind of player that the Steelers LOVE to have.
  31. Atlanta Falcons – Jordan Willis, DE/OLB, Kansas State
    The first round of the 2017 draft will be dominated but edge rushers. So many defensive ends and outside linebackers will be taken, as rushing the QB is one of the most important things to do in football Jordan Willis didn’t get the credit he deserved because he played at Kansas State, not a school known for big name players. The Falcons will pair him up with last year’s sack leader, Vic Beasley, to form an ultimate defensive bookend duo. Who can you double team now?
  32. New Orleans Saints (via New England Patriots) – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
    With the last pick of the first round, the Saints address a big concern in the defensive secondary. New Orleans has never been known for their defensive prowess, but, they can get some help from Tre’Davious White. He was one of the bigger playmakers on a great defense at LSU. Would be a big steal to take him at 32 overall.

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