2017 NFL Draft: Full First Round Mock Draft

As a huge fan of the NFL Draft, each and every year, I like to put together a full first round NFL mock draft of my own. And that includes me being the GM of every team and making (what I see as) legit trades that could work and very well could happen.

Check out my 2017 NFL first round mock draft:

  1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
    • No brainer. Unless you like another defensive player more, don’t overthink this one, Cleveland.
  2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
    • Thomas isn’t far behind Garrett as the best player in this draft. Would be a nice fit for Shanahan’s new squad.
  3. Chicago Bears: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
    • The first surprise of the draft. Chicago lost their best and biggest weapon so now new QB Mike Glennon doesn’t have much to work with. Howard has star potential written all over him.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
    • Another easy pick. Jacksonville can’t find a quarterback so they might as well give whoever Chad Henne’s backing up a workhorse tailback.
  5. Cleveland Browns (TRADE w/TEN): Jamal Adams, S, LSU
    • And here’s where things go pretty crazy. As the Browns make the smart move and trade up, not for a QB, but to land, arguably, the most impactful defensive talent in the draft in Adams. If they can pull off Garrett and Adams, it’s hard not to love that.
  6. New York Jets: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
    • The Jets have no quarterback and love drafting quarterbacks. Might as well roll the dice one more time.
  7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
    • Hooker has the look of a star safety in this league for a long time. Should be an easy pick for San Diego Los Angeles.
  8. Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
    • Look at that. Another easy pick. Though Christian McCaffrey or Dalvin Cook would be fun pieces to add alongside Cam, Allen is too talented of a player at a high position of need to pass up here.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
    • Cincinnati won’t have to wait too long to see this selection in person as the talented Buckeye corner stays in-state.
  10. Buffalo Bills: Kevin King, CB, Washington
    • This is a bit of a reach for King but, with Stephon Gilmore off to rival New England, Buffalo needs defensive back help to try and contain Tom Brady.
  11. New Orleans Saints: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
    • Reddick has become one of fastest rising prospects in this draft class after putting up ridiculous Combine numbers. He could be a nice addition to a Saints defense in need of playmakers.
  12. Tennessee Titans (TRADE w/CLE via PHI): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
    • If the Titans do this right, they, along with Cleveland, should be the big winners on days one and two. This would start it off by adding the best receiver in the draft at a solid value spot.
  13. Arizona Cardinals: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
    • Watson is my favorite quarterback in the draft, by far. But he does need some time to get adjusted to the NFL. Arizona could be the absolute perfect landing spot for him.
  14. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN): Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
    • There goes McCaffrey, right where a lot of people think he’d be the best fit. Philly needs a dynamic running back and there isn’t a more dynamic offensive weapon than this.
  15. Indianapolis Colts: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
    • Keeping Andrew Luck alive is crucial. Lamp may not be the biggest name in the draft but I love Lamp. I think he could be a stud as a versatile lineman playing all along the line.
  16. Baltimore Ravens: David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)
    • This is a pick I think would be a fantastic fit. Since Todd Heap left Baltimore, the Ravens have struggled to find a reliable, healthy tight end. Njoku could be that while also giving Flacco a much needed weapon in the passing game.
  17. Washington Redskins: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
    • He may not be big, he may not be fast but Barnett knows how to get to the quarterback. Washington could use defensive line help to make a push up the NFC East standings.
  18. Tennessee Titans: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
    • While the Titans could easily go with another offensive weapon here, I’m going with one of my favorite defensive players in this draft in Foster. He’s a top 10 talent that may slip because of off the field issues. This could be a great landing spot.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri
    • Harris may not be a prototypical defensive end but I really like his game and ability to make plays in the backfield. Tampa needs help getting to Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Drew Brees.
  20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin
    • It’s no secret that Denver could use offensive line help and Ramcyck looks to be the best tackle in this class. Anything to help improve the stagnant offense and allow their
  21. Detroit Lions:  Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
    • Talk about another great landing spot. Cook is my favorite back in this class and I think it’d be crazy if he slipped this far down the draft (shoulder injury or not). With (what looks to be on paper) one of the best offensive lines in the league, a dynamic, homerun hitting back like Cook could possibly do for the Lions what Zeke Elliott did for the Cowboys in 2016.
  22. Miami Dolphins: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
    • The Dolphins could go several ways here but I have them taking the big, physical corner out of Bama to help sure up that secondary to help their chances of coming in 2nd in the AFC East.
  23. New York Giants: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
    • Eli has a ton of weapons. But his running game is weak so, instead of picking up a back here, I have them grabbing the high risk, high reward Robinson.
  24. Oakland Raiders: Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
    • Oakland loves its speed and athelticism, and there may not be much more than Jackson. The Raiders need corner help and Jackson could provide that while also making their return game one of the best in the league.
  25. Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
    • Houston desperately needs a quarterback in this draft and, with a later first round pick, they can take a chance on the best arm in the draft. Mahomes is another guy that has a very high ceiling. He also could bomb out if he can’t tighten up his mechanics.
  26. Seattle Seahawks: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
    • Looking to move Richard Sherman, Seatlle will likely be looking for defensive backs in this draft and White is one of the best. He could be a guy that steps in and makes an impact from day one.
  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
    • Davis has plenty of injury concerns from his college days but when you mix a linebacker of his size and athleticism with his aggressive playing style, it’s hard to pass up. If he stays healthy, he could fit perfectly in the middle of the Chiefs defense.
  28. Dallas Cowboys: TJ Watt, OLB/DE, Wisconsin
    • The Cowboys offense is great. So, it’s time to fix up the defense. And though they could go several different ways here, especially with help for the secondary, Watt is a high ceiling guy that could really help get pressure on the quarterbacks in the division.
  29. Green Bay Packers: John Ross, WR, Washington
    • Ted Thompson is old school and cheap as hell. He lost his best offensive lineman to a division rival because he didn’t want to pay him. So, of course I have him going completley against the grain and taking the fastest wide receiver in the draft to keep Rodgers happy.
  30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
    • Though I’m in no way a Steelers fan after going to college in the Pittsburgh area, I absolutely would love this pick for all parties. Peppers’ playing style and versatility could make him a star for the Steelers as the Steel Curtain looks for a new face.
  31. Atlanta Falcons: Takk McKinnley, OLB/DE, UCLA
    • Dan Quinn quickly turned Atlanta into one of the top teams in the league thanks to his offense and up and coming defense. Vic Beasley really came on in his sophomore year but could use a pass rushing partner. Takk could be a perfect fit.
  32. New Orleans Saints (from NE): Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
    • While I think this is a prime trade back spot, New Orleans needs more weapons and, since trading Jimmy Graham, hasn’t been the same on offense. Engram is the most athletic tight end in the class and could help extend Brees’ career.

So, that’s my attempt at mocking the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. What do you think? Who do you think your favorite team will take? Where will Michigan’s top prospects go? Let us know in the comment section below!

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