Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Post Combine Edition

With the combine all wrapped up, now seemed like a fitting time to update my mock draft. Even with free agency right around the corner and bound to shake things up in terms of team needs, the combine is one of the more major events in the draft process. Following the underwear Olympics, plenty of players have seen their draft stock soar up boards (see Melifonwu, Obi) and some have a slight dip in their draft stock (see Foster, Reuben). Let’s dive in to it.

(Draft order via nfl.com)

11. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, TAMU
22. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford
33. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
44. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
55. Tennessee Titans (via LAR): Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
66. New York Jets: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
77. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
88. Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
99. Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
110.  Buffalo Bills: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
111.  New Orleans Saints: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
112.  Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia): Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
113.  Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
114.  Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota): John Ross, WR, Washington
115.  Indianapolis Colts: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
116.  Baltimore Ravens: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
117.  Washington: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
118.  Tennessee Titans: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
119.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami
220.  Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
221.  Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan
222.  Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, EDGE, Missouri
223.  New York Giants: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
224.  Oakland Raiders: Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU
225.  Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
226.  Seattle Seahawks: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
227.  Kansas City Chiefs: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
228.  Dallas Cowboys: Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn
229.  Green Bay Packers: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
330.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Ryan Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
331.  Atlanta Falcons: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
332.  New England Patriots: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

333.  Cleveland Browns: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
334.  San Francisco 49ers: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
335.  Jacksonville Jaguars: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
336.  Chicago Bears: Budda Baker, S, Washington
337.  Los Angeles Rams: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
338.  Los Angeles Chargers: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
339.  New York Jets: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
440.  Carolina Panthers: Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida
441.  Cincinnati Bengals: Takkarist McKinnley, EDGE, UCLA
442.  New Orleans Saints: Davis Webb, QB, California
443.  Philadelphia Eagles: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
444.  Buffalo Bills: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
445.  Arizona Cardinals: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
446.  Indianapolis Colts: T.J. Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin
447.  Baltimore Ravens: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
448.  Minnesota Vikings: Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
449.  Washington: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
550.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Williams, S, Utah
551.  Denver Broncos: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
552.  Cleveland Browns (via Tennessee): Montravius Adams, DL, Auburn
553.  Detroit Lions: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
554.  Miami Dolphins: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
555.  New York Giants: Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
556.  Oakland Raiders: Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
557.  Houston Texans: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
558.  Seattle Seahawks: Roederick Johnson, OT, FSU
559.  Kansas City Chiefs: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
660.  Dallas Cowboys: Dawuane Smoot, EDGE, Illinois
661.  Green Bay Packers: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
662.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Evans, S, TAMU
663.  Atlanta Falcons: Carlos Watkins, DL, Clemson
664.  New England Patriots: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech

665.  Cleveland Browns: Desmond King, S, Iowa
666.  San Francisco 49ers: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
667.  Chicago Bears: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
668.  Jacksonville Jaguars: Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
669.  Los Angeles Rams: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
770.  New York Jets: Joe Mathis, EDGE, Washington
771.  Los Angeles Chargers: Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
772.  Carolina Panthers: Marcus Maye, S, Florida
773.  Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
774.  Philadelphia Eagles: Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh
775.  Buffalo Bills: Tyus Bowser, EDGE, Houston
776.  New Orleans Saints: Demarcus Walker, EDGE, FSU
777.  Arizona Cardinals: Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee
778.  Baltimore Ravens: Kevin King, CB, Washington
779.  Minnesota Vikings: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
880.  Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
881.  Washington: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
882.  Denver Broncos: Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin
883.  Tennessee Titans: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
884.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
885.  Detroit Lions: Daeshon Hall, EDGE, TAMU
886.  Minnesota Vikings (via Miami): Duke Riley, LB, LSU
887.  New York Giants: Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
888.  Oakland Raiders: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
889.  Houston Texans: Elijah Qualls, DL, Washington
990.  Seattle Seahawks: Josh Reynolds, WR, TAMU
991.  Kansas City Chiefs: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
992.  Dallas Cowboys: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
993.  Green Bay Packers: Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
994.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
995.  Atlanta Falcons: Corn Elder, CB, Miami
996.  New England Patriots: Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
997.  Miami Dolphins: Howard Wilson, CB, Houston
998.  Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
999.  Baltimore Ravens: Dalvin Tomlinson, DL, Alabama
1100. Tennessee Titans (via LAR): Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
1101. Denver Broncos: Paul Maglorie, LB, Arizona
1102. Seattle Seahawks: Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, UCLA
1103. New England Patriots (via Cleveland): Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa
1104. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
1105. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado
1106. Seattle Seahawks: Larry Ogunjobi, DL, Charlotte
1107. New York Jets: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland

- Will the Cleveland Browns once again overthink their draft selections and reach for a quarterback rather than take the best player available? Unfortunately, this COULD be another reality for Browns fans. If Sashi Brown knows what he’s doing, he’ll wait and let the board depict when he takes a quarterback. Don’t overthink pick number one, Sashi. Write Myles Garrett’s name on the card now and don’t over think it.

- The newest name on the block is Obi Melifonwu. Melifonwu played his college days at the University of Connecticut and racked up eight interceptions in four years. Measuring at 6’4” 224 lbs, Melifonwu had a combine performance to remember, running a 4.40 40-yard dash, a 44” vertical and a 141” broad jump. Melifonwu is a freak athlete with ball skills and height that NFL teams crave. Don’t be shocked to hear his name called on day one.

- Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster got kicked out of the combine following an argument with the medical staff in Indianapolis. What does this do to his draft stock? Probably nothing major, but an outburst like this shows some immaturity. Expect him to remain a top 15 pick at worst. His talent and his lack of incidents prior to the combine is enough to warrant a top ten selection.

- Why is my top quarterback, Brad Kaaya, so low in my mock? Teams simply don’t value him towards the top because of his rawness and lack of elite arm strength. If I am an NFL team, I would use this to my advantage and take him as late as I can and maximize my draft board. Kaaya will likely remain my top quarterback and I challenge you to find somebody else outside of the state of Florida who feels the same.

- If I were a GM where would I take Kaaya? Top ten. Kaaya has poise and toughness that you can’t just teach a guy. His ball placement can be inconsistent at times but he is very coachable. To me, he is raw but has the highest floor of any quarterback in the draft. I easily see him as a ten-year starter with the ability to perform well throughout his career.

- Looking for some freak athletes for your team to target? This classhas plenty of those kinds of players. Here is a short list: Jabrill Peppers, Obi Melifonwu, Malik McDowell, and Chris Wormley area few of my favorite athletes in this class that have some tremendous upside.

- Washington’s John Ross broke Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record of 4.24 seconds, running an inhuman 4.22 seconds. Ross will see a significant boost in his draft stock and could be taken within the top 20 picks. Lock him up as a sure-fire first round pick now, after having a fluctuating draft stock prior to the combine.

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