2017 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 1.0: 49ers, Jets, Texans fill QB needs

By Daniel Jeremiah |

NFL Media analyst

Published: Jan. 18, 2017 at 06:49 p.m.

With the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft behind us, we finally have full view of the entire 2017 class, which, of course, only means one thing: Mock Draft Season is upon us. Approximately 100 days away from the real draft, here's the first iteration of how I could see the first round unfolding.

Note: The Vikings, who traded their first-round pick to the Eagles, have the same record and strength of schedule as the Colts, so there's a tie for the 14th pick. A coin flip at a later date will determine which team picks first.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    Texas A&M
    The Browns are in desperate need of a quarterback, but I think Garrett will be too tempting to pass up. He has all-pro talent and will be a perfect fit in Cleveland's new defensive scheme.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    North Carolina
    The 49ers need to address the quarterback position and Trubisky has a very intriguing skill set. Trading down would also make a lot of sense because of the lack of talent on this roster.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    Alabama
    The addition of Allen would give the Bears one of the best young defensive lines in the NFL. He can play multiple spots and is one of the most technically sound defensive linemen I've ever evaluated.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    S
    LSU
    Adams is a tone-setter and would team up with Jalen Ramsey to give the Jaguars two superstars in the secondary. Jacksonville needs offensive line help, but Adams is too good to bypass.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    CB
    Ohio St.
    The Titans could add Corey Davis -- the draft's best receiver -- in this spot, but Lattimore is a special talent and fills a need on the roster. He has incredible cover skills and will match up well with the elite wideouts in the AFC South.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    QB
    Notre Dame
     
    The Jets have a lot of quarterbacks on their roster but none as gifted as Kizer. He will need some time to develop, but he has the size, arm talent and athleticism to become a reliable starting quarterback.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Ohio St.
    With the best ball skills of any safety I've ever evaluated, Hooker would benefit from the pass rush led by Joey Bosa. If Jason Verrett comes back healthy, this could quickly become one of the best secondaries in the NFL.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    The Panthers need to take some pressure off of Cam Newton, and that's exactly what Fournette would do. He wasn't healthy during his final season at LSU, but his tape was still impressive. He is a true workhorse running back.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    LB
    Alabama
    The Bengals need to add more playmakers to their defense and Foster is one of the most explosive linebackers to come out in the last few years. He has similar range to Patrick Willis when he was coming out of Ole Miss.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    WR
    Western Michigan
    Davis is a complete receiver who would be an excellent complement to Sammy Watkins. His combination of route running, ball skills and toughness is outstanding.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    White is one of the most improved players in the country and played at a very high level in 2016. His ball skills and toughness would be a great addition to the Saints' defense.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    RB
    Florida St.
    The Browns could look at Deshaun Watson with this pick, but Cook would be tough to pass up. He would fit beautifully in Hue Jackson's offense.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    CB
    Washington
    Jones is one of the most reliable players in the entire draft class. He doesn't get the same amount of attention as some other cornerbacks, but he is very highly regarded by NFL evaluators.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    DE
    Tennessee
    Projected trade to Colts
    The Colts are in desperate need of a young edge rusher. Barnett has some tightness but his production speaks for itself.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Clemson
    Projected trade to Eagles
    Williams would instantly become their top weapon and give Carson Wentz some needed help. He could go much higher than 15, but if he's there, expect the Eagles to run the card up to the table.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    CB
    Florida
    Wilson is a very talented press cornerback with excellent ball skills. He would upgrade the Ravens' secondary, teaming with Jimmy Smith to give Baltimore two of the biggest corners in the league.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DE
    Stanford
    Thomas is a very dynamic interior pass rusher who I'd love to see line up next to Ryan Kerrigan in this defense. His motor never stops, and his performance against North Carolina and QB Mitch Trubisky in the Sun Bowl wowed NFL scouts.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    TE
    Miami
    The Titans need to give Marcus Mariota some more weapons; Njoku has the highest upside of any tight end in the draft. He would team up with Delanie Walker to terrorize opposing safeties and linebackers.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OLB
    Missouri
    The Bucs hit a home run with the selection of Noah Spence in the 2016 draft. Harris would give them another fastball coming off the edge, taking their defense to another level.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Wisconsin
    The Broncos need to overhaul their offensive line. Ramczyk, the best tackle in the draft, would be a good start. Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp would also be a good option with this selection.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    DE
    Michigan
    Charlton is a rangy athlete who fits the mold the Lions look for in their edge rushers. He makes plays on all three downs.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    OLB
    Wisconsin
    Watt isn't as freaky as his older brother, J.J., but he is a very good football player. He is ultra-versatile, athletic and instinctive.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    TE
    South Alabama
    Get to know this name. Everett has a lot of similarities to Jordan Reed and he would crush it in the Giants' offensive system, surrounded by Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    CB
    Florida
    The Raiders are set on the offensive side of the ball but they could use some more playmakers in the secondary. Tabor gives up some plays but he also gets his hands on a lot of footballs.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    QB
    Clemson
    The Brock Osweiler experiment hasn't worked. Watson could be long gone by this point in the draft, but if he's there, I'd expect the Texans to scoop him up.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    OT
    Utah
    In 2016, the Seahawks used a top pick on an offensive lineman (OT Germain Ifedi), and I'd expect them to do the same thing in this year's draft. Bolles is a very athletic pass protector who shows some nastiness in the running game.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    LB
    Florida
    Derrick Johnson is 34 and coming off a torn Achilles. Davis is a very instinctive linebacker who has enough size to take on guards in the run game. He also has the speed to match up with tight ends and running backs in the passing game.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    The Cowboys need pass rushers; they can no longer rely on Randy Gregory. McKinley has double-digit sack potential.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    RB
    Tennessee
    Kamara is a name that's generating a lot of buzz in the scouting community. He's also a player who would fill a need for the Packers. He is a major mismatch for linebackers in the passing game.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    TE
    Alabama
    Howard is a seam-stretching tight end and he's also very reliable as a blocker in the run game. He would be a nice fit in Todd Haley's offense.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Conley is a gifted athlete with excellent football awareness. The Falcons have quietly built a very good roster, which should allow them to take the best available player in this spot.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    RB
    Stanford
     
    Projected trade to Patriots
    Some players are perfectly suited to play in the Patriots' offense. McCaffrey's versatility, toughness and intelligence is exactly what Bill Belichick covets in the draft.
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