2017 NFL Mock Draft

Mayock mock draft: Two QB-motivated trades

By Mike Mayock |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: April 26, 2017 at 09:23 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    Texas A&M
    Garrett is just too good to pass up. He's explosive off the edge. If he works at it and stays healthy, he could be the best DE in football.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    S
    LSU
    I want to give them Leonard Fournette, but I think Kyle Shanahan got spoiled in Atlanta with middle-round backs like Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Pair Adams with Eric Reid, and you'll have one of the best safety tandems in football
  3. Pick No.
    3
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Lattimore is the best CB in this draft. He'll affect the pass game.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    They have to get better on offense. Fournette runs angry. He changes their whole offensive philosophy. He'll take pressure off of Blake Bortles.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    North Carolina
    Projected trade to Browns
    Cleveland trades up to get its QB. Trubisky is the QB prospect most ready to play. I would prefer not to play him this year because I think it will take him a while to adjust, but at the end of the day, he'd come in and compete for the starting job.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    TE
    Alabama
    I love Howard. He reminds me of Greg Olsen. He helps in the run and pass game. He's tough, he's fast and he'll play Day 1.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    DE
    Stanford
    I think they'd be ecstatic to land Thomas. They can play him outside on early downs and inside in sub packages. His quickness is similar to Aaron Donald's.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    RB
    Stanford
    Cam Newton took a beating last year, and they need to take some run-game pressure off of him. McCaffrey's athletic skill set is similar to LeSean McCoy's.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Alabama
    Allen is my No. 2 player in the draft. He can flat-out play.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    LB
    Alabama
    Buffalo could go in a lot of directions here, including QB, but Foster's tape is so good that it reminds me of Luke Kuechly's. There are off-field concerns with Foster, but his tape is awesome.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    OLB
    Missouri
    They have to get better on defense. Harris must get stronger against the run, but he will be a double-digit sack guy early in his career.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    WR
    Washington
    Projected trade to Titans
    They add a dynamic playmaker, Mr. 4.22 himself.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    CB
    Alabama
    I want to give them Patrick Mahomes, but the roster is playoff-ready. Humphrey has everything you want in a CB except for one thing -- he struggles finding the ball in the air. If he can learn to do that one thing, he's a Pro Bowl corner.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    WR
    Clemson
    Philly needs corners, but it's time to support Carson Wentz with this pick. Williams is a lot like Alshon Jeffery. He's physical and will block. They can play basketball on grass with him.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    DE
    Tennessee
    Once Barnett learns better technique, he's going to be a big-time DE.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    LB
    Temple
    Reddick was a walk-on and might be the best story in draft. He lit up the Senior Bowl.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    They need immediate help off the edge. McKinley has a great motor. He has some shoulder issues. If their doctors don't think he'll be ready to go full speed on Day One, they can't pull the trigger here.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    They double down on playmakers after taking Ross. He can compete Day 1 to play opposite Logan Ryan at CB and brings value as a kick returner.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    S
    Ohio St.
    Hooker is the best centerfielder in the draft. They need a dynamic guy on the back end. Hooker is that guy.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Wisconsin
    Ramczyk has the ability to start at left tackle. He's coming off of hip surgery and I've been told he passed all the physicals.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    WR
    Western Michigan
    Davis provides instant impact. He's physical and tough. I think he comes in with an attitude.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    OLB
    Wisconsin
    They need an edge rusher, and DNA don't lie. The league is divided on Watt, the younger brother of J.J., but I think his quickness and explosion off edge gives Miami what they need now.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    OT
    Utah
    When you protect Eli Manning, you win football games. Bolles comes in and competes at right tackle. He's the most athletic O-lineman in this draft.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    OT
    Alabama
    He's the most gifted O-lineman in this draft. He's plug and play at right tackle. He helps big-time in the run game and will develop as a pass protector.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    QB
    Clemson
    Bill O'Brien goes all in on Watson, who plays his best football when the lights are brightest.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    OG
    Western Kentucky
    If I have a favorite player in the draft, he's one of 2 or 3 I would nominate. He's played tackle, but he's going to be an inside player in Seattle.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    RB
    Florida St.
    Cook is a big play waiting to happen. His tape is outstanding.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    White is probably not the sexy pick that Cowboys fans want, but he can fill a variety of roles on defense and he has added value as a returner. This is a very solid pick.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    RB
    Tennessee
    Kamara runs through tackles. He has the lateral jump-cut of a LeSean McCoy. When you include him in the pass game, he's almost as good as Christian McCaffrey. He put on a show at his pro day.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    OLB
    Kansas St.
    Willis had an outstanding combine. He needs to get stronger against the run, but he's a natural bender who can get around the edge and rush the passer.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    S
    Michigan
    With the ball in his hands, Peppers is special. He'll be a core special teams player. He can play strong safety and nickel. He fits what Dan Quinn wants on defense with quickness and toughness.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    QB
    Texas Tech
    I told you I wanted to get Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer together with Patrick Mahomes. We do that here. They move up from No. 45 to No. 32 and it only cost them a third-round pick. They get their QB of the future.
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