2017 NFL Mock Draft

Four-round mock: Early QB run drops talent

By Chad Reuter |

Draft analyst

Published: Feb. 15, 2017 at 07:02 p.m.

Producing a four-round mock draft two weeks before the NFL Scouting Combine is done for one of two reasons: 1) You're certifiably insane. 2) You want a snapshot of how players are viewed going into an event many refer to as the "Underwear Olympics."

I'll claim it was done for the latter reason, though most who know me will choose the former. Either way, I hope you enjoy viewing one potential scenario of how things could play out in the draft.

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.

Click here to see all four rounds.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    Texas A&M
    Cleveland can wait on getting that passer and take the player at the top of most teams' boards.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    North Carolina
    Trubisky's accuracy and mobility make him a talented prospect.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    Alabama
    The Bears add another defensive piece to go along with last year's top pick, Leonard Floyd.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    S
    Ohio St.
    Hooker's range and ball skills are top-10 worthy.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    DE
    Stanford
    Karl Klug's a free agent, so the Titans will be looking for a difference-maker on the defensive line.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    CB
    Ohio St.
    "Revis Island" out, "Nevermore Lattimore" in.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    T
    Wisconsin
    Philip Rivers doesn't have many seasons left; the team must protect him while it still can. Ramczyk will also help pave the way for fellow Badger Melvin Gordon.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    Will Fournette's 2016 injury cause teams to pause before picking him in the top five? The Panthers would love that to happen.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Michigan
    Last year, people were surprised Chicago chose Leonard Floyd at No. 9; no one should be surprised at this pick.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    WR
    Clemson
    How about Williams and Sammy Watkins, two Clemson guys, catching passes for the Bills?
  11. Pick No.
    11
    LB
    Alabama
    Athletic and strong, Foster's going to be a Patrick Willis-like force in the middle.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    QB
    Clemson
    Watson should be picked higher than this, but that chip on his shoulder should serve him well.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    QB
    Notre Dame
    The Cardinals get the heir apparent to Carson Palmer.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    RB
    Stanford
    McCaffrey has almost flown under the radar, but teams haven't forgotten about his talent.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Western Michigan
    Carson Wentz needs more reliable targets, and Davis is more than just reliable.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    S
    LSU
    Adams is another safety who could go higher, but quarterback needs could push a very talented player to Baltimore (again).
  17. Pick No.
    17
    White has earned high marks for his coverage ability.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    TE
    Miami
    Njoku is already being noticed by scouts, and a great Combine might put him in the top 10, just like Eric Ebron.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    RB
    Florida St.
    Cook is a potential all-pro, but his injury history and past off-field issues could make him available later in the first round.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OG
    Western Kentucky
    The line must improve whether Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, or Tony Romo are leading the offense next season.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    CB
    Florida
    The Lions have had issues in the secondary for years. Tabor should help lock down one side of the field
  22. Pick No.
    22
    DE
    Tennessee
    Cameron Wake and Mario Williams are over 30, and free agency will cut into the Dolphins' depth.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    TE
    Alabama
    Eli Manning is going to love having the athleticism of Howard on his side.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    DT
    Florida
    Jack Del Rio wants an interior pass rusher. Brantley's relentless inside? That's a good fit.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    OT
    Utah
    Injuries and ineffectiveness have made tackle a need spot for the Texans.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    OT
    Alabama
    The Seahawks desperately need offensive line help, and whether Robinson plays inside or outside, he'll provide that assistance.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    CB
    Washington
    How about two former Washington corners making plays for the Chiefs?
  28. Pick No.
    28
    WR
    Washington
    If the Cowboys don't see any "war daddies" available at this pick, and if Terrance Williams doesn't return in 2017, picking up Ross would help Dak Prescott immensely.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    CB
    Clemson
    Green Bay missed the length and athleticism of Sam Shields this year. Tankersley could become just as effective.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    OLB
    Temple
    Reddick was one of the big winners at the Senior Bowl, and the Steelers need help inside and outside with Lawrence Timmons, James Harrison, and Jarvis Jones all free agents.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    DE
    Missouri
    The Falcons' pass rushers ran out of gas at the end of Super Bowl LI. Harris adds the needed spark.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    Bill Belichick continues to use early-round picks on the defensive line. He'll covet McKinley's versatility as a stand-up or hand-down rusher.
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