2017 NFL Mock Draft

Zierlein mock draft 1.0: Browns get Garrett, Fournette

By Lance Zierlein |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: Jan. 30, 2017 at 01:44 a.m.

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
    Garrett has an all-pro ceiling and combines elite traits with high-end football character. The Browns obviously need a quarterback, but they need great football players first and foremost, and Garrett has a chance to be special.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    QB
    North Carolina
    While he has only one season of high-end production, the tape shows a player with an NFL arm, throwing anticipation and poise. Trubisky might have the toughness to learn on the go as an early starter.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    Alabama
    If Trubisky falls, the Bears would likely pounce, but Allen is a safe selection with a winning track record. He has been labeled a "tweener" by some, but the bottom line is that he's a productive rusher from anywhere along the line.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    S
    LSU
    The Jaguars have some promising young talent, but they looked undisciplined too often last year. Adams is the ultimate "sheriff" in this draft, with an ability to lead from the backend and in the locker room.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    CB
    Ohio St.
    The Titans need to tighten up their secondary and Lattimore is the premier cover man in this draft. He was a full-time starter for only one year, but he showed enough for scouts to believe he could develop into a lockdown corner.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    DE
    Michigan
    Charlton is long and athletic and the perfect combination player as an edge rusher. He can stand up on early downs and put a hand in the ground when the Jets go to their sub-package.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Ohio St.
    With only one year of starting experience, Hooker is still fairly raw, but he is the ultimate ball-hawking safety in this draft and has an extremely high ceiling.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    OT
    Alabama
    Robinson at No. 8 would be way too early for my taste, but he has tremendous size and power as a run blocker, and the Panthers might feel they have to reach a bit to find help for Cam Newton.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    LB
    Alabama
    Vontaze Burfict's volatility might make it tough for the Bengals to remain status quo at the position. Foster gives them a three-down linebacker who plays with tremendous speed and physicality.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    QB
    Clemson
    Watson's draft stock is all over the place in NFL circles. The Bills could make Tyrod Taylor a cap casualty, saving them money and opening the door for Watson.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    CB
    Washington
    The Saints, who have had issues at the cornerback spot for quite a while, should be making the position a priority in this year's draft. With good length and tremendous ball skills, Jones could step in and start immediately.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    If Fournette fell to this spot, the Browns might race their card to the podium. Teams don't typically build around running backs anymore, but Fournette has rare size and speed and the potential to carry an offense on his back.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    Clemson
    Receiver was a strength for Arizona a year ago, but that's not the case now with the departure of Michael Floyd, the age of Larry Fitzgerald, and the health concerns with John Brown. Williams is a big ball-winner with WR1 potential.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    OT
    Wisconsin
    Projected trade to Colts
    This might seem a little early, but Ramczyk is the top tackle on my board. New GM Chris Ballard knows he has to start building along the offensive and defensive fronts.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Eagles
    Everyone in Philadelphia knows the Eagles have to find a cornerback who can match up with the talented targets in the NFC East. Humphrey has some deep-ball coverage issues, but he's big, fast and physical.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    McKinley burst onto the scene last year with an ultra-productive season as a pass rusher. He's relentless in his pursuit of the quarterback and still has room for more growth as a player.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DE
    Stanford
    Washington would be lucky to get one of my favorite players in the draft in this spot. With his ability to reduce inside and rush the passer in sub-packages, the Redskins might be able to challenge the Cowboys' Great Wall 2.0.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    TE
    Alabama
    Perfect fit here as Howard has the speed and athleticism of a matchup tight end, but the ability to play in-line. He would be an effective safety-net target for Marcus Mariota.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DT
    Michigan St.
    McDowell has Pro Bowl potential, but there is some bust potential as well. He often played on the nose at MSU but can play anywhere along the defensive line.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Utah
    Bolles would have been a perfect fit under the Gary Kubiak regime, but Vance Joseph and new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy would still be happy finding an athletic left tackle in this draft.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    OLB
    Alabama
    Detroit would love to find another pass rusher, and Williams offers the edge speed that could help the Lions immediately -- even as a third-down specialist.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    LB
    Temple
    Coming off an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl, Reddick is one of the most intriguing prospects in this draft. He has the athleticism to play in space on first and second down, and the talent to rush from the edge on third. Sounds exactly like something the Dolphins could use.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    TE
    Miami
    A freaky athlete, Njoku is a former high-school high-jump champion who should light it up at the NFL Scouting Combine. I'll leave him here for now, but I suspect he'll keep bouncing higher as the process plays out.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    DT
    Florida
    Brantley isn't the biggest or longest interior rusher out there, but he brings outstanding strength to the point of attack and has the potential to become a disruptive pass rusher in the future.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    OG
    Western Kentucky
    Lamp showed up and had strong games against LSU in 2015 and Alabama in 2016. He played tackle at WKU, but could step in at guard and become a 10-year starter in the NFL.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    S
    Connecticut
    Seattle is always looking for athletes and this guy is one of the elite ones in the 2017 draft. Melifonwu is still raw, but he could be drafted as Kam Chancellor's eventual replacement or even as a press-and-trail corner in the Seahawks' defense.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    RB
    Florida St.
    Cook is a really talented football player, but he could drop a little because running back just isn't a priority position like it used to be. Cook is eerily similar in playing style to Jamaal Charles.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    DE
    Tennessee
    Dallas has taken shots at finding upper-echelon talent on the edge, but has missed for the most part. Barnett isn't as twitched-up as Randy Gregory, but he's strong, productive and consistent.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    CB
    Florida
    The Packers have paid attention to cornerback in recent drafts, but we saw how much they lacked quality depth and consistency at that position in 2016.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    WR
    Western Michigan
    Antonio Brown is dominant, no doubt, but the Steelers could use a big, reliable target with the ability to catch the deep ball when it matters most.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    Last year the Falcons added an enforcer in Keanu Neal to lock down their strong safety spot. This season they take a ball-hawking free safety with good range and great ball skills.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    S
    Michigan
    Projected trade to Patriots
    Peppers is being knocked by NFL executives for his lack of production, but his ability to play on defense, offense and as a return man might just make him the perfect fit for the Patriots.
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