This time of year is a tough time to mock, but with the combine in the rear view mirror and free agency here, it’s still fun to predict what will happen in Philadelphia on April 27th.
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I present to you, the SBNY 2017 NFL Mock Draft 2.0.
|Pick||Team||Mock 2.0 Pick (3/8)||Mock 1.0 Pick (1/24)|
|1||Cleveland (1-15)||Myles Garrett EDGE Texas A&M||Myles Garrett EDGE Texas A&M|
|2||San Francisco (2-14)||Solomon Thomas DE Stanford||Mitch Trubisky QB UNC|
|3||Chicago (3-13)||Marshon Lattimore CB OSU||Jamal Adams S LSU|
|4||Jacksonville (3-13)||Jamal Adams S LSU||Jonathan Allen DT Alabama|
|5||Tennessee via LA||Corey Davis WR WMU||Mike Williams WR Clemson|
|6||New York Jets (5-11)||Reuben Foster LB Alabama||Malik Hooker S OSU|
|7||Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)||Malik Hooker S OSU||Quincy Wilson CB Florida|
|8||Carolina (6-10)||Leonard Fournette RB LSU||Leonard Fournette RB LSU|
|9||Cincinnati (6-9-1)||Sidney Jones CB UW||Reuben Foster LB Alabama|
|10||Buffalo (6-10)||Mike Williams WR Clemson||Corey Davis WR WMU|
|11||New Orleans (7-9)||Jonathan Allen DT Alabama||Marshon Lattimore CB OSU|
|12||Cleveland via Philadelphia||Mitch Trubisky QB UNC||Solomon Thomas DE Stanford|
|13||Arizona (7-8-1)||Malik McDowell DT MSU||Deshone Kizer QB ND|
|14||Philadelphia via Minnesota||John Ross WR UW||John Ross WR UW|
|15||Indianapolis (8-8)||Taco Charlton DE UM||Derek Barnett EDGE Tennessee|
|16||Baltimore (8-8)||Takkarist McKinley EDGE UCLA||Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt|
|17||Washington (8-7-1)||Deshaun Watson QB Clemson||Montravius Bryant DT Auburn|
|18||Tennessee (9-7)||Budda Baker S UW||Jalen Tabor CB Florida|
|19||Tampa Bay (9-7)||Dalvin Cook RB FSU||Dalvin Cook RB FSU|
|20||Denver (9-7)||OJ Howard TE Alabama||OJ Howard TE Alabama|
|21||Detroit (9-7)||Haason Reddick OLB Temple||Tim Williams EDGE Alabama|
|22||Miami (9-7)||Caleb Brantley DT Florida||Takkarist McKinley EDGE UCLA|
|23||New York Giants (11-5)||David Njoku TE Miami||Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin|
|24||Oakland (12-4)||Gareon Conley CB OSU||Malik McDowell DT MSU|
|25||Houston (9-7)||Tre’Davious White CB LSU||Deshaun Watson QB Clemson|
|26||Seattle (10-5-1)||Garrett Boiles OT Utah||Cam Robinson OT Alabama|
|27||Kansas City (12-4)||Joseph Mixon RB Oklahoma||Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama|
|28||Dallas (13-3)||Derek Barnett EDGE Tennessee||Taco Charlton DE UM|
|29||Green Bay (10-6)||Christian McCaffrey RB STAN||Sidney Jones CB UW|
|30||Pittsburgh (11-5)||Jabrill Peppers UM||David Njoku TE Miami|
|31||Atlanta Falcons (11-5)||Charles Harris DE Missouri||Caleb Brantley DT Florida|
|32||New England Patriots (14-2)||TJ Watt DE/LB Wisconsin||Jabrill Peppers UM|
Here are a few thoughts I want to stand out:
With the Bears signing Mike Glennon and the 49ers signing Brian Hoyer, that is a clear indicator of what these scouts think of the top quarterbacks in this draft. Hoyer could be a gap quarterback and John Lynch can still draft Trubisky at #2, but with reports of Kirk Cousins at some point headed to San Francisco combined with the Hoyer signing, it doesn’t look good for Mitch to be a top pick. The Bears clearly aren’t interested in Trubisky or Watson, giving Mike Glennon a contract worth $14.5 million annually to be their starter.
Jonathan Allen’s arthritis in both his shoulder is a huge red flag and will cause him to fall. Arthritis doesn’t exactly get better over time, especially playing on the defensive line in the NFL. Allen is still a premier talent and a team starving for defensive talent like the Saints will take a flier on him.
Speaking of the Saints, I can see this crazy trade going down on draft night or right before. It goes like this:
Bill Belichick trades Jimmy Garoppolo to the Browns for the #12 pick.
He then swaps that #12 pick to the Saints for Brandin Cooks.
The Saints now have back-to-back picks and construct a powerful defensive line in Allen and Malik McDowell.
Reuben Foster’s “incident” at the combine shouldn’t be a concern at all. You want your middle linebackers to be nasty, and by all reports, Foster wasn’t that much at fault. You have to be off your noggin to be a middle linebacker. The Jets desperately need offense, but Foster can be a cornerstone on that defense for years.
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