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Sean Selby’s 2017 NFL Mock Draft

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Here in Philadelphia, the stage is being constructed in front of the art museum steps, there are billboards along I-95 promoting it, and there is a buzz in he air. The NFL Draft is almost here! This is the third year I am publishing a mock draft, and be honest, it could be the most talented one to date. There are plenty of guys who will go in the second round who should be taken on day one. What that means is that this was extremely difficult to project. A few weeks ago John Angiolillo released his mock draft and I agree with a few of his choices, it will be interesting to see how we both pan out.

Without further ado, here is my 2017 Mock Draft!

1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett DE, Texas A&M

Cleveland needs everything, and just about every mock has Garrett going to the Browns first overall. He is a transcendent defensive force. They are going to a 4-3 defense, and he’s the perfect fit coming from the outside of the line.

2. San Francisco 49ers – Solomon Thomas DE, Stanford

Now under a new coach (again), and first time GM John Lynch, the Niners look to build their defensive line with the 6-3, 275 lb lineman. He may not have the motor to rush the qb on a constant basis, but should be tough to run past.

3. Chicago Bears – Jonathan Allen DE, Alabama

Love this kid. I could even see the 49ers taking him, but he would fit better in a 3-4. He shouldn’t have issues on the interior line getting into he backfield.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jamal Adams S, LSU

This team could go RB here with Adams’ LSU teammate Leonard Fourtnette, but the defense can get even better. Last year the Jags allowed only 215 passing yards a game, best for fifth, and this pick could solidify the secondary for years to come.

5. Tennessee Titans – Marshon Lattimore CB, Ohio St

The Titans were the third worst team against the pass last season, so they grab arguably the best corner in the draft. He has superb coverage skills, but at 6’0” he could be a tad undersized to go along with his injury concerns.

6. New York Jets – Leonard Fournette RB, LSU

The Jets have an aging Matt Forte and have a chance to grab a bruiser in Fournette to carry the load. The team overall would benefit heavily in getting someone of Fournette’s skill set to take the pressure off of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty (?), Christian Hackenberg (?), Ok, whoever..

7. Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker S, Ohio St

The San Diego … ahem … Los Angeles Chargers could take a WR here, but I think they try to continue to build their defense with a safety with great ball skills, and good instinct. Hooker skipped the combine due to a surgery, but the talent here is too good to pass up.

8. Carolina Panthers – Haason Reddick, DE Temple

No one has jumped up higher than the Temple standout, and the Panthers could get the flexible, athletic and versatile Reddick who can also play linebacker. The Panthers pride themselves on defense, and this would make sense to me.

9. Cincinnati Bengals – O.J. Howard, TE Alabama

One of the best tight ends to come out of college in years, this would give Andy Dalton a huge 6’6” target in the middle of the field who can fly. At 251 lbs, he can plow people over when he has the ball in the hands. Teaming him up with Tyler Eifert is matchup nightmare.

10. Buffalo Bills – DeShaun Watson, QB Clemson

Buffalo hasn’t had dependable quarterback play in quite some time, and Watson, although a project, could give them some stability for the future. Watson lacks a strong arm, but is smart and can make plays in the clutch. He has some good weapons to throw to and LeSean McCoy in the backfield to make things a bit more comfortable.

11. New Orleans Saints – Dalvin Cook, RB Florida St

The Saints make Mark Ingram, but he has been inconsistent as the lead back in the Big Easy, so they select Cook, who is probably the best all-around back in the draft. He would provide a different dimension to an already talented offense.

12. Cleveland Browns -Mitch Trubisky, QB North Carolina

Browns need a quarterback. Isn’t that what we say every single year? I originally had them taking Corey Davis, and as much as the Browns love taking skill positions early, I can’t see how they don’t address grabbing a single caller. But then again, it’s the Browns we are talking about.

13. Arizona Cardinals – Mike Williams, WR Clemson

Arizona is getting older as Larry Fitzgerald is nearing the end, so the Cardinals grab the tall wide out to eventually fill that void. John Brown can’t stay on the field, and J.J. Nelson is a one trick pony, so Williams would bring a much needed upgrade to the position. I wouldn’t be shocked if they grabbed a quarterback here if Watson or Trubisky fall.

14. Philadelphia Eagles – Reuben Foster, LB Alabama

If Foster somehow falls to 14, I think this is an absolute no-brainer. He is a nasty player who would revitalize the linebacking corps. Yes, the team needs corners, but in a very deep draft, they can address that need from the second round on and probably not have a big drop off in talent. (I REALLY wanted Sidney Jones here, but an ACL injury nixed that). Foster is a violent hitter, very fast, and can cover as well. He does struggle with some mental parts of the game, and he had shoulder surgery last year. Think Thomas Davis of the Panthers.

15. Indianapolis Colts – Takkarist McKinley, DE UCLA

McKinley is a nice pass rusher and would be a nice addition for a team needing some help on that side of the field. He is a high motor player, but could be a little undersized when going against the bigger offensive lines.

16. Baltimore Ravens – Tre’Davious White, CB LSU

The Ravens have had secondary issues for a few years now, and White would provide a skill set the includes an aggressive, playmaking ability to go along with the defensive philosophy that the Ravens love.  A little undersized at 5’11”, but makes up for it in style of play.

17. Washington Redskins – Christian McCaffery, RB Stanford

The Redskins have had flashes at the running back position, (Matt Jones, Alfred Morris) and guys who are unproven if they can handle the load of an every down back (Robert Kelley), so McCaffery would bring a nice balance of versatility and dependably out of the backfield. He may not be able to run in between the tackles at this level, but he would be a Reggie Bush-type of the weapon coming out of the flat to catch passes.

18. Tennessee Titans – Derek Barnett, DE Tennessee

So earlier in the draft, the Titans went corner, now they add a solid d-lineman in Barnett to bolster the defense. He brings good hand work and swat moves, (which have been compared to Reggie White’s technique) to the team. he does get in his own head at times, and will overthink in situations. Overall, the Titans look better on defense after this draft.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Taco Charllton, DE Michigan 

With a name like Taco, you better be tough. A big build at 6’6” 277 lbs, Charlton can come off the edge with power and quickness. He only became a starter in his last season at Michigan, so experience is a concern.

20. Denver Broncos – Garett Bolles, OT Utah

The first offensive lineman of the draft goes to team that needs one badly, the Broncos. They struggled mightily on the offensive line last season, and if they want to keep Trevor Seimen upright, they need to get him some efficient help.

21. Detroit Lions – John Ross, WR Washington

He turned heads at his combine, breaking the 40-yard dash record, but I personally don’t get caught up in all of that. Some mock drafts have him going as high as 13. Ross will add blazing speed, but is only 5’11” and 185 lbs so his durability is a concern. Ross give Matt Stafford a down the field target to go along with Marvin Jones Jr.

22. Miami Dolphins – Marlon Humphrey, CB Alabama

The Dolphins are finally be trending in the right direction, and adding a solid corner would help a defense that was middle of the pack last season against the pass. Humphrey is a very fluid runner, transitions well to play different coverages, and seems have a good football IQ. He does struggle against the long ball though.

23. New York Giants – Jabril Peppers, LB/S  Michigan

As an Eagles fan, I hate this pick. I thought early on the college season, Peppers was the best defensive player in the game. He cooled off for some reason. He can do it all as a linebacker, tackle, cover, rush the qb. Peppers can even play offense! He isn’t a ball hawk, racking up only one career interception, but I think he has the potential to be a real force all over the field.

24. Oakland Raiders – Gareon Conley, CB Ohio State

The soon-to-be Vegas Raiders ranked 24th in the NFL against the pass last season, and for a team that some thought would be dark horse to make a deep run in the playoffs before QB Derek Carr was injured, solidifying the defense has to be a priority for the silver and black.

25. Houston Texans – Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech

When you think of the Bill O’ Brian Texans, you have to think of two things. A lack of a quarterback and a stout defense. They aren’t going anywhere if they can’t improve behind center, and with this pick, although it’s a project and Mahomes shouldn’t start right out of the gate. He is a Texas native, went to school at Texas Tech, so this makes sense, right? He’s a big guy who can make most throws, just needs to improve his mechanics.

26. Seattle Seahawks – Caleb Brantley, DT Florida

The Seahawks could go McCaffery here if he falls, but they won’t be upset to grab the second best interior lineman in the draft. Brantley is a run stuffer, over 300lbs, and is nasty. He doesn’t always concentrate as he has been penalized for offsides a lot in his career. That’s something Pete Carroll could easily correct.

27. Kansas City Chiefs – Ryan Ramczyk, OT Wisconsin

Andy Reid loves his lineman and he takes the second one in the draft. He’s a left tackle, which is the same position that Parker Ehinger (picked in the 4th round last year), but an ACL injury ended his season. Guys could always move around, and bolstering a line is a nice problem to have.

28. Dallas Cowboys – Teez Tabor, CB Florida

Tabor can flat out play. He was teamed up with Quincy Wilson to form the best cornerback duo in college football, and breaks up passes effectively. He seems to shy away from the physical part of the game when it comes to blocking, press coverage, etc.

29. Green Bay Packers – T.J. Watt, LB Wisconsin

The Packers could take an offensive lineman here. I get the feeling they see T.J. (the younger brother of J.J.) and jump at the opportunity of helping their linebacking group. Clay Matthews is starting to break down, so getting younger here makes sense. Watt can play inside or outside and can rush the quarterback as well.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Chidobe Awuzie, CB Colorado

The Steelers always find a way to get the most out of their draft picks, and they dig around to find Awuzie, a corner with good tackling skills, can break up passes on a regular basis. He can be a bit too aggressive as he draws fouls. Somehow he will go to Pittsburgh and become an all-pro.

31. Atlanta Falcons – Cam Robinson, OT Alabama

The offensive line was decent for Matt Ryan for the first time in his career. They were ranked 4th overall as a unit, and adding Robinson would make sure they don’t take a step back. Robinson is listed at 6’6”, 322 lbs, who’s not only big, but very physical.

32. New Orleans Saints – DeShone Kizer, QB Notre Dame

The Saints need to think about the heir to Drew Brees, so they use the pick they received from the Patriots in the Bradin Cooks trade to pick Kizer. He’s got a big arm, has a big frame. He does hesitate often and throws too many interceptions.

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