Final 2017 Mock Draft

My final mock draft of 2017. Picks projected to be traded are in bold.

  1. Cleveland Browns – DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  2. San Francisco 49ers – DB Jamal Adams, Louisiana St.
  3. Chicago Bears – DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars – RB Leonard Fournette, Louisiana St.
  5. Tennessee Titans – CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio St.
  6. New York Jets – TE O.J. Howard, Alabama
  7. Los Angeles Chargers – DB Malik Hooker, Ohio St.
  8. Carolina Panthers – RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
  9. Cincinnati Bengals – DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama
  10. Buffalo Bills – LB Haason Reddick, Temple
  11. New Orleans Saints – DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
  12. Cleveland Browns – QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
  13. Arizona Cardinals – CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  14. Philadelphia Eagles – WR John Ross, Washington
  15. Indianapolis Colts – LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
  16. Baltimore Ravens – WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
  17. Washington Redskins – LB Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
  18. Tennessee Titans – WR Mike Williams, Clemson
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB Dalvin Cook, Florida St.
  20. Denver Broncos – OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
  21. Detroit Lions – DE Taco Charlton, Michigan
  22. Miami Dolphins – OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
  23. New York Giants – OT Garett Bolles, Utah
  24. Oakland Raiders – LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
  25. Houston Texans – QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
  26. Seattle Seahawks – DB Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
  27. Kansas City Chiefs – QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
  28. Dallas Cowboys – CB Adoree’ Jackson, Southern California
  29. Green Bay Packers – CB Kevin King, Washington
  30. Miami Dolphins – DE Charles Harris, Missouri
  31. Atlanta Falcons – DE Jordan Willis, Kansas St.
  32. Baltimore Ravens – OT Cam Robinson, Alabama

Also considered: David Njoku, Zach Cunningham, T.J. Watt, Chidobe Awuzie, Tre’Davious White

Final Top 100 Prospects List

Sorted alphabetically by position.

  1. QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
  2. QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
  3. QB Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh
  4. QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
  5. QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
  6. QB Davis Webb, California
  7. RB Dalvin Cook, Florida St.
  8. RB D’Onta Foreman, Texas
  9. RB Leonard Fournette, Louisiana St.
  10. RB Kareem Hunt, Toledo
  11. RB Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
  12. RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
  13. RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
  14. RB Curtis Samuel, Ohio St.
  15. WR Amara Darboh, Michigan
  16. WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
  17. WR Chris Godwin, Penn St.
  18. WR Chad Hansen, California
  19. WR Zay Jones, East Carolina
  20. WR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
  21. WR Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M
  22. WR John Ross, Washington
  23. WR ArDarius Stewart, Alabama
  24. WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky
  25. WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
  26. WR Mike Williams, Clemson
  27. TE Evan Engram, Mississippi
  28. TE Gerald Everett, South Alabama
  29. TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
  30. TE O.J. Howard, Alabama
  31. TE George Kittle, Iowa
  32. TE Jordan Leggett, Clemson
  33. TE David Njoku, Miami (FL)
  34. TE Adam Shaheen, Ashland
  35. OT Garett Bolles, Utah
  36. OT Antonio Garcia, Troy
  37. OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
  38. OT Cam Robinson, Alabama
  39. OG Isaac Asiata, Utah
  40. OG Dion Dawkins, Temple
  41. OG Dan Feeney, Indiana
  42. OG Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh
  43. OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
  44. OG Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
  45. OC Pat Elflein, Ohio St.
  46. OC Ethan Pocic, Louisiana St.
  47. DT Jonathan Allen, Alabama
  48. DT Jaleel Johnson, Iowa
  49. DT Malik McDowell, Michigan St.
  50. DT Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte
  51. DT Elijah Qualls, Washington
  52. DT Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama
  53. DT Chris Wormley, Michigan
  54. DE Ryan Anderson, Alabama
  55. DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
  56. DE Tarell Basham, Ohio
  57. DE Taco Charlton, Michigan
  58. DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  59. DE Charles Harris, Missouri
  60. DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova
  61. DE Carl Lawson, Auburn
  62. DE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
  63. DE Derek Rivers, Youngstown St.
  64. DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  65. DE Demarcus Walker, Florida St.
  66. DE Jordan Willis, Kansas St.
  67. LB Tyus Bowser, Houston
  68. LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
  69. LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
  70. LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
  71. LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio St.
  72. LB Haason Reddick, Temple
  73. LB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
  74. LB Tim Williams, Alabama
  75. CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
  76. CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  77. CB Adoree’ Jackson, Southern California
  78. CB Sidney Jones, Washington
  79. CB Kevin King, Washington
  80. CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio St.
  81. CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
  82. CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA
  83. CB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
  84. CB Teez Tabor, Florida
  85. CB Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson
  86. CB Tre’Davious White, Louisiana St.
  87. CB Howard Wilson, Houston
  88. CB Quincy Wilson, Florida
  89. CB Ahkello Witherspoon, Colorado
  90. DB Jamal Adams, Louisiana St.
  91. DB Budda Baker, Washington
  92. DB Justin Evans, Texas A&M
  93. DB Malik Hooker, Ohio St.
  94. DB Josh Jones, North Carolina St.
  95. DB Desmond King, Iowa
  96. DB Marcus Maye, Florida
  97. DB Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
  98. DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
  99. DB Tedric Thompson, Colorado
  100. DB Marcus Williams, Utah

DB Tedric Thompson, Colorado

6’0” – 204 lbs. – 4.60

Played wide receiver in high school. Was a three-game starter who rotated into the defense as a freshman, then started eight games the following season before sustaining a season-ending concussion. Spent the past two years as a full-time starter. Has pro bloodlines; brother Cedric was a fifth-round draft pick in 2015. Has a tall, long frame with what looks like a very thin build on tape, although his Combine measurements were commensurate with pro requirements; will probably be asked to add bulk and functional strength at the next level. Slightly aggressive safety who typically lines up well off the line as more of a traditional center-fielder or high-zone free safety. Fluid and plays fast on tape. Seems to have a pretty good feel for anticipating routes, driving on a spot, and undercutting passes to break them up or intercept them. Able to run a receiver’s routes for them at times. Has excellent ball skills, having intercepted seven passes and sixteen passes defensed this past season. Uses his length to his advantage when in-phase. More often in zone than man but has the physical tools to potentially cover receivers out of the slot; was capable of carrying slot receivers down the seams in the games reviewed. Has the range to patrol deep but can sometimes be baited into hesitating off of play action or being pulled down by high-low route combinations in an attempt to jump underneath throws. Had a poor combine which may have cast some doubt about his range and man-coverage skills. Willing to come up and support the run and will take some snaps close to the line of scrimmage, but doesn’t really have the strength or anchor to be a major factory in that capacity; takes circuitous routes to the ball and, while he uses wrap tackling technique and is a willing hitter, doesn’t have the bulk or power to serve as an enforcer or tone-setter defensively. Will fall off of some one-on-one attempts, or drag down others only after allowing a generous amount of yards after contact. Takes on blockers but can be washed past the spot because of his lack of strength. A relatively pro-ready free safety with an impressive combination of length, athleticism, anticipation, and ball skills, but who probably won’t be able to contribute much as a run defender and whose athletic testing may have hurt his stock. Nonetheless, has starting traits, which should cause him to come off the board in the third or fourth round.

WR Noah Brown, Ohio St.**

6’2” – 222 lbs. – 4.55e

Began his career as a reserve receiver and H-Back, then redshirted the following season after breaking his leg. Enjoyed a somewhat productive season as a starter this past year, then declared for the draft, foregoing his final two seasons of eligibility. Tall, thickly-built receiver who typically lines up on the outside, but with some different splits; will come into the slot on occasion. One of the most vicious blockers in this year’s class; often used to crack down on a linebacker or slot defender on sweeps and outside attempts, blocking with aggression and power. Can lay out opponents or engage them and drive them off of spots. Very effective at pulling opposing defensive backs away from the attempt and then sealing them out. Runs a lot of his patterns over the middle of the field, usually at the short or intermediate level, but works down the sidelines at times as well; may not really have the speed to challenge pro defenders deep, though. Physical enough to release at the line of scrimmage. Route tree will need more development; doesn’t appear to run a full complement of patterns at this point. Flashes some ability to improvise and uncover when the play breaks down, but could be more consistent about getting open against zone coverage; settles into coverage more often than he should. Can track the ball over his shoulder when working down the sidelines. Good awareness, body control, and footwork near the boundaries. Physical and competitive at the catch point, with the ability to climb the ladder and come down with 50-50 throws; has been a weapon in the red zone at the college level. Adjusts well to back-shoulder throws. Able to make tough catches in traffic, which may be important, as he doesn’t get consistent separation from opposing defensive backs and may need to play with a quarterback who is willing to trust his ability to make those catches. Wasn’t really a high-percentage option at the college level. Probably a late second-day or early third-day pick, albeit something of a boom-or-bust prospect whose size, strength, and blocking ability are very impressive but who had limited responsibilities at the college level and who didn’t really have the route-running polish or explosiveness to get much separation even at the college level. Will need some time to develop, but could potentially contribute on either the inside or the outside.

RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise St.*

5’9” – 214 lbs. – 4.49

Got some offensive snaps and returned kicks in 2014, then became a major contributor for the next two seasons once Jay Ajayi went pro; declared for the draft rather than return for his senior season. Relatively short running back with a somewhat thick build; has proved that he’s able to handle a big workload over the past two seasons. Takes handoffs from both the shotgun and more pro-style formations, with a lot of his attempts coming between the tackles. Runs with a low center of gravity. Not a particularly explosive or powerful runner, but does a good job of finding lanes and navigating through tight spaces; more of a chunk runner than a home-run hitter. Lets blocks develop. Can recognize and hit cutback lanes and get upfield; limits short-yardage runs. Doesn’t bounce runs outside unnecessarily. Has some shake at the second level to make defenders miss. Able to squirt through holes and fall forward for extra yardage. Will deliver some shoulders to tacklers to finish runs, although he may need to work in a committee with more of a traditional power back; leg drive is just average and doesn’t break a lot of tackles or push the pile. Averaged four fumbles per year as a starter. A little bit limited in that he doesn’t create a ton of yardage for himself on the ground, but does a good job of consistently getting the most of what his blocking provides for him and his athleticism allows. Very versatile passing-game contributor; early-career snaps may very well come on third downs, especially as a receiver. Runs passing routes from all over the formation: will split out wide, will go in motion from the backfield, will line up as more of an H-Back, or will run routes from the backfield. Has soft, reliable hands and can pluck the ball away from his frame. Not just a short-area target; also runs wheel routes, seam patterns, and others further downfield. Fast enough to beat linebackers down the seams. Often retained as a blocker and does a good job of identifying his assignments and engaging opponents. Able to cut rushers or stand in the pocket and block them high. Some production as a block-and-release receiver. Also has experience as a kick returner. May never be a lead back, but is a well-rounded runner who combines vision and quickness as an inside runner with exceptional receiving ability and adequate blocking; consequently, could work his way into a running back rotation as a predominantly passing-game back who can also pick up some yardage between the tackles.

CB Rasul Douglas, West Virginia

6’2” – 209 lbs. – 4.59

Originally attended community college, playing two seasons at that level before transferring to West Virginia; was a reserve in 2015, then stepped into the starting lineup this past season and intercepted eight passes. Tall, long-limbed cornerback who looks a little bit thinner than his Combine weigh-in would suggest. Was asked to play a lot of different techniques in college; backpedaled, played press-man and off-man, and worked in zone coverage. Can use his long arms to press at the line of scrimmage and disrupt routes and timing. Has a decent backpedal for a player of his size, and was asked to use it more often than usual for a college cornerback. Not really a quick-twitch corner, but does a good job of maximizing his length in coverage; has good timing and reach when attempting to make plays on the ball when targeted. Has soft hands and intercepted a ton of throws this past year. Some ability to use his frame to pin receivers against the sidelines. Looks better when he’s able to keep the play in front of him than when he needs to turn and run with opponents or stick with them in man coverage. Flashes the awareness to break off of his man and drive on another spot in zone.  May not have the speed to stick with receivers on crossing patterns or down the field and could probably play in a pattern-matching zone scheme where he was able to disrupt a receiver within a limited area before passing them off to a safety playing over the top. Athletic testing was on the borderline of what’s acceptable in a cornerback prospect, and may not be quite a good enough tackler to transition to safety. Not as physical as his size would indicate; able to anchor against blockers in the run game, but doesn’t do a great job of using his hands to disengage from opponents and punish ballcarriers. Not a consistent form tackler and doesn’t bring the power expected, but offers good effort in backside pursuit, with an above-average tackling radius. Probably a third-day pick in this year’s class; has the size, length, ball skills, and awareness to warrant a mid-round selection for a team which predominantly plays zone coverage, but leaves a little bit to be desired as a tackler and has athletic limitations which may cause him to struggle in man coverage against opposing receivers.

WR Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech*

5’11” – 199 lbs. – 4.46

Redshirted, then worked into the team’s receiver rotation and served as its primary kick returner for the following two seasons; declared for the draft after an outstanding junior season in which his receiving production skyrocketed. Has adequate size for a pro flanker. Very versatile player who the team’s offense was built around; lines up split out wide to either side, in the slot, and in the backfield. Also one of college football’s most productive kick returners this past season. Rushing and receiving threat that the team tried to get the ball in space as much as possible. Takes handoffs, catches screens and curls, and runs some more traditional receiver routes. More athletic and dynamic than his Combine testing would indicate. Flexible receiver who does a great job of making defenders miss in the open field; can also get a little bit physical with opponents and run through arm tackles or even lower his shoulder to punish opposing corners despite his somewhat thin frame. Doesn’t take anything off the table and will use the whole field when running in space; fast enough to cut back and create big gains on the backside. As a receiver, has some shake at the route stem, with the ability to settle into soft spots in zone coverage; adds in stutter-steps and head fakes to bring nuance to his patterns. Does work both over the middle of the field and near the sidelines with a somewhat simplistic route tree, typically within ten yards or so of the line of scrimmage but also targeted on downfield throws. Length gives him a decent radius, and is able to climb the ladder and win over the top; often had to elevate in order to catch high passes. Plucks the ball away from his frame. Flashes the ability to make difficult catches, but ability to come down with catches in traffic is inconsistent, especially when he’s going to take a big hit in order to do so. Unclear how well he’d be able to release against press coverage. Blocking abilities appear to have been limited in college. Sustained an ankle injury this past season which will require further evaluation. A very dynamic all-purpose weapon who can create big plays with the ball in his hands, whether as a receiver, return specialist, or even runner, but who is a bit smaller than a typical outside receiver and who might need time to release versus press coverage and diversify his route tree. Should still end up getting plenty of consideration on the second day.

DT Nazair Jones, North Carolina*

6’5” – 304 lbs. – 5.11

Redshirted, then enjoyed three reasonably productive seasons with the Tar Heels before declaring early for the draft. Massive, long-limbed collegiate nose tackle who has a very desirable build for a pro defensive lineman, whether on the inside of an even line or on the end of the line in an odd front. Arms measured over 34.5” in Indianapolis. Plays with a physical, tough on-field temperament. Fires out of his stance low and with some explosiveness. Effective two-gapper who can use his length and power to attack and control blockers in the run game. Strength is probably more impressive in his lower body. Anchors well against power on the inside. Has active hands with plenty of power and which measured nearly 11” at the Combine; would be at his best in a scheme which allows him to stack and shed at the line. Able to scrape down the line and flow toward the play direction, although he is more explosive in a short area than rangy. A little bit lumbering and lacks the speed to pursue to the sidelines. Reliable tackler with a wide radius and strong grip, but who is more likely to clog holes than to bring down ballcarriers. At times, play-recognition skills seem to lag a little bit behind what’s going on. More limited as a pass-rusher; something of a one-trick pony who relies on his bull rush and who will let his pads rise at times and negate his natural power. Flashes suddenness but doesn’t really have the quickness to threaten opposing blockers as a gap-shooting tackle, and generally ends up around the line of scrimmage trying to bat down passes at the line; does, however, have the height and length to disrupt passing lanes, having defensed ten throws throughout his career. Can occasionally draw some extra attention and create one-on-one matchups for his teammates on the outside. Nonetheless, may end up as more of a rotational run-stuffer than an every-down player; was also part of a rotation at the college level. Medical history may be a concern, having suffered from complex regional pain syndrome in the past and having been limited by injuries as a redshirt sophomore. May never be more than a two-down player and probably has little value for a defense with one-gap principles up front, but offers a very impressive combination of size, strength, and physicality which could earn him a mid-round selection from a team seeking to get tougher in the trenches.

DT Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA*

6’3” – 305 lbs. – 4.99

Started seven of thirteen games as a true freshman, then became a full-time starter as a sophomore. Tore his ACL in the season opener of his junior season, forcing him to redshirt, then reprised his starting role the following year and declared for the draft. Played a lot of one-technique in college but looks like he has the type of build to potentially line up over the center for an odd defense. Has solid size and a very thick frame, with arms which measured over 33” at the Combine; was listed at 325 pounds this past season, but dropped twenty pounds for his Combine weigh-in. Tough and physical player. Will fire off of the snap with a low pad level at times, but ability to stay low is inconsistent and can have some other issues with balance during the play. Leg drive is inconsistent but has the brute strength to reset the line of scrimmage and create congestion. Almost never driven off the line; easier to neutralize with traps and cut blocks. Range is limited, however, by his lack of athleticism; is a pretty straightforward two-gapping space eater in the middle. Struggles to flow down the line and make tackles; more likely to obstruct an attempt and force runners to find other lanes than he is to bring down ballcarriers. Teams may wonder about his weight and conditioning given large fluctuations in his size. Doesn’t offer much as a pass-rusher; has active hands and will work in rip and swim moves, flashing a surprisingly explosive spin, but doesn’t really have the burst or quickness to skinny through gaps and create pressure on the quarterback. Does have some value on passing downs, though, because he can sometimes draw double-teams and create one-on-one matchups for his teammates. Balance issues crop up here as well; can be shoved off-balance easier than he should. Will probably end up rotating off the field on passing downs at the pro level. Torn ACL will require further medical evaluation and could affect his stock, especially because he was seemingly a different player after returning. Teams may hesitate to select him before the mid-rounds, but could outperform his draft position if he keeps his weight in check and is able to recapture his earlier form, and could still end up as a two-gap, early-down run stuffer even if teams get the bigger version of him we saw this past season.

TE George Kittle, Iowa

6’4” – 247 lbs. – 4.52

Has excellent bloodlines; father was also a member of the Hawkeyes’ football team and cousin is pro tight end Henry Krieger-Coble. Redshirted, then appeared in a reserve role in each of the two subsequent seasons. Started six games as a junior and became a full-time starter last year. Typically lines up as an inline tight end, with extensive responsibilities as a blocker; will also function as sort of a tightly-aligned slot receiver at times. Has a desirable on-field temperament; very physical and aggressive. Functional strength is only average, and ends up on the ground more often than he should, but gives good effort and has had plenty of success blocking defenders. Able to come in motion and lead the way on outside rushes, and also does a lot of blocking on angles. Flashes the leg drive to clear opponents out of the hole and create lanes for runners; nasty finisher when he’s in position to do so. Can climb to the second level and secure blocks on linebackers. Actively seeks out opponents to block in the screen game and offers plenty of range. Has occasional issues with lateral quickness and can end up chasing after opponents he should have been able to cut off. Tends to lower his head and overextend; issues with balance are fairly common. Less commonly utilized as a receiver option; often rotated off the field on passing downs until his senior season, but appears to have soft hands and turned in a very impressive forty-yard dash at the Combine. Only dropped one pass at the college level. Primary responsibilities as a receiver were in terms of block-and-release routes in which he managed to leak out and get open, but has the speed to challenge defenses down the seams and was able to run more wheel routes and other patterns of that nature upon becoming a starter. Can give linebackers a lot of trouble down the field. Also ran a lot of simple short out routes and other patterns of that nature; not a very refined or diverse route-runner at this point. Hurt his foot this past season, which could require further medical evaluation. A pretty good blocker despite his lack of bulk; can handle lots of different responsibilities in the run game, with the nastiness and competitive temperament needed for that capacity. Needs some work with regard to his lateral quickness and balance, but could potentially resolve those with coaching. Somewhat less developed as a receiver, but offers impressive speed and reliable hands. Should go early on the third day.