We are just 17 days from the 2017 NFL Draft and the Cleveland Browns are on the clock, with little suspense as to who they are going to pick. In mock draft 2.0 here on OAB365, I stop just short of the Browns third pick, but in my final mock in two weeks I will take it two full rounds.
- Cleveland Browns- EDGE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Garrett is the biggest stud in this draft. The Browns do not need more draft picks. They need stars. The card is ready to be turned in.
- San Francisco 49ers- DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford
After Garrett, Thomas may be the best pass rusher in this draft. Even with multiple first round picks on the line already, the Niners still do not have great pass rushers. Thomas will change that.
- Chicago Bears- CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
The Bears secondary needs help. Lattimore has the ability to become a shutdown type CB.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
The Jags have a good young defense, but the offense seems to be stuck in neutral. They need to take pressure off Blake Bortles and the passing game. Fournette can do that.
- Tennessee Titans- S Jamal Adams, LSU
If Lattimore fell, he’d be the pick here, but Adams is a great consolation prize. I don’t think he’s as physical as others but the kid as all the traits to be a stud safety for years.
- New York Jets- QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina
Despite one season of starts, Trubisky was able to show NFL traits. He will sit for a little bit, but will instantly be the best QB on the roster.
- Los Angeles Chargers- S Malik Hooker, Ohio State
For the second year in a row, the Chargers head to Columbus to take an instant impact defender. Hooker is the best centerfielder in this draft.
- Carolina Panthers- DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
Allen can play across the defensive line making him a fit based on talent alone. The Panthers could use some offensive weapons but Allen is tough to pass at this point in the draft.
- Cincinnati Bengals- LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
Foster has had his share of issues off the field, including being sent home from the combine, but the Bengals do not mind off field issues if the talent is a need. Foster is an athletic sideline-to-sideline linebacker who will be a perfect fit next to Vontaze Burfict.
- Buffalo Bills- TE O.J. Howard, Alabama
Tyrod Taylor is staying in Buffalo, so maybe the Bills should get him some weapons. Howard is a pure tight end who can do everything.
- New Orleans Saints- CB Quincy Wilson, Florida
Wilson is an instant upgrade for the Saints defense. The team needs secondary help and I think Wilson fits them better than anyone.
- Cleveland Browns- QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
Accurate, insanely strong armed gunslinger, who has best pure arm talent in this draft. I do worry sometimes that he lacks touch, but he has every skill you want in a future franchise leader.
- Arizona Cardinals- WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Larry Fitzgerald isn’t going to play forever and Davis is the perfect guy to come in and become the heir apparent.
- Philadelphia Eagles- WR Mike Williams, Clemson
Even with the signing of Alshon Jeffery, the Eagles need to get Carson Wentz more help. Williams has the talent to be a number one guy for a long time.
- Indianapolis Colts- CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State
The Colts defense needs to get better and take pressure of Andrew Luck. Conley has the talent to be a shutdown guy, but may take some time to grow into the position.
- Baltimore Ravens- WR John Ross, Washington
After losing Steve Smith to retirement, the Ravens need help at the WR spot. Adding the fastest man in the draft with big arm Joe Flacco could make for an exciting duo.
- Washington Redskins- DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State
McDowell has the skills to be a star. The Redskins could use a monster in the middle of their defense and McDowell
- Tennessee Titans- CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
Awuzie can play CB or FS and excel at either. Even with free agent additions Cyprien and Ryan, adding Awuzie and Adams in round one would be a coup for the Titans.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
Cook’s draft stock has been slipping, but reuniting with Jameis Winston could be a perfect fit for him and the Buccaneers.
- Denver Broncos- OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
The Broncos still have a loaded defense, so this pick will likely be offense. Adding Ramczyk to their offensive line could be a weapon for them on offense. His strength and athleticism are perfect fits for Mike McCoy’s offense.
- Detroit Lions- LB Haason Reddick, Temple
Reddick can play off the edge and be a stud weak side LB. Perfect fit for the Lions.
- Miami Dolphins- OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
Miami needs to keep Ryan Tannehill upright and open holes for Jay Ajayi if they want any chance of winning. Lamp will help them do that day one.
- New York Giants- RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
McCaffrey is a jack of all trades who could take the Giants offense to the next level in both the run and pass games.
- Oakland Raiders- TE David Njoku, Miami
The Raiders could pick a running back or go secondary with this pick, but Njoku is someone they cannot pass on at this point. Tight end size with wide out ability, Njoku would be a great addition to the Raiders young and potent offense.
- Houston Texans- QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
A Super Bowl caliber defense and a giant hole behind center. The Texans take Watson here and hope he develops quickly behind Tom Savage.
- Seattle Seahawks- CB Kevin King, Washington
Whether Richard Sherman is dealt or not, King with his combination of size and talent is a perfect fit for the Seahawks defense.
- Kansas City Chiefs- EDGE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA
The Chiefs do not have any glaring needs which will allow them to take McKinley late in round one and allow him to develop into a Tamba Hali clone.
- Dallas Cowboys- DE Charles Harris, Missouri
The Cowboys need to get to the quarterback and adding Harris will help them do that. If Harris can play to his potential, Dallas might have a star on their hands.
- Green Bay Packers- RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
The Packers need a running game behind Aaron Rodgers and there may not be a more talented runner in this draft than Mixon. He does come with baggage, but I believe the Packers would have the support system around him to allow him to succeed.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- S Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Peppers will give the Steelers and in the box safety who can also move around the defense for them.
- Atlanta Falcons-EDGE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
More depth on the defensive line for the NFC Champions. I am not as high on Barnett as others, but I do think he would be a great fit for Dan Quinn and the Falcons.
- New Orleans Saints- S Budda Baker, Washington
The Saints add more power to their secondary with their second first round pick. Baker is an undersized player with an immeasurable heart and a ball hawking mentality.