2017 NFL Mock Draft - Kevin Hanson- Updated: Wednesday, April 26th
Here are picks 17-32 of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft:
17. Washington Redskins (Draft History): Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
In terms the team's target wtih pick No. 17, ESPN's John Keim recently wrote: "The Redskins want an edge pass-rusher – and I think they want one in the worst way. Their offseason goal has been to improve the third-down defense and to do so they must upgrade the pass rush." Specifically he mentioned Harris could be the potential pick if Haason Reddick is off the board, and he is off the board in this mock. Over the past two seasons, Harris has a total of 16 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss.
18. Tennessee Titans, (Draft History): John Ross, WR, Washington
Ross is fast -- really, really fast -- as someone (Ross) finally beat the forty time of ex-Titan, Chris Johnson. While he is far from a one-trick pony, the vertical threat that Ross would provide Marcus Mariota and their run-heavy offense is a new dimension it previously lacked.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Draft History): Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
In his first five NFL seasons, Doug Martin has rushed for 1,400-plus yards twice -- and under 500 yards three times. Playing a full 16-game slate in both 1,400-yard seasons, Martin has played a total of 25 games in his other three seasons combined. At a minimum, Martin will miss three games to start the season as he completes serving his four-game suspension.
Even though Martin is signed through 2021, his PED suspended voided the guaranteed portion of his contract. In addition, Charles Sims is a free agent after the 2017 season. Cook isn't a prospect without his share of concerns, but he's versatile and more athletic on film than his sub-par combine performance showed. Cook exceeded the 100-yard rushing mark in nine of his final 10 games with an average of 190.7 YFS during that stretch.
20. Denver Broncos (Draft History): Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Based on how this mock has played out, this would be the first time that there wasn't an offensive linemen selected inside the top-10 since 2005. Starting the process of addressing the team's biggest offseason need (offensive line), the Broncos have signed both Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson in free agency, but I doubt John Elway is done addressing the unit. Only a one-year starter (and AP All-American) at the FBS level and with an interesting path to this point, Ramczyk has the athleticism to be the first tackle off the board and the team's long-term solution as their blind-side protector.
21. Detroit Lions (Draft History): Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
Perhaps the Lions go with a pass-rusher or a pass-catcher here, but Davis gives them a three-down linebacker and fills one of the team's biggest needs.
22. Miami Dolphins (Draft History): Forest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
Laremy Tunsil "fell" to No. 12 last year and the Dolphins pounced on the opportunity. Playing guard as a rookie with Branden Albert at left tackle, Tunsil will move outside now that Albert is in Jacksonville. Playing exceptionally well as four-year starter at left tackle for the Hilltoppers, Lamp is expected to kick inside at the NFL level due to arm length, but he will be a Day 1 starter for Miami with the possibility of multiple Pro Bowls in his not-so-distant future.
23. New York Giants (Draft History): Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The G-Men have made their share of offseason moves (extending Jason Pierre-Paul, signing Brandon Marshall, etc.) with only one addition to the offensive line -- guard D.J. Fluker for one year. It appears that the Giants are open to the possibility of moving Ereck Flowers, the ninth-overall pick in 2015, to the right side. There are some concerns with Bolles (already 25 years old, just one year of FBS experience, etc.), but as NFL.com's Lance Zierlein notes, Bolles has "the sweetest feet at the tackle position in this draft."
24. Oakland Raiders (Draft History): Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
In previous versions of my mock, I had Jarrad Davis slotted here (and still think he'd be a great fit), but he's off the board. One of the best athletes in this draft class (regardless of position), Jackson provides versatility as well as he has some experience on offense, but he is an outstanding returner as well.
25. Houston Texans (Draft History): Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Imagine if the Texans had competent quarterback play? GM Rick Smith has never used a Day 1 or Day 2 pick on a quarterback, but he essentially used a second-round pick (in 2018) on Brock Osweiler. Or at least that's what he had to surrender to make his free-agent blunder go away.
While Watson has thrown 30 interceptions over the past two seasons combined and that's a concern, the dual-threat quarterback is a natural leader and has come up big in big spots. Leading Clemson to consecutive title game appearances and a national championship win over Alabama in January, Watson had 825 passing yards, 116 rushing yards, eight total touchdowns and only one interception in the past two championship games combined.
26. Seattle Seahawks (Draft History): Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
The Seahawks could use upgrades at both tackle spots. With vines for arms, Robinson was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide at left tackle, but he may be even better as a right tackle and dominant as a run blocker.
27. Kansas City Chiefs (Draft History): Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
On one side, the Chiefs have Marcus Peters, NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 and First-Team AP All-Pro selection in 2016. On the other side, they don't. In other words, they clearly need to upgrade the corner opposite Peters and this year's cornerback class is deep so there should be a few corners worthy of consideration when the Chiefs are on the clock here. Essentially a four-year starter at "DBU" with outstanding cover skills, White would make sense here for the Chiefs.
28. Dallas Cowboys (Draft History): T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
With 28 of 30 official pre-draft visits on the defensive side of the ball, it's clear that the Cowboys will be looking to improve their defense with this pick. Given the secondary depth in this year's draft class, it may make sense to get a pass-rusher here and then look to add a corner or safety in Round 2. With 11.5 sacks in his lone season as a starter, Watt had 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick-six in his final four games and his best football is clearly ahead of him.
29. Green Bay Packers (Draft History): Kevin King, CB, Washington
No team allowed more Y/A than the Packers (8.1), only the Saints (4,380) allowed more passing yards than the Packers (4,308) and only the Lions (33) and Browns (36) allowed more passing touchdowns than the Packers (32) last season. Playing in a secondary loaded with NFL talent including Sidney Jones and Budda Baker, King has an ideal physical profile (6-3, 4.43 forty, 39.5-inch vertical) with the versatility to play a variety of roles/positions in the secondary. King played safety, nickel and outside cornerback during his time with the Huskies.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (Draft History): David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)
Tight end may not be the team's biggest need, but Njoku is a nice value here and it's unclear what the Steelers will get out of Ladarius Green in 2017. Green was an impact player in the offense when healthy, but he played just six games in his first season with the Steelers. Only 20 years old (turns 21 in July), Njoku is a freakish athlete and the redshirt sophomore had 43 catches for 698 yards (16.2 Y/A) and eight touchdowns last season.
31. Atlanta Falcons (Draft History): Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
Vic Beasley (15.5) led the NFL in sacks, but the Falcons ranked just 16th in the category (34). Not only did Beasley have nearly half of the team's sacks, but no other player had five-plus. (Adrian Clayborn was second with 4.5.) An explosive athlete with a relentless motor, McKinley had a breakout season for the Bruins with 18 tackles for loss including 10 sacks.
(Proposed trade: Saints/Cardinals)
32. Arizona Cardinals (Draft History): Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
This is a prime spot to trade down (for the Saints) and for another team to trade up for a quarterback (for the fifth-year option). The Cardinals need a long-term heir for Carson Palmer and Mahomes clearly needs time to develop. With as much arm talent as any quarterback in this year's draft class, the son of an ex-MLB pitcher has the gunslinger mentality and willingness to challenge defenses down the field that would be a good match for Bruce Arians.
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