2017 NFL Mock Draft


The 2017 NFL Draft will be held on April 27th-29th in Philadelphia and here is our final 2017 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Mock drafts are hard, but this pick is easy. As Sean Beazley noted in his mock draft, "[e]ven the Browns canít screw up this pick."

With a rare blend of length, burst and freakish athleticism, Garrett has all of the tools to develop into a perenniel All-Pro pass-rusher. Even though rookie Emmanuel Ogbah led the team in sacks last year, only the Raiders (25) recorded fewer sacks than the Browns (26) in 2016.

2. San Francisco 49ers (Draft History): Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Ideally, the 49ers would like to trade out of this spot and accumulate more draft capital. Assuming they are unable to move down, it's unclear who will be the first-ever draft pick in the John Lynch era, but I think the choice comes down to Adams or Stanford's Solomon Thomas. Perhaps the former safety sees a bit of himself in Adams, a defensive tone-setter and a great leader by all accounts.

3. Chicago Bears (Draft History): Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

In most previous updates of my mock, I've slotted Thomas to the 49ers (and Adams to the Bears). I think Marshon Lattimore is in play here, but Thomas gives Fox and Fangio a versatile lineman with outstanding strength and quickness and a non-stop motor.


4. Jacksonville Jaguars (Draft History): Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Despite rumors of a quarterback possibly in play here, this decision comes down to Fournette or Alabama's Jonathan Allen, for me. If teams are concerned about Allen's shoulders, it's possible he slides beyond this point. That said, their defense isn't the problem. Finishing sixth in total defense in 2016, they added premier defensive free agents in Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye last month.

While the defense hasn't been the problem, Blake Bortles certainly regressed in his third season. One way to help him is to add a back like Fournette. Given his unique combination of size, power and speed, Fournette is built to be a workhorse back that will wear down opposing defenses and helps to change the team's identity into a run-first team that plays great defense.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft

It's nearly impossible to predict how an NFL draft will play out even minutes before it begins. That said, we have taken an early look at how the 2018 NFL Draft could play.

Here is our way-too-early 2018 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Sam Darnold, QB, USC

It appears to be a lock that the Browns will use their No. 1 overall pick in 2017 to select Texas A&M's Myles Garrett, the consensus top player available in this year's draft. Provided they don't trade for Jimmy Garoppolo or draft a signal-caller with their other first-round pick, selecting a potential franchise quarterback like Darnold would make sense next year if the Browns are once again in this spot.

Not only is the 2018 quarterback class widely viewed as being more talented than this year's crop of quarterbacks, Darnold has the potential to be the best of the group. With prototypical physical tools and outstanding poise and leadership, the redshirt freshman engineered a come-from-behind victory over Penn State in Rose Bowl as he threw for 453 yards and five scores.


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2017 NBA Mock Draft

The 2017 NBA Draft will be held in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, June 22nd.

Here is our initial 2017 NBA Mock Draft:

PickTeamProspect
1Boston Celtics (via Nets)Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
2Los Angeles LakersLonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
3Phoenix SunsJosh Jackson, G/F, Kansas
4Orlando MagicJonathan Isaac, SF, Florida State
5Philadelphia 76ersDennis Smith, PG, North Carolina State
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* Note: Our 2017 NBA Mock Draft order is the inverse of our NBA Power Rankings.

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NCAA Tournament March Madness Predictions


Below you will find our predictions for the East region of the 2017 NCAA Tournament:

(1) Villanova over (16) Mount St. Mary's

Mount St. Mary's won their play-in game. The prize? No. 1 seed and defending champion Villanova awaits them. There is virtually no chance that Mount St. Mary's pulls off a historic 16-over-1 upset.

(8) Wisconsin over (9) Virginia Tech

I've gone back and forth on this one, which I suppose should be expected given the 8-versus-9 matchup. Virginia Tech could really shoot it -- 40.3 percent from three-point range this season -- and Wisconsin struggled down the stretch (4-6 in their last 10). With the senior leadership of Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, both of whom have played 14 NCAA Tournament games, I'll give the edge to Wisconsin.

(5) Virginia over (12) UNC Wilmington

To a degree, this is a strength-on-strength matchup. UNC Wilmington ranks 18th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency (via kenpom.com) with four double-digit scorers on the season. On the other hand, Virginia ranks first in adjusted defensive efficiency. While Virginia can be inconsistent on the offensive end, they move on to Round 2.

(4) Florida over (13) East Tennessee State

The loss of starting center John Egbunu (ACL) could limit how deep of a run Florida will make, but their guard play -- KeVaughn Allen, Kasey Hill and Canyon Barry -- will get them past T.J. Cromer and the Buccaneers.

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2017 NFL Free Agency Rankings

NFL Free Agency officially begins on Thursday, March 9th at 4 PM ET, but teams may begin negotiating with pending free agents on Tuesday, March 7th.

RankPlayerPos.Last (2016) TeamAge*
1Calais CampbellDEArizona Cardinals31
2Alshon JefferyWRChicago Bears27.5
3Brandon WilliamsDTBaltimore Ravens28.5
4Dont'a HightowerLBNew England Patriots27.5
5A.J. BouyeCBHouston Texans26
6Kevin ZeitlerGCincinnati Bengals27.5
7Stephon GilmoreCBBuffalo Bills27
8T.J. LangGGreen Bay Packers29.9
9Dontari PoeDTKansas City Chiefs27
10Nick PerryOLBGreen Bay Packers27.4
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* Age is on Sept. 1st, 2017.

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