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The Official 2017 Mock Draft

| April 26th, 2017

The NFL’s annual impossible to predict event is upon us and once again I take a shot at trying to predict it:

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, Edge, Texas A&M

Garrett is the consensus first overall pick and I expect the Browns to just pull the trigger and figure out how to grab a quarterback later.

2. (Trade) Jacksonville Jaguars: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

So much talk about the Jaguars trying to find a way to succeed with Blake Bortles. Why? If the conversation is at that point, they should just replace him and I see Tom Coughlin as liking Watson enough to leapfrog the Bears.

3. Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

There are two QBs who are worth a top pick and I think the Bears agree with me. Trubisky has a lot of traits that any QB-needy team would want.

4. San Francisco 49ers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

People I really respect keep saying the 49ers love Fournette. It doesn’t sound right because Kyle Shannahan’s offense has worked with lesser running backs but they could see Fournette as being the first building block of their offense.

5. Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State.

One of the best cornerback prospects in recent years as long as his hamstring checks out.

6. New York Jets: Solomon Thomas, Edge, Stanford

A lot lower than most have him but he’d give the Jets yet another talented player in the front seven. Could lead to a Sheldon Richardson trade.

7. L.A. Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio St.

This pick just makes too much sense. Gives Gus Bradley his version of Earl Thomas.

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Gives the Panthers a different kind of weapon to make Cam Newton’s life easier.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

Allen would play defensive end in the Bengals base defense then move inside next to Geno Atkins on passing downs.

10. Buffalo Bills: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Lower than most people have him, but positional value combined with a lack of elite athleticism pushes Adams down.

11. New Orleans Saints: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

The Saints have needs everywhere on defense. It seems like they’ve never had good cornerbacks.

12.  Cleveland Browns: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

The best tight end to enter the league in years drops because, well, I don’t know, he just does.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan.

Mike Floyd burned out on them and they really need another weapon to make their offense work.

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Reddick is a freak athlete who can do a number of things for the Eagles.

15. Indianapolis Colts: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennesee

Chris Ballard is trying desperately to improve this defense, Barnett is a big step toward doing that.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Joe Flacco isn’t good. He needs a big wide receiver who can trick people into thinking he is.

17. Washington Redskins: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan St.

A very large and very talented player who could five the Skins defense a big boost.

18. Tennessee Titans: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

Since the Senior Bowl, I’ve had a hunch that Jones is going to go significantly higher than people expect. A really good all around target.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami

An athletic freak who will give Jameis Winston another weapon.

20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, T, Utah

Just seems to be too perfect of a pick for them.

21. Detroit Lions: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

The Lions really need someone to rush opposite Ziggy Ansah.

22. Miami Dolphins: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

I don’t recognize any of their cornerbacks outside of Byron Maxwell, who doesn’t seem to be any good.

23. NY Giants: Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin

They really need an offensive tackle.

24. Oakland Raiders: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

I don’t know how much the failed drug test will cost him, but I don’t see Foster slipping out of the first round.

25. Houston Texans: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC

A lot of talk about QB for Houston, but I don’t see the available players as being guys who fit with Bill O’Brien. Houston lost two starting DBs in free agency.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Seattle’s offensive line just needs to be better if they’re going to continue to contend.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

This is just a pick I want to see. I want Andy Reid to work with Mahomes and see what he can become.

28. Dallas Cowboys: T.J. Watt, Edge, Wisconsin

TJ joins JJ in Texas. The Randy Gregory pick hasn’t worked out so well for the Cowboys. They’ll probably want to grab a defensive back here, but I’m not sure the value fits.

29. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Willis, Edge, Kansas State

The Packers are revamping their front seven and Willis gives them another pass rusher, who can push Clay Matthews inside.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tim Williams, Edge, Alabama

Williams is a pass rush specialist and that’s exactly what the Steelers need. James Harrison is 78 years old and he led them in sacks last year with five.

31. Cleveland Browns: Davis Webb, QB, Cal

Hue Jackson is a Cal guy who likes big QBs who have big arms. This makes a lot of sense as they move up from 33 to grab their guy.

32. New Orleans Saints: Tak McKinley, Edge, UCLA

The Saints grabbed a cover guy with the first pick and now a pass rusher.

33. Atlanta Falcons: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky.

Guard was a problem for one of the best offenses in the league.

34. San Francisco: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

The 49ers are modeling their defense after Seattle’s and this is their version of Cam Chancellor.

35. San Francisco: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

Another piece to San Francisco’s defense with a pick they got from the Jaguars. The 49ers pass on QB with their first three picks because signing Kirk Cousins next year is a pretty sure thing.

36. Chicago Bears: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M

One of my favorite safeties in the draft. Evans fits the athletic profile Ryan Pace typically looks for. He’s a big hitter with outstanding range. Would be a Day 1 starter.

67. Chicago Bears: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado

Nearly 6’3″ with 33-inch arms and a vertical of 40.5 inches. Witherspoon is considered to be an outstanding cover man who could start at one of the cornerback spots immediately. Didn’t create a lot of turnovers at Colorado with just three interceptions the last two years, but had 19 passes defensed last year.

111. Chicago Bears: Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, UCLA.

Strong and athletic enough to do everything the Bears ask their defensive linemen to do.

117. Chicago Bears: Blair Brown, LB, Ohio.

The Bears have some major questions at linebacker. Brown could contribute on special teams right away and possibly develop into a long term answer.

147. Chicago Bears: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson

The Bears take advantage of a deep tight end class. Leggett would probably be a second or third round pick in most years.

221.Chicago Bears: Tanner Gentry, WR, Wyoming

Deep-threat wide receiver who reminds me of Chris Hogan.

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  • SC Dave

    It had to show up. I doubt I’ll be the first one to read all the way through.

    Edit: Well, I guess I am.

    If the Bears pick Trubisky, I will NOT be excited.

    • Sahr Gborie

      No way Pace picks him. I say we either go J.Adams or Watson or Trade Back

      • MB30SD

        Jadams or sthomas

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    jeez a mock draft…. who cares.

    • MB30SD

      Savage!!!

  • MB30SD

    Andy, I hope for our sake your first two rounds do not go down like that.

    Also, we have two 4s… If obi is there at the start of Rd 2, ya go gets him

    Your top 10 is craaaay yos

    • MB30SD

      Mine:

      1. S. Thomas​
      2. O. menofuwhatever
      3. R. Foster
      4. J. Butt
      4. Best CB
      5. Doooonnnnt caaaaaaare

      I’d love for pace to take Adams @ 3 and go best DL available in 2, but I doubt that happens.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Where would you play Thomas and Foster?

        • MB30SD

          Dude… Did you see my Aaron Donald comparison. Why are you so hung up on his size man. Adonald is 6′. Go watch thomas’ tape. You play him all over that damn line, and he will cause havoc.

          Ok had to go get you his highlights. Special: https://youtu.be/wl3EAGuIZLs

          Again, go watch Foster’s tape. You have seen wagner play football right?

          You’d rather have Nick fucking kwikowwhatever in there than this savage beast?!

          https://youtu.be/w1mXBHGBLKE

          Like seriously, watch that whole tape dude… He’s an animal. He is Bobby Wagner 2.0. if he’s there for us in the 3rd and we don’t take him because the kid’s a 20 yr old idiot right now, then pace is just as dumb. Whoever takes him will have a star on their hands if they can help him grow up a bit. We should 100% take this top 10 talent in the third fucking round!

          I know you’re all about the PSHs, but come ON maings!!

          • SC Dave

            Thomas has been my guy for months. I hope we get him.

            But I would be fine with Adams.

          • MB30SD

            and I’m the opposite, but either way we win big with a huge day-1 difference maker

          • SC Dave

            The last line of the Thomas vid is great:

            “What position does he play?”
            “Football!!”

      • Tortured Bear fan

        Butt??? are you sure after rippin on him each was mention in blog?

        • MB30SD

          as one of our TWO 4ths… sure, IF HE CHECKS OUT MEDICALLY. why not… or just take the next guy down.

          • Tortured Bear fan

            As I said, Butt deserves a strong consideration starting day 2, if he is still there. when healed would take care TE for next 10 years.

          • MB30SD

            sure, you just hope he heals up 100%, right? There is a risk still.

            And when he gets here, do you sit him in your office stare at him quietly until it gets really uncomfortable, then say…

            Son… what in thee fuck were you thinking playing in that bowl game?!?! Do you not know who jaylon fucking smith is?!?!

  • Irish Sweetness

    No OL ???

    The only one I’m really hoping for is Obi/ Something tells me Watson is gone by 3.

    • MB30SD

      Please jebus… let the QBs be some other shitty teams meh

      Build the D bitches!!

    • leftcoast dave

      I’m with you. First thought, no OT? Second, where’s Obi? Third, the Browns won’t give us a 2 to trade places for Trub? Fourth, if they do, do we look at Mahomes or somebody else much later?

      • willbest

        Its the worst draft in a decade for OT

        • Irish Sweetness

          So? You then need to draft the best of them early.

          Bolles in 2.

          • leftcoast dave

            Just do it!

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Ed Werder‏ tweet.

    “After 17 years reporting on #NFL, I’ve been informed that I’m being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire.”

    Wow. I heard they were going to start laying people off I did not expect Werder to be one of them.

    • King of DBB

      The bean counters are in charge there now the place is headed into receivership

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        NFL teams should now troll ESPN by only leaking info to Werder so he can tweet them.

        • CanadaBear

          How sweet would that be?

      • willbest

        Its not losing money, but the House of Mouse is not happy. Which is funny because ESPN was the crown jewel of the empire not to long ago.

    • CanadaBear

      You know Dickerson has to be nervous. He’s probably flying to Bristol every weekend to wash cars and polish knobs.

      • willbest

        Depends on how much they are paying for them.

    • BearDown100393

      To be replaced by either an Ewok or Jar Jar.

  • King of DBB

    If Mark Hamill played Cock Knocker then somebody should be Mock Knocker

    Enough with mocks. Fuck

    • CanadaBear

      I’m certainly tired of seeing them. At least Andrew doesn’t do them constantly like some sites.

    • MB30SD

      buncha cucks

  • CanadaBear

    Another 36 hours and we can stop all this foolishness with first rd mock drafts. Don’t care who Pace picks as long as he lives up to the draft slot. If all the QB’s are there I think he takes one. Who knows?

  • King of DBB
    • CanadaBear

      It’s your old buddy Haugh! I actually agree with him so you know it’s insane.

      • King of DBB

        You want Watson at 3? You are insane!

        • CanadaBear

          If they don’t grab him then they will end up with the 5th or 6th best QB in the 2nd (probably Peterman). I could live with that but why not take your guy at 3? They need a decent alternative to Glennon and you know that ain’t Sanchez or Shaw. Watson has the “it” factor (raises his game in the biggest games) and I’m pretty sure Nathan Lane can teach him to slide. No matter what, I really don’t care who they pick at 3 as long as it works out.

          • Bender McLugh

            just not at 3, but still want Watson with a trade up if need be

          • Bender McLugh

            IF they pick QB this year, which it’s looking very likely

          • CanadaBear

            I totally get it. I know that’s over drafting him but if they pass him up at 3 or trade down, he will probably be gone (Bears luck). You know he won’t be there in the second.

  • King of DBB

    Raiders sign Beast Mode, complete trade

    Lynch is a LV native, went to HS there, so clearly it’s just a 1-year thing to sell tickets. Sad.

    • CanadaBear

      You never know. Lynch is a different cat for sure.

    • willbest

      They are still in Oakland for 2 years.

  • King of DBB

    MB –

    Bobby Kotex is about to make more bllions to buy Sandberg lacy things to wear at night while she gets pumped making millions from selling her book about how badly she misses her dead hubby.

    COD WW2 is coming to Steam and soon to PS4:
    https://www.gamespot.com/articles/watch-call-of-duty-ww2s-reveal-stream-here-today/1100-6449592/

    I know Shady will be all over it.

    • willbest

      COD or lacy things?

      • MB30SD

        both

    • MB30SD

      let’s doooo this!

  • Bender McLugh

    Not sure about all the Bears picks you list except for one glaring omission….WESTON STEELHAMMER!

    • willbest

      Is it the name, or that he is a white safety, or can the ginger lay the wood?

      • Bender McLugh

        all of the above baby

        • MB30SD

          hahahahaha

  • King of DBB

    ESPN is laying off everyone under the sun that works for them.

    But they are keeping Stephen A.Smith and Max Kellerman.

    #PoorMgmt

    • CanadaBear

      That says it all. You just know they will lay off all the guys that were sportswriters before going to ESPN and keep all the blowhards and jocks. Thus sealing their fate (at least I hope). I don’t mind Kellerman on HBO boxing but he’s just another screaming head on ESPN.

      • willbest

        Is NBCSN or FOXSN any better run?

        Really the issue is the cable subscriber business model is busted. MNF won’t be on ESPN when the current contract is up.

        • CanadaBear

          Don’t really watch them. Actually the only time I see ESPN up here is MNF. They don’t carry ESPN on the cable here, just games and certain shows (PTI comes to mind). But I still remember how much I hated ESPN when I was living in the States.

      • BerwynBomber

        Kellerman’s decent. Screamin A I could never see or hear from again.

        • CanadaBear

          The absolute worst. Considering Skip Bayless is still working, that’s saying a lot.

    • AlbertInTucson

      How does Smith do it. Never should have been hired back. let alone allowed to stay. now.

      • willbest

        Incriminating photos.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Seriously.

    • BearDown100393

      ESPN hates journalism.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I am hoping they get rid of Dilfer.

  • BearDown100393
    • AlbertInTucson

      ENOUGH of that crap already.

      He pushed Narcissus out of town before Narcissus wanted to go.

      He’s won a title and made millions.

      He’s had the last laugh.

      Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

      Move on. Nothing to see here.

      • CanadaBear

        Even Rodgers didn’t want anything to do with this article.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I don’t blame him.

          • CanadaBear

            This rates right up there with the draft do-over articles.

      • BearDown100393

        Erin’s still not over the green room.

        • CanadaBear

          I don’t think he gets over anything.

          • Bender McLugh

            certainly not Olivia Munn

          • CanadaBear

            Not even hovering!

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            he was never over her or on her or in her.

          • Bender McLugh

            mmmmm cuddling….

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            maybe, but my guess is there might have been some pegging.

          • Bender McLugh

            divineinterventions.com (NSFW!!!)

  • AlbertInTucson

    As far as Andrew’s Mock goes, I’ll give him this:

    It would appear to be HIS, not just parroting somebody else’s.

  • Captain Obvious

    Here’s the hard part:

    Everyone passed on Brady. Many times.

    Almost every team passed on Rodgers.

    So two QBs who are among the best who ever played weren’t rated highly by any of the “experts.”

    On the other hand, a lot of smart people had guys like Leaf, McNown, RGIII, etc., all rated highly.

    So are Watson and Trubisky more likely to belong to Group A or Group B?

    To me, Trubisky is the mystery guy. Maybe he’s reminding everyone who passed on Rodgers of what might happen if you underestimate a guy with potential.

    But I think the 2018 class has a lot more guys who look like Manning, Luck, Rivers, Elway, etc.: guys that most everyone agrees are very good, and who actually pan out to be good (or great).

    And with your 2017 QB settled and paid for, you don’t gamble on the 2017 boom-or-bust guys. You maybe draft a marginal guy who could pan out (e.g., Pederman), or you pass until 2018.

    That’s my logic. We’ll see if Pace agrees.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Looks like, pending a physical, “Beast Mode” WILL be a Raida this season.

    • BearDown100393

      He’ll fall out of the golf cart arriving to training camp. IR. Career over.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Slip on some skittles?

        • BearDown100393

          Or choke on them.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Wishful thinking?

  • Sactowns#1

    Two RB’s in the top 10? I want some of what you’re smoking.

    • CanadaBear

      I’ve been reading in the last couple of days that SF want Fournette. Who knows?

  • Sactowns#1

    And thee DB’s taken in the top 10?! I literally laughed out loud at my desk.

  • King of DBB

    Geez. Jonathan Demme died today.

    http://variety.com/2017/film/news/jonathan-demme-dead-silence-of-the-lambs-1202399122/

    Top 4 Demme Films:

    1. Silence of the Lambs – I actually prefer Brian Cox’s more realistic Lecter in Manhunter, but Hopkins literally stole the film with his over the top insanity and got an Oscar for his trouble.

    2. Melvin and Howard – Jason Robards plays a haggard Howard Hughes hitchhiking.

    3. Something Wild – Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griifth with a star turn by a 22 year old Ray Liotta.

    4. Married to the Mob – a bit of Sopranos like fun years before David Chase did the long form. Michelle Pfieffer is pretty good as the mob wife. The film is actually undermined by a crappy portrayal of a Godfather by the overrated Dean Stockwell.

    • CanadaBear

      My favorite is my all-time fave live concert video, Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense. Definitely like the 4 films you listed, esp Something Wild.

    • CanadaBear

      The only time I really liked Dean Stockwell in a movie was Blue Velvet. Fucking Suave!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmsrO8xpe-w

      • Bender McLugh

        *ahem*…..Dune……

        • CanadaBear

          Never saw it. Not much of a Sci-Fi fan.

          • Bender McLugh

            he was JAG honestly, just a great movie

          • CanadaBear

            I’ve thought about watching it because I like David Lynch movies but I’ve never even seen a Star Wars movie if that tells you how much I like Sci-Fi.

          • Bender McLugh

            hahah fair enough.

          • King of DBB

            should I buy a $240 R2 trash can? I feel I need one.

            https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-R2-D2-Wastebasket-Trash/dp/B005C8SIO0

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            ABSOLUTELY!!! I have one it’s great!

          • CanadaBear

            Hey, it’s your money, knock yourself out! I’m good, thanks. No need for one up here!

            I’ve got a 5’7″ grand piano and I’m mediocre at best as a player. Pretty sure I could have gotten by with the little spinet that I had but what the hell, ya gotta spend your money on something!

            I’m thinking that your cash could be put to a better use as set aside money for a track day!

    • BearDown100393

      Demme’s first film was “Caged Heat”. Might peaked right there. Check out the plot summary: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071266/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

  • BerwynBomber

    Mahomes, I doubt, will slip by HOU (as AD’s mock suggests).

    • CanadaBear

      If Houston doesn’t take a QB, Bus Cook will probably camp out on their doorstep.

    • BearDown100393

      Mandatory vaccinations in Houston?

  • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

    If Pace surprises us and picks someone outside the names we have been discussing the most here (Thomas, Adams), this is my dark horse pick at #3.

    Ian Rapoport‏Verified account @RapSheet 1h1 hour ago
    Something you don’t often always hear for #Bama prospects: TE OJ Howard received an A+ medical report. A very clean, complete prospect.

    Albert Breer‏Verified account @AlbertBreer 21h21 hours ago
    7) Player that isn’t getting enough pre-draft hype: Bama TE OJ Howard. Clean prospect, may go as early as 5th. Everyone seems to love him.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      thank god we know that now, I was worried we would not find out.

      • MB30SD

        Savage!

  • BearDown100393

    I’m fairly certain no matter who Pace drafts, I’ll find a reason to prejudge and hate the pick.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      we don’t need to draft anyone and we will still go 16-0 next year.

      • BearDown100393

        Absolutely!

    • Elect A Clown. Expect A Circus

      Plenty to gripe about no matter what happens. Bears are the new Browns, Jags. Have been worse than Lions for the last several years.

  • MB30SD
    • willbest

      I know those are the rats of the sea. But they are so much cuter than the rats of land and rats of the air.

      • MB30SD

        never heard that seals are the rats of the sea. They’re more like the the deer of the sea… or more accurately, dogs of the sea.

        arthropods seem to be the rats of the sea

        • Sactowns#1

          Nah those the roaches of the sea. Otters are probably the closest to rats of the sea. Fun fact, the lobsters closest cousin is the cockroach. Irish- how are those big waterbugs in Thailand? Tasty? https://www.eatingthaifood.com/how-to-eat-a-giant-water-bug-maeng-da-thailand/

          • MB30SD

            otters are the cats of the sea. Cute and cuddly looking but vicious beasts!

            Mmmmmm… water bugs. My fav are scorpions on a stick!

            and delicious delicious water roaches!

          • willbest

            I am going to have to be hungry for a while before I eat one of those.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    new thread… it just a stupid poll… Who Cares.

  • SC Dave

    Oops

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