Duane Lively’s Final 2017 Mock Draft

1 Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
Garrett did not drop in coverage very often at Texas A&M, but he did move inside the D-line at times when the Aggies sprinkled in the 46 (Bear) Defense. Due to his quick first step, he is as able to create an angle and penetrate past guards from the 46. He is a very good pass rusher, and an underappreciated edge defender. Has ability to get off blocks and chase down the ball carrier. Has the traits to play a long time in the NFL.
2 San Francisco 49ers Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Trubisky has an NFL caliber arm, and can make all the throws. He is tough. Sometimes hanging in the pocket too long and taking big shots. Due to only 13 starts he is an NFL project. Has all the tools to play in the NFL, but it might take some time to polish him up. Very similar traits to Ryan Tannehill coming out of college.
3 Chicago Bears Jamal Adams, S, LSU
LSU used Adams in the box and single high. Adams has not hit his ceiling and he has steadily progressed every year. The growth was very evident in 2016 (from week 1 to The Citrus Bowl). He is an on-the-field talker and lets the opposition know when he has bested them.
4 Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Fournette possesses Adrian Peterson ability to run between the tackles. He catches the ball well when he uses both hands. Fournette’s quarterback will feel very safe with him in pass protection. He is the best back in this draft class, and no one else is a close second.
5 Tennessee Titans Solomon Thomas, INT-DL, Stanford
Thomas is an outstanding run defender. He is a defensive lineman that runs as well as an Edge Defender. Played all across the line at Stanford, but mostly inside. Due to his size he will likely move outside at next level. Best initial position might be as a 5-Technique. A team can have all of the best ideas of where to play him, but he is the type of player you draft then put him on the field to see where he fits best. He is a difference-maker with all-pro potential.
6 New York Jets Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St.
Lattimore could become an excellent man corner, but he might not fit well in a zone scheme. Possesses Outstanding ball skills, but not a willing tackler. NFL offenses will run the ball at him with success. He covers like Vontae Davis down the field, but he doesn’t tackle like Vontae.
7 Los Angeles Chargers Malik Hooker, S, Ohio St.
Malik Hooker’s ability to get to the ball quickly really stands out on tape. He did not run at the combine or at his Pro Day, but he looks like a sub 4.5 guy. The interception against Bowling Green (2016) was a thing of beauty. Injuries kept him from working out at the combine and at his Pro Day.
8 Carolina Panthers Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
Barnett mostly played 9-technique at Tennessee, and was occasional asked to drop into coverage. He could have a long NFL career leaning on his ability to set the edge and stop the run. He has the ability to play both 3-4 outside linebacker positions. However, his best position might be at SAM in a 3-4 defense. He could also find a long-term home as a 4-3 defensive end.
9 Cincinnati Bengals Jonathan Allen, INT-DL, Alabama
Alabama lined Allen inside and outside, and although he played well in both, he looks more comfortable inside a phone booth than in open space. His true position might be as a 4-3 Defensive Tackle (3-technique). He is a team leader who does not have any known off-field issues. He should come off the board within the first hour or so.
10 Buffalo Bills Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Corey Davis was the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2016. His career 5,285 yards receiving is the best all-time in major college football. Had 33 receiving touchdowns going into his senior year. In his final season at Western Michigan, Davis recorded 1,500 yards on 97 receptions and added 19 more touchdowns.
11 New Orleans Saints Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Reuben Foster proved in 2015 and 2016 that he is a complete inside linebacker. He was asked to cover more in 2015 and recorded 10 pass break ups. In 2016 he was asked to blitz more often and disrupt the line of scrimmage, and he responded by recorded 13 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. He has the physical gifts to play at a high level for a long time. Failed his drug test at the combine.
12 Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Deshaun Watson is a winner, and he has seen much more stressful days than an NFL draft. He lived the life of hard knocks, and overcame it. He is the kind of person people root for. He could be a surprise in this draft and come off the board earlier than most expect. A possible top 10 pick, and likely top 20 pick.
13 Arizona Cardinals O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
O.J. Howard has top 15 talent. Very clean player with no off the field issues. However, teams might question his desire to play football. His stock is all over the place. Well schooled blocking tight end who was not properly used at Alabama. The team drafting him will be drafting the potential he can be in the NFL rather than what he put on his college resume.
14 Philadelphia Eagles Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Chris Johnson is the only modern day 200 pound bell-cow back to have success. However, today’s NFL offenses don’t typically focus on a single back. Christian McCaffrey ran effectively between the tackles in college. Injuries are a concern, and NFL teams will question how much tread is left on the tires. More than likely a top 20 pick, and he could go in the top 10.
15 Indianapolis Colts Kevin King, CB, Washington
Kevin King is a very large corner (6’3″, 192) and would step in and help the poor Colts secondary immediately. The Colts have addressed every major need in the off-season except for corner. Ballard and Pagano could (need to) draft a couple of corners early in this draft.
16 Baltimore Ravens Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Clemson has produced strong NFL receivers of late, and if the medical checks out then Williams should follow DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins as first round picks. He does his best work over the middle of the field. Any rookie receiver who ends up in this offense has the best chance of leading all rookie receivers in the stat book.
17 Washington Redskins T.J. Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin
Recorded 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in his final season at Wisconsin. Has experience as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and will help Greg Manusky finalize the switch to a 3-4 base defense. T.J. Watt is a Football Dungeon Explosive Edge Rusher.
18 Tennessee Titans John Ross, WR, Washington
Ross is not just a fast guy. He can also run routes and catch the ball. Can play outside or in the slot. Probably best suited for a role similar to the way Indianapolis moves T.Y. Hilton around. The Huskies effectively moved him all over the field as a receiver.
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida St.
Cook’s injuries are a concern, especially the three shoulder surgery’s. He also has some off-field issues. Cook is a risky pick, but his upside is in the Edgerrin James territory. Doug Martin has not been reliable.
20 Denver Broncos Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Ryan Ramczyk has the ability to become a starting left tackle in the NFL for 10 plus years. Although Ramczyk is more athlete than brawler, he is scheme versatile and should start early in his career. He should be the first tackle taken off the board.
21 Detroit Lions Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
Reddick is a former Walk on at Temple who worked his way up the hard way. Was awarded a scholarship and number 7 jersey before the start of his senior season. Recorded 110 tackles 14 and a half sacks, 2 forced fumbles, an interception, and 4 pass break ups over his final two seasons at Temple. Was moved inside at the Senior Bowl and impressed everyone. Draft stock rocketed at the combine (4.52 forty, 36.5″ vertical, and 133″ broad jump).
22 Miami Dolphins Forrest Lamp, INT-OL, Western Kentucky
Lamp’s feet screams tackle, but his short arms will likely move him inside to guard at the next level. He is a good fit for a zone-blocking team. Lamp is the best interior offensive lineman in this draft class.
23 New York Giants Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The New York Giants need to do a better job protecting Eli Manning who will turn 36 this year. The Giants have outstanding tools around Eli, but he needs time to get the ball to his play makers.
24 Oakland Raiders Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida
Jarrad Davis is an outstanding tackler. He has the speed and ability to drop in zones, but his technique will need to be fine tuned. He blew up his pro day (4.56 forty, 38.5″ vertical, and 129″ broad jump).
25 Houston Texans Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Every year, the Houston Texans are only a quarterback away from  becoming a real contender. They need to get one quickly, because the rest of the AFC South is getting better. This will soon be one of the toughest divisions in football, and that does not bode well for a team in search of a quarterback.
26 Seattle Seahawks Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
The Seahawks need to do a better job protecting Russell Wilson. Cam Robinson played against some of the best players in the country, and often had one-on-one responsibilities. He is battle tested and will instantly upgrade the Seahawks offensive line.
27 Kansas City Chiefs Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Marlon Humphrey has the prototypical size and speed. He is not afraid to get physical and he is a good tackler. He mirrors receivers very well. He does give up some 50/50 balls, and he will need to work on his technique at the next level.
28 Dallas Cowboys Jordan Willis, EDGE, Kansas St.
Jordan Willis is another Football Dungeon Explosive Edge Rusher. His 6.85 three cone combined with a 4.53 forty puts him in that sweet spot to become a special pass rusher in the NFL.
29 Green Bay Packers Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Chidobe Awuzie was a four year starter at Colorado. He is also position flexible, playing all four positions in the secondary.
30 Pittsburgh Steelers Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA
Takkarist McKinley needs time to develop but he could be an outstanding player in the NFL. He has the speed to work with, but lacks the bend.
31 Atlanta Falcons Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan
Taco Charlton would be a terrific compliment to Vic Beasley. At 6’6″ (277), he is a rare combination of physical stature and athletic ability.
32 New Orleans Saints Adoree’ Jackson, NICKEL, USC
Adoree’ Jackson can help on offense, defense, and special teams. Adoree’ might take a little time to develop as a corner, but he has Deion Sanders athleticism.

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