See? I waited. I didn’t do this post until at least 4/20. And no, I am not that kind of person (not that there’s anything wrong with that). So here we go. The final mock draft for 2017:
|1||Myles Garrett, DE (Texas A&M)|
|2||Solomon Thomas, DE (Stanford)|
|3||Mitch Trubisky, QB (North Carolina)|
|4||Jamal Adams, SS (LSU)|
|5||Malik Hooker, FS (Ohio State)|
|6||Leonard Fournette, RB (LSU)|
|7||Mike Williams, WR (Clemson)|
|8||Derek Barnett, DE (Tennessee)|
|9||Jonathan Allen, DE (Alabama)|
|10||Corey Davis, WR (Western Michigan)|
|11||Marshon Lattimore, CB (Ohio State)|
|12||Dalvin Cook, RB (Florida State)|
|13||Reuben Foster, LB (Alabama)|
|14||Taco Charlton, DE (Michigan)|
|15||Haason Reddick, OLB (Temple)|
|16||John Ross, WR (Washington)|
|17||Zach Cunningham, LB (Vanderbilt)|
|18||O.J. Howard, TE (Alabama)|
|19||Christian McCaffrey, RB (Stanford)|
|20||Ryan Ramczyk, T (Wisconsin)|
|21||Marlon Humphrey, CB (Alabama)|
|22||David Njoku, TE (Miami)|
|23||Deshaun Watson, QB (Clemson)|
|24||Teez Tabor, CB (Florida)|
|25||Cam Robinson, T (Alabama)|
|26||Tre’Davious White, CB (LSU)|
|27||DeShone Kizer, QB (Notre Dame)|
|28||Jarrad Davis, MLB (Florida)|
|29||Chidobe Awuzie, CB (Colorado)|
|30||T.J. Watt, LB (Wisconsin)|
|31||Forrest Lamp, G (Western Kentucky)|
|32||Jabrill Peppers, S (Michigan)|
- Late last week (before my laser eye surgery) I pretty much completed this final mock draft. At the time, Jabrill Peppers and Gareon Conley were much higher than they are now. Of course, with the news coming out about the two of them, they have dropped significantly but I still think they won’t be Day 3 picks. I still have Peppers in the first round because he is a superbly skilled player. Plus, there seems to be a bevy of teams that need a lot of defensive help, New Orleans being one of them.
- The top two picks seem to be across-the-board selections. I haven’t seen one expert lately who doesn’t have Myles Garrett and Solomon Thomas as #1 and #2 respectively. Now watch the Browns trade that pick and blow up everyone’s mock draft. Would be fun, no?
- I did not include trades. I think it is ridiculous to do so. A single trade has a big ripple effect and I know there will be at least one in the first round so I am not going to try and predict that. But again, the Browns trading either of their first round picks would be equal parts intriguing and hilarious.
- If I get even ten of these picks correct I should reward myself. Seriously. Not even Mel Kiper gets that many right I’m sure.
Tomorrow night people! The NFL Draft begins at 8:00. Then again on Friday night and then most of the day on Saturday. Saturday I will not watch live. That is absurd. I will PVR it and then motor through it in about an hour. Other than odd picks (like Minnesota picking German wide receiver MoBo), most of the picks are boring and the production values drop through the floor. I will be watching NFL Network this season as I just cannot stand ESPN’s coverage. Then again, no Chris Berman is a massive improvement.
Soon enough I will start posting some college football info. Most important games, network looks, etc. Slowly we are getting back into the swing of things after about three months off. I can start to get truly excited once summer starts and the season is close to commencing.
One final thought: the layoffs at ESPN are going to be interesting for college football. After Sean McDonough left to do Monday Night Football and Brad Nessler became Uncle Verne’s replacement at CBS, ESPN was already a little thin with play-by-play for college football games. Who knows who will be laid off today. Already Brendan Fitzgerald, Brett McMurphy, and Danny Kanell, to name a few, have been axed. More will be let go throughout the day. Not saying that this is a tragedy or a disaster but it will almost certainly change some sports being broadcast on ESPN, college football being one of them.