cover32 One-Round Consensus Mock Draft

Nov 5, 2016; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes (5) drops back to pass against the University of Texas Longhorns in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Tech signal caller Patrick Mahomes Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

There was no shortage of criticism and negative reaction upon the recent release of our All cover32 Four-Round Mock Draft. There were no shortage of comments letting us know just how we did. Readers did not sugarcoat their opinions or hold anything back to spare our feelings; not that should have. In an attempt to repair the unintended consequences of that mock draft, we decided to try again, this time using a different method and a more defined direction.

When constructing this mock, the goal was to generate an accurate representation that was reflective of the 2017 NFL Draft. To eliminate selections deemed a joke, illegitimate and ridiculous, we used a consensus method this time. Each pick was thoroughly debated and then decided on by a team of delegates, consisting of our most dedicated staff.

Though not perfect, as no mock draft ever is, we feel that this mock creates a more realistic portrayal of what is to come from the upcoming draft. Regardless of preparation, even the most successful mocks are not without their discrepancies and miscalculations. Much like the actual NFL draft, unforeseen maneuvers and strategies come into play. It is impossible to perfectly predict the future motives and intentions of every team with complete accuracy.

In order to achieve an approximate facsimile of the NFL Draft, considerable attention was given to the draft order, team needs and best fits, by using a catalog of the best available players based off of their current projections and evaluations. It was our endeavor to deliver a mock draft that attempted to genuinely replicate the NFL Draft in a way that would deliver the closest potential results and make up for our recent conflagration.


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Round One

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

The general consensus from draft experts and mock drafts everywhere, is that the Browns will take Garrett with the first overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Our consensus was no different, as the Browns would be foolish to pass up on Garrett, who has the talent and potential to be one of the league’s most impactful defensive players.

2. San Francisco 49ers:  DE, Solomon Thomas – Stanford

Much like the Browns taking Garrett with the first pick, it again appears to be a foregone conclusion with the 49ers and the second pick, as the consensus everywhere has them taking Thomas. If the projections are accurate, Thomas won’t have far to travel come day-one of the draft and would be a major upgrade to the 49ers’ pass rush.

3. Chicago Bears:  S, Jamal Adams – LSU

With the third overall selection in the upcoming draft, the Bears will have their pick of a loaded defensive back class. Adams is worthy of top-five consideration and has the ability to be a playmaker, both in coverage and at the line of scrimmage. Adams is a desired commodity in any defensive backfield, especially one that struggled as mightily as the Bears’ has in recent years.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars:  RB, Leonard Fournette – LSU
In one move, the Jaguars could quickly establish one of the premier rushing attacks in the NFL by selecting Fournette with the fourth overall pick. Seen as the next Adrian Peterson and often called the LeBron James of football, Fournette posses a freakish blend of speed, power and athleticism rarely seen in a player of his stature. The gifted young playmaker could very well be what the Jaguars need to take some of the pressure of Blake Bortles and their overwhelmed passing attack.
5. Tennessee Titans:  FS, Malik Hooker – Ohio State
Despite the free agency additions of Logan Ryan and Johnathan Cyprien, the Titans could still use help in the secondary. Malik Hooker is still raw, but he has the ball skills, instincts and production to be a Pro Bowler. He can track down the ball incredibly well and knows how to disrupt the pass. Hooker could be what the Titans need to take that next step into the playoffs.
6. New York Jets:  CB, Marshon Lattimore – Ohio State
The Jets’ secondary, which was once among the best in the league, is now one of their biggest weaknesses. Outside of Morris Claiborne, they have very few starting-caliber players on their roster. Marshon Lattimore, whom many believe to be the best cornerback in this draft, could fix that. He is an athletic freak whose ball skills and instincts make him a nightmare for any wide receiver. He would be welcome on a Jets roster that lacks talent across the board.
7. Los Angeles Chargers:  DE, Jonathan Allen – Alabama

Joey Bosa was a slam-dunk selection last year, but the Chargers need someone to compliment him on the line. Enter Jonathan Allen, who was one of the best players in the nation last year. He finishes his Alabama career with 28 sacks and 44.5 tackles for a loss. He is dominant as a run defender, and shows great pass-rushing abilities, which is rare for a 3-4 defensive end. A tandem of him and Bosa would solidify the Chargers’ defensive line for many years to come.

8. Carolina Panthers:  OT, Cam Robinson – Alabama
Cam Newton was sacked 36 times in 2016, so it’s clear that the Panthers need help on their offensive line to help keep the former MVP upright. Cam Robinson has some off-the-field issues, but has the size, strength and athleticism to be a force on the offensive line. He’s what some would describe as a mauler, but has the footwork to keep up with speedy edge rushers, as well. With Robinson and newly-added Matt Kalil manning the outside, Newton wouldn’t have to worry as much about getting pressured.
9. Cincinnati Bengals:  DE, Derek Barnett – Tennessee

The Bengals’ pass-rushing situation isn’t all that pretty. They’re shallow at the position, and both of their starters are approaching 30. Derek Barnett was one of the most productive pass rushers in the nation throughout his collegiate career. He tallied up 32 sacks in three seasons, as well as 52 tackles for a loss. He has dangerous hands and loads of power off the edge. A defensive line with Barnett, Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap would be a nightmare for the rest of the NFL.

10. Buffalo Bills:  CB, Marlon Humphrey – Alabama
Losing Stephon Gilmore in free agency was a huge blow for the Bills. Luckily for them, they’ll have a lot of talented replacement options in the draft. Marlon Humphrey is a smart and athletic cornerback who could fit that bill. He can also tackle well and has the hip fluidity to mirror opposing receivers. Alongside Ronald Darby, Humphrey could make sure that the Bills maintain top-notch cornerback play.
11. New Orleans Saints:  ILB, Reuben Foster – Alabama
12. Cleveland Browns:  QB, Mitch Trubisky – UNC
13. Arizona Cardinals:  QB, Patrick Mahomes – Texas Tech
14. Philadelphia Eagles:  CB, Gareon Conley – Ohio State
15. Indianapolis Colts:  OT, Ryan Ramczyk – Wisconsin
16. Baltimore Ravens:  WR, John Ross – Washington
17. Washington Redskins:  DT, Malik McDowell – Michigan State
18. Tennessee Titans:  WR, Mike Williams – Clemson
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  RB, Dalvin Cook – Florida State
20. Denver Broncos:  OT, Garett Bolles – Utah
21. Detroit Lions:  OLB, Haason Reddick – Temple
22. Miami Dolphins:  DE, Taco Charlton – Michigan
23. New York Giants:  TE, O.J. Howard – Alabama
24. Oakland Raiders:  OLB, Zach Cunningham – Vanderbilt
25. Houston Texans:  QB, Deshaun Watson – Clemson
26. Seattle Seahawks:  CB, Kevin King – Washington
27. Kansas City Chiefs:  WR, Corey Davis – Western Michigan
28. Dallas Cowboys:  OLB, Takkarist McKinley – UCLA
29. Green Bay Packers:  OG, Forrest Lamp – Western Kentucky
30. Pittsburgh Steelers:  OLB, Tim Williams – Alabama
31. Atlanta Falcons:  SS, Jabrill Peppers – Michigan
32. New Orleans Saints:  SS, Obi Melifonwu – Connecticut
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