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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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
5. Tennessee Titans: FS, Malik Hooker – Ohio State
6. New York Jets: CB, Marshon Lattimore – Ohio State
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
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.