Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft & Last Five First Round Draft Picks

Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft & Last Five First Round Draft Picks

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Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft & Last Five First Round Draft Picks

Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft & Last Five First Round Draft Picks


Welcome to the final from-the-college-perspective mock draft, along with each team’s last five first round draft picks.


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I’ve been doing mock drafts for one publication or another since 1989, and I’ve never seen anything leading up to a draft day like this season.

Really, who’s the No. 2 pick?

Really, is everyone bluffing and will there be an early run on quarterbacks?

The goal is to always get the picks as close to the pin as possible – keenly aware that most of this will be messed up with the first trade – but there are at least five players whose stock ranges from the top ten to the end of the first round.

The goal is to always get these as close to the pin as possible – based on educated guesses, scuttlebutt, rumors, and sewing circle-like think tanks of people who think they know what’s going on, but are scrambling just like everyone else.

From the college football perspective, check out the final NFL mock draft, along with the last five first round draft picks for each team.

2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings
From the college perspective
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTs | OGs & Cs
DEs | DTs | OLBs | ILBs | CBs | Safeties
2018 Top Ten NFL Draft Prospects
2016 NFL Final Mock Draft

1. Cleveland Browns

DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

The Browns are going to get funky with the rest of the first round as they try trading up to get Mitchell Trubisky, but there’s absolutely no messing around with the No. 1 of No. 1s.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: WR Corey Coleman, Baylor – Incomplete, hurt
2015: C Cameron Erving, Florida State – Disappointing
2014: NT Danny Shelton, Washington – Growing into job
2013: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M – Foreseeable all-timer whiff
2012: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State – Puzzling bust for Browns

2. San Francisco 49ers

DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford

Has there ever been so much uncertainty about a No. 2 overall pick? Ask ten different people get ten different answers. Thomas has blown up in terms of rumblings over the last week, but the 49ers could go safety, quarterback, or trade down.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: DeForest Buckner, Oregon – Nice first year
2016: (Pick 2) OG Joshua Garnett, Stanford – Growing
2015: DT Arik Armstead, Oregon – Overrated prospect showing why
2014: CB Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois – Disappointing
2013: S Eric Reid, LSU – A starter, but struggling
2012: WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois – Bust. 17 catches

3. Chicago Bears

S Jamal Adams, LSU

The Bears really, really need a quarterback to build around, but they also need to finally – and desperately – come up with a safety who can make big things happen. Malik Hooker is the shinier prospect, but Adams is the sure thing.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia – Grew in rookie year
2015: WR Kevin White, West Virginia – Disastrous so far. Hurt
2014: S Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech – Disappointing
2013: G Kyle Long, Oregon – Kaboom. Great when healthy
2012: DE Shea McClellan, Boise State – Horrible

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

RB Leonard Fournette, LSU

Don’t be floored if the Jaguars go with Christian McCaffrey or even Dalvin Cook. They’re going running back, and Fournette might just be the best player in this draft. Garrett included.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State – Growing star
2015: LB Dante Fowler, Florida – Hurt. Promising
2014: QB Blake Bortles, UCF – Lots of stats, needs massive 2017
2013: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M – A starter
2012: WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State – Off-the-field problems killed career

5. Tennessee Titans

CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State

The Titans almost certainly aren’t going to stay here, with several teams likely looking to move up to get Trubisky. If they stay, Lattimore is an easy lockdown pick who fills a need.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State – Fantastic All-Pro rookie year
2015: QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon – Growing star, but hurt
2014: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan – Nailed it
2013: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama – Starter
2012: WR Kendall Wright, Baylor – Okay, not worth 1st

6. New York Jets

TE O.J. Howard, Alabama

The Jets need a quarterback. They should take a quarterback. They’ll think about taking a quarterback. They won’t take a quarterback. Howard’s stock has always been high, but good luck finding anyone to say anything negative.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: LB Darron Lee, Ohio State – 42 tackle rookie year
2015: DT Leonard Williams, USC – Good upside
2014: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville – A starter
2013: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama – Disastrous for the No. 9 pick
2013: (2nd pick) DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri – Excellent interior pass rusher
2012: DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina – Okay, but now gone

7. Los Angeles Chargers

S Malik Hooker, Ohio State

Boom. Hooker will slide a wee bit because of a few injury concerns, but he could go top three and no one would be shocked. The defense, all of a sudden, has a ton of young playmakers.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State – Awesome cornerstone pass rusher
2015: RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin – Star sophomore year
2014: CB Jason Verrett, TCU – Pro Bowl performer
2013: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama – Starter
2012: DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina – Grew into pass rushing star

8. Carolina Panthers

RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

Flip a coin between McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook. McCaffrey fits the style of what the Panthers like to do, but in a perfect world, by some miracle Fournette falls here.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech – Ugh. Hurt
2015: LB Shaq Thompson, Washington – Good starter
2014: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State – Terrific when healthy
2013: DT Star Lotuleli, Utah – Good enough starter
2012: LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College – All-time great, but concussions will be a problem

9. Cincinnati Bengals

LB Haason Reddick, Temple

The blow up star in scouting circles over the last month, he’s an elite athlete and playmaker who fits the Bengal style perfectly. Wind him up, turn him loose, and he’s Cincinnati’s new star pass rusher.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: CB William Jackson, Houston – Hurt. Hasn’t played
2015: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M – Starter. Okay
2014: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State – Just one pick. Disappointment
2013: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame – Fantastic when healthy
2012: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama – Good enough. Best year in 2016

10. Buffalo Bills

LB Reuben Foster, Alabama

With Alabama player goes here? The Bills will be stunned Jonathan Allen is on the board, they need a corner like Marlon Humphrey, and they need an offensive tackle like Cam Robinson. But issues and all, Foster will be the choice to be the quarterback of the D.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson – Hurt. Not there yet
2015: NO FIRST ROUNDER
2014: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson – Flashes of greatness
2013: QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State – Nope
2012: CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina – Best year in 2016

11. New Orleans Saints

CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama

The Saints can’t wait until the 32 for a corner. Humphrey will be an easy choice is he’s still around here, but there could be a few tempting pass rushers to think about.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville – Hurt early
2015: OT Andrus Peat, Stanford – Starter
2014: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State – Explosive, growing star
2013: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas – Solid starter
2012: NO FIRST ROUNDER

12. Cleveland Browns

QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina

The Browns are going to get Trubisky in some way – it just might not be in this spot. They’ll either move up to make sure they get him in the top five, or they’ll wait for right here and see which quarterback falls.

13. Arizona Cardinals

QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech

It’s the perfect situation – sort of. Arizona might be thinking about the playoffs right now, in which case it’s Best Player Available time. But Mahomes – who everyone acknowledges needs at least a year of seasoning – has the upside and talent to be the team’s quarterback for a decade after Carson Palmer is done.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss – Hurt. Ineffective
2015: OT D.J. Humphries, Florida – Starter
2014: S Deone Bucannon, Washington State – Tackling machine
2013: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina – Puzzlingly massive bust
2012: WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame – Good, then stunningly let go

2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings
From the college perspective
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTs | OGs & Cs
DEs | DTs | OLBs | ILBs | CBs | Safeties
2018 Top Ten NFL Draft Prospects

14. Philadelphia Eagles

WR Mike Williams, Clemson

A cornerback is a must at some point – this would’ve been a great spot for Gareon Conley. But the Eagles also need more targets to help Carson Wentz, and the best one is still going to be on the board.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: QB Carson Wentz, NDSU – Okay first year
2015: WR Nelson Agholor, USC – Underwhelming
2014: LB Marcus Smith, Louisville – A bust so far
2013: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma – Starter not worth the No. 4 pick
2012: DE Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State – Pro Bowl pass rusher

15. Indianapolis Colts

DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee

Kaboom. The Colts need a pass rusher, and they’ll have their choice between Charles Harris, Jonathan Allen, and Barnett. No one will go on the record and say it, but a few are hinting that Barnett is the best pure pass rusher in the draft – Garrett included.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: C Ryan Kelly, Alabama – Nailed it
2015: WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami – Disappointing for 1st rounder
2014: NO FIRST ROUNDER
2013: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State – Lousy, then retired
2012: QB Andrew Luck, Stanford – Hall of Fame upside if he stays healthy

16. Baltimore Ravens

DE Charles Harris, Missouri

All of a sudden, Baltimore will have a big choice to make. Will it go for a sliding Jonathan Allen, or does it want to with the ultra-athletic pass rusher? The Colts will take one of the SEC East stars, the Ravens will go with the other.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame – Okay rookie season
2015: WR Breshad Perriman, UCF – Only 33 catches so far
2014: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama – Yup. Pro Bowl cornerstone of the D
2013: S Matt Elam, Florida – Okay first two years, then hurt
2012: NO FIRST ROUNDER

17. Washington Redskins

DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama

Done. It wouldn’t be shocking in any way if Allen went No. 2 overall to San Francisco, but the call here is that he’ll slide on down after medical concerns over his banged up shoulders. There’s no problem taking the slight risk here.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: WR Josh Doctson, TCU – Hurt. Just two catches
2015: OT Brandon Scherff, Iowa – Pro Bowl starter
2014: NO FIRST ROUNDER
2013: NO FIRST ROUNDER
2012: QB Robert Griffin, Baylor – All-time miserable trade for him

18. Tennessee Titans

WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

A lot depends on what the Titans do with the fifth overall pick. Even if they trade out of it, they’ll probably go after a corner first, and then give Marcus Mariota a No. 1 receiving weapon to play around with.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State

An easy choice for a team that needs more offensive playmakers, Cook could be an interesting X factor in the draft. Don’t be shocked if he’s long gone by here.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida – Okay rookie year
2015: QB Jameis Winston, Florida State – Too many picks, but franchise QB
2014: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M – Growing into superstar
2013: NO FIRST ROUNDER
2012: S Mark Barron, Alabama – Disappointing 7th overall pick

20. Denver Broncos

OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin

So, you want to protect that Paxton Lynch investment? Go with a top offensive tackle. It’ll either be Ramczyk or Utah’s Garrett Bolles.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis – Redshirt year
2015: DE Shane Ray, Missouri – Growing pass rusher
2014: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State – Serviceable starter
2013: DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina – Decent starter
2012: NO FIRST ROUNDER

21. Detroit Lions

DE/LB Takkarist McKinley, UCLA

A bit of an unsung rising star, he’ll fall past the early run of pass rushers, but Detroit – or whomever gets him – will be great to get the UCLA playmaker at a bargain price, assuming his shoulder issues aren’t a problem.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State – Fantastic cornerstone of line
2015: OG Laken Tomlinson, Duke – Good starter
2014: TE Eric Ebron, Oklahoma State – Good, not elite for 10th pick
2013: DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU – Kaboom. Grew into special pass rusher
2012: OT Riley Reiff, Iowa – Solid starter for five years

22. Miami Dolphins

OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

The line keeps getting put together. Getting a guard might not be sexy, but Lamp is a sure-thing for the next several years, and getting him means Laremy Tunsil can settle in outside.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss – Not yet, but promising
2015: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville – Okay, not special
2014: OT Ja’Wuan James – Okay starter
2013: DE Dion Jordan – Crippling bust
2012: QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M – Slightly above-average serviceable starter

23. New York Giants

TE David Njoku, Miami

Shhhhhhh, but he has a bigger upside than O.J. Howard. It could be one of the big storylines of Day One if both New York teams go tight end in the first round.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State – Okay rookie year
2015: OT Ereck Flowers, Miami – Good starter
2014: WR Odell Beckham, LSU – Superstar
2013: OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse – Okay starter
2012: RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech – Hurt. Just 504 yards

24. Oakland Raiders

LB Jarrad Davis, Florida

You want a leader to help take the rising defense to another level? Davis will step in and be a tough guy who takes command right away.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: S Karl Joseph, West Virginia – Give him another year past college knee injury
2015: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama – No. 1 star receiver
2014: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo – Possibly NFL’s best defensive player
2013: CB D.J. Hayden, Houston – Risky pick not working
2012: NO FIRST ROUND PICK

25. Houston Texans

OT Garrett Bolles, Utah

The best tackle on the board here is gone, unless Bill O’Brien will say enough is enough at quarterback and takes Deshaun Watson.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame – Okay rookie year
2015: CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest – Disappointing
2014: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina – Finally healthy. Look out
2013: DE DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson – Fantastic No. 1 NFL WR
2012: DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois – Terrific pass rusher

26. Seattle Seahawks

S Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut

While the Seahawks need offensive line help – and Cam Robinson will be there for the taking – Melifonuw’s freak-of-nature athleticism is the perfect fit for a secondary needing a youth infusion.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: OG German Ifedi, Texas A&M – Promising starter
2015: NO FIRST ROUND PICK
2014: NO FIRST ROUND PICK
2013: NO FIRST ROUND PICK
2012: DE Bruce Irvin, West Virginia – Good enough, not elite for 15th pick

27. Kansas City Chiefs

QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Alex Smith has been better than you think, but the Chiefs need an upgrade and a star to build the offense around. Smith will be the guy this year, and then it’s Watson’s attack in 2018.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State – Starter who lets it all hang out
2015: CB Marcus Peters, Washington – Pro Bowl interception machine
2014: DE Dee Ford, Auburn – Finally started to rock in Year 3
2013: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan – Massively mediocre No. 1 overall pick
2012: DT Dontari Poe, Memphis – Pro Bowl anchor

28. Dallas Cowboys

CB Quincy Wilson, Florida

The Cowboys will be crushed when the Giants take TE David Njoku, but they need more work at corner to go along with a few decent talents. Adoree Jackson will be tempting, but Wilson is the sound pick for a team that might be just one piece of the puzzle away.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State – Special superstar
2015: CB Byron Jones, Connecticut – Versatile starter
2014: OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame – Possibly NFL’s best guard
2013: C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin – NFL’s best center
2012: CB Morris Claiborne, LSU – Mediocre spot-starter

29. Green Bay Packers

CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado

A hot underground name among the scouting world over the last several days, he’s a physical baller who fills an instant need. The Packers will go corner – it might be Quincy Wilson or Adoree Jackson, though.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: DT Kenny Clark, UCLA – Mediocre rookie year
2015: S Damarious Randall, Arizona State – Six picks, but just okay
2014: S Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Alabama – Good starter
2013: DE Datone Jones, UCLA – Mediocre backup
2012: DE Nick Perry, USC – FINALLY a pass rushing terror

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

DE Taco Charlton, Michigan

T.J. Watt will be very, very tempting, but Charlton is the better fit with the bulk to go along with the pass rushing skills.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: CB Artie Burns, Miami – Great rookie year
2015: DE Bud Dupree, Kentucky – Needs to do more
2014: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State – Good starter
2013: LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia – Disappointing
2012: G David DeCastro, Stanford – Hurt early, then a Pro Bowl star

31. Atlanta Falcons

LB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin

No, he’s not a need pick, but the idea of putting him on the other side of Vic Beasley might be too exciting to pass up. You can never, ever have enough dangerous pass rushers.

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: S Keanu Neal, Florida – 72 tackle first season
2015: LB Vic Beasley, Clemson – Pro Bowl pass rusher
2014: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M – Good starter
2013: CB Desmond Trufant, Washington – Pro Bowl corner
2012: NO FIRST ROUND PICK

32. New Orleans Saints

CB Adoree Jackson, USC

The Saints will likely address the corner situation with the 11th pick, and they’ll almost certainly trade out of the spot depending on who’s sliding, but if Jackson is still here, take him and the secondary is set for the next five years.

New England Patriots

Last 5 First Round Picks
2016: NO FIRST ROUND PICK
2015: DT Malcom Brown, Texas – Good starter
2014: DT Dominique Easley, Florida – Stunk, then gone
2013: NO FIRST ROUND PICK
2012: DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse – Good pass rusher gone after off the field problems
2012: (2nd Pick) LB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama – Okay starter

2017 NFL Draft Position Rankings
From the college perspective
QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | OTs | OGs & Cs
DEs | DTs | OLBs | ILBs | CBs | Safeties
2018 Top Ten NFL Draft Prospects

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