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Mock Draft Projection
Doug Martz, Owner/Draft Analyst

Updated 02-10-2017
   The 2017
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     easy pick for Cleveland at #1 overall



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Pick Team Player Position School
1 Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett Edge Texas A&M
  This selection should be easy and automatic, as Garrett totally stands out in the draft class.
2 San Francisco 49ers Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
  There's one QB from the entire class that can develop into an eventual starter - could he go this early?
3 Chicago Bears Jonathan Allen DL Alabama
  Allen is fully ready for the NFL with technique, versatility, experience, and remarkable strength.
4 Jacksonville Jaguars Jamal Adams SS LSU
  Safety could turn out to be a primary need and a great value-match exists with my #3 overall rated
  player, Jamal Adams.  He adds play-making & physicality that they need to instill into the secondary.
5 Tennessee Titans (fr Rams) Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
  Pick likely comes down to a WR or DB and my hunch says DC Dick LeBeau will be intrigued with
  one of two Buckeyes - either CB Lattimore or FS Malik Hooker. WR need can be addrsesed at #18.
6 N.Y. Jets Leonard Fournette RB LSU
  The Jets have a QB problem, but they keep drafting guys and can't seem to get it all to click.  One
  word on the street is that they will take a long look at Hackenberg at QB.  One way to help that QB or
  any QB is to get an elite RB to alleviate the pressure - Fournette is a grand slam pick for the Jets.
7 Los Angeles Chargers Malik Hooker FS Ohio State
  I don't believe Hooker's injury/status will greatly effect his draft stock; Safety is a need and he's a fit.
8 Carolina Panthers Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
  Though this RB class is tremendously deep, Cook represents pro-bowl potential and fills a big need.
9 Cincinnati Bengals Solomon Thomas Edge Stanford
  The Bengals likely look WR or Edge-Rusher here, and while WR's Williams or Davis are very tempting,
  it will be easier to fill that need later, while taking a blue-chip prospect here at #9.
10 Buffalo Bills Corey Davis WR Western Mich.
  The Bills are hard to project right now because the QB situation remains up in the air with the front
  office not committed to Tyrod Taylor; as the weeks roll on this pick could end up being QB Trubisky
  or Kizer, but for now one envisions GM Doug Whaley thinking that Davis is a game-changer.
11 New Orleans Saints Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina
  This might be an odd pick at this point, but there's certain characteristics in Trubisky's game that
  could translate well into the Saints offensive scheme.  He's a smart QB, he's accurate, he reads the
  field, and his size won't be as much a worry because they are used to that with Drew Brees.  For that
  matter, Brees is 38 years old and his backups are Garrett Grayson and Luke McCown.
12 Cleveland Browns (fr Eagles) O.J. Howard TE Alabama
  Howard + first overall selection Garrett = a mammoth heap of newfound gifts to add to a roster
  that needs talent everywhere.  Howard is the safest/cleanest projection of any player in the draft.
13 Arizona Cardinals Reuben Foster ILB Alabama
  Arizona is another team hard to project because there are key free agent situations that need to be
  resolved.  At this point, Foster presents the best value and it could very well be a need come April.
14 Indianapolis Colts Quincy Wilson CB Florida
  Of the team needs, CB is the one with plenty of talent at this point, in the middle of the draft.
15 Philadelphia Eagles (fr Minn) Mike Williams WR Clemson
  Depending on what the team does in free agency, wide receiver is one of the key needs.  Cornerback
  will be in play, here, and there plenty of possible names… free agency will help dictate this pick.
16 Baltimore Ravens Sidney Jones CB Washington
  It seems the trend of many of the recent teams, but WR and CB also fit team needs for the Ravens.
17 Washington Redskins Malik McDowell DL Michigan State
  I'm not a huge McDowell fan, but the position is somewhat slim-pickins' early on and it's a need.
18 Tennessee Titans Budda Baker SS Washington
  After grabbing CB Lattimore earlier, Dick LeBeau gets the closest match to his ole' boy Troy Polamalu.
  WR is another need and Washington teammate John Ross is awfully tempting, but the opportunity
  to add the tandem of Baker and Lattimore to the safe defensive backfield is a massive DB upgrade !
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers John Ross WR Washington
  Three out of the last four selections being Washington Huskies is pretty remarkable and a true credit
  to their program.  What a pick for the Bucs -- WR play making ability is a huge need and Ross is great.
20 Denver Broncos Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
  Though Ramczyk has some injury situations to work through, if healthy he's the best LT prospect.
21 Detroit Lions Taco Charlton Edge Michigan
  The Lions pluck a local prospect from Michigan to fill a need that currently exists, Edge-rush.
22 Miami Dolphins David Njoku TE Miami
  This didn't really work out this way on purpose (for my projecting purposes), but Miami TE Njoku
  will just stay in Miami to play in the pro's.  I absolutely love the upside potential this guy has.
23 N.Y. Giants Takkarist McKinley Edge UCLA
  With pass rush, TE, and OL all in play… it's McKinley that presents the optimal value at this point.
24 Oakland Raiders Garrett Bolles OT Utah
  I see Bolles as a late riser in this draft class, one that is somewhat under the radar at this point in
  the process… the Raiders could look at MLB, DL, CB, or an offensive linemen early and RB a bit later.
25 Houston Texans Cam Robinson OT Alabama
  Robinson isn't an elite offensive tackle, but the Texans have a need at the RT position, which should
  be a spot that Robinson transitions to for his NFL career. This is a great spot to plug him for now.
26 Seattle Seahawks Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
  The 5th Alabama prospect drafted in this round looks like the type of guy the Seahawks want
  as a CB in their system; the 6'1"/200 pound redshirt sophomore has great NFL upside.
27 Kansas City Chiefs Forrest Lamp OG Western Kentucky
  Lamp is the sole interior offensive lineman that is first round worthy and could be a nice fit for Chiefs.
28 Dallas Cowboys Tim Williams Edge Alabama
  The Cowboys are a lock to draft a defensive player, with somewhat significant needs throughout the
  defensive side.  There is baggage/legit concerns with Williams' overall character, but they roll the dice.
29 Green Bay Packers Tre'Davious White CB LSU
  RB and LB are significant considerations, but the Packers are a smart team that takes value when it's
  presented, and it's not like CB isn't another major team need; RB and LB will have possibilities in Rd. 2/3.
30 Pittsburgh Steelers Teez Tabor CB Florida
  The Steelers fortify an improving secondary with one more piece, a value at this point in round one. 
  OLB is a greater need, but you cannot pass on a top 20 identified player.  OLB's Barnett, Reddick, Harris,
  and even Derek Rivers of Youngstown State can be in the conversation… perhaps even a 2nd round
  trade-up could be in order to still jump into that crop of 2nd-tier pass rushers and accomplish the goal.
31 Atlanta Falcons Carl Lawson Edge Auburn
  The Falcons will figure to work on the defense, here, and namely the hybrid OLB/DE types that helps
  make the defense dymanic.  Lawson has traits that would seem to fit the scheme and upgrade the rush.
32 New England Patriots Haason Reddick LB Temple
  One of the areas that the Falcons did expose the Patriots early in the Super Bowl involved isolating
  the slower speed of the New England linebackers.  Reddick is a fast, athletic linebacker with a non-stop
  motor.  He has the look of a New England Patriot and slots in nicely (talent-wise) for this territory.

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