2017 NFL Mock Draft: Mid-December 3-Round Festival

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Mid-December 3-Round Festival

We’ve reached mid-December and the NFL has clearly established a few things: Dallas is good, New England can do little wrong, and the Browns are awful – again. Meanwhile, the college football season has transitioned to “studying for finals” in the wake of the Heisman Trophy being presented and bowl games being the next calendar entry.

Many teams are already looking ahead to the 2017 NFL Draft. There are some fascinating players coming out this year in what could be a historically good crop of defensive players, led by Myles Garrett, Jonathan Allen and Jabrill Peppers. But while some teams will desperately seek a starting quarterback (Cleveland, Chicago, the Jets) there are plenty of questions about the top prospects in this year’s class at the most important position on the field.

Before we drop three full rounds of predictions, some notes on three potentially intriguing prospects.

During his tour as a Heisman Trophy finalist, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield told the media he plans on returning to Oklahoma. Earlier in the season, Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey – who might be the best available tackle in this year’s class – indicated that he plans on returning to South Bend in 2017. And while the player hasn’t publicly made his decision, there have been rumors for weeks that Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya will be under center for the Canes next season as well.

[Author note: Georgia running back Nick Chubb announced he would return to college in 2017 after this was published.]

Obviously plans can change, but those are three names to keep in mind who aren’t on the board below.

So let’s go. Who’s the best for each team? And which teams uncover a falling star?

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Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

ROUND ONE

1. Cleveland – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
2. San Francisco – Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
3. Jacksonville – Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
4. Chicago – Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
5. NY Jets – DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
6. Tennessee (from LA) – Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
7. New Orleans – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
8. San Diego – Jamal Adams, S, LSU
9. Cleveland (from PHI) – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
10. Carolina – Reuban Foster, LB, Alabama
11. Arizona – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
12. Cincinnati – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
13. Buffalo – Desmond King, CB, Iowa
14. Indianapolis – Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
15. Houston – Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
16. Philadelphia (from MIN) – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
17. Tennessee – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
18. Baltimore – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
19. Green Bay -Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
20. Washington – Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
21. Miami – Jarrad Davis, OLB, Florida
22. Tampa Bay – Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
23. Atlanta – Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
24. Denver – D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
25. Pittsburgh – Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
26. Seattle – Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
27. Detroit – Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
28. NY Giants – Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama
29. Kansas City – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
30. Oakland – Adoree Jackson, DB, USC
31. New England – Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
32. Dallas – Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

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Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

ROUND TWO

33. Cleveland – Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
34. San Francisco – DeVonte Fields, OLB, Louisville
35. Jacksonville – Ethan Pocic, OL, LSU
36. Chicago – Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
37. NY Jets – Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
38. Los Angeles – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
39. New Orleans – Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
40. San Diego – John Ross, WR, Washington
41. Philadelphia – Cordea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
42. Carolina – Mason Cole, OL, Michigan
43. Arizona – Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
44. Cincinnati – Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
45. Buffalo – Montravious Adams, DT, Auburn
46. Indianapolis – Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
47. Houston – Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
48. Minnesota – Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
49. Cleveland (from TEN) – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
50. Baltimore – Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
51. Green Bay – Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana
52. Washington – Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State
53. Miami – Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
54. Tampa Bay – Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame
55. Atlanta – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
56. Denver – Forrest Lamp, OT, Western Kentucky
57. Pittsburgh – Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
58. Seattle – Marcus Maye, S, Florida
59. Detroit – DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
60. NY Giants – Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
61. Kansas City – Anthony Walker, Jr, LB, Northwestern
62. Oakland – Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
63. New England – Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State
64. Dallas – Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson

Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

ROUND THREE

65. Cleveland – Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
66. San Francisco – Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
67. Jacksonville – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
68. Chicago – Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
69. NY Jets – Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
70. Tennessee (from LA) – Haasan Reddick, LB, Temple
71. New Orleans – Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
72. San Diego – Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
73. Philadelphia – Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
74. Carolina – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
75. Arizona – Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
76. Cincinnati – Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
77. Buffalo – Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
78. Indianapolis – Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
79. Houston – Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
80. Minnesota – Davis Webb, QB, California
81. Tennessee – Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State
82. Baltimore – Dorian Johnson, OL, Pittsburgh
83. Green Bay – Semaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
84. Washington – Marquis Haynes, OLB, Mississippi
85. Minnesota (from MIA) – Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan
86. Tampa Bay – Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
87. Atlanta – Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi
88. Denver – Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
89. Pittsburgh – Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
90. Seattle – Chad Wheeler, OT, USC
91. Detroit – John Heck, OT, North Carolina
92. NY Giants – Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
93. Kansas City – Budda Baker, S, Washington
94. Oakland – Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
95. New England – Pharoah Brown, TE, Oregon
96. Dallas – Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah

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    This mock draft is decent, but a little more research is necessary! Example: #77 Joe Mixon is a sophomore and will be in next year's draft.

  • In reply to Duane Radley:

    Thanks for the comment, Duane. But when recommending someone do research, it's worth doing yourself.

    If you haven't watched the news lately, I understand. Mixon is listed as a true sophomore, but it's common knowledge that he was suspended for the entire 2014 season because he punched a woman (Google his name ICYMI) - he was not redshirted and thus is listed as a "true" sophomore in eligibility. However, Mixon has been out of high school for THREE years, and is therefore eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft.

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