We’re through the Senior Bowl, the Super Bowl, the Combine, the first two waves of free agency and, now, several Pro Days. To cite Bill <a href="http://www.officialchargesshop.com/shop-by-players-derek-watt-jersey-c-1_16.html">Derek Watt Jersey</a> Belichick: “No Days Off.”
With a few more to come between now and draft weekend, here’s my second 2017 NFL mock draft. Dig in. Tune in to The Herd at 2:30 ET Tuesday for more.
Garrett is the unanimous top prospect in this draft class. The Browns are wealthy with draft picks (six of the top 65), but <a href="http://www.officialchargesshop.com/shop-by-players-dexter-mccoil-jersey-c-1_18.html">http://www.officialchargesshop.com/shop-by-players-dexter-mccoil-jersey-c-1_18.html they shouldn’t get cute here. Take the best guy on the board. Garrett is the top prospect in this class and a franchise cornerstone.
I expect the 49ers, who signed many players to fiscally sound deals in free agency, to look at offers for the second overall pick. A talent-starved roster coming into this offseason, San Francisco could be willing to parlay the second pick into a bunch of others. But what if it keeps the choice?
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Niners went defensive line for the third straight year with their first-round selection. Thomas’s stock skyrocketed at the <a href="http://www.officialchargesshop.com/shop-by-players-drew-kaser-jersey-c-1_21.html">http://www.officialchargesshop.com/shop-by-players-drew-kaser-jersey-c-1_21.html Combine, and he’s local with a loaded resume from Stanford. Tremendous kid, great family, and a heck of a franchise cornerstone up front for San Francisco. Thomas, DeForest Buckner, and Erik Armstead could make for a scary defensive line for years to come.
It’s not often you see a safety taken in the top three, but I think the Bears pluck the tone-setter out of Baton Rouge if the first two picks fall this way. Adams, whose father, George, played for the Giants in the 1980s, is a punishing hitter who roams the middle.
Adams was the rare bright spot in a forgettable 2016 LSU season. He is a defensive leader, a vocal guy and someone who can play right away. A scud missile from the safety spot, he can bring a toughness to the Chicago defensive backfield that’s been missing in recent years.
For the 11th straight year, the Jaguars “won” free agency with big-name signings in March. With all the additions, how they use the No. 4 pick will be awfully interesting. The Jaguars D was coming on toward the second half <a href="http://www.officialchargesshop.com/shop-by-players-joey-bosa-jersey-c-1_29.html">http://www.officialchargesshop.com/shop-by-players-joey-bosa-jersey-c-1_29.html of last season, brings back just about everyone and added A.J. Bouye and Calais Campbell to the mix. But I don’t think they’re done.
Allen is a man. And with Campbell at 31 years old, there’s a good mentor-student element to this. In a division with Marcus Mariota, Andrew Luck and mabye Tony Romo, you can never have enough big bodies up front. There are some minor concerns about Allen’s shoulder. Minor.
The 6-6 dynamo is my favorite tight end to enter the NFL Draft in years. Big body, can block and can move. Is top five too high? Have you seen the way Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce are utilized in their teams’ game plans? Howard’s an absolute stud, and just because Tennessee has a few tight ends on the roster doesn’t mean it wouldn’t scoop him up this high.
The Jets take the first quarterback off the board. Trubisky had a solid Combine performance, silencing critics who thought he was sub-6-foot-2, and exhibited solid footwork and athleticism. The Jets aren’t rolling into the 2017 season with Christian <a href="http://www.officialchargesshop.com/shop-by-players-kyle-emanuel-jersey-c-1_36.html">http://www.officialchargesshop.com/shop-by-players-kyle-emanuel-jersey-c-1_36.html Hackenberg, Josh McCown and Bryce Petty as their quarterbacks. If Trubisky is on the board, they grab him.
This is one of the most loaded defensive back drafts in years, and Los Angeles is a prime spot for one of the two highly rated Ohio State defensive backs. I like Hooker, the 6-foot-1, do-everything free safety with incredible ball skills.
There have been comparisons made to Ed Reed. In 2016, Hooker intercepted seven balls and broke up four others. The Chargers are quietly building one of the better young defenses in the league in terms of talent. I love their roster on that side of the ball. Hooker would be a fantastic addition.