Bradley Ylitalo’s Complete 2017 NFL Draft Preview

After scouting 189 prospects entering this year’s draft, I have compiled this list of my top 125. This class is filled with tremendously gifted athletes whom have sky high potential. I can’t wait to follow the careers of each and every one of them. As you might be able to see, I see the quarterback, offensive line, and defensive tackle position groups as fairly weak; and the running back, wide receiver, defensive end, and cornerback groups as very strong.

I sincerely root for any player I have the honor to scout, but for whatever reason, every year I fall in love with a couple of prospects more than others. In this year’s class, Deshone Kizer, Dion Dawkins, Demarcus Walker, Duke Riley, and Rayshawn Jenkins are those players for me.

 

Bradley Ylitalo’s Big Board
Offense Defense
Quarterback Defensive Tackle
1) Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina (24) 1) Malik McDowell, Michigan State (12)
2) Deshone Kizer, Notre Dame (44) 2) Caleb Brantley, Florida (27)
3) Deshaun Watson, Clemson (48) 3) Montravius Adams, Auburn (42)
4) Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech (49) 4) Carlos Watkins, Clemson (72)
5) Davis Webb, California (92) 5) Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA (85)
6) Brad Kaaya, Miami (100) 6) Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama (97)
7) Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh (115) 7) Jarron Jones, Notre Dame (123)
8) Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee (125)
Defensive End
Running Back 1) Myles Garrett, Texas A&M (1)
1) Leonard Fournette, Louisiana State (2) 2) Solomon Thomas, (3-4) Stanford (3)
2) Dalvin Cook, Florida State (15) 3) Jonathan Allen, (3-4) Alabama (4)
3) Joe Mixon, Oklahoma (16) 4) Derek Barnett, Tennessee (7)
4) Christian McCaffrey, Stanford (23) 5) Taco Charlton, Michigan (19)
5) D’Onta Foreman, Texas (45) 6) Jordan Willis, Kansas State (29)
6) Marlon Mack, South Florida (54) 7) Demarcus Walker, Florida State (33)
7) Kareem Hunt, Toledo (58) 8) Derek Rivers, Youngstown State (52)
8) Wayne Gallman, Clemson (82) 9) Tarell Basham, Ohio (56)
9) Alvin Kamara, Tennessee (93) 10) Garrett Sickels, Penn State (59)
10) Jamaal Williams, Brigham Young (107) 11) Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova (88)
12) Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M (98)
Wide Receiver 13) Dawuane Smoot, Illinois (110)
1) Mike Williams, Clemson (9) 14) Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic (116)
2) Corey Davis, Western Michigan (14)
3) John Ross, Washington (22) 3-4 Outside Linebacker
4) Zay Jones, East Carolina (50) 1) Charles Harris, Missouri (36)
5) Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech (60) 2) Takkarist McKinley, California Los Angeles (37)
6) Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M (61) 3) Tyus Bowser, Houston (41)
7) Chris Godwin, Penn State (65) 4) Carl Lawson, Auburn (47)
8) Mack Hollins, North Carolina (66) 5) Tim Williams, Alabama (55)
9) Josh Malone, Tennessee (67) 6) T.J. Watt, Wisconsin (69)
10) Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky (70) 7) Ryan Anderson, Alabama (87)
11) Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (75) 8) Joe Mathis, Washington (124)
12) Juju Smith-Schuster, Southern California (83)
13) K.D. Cannon, Baylor (94) Linebacker
14) Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington (101) 1) Reuben Foster, (Mike) Alabama (5)
15) Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma (105) 2) Jarrad Davis, (Sam) Florida (18)
16) Curtis Samuel, Ohio State (108) 3) Haason Reddick, (Sam) Temple (26)
17) Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois (112) 4) Zach Cunningham, (Sam) Vanderbilt (32)
5) Raekwon McMillan, (Mike) Ohio State (68)
Tight End 6) Kendell Beckwith, (Mike) Louisiana State (103)
1) O.J. Howard, Alabama (8) 7) Tanner Vallejo, (Mike) Boise State (114)
2) David Njoku, Miami (21) 8) Paul Magloire Jr., (Mike) Arizona (117)
3) Evan Engram, Ole Miss (28) 9) Vince Biegel, (Sam) Wisconsin (118)
4) Jordan Leggett, Clemson (62) 10) Duke Riley, (Will) Louisiana State (119)
5) Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech (71)
6) George Kittle, Virginia Tech (95) Cornerback
7) Adam Shaheen, Ashland (102) 1) Marlon Humphrey, Alabama (10)
8) Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas (109) 2) Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State (11)
9) Michael Roberts, Toledo (113) 3) Gareon Conley, Ohio State (31)
4) Kevin King, Washington (38)
Offensive Tackle 5) Quincy Wilson, Florida (40)
1) Cam Robinson, Alabama (13) 6) Tre’Davious White, Louisiana State (46)
2) Garett Bolles, Utah (20) 7) Teez Tabor, Florida (53)
3) Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin (34) 8) Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado (57)
4) Dion Dawkins, Temple (51) 9) Sidney Jones, Washington (64)
5) Conor Mcdermott, California Los Angeles (76) 10) Adoree’ Jackson, Southern California (73)
6) Taylor Moton, Western Michigan (77) 11) Ahkello Witherspoon, Colorado (79)
7) Roderick Johnson, Florida State (96) 12) Brian Allen, Utah (80)
13) Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson (89)
Offensive Guard 14) Corn Elder, Miami (99)
1) Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky (35) 15) Fabian Moreau, California Los Angeles (104)
2) Dan Feeney, Indiana (43) 16) Howard Wilson, Houston (106)
3) Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh (86) 17) Cameron Sutton, Tennessee (111)
4) Zach Banner, California Los Angeles (121) 18) Jourdan Lewis, Michigan (120)
Center Safety
1) Ethan Pocic, Louisiana State (78) 1) Jamal Adams, Louisiana State (6)
2) Pat Elflein, Ohio State (84) 2) Malik Hooker, Ohio State (17)
3) Budda Baker, Washington (25)
4) Jabrill Peppers, Michigan (30)
5) Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut (39)
6) Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami (63)
7) Josh Jones, North Carolina State (74)
8) Marcus Maye, Florida (81)
9) Marcus Williams, Utah (90)
10) John Johnson, Boston College (91)
11) Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (125)

Final Mock Draft

Round 1

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M
Cleveland has been dwelling at the cellar of the NFL for years now, and now they get the first overall pick and a shot to finally turn things around. Much has been made of the Browns brass considering quarterback Mitchell Trubisky here, but I count that all as smokescreens as it seems that they have been set on Garrett from the day they locked up the 1st overall pick. Garrett is a generational type of a talent capable of transcending this Browns defense from the moment he steps on the field. Garrett’s otherworldly combination of athleticism, size, and power has him entering the draft as the clear cut #1 prospect. I would be shocked to see Cleveland go in any other direction here.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, Defensive End, Stanford
A new regime is now running the show in San Francisco, not only are new faces calling the shots, the 49ers are shifting to a 4-3 Defense. As we all know, the “right end” is the most important position in this defense, so GM John Lynch would be smart to address this position as quickly as possible, instead of reaching for a quarterback. Not only would this pick fit a need for Lynch, he would also be scooping up a top 5 talent which is never a bad idea. With no real weaknesses in his game, and an absurd upside based on his incredible quickness and strength, Thomas is a near can’t miss here for San Francisco.

3. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams, Safety, Louisiana State
The drama ridden era of Jay Cutler is now over, and now Mike Glennon is in town. Chicago appears to be comfortable with him as the signal caller, so with the third pick they go with a “blue chip” prospect, and the best defensive back in the draft. Adams has all the tools in the shed, blinding speed, excellent body control, swift hips, and sound tackling technique. More than capable in man coverage, and elite in run defense, Adams is one of the safest prospects in the draft, and well worth drafting at #3.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, Louisiana State
Jacksonville had high hopes coming into the 2016 season, and we all know what happened after that. It was a disaster to say the least. After what was supposed to be a season of growth, the Jaguars currently have more questions that answers and simply need to add talent in any way possible. What better way than to add the best offensive prospect in the draft? Fournette is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson in 2007. Yes, even better than Ezekiel Elliott (not to say he will be as successful early on). A complete three-down back capable of going for 200 yards any given game, Fournette would provide Jacksonville a sense of identity and direction that is sorely needed.

5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams): Jonathan Allen, Defensive End, Alabama
Tennessee is sitting very well going into the draft. After shocking the NFL world by going 9-7 in 2016, they have the #5 and #18 picks, still benefiting from trading out of the #1 slot last year. Unlike any other team in the top 5, the Titans know they have their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota. Tennessee has the quarterback, can protect the quarterback, and even has two running backs more than capable of handling a lot of the offense. What Tennessee does need is a franchise wide receiver, and a playmaker on the defensive line. And with Jonathan Allen still on the board, they simply cannot pass on him. Allen would add a truly scary element to an otherwise fairly bland defense, and would start to round out this team as a whole. A tremendous athlete, with an uncanny ability to shed blocks, Allen is a nice fit at #5 for Tennessee.

6. New York Jets: Mitchell Trubisky, Quarterback, North Carolina
New York, ever since Mark Sanchez’s career took a nose dive, has been searching for that elusive franchise quarterback. Now here they are at #6, with the consensus top quarterback on the board, this seems like a match made in heaven. Trubisky’s quick release and all pro level throw power, combined with his great mobility and decision making have him looking like that franchise quarterback the Jets have been searching for. The former Tar Heel is not without his concerns, such as only starting 13 games in college, and having fairly mediocre pocket presence, but he shows enough upside to be the pick here for New York.

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, Safety, Ohio State
The Chargers are entering Los Angeles looking for a fresh start. Why not grab the best defensive back on the board, and the guy being compared to the great Ed Reed? Hooker, fits perfectly into San Diego’s “Cover 3” scheme allowing him to fully utilize his athleticism playing “centerfield” as the free safety. With good ball skills, and elite zone coverage skills, he would be an interception machine for San Diego. With Joey Bosa, Jason Verrett, Jatavis Brown, and Malik Hooker in tow, the Chargers would be building quite a young defense.

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Stanford
Maybe the most talked about, and analyzed player in all of college football comes off the board here at #8. With Carolina realizing that Cam Newton is getting hit way too much running the football, they know that a franchise running back has got to be need number 1 in this draft. Christian McCaffrey would be just that. McCaffrey, most known for his agility and acceleration that makes defenders look silly every week, also has vision up there with the best in this class. Also a more than capable receiver, McCaffrey is a guy that is really fun to have on your team, and not fun at all to play against. More than just a “sexy” pick, Carolina lands a truly elite talent.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee
After many years of playoff appearances, Cincinnati finally fell flat in 2016. The reason? The feared Bengal defense has grown old and died and been replaced with a run of the mill one. Picking Derek Barnett would be a great start to getting this defense, and this team, back on track. The best pure pass rusher in this class, Barnett should be contending for double digit sacks from year one. Fantastic in his quickness off the edge, and even better in his hand placement and pass rush moves, Barnett has all the tools to dominate offensive tackles. While not extraordinary in run defense, the former Volunteer has the strength and technique to be more than proficient there as well.

10. Buffalo Bills: Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
Debate as to whom is the best wide receiver in the 2017 class has been waged heavily over the last couple of months, truth is the isn’t much of a difference between Davis and Williams in terms of talent, but more so in fit. Williams fits best as a split end (X) receiver, while Davis fits best as a flanker (Y). Buffalo already has a young star at the split end in Sammy Watkins, so drafting Davis just makes more sense. Davis’ unbelievable route running ability at his height (6’2) is what makes him truly special, combine that with NFL level athleticism and a great ability to go up and get the ball, safe to say he is an elite talent.

11. New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio State
New Orleans made improvements in 2016 on what was the worst defense in NFL history in 2015. With that being said, there is still much work to do if New Orleans wants to become a good team on the defensive side of the ball. Cornerback may be their biggest weakness, so they can’t pass up on the draft’s top corner at #11. From the moment Lattimore signs his rookie contract, he would be the best corner on this roster. The former Buckeye has a rare combination of speed, swift hips, and ball skills that has him looking like a lockdown man to man corner. Easy pick here for New Orleans.

12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles): Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson
In the NFL, if you don’t have a quarterback, you hardly have a fighting chance. After spending the #1 pick on Myles Garrett, quarterback should be the pick here for Cleveland. You could debate for hours as to whether Kizer, Watson, or Mahomes is the draft’s second-best quarterback, but for whatever reason, Cleveland seems to be enamored with Watson. It’s Watson’s intangibles that has teams and analysts alike so excited about him, but he is not without on the field talent. His mobility is right up there with anyone from this class, and he has the mechanics and footwork that can make an elite quarterback. Maybe Watson can be the quarterback that Browns fans have been dreaming of.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Reuben Foster, Inside Linebacker, Alabama
After making it to the NFC Championship in 2015, Arizona was a disappointment in 2016 to say the least. With Carson Palmer being on his last legs, quarterback could be an option here. But with Reuben Foster on the board, you don’t overthink it. With Arizona having a need at inside linebacker, this pick is a can’t miss. Foster, the 5th best prospect on my board, has everything Bruce Arians and the Cardinals could want. Great quickness, solid strength, sound tackling, and elite coverage skills, Foster could be an all pro type of player from year one.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings): Marlon Humphrey, Cornerback, Alabama
The Eagles got off to a hot start in 2016, but finished rather disappointingly. Lucky for them, Carson Wentz seems to be leading a solid offense especially after landing Alshon Jeffery in this offseason. While going with Dalvin Cook here was tempting, Philadelphia must first focus on improving a rather mediocre cornerback group. Humphrey is right there with Lattimore as the best corner in this class, in my eyes, and should be a perfect fit in Philly’s man to man defense.

15. Indianapolis Colts: Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan
After making it to the famous 2015 AFC championship game (Deflategate), Indianapolis took a step back in 2016. Andrew Luck has not been working with much in his young career, and his defense has let him down time and time again. It’s time for Indianapolis to get serious about building a defense worth fearing. Scooping up Taco Charlton would be a great start. Whether he would play as an EDGE rusher, or inside in their 3-4 defense, you can’t go wrong with getting Charlton on your roster. A great athlete with power to boot, Charlton would be a great fit here for Indy.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Mike Williams was really hard to pass up here, but Baltimore simply cannot pass up on pairing Cam Robinson with Ronnie Stanley which would give them the best young pair of offensive tackles in the league. Robinson is the highest ranked offensive lineman in this class for good reason, the kid has no real weaknesses in his game. Quickness? Power? Footwork? Hand technique? He checks out for all of them. Maybe not the sexiest pick here for Baltimore, but Robinson is one of the best prospects on the board.

17. Washington: Jarrad Davis, Linebacker, Florida
Washington is bubbling over with offensive talent, it’s time they start building a defense that rivals the talent of the offense. Jarrad Davis doesn’t just fill a need at inside linebacker, he gives Washington a player they can build a defense around. A fantastic athlete with great range in coverage, Davis has all the makings of the modern NFL linebacker. Add in his ability to deal with blocks playing in the run, and you have a complete player.

18. Tennessee Titans: Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Clemson
My oh my, Tennessee lands arguably the best receiver in the draft at # 18, which also fills perhaps their biggest need. This is an A+ pick all the way, a slam dunk. Williams is best known for his simply amazing ability to go up and catch the ball much like Dez Bryant, but he also has speed and route running skills that have me excited about him as a complete receiver. A solid blocker in the run game, Williams and Tennessee are a perfect match.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State
Another running back is off the board as Tampa Bay pairs Jameis Winston with Dalvin Cook who were also teammates at Florida State. While this may not be the biggest need for the Bucs, adding Cook to this already great offense just makes too much sense. The former Seminole has blinding speed as well vision to match. He’s a big play waiting to happen. Solid in both blocking and receiving, he’s ready to be a three-down back.

20. Denver Broncos: Garett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah
Denver is an interesting spot. They still have an elite defense, but their offense is a far cry from those of their AFC competitors. The Broncos have enormous holes at both of their offensive tackle positions, so drafting Garett Bolles is a must if he is there for Denver at #20. Bolles is actually the offensive tackle with the most talent in this class, but it’s his age that keeps him from being a top 10 pick (Bolles will already be 25 before he ever plays in an NFL game). Back to him being super talented, he has a rare combination of quickness and footwork that has him shaping up to be a franchise pass protector, and power that should have him being proficient in the run game as well. Even at his advanced age, Denver should be happy with Bolles.

21. Detroit Lions: Haason Reddick, Linebacker, Temple
Perhaps the highest riser of anyone in this class, Haason Reddick has all the tools to be a complete linebacker, and then some. Reddick combines great quickness and technique, with solid coverage skills and a rare skillset in rushing the passer that you don’t often see from 4-3 linebackers. Reddick is among the most versatile in this draft, which is becoming increasingly important in today’s NFL. However Detroit uses him, Reddick could push the Lions to the top of the NFC North.

22. Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, Offensive Guard, Western Kentucky
Miami, somewhat surprisingly was a playoff team in 2016 and will look to build off of that in 2017. An offensive guard who can better protect Ryan Tannehill, and improve their run game is needed badly, so Miami will gladly take Forrest Lamp, the best guard in the draft. Lamp uses his feet incredibly well in all phases of blocking, and opens up running lanes as well as anyone. Very solid in pass protection, Lamp is about as safe a pick as anyone.

23. New York Giants: O.J. Howard, Tight End, Alabama
New York lands the last Top 10 talent available in O.J. Howard. The Giants added WR Brandon Marshall to an already stacked receiving corps led by Odell Beckham Jr., and look to be potential Super Bowl contenders in 2017, by adding a prospect like Howard, their odds should only go up. While the Giants really needed a tight end, New York would still have holes along the front seven, offensive line, and running back positions, but you can’t fill every hole with one pick. Both now, and going into the future, O.J. Howard is a great fit for the G-Men.

24. Oakland Raiders: Malik McDowell, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State
Oakland had a very impressive 2016 and possibly could have made a deep playoff run had Derek Carr not gotten injured, nevertheless, the future looks bright for Oakland. They need to keep adding quality football players, and adding Malik McDowell would be doing just that. McDowell has everything you want from a defensive tackle, he just needs to put it all together. Because he is so athletic and strong, he should be able to play at either the “1” or “3” technique which would give the Raiders many options going forward.

25. Houston Texans: Deshone Kizer, Quarterback, Notre Dame
After investing heavy coin in Brock Osweiler, here the Texans are again searching for a quarterback. With so much talent on the roster outside of the QB position, this teams if poised to contend for Super Bowls if they can land a capable signal caller. Deshone Kizer could be the man for the job. With excellent mechanics, and an elite mobility/pocket presence combination, Kizer could turn into something special. His accuracy and footwork only seem to be getting worse and that is scary for sure, but Houston’s gotta take a chance.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Ramczyk, Offensive Tackle, Wisconsin
The fact is that Seattle has done a horrible job protecting Russell Wilson over the past couple of years. The left tackle spot is up for grabs and Ryan Ramczyk could be the perfect fit. Ramczyk is an old-school, nasty, run blocking tackle who also has shown great promise in the pass game due to excellent footwork in his drops. With solid technique to go along with that footwork, the former Badger has a shot at becoming something special.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Quincy Wilson, Cornerback, Florida
Kansas City may have the best young corner in the game in Marcus Peters, now it’s time to find him a partner. Quincy Wilson started off the year right up there with the best corners in the draft because of his tremendous straight-line speed and ball skills, but his run defense has shown to be a real weakness that must be corrected.

28. Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Willis, Defensive end, Kansas State
The defensive star of the combine lands at #28 with Dallas, who needs an edge rusher very badly. Willis has risen up draft boards over the last couple of weeks for good reason. A simply amazing athlete, Willis should be a handful to deal with for any offensive tackle, throw in the fact that this guy is as smart and instinctive as any defensive end in this draft, and you have yourself a first round talent.

29. Green Bay Packers: Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, Louisiana State
Fans know it, analysts know it, everybody knows it, after a couple of injuries to the cornerback position the Packers lack of depth there was exposed during 2016. Week after week, opposing quarterbacks had field days preying on Green Bay’s defensive backs. This is an obvious need, and lucky for Green Bay this cornerback class is very good. One of those “very good” corners is the one they end up with here, Tre’Davious white. With great quickness, hips, and ball skills you can’t help get excited about his potential. Very good in the nuances of man to man coverage, White has a bright future ahead.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Charles Harris, Edge Rusher, Missouri
It’s no secret that Pittsburgh has one of the best offenses in the NFL, if not the best. It’s also no secret that their defense needs improving if they want to capitalize on their championship window. They need a youthful, and athletic edge rusher to replace the perhaps irreplaceable James Harrison. If anyone can do it at this point of the draft, it’s Charles Harris. The former Mizzou Tiger has an eye-popping first step which then sets him up in a great spot to use his well-developed pass rush skills en route to the quarterback. With Harris improving an occasionally lackluster front seven, the Steelers would be as strong of contenders as anyone for Super Bowl 52.

31. Atlanta Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, Edge Rusher, California Los Angeles
The Falcons have a lot of young talent on this roster, and should be strong contenders again in the NFC. Dan Quinn loves his defense and should continue to add athletic playmakers on that side of the ball. A great pass rusher opposite Vic Beasley is needed, and Takkarist McKinley fits the bill. I love McKinley’s potential because of his quickness, NFL ready strength, and tremendous ability in the run game. McKinley plays with great effort, and would be a nice fit for Atlanta.

32. New Orleans Saints (from New England Patriots): Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Texas Tech
As great a career as Drew Brees has had, the Saints have got to face the reality that his career will come to an end soon. It’s time to start preparing for the future, and drafting Patrick Mahomes would be a great start. Mahomes would be a perfect fit in Sean Payton’s system, and would have a great mentor in Drew Brees before he would ever have to take a snap. Mahomes has as high of potential as anyone in this quarterback class with ridiculously good combination of mechanics and throw power. He just needs to improve his footwork, pocket presence, and decision making.

Round 2

1 (33). Cleveland Browns: Budda Baker, Safety, Washington
2 (34). San Francisco 49ers: John Ross, Wide Receiver, Washington
3 (35). Jacksonville Jaguars: Montravius Adams, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
4 (36). Chicago Bears: David Njoku, Tight End, Miami
5 (37). Los Angeles Rams: Jabrill Peppers, Safety, Michigan
6 (38). Los Angeles Chargers: Kevin King, Cornerback, Washington
7 (39). New York Jets: Joe Mixon, Running Back, Oklahoma
8 (40). Carolina Panthers: Dion Dawkins, Offensive Tackle, Temple
9 (41). Cincinnati Bengals: Ethan Pocic, Center, Louisiana State
10 (42). New Orleans Saints: Evan Engram, Tight End, Ole Miss
11 (43). Philadelphia Eagles: Alvin Kamara, Running Back, Tennessee
12 (44). Buffalo Bills: Obi Melifonwu, Safety, Connecticut
13 (45). Arizona Cardinals: Teez Tabor, Cornerback, Florida
14 (46). Indianapolis Colts: Zach Cunningham, Linebacker, Vanderbilt
15 (47). Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, Edge Rusher, Alabama
16 (48). Minnesota Vikings: Dan Feeney, Offensive Guard, Indiana
17 (49). Washington: Eddie Vanderdoes, Defensive Tackle, California Los Angeles
18 (50). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyus Bowser, Outside Linebacker, Houston
19 (51). Denver Broncos: Carlos Henderson, Wide Receiver, Louisiana Tech
20 (52). Cleveland Browns (from Tennessee Titans): Gareon Conley, Cornerback, Ohio State
21 (53). Detroit Lions: Zay Jones, Wide Receiver, East Carolina
22 (54). Miami Dolphins: Raekwon McMillan, Linebacker, Ohio State
23 (55). New York Giants: Caleb Brantley, Defensive Tackle, Florida
24 (56). Oakland Raiders: Ahkello Witherspoon, Cornerback, Colorado
25 (57). Houston Texans: Adoree’ Jackson, Cornerback, Southern California
26 (58). Seattle Seahawks: Sidney Jones, Cornerback, Washington
27 (59). Kansas City Chiefs: T.J. Watt, Edge Rusher, Wisconsin
28 (60). Dallas Cowboys: Chidobe Awuzie, Cornerback, Colorado
29 (61). Green Bay Packers: D’Onta Foreman, Running Back, Texas
30 (62). Pittsburgh Steelers: Marlon Mack, Running Back, South Florida
31 (63). Atlanta Falcons: Kendell Beckwith, Linebacker, Louisiana State
32 (64). Carolina Panthers (from New England Patriots): Tarell Basham, Defensive End, Ohio

Round 3

1 (65). Cleveland Browns: Juju Smith-Schuster, Wide Receiver, Southern California
2 (66). San Francisco 49ers: Davis Webb, Quarterback, California
3 (67). Chicago Bears: Carl Lawson, Outside Linebacker, Auburn
4 (68). Jacksonville Jaguars: Derek Rivers, Defensive End, Youngstown State
5 (69). Los Angeles Rams: Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Penn State
6 (70). New York Jets: Demarcus Walker, Edge Rusher, Florida State
7 (71). Los Angeles Chargers: Garrett Sickels, Defensive End, Penn State
8 (72). New England Patriots (from Carolina Panthers): Bucky Hodges, Tight End, Virginia Tech
9 (73). Cincinnati Bengals: Dalvin Tomlinson, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
10 (74). Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles): Curtis Samuel, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
11 (75). Buffalo Bills: Fabian Moreau, Cornerback, California Los Angeles
12 (76). New Orleans Saints: Chris Wormley, Defensive End, Michigan
13 (77). Arizona Cardinals: Marcus Williams, Safety, Utah
14 (78). Baltimore Ravens: Duke Riley, Linebacker, Boise State
15 (79). Minnesota Vikings: Kareem Hunt, Running Back, Toledo
16 (80). Indianapolis Colts: Wayne Gallman, Running Back, Clemson
17 (81). Washington Redskins: Pat Elflein, Center, Ohio State
18 (82). Denver Broncos: Jordan Leggett, Tight End, Clemson
19 (83). Tennessee Titans: Cordrea Tankersley, Cornerback, Clemson
20 (84). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Jones, Safety, North Carolina State
21 (85). Detroit Lions: Carlos Watkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
22 (86). Minnesota Vikings (from Miami Dolphins): Taylor Moton, Offensive Tackle, Western Michigan
23 (87). New York Giants: Tanner Vallejo, Linebacker, Boise State
24 (88). Oakland Raiders: Marcus Maye, Safety, Florida
25 (89). Houston Texans: Rayshawn Jenkins, Safety, Miami
26 (90). Seattle Seahawks: Josh Reynolds, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
27 (91). Kansas City Chiefs: Brad Kaaya, Quarterback, Miami
28 (92). Dallas Cowboys: John Johnson, Safety, Boston College
29 (93). Green Bay Packers: Ryan Anderson, Edge Rusher, Alabama
30 (94). Pittsburgh Steelers: Brian Allen, Cornerback, Utah
31 (95). Atlanta Falcons: Adam Shaheen, Tight End, Ashland
32 (96). New England Patriots: Howard Wilson, Cornerback, Houston
33 (97). Miami Dolphins (Compensatory): Dorian Johnson, Offensive Guard, Penn State
34 (98). Carolina Panthers (Compensatory): Mack Hollins, Wide Receiver, North Carolina
35 (99). Philadelphia Eagles from (Baltimore Ravens) (Compensatory): Taywan Taylor, Wide Receiver, Western Kentucky
36 (100). Tennessee Titans from Los Angeles Rams (Compensatory): Jarron Jones, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
37 (101). Denver Broncos (Compensatory): Jaleel Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Iowa
38 (102). Seattle Seahawks (Compensatory): Joshua Dobbs, Quarterback, Tennessee
39 (103). New Orleans Saints from New England Patriots (Compensatory): ArDarius Stewart, Wide Receiver, Alabama
40 (104). Kansas City Chiefs (Compensatory): Jamaal Williams, Running Back, Brigham Young
41 (105). Pittsburgh Steelers (Compensatory): Nathan Peterman, Quarterback, Pittsburgh
42 (106). Seattle Seahawks (Compensatory): Damien Mama, Offensive Guard, Southern California
43 (107). New York Jets (Compensatory): Cooper Kupp, Wide Receiver, Eastern Washington

Common Questions asked by Readers

Why has John Ross dropped down?
Ross had shoulder surgery after the combine and has previously had surgeries on both of his knees. NFL teams generally try to avoid spending first round picks on anyone with bad injury histories.

What makes Derek Barnett a top ten talent in your eyes?
After the quarterback, the pass rusher is king in the NFL, and Barnett is an amazing pass rusher. A player who can become a double-digit sack machine is almost automatically a top ten talent, and that’s what Barnett can become.

Why is Chris Wormley a third round pick instead of being higher in your eyes?
While Chris Wormley is definitely a talented prospect, he lacks that elite quickness to become an elite pass rusher as he matures. While Wormley should become a solid player, and perhaps an even viable starter, he lacks the superstar potential you want in first or second round picks.

What do you see in Marlon Humphrey that makes him a top 20 pick?
A complete cornerback, who can play the run, and play in man as well as anyone in this cornerback class. Humphrey also has the best hips of anyone, making him look like a potential lock-down man to man corner.

Why isn’t T.J. Watt higher up in this mock?
With any pass rusher, like Watt is, athleticism (quickness mainly) rules the day. Not that Watt isn’t athletic, he just isn’t on the same level athletically as the Myles Garrett’s and Jordan Willis’s of the draft.

Why isn’t Adoree’ Jackson a first round prospect in your eyes?
Being a cornerback isn’t all about athleticism and size, you gotta have swift hips which I just don’t see in Jackson. Outside of that, I didn’t exactly love his man coverage skills, or him as a run defender.

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Bradley Ylitalo, Minneapolis MN. Bethel Football Student Coach. Scouting/Devy writer for the Dynasty Football Factory. Follow me on twitter @NFL_drafthub or find me on facebook: Bradley Ylitalo

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