TDT’s 2017 1st Round NFL Mock Draft
Our team predicts the entire first round of the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.
In just a few weeks, NFL fans will be tuning in to the 2017 NFL Draft to see the league’s next batch of stars. There are endless amounts of mock drafts that are available on the internet, so we here at TDT decided to throw our hat in the ring. Our resident draft experts Keith Taylor and Devin Swann joined in on the fun, as we predicted each first round pick in this year’s draft based on team needs. Who will your favorite team select this year? Find out in our first round mock draft.
1. Cleveland Browns
Brandon: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M. The Browns need a lot of things, but they would be fools to pass up on the top overall talent in this year’s draft. Garrett gives them an imposing presence on defense.
Devin: Garrett. The clear-cut overall #1 pick. Garrett is a freak of nature athlete who should be the next dominant pass rusher for the next 10 years
Keith: Garrett. Most obvious choice in the draft, but the first selection of 2017 belongs to Cleveland, the most unpredictable team in the NFL. Garrett is the difference maker on defense the Browns need not named Haden.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Brandon: DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford. The Niners are another team with plenty of holes, but adding a versatile player on the defensive line should be a priority.
Devin: Thomas. Although the quarterback position is a glaring need, I just don’t see any player worthy of the #2 pick.
Keith: Thomas. The 49ers will most likely test out Hoyer and Barkley under center or possibly sign free agent Jay Cutler. This is another team desperate for defensive help whose past drafts have been misses.
3. Chicago Bears
Brandon: S Jamal Adams, LSU. The Bears should definitely address their secondary early on, and Adams could be a difference maker lined up next to Adrian Amos.
Devin: Adams. The best and most complete safety in the game goes to a team who needs help in the secondary.
Keith: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama. The biggest thing that stuck out to me about Allen is his poor 21 reps at the Combine. However, he is a force on the inside and a playmaker the Bears could use in their front seven.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Brandon: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU. Fournette is an all-around back with star potential. This is exactly what the Jags need to provide more help for Blake Bortles.
Devin: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama. The Jags get the most dominant interior lineman in college football last season.
Keith: Fournette. With three young, talented wide receivers on the roster, the Jaguars need a running back that can get the job done. Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon have struggled during their tenure with the Jaguars. Fournette will fit in well to support Blake Bortles.
5. Tennessee Titans
Brandon: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan. There are a few options here, but the Titans must get Marcus Mariota some help at wide receiver. Davis is a big, strong and reliable pass-catcher.
Devin: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State. I think Mike Williams might be in play but I believe the Titans need more help at corner.
Keith: WR Mike Williams, Clemson. Mariota desperately needs a reliable WR1, and Williams is the big-bodied receiver Mariota needs.
6. New York Jets
Brandon: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio St. The Jets continue to struggle in the secondary, mostly because of a lack of talent. Lattimore is certainly an upgrade in that department, as he should start right away.
Devin: QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina. I like Deshaun Watson more but I think Mitch is a better fit.
Keith: Lattimore. The addition of Morris Claiborne was nice for the Jets, but they are weak at corner. Lattimore will complement Claiborne well on the opposite side.
7. Los Angeles Chargers
Brandon: WR Mike Williams, Clemson. With the uncertain health of Keenan Allen, it makes sense for them to grab a big-time playmaker like Williams to complement him.
Devin: S Malik Hooker, Ohio State. The Chargers need another playmaking safety like they had when Eric Weddle was there.
Keith: S Jamal Adams, LSU. Switching to 4-3 means the Chargers will need another DE but drafting Bosa last year will sway them to look elsewhere. Adams basically falls into the Chargers’ lap and they will eat it up.
8. Carolina Panthers
Brandon: WR John Ross III, Washington. There are some weapons in place around Cam Newton, but Ross could be the game breaker who helps right the ship in Carolina. Not to mention, he could be an elite return man.
Devin: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU. In a run heavy and power scheme offense, Fournette is a match made in heaven.
Keith: RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State. The Panthers need a RT and a DE to rotate with Julius Peppers, but I see that coming in the later rounds. Cook is a playmaking running back that will open up Cam Newton’s offense and give him more options.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Brandon: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama. Whether its linebacker or defensive lineman, the Bengals need to improve their front seven. Allen is the best player available and would help form one of the fiercest D-lines in the NFL.
Devin: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama. The Bengals need more help at inside linebacker.
Keith: Foster. The Bengals are getting old at linebacker, and Reuben Foster has that Cincy personality. This will be a big upgrade to a team that needs defensive youth.
10. Buffalo Bills
Brandon: S Malik Hooker, Ohio St. Secondary is a point of concern in Buffalo. His instincts and ball skills will make him a key contributor from Day 1 for this defense.
Devin: CB Quincy Wilson, Florida. The Bills need a replacement for Stephon Gilmore.
Keith: Hooker. With Gilmore gone, the Bills need some secondary help. Malik Hooker will be a good fit for this Buffalo defense and produce the turnovers it needs.
11. New Orleans Saints
Brandon: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama. Foster has a mean streak. The Saints need to add some attitude to their defense and this seems like a perfect fit.
Devin: DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee. Haason Reddick is a wildcard but I feel like they need a pass rusher on the opposite side of Cameron Jordan.
Keith: WR John Ross, Washington. New Orleans will soon forget about Brandin Cooks. After trading away their Pro Bowl receiver, the Saints will get another speedster in Ross and fill that hole quickly.
12. Cleveland Browns
Brandon: QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson. Cleveland still needs a quarterback. They might as well take a chance on a guy who knows how to win. Watson is better than people give him credit for.
Devin: Watson. The Browns desperately need a franchise quarterback.
Keith: Watson. The Browns got their defensive lineman, now it’s time to look to the most important position on the field. Watson is a proven winner, and the future quarterback the Browns have been looking for…and no, it’s not Osweiler.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Brandon: QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina. Carson Palmer is no longer an MVP-caliber quarterback, so it’s time to start looking ahead to the future. Trubisky has the tools to be a franchise quarterback at some point.
Devin: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan. Davis learns from Fitzgerald and will be their No. 1 option for years to come.
Keith: Trubisky. With the talented safeties off the board and the only 1st round ILB, the Cardinals will draft Palmer’s successor. Trubisky could possibly replace Palmer during the season like a Romo/Dak scenario, but this is the spot to take your future QB.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
Brandon: RB Dalvin Cook, Florida St. The Eagles are in need of a true No. 1 running back. In Cook, they get a home-run hitter who can make big things happen with the ball in his hands.
Devin: Cook. The Eagles need a playmaking RB or a shutdown corner but I think they will go Cook.
Keith: CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama. Cornerback is a very weak position for Philadelphia. Humphrey will be their starting corner Week 1 and fill in the glaring hole on this defense.
15. Indianapolis Colts
Brandon: DT Malik McDowell, Michigan St. The Colts need to continue to bolster their defensive line. McDowell is freakishly strong and excels as an interior pass rusher.
Devin: LB Haason Reddick, Temple. Reddick is a linebacker who can rush the passer and play inside.
Keith: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford. The Colts need a productive running back, and why look anywhere else than Stanford where your QB is from.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Brandon: DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee. After losing Jernigan, the Ravens need to readdress their defensive front. Dumervil is gone and Suggs is getting old, so drafting a pass-rusher would be a smart move.
Devin: WR Mike Williams, Clemson. Williams is a big body wide receiver who can finally be their number 1.
Keith: OLB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt. Desperately needing an OLB, the Ravens will select Combine-hero Cunningham. They can find a WR and CB later in the draft.
17. Washington Redskins
Brandon: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford. A change of pace back like McCaffrey would be a good look for the Redskins. He can also line up in the slot, which would help fill the void left by DeSean Jackson.
Devin: WR John Ross, Washington. Ross could be DeSean Jackson’s replacement at receiver.
Keith: DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee. The Redskins need a DE badly. They took care of the inside lineman position yet need a versatile defensive end. Barnett is a shifty defensive end that can boost the Redskins front seven.
18. Tennessee Titans
Brandon: CB Teez Tabor, Florida. The Titans have made some strides on defense, but in order to gain respect, they’ll need a formidable secondary. Tabor is an elite talent and should fit right in.
Devin: TE O.J. Howard, Alabama. The Titans need to get another weapon for Mariota.
Keith: Tabor. The Titans need secondary help, and the best corner available is definitely Tabor. A cornerback trio of Tabor, Ryan, and McCourty will suit this defense well for the foreseeable future.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brandon: S/LB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan. Adding Peppers could make the Bucs defense pretty scary. His versatility will be a huge boost to an already solid unit.
Devin: Peppers. With the J.J Wilcox signing, it allows the Bucs to line Peppers up all over the field.
Keith: Peppers. Peppers is a versatile player the Bucs can definitely use in many different packages. With the addition of Chris Baker, the Bucs defensive front is solid. Jabrill will surely help the Bucs’ safeties depth chart.
20. Denver Broncos
Brandon: OT Cam Robinson, Alabama. Big Cam Robinson is an easy choice for the Broncos, whose lackluster offensive line is one of their most pressing needs.
Devin: Robinson. Robinson is a solid offensive tackle that I think can be an immediate starter at right tackle.
Keith: Robinson. The Broncos’ tackle situation is bleak, and Robinson is an excellent blocker. Protecting whomever will be throwing the ball for Denver is a priority and the Broncos will hit a home run with this selection.
21. Detroit Lions
Brandon: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan. The Lions desperately need pass-rushers and Charlton is one of the best at it. He could potentially have a profound impact on this defense.
Devin: Charlton. Charlton is a player who has the potential to be an elite pass rusher.
Keith: LB Haason Reddick, Temple. Reddick is the pass rusher the Lions need. Recording 10.5 sacks in 2016, Reddick has excellent ability to get to the QB. Getting rid of DeAndre Levy opens up the pass rusher position for the Lions’ defense.
22. Miami Dolphins
Brandon: LB Haason Reddick, Temple. The Dolphins seriously need linebacker help. Reddick can be the versatile every-down linebacker they are looking for.
Devin: OLB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt. The Dolphins need more athleticism at linebacker. Need proof? Watch highlights of the Ravens-Dolphins game last season.
Keith: OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky. Miami needs inside line help on offense. Lamp is a guard with balance and power, something this Dolphins’ offense could use.
23. New York Giants
Brandon: TE O.J. Howard, Alabama. Offensive line is a point of concern, but with Howard available, they have to snag him and add to the dangerous weapons this offense boasts.
Devin: OT Ryan Ramczyk. The Giants need to finally get some protections for Eli Manning.
Keith: Ramczyk. The Giants have one starter-caliber tackle on their roster, and he isn’t even that great. Ramcyzk is agile and a great pass protector – something New York needs.
24. Oakland Raiders
Brandon: DT Caleb Brantley, Florida. The Raiders could use some help on their interior defensive line. Brantley can play anywhere on the line and is quietly a pretty good pass rusher.
Devin: DT Malik McDowell, Michigan St. McDowell is arguably the strongest defensive tackle in the draft who could bolster the front line.
Keith: McDowell. Defensive tackle is a hole on this stout defense. McDowell is a strong presence in the middle. He should fill in nicely with this defense.
25. Houston Texans
Brandon: QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech. The quarterback position in Houston is in disarray. Mahomes is an athletic signal-caller with a strong arm. Plus, we already know Texas isn’t too big for him.
Devin: Mahomes. Houston needs a quarterback and he’s the best option on the board.
Keith: Mahomes. After the Osweiler debacle, Houston will be moving onto their next playcaller. Mahomes has a strong arm and can get the ball to Houston’s talented offensive weapons.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Brandon: OT Garett Bolles, Utah. Seattle made an investment in Russell Wilson so they need to protect that investment. Bolles is super athletic for his size and the potential is there.
Devin: CB Tre’Davious White. If rumors are true and they are looking to trade Sherman I believe they will be drafting a corner.
Keith: Bolles. The Seahawks need an offensive tackle to protect Russell Wilson. Bolles is a physical tackle, yet lacks some experience. Seattle is desperate, so they may take a gamble.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Brandon: CB Gareon Conley, Ohio St. The Chiefs need another talented corner to pair with Marcus Peters. Like Peters, Conley is a physical guy who excels in press coverage.
Devin: CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama. The Chiefs need a corner who can line up opposite Peters.
Keith: DT Caleb Brantley, Florida. Losing Dontari Poe is hurtful to Kansas City, and they will need to fill that hole. Brantley has burst and power yet is inconsistent.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Brandon: DE Charles Harris, Missouri. The Cowboys should continue to develop their defensive line and Harris seems like a really good fit due to his edge rushing abilities.
Devin: TE David Njoku, Miami (FL). Njoku could be the perfect replacement for Jason Witten.
Keith: Harris. Dallas needs a talented defensive end. Harris had 30.5 tackles for a loss and 16 sacks the past two seasons. He is agile and tough and can bolster this Dallas defensive line.
29. Green Bay Packers
Brandon: CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama. The skill is evident, but the technique could use some work. Nonetheless, Humphrey is an obvious upgrade for a mediocre Packers defensive backfield.
Devin: DE Charles Harris, Missouri. With the loss of Peppers and Jones, I believe they will look for a replacement.
Keith: CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado. Awuzie is a lowkey, talented cornerback that can help this Green Bay secondary. He is very instinctive and physical and can play outside and the nickel.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Brandon: LB Tim Williams, Alabama. With Timmons gone and James Harrison getting older, the Steelers need to consider draft another pass-rushing linebacker. Williams isn’t too shabby.
Devin: OLB/DE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA. This is the best player available with top 15 potential but he comes with injury concerns.
Keith: McKinley. Pittsburgh needs OLB help. McKinley is lucky to fall to them this far. He can rush the passer and fall back in coverage, something that is coveted in the linebacker position.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Brandon: OLB/DE Takkarist McKinley. The Falcons are yet another team that needs to get after the quarterback more. McKinley is one of the best in this year’s class and would me a nice complement to Vic Beasley.
Devin: OLB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin. After watching the Super Bowl, the Falcons need someone who can get after the QB if Vic Beasley decides to go missing again.
Keith: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan. Charlton is the defensive end complement to Dontari Poe the Falcons need. Expect this front seven to be scarier than last year.
32. New Orleans Saints
Brandon: CB Tre’Davious White, LSU. The Saints could use some help at the cornerback position. White is a ball hawk and should be considered the best corner available at this point.
Devin: CB Kevin King, Washington. The Saints end the first round adding to a defensive draft with a corner who some say was better that Sidney Jones.
Keith: CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA. Breaux has proven to be an excellent corner for the Saints. However, they need help on the other side. I could see Budda Baker going here, but the Saints are pretty good at safety. Moreau is another lowkey cornerback that can help a struggling secondary.