DETROIT – The NFL Draft kicks off on April 27 in Philadelphia.
Local 4's Louie Kamberi breaks down some predictions for the first round of the NFL Draft.
Here's the 2017 NFL Mock Draft:
1. Cleveland Browns, Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
2. San Fancisco 49ers, Jamal Adams, S, LSU
New GM John Lynch can appreciate what a great safety can bring to a defense.
3. Chicago Bears, Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio St.
Fills a giant need, Bears can’t stop the pass, Lattimore can.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars, Christian McCaffrey
Jags spent a lot of money on the defense in the offseason, giving Bortles a new weapon makes this a make or break season for the young QB.
5. Tennessee Titans, Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Thomas is much better than the 5th pick in the draft, Titans would jump all over him if he’s still available.
6. New York Jets, O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
QB is in play for the Jets, but what’s the point of drafting a QB if you have no one for him to throw to?
7. Los Angeles Chargers, Malik Hooker, S, Ohio St.
Bosa turned into a stud for the Chargers, they go back to the Buckeye well for another defensive star.
8. Carolina Panthers, Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The thought of Fournette lining up in the backfield with Cam Newton should make every defense in the NFL scared.
9. Cincinnati Bengals, Ruben Foster, LB, Alabama
May be the best pure football player in the draft, steps right in and starts as a rookie.
10. Buffalo Bills, Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Ask Nick Saban how good Williams is.
11. New Orleans Saints, Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Allen is the best player to fall out of the top 10, not a sexy pick, but he gets the job done.
12. Cleveland Browns, Mitchell Trubisky, QB, UNC
They have to, right?
13. Arizona Cardinals, John Ross, WR, Washington
Palmer and Fitzgerald aren’t getting any younger. Ross gives them another chance to make a playoff push.
14. Philadelphia Eagles, Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Welcome to the NFL, have fun covering Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr. four times a year.
15. Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Andrew Luck is the franchise, he cant keep running for his life on every drop back.
16. Baltimore Ravens, Derrick Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Have I ever told you how much a like Barnett? No nonsense all-around defensive lineman, my early favorite for defensive rookie of the year.
17. Washington Redskins, Corey Davis, WR, WMU
Washington became the first team in NFL history to get rid of two thousand yard receivers. Someone has to catch passes from Cousins.
18. Tennessee Titans, Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Titans address the pass rush with their first pick, Jackson checks off two more boxes, secondary, and special teams.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU
Getting more consistent production from the running back position makes Tampa a real contender in the NFC.
20. Denver Broncos, Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
No need to look at the defensive players, and with all the top skill players off the board, Denver can look to the offensive line.
21. Detroit Lions, Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
I think Bob Quinn would be thrilled with how the top 20 played out. He has his pick from three solid pass rushers, Harris, Haason Reddick and Takkarist McKinley and Taco Charlton.
If neither of those peak his interest, Jarrad Davis or Zach Cunningham could step in and be his new starting linebacker.
If Quinn doesn’t believe in either player, the secondary still has starting caliber players available with Kevin King, Tre’Davious White, Gareon Conley, Chidobe Awuzie, Jabrill Peppers, and Budda Baker all still on the board. The fact that this years class is so loaded at the corner and safety positions makes me think that Quinn will hold off on taking one in the first round baring an epic slide from potential top 10 picks like Adams, Lattimore, or Hooker. The Linebackers are both interesting as I think both Davis and Cunningham would be an improvement to what the Lions currently have, but the Linebacker position isn’t what it once was in the NFL. It’s now a rarity to see a 3 down backer, and I’m not 100% sold on either player being that, especially in year one.
So lets focus on the pass rushers, the Lions were tied for 30th in the league with only 26 sacks last year. The secondary isn’t perfect, but when the front line isn’t generating a consistent pass rush, its damn near impossible for corners to do their job. Charles Harris, Haason Reddick Takkarist McKinley and Taco Charlton can all rush the passer at a high level, but Harris is the only one that doesn’t have a major flaw attached to him. Reddick is strictly a 3rd down pass rusher, McKinley has some big injury concerns, and Charlton hasn’t shown production. Harris is a guy the Lions can line up across from Ziggy Ansah and force teams to stop sliding protection Ansah’s way. At 6’3”, 253 lbs, Harris is a perfect yin to Ziggy’s yang.
22. Miami Dolphins, Haason Reddick, DE, Temple
Reddicks sole mission will be to make Tom Brady uncomfortable.
23. New York Giants, Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Comes to New York in the mold of Strahan, Osi, and JPP.
24. Oakland Raiders, Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
With no real starter in the middle, the Raiders will ask Davis to step in and be a starter on day one.
25. Houston Texans, Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
The Texans just need someone to throw the ball high and deep to DeAndre Hopkins, Watson proved he can do that in college with Mike Williams.
26. Seattle Seahawks, Malik McDowell, DL, MSU
Perfect landing spot for Malik, the vets in Seattle will work him right into shape.
27. Kansas City Chiefs, Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
One of the most balanced rosters in the NFL, this is a luxury pick.
28. Dallas Cowboys, Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
Think of this pick like the Lions picks.
29. Green Bay Packers, David Njoku, TE, Miami
Its been a while since the Packers have had a great pass catching Tight End.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers, T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
One of the most underrated prospects in this years draft, Watt will fit in perfectly in Pittsburgh.
31. Atlanta Falcons, Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Remember when the Falcons were up 28-12 midway through the 4th quarter in the Super Bowl? Remember the sack fumble? So do the Falcons.
32. New Orleans Saints, Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
Helps the secondary and special teams. Jabrill Peppers could be the guy here also.