2017 NFL Mock Draft – First Look at the Top 10 Picks: Another NFL regular season has wrapped up, and while the playoffs are going on right now, there is a big portion of the league that is already turning its attention to next year. Much of that attention will be focused the 2017 NFL Draft, and landing a couple of key pieces can transform a struggling franchise into a contender, almost immediately. Of course, there is a lot of scouting still to come, but in the meantime, here is an early look at the potential top 10 picks. Also, check out NSAwins.com all playoffs for the best NFL picks and predictions against the spread thru the Super Bowl!
- Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Yes, the Browns desperately need a quarterback, but there is no sure-fire franchise QB in this class. Meanwhile, Garrett shows all the makings of an elite pass-rusher, and Cleveland’s defense is also a mess. With the 12th pick in their back pocket, I expect the Browns to take the best prospect available at No. 1 and play quarterback roulette with their other first-round pick.
- San Francisco 49ers: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Unless the 49ers make a move in free agency, the have to try to land a quality starting quarterback with this pick. Kizer has the big body and big arm that teams covet in an NFL QB, and he has and more than enough athleticism to extend plays in and out of the pocket. He has the best tools and most upside of the QB prospects, and I expect the 49ers to pin their hopes of a turnaround on Kizer.
- Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DE/DT Alabama Crimson Tide
Chicago is another QB-needy team, but Allen might be the safest pick in this draft. He has been absolutely dominant for Alabama. He can control the line of scrimmage and make plays in the backfield as both a tackle and defensive end. I think he’s simply too good for the Bears to pass up.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
Williams may be a slight reach, but Jacksonville’s defense is one dynamic pass-rusher away from being potentially special. Williams is exactly that. He has already shown he is a terror off the edge, and his improving all-around game gives him huge upside.
- Tennessee Titans: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Hooker is drawing comparisons to Ed Reed because of his ability to read quarterbacks and make plays. The arrow is pointing way up for the Titans, and their biggest remaining weakness is the secondary. Hooker is a great first step to fixing the issue.
- New York Jets: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
I just can’t believe the Jets are going to throw another early-round pick at a quarterback when everyone seems to agree that there isn’t a guaranteed stud, let alone starter, in this draft. Whoever ends up under center in 2017 will benefit from having a workhorse like Fournette to hand the ball to.
- San Diego Chargers: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Chargers still haven’t replaced Eric Weddle, but Adams has the instincts and athleticism to be a star at the position. Whether it is helping out in the run game or dropping back in coverage, Adams is a do-it-all player in the backend.
- Carolina Panthers: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Carolina wants to play physical on both sides of the ball, but that’s tough to do with a mediocre offensive line. Robinson is the best O-line prospect in this class, and he is a mauler in the run game. Upgrading the line is the best way to help Cam Newton and the offense return to form in 2017.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Bengals suddenly looked a little old and slow on defense this year, and for the first time in a while, they didn’t make the playoffs. Improving the pass rush is an absolute must, and Barnett showed throughout his productive collegiate career that he can get in the backfield and make plays.
- Buffalo Bills: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
With Tyrod Taylor expected to be gone and EJ Manuel a proven bust, the Bills are in the market for a quarterback. It is a lot easier to reach at this point in the first-round, and Trubisky has caught the eye of scouts thanks this his accuracy and quick decision making.
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