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2017 NFL 2 Round Mock Draft

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SB Nation ran through a two round writers mock draft and here are the results.


1. Cleveland Browns - DE Myles Garrett

2. San Francisco 49ers - S Malik Hooker

3. Chicago Bears - QB Deshaun Watson

Here’s what I said about picking Watson back in March*: I can’t see Bears GM Ryan Pace passing on a quarterback if he has the top one left on his board. I’m guessing he favors the national champion Watson over the “inexperienced” Mitchell Trubisky, but that’s just speculation on my part. Pace likes winners from big programs, and he set his team up to bring a rookie QB along slowly with the addition of Glennon. If Watson needs some time to acclimate himself to the pro game, he’ll have it in Chicago.

Watson may be lacking elite arm strength, but he makes up for that in athleticism and those all-important intangibles. The Bears need a legit top prospect at the quarterback position, and history tells us the odds of getting one in the later rounds are slim.

I also considered Solomon Thomas and Jamal Adams, but with the strength of this draft class being on the defensive side of the ball, there will be time to add to those positions later.

* I’m not quite as adamant in my belief that Pace will go a QB at three, but I have a feeling he’ll maneuver himself to get one the quarterback he wants somehow.

And here’s what SB Nation Draft Editor, Dan Kadar, had to say: There are two distinct ways to look at this pick. The first one is that it’s bad because the Bears brought in Glennon, so they might not need to rush on a quarterback with the third overall pick. The second way to look at it is that it’s a savvy pick. Glennon could be a bridge starter for Watson, albeit an expensive one. It won’t come as a surprise if the Bears take a quarterback at some point in this year’s draft. Taking one with the third pick, however, would be a surprise.

SB Nation ran a poll to grade this pick and half of the nearly 7,000 votes were favorable. 30% voted A, with 20% voting a B.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars - DL - Solomon Thomas

5. Tennessee Titans- CB Marshon Lattimore

6. New York Jets - S Jamal Adams

7. Los Angeles Chargers - DL - Malik McDowell

8. Carolina Panthers - TE OJ Howard

9. Cincinnati Bengals - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

10. Buffalo Bills - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

11. New Orleans Saints - Derek Barnett, EDGE, University of Tennessee

12. Cleveland Browns - Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals - Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech

14. Philadelphia Eagles - Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

15. Indianapolis Colts - Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

16. Baltimore Ravens - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

17. Washington Redskins - Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

18. Tennessee Titans - John Ross, WR, Washington

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - David Njoku, TE, Miami

20. Denver Broncos - Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR. Stanford

21. Detroit Lions - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

22. Miami Dolphins - Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

23. New York Giants - Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

24. Oakland Raiders - Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

25. Houston Texans: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

26. Seattle Seahawks: Garett Bolles, LT, Utah

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

28. Dallas Cowboys - Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

29. Green Bay Packers - T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - CB - Gareon Conley - Ohio State

31. Atlanta Falcons - DE - Derek Rivers - Youngstown State

32. New Orleans Saints - Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

SB Nation is tracking over 70 mock drafts and here’s how they have those first three picks going.


33. Cleveland Browns - S Budda Baker, Washington

34. San Francisco 49ers - Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

35. Jacksonville Jaguars - Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan

36. Chicago Bears - Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

Here’s my take on picking Melifonwu: After “reaching” a bit and getting a quarterback at No. 3 overall, I was able to get great value with the 6’4, 224-pound safety from Connecticut. He’s a four-year starter that racked up 118 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. He’s so athletic that some teams are looking at him at corner, but the Bears would just plug him in at safety next to the newly signed veteran, Quintin Demps, and let him grow into his role.

Chicago needs a young playmaker at the position, something they haven't had in about a decade, and Melifonwu is always around the ball.

And here’s what Dan Kadar had to say: Year after year it seems like the Bears go into the draft needing to take a safety. Hopefully a player like Melifonwu can help them keep that need checked for a long time. Melifonwu's size and athleticism combination has gotten a lot of attention since he was one of the stars of Senior Bowl. But it shouldn't be discounted how well he played in four seasons at Connecticut, finishing with 351 tackles and eight interceptions. As a pro, he can occupy two roster spots with his ability to be used as a safety and in man coverage against tight ends and wide receivers.

The poll that SB Nation ran showed most people loved this pick, with 42% giving it an A, and 31% giving it a B.

37. Los Angeles Rams - Kevin King, CB, Washington

38. Los Angeles Chargers - Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

39. New York Jets - Pat Elflein - C/OG - Ohio State

40. Carolina Panthers Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

41. Cincinnati Bengals - Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

42. New Orleans Saints - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

43. Philadelphia Eagles - Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

44. Buffalo Bills - Marcus Williams, FS, Utah

45. Arizona Cardinals - Chidobe Awuzie, CB Colorado

46. Indianapolis Colts - Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

47. Baltimore Ravens - Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn

48. Minnesota Vikings - Dan Feeney, G, Indiana

49. Washington Redskins -- Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Josh Jones, S, N.C. State

51. Denver Broncos - Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

52. Cleveland Browns - CB Teez Tabor, Florida

53. Detroit Lions - LB Tyus Bowser, Houston

54. Miami Dolphins - Desmond King, S, Iowa

55. New York Giants - Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan

56. Oakland Raiders - Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA

57. Houston Texans - Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC

58. Seattle Seahawks - Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

59. Kansas City Chiefs - Davis Webb, QB, Cal

60. Dallas Cowboys - Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State

61. Green Bay Packers: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

62. Pittsburgh Steelers - S - Marcus Maye - Florida

63. Atlanta Falcons - G - Dorian Johnson - Pittsburgh

64. Carolina Panthers - Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina