The draft is one week away, and it is the last resort sans trade for teams to sure up their roster before training camp. Here is the first half of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft.
17. Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
The former safety turned edge rusher will switch positions once again as an inside linebacker at the pro level. Reddick will be a dynamic playmaker for the Washington defense as he is solid in rushing the passer and in coverage.
18. John Ross, WR, Washington
After finishing 29th in receptions and 25th in receiving yards, the Titans’ offense clearly needs a playmaker at the wideout position. Mariota throwing the deep ball to Ross will be a dangerous combo.
19. Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
McDowell is a top five interior lineman that will contribute as a pass rusher and run stopper for the Bucs.
20. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Denver allowed the ninth-most sacks in the league last season with 40. Maximum protection for the young talent under center is a must.
21. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Charlton opposite of All-Pro defensive end Ziggy Ansah will be a scary sight. This pick will also be fulfilling a need for the Lions.
22.Jabrill Peppers, DB, Michigan
Peppers is exactly what the Dolphins need on defense — a playmaker. He is capable of lining up at safety and linebacker as he can cover, blitz, and play the run.
23. Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
It’s too early to claim that Flowers isn’t what the Giants hoped he’d be at left tackle, but they can’t go wrong with drafting Bolles in case Flowers continues to struggle.
24. Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
A leader in the middle of the defense will do wonders for the team’s pass rush, which produced the least amount of sacks in 2016 and their mediocre run defense which also ranked in the bottom half.
25. Deshone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Kizer is the best quarterback available and the Texans desperately need one. He has potential to blossom into a franchise quarterback.
26. Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
The Richard Sherman trade rumors are very real. Seattle is preparing for a life sans Richard Sherman by drafting freak-athlete, Adoree Jackson.
27. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Kansas City is not in dire need of targeting a certain position in the first round. They will draft the best player available which happens to be, Dalvin Cook — a steal.
28. Gareon Conely, CB, Ohio State
The Cowboys lost their starting cornerback, Morris Claiborne, in free agency so they will replace him with the talented Ohio State alumnus, Conley.
29. Tre’Davious White, Cornerback, LSU
The Packers had a lackluster secondary last season, especially at the cornerback position. They will draft White here to improve that secondary.
30. Takkarist McKinley, Edge, UCLA
McKinley is an ideal replacement for the aging, James Harrison. He won’t start immediately but he will eventually contribute to the Pittsburgh defense down the road.
31. Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
Taking a guard is a no-brainer here as Atlanta has a huge void at that position. Protecting Matt Ryan is a priority if the Falcons intend on getting back to he playoffs in 2017.
32. Kevin King, CB, Washington
The Malcolm Butler trade did not go through so the Saints are still in search of a number one cornerback. King can step onto the field and contribute day one for that New Orleans secondary.