2017 NFL Mock Draft 1-32 

Had a chance to look at Mike Mayock mock draft. It’s interesting to say the least. I don’t want to take up a lot of time, so here it is… 

Note: I took the liberty of adding player additions and possible draft trades. 

1. Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett – According to Bob McGinn Browns are interested in taking QB Mitchell Trubisky despite head coach Hue Jackson not being sold.

2. San Francisco 49ers Jamal Adams – 49ers aren’t interested in taking Trubisky at no. 2 so it’s more than likely they’ll pass. Look out for Myles Garrett being taken if he falls. Rumors Greg Gabriel says 49ers are interested in Leonard Fournette.

3. Chicago Bears Marshon Lattimore – Bears could look DE Solomon Thomas or trade up to draft Deshaun Watson.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette – Jags could also look to DE Solomon Thomas, Joe Mixon later in the first if they don’t get Fournette. 

5. Cleveland Browns via trade Tennessee Titans QB Mitchell Trubisky – Titans are looking to trade down. Taking CB Chidobe Awuzie with the 5th pick is too high for their liking. 

6. New York Jets TE OJ Howard – Jets have considered drafting QB Pat Mahomes and S Malik Hooker.

7. LA Chargers DE Solomon Thomas – Lots of talk that Chargers could take McCaffrey.

8. Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey – WR Mike Williams, WR John Ross

9. Cincinnati Bengals DE Jonathan Allen – Joe Mixon has been mentioned being by the Bengals. John Ross, Dalvin Cook despite off-field issues.

10. Buffalo Bills LB Reuben Foster – could also look to trade down. 

11. New Orleans Saints DE Charles Harris – CB Gareon Conley, DE Takkarist McKinley could be options. 

12. Cleveland Browns Mitchell Trubisky  – talk is not going away so keep an eye on that. Tennessee Titans via Cleveland Browns WR John Ross – Hue Jackson wants DE Myles Garrett.

13. Arizona Cardinals CB Marlon Humphrey – S Marcus Maye, Reuben Foster could be a target if he falls.

14. Philadelphia Eagles WR Mike Williams – Dalvin Cook could be an option but off-field issues are a concern. Joe Mixon LB Harvey Langi are options. 

15. Indianapolis Colts DE Derek Barnett – Jarrad Davis, Christian McCaffrey remain options.

16.  Baltimore Ravens LB Haason Reddick – Corey Davis, Cam Robinson and Takkarist McKinley are options.

17. Washington Redskins DE Takkarist McKinley – Charles Harris, CB Adoree Jackson are ones to keep an eye on.

18. Tennessee Titans CB Adoree Jackson – Gareon Conley could be an option if he’s available. CB Chidobe Awuzie as well. 

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Malik Hooker – RB Dalvin Cook because of his ties with Jameis Winston. 

20. Denver Broncos OT Ryan Ramczyk – DE Haason Reddick, OLB TJ Watt could also come off the board here. 

21. Detroit Lions WR Corey Davis – DT Caleb Brantley could be an option to help fill the void of Ndamukong Suh absence. 

22. Miami Dolphins OLB TJ Watt – Forest Lamp is a major option to be picked by the Dolphins. Have shown interest in Obi Melifonwu and Chidobe Awuzie.

23. New York Giants OT Garrett Boyles – TE David Njoku, Christian McCaffrey are also on the Giants big board. 

24. Oakland Raiders OT Cam Robinson – LB Zach Cunningham, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon could be an option. 

25. Houston Texans QB DeShaun Watson – QB Pat Mahomes, LB Harvey Langi 

26. Seattle Seahawks OG Forrest lamp – Dalvin Cook, Falcons have discussed a trade. Also OT Cam Robinson, S Obi Melifonwu.

27. Kansas City Chiefs RB Dalvin Cook – QB Pat Mahomes, LB Harvey Langi 

28. Dallas Cowboys CB Tre’Davious White – Adoree Jackson, DE Charles Harris

29. Green Bay Packers RB Alvin Kamara – RB Joe Mixon, OLB Derek Rivers

30. Pittsburgh Steelers DE Jordan Willis – QB Deshon Kizer due to Big Ben’s retirement talk. Jabrill Peppers and Harvey Langi could be options. 

31. Atlanta Falcons Safety Jabrill Peppers – Falcons have engaged in trade talk to move up to get Forest Lamp. Adoree Jackson, Taco Charlton could also be options.  

32. Arizona Cardinals via New Orleans Saints – QB Patrick Mahomes Arizona Cardinals. – If Saints keep the pick they could draft Gareon Conley if available.

Potential Falcons Picks

Mad Mike Thoughts: How To Defend Julio Jones

In an article written by ESPN Vaughn McClure. Some of the NFL’s top corner explain how you want to defend Julio Jones.

Joe Haden on defending Julio Jones

“You try to jam him, but you try to stay top down,” Haden said. “You want him catching the ball coming back to the quarterback. Comebacks and curls and hitches and things like that that won’t beat you. You got to have a little give and take. Take away the post and fades and things like that, kind of curls and comebacks and try to make plays on the ball like that. You have to play Julio top down if you’re the only one guarding him.”

Mad Mikes Thoughts

Problem I have with Haden’s philosophy is Julio Jones 6’3 220 runs a 4.3… You have to respect his ability to break the tackles of linebackers, corners and safeties. If you’re going to give him hitch and curls routes, you better have good tackling corners.

Patrick Peterson on defending Julio Jones

“You’ve got to disrupt the timing between him and the quarterback; that’s the best way to get it, because he’s got the best ball skills in the game,” Peterson said. “If the ball’s in the air and you don’t disrupt the timing between him and the quarterback to give him a free release and a free go, nine times out of 10 he’s going to come down with the ball. … You may have to play a lot of 55 catch against him: keep a guy underneath, keep a guy over the top.”

Mad Mikes Thoughts

Playing this coverage probably not the smartest thing to do. Offensive Kyle Shanahan has been doing a great job moving Julio around in the first couple games. Putting him in the slot and stack formations, which puts the pressure on the secondary to make a decision on whether to play man or zone. If you decide leave second or third corner on him and 9 times out of 10 Julio is going to win that battle.

Richard Sherman on Julio Jones

“He’s a hard-working guy,” Sherman said of Jones. “He’s probably one of the more blue-collar receivers in the league. He works hard every play. He plays hard, blocks hard, runs his routes as hard as he can to the best of his ability. And that’s what you’ve got to respect about a guy who plays 60 out of 60 plays at 100 percent.”

“Just returning that effort,” Sherman said. “You give him 100 percent every play. It’s going to be a battle. He’s going to be a great athlete. You’re going to win some. He’s going to win some. You’ve got to expect that. And the moment you take a play off is the moment he gets by you.”

Mad Mikes Final thoughts

Richard Sherman said it best. Julio works hard every play. You have to match his effort, be in supreme physical condition because if you take one play off. He could have you looking like this.

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What are your thoughts? How would you defend Julio Jones?