Here at NFLGirlUK we like to give you extra, and so let us present to you our not 1 but 2!! Round Writers Mock draft for 2017 featuring not only your favorite writers from NFLGirlUK but also specials guests from our favorite NFL blogs and celebrity guest Kansas City Chiefs fan, Olympic Gold Medalist and ex jungle camp mate, Samantha Quek.
Everyone has contributed their own overview of their teams picks so sit back and enjoy. Let’s take a look at the picks;
1 Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
Johnny Cumbleton – NFKGirlUK – Garrett is the clear number one pick for everyone who isn’t named Warren Sapp. He has an incredible mix of speed and power that will prove difficult to stop in the NFL. Teaming him with Danny Shelton would give the Browns the start of their first intimidating unit.
2 San Francisco 49ers Mashon Lattimore CB Ohio State
Shona Duthie – NFKGirlUK – There is some degree of sense to picking Lattimore, though, his addition as a starter on the outside could free up Ward to move back to his original college position of safety, an area where the Niners are looking less secure due to the up-and-down play of Eric Reid and the ageing Antoine Bethea. In my opinion he has more value than a QB who could be drafted in the second round.
3 Chicago Bears Jonathan Allen DT Alabama
Chris Lawton – NFLGirlUK – The Bears have coverage needs & if available Lattimore would have been the pick here. As he had gone I opted to apply the truism ‘this game is won and lost in the trenches’. Chicago has line needs to make their 3-4 D work & all SEC, Bednarik & Nagurski award winner Allen fits the bill with his technical proficiency and edge speed.
4 Jacksonville Jaguars Soloman Thomas DT/E Stanford
Gareth Duxbury – NFLGirlUK – Tough pick with Fournette there, and Jags need help to get ball out of Bortles’ hands, and Jamal Adams. However, talent of Thomas too enticing and, given the premium on pass rush, I must go with him. Jags could be the best D line in the NFL and I’m a firm believer in taking elite talent over position of need.
5 Tennessee Titans via Rams Jamal Adams S LSU
Duncan Terry – NFLGirlUK – Secondary and Wide Receiver must be the focus for the Titans to kick on and perhaps dominate the AFC South behind Marcus Mariota. Corner is a need but with talent like Jamal Adams available it’s too hard to resist. Adams has the potential to give the Titans 10 years of Polamalu type production.
6 New York Jets Malik Hooker S Ohio State
Jonno Payton – NFLGirlUK – So many holes for the Jets could fill and could go in any direction here. Fournette being still on the board is a little tempting but the defensive backfield is a gaping hole on Gang Green’s roster that needs attention more than most other spots. Cornerback is very deep in this draft and with one of the two safety studs still available the Jets have to take Hooker to be the centerpiece and centre fielder of their new revamped defense.
7 Los Angeles Chargers Rueben Foster ILB Alabama
Gareth Duxbury – NFLGirlUK – Slightly early for an ILB but Foster is a beast and gives them a blue-chip guy in middle of field. Adds intrigue to a young, dynamic D. His incident at Combine appears to be an anomaly with coaches and scouts lauding his character. New home for Chargers, new defensive general for them too.
8 Carolina Panthers Leonard Fournette RB LSU
Jonna Payton – NFLGirlUK – Fournette falls right into the lap of the Panthers. Too early to take any of the Offensive Line talent in this draft and Foster who they may have some concerns about has just been taken by the Chargers. Seems a pretty sensible decision to go Best Player Available and team Fournette up with Cam Newton to turn the Read Option into something quite formidable.
9 Cincinnati Bengals Corey Davis WR Western Michigan
Johnny Cumbleton – NFKGirlUK – The best receiver on the board, Western Michigan’s Corey Davis. Davis was uncoverable at times for the Broncos and was responsible for 1,500 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns alone. At 6’3 and 213 lbs Davis possesses great hands and runs excellent routes. While he doesn’t have elite deep speed like Ross he does have an impressive combination of size and quickness.
10 Buffalo Bills Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
Kadeem Simmonds – NFKGirlUK – Despite re-signing Tyrod Taylor, the Bills are not in love with the quarterback and bringing in Trubisky now allows him to sit for a while and learn Rick Dennison’s offence until he is ready, hopefully solving the team’s long-term answer at QB.
11 New Orleans Saints Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
Stuart Anderson – NFKGirlUK – The Saints were dismal on Defense in 2016 and struggled to get to the opposition Quarterback. An eye watering 4300 yards were conceded to opponents through the air so to try and generate more edge pressure, the Saints selected Defensive End, Derek Barnett, who along with Cameron Jordan should give the opposition considerably less time to get rid of the ball.
12 Cleveland Browns via Eagles O.J. Howard TE Alabama
Johnny Cumbleton – NFKGirlUK – With the 12th pick, the Browns give Kessler the go to outlet every QB needs.
13 Arizona Cardinals Hasson Reddick LB Temple
Shona Duthie – NFKGirlUK – Going from shunned to Star he has barely been blocked since he switched from defensive back. Also, Cards need an LB
14 Philadelphia Eagles via Vikings Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford
Neil Dutton – NFLGirlUK – I’m out of breath after running up to the podium to hand in this pick. The Eagles get an upgrade at RB, another weapon for the passing attack, and a fantasy relevant RB. What’s not to like?
15 Indianapolis Colts Forrest Lamp G/T Western Kentucky
Gareth Duxbury – NFLGirlUK – Colts need to get better, faster and more intense all over the roster. They should be open to trading down but sticking at 15 they go for versatility in the trenches and take a guy that can play across the interior of the line to help their best player, Andrew Luck, do what he needs to do. If you aren’t sure what to do when picking, fill out the trenches.
16 Baltimore Ravens Takkarist McKinley DE UCLA
17 Washington Redskins Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
Blake Finney – NFLGirlUK – Who can remember when Cook was right up there with Fournette as the best RB in the draft class? Ignore his less glamorous pre-draft showings, the tape doesn’t lie He would be a huge upgrade on Robert Kelley, who was fantastic last season, but isn’t the Home Run hitter and 3 down back that Cook is.
18 Tennessee Titans John Ross WR Washington
Duncan Terry – NFLGirlUK – Confession time, yes out of John Ross and Mike Williams I probably went for the Washington receiver because of College Fandom. But no one would deny the player has worthy talent and after the blazing run at the combine I dare the more pessimistic of Titan fans to not be happy with this pick on the big day.
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers David Njoku TE Miami
Stuart Anderson – NFKGirlUK – Dirk Koetter likes to run two Tight End sets. The intention for the 2016 season was for Cameron Brate and Austin Seferian Jenkins to be those guys. Unfortunately ASJ used up all his chances in Tampa so with the 19th pick of the first round, the Bucs select super athletic 20 year old, Miami Hurricanes Tight End David Njoku who will add to the weapons being brought in on the Offensive side of the ball for Jameis Winston.
20 Denver Broncos Matt Phillips – 44 Yard Scouting Garrett Bolles T Utah
Matt Phillips – 44 Yard Scouting – Outstanding athlete who protects the edge with great lateral agility, quickness and fluidity and gets out quickly to the second level in the run game. Will be something of a steal here. Ohio State C Pat Elfein would also be a good fit but Broncos’ need for tackle help is the priority.
21 Detroit Lions Neil Dutton – NFLGirlUK Mike Williams WR Clemson
Neil Dutton – NFLGirlUK – Lions select Mike Williams. Despite history with players of that name and at this position, Williams gives the Lions a player who suited to the role of X receiver that they have lacked since Calvin Johnson hung them up. He specialised in the contested catch, something that Matt Stafford will he only too happy to send his way, hopefully in the red zone.
22 Miami Dolphins Kadeem Simmonds – NFKGirlUK Jarrad Davis LB Florida
Kadeem Simmonds – NFKGirlUK – The Dolphins have to go to defence heavy this year and Davis is one of the best coverage linebackers in the draft. Davis is stellar against the run after getting burnt by tight ends last season, the Florida ILB is much-needed and would allow Kiko Alonso to move outside.
23 New York Giants Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
Blake Finney – NFLGirlUK – Here we go again, the Giants take another tackle in the first round; but this one may actually stick. Ramczyk (whose name I have to paste every time I use it), is the best tackle in the class and was even predicted Top 10 earlier this off-season so could finally fill a lingering hole for McAdoo’s men.
24 Oakland Raiders Marlon Humphrey CB Ohio State
GridironGentlemen.com – We are delighted to see Marlon fall to 24 and see it as a great opportunity to add a play maker to our secondary. He’s possibly the most gifted all round athlete of the cornerback class this year and has the size, speed and strength to go up against most receivers, even at the highest level.
25 Houston Texans DeShaun Watson QB Clemson
Gareth Duxbury – NFLGirlUK – The Texans can’t go into the season with Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden as QB1 and QB2. They are too stacked at other positions not to address the QB situation. Watson is many peoples to QB in the draft and he has, to parse Bill Parcells criteria for QBs, the experience, big game ability and intangibles that should translate. He is my top QB in this draft and so represents a nice grab at 25. Other options for the Texans include DT and CB but the glaring need is at signal caller…
26 Seattle Seahawks Kevin King CB Washington
Stu Court – Pro Football Spot – My favorite db in the class. Comes in with great versatility having played all over the secondary for UW. High ceiling and putting him opposite sherm or inside for Lane in 2017 with a move outside if Sherman does leave.
Considered adding pass rush from LB or End here too, but too rich for remaining offensive lineman
27 Kansas City Chiefs Deshone Kizer QB Notre Dame
Samantha Quek – Olympic Gold Medallist – The Chiefs are in pretty safe hands at QB with Alex Smith consistently having them battle for the AFC West crown and a shot at the number one prize in football…but old father time comes to us all eventually. With Smith turning 33 this season, he is entering the latter stages of his career and with the Kansas not exercising Nick Foles’ final year option, now may be the time to bring in a young, exciting QB to learn the Chiefs offence behind the scenes, whilst also serving as a capable number two. Kizer seems an ideal fit for this roll. Firstly, he is very young at 21 and with Smith still with plenty in the tank, soaking up his knowledge base and experience for a few years could have Kizer develop even further than his impressive numbers suggest. Secondly, Kizer’s skillset fits with the Chiefs run first Offence. He had a passer rating of 154.7 when running Play Action which was the best in the nation last year. With time, him coupled with the elusiveness of a then experienced Tyreek Hill could really create a formidable NFL duo.
28 Dallas Cowboys Jabril Peppers S Michigan
Blake Finney – NFLGirlUK – There’s no doubt that the Cowboys’ offence will once again be up there with the best in the NFL; now they just need to find a way to stop the other team. Peppers has been a name to watch in the draft for a while as another Hybrid Linebacker/Safety combo coming into the league. With Barry Church leaving for Jacksonville in the off-season, Peppers would be a huge statement in Dallas. Is there a more Jerry Jones player in this draft than Peppers? Hugely talented and versatile addition for the Cowboys.
29 Green Bay Packers TJ Watt LB Wisconsin
Thomas Moore – Moore & Connelly Football Show – The Packers D is really letting the side down at the moment and as much as we all want to point the finger at Don Capers, the headline really is that this defence is severely lacking in talent. To help out the young secondary the Pack need to add meat to the pass rush, which TJ will do. We also have to consider that Clay Matthews is living off his reputation and name at this point and Nick Perry could possibly slack off now he has his big deal signed. Hopefully, brilliant runs deep in the Watt family.
30 Pittsburgh Steelers Evan Engram TE Ole Miss
Neil Dutton – NFLGirlUK – Yeah, Ladarius Green is uber talented, but if he’s never on the field he adds nothing. Jesse James is not a big playmaker, so adding Engram gives them another big weapon. TE is a polite way of describing Engram, as he’s never blocked in his life, but he’s a touchdown threat whenever he’s targeted. He posted very similar measurable and production stats to Green, and may actually be able to stay healthy.
31 Atlanta Falcons Cam Robinson T Alabama
Chris Lawton – NFLGirlUK – Falcons protecting their most important asset – Matty Ice.
32 New Orleans Saints via Patriots Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
Stuart Anderson – NFKGirlUK – As well as not being able to get to the opposing Quarterback (see earlier pick), New Orleans have difficulty covering Wide Receivers. Despite numerous discussions between the Saints and the Patriots, Malcolm Butler remains in New England, which leave the Saints with no option but to select Cornerback Gareon Conley who provides an instant upgrade to the Secondary.
33 Cleveland Browns Cooper Kupp WR Eastern Washington
Johnny Cumbleton – NFKGirlUK – Browns hope to get the skill players to give them a productive offence for the first time in a decade; select Cooper Kupp, wide receiver.
34 San Francisco 49ers Zay Jones WR East Carolina
Shona Duthie – NFKGirlUK – A huge need for the 49ers given that their most productive receiver last season was Jeremy Kerley from the slot. Jones shone at the Senior Bowl and his stock has only risen since. Probably the best receiver after the big 3 in the first round.
35 Jacksonville Jaguars Budda Baker S Washington
Gareth Duxbury – NFLGirlUK – It feels like Safety is the only place on the Jags D where there isn’t a blue chip player. Jags take the dynamic Cougar and plug him into the deep back field. Apparently needs to work on his hands but has all the technique and motor to be a deep field boomer who can impact the run game with strong instincts when playing near the line of scrimmage
36 Chicago Bears Marcus Williams S Utah
Chris Lawton – NFLGirlUK – Having gone with beef in the D line in the first round, the Bears address the back end of their D with a ball hawk who had 5 it’s per season the past 2 years. He had an outstanding combine too and teamed with their first pick this could see the Bears making rapid defensive upgrades.
37 Los Angeles Rams Ethan Pocic C LSU
Shona Duthie – NFKGirlUK – A huge need for the Rams until the recent free agent signing of John Sullivan, but he will not last forever. In Pocic Jared Goff has the chance to develop in tandem with a young centre, similarly to Manning and Saturday at the Colts.
38 Los Angeles Chargers Tre’Davious White CB LSU
Gareth Duxbury – NFLGirlUK – LA could take a lineman here or take advantage of the deep DB pool and take a guy ranked 18th on Daniel Jeremiah’s big board. Got to take the talent when it’s there and LA upgrade their secondary after beefing up their LB corps in the first round. Chargers can address OL in late rounds.
39 New York Jets Jourdan Lewis CB Michigan
Jonno Payton – NFLGirlUK – Jets continue to overhaul their secondary by selecting Lewis from Michigan who they hope can be the heir to Darrelle Revis (first time around) having whiffed the last few years in the draft on this position. Man to man cover skills and quick twitch skills should fit with Bowles schemes that require lots of one on one outside coverage. The Jets are hoping to pull off draft like the legendary 1981 49ers one, going heavy on defensive backs.
40 Carolina Panthers Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
Jonno Payton – NFLGirlUK – The Panthers entire organisation has revolved around their two All-Pro linebackers over the last few years but Thomas Davis is entering the final few holes of his NFL career and Luke Kuechly could prioritise his health and retire at any moment so Carolina need to start planning for life without at least one of these two. Cunningham, with his sideline to sideline abilities and all around athleticism, is worth the pick here.
41 Cinncinati Bengals Sidney Jones CB Washington
Johnny Cumbleton – NFKGirlUK – A bargain for the Bengals. Although they will need to redshirt Jones for a season, he will be perfectly placed to replace Adam Jones at the end of the season.
42 New Orleans Saints Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma
Stuart Anderson – NFKGirlUK – Plenty of red flags with the pick but after improving the Defense in round 1, the Saints pick one of the most talented Running Backs in the draft to boost an average running game. There has never been any denying Mixon’s talents but his well publicised off the field troubles has seen the first round pick slip down draft boards throughout the NFL.
43 Philadelphia Eagles Charles Harris DE Missouri
Neil Dutton – NFLGirlUK – As pressing a need as CB is, an upgrade for the front four is another must. Little surprised to find Harris still on the board, especially after Josh Norris recently mocked him going in the top 15…to the Eagles.
44 Buffalo Bills Josh Jones S NC State
Kadeem Simmonds – NFKGirlUK – An excellent addition to the secondary, Jones is a physical player who can locate the ball and bring it down. With Stephen Gilmore out the building, the Bills could go cornerback with this pick but someone with the quality of Jones is too good to pass up. CB can be addressed later.
45 Arizona Cardinals Pat Mahomes QB Texas Tech
46 Indianapolis Colts Taco Charlton DE Michigan
47 Minnesota Vikings Dan Feeney G Indiana
Kadeem Simmonds – NFKGirlUK – The Vikings have to protect Sam Bradford better and Feeney is the perfect choice here. Can slot in at either guard position and is arguable the best interior lineman in the draft, good in the pass and the run and can also play tackle.
48 Baltimore Ravens Quincy Wilson CB Florida
Lisa Johnson – NFLFemale.com – He fits the Ravens aggressive defense style. Nice size and very physical corner.
49 Washington Redskins Caleb Brantley DT Florida
Blake Finney – NFLGirlUK – The Redskins tried to add some minor pieces to their defensive line this offseason with the additions of Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee. But Brantley will offer them a much more talented interior lineman to help their poor run defence.
50 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Curtis Samuel WR Ohio State
Stuart Anderson – NFKGirlUK – Jameis Winston is sitting at home with a huge smile as another weapon is added to the Buccaneers Offense. Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, and Adam Humphries are joined in the WR corps by Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel. A 4.31 40-yard dash should see him used primarily as a slot WR and possibly kick returner in Tampa.
51 Denver Broncos Kareem Hunt RB Toledo
Matt Phillips – 44 Yard Scouting – I’ll give the Broncos the 4th best RB which will be a steal here this late into the second round.
52 Cleveland Browns via Titans Obi Melifonwu S Connecticut
Johnny Cumbleton – NFKGirlUK – The Cleveland secondary were an absolute disaster at their best last season. Selecting Melifonwu gives them a physical specimen who can grow into the role, whilst still being an immediate upgrade. Many see him as having the cover skills to also play corner, which is nice.
53 Detroit Lions Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio State
Neil Dutton – NFLGirlUK – Raekwon McMillan – ILB. Stephen Tulloch is long gone, Deandre Levy a memory, Kyle Van Noy a SB champion elsewhere. The Lions could do with a solid enforcer in the middle of the field. A better run stuffer than coverage guy, Davis is still a solid addition. –
54 Miami Dolphins Jordan Willis DE Kansas State
Kadeem Simmonds – NFKGirlUK – Oh look, Dolphins bolster their defence again, this time at the end position. Cameron Wake cannot go on forever and at 6’5, 255 pounds, Willis could be the guy to replace Wake. Can be used in rotation this year and his speed will make him a great player to rush the passer.
55 New York Giants Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee
Blake Finney – NFLGirlUK – The run game was a bit bland for the Giants last year, and although Paul Perkins had flashes, when handed more touches he couldn’t quite convert. Kamara was a highly touted high school recruit and were it not for injuries and a sketchy behavioral record he’d be a first round talent, so NY are delighted to get him here.
56 Oakland Raiders Ryan Anderson LB Alabama
GridironGentlemen.com – A disciplined LB with excellent hands and upper body strength, he’ll proved options off the edge and will address an area of weakness with TE coverage across the middle with his solid footballing IQ and assignment based mentality.
57 Houston Texans Montravious Adams DT Auburn
Gareth Duxbury – NFLGirlUK – After addressing the QB issue in the first round, the Texans look to one of their other biggest needs in the second – interior of the D line. With Vince Wilfork likely to retire there is a pressing need for a starter up the middle of the D. Adams is a beast of a man and our guest drafter Matt Phillips has been banging the drum for this player during draft season. He would class this as a steal and I do too. Adams taken over Malik McDowell based on the need for an every-down guy and one whose attitude will fit with guys like Watt and Cushing.
58 Seattle Seahawks Derek Rivers DE Youngstown State
Stu Court – Pro Football Spot – Cliff (Avril) is 30. Best pass rusher available in my opinion. Give him a year to catch up
59 Kansas City Chiefs Tim Williams LB Alabama
Samantha Quek – Olympic Gold Medalist – The Chiefs are supposedly looking to address the right CB position in this Draft and find someone to work aside Peters in their backfield having failed to find a regular starter when drafting four CB’s in the last five years. HOWEVER, whilst I would have chosen a CB, if Williams is still available at the 59 slot, I would take him instead.
Last year Kansas struggled to get their pass rushers on the field all at once with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali (now aged 33) combining for only 6 total starts and 7.5 sacks.
Williams is arguably the most explosive pass rusher in the Draft with comparisons to the likes of Bruce Irvin; but his Draft stock has tumbled with reports of his off-field issues, such as multiple failed drug tests and illegal possession of a firearm.
These issues combined with a Nick Saban’s heavy defensive rotation at Alabama meant Williams only recorded lowly 27 tackles across his 3 years with the Crimson Tide. Despite this, some Mock Drafts have Williams going in the first round because of those 27 tackles, 12 were sacks; so there is plenty of potential upside with this pick. I like Williams for the Chiefs particularly due to his versatility and ability to plug the gaps in his Rookie/learning season as he has experience rushing out of both the two and three point stances. Get his off-field issues sorted and this could be a real value pick!
60 Dallas Cowboys Teez Tabor CB Florida
Blake Finney – NFLGirlUK – Once again the Cowboys look to improve a pretty shoddy secondary with a character in Tabor. Along with Quincy Wilson as part of one of the strongest CB tandems in the country, he garnered first round consideration at one point. Another strong building block for the Dallas.
61 Green Bay Packers Show D’Onta Foreman RB Texas
Thomas Moore – Moore & Connelly Football – The Packers have now moved Montgomery to RB permanently so they need to compliment him with a bigger back. Interestingly, Foreman has some of the foot quickness for a large back that perhaps departed Eddie Lacy displayed when he was a draft prospect. Maybe a bit more of a project than Lacy, but without the weight issues and potentially tremendous upside.
62 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson
Neil Dutton – NFLGirlUK – BPA for the Steelers who take a corner early for the second time in 2 years. Thing is Tankersley represents great value at the end of the second round, seemingly towards the end of the run on top corners, and you really can never have enough.
63 Atlanta Falcons Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
Chris Lawton – NFLGirlUK – Having seen McDowell drop so far it just isn’t justifiable for the Falcons not to take a chance to bolster their D line with someone of McDowell’s undoubted talent. Some may have concerns about his attitude but this coaching staff can motivate him and if they do then this will have been a risk well worth taking.
64 Carolina Panthers via Patriots Taylor Moton T Western Michigan
Jonno Payton – NFLGirlUK – The Panthers signed Matt Kalil in free agency, resigned Michael Oher and Daryl Williams was decent stepping into Right Tackle last year. But Moton, who can still show some rawness, could develop into a franchise mainstay on the line if given some time to develop.
With that please join us in thanking the following guest drafters;
Stu Court – Pro Football Spot
Thomas Moore – Moore & Connelly Football
Lisa Johnson – NFLFemale.com
Matt Phillips – 44 Yard Scouting
And Olympic Gold Medalist Samantha Quek.