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Crabbs | 2017 “What would I do” Mock Draft

NOV 25 NC State at North Carolina
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Crabbs | 2017 “What would I do” Mock Draft

 One of my favorite annual occurrences is getting to put my General Manager hat on through my own scope of the game. Getting to look at who may be fits off of my own personal draft board and accounting for scheme and roster needs is a trying practice. Yet it’s one that puts me in a great mindset entering the 2017 NFL Draft and is good practice for my final 2017 forecast Mock Draft, which will release on Monday over at FanRag Sports. 

*DISCLAIMER: It’s in the title but just to reiterate: this is a “What would I do” mock. Enjoy!

1. Cleveland Browns:  Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M

Garrett is a blue chip prospect that has immediately translatable skills *and* developmental growth on the horizon. A scary high ceiling for a defense that needs play makers.

2. San Francisco 49ers:  Mitch Trubisky, Quarterback, North Carolina

The 49ers are not guaranteed to land Kirk Cousins after next season and they may not be back in a position to secure a franchise Quarterback through the draft. Trubisky’s strengths mesh well with what Coach Shanahan likes to implement in the passing game.

3. Chicago Bears: Marshon Lattimore, Cornerback, Ohio State 

OCT 01 Rutgers at Ohio State

01 October 2016: Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Andre Patton (88) and Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire) Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire

The Bears are interested in trading back (allegedly) but they’ve created a vacancy in the defensive backfield by cutting Tracy Porter. Former 1st RD corner Kyle Fuller has yet to play to his abilities as well. Lattimore can be a big upgrade.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

The Jaguars worked out Cam Robinson a few days ago and for a roster that’s searching for an identity, adding the powerful Robinson (who has All-Pro potential) to jump start their dire running game would be a huge step in the right direction.

5. Tennessee Titans:  Corey Davis, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan

What QB Marcus Mariota has been able to do thus far in his career has been impressive. My #1 overall player from 2015, Mariota now needs tools on the boundary. Corey Davis is an alpha receiver at the next level, whether he ran a 40 or not.

6. New York Jets: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson

Sure, the Jets just picked up Christian Hackenberg last year, but the best decisions are sometimes the swift one. The Jets have the chance to add a QB in Watson that has good rhythmic passing skills and loves to distribute the ball quickly.

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Jamal Adams, Safety, Louisiana State

The Chargers secondary could use a presence like Adams; who can do it all and do it well. Adams would be a nice replacement for the departed Eric Weddle in the back end.

8. Carolina Panthers:  Christian McCaffrey, Running Back, Stanford

I have four Running Backs in my top 20 and McCaffrey is the only one without an off the field or injury mark to his name. I considered Leonard Fournette here but the Panthers could use a compliment to the power running of Stewart and Newton.

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Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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  1. Robert Price

    April 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Washington at 17: Sua has moved permanently to S. Budda is skilled but undersized. Not a first rounder due to 5’10 and 190-ish, I think he is a late 2nd rounder early 3rd rounder. Skins are a wild card. Could go G, RB, DL, Edge, LB, DB. I think Barnett / Conley much more likely.

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