Headley’s Mock Draft 1.0 – 2017
1. DeShone Kizer – Cleveland Browns
Kizer is the best QB Prospect in the draft based on the tape while the Browns have been missing or passing at the position for decades. Myles Garrett will be a huge force. However, we all know quarterbacks win games.
2. Deshaun Watson – San Francisco 49ers
John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan will have the decision on whom to build their franchise around, is it Mitch Trubisky or Watson. I believe the pick should be Watson as he has been a leader and a national champion at the collegiate level.
3. Myles Garrett – Chicago Bears
Another team with quarterback need with Jay Cutler more than likely out the door. It is a major need but if Garrett falls in their lap, John Fox will be running his card up the podium to draft the most imposing player in this draft.
4. Johnathan Allen – Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags will continue to build their defense by bolstering an already strong unit, the defensive line. You can never have too many defensive lineman and Allen is a special difference maker you can plug next to Malik Jackson.
5. Marshon Lattimore – Tennessee Titans
The best cover corner in the draft goes to a team that has been having difficulty covering receivers. Lattimore is the best cornerback I have seen on tape in a while. He has the ability to mirror opposing receivers every move with his footwork and fluid hips.
6. Derrick Barnett – New York Jets
Jets need help on the backend of their defense and the best way to help them will be to get a player than can get to the quarterback in a hurry. Barnett’s anticipation and jump off the line is special which in turn will help the secondary cover for less time.
7. Malik Hooker – L.A Chargers
The Chargers have been building the defense over the last couple years with Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Denzel Perryman, Jason Verrett and Casey Heyaward, now it’s time to get that ball hawk safety to complete a young and an up and coming group. Hooker is a playmaker than can turn the ball over ala Ed Reed.
8. Solomon Thomas – Carolina Panthers
With Charles Johnson getting longer in the tooth and the front four struggling at times last season, the Panthers need to get a younger defensive end. Thomas fits the Panthers DNA as a tough physical force with high motor and relentlessness.
9. Reuben Foster – Cincinnati Bengals
How is middle linebacker Rey Maualuga still starting in the NFL? The Bengals will be ecstatic to plug Foster next to Vontaze Burfict. Foster is a do everything linebacker who can give the Bengals a fearsome front seven.
10. Mike Williams – Buffalo Bills
The first priority is to figure out who will be the starting quarterback for the Bills next season. Once that is checked off (in free agency) then you need to go get Williams to pair with Sammy Watkins. The Clemson brothers will be hell for opposing defensive backs to cover.
11. Jamal Adams – New Orleans Saints
It seems like the Saints have been signing and drafting defensive players for a long time without much success. They go defense once again with a guy that can solidify that unit with his play in the box and up high. Adams is a tone setter that will be beneficial for a team that needs to set a tone.
12. Dalvin Cook – Cleveland Browns
The Browns grabbed their quarterback with the first pick and now it’s time to grab their back. They can go defense with this pick but you can’t pass up on a talent like Cook who can score from anywhere on the field. Kizer and Cook will try and replicate what the Cowboys did last season with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. At least that sounded good.
13. Mitch Trubisky – Arizona Cardinals
The rumblings of Carson Palmer retiring soon will start the Cardinals search to find his heir apparent. Trubisky has tools but he is not ready to start at the next level. This will be the perfect scenario for him to sit for a year and watch/anticipate the opportunity to play with David Johnson.
14. Leonard Fournette – Indianapolis Colts
Frank Gore had a renaissance season in 2016 but old man Frank doesn’t have much tread left on those tires. The Colts recent history with running backs playing with Andrew Luck has been poor so grabbing Founette here will be a huge burden taken off Luck’s back.
15. Corey Davis – Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles desperately need to surround their young signal caller with more weapons in the passing game. Davis can do just that as he is one of the best route runners in this draft with the ability to rack up yardage after the catch.
16. Haason Reddick – Baltimore Ravens
Haason Reddick is moving up the draft at a feverish pace and the Ravens have a knack of finding the best player available. Not only is Reddick a great player but he also fits a need for the Ravens who are getting older in their front seven.
17. Malik McDowell – Washington Redskins
The Redskins addressed their secondary last season with the signing of Josh Norman; however they were gashed in the running game. Big McDowell can fortify that defensive front in the trenches with disruption in the backfield.
18. Charles Harris – Tennessee Titans
With the cornerback position addressed with their first pick, the Titans second pick in the first round should be used to add more defensive talent. Brian Orapko has a checkered past in terms of injuries and Harris is a pass rusher that can apprentice under Orapko and be a force for years.
19. Ryan Ramczyk – Tampa Bay Bucaneers
The Bucs need more playmakers so watch out here for John Ross but I believe they should fortify their offensive line and select a position that is very shallow in the draft. Not many good tackles in this draft but Ramczyk is the exception as he is a mauler in the run game with the ability to pass protect due to his athleticism.
20. Cam Robinson – Denver Broncos
Robinson has been touted as the number one tackle in this draft for a long time but inconsistent tape will make him fall a bit in the draft. The Broncos desperately need to get their run game back humming and Robinson is an excellent run blocker. His pass protecting needs work but the Broncos won’t mind as Robinson has a high ceiling.
21. Ryan Anderson – Detroit Lions
The Lions defense played surprisingly well last season and I believe they should bolster the unit some more. Anderson could be a versatile piece in the Lions defense who can play linebacker with the ability to come down and rush off the edge.
22. O.J. Howard – Miami Dolphins
This might be the last gasp for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins have done everything for him to take his game to the next level. Improve the offensive line, drafted dynamic receivers, a running game, an offensive minded head coach and now the best tight end in the draft, Howard. Howard will be a mismatch for Tannehill to target in the middle of the field.
23. Forrest Lamp – New York Giants
The Giants offensive line was lacking all season long as they couldn’t run the football or protect Eli Manning. Enter Lamp who can be a piece to help improve the Giants in the trenches. Lamp is a technician that should start in short order.
24. Zach Cunningham – Oakland Raiders
The Raiders need an explosive player at the second level and Cunningham is an explosive player that gets to the ball carrier in a hurry. Head Coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. are former linebackers so to get one as talented as Cunningham will be lovely.
25. Teez Tabor – Houston Texans
The Texans already have a tough defense especially up front however they can shore up the back end with a playmaker that anticipates passes. Tabor’s excellent change of direction skill coupled with his ball skills makes him a candidate to score six the other way. With J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney creating havoc for quarterbacks, a player like Teez can really flourish.
26. Pat Elflein – Seattle Seahawks
The biggest hole on the Seahawks roster is along the offensive line so they will probably select the best lineman on the board with their 26th pick. Let’s just be clear the line was a mess last season with a constant rotation and guys playing out of position. The pick here should be Pat Elflein, the best center in the draft. Elflein will be able to take charge and lead the unit with his experience and work ethic.
27. Tre’Davious White – Kansas City Chiefs
Opposing teams picked on the opposite side of Marcus Peters last year after the Chiefs loss Sean Smith to free agency last offseason. So naturally they need to fill that spot with an excellent cover corner like White. The Chiefs can address the linebacker spot but White will be hard to pass up as he is a perfect match to Peters.
28. Demarcus Walker – Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys’ major issue is getting to the passer so why not get a guy who has excelled at the very thing. Walker’s sack production of 25 sacks over the last two seasons is exceptional and he can line up outside or inside, Cowboys need help at both positions.
29. Alvin Kamara – Green Bay Packers
Alvin Kamara to the Packers is a scary thought for teams. Kamara is a game changer who will be a perfect fit in the Packers high powered offense. He is an electrifying back that is a threat to score from any distance. The Packers need more offensive playmakers and Kamara is at the top of that list in the draft.
30. Tim Williams – Pittsburgh Steelers
James Harrison can’t possibly play forever, can he? The ageless one has been getting it done while Bud Dupree has flashed some major potential. In the NFL you need waves of pass rushers and Williams is a wave that can roll pass tackles in an instance. One of the best pure pass rushers in the draft Williams will be a situational guy at first but his ceiling is immense.
31. Taco Charlton – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons had an incredible run with their young defense flying around. Why not get some more youth on the defensive line and add a physical pass rusher in Charlton. They have their speed guy Vic Beasley on one side but the aging Dwight Freeney is not a lock to be back next season, therefore bringing in a big athletic guy who can get to the quarterback will be an asset for the Falcons.
32. Jarrad Davis – New England Patriots
This is a perfect fit for the New England Patriots second level defense as Davis is a high character kid that can run and get to the ball carrier. That’s all you pretty much need to be a Patriot as their coaching staff will work on Davis’ technique and put him in the right position to be a successful pro.
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