2017 1st Round Mock Draft: Picks 17-32

Last week I previewed the top half of the 1st round of the draft:

2017 1st Round Mock Draft: Picks 1-16

This week I’ll take a look at the bottom half, and the players the Packers may have to select from.

 

  1. Washington Redskins

WR John Ross – Washington

Ross provides Kirk Cousins with the electric playmaker he will miss with Desean Jackson in Tampa Bay. Ross has problems catching the ball at times, but you can’t teach 4.22 speed.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans

LB Zach Cunningham

Cunningham is a plug-and-play interior linebacker, and represents the instinctive physical player Dick LeBeau loves at the position.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

RB Christian McCaffrey – Stanford

The Bucs have a need at RB and at slot receiver. McCaffrey can help them out in both areas. He’s a versatile weapon that would aid in Jameis Winston’s development.

 

  1. Denver Broncos

OT Cam Robinson – Alabama

The Broncos greatest need is offensive line, and they nab the best o-line prospect at 20. Robinson is probably a better fit at Guard, but the Broncos could certainly use him there and see if he can develop into a Right Tackle.

 

  1. Detroit Lions

S/LB Jabrill Peppers – Michigan

Peppers gets to stay in Michigan to play his pro ball. The Lions have needs all over their defense, but getting playmakers may be as important as anything. To match up with the Packers new two TE sets, they are going to need players who can cover and play the run. Peppers fits the bill.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins

TE David Njoku – Miami

The one thing the Dolphins haven’t given Ryan Tannehill is a good TE. The Jordan Cameron experiment failed. This may be the last year Tannehill has to prove himself, and now the Dolphins need to surround their QB with talent.

 

  1. New York Giants

DL Caleb Brantley – Florida

The Giants are currently in a stalemate negotiating with Johnathan Hankins. If they can’t resign him, Brantley would make a tremendous replacement.

 

  1. Oakland Raiders

LB Hassan Reddick – Temple

Reddick represents the best value at this point. Reggie McKenzie likes taking the best player available, and adding an explosive playmaker at ILB, will help the Raiders defense continue to grow.

 

  1. Houston Texans

QB Desean Watson – Clemson

While the Tony Romo soap opera continues, the Texans have nothing at the QB position (sorry, Tom Savage). Even if the Texans acquire Romo, Watson would be a good insurance policy against the fragile Romo, and also be the QB of the future. There’s a chance he’s gone before 25 if a team decides to trade up above the Texans, or if the Giants feel Eli Manning is near the end of his career.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks

OT Garrett Bolles – Utah

There’s a reason Bolles has been connected to the Seahawks for awhile. He fits their top need (o-line), and he fits the type of player they like as a Tackle (long and athletic). He’s raw, but the Seahawks have started converted defensive linemen before, so that probably won’t bother John Schneider and Pete Carroll.

 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs

WR Corey Davis – Western Michigan

I would have thought Davis would be a top 15 pick, but injury concerns have him dropping. While the Chiefs have Tyreek Hill, Jeremy Maclin, and Chris Conley, drafting Davis would allow them the opportunity to turn a position of weakness into one of strength in just a couple of years.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys

CB Gareon Conley – Ohio State

Every year is seems the guy I want the Packers to draft goes the pick before they select. This is the case again in this draft, as the Cowboys have major needs across their defense, and Conley provides the best value at this spot. The Cowboys are going to have a major rehaul in their secondary, and Conley could be a really good CB in the near future.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers

If this scenario were to play out the Packers would have several interesting choices. TJ Watt could provide the outside pass rush they need. Forrest Lamp would be a great replacement for TJ Lang. But I’m going with:

CB Ahkello Witherspoon – Colorado

Witherspoon is 6’3” and ran a 4.45 40 yard dash. He posted a 40.5 inch vertical and ran a 11.60 second 60 yard shuttle. He is a freak athlete. And his tape shows amazing fluidity in his hips, and ability to shadow receivers. He’s got a major weakness in defending the run game, but I think that’s something the Packers can live with if he can be a true cover CB. Witherspoon is raw, but has the skills to be the rare NFL CB who can play both off and press coverage.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers

LB TJ Watt – Wisconsin

The Steelers have been relying on James Harrison for way too long. Watt would provide a great fit as a developmental pass rusher in a scheme reliant on them.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons

G Forrest Lamp – Western Kentucky

With Chris Chester gone, the Falcons could use some help at Guard. Lamp is the best interior o-lineman in the draft, and could have a Zach Martin-like impact on the Falcons line.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints

CB Tre’Davious White – LSU

The Saints may trade this pick back to the Patriots to get Malcolm Butler, but if not, they could use a CB. White provides good value in a draft chalk full of good CBs.

 

Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig
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  • dobber

    Sending you back to the drawing board…try again.

    • Andrew

      What would you like me to take a look at? Witherspoon?

  • James C. Drumheller III

    T.J.Watt is my first pick and this won’t change. There’s an abundance
    of quality picks at corner and we should be able to get one as our second pick and also a later pick too. Running back should be available in the third or fourth and one of the elite class of TE’s also. I like D’onta Foreman or Marlon Mack at running back and there is several other choices available, I never saw a draft that was better suited for the Packers needs then this one. GO PACK GO!!! C’mon Mike and Ted!!

    • Andrew

      I’ll definitely agree that the supply meets the demand for Green Bay.

      I do like TJ Watt, but I often wonder if his name was TJ White and he played for Nebraska, if Packer fans would be as excited about him. The highs are very high, but there’s a lot of so-so tape on TJ.

      • James C. Drumheller III

        I’m hearing that a lot and understand. I’ve been a Packers fan a long time though I never lived a day in Wisconsin.A hometown boy by the name of Watt who from what I understand would love to be a Packer does fit a need. Clay’s brother Casey was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round and played no where like the Claymaker.If we pass on T.J. and he plays anywhere near J.J. we’ll be kicking ourselves in the butt. One thing for sure he’ll give you everything he’s got on every down he plays. YOU GOTTA LOVE IT!

  • Jeff Augustine

    11.6 in the 60 shutthe only quaifies as 36 percentile…hardly a ‘freak’ That word gets so over used during pre-draft season, most times just indicates a man crush…

    • Andrew

      I would say a 6’3″ CB who runs a 4.45 40 with a 40.5 inch vertical, can be considered a freak athlete. The shuttle time isn’t elite, but you also have to consider that he is taller and has longer legs than most other players running it.