Jonah Tuls’ Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft and Bold Predictions
Today is the day where dreams become a reality. Of course, this is the opening night and first round of the 2017 NFL draft, which will air on NFL Network and ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. This also means it is time to release my final mock draft and bold predictions for the first round. Feel free to reach out with your feedback, love or hate of my final piece of the pre-draft process on Twitter!
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1. Joe Mixon gets drafted in the first round; Dalvin Cook does not.
– This may sound crazy, but some teams are more comfortable drafting Joe Mixon than Dalvin Cook. Both have alarming red flags off of the field, but on the field, they are the two most talented running backs in this class. I would look at Indianapolis (trade down) and Green Bay as options for Mixon in the first round. While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain a serious option for Cook, reports surfaced that they could trade out of the first round altogether.
2. Adoree’ Jackson is the second cornerback drafted in the first round.
– This prediction is the boldest of them all, but fortune favors the bold right? The only way this happens is if my mock draft scenario plays out the way it does with New Orleans, Philadelphia and Baltimore passing on Marlon Humphrey. Then it comes down to the Washington Redskins. I truly believe they take a defensive back with that pick, whether it is Obi Melifonwu, Adoree’ Jackson or Marlon Humphrey. If you connect the dots, you will see that the Redskins’ interest in Jackson is real, and I think it is a real possibility at 17.
3. The Cincinnati Bengals trade back into the first round to take John Ross.
– There is a lot of talk about the Cincinnati Bengals taking John Ross with the 9th overall pick, but I think with the defensive talent on the board, they will go in a different direction. However, there is a good chance Ross tumbles down the board because of his reportedly poor medical reports. You’re going to see a lot of teams bail just to bail because of the depth of the draft, which means I think it won’t cost as much to move up in this particular draft. As a result, the Bengals land two of their possible top targets in the first round with Jonathan Allen and John Ross.
4. There is a good chance Charles Harris sneaks his way into the top 10.
– Early in the pre-draft process, most analysts wondered if Charles Harris could sneak his way into the first round. Fast forward to the week of the draft, Harris has picked up steam to be possibly the third, or even second edge rusher off of the board. Teams connected to Harris include the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers.
5. Worst OL class ever? First offensive lineman is drafted with the 20th pick.
– The last time a first round of the NFL draft did not have an offensive tackle in the top 10? Twelve years ago when Jammal Brown was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 13th overall pick in 2005. There is a slight chance either Garett Bolles or Cam Robinson is drafted in that range, but there aren’t many landing spots after the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers in the top 10. The next feasible spot would be either the Arizona Cardinals at 13, the Baltimore Ravens at 16, or the Denver Broncos at 20. I think the Cardinals and Ravens go in a different direction, which only leaves the Broncos, barring a trade. Offensive linemen will be moved up the board regardless because of supply and demand, but this is one of the worst collective groups in a long time.