Disclaimer: I can't guarantee that this mock draft will be any more accurate than Warren Beaty at the Oscars, but that's sports media for you! Below you'll find a full first round mock draft as well as some draft predictions for all Michigan players currently projected to be taken in the NFL Draft.
- Cleveland (1-15) Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M: I am not a Browns fan, but for the sake of all the Browns fan, I really hope they do not mess this pick up. Garrett is a Jadeveon Clowney type talent that could at least help (if that’s possible) the atrocious Browns’ defense. He should sign two days before (think Jake Long and Matthew Stafford) to keep the Browns from doing something stupid. This is not even a discussion.
- San Francisco (2-14) Mitch Trubisky, QB North Carolina: The most poorly run organization in the NFL will make the worst decision of the first round. They’d be better off trading this pick for Paul George than reaching on a quart...oops wrong sport. I can’t think of one good thing to say about the 49ers taking a quarterback with this pick. It will happen though. And not only will it happen, but they’ll reach on Trubisky or Watson or Kizer and then some 3rd round pick (who will be reached on as a first round pick in what will be the best pick in the 2017 draft, see pick 13) will be far and away the best quarterback of the 2017 class.
- Chicago (3-13) Jonathan Allen, DE Alabama: I’m making a big assumption here. I don’t think the Bears will be stupid. Rule #24 of sports media: Never assume that the front office of an American professional sports organization that is not a Boston team, the Golden State Warriors/San Antonio Spurs, run by Theo Epstein, or (insert good hockey organizations here because I know nothing about hockey) will be smart. I’m breaking this rule. Watch Allen jump over a Texas A&M lineman if you need justification of this pick. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIn3iMbyj9Y)
- Jacksonville (3-13) Jamal Adams, S LSU: Honestly, if there were a team that should reach on a quarterback in the top 10, it’s the Jaguars. They’ve acquired a lot of talent by drafting well, but Blake Bortles can’t win games. They’ll continue to amass elite defensive talent with Adams. He’s a versatile safety who is NFL ready and will terrorize receivers over the middle for years while playing behind Jalen Ramsey.
- Tennessee - from Los Angeles (4-12) Marshon Lattimore, CB OSU: The Rams have Jared Goff and the Titans get their pick. It remains to be seen if Goff is going to pan out, but (as much as it pains me to say this), Lattimore is a ball hawking corner who will help the Titans, who barely missed the playoffs last season, take the next step.
- New York Jets (5-11) Malik Hooker, S OSU: I’m high on the OSU guys but this is a little bit of a reach. I am again breaking the rule assuming team’s are stupid because I think the Jets will realize that Fournette isn’t worth this pick. He won’t be the best running back from this class and the Jets need to rebuild their defense before they can worry about a game changing running back.
- Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) Taco Charlton, DE Michigan: The first Wolverine off the board! Go ahead and call me a homer. If the Chargers do decide to pick an edge rusher to pair with Joey Bosa, Solomon Thomas will receive strong consideration. Watch Charlton’s film. He finishes every play. The Chargers will fall in love with the film and have an unstoppable Buckeye-Wolverine combo on their defensive line that the Lions wish they had on offense.
- Carolina (6-10) Leonard Fournette, RB LSU: I’ve seen him play when healthy. He will be a bust. Him and Cam Newton will lead the team to 4-8 win seasons for the next five years until Newton decides that he wants to be a middle school quarterbacks coach because players that hit him in a contact sport are too mean.
- Cincinnati (6-9-1) Reuben Foster, ILB Alabama: The Bengals will regret not taking a receiver here. Let the Bengals be mediocre. Foster is a great player and will probably be the leading rookie tackler next year but I don’t know that he really fills their needs.
- Buffalo (7-9) Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson: I’m breaking my own rule of assuming teams stupidity a lot, but I think the Bills will move on from Tyrod Taylor. If they don’t they will grab another Clemson WR (more later) to pair with Sammy Watkins, but I’m confident they will get rid of Taylor. After watching the 4th quarter of the National Championship, I’m sold on Watson. The Pitt game where he threw so many interceptions that Pitt couldn’t keep failing to win might have made me bash him at the time, but Watson is a winner. He carries himself like a star and I think he will be a successful NFL QB. Not great, successful.
- New Orleans (7-9) Solomon Thomas, EDGE Stanford: The Saints should take a corner here, but any defensive help is fine for them here. Thomas is a great value pick here and the Saints can’t ignore him. Honestly, even if Thomas is on the board here they might pass on him for a corner, but who knows, maybe Drew Brees likes having to try to score four touchdowns in the 4th quarter every game after watching his corners get embarrassed and give up 500 passing yards in the first half.
- Cleveland - from Philadelphia (7-9) Sidney Jones, CB Washington: I think that whoever the Browns take here (should) will be better than Carson Wentz. As long as it is not a quarterback. I repeat, DO NOT REACH ON A QUARTERBACK HERE FOR THE LOVE OF JIM BROWN. Maybe the Browns’ defense will be good next year!
- Arizona (7-8-1) Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech: If he isn’t the best QB from this draft class, go ahead and call me out. If the Cardinals don’t take him (this is a huge reach and they probably won’t), call me out. If Mahomes is a 5th round pick that never starts an NFL game, bash me for this. But hear me out. I know Texas Tech sucked while he was there but that’s because Kliff Kingsbury didn’t realize he wasn’t the offensive coordinator. Mahomes arm is huge, he has a gunslinger mentality, and they might not have been good, but Tech was always in the game. Give him a year (or 4 games) to learn under Carson Palmer, and let him be your quarterback of the future @arizonacardinals. Pause: This is the point in the mock draft where nobody knows who anybody is gonna pick because nobody knows who will still be on the board. I’ll give very short rationale for the rest of the first round picks because if even half of these are right I should have Mel Kiper’s job with his salary doubled.
- Indianapolis (8-8) Dalvin Cook, RB FSU: Luck needs help and not just from his line. He will be the best running back from this class.
- Philadelphia - from Minnesota (8-8) Mike Williams, WR Clemson: This is a steal. The Vikings have Sam Bradford and the Eagles get a great wide receiver. The Vikings would not trade Mike Williams for Sam Bradford given the opportunity. I might be too high on Watson because of how good Williams made him look. Seriously, Watson could’ve thrown the ball anywhere and Williams would’ve caught against Bama.
- Baltimore (8-8) Tre’Davious White, CB LSU: Interchangeable with Jones at 12 to the Browns.
- Washington (8-7-1) John Ross, WR Washington: They’re gonna pay Kirk Cousins and get him help. And then win 8 games every year until Cousins arm falls off because he’s the kind of guy who will always believe he can keep playing.
- Tennessee (9-7) OJ Howard, TE Alabama: This should be Jake Butt (sad face emoji). College players shouldn’t get crap for not playing in bowl games. I feel awful for Butt and I hope he comes back strong. Also, the Titans are gonna be good next year.
- Tampa Bay (9-7) Derek Barnett, EDGE Tennessee: Meh.
- Denver (9-7) Ryan Ramczyk, OT Wisconsin: He will have a good career protecting garbage quarterbacks since John Elway doesn’t want anyone to be the next John Elway.
- Detroit* (9-7): Jabri...ok sorry, Marlon Humphrey, CB Alabama: But how much fun would it be to see Peppers return punts and light up slot receivers for the Lions? Actually, I don’t think I would wish a fate of being on the Lions on anyone.
- Miami* (10-6) Takkarist McKinley, EDGE UCLA: This is a steal. In other news the sky is blue and the Dolphins will not make the playoffs next year.
- New York Giants* (11-5): The older brother of a future Michigan superstar quarterback, RB Stanford: I think he will be a good pass catcher and add another dimension to an already dangerous offense.
- Oakland* (12-4) Gareon Conley, CB OSU: Gosh I feel like an OSU homer right now. I wish Jourdan Lewis were 2 inches taller.
- Houston* (9-7) Cam Robinson, OT Alabama: He is a large man. I’d love to see him face Watt/Clowney in practice every day.
- Seattle* (10-5-1) Garett Bolles, OT Utah: Seattle needs to protect its ‘franchise quarterback’.
- Kansas City* (12-4) Tim Williams, Pass Rusher Alabama: He isn’t a linebacker in my book, but he will continue to be a sack monster at the next level.
- Dallas* (13-3) Budda Baker, S Washington: Hopefully he can cover tight ends. Actually, hopefully he can’t because there are very few things I find entertaining than Skip Bayless on Twitter after the Cowboys lose a playoff game.
- Green Bay* (10-6) Alvin Kamara, RB Tennessee: No clear answer here. But the Packers might also be exempt to that teams making bad decisions rule. Kamara will probably be a star if the he’s wearing green and yellow next year.
- Pittsburgh* (11-5) Haason Reddick, OLB Temple: I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen the dude play. But if Kiper has him in his 1st round, who am I to say otherwise?
- Atlanta* (11-5) Charles Harris, DE Missouri: Scary on film. Falcons will continue to add to a young and deep defense.
- New England* (14-2) Jabrill Peppers, S? Michigan: If I do another mock draft after the combine (I probably won’t), Peppers might be 20 spots higher. The combine won’t help any player more. But I hope he goes to the Pats. Bill Belichick wouldn’t just figure out a good position for him to play, he would tap into some superhuman power that Peppers has hiding underneath his uber-athletic body.
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**********I’m sorry for not including Corey Davis @WMUfans, I think he will be a good player but there is so much depth and talent at so many other positions this year that I can’t see more than a couple receivers coming off the board on day one.
The rest of the Wolverines:
Ben Braden, G: He could go day 2, if not he will be a steal in a late round. He’s consistent but not a dominant force.
Jake Butt, TE: I really hope a team reaches on him in the 2nd or 3rd round. Butt is a high character guy with sure hands that can play the position in every way any coach could think of. If he fully recovers he will be a top 10 tight end during his career.
Jehu Chesson, WR: His stock was killed as he was overshadowed by Darboh this season but some team will fall in love with his speed and pull the trigger in rounds 3-5.
Jeremy Clark, CB: I have no idea. If teams think he will be healthy he could be a day 3 pick. He was great to start the season as the number 1 corner with Lewis out. I wish the best to him but I just don’t know.
Amara Darboh, WR: I think he could be a day 2 guy. He has great hands and runs great routes. Just play that catch against BYU on repeat.
Ben Gedeon, ILB: I thought he was underrated all season. He is an excellent tackler and will make a team happy that decides he’s safe enough to grab in rounds 4-6.
Ryan Glasgow, DT: He was surrounded by superstars, but Glasgow held his own against the run. I’d be shocked if he is on the board after day 2.
Delano Hill, S: Not really sure that he will be drafted. At a minimum someone will give him a training camp contract.
Kyle Kalis, G: He’s higher than Braden on most draft boards, and I’m high on Braden, so….
Jourdan Lewis: He’s a day 1 player who will be picker on day 2. He will answer questions about his size by being a lockdown corner at the next level. His recovery speed and ball skills are better than any other corner in this draft.
Erik Magnuson, OT: See: Kyle Kalis
Deveon Smith, RB: I’m not totally sold on Smith as an NFL back even though he is thick and runs tough, but apparently some teams are. He will go day 3 and battle for a backup job/short-yardage role.
Channing Stribbling, CB: I really think he’s a day 2 guy. He was overshadowed by Lewis and Peppers, but he was frickin’ good this year.
Chris Wormley, DE: 6 months ago it was Wormley being discussed as a first rounder, not Charlton. I am not completely sure why his stock fell, but he will be a steal for someone in the 2nd round.
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