2017 NFL Mock Draft
The 2017 NFL Draft will be held on April 27th-29th in Philadelphia and here is our final 2017 NFL Mock Draft:
1. Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Mock drafts are hard, but this pick is easy. As Sean Beazley noted in his mock draft, "[e]ven the Browns canít screw up this pick."
With a rare blend of length, burst and freakish athleticism, Garrett has all of the tools to develop into a perenniel All-Pro pass-rusher. Even though rookie Emmanuel Ogbah led the team in sacks last year, only the Raiders (25) recorded fewer sacks than the Browns (26) in 2016.
2. San Francisco 49ers (Draft History): Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Ideally, the 49ers would like to trade out of this spot and accumulate more draft capital. Assuming they are unable to move down, it's unclear who will be the first-ever draft pick in the John Lynch era, but I think the choice comes down to Adams or Stanford's Solomon Thomas. Perhaps the former safety sees a bit of himself in Adams, a defensive tone-setter and a great leader by all accounts.
3. Chicago Bears (Draft History): Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
In most previous updates of my mock, I've slotted Thomas to the 49ers (and Adams to the Bears). I think Marshon Lattimore is in play here, but Thomas gives Fox and Fangio a versatile lineman with outstanding strength and quickness and a non-stop motor.
Watching Stanford's Solomon Thomas looks incredibly similar to watching JJ Watt when he was coming out of Wisconsin. Very, very, similar— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) January 4, 2017
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (Draft History): Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Despite rumors of a quarterback possibly in play here, this decision comes down to Fournette or Alabama's Jonathan Allen, for me. If teams are concerned about Allen's shoulders, it's possible he slides beyond this point. That said, their defense isn't the problem. Finishing sixth in total defense in 2016, they added premier defensive free agents in Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye last month.
While the defense hasn't been the problem, Blake Bortles certainly regressed in his third season. One way to help him is to add a back like Fournette. Given his unique combination of size, power and speed, Fournette is built to be a workhorse back that will wear down opposing defenses and helps to change the team's identity into a run-first team that plays great defense.
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2018 NFL Mock DraftIt's nearly impossible to predict how an NFL draft will play out even minutes before it begins. That said, we have taken an early look at how the 2018 NFL Draft could play.
Here is our way-too-early 2018 NFL Mock Draft:
1. Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Sam Darnold, QB, USC
It appears to be a lock that the Browns will use their No. 1 overall pick in 2017 to select Texas A&M's Myles Garrett, the consensus top player available in this year's draft. Provided they don't trade for Jimmy Garoppolo or draft a signal-caller with their other first-round pick, selecting a potential franchise quarterback like Darnold would make sense next year if the Browns are once again in this spot.
Not only is the 2018 quarterback class widely viewed as being more talented than this year's crop of quarterbacks, Darnold has the potential to be the best of the group. With prototypical physical tools and outstanding poise and leadership, the redshirt freshman engineered a come-from-behind victory over Penn State in Rose Bowl as he threw for 453 yards and five scores.
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2017 NBA Mock DraftThe 2017 NBA Draft will be held in Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, June 22nd.
Here is our initial 2017 NBA Mock Draft:
|1||Boston Celtics (via Nets)||Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington|
|2||Los Angeles Lakers||Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA|
|3||Phoenix Suns||Josh Jackson, G/F, Kansas|
|4||Orlando Magic||Jonathan Isaac, SF, Florida State|
|5||Philadelphia 76ers||Dennis Smith, PG, North Carolina State|
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* Note: Our 2017 NBA Mock Draft order is the inverse of our NBA Power Rankings.
More NFL and NBA Draft ContentCheck out more of our NFL Draft and NBA Draft coverage:
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- Historical NFL Draft Results
NCAA Tournament March Madness Predictions
Below you will find our predictions for the East region of the 2017 NCAA Tournament:
(1) Villanova over (16) Mount St. Mary's
Mount St. Mary's won their play-in game. The prize? No. 1 seed and defending champion Villanova awaits them. There is virtually no chance that Mount St. Mary's pulls off a historic 16-over-1 upset.
(8) Wisconsin over (9) Virginia Tech
I've gone back and forth on this one, which I suppose should be expected given the 8-versus-9 matchup. Virginia Tech could really shoot it -- 40.3 percent from three-point range this season -- and Wisconsin struggled down the stretch (4-6 in their last 10). With the senior leadership of Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, both of whom have played 14 NCAA Tournament games, I'll give the edge to Wisconsin.
(5) Virginia over (12) UNC Wilmington
To a degree, this is a strength-on-strength matchup. UNC Wilmington ranks 18th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency (via kenpom.com) with four double-digit scorers on the season. On the other hand, Virginia ranks first in adjusted defensive efficiency. While Virginia can be inconsistent on the offensive end, they move on to Round 2.
(4) Florida over (13) East Tennessee State
The loss of starting center John Egbunu (ACL) could limit how deep of a run Florida will make, but their guard play -- KeVaughn Allen, Kasey Hill and Canyon Barry -- will get them past T.J. Cromer and the Buccaneers.
> Continue reading our 2017 NCAA Tournament Predictions: East Region
More regions and Final Four:
- 2017 NCAA Tournament Predictions: West Region
- 2017 NCAA Tournament Predictions: South Region
- 2017 NCAA Tournament Predictions: Midwest Region
- 2017 NCAA Tournament Predictions: Final Four
2017 NFL Free Agency RankingsNFL Free Agency officially begins on Thursday, March 9th at 4 PM ET, but teams may begin negotiating with pending free agents on Tuesday, March 7th.
|Rank||Player||Pos.||Last (2016) Team||Age*|
|1||Calais Campbell||DE||Arizona Cardinals||31|
|2||Alshon Jeffery||WR||Chicago Bears||27.5|
|3||Brandon Williams||DT||Baltimore Ravens||28.5|
|4||Dont'a Hightower||LB||New England Patriots||27.5|
|5||A.J. Bouye||CB||Houston Texans||26|
|6||Kevin Zeitler||G||Cincinnati Bengals||27.5|
|7||Stephon Gilmore||CB||Buffalo Bills||27|
|8||T.J. Lang||G||Green Bay Packers||29.9|
|9||Dontari Poe||DT||Kansas City Chiefs||27|
|10||Nick Perry||OLB||Green Bay Packers||27.4|
|View our full 2017 NFL Free Agency Rankings|
* Age is on Sept. 1st, 2017.