Tuck’s Final NFL Mock Draft

Tuck’s Final Mock Draft Just Hours From The Draft

Usually most of us, if we’ve been paying attention, are pretty accurate in making picks while the draft goes on. We used to host these parties with fans of the radio station and winning teams typically would get 10-15 picks correct, with 80% of that coming early, when the number of prospects to guess was fewer. This year though, there just aren’t any gimmies.

The 49ers could select up to 5 different players. Usually we either know who’s going 2nd, or we can 50/50 it. Not this year. The Bears at 3? Same story. That same contest run this year, you might get the winner with only 8-10 correct picks. And that’s live as the draft is going on! What chance do I have?

Forget the odds. I’ll push forward anyway.

MOCK DRAFT 4.0 (4/26/17)

*PICK NO.
1
CLE
DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
Plenty of posturing, but this is the only pick we know for certain in a strange draft.
 
  • PICK NO.
    2SF
    SS Jamal Adams, LSU
    The 49ers would love a trade back for more assets, but so would everyone in the top 10. John Lynch played safety, and Adams is both safe and solid, and a good way to start.
  • PICK NO.
    3
    CHI
    DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford
    The great news for the Bears is they could trade down a few spots and still fill a pressing need. They’re one of a few teams whose biggest needs are available in the best players on the board. I had Allen here, but Peter King of SI reports they prefer Thomas. Adams and Marshon Lattimore have to be possibilities too.
  • PICK NO.
    4
    JAX
    RB Leonard Fournette, LSU
    Jags glaring need is offensive line, but that’s not an option this high. Chris Ivory can be affordably released after 2017 and TJ Yeldon has proven not to be the answer.
  • PICK NO.
    5
    TEN
    CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
    Titans should end up with a top safety or corner with this selection, but OJ Howard is a sleeper for them if he’s available.
  • PICK NO.
    6
    NYJ
    FS Malik Hooker, Ohio State
    So many holes, but you have to start somewhere. Sounds crazy, but the Jets probably wise to wait until 2018 for a quarterback because they’ll be bad next year.
  • PICK NO.
    7
    Los Angeles Chargers
    RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford 
    Danny Woodhead is gone, and Philip Rivers approves of this suped-up replacement. 
  • PICK NO.
    8
    QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
    Panthers would love to get their hands on a running back, but the opportunity is presented when teams are calling to move up, and the Browns do just what we expect they might.
  • PICK NO.
    9
    CIN
    OLB Haason Reddick, Temple
    Bengals jump on the hot name in the draft and fill a need at the same time.
  • PICK NO.
    10
    BUF
    CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
    Buffalo lost their top corner and got scorched last year in the secondary. I had Conley here, but he’s probably not worth the risk and the Bills had a private visit with Humphrey.
  • PICK NO.
    11
     NO
    MLB Reuben Foster, Alabama
    Saints linebackers are amongst the worst in football. Corner is also a possibility, as is the Malcolm Butler trade with New England. Foster’s fall won’t be far is my hunch.
  • PICK NO.
    12
    PROJECTED TRADE
    CLE
    OT Cam Robinson, Alabama 
    The Panthers move down and have their choice of defensive ends, but where they really struggled last year was along the offensive line.
  • PICK NO.
    13
    ARI
    QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson
    I think Arizona knows this is the final season for Carson Palmer and plans and hopes to end up with either Watson or Mahomes with this pick.
  • PICK NO.
    14
    PHI
    CB Adoree’ Jackson, USC
    Eagles could go in a number of directions, but need help in the secondary, and with Jackson you get the added bonus of a play-maker on special teams. 
  • PICK NO.
    15
     
    IND
    OLB Charles Harris, Missouri 
    Indy needs a lot of help, so this a spot to watch for a trade up, but if they’re stuck, an improved pass rush is a major need.
  • PICK NO.
    16
    BAL
    OL Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

    The Ravens pick will be announced by a Make-A-Wish kid, and I noted Lamp’s agent said the young man won’t have trouble with the pronunciation. Baltimore also needs to rebuild it’s O-line.

  • PICK NO.
    17
    WAS
    DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama
    I can’t figure out a team with an obvious need for a 3-4 end after the top team’s pick, but I’m also concerned of mixed reviews on Allen, both on the field and with injuries.Harris may not even make it this far, but is a good fit in DC.
  • PICK NO.
    18
    TEN
    TE OJ Howard, Alabama 
    Titans would be really lucky for the board to deliver them Howard. I could see a team jumping up for him, but tend to think after the Cards pass nothing obvious until this pick.
  • PICK NO.
    19
    TB
    SS Jabril Peppers, Michigan
    Bucs would love to move back, but there is no denying they need more talent on defense and could use help in the secondary.
  • PICK NO.
    20
    OLB TJ Watt, Wisconsin 
    The Broncos have offensive line issues, but also need to replace the retired DeMarcus Ware (or more specifically Shane Ray, who takes Ware’s spot). 
  • PICK NO.
    21
    DET
    DE Taco Charlton, Michigan  
    With who the Lions have looked at, I think defensive line is their top concern, and they’ll have good choices at this spot.
  • PICK NO.
    22
    MIA
    DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee
    The Dolphins shallowest position is defensive end. Barnett highly productive, but questions about his athleticism could lead to a slide.
  • PICK NO.
    23
    NYG
    OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
    The Giants have to figure out right tackle to make all of those offensive weapons work for Eli Manning. 
  • PICK NO.
    24
    OAK
    LB Jarrad Davis, Florida

    Should step in and start right away for Oakland.

  • PICK NO.
    25
    HOU
    QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech

    It’ll be interesting if the Texans are forced to move up as others may lobby teams higher for a trade up to acquire Mahomes. 

  • PICK NO.
    26
    SEA
     CB Kevin King, Washington
     Seahawks like bigger corners, and King fits the bill. 
  • PICK NO.
    27
    KC
    WR Mike Williams, Clemson
    It’s obvious to everyone that the Chiefs need more weapons on offense if the Alex Smith experience is to improve. 
  • PICK NO.
    28
    DAL
    OLB Tyus Bowser, Houston
    Jerry Jones wants a wardaddy, and this is a name that’s started to garner more attention in the last week.
  • PICK NO.
    29
    GB
    CB Chidobe Iwuzie, Colorado
    Defense is still licking it’s wounds from the NFC Title game and this is a guy who can play both the slot and the boundary.
  • PICK NO.
    30
     PIT
    TE David Njoku, Miami (FL)
    Njuko and Evan Engram could each go in the first round, or each could fall out and go high in the second.
  • PICK NO.
    31
    ATL

    CB Tre’Davius White, LSU

    Falcons could use a corner, a tight end (don’t sleep on Evan Engram), or more depth at defensive end. Plenty of chatter about 7 corners going in the first round which leads me to believe if Atlanta can’t move up for a pass-rusher they covet, they’ll settle on a corner.

  • PICK NO.                                                                                                                    32                                                                                                        NOTRADED FROM
    New England Patriots

WR John Ross, Washington                                                                                               How about this for a Brandon Cooks replacement?

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