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NFL Mock Draft 2017: Stephen Reed’s Mock Draft Vol. 2

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Here I come with Vol. 2 of the mock draft. This time around I went with a couple rumors going around, which inevitably will be completely false, and added my thoughts on players I would consider for the remaining Colts picks. Enjoy.

Round 1

  1. Cleveland: Myles Garrett - OLB - Texas A&M - The best choice for their franchise although Garrett seems a bit petty.
  2. San Francisco: Mitch Trubisky - QB - North Carolina - I haven’t heard this at all but they need a QB in the worst way and SF has been oddly quiet about their dire QB situation in general.
  3. Chicago: Marcus Lattimore - CB - Ohio St - Chicago needs to upgrade their secondary.
  4. Jacksonville: Soloman Thomas - DE - Stanford - This is the second time I’ve mocked Thomas to Jacksonville; I hope I’m wrong.
  5. Tennessee: Corey Davis - WR - Western Michigan - Tennessee needs another quality WR and Davis is the best in the class.
  6. NY Jets: O.J. Howard - TE - Alabama - I have no idea where the Jets go but upgrading their pass catchers would be a start.
  7. LA Chargers: Malik Hooker - S - Ohio St - Hooker immediately upgrades the Chargers secondary.
  8. Carolina: Christian McCaffrey - RB - Stanford - I keep seeing McCaffrey being the target for Carolina; I don’t like him this high but who knows?
  9. Cincinnati: Jonathan Allen - DT - Alabama - The Bengals get a coup with Allen dropping in their laps.
  10. Buffalo: DeShone Kizer - QB - Notre Dame - I’m not certain how Buffalo feels about Tyrod Taylor long term.
  11. New Orleans: Derek Barnett - DE - Tennessee - New Orleans needs to upgrade their pass rush.
  12. Cleveland: Jamal Adams - S - LSU - Cleveland shocks the world and doesn’t reach for a QB but grabs the best player available.
  13. Arizona: Patrick Mahomes - QB - Texas Tech - Arians would love to get a QB to train for a year under Palmer.
  14. Philadelphia: Reuben Foster - ILB - Alabama - Philly could go a number of ways. My guess is they upgrade their LB corps here.
  15. Indianapolis: Gareon Conley - CB - Ohio St - The Colts desperately need a second CB to start opposite Vontae Davis. Conley is arguably the best press-man cover CB in this draft and would be a perfect fit in this system. Other options here would be McKinley, Fournette or Reddick.
  16. Baltimore: Takk McKinley - OLB - UCLA - The team from Baltimore gets another pass rusher.
  17. Washington: Leonard Fournette - RB - LSU - Fournette could really solidify the RB position for Washington.
  18. Tennessee: Haason Reddick - ILB - Temple - After snagging the top WR at 5, Tennessee takes the most versatile LB here.
  19. Tampa Bay: Taco Charlton - DE - Michigan - Tampa needs to upgrade their defensive line and Charlton does it.
  20. Denver - Ryan Ramczyk - OT - Wisconsin- This is such an obvious pick for Denver. They need OL help, Ramczyk is the top OT available.
  21. Detroit: John Ross - WR - Washington - The Lions need to improve their WR corp and Ross is possibly my favorite WR in this class.
  22. Miami: Forrest Lamp - OG - Western Kentucky - Miami needs to solidify the interior of their OL. Lamp does this.
  23. NY Giants: Garett Bolles - OT - Utah - Another no brainer of a pick based on need and value.
  24. Oakland: Charles Harris - LB - Mizzou - Harris is a great pass rusher in the SEC, let’s see if that translates.
  25. Houston: Deshaun Watson - QB - Clemson - Houston needs a QB so, so badly. I hope they don’t get Watson.
  26. Seattle: Cam Robinson - OT - Alabama - It seems unlikely Seattle can move Sherman so upgrading their OL in the meantime makes sense.
  27. Kansas City: Tre’Davious White - CB - LSU - White gives the Chiefs a solid complement to Marcus Peters.
  28. Dallas: Malik McDowell - DE - Michigan St - Dallas needs to improve their defensive line.
  29. Green Bay: Marlon Humphrey - CB - Alabama - Green Bay would be drooling to get Humphrey late in Round 1.
  30. Pittsburgh: Mike Williams - WR - Clemson - Williams is an immediate upgrade for the Steelers as a WR2.
  31. Atlanta: Tim Williams - OLB - Alabama - This pick could go any number of directions. Williams upgrades their pass rush in a big way.
  32. New Orleans: Dalvin Cook - RB - Florida St - The Saints could use another option beyond the often injured Mark Ingram.

Remaining Colts Picks

46. Tyus Bowser - OLB - Houston - Bowser is one of the more explosive edge rushers in this class. He’s got a basketball background and showed promise matching up against TEs in coverage. He needs to work on his overall skill set to maximize his production but with proper training, he could be one of the better OLBs in this class.

80. Marcus Maye - S - Florida - Maye can be a physical presence at the safety position, kind of what the Colts expected Clayton Geathers to be. However, Maye also has the ability to play the FS spot as well. He’s at his best when attacking so pair him with Darius Butler or T.J. Green and you’ve got a decent starting safety rotation.

122. Marlon Mack - RB - South Florida - Mack is a quick, scat back type of player who the Colts can utilize on the outside and relieve Frank Gore. He’s got great speed but is unwilling to run inside consistently and has fumble concerns. If he can get the fumble issues fixed, I’m fine with the rest.

137. Jermaine Eluemunor - OG - Texas A&M - Eluemunor is a relatively inexperienced football player but has the size, strength and agility you love in an OG. He’ll need some seasoning but could end up being a steal near the end of Round 4.

144. Dawuane Smoot - DE - Illinois - Smoot had a great junior year for Illinois but didn’t meet expectations this past season. He’d make an intriguing pick because he’s a 3-4 DE with the ability to rush the passer. However, he does need to work on technique but with his drive, it shouldn’t be an issue.

158. Kendell Beckwith - ILB - LSU - Beckwith was a solid starter at LSU with experience as a 3-4 ILB. He’s patient and aware of the game around him, takes good angles to the ball and is physical. He is limited in coverage though. He may be available this late due to suffering an ACL tear prior to LSU’s bowl game. In Round 5, I’m willing to take that risk.

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