Mockenstein 2017 NFL Mock Draft Contest Results

by | Mar 15, 2017 | Mock Draft Contests, NFL Draft

Welcome to Mockenstein: 32 picks (including trades) from 32 separate mock drafts that all make logical sense. We will start announcing results today, Wednesday (3/15) at 8 pm, with a few minutes between picks. The draft will conclude at 9 pm. Winner gets $50. And it could be you.

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So let’s get started. With the first picks of the MockenStein Mock Draft Contest…

1. cle-copy Myles Garrett, DE, TEXAS A&M, from Cleveland.com

I could have selected nearly any mock draft to find Garret at #1. I gave it to the hometown publication because it’s often a franchise that has the #1 pick! Enjoy it Cleveland! It might be years until you experience this again. But what I liked most about this mock is that it included a video of a humble and honest Myles Garrett explaining why he should be the #1 pick:

 

2. was-copy via sf-copy Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama from Charley Casserly, NFL.com

And just like that the Redskins transform to a defense. They just don’t have a QB, so Allen is likely the best talent available and upgrades the Skins D overnight. Or as Charley explains: “Redskins get an excellent 3-4 defensive end who gives you an inside pass rush.“

3. chi-copy Jamal Adams, S, LSU, from Rob Rang, CBS Sports

I love Jamal at this spot and Rang summed up so perfectly why Bears fans should be PSYCHED when training camp starts. “He is a tone-setter with a rare combination of instincts, athleticism and intangibles to make an immediate impact on a defense that made strides a year ago but allowed 24.9 points per game, 24th in the NFL.”

4. jax-copy Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU, from Erik Galko of Optimum Scouting, Sporting News

I have a soft spot in my heart for Sporting News mock drafts. It was the first mock I ever found online and I check in on it like I would an older relative. No matter what, I want to hear from them. So as a reward I’m going with the most exciting and fun pick of the Draft. Fournette on the Jags. I seriously think Fournette could own the city of Jacksonville in a few years. Galko describes Fournette in the clearest, most simple terms: “the best offensive player in the 2017 draft.”

 

5. cle-copy via ten-copy Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC, from Rob Staton, Seahawks Draft Blog

I’m not usually in the business of taking the prediction about the Titans pick from a mock draft with no analysis written by a Seahawks expert. But Staton is the real deal, so I’ll excuse his lack of analysis because this trade makes a lot of sense…if the Browns really want Trubisky. He won’t be there at #12 and if the Browns believe he’s the franchise QB he is worth losing a 2nd RD pick.

6.nyj-copy Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State, from Charlie Campbell at WalterFootball

Lattimore is my favorite type of prospect. Comes into the season with BIG expectations and deliver. From Charlie: “Scouting sources raved about how Lattimore looked in fall camp before the 2016 season, and during the year, some team sources said they graded him as a top-16 pick. The 6-foot, 192-pounder has good size to go with athletic ability.”

7.  sd-copy  Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State, from Walter Cherepinsky at WalterFootball

Oh man. Bad etiquette to start Mockenstein with two back-to-back Walter Picks picks. But these guys are on top of it and deserve top Mockenstein billing. Hooker makes up for some deficiencies on defense. From Walter: “The Chargers were already weak at safety in the wake of Eric Weddle’s departure, and now Jahleel Addae happens to be an impending free agent.”

8. car-copyJohn Ross, WR, Washington, from Chad Reuter at NFL.com

“Finding speed at the receiver position should be a priority for the Panthers,” says Chad. If speed is the priority than the Panthers have struck gold with Ross. Now let’s hope he can stay on the field.

9. cin-copy Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama, from Chris Burke at SI.com

Bengals take the best available defensive talent on the board and fill in a major need at linebacker. Like many of us, Burke smells something cooking in the Bengals war room. From Burke: “The Bengals aren’t known for aggressive trades up during the draft—their biggest swing, for the 1995 No. 1 pick, resulted in the Ki-Jana Carter debacle. I still can’t shake the possibility that they chat up Lynch about No. 2, in hopes of landing Thomas or Allen.”

10. buf-copy Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson, from Matt Miller at Bleacher Report

Some fans abandoned the Watson bandwagon as soon as they found out about the arm strength red flags. Big mistake. Miller is spot on with his breakdown: “Deshaun Watson has his warts as a prospect, but every quarterback in this class does. With Watson, you at least know you’re getting a poised passer with some dual-threat skills and an excellent leader. He’ll need some time to fully develop and learn an NFL offense, but he’s not far behind Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch in terms of developmental needs. His arm strength isn’t amazing, but offensive coordinator Rick Dennison doesn’t need a cannon back there. He needs touch, timing and anticipation. Watson has all those tools.”

11. no-copy Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan, from Jeff Duncan at NOLA.com

It’s not the sexiest pick in Mockenstein but it might be the safest. From Duncan: “The 6-5, 277-pound Charlton has tremendous size and has been compared to Justin Tuck and Chandler Jones. The Saints would gladly take that kind of talent alongside Cameron Jordan, Sheldon Rankins and Nick Fairley.”

12. ten-copy via cle-copy O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama, from Jason Wolf at The Tennessean

The trade dominos fall into place perfectly for the Titans. “Howard will likely command a first-round draft pick and could be a target for the Titans, especially if Robinson manages to trade down from fifth overall. He’s big, fast and catches the ball with ease, but needs to improve as a blocker.”

13. ari-copy DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame, from Eric Edholm at Yahoo! Sports

From Eric: “He fits the mold of a Bruce Arians-style quarterback (even if Arians might be on the 18th tee of his coaching career) and lands in a perfect setup with Carson Palmer in place now but eminently replaceable in time.”

14. phi-copy Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford, from Steve Palazzolo at Pro Football Focus

From Steve: “Continuing to move up draft boards after a strong combine, Thomas will fit well in Philadelphia where he can use his outstanding run-stopping ability at defensive end before kicking inside to rush the passer.”

15. ind-copy Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee, from Nate Davis at USA Today Sports

From Nate: “With Robert Mathis retired, Indianapolis has serious issues up front. Barnett had 23 sacks during his last two years for the Vols and seems ready to walk into the NFL as a three-down player.”

16. bal-copy Hassan Reddick, OLB, Temple, from Dan Kadar at SB Nation

From Dan: “The rise of Reddick continues. The versatile linebacker can give the Ravens a player who has experience with his hand down or playing in space.”

17. was-copy Jabril Peppers, S, Michigan, from Daniel Jeremiah at NFL.com

From Jeremiah: “Peppers is a unique athlete, with the ability to excel at the nickel position as well as play as a high safety. He will also be a major difference-maker on special teams.”

18. ten-copy Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan, from Joe Marino at Fanrag Sports Network

Well…you caught me. This isn’t really a mock draft but sometimes expert picks just make too much damn sense to ignore. I liked this pick so much I broke the rules. From Marino: “Davis’ dominant, all-around skillset is perfect for the Tennessee offense; he literally excels at all aspects of receiver play at a high level. The most exciting aspect of Davis’ game that meshes perfectly with Mariota is his ability to pick up yards after the catch. Davis sees the field extremely well and has exceptional upfield burst to eat up yardage. He is physical when challenging tacklers to maximize his carries and has plus skills with his off ball hand to stiff-arm tacklers and create yards.”

19. tb-copy Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State, from Tom Downey at ChatSports

From Tom: “There are some worries about Cook’s injury history (plus the general lack of value NFL teams place on RBs and off-the-field worries), but I’d be surprised if he fell further than this. With Doug Martin’s future in doubt, Cook makes perfect sense as a 3-down replacement.”

20. den-copy Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky, from Emily Kaplan at The MMQB

From Emily: “You may not have heard of Lamp yet, but evaluators took notice ever since he put up dominant tape against Alabama—especially in winning one-on-one battles against Jonathan Allen (my No. 4 pick). Lamp was a left tackle in college but could slide to guard.”

21. det-copy Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida, from Micky McKeon at MockOut

I had to give MockOut a piece of this Mockenstein pie. I’ll let Micky explain why he thinks the Lions should nab Davis: “The Lions have invested major bucks in the offensive line, which tells me they plan on running it more next year. Which tells me they plan on not playing catch up so much, which tells me they plan on drafting defense. The Lions must be sick of doing well early, then getting beat up once the weather turns cold in the NFC North. Davis adds a mauler to a team that needs to play hard in Green Bay, in Chicago, in the cold.”

22.  mia-copy Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU, from Charley Casserly at NFL.com

I gave Charley another piece of Mockenstein because I trust him as an NFL insider with moles everywhere. His analysis sometimes leaving me wanting more, though. From Charley: “This pick is assuming the Dolphins re-sign Kenny Stills — otherwise they draft a receiver.”

23.  nyg-copy Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin, from Chris Pflum at SB Nation’s Big Blue View

From Chris: “Ramczyk has taken a circuitous route to the NFL, but he has the natural tools to be a good starting offensive tackle. He has the foot speed, knee bend, core strength and hand usage to stand up on the edge in pass protection, and plenty of power as a run blocker.”

24. oak-copy Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State, from Dynasty Football Factory

From DFF: “McDowell, if able to tap into his outstanding potential, could become a superstar. His athleticism and power combination should have the Raiders salivating, if he can add some pass rush skills, as well as improvement in dealing with blocks, McDowell will be a steal.”

25. hou-copy Budda Baker, S, Washington, from Danny Shimon at National Football Post

From Danny: “Comment: Baker is an undersized safety/nickel defender who draws favorable comparisons to Arizona cardinals Tyrann Mathieu. Baker possesses very good quickness and is fast to diagnose and attack. He can be a roving defender and matchup safety for the Texans and DC Romeo Crennel.”

26. sea-copy Garett Bolles, OT, Utah, from Danny Kelly at The Ringer

From Danny: “The Seahawks signed former second overall pick Luke Joeckel in free agency, but that’s not enough to stop them from investing their top pick on the offensive line for a second straight year after selecting Texas A&M lineman Germain Ifedi last season. Bolles could line up at either tackle spot for the Seahawks and has the versatility to play inside, too.”

27. kc-copyMike Williams, WR, Clemson, from Will Brinson at CBS Sports

From Brinson: “Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: Surprising fall for Williams here! This spot means Kansas City is forced to ignore the defense for now and add another weapon for Alex Smith (or Tony Romo?).”

28. dal-copy Charles Harris, DE, Missouri, from Danny Kelly at The Ringer

More RINGER picks?! I like they way they mock at the Ringer HQ. They take chances and don’t settle for the obvious. And, this pick just made so much sense for the Cowboys. From Danny: “With Randy Gregory’s future in the league in doubt and Demarcus Lawrence set to have his second back surgery this offseason, the Cowboys need to look to the pass rush early in the draft once again. With Harris, they get a productive player (34.5 tackles for a loss and 18 sacks in three seasons at Missouri) with an explosive first step and the ability to play on either side of the line.”

29.gb-copy Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt, from Steve Palazzolo at Pro Football Focus

From Steve: “Green Bay adds an athletic linebacker to the defense, as Cunningham has the range to make plays in zone coverage while attacking blockers in the run game as well as any linebacker in the draft class.”

30.pit-copy TJ Watt, LB, Wisconsin, from Nicholas Martin at SB Nation’s Behind the Steel Curtain

This is another non-mock pick. But Behind the Steel Curtain is one of the better team blogs and I wanted them to have this pick. Also, I was deadset on the Steelers landing Watt. From Nicholas: “When watching him, it is really easy to notice that he has really heavy hands, can play with power, has shown good pass rush techniques like his snatch move, shows the requisite amount of bend to threaten the edge, can drop into coverage and has a relentless motor. Some, like myself, were not expecting that kind of performance at the combine and a lot of that had to do with the fact Wisconsin had him make more tackle reads than ball or cadence reads.”

31. atl-copy Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA, from Eric Robinson at SB Nation’s The Falcoholic

From Eric: “He has enough size to be a three-down defensive end for the Falcons on either side and his athleticism is versatile enough to have him showcase his agility in space and make plays. Shoulder surgery sets him back for a few months which will affect his draft stock enough for the Falcons to grab him.”

32. no-copy Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn, from Ryan Berger at SB Nation’s Canal Street Chronicles

From Ryan: “With Melifonwu, the Saints would have another guy who can play corner or safety to pair with Vonn Bell, as well as a guy who makes his money around the line of scrimmage like Kenny Vaccaro. And if there’s a criticism to the shorter guys who have excelled in this league, challenging tight ends is still a problem. At 6-foot-4 with CB skills, the Saints would have a clear guy to match up with bigger targets.”

 

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