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THIS IS NOT
A 2017 NFL MOCK DRAFT
. Click the link to see my real 2017 NFL Mock Draft. This is a 2017 NFL Not Draft - a compilation of popular mock picks that, in my opinion, will not happen. For the record, I was wrong about zero "not" picks in my 2012 and 2013 Not Mocks (which means I was right about none of my projections not happening). My 2014 Not Mock was less successful, as I "hit" (a bad thing) two of the picks. I also hit a pick in 2015 with the Redskins foolishly taking Brandon Scherff over Leonard Williams. I'll try to rebound in the 2017 edition.
2017 NFL Not Draft: Picks 1-16
Washington Redskins: Forrest Lamp, G/C, Western Kentucky
I thought Forrest Lamp was a viable option here until e-mailer Jared R. alerted me of the following Jay Gruden quote:
"We're getting there, but we've had, what, two first-round picks since I've been here?" Gruden said. "One of them hasn't played a down, or played one game, and the other one is a guard. We have got to utilize our picks."
Tennessee Titans: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Nothing really sticks out here, so I'm going to list a former pick. I slotted O.J. Howard here prior to the combine, but it's highly doubtful that he'll drop this far now. In fact, I have Tennessee picking him at No. 5 overall in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: John Ross, WR, Washington
The Buccaneers could take a receiver with this pick. If they do, I think it'll be Corey Davis over John Ross, as Tampa signed DeSean Jackson. Ross would just be redundant.
Denver Broncos: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Cam Robinson is a popularly mocked player to the Broncos, and it's easy to understand why. However, I don't think Robinson won't be available. Charlie Campbell reported that the Ravens love Robinson, who could be chosen 16th overall - if he's even available for Baltimore.
Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Taco Charlton won the vote for the Lions pick in our 2017 NFL Reader Mock Draft, but I can't see him being available this late. Some teams think Charlton will be a top-10 pick, so he'll almost certainly be off the board by No. 21.
Miami Dolphins: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Reuben Foster could slide in the draft like Laremy Tunsil. Will Miami pick up another falling prospect? I don't think so. Their front office recently told the media that the plan this year is to go after high-character prospects who love football. I don't think Foster qualifies.
New York Giants: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
I slotted Deshaun Watson here for several weeks. I don't think it's the craziest pick, but there's been so much speculation that the Giants could take a quarterback at No. 23 overall that I don't think it's going to happen now.
Oakland Raiders: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
The Raiders could definitely use a right tackle to fill out their offensive line, but they reportedly plan on focusing on their defense - specifically their front seven - early in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Houston Texans: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
My money has been on the Texans selecting a quarterback at this spot for the entire offseason. Of the top four quarterbacks, I don't think DeShone Kizer is in the discussion, so I'd be surprised if he were the pick.
Seattle Seahawks: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The Seahawks have taken cornerbacks later in the draft in recent years, but that could change this year. Corner is a very likely selection at No. 26 overall. Just don't expect it to be Tre'Davious White. The LSU product is liked by some other teams, but he didn't test well enough for Seattle to take him.
Kansas City Chiefs: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Haason Reddick is a talented prospect, completely worthy of being chosen at No. 27 overall. I have him going earlier than that in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. However, I don't think he's a likely pick for the Chiefs, as Andy Reid has never valued linebacker very highly.
Dallas Cowboys: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
There was a report earlier in the offseason that said the Cowboys were going to select a defensive player here unless a talented offensive player fell to them. That could be John Ross, or maybe even David Njoku, but I don't think Corey Davis qualifies. Davis is regarded highly by some, but most teams we've spoken to have him late first or early second. Thus, he doesn't carry much value at this point.
Green Bay Packers: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
Joe Mixon visited the Packers, but I don't think they'll take him. Green Bay doesn't have a history of selecting troubled players, and I think Ted Thompson will go a different direction with this pick anyway.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
I've been asked about Obi Melifonwu's fit with the Steelers. He'd be a good selection, but Melifonwu is drawing so much interest that it'll be difficult for him to fall to the end of the first round.
Atlanta Falcons: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri
The Falcons love athletic players, so T.J. Watt and Jordan Willis make sense here. Charles Harris doesn't. Harris tested extremely poorly at the combine, so I don't think he'll be in discussion. He could be long gone, anyway.
New Orleans Saints: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
It's possible that Corey Davis could slip to the end of the opening round. If that were to happen, would the Saints pounce on the falling receiver? I don't think so. As mentioned, the Saints believe they can plug in slightly lesser talents in at wideout and fare well offensively, and I think they want to focus on defense anyway.
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