Top 5 NFL mock draft picks for 2017

NFL mock draft

The 82nd annual gathering of National Football League (NFL) franchises for the 2017 NFL Draft, which will see new eligible football players selected. The event is due to be held at Philadelphia City Hall in Philadelphia from April 27 to 29.

Here’s top 5 NFL mock draft picks for 2017 as according to NFL’s Bucky Brooks:

1. Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Strengths – Known for his Dynamic pass rushing with quirky quickness and a ‘fight till the end’ attitude. Garrett excels in offensive tackles with his unique combination of speed and power. His non-stop energy stock allows him to win after initially being offset at the line. With pass rushers in demand at a premium on draft day, and given Garrett’s skill sets, the Texas A&M product is broadly considered the No. 1 overall candidate in this year’ draft.

Pro comparison – Julius Peppers (Green Bay Packers)

Possible team fits – Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers.

2) Solomon Thomas, DE/DT, Stanford

Pro comparison – Justin Smith (retired, San Francisco 49ers)

Strengths – Super pass rusher with ‘on the limits’ athleticism and powerful hands. Thomas got everything to emerge as the most destructive defender in this draft. Having accustomed himself as an inside/outside rusher (defensive tackle/defensive end) at Stanford, Thomas offers the skillfulness to be an inside defender on nickel downs in the NFL. Given his volatile athleticism, well-rounded game, and nurtured technical skills, Thomas could be a game changer for a team in the long run.

Possible team fits – Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints.

3) Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Pro comparison – Everson Griffen (Minnesota Vikings)

Strengths – A consistent delivering SEC player who excels in hand skills and pass-rushing techniques, Barnett is the most pro-ready player on this list. The Tennessee product is known for karate-like hand skills and keen snap-count anticipation. While few skeptics will doubt his athleticism, it will be foolish to unsee his regular dominance and production in a conference viewed as the breeding ground for NFL talent.

Possible team fits – Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts.

4) Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA

Pro comparison – Tamba Hali (Kansas City Chiefs)

Strengths – Never-ending pass rusher with over-the-top athleticism. The former Bruin product is known for zooming around to put quarterbacks in the pocket. His overall package of energy and athleticism could make him a constant double-digit-sack producer early in his run.

Possible team fits – New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys.

5) Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

Pro comparison – Michael Bennett (Seatle Seahawks)

Strengths – Working class pass rusher with a game built on mettle, toughness, and labour. Harris outworks blockers at the line of scrimmage, showcasing a perfect combination of athleticism and technique to win with a range of moves. He is an exceptional run-and-chase defender expert at dig up quarterbacks from the back side. However, Harris’ old-school styled game lacks explosiveness, but he got all the basics needed to go as a pro.

Possible team fits – Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons.

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