2017 NFL mock draft: Where will the quarterbacks go?

The long wait for the draft is finally almost over.

After months of preparation, interview, work out and, of course, mock drafts, it is finally the week of the 2017 NFL draft.

If you’ve been following these mock draft since December, you’ve seen the first round meld into shape. In recent weeks the draft position for running backs, cornerback, and pass rusher has particularly become apparent.

The issue in this draft has always been and continues to be at quarterback. The top four players at the position — DeShone Kizer, Patrick Mahomes, Mitch Trubisky, and Deshaun Watson — could go at any point or wait longer than we expect. The uncertainty at that position is what makes this year’s draft unique and where they go will ultimately alter ever other team’s plan.

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

This pick is so close to happening that Garrett recently followed Browns players Joe Haden, Carl Nassib, and Danny Shelton on Twitter. If that doesn’t make it official, I don’t know what else would. Don’t screw up the No. 1 pick, Cleveland. Don’t listen to Warren Sapp. Take the draft’s top player and then use your stockpile of picks to come back up and get a quarterback.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

The 49ers have been doing a lot of late work on quarterbacks, so what happens here is still something of a mystery. It could be an elaborate ruse to orchestrate a trade down. If the 49ers stick here and don’t take a quarterback, Thomas is a good system fit. Malik Hooker of Ohio State should still be under consideration.

3. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Adams is a player with few flaws and a team like the Bears need a sure thing player. Adams is practically a lock for the top five picks. The question is whether the Bears pick him or throw a curveball and take a quarterback.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Running back is one of the key needs for Jacksonville, and no back in the draft can shape an offense like Fournette. I agree that the Jaguars won’t get the most out of Fournette without a better line, but they may not get another chance at player like the LSU star.

5. Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

Even before releasing Jason McCourty the Titans needed cornerback help. There’s some concern about Lattimore because of his past history of hamstring issues, but he was sensational last season at full health.

6. New York Jets: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

Most of the picks for the Jets have been players on offense, but there’s some logic behind Hooker. Only one team had less interceptions last season than the Jets, and Hooker’s specialty is creating turnovers.

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

With new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley the Chargers the Chargers could be searching for a versatile piece along the defensive line. With his power and play style Allen is the type of player who can move around and find success anywhere he lines up.

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

McCaffrey-in-the-top-10 talk hasn’t quieted. If Fournette is available, I think he’s the pick. If not, McCaffrey is the fall-back option for Carolina.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Barnett isn’t flashy like Garrett but you can legitimately argue that his production at Tennessee was more impressive. Barnett consistently generated pressure in college and is a solid player against the run.

10. Buffalo Bills: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

This is another spot where a quarterback could be in play. Owners don’t randomly go to player workouts for no reason and Bills owner Terry Pegula has accompanied the team at some workouts. If it’s not a quarterback, I rate Howard higher than the wide receivers this year.

11. New Orleans Saints: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

The Saints have put in a ton of work on pass rushers leading up to the draft so it’s probable one of team’s three top-50 picks will be used on an edge player. The longer they wait, the quicker the quality of the position decreases.

12. Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

I’m not sure where the Browns will get to so they can acquire Trubisky, I just think on draft night he ends up staying with his hometown team.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

Mahomes gets the nod over Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer simply because of a rocket arm that fits so well with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

Every week as the draft has approached Conley has inched up, surpassing other cornerbacks. Now some are wondering if he’ll even get picked before teammate Marshon Lattimore. The Eagles are barren at cornerback. Conley would start immediately.

15. Indianapolis Colts: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

The versatile Reddick is the type of player who can help transform the Colts’ middling defense. Coaches will love his gritty play style and teammates will rally around him.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

If Williams happens to fall out of top-10 picks — which could happen depending on Cincinnati and Buffalo — Baltimore could be his landing spot. Williams isn’t a superstar athlete for a wideout but he can go up and get the ball and give Joe Flacco a good lead receiver.

17. Washington: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

Foster’s draft status is more fragile than any player’s leading up to Thursday. He could just easily go in the top 10 as he could fall out of the first round. Washington feels like a happy medium where he fits a need.

18. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Davis has been flying under the radar after skipping out on the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day because of injury. He should still hear his name called on day one of the draft, and Tennessee is a good fit.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami

This pick has been locked in for about a month. If it’s not Njoku for the Buccaneers they could go after Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu or perhaps even an offensive lineman.

20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

Ramczyk will be in Philadelphia on draft night and he’s not there to see the Liberty Bell. He could help finish Denver’s rebuild on the offensive line as they continue to try and figure out who will start for them at quarterback.

21. Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

This might not be the sack threat the Lions need, but Detroit could use a roaming linebacker. Teams — and particularly coaches — love Davis.

22. Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky

You can probably put Lamp anywhere along the offensive line and he’ll be effective. For the Dolphins he’d slot in at guard and help protect Ryan Tannehill from the inside rush.

23. New York Giants: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

Another offensive lineman for the Giants. Ereck Flowers was a reach in the top 10 in 2015, and he’s played like one. At the least Bolles can provide competition at left tackle or take over on the right side.

24. Oakland Raiders: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

Cunningham is the exact type of player the Raiders need on defense. While Khalil Mack is making plays in the backfield Cunningham can clean up any mess that gets behind him on the second level.

25. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

It will be fascinating to see where Watson lands on draft night. Is he this year’s version of Teddy Bridgewater as a fan favorite quarterback who slips on draft night?

26. Seattle Seahawks: Kevin King, CB, Washington

If Bolles and Ramczyk are gone, this pick would be down to King and cornerback Marlon Humphrey and offensive tackle Cam Robinson of Alabama. King is a perfect system fit.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Do the Chiefs take Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer or find a cornerback who can play opposite Marcus Peters? If you’re going purely by value, it’s cornerback.

28. Dallas Cowboys: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California

This pick seems certain to be on defense, whether it’s a pass rusher up front or a coverage player. It’s no coincidence that the NFL invited six cornerbacks to the draft. Teams could covet Jackson for his upside as a cornerback and his incredible ability as a return specialist.

29. Green Bay Packers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

A team like the Packers could stop the slide of Cook on draft night. He could be Green Bay’s new lead running back while also providing another weapon in the pass game. The Packers could be another team in the back part of the first round who gets a cornerback, as well.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

I keep going back and forth on McKinley or Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt for the Steelers. McKinley would be an excellent pairing with Bud Dupree. He’s a high motor pass rusher who can stand up and play with his hand in the dirt.

31. Atlanta Falcons: Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State

Rivers is certainly a favorite of Falcons fans, but is he actually a favorite of the Falcons? He would give Atlanta a pass rusher to go along with Vic Beasley. Malik McDowell of Michigan State could be an option, as well, because of his versatility.

32. New Orleans Saints: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Until the Saints somehow manage to acquire Malcolm Butler I think they leave the first night of the draft with a cornerback. In this scenario it was either White or Chidobe Awuzie of Colorado. Could this be a landing spot for Kizer?

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Warriors complete sweep of Trail Blazers with blowout win in Portland

Golden State dominated from the very start.

The Golden State Warriors sealed a playoff series sweep over the Portland Trail Blazers three minutes into the first quarter of Game 4. It was that ugly.

A 14-0 run started things off, and nothing got better for Portland. It was a reminder of how last season’s winningest team in NBA history added Kevin Durant.

It’s tough to see this team losing in a seven-game series when it shoots as well as it did on Monday night.

Steph Curry was unreal

We’ve grown accustomed to his greatness, but Curry was particularly spectacular in this one.

On 20 shots he scored 37 points and shot 7-of-11 from deep. He danced off the dribble, fired from range, and distributed the ball everywhere. He finished with eight assists and seven rebounds.

He was launching like last year’s Curry, who we’ve seen a lot of as of recently.

There’s not much a team can do when this is going down.

Kevin Durant was on a minutes restriction and it did not matter

After missing two games it was good to see Durant on the floor, but he wasn’t needed.

He scored 10 points on seven shots in 20 minutes and looked good as new.

At full strength, this Warriors team is as nasty as we thought, and Durant was huge contributor to what tied an NBA record for most points in a first quarter in the playoffs. The team scored an astounding 45.

CJ McCollum was ice cold

Portland was able to compete to start this series because its backcourt played out of their minds. Damian Lillard showed up for Game 4, with 34 points on 12-of-24 shooting, but McCollum was nowhere to be found.

The Blazers couldn’t afford anything short of perfection to win a game against the Warriors.

McCollum had a mere six points on 2-of-12 shooting and missed all four of his three-point attempts.

Luckily this team will retain much of its roster, and hope for a full and healthy season from Jusuf Nurkic.

Blazers fans have a lot to look forward to.

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Warriors playoff game and Chance the Rapper were both scheduled on same day

Warriors sweep Blazers, avoid conflict with Chance the Rapper show at Oracle

The Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers will face off in the first round of the playoffs, and the Warriors will almost surely win. They’re a historically good team who just saw Kevin Durant return to the lineup, and an upset seems pretty implausible.

Before the series even started, there was a Chance the Rapper concert scheduled at Oracle during what would have been Game 5. Expecting the Warriors will sweep the Blazers, though, feels a bit presumptuous. No one on Golden State is expecting that, to be fair. But is the NBA? Well, no need to worry because the sweep happened.

If Game 5, had happened, it would have been played on April 26 at Oracle Arena. The same night as the Chance concert.

Chance is getting bigger and bigger, but I initially thought maybe he wasn’t slated to perform at Oracle. I saw him in Dallas last year, and he played at a large concert venue rather than an even larger arena. (Highly recommend it, by the way.) But …

Welp.

We reached out to Warriors PR, and they gave us this statement.

When booking concert events at the arena during a playoff run, we typically schedule contingency dates for that event. The Warriors will have the priority on April 26th.

A formal announcement for the Chance the Rapper show is in the works, pending that the show will be moved.

Good news for you if you have tickets to this show. It’s still on!

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NFL draft 2010 results: Pick-by-pick selections

The 2010 NFL Draft had talent from top to bottom.

The 2010 NFL Draft didn’t have the flashy top of the order fans might’ve liked to see — only four of the first 12 players selected are still with the teams that drafted them — but it was still one of the more talented draft classes from top to bottom in quite some time. It was also a unique draft, in that teams managed to find talented playmakers in virtually every round of the draft.

Round 1 boasted some of the better linemen on both sides of the ball in Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Mike Iupati. It also saw one of the better safety duos come off the board in Eric Berry and Earl Thomas.

On Day 2, the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, and New Orleans Saints respectively found difference-making superstars in Rob Gronkowski, NaVorro Bowman, and Jimmy Graham in the second and third rounds.

And on the third day of the draft, the AFC North became even more dominant as the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers found two of the biggest steals of the draft in Geno Atkins (fourth-round selection) and Antonio Brown (sixth-round selection).

2010 was not the year for quarterbacks, as first-overall selection Sam Bradford, who certainly didn’t live up to his pedigree as the top pick, was far and away the best QB, and even the best value, of the draft class. Among the names who didn’t pan out at the position include Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen, and Colt McCoy. Of the 13 quarterbacks selected in 2010, just five remain in the league and only one holds a starting position. Only Tebow has won a playoff game, let alone started one, and he’s playing baseball now.

All in all, the 2010 NFL Draft boasts a solid class, highlighted by several superstars who are still making a difference in games nearly a decade after their initial selections.

Here are all the picks from that draft:

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2017 NFL mock draft database: Which player is each team projected to pick?

Rounding up and compiling mock drafts to predict the 2017 NFL Draft.

Now that the 2016 NFL season is over, all eyes turn to the 2017 offseason. The big event is the NFL draft, scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

The Cleveland Browns are at the top of the draft order following their 1-15 season, but they also have the No. 12 selection thanks to a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. While there’s still time for players to climb up or slide down boards, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett is the near consensus choice to be Cleveland’s No. 1 pick.

By surveying as many mock drafts as possible, we can get a good idea of the directions experts expect most teams to go.

A few notes:

  • This will be updated consistently until draft day.
  • Players selected less than five percent of the time fall in the “others” category.
  • Mock drafts that include trades are not included.
  • With a lot of similar colors, I know some of the slices can be hard to tell apart (sorry, Raiders fans). Hover over or click on the chart and it’ll show the numbers and name for each individual slice. It also can be read like a clock with the names on the right representing the slices clockwise around the chart.
  • All the mock drafts used are listed at the bottom.

No. 1 Cleveland Browns

Most popular selection: Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett

No. 2 San Francisco 49ers

Most popular selection: Stanford DE Solomon Thomas

No. 3 Chicago Bears

Most popular selection: LSU S Jamal Adams

No. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars

Most popular selection: LSU RB Leonard Fournette

No. 5 Tennessee Titans (via Rams)

Most popular selection: Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore

No. 6 New York Jets

Most popular selection: North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky

No. 7 Los Angeles Chargers

Most popular selection: Ohio State S Malik Hooker

No. 8 Carolina Panthers

Most popular selection: LSU RB Leonard Fournette

No. 9 Cincinnati Bengals

Most popular selection: Alabama LB Reuben Foster

No. 10 Buffalo Bills

Most popular selection: Clemson WR Mike Williams

No. 11 New Orleans Saints

Most popular selection: Tennessee DE Derek Barnett

No. 12 Cleveland Browns (via Eagles)

Most popular selection: North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky

No. 13 Arizona Cardinals

Most popular selection: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II

No. 14 Philadelphia Eagles (via Vikings)

Most popular selection: Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey

No. 15 Indianapolis Colts

Most popular selection: Temple LB Haason Reddick

No. 16 Baltimore Ravens

Most popular selection: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis

No. 17 Washington

Most popular selection: Temple LB Haason Reddick

No. 18 Tennessee Titans

Most popular selection: Washington WR John Ross

No. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Most popular selection: FSU RB Dalvin Cook

No. 20 Denver Broncos

Most popular selection: Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk

No. 21 Detroit Lions

Most popular selection: Missouri DE Charles Harris

No. 22 Miami Dolphins

Most popular selection: Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp

No. 23 New York Giants

Most popular selection: Utah OT Garett Bolles

No. 24 Oakland Raiders

Most popular selection: Florida LB Jarrad Davis

No. 25 Houston Texans

Most popular selection: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes

No. 26 Seattle Seahawks

Most popular selection: Washington CB Kevin King

No. 27 Kansas City Chiefs

Most popular selection: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes

No. 28 Dallas Cowboys

Most popular selection: Missouri DE Charles Harris

No. 29 Green Bay Packers

Most popular selection: Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt

No. 30 Pittsburgh Steelers

Most popular selection: Michigan S Jabrill Peppers

No. 31 Atlanta Falcons

Most popular selection: Michigan DE Taco Charlton/Missouri DE Charles Harris

No. 32 New Orleans Saints (via Patriots)

Most popular selection: LSU CB Tre’Davious White


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How the NFL Draft became such a big deal

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Warriors uncover new level of playoff domination with 45-point 1st quarter

Even for Golden State, this was unexpected.

The Golden State Warriors are everything beautiful in this world when they’re at their best. They were indeed at their best to open Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers, putting the ball into the hoop over and over again to the tune of a 45-22 opening quarter lead.

That’s on pace for a 180-point game and an 88-point win, and the 45 points tied an NBA playoffs record for most in a first quarter ever.

At one point the score was 25-5, and it opened 12-0.

When Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are not only on the same team, but also doing MVP things at the same damn time, what is their opponent supposed to do?

The Warriors smoked the Blazers so bad that it was fun, amazing, sad, depressing, and pitiful all at once.

They didn’t just beat down on the Blazers, they dragged them.

It was an opening quarter slaughter, and even JaVale McGee had something monstrous to add to it.

If the Warriors play like this, can anyone stop them?

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