NFL Draft Mailbag: Answering Your Questions
The NFL Draft is later this month and after watching countless hours of game film and writing scouting reports on over 150 draft prospects, we are opening up the floor to our MFST readers. From now, until the NFL Draft is completed, we will be answering YOUR draft questions. Here is the first edition of the 2017 NFL Draft Mailbag….
1. Myles Garrett seems to be the consensus No.1 overall pick. Is there a consensus No.2 pick?
—Chris, College Station, TX
Dan: Honestly, I don’t have a “consensus” No.2 player. You hear names like Solomon Thomas, Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker etc. but to me, none of those players have clearly set themselves apart from the rest (like Garrett). The real litmus test will be what happens at No.2 overall because I believe John Lynch and the 49ers front office will do whatever they can to trade that pick. They need to accrue assets, more than the second overall selection. Whatever team makes that deal will obviously have their sights set on that No.2 player.
2. I saw you have Patrick Mahomes as your No.1 QB in the Draft. Who is your No.2 QB?
—David, New York City
Dan: I ranked the Top 10 QB’s in this year’s draft and have Deshaun Watson as my No.2 QB behind Mahomes. He could be the most NFL-ready as a rookie and is plain and simple a winner. He will struggle with decision-making and accuracy/mechanics early-on in his career, but if he puts in the work he could become a franchise QB.
3. What position in this year’s draft is the weakest? QB, WR, OL is what I am hearing. What are your thoughts?
—Marcus, Birmingham, AL
Dan: Great question and it seems like you know the weak spots. All three you listed are considered “weak” this year. If I had to choose one position, it would be offensive line. Besides Forrest Lamp, there aren’t any future All-Pro’s in this group. There are solid future starter’s and lineman who could have lengthy NFL careers, but no one stands out as a game changer as we have had in year’s past.
4. Who is the fastest riser in this year’s draft? Someone who was expected to be a mid-to-late pick but could jump into Day 1 or early Day 2 conversation.
—Gail, Seattle, WA
Dan: There are a few “fast risers” in this years draft as it is in every draft. A few names that have jumped out to me are listed below…
I expect all three of these guys to go in Round 1. Melifonwu had an unbelievable combine similar to Byron Jones a few years ago. King has unreal size for a corner and will not escape the Cowboys pick at No.28 if still there. Reddick could go as high as the Top 10, but I expect him to still be around in the teens.
5. Are the Panthers going to target a RB at No.8 overall?
—Brandon, Charlotte, NC
Dan: It’s possible. Don’t read into the Jonathan Stewart re-signing too much. It was a one-year deal and in today’s NFL you need multiple backs in your rotation. If Fournette is there, I expect the Panthers to take him. If they want to think outside the box, I have Dalvin Cook as my No.1 RB mainly due to the way he can impact the game and I think he would be the better pick.
Thanks to all for the Draft questions, stay tuned for our next Mailbag installment. To send your questions to us, the ways to do so are below…
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