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ESPN 2017 NFL Mock Draft has some crazy stuff going on


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ESPN released a new 2017 NFL Mock Draft on Wednesday. Unlike their other mock drafts, it’s not from draft analysts Mel Kiper and/or Todd McShay. Instead, this one was put together by former NFL scout (and former Eagles scout) Louis Riddick.

Riddick notes this mock is based on what he would do for each team as opposed to where he expects the players to go, which explains some of the craziness. Without further ado, here’s a look at some notable things going on in his mock.

  • At No. 14, Riddick has the Philadelphia Eagles taking Dalvin Cook. Is that so crazy? A few days ago, I’d probably say yes, but now there’s some hype mounting that the Eagles really like Cook. So I can’t rule it out. Maybe Riddick, who used to work in Philadelphia, is hearing the same thing.
  • I totally get why the Eagles wouldn’t pick Cook. Even putting the positional value argument aside, he has some red flags as a prospect. He has a high fumble rate and his poor athletic testing is a concern. But turn on the tape and you see a really fun player. And the Eagles need a running back. So how much could I really hate the Eagles adding another fun player to their lackluster offense?
  • Riddick has the Browns taking safety Jamal Adams — and not Myles Garrett — at No. 1. What the ...
  • Riddick has Garrett falling to the Bears at No. 3. That’d be pretty shocking considering he has the 49ers going Solomon Thomas at No. 2.
  • Tre’Davious White at No. 5?! And off the board before Marshon Lattimore at No. 6?
  • For those who think Charles Harris isn’t any good, Riddick projects him to go No. 9 in this mock. There’s been some (surprising) buzz that Harris could be a top 10 pick in this draft. Two teams reportedly value him in that range. We’ll see.
  • Riddick has the Eagles notably passing on: Derek Barnett, Leonard Fournette (at No. 17 to Washington), Mike Williams, Reuben Foster (No. 27) and John Ross (No. 32).

Once again, you can check out the entire mock via ESPN In$ider. Needless to say, it’d be very surprising if this year’s actual draft played out like this. But with so much uncertainty surrounding the event, is it really that far-fetched?


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