Five B1G defenders appear in Pro Football Focus' first 2017 mock draft
The 2017 NFL draft is still a long ways away. Obviously a lot can happen in the next six months that would alter projections.
But from the early look of it, the B1G will have a defensive presence in the first round.
Pro Football Focus came out with its first 2017 mock draft, and as expected, there were a handful of B1G defenders in the first round. A total of five B1G defenders made PFF’s top 32.
Malik McDowell, Jordan Lewis, Desmond King, Jabrill Peppers and Dawuane Smoot all cracked the first mock draft. Wisconsin offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk was the only B1G offensive player to join the group.
Here’s where PFF’s Steve Palazzolo put each B1G player:
8. San Diego Chargers: Malik McDowell, Michigan State DL
“In every single mock draft last year, DeForest Buckner went to San Diego as the long defensive end would have been a great fit for their 3-4 scheme. This year, it’s McDowell’s turn as he brings a similar frame to a San Diego defense that needs more talent in their front three…”
14. New Orleans Saints: Jourdan Lewis, Michigan CB
“The Saints are slowly adding talent back to their defense and Lewis brings a feisty man corner to pair with 2015 breakout star, Delvin Breaux. Lewis had the top coverage grade among returning cornerbacks this season and he’s continued his strong play with only six receptions allowed on 25 targets while getting his hands on seven passes (five pass breakups, two interceptions)…”
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Desmond King, Iowa CB
“No corner has matched King’s three-year production as he’s always ranked among the nation’s top players. He excels in zone coverage and that’s why his fit is perfect for a Steelers defense that will tap into his skill set…”
17. Tennessee Titans: Jabrill Peppers, Michigan S/LB
“One of the most intriguing talents in the draft, Peppers may be called a linebacker or a safety, but he brings an athletic presence to the defense. He’s strong in the run game, especially when allowed to chase and run, and he has the coverage ability to stick with tight ends…”
28. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin OL
“How many offensive tackles will be mocked to the Seahawks this draft season? We’ll get the ball rolling with Ramczyk who has been one of the most incredible stories of the year as he’s gone from Division 3 player to potential top pick…”
32. Dallas Cowboys: Dawuane Smoot, Illinois DE
“After a slow start, Smoot is headed for another dominant finish that mirrors last year’s as he was one of the nation’s best pass-rushers down the stretch…”