2017 Expert NFL Mock Draft (#1-5)

Now in the second week of the NFL’s free agency period, teams are beginning to finalize their roster decisions for the 2017-18 NFL season. And with sights set on Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, the next step is determining which of the incoming rookies best fit each team’s needs. Here are some of the experts’ thoughts on the top five picks in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.

#1: Cleveland Browns

Consensus Pick: Myles Garrett, OLB/DE, Texas A&M

“This should be a no-brainer for the Cleveland Browns after the three years Myles Garrett put on tape at A&M and the all-world performance he showed at the combine. But these are the Browns we’re talking about, and no one in the NFL has much faith in the team to do the right thing.” – Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

#2: San Francisco 49ers

CBS Sports: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina | Bleacher Report: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU | MMQB: Marshon Lattimore, DB, Ohio State

“John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan might figure out a way to snag Kirk Cousins from perennial franchise tag-dom in D.C.—I have a feeling trade rumors will persist—but I’m more inclined to believe the new regime will try to build the roster elsewhere. That said, the rebuild may be a slow burn, and that means Lynch might not over-draft for a quarterback here. Instead, how about addressing the secondary? Former first-rounder Jimmie Ward might be switching to safety in San Francisco’s new Cover 3-heavy defense, and Lattimore would be a stud starter to plug in at cornerback, for 2017 and many years to come.” – Emily Kaplan, MMQB

#3: Chicago Bears

CBS Sports: Jamal Adams, S, LSU | MMQB & Bleacher Report: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

“Trubisky has the best accuracy in the 2017 class, and while he won’t have the best 40 time or strongest arm, NFL evaluators I’ve spoken to in the last week raved about his leadership and football IQ. If general manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox see those same traits, they should be all over Trubisky as the new franchise quarterback.” – Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

#4: Jacksonville Jaguars

CBS Sports & Bleacher Report: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford | MMQB: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

“The Jaguars are in desperate need of a pass rusher and there’s an argument that Thomas is the best defensive player in this draft. He’d join a defense that drafted Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack last season and Dante Fowler in 2015.” – Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

#5: Tennessee Titans

CBS Sports: Marshon Lattimore, DB, Ohio State | Bleacher Report: Jamal Adams, S, LSU | MMQB: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

“In Hooker, the Titans address their biggest weakness, the secondary. Scouts rave about his ball skills and instincts—he gets Ed Reed comparisons. With two picks in the first round, and three top-tier wide receiver candidates available, Tennessee will grab a go-to target for Marcus Mariota later (see pick No. 18).” – Emily Kaplan, MMQB

Full 2017 NFL Draft 1st-Round Mock Drafts.

For Ryan Wilson’s CBS Sports mock draft, click here.

For Matt Miller’s Bleacher Report mock draft, click here.

For Emily Kaplan’s MMQB mock draft, click here.

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Indianapolis Colts Week 13: Back On Track?

After what was a dismal showing on Thanksgiving against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Indianapolis Colts hit the road to take on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football.

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Return of the Luck

After missing the team’s Thanksgiving game against the Steelers while in the NFL’s concussion protocol, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck returned in a big way on Monday night against the Jets.

Luck’s big day helped get the team back on track, as the Colts would take a blowout victory over the Jets, 41-10.

Controlling Their Destiny

With the Houston Texans’ loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, there is a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South between the Texans, Colts and Tennessee Titans. With two victories over the Titans and a divisional matchup against the Texans looming, the Colts officially control their own destiny when it comes to winning the division and making the playoffs.

Looking Forward

The Colts head home for Sunday’s BIG divisional matchup against the Houston Texans, with the winner of this game most likely to win the division and a spot in the playoffs moving forward.

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl III

The road to Super Bowl LI continues in the NFL, as the league embarks on Week 5. As the league carries on, so do we. Our ‘Countdown to the Super Bowl’ series continues with Super Bowl III between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Jets (and Broadway Joe).

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Super Bowl III was the first to officially wear the ‘Super Bowl’ name tag. This historic game was played on January 12, 1969 in Miami, Florida at the Miami Orange Bowl Stadium. Attendance at Super Bowl III continued the rising trend, sporting a whopping 75,389 people.

This game might have had a low score between both opponents, but it was still an exciting game. The New York Jets played the Baltimore Colts. Ironically, many people still thought AFL teams were way less talented than any NFL team out there. However, the New York Jets were an AFL team that brought home the trophy during Super Bowl III.

It is often rumored that Jets quarterback Joe Namath told fans 3 days before the big game that he “guaranteed a victory.” Namath went on to complete 17 out of 28 passes for 206 yards. Later, Namath was also named the MVP of the Super Bowl III game.

Finally, Super Bowl III brought on some entertainment that was not a college band. Bob Hope led a program that honored the Apollo Astronauts and the Florida A&M University band did its thing. Unfortunately, the Jets and Colts would not pay in the Super Bowl again due to changes in the AFL-NFL merger of 1970.

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Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets

This game… this game was hard to watch. The Indianapolis Colts were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders. Instead, they looked like a bunch of fumbling, over-hyped superstars. The New York Jets beat the Colts 20-7 on their own turf.

The Colts are now 0-2 for the second year in a row. They haven’t scored in the first half of either of those two games. They’ve stored up this surplus players on offense and yet they couldn’t seem to score. They’ve have ten giveaways in first two games this season.

So what happened? And how do we explain the loss this week?

The Jets defense looked good. The only time it didn’t was when the Colts were on a run. For about ten minutes, passes were going where they were supposed to, and something called rhythm appeared for the Colts offense. Until another mistake piled on top of all the other blunders of the game. The Jets defense, though, give them credit, went after the passers, forced turnovers, sped up Luck’s clock, and hit him left, right, and center. Jets stopped the run game from gathering momentum, and capitalized on the Colts numerous penalties. To top it off, Derrelle Revis had a fantastic game, unlike almost anyone on the other side

The Colts were down players. Neither Darius Butler nor D’Joun Smith played, Vontae Davis got a concussion, and Greg Toler was out. Injuries mean a lot of new faces appeared, with a lot to prove, and not a lot of experience to back it up. Hello to Jalil Brown and the third, fourth, and fifth string cornerbacks. But those weren’t the guys making the costly mistakes.

Andrew Luck, in his 50th start for the Colts, threw three interceptions. He was sloppy, under duress, and never seemed to have a clean pocket. But, he’s put up with pressure before, he just played poorly. Actually, with four turnovers, he played worse than poorly. After the game, a frustrated Luck spoke to the press “I’d like to think we have a fair bit of improvement to make.” Luck himself noted that the Colts shot themselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers.

 

Frank Gore, 11-year veteran, football player, fumbled the ball on the one-yard line. And Adam Vinatieri missed a field goal. They just didn’t have it. And Indianapolis fans felt that. The fans in an unusual display of aggressiveness, booed the offense. It was a somber, empty atmosphere by the time the game finished. Because the Colts weren’t fun to watch.

But amid the lingering questions about Chuck Pagano and GM, Ryna Grigson’s power battles, T.Y. Hilton’s knee, the screws falling loose in Lucas Oil Stadium, and Robert Mathis’ effectiveness, the question we really want answered is – do you pronounce it Phillip Door-Set or Door-Sit?

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