The Midday Show 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Falcons Take Peppers

The Midday Show with Rick Kamla and John Michaels have been scouring the nation to find experts to help with their 2017 NFL mock draft. Joining the show for the past three weeks to make picks have been beat writers, radio hosts, sideline reporters and even former pros.

Here’s how the 2017 Midday Show NFL Mock Draft looks:

Click below to hear the conversation Kamla and Michaels had with D. Orlando Ledbetter, Falcons beat writer for the AJC, and find out who D-led chose for Atlanta at No. 31.

1. Cleveland Browns | Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M | Adam the Bull, 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland
2. San Francisco 49ers | Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson | Rick & John, 92-9 The Game
3. Chicago Bears | Soloman Thomas, DE, Stanford | Zach Zaidman, Bears sideline reporter
4. Jacksonville Jaguars | Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU | Phillip Heilman, Florida Times Union
5. Tennessee Titans (from LAR) | O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama | Mikey Ryan, 104.5 the Zone in Nashville
6. New York Jets | Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State | Manish Mehta, The NY Daily News
7. Los Angeles Chargers | Jamal Adams, S, LSU | Randy McMichael, 92-9 The Game
8. Carolina Panthers | Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama | Brett Jensen, Charlotte Radio Host
9. Cincinnati Bengals | Rueben Foster, LB, Alabama | Richard Skinner, CBS WKRC-TV 12
10. Buffalo Bills | Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan | Chris Brown, Bills Radio Network
11. New Orleans Saints | Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee | Larry Holder, Nola.com
12. Cleveland Browns (from PHI)  | Malik Hooker, S , Ohio State | Daryl Ruiter, 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland
13. Arizona Cardinals | Mike Williams, WR, Clemson | Bob McManaman, The Arizona Republic
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN) | Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU | Hollis Thomas, WIP
15. Indianapolis Colts | Takkarist McKinley, LB, UCLA | Mike Chappell, Fox59.com
16. Baltimore Ravens | Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan | Ken Weinman, 105.7 the Fan in Baltimore
17. Washington Redskins | Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford | Rich Tandler, CSNmidatlantic.com and Redskins.com
18. Tennessee Titans | John Ross, WR, Washington | Former Titan, 1045 the Zone in Nashville — Blaine Bishop
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama | Scott Smith, Buccaneers.com
20. Denver Broncos | David Njoku, TE, Miami | Andrew Mason, DenverBroncos.com
21. Detroit Lions | Haason Reddick, LB, Temple | Justin Rogers, The Detroit News
22. Miami Dolphins | Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky | Zach Krantz, WQAM in Miami
23. New York Giants | Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt | Anita Marks, ESPN 98.7 in New York
24. Oakland Raiders | Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State | FOX Sports’ JT the Brick
25. Houston Texans | Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina | Carl Dukes, 92-9 The Game
26. Seattle Seahawks | Kevin King, CB, Washington | Dave “Softy” Mahler, 950 KJR in Seattle
27. Kansas City Chiefs | Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU | Mike McKenzie, 92-9 The Game
28. Dallas Cowboys | T.J. Watt, LB/DE, Wisconsin | Kevin “KT” Turner, 105.3 the Fan
29. Green Bay Packers | Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State | Bill Huber, Packer Report
30. Pittsburgh Steelers    | Charles Harris, DE, Missouri | Chris Mueller, 93.7 the Fan in Pittsburgh
31. Atlanta Falcons | Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan Wolverines | D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
32. New Orleans Saints (from NE) | Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado | Tod Graffagnini, FOX 1280 AM

Lebdetter was asked a bevy of Falcons questions before making his pick. Here are a few:

 

How much new DT Dontari Poe play in this system?

“He’s been able to play a lot of snaps, even after the back surgery. I think he’s a 400-500 snap guy in this attack.”

 Are you thinking RG with the 31st pick?

“You’ve got to think about it just because you’ve gotta keep Matt Ryan upright. We saw when you don’t draft correctly across the line, he had to run for his life. … You’ve gotta look at it, but in this mock here the guy isn’t there. So you have to rely on coach Chris Morgan to get [Wes] Schweitzer, Hugh Thornton, who might be the front-runner, or [Ben] Garland. Coach Dan Quinn told us at the combine that Schweitzer and Garland were ready to go as starters in the run game. In the passing attack is where [there are questions].”

Who are you going to take at 31?

“I really like Tim Williams [LB from Alabama] but you kind of already got him with Vic Beasley. So I have to move over to the most intriguing player in the draft. He’s a defensive back, running back, quarterback… Jabrill Peppers [from Michigan]. He’s  a versatile guy that could come down in the box and play some linebacker. And just maybe you get a long-term option at free safety. He’s a hitter, he’s a guy that would be intriguing to Coach Quinn.”

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