2017 NFL DRAFT

2017 NFL Mock Drafts

Jared Dubin
By Jared Dubin
CBS Sports NFL Writer


We?re over a week into the free agency period now, and the changes all around the league are sure to send ripples up and down draft boards. Needs for the teams at the top and even the middle of the draft have stayed relatively stable since this time last week, but the teams near the bottom have seen some shakeups. Late changes abound in this Mock Draft 5.0.

NFL Mock Draft - 03/21/2017
Round 1
1. Cleveland Browns

(1-15)
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: Garrett is going No. 1, unless something weird happens.
2. San Francisco 49ers

(2-14)
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford: Between the Stanford connection, Thomas? athletic testing at the combine, and all the noise around Thomas heading to San Francisco, this seems like where the No. 2 pick is heading.
3. Chicago Bears

(3-13)
Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama: There are few better ways to build a defense than by assembling a strong front. Allen has the athleticism and flexibility to move around a bit, and he?ll help Chicago?s defense right away.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars

(3-13)
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: As we said last week, the Jags have spent a ton of money assembling a defensive front and have playmakers at the second level, but adding a third corner like Lattimore could take things to another level. Teams have three on the field pretty much at all times anyway.
5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams)

(9-7)
Jamal Adams, SS, LSU: Adams slides in and makes plays for a Tennessee secondary that badly needs somebody who can do so.
6. New York Jets

(5-11)
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: Whether Jay Cutler winds up in New York or not, he?s not their quarterback of the future. Watson can be. Eventually, the Jets need to find someone with real talent at the position.
7. Los Angeles Chargers

(5-11)
Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State: The Chargers still need to replace what they lost when Eric Weddle left for Baltimore last offseason. Hooker slides in nicely.
8. Carolina Panthers

(6-10)
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: Fournette is the kind of punishing runner that fits well in Carolina?s scheme and can take some of the goal-line running pressure off Cam Newton, who can use the physical break.
9. Cincinnati Bengals

(6-9-1)
Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama: There might be some concern about Foster after his dismissal from the combine but he?s still a top-10 talent. The bet here is still that the talent wins out over other concerns.
10. Buffalo Bills

(7-9)
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan: We had Washington speedster John Ross here last week, but Davis is the more complete receiver. With Sammy Watkins still dealing with his foot issues, zeroing in on someone that combines size and speed makes more sense than taking a pure burner, especially given Ross? injury history.
11. New Orleans Saints

(7-9)
*Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee: The Saints added another pick late in the first with the Brandin Cooks trade, and they?ll likely use both to address their holes on defense. They pick up a pass-rusher early, and some second-level help late.
12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)

(1-15)
Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: If the Patriots don?t give in and send Jimmy Garoppolo to the Browns for a second-rounder, they use their second pick of the first round on a quarterback.
13. Arizona Cardinals

(7-8-1)
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame: The Cardinals? window may have officially closed after Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson walked in free agency, so they need to find the quarterback that will take over for Carson Palmer. Kizer has the size, arm, and tape to fit the bill.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)

(7-9)
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: The Eagles? signings of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith knock a wide receiver off the board here. Instead, they swing over to McDowell, who helps make up for the loss of Bennie Logan to Kansas City. Given his build, he can play tackle or end for Philly.
15. Indianapolis Colts

(8-8)
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: Cook?s versatility gives the Colts the kind of weapon they haven?t had out of the backfield during the Andrew Luck era. He can break off big gains via the run or the pass and play on all three downs.
16. Baltimore Ravens

(8-8)
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: Howard isn?t just any tight end. He?s a ridiculous athlete and matchup nightmare that can give the Baltimore offense an explosiveness it has lacked in recent years.
17. Washington Redskins

(8-7-1)
*Zach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt: Washington lost both its top receivers and free agency and there?s still uncertainty around Kirk Cousins, but run defense is still its biggest issue. Cunningham can come in right away and solidify an important area.
18. Tennessee Titans

(9-7)
John Ross, WR, Washington: The Titans can?t rightly let Marcus Mariota enter Year 3 with Tajae Sharpe and Rishard Matthews as his top two wideouts. Ross would open up the field for everybody, in addition to being a great fit with Mariota?s passing style.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(9-7)
Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut: Melifonwu tested off the charts at the combine and seems firmly in the mix as a potential first-rounder. Tampa could use a complement to the recently-signed J.J. Wilcox at the safety position, and an athlete like Melifonwu would be a good fit.
20. Denver Broncos

(9-7)
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin: Romo, Siemian, Lynch, whoever: they need blind-side protection.
21. Detroit Lions

(9-7)
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan: We?ll keep saying it: When you sack the quarterback only 26 times in a season, it?s safe to say you need help getting after the passer.
22. Miami Dolphins

(10-6)
David Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.): Adam Gase loves athletic tight ends that can stretch the field and box out in the red zone. That?s Njoku, who can team with Julius Thomas in two-tight sets whenever Thomas is healthy enough to play and be the No. 1 guy when Thomas is on the sideline.
23. New York Giants

(11-5)
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama: The Giants signed D.J. Fluker last week, but he?s apparently set to play right guard and not tackle. Take Robinson, kick Ereck Flowers over to the right side, and move forward with a fully upgraded offensive front.
24. Oakland Raiders

(12-4)
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: Oakland?s offense is ready for prime time, but even after last offseason?s remodeling, the defense needs work. Humphrey can help solidify the back end by adding an element of physicality on the outside.
25. Houston Texans

(9-7)
Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech: The Tony Romo situation could continue to drag out, and if things are still up in the air on draft day, they could just snag Mahomes instead.
26. Seattle Seahawks

(10-5-1)
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah: The Seahawks chased T.J. Lang and signed Luke Joeckel, but still need offensive line help. Bolles could bump Joeckel inside to guard, and would be a great fit for the style of running game Seattle utilizes. Tom Cable would love him.
27. Kansas City Chiefs

(12-4)
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: Kansas City has Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill at wideout, but Williams provides a level of size and physicality neither of those players has. Given Alex Smith?s predilections, Williams would be a good fit.
28. Dallas Cowboys

(13-3)
Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA: We had Sidney Jones here last week, but then he went and suffered an Achilles injury at his pro day. Dallas instead swings to Moreau, who tested out as one of the most athletic defensive backs in this draft and has the kind of size the suddenly DB-needy Cowboys like in the position.
29. Green Bay Packers

(10-6)
Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky: T.J. Lang has moved on. The Packers have options on the line but most seem like tackles rather than guards. Lamp could slide in as a starter in front of Aaron Rodgers.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers

(11-5)
Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan: Peppers gives the Steelers a playmaker on the back end of the defense, something they?ve lacked over the last few years.
31. Atlanta Falcons

(11-5)
Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: If Harris makes it past the Cowboys, it seems unlikely that he?ll fall past Atlanta. Dan Quinn could do some stuff with a pass-rush talent like this.
32. New Orleans Saints (from New England)

(7-9)
Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple: The Saints snagged Derek Barnett early, and now add an incredible athlete at linebacker to continue the makeover of their defense.

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