2017 NFL Mock Draft: Colts add a star running back but pass on Fournette
Indy turns to Florida State to find a new feature back in our latest mock draft for 2017
As the only winless team in the NFL through four weeks, the Cleveland Browns are the favorites to own the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NFL Draft -- an October tradition Cleveland fans would rather forget. Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler has done a solid job in his two starts, but has a limited ceiling and isn't the long-term answer for the franchise.
Is there a quarterback worth the No. 1 overall pick? With what we know right now, yes. And his name is DeShone Kizer .
Watching his game film, it is clear Kizer has all the physical traits needed -- above-average arm, tall, thick build and the mobility to extend plays with his legs. However, it is the mental side that makes him so impressive, his poise, confidence and anticipation. Kizer is far from perfect on tape, making plenty of mistakes. But his issues are understandable errors for a redshirt sophomore.
His traits, both physically and mentally, and exciting potential are what make him so appealing as a pro prospect, and an ideal fit for what the Cleveland front office has been searching for at the quarterback position.
1. Cleveland Browns
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish : The Browns' search for a quarterback of the future continues with Robert Griffin III being placed on injured reserve, and Kizer could be a name high on their list with his intelligence, poise and physical tools at the most important position.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Deshaun Watson , QB, Clemson Tigers : San Francisco has the worst quarterback depth chart in the NFL (yes, worse than the Browns). Watson is unpolished in areas, but he is an above-average athlete with a terrific arm who would fit well in Chip Kelly's offense.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Myles Garrett , DE, Texas A&M: Pass rusher probably won't be among the Jaguars' top five needs, but Garrett is too good to pass up if Jacksonville has a chance to draft him.
4. Washington Redskins
Malik McDowell , DT, Michigan State Spartans : With the Redskins' multiple front, McDowell is an ideal fit with his versatility and impact potential to positively affect both the run and the pass.
5. Tennessee Titans
Teez Tabor , CB, Florida Gators : Off-field issues aside, Tabor is arguably the most talented cornerback prospect in the country and would provide the Titans with an instant upgrade at the position.
6. Miami Dolphins
Marlon Humphrey , CB, Alabama Crimson Tide : Can Byron Maxwell be a No. 1 cornerback? Will Xavien Howard push for starting reps as a rookie? Will any other corner step up in 2016 for Miami? A lot of questions at cornerback for the Dolphins.
7. Chicago Bears
Brad Kaaya , QB, Miami (Fla.): Unless Jay Cutler changes the narrative in 2016, the Bears would be wise to invest in a long-term option at quarterback if a prospect like Kaaya is available.
8. San Diego Chargers
Jabrill Peppers , SS, Michigan Wolverines : Peppers might not be a clear prototype for a traditional position, but his athleticism, toughness and ball awareness will make a defense adjust their scheme around his strengths.
9. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles)
JuJu Smith-Schuster , WR, Southern California Trojans : The Titans have plenty of bodies on the wide receiver depth chart, but no true difference-maker. A target like Smith-Schuster would help the development of Marcus Mariota .
10. New Orleans Saints
Tim Williams , OLB, Alabama: The Saints struggled to consistently pressure the opponent's backfield last year and didn't do much to upgrade the issue over the offseason. Williams would change that.
11. Indianapolis Colts
Dalvin Cook , RB, Florida State Seminoles : A player in the trenches on either side of the ball is the bigger need, but Cook would give the Colts' sputtering offense a legitimate backfield weapon that will open up the passing game.
12. Buffalo Bills
Jonathan Allen , DE, Alabama: With Rex Ryan's multiple front, Allen has the versatility and blend of athleticism and power to be equally effective lining up inside or outside the offensive tackle.
13. Detroit Lions
Leonard Fournette , RB, LSU Tigers : Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are exciting ball-carriers, but Fournette has strengths as a runner that neither possess, and he adds another dimension to the offense.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jamal Adams , SS, LSU: The Buccaneers addressed the secondary in the first round of last year's draft, but need more help, especially at safety where Adams would be an upgrade over Chris Conte .
15. Dallas Cowboys
Mike Williams , WR, Clemson: Terrance Williams , who is a free agent after the season, has been highly inconsistent as a No. 2 target. Mike Williams would be an upgrade and give the Cowboys' passing game a target almost on par with Dez Bryant .
16. Atlanta Falcons
Desmond King , CB, Iowa Hawkeyes : Robert Alford will be a free agent after the 2016 season and unless Jalen Collins or another cornerback steps up, the Falcons will be looking for more secondary help next spring.
17. Oakland Raiders
Christian McCaffrey , RB, Stanford Cardinal : It doesn't matter if he's lined up in the backfield or out wide, McCaffrey would add another dimension to the Oakland offense. The Raiders would be wise to keep him in the Bay Area if they get the opportunity.
18. New York Giants
Dawuane Smoot , DE, Illinois Fighting Illini : With Jason Pierre-Paul on a one-year contract, defensive end might be a strong need next spring and Smoot has the pass rush potential to make an immediate contribution.
19. New York Jets
Mike McGlinchey , OT, Notre Dame: Notre Dame has been a left tackle pipeline to the NFL with first-rounders Zack Martin (who moved to guard in Dallas) and Ronnie Stanley . McGlinchey, who moves to the left side from right tackle in 2016, has the talent to be next.
20. Cincinnati Bengals
Charles Harris , DE, Missouri Tigers : Carlos Dunlap has developed into a highly productive edge rusher, but Michael Johnson has struggled to stay healthy. Harris is the latest Missouri product on the defensive line with first-round potential.
21. Arizona Cardinals
Sidney Jones , CB, Washington Huskies : Arizona is hoping for big growth from rookie Brandon Williams , but regardless of his progress, cornerback will still be an area for the Cardinals to improve next offseason.
22. Baltimore Ravens
Carl Lawson , DE, Auburn Tigers : Lawson isn't without his question marks due to lack of size and strong durability concerns, but his ability to infiltrate the pocket makes him an attractive NFL prospect.
23. Carolina Panthers
Derek Barnett , DE, Tennessee Volunteers : Kony Ealy is the only starting-caliber defensive end the Panthers have under contract past this season. Barnett might not be a twitchy edge rusher, but he is well-rounded and productive.
24. Kansas City Chiefs
Raekwon McMillan , ILB, Ohio State Buckeyes : Derrick Johnson is still playing well, but as he enters his age-34 season, his best years are behind him. McMillan gives the Chiefs a future anchor for the middle of their defense.
25. Green Bay Packers
O.J. Howard , TE, Alabama: If tight end Jared Cook proves to be just a one-year stopgap option, Howard would be a great fit in Green Bay's offense with his route-running and ball skills.
26. Houston Texans
Eddie Jackson , SS, Alabama: The safety position is not a strength on the Houston roster and Jackson, a former cornerback, has the athleticism in coverage and toughness against the run to start early in his NFL career.
27. Seattle Seahawks
Dan Feeney , OG, Indiana Hoosiers : The Seahawks have several question marks up and down the offensive line, and Seattle will likely still be looking for answers in next year's draft.
28. Denver Broncos
Reuben Foster , ILB, Alabama: Denver locked up Brandon Marshall long-term at linebacker, but more depth is needed. Foster flies around the field with a violent mentality.
29. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)
Cam Robinson , OT, Alabama: The Browns made the perplexing decision to let offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz leave via free agency and are paying for it now with major issues at the right tackle spot.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Marquis Haynes, OLB, North Carolina: Haynes has a very lean body type and won't be a fit for every scheme, but his pass rush potential makes him worthy of first-round consideration.
31. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)
Cordrea Tankersley , CB, Clemson: The Eagles are very thin at cornerback on the depth chart, especially with Nolan Carroll on a one-year deal. Since becoming a starter last season, Tankersley has continued to improve.
32. New England Patriots
Jake Butt , TE, Michigan: With Martellus Bennett likely to spend only one year in New England, Butt could be on the Patriots' radar as a talented complement to Rob Gronkowski .
*The draft order was determined based on projected order of finish.
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