2017 NFL Mock Draft: Saints overhaul D, take Derek Barnett and Haason Reddick

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.  

1. Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M: Garrett is going No. 1, unless something weird happens.

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Garrett is the clear No. 1 pick in this class.  USATSI

2. San Francisco 49ers

Solomon Thomas , DE,  Stanford Cardinal 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

Jonathan Allen , DL, Alabama Crimson Tide 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

Marshon Lattimore , CB, Ohio State Buckeyes 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. 

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Lattimore will help solidify the secondary for the Jags. USATSI

5. Tennessee Titans (from L.A.  Los Angeles Rams )

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

Deshaun Watson , QB,  Clemson Tigers Whether Jay Cutler winds up in New York or not, he’s not their quarterback of the future. Watson can be. Eventually, the New York Jets need to find someone with real talent at the position. 


7. Los Angeles Chargers

Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio StateThe  San Diego Chargers  still need to replace what they lost when  Eric Weddle  left for Baltimore last offseason. Hooker slides in nicely.  


8. Carolina Panthers

Leonard Fournette, RB,  LSU Tigers : 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. 

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Fournette fits in nicely here and will help take the pressure off Newton.  USATSI

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Reuben Foster , LB, 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

Corey Davis , WR, Western Michigan Broncos We had Washington Huskies 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

Derek Barnett , DE,  Tennessee Volunteers The New Orleans 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)

Mitch Trubisky , QB,  North Carolina Tar Heels If the New England 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. 

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The Browns get their franchise quarterback in Trubisky.  USATSI

13. Arizona Cardinals

DeShone Kizer , QB,  Notre Dame Fighting Irish The Arizona 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)

Malik McDowell , DT, Michigan State Spartans 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

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida StateCook’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

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. 

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Howard will give the Ravens some pop on offense.  USATSI

17. Washington Redskins

Zach Cunningham , OLB,  Vanderbilt Commodores 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

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

Obi Melifonwu , S,  Connecticut Huskies 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

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, WisconsinRomo, Siemian, Lynch, whoever: they need blind-side protection. 

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The Broncos need to do a better job protecting the quarterback, whoever it may be. Ramczyk fits here.   USATSI

21. Detroit Lions

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

David Njoku, TE, Miami: 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

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama: The New York 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

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.

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The Raiders need to continue the rebuild on defense, and Humphrey helps.  USATSI

25. Houston Texans

Patrick Mahomes, 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

Garett Bolles , OT, Utah Utes The Seattle 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

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

Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA Bruins 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 Dallas Cowboys like in the position.   

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The Cowboys have been decimated with free agent losses in the secondary and Moreau helps fill the void. USATSI

29. Green Bay Packers

Forrest Lamp , OG, Western Kentucky: T.J. Lang has moved on. The Green Bay 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

Jabrill Peppers , S,  Michigan Wolverines Peppers gives the  Pittsburgh Steelers  a playmaker on the back end of the defense, something they’ve lacked over the last few years. 


31. Atlanta Falcons

Charles Harris , DE, MissouriIf 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

Haason Reddick , LB, Temple Owls 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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Reddick is physical freak and would help the Saints in their defensive overhaul.  Getty Images
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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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