2017 NFL Mock Draft: John Ross flies into top 10 and the Jets land Deshaun Watson

The combine is over and free agency has begun. Both events have a significant impact on the draft, as players rise and fall based on their athletic testing and team needs change as a result of signings. Changes abound in Mock Draft 4.0.  

1. Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M: Garrett solidified himself as the best prospect in this draft with a monster performance at the combine. He’s the No. 1 pick, barring something crazy happening between now and draft day. 


2. San Francisco 49ers

Solomon Thomas , DE, Stanford Cardinal With an acceptable bridge QB on board in Brian Hoyer , the San Francisco 49ers load up with another Pac-12 defensive lineman, adding Thomas to a group that includes 2015 and 2016 first-rounders Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner . 

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The 49ers can afford to draft Thomas with Brian Hoyer at QB. USATSI

3. Chicago Bears

Jonathan Allen , DL,  Alabama Crimson Tide Chicago missed out on Stephon Gilmore to add strength on the back end. Here, the Chicago Bears goose the defense by going big up front.  


4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Marshon Lattimore , CB, Ohio State Buckeyes Jacksonville spent big on defense in the early days in free agency, reeling in Calais Campbell , A.J. Bouye and Barry Church . Adding Lattimore to a secondary with Bouye, 2016 first-rounder Jalen Ramsey , Churh and Tashaun Gipson would complete their long-in-the-works defensive makeover.  


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

Jamal Adams, SS, LSU: As we keep saying here every week, the Titans badly need a boost in the secondary. Adams can help against both the run and the pass.  


6. New York Jets

Deshaun Watson , QB, Clemson Tigers The New York Jets look like the odd team out in the free agent QB carousel, which leads them to select Watson here.  

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Is Deshaun Watson finally the Jets’ answer at QB? USATSI

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’s 40-yard dash time didn’t blow people away at the combine, but it was excellent for a player his size. Adding him to Cam Newton would give the Carolina Panthers one of the NFL’s most dominant run games.


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 that the talent wins out over other concerns.  


10. Buffalo Bills

John Ross , WR, Washington Huskies The Buffalo Bills got Tyrod Taylor to return on a restructured deal, but they lost Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods in free agency. Plus, Sammy Watkins still has those foot concerns. Ross blew up at the combine with his record-setting 40 and could prove an excellent complement to Watkins.
 

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Ross wowed with his 4.22 40-yard dash. USATSI

11. New Orleans Saints

Derek Barnett , DE, Tennessee Volunteers New Orleans, as always, needs defensive help. The best ways to get better on defense are by adding talent in the secondary or up front. Here, they attack with a pass-rusher.  


12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)

Mitch Trubisky , QB, North Carolina Tar Heels Cleveland gets its franchise player at No. 1 and its QB at No. 12, assuming the Browns don’t give in to the New England Patriots ’ demands for Jimmy Garoppolo . Brock Osweiler certainly won’t prevent Cleveland from continuing to search for their franchise passer.


13. Arizona Cardinals

DeShone Kizer , QB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish After Arizona’s defensive exodus in the early days of free agency, the Arizona Cardinals start thinking about the future. Kizer learns from Carson Palmer for a year before taking over.  


14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)

Corey Davis, WR, Western MichiganDavis revealed at the combine that he needs surgery, but he should be ready in time for mini-camp. The Eagles gave Carson Wentz some options at receiver with Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith , but Jeffery is only on a one-year deal, so adding a long-term starter at the position isn’t out of the question.


15. Indianapolis Colts

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida StateCook’s athletic testing wasn’t off the charts at the combine, but his tape at Florida State Seminoles reveals an elite talent. The Colts need someone to take pressure off Andrew Luck , and they take the plunge here.  

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Cook didn’t test well but still makes sense for the Colts. USATSI



16. Baltimore Ravens

O.J. Howard , TE, Alabama: Howard tested off the charts at the combine, proving he is exactly the athletic freak people thought he was. He’d give Joe Flacco the kind of weapon the QB has never had. 


17. Washington Redskins

Zach Cunningham , OLB,  Vanderbilt Commodores When you’re in the same division as the Dallas Cowboys , you need to stop the run. Washington couldn’t do that last season. Enter Cunningham, the SEC’s leading tackler. 


18.  Tennessee Titans

Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida: If the Titans can land Wilson and Adams with their two first-rounders, they’ll really be onto something with their planned defensive upgrades. 

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The Titans could give the secondary a tremendous boost with Quincy Wilson. USATSI

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Obi Melifonwu , S, Connecticut Huskies Like his former teammate Byron Jones , Melifonwu leapfrogs into the first round after wowing scouts and execs at the combine.


20. Denver Broncos

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, WisconsinThe Denver Broncos are the front-runners for Tony Romo , and that’s great, but they’ll need to make sure he’s well-protected so that he can stay on the field for a run at another Denver Super Bowl.  


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: Njoku didn’t test quite as well as his tight end brethren Howard, but he still revealed himself to be an absolute monster. The Miami Dolphins signed Anthony Fasano , but adding the versatile Njoku to their growing stable of weapons still makes sense.

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Njoku impressed with his athleticism at the combine. USATSI

23. New York Giants

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama: The Brandon Marshall signing gives the New York Giants an excellent trio of weapons on the outside, but Eli Manning can’t get them the ball if he’s flat on his back. Robinson comes in at left tackle, kicking Ereck Flowers back to the right side where he’s always belonged.  


24. Oakland Raiders

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: The Oakland Raiders have their offense set with Derek Carr throwing to Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree , but still need some back-end help on defense. Humphrey slides in right away.  


25. Houston Texans

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: If the Houston Texans miss out on Tony Romo, Mahomes could be their solution.  


26. Seattle Seahawks

Forrest Lamp, G, Western KentuckySeattle can’t come back in 2017 without having addressed the offensive line. Lamp’s skill level and versatility would let them be flexible about how to address the different areas of concern.  

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The Seahawks must find some O-line talent, and Forrest Lamp is a good start. USATSI

27. Kansas City Chiefs

Haason Reddick , OLB,  Temple Owls : Reddick looked the part at the combine, proving that he has the fast-twitch athleticism needed to play both the run and the pass. Kansas City needs a flexible, versatile linebacker, and Reddick would be a great fit.  


28. Dallas Cowboys

Sidney Jones , CB, Washington: Everyone knows the Cowboys need help with their pass rush, but less-publicized is their defensive back void. Four of Dallas’ starting DBs hit free agency this offseason, and Barry Church is already gone. Jones could slot in at one corner, giving the Cowboys two athletic studs in the secondary (Byron Jones).  


29. Green Bay Packers

Teez Tabor, CB, Florida: Green Bay’s corners are young, inexperienced, and often injured. Tabor could add another talented body and give the Green Bay Packers more options. 


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. 

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Could the Steelers mold Jabrill Peppers into a defensive weapon? USATSI

31. Atlanta Falcons

Charles Harris , DE, MissouriHarris and Vic Beasley could wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines. They’re different kinds of pass-rushers, but each knows how to hit home. 


32. New England Patriots

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: The Patriots are a game-plan offense, which is why fantasy owners get so frustrated when Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels lean on one running back one week, then barely play him the next. McCaffrey’s versatility is such that he could be the guy in all game plans, making him a very Belichickian pick.  

CBS Sports Writer

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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