The 2017 NFL Draft chatter is heating up even more after free agency, if the latest mock drafts are any indication. Here’s our latest first-round mock on Wednesday, March 22.
Team needs have become more clear after several key trades and dozens of free agent moves. That gives us an opportunity to break down each pick in the first round.
2017 NFL mock draft
1. Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
There’s little doubt after the combine that Garrett won’t go No. 1 overall.
2. 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Thomas’ stock began shooting up after Stanford’s bowl game and hasn’t slowed down. It’s him or Jonathan Allen for this spot, but concerns about Allen’s injured shoulders have come up.
3. Bears: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
Allen is still one of the best players in this draft and the Bears need to bring in talent, no matter where it is.
4. Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Jags seem intent on keeping Blake Bortles and bringing in talent for him. This is the most talented player left on the board, and would be a huge boost to a Jacksonville offense that cratered in 2016.
5. Titans: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
This should be the Rams pick, but they gave it up to get the No. 1 overall spot last year and draft Jared Goff. Woops.
6. Jets: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The Jets signed Josh McCown and still have Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, but none are the answer. As they often do, they’ll look for a quarterback with either this pick of their second selection.
7. Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Chargers will take either Hooker or Adams — whomever the Titans don’t take, probably.
8. Panthers: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
This is probably too high for Charlton, but after the Panthers dealt Kony Ealy to the Patriots, they’re left with little depth at defensive end. A defense that was terrifying two years ago is now anything but that.
9. Bengals: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Foster got sent home from the combine, but that shouldn’t affect his stock, especially for the Bengals.
10. Bills: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Williams is among the best playmakers in the draft and the Bills need one opposite the oft-injured Sammy Watkins.
11. Saints: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The Saints need help in the secondary, but acquiring the Patriots’ first-round pick gives them more flexibility here.
12. Browns: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
The Browns will take Trubisky here if he’s available, but he may not be. Kizer looks like their No. 2 option.
13. Cardinals: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Howard’s athleticism has him shooting up draft boards. The Cardinals could definitely use a play-making tight end.
14. Eagles: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook didn’t impress at the combine, but his tape is enough to keep him here. He’s a top-end running back.
The Eagles (well, the Vikings actually) won the coin-toss with the Colts to get the 14th pick instead of the 15th.
15. Colts: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Colts and Eagles have a lot of similar needs, but Cook is probably off the board here.
16. Ravens: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
The Ravens desperately need help in the secondary and will take the best corner available here.
17. Redskins: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Washington needs a linebacker and Reddick is being hyped up to first-round potential after a strong combine.
18. Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Tennessee gets its defensive back in the top 10, then gets the playmaker it needs here.
19. Bucs: John Ross, WR, Washington
Ross’s speed, thanks to a record 40-yard dash at the combine, will be too much for someone to ignore in the first round.
20. Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
It seems like the Broncos are set on taking on offensive tackle, and Bolles on the board right now.
21. Lions: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
If the Panthers don’t reach for Charlton, perhaps he goes here. But Barnett is a steady producer who Detroit would probably be happy to have.
22. Dolphins: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Someone is going to take a shot on Peppers in the back half of the first round. Why not the Dolphins, who now have a hole to fill at safety after cutting Isa Abdul-Quddus?
23. Giants: Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA
The Giants have never believed a team can have too much pass rushing. McKinley is just that — a pure pass-rusher.
24. Raiders: Christian McCaffery, RB, Stanford
The Stanford RB’s stock has fluctuated for a while, but a strong combine puts him back in the first-round mix.
25. Texans: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Houston might go quarterback here, but is there anyone they like enough?
26. Seahawks: Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin
Like the Broncos, Seattle needs a tackle, and will take the best available.
27. Chiefs: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
There’s clearly a divide between the perception of Watson between the media/fans and front offices. But it just takes one team believing to make Watson a first-round pick. Alex Smith is almost 33.
28. Cowboys: Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn
Dallas has to go defense here, and will like a shiny new toy like Melifonwu, who is a tremendous athlete.
29. Packers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
A dream scenario for the state of Wisconsin, the Packers still could go cornerback here, but Watt’s big combine has us hopeful.
30. Steelers: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Pittsburgh needs a James Harrison replacement at some point, right? Right?
31. Falcons: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana
Atlanta has to address the interior of its line early in this draft.
32. Saints: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
Maybe the Saints will double down to address a woeful secondary, but getting Malcolm Butler from the Patriots would negate that.