Never too early to look ahead to the 2017 NFL Draft. We have a mock draft for round 1 based upon current standings and how we predict the NFL Playoffs will play out. The Browns are on the clock.
1 – Cleveland Browns
Myles Garret (DE – Texas A&M) – The Browns take the best prospect on the board and can try at 18 to get a QB.
2 – San Francisco 49ers
DeShone Kizer (QB – Notre Dame) – This pick depends a lot on the return of Chip Kelly. The QB situation is terrible in San Fran right now but they have many holes. If Kelly is gone, it could be the Niners take the best available player.
3 – Chicago Bears
Mitch Trubisky (QB – North Carolina) – The Bears seem ready to pull the plug on Jay Cutler. They draft his replacement in 2017.
4 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Mike Williams (WR – Clemson) – The Jaguars desperately need playmakers at wide receiver. The inconsistency in the passing game is holding this team down. The Jags could look to trade down from this spot.
5 – New York Jets
Leonard Fournette (RB – LSU) – The Jets have problems at QB and a running back would greatly help that problem.
6 – Cincinnati Bengals
Jabril Peppers (LB/DB – Michigan)- The Bengals could use a receiver but not one worth drafting here so they could look to move down. If they stay here, they go for a defensive playmaker that could be a Heisman finalist this season.
7 – Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams)
Jalen Tabor (DB – Florida) – The Titans need help in the secondary and get a playmaking corner that’s NFL ready.
8 – Carolina Panthers
Quincy Wilson (DB – Florida) – They find a replacement for Josh Norman who left last offseason.
9 – San Diego Chargers
Jamal Adams (DB – LSU) – The Chargers find a new leader on defensive with a starter from day 1.
10 – New Orleans Saints
Derek Barnett (LB – Tennessee) – The Saints need a pass rusher and putting Barnett on the edge will vastly improve a defense that needs an upgrade.
11 – Green Bay Packers
Tim Williams (LB- Alabama) – The Packers defense has struggled all season. They grab Williams who’s a force.
12 – Arizona Cardinals
Marlon Humphrey (DB – Alabama) – The Cardinals solidify the opposite side of Patrick Peterson for years and create a great corner combo.
13 – Tennessee Titans
Corey Davis (WR – Western Michigan) – The Titans have to get Marcus Mariota help and getting a #1 receiver is a start.
14 – Buffalo Bills
Carl Lawson (LB – Auburn) – Rex Ryan loves players like Lawson and he’ll fit the attacking style Ryan likes to play on D.
15 – Indianapolis Colts
Cam Robinson (OT – Alabama) – Protecting Andrew Luck needs to be the top priority in Indy.
16 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Jonathon Allen (DL – Alabama) – The Steelers need help on D and Allen is a playmaker that can dominant at the line of scrimmage.
17 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
John Ross (WR – Washington) – The Bucs get a receiver to compliment Mike Evans and give Jameis Winston a speedy target to stretch the field.
18 – Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)
DeShaun Watson (QB – Clemson) – This is a dream scenario for the Browns. They can grab a QB at this spot who could be the opening day starter.
19 – Miami Dolphins
O.J. Howard (TE – Alabama) – Adam Gase has gotten a lot of out of his QB Ryan Tannehill this season and gives him a big target. Howard can run after the catch and will become the top target for Tannehill in 2017.
20 – Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings)
Desmond King (DB – Iowa) – The Eagles grab a guy with a knack for the ball. He’ll start opening day and battle the #1 receivers in the NFC East.
21 – Houston Texans
Dalvin Cook (RB – Florida State) – Brock Osweiler has struggled at QB since moving to Houston. Getting Cook in the backfield can set up playaction and allow Osweiler to go downfield.
22 – Washington Redskins
Jake Butt (TE – Michigan) – This gives Kirk Cousins’ a reliable target over the middle.
23 – Kansas City Chiefs
Zach Cunningham (LB – Vanderbilt) – This strengthens the league’s best set of linebackers. Derrick Johnson is getting older and can teach Cunningham a lot to become a star.
24 – New York Giants
Charles Harris (DE – Missouri) – The Giants will be looking to replace Jason Pierre-Paul this offseason and grab a great passrusher.
25 – Baltimore Ravens
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – USC) – The Ravens need to get Joe Flacco more targets. Smith-Schuster can make plays on the outside.
26 – Detroit Lions
Raekwon McMillan (LB – Ohio State) – McMillian flies around the field making plays and delivering hits. He will become an instant playmaker for the Lions.
27 – Atlanta Falcons
Caleb Brantley (DT – Florida) – He gives the Falcons muscle upfront to collapse the pocket.
28 – Denver Broncos
Dan Feeney (OG – Indiana) – The Broncos drafted a QB in round 1 last year so they won’t look to do that again yet. They’ll look to help protect their signal caller in 2017.
29 – Seattle Seahawks
Pat Eflein (OG – Ohio State) – The Seahawks need to protect Russell Wilson so strengthening the offensive line is important this offseason.
30 – Oakland Raiders
Rueben Foster (LB – Alabama) – When Khalil Mack collapses the pocket, Foster is there to fill the hole. The front seven on the Raiders will improve right away with this pick.
31 – New England Patriots
Malik Hooker (DB – Ohio State) – He’s a bit inexperienced having just played two seasons for the Buckeyes but shows range and can become a playmaker.
32 – Dallas Cowboys
Dawaune Smooth (DE – Illinois) – The ‘Boys are still looking for a pass rusher after getting rid of Greg Hardy.
Check back later in the season for our latest 2017 mock drafts.