2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 17-32



Last update: Thursday, April 27, 2017. 4:15 p.m. Major changes.
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  1. Washington Redskins: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
    Gareon Conley was slotted here in a previous version. It really sounded like the Redskins were going to select him, but that's no longer the case in the wake of the rape allegations.

    The Redskins could go with another cornerback like Adoree Jackson or Kevin King, or perhaps Charles Harris. However, Reuben Foster is way too good to pass up at this juncture. He has dropped a bit in the wake of testing positive at the combine, but given the big need at inside linebacker, I don't think the Redskins pass on him at No. 17.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Charles Harris, DE - The Redskins could use another pass-rusher, and there's some interest in Harris.

    2. Adoree Jackson, CB - With Conley no longer an option, perhaps the Redskins will select a cornerback who can keep up with Odell Beckham Jr.

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  2. Tennessee Titans: Adoree Jackson, CB/KR, USC
    The Titans had a big need at cornerback before they released Jason McCourty. That void is even greater now, so it would be a surprise if Tennessee didn't use one of its opening-round selections on a corner.

    There's some late buzz for Adoree Jackson in the top 20. I think he'll go the Titans if Marlon Humphrey is off the board.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Chidobe Awuzie, CB - Awuzie would be my choice if Humphrey and Jackson are off the board. He could be the target in the wake of a trade down.

    2. Marlon Humphrey, CB - I have to believe that Humphrey would be the ideal choice, but he's off the board.





  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
    I've slotted Christian McCaffrey to the Buccaneers since the middle of February, but it's sounding like he won't be available to them. If not, Tampa Bay could still select another offensive weapon, such as Dalvin Cook.

    I referenced Cook as the free-falling running back earlier in this mock draft. Cook's stock is plummeting because his historically bad testing numbers for a first-round back, but one thing the figures don't take into account is his excellent vision. It would be surprising if he flopped in the NFL, and I'd have to think the Buccaneers feel the same way.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Corey Davis, WR - Davis is the receiving option over John Ross, as the Washington product would be redundant. I think Davis is the pick if Cook is off the board.

    2. Obi Melifonwu, S - The Buccaneers desperately need safety help, and Melifonwu's stock has risen enough to warrant consideration at No. 19 overall.

  4. Denver Broncos: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
    Oh man, this is a rough spot for the Broncos. Their top choices are Garett Bolles and Haason Reddick. The latter is off the board, while Bolles, I believe, will be the target of a team trading up into the late teens. I won't spoil things for you.

    If Bolles and Reddick are off the board, I think Zach Cunningham would be in the conversation. The Broncos struggled to cover tight ends and pass-catching running backs without Danny Trevathan, and Cunningham would be a nice solution to that problem.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Garett Bolles, OT - Denver's top choice to bolster a weak offensive line. The Broncos will likely have to trade up for him.

    2. Haason Reddick, LB - The team's No. 1 linebacker. Another trade needed.

  5. Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
    T.J. Watt is reportedly rising up boards, and he is the sort of prospect Bob Quinn has drafted thus far. I've had him here for a while, but with Taco Charlton being available, I've decided to go with him instead. Both would make a ton of sense. The Lions need help all over their defense, including at defensive end. A dynamic pass-rusher is needed across from Ziggy Ansah, who, by the way, will be an impending free agent after this year.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. T.J. Watt, DE - As mentioned, Watt is a strong option as well.

    2. David Njoku, TE - Njoku fits what the Lions look for in a prospect, and he'd replace the disappointing Eric Ebron.

    Pick change; previously T.J. Watt, DE



  6. Miami Dolphins: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
    The Dolphins are changing up their draft strategy this year. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald published an article recently where he pointed out that the Dolphins' brass is attempting to find as many high-character, smart players as possible. Derek Barnett fits the bill, and he also fills a need at a premium position. The Dolphins need young blood at defensive end.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Jarrad Davis, LB - I believe the Dolphins will take Davis if the top defensive ends are off the board.

    2. Charles Harris, DE - Harris is expected to be chosen in the top 17. If he's available, he could definitely be the pick.

    Pick change; previously Charles Harris, DE

  7. New York Giants: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
    It sounds like Jarrad Davis is the Giants' top realistic prospect. They've needed linebacker help for a very long time, and Davis is a tremendous team leader who has top-five intangibles. There's a decent chance he's gone by No. 23, but if he's available, the Giants could snatch him off the board.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Garett Bolles, OT - The Giants have expressed disdain for the offensive linemen in this class, but if there's one exception, it's Garett Bolles.

    2. Zach Cunningham, LB - I've had Cunningham slotted here for a while. I think he's the favorite if Bolles is off the board.

    Pick change; previously Garett Bolles, OT

  8. Oakland Raiders: Kevin King, CB, Washington
    The Raiders are expected to address their defense with this pick. I've had them fixing their front seven for countless updates, but they could also select a cornerback.

    Kevin King is a name that might be surprising in the first round. However, King's stock has soared, and it now seems like he'll be taken in the first round. There have been some rumors linking the Raiders to King, so that's what I'm going with at the moment.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. John Ross, WR - The Raiders are aiming to improve their defense, but they could find John Ross intriguing. Ross would be a huge upgrade in the slot, as Oakland had the worst No. 3 receiver in the NFL last year.

    2. Jarrad Davis or Zach Cunningham, LBs - Both linebackers make sense for the Raiders - as does Haason Reddick, if available - with Oakland needing to address the position.



  9. Houston Texans: Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
    I would've had the Texans going in a different direction prior to the Tony Romo news. However, Romo retired - check out my Disaster Grades for the Tony Romo retirement here - and so Houston will have to start Tom Savage unless it can find an alternative solution. That solution could be this pick, which almost has to happen now.

    Charlie Campbell reported that some teams have Mahomes slotted as a second-round prospect, but given that Mahomes is a quarterback, he's likely to be chosen earlier than most anticipate. The NFL Draft Advisory Committee apparently agrees, as they gave Mahomes a Round 2 grade, which means he'll be pushed into the opening frame because he's a quarterback. Thus, it only seems logical to slot Mahomes into this spot, because if the Texans like him, they won't be able to obtain him with their second-round selection. There's actually a chance he won't be available here, as a team believes the 49ers will pick Pat Mahomes.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Deshaun Watson, QB - I think it's either Mahomes or Watson. There's a greater chance Watson is off the board.

    2. Cam Robinson, OT - If Robinson falls, and both quarterbacks are off the board, the Texans could opt for the Alabama tackle.

  10. Seattle Seahawks: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
    Here's the team I believe is trading up for Garett Bolles. The Utah prospect fits everything the Seahawks look for, and they're absolutely desperate for an offensive tackle. However, they know they won't be able to obtain him at No. 26 overall. Bolles could be obtained by trading up to either No. 18 or 19, as Seattle will have to leap both the Broncos and Giants.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Obi Melifonwu, S - If the Seahawks don't trade up, and Garett Bolles is off the board, I think Obi Melifonwu makes a ton of sense for them.

    2. Adoree Jackson, CB - Jackson has everything the Seahawks want, save for length. However, that may not matter considering Jackson is a nickel corner.



  11. Kansas City Chiefs: Forrest Lamp, G/C, Western Kentucky
    It's been a while since the Chiefs have spent a first-round pick on an offensive lineman. Andy Reid is a big fan of building a team through the trenches, so I don't think he'd be able to pass on the top guard in this class if Forrest Lamp dropped into his lap at No. 27 overall. Reid would love to obtain someone like Lamp, who would provide an upgrade over the mediocre Zach Fulton.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Zay Jones, WR - The Chiefs need a second receiver, so Jones makes a lot of sense. It seems like he's a better fit than Corey Davis.

    2. Pat Mahomes or Deshaun Watson, QBs - Kansas City could be looking into a quarterback to finally replace Alex Smith.

  12. Dallas Cowboys: T.J. Watt, DE/OLB, Wisconsin
    The Cowboys are expected to address either their pass rush or secondary with the No. 28 overall pick unless an explosive play-maker drops to them. It could be argued that Corey Davis fits that profile, but some teams labeled him as a late first-/early second-round prospect. Thus, Dallas may not see him as a huge steal.

    Instead, Dallas could be interested in someone like T.J. Watt, whom we've had slotted as high as No. 21. Watt has great athleticism, which the Cowboys love, and he'd fill a huge need.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Adoree Jackson, CB - Jackson sounds like he'll be the pick if he drops to No. 28.

    2. Takkarist McKinley or Tyus Bowser, DE/OLB - Dane Brugler reported that the Cowboys have shown late interest in the Koopa King. McKinley also makes sense.

    Pick change; previously Taco Charlton, DE



  13. Green Bay Packers: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
    Yes, Joe Mixon to the Packers! Green Bay is desperate for running back help, but that's not the primary take-away here. It's that teams seem like they're comfortable will selecting Mixon in the first round. Perhaps he'll still fall to the Bengals at No. 41, but as Charlie Campbell reported in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill, Green Bay has interest in Mixon.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Jordan Willis or T.J. Watt, DE/OLBs - These are edge-rushing options if the Packers want to go that route.

    2. Fabian Moreau or Kevin King, CB - Here are cornerbacks who makes sense.

  14. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
    Ben Roethlisberger hinted at retirement this offseason. Roethlisberger, now 35, will play for the Steelers next season, but how certain can the front office be if that'll be the case for 2018 and beyond? We've seen crazier retirements, so it's not out of the question that Roethlisberger could even change his mind and retire this offseason.

    The last team that had a future Hall of Fame quarterback with retirement drama was Green Bay. What did the Packers do when Brett Favre was mulling retirement? They selected Aaron Rodgers. Perhaps Pittsburgh will follow a similar strategy.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Jabrill Peppers, S - There have been rumors linking Peppers to the Steelers. He would provide some much-needed help in the secondary.

    2. David Njoku, TE - Speaking of Steeler-related rumors, Roethlisberger reportedly asked for the front office to add a tight end.

  15. Atlanta Falcons: Jordan Willis, DE/OLB, Kansas State
    It was a bit odd to see the Falcons eschew their pass rush in the 2016 NFL Draft, especially when Shaq Lawson dropped to them at No. 17. I'm sure that after seeing their defenders struggle to get to the quarterback - save for Vic Beasley, who has improved - they'll be desperate for someone who can apply pressure on opposing signal-callers in the 2017 NFL Draft. Jordan Willis has the great athleticism the Falcons often look for in their prospects.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. T.J. Watt or Derek Rivers, DE/OLBs - Here are two other edge-rushing options who make sense for the Falcons.

    2. Forrest Lamp, G - The Falcons are rumored to be trading up. One player they could target is Lamp, who would provide a much-needed boost at guard.

  16. New Orleans Saints: Obi Melifonwu, S/CB, Connecticut
    Two of the Saints' early-round picks are expected to be used on a pass-rusher and a cornerback. However, a safety is also an option, as Obli Melifonwu could help defend Mike Evans and Julio Jones.

    *** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***

    1. Taco Charlton, DE - We slotted Charlton at No. 11, but he makes more sense here.

    2. Tre'Davious White, CB - If the Saints don't take a cornerback at No. 11, White would be an option for the Saints here.





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