2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3



Last update: Thursday, March 23, 2017. Round 5 added.
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  1. Cleveland Browns: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
    The Browns lost Terrelle Pryor, so they could use one of their many second-day selections on a replacement.

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    Pick change; previously Chidobe Awuzie, CB

  2. San Francisco 49ers: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
    NaVorro Bowman is coming off yet another injury, while Gerald Hodges happens to be a free agent. Inside linebacker help is needed if Hodges isn't retained.

  3. Chicago Bears: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
    Alshon Jeffery is gone, while Kevin White can't be trusted because of his injury history. A second-day selection should be used on a receiver.

    Pick change; previously JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR



  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
    The Jaguars traded for Branden Albert, but they'd be crazy not to secure a long-term option at left tackle, given Albert's extensive injury history.

  5. Los Angeles Rams: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
    The Rams overpaid for Robert Woods, but hopefully that doesn't mean they'll select a terrible receiver in the 2017 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Carlos Henderson, WR

  6. New York Jets: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
    Brandon Marshall was released and then signed with the Giants. New York needs a new receiver to replace Marshall.



  7. Los Angeles Chargers: Derek Rivers, DE/OLB, Youngstown State
    The Chargers have mostly been using Joey Bosa on the defensive line, so they could stand to find another outside linebacker to play across from Melvin Ingram.

  8. New England Patriots: Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
    The Patriots traded for Kony Ealy, but it still wouldn't surprise me if they obtained another defensive end after losing Chris Long.

  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida
    There's been talk that the Bengals will be spending an early-round selection on a running back, as Jeremy Hill has faded following his great rookie campaign.

    Pick change; previously Taylor Moton, OT



  10. Philadelphia Eagles: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
    The Eagles doubled up on receivers in free agency. They could do the same for cornerbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft, especially if they select Sidney Jones in the second round.

    Pick change; previously Jourdan Lewis, CB

  11. Buffalo Bills: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
    The Bills have tried to sign some tight ends in free agency, so perhaps that's a direction they plan on going early in the 2017 NFL Draft.

  12. New Orleans Saints: Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State
    The Saints have taken care of big problem areas on defense already. They can now turn their attention toward the offense, which could be even better if Drew Brees had stronger interior protection. Anothr guard is needed in addition to Larry Warford.



  13. Arizona Cardinals: Budda Baker, S, Washington
    Tony Jefferson was a big loss for the Cardinals, so the safety position will have to be upgraded early in the 2017 NFL Draft.

  14. Baltimore Ravens: Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
    The Ravens were hoping to sign Torrey Smith, but he opted to join the Eagles instead. I'm sure the Ravens will look into selecting a receiver at some point.

    Pick change; previously Chris Godwin, WR




  15. Minnesota Vikings: D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
    The Vikings cut Adrian Peterson, and their best replacement might just be Latavius Murray, which doesn't sound very good.

  16. Indianapolis Colts: Blair Brown, LB, Ohio
    The Colts have some of the worst linebackers in the NFL, and they've struggled to cover tight ends and running backs as pass-catchers out of the backfield as a result. Here's a much-needed upgrade.

  17. Washington Redskins: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
    It's difficult to imagine Kirk Cousins being on Washington's roster beyond this year. Cousins is likely to go to San Francisco, which is why I don't have the 49ers taking a quarterback in this mock draft. It might not be a bad idea for the Redskins to select a potential successor.

  18. Denver Broncos: Julie'n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
    The Broncos are desperate for tackles, yet the best player they could come up with at the position was Menelik Watson, an Oakland Raider reject.

  19. Tennessee Titans: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
    Despite signing Logan Ryan, the Titans need to add a cornerback in the early stages of the 2017 NFL Draft to fill a big need.

    Pick change; previously Malachi Dupre, WR

  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Jones, S, N.C. State
    The Buccaneers had major problems at safety throughout the year, so they could obviously take a player at that position much earlier than this. J.J. Wilcox was signed, but for only a 2-year deal.

    Pick change; previously Dawuane Smoot, DE



  21. Detroit Lions: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
    The Lions can't count on Ameer Abdullah, as he hasn't been able to stay healthy in either of his two seasons. The front office could take a running back on the second day of the draft.

  22. Minnesota Vikings: Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU
    More offensive line help is needed in addition to signing Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers. Brandon Fusco was released, but he needed to be upgraded anyway. Minnesota could pick Ethan Pocic, as he can also play center if needed.

  23. New York Giants: Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming
    The Giants have released Rashad Jennings, so they could spend an early-round selection on a running back to pair with Paul Perkins.



  24. Oakland Raiders: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
    As mentioned earlier, the Raiders happen to be very weak in the defensive interior, so they could stand to double up on defensive tackles.

  25. Houston Texans: Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan
    The Texans are desperate for a right tackle and could even select one in the first round. I doubt they leave Day 2 without a new edge blocker.

    Pick change; previously Josh Jones, S

  26. Seattle Seahawks: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
    Prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, one team thought the Seahawks were going to select Robert Nkemdiche. Seattle could use another interior pass-rusher to help the secondary out if there are injuries once again.

  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
    The Chiefs cut Jamaal Charles, so they'll need to spend an early-round selection on a new running back.

    Joe Mixon is an ultra-talented running back, but will slip in the draft because he punched a woman a couple of years ago. However, Andy Reid has given second chances to players, so perhaps he'll give Mixon a shot to redeem himself, just as he did with Tyreek Hill.

  28. Dallas Cowboys: DeMarcus Walker, DE/DT, Florida State
    The Cowboys could stand to bolster their pass rush, which tends to be pretty inconsistent. It would help if Randy Gregory could play, but Dallas has to move on, given that he can't stay out of trouble.

  29. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina
    Eddie Lacy is gone, and Ty Mongomery doesn't seem like a long-term solution at running back, so something will need to be done to bolster this position.

  30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State
    Martavis Bryant has an expiring contract after 2017, and Pittsburgh may decide that it can't rely on him. Ben Roethlisberger had no downfield options outside of Antonio Brown in his playoff loss to the Patriots.

  31. Atlanta Falcons: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Charlotte
    The Falcons could stand to upgrade the interior of their defensive line, and they could be targeting someone athletic like Larry Ogunjobi. Dontari Poe was signed, but for just a 1-year deal.

  32. New England Patriots: Montravius Adams, DE/DT, Auburn
    The Patriots never found an interior threat after releasing Dominique Easley, so here's their chance to do so.

  33. Miami Dolphins: Jermaine Eluemunor, G, Texas A&M
    The Dolphins are moving Laremy Tunsil to left tackle in the wake of Branden Albert's release, so they'll need to find a new guard.

  34. Carolina Panthers: ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
    Devin Funchess has been a big disappointment thus far, so the Panthers could select someone on Day 2 to push him.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Sutton, CB

  35. Baltimore Ravens: Dawuane Smoot, DE/OLB, Illinois
    It wouldn't surprise me at all if the Ravens doubled up on edge rushers in the wake of cutting Elvis Dumervil.

    Pick change; previously Erik Magnuson, OT

  36. Tennessee Titans: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
    Delanie Walker has had some great years with the Titans, but he turns 33 in August and will be set to make about $6 million in 2018, so Tennessee could use an early pick on a tight end.

  37. Denver Broncos: Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
    Here's more defensive line help for the Broncos, as Charles Walker appears to be a nice fit in Denver's scheme.

  38. Seattle Seahawks: Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State
    The Seahawks need to find some safety depth just in case Kam Chancellor and/or Earl Thomas get hurt.



  39. New Orleans Saints: Chad Hansen, WR, California
    The Saints lost Brandin Cooks in a trade with the Patriots, so why not use one of the picks they required on a replacement wideout?

  40. Kansas City Chiefs: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
    Andy Reid loves using multiple tight ends, so this is an option despite Travis Kelce being on the roster. This is some major value, as Jake Butt getting hurt caused him to drop two rounds.

  41. Pittsburgh Steelers: Duke Riley, LB, LSU
    Lawrence Timmons has signed with Miami, so the Steelers will have to find a new inside linebacker to play alongside Ryan Shazier.

  42. Seattle Seahawks: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
    Adam Shaheen is the sort of athletic player the Seahawks like. He could start in 2018 if Jimmy Graham isn't retained as a free agent then.

  43. New York Jets: Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
    The Jets cut Nick Mangold for financial purposes, so they'll need to replace him early in the 2017 NFL Draft if they don't get anyone in free agency.



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