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2017 NFL Mock Draft by MatthewCumming - 5.18
Published at 5/19/2016 4:14:35 PM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. 49ers: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson

Gabbert will put together mediocre numbers in Kelly's offense and QB will not be the team's greatest need; but Gabbert's ceiling is more that of a quality backup and the 49ers will want to make a splash with their pick to rejuvenate the fan base.

FYI, I think Kaaya struggles this year and either stays in school or falls out of the first round.

2. Browns: Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M

Browns take the best available player and will achieve an instant impact on defense with double digit sacks and pressures.

3. Dolphins: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, LSU

I don't see the Dolphins getting great running back production in 2016 and after another year of regression, the front office will want to make a splash by picking a once-a-decade caliber talent to spark the offense; workhorse strength and big play capability, and should be good for 30 touches a game from Week 1.

4. Titans: Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State

The Titans will get decent tackle play in 2016, but it will become clear to them throughout the course of another chaotic losing season that getting the most out of Mariota will require a Cowboys-like force up front - someone will get kicked in to Guard.

5. Lions: Jalen Tabor, Cornerback, Florida

The Lions would prefer to upgrade their OL but there's no one they feel worthy of a pick; so they choose Tabor who has the potential to shut down half the field on D.

6. Saints: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Wide Receiver, USC

The Saints are going to try to go all in with Brees for one last season, despite a dismal 2016; after focusing on D in the previous off-season, they splurge for a playmaking receiver to pair with Brandin Cooks, who I expect to be good but not great next season as defenses increasingly key on him.

7. Titans: Desmond King, Free Safety, Iowa

The Titans will regret missing out on Jalen Ramsey after watching him light up highlight reels for the surging Jaguars in 2016; Desmond King is a solid corner capable of starting on the outside in Week 1 and has All-Pro upside; he'll make a fine consolation prize.

8. Texans: Conor McDermott, Offensive Tackle, UCLA

I expect Osweiler to get roughed up a lot more than people are anticipating. I think he'll show potential but spend a lot of time scrambling and maybe even some time nursing injuries or getting benched. The Texans won't give up on him - they will want to see what he can do with more time in the pocket in 2017; McDermott is an accomplished pass blocker and should be able to help immediately.

9. Falcons: Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Tennessee

The Falcons will need more pass rush again next off-season.

10. Bears: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

This will be considered a bit of a reach, but the Bears will be desperate to find a Tackle after spending yet another season turning excellent Guards into struggling Tackles. I expect them to spend a second round pick on a QB to compete and possibly replace Cutler outright; McGlinchy will impress for the Irish this season and surprise by coming out early, but it will pay off.

11. Ravens: Cameron Sutton, Cornerback, Tennessee

Sutton may not end up going this high, but I could see him making the kind of jump Justin Gilbert did after he came back for one more year at Oklahoma State. I think the Ravens will want to go with a CB, but not if it means too much of a reach. I could easily see them going with Darren Carrington, who I have going to the Browns in the following pick.

12. Browns: Darren Carrington, Wide Receiver, Oregon

Corey Coleman was a good pick and I expect him to eventually be a 1,000 yard receiver in the NFL; but he's only one man and the Browns need play makers.

13. Buccaneers: Tim Williams, Outside Linebacker, Alabama

I thought about mocking Dalvin Cook here, because I think Doug Martin will underperform and Cook will be a Heisman finalist and a local favorite who could add some juice to the offense. Ultimately I think they'll go with Williams with his pass rush upside. The Bucs D-Line will be solid in 2016 and a continuation of that in 2017 would mean lots of lanes for Williams to get at QBs while the opposing team's O-Line is tied up.

14. Giants: Adoree' Jackson, Cornerback, USC

The Giants will see him as a slot corner and punt returner with big play potential, who they can eventually move to the outside with shutdown potential as he develops.

15. Redskins: Davon Godchaux, Defensive Tackle, LSU

Redskins will need D-Line help. They might go with a true Nose here, but I think they will see Godchaux as an immediate impact player.

16. Jets: Chad Kelly, Quarterback, Ole Miss

Kelly will have another solid year in 2016, despite missing Treadwell, yet this will still be a surprise pick as many people will expect him to go on Day 2 due to his character problems. I don't expect Hackenberg to get much if any PT in 2016 but the Jets will see him every day in practice and realize their mistake; the Jets may see some cocky Namath-like antics in Kelly's bravado.

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