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2017 NFL Mock Draft by Gabe Sloat - 6.9
Published at 6/9/2016 8:56:53 PM

First Mock Draft. Draft order is set by power rankings. More rounds will come in later versions.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson

Don't expect RGIII to return to his old form with the Browns this year. With the limited weapons they have, he won't perform well. Watson will be picked to hopefully be the QB the Browns have been waiting ever so long for.


2. 49ers: Brad Kaaya, Quarterback, Miami

The obvious choice here. An NFL ready QB who can step up on day one and be a better option than Kaepernick and Gabbert.


3. Titans: Jalen Tabor, Cornerback, Florida

Many will expect the Titans to be picking out of the top five next year with their flashy offseason, but the team needs a few more pieces to be a threat. Tabor will be a great addition to a otherwise weak secondary.


4. Titans: Myles Garrett, Defensive End, Texas A&M

A difference-maker that really isn't needed for the Titans, but is too good to pass up. This pick will only improve an already good front seven for the Titans.


5. Falcons: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

Falcons could choose either O-line or D-line here because both are subpar. Matt Ryan does turned the ball over a lot last year and part of that was because he didn't have a lot of time. Robinson will definitely be an improvement at the position to protect Ryan.


6. Saints: Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State

Many would have Leonard Fournette slotted here, but with Mark Ingram already there, the Saints offense will benefit from Cook more than Fournette. Cook is a quick back who can receive well and will be perfect in the Saints passing offense.


7. Dolphins: Jabrill Peppers, Safety, Michigan

The Dolphins have holes at every level of there defense and Peppers can solve two problems. He can play safety and linebacker very well. Smart pick to improve the defense.


8. Lions: Malik McDowell, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State

Detroit really felt the loss of Suh to there defense as they went from a top 5 defense to the bottom half of the league. McDowell isn't going to be the dominant run stopper like Suh, but he can fill a need on the D-line to take lineman off of Ezekiel Ansah.


9. Chargers: Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State

Chargers had a very bad O-line last year. It was just horrible. This is the obvious pick here. Johnson will instantly become the best or second best lineman on the offense.


10. Browns: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Wide Receiver, USC

Deshaun Watson won't be able to do it on his own. Smith-Schuster will be Watson's top target from day 1.


11. Buccaneers: Charles Harris, Defensive End, Missouri

A good pass rusher here in Harris. Bucs are missing a good pass rusher that every team could use. Can play end and linebacker. Would be a good pick.


12. Giants: Lewis Neal, Defensive End, LSU

After missing out on Leonard Floyd in the 2016 draft, the Giants still need to address the pass-rush priority. Pairing Neal and Olivier Vernon with hopefully a good JPP, could make the Giants pass rush scary.


13. Jets: Adoree' Jackson, Cornerback, USC

Cromartie didn't pan out as a free agent last year and Revis is slowing down so CB needs to be addressed. Jackson is a playmaker who can make up some bad coverage with stout quickness and speed. Another option here could be Tre'davious White


14. Jaguars: Jamal Adams, Safety, LSU

This defense was vastly improved last year, but Gipson was not that great last year so if he doesn't pan out, Adams is a smart pick. A safety who is good in coverage who will fit in well in this young, Jaguars defense.


15. Ravens: Leonard Fournette, Running Back, LSU

Obvious pick. Fournette is the top rated RB heading into this draft with potential to be the next great NFL back. Ravens don't have an answer at RB to help Joe Flacco. Fournette would be a steal at 15.


16. Cowboys: Tre'Davious White, Cornerback, LSU

Cowboys still need work in the secondary. White can turn into the lockdown corner the Cowboys have been searching for. They pick White in hope that Byron Jones can pan out too so they will have two playmakers on the outside.


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