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1. Cleveland Browns:
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4/22: Mitchell Trubisky is still under "serious consideration" for the No. 1 overall pick. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
I'd say this is some sort of smokescreen, but the Browns have already stated that they don't want to trade out of the top spot. Only they would be foolish enough to screw this up, as it would echo the Jaguars reaching for Blaine Gabbert rather than selecting J.J. Watt, who went one pick later in the 2011 NFL Draft. It's worth noting that this pick would be doubly foolish, since Cleveland's baseball front office is unable to configure its quarterback analytics. Then again, these are the Browns we're talking about, so I guess we should've known that they were bound to do something stupid. -Walter


4/19: The Jets and Browns are discussing a draft trade. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Browns are attempting to move up to No. 6 overall to select Mitchell Trubisky. You can read more about the details in our NFL Draft Rumor Mill. -Walter


4/14: Hue Jackson wants to select Myles Garrett No. 1 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Adam Schefter reported a difference of opinion for the Browns, so it appears as though the front office is considering Mitchell Trubisky. That would be beyond stupid, as they stand a good chance of obtaining him at No. 12 overall, which is what I have happening in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/11: "Just had an NFL exec tell me, 'Don't be surprised if Myles Garrett isn't the No. 1 pick.' Exec convinced a QB is in discussion at No. 1." - Adam Schefter, ESPN
It's clear that this executive expects the Browns to be as stupid as usual, because only the Browns would pass on an elite pass-rushing prospect to select a middling quarterback - especially when they can probably get that signal-caller at No. 12 overall! This wouldn't be as horrible as the Rams trading the farm for Jared Goof, but it would be close. -Walter


4/10: Numerous "football people" believe Leonard Fournette is in play for the Browns at No. 1. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
This sounds like people pushing for Khalil Mack to be the top pick of the 2014 NFL Draft when everyone knew the Texans would be selecting Jadeveon Clowney. Myles Garrett is almost certainly the pick, but stranger things have happened. I have Fournette slotted to the Jaguars in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/4: It's believed that the Browns have Mitchell Trubisky atop their quarterback board. They are also intrigued by Patrick Mahomes and would consider Deshaun Watson at No. 12. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
With the quarterback spots drying up, there's a good chance Trubisky falls to No. 12, which is what I have happening in my updated 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/28: Hue Jackson told the media that the Browns will not be trading the No. 1 overall pick. -
Unlike last year when the Titans said they were open for business, Cleveland has decided to keep the top selection. Myles Garrett is the overwhelming favorite, as seen in today's 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/27: Owner Mike Brown would trade A.J. McCarron at the right price, perhaps to Cleveland with No. 9 for the Nos. 12 and 33 picks. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
If this trade sounds lopsided, it is. Per the NFL Trade Value Chart, McCarron would be worth 430 points, which is the 47th-overall pick. There's no way McCarron is worth more than a third, so the Browns would be getting ripped off. -Walter


3/27: The Browns plan on making another run at Jimmy Garoppolo. - Tony Grossi, ESPN
Adam Schefter has been adamant that New England won't be dealing with Garoppolo, so the Browns need to blow the Patriots away with a great trade. A reader just published a mock draft where the 49ers acquire Jimmy Garoppolo. -Walter


3/20: The Browns are "fairly confident" they can obtain Mitchell Tribusky at No. 12 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Trubisky's spots in the top 11 have dried up, with the 49ers trying to obtain Kirk Cousins in the next 12 months; the Bears paying big bucks to Mike Glennon; and the Bills bringing back Tyrod Taylor. If the Jets don't take Trubisky, he'll likely drop to No. 12, which is what I have happening in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/10: The Browns won't be acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots no matter what they offer. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
This is silly, as everyone has a price. If the Browns offered the Patriots four first-round picks, for example, New England would say yes in a heartbeat. The Patriots are likely trying to build up lots of leverage for Garoppolo so that they get a king's ransom for him. -Walter


3/9: The Browns will make a run at Jimmy Garoppolo leading up to the draft. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The Browns have two ones and two twos this year, and a one and three twos in 2018. They have the ammunition to trade for Garoppolo without removing too many resources. If they get Garoppolo, he'll be protected by an outstanding offensive line (assuming right tackle is addressed, which is what I have happening in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft.) -Walter


3/5: "Sources said the Browns were blown away by Garrett's Combine, both the interview and his off-the-charts workout, and that they're close to making him their No. 1 overall pick." - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Cabot previously reported that the Browns were very interested in Mitchell Trubisky, so this update is very significant. It appears as though the 49ers are on the clock. -Walter


3/5: Myles Garrett is the favorite to be the first pick in the draft unless the Browns get "funky" with a quarterback. - Mike Mayock, NFL Network
There might be suspensions if the Browns do get funky with a quarterback, but why would they when the signal-caller class is so underwhelming. Cleveland would be crazy to pass on Garrett, barring a blockbuster trade. The Browns are taking Garrett in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/2: The Browns are strongly considering Mitch Trubisky at No. 1 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
While many around the league believe the Browns will take Myles Garrett, it appears as though Cleveland doesn't think the choice is so obvious. We have the Browns taking Garrett in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/2: "People around the league I've spoken to, unanimously 'would be stunned' if the Browns took anyone other than Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall." - Benjamin Albright, Yahoo!
Garrett is the overwhelming favorite, despite the Browns' reported interest in Mitch Trubisky. -Walter


3/2: Mitch Trubisky is on the Browns' radar at No. 1 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Trubisky makes much more sense than the overrated Deshaun Watson, who is not a fit for Hue Jackson's system. Still, it's likely that Cleveland takes Myles Garrett. Trubisky is, at least, atop our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/2: The Browns and Jets have high interest in Mitch Trubisky. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Charlie Campbell refuted the Jets reports during Senior Bowl week. The Browns make sense though; Trubisky seems like a good fit for Hue Jackson's offense. They might just be able to land Trubisky at No. 12, especially if his height concerns turn out to be legitimate. Trubisky is rated second in our updated 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


1/23: The Browns reached out to Deshaun Watson and asked him to play for them in the Senior Bowl, but he declined. - Peter King, Sports Illustrated
The Browns are more likely to take Watson at No. 12 (or even No. 33) than first overall if they want him, but this could cause them to bypass him all together. Watson is No. 4 in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter




2. San Francisco 49ers:
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4/23: San Francisco supposedly wants Deshaun Watson. - Greg Gabriel, Pro Football Weekly
Uhh... what? If the 49ers take Watson at No. 2 overall, it'll be one of the worst draft picks in NFL history. No team we've spoken to has Watson in the first round, with some of the smarter front offices even slotting him as a third-round prospect. This would also block the 49ers from landing Kirk Cousins next spring. This makes no sense on so many levels. Then again, the 49ers did hire a TV analyst to be their general manager, so all bets are off. -Walter


4/23: The 49ers, Titans, Jets and Bills are attempting to trade down. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
With lacking top-tier talent in this class, it's no surprise that so many teams want to move down. Unfortunately for them, they may have trouble finding suitors. A stupid team like the Browns will likely be moving up for a pedestrian quarterback prospect, but that could be it. Charlie Campbell reported a few days ago in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill that the 49ers were "desperate" to trade down. -Walter


4/18: The 49ers, Bears and Jets are the three teams most eager to move down. - Peter King
All three make sense. The 49ers have a ton of holes on their roster, so they need more picks. The Bears apparently want a quarterback, but No. 3 is way too high to take any of them. The Jets would love to take a defensive back, but there are so many quality secondary players in this class, so why not move down? -Walter


4/14: "Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans has drawn interest from several NFL teams, including Lions, Steelers, 49ers and Chargers." - Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
All of these teams could use a third-day pick on a backup quarterback. Evans is 10th in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/12: John Lynch told the media there's interest for the No. 2 overall pick. -
"We're open for business," Lynch said. "We'll listen to anything." That doesn't exactly sound like there's interest, but the Titans said the same thing last year and ended up trading the pick. The difference, however, is that there's no quarterback worth moving up for this year. -Walter


4/11: The 49ers could select Leonard Fournette at No. 2 overall. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
"The new front office wants a bigger back to run the offense and they’re ready to give up on Carlos Hyde," Pauline said. This would certainly shake up the mock draft world, as most mocks have Solomon Thomas slotted to the 49ers. Fournette would make a lot of sense though, as Hyde hasn't been able to stay healthy. -Walter


4/2: "The San Francisco 49ers (No. 2 overall) and Chicago Bears (No. 3 overall) have shown serious interest in getting to know Jonathan Allen." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Both teams could really use Allen, but it remains to be seen how his shoulders check out. I have Allen going to the Bears in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/29: "Lots of talk/rumor about Carolina (picking at No. 8) trying to obtain 49ers' No. 2 pick. Told there's nothing currently in the works." - Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
This would be a blockbuster deal, and it raises the question about whom the Panthers would select at No. 2 overall. It almost has to be one of three players. It could be Leonard Fournette (leaping Jaguars, Jets); Solomon Thomas (leaping Jaguars, Jets, 49ers themselves); and Jamal Adams (leaping Bears, Titans, Jets, Chargers). I have them being selected at Nos. 4, 2 and 5, respectively in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. The 49ers, meanwhile, could obtain someone like Mike Williams, Taco Charlton, Derek Barnett or Cam Robinson at No. 8. -Walter


3/24: The Saints and 49ers spent the most time with DeShone Kizer at the Notre Dame pro day. - Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
Kizer is second in the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings, but stands a realistic chance of dropping to the second round. -Walter


3/7: It's more likely than not that the 49ers will acquire Kirk Cousins from the Redskins. - Michael Silverback, NFL Network
This is probably the best course of action for the 49ers as far as acquiring a quarterback this offseason is concerned. Even if it costs two first-round picks, it could be worth it; I detailed why it makes sense in the Kirk Cousins Trade Page. -Walter


3/3: A three-way trade may involve the Cowboys, Redskins and 49ers trading both Tony Romo and Kirk Cousins. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
In this crazy scenario, the Cowboys would move Romo to Washington (reminds me of Donovan McNabb going to Washington several years ago), the Redskins would trade Kirk Cousins to the 49ers, and Dallas would receive draft picks, including the No. 2 overall selection, where they'd take either Myles Garrett or Jonathan Allen. The Cowboys would win this trade, while the Redskins would appear to be the losers, just based solely on Romo's injury history. -Walter


3/2: 49ers GM John Lynch said DeShone Kizer "blew the doors off" in the interview with the 49ers last night. -
Kizer shouldn't be an option at No. 2, but perhaps the 49ers will move up into the back end of the first round to take him. I currently have Kizer going to the Chiefs at No. 27 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/24: There's a lot of buzz that the 49ers could take Alabama LB Reuben Foster No. 2 overall. - Vic Carucci, Buffalo News
That would be insane, though it would match the trend of paying Earl Mitchell $16 million for some reason. Taking a non-pass-rushing linebacker at No. 2 overall is crazy enough; let alone one with an injury history, especially when his teammate, Jonathan Allen, is a better prospect. Reuben Foster is 27th in our latest NFL Draft Big Board -Walter


2/22: It wouldn't be shocking if the 49ers and Redskins agreed to a trade involving Kirk Cousins. - Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network
I've discussed this already in the potential 49ers-Redskins Kirk Cousins Trade page. You can also vote on whether the 49ers should pull the trigger or not. -Walter


2/4: Kyle Shanahan said that he was high on Jimmy Garoppolo prior to the 2014 NFL Draft. - Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain-Dealer
The 49ers' presumptive head coach could certainly trade the No. 34 pick for New England's backup. -Walter




3. Chicago Bears:
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4/18: The 49ers, Bears and Jets are the three teams most eager to move down. - Peter King
All three make sense. The 49ers have a ton of holes on their roster, so they need more picks. The Bears apparently want a quarterback, but No. 3 is way too high to take any of them. The Jets would love to take a defensive back, but there are so many quality secondary players in this class, so why not move down? -Walter


4/16: "The Bears have conducted some of the most exhaustive research and evaluations in recent memory not of one quarterback but multiple quarterback prospects. And the expectation here is that Deshaun Watson will be the Bears' selection." - John Mullin, CSN Chicago
The Bears could have an all-time worst offseason if they end up paying a backup-caliber quarterback tons of money and then use the third-overall pick on a second-day prospect. I have Watson slotted in the second round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/11: Many around the league haven't erased the possibility of the Bears taking a quarterback at No. 3. - Dane Brugler, CBS
Brugler mocked Mitchell Trubisky to the Bears today. Meanwhile, Aaron Leming of BearReport.com thinks Chicago will take Deshaun Watson. The Bears would look crazy if they spent the third-overall pick on a quarterback after giving Mike Glennon so much money, especially given how mediocre this class is at the position. It would be better if the Bears moved up from the second round into the 24-30 range. That's what I've projected in today's 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/11: "Based on the info I've been given and one interesting piece all the way back in February, I'm inclined to believe the Bears favor Deshaun Watson." - Aaron Leming, BearReport.com
This is over the other quarterbacks. The Bears could take Watson at No. 3, though that would make them look stupid for spending so much on Mike Glennon. It's also worth noting that there's no confirmed visit with Watson, which is important because Chicago has met with its previous first-round selections under Ryan Pace. -Walter


4/9: "The Bears absolutely like Malik Hooker, but the big unknown is how the top decision-makers feel about his medicals." - Jeff Dickerson, ESPN
Hooker is definitely in play at No. 3, as are Jamal Adams, Jonathan Allen and Solomon Thomas if he gets by San Francisco. However, his medical issues could push him down a bit. Hooker is second on our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter


4/7: "Bears showed a ton of interest in Deshaun Watson at pro day." - Jonathan Jones, Sports Illustrated
Taking Watson at No. 3 overall would be a mega reach, considering that no team we've spoken to has him as a first-round prospect. Watson is slotted to the Chiefs in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft, so the Bears would have to trade up into the bottom of the first round. -Walter


4/2: "The San Francisco 49ers (No. 2 overall) and Chicago Bears (No. 3 overall) have shown serious interest in getting to know Jonathan Allen." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Both teams could really use Allen, but it remains to be seen how his shoulders check out. I have Allen going to the Bears in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/20: It's looking like Mitch Trubisky or DeShone Kizer to the Bears at No. 3 overall. - Peter King, MMQB
The Bears could have their pick if the Browns and 49ers take Myles Garrett and Jonathan Allen. I have Chicago taking Trubisky in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


1/19: Bears GM Ryan Pace told the media that he'd like to improve the secondary this offseason.  -
Malik Hooker and Jamal Adams are options for the Bears at No. 3, but Jonathan Allen figures to be the best player available. Chicago may have to find a new cornerback or safety in Round 2 if it can't sign players at the position in free agency. -Walter




4. Jacksonville Jaguars:
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4/20: Nathan Peterman said he's getting the most interest from the Cardinals, Chargers and Jaguars. -
All three teams could conceivably pick Peterman on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. Peterman is seventh in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/19: Joe Mixon won't slip past the Jaguars' selection in Round 2 if Leonard Fournette isn't the pick in Round 1. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
There's been talk recently that Mixon won't be selected until the third day, so this report is a surprise. Mixon is sixth in our NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/19: Corn Elder told the media that the Cardinals, Jaguars and Dolphins have shown the most interest in him. - No Source
The Miami prospect is 22nd in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/18: "The Jaguars are the one wild card people around the league believe are in play for a quarterback." - Eric Galko, The Sporting News
It's unlikely that Jacksonville will spend a first- or second-round pick on a signal-caller, but 2018 is extremely possible if Blake Bortles continues to struggle. 
-Walter


3/18: The Jaguars will pick a running back in the top half of the draft. - Mike DiRocco, ESPN
In other words, Leonard Fournette? The LSU product is considered a better prospect than Ezekiel Elliott, who went No. 4 overall. The Jaguars have the fourth pick. I have them selecting Fournette in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter




5. Tennessee Titans:
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4/23: The 49ers, Titans, Jets and Bills are attempting to trade down. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
With lacking top-tier talent in this class, it's no surprise that so many teams want to move down. Unfortunately for them, they may have trouble finding suitors. A stupid team like the Browns will likely be moving up for a pedestrian quarterback prospect, but that could be it. Charlie Campbell reported a few days ago in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill that the 49ers were "desperate" to trade down. -Walter


4/14: "The Saints and Titans have shown a lot of interest in Gareon Conley." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Conley's stock is red hot, and there's a good chance he's chosen in the top 20. Conley is third in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/13: "I'm told Chidobe Awuzie could be in play for the Tennessee Titans with their second selection in the first round, pick 18." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
A corner makes sense at No. 18 if the Titans pass on Marlon Humphrey with the fifth pick. I have Tennessee taking John Ross at the 18th slot in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/2: "The Titans are leaning defense at No. 5; offense at No. 18. They like cornerbacks like Alabama's Marlon Humphrey and Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore. However, it sounds like they like safeties Jamal Adams from LSU and Malik Hooker from Ohio State more. With the fifth pick, it sounds like Tennessee's inclination is toward a safety over cornerback. The value is better at safety and on the defensive side of the ball. The Titans sound inclined to help their offense with No. 18. The players who sound like options there are Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams, Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, and Washington wide receiver John Ross." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Adams and Ross are my predicted players in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/8: O.J. Howard has scheduled visits with the Buccaneers and Titans. - Chase Goodbread, NFL Network
These are the first reported team visits, so I thought I'd make a note of it. Plus, Howard is projected to be a top-20 pick. You can check out the full NFL Draft Prospect Visits Tracker here. -Walter


3/6: The Titans may now be the frontrunners to acquire Brandin Cooks from the Saints. - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!
It could be that the Eagles have deemed No. 14 to be too expensive for Cooks, and they would be correct. No. 18 overall is more reasonable for Cooks, though it's still too expensive. Cooks is a great talent, but won't be nearly as productive out of New Orleans' high-octane offense. -Walter


3/2: The Titans are the frontrunners to acquire Brandin Cooks. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
This trade, according to Mortensen, would involve Tennessee sending the No. 18 pick to New Orleans. I currently have the Titans taking O.J. Howard there in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/2: The Saints are discussing trading Brandin Cooks to the Titans and Eagles. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Both teams are desperate for a No. 1 receiver, and Cooks would qualify, though it's worth noting that his numbers have been inflated in New Orleans' offense. I assume it's for either the 18th or 15th pick, respectively. -Walter


2/22: The Titans could select a linebacker with one of their two third-round picks. - Jason Wolf, The Tennessean
Linebacker is definitely a need, and there should be some viable candidates in the third frame. Here's the list of NFL Draft Linebacker Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/1: "Two teams to keep an eye on for Mike Williams are the Titans and the Buccaneers. In speaking to sources at each team, they both are intrigued with Williams and what he would bring to their offense." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
It makes sense, as both teams need a receiver, but Williams could easily be off the board at Nos. 18 and 19. Williams is 16th on our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter




6. New York Jets:
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4/23: The Jets are expected to take Jamal Adams "unless someone else is unexpectedly available." - Rich Cimini, ESPN
It's unclear who that "someone else" is, but my money would be on Leonard Fournette. The Jets could also be hoping to trade down. I slotted Adams to the Jets today in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/23: The 49ers, Titans, Jets and Bills are attempting to trade down. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
With lacking top-tier talent in this class, it's no surprise that so many teams want to move down. Unfortunately for them, they may have trouble finding suitors. A stupid team like the Browns will likely be moving up for a pedestrian quarterback prospect, but that could be it. Charlie Campbell reported a few days ago in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill that the 49ers were "desperate" to trade down. -Walter


4/21: The Jets don't believe Jamal Adams will be available at No. 6 overall. - Jenna Laine, ESPN
Laine tweeted the following: "Jamal Adams told me the Jets basically told him in his visit, 'You're wasting your time. Why are you here?' They don't think he's there at 6." I actually have Adams slipping to No. 7 overall in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, so I disagree with the Jets' take. I suppose one of us is wrong, and it's probably me. -Walter


4/20: The Jets really like Charles Harris, and he could be at the top Jets' big board. - James Parks, CBS
If the Jets removed unrealistic candidates like Myles Garrett and Leonard Fournette, this is definitely plausible. There's been growing buzz that Harris will be chosen in the top 15, and New York could potentially obtain Harris if it moves down to No. 12, per the trade Charlie Campbell referenced in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill. -Walter


4/19: The Jets and Browns are discussing a draft trade. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Browns are attempting to move up to No. 6 overall to select Mitchell Trubisky. You can read more about the details in our NFL Draft Rumor Mill. -Walter


4/18: The 49ers, Bears and Jets are the three teams most eager to move down. - Peter King
All three make sense. The 49ers have a ton of holes on their roster, so they need more picks. The Bears apparently want a quarterback, but No. 3 is way too high to take any of them. The Jets would love to take a defensive back, but there are so many quality secondary players in this class, so why not move down? -Walter


4/12: "Keep an eye on this name, Jets fans: Florida safety Marcus Maye. Visited Jets this week. Has some big fans in the building." - Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
Maye could be chosen in the second round, as he's sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/12: Odds are that the Jets will trade Sheldon Richardson on draft weekend. - Connor Hughes, NJ.com
Richardson has character concerns, so the Jets won't be getting full value for him. The Broncos and Cowboys previously showed interest in Richardson. -Walter


4/9: Leonard Fournette could be in play for the Jets at No. 6. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
"Could" doesn't even seem like the right word. I have a difficult time seeing Fournette slip past the Jets, given their approach to taking the best player available. Fournette may not even make it to the sixth pick, as I have him slotted to the Jaguars in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/6: "Heard from multiple front office execs over last few days. Feeling is now Christian McCaffery goes Top 10." - Peter Schrager, FOX Sports
So much for McCaffrey going in the second round! I've had McCaffrey going to the Buccaneers at No. 19 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft since the combine, but he'll apparently be off the board much earlier than that. I've attached this to the Jets, Panthers and Bengals to this because they're the likely spots for McCaffrey if he goes in the top 10. The Jets might be a long shot because there will be better prospects available (Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, perhaps Leonard Fournette), but the Panthers seem the most likely destination. Carolina needs a running back, but probably won't want Dalvin Cook because of his character concerns. The Bengals make sense as well, but they won't have any qualms about taking Cook. -Walter


4/2: "The Jets are unlikely to draft a quarterback in the early rounds, as they aren't impressed with this class of quarterbacks overall." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Jets are also encouraged with Christian Hackenberg's development and plan on playing him this year. It's not out of the question that he's the opening-day starter. If he fails, the Jets will have some great quarterbacks to choose from next year, as seen in my 2018 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/31: "I can tell you the New York Jets have strong interest in Patrick Mahomes, but I was asked not to go any further." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Some consider Mahomes to be the top quarterback in this class, and he certainly won't be there for the Jets in the second round. I have him being picked in the 20s of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft -Walter


3/27: "I believe the Jets will trade out of this spot." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Tony Pauline predicted this in his mock draft, which is available at DraftAnalyst.com. I have the Jets taking O.J. Howard in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/21: The Jets are very intrigued by Mitchell Trubisky. - Rich Cimini, ESPN
Cimini is pointing to the fact that the Jets sent a full contingent to his pro day, which they would be foolish not to do. However, the Jets like Christian Hackenberg's development, per Charlie Campbell, and they would be foolish not to utilize the "Suck for Sam" strategy if Hackenberg doesn't pan out. Darnold is the top pick in our 2018 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/9: The Jets have interest in Ahkello Witherspoon. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
The rising cornerback would fill a huge need. He's a likely second-round pick. Witherspoon is 13th in our NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/4: The Jets are high on Garett Bolles. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
Taking Bolles at No. 6 would be a reach, as New York is likely to select Leonard Fournette, Marshon Lattimore or Malik Hooker. However, Bolles could be an option if the Jets move down. Bolles is No. 3 in our 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/27: A quarterback to the Jets at No. 6? "I would emphatically tell you no."   - Mike Mayock, NFL Network
Charlie Campbell reported earlier that the Jets want to develop Christian Hackenberg, so signing a veteran makes more sense this offseason. -Walter


2/9: The Jets aren't expected to consider Deshaun Watson at No. 6 overall. - Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
The consensus is that Watson is a second-round prospect, and the Jets don't want to reach for a quarterback. They've also been happy with Christian Hackenberg's development. I have the other New York team taking Watson in the first round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/2: The Browns and Jets have high interest in Mitch Trubisky. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Charlie Campbell refuted the Jets reports during Senior Bowl week. The Browns make sense though; Trubisky seems like a good fit for Hue Jackson's offense. They might just be able to land Trubisky at No. 12, especially if his height concerns turn out to be legitimate. Trubisky is rated second in our updated 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


1/31: "There were reports that the New York Jets are all over North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky. When I told this to Jets sources, they rolled their eyes and shook their head. They said that general manager Mike Maccagnan has them work more in depth on early entry players later in the process and not during the fall, so it is way too early to say that for almost any non-senior." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Jets are apparently pleased with Christian Hackenberg's development. The Jets might as well give Hackenberg a chance because this draft class is pretty weak at quarterback. -Walter


1/28: The Jets love Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson. - Darryl Slater, NJ.com
This makes sense, as New York has to find a better edge rush, and Anderson is a high-effort player. Anderson is 12th in our 3-4 Rush Linebacker Prospect Rankings. -Walter




7. Los Angeles Chargers:
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4/20: Nathan Peterman said he's getting the most interest from the Cardinals, Chargers and Jaguars. -
All three teams could conceivably pick Peterman on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. Peterman is seventh in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/19:  "The Los Angeles Chargers have done their due diligence on Mitchell Trubisky." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
This isn't a surprise, as the Chargers should be checking out quarterbacks with Philip Rivers entering the twilight of his career. It's unlikely that they'll spend the seventh-overall pick on Trubisky, but if they fall in love with him, they could conceivably pull the trigger. -Walter


4/14: "Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans has drawn interest from several NFL teams, including Lions, Steelers, 49ers and Chargers." - Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
All of these teams could use a third-day pick on a backup quarterback. Evans is 10th in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/28: The Chargers and Giants have said that they're comfortable with drafting young quarterbacks this year. -
Both Philip Rivers and Eli Manning are entering the final years of their careers, so New York taking a signal-caller at 23 and Los Angeles getting one in the second round makes sense. Here are the 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings. -Walter


1/31: "In speaking with Los Angeles Chargers sources, I get the impression that Ohio State safety Malik Hooker has caught their eye." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Hooker is the No. 1 player in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter




8. Carolina Panthers:
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4/23: "Told yesterday that Christian McCaffrey doesn't get past Carolina." - Greg Gabriel, Pro Football Weekly
McCaffrey is a very logical pick for the Panthers. I have him slotted there in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/14: "Lots of folks in the Carolinas are jumping on the Howard bandwagon, but I haven't yet gotten the sense the Panthers' decision-makers are locked in on the Alabama tight end." - Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
Howard has become a chic pick for Carolina in recent weeks, but apparently, he's not going to be picked there. I've had Howard slotted to the Panthers in a previous update, but have since moved on to Christian McCaffrey in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/10: Leonard Fournette is definitely "in the mix" at No. 8 for the Panthers. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Carolina has expressed great interest in Fournette. Unfortunately for the Panthers, it's less than a 50-50 chance that he'll be there, as the Jaguars and Jets could easily select him. Fournette is third on our 2017 NFL Draft Big Board. -Walter


4/6: "Heard from multiple front office execs over last few days. Feeling is now Christian McCaffery goes Top 10." - Peter Schrager, FOX Sports
So much for McCaffrey going in the second round! I've had McCaffrey going to the Buccaneers at No. 19 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft since the combine, but he'll apparently be off the board much earlier than that. I've attached this to the Jets, Panthers and Bengals to this because they're the likely spots for McCaffrey if he goes in the top 10. The Jets might be a long shot because there will be better prospects available (Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, perhaps Leonard Fournette), but the Panthers seem the most likely destination. Carolina needs a running back, but probably won't want Dalvin Cook because of his character concerns. The Bengals make sense as well, but they won't have any qualms about taking Cook. -Walter


4/4: "Carolina hopes to address its need for speed at the receiver position during the draft's second day." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
The Panthers lost Ted Ginn, and Devin Funchess has been a disappointment, so this makes sense. Here's the list of 2017 NFL Free Agent Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


3/29: "Lots of talk/rumor about Carolina (picking at No. 8) trying to obtain 49ers' No. 2 pick. Told there's nothing currently in the works." - Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
This would be a blockbuster deal, and it raises the question about whom the Panthers would select at No. 2 overall. It almost has to be one of three players. It could be Leonard Fournette (leaping Jaguars, Jets); Solomon Thomas (leaping Jaguars, Jets, 49ers themselves); and Jamal Adams (leaping Bears, Titans, Jets, Chargers). I have them being selected at Nos. 4, 2 and 5, respectively in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. The 49ers, meanwhile, could obtain someone like Mike Williams, Taco Charlton, Derek Barnett or Cam Robinson at No. 8. -Walter


3/17: The Panthers and Bengals offensive line coaches spent a lot of time with Taylor Moton at his pro day. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Both teams have obvious needs for tackles, and Moton is sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/7: The Panthers have scheduled a private workout with John Ross. - Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
This is the first scheduled prospect workout of the 2017 draft season, so I thought I'd make a note of it. You can check the full list of 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Visits Tracker here. -Walter


3/1: Panthers GM David Gettleman said the Panthers could be searching for a running back in the NFL Draft. -
With Jonathan Stewart bound to regress soon, the Panthers are certainly in the market for one. Carolina's M.O. has been to take the best player available, and that could be Leonard Fournette, if available, at No. 8. If not, here's the rest of the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/1: "While it is very early in the process, here are five teams that are showing a lot of interest in emerging Connecticut safety Melifonwu: Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Carolina Panthers." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Melifonwu had a terrific Senior Bowl and may have played himself into second-round consideration. -Walter




9. Cincinnati Bengals:
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4/6: "Heard from multiple front office execs over last few days. Feeling is now Christian McCaffery goes Top 10." - Peter Schrager, FOX Sports
So much for McCaffrey going in the second round! I've had McCaffrey going to the Buccaneers at No. 19 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft since the combine, but he'll apparently be off the board much earlier than that. I've attached this to the Jets, Panthers and Bengals to this because they're the likely spots for McCaffrey if he goes in the top 10. The Jets might be a long shot because there will be better prospects available (Jamal Adams, Malik Hooker, perhaps Leonard Fournette), but the Panthers seem the most likely destination. Carolina needs a running back, but probably won't want Dalvin Cook because of his character concerns. The Bengals make sense as well, but they won't have any qualms about taking Cook. -Walter


3/30: "I was informed Tarell Basham of Ohio and Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon were second-round targets for the Bengals." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
I currently have Mixon slotted to the Chiefs in the third round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but he could easily be taken in the second frame. -Walter


3/27: Owner Mike Brown would trade A.J. McCarron at the right price, perhaps to Cleveland with No. 9 for the Nos. 12 and 33 picks. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
If this trade sounds lopsided, it is. Per the NFL Trade Value Chart, McCarron would be worth 430 points, which is the 47th-overall pick. There's no way McCarron is worth more than a third, so the Browns would be getting ripped off. -Walter


3/17: The Panthers and Bengals offensive line coaches spent a lot of time with Taylor Moton at his pro day. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Both teams have obvious needs for tackles, and Moton is sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/2: The Bengals will take Leonard Fournette if available at No. 9. - Aditi Kinkhabwala, NFL Network
Fournette would be a no-brainer as the best player available, but he'd have to get past the Jaguars, Jets and Panthers first. I have the Jets taking Fournette in the latest 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/24: Running back isn't out of the question for the Bengals in the first round. - Katherine Terrell, ESPN
Leonard Fournette could be available, and Dalvin Cook's off-field issues probably wouldn't bother Cincinnati. Jeremy Hill has been a disappointment, so either Fournette or Cook would be an upgrade. They're both atop the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter




10. Buffalo Bills:
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4/23: The 49ers, Titans, Jets and Bills are attempting to trade down. - Jason Cole, Yahoo!
With lacking top-tier talent in this class, it's no surprise that so many teams want to move down. Unfortunately for them, they may have trouble finding suitors. A stupid team like the Browns will likely be moving up for a pedestrian quarterback prospect, but that could be it. Charlie Campbell reported a few days ago in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill that the 49ers were "desperate" to trade down. -Walter


4/18: The interest the Bills have in Mitchell Trubisky seems genuine. - Ryan Talbot, NYup.com
I think this is legitimate, though Talbot's report kind of bursts my mock draft update's bubble. -Walter


4/10: "Back in February, I wrote that Bills are the team I expect to draft Mitch Trubisky. Real interest." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
Trubisky seems like the only quarterback the Bills would select in the first round, despite retaining Tyrod Taylor. Mike Williams and O.J. Howard seem more likely, but Trubisky is definitely an option. -Walter


1/27: BuffaloBills.com considers Corey Clement to be the best running back prospect at the Senior Bowl. - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com
Clement's pass-protection skills have been cited. The Bills could use a Round 3-5 pick on a running back for depth behind LeSean McCoy. -Walter




11. New Orleans Saints:
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4/14: "The Saints and Titans have shown a lot of interest in Gareon Conley." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Conley's stock is red hot, and there's a good chance he's chosen in the top 20. Conley is third in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/10: It's more likely that Malcolm Butler will play for the Saints than the Patriots next year. - Albert Breer, MMQB
Breer cites a potential trade during draft week, and it's easy to see that happening. New England could recoup its No. 32 overall pick and then trade it to the Seahawks for Richard Sherman, potentially. -Walter


4/2: "The Saints are leaning pass rush at No. 11. The 2017 NFL Draft is very strong at the cornerback position and the Saints feel that they could land a good corner with their second pick." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Taco Charlton and Derek Barnett are the two favorites to be the pick, but a sleeper like Charles Harris or Takkarist McKinley isn't out of the question either. I have Charlton going to the Saints in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/24: The Saints and 49ers spent the most time with DeShone Kizer at the Notre Dame pro day. - Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
Kizer is second in the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings, but stands a realistic chance of dropping to the second round. -Walter


3/20: The Saints are close to a deal with Malcolm Butler. - Mike Giardi, CSN New England
It's nice that a contract is almost in place for Butler, but the Saints need to come up with a trade with the Patriots. They could give back the No. 32 overall selection, which they surrendered for Brandin Cooks. I have the Saints taking Obi Melifonwu with that pick in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/6: The Titans may now be the frontrunners to acquire Brandin Cooks from the Saints. - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!
It could be that the Eagles have deemed No. 14 to be too expensive for Cooks, and they would be correct. No. 18 overall is more reasonable for Cooks, though it's still too expensive. Cooks is a great talent, but won't be nearly as productive out of New Orleans' high-octane offense. -Walter


3/4: The Saints turned down a trade offer in which they'd receive the No. 32 pick from the Patriots for Brandin Cooks. - Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com
Wow. Apparently, the Saints believe they can get a mid-first-round pick for Cooks, presumably from the Eagles (No. 14) or Titans (No. 18). Cooks is probably worth a second-round selection, but perhaps Tennessee or Philadelphia will disagree. -Walter


3/2: The Titans are the frontrunners to acquire Brandin Cooks. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
This trade, according to Mortensen, would involve Tennessee sending the No. 18 pick to New Orleans. I currently have the Titans taking O.J. Howard there in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/2: The Saints are discussing trading Brandin Cooks to the Titans and Eagles. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Both teams are desperate for a No. 1 receiver, and Cooks would qualify, though it's worth noting that his numbers have been inflated in New Orleans' offense. I assume it's for either the 18th or 15th pick, respectively. -Walter


2/18: Sean Payton said that finding an edge rusher was a "must" this offseason. -
The Saints have nothing outside of Cameron Jordan. There's plenty of great pass-rushing talent in the draft, as you can see in our updated 2017 NFL Draft Defensive End Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/3: Sean Payton called Deshaun Watson "special" and said Watson has "things we're looking for." -
In other words, the Saints probably won't be taking Watson; otherwise Payton wouldn't be so open about it. Still, it's interesting that Payton is talking about quarterback prospects, as the Saints may want to find a successor for Drew Brees this year. -Walter


2/1: "While it is very early in the process, here are five teams that are showing a lot of interest in emerging Connecticut safety Melifonwu: Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Carolina Panthers." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Melifonwu had a terrific Senior Bowl and may have played himself into second-round consideration. -Walter


1/31: "Sources with the Saints say their first-round pick might come down to the best available player at edge rusher or cover corner." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Charlie has heard that Derek Barnett is a likely candidate to be chosen by the Saints. -Walter




12. Cleveland Browns:
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4/22: Mitchell Trubisky is still under "serious consideration" for the No. 1 overall pick. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
I'd say this is some sort of smokescreen, but the Browns have already stated that they don't want to trade out of the top spot. Only they would be foolish enough to screw this up, as it would echo the Jaguars reaching for Blaine Gabbert rather than selecting J.J. Watt, who went one pick later in the 2011 NFL Draft. It's worth noting that this pick would be doubly foolish, since Cleveland's baseball front office is unable to configure its quarterback analytics. Then again, these are the Browns we're talking about, so I guess we should've known that they were bound to do something stupid. -Walter


4/19: The Jets and Browns are discussing a draft trade. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Browns are attempting to move up to No. 6 overall to select Mitchell Trubisky. You can read more about the details in our NFL Draft Rumor Mill. -Walter


4/14: Hue Jackson wants to select Myles Garrett No. 1 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Adam Schefter reported a difference of opinion for the Browns, so it appears as though the front office is considering Mitchell Trubisky. That would be beyond stupid, as they stand a good chance of obtaining him at No. 12 overall, which is what I have happening in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/11: "Just had an NFL exec tell me, 'Don't be surprised if Myles Garrett isn't the No. 1 pick.' Exec convinced a QB is in discussion at No. 1." - Adam Schefter, ESPN
It's clear that this executive expects the Browns to be as stupid as usual, because only the Browns would pass on an elite pass-rushing prospect to select a middling quarterback - especially when they can probably get that signal-caller at No. 12 overall! This wouldn't be as horrible as the Rams trading the farm for Jared Goof, but it would be close. -Walter


4/10: Numerous "football people" believe Leonard Fournette is in play for the Browns at No. 1. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
This sounds like people pushing for Khalil Mack to be the top pick of the 2014 NFL Draft when everyone knew the Texans would be selecting Jadeveon Clowney. Myles Garrett is almost certainly the pick, but stranger things have happened. I have Fournette slotted to the Jaguars in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/4: It's believed that the Browns have Mitchell Trubisky atop their quarterback board. They are also intrigued by Patrick Mahomes and would consider Deshaun Watson at No. 12. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
With the quarterback spots drying up, there's a good chance Trubisky falls to No. 12, which is what I have happening in my updated 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/28: Hue Jackson told the media that the Browns will not be trading the No. 1 overall pick. -
Unlike last year when the Titans said they were open for business, Cleveland has decided to keep the top selection. Myles Garrett is the overwhelming favorite, as seen in today's 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/27: Owner Mike Brown would trade A.J. McCarron at the right price, perhaps to Cleveland with No. 9 for the Nos. 12 and 33 picks. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
If this trade sounds lopsided, it is. Per the NFL Trade Value Chart, McCarron would be worth 430 points, which is the 47th-overall pick. There's no way McCarron is worth more than a third, so the Browns would be getting ripped off. -Walter


3/27: The Browns plan on making another run at Jimmy Garoppolo. - Tony Grossi, ESPN
Adam Schefter has been adamant that New England won't be dealing with Garoppolo, so the Browns need to blow the Patriots away with a great trade. A reader just published a mock draft where the 49ers acquire Jimmy Garoppolo. -Walter


3/20: The Browns are "fairly confident" they can obtain Mitchell Tribusky at No. 12 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Trubisky's spots in the top 11 have dried up, with the 49ers trying to obtain Kirk Cousins in the next 12 months; the Bears paying big bucks to Mike Glennon; and the Bills bringing back Tyrod Taylor. If the Jets don't take Trubisky, he'll likely drop to No. 12, which is what I have happening in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/10: The Browns won't be acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots no matter what they offer. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
This is silly, as everyone has a price. If the Browns offered the Patriots four first-round picks, for example, New England would say yes in a heartbeat. The Patriots are likely trying to build up lots of leverage for Garoppolo so that they get a king's ransom for him. -Walter


3/9: The Browns will make a run at Jimmy Garoppolo leading up to the draft. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
The Browns have two ones and two twos this year, and a one and three twos in 2018. They have the ammunition to trade for Garoppolo without removing too many resources. If they get Garoppolo, he'll be protected by an outstanding offensive line (assuming right tackle is addressed, which is what I have happening in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft.) -Walter


3/5: "Sources said the Browns were blown away by Garrett's Combine, both the interview and his off-the-charts workout, and that they're close to making him their No. 1 overall pick." - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Cabot previously reported that the Browns were very interested in Mitchell Trubisky, so this update is very significant. It appears as though the 49ers are on the clock. -Walter


3/5: Myles Garrett is the favorite to be the first pick in the draft unless the Browns get "funky" with a quarterback. - Mike Mayock, NFL Network
There might be suspensions if the Browns do get funky with a quarterback, but why would they when the signal-caller class is so underwhelming. Cleveland would be crazy to pass on Garrett, barring a blockbuster trade. The Browns are taking Garrett in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/2: The Browns are strongly considering Mitch Trubisky at No. 1 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
While many around the league believe the Browns will take Myles Garrett, it appears as though Cleveland doesn't think the choice is so obvious. We have the Browns taking Garrett in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/2: "People around the league I've spoken to, unanimously 'would be stunned' if the Browns took anyone other than Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall." - Benjamin Albright, Yahoo!
Garrett is the overwhelming favorite, despite the Browns' reported interest in Mitch Trubisky. -Walter


3/2: Mitch Trubisky is on the Browns' radar at No. 1 overall. - Mary Kay Cabot , Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Trubisky makes much more sense than the overrated Deshaun Watson, who is not a fit for Hue Jackson's system. Still, it's likely that Cleveland takes Myles Garrett. Trubisky is, at least, atop our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/2: The Browns and Jets have high interest in Mitch Trubisky. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
Charlie Campbell refuted the Jets reports during Senior Bowl week. The Browns make sense though; Trubisky seems like a good fit for Hue Jackson's offense. They might just be able to land Trubisky at No. 12, especially if his height concerns turn out to be legitimate. Trubisky is rated second in our updated 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


1/23: The Browns reached out to Deshaun Watson and asked him to play for them in the Senior Bowl, but he declined. - Peter King, Sports Illustrated
The Browns are more likely to take Watson at No. 12 (or even No. 33) than first overall if they want him, but this could cause them to bypass him all together. Watson is No. 4 in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter






13. Arizona Cardinals:
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4/20: Nathan Peterman said he's getting the most interest from the Cardinals, Chargers and Jaguars. -
All three teams could conceivably pick Peterman on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft. Peterman is seventh in our 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/20: Reuben Foster has failed his drug test. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
I'm linking the Cardinals to this because that's where I currently have Foster going in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. Foster is claiming that this is a result of food poisoning, but he'll be placed in the league's substance-abuse program regardless. This sort of incident could prompt Foster to slide into Day 2. -Walter


4/19: Corn Elder told the media that the Cardinals, Jaguars and Dolphins have shown the most interest in him. - No Source
The Miami prospect is 22nd in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/18: The Cardinals like Patrick Mahomes - Peter King, USA Today
This is obviously bad news for the Texans and other teams looking to move up from the 30s. It remains to be seen, however, if Arizona is willing to use such a high selection on a quarterback when it has a chance of making a deep playoff run now. 
-Walter


4/10: "A lot of teams putting in work on NC State S Josh Jones. Rams visited his high school; Colts and Cardinals called there to check on him." - Dave Birkett, Detroit Free-Press
Jones is ninth in our NFL Free Agent Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/13: Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said that finding a long-term quarterback is a priority this offseason. -
I have the Cardinals taking a quarterback in the third round of my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but they could easily spend an earlier selection on one. No. 13 is possible as well, as Arizona could take DeShone Kizer or Pat Mahomes at that juncture. -Walter


2/2: The Cardinals are very high on Deshaun Watson. - Jason La Canfora, CBS
No. 13 would be too high (although possible) for Watson, as every team we've spoken to has a second- or third-round grade on the Clemson quarterback. Perhaps Arizona would be able to trade up into the back end of the opening round, just like the Vikings did to acquire Teddy Bridgewater. Watson is No. 4 in our updated 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter




14. Philadelphia Eagles:
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4/21: The five players the Eagles are targeting are Charles Harris, Derek Barnett, Gareon Conley, Christian McCaffrey and John Ross. - Eric Galko, The Sporting News
All five players make sense, though it's unclear why Mike Williams wasn't included in the list. Also, all the Eagles beat writers seem to believe the team won't be drafting a running back, so McCaffrey could be crossed off the list. -Walter


4/19: Joe Mixon remains in consideration for the Eagles' pick. - Jimmy Kempski, Philly Voice
It remains to be seen how many teams still have Mixon on their board, but the Eagles apparently are fine with taking him. We have Mixon slotted to the Bengals in the second round of our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/18:  "Christian McCaffrey has received a draft guarantee from a team presently selecting in the teens." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
This is why McCaffrey has canceled all private workouts going forward. The Eagles, Colts and Ravens could qualify as teams willing to give McCaffrey a guarantee, and I can't see him making it past Tampa Bay. -Walter


3/28: "Six teams that have expressed significant interest since Harvey Langi’s workout including the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers." - Rob Rang, CBS
Langi is 14th in the 2017 NFL Draft Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/23: The Eagles definitely like James Conner. - Mark Eckel, NJ.com
Eckel also says the Eagles will not draft a running back in the first round, echoing the sentiments of Jeff McLane from the Philadelphia Inquirer. I have Philadelphia taking Dalvin Cook in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but perhaps that'll change next week. -Walter


3/21: It's very unlikely the Eagles will spend a first-round pick on a running back. - Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer
McLane did add "never say never." It's unclear if McLane is basing this on sourced information or draft history. If the latter were reliable, the Cowboys never would've selected Tyron Smith. Dalvin Cook is a great option for the Eagles, and I have them drafting him in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/6: The Eagles are open to trading Jordan Matthews. - Charles Robinson, Yahoo!
If so, they'll need two wideouts, as Matthews is a solid No. 2 receiver. Here are our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/4: Ryan Mathews has probably played his final game as an Eagle. - Paul Domowitch, Philly.com
The coaching staff shied away from giving Mathews a full workload last year, and it's unlikely he'll return. With a draft class loaded at running back, the Eagles will have tons of options to choose from in April. Here are our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/2: The Saints are discussing trading Brandin Cooks to the Titans and Eagles. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Both teams are desperate for a No. 1 receiver, and Cooks would qualify, though it's worth noting that his numbers have been inflated in New Orleans' offense. I assume it's for either the 18th or 15th pick, respectively. -Walter


2/1: "While it is very early in the process, here are five teams that are showing a lot of interest in emerging Connecticut safety Melifonwu: Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Carolina Panthers." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Melifonwu had a terrific Senior Bowl and may have played himself into second-round consideration. -Walter




15. Indianapolis Colts:
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4/18:  "Christian McCaffrey has received a draft guarantee from a team presently selecting in the teens." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
This is why McCaffrey has canceled all private workouts going forward. The Eagles, Colts and Ravens could qualify as teams willing to give McCaffrey a guarantee, and I can't see him making it past Tampa Bay. -Walter


4/10: "A lot of teams putting in work on NC State S Josh Jones. Rams visited his high school; Colts and Cardinals called there to check on him." - Dave Birkett, Detroit Free-Press
Jones is ninth in our NFL Free Agent Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter






16. Baltimore Ravens:
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4/18:  "Christian McCaffrey has received a draft guarantee from a team presently selecting in the teens." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
This is why McCaffrey has canceled all private workouts going forward. The Eagles, Colts and Ravens could qualify as teams willing to give McCaffrey a guarantee, and I can't see him making it past Tampa Bay. -Walter


4/6: Ozzie Newsome said the team is willing to draft a receiver at No. 16 if a wideout is the best player available. -
In other words, he's taking Mike Williams if he falls to No. 16. It's unclear if John Ross or Corey Davis would qualify as the top player available, and I have to believe Baltimore would select Cam Robinson over either of those wideouts. Charlie Campbell reported recently that the Ravens are high on Cam Robinson. -Walter


4/2: "The Ravens have Alabama's Cam Robinson as their top-rated offensive tackle, and he is one of the players they are considering drafting with their first-round pick." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Robinson makes a lot of sense, as he'd be a perfect replacement for Ricky Wagner. I have Robinson slotted to the Ravens in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/30: The Ravens love Leonard Fournette. - Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
I imagine many other teams do as well. Unfortunately for the Ravens and others, Fournette is unlikely to fall very far; I have Jacksonville selecting him at No. 4 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/28: "Six teams that have expressed significant interest since Harvey Langi’s workout including the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers." - Rob Rang, CBS
Langi is 14th in the 2017 NFL Draft Inside Linebacker Rankings. -Walter


3/4: No one would be surprised if the Ravens picked a running back in the first round. - Jamison Hensley, ESPN
The question is whether Dalvin Cook will fall to Baltimore because Leonard Fournette won't. If not, that'll leave Christian McCaffrey. For more, check out our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter





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Other 2008 Mock Drafts: Matt McGuire (4/25)/ Craig Smith (4/22)/ Emmitt Smith (4/21)/ Matt McGuire Shocker (4/21)/ Matt McGuire Backwards (4/19)/ Forum Mock (4/15)/ April Fools (4/1)
2009 Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
Other 2009 Mock Drafts: Re-Draft (4/26) /Matt McGuire (4/25) /Reader Mock (4/25) /Hunter Ansley (4/24) /Backward Mock (4/19) /Emmitt Smith (4/16) /Celebrity Mock (4/9) /April Fools (4/1) /Experts (3/30) /KFFL (3/14)
2010 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/22): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2010 NFL Mock Re-Draft Day 3 (4/24): Round 4 (Walt's) / Round 4 (Matt's)
2010 NFL Mock Re-Draft Day 2 (4/23): Round 2 (Walt's) / Round 3 (Walt's) / Round 2 (Matt's) / Round 3 (Matt's)
Other 2010 Mock Drafts: Matt McGuire (4/22) /Backward Mock (4/20) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Celebrity Mock (4/8) /Experts (3/17) /Reader (4/13) /Consensus (2/25)
2011 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2011 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 2 /Round 3
Other 2011 Mock Drafts: Free Agency (5/9) /Greg Cox (4/28) /Backward Mock (4/22) /Emmitt Mock (4/21) /Team Big Boards (4/21) /Celebrity Mock (4/13) /Experts (4/7) /Not Mock (4/6) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Greg Cox's 2012 Mock (2/22) /Matt McGuire (1/8)
2012 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/26): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2012 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2012 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/26) /Pick History (4/23) /Emmitt Mock (4/19) /Not Mock (4/19) /Backward Mock (4/17) /Celebrity (4/15) /Goals (4/10) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Greg Cox (9/9)
2013 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2013 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/27): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2013 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/25) /GM Mock (4/21) /Charlie's Trade Mock (4/20) /Goals (4/19) /Rapid Reader Mock (4/18) /Emmitt Mock (4/14) /Not Mock (4/13) /Pick History (4/5) /Backward Mock (4/4) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/7) /Archived 2013 NFL Mock Drafts
2014 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATE 5/8): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2014 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 5/10): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2014 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (5/8) /Goals (5/3) /Not Mock (4/27) /Emmitt Mock (4/20) /Trades Mock (4/13) /Celebrity Mock (4/11) /Backward Mock (4/4) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Overreaction Mock (12/30)
2015 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2015 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 5/2): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2015 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/30) /Goals (4/25) /Not Mock (4/19) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Trades Mock (4/12) /Celebrity Mock (4/10) /Backward Mock (4/3) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/5) /Overreaction Mock (12/29)
2016 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2016 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2016 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/28) /Combo (5/8) /Goals (4/23) /Not Mock (4/22) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Trades Mock (4/16) /Celebrity Mock (4/10) /Backward Mock (4/7) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Overreaction Mock (1/4)
2017 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/23): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6
Other 2017 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/17) /Not Mock (4/21) /Emmitt Mock (4/16) /Backward Mock (4/9) /Celebrity Mock (4/7) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/7) /Overreaction Mock (1/2)
2018 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/20): Round 1 /Picks 17-32
Other 2018 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/2)
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