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17. Washington Redskins:
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4/6: Redskins head coach Jay Gruden hinted that the team's first-round pick won't be a guard. -
Thanks to e-mailer Jared R. for alerting me about this. "We’re getting there, but we’ve had, what, two first-round picks since I’ve been here?" Gruden said. "One of them hasn’t played a down, or played one game, and the other one is a guard. We have got to utilize our picks." I just slotted Forrest Lamp to the Redskins in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but that apparently is not going to happen. -Walter


3/9: Kirk Cousins has asked Daniel Snyder for a trade. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN
Cousins has presumably lost both of his receivers, and given the financial situation and front-office mayhem, it's no wonder why. The Redskins could obtain the No. 2 overall pick and something else from the 49ers in a trade for Cousins, and I'm sure they'd look into selecting Mitchell Trubisky, which I had the Bears doing in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft before they signed Mike Glennon. -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


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




18. 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




19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
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4/14: "Exiting the Senior Bowl, I made mention that Justin Evans could be the pick of the Dallas Cowboys late in Round 1, and that conversation has been resurrected. ... The other franchise I'm told is considering Evans late in the first frame is the Atlanta Falcons." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Pauline went on to say that Evans wouldn't slip past the Buccaneers in Round 2. Evans is sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/13: "Dalvin Cook to the Bucs sounds like it's something everyone wants on both sides from what I'm hearing." - Booger McFarland, ESPN
As a former Buccaneer, Bogger McFarland could have close Buccaneer sources, and I can say that Cook is definitely  a possibility if he's available. Cook's stock is slipping, so it's conceivable that he could fall to No. 19. I have him dropping to the 17th spot in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/2: "There is a group of first-round offensive weapons who are in play for Tampa Bay. Sources say that Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, Washington wide receiver John Ross, and Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis are all possibilities. Sources say that Miami tight end David Njoku could also creep into that conversation." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Buccaneers may have signed DeSean Jackson, but they are certainly not finished upgrading their offensive talent. I have Tampa taking McCaffrey with its first-round pick in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/23: "Buccaneers continue to look hard at Obi Melifonwu -- three-hour meeting today with DBs coach Brett Maxie after pro day yesterday." - Greg Auman, Tampa Bay Times
The highly athletic Melifonwu is gaining a lot of steam and stands a good chance of being chosen in the first round. I have Melifonwu going to the Saints in my 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


3/4: The teams showing the most interest in Marlon Mack have been the Chiefs, Steelers, Broncos and Buccaneers. - Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider.com
All teams have a need for a running back. Mack is 19th in our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back 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




20. Denver Broncos:
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3/29: "The Broncos are genuinely interested in Bucknell offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport." - Nicki Jhabvala, Denver Post
Davenport is seventh in the 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings, so taking him on Day 2 makes sense. -Walter


3/16: "During the combine I consistently heard daily rumors that the Denver Broncos could take Christian McCaffrey in Round 1." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
McCaffrey would be a nice fit in Denver, but the Broncos would need the Buccaneers, Redskins, Eagles and others to pass on him. McCaffrey is third in our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/4: The teams showing the most interest in Marlon Mack have been the Chiefs, Steelers, Broncos and Buccaneers. - Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider.com
All teams have a need for a running back. Mack is 19th in our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/2: Denver's tight ends coach Geep Chryst, is the brother of Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst.  - Cameron Wolfe, Denver Post
Ryan Ramcyzk and T.J. Watt are the top Wisconsin products, and the former fills a huge need. Ramcyzk, despite having injury issues, is No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter




21. Detroit Lions:
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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


3/25: James Connor, Bran Allen, Bucky Hodges, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Zach Banner are five prospects the Lions have shown lots of interest in. - Dave Birkett, Detroit Free-Press
Connor and Hodges are the two top prospects, and will likely be chosen in the third round. -Walter


3/4: "Caleb Brantley said Lions told them they've been hurting since Ndamukong Suh left and they need a dog along the defensive line." - Justin Rogers, Detroit News
It's nice that the Lions are letting everyone know what their needs are, though this one was obvious. Here are the 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/21: The Lions are expected to add a running back this offseason. - Michael Rothstein, ESPN
Ameer Abdullah hasn't been able to stay healthy through two years, so the Lions need some insurance. Here's a look at the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/8: The Lions are targeting a tight end early in the 2017 NFL Draft. - Eric Galko, Sporting News
This class is loaded at the position. You can check out our 2017 NFL Draft Tight End Prospect Rankings here. -Walter




22. Miami Dolphins:
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4/21: "Dolphins will take Forrest Lamp or a top-rated pass rusher at 22." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
I'm actually going to have something different slotted to the Dolphins in the next 2017 NFL Mock Draft, which will be released Sunday. But this report could obviously be correct. -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


4/7: "Brad Kaaya had a one on one with Coach Gase. Miami has a long interest in him." - Simon Clancy, BBC Radio
The Dolphins still can't be completely sold on Ryan Tannehill, so Kaaya makes sense as a third-round pick. Kaaya is sixth in the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/6: The Dolphins have strong interest in Obi Melifonwu and Chidobe Awuzie. - Simon Clancy, BBC Radio
Miami has been looking at big nickel corners. Melifonwu may not be available at No. 22; I have him going off the board one pick earlier in the 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/6: "Dolphins have eye on Charles Walker." - Armando Salguero, Miami Herald
Miami needs someone to start next to Ndamokung Suh, and Walker would work as a second-day selection. Walker is eighth in our 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/2: "Dolphins showing significant interest in Chris Wormley, Taco Charlton and Jordan Willis." - Simon Clancy, BBC Radio
It's extremely unlikely that Charlton will be available for the Dolphins in the first round, but they could settle for Wormley or Willis by moving down. It makes sense that they'd want to add a pass-rusher, given their lacking young talent at the position. Here are the 2017 NFL Draft Defensive End Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/24: "I'm told the Miami Dolphins, who did not meet with Chris Wormley in Ann Arbor, have a lot of interest in his services." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
No. 22 might be a bit too early for Wormley, but perhaps the Dolphins think they can get him in the second round. Wormley is fourth in our 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/13: "Can confirm Dolphins have been doing their due diligence on defense. Very active interviewing LB/CB/Edge prospects. Interest in Zach Cunnigham." - Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider
I have Cunningham off the board at No. 22 in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but he makes a ton of sense for the Dolphins. -Walter




23. New York Giants:
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4/20: General manager Jerry Reese told the media that the Giants have focused more on quarterback scouting this year than in the past. -
This is understandable, given Eli Manning's age, declining play and emerging off-field concerns. Given that the Giants have revealed this fact, however, tells me that they won't be selecting a quarterback early this year. That could definitely happen next year though. Check out our early 2018 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/10: "Not sure why you consider David Njoku a slam dunk. I'd be surprised if he's their pick at 23 even if he's on the board." - Jordan Raanan, ESPN
Njoku is a very popular pick for the Giants - he was voted in during the 2017 NFL Reader Mock Draft - but Raanan doesn't believe that he's much of an option for the first round. -Walter


4/9: O.J. Howard is "clearly" atop the Giants' big board, and the Giants also like Christian McCaffrey. - Jordan Raanan, ESPN
Unfortunately for the Giants, both could be long gone by No. 23. I have Howard and McCaffrey going eighth and 19th, respectively, in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but there have been reports that the latter will be chosen in the top 10. -Walter


4/2: The Giants aren't expected to select a quarterback early in the draft.
- Jordan Raanan, ESPN
This is contrary to other reports, and New York has worked out the quarterbacks in this class. The Giants need a quarterback, but it could be that they just aren't impressed with this year's crop. Both Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes are available to them in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


3/30: "Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, DeShone Kizer, Brad Kaaya and Jerod Evans are quarterbacks I believe the Giants have interest in. Any of top four in play at 23 depending on their board." - Art Stapleton, USA Today
I've had Watson slotted to the Giants for a while in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, but moved on. I still may go back to it. Taking a quarterback makes sense, as Eli Manning doesn't have much time remaining in the NFL. The pick would mirror the Packers selecting Aaron Rodgers when Brett Favre was still quarterbacking the team. -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


3/27: The Giants are predicted to select Zach Cunningham in Jordan Raanan's mock draft. - Jordan Raanan, NJ.com
"I'm basing this off the fact he's a player they like and who has attracted their interest." Cunningham is slotted to the Redskins in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/21: The Giants believe Eli Manning has only two or three quality years remaining. - Bob Glauber, Newsday
In other words, they'll be on the lookout for his successor this or next offseason. I have the Giants taking Deshaun Watson in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/8: The Giants are high on David Njoku. - Tony Pauline, Draft Analyst
New York could really benefit from a tight end upgrade, and there are some who believe Njoku is worth a late first-round pick. Njoku is No. 2 in our 2017 NFL Draft Tight End Prospect Rankings. -Walter




24. Oakland Raiders:
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4/19: The Raiders will not take Dalvin Cook. - Eric Galko, Sporting News
No explanation was given, but Cook could conceivably be available at No. 24 overall. I have Cook going to the Buccaneers in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/13: "Many I've spoken with believe there's a real good chance Oakland bypasses Zach Cunningham and takes a cornerback in the first frame." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Pauline has slotted Cunningham to Oakland, hence the reference to the Vanderbilt linebacker. Yesterday, I cited a report linking the Raiders to Kevin King. -Walter


4/12: "Kevin King will visit Raiders today. I'm not going to go through EVERY visit but this is a big one. Raiders like him." - , The Raiders Daily
King was once seen as a second-day selection, but there's been some buzz about him sneaking into the back end of the first round. King is fifth in the 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/2: "Oakland feels all of the early-round picks can be devoted to the defensive side of the ball." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Raiders are really hurting at defensive tackle and linebacker, so all of their pre-Day 3 picks could be ued on defense. Here are the 2017 NFL Draft Defensive Tackle Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/4: "Raiders fell in love with monster DE Tanoh Kpassagnon during interview I am told if he runs under 4.7. Raiders consider reaching for him." - Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider.com
This sounds like an Al Davis requirement, but Kpassagnon would definitely enter second-round consideration with a strong effort Sunday. -Walter




25. Houston Texans:
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4/18: Bill O'Brien "absolutely loves" Patrick Mahomes. - Tom Pelissero, USA Today - Tom Pelissero, USA Today
There's a reason I've been slotting Mahomes to the Texans in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft for the past three months. The only question is whether Mahomes will make it to Houston. There's a good chance he will, but if not, Deshaun Watson would be the favorite. -Walter


4/7: "I believe if Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky or Pat Mahomes is available when the Texans pick 25th, they'll definitely take one." - John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Considering I've had Mahomes slotted to the Texans in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft since what seems like the beginning of time (save for a 1-week exception), I would definitely agree. This, however, wouldn't have been the case had the team signed Tony Romo. -Walter


4/6: "The Texans will use a high draft choice, possibly a first-round pick, on a quarterback." - John McClain, Houston Chronicle
I get the sense that this wouldn't have been the case had the Texans signed Tony Romo, but there might be some panic in the building about having to start Tom Savage. I've been mocking Patrick Mahomes to the Texans pretty consistently in the first round of 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


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: "One team that has been rumored to be in the market for trading for Garoppolo is the Houston Texans. However, in speaking with Texans sources, that is very unlikely. Houston doesn't sound willing to be interested in dealing the necessary picks for Garoppolo."
- Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
Charlie was told that Jay Cutler is a more likely option for the Texans. -Walter




26. Seattle Seahawks:
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4/24: If Zay Jones falls to the Seahawks in Round 2, they'll scoop him up. - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
I definitely agree with this, but Jones is unlikely to be available for Seattle in the second frame. Jones is sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings. -Walter


4/6: There is very little chance Richard Sherman is traded. - Albert Breer, MMQB
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported that the Seahawks want a very good player, plus a high draft pick for Sherman, which could be why he won't be dealt. Also, Sherman is 30 next year and has a history of insubordination, so he may not be as appealing as some casual fans may believe him to be. -Walter


4/5: Seahawks GM John Schneider told the media that the trade discussions surrounding Richard Sherman are real. -
I guess this is what happens when a player speaks out against authority too much. The Seahawks are right to trade Sherman now. His trade value will only go down from here, as he'll turn 30 next March. He's also become quite the nuisance, so it might be better for Seattle's morale if he's gone. The only problem for the Seahawks is that with a great class of corners coming in - check out the 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings - it could be difficult to get full value for him, as teams may think they can address their cornerback woes through the 2017 NFL Draft. -Walter


3/8: "Pete Carroll and the Seahawks closely inspecting Cam Robinson at Alabama pro day.  Carroll's head did a 180 as Robinson walked by." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Robinson doesn't quite fit what the Seahawks look for in an offensive lineman though, and he's unlikely to drop to No. 26 anyway. -Walter


3/5: The Seahawks have done a lot of work on Obi Melifonwu. - Eric Edholm, Yahoo!
Melifonwu is an extremely athletic safety. The Seahawks may not be able to get him in the second round, so they'll have to either trade up or move back from No. 26. Melifonwu is fourth in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety 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




27. Kansas City Chiefs:
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4/18: "The Chiefs have shown interest in Ohio St. speed merchant Curtis Samuel, who I think would be a great fit." - Terez Paylor, Kansas City Star
The Chiefs need a receiver, and Samuel may not be available in the second round. Perhaps he'd be a target if Kansas City moves down. Samuel is fourth in our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings -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: The teams showing the most interest in Marlon Mack have been the Chiefs, Steelers, Broncos and Buccaneers. - Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider.com
All teams have a need for a running back. Mack is 19th in our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter




28. Dallas Cowboys:
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4/21: Tyus Bowser is generating late interest from the Cowboys. - Dane Brugler, CBS
I actually have Bowser going one selection later to the Packers in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, so the range definitely fits. Bowser would fit Dallas' major need for an edge rusher. -Walter


4/16: "The Dallas Cowboys, who are in the market for a 'war daddy' pass rusher, have made no secret of their attraction to Charles Harris." - Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Harris tested poorly at the combine, but still could be  first-round pick. Harris is fifth in our 2017 NFL Draft Defensive End Prospect Rankings. -Walter


4/14: "Exiting the Senior Bowl, I made mention that Justin Evans could be the pick of the Dallas Cowboys late in Round 1, and that conversation has been resurrected. ... The other franchise I'm told is considering Evans late in the first frame is the Atlanta Falcons." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Pauline went on to say that Evans wouldn't slip past the Buccaneers in Round 2. Evans is sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/13: The Cowboys have interest in Joe Mixon. - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
Mixon, if you somehow missed it, punched a woman a few years ago, but there are some teams that are interested. Mixon is 10th in the 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings -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


2/20: The Cowboys will select a defensive player at No. 28 unless "they see John Ross or Zay Jones as a singular talent and the edge rushers or defensive backs they truly like are gone before 28." - Vince Langford, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
This makes sense, and it's likely that at least one of those receivers will be there at No. 28. We currently have the Cowboys taking Jabrill Peppers in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


2/10: Myles Garrett has posted a video, pleading Jerry Jones to trade up for him. -
Garrett asked Jones to send Tony Romo and a "couple" of picks to the Browns for the No. 1 overall selection. It's doubtful that the Browns would take just a "couple" of picks and an old, injury-prone quarterback, but it's a great dream scenario for the Cowboys, who could use a better defensive end. We have the Browns picking Garrett in our 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter






29. Green Bay Packers:
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4/14: "I think Takkarist McKinley, T.J. Watt and Derek Rivers would be the best fits in the Packers' 3-4 front, and they seem like the most likely matches for the Packers in the first round." - Dan Dahlke, LombardiAve.com
This isn't really a rumor, but I didn't have much for the Packers. I mentioned this site's take because it was one of the few that connected Kenny Clark to Green Bay prior to the 2016 NFL Draft. Dahlke also listed Tre'Davious White and Quincy Wilson as cornerbacks who fit the Packers' scheme the best. -Walter




30. Pittsburgh Steelers:
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4/24: Jabrill Peppers has tested positive for a diluted sample at the combine. - Adam Schefter, ESPN
Reuben Foster did the same, but some teams that were considering him in the top 20 have told us that he's still an option. Peppers might be a different story because he was just a fringe first-round prospect (he's been linked to the Steelers at No. 30, which is why I've attached them to this report.) This could definitely cause Peppers to fall to Day 2. I already had him sliding all the way to the 42nd pick in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -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


4/11: Ben Roethlisberger is lobbying the Steelers to take a tight end in the first round. Meanwhile, GM Kevin Colbert would love to land Jabrill Peppers with the 30th pick. - Aditi Kinkhabwala, NFL Network
David Njoku could certainly be there at No. 30, as could Peppers. In my updated 2017 NFL Mock Draft, I have Njoku available, but Peppers coming off the board one selection earlier. I have DeShone Kizer slotted to the Steelers, as he is a real possibility as well. -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


3/18: "The Steelers probably wouldn’t part with a first-round pick for T.J. Watt and wouldn’t expect him to be available in the second frame." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Pittsburgh has shown interest in Watt, but doesn't see him as a first-round prospect, apparently. Watt is seventh in our 2017 NFL Draft 3-4 Outside Linebacker Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/4: The teams showing the most interest in Marlon Mack have been the Chiefs, Steelers, Broncos and Buccaneers. - Jared Tokarz, NFLDraftInsider.com
All teams have a need for a running back. Mack is 19th in our 2017 NFL Draft Running Back Prospect Rankings. -Walter


3/1: Steelers GM Kevin Colbert spoke about Martavis Bryant in the past tense at the combine. -
"Martavis was a great asset to us when he was available," Colbert said, ominously. The Steelers know they can't count on Bryant, so they're likely to spend an early-round pick on a replacement. Here's our 2017 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Prospect Rankings.  -Walter


2/15: The Steelers are expected to draft a cornerback in the first three rounds this April. - Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh spent a first-round choice on a cornerback last year, but the team still needs help at the position. 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings are available here. -Walter


1/24: Ben Roethlisberger told the media that he's considering retirement. -
"To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there's going to be a next season," Roethlisberger said to the press. This is obviously something Steeler fans don't want to hear, though Roethlisberger will probably return next year. Still, Pittsburgh better begin looking at the 2017 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospect Rankings -Walter




31. Atlanta Falcons:
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4/21: The Falcons are looking to trade up from No. 31. - D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Most of the edge rushers who fit what the Falcons are looking for could be available at No. 31, so it makes me think that Atlanta could be trading up for Forrest Lamp. I have them taking Jordan Willis in my 2017 NFL Mock Draft. -Walter


4/14: "Exiting the Senior Bowl, I made mention that Justin Evans could be the pick of the Dallas Cowboys late in Round 1, and that conversation has been resurrected. ... The other franchise I'm told is considering Evans late in the first frame is the Atlanta Falcons." - Tony Pauline, DraftAnalyst.com
Pauline went on to say that Evans wouldn't slip past the Buccaneers in Round 2. Evans is sixth in our 2017 NFL Draft Safety Prospect Rankings. -Walter


2/1: "The Falcons might not be targeting a cornerback in the first round, but sources with Atlanta really like Adoree Jackson. They are very impressed with his coverage skills and think he is just a natural football player." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com
The Falcons don't need a cornerback, as they have much greater needs, but if Jackson is their top player, they'll definitely give him some strong consideration. Jackson is No. 4 in our 2017 NFL Draft Cornerback Prospect Rankings. -Walter






32. New Orleans Saints:
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4/24: The Saints are leaning toward keeping their picks rather than trading them for Malcolm Butler. - Peter King, MMQB
The Patriots may want too much for Butler - as is the case for Jimmy Garoppolo - so perhaps the Saints are trying to lower the asking price. Either way, New Orleans is not going to obtain a better player than Butler at No. 32 overall than Butler. -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


4/10: 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





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