2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Major changes.
Next update: Next week. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

The order of this 2017 NFL Mock Draft is based on the 2017 NFL Draft Order.

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  1. Cleveland Browns: Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
    I have to imagine that the Browns are growing tired of Cameron Erving’s ineptitude at center. Here’s someone to challenge him.

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  2. San Francisco 49ers: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
    Regardless of whether or not the 49ers select a franchise quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft, they’ll need to bolster the offensive line, as they have a major liability at right tackle.

    Pick change; previously Dion Dawkins, OT

  3. Chicago Bears: Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
    Alshon Jeffery is an impending free agent, and both he and Kevin White are difficult to trust anyway, given the amount of time they’ve missed over the years.



  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Budda Baker, S, Washington
    John Cyprien finally had a breakout year for the Jaguars. However, he’s an impending free agent, so the Jaguars will need a new safety if they can’t retain him.

    Pick change; previously Brad Kaaya, QB

  5. Tennessee Titans: Damore’ea Stringefellow, WR, Ole Miss
    Rishard Matthews has been a pleasant surprise for the Titans, but they still need another receiver with Kendall Wright once again falling out of favor with the coaching staff.

    Pick change; previously Donnie Miles, S

  6. New York Jets: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
    The Jets have to address both positions in their secondary. Cornerback help is more important, as Darrelle Revis has regressed into one of the worst players at his position in the entire league.



  7. San Diego Chargers: Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
    King Dunlap and Joe Barksdale have both regressed this year, so San Diego has to find a new tackle to help protect Philip Rivers as he enters his final seasons in the NFL.

    Pick change; previously Carl Lawson, DE/OLB

  8. Carolina Panthers: Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
    The Panthers desperately need to do something about their offensive line. The tackles were first exposed in the Super Bowl, and the situation has gotten worse since.

  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Carroll Phillips, DE/OLB, Illinois
    Like Tim Williams, Carroll Phillips has fallen because of character concerns. However, the Bengals would be getting great value here with Phillips, as he would bolster their pedestrian pass rush.

    Pick change; previously Dede Westbrook, WR



  10. Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming
    In addition to a receiver, the Eagles need to provide Carson Wentz with a better running back. Ryan Mathews has his moments, but he’s unreliable, and the coaching staff doesn’t seem to like him too much anyway.

  11. Buffalo Bills: Marcus Williams, S, Utah
    It’s unfortunate, but it’s possible that Aaron Williams’ career could be over because of that ridiculous hit he took from Jarvis Landry. If so, the Bills will have to target a safety in free agency or the early stages of the 2017 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Wayne Gallman, RB

  12. New Orleans Saints: Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
    I still can’t believe the Saints signed James Laurinaitis. Did they not watch how horrible he was for the Rams? Seriously, what were they thinking? They can make amends by selecting a solid inside linebacker prospect early in the draft.

    Pick change; previously Marquis Haynes, DE/OLB



  13. Arizona Cardinals: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
    Larry Fitzgerald has mulled over retirement, but even if he keeps playing, he won’t be around much longer. Michael Floyd is gone as well.

    Pick change; previously Carlos Watkins, DT

  14. Baltimore Ravens: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
    Steve Smith doesn’t have much time remaining in the NFL, and the same thing could be said about Breshad Perriman if he doesn’t prove himself. Baltimore spending an early-round pick on a receiver shouldn’t surprise anyone.




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

  16. Minnesota Vikings: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
    If Week 15’s performance was any indication, Adrian Peterson won’t be playing much longer, so the Vikings need to think about finding a successor.

    Pick change; previously Samaje Perine, RB

  17. Washington Redskins: Tyrone Crowder, G, Clemson
    Washington’s offensive line has played well this year, but the team has to find an upgrade over guard Shawn Lauvao. A mid-round selection can be used on one.

  18. Denver Broncos: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
    Trevor Siemian wasn’t very good this year, but Denver’s biggest problem on offense is at right tackle, where Donald Stephenson embarrassed himself.

    Pick change; previously Charles Walker, DT

  19. Tennessee Titans: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
    Delanie Walker turns 33 this offseason, so the Titans might have interest in adding a successor.

    Pick change; previously Jordan Leggett, TE

  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
    I’m sure the Buccaneers will be considering their options at receiver in the first two days of the draft, considering that Vincent Jackson’s career is coming to an end.



  21. Detroit Lions: Jarron Jones, DE/DT, Notre Dame
    Here’s another defensive tackle, as the Lions are very desperate at the position.

  22. Houston Texans: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
    Jake Butt has dropped because of an injury he suffered in a meaningless postseason game, but he provides good value here in Round 3 for a team in desperate need of a better intermediate weapon.

    Pick change; previously Davis Webb, QB

  23. Minnesota Vikings: Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
    Tom Johnson does a great job providing depth behind Sharrif Floyd and Linval Joseph, but he turns 33 this offseason, so Minnesota will need to find new depth up front. Besides, Floyd can’t be trusted because of his durability concerns.



  24. Green Bay Packers: Kevin King, CB, Washington
    The Packers have spent some resources at cornerback over recent years, but considering Sam Shields may never play again, perhaps they’ll go back to the position once more.

  25. Seattle Seahawks: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
    The Seahawks have yet to address their offensive line in this 2017 NFL Mock Draft, which is probably a mistake. They have some major issues at tackle.

    Pick change; previously Taylor Moton, OT

  26. Atlanta Falcons: Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
    The Falcons are pretty soft against the run up the middle, so they should think about spending an early choice on an interior defensive lineman.

  27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
    It’s amazing that James Harrison is still playing on such a high level, but the Steelers know that they can’t rely on him to rush the passer for much longer. They’ll have to be prepared, and they could use another first-round pick on an edge rusher to eventually start across from Bud Dupree.

  28. Oakland Raiders: Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn
    The Raiders could stand to bolster their pass rush, as it’s unclear if Aldon Smith will be able to stay out of trouble going forward.

    Pick change; previously Hasson Reddick, DE/OLB

  29. New York Giants: Avery Gennesy, OT, Texas A&M
    I’m sure the Giants wouldn’t hesitate to grab an offensive tackle, considering how dire of a need it is for them.

    Pick change; previously Vincent Taylor, DT

  30. Kansas City Chiefs: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
    Sean Smith’s departure has been felt this year, particularly in the loss to the Buccaneers when Kansas City had no one to cover Mike Evans in Marcus Peters’ absence. Terrance Mitchell has been great though, so if this continues, I’ll change this pick.

  31. Dallas Cowboys: Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
    The Cowboys could stand to bolster their pass rush, which tends to be pretty inconsistent. It would help if Randy Gregory could play, but Dallas has to move on, given that he can’t stay out of trouble.

  32. New England Patriots: Ryan Anderson, DE/OLB, Alabama
    New England trading Logan Mankins away backfired, as Mankins would’ve helped them win the Super Bowl last year, in all likelihood. Yet, the Patriots keep dealing away talented players. They’ll have to replace Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins, as their front seven is pretty weak.



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