2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

Last update: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Major changes.
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  1. Cleveland Browns: Marcus Maye, S, Florida
    The Browns fixed some of their issues on defense in the first round by selecting an edge rusher and a cornerback. Here’s something else for the secondary, as the Browns have some of the worst safeties in the NFL, so they need to make some upgrades.

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  2. San Francisco 49ers: John Ross, WR, Washington
    I don’t understand why the 49ers avoided addressing the receiver position until late in the 2016 NFL Draft. How did they not realize that they have such a huge need in that area?

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU
    The Jaguars tried Luke Joeckel at guard, but it doesn’t appear as though he’s cutting it there either. They’ll have to spend an early selection on an upgrade.



  4. Chicago Bears: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
    Chicago’s interior offensive line is great, but help is desperately needed at tackle. I have to believe that they’re going to use an early draft choice on the position.

    Pick change; previously Adoree Jackson, CB

  5. Los Angeles Rams: Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
    The Rams keep waiting for Brian Quick to do something, but it’s not happening. They need to find another weapon for Jared Goff. People in Los Angeles don’t care about the Rams, but perhaps there will be interest from three or four more people if the team selects a dynamic play-maker like Curtis Samuel.

  6. Los Angeles Chargers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
    The Chargers have mostly been using Joey Bosa on the defensive line, so they could stand to find another outside linebacker to play across from Melvin Ingram. T.J. Watt, the younger brother of J.J. Watt, could be chosen in the first round, so he provides good value here.

    Pick change; previously Dawuane Smoot, DE/OLB



  7. New York Jets: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
    Given all of the problems Brandon Marshall caused in the locker room, I can’t imagine him being back with the team next year. With that in mind, the Jets will need to find a No. 2 receiver to play across from Eric Decker.

  8. Carolina Panthers: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
    The Panthers missed Josh Norman last year. James Bradberry performed on a high level at cornerback this past year, but Carolina is still in need of help at the position.

  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
    The Bengals have a couple of linebackers entering their contract years in 2017, so they may opt to use a selection in Rounds 2-4 on a future starter, especially if they can get great value like this.



  10. New Orleans Saints: Desmond King, CB, Iowa
    When the Saints released Keenan Lewis in the offseason, it was pretty evident that they would have issues at cornerback this season, and that has turned out to be the case. They need an upgrade across from Delvin Breaux so they can stop starting the likes of B.W. Webb.

  11. Philadelphia Eagles: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
    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. Alvin Kamara could possibly be chosen at the end of the first round, so Philadelphia is getting great value with this pick.

    Pick change; previously Brian Hill, RB

  12. Buffalo Bills: Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia
    The Bills spent their first-round pick on Pat Mahomes, so they’ll have to surround their new quarterback with a weapon or a new blocker. Of the two, Shelton Gibson is the top prospect available, and he makes a ton of sense for Buffalo. Sammy Watkins has struggled to stay healthy, while Robert Woods is an underwhelming No. 2 option.



  13. Arizona Cardinals: DeMarcus Walker, DE/DT, Florida State
    Calais Campbell will be a 31-year-old free agent entering next offseason. It goes without saying that the Cardinals will have to replace him if he leaves.

  14. Minnesota Vikings: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
    I’m sure that if the Vikings had the cap space, they would’ve used this pick to trade for Joe Thomas. Alas, they do not, so they can try to remedy their awful tackle situation by picking one at this juncture.




  15. Baltimore Ravens: Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA
    The Ravens struggled to get pressure on the quarterback most of the year. A part of the problem is that Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs will be 33 and 34, respectively, by the 2017 NFL Draft. Some young blood will be needed on the edge.

    Pick change; previously T.J. Watt, LB

  16. Indianapolis Colts: Dawuane Smoot, DE/OLB, Illinois
    The Colts desperately need to upgrade their linebacking corps. That includes finding a potent edge rusher, which is something they currently lack right now. Erik Walden sucks; Trent Cole is old; while Robert Mathis just announced his retirement.

    Pick change; previously Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB

  17. Washington Redskins: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
    As mentioned in the first round, the Redskins need help at defensive end, inside linebacker and safety to shore up the middle of their defense. Justin Evans is now the top prospect available who satisfies one of those needs.

  18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
    Doug Martin has entered rehab, while Charles Sims didn’t exactly live up to expectations as a replacement. The Buccaneers will be looking for a new running back to at least pair with Sims.

  19. Denver Broncos: Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford
    Christian McCaffrey may slip because of his correct decision to sit out a postseason exhibition contest. However, John Elway played with McCaffrey’s father, and he needs a No. 2 running back in case C.J. Anderson gets hurt again.

  20. Cleveland Browns: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
    Terrelle Pryor didn’t get the 1,800 yards Charles Woodson predicted, but he did cross the 1,000-yard barrier. Pryor made himself a ton of money this offseason, so if the Browns don’t re-sign him, they’ll have to search for a new receiver. Perhaps they’ll take Chris Godwin, who dominated USC in the Rose Bowl.



  21. Detroit Lions: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
    The Lions have two terrific cornerbacks in Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson, but there’s very little depth behind the two. Plus, Lawson is entering his contract season.

    Pick change; previously David Njoku, TE

  22. Miami Dolphins: David Njoku, TE, Miami
    It’s safe to say that the Dolphins haven’t exactly gotten what they had expected out of Jordan Cameron, though not all of that is his fault, given his concussion issues. Here’s a much-needed upgrade at tight end.

  23. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
    The Giants will want to select a blocker or a weapon for their new quarterback with this pick. Evan Engram, who has drawn comparisons to Jordan Reed, is the top offensive player available. He’d provide a big upgrade at tight end.

    Pick change; previously Julie’n Davenport, OT



  24. Oakland Raiders: Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
    Oakland’s defense improved as the season progressed, but there was always a big void in the middle of the defensive line. I imagine the Raiders will want to spend a high selection on a prospect who can generate some pressure in the interior.

    Pick change; previously Jourdan Lewis, CB

  25. Houston Texans: Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
    It’s unfortunate that Derek Newton’s career could be over because of a double patellar tendon tear. The Texans will have to find a new right tackle, and I’m sure they’d like to get a talented blocker like this toward the end of Round 2.

    Pick change; previously Forrest Lamp, OT

  26. Seattle Seahawks: Forrest Lamp, OT, Western Kentucky
    I’m not breaking any news here by saying the Seahawks have to upgrade the offensive line. They have a guy with barely any football experience playing left tackle, for crying out loud. Russell Wilson has great mobility, but even he needs better pass protection. Seattle would love Forrest Lamp falling to them toward the end of the second frame.

    Pick change; previously Nazair Jones, DE/DT

  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Nazair Jones, DE/DT, North Carolina
    Andy Reid loves bolstering the trenches, and I imagine he’ll do so after seeing his defense get gashed against the run all year.

    Pick change; previously Tim Williams, DE/OLB

  28. Dallas Cowboys: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
    Jason Witten doesn’t have much time remaining in the NFL, so the Cowboys could stand to use an early selection on a tight end.

  29. Green Bay Packers: Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
    Ty Montgomery looked awesome at running back against the Bears, but how sustainable is that? And will Eddie Lacy continue to gain weight? There are lots of questions at running back for the Packers, who can solve them by selecting a talented player like Jeremy McNichols.

    Pick change; previously Alvin Kamara, RB

  30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
    This is a great value pick for the Steelers, as Jourdan Lewis is a steal at the end of Round 2. Besides, it’s not like they couldn’t use some depth at cornerback.

    Pick change; previously Jeremy McNichols, RB

  31. Atlanta Falcons: Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
    The Falcons could stand to upgrade Chris Chester, the one liability that they currently possess on their offensive line. Dan Feeney won’t be able to teach his teammates much until he’s a veteran, but he could provide an upgrade on the interior of the front.

  32. New England Patriots: Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
    The Patriots cut Dominique Easley last offseason, but never found a replacement for him. They can do that in the early stages of the 2017 NFL Draft.



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