2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Thursday, Jan. 19, 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: Tim Williams, DE/OLB, Alabama
    It’s unclear how the 49ers’ new regime will feel about players with character concerns. That’s why Tim Williams has dropped to Round 3. At some point, however, the pure talent will be worth the Randy Gregory-type off-the-field issues.

    Pick change; previously Antonio Garcia, 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.

  5. Tennessee Titans: Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State
    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.

  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. Los Angeles 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.

  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: Damore’ea Stringefellow, WR, Ole Miss
    The Bengals were hurting for play-makers when A.J. Green got hurt at the end of the season, so here’s an opportunity for them to give Andy Dalton another weapon.

    Pick change; previously Carroll Phillips, DE/OLB



  10. Philadelphia Eagles: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
    I’m sure the Eagles would love Mike Williams at No. 15 overall, but he wasn’t available in this update. A receiver in Round 2 is also a possibility. If Philadelphia doesn’t sign a wideout, this is the latest it should take one, as Carson Wentz really needs some help.

    Pick change; previously Brian Hill, RB

  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.

  12. New Orleans Saints: Carroll Phillips, DE/OLB, Illinois
    The Saints are taking a chance on a player with character issues here, but Carroll Phillips provides a ton of value for a team in desperate need of an edge rusher.

    Pick change; previously Carlos Watkins, DT



  13. Arizona Cardinals: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
    The Cardinals have a very good defense, but they have a couple of liabilities. One happens to be at inside linebacker, which they can address early in the draft.

    Pick change; previously Damore’ea Stringefellow, WR

  14. Baltimore Ravens: ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
    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.

    Pick change; previously Damore’ea Amara Darboh, WR




  15. Indianapolis Colts: Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU
    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.

    Pick change; previously Damore’ea Stringefellow, WR

  16. Minnesota Vikings: Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming
    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 Wayne Gallman, RB

  17. Washington Redskins: Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
    Here’s the third of three interior positions that needs to be addressed on Washington’s defense. Inside linebacker has been a problem area for quite a while.

  18. Denver Broncos: Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
    Charles Walker would be a nice fit in Denver’s defense, as the Broncos have to bolster the interior of their front to improve against the rush.

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

  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Garrett Sickels, DE, Penn State
    Tampa Bay will be getting Jacquies Smith back from injury, but another defensive end will have to be obtained if William Gholston heads elsehwere in free agency.



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

  22. 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.

  23. New York Giants: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan
    The Giants spent their first-round pick on Deshaun Watson, so here’s a quality blocker for their new quarterback. New York had awful play from its tackles this season, but adding a blind-side protector and moving Ereck Flowers to the right side should work.

    Pick change; previously Jordan Leggett, TE



  24. Oakland Raiders: Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
    Latavius Murray is an impending free agent, but the Oakland coaching staff didn’t seem to like him very much anyway.

  25. Houston Texans: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
    The Texans almost have to feel obligated to take a quarterback early in the draft, as Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage aren’t cutting it.

  26. Seattle Seahawks: Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn
    The Seahawks don’t have very many needs outside of the offensive line, so they might consider using a fairly early selection on an edge rusher to eventually supplant Cliff Avril.

  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
    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.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Sutton, CB

  28. 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.

  29. Green Bay Packers: Hasson Reddick, DE/OLB, Temple
    The Packers place great pressure on opposing quarterbacks with Julius Peppers and Nick Perry, but both happen to be impending free agents. Peppers turns 37 in January, while Perry could prove to be too expensive to retain.

    Pick change; previously Chidobe Awuzie, CB

  30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
    DeAngelo Williams won’t be around much longer, so the Steelers will need a viable backup running back just in case Le’Veon Bell gets suspended again.

    Pick change; previously Chidobe Awuzie, CB

  31. Atlanta Falcons: Jordan Willis, DE/OLB, Kansas State
    It was a bit odd to see the Falcons eschew their pass rush in the 2016 NFL Draft, especially when Shaq Lawson dropped to them at No. 17. I’m sure that after seeing their defenders struggle to get to the quarterback – save for Vic Beasley, who has improved – they’ll be desperate for someone who can apply pressure on opposing signal-callers in the 2017 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Harold Landry, DE/OLB

  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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