2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 17-32

Last update: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Major changes.
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  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
    If the loss to Dallas proved anything, it’s that the Steelers can be pretty soft up the middle. Their inside linebackers need to be looked at for sure. Ryan Shazier is fine, but Lawrence Timmons has rapidly declined and can no longer start in this league. The Steelers will consider moving on from him, especially if they can land a mega talent like Zach Cunningham.

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  2. Cleveland Browns: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
    The Browns never replaced Mitchell Schwartz, and so they have a liability at right tackle as a result. Cam Robinson can start there right away and eventually move to the blind side once Joe Thomas retires.

  3. Miami Dolphins: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
    I’m sure the Dolphins would love to draft a cornerback, but thanks to their recent wins, they’re not in position to draft any of the top four players at the position. They can still address their back seven, however, as the linebacking corps is in desperate need of an upgrade.



  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
    I found it odd that the Eagles signed Leodis McKelvin, given that he was responsible for them beating the Bills when he missed a tackle on Zach Ertz in the final minutes of that game last year. Now, McKelvin will continue to see extensive action, which is sad, as it says a lot about how bad the other cornerbacks are. The Eagles also traded away Eric Rowe, so they could be looking for corner help with Minnesota’s selection.

  5. Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, DE/OLB, Alabama
    The Ravens struggled to get pressure on the quarterback all 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.

  6. Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
    Detroit’s defense has some glaring issues. The primary one is the weakness at linebacker. DeAndre Levy can’t stay healthy, and there’s nothing there at the position otherwise. Fortunately, there are a few first-round linebacker prospects in this class.



  7. Atlanta Falcons: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
    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 lately – they’ll be desperate for someone who can apply pressure on opposing signal-callers in the 2017 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Charles Harris, DE

  8. Houston Texans: Carroll Phillips, DE/OLB, Illinois
    Another edge rusher may seem strange, given that the Texans have Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus. However, with Clowney slotted at defensive end, there’s an opening for another rush linebacker, so I’d have to think that Houston could use this opportunity to bolster that position with one of the top talents remaining on the board.

    Pick change; previously Marcus Maye, S

  9. Washington Redskins: Desmond King, CB, Iowa
    Bashaud Breeland’s struggles this season have been well-documented. The Redskins will have to find some help across from Josh Norman this offseason, and Desmond King is the top prospect who makes sense for them.



  10. New York Giants: Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois
    I have to hand it to Jason Pierre-Paul for playing through his gruesome injury, but he’s an impending free agent, and the Giants may just want to move on. I could see New York adding another edge rusher early in the 2017 NFL Draft.

  11. Kansas City Chiefs: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
    Andy Reid loves bolstering the trenches on both sides of the ball, and I don’t think he’d be opposed to selecting a guard late in the first round this April. The interior of Kansas City’s offensive line could be better, and Quinton Nelson is one of the better prospects remaining.

  12. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
    Donald Stephenson has been one of the worst offensive tackles in the NFL this season, and he’s been called out by Gary Kubiak recently. The Broncos will be searching for a new right tackle if Stephenson doesn’t improve.



  13. Seattle Seahawks: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
    There was one team that was convinced the Seahawks would select Robert Nkemdiche in the 2016 NFL Draft. They did not, but it made a ton of sense, as Seattle could use a pass-rushing presence in the interior of its defensive line.

  14. New England Patriots: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri
    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.

    Pick change; previously Carroll Phillips, DE/OLB



  15. Oakland Raiders: Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford
    Oakland’s coaching staff doesn’t like Latavius Murray all that much, but they appear to be stuck with him at the moment because their other options at running back are pretty underwhelming.

  16. Dallas Cowboys: John Ross, WR, Washington
    The Cowboys could do better at receiver across from Dez Bryant, and it would be nice for Dak Prescott to have a potent downfield threat for when Bryant is out of the lineup.



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