2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

Last update: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Major changes.
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  1. Cleveland Browns: Marcus Maye, S, Florida
    The Browns fixed some of their issues on offense in the first round by selecting a franchise quarterback and a right tackle. Now, they have to take care of their defense, and the worst part of that is their horrible secondary, which surrenders tons of big plays each game. 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: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
    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 are trying 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. New York Jets: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
    Here he is. As mentioned in Round 1, teams have really soured on Deshaun Watson. No team we’ve spoken to has him as a first-round prospect. One high-ranking personnel man in the NFC told me he has Watson as a third-round prospect. It’s so much like the Teddy Bridgewater draft, when the media had Bridgewater in the first round, and yet NFL franchises considered him to be a second-day prospect, even before his woeful pro day.

    I have to believe the Jets would be thrilled to land Watson here, however. They have nothing at quarterback, and that includes last year’s second-round choice, Christian Hackenberg, who is a sunk cost.

  5. Chicago Bears: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
    The Bears selected a quarterback in Round 1. Now, they’ll have to protect him. Chicago’s interior offensive line is great, but help is desperately needed at tackle.

  6. Carolina Panthers: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
    The Panthers often take the best player on their board, so don’t yell at me for not giving them an offensive tackle yet. There are still some promising pass-rushers on the board, and Carolina needs one with Charles Johnson set to hit free agency.

    Pick change; previously Julie’n Davenport, OT



  7. 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.

    Pick change; previously Corey Davis, WR

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
    There are a couple of reasons why the Bengals are floundering this season. A major factor is the declining play of the secondary. Pacman Jones has regressed, while Reggie Nelson’s absence has been a major problem. Here’s some help for the latter issue.

    Pick change; previously Curtis Samuel, WR

  9. New Orleans Saints: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
    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?



  10. San Diego Chargers: Budda Baker, S, Washington
    The Chargers could stand to use an early draft pick to find a replacement for Eric Weddle, and ther are a couple of intriguing safety prospects in the second round.

    Pick change; previously Chris Wormley, DE/DT

  11. Philadelphia Eagles: Desmond King, CB, Iowa
    Here’s the cornerback pick the Eagles eschewed in the first round. They’re really hurting at the position, and if you don’t believe me, just check out what Andy Dalton did to Philadelphia’s secondary in Week 13.

    Pick change; previously Alvin Kamara, RB

  12. Arizona Cardinals: Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
    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.



  13. Indianapolis Colts: Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA
    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 is even older.

  14. Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
    Stephon Gilmore’s contract is set to expire in March. Gilmore had been an outstanding cornerback in recent years, but he has been absolutely horrible in 2016. The Bills now have a difficult decision to make regarding Gilmore, and I imagine that they’ll franchise tag him. Either way, Buffalo will certainly consider a cornerback if it can obtain a quality prospect at the position.

    Pick change; previously Justin Evans, S




  15. Green Bay Packers: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
    Sam Shields has long-term health concerns, so the Packers may want to think about spending an early draft choice on a cornerback just in case he can never play again. The secondary has been an utter mess this year.

  16. Minnesota Vikings: Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
    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.

    Pick change; previously Dion Dawkins, OT

  17. Cleveland Browns: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
    Joe Haden got off to a strong start this season, but has been injured lately. The Browns have nothing else at cornerback anyway. That’ll obviously need to change, and this draft is loaded with talented players at the position.

    Pick change; previously Tre’Davious White, CB

  18. Washington Redskins: Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
    The two positions the Redskins need to upgrade most on defense happen to be defensive end and inside linebacker. They can take care of the latter here with one of the top prospects remaining on the board.

  19. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
    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 Jaleel Johnson, DE/DT

  20. Miami Dolphins: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
    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.



  21. Houston Texans: Forrest Lamp, OT, Western Kentucky
    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 love to get Forrest Lamp.

    Pick change; previously Roderick Johnson, OT

  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
    Noah Spence has lived up to expectations thus far as a second-round selection, while Robert Ayers has been solid. However, Ayers will begin declining shortly, and he’s entering his contract year anyway. The Buccaneers could stand to find another edge rusher.

    Pick change; previously O.J. Howard, TE

  23. 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.



  24. Baltimore Ravens: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
    The Ravens could stand to pick up a new running back. Terrance West is just a middling talent, while Kenneth Dixon not being able to supplant West has to be discouraging.

    Pick change; previously Nick Chubb, RB

  25. New York Giants: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
    I’m not sure how much faith the Giants have in Paul Perkins, but I’m sure they would’ve named him the starter over Rashad Jennings by now if they liked him a lot. Jennings isn’t getting it done, so New York needs to find a new running back.

    Pick change; previously D’Onta Foreman, RB

  26. Denver Broncos: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
    A.J. Derby is just an OK player. The Broncos can do better than him at tight end, and O.J. Howard is one of the better prospects available.

    Pick change; previously Charles Walker, DT

  27. Detroit Lions: Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
    The Lions seem to have hit with Taylor Decker, but they need to find another tackle, as the struggling Riley Reiff is entering free agency.

    Pick change; previously Charles Walker, DT

  28. Kansas City Chiefs: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
    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.

  29. Seattle Seahawks: Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn
    I thought there was a good chance that the Seahawks would upgrade their edge rush last offseason, but they didn’t pull the trigger. They can make amends for that at this juncture, and there’s never anything wrong with adding extra talented pass-rushers.

    Pick change; previously Taco Charlton, DE

  30. New England Patriots: Pat Elflein, C/G, Ohio State
    The Patriots could use some help on the offensive line, namely at tackle and center. Pat Elflein can play all three positions on the interior, and Bill Belichick loves blockers with versatility.

  31. Oakland Raiders: Chris Wormley, DE/DT, Michigan
    The Raiders figure to spend multiple resources next offseason fixing the interior of their defense, which has not performed well this year.

    Pick change; previously Carl Lawson, DE/OLB

  32. Dallas Cowboys: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
    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.



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