2017 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

Last update: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. 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: 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 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: 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.

  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.

  6. 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.



  7. San Diego Chargers: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
    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.

  8. Philadelphia Eagles: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
    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.

    Pick change; previously Desmond King, CB

  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Budda Baker, S, Washington
    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 Carroll Phillips, DE/OLB



  10. Arizona Cardinals: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
    Larry Fitzgerald has mulled over retirement, but even if he keeps playing, it’ll be difficult to retain Michael Floyd, who will be entering free agency come March.

  11. 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.

    Pick change; previously Raekwon McMillan, LB

  12. Carolina Panthers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
    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.



  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. 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 D’Onta Foreman, OT




  15. 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.

  16. Washington Redskins: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
    As discussed in the first round, the Redskins need to bolster the interior of their defense, whether that’s drafting a nose tackle or an inside linebacker. One of the top players available happens to fill the latter need.

    Pick change; previously Nazair Jones, DE/DT

  17. Cleveland Browns: Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
    Hue Jackson hinted to Cris Collinsworth that there’s a quarterback the team likes in the 2017 NFL Draft class. I don’t know why he would be smoke-screening this early, though it’s impossible to guess which signal-caller that is. Part of me thinks it might be Mitch Trubisky in the first round, but if not, perhaps it’s Pat Mahomes.

    Yes, Pat Mahomes, the Texas Tech quarterback. There are a wide variety of opinions on Mahomes. Charlie Campbell reported that some teams have second-round grades on Mahomes. Besides, we’ve seen the Browns reach on a quarterback before in Cody Kessler, and Mahomes has the accuracy that Hue Jackson values.

  18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
    Gerald McCoy is having another terrific season, but he has no help next to him at defensive tackle. The Buccaneers could stand to find an upgrade on the defensive interior.

    Pick change; previously Budda Baker, S

  19. 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, especially after his crucial drop versus New England, and O.J. Howard is one of the better prospects available.

  20. Baltimore Ravens: Nazair Jones, DE/DT, North Carolina
    Here’s more help for the front seven, as the Ravens need to improve what they have going on at defensive end in addition to their outside linebacker depth problems.

    Pick change; previously Christian McCaffrey, RB



  21. Green Bay Packers: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
    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 Alvin Kamara.

    Pick change; previously Gareon Conley, CB

  22. 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.

  23. Detroit Lions: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
    Nevin Lawson’s upgraded play has been quite the surprise for the Lions, as they once again have a potent one-two punch at cornerback. Lawson, however, will be entering free agency after the 2017 campaign and could be too expensive to keep. Besides, you can never have enough talented corners when trying to defeat Aaron Rodgers.

    Pick change; previously Julie’n Davenport, OT



  24. 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.

  25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
    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 Alvin Kamara, RB

  26. 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.

  27. Kansas City Chiefs: Tim Williams, DE/OLB, Alabama
    Here we go. If you noticed Tim Williams missing in the first round, it’s because I’ve decided to drop him to the end of the second frame. We’ve learned of some glaring off-the-field issues regarding Williams, so if you’re searching for a comparison, think Randy Gregory’s fall a couple of years ago. However, some team will take a shot on Williams because of his immense talent level, and Andy Reid has given second chances to players before.

    Pick change; previously Jourdan Lewis, CB

  28. New York Giants: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
    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 Royce Freeman, RB

  29. Seattle Seahawks: Carroll Phillips, 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. Like Tim Williams, Carroll Phillips has fallen because of character concerns.

    Pick change; previously Carl Lawson, DE/OLB

  30. Oakland Raiders: Anthony Walker, ILB, Northwestern
    The Raiders have gotten better play out of their linebackers because of Perry Riley, but they still need another upgrade in the unit.

  31. 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.

  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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