EDITOR’S NOTE: The original mock draft had Jamal Adams left out by mistake. This has been corrected.
A lot has changed in the NFL since I published my first 2017 mock draft in January. The order for the whole draft is now finalized, and the NFL Combine has come and gone.
As we dig deeper into more college film and teams finalize their free agency vacancies, our Mock Draft 2.0 looks a little different than version 1.0.
Which player will your favorite team select in the first round? Here is our second projection of the first round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Garrett is by far the best player in the draft and will have an immediate impact on the Browns defense. Believe in the hype around Garrett there is no passing on a player of this skill level.
Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
My thoughts at the very top of this draft have not changed much. The 49ers will grab the next best defensive talent. It seems that the 49ers have a bridge QB in Brian Hoyer and will feel comfortable in his reunion with Shanahan for now. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them draft a QB in the second or third round. Many are concerned about Allen’s shoulders but the team doctors at the combine gave him the green light to play.
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The last time that GM Ryan Pace lost a high profile WR, he immediately went to the draft to find a new one. Chicago is now back to that familiar place and the last WR they drafted is nowhere to be found. The Bears could certainly grab a safety here but Pace wants his new QB, Mike Glennon, to have a reliable target to throw to.
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
It will probably come as a surprise to the Jaguars for Chicago to not address their need at safety but they will be thrilled to have their choice between the top two in the draft. There is a great debate between which of these two is better but Hooker edges out Adams for me.
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Although the Titans need a WR and they had to watch one of the top options come off the board they can feel fairly safe that they will get the next best option at their next pick. They may not be able to say the same thing about the best corner available. Expect Lattimore to become an elite corner quickly in this defense that is desperate for help at the position.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
If you remember my last mock draft, you know that I’m not the biggest believer in Trubisky but it seems that NFL scouts are and they were impressed by what they saw at the Combine. It’s time for the Jets to try again at finding their QB of the future. A strong defense can help the rookie by putting him in winnable situations.
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
If I had to guess I’d pick Ramczyk’s career over Robinson but the hip surgery may scare teams away. Robinson is not far behind and will be a consistent performer on this weak offensive line for the Chargers. Perhaps he can use his exceptional run-blocking skills to get the run game back to what it was a few years ago.
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Thomas was one of my favorite players to watch in college football. He can completely change the game on his own. I am not entirely convinced he will be an instant success in the NFL but I can’t imagine teams passing on the potential he brings.
Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
This is certainly not the top need for the Bengals but there isn’t any interior lineman worth taking at this point in the draft. Foster is a leader and an incredible athlete. He will be able to lead this defense back to what it used to be.
Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
Good news Bills fans! Tyrod Taylor is coming back. After avoiding that near-colossal screw up the Bills are improving their line to keep the QB healthy and give him time. The best scenario for Bolles will be playing on the right side of the line instead of the left and that is exactly what he can do for Buffalo.
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Adams didn’t impress as expected at the combine but he still is a high pick in the draft. He can be a day one starter for a team like the Saints who are in desperate need for defensive back help. Adams was the top rated safety until Hooker took his place. The Saints are lucky to see him drop to 11.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Nobody knows the risk of drafting a QB early better than the Browns. Watson is the best option for a team that needs a leader. Although Watson lacks consistency, he is the player who will step up and win you a game. There is one major issue with this pick; the Browns have an expensive QB on their roster now. No one is sure if the Browns will give him a chance or not but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Browns take a QB early so that they have competition going into training camp.
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
It didn’t take much longer for the next best corner to come off the board. The Cardinals need someone they can rely on in the secondary. Tabor proved to be successful in Florida and will benefit from some of the other talent still left on this defense.
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
If Fournette were to fall out of the top 10, I fully expect someone to trade up for him. Since I am not predicting trades he falls nicely to the Eagles. They could really use a number 1 back and Fournette would be a dream come true for a team that found the answer at QB last draft.
Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
What can Williams do better than most? Rush the passer. And what do the Colts desperately need? Someone to rush the passer. This is a perfect match. They could look to get a lineman to help protect Luck here as well and they could find decent value but the value at drafting Williams is better.
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
People have really fallen off of Peppers lately but I still think his potential will be really appealing to a team. The Ravens don’t need a safety as bad as other teams but they do need someone who can fill in at the position and play other positions as well. That is exactly the kind of player you get when you draft Peppers.
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
McDowell will be a great addition to the Redskins defense and will hopefully push opposing linemen into the pocket so that QB’s won’t be able to get comfortable. This will be a huge addition to a team that forced their QB to win them many games last year.
John Ross, WR, Washington
Ross is a speedy receiver who will give Mariota a new weapon. The key to success in the first round for the Titans is that they are able to improve the defensive backs and get a reliable receiver. They can do exactly that.
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Charlton can be a weapon to change the game. He has great size and speed and will be able to wreak havoc on opposing QBs. The Buccaneers could look to grab one of the two RBs that are still available and they’d find great value but Charlton slid to them and they cannot pass up this chance to greatly improve their defense.
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Ramczyk is one of my favorite linemen in this draft. If it wasn’t for his hip surgery and missing the combine I would easily have had him as the first tackle off the board. The Broncos need a lot of help on their offensive line and this is just one missing piece to the puzzle of protecting their QB.
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Barnett would be a big addition to the Lions defense. They still have a lot of work to do to improve their front seven but this is a great place to start. The ability to pressure the opposing QBs in the NFC North is a must.
Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
White was a senior bowl riser. He will be very useful to a Dolphins team that needs a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball. There is a chance they could look for a TE here but after their confusing double trade with the Jaguars it seems they are set. DE is also a good option for the Dolphins in the first round.
Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
Some may consider this move a head scratcher but the Giants now have three great offensive targets for Manning after signing Brandon Marshall. The missing piece is keeping the pressure off of Manning so he can get the ball out to any of his new options. Obviously a RB is an option here with Cook and McCaffery both falling but none of that matters if your offensive line isn’t established.
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Wilson will hopefully address a problem on the defense that the Raiders did not solve last year. There are multiple places the Raiders need help on their defense and really can’t go wrong with any of the positions.
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Don’t yell at me! Although Kizer didn’t impress at the combine he will certainly get the opportunity to reclaim some of his lost stock at his eventual pro day. The Texans find themselves in a much better situation now that Brock Osweiler is in Cleveland. The team will be able to look elsewhere if Tony Romo ends up in Houston but for now this is their number one need.
Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE, UCLA
McKinley is flexible and can fit into the Seahawks defense however they want him. He knows how to get to a QB and will not stop until someone is on the ground. The Seahawks are hoping to get back to the Super Bowl days and McKinley can be a valuable part of that journey.
Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
Here is another player that forced his way up draft boards after the senior bowl and combine. The Chiefs could look to improve their defensive line here but anywhere on the defense will be a huge help to improving on their last season.
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Scouts and college football fans love Howard. He has shown up every time he is needed and has impressed scouts at every turn. He could certainly go earlier than 28 but will be a huge addition for the future of the Cowboys.
Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
Another Florida player going in this first round. The Packers could use the help in LB position and Davis has tremendous upside. He can play in the middle but may be better on the outside. The Packers can expect a player who never misses a snap in Davis.
David Njoku, TE, Miami
Njoku is an athletic playmaker at the position who has the potential to be a phenomenon in the NFL. The Steelers would be foolish to pass on this chance to improve their offense.
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Atlanta needs to continue building up their defense. A better pass rusher would be another solid option for the Falcons but they can’t ignore their need to limit other teams in the passing game. They’ll be remembering their blown Super Bowl victory while picking Humphrey.
Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
The Saints were able to address their need at safety earlier in the first round but now they have one more pick to fix this major issue on their defense. Conley will have a small transition period coming into the NFL but he has the size and natural skills at the position. The Saints can walk out of the first day of the draft feeling confident in their improved defense.