The 2017 NFL Draft is just about a month away. And with most teams finished making big free agency moves, we now have a better idea what teams might do given their needs.
The 2017 NFL Draft begins on April 27 and ends on April 29 and will be held in Philadelphia. The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 and No. 12 picks in the draft. The Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints also have multiple picks in the first round. The New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings have none.
2017 NFL Draft
1. Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
This seems obvious. Garrett is just about a consensus No. 1 overall pick and a no-brainer for the Browns.
2. 49ers: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
While some have pegged Solomon Thomas here, the 49ers have spent their two of their three first-round draft picks on defensive linemen in the last two years. Trubisky is viewed as the top quarterback, with the biggest concern being his lack of game experience. He started for just one year at North Carolina.
3. Bears: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Thomas’ stock has continued to rise in the draft process, as teams love his high motor and ability to play against the run and the pass. While he’s not quite as freakishly athletic as Garrett, he was a terror for Pac-12 opponents.
4. Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Jaguars added to the an already-strong defense by bringing in the likes of Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye. In the 2017 NFL Draft, they’ll look to keep putting pieces around Blake Bortles to see if he is the right answer at quarterback. And since there isn’t an offensive lineman worthy of the No. 4 pick, Fournette makes a lot of sense as the top running back.
5. Titans: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Titans did make some additions to their secondary, but Adams would be better than any of them. He can make plays all over the field, and excels in coverage and in the run game.
6. Jets: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Jets said goodbye to longtime star Darrelle Revis this offseason, so it makes sense for the team to try and replace him with the top cornerback in the draft. Lattimore has some durability concerns, but when healthy, he’s an elite difference-maker in the secondary.
7. Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Chargers’ biggest need is still on the offensive line, but when you can add a player as gifted as Hooker, you do it. The Ohio State safety has drawn a number of comparisons to Earl Thomas, the best free safety in the NFL.
8. Panthers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
There have been some concerns about Allen’s injury history, which is why one of college football’s best defensive players falls to No. 8. Allen is dominant against both the run and pass and can play anywhere on the line.
9. Bengals: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
With the signing of former LSU linebacker Kevin Minter, wide receiver becomes a bigger need. And the Bengals target the best one to line up opposite former Georgia star A.J. Green.
10. Bills: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Bills made a smart move in bringing back quarterback Tyrod Taylor. And while wide receiver might be a need, corner is also one given that Stephon Gilmore just signed with the Patriots. While Teez Tabor had more notoriety in college, scouts widely recognize Wilson as the better pro prospect.
11. Saints, Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
While some might be drawn back with what happened at the NFL combine, Foster is still the most gifted linebacker in the class and perhaps the best pure football player. He’ll greatly help a Saints defense that has been bad for years.
12. Browns: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Watson threw 17 interceptions last year, and some have questioned his downfield accuracy. But he’s also lit up the vaunted Alabama defense twice and very nearly won the Heisman Trophy twice. He could solve the Browns’ longstanding quarterback quandary.
13. Cardinals: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
While wide receiver could be a bigger need, Kizer represents a chance to take over once Carson Palmer, 37, decides to retire. Sitting for a year behind an established veteran could be very beneficial for Kizer, especially given that Palmer sat his first year in the league despite being the No. 1 overall draft pick.
14. Eagles: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Last year the Eagles got their quarterback in Carson Wentz. Now, they’re looking to get him some weapons. The Eagles signed Alshon Jeffrey in the offseason, and adding McCaffrey could help in the run and pass game.
15. Colts: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
While keeping Andrew Luck upright has been a problem, the Colts’ secondary is a more pressing need. Conley has all the athletic gifts required to be an NFL cornerback.
16. Ravens: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Joe Flacco might have the worst set of wide receivers in the NFL now that Steve Smith Sr. retired. Davis brings some much-needed youth and upside.
17. Redskins: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Washington saw a number of playmakers leave in the offseason like DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Cook, like McCaffrey, can help in both run and pass game.
18. Titans: John Ross, WR, Washington
Ross lit up the combine by running a 4.22 40-yard dash, the fastest recorded in NFL history. He’d be a huge addition to Marcus Mariota and the Titans’ offense.
19. Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
If this were based off talent, Howard likely would be a top-5 pick. But given his positional value, he falls to Tampa Bay, which will happily snap him up.
20. Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Alabama OT Cam Robinson begin the draft process as the top offensive tackle, but Bolles has surpassed him. He would be a welcome addition to the Broncos’ O-line.
21. Lions: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Detroit could go after either a defensive back or a defensive lineman. Charlton stands out and can help ease some of the burden on Ezekiel Ansah.
22. Dolphins: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Peppers is a great chess piece for the Dolphins to add, as he can help fill a number of holes on the Miami defense.
23. Giants: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
One of the best pass rushers to ever come from the SEC finally finds a home. Some have questioned his athleticism, but if Barnett can dominate the SEC, he’s got a chance to do the same on Sundays.
24. Raiders: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Oakland’s secondary was a train wreck last year, and the Alabama defensive back could help shore up the unit.
25. Texans: Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Even if the Texans do land Tony Romo, Mahomes represents a long-term option at the position.
26. Seahawks: Cam Robinson OL, Alabama
The Seahawks mjst find a way to protect Russell Wilson. Robinson can help do that at either the guard or tackle position.
27. Chiefs: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Kansas City is looking for a change-of-pace back after releasing Jamaal Charles. Kamara’s speed and size make him a great option to add another element to the Kansas City offense.
28. Cowboys: David Njoku, TE, Miami
Building for the future should be the No. 1 priority for Dallas. While selecting a defensive player might be more enticing, Njoku’s long-term potential is through the roof.
29. Packers: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
The Falcons shredding Green Bay’s defense is a sign that Packers need to improve in the defensive backfield. White is good enough to be left an on island.
30. Steelers: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Reddick is another star of the draft process, as his athleticism has him shooting up draft boards. In Reddick, the Steelers find a young and athletic replacement for Lawrence Timmons.
31. Falcons: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
Atlanta came about as close as you can to winning the Super Bowl. Adding another pass rusher might put the Falcons over the top.
32. Saints: Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Adams gives the Saints another young defensive piece to help turn around the much-maligned unit.