The 2017 NFL Draft is less than a month away. Draft boards are beginning to become finalized for some teams but there is still a lot up in the air.
The 2017 NFL Draft, which will be in Philadelphia, begins on April 27 and ends on April 29. The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 and No. 12 picks. 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 like a no-brainer. Garrett is just about a consensus No. 1 overall pick and a no-brainer for the Browns.
2. 49ers: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Solomon Thomas makes a lot of sense here, but the 49ers have spent 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 one year at North Carolina.
3. Bears: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Thomas’ stock continues to rise. Teams love his high motor and ability to play against the run and the pass. While he’s not as athletic as Garrett, he was a terror for Pac-12 opponents and showed he can play multiple positions.
4. Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Because there isn’t an offensive lineman worthy of the No. 4 pick, Fournette makes a lot of sense as the top running back. He’ll help the Jaguars learn if QB Blake Bortles is their answer.
5. Titans: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Titans need help in the secondary. Adams is the best defensive back. He excels in the run and the pass.
6. Jets: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Jets moved on from Darrelle Revis this offseason, so it makes sense for the team to try to replace him with the top cornerback in the draft. Lattimore has some durability concerns, but when healthy, he’s a difference-maker in the secondary.
7. Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Chargers’ biggest need is 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: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
While offensive line is a bigger need, the Panthers also need to add some talent in the secondary. Wilson, not teammate Teez Tabor, has emerged as the top cornerback from Florida.
9. Bengals: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
While some are scared away by his off-field character, Foster might be the best football player in the class. He presents a long-term option at linebacker.
10. Bills: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Like Foster, Howard is one of the top football players in the draft who falls this far only because of the position he plays. But he should be a welcome addition to the Bills offense.
11. Saints, Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
The Saints have needs at every level on defense, and they land the best defender in college football with the No. 11 pick. While some are worried about Allen’s long-term health, he’ll greatly help a Saints defense that has been bad for years.
12. Browns: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Watson had 17 interceptions last year, and some have questioned his downfield accuracy. But he’s also lit up the vaunted Alabama defense twice and 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 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 Jeffery in the offseason. 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-level 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: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Washington saw a number of playmakers leave in the offseason, such as DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Williams should help make up for the loss of those two.
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 for Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense.
19. Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook and quarterback Jameis Winston get reunited in Tampa and will look to continue the success the two had at Florida State when Cook was a freshman.
20. Broncos: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Broncos have a lot of holes to fill on the offensive line. Bolles gives them an answer at left tackle.
21. Lions: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Detroit could go after either a defensive back or a defensive lineman. Charlton can help ease some of the burden on Ezekiel Ansah and has more upside than Derek Barnett of Tennessee.
22. Dolphins: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Peppers is a great chess piece for the Dolphins. He can help fill a number of holes on the Miami defense.
23. Giants: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
One of the best pass rushers 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. He’s also showed his willingness to compete, battling through illness and injury at the NFL combine and his pro day.
24. Raiders: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Oakland’s secondary was in disarray last year, and the Alabama defensive back could help shore up the unit.
25. Texans: Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Even if the Texans land Tony Romo, Mahomes represents a long-term option at the position.
26. Seahawks: Cam Robinson OL, Alabama
The Seahawks must find a way to protect Russell Wilson. Robinson can help do that at either guard or tackle.
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: Budda Baker, S, Washington
The Cowboys could go tight end here, even after signing Jason Witten to a four-year extension. But Baker gives them another young piece to play with in the secondary.
29. Packers: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
The Falcons shredding Green Bay’s defense in the NFC title game is a sign the 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. 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 had no problem taking down Tom Brady for the first three quarters of the Super Bowl. But during the fourth quarter, the pass rush wore down. Harris gives them more depth and the chance to get a long-term starter.
32. Saints: Kevin King, CB, Washington
As mentioned above, King will give the Saints another young piece to help the defense.