2017 NFL Mock Draft: Giants get Eli a frightful arms in Njoku, Texans take a QB

Pass rushers arrange second in significance usually to quarterbacks in this epoch of football, a law that will play out dramatically in a initial spin of a 2017 NFL Draft.

Barring a intolerable change of events, a Cleveland Browns will start things off Apr 27 with accord top-rated altogether awaiting Myles Garrett during No. 1 overall. That, however, will be usually a commencement as a practical avalanche of dilemma rushers should follow soon, with 7 (most of any position) entrance off a house over a initial 32 picks. 

Cleveland Browns

Myles Garrett
, DE, Texas AM: 
The transparent tip need in Cleveland is during quarterback, though it would be a stunner if anyone other than Garrett was a initial pick. He is simply a best actor in a draft. Garrett lived adult to his hype during a combine, gorgeous with his multiple of distance (6-feet-4, 272 pounds), energy (33 repetitions of 225 pounds), speed (4.64 in a 40) and explosiveness (41-inch vertical).

The Browns pass on a QB during No. 1 for Myles Garrett, a draft’s tip talent.

San Francisco 49ers

Solomon Thomas
, DL,
Stanford Cardinal
 Coach Kyle Shanahan was hired to assistance hint a sluggish offense that ranked 27th in points and passed final in flitting final season. Ignoring improved players usually to breeze a quarterback competence usually pledge another bad deteriorate in 2017. Thomas is a disrupting force who has drawn comparisons to
Los Angeles Rams
Aaron Donald
. He could be a ideal finishing hold for a defensive line now improved prepared to things a run than worry opposition quarterbacks.

Solomon Thomas is usually too good to pass adult during No. 2. 

Chicago Bears

Jamal Adams
, S,
LSU Tigers
 Safety has prolonged been a bruise mark in Chicago, with usually one Bears reserve (Mike Brown) earning an invitation to a Pro Bowl over a past 20 years. Adams has that kind of intensity and is noticed by some as a safest awaiting in a draft. He is a tone-setter with a singular multiple of instincts, athleticism and intangibles to make an evident impact on a invulnerability that done strides a year ago though authorised 24.9 points per game, 24th in a NFL.

Jamal Adams looks like Honey Badger 2.0.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette
, RB, LSU:
Splashy signings in giveaway group advise a Jaguars are looking for an evident difference-maker with this pick. The Cowboys went from final to initial in a NFC a year ago in vast partial given of a stellar play of 2016 No. 4 altogether collect
Ezekiel Elliott
. The Jaguars could see a identical rebound with Fournette holding a vigour off immature
Blake Bortles
and a flitting game. Fournette was not as considerable in workouts as approaching though he is a uncertain talent, braggadocio a many sparkling multiple of size, speed and energy given
Adrian Peterson

Can Leonard Fournette yield a Jags an Ezekiel Elliott-like boost?

Tennessee Titans
(from Los Angeles Rams)

Marshon Lattimore
, CB, Ohio State:
The further of veterans
Logan Ryan
Johnathan Cyprien
helps though usually a many assured of Titans fans believes that they can spin a delegate that ranked 31st a year ago into an chosen unit. Now if a talent like Lattimore was combined to a mix, certainty should be many higher. Lattimore struggled with hamstring injuries early in his career during Ohio State though he was widespread final season, display a easy agility, acceleration and instincts to devise as a destiny Pro Bowl player.

Marshon Lattimore would ascent a leaky Titans secondary.

New York Jets

O.J. Howard
, TE,
Alabama Crimson Tide
If a Jets indeed devise on entering subsequent deteriorate with
Josh McCown
Bryce Petty
Christian Hackenberg
during quarterback, adding weapons in a flitting diversion is a must. After fantastic performances during a Senior Bowl and combine, Howard is gaining traction as a tip pass-catcher in this breeze and a top-10 pick.

O.J. Howard is a best parsimonious finish in a draft.

San Diego Chargers

Malik Hooker
, S,
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Chargers won vast with
Joey Bosa
a year ago and could see another Buckeye as an ideal deputy for
Eric Weddle
, who a bar clearly missed in 2016. The 6-2, 205-pound Hooker possesses a operation and turn skills to element San Diego’s tiny though earthy cornerbacks.

Malik Hooker is still tender in spots though he’s a can’t-miss top-10 prospect.

Carolina Panthers

Jonathan Allen
, DL, Alabama:
Defensive line is not indispensably a biggest regard in Charlotte, though ubiquitous manager Dave Gettleman competence have a tough time vouchsafing a talent like Allen trip by. Questions about a health of his shoulders and schematic fit could chase a 6-3, 286-pound Allen, though a fasten does not lie: He is agile, absolute and technically refined, possessing a ability to play probably anywhere along a defensive line.

Jonathan Allen can play anywhere on a defensive line.

Cincinnati Bengals

Derek Barnett
, DE/OLB, 
Tennessee Volunteers
Adding a immature pass rusher to element veterans
Geno Atkins
Carlos Dunlap
is approaching to be among a Bengals’ tip breeze day priorities. Barnett lacks a ideal traits that ubiquitous manager Mike Brown has prioritized in a past though his prolongation (NCAA-best 33 sacks over a past 3 seasons) conflicting chosen foe speaks for itself and he possesses a pro-ready diversion and work ethic to continue this success in a NFL.

Tennessee’s Derek Barnett gets results.

Buffalo Bills

Mike Williams
, WR,
Clemson Tigers
With poignant waste to both position groups in new weeks, this preference is expected to be spent on possibly a far-reaching receiver or a cornerback. Given a fasten done to re-signed quarterback
Tyrod Taylor
and a abyss during cornerback this year, GM Doug Whaley competence like a thought of pairing a 6-4, 218-pound Williams with former Clemson teammate
Sammy Watkins
to give Taylor a span of play-makers on a outside.

Mike Williams is a plug-and-play starter during far-reaching receiver.

New Orleans Saints

Taco Charlton
, DE, 
Michigan Wolverines
The Saints ranked 27th in a NFL a year ago with usually 30 sacks, a genuine regard given a quarterback talent in a NFC South. Help is on a approach with former Arizona Cardinals dilemma rusher
Alex Okafor
, though he sealed usually a one year deal. It took a while for a light to come on for Charlton during Michigan though he led a Big Ten in sacks a year ago in his initial deteriorate as a full-time starter. Boasting a superb multiple of burst, hook and length, Charlton has Pro Bowl potential. 

Taco Charlton is usually scraping a aspect of his potential.

12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)

Mitch Trubisky
, QB,
North Carolina Tar Heels
 The splashy trade for
Brock Osweiler
is not expected to keep Cleveland from drafting another quarterback. Trubisky is apparently a hurl of a bones given that he usually started one year for a Tar Heels, though he showed considerable accuracy, athleticism and slot recognition in 2016. The Ohio local possesses a multiple of upside and intangibles that Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson prioritized with their breeze picks a year ago.

Mitchell Trubisky is a initial QB to come off a board.

Arizona Cardinals

Patrick Mahomes II
, QB,
Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Cardinals have publicly settled their goal to find a immature quarterback to husband underneath
Carson Palmer
and Mahomes would seem to be a ideal fit in Bruce Arians’ assertive flitting attack. After starring in Tech’s shotgun-heavy Air Raid offense, Mahomes is positively a project, though he has a gunslinger genius and arm that devise good to a subsequent level.

Patrick Mahomes is a destiny during quarterback for a Cardinals. 

Philadelphia Eagles
(from Minnesota)

Jabrill Peppers
, S, Michigan:
Given a energetic pass-catchers a Eagles face annually in a NFC East, addressing a leaky delegate should be among Philadelphia’s tip priorities. Peppers is a polarizing awaiting in a scouting village formed in vast partial given he available usually one interception over his career during Michigan. However, he is an instinctive, versatile actor with a open-field rebellious skills and rival inlet to fast turn a fan favorite.

Jabrill Peppers gives a Eagles a versatile defensive back.

Indianapolis Colts

Christian McCaffrey
, RB, Stanford:
Sure, adding a defender would seem to make a many sense, though injecting a speed and play-making ability of McCaffrey into a backfield now build around solid (but slow) veterans
Frank Gore
Robert Turbin
could be precisely what a Colts need to hint a lapse to a playoffs.

Christian McCaffrey gives Andrew Luck a home-run hitter in a backfield.

Baltimore Ravens

Takkarist McKinley
, OLB,
UCLA Bruins
The Ravens available usually 31 sacks a deteriorate ago, with a team-high 8 from 34-year aged
Terrell Suggs
. With
Timmy Jernigan
(five sacks) and
Elvis Dumervil
(three) no longer on a roster, Baltimore contingency re-invest in a position. McKinley’s batch is a bit in motion after he recently had shoulder medicine though he possesses a bomb initial step, arm length (34 3/4 inches) and high-revving engine to eventually infer one of a best dilemma rushers from this year’s class.

Takkarist McKinley is bomb entrance around a edge. 

Washington Redskins

Reuben Foster
, LB, Alabama:
The Redskins surrendered scarcely 120 rushing yards per diversion in 2016 and usually 3 teams (the Chargers, Bills and 49ers) authorised some-more than their 19 rushing touchdowns. Foster was kicked out of a brew after a run-in with medical personnel, though his talent is undeniable. With conspicuous shutting speed and a physicality to intimidate, he could infer a take during this indicate in a draft.

Reuben Foster falls out of a tip 10 after his brew fiasco.

18. Tennessee Titans

John Ross
, WR,
Washington Huskies
With Marcus Mariota’s speed and a two-headed beast of
DeMarco Murray
Derrick Henry
in a backfield, Tennessee clearly has a run-first plan on offense. That said, a implausible straight-line speed of Ross would force hostile defensive coordinators to consider twice before crowding a box. Further, Ross would supplement extract to a special teams section that ranked 20th a deteriorate ago in punt lapse normal (7.9) and 26th on kickoffs (19.1).

John Ross can flat-out fly. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dalvin Cook
, RB,
Florida State Seminoles
Doug Martin
confronting a 4 diversion cessation for PED use and entrance off of his third injury-shortened season, a Bucs understandably could be looking for assistance during using back. Reuniting Cook with former FSU teammate
Jameis Winston
could be a ideal solution. Cook has off-field and continuance concerns of his possess though he is an ideal fit in this offense as a slicing curtain with superb hands.

Dalvin Cook could reunite with his college quarterback in Tampa.

Denver Broncos

Ryan Ramczyk
, OT,
Wisconsin Badgers
On paper, a signings of former Raiders right tackle
Menelik Watson
and Dallas Cowboys ensure
Ronald Leary
make adult for a preference to let starting left tackle
Russell Okung
travel in giveaway group though existence could infer different. Ramczyk has a feet to hoop blindside duties and during 6-6, 310 pounds, he has a girth to pierce people in a using diversion as well.

Ryan Ramczyk fills a dire need in Denver. 

Detroit Lions

T.J. Watt
, DE, Wisconsin:
Aggressive moves in giveaway group vigilance that Detroit has high expectations in 2017. A healthy Ziggy Ansah for a whole deteriorate would positively go a prolonged approach toward boosting a pass rush though he could use some help. Watt is surprisingly discriminating given that he began his career during parsimonious end, display a instincts and discriminating palm play to make an evident impact conflicting Ansah, who led a NFC with 14.5 sacks when healthy in 2015.

T.J. Watt has a superb NFL pedigree.

Miami Dolphins

Forrest Lamp
, G, Western Kentucky:
Trading divided starting left tackle
Branden Albert
(to Jacksonville) says a lot about a Dolphins’ certainty in 2016 first-round collect LaremyTunsil. While Tunsil should have no problem re-acclimating to tackle after starring during left ensure final season, his deficiency inside could be an issue. Lamp looks like a plug-and-play resolution after a seamless transition inside to ensure during a Senior Bowl.  

Forrest Lamp is a ideal fit during ensure in a NFL.

New York Giants

David Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.): Veteran far-reaching receiver
Brandon Marshall
gives a Giants a physically commanding pass-catcher to element playmakers
Odell Beckham
 Jr. and
Sterling Shepard
though it is tough to suppose
Eli Manning
angry if another set of hands was combined to a mix. The 20-year aged Njoku is still really many a work in swell though scouts are smitten with a 6-4, 246 pounder’s ability to emanate mismatches in a flitting game. 

David Njoku provides Eli Manning with another bomb pass-catching option. 
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Oakland Raiders

Malik McDowell
, DT,
Michigan State Spartans
The Raiders’ arise to a playoffs is directly attributable to their bomb offense, though if a bar is to take a subsequent step — and sojourn a unchanging postseason hazard — assistance contingency be on a approach for a invulnerability that surrendered 375 yards per game, 26th in a NFL. In his postseason wrapup, Jack Del Rio stressed a need to emanate some-more intrusion on a interior, that is what a 6-5, 285-pound McDowell does best.

Even double-teams don’t consistently stop Malik McDowell.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson
, QB, Clemson:
Getting absolved of a gigantic Brock Osweiler agreement was a service in itself, though unless a maestro deputy is found, quarterback is a tip priority again in Houston. Watson’s ability to broach in a purchase intrigues scouts, though he also threw an FBS-worst 30 interceptions over a past dual seasons, creation him a polarizing actor among scouts. At this indicate in a draft, however, GM Rick Smith competence see him as simply too gifted to pass up.  

Is Deshaun Watson a long-term answer during quarterback in Houston?

Seattle Seahawks

Garett Bolles
, OT,
Utah Utes
It is no tip that a Seahawks’ tip priority over a offseason would be addressing a leaky descent line and a bar done several moves, including adding former No. 2 altogether collect
Luke Joeckel
in giveaway agency. If a group was assured that Joeckel was a long-term answer during left tackle, however, Seattle expected would have given him some-more than a one-year “show me” deal. Bolles is a work in swell after usually starting one year during Utah and comes with some impression red flags. He has a tip upside of any lineman in this class, however, braggadocio a light feet and rival inlet to devise as a destiny standout left tackle.

Garett Bolles has rediscovered his adore for a diversion and has NFL-level talent. 

Kansas City Chiefs

Haason Reddick
, ILB,
Temple Owls
The Chiefs have some large boots to fill adult a core with nose ensure
Dontari Poe
walking in giveaway group and 34-year aged linebacker 
Derrick Johnson
improving from his second season-ending Achilles rip over a past 3 years. Reddick available 22.5 tackles for detriment and 10.5 sacks as an dilemma rusher for a Owls in 2016 before wowing initial during a Senior Bowl as a some-more normal linebacker and afterwards during a combine, recording a absurd 4.52-second time in a 40-yard lurch and an 11-1 extended detonate during 6-1, 234 pounds.

Haason Reddick’s batch is on a rise. 

Dallas Cowboys

Charles Harris
Missouri Tigers
The Cowboys’ gambles on new impression concerns during pass rusher have not paid off and adding a play-maker to this section should be a tip priority. Harris has a burst, hook and fatal spin pierce to wreak massacre off a dilemma and, after usually fasten a competition as a youth in high school, he possesses a upside for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to develop.

Charles Harris gives a Cowboys an edge.

Green Bay Packers

Marlon Humphrey
, CB, Alabama:
With transparent needs during dilemma rusher, cornerback and using back, Ted Thompson has copiousness of options with this pick. Humphrey, arguably a best actor on a board, is an NFL bequest with a singular multiple of distance (6-0, 197 pounds) and speed (4.41), who during usually 20 years aged appears to be usually scratching a aspect of his potential.

Marlon Humphrey is a physical, aggressive corner. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Obi Melifonwu
, FS,
Connecticut Huskies
Two years ago, it was former Husky
Byron Jones
who wowed scouts during a brew with his perfect athleticism, earning a first-round collect by Dallas. Melifonwu was one of this year’s brightest stars in Indianapolis, producing a 4.40-second 40-yard dash, 44-inch straight and 11-9 extended detonate during 6-4, 224 pounds. Better yet, Melifonwu’s athleticism translates onto a margin and a Steelers could use his operation in a low patrol.

Obi Melifonwu jumps into a initial spin after an considerable combine. 

Atlanta Falcons

Budda Baker
, FS, Washington:
After surrendering a Super Bowl-record 466 flitting yards to
Tom Brady
, no one should be astounded if a Falcons opt to strengthen a secondary. At usually 5-10, 195 pounds, Baker does not have ideal distance though Dan Quinn has formerly been peaceful to disremember that during giveaway reserve with a 5-9, 185-pound
Ricardo Allen
now starting in Atlanta. Quinn also formerly worked with
Earl Thomas
(5-10, 202) in Seattle. Baker has some-more operation and speed than Allen, raised as a normal centerfielder who can dump down to assistance during nickel, as well.  

Budda Baker looks like Dan Quinn’s subsequent core fielder.

32. New Orleans Saints (from New England)

Gareon Conley
, CB, Ohio State:
The Saints ranked passed final in pass invulnerability in 2016 and competence opt to trade this or another collect for
New England Patriots
 star cornerback
Malcolm Butler
in an try to repair a issue. Until that occurs, adding talent in a delegate is expected New Orleans’ tip priority. The Saints won vast a year ago with former Ohio State wideout
Michael Thomas
and competence see Conley as another Buckeye overshadowed by gifted teammates.

Gareon Conley is nonetheless another first-round talent from Columbus.

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