2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.5: Post-Combine Edition

The close of the NFL Scouting Combine and the start of the new league year leaves only a small window for another mock draft prior to the official open of the free agency, so my 2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.5 is a scenario-driven speed round.

These first-round projections are based on my impression of teams needs as of March 9 at high noon and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios. Thank you for reading and enjoy.

1) Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2) San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

3) Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

4) Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

5) Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

6) New York Jets: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

7) Los Angeles Chargers: Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford

8) Carolina Panthers: John Ross, WR, Washington

9) Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

10) Buffalo Bills: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

11) New Orleans Saints: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

12) Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

13) Arizona Cardinals: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

14) Philadelphia Eagles: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

15) Indianapolis Colts: Derek Barnett, OLB, Tennessee

16) Baltimore Ravens: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

17) Washington Redskins: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State

18) Tennesse Titans: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

20) Denver Broncos: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

21) Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

22) Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

23) New York Giants: David Njoku, TE, Miami

24) Oakland Raiders: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

25) Houston Texans: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

26) Seattle Seahawks: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

27) Kansas City Chiefs: DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson

28) Dallas Cowboys: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

29) Green Bay Packers: TJ Watt, OLB, Wisconsin

30) Pittsburgh Steelers: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

31) Atlanta Falcons: Budda Baker, S, Washington

32) New England Patriots: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

Draft Feature

My Mock Draft Process

This is my fourth consecutive year of scouting players and building mock drafts. This draft season, I started with a pool of 1300+ draft-eligible players, including declared underclassmen, post-season all-star bowl rosters and watch lists, and draftable college seniors. Using online draft resources and personal evaluations of tape, statistics and scouting reports, I pared down the list to compile an initial big board of 400+ prospects. From there, I examined rosters, depth charts, and free agents, along with team-specific draft content to determine and prioritize each team’s needs and identify potential player considerations. As we move through the draft process and offseason activities, I will make adjustments to both as players’ draft stock rises and falls and personnel changes impact team needs.

Last year, I correctly projected seven first-round players to their drafting teams in my final pre-draft mock and my personal big board accounted for 249 of the 253 selections. My ultimate goal this season is improve upon both, correctly projecting as many players as I can to their drafting teams, while accounting for every player drafted with my big board.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments and check back soon for my 2017 NFL Mock Draft 2.0!

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