2017 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: New League Year Edition

Two weeks and change into the new league year, and the approach to the 2017 NFL Draft has changed dramatically for practically every team. With cuts, trades, signings, and re-signings reshaping teams in real time, and college pro days reshaping boards and projections as prospects rise and fall due to performance, interviews, and injury, the mock draft landscape is much different than it was coming out of the NFL Scouting Combine.

With that, here is my two-round 2017 NFL Mock Draft 2.0. These projections are based on my impression of teams needs as of March 24 and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios. Thank you for reading and enjoy.


FIRST ROUND


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


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2) San Francisco 49ers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State


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3) Chicago Bears: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State


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4) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama


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5) Tennessee Titans: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama


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6) New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU


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


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8) Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU


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9) Cincinnati Bengals: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan


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10) Buffalo Bills: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State


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11) New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee


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


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13) Arizona Cardinals: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama


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14) Philadelphia Eagles: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State


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15) Indianapolis Colts: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford


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16) Baltimore Ravens: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson


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17) Washington Redskins: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple


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18) Tennesse Titans: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama


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19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama


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20) Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin


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21) Detroit Lions: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt


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22) Miami Dolphins: Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA


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


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24) Oakland Raiders: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State


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25) Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech


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26) Seattle Seahawks: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah


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


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28) Dallas Cowboys: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri


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29) Green Bay Packers: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky


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


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31) Atlanta Falcons: Budda Baker, S, Washington


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32) New Orleans Saints: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU


SECOND ROUND


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33) Cleveland Browns: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan


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34) San Francisco 49ers: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA


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35) Jacksonville Jaguars: Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana


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36) Chicago Bears: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut


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37) Los Angeles Rams: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan


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38) Los Angeles Chargers: Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple


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39) New York Jets: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida


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40) Carolina Panthers: John Ross, WR, Washington


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41) Cincinnati Bengals: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State


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42) New Orleans Saints: Curtis Samuel, RB, Ohio State


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43) Philadelphia Eagles: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado


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44) Buffalo Bills: Duke Riley, LB, LSU


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45) Arizona Cardinals: Evan Engram, WR, Ole Miss


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46) Indianapolis Colts: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama


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47) Baltimore Ravens: Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio


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48) Minnesota Vikings: Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State


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49) Washington Redskins: Chris Wormley, DE, Washington


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50) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee


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51) Denver Broncos: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech


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52) Cleveland Browns: Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State


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53) Detroit Lions: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma


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54) Miami Dolphins: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida


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55) New York Giants: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida


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56) Oakland Raiders: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida


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57) Houston Texans: TJ Watt, OLB, Wisconsin


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58) Seattle Seahawks: Kevin King, CB, Washington


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59) Kansas City Chiefs: Carlos Watkins, DL, Clemson


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60) Dallas Cowboys: Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan


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61) Green Bay Packers: Carl Lawson, OLB, Auburn


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62) Pittsburgh Steelers: Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama


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63) Atlanta Falcons: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State


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64) Carolina Panthers: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson


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 3.0!

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