2017 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 3.0: Chargers, Saints get future QBs

By Daniel Jeremiah |

NFL Media analyst

Published: March 13, 2017 at 02:52 p.m.

In the latest version of my top 50 prospects list, I noted how so many of the top prospects in this draft carry similar grades. More than anywhere else, mock drafts are reflecting this. From one to the next, a player could land in the top 10 to the bottom third of the first round, and vice versa. Throw in the combine, pro days and free agency, and it's almost like throwing darts.

With that said, here's the latest iteration of how I think the first round could play itself out:
  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    Texas A&M
    The Browns are still in search of their franchise quarterback, but they can't pass up the opportunity to land a premier pass rusher.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Stanford
    Thomas has the versatility to play up and down the line of scrimmage, and he seems like a perfect match for what John Lynch is trying to build.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    S
    LSU
    Adams is a special talent who would provide the Bears with outstanding leadership in the secondary.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DE
    Alabama
    The Jaguars already added Calais Campbell in free agency, but Tom Coughlin and David Caldwell both understand the importance of loading up on the defensive line.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    S
    Ohio St.
    The Titans added Johnathan Cyprien in free agency, but Hooker is a far superior talent who would add some much-needed playmaking skills to the backend of the defense.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Lattimore's durability is a concern but he is the most gifted cornerback in this draft class.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    QB
    Clemson
    The Chargers start preparing for life after Philip Rivers by selecting Watson. He's not ready to play right away but he'll have time to sit and learn behind one of the best in the business.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    This seems like the perfect fit for both Fournette and the Panthers.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Tennessee
    Barnett isn't a great tester but he's a heck of a football player.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Conley is a rock-solid football player on tape and his combine workout was outstanding.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    RB
    Stanford
    The Saints have holes on the defensive side of the ball, but selfishly I'd love to see McCaffrey in this system.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    TE
    Alabama
    The Browns coached Howard at the Senior Bowl, and he's one of the safest players in the draft class.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    LB
    Alabama
    Foster would be a steal if he fell this far in the draft.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    The Eagles upgraded the receiver spot in free agency, and now they need to address the cornerback position in the draft.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    OG
    Western Kentucky
    It's not a sexy pick, but Lamp would team up with last year's first-round selection (Ryan Kelly) and Jack Mewhort to provide a rock-solid interior offensive line.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    OLB
    Missouri
    Harris is a very productive edge rusher who is plenty athletic enough to drop in coverage if needed.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    S
    Michigan
    Peppers is a unique athlete, with the ability to excel at the nickel position as well as play as a high safety. He will also be a major difference-maker on special teams.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    Western Michigan
    Davis has all of the tools to develop into a true No. 1 receiver.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    CB
    Colorado
    I'm a big fan of Awuzie's game; he is another player with the versatility to play cornerback or safety.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Alabama
    Robinson has some flaws on tape but he has excellent size, length and power.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    McKinley would be ultra-productive playing opposite of Ziggy Ansah in the Lions' defensive front.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    TE
    Miami
    I know the Dolphins are bringing in Julius Thomas, but Njoku is too good to pass up at this point in the draft. He is a matchup nightmare.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    LB
    Temple
    Reddick has the ability to play any of the three linebacker spots and he can provide some pass rush off the edge if needed.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    WR
    Washington
    This isn't a big need for the Raiders but Ross could take this passing game to a new level with his big-play ability.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    OT
    Utah
    Bolles is not only ultra-athletic, but he plays with a nasty streak in the run game.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    CB
    Washington
    King is the perfect fit in the Seahawks' scheme. His stock continues to soar following an outstanding combine performance.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    RB
    Florida St.
    Cook is the perfect fit in Andy Reid's system, and he would be a tremendous value at this point in the draft. The Chiefs could then turn around and trade one of their current backs for an extra draft pick.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    TE
    Mississippi
    Engram would be a matchup nightmare in the Cowboys' offense and he'd help Dak Prescott continue to develop into a top-tier signal-caller.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DE
    Michigan
    The Packers lost Julius Peppers in free agency; Charlton has the tools to develop into a double-digit sack artist at the next level.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    WR
    Clemson
    The Steelers can't rely on Martavis Bryant; Williams would be an incredible value if he were to slip this far down the board.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OLB
    Wisconsin
    Watt has tremendous upside as a pass rusher and his motor never stops running.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    QB
    North Carolina
    The Saints need to start planning for life after Drew Brees, and Trubisky has plenty of upside at the position.
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