2017 NFL Mock Draft Central

The path to the draft takes many twists and turns in the three-month lead-up to the actual event, many shaped by the results from all-star showcase games, the NFL Scouting Combine, free agency and pro days. We track them all here in Mock Draft Central, with our analyst projections of how the first round could unfold.

Note: The Vikings, who traded their first-round pick to the Eagles, have the same record and strength of schedule as the Colts, so there's a tie for the 14th pick. A coin flip at a later date will determine which team picks first.

Mock Draft Round 1

1
Cleveland Browns
2
San Francisco 49ers
3
Chicago Bears
4
Jacksonville Jaguars
5
Tennessee Titans
6
New York Jets
7
Los Angeles Chargers
8
Carolina Panthers
9
Cincinnati Bengals
10
Buffalo Bills
11
New Orleans Saints
12
Cleveland Browns
13
Arizona Cardinals
14
Indianapolis Colts
15
Philadelphia Eagles
16
Baltimore Ravens
17
Washington Redskins
18
Tennessee Titans
19
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20
Denver Broncos
21
Detroit Lions
22
Miami Dolphins
23
New York Giants
24
Oakland Raiders
25
Houston Texans
26
Seattle Seahawks
27
Kansas City Chiefs
28
Dallas Cowboys
29
Green Bay Packers
30
Pittsburgh Steelers
31
Atlanta Falcons
32
New England Patriots
  1. Daniel Jeremiah

    Full Analysis

    January 18, 2017

    1. Myles Garrett

      OLB

      Texas A&M

      The Browns are in desperate need of a quarterback, but I think Garrett will be too tempting to pass up. He has all-pro talent and will be a perfect fit in Cleveland's new defensive scheme.
    2. Mitch Trubisky

      QB

      North Carolina

      The 49ers need to address the quarterback position and Trubisky has a very intriguing skill set. Trading down would also make a lot of sense because of the lack of talent on this roster.
    3. Jonathan Allen

      DE

      Alabama

      The addition of Allen would give the Bears one of the best young defensive lines in the NFL. He can play multiple spots and is one of the most technically sound defensive linemen I've ever evaluated.
    4. Jamal Adams

      S

      LSU

      Adams is a tone-setter and would team up with Jalen Ramsey to give the Jaguars two superstars in the secondary. Jacksonville needs offensive line help, but Adams is too good to bypass.
    5. Marshon Lattimore

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The Titans could add Corey Davis -- the draft's best receiver -- in this spot, but Lattimore is a special talent and fills a need on the roster. He has incredible cover skills and will match up well with the elite wideouts in the AFC South.
    6. DeShone Kizer

      QB

      Notre Dame

      The Jets have a lot of quarterbacks on their roster but none as gifted as Kizer. He will need some time to develop, but he has the size, arm talent and athleticism to become a reliable starting quarterback.
    7. Malik Hooker

      S

      Ohio St.

      With the best ball skills of any safety I've ever evaluated, Hooker would benefit from the pass rush led by Joey Bosa. If Jason Verrett comes back healthy, this could quickly become one of the best secondaries in the NFL.
    8. Leonard Fournette

      RB

      LSU

      The Panthers need to take some pressure off of Cam Newton, and that's exactly what Fournette would do. He wasn't healthy during his final season at LSU, but his tape was still impressive. He is a true workhorse running back.
    9. Reuben Foster

      LB

      Alabama

      The Bengals need to add more playmakers to their defense and Foster is one of the most explosive linebackers to come out in the last few years. He has similar range to Patrick Willis when he was coming out of Ole Miss.
    10. Corey Davis

      WR

      Western Michigan

      Davis is a complete receiver who would be an excellent complement to Sammy Watkins. His combination of route running, ball skills and toughness is outstanding.
    11. Tre'Davious White

      CB

      LSU

      White is one of the most improved players in the country and played at a very high level in 2016. His ball skills and toughness would be a great addition to the Saints' defense.
    12. Dalvin Cook

      RB

      Florida St.

      The Browns could look at Deshaun Watson with this pick, but Cook would be tough to pass up. He would fit beautifully in Hue Jackson's offense.
    13. Sidney Jones

      CB

      Washington

      Jones is one of the most reliable players in the entire draft class. He doesn't get the same amount of attention as some other cornerbacks, but he is very highly regarded by NFL evaluators.
    14. Derek Barnett

      DE

      Tennessee

      The Colts are in desperate need of a young edge rusher. Barnett has some tightness but his production speaks for itself.
    15. Mike Williams

      WR

      Clemson

      Williams would instantly become their top weapon and give Carson Wentz some needed help. He could go much higher than 15, but if he's there, expect the Eagles to run the card up to the table.
    16. Quincy Wilson

      CB

      Florida

      Wilson is a very talented press cornerback with excellent ball skills. He would upgrade the Ravens' secondary, teaming with Jimmy Smith to give Baltimore two of the biggest corners in the league.
    17. Solomon Thomas

      DE

      Stanford

      Thomas is a very dynamic interior pass rusher who I'd love to see line up next to Ryan Kerrigan in this defense. His motor never stops, and his performance against North Carolina and QB Mitch Trubisky in the Sun Bowl wowed NFL scouts.
    18. David Njoku

      TE

      Miami

      The Titans need to give Marcus Mariota some more weapons; Njoku has the highest upside of any tight end in the draft. He would team up with Delanie Walker to terrorize opposing safeties and linebackers.
    19. Charles Harris

      DE

      Missouri

      The Bucs hit a home run with the selection of Noah Spence in the 2016 draft. Harris would give them another fastball coming off the edge, taking their defense to another level.
    20. Ryan Ramczyk

      T

      Wisconsin

      The Broncos need to overhaul their offensive line. Ramczyk, the best tackle in the draft, would be a good start. Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp would also be a good option with this selection.
    21. Taco Charlton

      DE

      Michigan

      Charlton is a rangy athlete who fits the mold the Lions look for in their edge rushers. He makes plays on all three downs.
    22. T.J. Watt

      LB

      Wisconsin

      Watt isn't as freaky as his older brother, J.J., but he is a very good football player. He is ultra-versatile, athletic and instinctive.
    23. Gerald Everett

      TE

      South Alabama

      Get to know this name. Everett has a lot of similarities to Jordan Reed and he would crush it in the Giants' offensive system, surrounded by Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.
    24. Teez Tabor

      CB

      Florida

      The Raiders are set on the offensive side of the ball but they could use some more playmakers in the secondary. Tabor gives up some plays but he also gets his hands on a lot of footballs.
    25. Deshaun Watson

      QB

      Clemson

      The Brock Osweiler experiment hasn't worked. Watson could be long gone by this point in the draft, but if he's there, I'd expect the Texans to scoop him up.
    26. Garett Bolles

      OT

      Utah

      In 2016, the Seahawks used a top pick on an offensive lineman (OT Germain Ifedi), and I'd expect them to do the same thing in this year's draft. Bolles is a very athletic pass protector who shows some nastiness in the running game.
    27. Jarrad Davis

      LB

      Florida

      Derrick Johnson is 34 and coming off a torn Achilles. Davis is a very instinctive linebacker who has enough size to take on guards in the run game. He also has the speed to match up with tight ends and running backs in the passing game.
    28. Takkarist McKinley

      OLB

      UCLA

      The Cowboys need pass rushers; they can no longer rely on Randy Gregory. McKinley has double-digit sack potential.
    29. Alvin Kamara

      RB

      Tennessee

      Kamara is a name that's generating a lot of buzz in the scouting community. He's also a player who would fill a need for the Packers. He is a major mismatch for linebackers in the passing game.
    30. O.J. Howard

      TE

      Alabama

      Howard is a seam-stretching tight end and he's also very reliable as a blocker in the run game. He would be a nice fit in Todd Haley's offense.
    31. Gareon Conley

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Conley is a gifted athlete with excellent football awareness. The Falcons have quietly built a very good roster, which should allow them to take the best available player in this spot.
    32. Christian McCaffrey

      RB

      Stanford

      Some players are perfectly suited to play in the Patriots' offense. McCaffrey's versatility, toughness and intelligence is exactly what Bill Belichick covets in the draft.
  2. Chad Reuter

    Full Analysis

    January 22, 2017

    1. Deshaun Watson

      QB

      Clemson

      Hue Jackson will love Watson's physical attributes and his leadership skills.
    2. Myles Garrett

      OLB

      Texas A&M

      The 49ers get a difference-making pass rusher.
    3. Mitch Trubisky

      QB

      North Carolina

      Trubisky is an accurate passer with athleticism. If the Bears want to keep up with Detroit and Green Bay in the division, they need a new quarterback.
    4. Jonathan Allen

      DE

      Alabama

      Jacksonville has a couple of free agents up front, so Allen fits a probable need.
    5. Jamal Adams

      S

      LSU

      The Titans shore up the secondary by adding Adams.
    6. DeShone Kizer

      QB

      Notre Dame

      Kizer has a chance to be the No. 1 overall pick. His potential makes it tough for quarterback-needy teams to pass him up.
    7. Malik Hooker

      S

      Ohio St.

      Hooker's range and ball skills are top-10 worthy.
    8. Leonard Fournette

      RB

      LSU

      Fournette's power and speed translate to an elite prospect, and the Panthers need to bring back their running game.
    9. Solomon Thomas

      DE

      Stanford

      Thomas looked unblockable in Stanford's bowl game. Could be similar to J.J. Watt in that his best is yet to come.
    10. Mike Williams

      WR

      Clemson

      No matter what quarterback the Bills trot out next season, in this scenario they would have two former Clemson studs to throw to in Sammy Watkins and Williams.
    11. Derek Barnett

      DE

      Tennessee

      Barnett and Cameron Jordan would be a fearsome pair.
    12. Reuben Foster

      LB

      Alabama

      Foster is an athletic defensive leader.
    13. Corey Davis

      WR

      Western Michigan

      Larry Fitzgerald will retire soon, and Michael Floyd was jettisoned. Davis is the physical playmaker the Cardinals need.
    14. Dalvin Cook

      RB

      Florida St.

      With the best pass rushers off the board, the Colts take the best player available.
    15. Marshon Lattimore

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Desperate for help in the secondary, the Eagles find the draft's top corner waiting to be picked.
    16. Sidney Jones

      CB

      Washington

      Jones is the sort of wiry-but-technically-strong corner the Ravens covet.
    17. Jabrill Peppers

      SS

      Michigan

      Washington needs a strong safety, and Peppers fits that bill.
    18. David Njoku

      TE

      Miami

      Pairing Delanie Walker and Njoku gives Marcus Mariota great options on every play.
    19. John Ross

      WR

      Washington

      Jameis Winston will like having a speed demon to throw to when Mike Evans is bracketed.
    20. Forrest Lamp

      OG

      Western Kentucky

      The line must improve no matter who is leading the offense at QB next year.
    21. Quincy Wilson

      CB

      Florida

      The Lions have had issues in the secondary for years. Wilson gives them a physical presence on the edge, and could move to safety as well.
    22. O.J. Howard

      TE

      Alabama

      Howard can be a safety valve for Ryan Tannehill and a good run blocker on the edge.
    23. Ryan Ramczyk

      T

      Wisconsin

      Ereck Flowers has been a liability for the Giants at left tackle.
    24. Malik McDowell

      DT

      Michigan St.

      Jack Del Rio wants an interior pass rusher. McDowell's length and quickness off the snap give him a chance to shine in that role.
    25. Garett Bolles

      OT

      Utah

      Injuries and ineffectiveness have made tackle a need spot for the Texans.
    26. Cam Robinson

      OT

      Alabama

      Robinson will help Pete Carroll control the clock using the run game.
    27. Teez Tabor

      CB

      Florida

      With Marcus Peters and Tabor on the field, it will be difficult for opposing quartebacks to find an open receiver.
    28. Taco Charlton

      DE

      Michigan

      A pass rusher with size, just like Jerry Jones likes 'em.
    29. T.J. Watt

      LB

      Wisconsin

      Similar to Clay Matthews coming out, Watt is a one-year star with great potential.
    30. Takkarist McKinley

      OLB

      UCLA

      Jarvis Jones and James Harrison will be free agents, so the Steelers will utilize McKinley's length and strength right away.
    31. Dan Feeney

      OG

      Indiana

      Shoring up the interior of the offensive line is a major need.
    32. Zach Cunningham

      LB

      Vanderbilt

      Bill Belichick will find a place to play for Cunningham.

2017 NFL Mock Draft

2017 NFL Mock Draft