2017 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 3.0: Defense dominates early

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL.com Analyst

Published: March 20, 2017 at 04:53 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    Texas A&M
    Projected trade to Browns
    The Browns can't go wrong taking the best player in the draft with the first pick.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Stanford
    Projected trade to 49ers
    The 49ers don't need another big body in the middle, but Thomas is the top player on the board and gives them another disruptive defender to anchor an emerging defense.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    S
    LSU
    Projected trade to Bears
    The Bears need an enforcer in the middle to set the tone for the defense.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    RB
    LSU
    Projected trade to Jaguars
    The Jaguars want to lean more on a run-centric attack to alleviate the pressure on Blake Bortles.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Projected trade to Titans
    A team can never have enough cover corners with size, speed, and athleticism.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    DE
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Jets
    Mo Wilkerson's weight issues and Sheldon Richardson's behavioral problems could prompt the Jets to take a high-character defender like Allen.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Ohio St.
    Projected trade to Chargers
    The Chargers could use a true centerfielder in the middle of the defense with outstanding instincts and ball skills.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    DE
    Tennessee
    Projected trade to Panthers
    The most polished pass rusher in the draft would enhance a pass rush that should improve with the return of Julius Peppers.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    LB
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Bengals
    Foster is a menacing "Mike" linebacker with a nasty temperament and rugged game.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    WR
    Clemson
    Projected trade to Bills
    The Bills have a WR1 in Watkins but they could use a "bully" on the edge to take advantage of smaller corners.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    CB
    LSU
    Projected trade to Saints
    If the Saints aren't able to land Malcolm Butler, the LSU standout would be a perfect fallback as a potential CB1.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    TE
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Browns
    Nothing wrong with adding a big, athletic tight end with speed and quickness to the lineup.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    Western Michigan
    Projected trade to Cardinals
    The Cardinals need an eventual successor for Larry Fitzgerald as the team's WR1.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    CB
    Florida
    Projected trade to Eagles
    The Eagles need a long, rangy corner to thrive as a CB1 in Jim Schwartz's system.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Colorado
    Projected trade to Colts
    The Colts need a young, athletic corner to play opposite Vontae Davis.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    WR
    Washington
    Projected trade to Ravens
    An electric playmaker with speed to burn would be a welcome addition to an offense that wants to play long ball with Joe Flacco at quarterback.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    RB
    Florida St.
    Projected trade to Redskins
    The ultra-explosive runner would alleviate pressure on Kirk Cousins in the Redskins' backfield.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    DE
    UCLA
    Projected trade to Titans
    Adding a pass rusher isn't necessarily a pressing need for the Titans, but McKinley would give them another high-motor rusher to add to the mix.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    LB
    Florida
    Projected trade to Buccaneers
    Davis is a hard-hitting linebacker with positional flexibility.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Utah
    Projected trade to Broncos
    Contrary to popular opinion, the Broncos' offensive line struggles prevented the team from making another run at the title.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    DE
    Michigan
    Projected trade to Lions
    Charlton is a solid edge defender with a rock-solid game at the point of attack.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    LB
    Temple
    Projected trade to Dolphins
    Reddick is an active linebacker with a non-stop motor and a versatile game.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    OT
    Wisconsin
    Projected trade to Giants
    Giants add a rugged blocker who is capable of keeping Eli Manning upright in the pocket.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    OT
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Raiders
    The Raiders need a corner but could opt to take a big, physical tackle to groom for a bigger role down the line.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    QB
    North Carolina
    Projected trade to Texans
    If the Texans don't resolve their quarterback issues with a veteran free agent, the team could turn to the North Carolina standout as their QB of the future.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    CB
    UCLA
    Projected trade to Seahawks
    Moreau is a fast-rising corner with a blue-collar game.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    QB
    Clemson
    Projected trade to Chiefs
    Andy Reid has a knack for transforming athletic quarterbacks into efficient passers (see Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick).
  28. Pick No.
    28
    OLB
    Missouri
    Projected trade to Cowboys
    The Cowboys still need to find a legitimate pass rusher to feature off the edge. Harris is a blue-collar worker with a rugged game and non-stop motor that fits the Cowboys' profile.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    RB
    Stanford
    Projected trade to Packers
    Can you imagine how much fun Mike McCarthy would have creating big-play opportunities for McCaffrey as a runner, receiver and returner?
  30. Pick No.
    30
    OLB
    Alabama
    Projected trade to Steelers
    The Steelers need a fastball pitcher off the edge. Williams has exceptional first-step quickness and body control.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OLB
    Wisconsin
    Projected trade to Falcons
    Watt is a versatile edge rusher who would add another dimension to the Falcons' pass rush.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    CB
    USC
    Projected trade to Saints
    Jackson gives the Saints a two-way playmaker to add some sizzle to the lineup.
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