2017 NFL Mock Draft

Three-round mock draft 1.0: Deshaun Watson goes No. 1

By Chad Reuter |

Draft analyst

Published: Jan. 22, 2017 at 09:22 p.m.

The 2017 Senior Bowl is kicking off with a series of practices this week and culminating with a game on Saturday, all live on NFL Network. Of course, this mock draft was written before many of the top college seniors started gathering in Mobile, Ala., for a week that could alter their draft positioning. It also comes before many other events -- like the scouting combine, free agency and pro days -- that will shape and re-shape this draft. With that said, here is an early look at the first three rounds and how the picks could play out in three months:

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  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    Clemson
    Hue Jackson will love Watson's physical attributes and his leadership skills.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Texas A&M
    The 49ers get a difference-making pass rusher.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    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. Pick No.
    4
    DE
    Alabama
    Jacksonville has a couple of free agents up front, so Allen fits a probable need.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    S
    LSU
    The Titans shore up the secondary by adding Adams.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    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. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Ohio St.
    Hooker's range and ball skills are top-10 worthy.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    Fournette's power and speed translate to an elite prospect, and the Panthers need to bring back their running game.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    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. Pick No.
    10
    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. Pick No.
    11
    DE
    Tennessee
    Barnett and Cameron Jordan would be a fearsome pair.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    LB
    Alabama
    Foster is an athletic defensive leader.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    Western Michigan
    Larry Fitzgerald will retire soon, and Michael Floyd was jettisoned. Davis is the physical playmaker the Cardinals need.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    RB
    Florida St.
    Carson Wentz needs more reliable targets, and Davis is more than just reliable.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Ohio St.
    With the best pass rushers off the board, the Colts take the best player available.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    CB
    Washington
    Jones is the sort of wiry-but-technically-strong corner the Ravens covet.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    S
    Michigan
    Washington needs a strong safety, and Peppers fits that bill.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    TE
    Miami
    Pairing Delanie Walker and Njoku gives Marcus Mariota great options on every play.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    WR
    Washington
    Jameis Winston will like having a speed demon to throw to when Mike Evans is bracketed.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OG
    Western Kentucky
    The line must improve no matter who is leading the offense at QB next year.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    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. Pick No.
    22
    TE
    Alabama
    Howard can be a safety valve for Ryan Tannehill and a good run blocker on the edge.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    OT
    Wisconsin
    Ereck Flowers has been a liability for the Giants at left tackle.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    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. Pick No.
    25
    OT
    Utah
    Injuries and ineffectiveness have made tackle a need spot for the Texans.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    OT
    Alabama
    Robinson will help Pete Carroll control the clock using the run game.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    CB
    Florida
    With Marcus Peters and Tabor on the field, it will be difficult for opposing quartebacks to find an open receiver.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    DE
    Michigan
    A pass rusher with size, just like Jerry Jones likes 'em.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    OLB
    Wisconsin
    Similar to Clay Matthews coming out, Watt is a one-year star with great potential.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    Jarvis Jones and James Harrison will be free agents, so the Steelers will utilize McKinley's length and strength right away.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OG
    Indiana
    Shoring up the interior of the offensive line is a major need.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    LB
    Vanderbilt
    Projected trade to Patriots
    Bill Belichick will find a place to play for Cunningham.
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