2017 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 1.0: Trades shake up Round 1

By Charley Casserly |

NFL Media analyst

Published: Feb. 11, 2017 at 05:20 p.m.

Note: The Vikings, who traded their first-round pick to the Eagles, finished the 2016 season with 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.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    Texas A&M
    Cleveland gets the best pass rusher in the draft and a veteran quarterback better than any in this particular draft (see projected trade below).
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Alabama
    Allen is an excellent 3-4 defensive end who gives you an inside pass rush.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    CB
    Ohio St.
    In the NFC North, you need cornerbacks with terrific cover skills; Lattimore fits the description.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    In my opinion, Fournette does some things better than Adrian Peterson.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    S
    LSU
    Adams has excellent cover skills and does not shy away as a run defender.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    LB
    Alabama
    Foster reminds me of Luke Kuechly. Tough to pass up for Jets.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Ohio St.
    The Chargers take a safety with excellent cover skills.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    RB
    Florida St.
    A big-play back for a team that loves to run the ball.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    OLB
    Alabama
    Williams can line up as an outside linebacker or defensive end. In either position, he's an outstanding pass rusher.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    QB
    North Carolina
    Bills get the draft's top quarterback in a weak group.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    CB
    Washington
    The Saints' rebuilding of the defense continues with the selection of Jones.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DE
    Tennessee
    Projected trade to Patriots
    (Projected trade with Cleveland for QB Jimmy Garoppolo) The Patriots are in need of pass rushers.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    CB
    Alabama
    Patrick Peterson needs a partner; Humphrey would be an excellent complement.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    CB
    Florida
    Colts need to fix their defense. This pick could also e a pass rusher.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Clemson
    The Eagles realize they need to get more help for Carson Wentz.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    WR
    Washington
    Ravens take the highest player remaining on their board. Ross fills a need, too.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    DE
    Stanford
    Thomas is a solid run defender who can give you an inside pass rush as well.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    T
    Wisconsin
    Projected trade to Giants
    (Projected trade up with Tennessee from No. 23) The Giants trade up to get the left tackle they so desperately need.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DE
    Missouri
    Tampa Bay needs a bookend to Noah Spence in order to take improving defense to next level.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Utah
    The offensive line failed the Broncos in 2016; Bolles will help.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    OT
    Alabama
    Robinson would replace Riley Reiff at right tackle should Reiff leave in free agency.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Conley is a fine press corner who has the potential to play off coverage.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    Western Michigan
    Projected trade to Titans
    (Projected trade down with New York Giants from No. 18) Marcus Mariota gets much-needed receiving help.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    Raiders need to upgrade their cornerback position; White is a nice start.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    SS
    Michigan
    Texans swing for the fences with a wild card in the first round. Peppers is a boom-or-bust pick.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    RB
    Stanford
    Thomas Rawls has proven he can't be reliable.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    LB
    Vanderbilt
    Derrick Johnson is coming off an injury and is at trhe tail end of his career. Cunningham is a WILL linebacker who is very athletic and instinctive.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    CB
    Florida
    I could see the Cowboys trading out of this spot to the second round.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    Nick Perry is a free agent and Julius Peppers is nearing retirement. And the Packers know their way around the UCLA campus.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DE
    Michigan
    The Steelers need a cornerback and pass rusher, but Alabama TE O.J. Howard might be too highly rated to pass up at this spot.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    The Super Bowl is still on their minds; they know they need cornerback help.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    TE
    Alabama
    "Trader Bill" might bail out of this spot but the Patriots could lose Martellus Bennett in free agency and Gronk's health has to be a major concern.
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