2017 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 4.0: Watson out of first round

By Daniel Jeremiah |

NFL Media analyst

Published: April 4, 2017 at 02:49 p.m.

Every year we see a few top-tier prospects slide in the first round for one reason or another. In this latest mock draft, my second-rated player (LSU safety Jamal Adams) falls to the 10th spot and my top quarterback prospect (Clemson's Deshaun Watson) falls all the way out of the first round. Keep in mind, we are still a few weeks away from the actual draft and there will be plenty of movement between now and then.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    Texas A&M
    With all-pro talent, Garrett is the best player in this draft.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Stanford
    Don't be surprised if the 49ers try to trade down, but if they stay put, Thomas provides versatility and pass rush.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Three players that make the most sense for the Bears: Malik Hooker, Jamal Adams, and Lattimore. They can't go wrong with any of these players.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    The Jaguars have an outstanding young defense but they need more balance on offense. Fournette has all the tools to be a workhorse back.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    WR
    Clemson
    The Titans are another team I could see pursuing a trade-back partner. If they stay put, Williams would provide Marcus Mariota with a true No. 1 receiver.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    TE
    Alabama
    The Jets have a need at quarterback but the smarter move would be to take a sure-thing position player. They can find a quarterback option later in this draft or wait until next year.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    Ohio St.
    This one just makes too much sense. The Chargers have quietly built a very talented defense.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    RB
    Stanford
    The Panthers need to give Cam Newton some help; McCaffrey is a capable runner and dynamic weapon in the passing game.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DE
    Alabama
    The Bengals need to infuse some youth into their defensive line; Allen would be a tremendous value pick at this spot.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    S
    LSU
    In this scenario, the Bills land a top-three player. Adams is the best leader in the entire draft.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Conley has really helped himself with impressive workouts at the combine and at his pro day. He's a good fit for the Saints, who need to upgrade their secondary.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    WR
    Western Michigan
    Davis and Corey Coleman would be a terrific pair of pass-catchers for the Browns.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    Washington
    The Cardinals could look at a safety here but they really need to add some youth to their receiver group. Ross is a dynamic vertical threat who fits perfectly in Arizona's offensive system.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    LB
    Alabama
    Foster is a tone-setter and would excel in the Eagles' defensive scheme.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    The Colts made some nice moves in free agency but need to continue to address their speed on defense. McKinley is a fastball coming off the edge whose motor never stops.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    DE
    Tennessee
    The Ravens don't traditionally get caught up in testing numbers, opting to instead trust what they see on game tape. Barnett didn't post impressive workout numbers but he is a very skilled pass rusher.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    LB
    Temple
    Reddick can play off the line of scrimmage on run downs and rush off the edge on passing downs. He is an elite athlete who has really helped himself during the postseason.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    The Titans need to add some playmakers on the defensive side of the ball; White is one of the top cover cornerbacks in the draft.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    Alabama
    Protecting Jameis Winston will always be a priority for GM Jason Licht and the Bucs' personnel department.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OG
    Western Kentucky
    I think Lamp is the best offensive lineman in this draft, and he's capable of playing all five positions.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    TE
    Miami
    There's been a lot of chatter around the league about the Lions' desire to add an impact tight end to their offense. GM Bob Quinn (formerly of the Patriots) knows the benefit of having two athletic tight ends.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    S
    Michigan
    Peppers has the versatility to line up in three different spots on the Dolphins' defense. The addition of T.J. McDonald shouldn't deter Miami from pursuing Peppers.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    RB
    Florida St.
    Cook would be too good to pass up at this point in the draft. I like Paul Perkins but Cook is a far superior talent.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    LB
    Florida
    Davis is one of the cleaner players in the draft. He has an ideal blend of size, speed, and instincts.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    QB
    North Carolina
    With Tony Romo out of the picture, expect the Texans to address the quarterback position very early in this draft.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    CB
    Washington
    King is an ideal player for the Seahawks' defense. He's very long, athletic, and competitive.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    QB
    Texas Tech
    Alex Smith is a good quarterback but hasn't been quite good enough to lead a team to a championship. This is a little early for Mahomes but he has tremendous upside.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    Jackson is a polarizing player in personnel circles, but he is a special athlete who would fill a big need for the Cowboys.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    CB
    Florida
    Wilson didn't run quite as fast as many expected, but he is a physical player on tape with excellent ball skills.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    OLB
    Wisconsin
    Watt has the versatility to play inside or outside in the Steelers' defense. His best football is ahead of him.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OLB
    Missouri
    Harris would be an excellent complement to Vic Beasley and provide the Falcons with a deadly pass rush.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    S
    Washington
    Baker can play nickel or safety at the next level. He would team with Gareon Conley to add some juice to the Saints' secondary.
  33. 2017 NFL Mock Draft Central

Comments