2017 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 5.0: Mahomes taken before Watson

By Lance Zierlein |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: April 26, 2017 at 10:16 a.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    Texas A&M
    Texas A&M. No reason to get cute here. Cleveland goes with the top-rated talent.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Stanford
    Sorry, but the name "Shanahan" has never been synonomous with leaks, and too many have been getting out lately. Feels like a smoke screen to entice a trade.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    Alabama
    Allen is tough to call because his draft stock is tied to his medical reports. If healthy, he's a good fit here.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    Fournette could be the target of the 49ers with the No. 2 pick, but if not, Jacksonville should be his destination.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    CB
    Ohio St.
    The best pure cover corner in this draft goes to a team that needs his services badly.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    TE
    Alabama
    Top flight athlete with the ability to stretch the field or block in-line. The Jets would love to move back.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    S
    LSU
    If Adams and Hooker are both on the board here, it could be an interesting call. This could also be the spot Cleveland targets for a trade-up for Mitchell Trubisky.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    RB
    Stanford
    While I don't have a grade quite this high on McCaffrey, it's hard to argue with the overall value he brings to a team. He would help jump-start Carolina's offense.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    LB
    Temple
    One of the fastest risers in the postseason, Reddick offers the Bengals a weapon who can be deployed from several spots along the front seven.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    WR
    Clemson
    The Bills could turn to a quarterback in this spot with Reddick -- their target -- off the board, but finding a receiver here is a logical choice.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    CB
    Alabama
    The Saints are supposedly smitten with Humphrey's size, speed and toughness. They could use all three in the secondary.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    QB
    North Carolina
    The kid who grew up a Browns fan will get his wish to play for Cleveland if the Browns decide to move up in the draft.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    S
    Ohio St.
    Hooker is a tremendous talent and he might not fall this far, but if he does, it's because teams are concerned with duration of recovery from surgery.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    DE
    Tennessee
    The Eagles need help at a few positions, but Barnett gives them a physical pass rusher who Jim Schwartz should love.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Washington
    Long man-to-man cornerback who improves the Colts size, talent, and ball skills outside.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    WR
    Western Michigan
    The Ravens might have to choose between a pass catcher and Reuben Foster here, but Davis is a talented target who could compete for early reps.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    LB
    Alabama
    Foster could fall due to off-field concers and worries about injuries, but he fits a need for the Redskins, bringing a tough playmaker into the fold.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    Washington
    Speed galore. Ross gives Marcus Mariotta a deep target and keeps opposing safeties away from the line of scrimmage.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    RB
    Florida St.
    The Bucs like Cook, but they could also look for a pass rusher here as well.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Alabama
    With Mike McCoy running the offense, the Broncos could look toward Robinson to provide more power in the running attack.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    OLB
    Missouri
    Talented pass rusher who needs to find the right home. Will 4-3 teams consider him a full-time defensive end?
  22. Pick No.
    22
    DE
    Michigan
    Has all the talent in the world but lacks consistency. Miami needs and edge player with rush potential and that is Charlton all day.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    TE
    Miami
    Njoku could get taken earlier than anyone expects. He's still raw but it doesn't take much tape to see all that upside.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    LB
    Florida
    The Raiders would be a perfect match for Davis and vice versa. His physical demeanor and athletic traits are much-needed in the middle for Oakland.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    QB
    Texas Tech
    Could Houston have their pick of either Mahomes or Watson? Maybe, maybe not, but if Mahomes is there, I think he comes off the board as the 25th pick.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    OT
    Wisconsin
    This is a wild-card spot with names like Obi Melifonwu and Daeshon Hall possibly emerging as surpise selections. Ramczyk, however, is a smart pick.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    CB
    Colorado
    Surprise name makes it into the first round. Many teams believe he goes in the first. His in-your-face style and good size could grab the Chiefs' interest.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    CB
    Florida
    Rod Marinelli's defense will require a cornerback with cover talent in zone and a willingness to hit. With so many holes in the secondary, drafting this position is a strong possibility.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    If McKinnley were to fall to Green Bay, it might be seen as a huge win inside their war room as they are in desperate need of a pass rusher. And we know about their affinity for players from UCLA.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    TE
    Mississippi
    To be clear, I think Watson could end up going here, but it might not be with the Saints. Getting a fifth-year option on him as a first-round pick would be appealing for teams.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OG
    Western Kentucky
    Atlanta could look for top available talent here or even trade out. However, Lamp is clearly the best guard in this draft and that is something the Falcons need.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    QB
    Clemson
    To be clear, I think Watson could end up going here, but it might not be with the Saints. Getting a fifth-year option on him as a first-round pick would be appealing for teams.
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