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Jeremiah mock draft 3.0: Chargers, Saints get QB successors

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In the latest version of my top 50 prospects list, I noted how so many of the top prospects in this draft carry similar grades. More than anywhere else, mock drafts are reflecting this. From one to the next, a player could land in the top 10 to the bottom third of the first round, and vice versa. Throw in the effects of the combine, pro days and free agency, and it's almost like throwing darts.

With that said, here's the latest iteration of how I think the first round could play itself out:

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BROWNS

Myles Garrett - DE, Texas A&M: The Browns are still in search of their franchise quarterback, but they can't pass up the opportunity to land a premier pass rusher.

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49ERS

Solomon Thomas - DE, Stanford: Thomas has the versatility to play up and down the line of scrimmage, and he seems like a perfect match for what John Lynch is trying to build.

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BEARS

Jamal Adams - S, LSU: Adams is a special talent who would provide the Bears with outstanding leadership in the secondary.

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JAGUARS

Jonathan Allen - DE, Alabama: The Jaguars already added Calais Campbell in free agency, but Tom Coughlin and David Caldwell both understand the importance of loading up on the defensive line.

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TITANS

Malik Hooker - S, Ohio State: The Titans added Johnathan Cyprien in free agency, but Hooker is a far superior talent who would add some much-needed playmaking skills to the backend of the defense.

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JETS

Marshon Lattimore - CB, Ohio State: Lattimore's durability is a concern but he is the most gifted cornerback in this draft class.

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CHARGERS

Deshaun Watson - QB, Clemson: The Chargers start preparing for life after Philip Rivers by selecting Watson. He's not ready to play right away but he'll have time to sit and learn behind one of the best in the business.

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PANTHERS

Leonard Fournette - RB, LSU: This seems like the perfect fit for both Fournette and the Panthers.

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BENGALS

Derek Barnett - DE, Tennessee: Barnett isn't a great tester but he's a heck of a football player.

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BILLS

Gareon Conley - CB, Ohio State: Conley is a rock-solid football player on tape and his combine workout was outstanding.

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SAINTS

Christian McCaffrey - RB, Stanford: The Saints have holes on the defensive side of the ball, but selfishly I'd love to see McCaffrey in this system.

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BROWNS

O.J. Howard - TE, Alabama: The Browns coached Howard at the Senior Bowl, and he's one of the safest players in the draft class.

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CARDINALS

Reuben Foster - LB, Alabama: Foster would be a steal if he fell this far in the draft.

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EAGLES

Tre'Davious White - CB, LSU: The Eagles upgraded the receiver spot in free agency, and now they need to address the cornerback position in the draft.

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COLTS

Forrest Lamp - OG, Western Kentucky: It's not a sexy pick, but Lamp would team up with last year's first-round selection (Ryan Kelly) and Jack Mewhort to provide a rock-solid interior offensive line.

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RAVENS

Charles Harris - DE, Missouri: Harris is a very productive edge rusher who is plenty athletic enough to drop in coverage if needed.

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REDSKINS

Jabrill Peppers - S, Michigan: Peppers is a unique athlete, with the ability to excel at the nickel position as well as play as a high safety. He will also be a major difference-maker on special teams.

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TITANS

Corey Davis - WR, Western Michigan: Davis has all of the tools to develop into a true No. 1 receiver.

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BUCCANEERS

Chidobe Awuzie - CB, Colorado: I'm a big fan of Awuzie's game; he is another player with the versatility to play cornerback or safety.

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BRONCOS

Cam Robinson - OT, Alabama: Robinson has some flaws on tape but he has excellent size, length and power.

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LIONS

Takkarist McKinley - DE, UCLA: McKinley would be ultra-productive playing opposite of Ziggy Ansah in the Lions' defensive front.

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DOLPHINS

David Njoku - TE, Miami: I know the Dolphins are bringing in Julius Thomas, but Njoku is too good to pass up at this point in the draft. He is a matchup nightmare.

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GIANTS

Haason Reddick - OLB, Temple: Reddick has the ability to play any of the three linebacker spots and he can provide some pass rush off the edge if needed.

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RAIDERS

John Ross - WR, Washington: This isn't a big need for the Raiders but Ross could take this passing game to a new level with his big-play ability.

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TEXANS

Garett Bolles - OT, Utah: Bolles is not only ultra-athletic, but he plays with a nasty streak in the run game.

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SEAHAWKS

Kevin King - CB, Washington: King is the perfect fit in the Seahawks' scheme. His stock continues to soar following an outstanding combine performance.

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CHIEFS

Dalvin Cook - RB, Florida State: Cook is the perfect fit in Andy Reid's system, and he would be a tremendous value at this point in the draft. The Chiefs could then turn around and trade one of their current backs for an extra draft pick.

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COWBOYS

Evan Engram - TE, Ole Miss: Engram would be a matchup nightmare in the Cowboys' offense and he'd help Dak Prescott continue to develop into a top-tier signal-caller.

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PACKERS

Taco Charlton - DE, Michigan: The Packers lost Julius Peppers in free agency; Charlton has the tools to develop into a double-digit sack artist at the next level.

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STEELERS

Mike Williams - WR, Clemson: The Steelers can't rely on Martavis Bryant; Williams would be an incredible value if he were to slip this far down the board.

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FALCONS

T.J. Watt - OLB, Wisconsin: Watt has tremendous upside as a pass rusher and his motor never stops running.

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SAINTS

Mitch Trubisky - QB, North Carolina: The Saints need to start planning for life after Drew Brees, and Trubisky has plenty of upside at the position.

Follow Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter @MoveTheSticks.

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