Published: April 27, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.
Updated: April 27, 2017 at 05:04 p.m.

Fearless predictions for 2017 NFL Draft

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Our panel of experts unleash their bold predictions for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Mahomes will go earlier than many expect
Patrick Mahomes is going to go in the top 20. That would've been really shocking news to me a couple weeks ago, but there has been an incredible amount of buzz about him in league circles recently. I think there are a couple teams targeting him for the late first round, and I wouldn't be surprised if one of them moved up for the Texas Tech signal-caller.
McCaffrey goes before Fournette
Christian McCaffrey will be drafted before Leonard Fournette. Despite most observers viewing the LSU star as the top running back in the class, the Stanford standout will come off the board first due to his versatility as a playmaker and potential as a big-play threat. While this development would've shocked many experts immediately after the season, the desire to add a multi-faceted weapon to the backfield has made McCaffrey a hot commodity in this year's draft.
Niners strike for QB
I think San Francisco will surprise with a quarterback at No. 2. It's early for a quarterback, but I'm sticking with that.
Surprise sliders, riser
My fearless prediction is that Derek Barnett and John Ross end up falling a little bit, while Texas A&M defensive end, Daeshon Hall could sneak into the first round. Some teams are concerned about Barnett's average athletic testing, while John Ross has some injury concerns. There are a couple of teams with high projections on Hall who could take a shot at him late in Round 1.
Trubisky in top two
North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will be one of the top two selections. Cleveland might start a new era with the mobile, accurate passer. San Francisco could decide not to wait for Kirk Cousins to become available as its new offensive leader. Other teams are trying to get into one of those those top two spots for Trubisky, as well: the Jets, Cardinals, Bears (they can get out from the Mike Glennon contract after one season), and even the Jaguars if Blake Bortles isn't part of the team's plans after 2017, might be jockeying behind the scenes.

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