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2017 NFL mock draft: 2 rounds for a deep group of prospects

The draft is rapidly approaching and this week we look at how the first 64 picks could play out.

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Focusing on just the first round of the 2017 NFL draft is a fun weekly exercise, but it doesn’t show off the depth of the draft. After you get past the top 10 players, there’s little difference between the next 30 players other than positional value.

That’s why this week’s mock draft is two rounds, just in time for us to be a little more than two weeks away from the start of the draft.

If you want to see a mock with trades, make sure to check out this mock draft from Adam Stites. Trades will happen and he has a few logical ones.

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M


2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

Thomas gives the 49ers something they just don’t have in Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner.

3. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

The Bears can add an all-around force to a defense that lacks playmakers beyond pass rusher Leonard Floyd.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

I understand the Jaguars don’t have a good line, but if there’s a back who can get by without one it’s Fournette.

5. Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

A return to the old fall back for Tennessee with the draft’s top cornerback.

6. New York Jets: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

For the Jets Hooker can be a safety/cornerback hybrid player who can help an average pass defense.

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

The safeties are gone so the Chargers get the free-falling Allen to pair with Joey Bosa up front.

8. Carolina Panthers: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Carolina is desperate to get a pass rusher, and Barnett is a pro-ready sack machine.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Teaming Williams with A.J. Green would push Cincinnati’s offense to the next level.

10. Buffalo Bills: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

Howard has built himself into a top-10 pick this offseason and he may be gone by the time Buffalo picks.

11. New Orleans Saints: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

Teams will love Charlton’s length and speed, including the Saints who desperately need help on the edge.

12. Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

The first quarterback is finally off the board and the Browns get a local favorite to fix the long-standing issues at the position.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

At some point the Cardinals need to find a successor to Carson Palmer and get it with the national title winner.

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Running back or wide receiver, McCaffrey will make plays all over the place in Philadelphia’s offense.

15. Indianapolis Colts: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Reddick gives Indianapolis a linebacker who can do a little of everything really well, including the pass rush threat they need.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Despite taking Breshad Perriman in the first round in 2015, but they need more talent a receiver and Davis will be a star.

17. Washington: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

If Foster drops Washington should pounce to get a player who can quickly become the leader of the defense.

18. Tennessee Titans: John Ross, WR, Washington

This is the speed player Tennessee’s offense needs to take the top off defenses and push Marcus Mariota to the next level.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami

Imagine how hard defenses will have it when Mike Evans is lined up on the same side as this super athlete tight end.

20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

It won’t matter who plays quarterback and running back Denver behind an offensive line that is finally full of quality players.

21. Detroit Lions: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

The Lions badly need a player who can generate a pass rush on the defensive line and after McDowell the quality dramatically falls.

22. Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky

This may not be a fun pick for the defense, but Lamp gives Miami a starting guard as a rookie and an eventual Mike Pouncey replacement.

23. New York Giants: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

New York fans will love this mean and nasty offensive tackle who will absolutely obliterate defenders, even if the whistle has blown.

24. Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

Having a top-level third cornerback is more important than ever, and Conley would give the Raiders another good cover guy.

25. Houston Texans: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

In the eyes of some it’s Mahomes, and not DeShone Kizer, as the third-best quarterback in the draft.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Kevin King, CB, Washington

With the top two offensive tackles gone, the Seahawks could go cornerback in the fist round with a big outside shutdown cornerback.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

Finding Derrick Johnson’s successor needs to happen in this draft, and Cunningham is a three-down athlete of a linebacker.

28. Dallas Cowboys: Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA

While most think McKinley plays linebacker in the NFL, he can stick at end and Dallas its best pure pass rusher since DeMarcus Ware.

29. Green Bay Packers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Most of the attention goes to defense and the offensive line, but Cook would be an excellent lead running back to pair with Ty Montgomery.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

Watt can fill multiple roles for the Steelers, splitting time as a pass rusher and a traditional linebacker.

31. Atlanta Falcons: Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

Harris, a piece coach Dan Quinn can move around, is the type of pass rusher the Falcons need to take some of the attention off Vic Beasley.

32. New Orleans Saints: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

The Saints tried to get Malcolm Butler from New England, and instead take an experienced corner who could end up being a better player.


33. Cleveland Browns: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

The Browns can check off so many needs in the first two rounds, and Humphrey is a player they could use at cornerback or safety.

34. San Francisco 49ers: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

If Kizer happens to fall this far, Brian Hoyer shouldn’t stop the 49ers from taking him.

35. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State

If the Jaguars don’t get Solomon Thomas in the first round they could come back in the second round with the talented Rivers.

36. Chicago Bears: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

If he can be coached up, Robinson is packed with enough pure talent to eventually become a quality left tackle.

37. Los Angeles Rams: Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern California

If Lamp were here, he’d be the pick, but with no other centers worth a top-40 pick, the Rams could grab a wide receiver for Jared Goff.

38. Los Angeles Chargers: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

Peppers’ draft stock remains all over the place and if the Chargers don’t get a safety at No. 7 they’ll be happy to see him here.

39. New York Jets: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

Even after taking Hooker in the first round, Tabor might be hard to the Jets to pass up and finish an overhaul of their secondary.

40. Carolina Panthers: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee

He may not be Fournette but Kamara would be electric in Carolina, giving the Panthers a back who can run and catch.

41. Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State

Willis doesn’t have quite the length the Bengals usually like in an end, but he’s a good pass rusher to play opposite Carlos Dunlap.

42. New Orleans Saints: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

After trading Brandin Cooks, a player like Jones would be a nice replacement thanks to his excellent hands out of the slot.

43. Philadelphia Eagles: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California

Philadelphia is extremely thin at cornerback, and Jackson could push his way into the starting lineup as a rookie.

44. Buffalo Bills: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

If the Bills can get a pass catcher in the first round they can follow up in the second by finding a replacement for Stephon Gilmore.

45. Arizona Cardinals: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

Jones has first-round talent but could slip to this point because of the injury he suffered at his pro day.

46. Minnesota Vikings: Dan Feeney, G, Indiana

Minnesota’s first pick may not be a fun one, but it’s necessary with a player like Feeney who could work at guard or center.

47. Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

After getting a wide receiver in the first round, the Ravens could follow it up with a pass rush specialist like Williams in the second.

48. Indianapolis Colts: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

Melifonwu is a favorite of scouts and gives Indianapolis a safety who can cover and act as a third cornerback.

49. Washington: Budda Baker, S, Washington

Washington brought in pieces on the defensive line, opening them up for a secondary piece like Baker.

50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

Other than Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa’s best cornerback is 33-year-old Brent Grimes, who is on the final year of his contract.

51. Denver Broncos: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

The Broncos didn’t adequately replace Danny Trevathan last season, so the smart and active Davis can fill that need.

52. Cleveland Browns: Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State

Ibraheim Campbell is solid for the Browns, but his best role is as a backup while Jones and his all-around game would provide an upgrade.

53. Detroit Lions: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma

No team has been as connected as Detroit to Mixon and if he’s fine off the field he could give them a really good feature back.

54. Miami Dolphins: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

McMillan would somewhat be shoehorned into Miami’s defense, but he’s a smart and tough linebacker who would push his way onto the field.

55. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

After missing on Howard and Njoku in the first round, the Giants would get the tight end they need in the second with Engram.

56. Oakland Raiders: Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn

Oakland needs to get an interior defender in the first two rounds, and can get it with Adams who was often miscast as a nose tackle.

57. Houston Texans: Dion Dawkins, OT/G, Temple

Houston got a quarterback in the first round and a player who can line up at guard or tackle to protect him.

58. Seattle Seahawks: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

If Seattle waits on a tackle in the first round, they may have a good fallback like the athletic Garica in the second round.

59. Kansas City Chiefs: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA

Moreau would be another nice addition to the Chiefs’ defense as a player who can fill the No. 2 corner spot opposite Marcus Peters.

60. Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Williams, S, Utah

Dallas is another team that could double up on defense with their first two picks, this time getting a good cover safety in Williams.

61. Green Bay Packers: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

If Green Bay doesn’t take a cornerback in the first round they need to in the second, and Tankersley is the best available.

62. Pittsburgh Steelers: Desmond King, CB, Iowa

King is the type of physical and active cornerback who could thrive in Pittsburgh, where he acts as a nice foil to Artie Burns.

63. Atlanta Falcons: Pat Elflein, G/OC, Ohio State

Elflein could easily move back to guard after playing a season at center at Ohio State and solve Atlanta’s issues on the right side.

64. Carolina Panthers: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

After Ted Ginn left in free agency, the Panthers need some form of speed at receiver and the ascending Godwin can provide it.

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