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2017 NFL mock draft: 4 quarterbacks and running backs in the 1st round

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Deshaun Watson or DeShone Kizer? That is the question that could permeate college football for NFL fans this season.

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This year's NFL Draft featured three quarterbacks taken in the first round, including the first two picks overall. It was the second consecutive year in a row where quarterbacks went 1-2, and that could happen again in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Which two, however, has already changed after a week of college football thanks to a sensational start by one signal caller. In this mock, four quarterbacks get taken in the first round, but only two of them are inside the top 10. Because of that, the second two quarterbacks could conceivably rise higher, or completely fall out of the first round.

This mock also features four running backs taken in the first round, and that hasn't happened since 2008. But thanks to players like LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook, the running back revolution is upon us.

The 2017 draft is also unique thanks to three picks already being traded, and that has a heavy effect on what could happen in the top 10. Where the picks in this mock draft are slotted came from the latest Super Bowl odds from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

We'll have more mock drafts sporadically throughout the NFL season before we begin a weekly edition during draft season.

1. San Francisco 49ers: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Players shouldn't be negatively judged on one week. Did Watson have an average first game? Yes. But that's not enough to knock him off the top of the quarterback rankings. Blaine Gabbert isn't the long-term solution for the 49ers. Watson can be, and he plays naturally into the strengths Chip Kelly has traditionally liked in a quarterback.

2. Cleveland Browns: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

Kizer is the hottest NFL prospect in college football right now. He has the traditional size and arm strength sought in a quarterback, and he should hold up well in Cleveland.

3. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

Nick Saban compared Smith-Schuster to Dez Bryant, and that type of potential is worth the third pick in the draft. The Titans are thin at talent at the position  – though rookie Tajae Sharpe looks like a steal – and Smith-Schuster could be a No. 1 for Marcus Mariota.

4. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia): Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Arguably the top prospect in college football, Garrett has uncanny agility for a player his size at 6'5 and he plays the run and pass equally well.

5. Atlanta Falcons: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

If the Falcons are in the top five, Matt Ryan either had a terrible year or his offensive line allowed too much pressure. Robinson is in contention to be the top tackle prospect in the nation with Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey. A defensive end could be considered here as well.

6. Tennessee Titans: Malik McDowell, DT/DE, Michigan State

Two picks in the top six should be enough to propel the Titans toward the playoffs if they're used correctly. McDowell is a player who can fill multiple roles on the defensive line, and give Tennessee a player who can rush the passer or stay at home and stop the run.

7. Miami Dolphins: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

I'm not sold on Arian Foster being the long-term answer for Miami, which also means I'm not sold on Jay Ajayi either. I am sold on Fournette being worth a top 10 pick. He's a specimen at running back, and the type of player who can transform an offense.

8. New Orleans Saints: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

Allen would give the Saints the pass rusher they just don't have. Although Paul Kruger was brought in, his career is on the downswing and his production has dropped dramatically.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

Peppers can be a superstar. He's an elite athlete that has been used as a safety, linebacker, cornerback, returner and even running back. His best NFL position is probably as a moneybacker, which takes full advantage of his athleticism.

10. Chicago Bears: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

This could be a wide receiver if Alshon Jeffery doesn't re-sign, but McGlinchey could start straight away as a left tackle for the Bears.

11. Detroit Lions: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Cook is a sensation at running back, and just as able to dart through creases as he is at catching the ball. Ameer Abdullah is a solid player, but probably best-served as a backup.

12. Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin are free agents after the season, and Williams could be brought in as an upgrade. In Week 1, he showed no negative effects of a neck injury suffered last season.

13. San Diego Chargers: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

The safety position for the Chargers needs an upgrade. Dwight Lowery is decent, but better talent should be brought in at strong safety. Adams has the lead on being the top pure safety in next year's draft thanks to his ability to play near the line and drop back in coverage.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

Although the Jaguars just drafted Jalen Ramsey, I still see them needing more athletes at cornerback. Prince Amukamara is only on a one-year deal, and Dwayne Gratz is in a contract year. White is a man cover specialist who can stick to wide outs.

15. New York Jets: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami

Don't be too surprised if the Jets are after a quarterback in the first round next year. The team might not want another offseason of drama with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith's rookie deal expires after this season. Yes, Christian Hackenberg is there, but the team didn't really bother getting him many preseason snaps.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil may be in the twilight of their careers, and Williams could be brought in to keep the Ravens' pass rush at a high level.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC

The Cowboys have needed to improve their cornerbacks for a few years, and the answer could be Jackson. He's a superstar athlete who could even sneak into some plays on offense.

18. Washington: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Washington has a big back in Matt Jones, and McCaffrey would pair nicely with him, while also providing value as a return man and pass catcher.

19. Denver Broncos: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

If the Broncos are open to moving Aqib Talib, his time in Denver is probably limited. While they have good corners like Chris Harris and Bradley Roby, bringing in a good outside cornerback like Tabor could allow Roby to stay on the nickel where he excels.

20. Indianapolis Colts: Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

Auburn's buck linebacker could be the answer at pass rush for the Colts where Robert Mathis and Trent Cole are nearing the end of his career and Erik Walden is nearing the end of his contract.

21. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota): Chidobe Azuwie, CB, Colorado

Nolan Carroll is a free agent after the season, so the run on cornerbacks in this mock draft continues. Azuwie has all the physical tools and he's experienced.

22. Kansas City Chiefs: Budda Baker, S, Washington

The situation between the Chiefs and Eric Berry got a bit ugly this offseason, so you wonder if his days in Kansas City are numbered. If they are, a free safety like Baker is a nice replacement who can do many of the same things as Berry – at least athletically.

23. Oakland Raiders: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

The Raiders are on the come up, but they lack a star in the middle of the linebacker group. Foster could be that player. He's a strong linebacker with solid instincts to read and react.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah

With Domata Peko's pending free agency, the Bengals might finally look to an upgrade up front with someone like Lotulelei, a powerful but quick lineman.

25. New York Giants: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

The running back revolution continues with Chubb being the fourth running back off the board in the first 25 picks. Chubb is a workhorse back, and with Rashad Jennings already being 31, the Giants could be looking to the future.

26. Houston Texans: Desmond King, CB, Iowa

Jonathan Joseph is getting up there in age, so this is another situation where a team might need a good third cornerback. King could also work at safety if needed.

27. Carolina Panthers: Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA

I'm still not sold on Mike Remmers being the best option for the Panthers at right tackle. McDermott could be. He could also work inside at guard thanks to his playing strength.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dawuane Smoot, OLB, Illinois

James Harrison's career has to end at some point, Jarvis Jones is teetering on the edge of being a bust and Bud Dupree's transition to the NFL has been rocky. So it's back to the pass rush for the Steelers with Smoot, a quick twitch pass rusher with speed off the edge.

29. Arizona Cardinals: Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss

This is a roll of the dice because Kelly's play can be maddening. But with Carson Palmer potentially being in the final year of his career, the Cardinals could swing for the fences on Kelly's skill and pedigree.

30. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

If Jimmy Graham's health continues to be an issue, the Seahawks can save a lot of money by moving on from him. If they do, the 2017 draft has some intriguing options. Butt may not have the level of athleticism of Alabama's O.J. Howaard, but he's far more consistent.

31. Green Bay Packers: Pat Elflein, G/C, Ohio State

The Packers surprised many when they moved on from Josh Sitton this offsesaon. In Elflein, they would have a player who could replace him, or center JC Tretter if he leaves after the season in free agency.

32. New England Patriots: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

With Sebastian Vollmer and Marcus Cannon free agents after the season, this easily could have been an offensive tackle. But Barnett is too talented and productive of a pass rusher to pass up this late in the first round.