2017 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Post-Combine Projections

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterMarch 7, 2017

2017 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Post-Combine Projections

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    The 2017 NFL combine is in the books and with it, the stock of many players rose and fell due to 40 times, agility numbers, medical concerns and interviews. The combine isn't just about who runs fast or throws around 225 pounds, after all. It's equally about interviews and how well players handle themselves under the pressure of NFL executives asking hard questions.

    With free agency set to start this week, much will change as far as team needs. What won't change as much between now and the NFL draft is the ranking of players. Some may move slightly based on pro day workouts, but this is the time of year we start to get a solid feel for who belongs where.

    A seven-round mock draft is no easy feat, but here's my look at what teams will do starting April 27.

1. Cleveland Browns

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    The Pick: DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M

    This should be a no-brainer for the Cleveland Browns after the three years Myles Garrett put on tape at A&M and the all-world performance he showed at the combine. But these are the Browns we're talking about, and no one in the NFL has much faith in the team to do the right thing.

    Garrett should be the pick, though. Drafting a quarterback is the biggest need, but the Browns' front office would be lying to themselves if they think there is a top 10 quarterback in this draft. There isn't—especially not in that offensive system. Garrett might not throw touchdowns, but he'll keep the opposing team from scoring them with his traits as a pass-rusher. He's also an ideal locker room guy and would be an instant leader on a young defense with up-and-coming stars.

2. San Francisco 49ers

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    The Pick: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU

    Quarterback is a gigantic need here, but the way I hear it the 49ers don't currently value the quarterbacks in this class as top picks. That could change as the team spends more time getting to know the top passers, but based on now, Leonard Fournette is the top player on the board.

    Fournette won't answer every question mark on the 49ers offense, but he's a dynamic, generational talent at the running back position. And in Kyle Shanahan's scheme, Fournette can be a 1,500-yard back, given his explosion. 

    Trading for Kirk Cousins remains a possibility, but it shouldn't mean a straight-up trade of the No. 2 overall pick. And with Reuben Foster's off-field behavior a question, Fournette is the best player on the board for San Francisco.

3. Chicago Bears

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    The Pick: QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina

    By draft weekend, Mitchell Trubisky might not still be on the board for the Chicago Bears at pick No. 3 overall, but in this pre-free agency mock draft, he is here and would be the pick as the quarterback of the future.

    Trubisky has the best accuracy in the 2017 class, and while he won't have the best 40 time or strongest arm, NFL evaluators I've spoken to in the last week raved about his leadership and football IQ. If general manager Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox see those same traits, they should be all over Trubisky as the new franchise quarterback.

    Due to concerns about shoulder injuries, Alabama's Jonathan Allen is no longer in consideration this early in the draft class. And while safeties Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker are top-five players, the Bears cannot afford to pass on a quarterback.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Pick: DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford

    The Jacksonville Jaguars could go in a number of directions with pick No. 4 overall, but with Leonard Fournette off the board, the selection I've heard connected to them is Stanford's Solomon Thomas.

    Speaking to a scout at the combine, he said Thomas "fits what they want to do scheme-wise but is also the high-character guy [Tom] Coughlin will want." It definitely makes sense, as Thomas can play defensive end or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. Lining up either next to Malik Jackson or opposite him at end would give the Jaguars' defensive line an instant boost.

    Quarterback is a need, but look for Jacksonville to address that in the middle rounds and wait to see if Blake Bortles makes any improvements under a new coaching staff. The same goes for the offensive line, where a trade for Branden Albert will help but more talent is needed.

5. Tennessee Titans (from Rams)

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    The Pick: SS Jamal Adams, LSU

    In most drafts, you're not going to see a strong safety drafted in the top five picks. Most strong safeties aren't Jamal Adams, though.

    Adams is a true playmaker on defense, given his ability to line up in the box or patrol the deep part of the field. He's also a physical presence against the run and has shown remarkable leadership skills at LSU. Said one scout, "Adams is the safest pick in the draft given his tools and character."

    With two first-rounders, the Titans can grab a playmaker with All-Pro upside at pick No. 5 and then look to add a cornerback or wide receiver in the middle of the first round at pick No. 18—if that spot isn't included in a trade for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

6. New York Jets

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    The Pick: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State

    Out goes Darrelle Revis, in comes Marshon Lattimore—a ball-hawk with great physicality and speed at the cornerback position, which is exactly what the New York Jets lack right now.

    Sure, there are needs at left tackle and quarterback, but this is a best-player-available front office. No quarterback or left tackle is worth picking here. A player who is a value, though, is Lattimore.

    As the Jets get younger and start on a true rebuild, Lattimore is the right kind of cornerback to add to the roster. He's a hard-working, no-drama playmaker on the edge and is capable of matching up in man coverage in Todd Bowles' system. And while he's not as big as Patrick Peterson, he can play that same role in New York that Pat Pete played in Arizona under Bowles.

7. Los Angeles Chargers

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    The Pick: S Malik Hooker, Ohio State

    Pick No. 7 overall is too soon for the Los Angeles Chargers to start thinking about a future replacement for Philip Rivers. It's not too early to add a playmaking free safety to fill the hole Eric Weddle left when he went to Baltimore in free agency last year.

    Hooker was just a one-year starter at Ohio State, but he's been a ball-hawk since the first time he stepped onto the campus. He's a rangy, instinctive centerfielder with excellent timing on his angles and the speed to close the door when the ball is in flight.

    With Joey Bosa and a crew of good linebackers already in place on defense, Hooker is the kind of pick at safety that can turn a good defense into a great one.

8. Carolina Panthers

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    The Pick: CB Quincy Wilson, Florida

    Leonard Fournette or Solomon Thomas would be great fits here, but with both off the board, the Carolina Panthers can nab a huge cornerback with excellent press coverage skills in Quincy Wilson.

    Wilson, who currently ranks as my top cornerback in the class, can mess up receivers with his 6'1", 213-pound frame. He's also shown enough straight-line speed to carry players down the field, even if that's not his biggest strength. With size, excellent length and the ball skills to locate and attack passes, Wilson can be a Day 1 impact in this defense.

    Getting a running back and addressing the defensive line depth will be areas to look at later in this draft. In Round 1, finding an Pro Bowl-caliber cornerback on the board is too much to pass on.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

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    The Pick: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama

    An incident at the combine during medical exams had Reuben Foster sent home from Indianapolis and it just might be enough to push this top-five player to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 9 overall.

    It should be stated that nowhere in my research into Foster's background were there any issues with authority. He's been called a leader by Alabama coaches and they raved about his work ethic as he developed into a star. But something like arguing with a doctor or nurse at the combine—and being sent home for it—could cause a little fall on draft day.

    If so, the Bengals should dance in the war room. Foster is an excellent prospect with Day 1 skills to be a starter on a team that sorely needs speed and leadership at linebacker.

10. Buffalo Bills

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    The Pick: QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson

    The Buffalo Bills are still, as of this writing, undecided about the future of Tyrod Taylor on the roster. That leaves free agent EJ Manuel and last year's fourth-rounder Cardale Jones as considerations for the starting job unless general manager Doug Whaley opens his wallet to get a Mike Glennon-type free agent.

    Deshaun Watson has his warts as a prospect, but every quarterback in this class does. With Watson, you at least know you're getting a poised passer with some dual-threat skills and an excellent leader. He'll need some time to fully develop and learn an NFL offense, but he's not far behind Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch in terms of developmental needs. His arm strength isn't amazing, but offensive coordinator Rick Dennison doesn't need a cannon back there. He needs touch, timing and anticipation. Watson has all those tools.

11. New Orleans Saints

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    The Pick: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan

    The prospective trade of wide receiver Brandin Cooks could throw a wrench into the plans to draft a defensive end in Round 1, but it's more likely the trade would allow the Saints to be more aggressive in filling a massive need at pass-rusher.

    Taco Charlton wasn't made for the Olympic-style testing we see at the combine, but he is a damn good football player. Charlton has speed, power, length and a toolbox full of pass-rushing moves that allow him to keep offensive tackles guessing. Playing left defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan would also match Charlton up against right tackles, and he has more than enough speed to turn the corner and win that battle.

    Wide receiver could become the team's top need and there may be pressure to draft a developmental quarterback here, but Charlton is a plug-and-play starter in this defense.

12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)

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    The Pick: TE O.J. Howard, Alabama

    I'm fully prepared for all the outrage from Cleveland Browns fans over this selection, but if Hue Jackson didn't want Jared Goff or Carson Wentz last year, I find it hard to believe he'll want Patrick Mahomes or DeShone Kizer here.

    O.J. Howard is as freaky as they come at tight end, and with Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman already on the roster at wide receiver, it makes sense to go with a middle-of-the-field target like Howard to make life easier on the quarterback and harder on defenses.

    Wide receivers Mike Williams and Corey Davis are higher-ranked players on my board, but a playmaking tight end in Hue's offense is a perfect fit for whomever is throwing the football.

13. Arizona Cardinals

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    The Pick: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

    And now the run on wide receivers can start.

    In most drafts, Corey Davis is a top 10 pick. Even with an ankle injury keeping him sidelined for the combine and his pro day workout, he's still elite. And he's one of the higher-character and football IQ guys I've heard about when talking to scouts.

    Davis, in Arizona, is the future replacement for Larry Fitzgerald and for the time being, he is a massive upgrade over what Michael Floyd added to the offense. With Carson Palmer back and Fitzgerald in town for at least one more season, Davis has time to develop before becoming WR1 in 2018.

14. Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Pick: WR Mike Williams, Clemson

    The Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to Brandin Cooks in trade talks and Kenny Britt in free-agency rumors, but if they're unable to add at the receiver position before Round 1 of the NFL draft starts, Clemson's Mike Williams would give Carson Wentz that big, physical target he needs.

    Williams is a specialist in traffic and excels at making the tough grade with defenders all around him. He's not the fastest player in the class by any means, but he is the best overall wide receiver on my board. His route-running, size and length all add up to making him a true No. 1 wideout prospect.

    The Eagles could definitely go running back here if they like Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey, but finding a running mate for Wentz is the biggest priority.

15. Indianapolis Colts

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    The Pick: EDGE Charles Harris, Missouri

    New general manager Chris Ballard can take a little piece of Missouri with him to Indianapolis and select pass-rusher Charles Harris to be his go-to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.

    Harris did not have the most impressive 40-yard time (4.82 seconds), but his field work showed a Round 1 talent. He's an agile, quick player with great bend in his hips and the strong hands teams want from an edge setter. The Missouri defense also asked him to be more of a run-defender this year and it paid off, as he's become a more well-rounded player.

    The Colts have many needs and Ballard has a lot of work to do, but finding a pass-rushing threat has to top the list.

16. Baltimore Ravens

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    The Pick: WR John Ross, Washington

    John Ross was a first-round talent before he ran a 4.22 on the track in Indianapolis. But that certainly didn't hurt his case to hear his name called in the top 20 picks of the round.

    Ross isn't just a speed guy, either. He's a great fit to fill the role left open by the retirement of Steve Smith. Ross, like Smith, might be an undersized receiver, but he makes up for it with speed and route-running skills. He showed that this past season by scoring 18 touchdowns. 

    In a Baltimore offense that badly needs talent at receiver, Ross is a natural fit.

17. Washington

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    The Pick: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama

    It wasn't that long ago when Jonathan Allen was being talked about as a potential top-three pick. Then concerns were raised in conversations with scouts about shoulder injuries and arthritis. Allen also wasn't helped by a bench press of just 21 reps—something that only opened up more questions about the condition of his shoulders.

    Because of injury, scouts have told me Allen could see a draft-day fall. If that happens, Washington is an ideal team to stop his slide and plug him right in to the defensive line.

    Allen is a truly special player if you can get over the injuries and the perception that Alabama players are maxed out when drafted. Sure, he may have had better coaching at Alabama than he'll ever see in the NFL, but even if Allen never gets better as a pro, he's a 10-year starter when healthy.

18. Tennessee Titans

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    The Pick: CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State

    On my board, Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley is a top-15 talent. The NFL may disagree, but this is a smooth, pro-ready cover man with excellent technique and instincts. He also passes the test athletically with a 4.44-second time in the 40-yard dash at 6'1" and 195 pounds.

    The tape shows Conley as a complete cornerback and that's what the Titans need. In Tennessee, Conley could be the No. 1 cornerback as a rookie. Pairing him with Jamal Adams and Kevin Byard makes this one of the NFL's best up-and-coming secondaries, too.

    Wide receiver is still a need, but with the top three off the board, it's better to wait until the team's next pick in Round 3 to pull the trigger there.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    The Pick: RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State

    A disappointing overall showing at the combine isn't the sole reason for Dalvin Cook falling down the board. But as teams begin to worry about his off-field history, the slow times and poor jumps definitely did not help.

    Cook is a dynamic player on film with his running skills and what he brings to the field as a receiver, but there are enough injury concerns (shoulders, hamstring) and fumbling questions to create doubt about him on the field. Add in those off-field issues and it would not be a surprise if he were to fall past Tampa Bay when it's all said and done.

    Speaking only of his talent, Cook is a fun back to watch and definitely plays faster than he was timed in Indianapolis. For a Tampa team without a featured back, Cook can certainly solve a lot of problems.

20. Denver Broncos

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    The Pick: OT Garett Bolles, Utah

    Utah's Garett Bolles only played one season of FBS football and he'll be a 25-year-old rookie, but his tape is pretty dang impressive. Like a young Joe Staley, Bolles plays with a mean streak on every down and has the athleticism to dominate pass-rushers. And he's still learning the position.

    The Denver Broncos need an answer at left tackle and Bolles can be the solution. He's shown incredible improvement since stepping onto the Utah campus last August and has the athletic tools and work ethic to continue developing into a solid starter.

    After some big misses on the offensive line, John Elway can land his left tackle of the future at pick No. 20.

21. Detroit Lions

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    The Pick: TE David Njoku, Miami (FL)

    Lions fans may not want another first-round tight end after the mistake that was Eric Ebron, but it's hard to look past David Njoku if he's on the board. It'll be especially hard for a general manager like Bob Quinn that grew up in the New England system and knows how valuable a game-changing tight end is.

    Njoku is a beast on the field and enters the NFL as more of a three-down player than Ebron ever was. He'll open things up for the wide receivers, but his ability as a blocker will also help in the run game. Njoku has the work ethic and drive to be great.

    Filling holes on defense will be important for the Lions, but Quinn and Jim Caldwell can't pass on a Pro Bowl talent at tight end.

22. Miami Dolphins

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    The Pick: LB Haason Reddick, Temple

    After re-signing defensive end Cameron Wake, the Miami Dolphins can now focus on adding a three-down linebacker with the athleticism to make plays in space. There isn't a better one on the board than Temple's Haason Reddick.

    A former walk-on at cornerback, Reddick morphed into a pass-rusher at Temple before showing outstanding linebacker tools at the Senior Bowl. He's the type of Swiss Army knife the Dolphins can line up all over the field, depending on the matchup, and let him loose on offenses.

    Reddick might not be a household name quite yet, but according to teams I've spoken with, he's a lock to go Round 1 in April.

23. New York Giants

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    The Pick: S Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

    The New York Giants have an impressive secondary already, and general manager Jerry Reese is known for not valuing linebackers in the first round, so why is Jabrill Peppers the pick? Because of his versatility and the impact he can have right away as a return man.

    Peppers isn't your everyday safety or nickel linebacker prospect, but he's somewhere in between the two and is already a top-tier returner. If in 2017 he can play as a punt returner and a sub-package third safety or linebacker, he's giving you a solid return on investment. And in 2018, you can ideally pair him with Landon Collins and have one of the most impressive safety duos in the NFL.

    This is not a pick backed on need, but on value and impact.

24. Oakland Raiders

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    The Pick: CB Sidney Jones, Washington

    Al Davis would have loved this pick back in the day, given Jones' 4.47 40-yard time at 6'0" and 186 pounds, but current-day Raiders fans should love it too. Jones is the answer to draft-bust D.J. Hayden and has the size to play both man and zone coverage right out of the gate.

    Jones might be slender, but he's a master technician in coverage. Like Kevin Johnson when he was coming out of Wake Forest, Jones understands timing and has a silky-smooth backpedal and hips. Those traits at Washington made him one of the best cover men in the nation.

    With the top linebackers and running backs off the board, Oakland will go defense and get a solid No. 3 cornerback for 2017 and a player with loads of potential down the road.

25. Houston Texans

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    The Pick: QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

    We can all agree Brock Osweiler isn't the answer, right? Let's also go ahead and declare that Tom Savage isn't the long-term starter, either. That leaves the door open for a quarterback at pick No. 25 if one happens to fall to the Texans. In this pre-free agency mock draft, one does. 

    DeShone Kizer entered the season as my No. 1 ranked quarterback, but he struggled without NFL talent around him after Ronnie Stanley, Nick Martin, Will Fuller and C.J. Prosise went in the draft last year. This season saw Kizer benched for Malik Zaire and otherwise limping to a four-win finish.

    What scouts will see though is the size, arm strength and how well he interviews. That might be enough to have him off the board by No. 25, but if not, the Houston Texans should jump all over the chance to pair Kizer's tools with Bill O'Brien.

26. Seattle Seahawks

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    The Pick: OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin

    Fixing the offensive line has to be the biggest priority for the Seattle Seahawks this offseason. With a weak crop of free agents available, especially at left tackle, the smart money is on the team grabbing a plug-and-play starter should one fall in Round 1.

    Ryan Ramczyk is am intriguing option, given his tools and tape, but he started just one season at Wisconsin and is dealing with a torn labrum that's limiting his pre-draft workouts. The tools are there when you watch him in Big Ten tape, but you're betting on his continued development on a small sample size.

    The Seahawks are in a position to benefit from the question marks surrounding Ramczyk, who does grade out as a first-rounder on film.

27. Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Pick: QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech

    Draft a developmental quarterback for the inevitable decline of Alex Smith or plug holes and try to load up for one more Super Bowl run?

    Those are the options facing the Chiefs with pick No. 27 overall. With no viable long-term option on the roster behind Smith—unless the team keeps Nick Foles in a restructured deal—it makes sense to grab a talented quarterback if one happens to be available and then focus on team-building in Rounds 2-7.

    Patrick Mahomes has unreal tools, but needs his mechanics re-worked and time to acclimate to a pro offense before he's thrown to the wolves of an NFL defense. Andy Reid would be the ideal QB mentor for Mahomes to learn under, which might make this match too good to be true.

28. Dallas Cowboys

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    The Pick: DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee

    Everyone in the NFL knows the Dallas Cowboys need to add a starting defensive end. Everyone also knows they can't afford to add one in free agency as long as Tony Romo is dominating the salary cap with his bloated contract. That leaves the draft as the best way to improve the roster, which is good news considering how well the Cowboys have drafted as of late.

    Derek Barnett was insanely productive at Tennessee, but he struggled through testing at the combine after fighting off a virus. He'll get a chance to improve his times at the pro day, but there are already some concerns about his pure athleticism versus work ethic on film. Barnett has great hand use and is a relentless pass-rusher, but to succeed in the NFL, you need speed and flexibility, and he doesn't always show that.

    As a late first-rounder, Barnett has great value and is refined enough as a player to contribute immediately.

29. Green Bay Packers

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    The Pick: OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

    Want an instant starter at guard? Forrest Lamp is your guy. The only concern is if he'll be on the board long enough to select in the late first round.

    Lamp, who played left tackle at Western Kentucky, is an ideal right guard in the NFL. Much like Zack Martin before him, Lamp's lack of length will make some teams move him inside. And like Martin and more recently Brandon Scherff, he'll play like an All-Pro early on.

    Of all the games I've seen this year, Lamp handling the Alabama defense is one of the most impressive individual performances. If Ted Thompson watches that game and sees Lamp on the board at No. 29, he has to be the pick.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The Pick: EDGE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA

    The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't likely to keep Jarvis Jones in free agency, which opens the door for a Round 1 pick at outside linebacker. It also means a good chance at improvement at a key position, given Jones' lack of production.

    Takkarist McKinley is tailor-made for the 3-4 pass-rusher role the Steelers need. He's long, physical, fast and has the production on tape to warrant a first-round selection. He is undergoing shoulder surgery as I'm writing this for a torn labrum, but will be back in time for minicamp. After an impressive showing in Indianapolis, McKinley should be a first-rounder.

    Getting to the quarterback will make everything easier in Pittsburgh. With McKinley and Bud Dupree crashing the edges, the Steelers can get back to torturing passers.

31. Atlanta Falcons

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    The Pick: DL Montravius Adams, Auburn

    There isn't a clear-cut need on the Atlanta Falcons roster after the team steamrolled folks en route to a close Super Bowl loss. That means Thomas Dimitroff and his crew of scouts can go with a true best-player-available approach.

    Montravius Adams is one of my favorite players in a weak class of defensive tackles. He's big, physical, fast and will give a team a presence both in the run game and as a pass-rusher. There are times you want more effort on film, but on the Atlanta defense, he's a rotational piece and not a guy being asked to play 90 percent of snaps. He'll give you max effort when getting a breather in a rotation.

    The run defense in Atlanta was notably weak this season, and with smaller linebackers, you want beef up front to keep them clean to attack the ball. Adams can do that, and on the field against the pass, he'll give you a solid pass-rusher to pair with Grady Jarrett and Co. up front.

32. New England Patriots

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    The Pick: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

    There will be those who connect Christian McCaffrey to the New England Patriots because he's a white skill player. I'm connecting the two because I believe McCaffrey will go in the first round but couldn't find a great fit for him before this spot. And yes, he is a good fit in New England because Josh McDaniels knows how to scheme for his talent.

    McCaffrey is a dynamic running back, a versatile offensive weapon and a top-notch athlete. Whether he's in New England, Kansas City or Green Bay (my ideal fits) he'll be a threat as a runner, receiver and return man. However you can get him touches, he'll respond with yards and points.

    The Patriots don't have a huge need at running back and it remains to be seen whether or not the team values backs in Round 1, but pairing McCaffrey with McDaniels and Bill Belichick is too good to pass up.

Round 2

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    33. ClevelandCB Tre'Davious White, LSU
    34. San FranciscoCB Adoree' Jackson, USC
    35. JacksonvilleRB Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
    36. ChicagoS Budda Baker, Washington
    37. Los Angeles RamsWR Zay Jones, East Carolina
    38. Los Angeles ChargersT Cam Robinson, Alabama
    39. New York JetsWR Cooper Kupp, Eastern Wash.
    40. CarolinaDE Ryan Anderson, Alabama
    41. CincinnatiDL Caleb Brantley, Florida
    42. New OrleansWR Carlos Henderson, La. Tech
    43. PhiladelphiaCB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
    44. BuffaloS Obi Melifonwu, UConn
    45. ArizonaLB Jarrad Davis, Florida
    46. IndianapolisLB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State
    47. BaltimoreEDGE T.J. Watt, Wisconsin
    48. MinnesotaG Dan Feeney, Indiana
    49. WashingtonWR Chris Godwin, Penn State
    50. Tampa BayCB Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson
    51. DenverS Justin Evans, Texas A&M
    52. Cleveland (from Titans)S Marcus Williams, Utah
    53. DetroitDL Malik McDowell, Michigan State
    54. MiamiT Dion Dawkins, Temple
    55. New York GiantsWR JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
    56. OaklandDE Jordan Willis, K State
    57. HoustonLB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt
    58. SeattleCB Teez Tabor, Florida
    59. Kansas CityRB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
    60. DallasTE Jordan Leggett, Clemson
    61. Green BayRB D'Onta Foreman, Texas
    62. PittsburghQB Davis Webb, California
    63. AtlantaDE Carl Lawson, Auburn
    64. New EnglandTE Evan Engram, Ole Miss

Round 3

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    65. ClevelandQB Nathan Peterman, Pitt
    66. San FranciscoQB Brad Kaaya, Miami (FL)
    67. ChicagoCB Kevin King, Washington
    68. JacksonvilleT Antonio Garcia, Troy
    69. Los Angeles RamsC Pat Elflein, Ohio State
    70. New York JetsEDGE Joe Mathis, Washington
    71. Los Angeles ChargersEDGE Dawuane Smoot, Illinois
    72. CarolinaRB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
    73. CincinnatiS Desmond King, Iowa
    74. PhiladelphiaT Roderick Johnson, FSU
    75. BuffaloWR Curtis Samuel, Ohio State
    76. New OrleansCB Fabian Moreau, UCLA
    77. ArizonaS Marcus Maye, Florida
    78. BaltimoreCB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
    79. MinnesotaC Ethan Pocic, LSU
    80. IndianapolisWR Amara Darboh, Michigan
    81. WashingtonRB Wayne Gallman, Clemson
    82. DenverLB Vince Biegel, Wisconsin
    83. TennesseeWR Jehu Chesson, Michigan
    84. Tampa BayDL Elijah Qualls, Washington
    85. DetroitRB Marlon Mack, USF
    86. Minnesota (from Dolphins)RB Brian Hill, Wyoming
    87. New York GiantsDL Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte
    88. OaklandTE Adam Shaheen, Ashland
    89. HoustonCB Rasul Douglas, West Virginia
    90. SeattleRB Kareem Hunt, Toledo
    91. Kansas CityCB Howard Wilson, Houston
    92. DallasWR Chad Hansen, California
    93. Green BayTE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
    94. PittsburghCB Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
    95. AtlantaCB Corn Elder, Miami (FL)
    96. New EnglandEDGE Carroll Phillips, Illinois
    97. Miami*WR Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
    98. Carolina*G Dorian Johnson, Pitt
    99. Baltimore*DL Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama
    100. Tennessee (from Rams)*LB Anthony Walker, Northwestern
    101. Denver*DL Chris Wormley, Michigan
    102. Seattle*DL Carlos Watkins, Clemson
    103. New England (from Browns)*LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Tennessee
    104. Kansas City*S John Johnson, Boston College
    105. Pittsburgh*WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky
    106. Seattle*DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova
    107. New York Jets*RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State

Round 4

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    108. ClevelandWR Noah Brown, Ohio State
    109. San FranciscoEDGE Tarell Basham, Ohio
    110. JacksonvilleTE Jake Butt, Michigan
    111. ChicagoEDGE Tyus Bowser, Houston
    112. Los Angeles RamsDE Derek Rivers, Youngstown
    113. Los Angeles ChargersWR Trent Taylor, La. Tech
    114. Washington (from Jets)DL DeMarcus Walker, FSU
    115. CarolinaLB Paul Magloire, Arizona
    116. CincinnatiDE Daeshon Hall, Arkansas
    117. Chicago (from Bills)WR Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M
    118. New OrleansDE Trey Hendrickson, FAU
    119. PhiladelphiaLB Kendall Beckwith, LSU
    120. ArizonaOT Adam Bisnowaty, Pitt
    121. MinnesotaOT Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
    122. IndianapolisCB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
    123. BaltimoreRB Jamaal Williams, BYU
    124. WashingtonEDGE Garrett Sickels, Boston College
    125. TennesseeLB Duke Riley, LSU
    126. Tampa BayS Josh Jones, NC State
    127. DenverTE Gerald Everett, South Alabama
    128. DetroitS Eddie Jackson, Alabama
    129. Minnesota (from Dolphins)DL Vincent Taylor, OK State
    130. OaklandRB T.J. Logan, North Carolina
    131. HoustonEDGE Tim Williams, Alabama
    132. Kansas CityDL Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA
    133. DallasCB Ahkello Witherspoon, Colorado
    134. Green BayDL Jarron Jones, Notre Dame
    135. PittsburghDL Jaleel Johnson, Iowa
    136. AtlantaWR Travin Dural, LSU
    137. New EnglandDL Nazair Jones, North Carolina
    138. Cincinnati*WR Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
    139. Philadelphia (from Browns)*RB James Conner, Pitt
    140. New York GiantsTE Michael Roberts, Toledo
    141. Los Angeles Rams*CB Jalen Myrick, Minnesota
    142. Cleveland*SS Tedric Thompson, Colorado
    143. San Francisco*WR Malachi Dupre, North Carolina
    144. Indianapolis*OT Julie'n Davenport, Bucknell

Round 5

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    QB Josh Dobbs
    QB Josh DobbsDon Juan Moore/Getty Images

     

    145. ClevelandLB Alex Anzalone, Florida
    146. San FranciscoLB Tanner Vallejo, Boise State
    147. ChicagoCB Brian Allen, Utah
    148. JacksonvilleQB Josh Dobbs, Tennessee
    149. Los Angeles RamsOT Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M
    150. New York JetsTE Cole Hikutini, Louisville
    151. Los Angeles ChargersDL Charles Walker, Oklahoma
    152. CarolinaWR Mack Hollins, North Carolina
    153. CincinnatiRB Elijah Hood, North Carolina
    154. Washington (from Saints)G Chad Wheeler, USC
    155. PhiladelphiaCB Damontae Kazee, SDSU
    156. BuffaloOT J.J. Dielman, Utah
    157. ArizonaQB Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
    158. IndianapolisS Lorenzo Jerome, St. Francis
    159. BaltimoreWR KD Cannon, Baylor
    160. MinnesotaS Montae Nicholson, Michigan State
    161. San Francisco (from Redskins)DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia
    162. Tampa BayWR Fred Ross, Miss. State
    163. New England (from Broncos)T Conor McDermott, UCLA
    164. TennesseeTE Eric Saubert, Drake
    165. DetroitWR James Quick, Louisville
    166. MiamiEDGE Bryan Cox, Florida
    167. New York GiantsC Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia
    168. OaklandLB Elijah Lee, Kansas State
    169. HoustonLB Ben Gedeon, Michigan
    170. Kansas CityEDGE Avery Moss, Youngstown
    171. Buffalo (from Cowboys)EDGE Ifeadi Odenigbo, Northwestern
    172. Green BayWR Travis Rudolph, FSU
    173. PittsburghRB Dare Ogunbowale, Wisconsin
    174. AtlantaTE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas
    175. Cleveland (from Patriots)WR Stacy Coley, Miami (FL)
    176. Cincinnati*OT Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M
    177. Denver*WR Shelton Gibson, West Virginia
    178. Miami*G Zach Banner, USC
    179. Arizona*TE Derrick Griffin, Texas Southern
    180. Kansas City*DL Ryan Glasgow, Michigan
    181. Cleveland*RB Justin Davis, USC
    182. Green Bay*S Delano Hill, Michigan
    183. New England*S Jadar Johnson, Clemson
    184. Miami*CB Jack Tocho, NC State

Round 6

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    RB Donnel Pumphrey
    RB Donnel PumphreyJonathan Bachman/Getty Images

     

    185. ClevelandOT David Sharpe, Florida
    186. San FranciscoWR Jalen Robinette, Air Force
    187. JacksonvilleLB Connor Harris, Lindenwood
    188. Houston (from Bears)S Rayshawn Jenkins, Miami (FL)
    189. Los Angeles RamsCB Marquez White, FSU
    190. Los Angeles ChargersCB Cole Luke, Notre Dame
    191. New York JetsWR Josh Malone, Tennessee
    192. CarolinaTE Blake Jarwin, Oklahoma State
    193. CincinnatiCB Jeremy Clark, Michigan
    194. PhiladelphiaDL DeAngelo Brown, Louisville
    195. BuffaloRB Donnel Pumphrey, SDSU
    196. New OrleansQB C.J. Beathard, Iowa
    197. ArizonaCB William Likely, Maryland
    198. BaltimoreWR Jamari Staples, Louisville
    199. MinnesotaWR Jerome Lane, Akron
    200. IndianapolisEDGE Ejuan Price, Pitt
    201. WashingtonCB Shaquill Griffin, Central Florida
    202. San Francisco (from Broncos)OT Dan Skipper, Arkansas
    203. Denver (from Titans)QB Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech
    204. Tampa BayOG Damien Mama, USC
    205. DetroitEDGE Matt Milano, Boston College
    206. MiamiWR Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
    207. New York GiantsRB Corey Clement, Wisconsin
    208. OaklandS Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville
    209. Washington (from Texans)C Kyle Fuller, Baylor
    210. SeattleWR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
    211. DallasDE Deatrich Wise, Arkansas
    212. Green BayCB Nate Hairston, Temple
    213. PittsburghOG Nico Siragusa, SDSU
    214. Tennessee (from Falcons)EDGE Josh Carraway, TCU
    215. Detroit (from Patriots)DE Keionta Davis, Chattanooga
    216. Kansas City*WR Damore'ea Stringfellow, Ole Miss
    217. Cincinnati*OL Jon Heck, North Carolina
    218. Kansas City*TE Pharaoh Brown, Oregon

     

Round 7

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    LB Hardy Nickerson Jr.
    LB Hardy Nickerson Jr.Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

     

    219. San Francisco (from Browns)DL D.J. Jones, Ole Miss
    220. Washington (from 49ers)LB Keith Kelsey, Louisville
    221. ChicagoWR Ar'Darius Stewart, Alabama
    222. JacksonvilleWR Artavis Scott, Clemson
    223. Los Angeles RamsWR Bug Howard, North Carolina
    224. New York JetsRB Joe Williams, Utah
    225. Los Angeles ChargersRB Aaron Jones, UTEP
    226. Seattle (from Panthers)K Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State
    227. CincinnatiWR Kermit Whitfield, FSU
    228. Dallas (from Bills)DL Isaac Rochell, Notre Dame
    229. New OrleansRB Stanley Williams, Kentucky
    230. PhiladelphiaWR Rodney Adams, South Florida
    231. ArizonaCB Sojourn Shelton, Wisconsin
    232. MinnesotaS Jonathan Ford, Auburn
    233. Carolina (from Colts through Browns)S Nathan Gerry, Nebraska
    234. Los Angeles Rams (from Ravens)RB Elijah McGuire, UL Lafayette
    235. WashingtonQB Cooper Rush, Central Michigan
    236. TennesseeLB Hardy Nickerson, Illinois
    237. Tampa BayRB De'Veon Smith, Michigan
    238. DenverEDGE Tashawn Bower, LSU
    239. New England (from Lions)OG Sean Harlow, Oregon State
    240. MiamiTE Josiah Price, Michigan State
    241. New York GiantsOT Collin Buchanon, Miami (OH)
    242. OaklandWR Michael Rector, Stanford
    243. HoustonLB Steven Taylor, Houston
    244. Oakland (from Seahawks)S David Jones, Richmond
    245. Kansas CityCB Ezra Robinson, Tennessee State
    246. DallasLB Riley Bullough, Michigan State
    247. Green BayWR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington
    248. PittsburghWR Bobo Wilson, FSU
    249. AtlantaG Isaac Asiata, Utah
    250. Detroit (from Patriots)WR Ricky Seals-Jones, Texas A&M
    251. Cincinnati*EDGE Devonte Fields, Louisville
    252. Denver*CB Ashton Lampkin, Oklahoma State
    253. Denver*WR Robert Davis, Georgia State