NFL Draft 2017: Full 1st-Round Mock Draft with 1 Week Remaining

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2017

With the 2016 college football season, the NFL Scouting Combine and team pro days in the rear-view mirror, the evaluation process for the 2017 NFL draft is nearing completion.

The league's 32 teams have had plenty of time to gather information, and while their draft boards are likely set, the unpredictability of draft night could cause some chaos with players going earlier or later than expected.

Ahead of one of the NFL's most highly anticipated events, here is a full, first-round mock draft and a rundown of the most intriguing potential selections.

2017 NFL 1st-Round Mock Draft
Pick No.TeamPlayer
1Cleveland BrownsMyles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
2San Francisco 49ersSolomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
3Chicago BearsJamal Adams, S, LSU
4Jacksonville JaguarsO.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
5Tennessee Titans (from LAR)Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
6New York JetsMalik Hooker, S, Ohio State
7Los Angeles ChargersJonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
8Carolina PanthersLeonard Fournette, RB, LSU
9Cincinnati BengalsDerek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
10Buffalo BillsCorey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
11New Orleans SaintsReuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
12Cleveland Browns (from PHI)Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
13Arizona CardinalsMarlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
14Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN)Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
15Indianapolis ColtsCharles Harris, DE, Missouri
16Baltimore RavensHaason Reddick, OLB, Temple
17Washington RedskinsMalik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
18Tennessee TitansJohn Ross, WR, Washington
19Tampa Bay BuccaneersJabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
20Denver BroncosRyan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
21Detroit LionsZach Cunningham, OLB, Vanderbilt
22Miami DolphinsForrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
23New York GiantsDavid Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.)
24Oakland RaidersJarrad Davis, ILB, Florida
25Houston TexansDeshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
26Seattle SeahawksGarett Bolles, OT, Utah
27Kansas City ChiefsChristian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
28Dallas CowboysObi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
29Green Bay PackersTre'Davious White, CB, LSU
30Pittsburgh SteelersTakkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
31Atlanta FalconsBudda Baker, S, Washington
32New Orleans Saints (from NE)Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Mock Draft


Solomon Thomas

Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett has seemingly solidified himself as the No. 1 prospect in the draft, but Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas has made plenty of headway since the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Thomas set career highs nearly across the board as a junior with the Cardinal, as he registered 40 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.

He isn't quite the pass-rusher Garrett is, but he may be a more complete player due to the fact that he excels against the run.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller believes Thomas compares favorably to a pair of defensive ends who have enjoyed a great deal of success at the NFL level:

Provided Garrett goes No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns, the San Francisco 49ers figure to be in the market for a player of Thomas' ilk.

The Niners have several holes to fill, but they are especially needy on defense after ranking last in the NFL in both points and total yardage allowed in 2016.

Per Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus, Thomas has a chance to evolve and develop into a player similar to former Niners defensive lineman Justin Smith:

Regardless of how Thomas is deployed, he is exactly the kind of player San Francisco needs on the defensive side of the ball.

The 49ers are still far away from contending for a playoff spot, but Thomas can set them on the right path by becoming the defensive cornerstone the team lacks.


O.J. Howard

Tight end O.J. Howard didn't put up monster numbers during his time at Alabama, but his all-around skill set could make him one of the top picks in the 2017 NFL draft.

Howard set career highs as a senior with 45 receptions and three receiving touchdowns while falling just short of a personal best with 595 receiving yards.

While that production doesn't leap off the page, it is made more impressive by the fact that Howard played in an offense that was largely predicated on running the football.

That allowed Howard to develop a well-rounded game, and he believes it will translate well to the next level, according to Paola Argueta of the Washington Redskins' official website:

Being very versatile, I can go out wide, I can go in the slot, you can put a tight end in so many places on the field, it's hard to key [on him] and shut him down. It's a huge asset that I have.

I would just say my ability to be a three-down tight end [sets me apart]. Being able to stay in the game and run-block, and also being able to use my athletic ability in the passing game to separate from defenders. A guy that can come in and defenses cannot key on you just because you come in on third down and you're going to go out for a pass. I want to be a guy that stays on the field all the time. I can do it all. Play goal line packages, all of the above. Check all the boxes. All of it.

Many pass-catching tight ends tend to be lax when it comes to blocking, but that isn't the case with Howard.

While he is at his most dangerous when stretching the field, he is also an asset when it comes to opening up holes in the running game.

Many teams could use that type of player, the Jacksonville Jaguars stand out in particular at No. 4.

The Jags traded tight end Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins, which created a hole at the position. 

Howard could be a big help in terms of getting quarterback Blake Bortles to the next level and may be the missing piece for a Jaguars team that has been long on talent but short on results.


Corey Davis

The 2017 NFL draft is deep at wide receiver, but no single player at the position has definitely emerged as the No. 1 option.

Several are in the running, but Western Michigan's Corey Davis may have a slight advantage over the rest due to his combination of physical tools and collegiate production.

Davis spent four seasons with the Broncos and managed to register at least 1,400 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in each of the past three campaigns.

He saved his best performance for last as a senior, reeling in 97 passes for 1,500 yards and 19 scores.

The level of competition in the MAC was far from elite, but it is difficult to ignore what Davis was able to accomplish.

Brad Evans of Yahoo Sports loves what he has seen out of Davis on tape:

While the film is undoubtedly impressive, his stock may have taken a slight hit when ankle surgery prevented him from taking part in the combine and his pro day.

That has left Cian Fahey of with questions about Davis' testing numbers, but he is impressed by his pass-catching ability:

Although the comparison may not be entirely fair at this juncture of his career, Davis is built like Terrell Owens, which should give him a physical advantage over defensive backs in the NFL.

The Buffalo Bills are among the teams with the greatest need at wide receiver, and they may have their choice of any wideout in the draft at No. 10.

Their top target is Sammy Watkins, and while he is productive when healthy, injuries have been difficult for him to avoid.

Buffalo needs another reliable target for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and Davis is the type of player who can complete what is a talented Buffalo offense.


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