2017 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 5 Breakdown

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2016

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 08:  Brad Kaaya #15 of the Miami Hurricanes passes during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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With each passing week, more fanbases are starting to throw in the towel and turn their attention to the NFL draft. 

Cleveland Browns fans are decidedly in that boat now, as their team has cruised to an early lead in the race for the No. 1 pick. After a blowout loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, the Browns remain the only winless team in the NFL. 

The following mock draft features the updated draft order ahead of Monday Night Football. For teams with the same record, their 16-game strength of schedule was used as the tiebreaker. 

NFL Mock Draft
1Cleveland BrownsDeShone KizerQBNotre Dame
2New York JetsMyles GarrettDETexas A&M
3Miami DolphinsBrad KaayaQBMiami (FL)
4San Francisco 49ersDeshaun WatsonQBClemson
5San Diego ChargersMalik McDowellDLMichigan State
6Chicago BearsJabrill PeppersS/LBMichigan
7New Orleans SaintsJonathan AllenDLAlabama
8Tampa Bay BuccaneersMarlon HumphreyCBAlabama
9Jacksonville JaguarsCam RobinsonOTAlabama
10Carolina PanthersLeonard FournetteRBLSU
11Tennessee TitansJuJu Smith-SchusterWRUSC
12Indianapolis ColtsDalvin CookRBFlorida State
13Arizona CardinalsQuincy WilsonCBFlorida
14Cincinnati BengalsTeez TaborCBFlorida
15Detroit LionsMike WilliamsWRClemson
16New York GiantsDerek BarnettDETennessee
17Kansas City ChiefsDawuane SmootDEIllinois
18Tennessee Titans (from LA)Jamal AdamsSLSU
19Buffalo BillsMalik HookerSOhio State
20Houston TexansRaekwon McMillanLBOhio State
21Baltimore RavensReuben FosterLBAlabama
22Washington RedskinsJourdan LewisCBMichigan
23Seattle SeahawksTim WilliamsLBAlabama
24Cleveland Browns (from PHI)Mike McGlincheyOTNotre Dame
25Green Bay PackersDan FeeneyOGIndiana
26New England PatriotsChristian McCaffreyRBStanford
27Atlanta FalconsLowell LotuleleiDTUtah
28Pittsburgh SteelersCordrea TankersleyCBClemson
29Oakland RaidersTre'Davious WhiteCBLSU
30Denver BroncosCarlos WatkinsDTClemson
31Dallas CowboysCharles HarrisDEMissouri
32Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN)Sidney JonesCBWashington


3. Miami Dolphins: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (FL)

The Miami Hurricanes came up short against the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday night, but quarterback Brad Kaaya made a statement against a solid Seminoles defense.

Kaaya completed 19 of 32 passes against Florida State, including a perfectly placed touchdown pass to Stacy Coley that put his impressive accuracy on display for a national audience. 

While Clemson's Deshaun Watson is generating more hype than Kaaya this season, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, multiple teams currently have Kaaya rated higher than his ACC counterpart:

Not every team will covet Kaaya in the draft, partially due to his limited mobility, but franchises seeking a traditional pocket passer could be drawn to the 6'4" quarterback. 

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase has worked almost exclusively with this type of quarterback in recent years. As the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, Gase spent three seasons with Peyton Manning and then spent a year with Jay Cutler in Chicago before joining the Dolphins. 


10. Carolina Panthers: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Leonard Fournette #7 and Derrius Guice #5 of the LSU Tigers look on as the review the last play of the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Gett
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It's been an ugly season for the Carolina Panthers, and it may only get worse as the injuries continue to mount. 

In the short term, this is certainly a disappointing development for Carolina fans, but it doesn't change the fact that the team still has a strong nucleus to build around. The Panthers could take advantage of a down year to land an impact player early in the draft. 

One of the positions the Panthers should target is running back, where an elite prospect such as Leonard Fournette could be an early option. 

In 2015, the Panthers offense benefited from a mostly healthy Jonathan Stewart, and that's been a rare occurrence over the past few seasons. However, the 29-year-old is struggling to stay on the field once again, and Carolina's offense has suffered as a result. 

Fournette would provide Carolina with an upgrade at the position and would require little alterations to the offensive game plan. Like Stewart, Fournette is a powerful downhill runner and would fit perfectly in the Panthers offense. 


24. Cleveland Browns: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 10: Mike McGlinchey #68 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in action against the Nevada Wolf Pack during the game at Notre Dame Stadium on September 10, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Nevada 39-10. (Photo by Joe
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Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey recently said that he will return to school for his senior year. But as Miller recently pointed out, it's tough to trust players this early in the draft process:

Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey says he'll return to school next fall. Although...think Will Fuller said the same this time last year. https://t.co/BqEkrE2ach

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 5, 2016

Until the list of underclassmen is set, it's best to assume anyone with a first-round grade is turning pro, so McGlinchey will be included in this mock draft.

The lack of depth at his position may actually end up influencing McGlinchey's decision. On his most recent big board, ESPN.com's Todd McShay included just three offensive tackles. 

The rebuilding Browns will certainly be among the teams targeting an offensive lineman early in the draft.

The Browns parted ways with right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and center Alex Mack this past offseason and have struggled to field an effective offensive line as a result. 


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