NFL Draft 2017: Updated Mock Draft Before Regular-Season Finales

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Runningback Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles on a running play during the game against the Boston College Eagles at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on November 11, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated Boston College 45 to 7. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Although there is still plenty left to be decided during the 2016 season, many eyes are already on the 2017 NFL draft, as the majority of the league's teams have been eliminated from contention ahead of Week 17.

Declarations are still filtering in, but the 2017 class appears stacked with talent on both sides of the ball, and the depth of the player pool should give every team with a first-round pick the opportunity to improve significantly entering the 2017 campaign.

With the offseason quickly approaching, here is a full first-round mock draft along with further analysis regarding some of the top potential steals to be had in the opening round.

2017 NFL Mock Draft: First Round
1Cleveland BrownsJonathan Allen, DE, Alabama
2San Francisco 49ersMyles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
3Chicago BearsMitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
4Jacksonville JaguarsJabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan
5Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams)Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
6New York JetsCam Robinson, OT, Alabama
7San Diego ChargersJamal Adams, S, LSU
8Cincinnati BengalsReuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
9Carolina PanthersTeez Tabor, CB, Florida
10Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
11Arizona CardinalsMike Williams, WR, Clemson
12Buffalo BillsJohn Ross, WR, Washington
13New Orleans SaintsDerek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
14Indianapolis ColtsZach Cunningham, ILB, Vanderbilt
15Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings)Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
16Tennessee TitansJuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
17Baltimore RavensDalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
18Tampa Bay BuccaneersCarl Lawson, DE, Auburn
19Denver BroncosO.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
20Washington RedskinsTim Williams, OLB, Alabama
21Detroit LionsChristian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
22Houston TexansDeshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
23Green Bay PackersMalik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
24Seattle SeahawksRyan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
25Miami DolphinsSidney Jones, CB, Washington
26Atlanta FalconsTaco Charlton, DE, Michigan
27New York GiantsTakkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
28Pittsburgh SteelersAdoree' Jackson, CB, USC
29Kansas City ChiefsDeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
30Oakland RaidersDesmond King, CB, Iowa
31New England PatriotsDan Feeney, OG, Indiana
32Dallas CowboysDede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Mock Draft

Breaking Down Biggest Potential Steals

Dalvin Cook (Baltimore Ravens)

Much of the hype from a running back perspective will be centered on the LSU Tigers' Leonard Fournette entering the draft, but Florida State Seminoles star Dalvin Cook has a chance to be the best back in the entire class and one of the NFL's best at his position as well.

Cook is coming off back-to-back seasons of at least 1,600 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns, and he will enter the NFL as FSU's all-time leading rusher.

He also made significant strides as a pass-catcher in 2016 with 30 receptions for 426 yards, making him the type of dual-threat option out of the backfield that teams are always looking for.

Cook's game is so multifaceted and dangerous to opposing defenses that Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow paid him the ultimate compliment, according to Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat:

Also, Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown admitted Cook is essentially a defensive coach's worst nightmare, per Andrew Miller of Tomahawk Nation:

Several teams would benefit from Cook's services, but the Baltimore Ravens are a natural fit at No. 17.

Baltimore boasts a strong defense and has its franchise quarterback in Joe Flacco, but the running game was an issue in 2016, as it cycled through multiple options at the position.

Both Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon showed flashes of brilliance, but neither appears to be a true workhorse in the same vein as Cook.

The Ravens have a good-enough defense to potentially contend in 2017, and adding a stud running back to help with offensive ball control could make the defense even more effective.

Cook would help immensely in that regard and could prove to be the best player in the entire draft despite possibly lasting until No. 17.

Adoree' Jackson (Pittsburgh Steelers)

One of 2016's biggest snubs in terms of Heisman Trophy consideration may have been USC Trojans cornerback Adoree' Jackson, but the versatile star has a chance to establish himself as a first-round pick in 2017.

Jackson enjoyed his best year yet from a defensive perspective, as he set career highs with 51 tackles, 11 passes defended and four interceptions.

Although he could still use some seasoning as a cover corner, his skills are off the charts, and he would be a good fit for a Pittsburgh Steelers team that has struggled to find answers at the position.

While 2016 first-round pick Artie Burns could soon be a regular starter, another cornerback option is a must with William Gay aging and Ross Cockrell playing at only an average level.

Jackson would not only fill that need, but he would also provide a dynamic presence in the return game.

He racked up four return touchdowns in 2016 and has a total of eight in three years at USC, making him one of the most-prolific return men to enter the draft in years.

According to Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register, Jackson has big-play aspirations and belief every time he gets a chance to return the football on kicks or punts: "I think every returner has the feeling that this could be the moment to change the game and take it to the house. I feel like if I touch the ball, I should be able to make something happen every time."

The Steelers are in the middle of the pack when it comes to kick and punt returns, but Jackson could change that and be the game-changer in the return game they thought they were getting when they selected Dri Archer in 2014.

Jackson also owns six career receiving touchdowns, which means he could be a gadget player on a Steelers offense that is already highly potent.

As a player who is capable of doing a little bit of everything, Jackson would provide Pittsburgh with plenty of bang for its buck at No. 28.

Dede Westbrook (Dallas Cowboys)

Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Dede Westbrook developed into arguably the most dynamic playmaker in college football in 2016, but he seemingly isn't getting much attention entering draft season.

Several pass-catchers are more highly regarded as pro prospects than Westbrook, but it is difficult to ignore the numbers the Heisman Trophy finalist put up.

Westbrook reeled in 74 receptions for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns and averaged nearly 20 yards per catch. He also returned a punt for a touchdown to further emphasize how dangerous he is in the open field.

As evidenced by this stat courtesy of Oklahoma assistant athletic director Mike Houck, Westbrook was a threat to score from anywhere on the field:

Most NFL teams could use a deep threat of Westbrook's caliber, but he would be an especially good option for the Dallas Cowboys at No. 32.

There is no question Dallas could use some more assets on defense, but Westbrook may be the one missing ingredient to take the offense to another level.

The Cowboys' running game is great, which should open up play-action possibilities for quarterback Dak Prescott down the field.

Dez Bryant is capable of serving in that role, but he is more of a do-everything receiver, whereas Westbrook is a pure burner.

Terrance Williams has been a disappointment as the deep threat, so Dallas would be wise to replace him with Westbrook and ensure Dallas' offense is without a weakness.

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