No change at the very top, but some alterations after that from the first go 'round
The NFL Scouting Combine will without question lead to some alterations, but until then, there are still a few things that have changed since our first mock draft.
Related: 2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
For one, now we know the draft order after the playoffs ended in spectacular – or, if you're a Falcons fan, utterly disastrous – fashion. Second, the Senior Bowl has come and gone, helping the stock of a few prospects that may have been on the bubble previously. Heck, the Chargers moved to Los Angeles. Life, indeed, comes at you fast.
So let's take another few shots at the dartboard before the next shakeup. We've got another two months of this, so we should pace ourselves. But that wouldn't be any fun, would it? Agreed, so on to the mock.
1. Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
This is a pick that will likely stick unless something crazy happens, so no need to dwell too much on it. Garrett is a beast edge rusher who will be on everyone's preseason rookie of the year lists regardless of where he lands.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Another thing we did not know in our first mock was who the 49ers’ head coach would be post-Chip Kelly. Well, it's Kyle Shanahan, and the safe bet is the ex-Falcons offensive coordinator will want to find his Matt Ryan. Trubisky might not be that, but there is no such thing as a sure thing at quarterback in this draft.
3. Chicago Bears
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Opinions vary wildly on this two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and maestro of back-to-back eviscerations of Alabama defenses in the College Football Playoff, the second of which brought the Tigers their first national championship in more than 30 years. His accuracy is not always there, but his intangibles are off the charts, which should count for something.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
It's tough to draw an adequate comparison to any current or past NFL player for Allen, who had an utterly dominant 2016 for the Crimson Tide. For now, let's just call him really, really good and maybe the best interior defensive line prospect Nick Saban has produced at Alabama. Yes, that includes Marcell Dareus.
5. Tennessee Titans (from Rams)
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
A wide receiver here makes sense for a couple of reasons. One, because it's a glaring need for an otherwise promising offense. Two, because it's not an especially deep draft for the position. The Titans could go defense here and be fine, but Williams or someone like Western Michigan's Corey Davis might work best.
6. New York Jets
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
This may be a little high for a position that one could get good value on later on, but the Jets need to address their shortcomings on defense here. As stated, this is an excellent cornerback class, but Tabor has the highest ceiling and the Jets would be smart to grab a replacement for the declining Darrelle Revis, who is now facing some serious off-the-field troubles.
7. Los Angeles Chargers
Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State
Grabbing an offensive lineman here would not be the worst idea given the Chargers' sorry state on that unit, but that may be a reach this high in a class that is underwhelming at tackle. For someone who doesn't even have a whole lot of experience in the sport compared to his counterparts, Hooker's football IQ is exceptional.
8. Carolina Panthers
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Fournette did not play in LSU's bowl game, to which the Panthers are likely to say, "Who cares?" if he falls this far. So long as Fournette's ankle injury doesn't become too much of a concern, this would be a slam dunk for the Panthers, whose offense might return to 2015 levels with him in the backfield.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
In our first mock, Thomas was all the way back at 32 to the Patriots. Ever since then, Thomas' stock has done nothing but shoot skyward, and for good reason. His performance in bowl season against North Carolina was as good as it gets for a defensive lineman, and his scheme versatility also is a big plus.
10. Buffalo Bills
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
This is the point in the mock where players show up who likely will be gone already. The more scouts watch Adams, the more they like him. And once they see how much of an absolute film rat he is, they'll like him even more. If he does somehow fall this far, the Bills will gladly scoop him up.
11. New Orleans Saints
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
It's no secret that the Saints will be drafting defense here, as they should, because that side of the ball has been a hot mess in New Orleans for years. There will be plenty of promising prospects to choose from here, and you can't go wrong with an edge rusher in Charlton whose stock has steadily risen throughout the process.
12. Cleveland Browns (From Eagles)
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
If you believe every worst-kept secret/rumor about Jimmy Garoppolo, then the Browns might trade this pick to get the Patriots' backup quarterback and New England will be picking here. Short of that, though, Hue Jackson could grab the best available signal-caller, who could be just about anyone at this point given the utter lack of consensus on which quarterback is the best in this class.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Don't rule out a quarterback here like Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes, whose stock continues to rise, but for now, the Cardinals may wait until next season to choose Carson Palmer's successor. In the meantime, Foster is a terrific way to get more athletic at the linebacker position.
14. Indianapolis Colts
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
You think there is a lack of consensus about quarterbacks in this class? That's nothing compared to when you ask scouts about Peppers. He is either a terrific athlete with no set position at the NFL level or a terrific athlete who can play virtually every position at the NFL level. Let's split the difference and say the Colts lean more toward the latter.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Vikings)
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The good news for the Eagles is they have what looks to be a solid answer at quarterback in Carson Wentz. The bad news is the weapons around him leave a lot to be desired. A receiver here could be smart, but if Cook is still around, which he may not be, then it would be even smarter to grab this speedster who also is a weapon as a pass catcher.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
A lot of different picks here could fit well here, and don't be surprised to see the Ravens grab one of the many quality edge rushers still available. But some believe Lattimore is the best corner in this class, and in a draft that is absolutely brimming with good ones, that's saying quite a bit.
17. Washington Redskins
Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
McDowell has some red flags, and his film may be a little too hit or miss for some. But when he's on, he has enough talent to be an immediate impact player. Perhaps his biggest strength is to be effective along any spot up front, which should overshadow some of his inconsistencies.
18. Tennessee Titans
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The thinking here is that the Titans already grabbed their top wideout early and will go after someone who can shut down their opponents' with their next pick. Tabor may have the highest ceiling, but Wilson was probably more consistent for the uber-loaded Gators secondary last year.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
One of the host of still-on-the-board defensive players could be the right move here. However, there are plenty of scouts who like Davis as the top receiver in the class, so if he falls this far, grabbing another weapon to put on the other side of the field from Mike Evans would make Jameis Winston very happy.
20. Denver Broncos
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
No, the current Mile High quarterback duo of Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch didn't set the world on fire last season, but it's doubtful that the Broncos will address that here. The offensive line needs work, and Ramczyk could step in and upgrade that unit immediately.
21. Detroit Lions
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Lions did well in their first year post-Megatron, so this will probably be a defensive pick. There are plenty of places where the Lions could improve on that side of the ball, and Barnett was a productive pass rusher in his time with the Volunteers.
22. Miami Dolphins
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
A good linebacker like Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham would certainly fill a need, but the Dolphins have consistently had trouble finding a true red zone threat for Ryan Tannehill. Miami's David Njoku should be an absolute star at the Scouting Combine, so if the Dolphins want a tight end here, either Howard or Njoku would work.
23. New York Giants
Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
Like the Dolphins, a playmaking linebacker would fill a need. However, the hole on the offensive line might be more pressing, as it has been underperforming for years now. Bolles may slide into the second round, but could help the Giants start piecing that unit back together sooner rather than later.
24. Oakland Raiders
Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
There are so many good, young building blocks in place already, but the defense could still use another one in the middle. A defensive tackle would not be a bad direction to go, but Davis is a physical tone-setter who would be a nice centerpiece for a defense that could use one.
25. Houston Texans
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Maybe the Texans feel comfortable with another year of Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage, but the thought here is that Bill O'Brien and Co. roll the dice on Mahomes. The failures of Texas Tech quarterbacks in the NFL are well-chronicled, but Mahomes is a tremendously gifted escape artist and has a cannon for an arm.
26. Seattle Seahawks
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Although Russell Wilson bails it out a lot with his feet, the Seahawks' offensive line could use a fresh face or two to help keep him from having to constantly run for his life. Robinson's stock has dropped precipitously over the past year, but he's still someone who could improve the unit.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA
This is another team that might dip its toes in the quarterback pool, and if Mahomes isn't off the board by this point, then things could get a little interesting. But McKinley is a player who blew up this past season, and his pass-rushing skills would be valuable on a Chiefs team that was 28th in the league in sacks last season.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
The Randy Gregory pick (not surprisingly) backfired on the Cowboys, so grabbing a good, young edge rusher should be the priority here, especially in a class full of them. Harris is highly thought of after a strong career at Missouri, which has churned out plenty of quality defensive linemen over the last several years.
29. Green Bay Packers
Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Injuries late in the season aside, the Packers were not all that great at cornerback when they were healthy. Depending on how the dominoes fall, Jones could be long gone by this point, but assuming he's still around, he'd be an easy choice.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
The number one winner of the Senior Bowl was Reddick, who showed off his versatility as someone who could flourish at any linebacker spot. From rushing the passer to dropping in coverage, he would not have to come off the field, and that type of skill set would pair nicely with Ryan Shazier.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
The Falcons have drafted well on defense in recent years, and there's no reason why they shouldn't keep hitting that button this time around. Brantley has tremendous strength and is one of the more difficult interior linemen in the class to double-team.
32. New England Patriots
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
If the Patriots feel like either Dont'a Hightower or Martellus Bennett won't be in New England next year, then maybe they don't draft an edge rusher here. But Lawson, who has battled some injuries in the past, stayed healthy last season and at his best can be a dominant force both rushing the passer and providing help against the run.
— Written by Adam Kurkjian, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and is a reporter for the Boston Herald. He has covered the World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup playoffs, Boston Marathon and Little League World Series, among other events from the high school, college and pro ranks. Follow him on Twitter @AdamKurkjian.