The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft will be loaded with immediate-impact offensive players.
Beyond the elite trio at running back and a more questionable troika at quarterback, April 27 isshaping up to be agood night for tight ends, offensive linemen and wide receivers, too.
Dallas and Green Bay each will have a long wait that night, but good things will come to both in the form of rookies who will help Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers — and help maintain the teams’ statuses as NFC contenders.
NFL DRAFT: Date, schedule, general info
NFL Mock Draft 2017
Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Cleveland will have a hard time screwing up this pick, especially now that the team won't trade it(based on what coach Hue Jackson has said). Garrett looks the part of the NFL’s next dominant edgerusherwith his exceptional athleticism and playmaking skills.
The top overall prospect in the class would bea no-brainer for any teampicking first this year.
WATCH: Why Garrett is so special
2.San Francisco 49ers
Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
The second overall pick is too early for the Niners to force a quarterback solution, so here, they simply go for the next freakish edge player on the board.
Thomas' stockhas risen as more have gotten wind of his jaw-dropping combination of size and agility. They now realizehe's more scheme- and alignment-proof andhas “next J.J. Watt"potential.
Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Bears have desperately needed a safety who can take over games as a playmaker, and theyfinally can solve the problem. Adams can lay the hammer down upfield against the run like an extra linebackerbut also drop back to shine in coverage like an extra cornerback.
Free or strong safety, it doesn’t matter. File Adams under transcendent for the position.
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Jaguars can'tafford to drag their feet in the backfield. They need a reliable, early-down pounder who also canbust free to go the distance on any given carry.
Defensive line and secondary also will be considered with this pick, but after some hits there of late, Jacksonville can afford to go with the best pure runner in the draft class.
WATCH: Fournette's draft profile
5.Tennessee Titans (fromRams)
Jonathan Allen, DT/DE, Alabama
Allen’s past shoulder injuries have raised some questions, but they shouldn't cause him to slide much. The Titans mightthink aboutsecondary or wide receiver here, instead, but the value is much greater for Allen, anideal move-around linemanfor their 3-4 scheme.
6.New York Jets
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
The Darrelle Revis era is over, and New York needs more answers at corner beyond free-agent signing Morris Claiborne. The former Cowboy is more of a complementary cover man, and Lattimore is more ofablanketing, shadowing shutdown type, the clear-cut bestin this class.
Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Chargers will hope for Adams, but there’s not much of a drop-off to Hooker, who joins Joey Bosa as back-to-back Buckeyepicks. They need a rangy playmaker who can fly over the field. Hooker won’t waste time in showing off his nose for the ball.
John Ross, WR, Washington
The Panthers should at least considerrunning back and defensive end.Butfresh off losing Ted GinnJr. as a free agent, they need a legitimate, speedy deep threat for Cam Newton. Ross, after his blazing 40-yard dash at the Combine, gets the nod to be the man outside over Clemson's Mike Williams.
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Bengals are in the rebuilding process on both lines as they try to work their wayback to playoff contention. Their edgerush and ability to get to the QB overall has become particularly sluggish.
Barnett can bring back the energy and the results.
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Bills make it an all-Clemson affair with their starting wideouts, as Williams becomes the perfect big-bodied, outside complement to Sammy Watkins, an even higher first-rounder. Tyrod Taylor needsmore than a possession target as a No. 2.Williams can provide home runs and use his good hands to go up and get the ball.
11.New Orleans Saints
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
The Saints have missed Jimmy Graham more than they would like to admit, and their latest blockbuster trade —shipping Brandin Cooks to New England — leaves them with a chance to further reboot their offense.
Throwing Howard into a mix with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead would give Drew Brees a versatile, hard-to-cover option. The Cooks deal for pick No. 32allows them to go luxury, best-player-available with their first pick.
12.Cleveland Browns (from Eagles)
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Trubisky might as well prepare now for the pressure of trying to become Cleveland’s QB savior as a hometown product. He doesn’t offer the same winning resume, flair or ceiling of other QBs in this draft, but he does a bit of everything well enough toround out nicely under Jackson.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
The Cardinals could think about linebacker and defensive back here, but they come back full circle toWatson as Carson Palmer’s groomed successor over Patrick Mahomes and DeShone Kizer.
Watson’s winning mind-set and big-armed skill set makefor a great Bruce Arians pupil.
14.Philadelphia Eagles (from Vikings)
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
This move wouldallow the Eagles to move on from Ryan Mathews for good as their best early-down option. It also wouldease the burden on aging Darren Sproles on third down and in the return game.
McCaffery can do it all as a dynamo, and hehas shot up draft boards as he’s been seen more as a durable, finishing power back as well as game-breaking speedster. Carson Wentz wouldlove getting the ball out quickly into his hands.
Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
No. 15 overallis a bit too early for the Colts tothink about guard ortackle in this class, and the defensive line value isn’t there. Foster, the can’t-miss cleanup man on the second level, still sticks with new GMChris Ballard’s theme of bolstering his team on both fronts.
Going running back or wide receiver is too luxurious of an alternative. The Colts wouldlove Foster’s thumping and toughness.
Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
There’s been a lot in flux at cornerback since the early part of the draft process because of injuries and other developing concerns for some former highly-mocked prospects. Conley, overshadowed by Lattimore in Columbus, has emerged more as the potential No. 2 in the class, too. The Ravens should love how he can go after the big plays on the ball while working to become as polished as Lattimore.
Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
Reddick has a good resume as a pass rusher, but his stock is better as a 3-4 inside linebacker because of how well he operates as a rangy tackler and cover man in the open field. His lateral and downfield playmaking is exactly what Washington needsin the middle.
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Titans probably would be surprised to see both Ross and Williams off the board before their second first-round pick. But Davis isn’t far from Ross'pure speed, and he cancompete with Williams’ size and mitts. Concerns about Davis'ankle mightcause him to slip, but heis a good value as a much-needed bona fide No. 1 for Marcus Mariota.
19.Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook gets his wish for a Seminoles reunion with Jameis Winston. The Bucs get a productive, all-around back to help them move on from initially-suspended Doug Martin as a vital presence on all three downs.
Cook has slipped because teams are concerned about him maintaining his pop through a regular workload, but he comes inpolished for the job.
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Broncos will have a close eye on offensive tacklesearly in the draft, and this pick lines up nicely with Bolles. Some teams prefer Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk, but Bolles’ combo of nasty styleandfreakish athleticism is what Denver has been missing up front.
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
The Lions can look up the road to Ann Arbor and see howthe versatile Peppers can be usedin their defensive scheme, too. While he waits his turn to take over full-time as a playmaking safety, he can be effective in sub-packages vs. the run and pass.
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
It's a mini-run on defensive Wolverines. Cameron Wake keeps defying his age, but the Dolphins havea post-Mario Williams need for a big edgerusher on the other side.
The size, athleticism and talent are there for Charlton to dominatewith Wake and under new defensive coordinator Mike Burke.
23.New York Giants
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
The Giants probably should have thought more about offensive line in last year’s draft. Thelaterselection this yearlines up with the value, as Ramczyk can provide a reliable upgrade from the Ereck Flowers whifftwo years ago.
24. Oakland Raiders
Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
The Raiders are set at one edge with Khalil Mack, but they needmore disruptionup front in order to build a more effective overall pass rush. McDowell is abig body who can mix it up on his way toquarterbacks’ faces.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Once the Texans made the salary dump of trading Brock Osweiler to the Browns, all other positions fell out the window as first-round targets. They have a good look at the big arm and prototypical size Mahomes brings from up the road in Lubbock. Coach Bill O’Brien will hope his offensive acumen can accelerate Mahomes putting all his physical skills together.
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
A year after taking Germain Ifedi, the Seahawks go for another massive,strong pounder to further address their trouble spot on the offensive line. Ifedi settled at right guard; Robinson, despite not being asuper athlete for left tackle, can develop into a rock at the positionin Seattle’sscheme.
27.Kansas City Chiefs
Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
The Chiefs have their on-ball gambler and big playmaker on one side in Marcus Peters, but they need to clean up their technique on the other side with a physical, sound cover man. It’s hard to find an early value that fits Kansas City's immediate need withReddick and Fosteroff the board, but White is a sensible stash otherwise.
David Njoku, TE, Miami
Jason Witten’s extension was more of a cap-relief move, not a sign that he'llplaymuch longer, and Gavin Escobar is notthe Cowboys' answer as the successor. They can think about corner and defensive end again, but their window with Dak Prescott isn’t as wide open as it seems.
Njoku is a special, athletic talent Jerry Jones can’t ignore. He can immediately be worked in as a key, moveable target.
29.Green Bay Packers
Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
Lamp was the king of the Hilltoppers’ offensive line, and as more scouts and analysts have examined his film, it has becomeclear thathis inside blocking skills translateto the higher level of NFL competition.
Beyond the familiar first name inPackersline history, Lampalso can light up defensive tackles as their immediateT.J. Lang replacement at right guard.
Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
UConn already has one super-athletic, speedy defensive back operating in the NFL —Dallas’ Byron Jones —and Melifonwu had his own meteoric rise with a wowing workout. The Steelers need a guy like him to roam thecenter of the field, get around quickly and cover more ground deep in Keith Butler’s scheme.
T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
Vic Beasley provided ajumpstart for Atlanta’s pass rush under coach Dan Quinn, but the team could use another hybrid end/linebacker,aka the "Leo"position that worked so well for Quinn in Seattle.
J.J.’s younger brother channels some of same speed and explosiveness in getting upfield. He would make the NFC champs less leaky up front.
32.New Orleans Saints (from Patriots)
Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA
Expect the Saints to go offense-defense with theirtwo first-round picks. After going tight end early in the round, they go for additional edge pass rush help here.
The Saintsshouldn’t shrug off McKinley because of his shoulder surgery.His athleticism will translate to good production in their scheme.