2017 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Post-combine projections include 4 1st-round QBs
As is the case every year, the NFL Scouting Combine can shake up draft boards in a big way.
This year's pre-draft event was more about players improving their stock than taking a tumble, but that's not to say there won't be some of both after a week in Indianapolis.
Here's an updated look at the first round with the combine now in the books.
1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
We can probably lock this one in already. As if there was any doubt, Garrett confirmed his elite athletic ability with a stellar combine performance. Reaching for a quarterback, as pressing as the Browns' need may be, isn't justifiable with a player of his caliber available.
2. San Francisco 49ers - Jamal Adams, S, LSU
It certainly seems as though the 49ers are in the mix to trade for Kirk Cousins. Such a deal would presumably see them surrender this pick, so it's difficult to project with that in mind. But there also aren't many top talents that wouldn't meet a positional need for a thin San Francisco roster. Adams brings a tone-setter to the back end.
3. Chicago Bears - Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The Bears have to get their quarterback at some point. With Jay Cutler almost certainly on the way out, now is the time to strike. Trubisky would be given every chance to win the starting job as a rookie on a Chicago team that is at least another year or two away from pushing for a playoff spot.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
There should be more than a few teams in the top half of the draft that are all-in on Fournette's upside. Desperately in need of playmakers to flank Blake Bortles, Jacksonville could have the highest pick of the bunch. The former LSU star can lead a power running game that takes some pressure off the quarterback.
5. Tennessee Titans (via LAR) - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Getting Marcus Mariota a target or two is imperative for the Titans this offseason. An dominant wideout, whose physical skill set has earned him comparisons to Terrell Owens, is a good place to start. Davis instantly bolsters Tennessee's passing game.
6. New York Jets - DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Signing a veteran stopgap isn't going to buy New York's leadership regime any more time, and Christian Hackenberg isn't the answer. The Jets will have no choice but to roll the dice on one of the top quarterbacks in this year's draft. That's not exactly the best game plan, but Kizer's potential fortunately matches up.
7. Los Angeles Chargers - Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Los Angeles already has the makings of a lockdown defense with some foundation pieces in the front seven and at corner. Adding a ballhawk like Hooker to patrol the deep centerfield could help this unit become one of the league's best sooner rather than later.
8. Carolina Panthers - John Ross, WR, Washington
Size has been the theme with recent receiver picks in Carolina, but that's not the only way to find a big-play threat. Ross, who set a combine record with a 40 time of 4.22 seconds, would complement Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess to make the Panthers' offense incredibly difficult to defend.
9. Cincinnati Bengals - Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
Cincinnati needs pass-rushers, and Thomas is the best one in this draft not named Myles Garrett. He should start his career on the edge, thus making him a fit opposite Carlos Dunlap, but his experience on the interior could also give him a chance to rotate down and contribute inside on passing downs.
10. Buffalo Bills - Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Mind-boggling as it may be, the Bills seem increasingly likely to move on from Tyrod Taylor this offseason. Such a move would make quarterback the obvious target in this spot. Perhaps the most pro-ready of all signal-callers in this draft, Watson steps in as the Day 1 starter in Buffalo.
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