At the midway point of the NFL season, the 2017 NFL Draft is starting to come into focus. We have a basic idea of which teams are going to be picking first (Hi, Cleveland) and which draft prospects will be at the top of the board. Of course, there is plenty of time for things to change. At this point last season, Seattle had a Top-10 pick. While I don’t anticipate Arizona or Cincinnati picking this early, this is the draft order with which we have to work with right now.
1. Cleveland Browns (0-9) – Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Garrett is the best overall in the player in the class. If the Cleveland Browns decide to give Cody Kessler another year at the helm, then there is no question that they will take the pass rusher from Texas A&M.
2. San Francisco 49ers (1-7) – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
The perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s system out west. Deshaun Watson is a quarterback that is good at making quick decisions and distributing the ball to his receivers. His dual-threat ability will also help open up Kelly’s playbook quite a bit.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) – Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
The Jaguars need help getting to the QB. They signed Malik Jackson in free agency and drafting Jonathan Allen would give the Jags one of the better one-two punches at defensive tackle in the league.
4. Chicago Bears (2-6) – DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
DeShone Kizer’s “stock” has gone down quite a bit in the national media because of Notre Dame’s poor season, but quarterback play has nothing to do with it. Kizer has been great for the Fighting Irish and is still one of the most talented QBs in the draft.
5. New York Jets (3-6) – Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
The do-everything guy for Michigan, Jabrill Peppers might rival Myles Garrett as the best pure athlete in the class. He can play safety, cornerback, linebacker and even running back at the next level.
6. Tennessee Titans (4-5) (via LA) – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
At 6-4, 220-pounds, Williams is a prototypical No. 1 wide receiver. The Titans have good pieces in place around Marcus Mariota, but they still need a consistent option for him to throw to.
7. Carolina Panthers (3-5) – Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Perhaps the most polarizing player in the draft, Fournette would help the Panthers’ ground game immensely. Jonathan Stewart is getting up there in age and Cam Newton would thrive with a dynamic running back like Fournette in the backfield.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) – Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
Tampa Bay struggles to get pressure on opposing QBs. Luckily, Malik McDowell is available and is one of the most dynamic pass rushers in this class.
9. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1) – Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
With Carson Palmer’s struggles, the Cardinals have to look towards the future. Mitch Trubisky has quietly been one of the best quarterbacks in the country and a name that is shooting up draft boards.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1) – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Bengals could use some help at linebacker. Reuben Foster is the best linebacker prospect in the class and a player that has drawn comparisons to Patrick Willis.
11. Tennessee Titans (4-5) – Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Titans desperately need help in the defensive secondary. Quincy Wilson is sometimes overshadowed by his teammate, Jalen Tabor, but is perhaps the best cornerback prospect in this draft.
12. Indianapolis Colts (4-5) – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Throughout Andrew Luck’s career, the Colts have struggled to run the ball. Dalvin Cook can come in and give the Colts an immediate playmaker with the ball in his hands.
13. Buffalo Bills (4-5) – Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
One of the fastest rising players in the draft, Malik Hooker is a dynamic safety prospect and a guy who has a knack for finding the ball in the air.
14. San Diego Chargers (4-5) – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Don’t let the small school fool you. Corey Davis is a legitimate No. 1 receiver in the NFL and would thrive in San Diego across from Keenan Allen and with Philip Rivers throwing the ball.
15. Miami Dolphins (4-4) – Tim Williams, DE, Alabama
Perhaps the second best edge rusher in the class behind Garrett, Tim Williams has proven this year that he can be more than just a situational player.
16. Cleveland Browns (0-9) (via PHI) – Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Browns don’t have anyone in their secondary that scares opposing offenses. Jamal Adams is a guy who has the potential to be a game-changing safety.
17. Green Bay Packers (4-4) – Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
Surprised? The Packers’ run game has been virtually non-existant this year. Behind their offensive line, McCaffrey could put up great numbers. Also, Rodgers will love that McCaffrey will be a reliable passing option out of the backfield as well.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) – Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt might be a bad football team, but Zach Cunningham is an elite draft prospect at the linebacker position.
19. New Orleans Saints (4-4) – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
A track star, Marlon Humphrey has all the tools to be a lockdown cornerback at the next level.
20. Detroit Lions (4-4) – Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Part of Washington’s success this year is due to Sidney Jones, a lockdown cornerback who has terrorized Pac-12 offenses.
21. Washington Redskins (4-3-1) – Solomon Thomas, DT, Stanford
Stanford players don’t usually declare early, but Solomon Thomas is a very disruptive interior player who has the potential to go a lot higher than this when all is said and done.
22. Denver Broncos (6-3) – O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
The first step to developing a young quarterback is to give him a reliable tight end to throw to.
23. New York Giants (5-3) – DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State
With the future of Jason Pierre-Paul in doubt, the Giants could use an additional pass rusher across from Olivier Vernon.
24. Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) – Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
A key cog in Ohio State’s shut-down defense, McMillan has all the tools to be a very good linebacker at the next level.
25. Baltimore Ravens (4-4) – Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
Perhaps not the most notable name on Alabama’s roster, Anderson is quietly making a name for himself in draft circles as a pass rusher.
26. Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) (via MIN) – Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
Teez Tabor will be one of the most highly debated draft prospects this cycle. He’s very talented, but off-the-field issues will leave teams with questions.
27. Houston Texans (5-3) – Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
A late riser in draft circles, Justin Evans is one of the big reasons that Texas A&M’s defense has taken a major step forward this year.
28. Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) – Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin
This offensive line class is very bad, but Ryan Ramcyzk has a chance to emerge as the best prospect with a good pre-draft cycle.
29. Atlanta Falcons (6-3) – Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Adoree’ Jackson is one of the most athletically gifted players in this draft, but is not the pure shutdown cornerback that many other prospects are so it will cause him to fall further than expected.
30. Oakland Raiders (7-2) – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Another part of the Ohio State “death machine” defense, Conley has been very good at taking over for Eli Apple at cornerback for the Buckeyes.
31. Dallas Cowboys (7-1) – John Ross, WR, Washington
John Ross is one of the most explosive players in college football this year. If paired with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, it would give Dak Prescott/Tony Romo one of the best wide receiver corps in the league.
32. New England Patriots (7-1) – Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
Not a flashy pick, but that’s what the Patriots do. One of the biggest weaknesses on their roster is offensive line and New England has always shown a propensity for picking up linemen when available.