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2017 NFL Draft: BTSC 2-Round Mock Draft

With the season ready to kick off this week, lets talk a quick peek into the future of the NFL draft. Based on the 2017 free agency, and the Steelers PUP list, there are a couple of clear future needs already forming.

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Round 1

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett DE/OLB, Texas A&M

2016 draft picks: Corey Coleman, Emmanuel Ogbah, Carl Nassib, Shon Coleman

2017 free agents: Austin Pasztor, Terrelle Pryor, Jamar Taylor

Projected 2016 record: 2-14

RG3 is not the long term answer at QB and neither is 2016 third round pick Cody Kessler, but would Hue Jackson gamble that Myles Garrett, currently the best player in this draft class, be available at the third pick if they take Deshaun Watson here? Despite having spent a 2015 second round pick on Nate Orchard as well as a 2016 second round pick on Emmanuel Ogbah, Myles Garrett is the clear cut best prospect in this draft class, even if the Adrian Peterson-like Leonard Fournette declares, and the Browns would be foolish to not draft him.

Essentially a larger version of Von Miller, Myles Garrett has been wreaking havoc against opposing offenses ever since the moment he stepped onto the field as a true freshman for Miller's alma mater. He's 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds with an amazing combination speed and power, and could have challenged to be the number overall pick in the 2016 draft had the sophomore been able to declare.

2. San Fransisco 49ers - Deshaun Watson QB, Clemson

2016 draft picks: DeForest Buckner, Joshua Garnett, Will Redmond, Rashard Robinson

2017 free agents:Ian Williams, Blaine Gabbert, Vance McDonald, Glenn Dorsey

Projected 2016 record: 2-14

If Chip Kelly had gotten his way the 49ers likely would have been the team to trade up for the number one overall pick, and the right to draft Jared Goff. As it stands Colin Kaepernick has made the 49ers 53-man roster but could still be cut or traded at some point, saving the 49ers 15 million in cap space.

Deshaun Watson is getting plenty of top five love in the early goings. He's an electric playmaker and a lot of fun to watch in college. Unfortunately I think he's going to fall in the 2017 draft. Teams don't seem to like drafting small QB's early, and Watson's 6-foot-2, 210 pounds frame isn't likely to garner much praise from the scouts. He has a strong arm to drive the ball downfield, and surprisingly good touch, but he has trouble reading through his progressions and his accuracy can be erratic at times.

3. Cleveland Browns (via Philadelphia Eagles) - Brad Kaaya QB, Miami

2016 draft picks: Corey Coleman, Emmanuel Ogbah, Carl Nassib, Shon Coleman, Joe Schobert, Scooby Wright

2017 free agents: Austin Pasztor, Terrelle Pryor, Jamar Taylor

Philadelphia Eagles projected 2016 record: 3-13

The Cleveland Browns may have missed the boat on Deshaun Watson but can still get a solid QB prospect here. If Hue Jackson believes in RG3 or Cody Kessler they could target the secondary. After releasing Donte Whitner and allowing Tashaun Gipson to leave via free agency, the Browns will go into the season with Ibraheim Campbell and Jordan Poyer as the starters at safety. An elite prospect like Jamal Adams should help with one of those positions.

As of right now the consensus elite QB in the 2017 draft class is Deshaun Watson, but a lack of size and an inability to read through his progressions we could see Watson fall lower than expected. Where as Brad Kaaya has the mobility as well as an NFL frame, and will gain valuable experience running a pro-style offense with new Miami HC Mark Richt.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jamal Adams S, LSU

2016 draft picks: Vernon Hargreaves, Noah Spence, Robert Aguayo, Caleb Benenoch

2017 free agents:Vincent Jackson, Joe Hawley, Chris Conte, Bradley McDougald, William Gholston

Projected 2016 record: 3-13

Despite trading 3rd and 4th round draft picks to move back into the second round for a kicker, which has since been called the worst draft move in history(a bit of hyperbole), the Bucs had a solid draft class and filled some big needs. One need they didn't get to address is at safety, where they were said to be looking for a player to groom behind Chris Conte. With Conte and Bradley McDougald set for free agency the safety position becomes a must have.

Jamal Adams comes from "DBU". He's got optimum size at 6-foot-1 and 211 pounds. He's the fast, physical, instinctive leader of the LSU secondary and can play both free and strong safety. He is the son of the New York Giants 1985 first round pick George Adams.

5. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams) - Jalen Tabor CB, Florida

2016 draft picks:Jack Conklin, Kevin Dodd, Austin Johnson, Derrick Henry, Kevin Byard

2017 free agents:Kendall Wright, Chance Warmack, Sean Spence

Los Angeles Rams projected 2016 record: 4-12

Tennessee has built a strong running game and offensive line around Marcus Mariota, now their biggest need would be to get him some weapons. Dorial Green-Beckham was traded for peanuts after only one season and the disappointing Kendall Wright will be a free agent. Defensively the Titans made a lot of improvements but failed to upgrade at CB.

While Vernon Hargreaves III was working his way towards becoming the 11th overall pick of the Bucs in 2015, it was actually Jalen Tabor who had the better overall season. Tabor had 14 pass break-ups last season to go with 4 interceptions, two of which he returned for TD's. All that and a 6-foot and 190 pounds frame makes Tabor likely to be the first cornerback selected in 2017 provided that teams are comfortable with his off-the-field incident history.

6. Miami Dolphins - Leonard Fournette RB, LSU

2016 draft picks: Laremy Tunsil, Xavien Howard, Kenyon Drake, Leonte Carroo

2017 free agents: Jordan Cameron, Andre Branch, Jelani Jenkins, Kenny Stills, Kiko Alonzo, Arian Foster

Projected 2016 record: 4-12

The Dolphins solidified their offensive line with Laremy Tunsil and got a big CB that they so desperately wanted to pair with Byron Maxwell, but Miami did very little to take care of their long-term needs at DE. After letting Oliver Vernon go in free agency Miami brought in Andre Branch and Mario Williams to go with an aging Cameron Wake, who will be working his way back from an Achilles tear. When the 2017 offseason rolls around Miami will likely find themselves looking for that younger, long-term option. At RB they let Lamar Miller walk and will be trusting the run game to an injury-plagued Arian Foster.

Leonard Fournette may be the best prospect in this draft class. He's the closest thing to Adrian Peterson since Adrian Peterson. He is a violent downhill runner with the speed to break off long gains. For a big back at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, Fournette has the shiftiness of a smaller RB and can catch passes out of the backfield as well. He's the total package and the prized jewel of what looks to be the strongest RB draft class in several years.

LSU could challenge Ohio State's 5 2016 first round picks in 2017. In addition to having a generational talent at RB, the Tigers boast a bevy of prospects at an array of positions with the likes of Lewis Neal, Ethan Pocic, Tre'Davious White, Malachi Dupree, Travin Dural, and Davon Godchaux.

7. Atlanta Falcons - Derek Barnett DE, Tennessee

2016 draft picks: Keanu Neal, Dion Jones, Austin Hooper, De'Vondre Campbell

2017 free agents: Ryan Schraeder, Chris Chester, Sean Weatherspoon

Projected 2016 record: 5-11

Atlanta did a lot to revamp their defense in the 2016 offseason but if they're drafting in the top 15 they'll likely continue to do so. Offensively the Falcons appear set on paper, but on the defensive side they still need an outside rusher to pair with Vic Beasley, which is why it was so surprising that they passed on Shaq Lawson in the 2016 draft.

Myles Garrett isn't the only rising junior who has been wreaking havoc in the SEC from the moment he set foot on the field as a true freshman. Derek Barnett has enjoyed back-to-back 10 sacks seasons in the always tough SEC in addition to a combined 33 tackles for loss over the same period. At 6-foot-3 and 268 pounds, Barnett will appeal to teams who employ both a 4-3 as well as a 3-4 defense.

8. New Orleans Saints - Jonathan Allen DE, Alabama

2016 draft picks: Sheldon Rankins, Michael Thomas, Vonn Bell

2017 free agents: John Jenkins, Nick Fairley

Projected 2016 record: 5-11

Upgrading the Saints pass-rush should be their biggest need in 2017, same as it was in 2016 where they eschewed help on the outside for Sheldon Rankins.

Had he decided to enter the 2016 draft class it's likely that Jonathan Allen would have been the first Crimson Tide player to come off of the board. While his defensive line mates A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed grabbed a majority of the headlines last season, it was Allen who paced the trio with 12 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, and 4 batted passes. At 6-foot-3 and 283 pounds, Allen is versatile enough to play in any defensive scheme.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (via Minnesota Vikings) - Dalvin Cook RB, Florida State

2016 draft picks: Carson Wentz, Isaac Seumalo

2017 free agents:Stephen Tulloch, Nolan Carroll, Bennie Logan, Donnie Jones, Caleb Sturgis

Minnesota Vikings projected 2016 record: 5-11

What a coup for the Eagles to get a 2017 first round pick from the Vikings in exchange for Sam Bradford. That after having sacrificed their own pick to trade up for Carson Wentz. What the Eagles could use is a dependable option at RB to pair with Wentz. Ryan Mathews has injury issues and Darren Sproles is 33 years old, while Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood are nothing more than rotational pieces.

After Leonard Fournette there are still three very good RB's available who are likely to be first round picks. Christian McCaffrey and Nick Chubb would both be solid options but teams are likely to fall in love with the blinding speed and big play ability of Dalvin Cook, who is being compared to Kansas City's Jamaal Charles.

10. Washington Redskins - Malik McDowell DT/DE, Michigan State

2016 draft picks:Josh Doctson, Su'a Cravens, Kendall Fuller, Matt Ioannidis

2017 free agents:Kirk Cousins, Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson

Projected 2016 record: 6-10

Washington filled a lot of big needs in the 2016 draft but could still use another WR, safety, and defensive lineman. They went into the draft looking to get younger and faster on the defensive line but didn't address it until the 5th round. One big issue could be at RB, where they let Alfred Morris walk in free agency and promising 2015 third rounder Matt Jones has been injury-plagued.

Malik McDowell doesn't have the stats that the other defensive linemen who have already gone in this draft, but that's mainly because, despite having a 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds frame, McDowell plays nose tackle in the Spartans 4-3 defense. Built like a 5-technique DE, McDowell uses his immense power and excellent leverage to constantly take on double teams.

11. Tennessee Titans - Mike Williams WR, Clemson

2016 draft picks:Jack Conklin, Kevin Dodd, Austin Johnson, Derrick Henry, Kevin Byard

2017 free agents:Kendall Wright, Chance Warmack, Sean Spence

Projected 2016 record: 6-10

After taking care of their need at CB the Titans can focus on a WR here. Elsewhere, Tennessee may possibly need to replace Chance Warmack.

If not for a serious neck injury, wherein he sustained a neck fracture while running into the goal post in the opening game of the 2015 season, Mike Williams likely would have entered the 2016 draft, and would have been in the running to be the first WR drafted. The neck injury makes him a bit of a wildcard but talent-wise he's one of the top WR's in this draft class. He's got the size at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds and speed, and looks very reminiscent of former Clemson product Martavis Bryant, except with the production in 2014 to back up his first round status. Provided he can return to full health and have a season similar to the one he had before the injury, Williams can challenge to be the first WR taken in this draft class.

12. Chicago Bears - Cam Robinson OT, Alabama

2016 draft picks: Leonard Floyd, Cody Whitehair, Johnathan Bullard, Jordan Howard

2017 free agents:Alshon Jeffery

Projected 2016 record: 6-10

With a defense heavy draft and free agent class the Bears are practically finished with their defensive rebuild but still need talent at CB. Offensively there are questions at WR with Alshon Jeffery's pending free agency and 2015 first round pick Kevin White missing his rookie season with shin splints. And had he been available, the Bears were rumored to love Ezekiel Elliott, which means that they may not be completely convinced in Jeremy Langford's ability to replace Matt Forte. One big area of need for the Bears is at OT because Jay Cutler has been getting killed in the backfield.

As of right now the best OT prospect for 2017 is Cam Robinson. He's got the prototypical size for an OT at 6-foot-6 and 326 pounds, and can be a road grader in the run game but still has the athleticism to be a franchise cornerstone in pass-protection.

13. New York Jets - Desmond King CB, Iowa

2016 draft picks:Darron Lee, Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Jenkins, Brandon Shell

2017 free agents:Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Winters, Geno Smith

Projected 2016 record: 7-9

The Jets are banking on Christian Hackenberg to be their future at QB but could still use some weapons for him as well as an upgrade on protection. Defensively Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins should fill their needs at both inside and outside linebacker, but they didn't find a replacement for Antonio Cromartie and Darrell Revis is on the downside of his career.

The 2015 Jim Thorpe award winner, Desmond King returned for another season after posting 8 interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and 21 passes defensed. Had he entered the the 2016 draft, King could have challenged to be the first CB off of the board not named Ramsey. At 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, King looks more like a RB and is just as good defending the run as he is the pass. While adept at man coverage, King may be the best zone CB in this draft class.

14. Buffalo Bills - Cordera Tankersley CB, Clemson

2016 draft picks: Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland, Adolphus Washington, Cardale Jones

2017 free agents:Stephon Gilmore, Robert Woods, E.J. Manuel

Projected 2016 record: 7-9

After having jettisoned Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks this offseason, and possibly losing Stephon Gilmore in 2017, the Bills could have a big hole to fill opposite of 2015 second round sensation Ronald Darby.

Opposing teams avoided throwing against Mackensie Alexander during the 2015 season, so the 6-foot-1, 195 pounds Cordera Tankersley saw plenty of action, and he didn't disappoint. With his son currently enrolled in Clemson, HC Rex Ryan has heavily scouted the Tigers team over the last couple of seasons, and is sure to have had a lot of up-close looks at their secondary.

15. San Diego Chargers - JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, USC

2016 draft picks: Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry, Max Tuerk, Joshua Perry, Jatavis Brown

2017 free agents:Melvin Ingram, Manti Te'o

Projected 2016 record: 7-9

The window for the Chargers to become competitive with Phillip Rivers is getting smaller. Depending on how well Joey Bosa works in a 3-4 defense, San Diego had a solid 2016 draft class. However they neglected to replace Eric Weddle or Malcom Floyd. With two elite safeties in this draft class, the Chargers could find Weddle's replacement here or opt for a WR to give Rivers more weapons.

After a promising freshman season JuJu Smith-Schuster exploded onto the scene last season once he became the number one WR after Nelson Agholor bolted for the NFL. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, JuJu has the size to make contested catches but also has the speed to go vertical at any time. He's an incredibly smooth athlete and one of the top rated WR's in this draft class.

16. Indianapolis Colts - Charles Harris DE/OLB, Missouri

2016 draft picks: Ryan Kelly, T.J. Green, Le'Raven Clark, Hassan Ridgeway

2017 free agents:Trent Cole, Robert Mathis, Mike Adams, Antonio Cromartie

Projected 2016 record: 7-9

Colts GM Ryan Grigson finally got Andrew Luck some protection, now it's time to start seriously upgrading the defense. That starts with the pass-rush, especially replacing aging free agents Trent Cole and Robert Mathis.

Charles Harris could have entered the 2016 draft as a redshirt sophomore and likely would have been a first round pick. With excellent first-step quickness and an array of pass-rushing moves, he's the next in a line of quality outside rushers for the Mizzou program. At 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, Harris is likely destined to play 3-4 OLB at the next level. He was second only to Myles Garrett with 18.5 tackles for loss last season while also accumulating 7 sacks. With comparisons to former Tigers LB Shane Ray and well as Vic Beasley, Harris could find himself going in the top 10 with another strong season.

17. Detroit Lions - Jarrad Davis OLB, Florida

2016 draft picks:Taylor Decker, A'Shawn Robinson, Graham Glascow, Miles Killebrew

2017 free agents:Riley Reiff, Larry Warford, Anquan Boldin, Devin Taylor

Projected 2016 record: 7-9

Detroit will be looking heavily at offensive line again in 2017 if they fail to re-sign either Riley Reiff or Larry Warford. Their biggest need though should be to find a DE to pair with Ziggy Ansah, and an upgrade over Jon Bostic at ILB.

For teams looking for true linebacker help there should be a plethora to choose from that are expected to go in the first and second rounds, particularly at ILB and WLB. Jarrad Davis, who can play outside or inside, appears to be the best of the bunch early on. At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Davis would be more in line with the new breed of linebackers where sideline-to-sideline coverage skills have become far more important than being a thumper against the run, although Jarrad Davis is still a factor against the run as well as being capable of providing an interior blitz.

18. Baltimore Ravens - Jabrill Peppers S/LB, Michigan

2016 draft picks:Ronnie Stanley, Kamalei Correa, Bronson Kaufusi, Tavon Young, Kenneth Dixon

2017 free agents:Steve Smith, Brandon Williams, Rickey Wagner, Kamar Aiken, Matt Elam

Projected 2016 record: 8-8

Baltimore filled a lot of needs in the 2016 draft thanks to a bevy of 4th round picks. And while they did draft Tavon Young his future is most likely as a slot CB. What seems to be a consistent need at WR, Steve Smith will be riding into the sunset of retirement while 2015 first round pick Breshad Perriman will hopefully(for Baltimore) prove worthy of his first round status.

I'm going to steal this description of Jabrill Peppers from CBS Sports because I couldn't have phrased it better myself. "Peppers is the latest in a new line of defensive "erasers" capable of lining up at safety, linebacker, or cornerback similar in the style of recent first-round picks Deone Bucannon, Damarious Randall, and Shaq Thompson."

The 6-foot, 208 pounds Peppers is a versatile weapon who has also played some WR as well as kick returner. A move to LB from safety could see his stock dip though, similar to USC's Su'a Cravens in the 2016 draft.

19. Houston Texans - O.J. Howard TE, Alabama

2016 draft picks:Will Fuller, Nick Martin, Braxton Miller, Tyler Ervin, K.J. Dillon, D.J. Reader

2017 free agents:Vince Wilfork, Quintin Demps

Projected 2016 record: 9-7

The Houston Texans used the 2016 draft and free agency to completely revamp their offense. The only position left to address on that side of things is at TE, where 2014 3rd round pick C.J. Fiedorowicz hasn't offered much in the passing game. Defensively, late round picks K.J. Dillon and D.J. Reader should hopefully develop into quality starters at SS and NT but Houston still has issues at FS and DE.

O.J. Howard likely could have challenged Hunter Henry to be the first TE draft in 2016 after having a monster game in the National Championship but instead chose to return for his senior season. Largely underutilized in Alabama's offense, the 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds Howard is a perfect fit as a pass-catching option in the modern NFL game.

20. Denver Broncos - Raekwon McMillan ILB, Ohio State

2016 draft picks:Paxton Lynch, Adam Gotsis, Justin Simmons, Devontae Booker, Conner McGovern

2017 free agents:DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, Sylvester Williams, Darian Stewart, Vance Walker

Projected 2016 record: 9-7

The Broncos did their best to draft a Brock Osweiler impersonator in Paxton Lynch. They also managed to add depth and talent to many positions. One issue that still remains is at ILB where they lost Danny Trevathan in free agency.

Ohio State's Raekwon McMillan can cover, he can tackle, he can hit someone like a ton of bricks, and he can be a leader on the defense. The 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds prospect was a 5-star recruit and the number one rated linebacker in his recruiting class. With Darron Lee and Joshua Perry moving onto the NFL it's now McMillan's time to shine. Interesting side note, Raekwon McMillan is named after "Raekwon the Chef", a rapper and member of the popular New York based rap group The Wu-Tang Clan.

21. Dallas Cowboys - Corey Davis WR, Western Michigan

2016 draft picks: Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith, Maliek Collins, Charles Tapper, Dak Prescott

2017 free agents:Ron Leary, Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox, Rolando McClain, Terrence Williams

Projected 2016 record: 10-6

While Ezekiel Elliott may have been the best player available, and that's a big maybe, he doesn't fill a big need after signing Alfred Morris in free agency and the Cowboys still have big holes in their secondary. A CB or a safety to pair with Byron Jones would make a lot of sense, but Jerry Jones is likely to make the splashier pick to replace/upgrade over former first round bust Terrence Williams and give the Cowboys another option in the passing game. When Dez Bryant was out with injury last season the passing game completely fell apart.

Before he decided to return for his senior year, the 6-foot-3, 205 pounds Corey Davis was getting some early draft buzz as a real sleeper in the 2016 draft who could climb into the late-1st round discussion. Not a burner but Davis is a big play threat who averaged more than 20 YPC last season because of his polished route-running and ability to make contested catches.

22. Oakland Raiders - Christian McCaffrey RB, Stanford

2016 draft picks: Karl Joseph, Jihad Ward, Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook, Vadal Alexander

2017 free agents:Malcolm Smith, Mychal Rivera, Menelik Watson, D.J. Hayden, Latavius Murray

Projected 2016 record: 10-6

I didn't agree with most of the Raiders picks in the 2016 draft but they did get value for each draft pick. Going forward Oakland still needs a long-term successor to Donald Penn at LT, and despite spending a 2016 late round pick at RB the Raiders still need a long-term replacement for pending free agent Latavius Murray at RB.

The early front runner for this years Heisman trophy, the 6-foot and 197 pounds Christian McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders NCAA record for total yardage with 3,864 yards. He also set a Rose Bowl record against Iowa with 368 all purpose yards. McCaffrey would work best in a pass-heavy scheme that would allow him to make use of his pass-catching and big play ability.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars - Roderick Johnson OT, Florida State

2016 draft picks: Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, Yannick Ngakoue, Sheldon Day

2017 free agents:Luke Joeckel, Prince Amukamara, Tyson Alualu, Johnathan Cyprien

Projected 2016 record: 11-5 AFC South Champions

Gus Bradley's squad is drafting well and could be only a few pieces away from becoming a serious Superbowl contender. After devoting a majority of the 2016 draft class to upgrading the defense, it's now the offenses turn to get those final pieces of the puzzle. The Jags have made it a point to draft the best player available. After declining the 5th year option on Luke Joeckel, and having what basically amounts to a 1-yr deal with Kelvin Beachum, drafting a LT to protect Blake Bortles is a must.

The 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds Roderick Johnson is extremely athletic and with an enormous wingspan. While not a finished product yet, Johnson has shown steady improvement ever since being inserted at LT midway through the 2014 season. Teams are likely to fall in love with his high upside and he will likely end up in the top ten when all is said and done.

24. New York Giants - Mike McGlinchey OT, Notre Dame

2016 draft picks: Eli Apple, Sterling Shepard, Darian Thompson, B.J. Goodson, Paul Perkins

2017 free agents:Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Marshall Newhouse, Larry Donnell, Johnathan Hankins

Projected 2016 record: 11-5 NFC East Champions

Rumor has it that had he been available the Giants would've taken Jack Conklin with the 10th pick in the 2016 draft. Rebuilding the right side of their offensive line would go a long way towards making the Giants legitimate playoff contenders again. In 2017 when Marshall Newhouse hits free agency it'll be an even bigger priority.

This is a bit of a projection pick, but Mike McGlinchey seems poised to make a big leap this season in which he'll be moving from the right to the left side of the offensive line. The 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds McGlinchey shares several similarities to former teammate Ronnie Stanley. They both have a long, lean frame and light feet, but while rumors swirled about Stanley's lack of commitment to football there is no questioning McGlinchey's love for the game. He plays with a tough, nasty demeanor sure to endear him to the scouting community.

25. Kansas City Chiefs - K.D. Cannon WR, Baylor

2016 draft picks: Chris Jones, KeiVarae Russell, Parker Ehinger, Kevin Hogan

2017 free agents:Eric Berry, Dontari Poe

Projected 2016 record: 11-5 AFC West Champions

The Chiefs biggest issues in 2017, provided that they come to a long-term agreement with Eric Berry, will be at WR and RB. K.C. needs another option besides the injury-plagued Jeremy Macklin and raw but talented 2015 3rd rounder Chris Conley. At RB Jamaal Charles is coming back from an ACL tear and will be 30 years old and heading into the final year of his contract in the 2017 offseason.

K.D. Cannon is the next in a long line of undersized speedsters from Baylor who rack up big numbers on their way to becoming a first round pick.  While I am not his biggest fan, or any fan of spread WR's because of their lack of polish, Cannon is a home run threat every time he catches the ball. He would give Andy Reid that vertical threat he had with DeSean Jackson in Philly .

26. Cincinnati Bengals - Tim Williams OLB, Alabama

2016 draft picks:William Jackson, Tyler Boyd, Andrew Billings, Christian Westerman

2017 free agents:Kevin Zeitler, Andrew Whitworth, Dre Kirkpatrick, Domata Peko

Projected 2016 record: 12-4

Cincy has done a great job over the last several years of drafting the best player available instead of reaching for need, and as it stands they won't have many needs to address in 2017 as long as they re-sign Kevin Zeitler. Offensively they could use some line depth, but defensively they need to replace Reggie Nelson and upgrade at DE across from Carlos Dunlap.With Karlos Dansby getting older and Vontaze Burflict always a threat for suspension, it would make a lot of sense for them to spend an early round pick at OLB.

Despite getting a second round draft grade from the NFL advisory committee Tim Williams came back for his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 230 pounds Williams managed 10.5 sacks last season even though he was a rotational backup. He wins with speed and deceptive power, and with a starting role this season he could significantly improve his draft stock.

27. Seattle Seahawks - Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

2016 draft picks:Germain Ifedi, Jarran Reed, C.J. Prosise, Nick Vannett, Rees Odhiambo

2017 free agents:Christine Michael, Tharold Simon

Projected 2016 record: 13-3

Despite spending a first round pick on an offensive lineman, Seattle's biggest need is still for offensive line help. Defensively they are just about set everywhere except across from Richard Sherman, where they have been a sieve with the likes of Brandon Browner, Tharold Simon, and Jeremy Lane.

This pick just makes perfect sense, beyond the hometown connection. The 6-foot, 181 pounds Sidney Jones might be the best press-man CB in this draft class. He's a master at jamming WR's at the line of scrimmage and not giving them enough room to operate. He doesn't get the national recognition that other CB's might, but could find himself rising in the draft rankings similar to his former teammate Marcus Peters.

28. Green Bay Packers - Pat Elflein OG, Ohio State

2016 draft picks:Kenny Clark, Jason Spriggs, Kyler Fackrell, Blake Martinez

2017 free agents:Julius Peppers, Nick Perry, David Bakhtiari, Eddie Lacy, J.C. Tretter, Datone Jones

Projected 2016 record: 13-3 NFC North Champions

The Packers have two offensive line starters set for free agency in 2017, just released Josh Sitton, and a fourth, Corey Linsley, who has tore his hamstring twice this offseason already and will be a free agent in 2018. One of Julius Peppers and Nick Perry will likely not be re-signed but they did draft Kyler Fackrell. The 2016 season will be a make or break one for Eddie Lacy. If he can't stay healthy and in-shape this is a good draft to find his replacement. One position the Packers were thought to have addressed but didn't was at TE. They've needed a better "move" TE similar to what they had in Jermichael Finley.

Pat Elflein and Ethan Pocic will challenge each other to be the first interior O-lineman off of the board. At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, Elflein wins with incredibly sound technique over shear size, and would be a great fit for the Packers offense.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jake Butt TE, Michigan

2016 draft picks: Artie Burns, Sean Davis, Javon Hargrave, Jerald Hawkins, Travis Feeney, Demarcus Ayers, Tyler Matakevich

2017 free agents: Le'Veon Bell, Jarvis Jones, Markus Wheaton, Lawrence Timmons, James Harrison, DeAngelo Williams, Landry Jones, Shamarko Thomas

Projected 2016 record: 13-3 AFC North Champions

So I have the Steelers winning the AFC North crown with a record of 13-3, with losses in weeks 7, 14, and 15 to the Patriots, Bills, and at Cincinnati. The biggest thorn in the sides of the Steelers over the last decade+ has not been Baltimore, or even Cincy, but coach Belechick and New England Patriots. For whatever reason(i.e. Tom Brady), the Steelers just can't seem to get over the hump, even with the game at home. It's also likely that the Steelers will split the season series against Cincinnati, as well as losing a game that they probably shouldn't have, like going on the road to a lesser team that they might be overlooking the week before that big road match up in Cincinnati.

Losing the tie breaker to New England gives the Steelers the second seed in the AFC, a first round bye, and a divisional round match up against the Kansas City Chiefs. In beating the Chiefs, the Steelers get to face the Patriots for a second time this season. Unfortunately it's on the road at New England, and had the game been in Pittsburgh I believe the Steelers would be victorious in a second go-around. As much as I would like to have the Steelers with the 32nd pick, I gotta be impartial for the integrity of the mock draft.

Of the pending free agents, the biggest concerns are obviously Le'Veon Bell and Jarvis Jones, With David DeCastro re-signed to a new deal. Given Bell's injury history and suspensions, I could see the Steelers putting the franchise or transition tag on him. If Bell's rap lyrics are to be believed, he wants to be the highest paid RB in the league, something the Steelers aren't likely to oblige, and certainly not without consecutive seasons of being injury and drug free. Jarvis Jones' future with the team, a hot button topic among the Steelers fan community, is the most likely to come down to the wire. He will likely be allowed to test free agency, but my hope is that he and the Steelers front office can come to terms on a reasonable contract extension. He's shown steady improvement each season and has become a stout run defender. Even if he never develops into an elite pass-rusher, his ability to set the edge shouldn't be discounted.

Despite all of the pending free agents in 2017 there are really only two positions that will really need much attention, at least in the way of starters. We've already touched on OLB, but the TE position is the one that could be addressed early in the 2017 draft given the depth of quality prospects a the position.

Who knows what's really going on with Ladarius Green, is it his ankle or is it the concussions? Hopefully it's only a nagging ankle injury that will be 100% by the time he gets off of the PUP list in six weeks. If it was only an ankle issue, why were there leaked reports about him possibly retiring? Jesse James has shown some promise, but at present time his play is a far cry from the all around steadiness of Heath Miller or the big play potential of Ladarius Green. The 2017 draft should be rife with talent at the position, even with the top player already off of the board.

Michigan's Jake Butt is not quite the seam-stretcher that Alabama's O.J. Howard may be, but he's a more complete receiver who uses his 6-foot-6, 250 pounds frame with long arms and big hands to create separation and make contested catches. He also has the strength to break arm tackles for yards after contact. One area where Butt needs to improve is in run blocking. He's a solid pass-blocker but against the run he doesn't show much pop, although he does use solid technique. Something like that can be further advanced in an NFL strength and conditioning program. Overall though, it should be a season long battle between Butt and Howard to see who will be the first TE selected in 2017.

30. Arizona Cardinals - Ethan Pocic OC/OG, LSU

2016 draft picks:Robert Nkemdiche, Brandon Williams, Evan Boehm

2017 free agents: Calais Campbell, Chandler Jones, Michael Floyd

Projected 2016 record: 14-2 NFC West Champions

The Cardinals 2017 first round pick could hinge largely on what happens with Larry Fitzgerald. He's hinted at retirement, and Arizona could lose both he and 2017 free agent Michael Floyd. Re-signing Floyd could push that need into the next couple of rounds. Defensively they'll have important decisions to make with Chandler Jones and Calais Campbell. On the offensive line the Cards gave up on Jonathan Cooper, trading him to New England for Chandler Jones, and 2015 first round pick D.J. Humphries has been underwhelming so far.

In my opinion, the top interior offensive lineman in this draft class is the 6-foot-6 and 307 pounds Ethan Pocic. On the large end for a center, he could play OG or even OT in the pros. A hip injury is the only thing holding him back, but provided he comes back healthy Pocic could go a lot higher than this. He created huge holes for Leonard Fournette in the running game, and even though LSU's offense doesn't pass much, Pocic is a reliable pass-blocker. After losing Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander to the draft, LSU could move him outside, which if he succeeds will only improve his draft stock.

31. New England Patriots - Carl Lawson DE/OLB, Auburn

2016 draft picks:Cyrus Jones, Joe Thuney, Vincent Valentine, Malcolm Mitchell

2017 free agents:Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Jabaal Sheard, Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Ninkovich

Projected 2016 record: 13-3 AFC Champions

New England has a lot of extremely important free agent decisions coming their way in 2017. They already traded Chandler Jones but would need to shell out big bucks to keep Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins, plus Malcolm Butler will be headed for unrestricted free agency in 2018.

If Mike Williams is a bit of a wild card than Carl Lawson is a whole hands' worth of them. Based on talent alone Lawson may contend with Myles Garrett as the top pass-rusher in this draft class. Unfortunately his career at Auburn has been marred by injury. He missed the 2014 season with an ACL tear and only appeared in 7 games last season after injuring his hip. A healthy 2016 should allow Lawson's draft stock to skyrocket. At 6-foot-2 and 261 pounds Lawson can win with speed and power, he can play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB, and even has experience sliding inside as a 3-tech on passing downs.

32. Carolina Panthers - Nick Chubb RB, Georgia

2016 draft picks:Vernon Butler, James Bradberry, Zach Sanchez

2017 free agents:Kawann Short, Mike Remmers, Ted Ginn, Charles Johnson

Projected 2016 record: 14-2 Superbowl Champions

Despite bigger needs at CB, OT, and S the Panthers went best player available with Vernon Butler in the first round, although they heavily drafted to fill their needs in the secondary in the following rounds. The Panthers were one of the teams rumored to really like Derrick Henry, and had the Heisman trophy winner made it to the Panthers second round pick he likely would have been drafted there. With so many defensive stalwarts hitting the free agent market in the 2017 and 2018 free agent periods, the Panthers already let Josh Norman walk and could release Jonathan Stewart, who will turn 30 years old shortly after the 2017 draft.

The best player available here is Georgia's Nick Chubb. Had he not tore his LCL and PCL in the 2015 season he likely would be receiving as much hype as LSU's Leonard Fournette. Stepping in as a starter as a true freshman after Todd Gurley was suspended and subsequently went down with an ACL injury, Chubb ran for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns despite only starting 8 games that year. If Chubb can stay healthy and replicate that kind of production, then the 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds former high school track star may possibly still challenge Fournette to be the first RB taken.


33. San Fransisco 49ers - Rueben Foster ILB, Alabama

S.F. never adequately replaced Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.

Rueben Foster showed flashes of star potential this past season and could end up being the first ILB drafted if his development continues.

34. Cleveland Browns - Jourdan Lewis CB, Michigan

Cleveland just shipped Justin Gilbert to Pittsburgh for a 6th round pick, and Tramon Williams hasn't been much better across from Joe Haden.

Jourdan Lewis might just be the best CB in this draft class based on skills alone, however being 5-foot-9 and 176 pounds will keep him out of the first round.

35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Caleb Brantley DT, Florida

Adding a DT to pair with Gerald McCoy would finish Tampa's D-line rebuild.

The 6-2, 314 pounds Brantley is a disruptive force on the defensive line, and if he can play with more consistency, he could find himself going in the first round.

36. Philadelphia Eagles - Travin Dural WR, LSU

2016 draft picks: Carson Wentz, Issac Seumalo, Jalen Mills, Alex McCalister

2017 free agents:Darren Sproles, Nolan Carroll

Nelson Agholor is a bust of the previous regime, and Doug Pederson needs playmakers for Carson Wentz.

The 6-foot-2, 203 pounds Dural was getting first round consideration for the 2016 draft before a hamstring injury robbed him of the rest of his season. If he can stay healthy this season he could see himself being picked in the first round.

37. Miami Dolphins - DeMarcus Walker DE/OLB, FSU

Miami needs to get younger at DE.

The 6-foot-3 and 281 pounds DeMarcus Walker exploded onto the scene last year after two fairly nondescript seasons at FSU, accumulating 10.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.

38. Los Angeles Rams - Adoree Jackson CB/WR/KR, USC

2016 draft picks:Jared Goff, Tyler Higbee, Pharoh Cooper, Josh Forrest

2017 free agents:Trumaine Johnson, Kenny Britt, T.J. McDonald

The Rams didn't replace Janoris Jenkins, and Trumaine Johnson will be a free agent.

Adoree Jackson is the jack-of-all trades for USC and could be a solid WR in the NFL, but his future will likely be at CB given his 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds frame, he's also an excellent return man as well.

39. New Orleans Saints - Davon Godchaux DT, LSU

John Jenkins and Nick Fairley are both free agents.

The 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds Davon Godchaux is tailor-made to for the modern NFL with his combination of power and deceptive speed. His 6 sacks and 9 tackles for loss this past season don't nearly tell the whole story when it came to just how distributive he was for that LSU defense.

40. Minnesota Vikings - Conor McDermott OT, UCLA

2016 draft picks: Laquon Treadwell, Mackensie Alexander, Willie Beavers

2017 free agents:Matt Kalil, Chad Greenway, Cordarrelle Patterson

Minnesota Vikings projected 2016 record: 5-11

Both starting OT's will be free agents who need to be replaced.

The 6-foot-7, 310 pounds Conor McDermott is similar to 2016 prospect Jason Spriggs in that he is a converted TE with exceptional athleticism, although a slightly larger version with very long arms. As imagined McDermott is still very raw but the tools are there to be a cornerstone LT.

41. Atlanta Falcons - Marcus Maye FS, Florida

Dan Quinn grabs the other Florida safety to pair with Keanu Neal.

Marcus Maye is a rangy center fielder-type who, if he can be more consistent, could find himself rising on draft boards just as Keanu Neal did.

42. Cleveland Browns (via Tennessee Titans) - Dan Feeney OG, Indiana

Cleveland needs an upgrade over John Greco at RG.

The 6-foot-4, 310 pounds Dan Feeney could be one of the hidden gems of this draft class. He is equally superior in both the passing and run game. As Walterfootball points out, Feeney has only given up one sack in 37 career games.

43. Chicago Bears - Cameron Sutton CB, Tennessee

The Bears need an upgrade across from Kyle Fuller, who is injury-plagued.

Cameron Sutton likely would have been a 2nd round pick in the 2016 draft but opted to return for his senior year. He's got solid size at 6-foot and 190 pounds and excels against bigger WR's but needs to be less handsy. He's also a solid return man.

44. Washington Redskins - Malachi Dupre WR, LSU

Washington needs to continue to get younger at WR, especially with Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson hitting free agency.

A former top rated WR in his recruiting class, the 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds Malachi Dupre is an athletic speedster with long arms and, because of the LSU connection, gets comparisons to Odell Beckham Jr. While it's unfair to make that comparison, Dupre could end up a top 15 pick based on his high upside. If he played in an offense that wasn't so run oriented he would have a much bigger national profile.

45. Buffalo Bills - Carlos Watkins DT, Clemson

This could be Kyle Williams final season in Buffalo.

The 6-foot-3, 300 pounds Watkins is just another in a line of quality defensive prospects from Clemson that Rex Ryan will scout heavily.

46. San Diego Chargers - Eddie Vanderdoes DT, UCLA

S.D. failed to replace Kendall Reyes in free agency or the draft.

Vanderdoes is a space eater with some quickness similar to Kenny Clark, who he'll be replacing in 2017. An ACL injury caused him to miss most of last season but if he can bounce-back he could sneak into the 1st round as Clark did.

47. Indianapolis Colts - Royce Freeman RB, Oregon

Frank Gore will turn 34 years old shortly after the 2017 draft.

The 5-foot-11, 230 pounds Freeman looks very reminiscent of former Ducks RB Jonathan Stewart. For a bigger back he has light feet and is very good at catching passes out of the backfield.

48. Detroit Lions - Lewis Neal DE/OLB, LSU

Detroit needs a DE to pair with Ziggy Ansah.

Lewis Neal returned to LSU for his senior season even with a first round projection for the 2016 draft. Last year he logged 7 sacks in 6 games before an ankle injury tainted the rest of the season. At 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, Neal is extremely dangerous as an outside rusher using a combination of speed and power.

49. New York Jets - Evan Engram TE, Ole' Miss.

Jace Amaro was released.

More like a big WR, the 6-foot-3 and 227 pounds Engram is an athletic freak at TE similar to Washington's Jordan Reed.

50. Baltimore Ravens - Tre'Davious White CB, LSU

Baltimore has injury and talent issues at CB.

Tre'Davious White regressed from 2014 to 2015, and was given a 2nd round grade by the advisory committee which is why he returned to school. He's got the talent though both as a CB and as a KR.

51. Denver Broncos - Lowell Lotulelei DT, Utah

Sylvester Williams is a free agent.

The brother of Carolina Panthers 2013 first round pick Star Lotulelei, the 6-foot-2 and 302 pounds Lowell is a space-eating NT prospect much in the same vein as his brother.

52. Houston Texans - Quin Blanding S, Virginia

Quintin Demps is a free agent who needs to be replaced anyway.

Quin Blanding doesn't get a lot of national attention despite having been a 5-star player and the top overall safety in his recruiting class. He chose to stay close to home at Virginia but could have gone anywhere in the country. At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds combined with his speed, athleticism, and tackling(100+ tackles in each of his first two seasons), Blanding will likely continue to fly under the radar until he declares for the draft and shows people what  he can do at the NFL scouting combine.

53. Oakland Raiders - Zach Banner OT, USC

Menelik Watson is a free agent and Oakland needs a long-term successor to Donald Penn.

The son of former All-Pro Lincoln Kennedy, the 6-foot-9 and 360 pounds Zach Banner is a mammoth OT who might be better off switching to OG.

54. Dallas Cowboys - Eddie Jackson S, Alabama

Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox are both free agents who need to be replaced.

In 2014 Eddie Jackson was underwhelming at the CB position but a switch to safety for this past season has really boosted his draft stock. After a breakout season at safety, which included strong showing in Alabama's playoff run, Jackson could have declared for the 2016 draft in which he likely would have been an early 2nd round pick. With another strong season Jackson could cement a first round status.

55. New York Giants - Bucky Hodges TE, Virginia Tech

Larry Donnell is a free agent who could be upgraded anyway.

Bucky Hodges may just have the highest upside of any TE in this draft class. As a former QB-turned-TE, the 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds prospect is an incredible athlete but incredibly raw as well.

56. Kansas City Chiefs - Zach Cunningham OLB, Vanderbilt

K.C. needs a long-term successor for Derrick Johnson, and someone to pair with him in the short-term.

The 6-foot-3, 230 pounds Zach Cunningham didn't start until the fourth game of last season but quickly became one of the most disruptive defenders in the SEC. He's got the speed to cover and and the strength to defend the run. In high school Cunningham had several offers from the likes of Oregon and Tennessee but instead chose to go to Vanderbilt because of the high priority he put on education.

57. Jacksonville Jaguars - Budda Baker FS, Washington

Jonathan Cyprien has been a bust and is a 2017 free agent.

Sidney Jones isn't the only Washington secondary player that could garner first round consideration. The diminutive Baker has worked hard to put weight on his frame. He's a smooth athlete with quick-twitch athleticism who can be a true centerfielder.

58. Cincinnati Bengals - Daeshon Hall DE, Texas A&M

The Bengals need to upgrade their pass-rush across from Carlos Dunlap.

Myles Garrett isn't the only standout pass-rusher for the Aggies. The 6-foot-5, 260 pounds Hall is a fast and powerful pass-rusher who, if he can be more consistent, has first round talent.

59. Green Bay Packers - Jordan Leggett TE, Clemson

The Packers offense was more dynamic when they had a true threat at TE.

Jordan Leggett likely would have been the 2nd or 3rd TE taken in the 2016 draft had he declared. The 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds prospect is a good combo TE, who should only get better with Deshaun Watson gaining another year of experience.

60. Pittsburgh Steelers - Deatrich Wise jr. DE/OLB, Arkansas

Who knows what will happen with Jarvis Jones' contract situation? His 5th-year option was declined, making him a free agent in 2017. I touched on this already but lets get into it deeper. Despite being considered a "bust" as the 17th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Jones has made improvements in each year that he's been in the league, especially against the run. It's my hope that Jarvis Jones and the Steelers come to terms on a reasonable contract, but should he leave via free agency there will be a hole in the defense that needs to be addressed. This is especially true with the likelihood that the 38 year old James Harrison will be retiring as well, further depleting the depth at OLB.

Deatrich Wise jr. is in a similar vein as Tim Williams, a situational pass-rusher who is stepping into a full time role this season. Last season Wise had 10.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks in limited action. The 6-foot-6, 270 pounds Wise is a powerful bull rusher who manhandled Steelers 4th round pick Jerald Hawkins in Arkansas' match up against LSU last season. He reminds me a lot of Washington 2015 second round pick Preston Smith, a player many in Steelers Nation were keen to and hopeful that the Steelers would draft.

61. Seattle Seahawks - Devonte Fields DE/OLB, Louisville

Seattle never really replaced Bruce Irvin.

Devonte Fields is in the similar mold of Noah Spence or in Seattle's case Bruce Irvin, an extremely talented pass-rusher with a lot of off-the-field baggage.

62. Arizona Cardinals - Luke Falk QB, Washington State

Carson Palmer will be 37 years old by the time the 2017 draft rolls around.

Luke Falk has the raw tools to be a first round pick but coming from a gimmicky "air raid' offense there will be a steep learning curve.

63. New England Patriots - Adam Bisnowaty OT, Pittsburgh

Sebastian Vollmer is 32 years old and will miss the 2016 season before becoming a free agent next offseason.

An All-ACC LT for the Pitt Panthers, the 6-foot-5, 300 pounds player known as "The Biz" is a mauler with nimble feet and good hand usage. Like with many players in the second round, there is still some projection left in his game, and if he can play with more consistency this season, The Biz could find himself playing into first round discussion.

64. Carolina Panthers - Julie'n Davenport OT, Bucknell

Michael Oher and Mike Remmers both need to be replaced.

A small school standout that is apparently generating plenty of buzz in the scouting community, the 6-foot-6, 315 pounds Julie'n Davenport moves like a power forward. He's the cousin of the Charlotte Hornets PF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.