As the 2017 NFL draft continues to draw closer and closer, Jared Sherman checks in with his initial first-round mock draft of the season.
1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
The Browns won't get their franchise QB here, but get a potential superstar pass rusher in Garrett.
2. San Francisco 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
With holes all over, the Niners need to find something to hang their hat on. Thomas, who can be unblockable at times, makes sense with their defense moving to the 4-3 under Robert Saleh.
3. Chicago Bears - Jamal Adams, S, LSU
The Bears upgraded their secondary by signing CBs Marcus Cooper and Prince Amukamara, but still lack a difference-maker at safety. Adams is the best all-around S in the draft and brings Ed Reed-like leadership to field.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Once again, the Jags made a big splash in free agency on the defensive side of the ball, but still lack offensive firepower. Fournette could be this year's Ezekiel Elliott. He's big (6-0/240), fast and a handful to tackle.
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5. Tennessee Titans - Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Even with the signing of Jonathan Cyprien, the Titans can't pass on the immensely talented Hooker. Only a redshirt sophomore, Hooker is a raw and instinctual athlete who, in time, will be a star.
6. New York Jets - Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
The Jets try yet again to find a franchise QB. In a weak class, Trubisky stands out to me as the best prospect of the bunch. He's tough, accurate and mobile, but, like many young QBs, he'll need to process things a lot faster in the pros.
7. Los Angeles Chargers - Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Not a pressing need for the Bolts, but Lattimore is an outstanding player with huge upside. My top CB in the draft, Lattimore's size (6-0/193) and speed (4.36 40) are incredible, and he has the agility to shadow receivers all over the field.
8. Carolina Panthers - Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Jonathan Stewart has been a warrior for years, but it's time to get a more explosive RB behind Cam Newton. Cook has some fumbling problems but brings a dynamic element to a sometimes stodgy offense.
9. Cincinnati Bengals - Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Never shy about taking on potentially volatile personalities, the Bengals grab my favorite defensive player and add him to a potentially dominant linebacker corps.
10. Buffalo Bills - Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
The Bills' offense is desperate for playmakers, and Williams' size (6-4/218) and ability to just go up and get the ball make him an ideal addition.
11. New Orleans Saints - O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Drew Brees' career is winding down, but the Saints want to try to make one more run with him. Howard gives Brees another dangerous target who blocks well enough to help the run game, too.
12. Cleveland Browns (from. PHI) - Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Browns signed Kenny Britt this offseason, but have little else offensively. Davis brings more size and outstanding route running to an offense that needs it.
13. Arizona Cardinals - DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson
I love what Watson did in college, but I'm not sold on his long-term NFL success. Still, he's a winner, was ultra-productive in college and he's very mobile. Carson Palmer's effectiveness is waning and Watson could see the field quickly.
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN) - John Ross, WR, Washington
With the injury to Washington CB Sidney Jones, I don't think there's another CB worthy of a top-15 pick anymore. So the Eagles address their second biggest need -- wideout. The Birds signed WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith this offseason, but both are essentially one-year rentals. Ross, who set the NFL combine record for the 40-yard dash (4.22), brings an element back to the Eagles they haven't had since DeSean Jackson -- deep speed. I know Smith was brought in for that as well, but Ross brings a more dangerous skill set to the table. Ross' agility and speed allow teams to move him all over the field. Throw it to him deep, hand the ball off or run a bubble screen for him (sure beats throwing one to Dorial Green-Beckham). Ross might not be a true No. 1, but his presence and versatility will be a tremendous boon to Carson Wentz's development.
15. Indianapolis Colts - Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Andrew Luck can't keep taking a beating like he has over the years, so continuing to upgrade the offensive line is critical. Ramczyk was named an AP All-American in his first year playing D-I football after transferring from D-III Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
16. Baltimore Ravens - Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
Reddick had an incredible combine performance, putting up huge numbers in the 40 (4.56), vertical jump (36.5 inches), and broad jump (133 inches). He won't play DE in the NFL but could be Terrell Suggs' successor at OLB.
17. Washington Redskins - Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Allen, at one point, was in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick, but worries about his shoulder and a lackluster combine performance dropped his stock. In Washington, he'd play a 3-4 DE, where his strength and explosiveness would be a huge help to a weak defensive front.
18. Tennesse Titans - Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
The interior of the Titans' OL needs a serious upgrade, and the versatile Lamp would be a great fit. A four-year starter at LT, Lamp will probably be shifted inside where his heavy hands and constantly moving feet make him very hard to beat.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)
A superb athlete, Njoku brings a new dimension to an offense lacking weapons outside of WR Mike Evans. Njoku can explode out of his breaks and uses his leaping ability and strength to beat tight coverage.
20. Denver Broncos - Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
A gifted athlete, Bolles can play either OT position. With Menelik Watson and Donald Stephenson tentatively penciled in as starters, the Broncos have to be looking to upgrade, and Bolles' skill set fits Denver's scheme perfectly.
21. Detroit Lions - Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Peppers offers the Lions versatility at two positions they need help with -- S and OLB. In a league that's quickly becoming a sub-package haven, having a player who can fill so many roles is invaluable.
22. Miami Dolphins - Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
When Byron Maxwell is starting for you at CB, you know you need to find a long-term replacement. Conley played in the shadow of Lattimore at Ohio State but has the size (6-0/195), speed (4.44), and toughness to be a No. 1 CB himself.
23. New York Giants - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Even with the re-signing of Jason Pierre-Paul the Giants will find it hard to pass on a raw talent like Charlton. His length (6--6/277) and athleticism make Charlton an intriguing prospect who can learn under Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon.
24. Oakland Raiders - Budda Baker, S, Washington
An absolutely ferocious player who will fit well into what they're building in Oakland. Small (5-10/195) but fast, Baker flies all over the field and is always around the ball.
25. Houston Texans - Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA
The Texans could use another pass rushing threat, especially at OLB. McKinley had 10 sacks last season, using his combination of size (6-2/250) and relentless motor to be a difference-maker.
26. Seattle Seahawks - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Seahawks love big corners and Wilson (6-2/211) fits the mold. A tough competitor and not afraid to come up and pop a running back, Wilson could move to safety at some point.
27. Kansas City Chiefs - Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The Chiefs have little depth at CB, so White would be a solid addition. He could step in immediately, start in the slot and contribute on special teams.
28. Dallas Cowboys - Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Barnett had an outstanding college career and should find a nice niche in the NFL as a pass-rush specialist. I'm not as high on him as some because he lacks the quickness to consistently get to the QB.
29. Green Bay Packers - Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The Pack lost the underrated CB Micah Hyde in free agency and replaced him with Davon House. Humphrey needs some seasoning, but all the physical tools are there to be a long-time starter.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers - Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri
The Steelers are always looking for the next dominant outside pass rusher (James Harrison can't play forever, right?). Harris played DE in college but has the size (6-3/253) and quick twitch you like to see in a 3-4 OLB.
31. Atlanta Falcons - Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
The Falcons don't have a ton of holes to fill, but a LB who can rush the passer like Cunningham is always welcome. Having him across from Vic Beasley would make opposing offenses nervous.
32. New Orleans Saints (from NE) - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
The Saints again go offense and select a dangerous runner and receiver. McCaffrey might be the best pass-catching RB in the draft, and he would be a nice complement to Mark Ingram.