Myles Garrett, Leonard Fournette, Deshaun Watson and other prospects are expected to be top picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, which will be held April 27-29 in Philadelphia. But who will pick them? Teams are giving their draft boards one last look, and with the first round just a few hours away, Newsday.com NFL draft analyst Nick Klopsis looks at the first 32 picks in the final edition of his 2017 NFL mock draft.
Note: Previous picks denote selections in mock drafts 1.0 (Jan. 3), 1.1 (Jan. 9), 1.2 (Jan. 16), 1.3 (Jan. 22), 1.4 (Feb. 6), 2.0 (Feb. 14), 3.0 (Feb. 27), 4.0 (March 14), 5.0 (March 29), 6.0 (April 10), 7.0 (April 17) and 8.0 (April 24).
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, Edge rusher, Texas A&M
This pick hasn't changed since our first mock draft, and barring any crazy news between now and April 27, it likely won't. Myles Garrett is the consensus top prospect in this class and would be an immediate boost to a pass rush that ranked third-to-last in the NFL in sacks (26). Garrett has every trait a team could want from an edge rusher. His prototypical size (6-4 1/2, 272) and an excellent mix of speed, power, bend and burst helped him rack up 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss in three seasons. Garrett is an impact player that opposing teams would have to gameplan for - something that the Browns defense hasn't had for some time. Previous picks: Garrett (1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
2. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, Edge rusher, Stanford
The 49ers lack a true franchise quarterback, and even though they're in prime position to take one with the second overall pick, they could decide to roll with free-agent signees Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley for a year and get an immediate starter at another position. San Francisco drafted defensive linemen in the first round in each of the last two years and signed Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell to a four-year deal, but with the team transitioning to a 4-3 front next year, they could use a true defensive end. Solomon Thomas is a balanced end who could fit right in and make a Week 1 impact. Thomas had a strong season with 8 1/2 sacks and 14 tackles for loss and has seen his stock rise through the pre-draft process. He has the strength to set the edge against the run as well as the quickness and explosiveness to rush the passer. His presence on the edge would allow Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner - their last two first-rounders - to plug the middle in a rotation with Mitchell. Previous picks: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame (1.0), Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama (2.0), Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina (3.0, 4.0), Thomas (5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
3. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
The Bears are banking on the hope that Mike Glennon is their answer at quarterback, giving the former Buccaneer a three-year, $45 million deal. That means the Bears could use this pick to find an impact player elsewhere, particularly on a run defense that was sixth worst in the NFL with 121.9 yards allowed per game. Jonathan Allen has great size (6-2 5/8, 286) and plays both the run and the pass very well, recording 28 sacks and 44 1/2 tackles for loss in four seasons at Alabama. He said at the Combine that he has arthritis in his left shoulder, which may scare some teams off, but he told reporters that it wouldn't be an issue until "15-20 years down the road." He could start at five-technique alongside nose tackle Eddie Goldman and defensive end Akiem Hicks in the Bears' base 3-4 scheme. Previous picks: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (1.0), Allen (2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 8.0), Jamal Adams, S, LSU (5.0, 6.0), Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State (7.0).
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
The Jaguars attacked free agency with gusto, signing new defensive starters at cornerback (A.J. Bouye), defensive lineman (Calais Campbell) and safety (Barry Church). Filling those holes means they now can go with a true "best player available" approach and give quarterback Blake Bortles some much-needed help. They already have Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon at running back, but Ivory will be 29 on March 22 and Yeldon has been underwhelming in his first two seasons. Leonard Fournette has been talked about as one of the best running back prospects ever since he set foot on LSU's campus in 2014. He has incredible size (6-0 1/2, 240) and speed (4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Combine), and his bulldozing, powerful running style makes him a nightmare to tackle. He would take a lot of heat off Bortles and provide a much-needed boost to the Jags' running game. Previous picks: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama (1.0), Jamal Adams, S LSU (2.0, 3.0), Fournette (4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
5. Tennessee Titans (via Los Angeles Rams): O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Rishard Matthews emerged as the Titans' top receiver last year with 831 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, but as Marcus Mariota continues to grow at quarterback, the Titans need to give him more options. Who says it has to be a wide receiver, though? O.J. Howard was underutilized in Alabama's offense, but he's very similar to current Titans tight end Delanie Walker, who will turn 33 in August. Both have soft hands and are able to chip in capably as run-blockers. Howard also tested very well at the Combine, running a 4.51 40 at 6-5 3/4 and 251 pounds. He'd be a great fit for head coach Mike Mularkey's "exotic smashmouth" offense and would form an excellent pairing alongside Walker. Previous picks: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0), Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State (5.0), Howard (6.0).
6. Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Yes, we know the Jets really need a quarterback. But bad QB play wasn't the only reason for their 5-11 record. The defense was a shell of its former self - the team's 27 sacks were fourth worst in the league, while the secondary had just eight interceptions (tied for second worst) and gave up a touchdown on 5.5 percent of opposing pass attempts (tied for fifth worst). Marcus Gilchrist is coming off a season-ending knee injury and costs just $1.25 million against the cap if released, and 2014 first-rounder Calvin Pryor had a down year last season. Couple that with their reported interest in former Cardinal Tony Jefferson, and safety could be a high-priority position in the draft. LSU's Jamal Adams - son of former Giants first-round pick George Adams - is very well-rounded, with the instincts and range in pass defense to play free safety as well as the tenacity and physicality to be a strong safety who can play up in the box. He could be an upgrade over either Gilchrist or Pryor. Previous picks: Tim Williams, Edge rusher, Alabama (1.0), Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State (2.0, 3.0), Adams (4.0), Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State (5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
The Chargers' secondary is trending in the right direction with Jason Verrett and Casey Hayward, and even though they re-signed Jahleel Addae and return former Jet Dwight Lowery, they still could use another playmaker. Malik Hooker may be the best centerfielder in this class. The Ohio State product became a starter in 2016 following the departure of Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell and has shown incredible ball skills, hauling in seven interceptions and returning three for touchdowns. Like his teammate Marshon Lattimore, Hooker only started one season. He didn't work out at the Combine after offseason shoulder and hernia surgery, but when healthy, he could give the Chargers the impact safety they lost when Eric Weddle left for Baltimore last year. Previous picks: Adams (1.0, 7.0, 8.0), Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State (2.0, 3.0), Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State (4.0, 6.0), Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama (5.0).
8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
The Panthers need a running back to spell the aging Jonathan Stewart, and up until now, most mock drafts have linked them with Leonard Fournette. But in recent weeks, reports have surfaced about the Panthers' interest in Christian McCaffrey -- Carolina reportedly hosted him for a visit, and new wide receivers coach Lance Taylor was McCaffrey's running backs coach at Stanford. Fournette's powerful running style is reminiscent of what the Panthers currently have in Stewart. McCaffrey would bring more of a complementary aspect. The former Heisman finalist and son of former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey can line up in the backfield, out wide or in the slot and can return kicks and punts. He had an excellent Combine, and even though he doesn't have great size at 5-11 1/4 and 202 pounds, he has shown he can handle early down duties. He could fill three immediate needs for the Panthers: returner, slot receiver and third-down receiving back (and eventual replacement for Stewart). Previous picks: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU (1.0, 2.0, 3.0), Solomon Thomas, Edge rusher, Stanford (4.0), O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (5.0), McCaffrey (6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
After five straight playoff seasons, the Bengals took a step back in 2016. They could use another pass-rusher opposite Carlos Dunlap and another linebacker alongside Vontaze Burfict. Haason Reddick could help the Bengals with both of these needs. Reddick has seen his stock skyrocket through the pre-draft process. The speedy Temple product can line up outside to rush the passer or slide inside in coverage, giving the Bengals extra versatility in their front seven. Previous picks: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama (1.0, 4.0), Solomon Thomas, Edge rusher, Stanford (2.0, 3.0), Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (5.0), Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama (6.0, 7.0), Derek Barnett, Edge rusher, Tennessee (8.0).
10. Buffalo Bills: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Tyrod Taylor's contract situation is resolved, so the Bills need to replenish his targets -- wide receiver Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin left in free agency, and tight end Charles Clay hasn't lived up to the five-year, $38 million contract he signed in 2015. But they also need another starting cornerback after losing Stephon Gilmore to the division rival Patriots in free agency. Marshon Lattimore declared as a redshirt sophomore and likely will be the third Ohio State cornerback in the last four drafts to go in the first round. Lattimore is very athletic and has a good mix of size (6-0, 193 pounds) and ball skills. He is strong in run support and fluid in pass coverage, but only has one year of starting experience and has had a history of hamstring problems. Previous picks: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama (1.0), Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina (2.0), Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (3.0), O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (4.0, 8.0), Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (5.0), Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (6.0, 7.0).
11. New Orleans Saints: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
New season, same old issues on defense. The Saints ranked last in pass yards allowed per game (273.8), second to last in points per game (28.4) and sixth worst in sacks (30). After trading for the 32nd overall pick, they don't need to target one specific position with this earlier pick and can just let the board come to them. Marlon Humphrey is a dual-sport athlete who anchored Alabama's 4x400-meter relay team as a freshman and won the 110 meter hurdles (13.67) and the 400 meter hurdles (50.75) at the 2013 World Youth Track & Field Championships as a high school junior. He has good size at 6-0 1/4, 197 pounds and the physicality to match up with bigger receivers on the outside. He could stand to improve his technique, but the physical traits are there for him to become an impact NFL cornerback. Previous picks: Derek Barnett, Edge rusher, Tennessee (1.0, 2.0), Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama (3.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0), Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State (4.0), Taco Charlton, Edge rusher, Michigan (8.0).
12. Cleveland Browns (via Eagles): Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Remember what we said earlier about the Browns waiting to get their quarterback of the future? Well, here goes. Mitchell Trubisky and the Browns have been linked all offseason, to the point where the Browns are rumored to be considering him with the first overall pick. Trubisky has an impressive mix of arm strength and accuracy, can make all the throws and is mobile enough to extend plays with his legs. He became the starter at North Carolina this past season and struggled in the Sun Bowl against Stanford, so it remains to be seen if he just had a good season or if there's something more sustainable. If the Browns don't decide to address quarterback in this pick, they could take a running back or a cornerback to pair with Joe Haden. Previous picks: Trubisky (1.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0), Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (2.0, 4.0), DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame (3.0).
13. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
Arizona needs help on defense, particularly another cornerback across from Patrick Peterson and a playmaking off-ball linebacker. But wide receiver has become just as big of a need for the Cardinals -- Larry Fitzgerald will turn 34 in August and is in the final year of his contract, Michael Floyd was cut following a DUI arrest in December and John Brown battled sickle-cell anemia last season. Clemson's Mike Williams has great size at 6-3 5/8 and 218 pounds along with a large catch radius, which he uses well in contested situations. He missed 2015 with a neck injury. Previous picks: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (1.0), DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame (2.0), Corey Davis, WR, Clemson (3.0, 4.0, 6.0), Haason Reddick, Edge rusher/LB, Temple (5.0), Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech (7.0), Williams (8.0).
14. Philadelphia Eagles (via Vikings): Derek Barnett, Edge rusher, Tennessee
The Eagles upgraded at wide receiver by signing Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. They need to bolster the secondary - the unit gave up 12.1 yards per completion last year, and that was before the team cut Leodis McKelvin and let Nolan Carroll sign with the Cowboys in free agency -- but they also could use an infusion of youth in their pass-rush, especially since none of their top three defensive ends are younger than 28. Derek Barnett has good size (6-3, 259 pounds) and can rush the passer from either side of the line, using active hands to shed blockers and disrupt plays in the backfield. A lot of his production at Tennessee stemmed from the Vols' aggressive style of defense, so he'll need to prove he can transcend scheme fit. But the technique and talent are there. Previous picks: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (1.0, 2.0), John Ross, WR, Washington (3.0), Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State (4.0), Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (5.0, 6.0), Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State (7.0, 8.0).
15. Indianapolis Colts: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Colts had the sixth worst passing defense in 2016, allowing 262.5 yards per game. They also were tied for the 10th fewest sacks and cut inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, leaving a hole in the middle of their defense. Alabama's Reuben Foster is a complete inside linebacker and plays very aggressively in every phase. He's a brick wall against the run, can drop back in coverage and can get after the quarterback. He'll need to answer questions about being kicked out of the Combine following an incident with a hospital worker, and he reportedly failed a Combine drug test because of a diluted sample (which he claimed was due to his recovery from food poisoning), but he'd be an excellent value at this stage of the draft. Previous picks: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State (1.0, 2.0), Derek Barnett, Edge rusher, Tennessee (3.0, 4.0, 5.0), Haason Reddick, Edge rusher/LB, Temple (6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
16. Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
The Ravens always could use more pass-rushers - they drafted Matt Judon in the fifth round last year, but they cut Elvis Dumervil at the start of free agency, and Terrell Suggs will be 35 in October. But Steve Smith Sr. retired, and 2015 first-rounder Breshad Perriman hasn't been able to stay healthy or put it all together on the field, so it wouldn't be a shock if Baltimore decided to add to Joe Flacco's receiver corps. Corey Davis probably is the most complete wide receiver in the draft. The Western Michigan star has the size at 6-2 7/8 and 209 pounds, which he uses to his advantage in 50-50 situations. He's a crisp route-runner and can make defenders miss in the open field. Davis has lined up outside and in the slot, giving him extra versatility. Previous picks: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State (1.0), Tim Williams, Edge rusher, Alabama (2.0, 3.0, 4.0), Cam Robinson, OL, Arizona (5.0, 6.0, 8.0), Davis (7.0).
17. Washington Redskins: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
It's difficult enough to try to match teams with potential prospects when said teams have a GM in place. So when Washington fired Scot McCloughan, it threw their draft forecast into flux. Their original needs didn't change - they still need some help along the defensive line, a safety and an inside linebacker - but a lot will depend on the new GM's philosophy. Jarrad Davis has shot into the first round in the weeks leading into the draft, and for good reason. He's a fiery leader and a well-rounded, athletic playmaker with excellent range. He battled ankle injuries last season and sometimes gets caught up in blocks while trying to pursue the ballcarrier, but he'd be a welcome addition in the middle of Washington's defense. Previous picks: Solomon Thomas, Edge rusher, Stanford (1.0), Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State (2.0, 3.0), John Ross, WR, Washington (4.0), Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt (5.0, 6.0), Taco Charlton, Edge rusher, Michigan (7.0), Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama (8.0).
18. Tennessee Titans: Kevin King, CB, Washington
The Titans signed former Patriot Logan Ryan in free agency, but they still need to add to a secondary that gave up the third-most passing yards per game (269.2). Kevin King was somewhat overshadowed in Washington's talented secondary, playing alongside fellow prospects Sidney Jones and Budda Baker. But the 6-3, 200-pound King made a statement at the Combine when he ran a 4.43-second 40, jumped 39 1/2 inches in the vertical and led all Combine participants in the three-cone (6.56 seconds) and the 20-yard shuttle (3.89 seconds). Then, when Jones tore his Achilles during the Huskies' Pro Day workout, King essentially supplanted Jones as the Huskies defensive back with the first-round buzz. He's a big, fast corner who is great in coverage, though he could improve against the run. Previous picks: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida (1.0, 2.0, 3.0), Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (4.0), John Ross, WR, Washington (5.0), Kevin King, CB, Washington (6.0, 7.0), Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (8.0).
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
The Bucs have an ascending young quarterback-receiver tandem in Jameis Winston and Mike Evans, but they still need more help on offense, especially since Doug Martin must serve the remaining three games of his four-game PED suspension. Martin actually could end up being a cap casualty because the suspension voided the full guarantee of his $7 million base salary. Dalvin Cook is right there with Leonard Fournette as the top running backs in this class. Cook has an excellent mix of speed, quickness and vision, and has shown off some reliable receiving chops as well (79 receptions in 38 career games). He dealt with his share of injuries in college, had a lackluster Combine and comes with several off-field concerns, which is why he has slid this far, but his big-play ability in the Bucs' offense could be too good to pass up. An added bonus: Drafting Cook would mean a reunion with former Florida State teammate Winston. The Bucs also could go for one of the top wide receivers in the class, should any of them fall this far. Previous picks: John Ross, WR, Washington (1.0, 2.0), Cook (3.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0), Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford (4.0).
20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
The Broncos ranked 27th in rushing yards per game (92.8) and 21st in passing yards per game (230.3). Both issues can be remedied with a better presence in the trenches, even after adding Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson. Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk battled a hip injury that required offseason surgery and caused him to miss Combine drills, but he still could become a sought-after prospect because of his well-rounded skillset. The 6-5 5/8, 310-pound Ramczyk is strong in both run blocking and in pass protection. He could start out of the gate at either tackle spot and help keep Trevor Siemian and/or Paxton Lynch upright while creating running lanes for C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. Previous picks: Ramczyk (1.0), Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama (2.0, 3.0, 4.0), Ramczyk (5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
21. Detroit Lions: Taco Charlton, Edge rusher, Michigan
The Lions tied the Browns for second-to-last in the NFL with 26 sacks. Devin Taylor had 4 1/2 of them, second on the team, but he's a free agent. Kerry Hyder had a breakout season with eight sacks, but the Lions still need pass-rush help across from Ziggy Ansah. Taco Charlton has great size (6-5 5/8, 277 pounds), versatility and a high motor. The Michigan product has the speed to get after the quarterback or pursue the ballcarrier. He could play end in defensive coordinator Teryl Austin's base 4-3 formation while sliding inside to defensive tackle on passing downs. Previous picks: Charles Harris, Edge rusher, Missouri (1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 8.0), Takkarist McKinley, Edge rusher, UCLA (4.0, 5.0), Derek Barnett, Edge rusher, Tennessee (6.0, 7.0).
22. Miami Dolphins: Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
The Dolphins have drafted an offensive linemen in the first round in two of the last three years, including last year. So why do we have them making it three out of four years? Laremy Tunsil, last year's first-rounder, is moving to left tackle to replace Branden Albert, who was traded to the Jaguars. That leaves an immediate hole at guard, where Tunsil played his rookie season. Forrest Lamp will remind many of Zack Martin and Justin Pugh in terms of career trajectory. Lamp, like Martin and Pugh, was a left tackle in college, but likely will have to move inside to guard because his 32 1/4-inch arms are a bit short for an NFL tackle. Lamp has an excellent mix of athleticism and power and can handle both quick pass-rushers and strong run-stuffers. He could start right away at either guard spot for Miami. Previous picks: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt (1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0), Taco Charlton, Edge rusher, Michigan (5.0, 6.0), Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama (7.0), Lamp (8.0).
23. Giants: David Njoku, TE, Miami (Fla.)
Giants GM Jerry Reese seems to have a preferred "type" when it comes to first-round picks, skewing toward incredibly gifted athletes. Backflip artists Jason Pierre Paul (2010) and David Wilson (2012) immediately come to mind, as does Odell Beckham Jr. (2014), but even Reese's other recent first-rounders were very athletic: Prince Amukamara (2011), Justin Pugh (2013), Ereck Flowers (2015), and Eli Apple (2016) all tested well in various drills at their respective Combines. Assuming that trend continues, David Njoku could be the pick this year. The Miami tight end was in the 79th percentile or better for tight ends in the 40 (4.64 seconds), vertical (37 1/2 inches), broad jump (11-1) and three-cone (6.97 seconds), and was in the 56th percentile in both the 20-yard shuttle (4.34 seconds) and the bench press (21 reps), per mockdraftable.com. Njoku still is raw as a receiver and could refine his route-running, but he'll turn just 21 in July, so he's still growing into his 6-4, 246-pound frame and has a ton of upside. Previous picks: Taco Charlton, Edge rusher, Michigan (1.1, 2.0), O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (3.0), Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin (4.0), Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (5.0), Njoku (6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
24. Oakland Raiders: John Ross, WR, Washington
The Raiders have an exciting offense led by two young superstars in Derek Carr and Amari Cooper and a steady veteran presence in Michael Crabtree - and that's not even factoring in Marshawn Lynch's return. It makes sense to keep building on this side of the ball, in which case a third wideout could be useful. This pick may bring back shades of Al Davis, but John Ross could fit quite well here. The new Combine record-holder in the 40-yard dash (4.22 seconds) is an incredibly fun receiver to watch and uses that speed to beat defenders on crossers and fly routes. His lengthy injury history - meniscus tears in both knees, a left ACL tear and microfracture surgery, plus shoulder surgery after the Combine - may give teams pause, but if healthy he could be a nice downfield option for Carr and a great complement to Cooper and Crabtree. Previous picks: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State (1.1, 4.0), Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (2.0, 3.0), Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford (5.0), Ross (6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
25. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Brock Osweiler is gone after one season, and Tony Romo - who was linked to the Texans all offseason - retired to the CBS broadcast booth, leaving Houston in desperate need not just of a quarterback for the future, but a quarterback for right now, especially given the playoff-caliber supporting cast currently in place. Deshaun Watson is a two-time Heisman runner-up and led Clemson to the national championship in January. He is a dual-threat quarterback who can move the chains with his legs, but he trusts his arm enough to stand in the pocket and make a throw rather than run. He did throw 32 interceptions in college, so he'll need to improve his decision-making, but he certainly has the intangibles teams look for in an NFL quarterback and could compete right away for a starting job. Previous picks: Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan (1.2, 2.0), Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin (3.0), DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame (4.0, 5.0), Watson (6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
26. Seattle Seahawks: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Seahawks drafted Germain Ifedi in the first round last year, but the offensive line needs more talent, especially if Seattle hopes to keep Russell Wilson upright and healthy. Picking this late in the first round, they could go with Utah's Garett Bolles. The 6-5, 300-pound Bolles fits the athletic criteria the Seahawks seem to look for in their offensive linemen and is very physical. His combination of on-field ability and off-field maturity could be what the Seahawks need. Previous picks: Bolles (1.2, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0), Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin (2.0).
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech
Questions remain about whether or not Alex Smith is enough to help Kansas City reach a Super Bowl. The Chiefs could save $17 million in cap space by cutting the 32-year-old Smith next season. Add in the Chiefs' current backup quarterback situation (Tyler Bray and Joel Stave are more third-string material), head coach Andy Reid's eye for quarterbacks and the lack of any major holes elsewhere on the roster. Patrick Mahomes II, the son of former Met Pat Mahomes, is an intriguing low-floor, high-ceiling option. He's a gunslinger who has all the tools, and his improvisational abilities help him make highlight-reel throws look easy. But he comes from a backyard-football style of offense at Texas Tech, so he needs a lot of work and will have to sit for a year or two while he learns how to play within the structure of an NFL offense. With Smith entrenched as the starter for at least 2017, he'd have that chance.Previous picks: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida (1.2, 2.0, 3.0, 5.0), Teez Tabor, CB, Florida (4.0), Mahomes (6.0, 8.0), Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama (7.0).
28. Dallas Cowboys: Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn
The Cowboys' primary need still is pass-rusher, but they also could use help at strong safety after both Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox signed elsewhere in free agency. Obi Melifonwu, a four-year starter at UConn, brings the hammer in run support and can enforce the middle of the field and play up in the box. He burst onto the draft scene after an incredible showing at the Combine, where he measured 6-3 7/8 and 224 pounds, ran a 4.40-second 40 and posted a 44-inch vertical and an 11-9 broad jump. Fun fact: that broad jump ranks second all-time in Combine history. The record holder? Byron Jones, the former UConn safety and teammate of Melifonwu's. Jones leapt into first-round consideration after that Combine performance and went 27th overall in 2015 to - yup - the Cowboys. Previous picks: Takkarist McKinley, Edge rusher, UCLA (1.2, 2.0, 3.0), Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan (4.0, 5.0), Melifonwu (6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
29. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Watt, Edge rusher, Wisconsin
The Packers had 40 sacks in 2016, tied for sixth. However, they lost two pass-rushers in free agency when Julius Peppers returned to Carolina and Datone Jones signed with division rival Minnesota, so they'll need more edge help alongside Clay Matthews and newly re-signed Nick Perry. T.J. Watt is just as athletic as his two older brothers, J.J. and Derek, and the Wisconsin edge rusher could be a perfect fit with the hometown Packers. Watt tested very well at the Combine, putting up 21 reps on the bench press and posting a 4.69 40, 6.79 three-cone, 37-inch vertical and a 10-8 broad jump. He had 11 1/2 sacks in 2016, his only season as a starter for the Badgers. Previous picks: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (1.3, 2.0), Sidney Jones, CB, Washington (3.0), Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida (4.0), Watt (5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0).
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Charles Harris, Edge rusher, Missouri
James Harrison will be 39 in May, Lawrence Timmons signed with Miami and Jarvis Jones is a free agent, leaving the Steelers dangerously thin at pass-rusher behind Bud Dupree. Charles Harris is the latest in a long line of Missouri pass-rushers to make the leap to the NFL, and he could be a good fit here. Harris has excellent speed and uses his varied pass-rush moveset (in particular, a nasty spin move) to get past blockers. He's still a work in progress in the run game and he struggled at the Combine (4.82 40, 32-inch vertical, 9-1 broad jump, 7.47 three-cone), but nevertheless, his tape is solid. He could contribute right away in a Steelers defense that needs another edge threat. Previous picks: Carl Lawson, Edge rusher, Auburn (1.3, 2.0, 3.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0), Haason Reddick, Edge rusher/LB, Temple (4.0).
31. Atlanta Falcons: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
The Falcons have a ton of playmakers on offense, but they do need some help along the offensive line - they signed Hugh Thornton to replace Chris Chester at right guard, but Thornton ended his tenure with the Colts as a backup and isn't more than a stopgap option. Cam Robinson, who played tackle at Alabama, has excellent size at 6-6 1/4, 322 pounds and is an excellent run blocker. He'll have to answer questions about an offseason arrest on three charges, including illegal possession of stolen firearms and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Robinson needs a good amount of work as a pass protector, but as a guard he'll be able to put his run-blocking ability to good use. Previous picks: DeMarcus Walker, Edge rusher, Florida State (1.4, 2.0), Taco Charlton, Edge rusher, Michigan (3.0, 4.0), Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky (5.0, 6.0, 7.0), Takkarist McKinley, Edge rusher, UCLA (8.0).
32. Saints (via New England Patriots): Takkarist McKinley, Edge rusher, UCLA
The Saints pulled off a shocker of a trade in the opening days of free agency, sending former first-round receiver Brandin Cooks to New England in exchange for the final pick of the first round. This could be a good chance for the Saints to continue to fortify a porous defense, and after drafting an cornerback with the 11th overall pick, they can address their pass rush here. Takkarist McKinley could be a perfect fit after a breakout senior season with 10 sacks. He has excellent speed and a non-stop motor, but he still could use some work as a run defender and had shoulder surgery after the Combine, which could affect his availability for the start of the season. The Saints also could take a quarterback here to groom as Drew Brees' replacement, or they could trade it again to a team that needs one (and wants to leapfrog the teams at the top of the second round while taking advantage of the fifth-year team option for first-round picks). Previous pick: Carl Lawson, Edge rusher, Auburn (4.0), Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech (5.0), McKinley (6.0, 7.0), Kevin King, CB, Washington (8.0).