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Haynie 2017 Mock Draft: Complete First Round

The big night is almost upon us!  As such, I am long overdue for getting out my first of 2017.

After the narrow scope of the fourth-overall pick last year, it's been harder to sink my teeth into this year's draft and the 28th pick. So many variables, both in this draft class and in the Cowboys' needs, have made projection difficult.

Nevertheless, I did my best to come up with a draft that I think closely resembles what you'll see on Thursday night.  Here are my standard disclaimers:

  • Please comment with your thoughts on my picks. If you're a fan of another team I really value your insider perspective and will use it to make my next mock better.
  • These are predictions of what teams WILL do and not necessarily what they SHOULD.
  • I don't get into predicting trades. It's too much of a crapshoot to spend mental energy on.

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R1/1 – CLE: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

With this draft class being unfriendly for QB-needy teams, Cleveland takes one of the most exciting prospects in the last decade. They will hope for a QB to fall to them #12.

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R1/2 – SF: Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford

Switching to a 4-3 this year, 49ers take Thomas for immediate talent infusion and insurance in case other guys struggle with the transition.

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R1/3 – CHI: , S, LSU

may have more upside but also has risks. The Bears take the surer thing in Adams, who will bring immediate improvement and .

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R1/4 – JAC: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory aren't getting it done as a tandem. With QB Blake Bortles on the , the Jaguars give him some help with Fournette's potentially elite talent.

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R1/5 – TEN: , CB, Ohio St.

Things align perfectly for the Titans to fill their biggest need with the best CB prospect in the class.

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R1/6 – NYJ: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio St.

Hooker's upside is right there with the best talents in the class, making it impossible for the Jets to pass on him. They need upgrades in the .

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R1/7 – LAC: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

Allen can be a stalwart as a 3-4 DE for the next decade. Needs to add power but that's what NFL strength coaches are for.

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R1/8 – CAR: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

After Garrett and Thomas, Taco is probably most ready to come in and help a 4-3 defense right out of the gates. Carolina needs immediate talent infusion if they want to get back to contender status.

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R1/9 – CIN: Haason Reddick, DE/LB, Temple

The Bengals have need at both DE and LB and Reddick's versatility serves both. Comparable to , he will bring immediate help to their pass rush.

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R1/10 – BUF: , TE, Alabama

Howard gives Tyrod Taylor a new weapon as he fights to keep the starting QB job. If he fails, Howard becomes some new young QB's best friend.

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R1/11 – NO: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

I've been thinking for a while they would take ' understudy at their #32 pick. If that's the plan and then Trubisky is available here, how can they say no?

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R1/12 – CLE: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

I think the Browns will give Cody Kessler a shot and wait for a better QB class to add talent if needed. They add another significant defensive talent here with Foster.

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R1/13 – ARI: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

Mahomes' college scheme makes him an ideal fit for Bruce Arians' . Arizona starts preparing in what is likely Carson Palmer's last year.

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R1/14 – PHI: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida St.

Cook isn't a power runner but that's normal for the Eagles' offense. He is a great fit for them, so long as they trust his character.

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R1/15 – IND: Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA

McKinley may be best suited to convert to a 3-4 OLB of the available pass rushers, which makes him ideal for Indy.

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R1/16 – BAL: , WR, W. Michigan

It's been five years since the Ravens' win and Flacco hasn't been given much offensive help since. Davis could form a championship duo with Breshad Perriman.

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R1/17 – WAS: , RB/WR, Stanford

Matt Jones was solid but did not break out last year as many hoped. McCaffrey solidifies the backfield and gives them an option at WR also, where Washington is also thin.

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R1/18 – TEN: John Ross, WR, Washington

With 's ability to move around and extend plays, Ross' speed could make them a dangerous pair in the wide-open AFC South.

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R1/19 – TB: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Noah Spence was a steal last year but the rest of the Bucs' pass rushers are old men. Barnett gives them one of them best young DE combos in the game.

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R1/20 – DEN: , TE, Miami

The Broncos help their young quarterback, whoever it turns out to be, with the draft's other exceptional TE prospect.

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R1/21 – DET: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Matthew Stafford needs another weapon and Williams falling to this spot is a major gift. He's not Megatron, but Mike could be great with Stafford as his QB.

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R1/22 – MIA: Forrest Lamp, OL, W. Kentucky

Able to play any OL position, Lamp can fill one of the Dolphins' many needs up front as they look to get back to the playoffs.

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R1/23 – NYG: Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama

The Giants add Robinson, hopefully keeping Eli's “game worn” from getting too dirty.

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R1/24 – OAK: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan St.

McDowell's raw talent keeps him in the despite the concerns about scheme fit and locker room chemistry.

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R1/25 – HOU: , QB, Clemson

The pick is late enough that Watson doesn't have to start Week One to justify it, which is ideal for the Texans as they let Deshaun compete with Tom Savage.

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R1/26 – SEA: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

He should become a star as a 4-3 , which is what the Seahawks need as they rebuild their front lines.

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R1/27 – KC: , CB, Alabama

The pick would've been Sidney Jones if not for his recent Achilles . The Chiefs are looking to compete and Humphrey should be ready to contribute now.

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R1/28 – DAL: , DE, Missouri

Dallas gets the they desperately need. If Harris is gone, Dallas might go here as the next tier of pass rushers isn't as enticing.

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R1/29 – GB: , CB, LSU

A perfect replacement for Sam Shields, White should flourish in the Packers' man-heavy scheme.

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R1/30 – PIT: Jabril Peppers, LB/S, Michigan

The last great Pittsburgh safety, the one with the big hair, was only 5'10”. Pittsburgh will move Peppers around and let him make plays.

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R1/31 – ATL: Garrett Bolles, OL, Utah

The reigning Champions look to keep their infrastructure solid with the conservative, but often profitable, o-line pick.

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R1/32 – NO: Budda Baker, S, Washington

The Saints badly need a safety and Baker is the consensus as the #3 prospect after Adams and Hooker.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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