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article image2017 NFL Mock Draft: First round projections for each team

By Larry Seely     Oct 23, 2016 in Sports
Its been another exciting week of NFL action, but one thing is clear, even the best teams in the league have weaknesses and every franchise could use better depth, especially at the skilled positions.
Cleveland is the worst team in the league and it will take some time to get things turned around. The Browns do have two picks in the opening round next April and getting theses selections right is imperative.
Having used four different quarterbacks already in 2016, experts are projecting the front office to grab a new signal caller with the first overall selection. Notre Dame signal caller DeShone Kizer is emerging as the top ranked player at the position, but rumors of a trade to get more picks has some merit and they could still take a new offensive leader later in the first round.
Jacksonville is another team that has struggled in recent years, but have some good talent in place. An upgrade on the offensive line is a priority and could help the offense become more consistent. Roderick Johnson of Florida State is big and nasty, just what the Jaguars need on the line and the type of player that could anchor the tackle position for the next decade.
Myles Garrett of Texas A&M is the best pass rusher in this year's draft class and a top-3 player overall. His ability could lead to a team trading up in the first round to acquire his unique talents, but at this stage, the latest mocks have Miami and Carolina as the likely landing spot for the young man.
NFL teams are always looking for guys that can cover wide receivers one-on-one and this years group of corners is terrific. Desmond King of Iowa and Jalen Tabor of Florida are two of the best and both should hear their names called early in then opening round.
King has been linked with Tennessee, which makes sense with their struggles in pass defense. Tabor could begin his career in Miami or San Diego, as both of these squads need an upgrade in the secondary.
With nearly half the 2016 season now in the books, general managers have a strong idea of what is needed for their respective teams. This year's draft is deep at nearly every position and for teams like the Browns, that means help is on the way and hopefully it leads to a playoff berth in the near future.
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