Redrafting the 1st Round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

In today’s article I’m going to be redrafting the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and I’ll be keeping the same trades in the redraft that happened in the real draft.

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1) Browns:

Original Pick: Myles Garrett

New Pick: Patrick Mahomes

By no means was Myles Garrett a bad pick. Garrett is one of the best young edge rushers in today’s game, but when you have a chance to take arguably the greatest player in the NFL, Mahomes is a no brainer. At 25, he’s already a former MVP and Super Bowl champion, so at number one it would be crazy for Cleveland not to take Mahomes in a redraft.

2) Bears:

Original Pick: Mitchell Trubisky

New Pick: Deshaun Watson

Mitchell Trubisky didn’t work out, so let’s give the Bears the second best quarterback in the 2017 Draft. Watson is an elite passer, and his mobility and extreme athleticism is an asset for any offense. Watson would have really sped up Chicago’s rebuild, and with that defense the Bears may have been unstoppable.

3) 49ers:

Original Pick: Solomon Thomas

New Pick: Myles Garrett

The 49ers still get their pass rusher but instead of the bust Solomon Thomas was, San Francisco gets a franchise pass rusher in Myles Garrett who makes that 49ers defense even scarier.

4) Jaguars:

Original Pick: Leonard Fournette

New Pick: Christian McCaffrey

Although there are more valuable players on the board at a variety of positions, why not give the Jaguars a better running back than they got. McCaffrey is an all around offensive weapon who’s terrific as a pass catcher and as a rusher. That Jaguars offense needed an elite offensive weapon, and although Fournette was okay while in Jacksonville, McCaffrey would have really added some juice to Jacksonville’s offense.

5) Titans:

Original Pick: Corey Davis

New Pick: George Kittle

Corey Davis has not lived up to his first round hype coming out of the draft. Therefore, why not give the Titans an elite pass catcher and run blocker who can pave the way for Derrick Henry and the Titans passing game? Kittle is arguably the NFL’s best tight end and his ability as a pass catcher and run blocker makes him one of the NFL’s best offensive players.

6) Jets:

Original Pick: Jamal Adams

New Pick: Tre’Davious White

Although Jamal Adams would still be a solid pick in a redraft for New York, the Jets and Adams did have a falling out. Therefore, why not give New York an elite shutdown corner to bolster their secondary? Corners are simply more valuable than safeties, and having an elite shutdown corner like Tre’Davious White is hard to find. Plus, poaching him away from a division rival and reeling in a big fish for New York’s defense would have only made it sweeter for Jets fans.

7) Chargers:

Original Pick: Mike Williams

New Pick: Chris Godwin

At number seven, the Chargers needed a receiver, and although Mike Williams has been a 1,000 yard receiver in his career, he’s definitely not Chris Godwin. In 2019, Godwin racked up over 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns on 86 receptions. Not only are those impressive stats, but Godwin is a top ten receiver and his speed and athleticism would have been more useful to the Chargers offense than what Williams has been able to bring to the table.

8) Panthers:

Original Pick: Christian McCaffrey

New Pick: Dalvin Cook

Although running backs aren’t highly valued in the first round, it’s hard for the Panthers to pass up on Dalvin Cook in a redraft. Although Cook isn’t the elite dual threat weapon McCaffrey is, he’s arguably a better runner than McCaffrey and can definitely hold his own as a pass catcher. With that said, it would be hard for Carolina to pass on a player as effective as Dalvin Cook in a redraft.

9) Bengals:

Original Pick: John Ross

New Pick: Marlon Humphrey

The John Ross experiment didn’t work out; therefore, at number nine let’s give the Bengals the best value available. Corners are important in today’s NFL, and elite shut down corners are even more important. Marlon Humphrey is widely considered as a top ten corner in the NFL, and with Cincinnati having struggled with their secondary for a while, it makes sense to get Humphrey in a redraft.

10) Chiefs:

Original Pick: Patrick Mahomes

New Pick: Jamal Adams

For Kansas City at number ten it comes down to taking the best player available. Obviously, Patrick Mahomes was a steal at ten, but Jamal Adams would have been a great pick for Kansas City’s defense. Adams is a hard nosed, run stuffing, and pass rushing safety who is among the best safeties in the NFL. Although the Chiefs miss out on Mahomes in a redraft, Adams would still have been a good pick for the Chiefs.

11) Saints:

Original Pick: Marshon Lattimore

New Pick: TJ Watt

Although Marshon Lattimore has blossomed into one of the better corners in the NFL, the fact that TJ Watt is still available at this point in my redraft is surprising and just goes to show how deep the 2017 NFL Draft was. In 2019, Watt had 14.5 sacks and established himself as one of the elite pass rushing linebackers in the NFL. If he’d gone to New Orleans at eleven, just imagine that Saints pass rush with Cameron Jordan and TJ Watt.

12) Texans:

Original Pick: Deshaun Watson

New Pick: Ryan Ramczyk

The Texans originally stole Deshaun Watson at number twelve, who’s really helped turn around the Texans franchise. Yet another problem that the Texans have faced over the past few years is their lack of a consistent and solid offensive line. Ramczyk is one of the best right tackles in the NFL, and picking him would have been a great move for Houston, as it would have given the Texans an elite right tackle who would’ve been a stalwart of Houston’s offense.

13) Cardinals:

Original Pick: Haason Reddick

New Pick: Marshon Lattimore

In 2017, the Cardinals drafted Haason Reddick, which hasn’t worked out for Arizona. Therefore, why not give them the best player available in Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore is a terrific corner and would have been a part of one of the stronger corner tandems in the NFL with Patrick Peterson.

14) Eagles:

Original Pick: Derek Barnett

New Pick: Jonathan Allen

In 2017, the Eagles went out and drafted Derek Barnett who hasn’t been a terrific sack guy for Philadelphia. Therefore, why not give the Eagles Jonathan Allen who not only can get to the quarterback but be a disruptor in opponents’ backfields as a run stuffer? In the past two seasons, Allen has compiled 14.0 sacks for Washington which would have made a nice addition to Philadelphia’s defensive line. Jonathan Allen would have fit perfectly next to Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham to create one of the scariest defensive fronts in the NFL.

15) Colts:

Original Pick: Malik Hooker

New Pick: Eddie Jackson

The Colts needed a safety back in 2017, so they got Malik Hooker. In the redraft though, let’s give them the best available safety on the board in Eddie Jackson. Jackson has been a staple of the Bears secondary, and has established himself as one of the best ball hawking safeties in the NFL. Jackson would have filled a need for the Colts back in 2017, and would have played at a higher level than Hooker has thus far in Indianapolis.

16) Ravens:

Original Pick: Marlon Humphrey

New Pick: Desmond King

With Marlon Humphrey going earlier to the Bengals, let's give Baltimore the next best corner available in Desmond King. King is one of the better corners in the NFL and would have been an instant impact player for the Ravens’ secondary.

17) Washington:

Original Pick: Jonathan Allen

New Pick: Kenny Golladay

Jonathan Allen was a good pick for Washington back in 2017, but Washington hasn’t had a 1,000 yard receiver since 2016 when they had Pierre Garçon and Desean Jackson. Therefore, why not give them an elite receiver who can be a dominant factor in the red zone and in the open field? Golladay led the league in receiving touchdowns last season, and his ability to go up and catch the football would have been a nice luxury for Washington.

18) Titans:

Original Pick: Adoree’ Jackson

New Pick: Adoree’ Jackson

At eighteen, I’m going to have the Titans stick with Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson has been a solid corner since being drafted, and his greatest asset is his speed and athleticism. So far with Tennessee, Jackson has been solid, and even in a redraft, I’m sure the Titans would love to take him again.

19) Buccaneers:

Original Pick: OJ Howard

New Pick: Dion Dawkins

OJ Howard was expected to be a top ten pick back in 2017, but when he fell to the Buccaneers at nineteen everyone thought that Tampa Bay had grabbed a great player. Howard is a solid tight end, but he certainly hasn’t lived up to the hype. Instead, I have the Buccaneers going out and taking Dion Dawkins who could have been a solid left tackle for the Buccaneers offensive line. Tampa Bay has struggled at left tackle over the past few seasons, and getting a solid guy like Dawkins back in 2017 would have definitely helped.

20) Broncos:

Original Pick: Garrett Bolles

New Pick: Alvin Kamara

Garrett Bolles hasn’t exactly worked out for the Broncos after being taken in the first round in 2017. Based on pure value here, giving the Broncos Alvin Kamara makes sense. Kamara is one of the best running backs in the NFL, and his ability as a pass catcher and as a runner would have made him an instant offensive weapon for the Broncos offense.

21) Lions:

Original Pick: Jarrad Davis

New Pick: Zach Cunningham

Jarrad Davis has not really worked out in Detroit after being taken 21st overall by the Lions in 2017. Therefore, let’s give Detroit the best linebacker available in Zach Cunningham. The former Vanderbilt product is a terrific tackler, and his ability to get to the football makes him one of the best young linebackers in the NFL.

22) Dolphins:

Original Pick: Charles Harris

New Pick: Budda Baker

At #22, the Dolphins probably drafted one of the bigger busts in 2017 by selecting Charles Harris. Seemingly the Dolphins swing and miss a lot when drafting pass rushers; just look at Dion Jordan or Charles Harris. Therefore, why not give Miami Budda Baker? Baker would have added a young playmaking presence to the back end of the Dolphins secondary, and he would have paired well with Reshad Jones, while making the Dolphins secondary a lot stronger.

23) Giants:

Original Pick: Evan Engram

New Pick: Cooper Kupp

Back in 2017, the Giants shocked everyone by drafting Evan Engram 23rd overall. Engram was projected to be a second round pick, so people were surprised. At times, Engram has lived up to his first round grade by the Giants, but injuries have plagued him and the rest of the Giants pass catchers. Therefore, giving the Giants another solid receiver would have been a smart move. Cooper Kupp had over 90 catches a season ago, and his ability as a yards after catch and touchdown machine would have been a nice addition to a Giants offense that was looking to add an influx of talent.

24) Raiders:

Original Pick: Gareon Conley

New Pick: Joe Mixon

Gareon Conley has never been able to live up to his first round hype, so let’s give the Raiders a value pick. Although it could be argued that guys like Chris Carson and Aaron Jones are better runners than Mixon, I feel like Mixon fits that hard nosed style of play that has been associated with the Raiders for years. Therefore, I feel like Mixon would have been a great impact player for the Raiders, as his ability as a pass catcher and strong runner would have added a legitimate offensive weapon to the Raiders offense.

25) Browns:

Original Pick: Jabrill Peppers

New Pick: Marcus WIlliams

In 2017, the Browns needed a safety so they got Jabrill Peppers. Peppers ended up being shipped off to New York in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, so why not give the Browns a safety they’d be happy to keep on their roster. Marcus Williams is a solid safety, and although he’s remembered for giving up the Minneapolis Miracle, he’s still a top ten safety in the NFL. He would have been a strong addition to the Browns secondary, and would have had a bigger impact on Cleveland’s defense than Peppers did.

26) Falcons:

Original Pick: Takkarist McKinley

New Pick: Shaquil Griffin

At number 26, let’s give Atlanta a solid corner to make the Falcons secondary better. Shaquil Griffin could have been a good fit with Atlanta, as he’s definitely been a solid starter in Seattle. With the Seahawks in 2019, Griffin earned a 77.0 PFF player grade which would have made him a standout in Atlanta’s secondary. Although Griffin isn’t elite, he’s an above average corner and would have had a bigger impact than Takkarist McKinley has had in Atlanta.

27) Bills:

Original Pick: Tre’Davious White

New Pick: Juju Smith-Schuster

With the Bills missing out on Tre’Davious White in the redraft, giving them a good value pick at the wide receiver position is a good idea for Buffalo. Buffalo hasn’t had that many 1,000 yard receivers over the past few seasons and Juju Smith-Schuster would’ve added a big playmaking presence to the Bills receiving corps.

28) Cowboys:

Original Pick: Taco Charlton

New Pick: Malik Hooker

Taco Charlton never worked out in Dallas, but the Cowboys have struggled at the safety position over the past few seasons. They’ve been linked to some big names in the past but have never been able to close the deal. Therefore, it makes sense to give them a solid safety like Malik Hooker, who could finally be that above average safety that the Cowboys defense has been missing for a while.

29) Browns:

Original Pick: David Njoku

New Pick: Evan Engram

In 2017, the Browns drafted David Njoku to fill a void at the tight end position. Njoku didn’t end up living up to the hype, but maybe if the Browns had gone out and drafted Evan Engram instead, things would have gone slightly differently. Engram, when healthy, is arguably a top seven or eight tight end in the NFL, and his speed and athleticism make him more of an athletic receiver than a great pass catching tight end.

30) Steelers:

Original Pick: TJ Watt

New Pick: Mike Williams

After coming one game short of the Super Bowl in 2016, the Steelers were at pick thirty where they got TJ Watt, who’ll be a dominant linebacker for the Steelers’ future. At the time, they didn’t have that many holes, so why not give them a player like Mike Williams who has tremendous upside due to his stature and physical skill set. He was a 1,000 yard receiver in 2019 and his ability to go up and catch the football would have been a nice complement to Antonio Brown.

31) 49ers:

Original Pick: Reuben Foster

New Pick: Kareem Hunt

At #31, the 49ers drafted Reuben Foster who never ended up making his mark in San Francisco. Therefore, why not give that 49ers offense another weapon to utilize? I know people are going to go ballistic for me giving San Francisco Hunt over Aaron Jones or Chris Carson, but just imagine Kareem Hunt’s explosive style in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Hunt’s ability as a pass catcher and runner would have married perfectly with what Shanahan likes to do with his running backs. And if you remember what Kareem Hunt was like in Kansas City, the 49ers would have gotten a weapon that would have been nothing short of dominant.

32) Saints:

Original Pick: Ryan Ramczyk

New Pick: Taylor Moton

With the Saints at #32, let’s give them Taylor Moton. Moton has been an above average right tackle in Carolina, and he would have slotted in at a position of need for the Saints in 2017. Although he’s no Ryan Ramczyk, Moton is still a capable right tackle, and he definitely would have been a core member to New Orleans’ dominant offensive line.

Do you agree with my redraft? Why or why not? Leave your comments in the comment section down below!

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