2017 NFL Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions for Top Prospects After Week 11
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Normally at this time of the year, the top story in regard to the NFL draft is centered around the race for the No. 1 pick. But the Cleveland Browns continue to cling to the top spot and show no signs of relinquishing that control. 

The San Francisco 49ers are one game behind the Browns and, if the Browns were to pull off an upset victory, the 49ers’ strength of schedule would currently give them the tiebreaker for the top spot. 

Unfortunately for the 49ers, the Browns schedule down the stretch does not bode well. The most winnable games remaining for Cleveland are home contests against the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers. 

Here’s a look at an updated mock draft, featuring the current draft order through Sunday night’s action, followed by a few other NFL draft storylines to keep an eye on. The order is determined using the full-season strength of schedule as the tiebreaker. 

NFL Mock Draft
Pick Team Player Position School
1 Cleveland Browns Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina
2 San Francisco 49ers Myles Garrett DE Texas A&M
3 Chicago Bears Jonathan Allen DL Alabama
4 Jacksonville Jaguars Malik McDowell DL Michigan State
5 New York Jets Jabrill Peppers S/LB Michigan
6 Cincinnati Bengals Leonard Fournette RB LSU
7 Tennessee Titans (from LA) Mike Williams WR Clemson
8 Carolina Panthers Cam Robinson OT Alabama
9 San Diego Chargers Jamal Adams S LSU
10 New Orleans Saints Derek Barnett DE Tennessee
11 Green Bay Packers Reuben Foster LB Alabama
12 Arizona Cardinals Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
13 Tennessee Titans Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
14 Buffalo Bills Tim Williams LB Alabama
15 Baltimore Ravens John Ross WR Washington
16 Indianapolis Colts Dalvin Cook RB Florida State
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Desmond King CB Iowa
18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Zach Cunningham LB Vanderbilt
19 Cleveland Browns (from PHI) Ethan Pocic C LSU
20 Miami Dolphins Teez Tabor CB Florida
21 Atlanta Falcons Jarrad Davis LB Florida
22 Detroit Lions Solomon Thomas DL Stanford
23 Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN) Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
24 Washington Redskins Lowell Lotulelei DT Utah
25 Houston Texans Marquis Haynes LB Ole Miss
26 New York Giants Charles Harris DE Missouri
27 Kansas City Chiefs Raekwon McMillan LB Ohio State
28 Denver Broncos Taco Charlton DE Michigan
29 Seattle Seahawks Dan Feeney OG Indiana
30 Oakland Raiders Gareon Conley CB Ohio State
31 New England Patriots D’Onta Foreman RB Texas
32 Dallas Cowboys O.J. Howard TE Alabama

Leonard Fournette‘s Ankle Injury

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Will Carroll of SEC Country reported last week that LSU running back Leonard Fournette‘s ankle injury, which has hobbled him for much of the 2016 season, is a chronic issue that will linger throughout his career. 

This is obviously a shocking headline that will lead to concerns about Fournette‘s draft stock. However, Carroll goes on to explain that chronic ankle injuries are not necessarily a serious issue, and surgery can often correct them. 

Fournette has been playing through pain for much of the season, and he has remained productive. This could ease some of the concerns teams have over the injury. If it does pop up again in the future, they may feel more comfortable having already seen how Fournette performs when he is not 100 percent. 

For now, any adjustment to Fournette‘s draft stock would be a pure guess. Even NFL teams won’t know how to adjust his placement on their boards until he’s checked out by the medical staff at the NFL combine in February. 

Until then, it’s probably safe to assume Fournette remains a first-round lock. 

Quarterbacks Falling

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Entering this season, there was optimism surrounding the 2017 quarterback class, but the season has been filled with disappointment. 

According to Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton, while speaking on SportsTalk 790 in Houston, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein’s gave a grave outlook for one of the most highly touted prospects:

Watson’s lack of development has been disappointing. He remains a productive college quarterback, but he has struggled to build upon his breakout sophomore year and continues to make many of the same mistakes that have led to 26 interceptions over the past two seasons. 

Unfortunately, this quarterback class is starting to look a lot like the 2013 draft. 

In 2013, West Virginia’s Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley received a lot of early hype but ultimately fell out of the first round entirely. EJ Manuel, the only first-round quarterback that year, quickly turned into a bust for Buffalo Bills, and none of the quarterbacks from that class entered the 2016 season as starters. 

The one quarterback who could still save this year’s draft class is North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky.

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports said that Trubisky, in his first year as the Tar Heels starter, has the skills to be a first-round talent. 

ESPN’s Todd McShay also has Trubisky listed as his top-rated quarterback and the only quarterback among his top 32 players. 

Crowded Class of Cornerbacks

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Check the comment section of any mock draft, and you’ll find someone complaining about their favorite cornerback being left out—and they probably have a legitimate gripe. 

Talented cornerbacks load this draft class, and some extremely valuable players will fall to the second round simply because the position is overflowing with talent. 

In fact, there’s so much talent that multiple schools could produce two first-round cornerbacks

Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are among the first-round options. Florida also has Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson as potential early selections. 

McShay listed four cornerbacks among his top 32 prospects on his latest big board. CBS Sports’ Rob Rang listed five, but he has only one overlapping player with McShay (Tabor). 

Between those two draftniks, that’s a combined eight corners with first-round grades, demonstrating the incredible depth at the position in this class. 

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