The new league year is upon us in the NFL, and that means one of the most coveted events of the year is right around the corner: the NFL Draft. 253 men are looking to see their dream of being in the NFL become a reality.
All eyes are going to be on the first few picks of the 2017 Draft. Here is a preview of the first five mock selections:
The Cleveland Browns have the first overall pick and are projected to select Myles Garrett, a defensive end from Texas A&M first overall.
With the number two pick in the draft, the 49ers are expected to select defensive end out of Stanford, Solomon Thomas. The 49ers need players all across the board. Their top needs are a quarterback, outside linebacker, and lineman.
The Chicago Bears hold the third spot in this year’s draft. In the offseason, they released veteran quarterback Jay Cutler and picked up quarterback Mike Glennon. Their top needs are a defensive back, lineman, and tight end.
The Jacksonville Jaguars roll in with the number four overall selection. Their top needs are a tight end, defensive tackle, and a lineman. The Jaguars traded Julius Thomas, and all signs are pointing to the direction of them picking O.J. Howard, a tight end out of Alabama.
The number five overall pick belongs to the Tennessee Titans. They need a quarterback, wide receiver, and inside linebacker. Despite their biggest needs, they are projected to select Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore in the first round.
Trades are expected to shake up the entire first round of the draft. One of the trades that are being talked about is that the Buffalo Bills are looking to move up to select Mitchell Trubisky. If the Bills do move up, the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to be the team that is going to switch with them.
The Lions are also being looked at as a team that is potentially looking to trade up for David Njoku. The Lions currently have the 21st pick, but it’s not out of the question that they will slide to the 17th slot to trade with the Redskins.
The draft is scheduled from April 27 to April 29 at Eakins Oval in Philidelphia, with the first round starting at 7:00 central time on Thursday.