Super Bowl Sunday resulted in the fifth Super Bowl title for the New England Patriots, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. Not only does that mean that those two franchises join the 30 others who have already begun their off-season plans, but also that the draft order for the first round of April’s NFL Draft has now been set.
The selection order for the first round is now as follows:
1. Cleveland Browns
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Chicago Bears
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
5. Tennessee Titans (from the Los Angeles Rams)
6. New York Jets
7. San Diego Chargers
8. Carolina Panthers
9. Cincinnati Bengals
10. Buffalo Bills
11. New Orleans Saints
12. Cleveland Browns (from the Philadelphia Eagles)
13. Arizona Cardinals
14. Philadelphia Eagles (from the Minnesota Vikings)
15. Indianapolis Colts
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Washington Redskins
18. Tennessee Titans
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. Denver Broncos
21. Detroit Lions
22. Miami Dolphins
23. New York Giants
24. Oakland Raiders
25. Houston Texans
26. Seattle Seahawks
27. Kansas City Chiefs
28. Dallas Cowboys
29. Green Bay Packers
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
31. Atlanta Falcons
32. New England Patriots
Mock drafts are plentiful this time of year, and two reliable sources are part of that. WalterFootball.com updated its mock on February 2. CBSsports.com’s Rob Rang did the same thing on January 28.
There are six first-round projections on which both experts agree on who the team will select. The picks on which both mocks agree are:
1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, defensive end, Texas A&M.
3. Chicago Bears – Jonathan Allen, defensive tackle, Alabama.
5. Tennessee Titans – Jamal Adams, strong safety. LSU.
7. San Diego Chargers – Malik Hooker, free safety, Ohio State.
20. Denver Broncos – Ryan Ramczyk, offensive tackle, Wisconsin.
29. Green Bay Packers – Sidney Jones, cornerback, Washington.
While those are the only places in which both experts have the same team taking the exact same player, there are two other picks on which the mocks agree on the position of the player that team will select. Those two picks are as follows:
2. San Francisco 49ers – Rang: Mitch Trubisky, quarterback, North Carolina. Walter: DeShone Kizer, quarterback, Notre Dame.
31. Atlanta Falcons – Rang: Charles Harris, defensive end, Missouri. Walter: Malik McDowell, DE/DT, Michigan State.
Now that the 2016-17 NFL season has concluded, fans can start to look forward to the 2017 Draft’s first round on April 27 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.