2017 NFL Mock Draft: First-round projections after first bowl weekend

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With a few bowl games already in the rearview mirror, take a look at our latest 2017 NFL Mock Draft.

The first weekend of bowl games is already behind us and it’s time to glance at what our newest 2017 NFL mock draft looks like. There weren’t a ton of changes in terms of team needs, from my last mock, but I’m getting a better idea of which players will go where with NFL teams getting closer to being locked into a certain pick.

While the draft order isn’t completely set just yet, with two weeks left in the NFL regular season, it’s becoming clear about what each team needs, position-wise.

Do we have a new No. 1 overall selection this week or was there a slight change from our last mock? With Alabama being a college football dynasty, or so it seems, how many players will they have drafted? Take a look at our latest mock draft.

Note: The NFL draft order is based off of current records, pick trading and standings from NFL.com as of Dec. 16.

Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Austin Appleby (12) is brought down by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) during the fourth quarter of the SEC Championship college football game at Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Florida 54-16. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports


Jonathan Allen

DT, Alabama

I’ve been back and forth on this one for the past few weeks, but I’ve ultimately settled on Jonathan Allen as my No. 1 overall pick to the Browns.

Let’s face it, Cleveland needs help in just about every category, starting with quarterback, but the Browns can’t afford to pass on the best available player with the No. 1 overall pick. There’s a chance that they could trade down to get a couple more picks in the draft, but I’d be surprised.

Allen might be the best defensive lineman in the country and he’s been proving it over the past few weeks, especially in the SEC Championship. The Florida Gators didn’t stand a chance as Allen was consistently in on plays and wreaking havoc.

After starting his career at linebacker, he has made the seamless transition to the defensive line and he is likely to become the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. He’s having his best season yet as the senior lineman has recorded 56 total tackles, 13 for loss and 8.5 sacks. Allen now has 26 sacks in his career.

Cleveland will start to get better on the defensive line with the best player available.

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