• Akash Anavarathan

NFL 1st-Round Mock Draft 2017: 49ers Hub Edition

With the NFL Draft less than a month away, let's do a mock draft of the first round. Keep in mind, this mock draft is being completed assuming there are no trades and the teams stay at their current positions. As we go through the teams, the needs that these teams should address in the early rounds are listed as well.

Round 1:

1. Cleveland Browns (QB, EDGE, DB) - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Although the Cleveland Browns are rumored to like QB Mitch Trubisky, I don't believe it's enough to pull the trigger on him with the No. 1 overall pick. They'll take the best prospect in the draft in Myles Garrett and shouldn't even hesitate. He'll fill a need for Cleveland at pass rusher and could be part of the Browns' young nucleus for years to come.

2. San Francisco 49ers (EDGE, DB, QB) - Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

The 49ers have needs across the board and any of these top prospects can be considered with the No. 2 overall pick. With the 49ers set to play a Seattle Seahawks style defense under new DC Robert Saleh, a center-field safety like Hooker becomes essential. He's a superstar in the making and would shore up the back end of the 49ers' defense for years to come.

3. Chicago Bears (DB, OL, TE) - Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Even though the Bears added veteran Quintin Demps in the offseason, they don't have a playmaker in the back end of their defense. Adams would immediately come in, give the Bears toughness and identity that they've been lacking on defense.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars (DT, OL, TE) - DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford

With the departure of DT Jared Odrick, the Jaguars could look to solidify their defensive line. A prospect that's rising quickly is Solomon Thomas from Stanford. He can quickly come in and improve the Jaguars' run defense and be a versatile player.

5. Tennessee Titans (WR, CB, LB) - CB Marshon Lattimore. Ohio State

For the Titans, they need playmakers on the outside for both sides of the ball. The best cornerback in this draft is Marshon Lattimore and they can't afford to pass up on him with this pick. Although the Titans added Logan Ryan in the offseason, they are still looking for a true #1 corner, and that's what Lattimore will be.

6. New York Jets (QB, LB, CB) - QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina

Finally, the first quarterback is off the board! The Jets are in full-tank mode this offseason, trying to position themselves for the future. QB Christian Hackenberg or QB Bryce Petty aren't long term answers. It's been rumored that they like Trubisky and he could be the first piece to rebuilding their franchise.

7. Los Angeles Chargers (WR, DE, OG) - DE Jonathan Allen, Alabama

The Chargers would ideally love to add one of the two safeties in the draft, Hooker or Adams. With both of them off the board in the first three picks, the Chargers will likely have to solidify the defensive line first. Allen is an elite run defender, but with concerns over his arthritic shoulders, he'll likely fall to the Chargers at 7. Pair him with Joey Bosa and Melving Ingram and the Chargers could have a lethal defensive line.

8. Carolina Panthers (RB, DE, OT) - RB Leonard Fournette, LSU

The Panthers were heavily dependent on a strong running game with RB Jonathan Stewart on their way to a Super Bowl berth in 2015. They'll look to rekindle that in 2017, especially with recent news of QB Cam Newton's shoulder injury. Fournette could come in and be exactly that for the Panthers, giving them a top running back for years to come.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (OL, LB, EDGE) - OT Cam Robinson, Alabama

With the departure of LT Andrew Whitworth and G Kevin Zeitler, the Bengals will need to address their OL early and often in order to ensure that QB Andy Dalton stays upright this upcoming season. A little earlier than many expect Robinson to go, but it's a need-based pick and the Bengals would get the best LT in the draft.

10. Buffalo Bills (DB, WR, OT) - WR Mike Williams, Clemson

The Bills would love to add more playmakers for QB Tyrod Taylor. Even though the Bills have RB LeSean McCoy and WR Sammy Watkins, adding Williams would give them another pass-catcher for Taylor. He's the best wide receiver in this draft and instantly make the Bills offense even more potent.

11. New Orleans Saints (DB, WR, LB) - LB Reuben Foster, Alabama

LB Reuben Foster is a consensus top-5 prospect in this draft and the best linebacker in this class. He'll likely fall to the Saints after his abrupt departure from the NFL Combine. Foster is exactly what the Saints are missing on defense, a tough-nosed, play-making linebacker. The Saints continue to be an elite offensive team, but by adding Foster can help out a terrible defense improve heading into 2017.

12. Cleveland Browns (QB, EDGE, DB) - DB Gareon Conley, Ohio State

The Browns addressed the pass-rushing need with Garrett and with Trubisky off the board, I believe they'll take the Ohio State cornerback, Gareon Conley. Although Conley doesn't have the star appeal of teammates', Lattimore or Hooker, he's a solid cover corner that will fill a need for the Browns.

13. Arizona Cardinals (ILB, DB, QB) - QB Patrick Mahomes III, Texas Tech

Carson Palmer took a look of time this offseason to decide that he'll play in 2017 and with no heir apparent, the Cardinals find their future with Mahomes. With an offensive-minded head coach like Bruce Arians, Mahomes can develop his game, play behind Palmer for one or two years and be the future.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (CB, RB, DE) - RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

With an aging Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, the Eagles should look to add an explosive running back in the draft. There's no better way to help a young quarterback than with a strong running game. They've added receivers Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith and now it's time to add a running back to the mix. McCaffrey does it all, run, catch passes and return kicks. He would be the perfect addition to a young Eagles team.

15. Indianapolis Colts (OL, DL, RB) - OT Garret Bolles, Utah

The Colts have had struggles keeping Andrew Luck upright with poor offensive line play. Garret Bolles could come in and solidify the offensive line for the Colts. Although he's going to turn 25 before the season begins, he's an absolute mawler and could have the most upside for an offensive tackle.

16. Baltimore Ravens (LB, WR, CB) - WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

With receivers Kamar Aiken and Steve Smith Sr. not returning to the team in 2017, the Ravens will need to add pass-catchers for franchise quarterback Joe Flacco. Here comes Corey Davis, the standout from Western Michigan, who can be thrust into the starting lineup. He's probably the most well-rounded receiver in the class and the Ravens should definitely add him.

17. Washington Redskins (ILB, S, RB) - LB Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt

Through Free Agency, the Redskins addressed the defensive line, adding Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain, but still have a need at the middle linebacker position. That's where Zach Cunningham comes into the picture. Leading the SEC in tackles this past season, Cunningham could play inside or outside and could be a versatile pick for the Redskins.

18. Tennessee Titans (WR, CB, LB) - WR John Ross, Washington

The Tennessee Titans will be making their second selection in the first round, after selecting CB Marshon Lattimore with the No. 5 overall pick. The Titans need to add receivers for third-year quarterback Marcus Mariota and none better than the home-run threat John Ross from Washington. He possesses exceptional speed and would give the Titans good balance in their offense.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CB, WR, LB) - RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State

With uncertainty around the running back position in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers could reunite Cook with QB Jameis Winston. Cook is an explosive runner and possesses the on-field talent, but with off-field question marks and a poor combine showing, his stock has fallen. The Buccaneers could get a good value pick for a position of need with Dalvin Cook.

20. Denver Broncos (OT, LB, DE) - OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin

The Denver Broncos currently do not have a left tackle on their roster, and could add one of the top tackles in the draft with Ramczyk. The Wisconsin Badgers have a history of producing NFL offensive lineman, and he'd likely fit in with the Broncos' zone-based running scheme.

21. Detroit Lions (EDGE, LB, WR) - DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee

Barnett has been flying under the radar as a pass rusher, with Myles Garrett garnering all the hype. Barnett racked up 33 sacks over the past three seasons and might even be a better overall defender than Garrett at this very moment. With the Lions need for pass rushers, Barnett could come in and give an instant upgrade.

22. Miami Dolphins (LB, OG, DB) - LB Haason Reddick, Temple

The Dolphins could use an athletic linebacker in the middle of their defense, even though they recently signed Lawrence Timmons. Reddick is emerging as one of the top linebacking prospects in this draft. He racked up 10.5 sacks this past season as an edge rusher, but can be used as a chess piece all across the middle of the defense.

23. New York Giants (LT, MLB, QB) - TE O.J. Howard, Alabama

The New York Giants have explosive receivers, but are missing a threatening tight end to take their offense to the next level. Although they signed Rhett Ellison and will bring back Will Tye, the Giants cannot afford to pass on the best tight end prospect in this year's draft. Howard has all the tools to be successful at the next level and can turn the Giants' offense from good to great.

24. Oakland Raiders (MLB, DB, DT) - CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama

The Raiders were terrible on defense this past season, and need an upgrade in their secondary. With DB D.J. Hayden departing and DB Sean Smith under-performing, the Raiders would get a huge upgrade with Humphrey. Coming from Alabama, Humphrey possesses good size, length and speed to be able to cover well in the NFL.

25. Houston Texans (QB, OL, DB) - S Budda Baker, Washington

With the top OL and QB prospects off the board, the Texans likely address another need with this draft pick taking S Budda Baker from Washington. Baker was part of a dominant secondary that also featured potential first round picks in Kevin King and Sidney Jones. The Texans might have a serviceable option at safety with Corey Moore, but could add a real playmaker with Baker.

26. Seattle Seahawks (OT, DT, CB) - CB Kevin King, Washington

The Seahawks have always preferred cornerbacks to have good size and length, starting from Brandon Browner to Richard Sherman. Kevin King fits the mold with his 6-foot-3 frame and long arms. He's been a versatile defender at Washington, hidden behind CB Sidney Jones and S Budda Baker. He would be a great fit in Seattle especially with injuries to DB DeShawn Shead.

27. Kansas City Chiefs (LB, DL, CB) - QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson

The Kansas City Chiefs might have come to the realization that they can only go so far with QB Alex Smith at the helm. It was rumored that they might go after Tony Romo, but with that unlikely to happen, the Chiefs should look to add Watson this year. Watson has the intangibles and size to be successful at the position, but just needs time to develop. Working with Andy Reid and behind Smith, he'd get a year or two to develop and hone his craft.

28. Dallas Cowboys (DB, EDGE, TE) - S/LB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan

The Cowboys are in need of defensive backs, especially with the departure of safeties Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox and defensive back Morris Claiborne. With Jerry Jones at the helm, the Cowboys will always look to go for the home run with their draft choices and here that'd be Jabrill Peppers. Peppers would be a defensive chess piece that Rod Marinelli could use to his strength. He'd fill a void at safety and he just seems like the star that the Cowboys look for ever year.

29. Green Bay Packers (CB, EDGE, RB) - LB Tim Williams, Alabama

With Julius Peppers moving on this offseason, the Packers should look to address the position in the first round with Tim Williams. Williams was one of the most productive pass rushers in the country with Alabama this offseason, but with off the field questions, he'll likely fall to the Packers at 29. With Green Bay's strong culture, Williams should be able to thrive.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (LB, EDGE, WR) - DE Charles Harris, Missouri

Steelers could use a strong pass rush on the opposite side of Bud Dupree, especially with James Harrison aging. Here's where Charles Harris comes in, as one of the best pass rushers in Missouri history. Harris just seems to be a natural fit along the Steelers' defensive line.

31. Atlanta Falcons (OG, DE, DT) - OG Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky

The one area of weakness that the Falcons should look to improve upon in 2017 is the offensive guard play. In comes Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp, who's one of the best offensive guard prospects in this draft. Although he played OT in college, he should be "plug and play" at offensive guard with the Falcons.

32. New Orleans Saints (DB, WR, LB) - CB Jalen "Teez" Tabor

With the Brandin Cooks trade, the Saints acquired this second first-round pick. After taking Reuben Foster in their first selection, they shore the back end of this defense with Florida's Teez Tabor. Although his teammate, Quincy Wilson, has been receiving all the love from scouts for his physical traits, Tabor has the resume to be a top corner in the NFL. The Saints defense just improved mightily with their two first-round picks.