Today is a deadline in the NFL that many fans will pay little attention to or even recognize as a “NFL day.” May 4th 2020 is the NFL’s deadline for franchises to exercise their 5th year option on 2017 first round draft picks.
Most NFL franchises have already named whether or not they’re going to exercise the 5th year option on their 2017 first round pick and some of those names include: Patrick Mahomes (10th overall pick), Deshaun Watson (12th overall pick), Jamal Adams (6th overall pick) and Christian McCaffrey (8th overall pick.) Some players who won’t have their 5th year option exercised include: Mitchell Trubisky (2nd overall pick), John Ross (9th overall pick) and Solomon Thomas (3rd overall pick.)
With that being said, let’s re-draft the 2017 draft class (with no trades).
1. Cleveland Browns
Patrick Mahomes QB, Texas Tech
Original Pick: Myles Garrett EDGE, Texas A&M
The Cleveland Browns have to go with the now 24 year-old Super Bowl winning former MVP Quarterback to end their incredibly bad run at drafting the quarterback position, right?
2. San Francisco 49ers
Myles Garrett EDGE, Texas A&M
Original Pick: Mitchell Trubisky QB, North Carolina (CHI)
The 49ers get a gift here in Garrett as he has proven to be a dominant force that can take over games and has a non-stop motor that can hit your offense over the head. Thomas hasn’t been that great and has been buried on the Niners depth chart.
3. Chicago Bears
Deshaun Watson QB, Clemson
Original Pick: Solomon Thomas, EDGE Stanford (SF)
When Dabo Swinney said, “passing on Deshaun Watson is like passing on Michael Jordan”, Bears GM Ryan Pace should have listened. Watson has proven that he can be a winner in this league and Trubisky has done the opposite. Watson in the Windy City to right this wrong.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jamal Adams S, LSU
Original Pick: Leonard Fournette RB, LSU
Jamal Adams is a competitor. Adams remembers every pick taken before him in the 2017 draft and I’m doing him the favor of making his list shorter by 2 players. High-picked running backs are looking like more and more of a headache when it comes time for a second contract, so the Jags take the hard hitting enforcer here to roam Duval.
5. Tennessee Titans
Marshon Lattimore CB, Ohio State University
Original Pick: Corey Davis WR, WMU
Corey Davis has been solid in the NFL so far, but he hasn’t exceeded top 5 pick expectations. In 2017, the Titans drafted USC DB Adoree Jackson at #18 to fill a need in their secondary, so why not give them arguably the best corner from this class at #5.
6. New York Jets
Christian McCaffrey RB, Stanford
Original Pick: Jamal Adams S, LSU
The Jets are the first team in this re-draft that I think would actually want to keep their original pick. The Jets hit on LSU S Jamal Adams, but for the sake of this re-draft, I have them taking Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey. The all purpose back can really do it all and the New York Jets could build around him and avoid paying free agent running backs in the future.
7. Los Angeles Chargers
Ryan Ramcyzk OL, Wisconsin
Original Pick: Mike Williams WR, Clemson
Mike Williams has been very productive for the LA Chargers, but the O-line continues to be an issue in Los Angeles. Ramcyzk has proven that he can offer protection to Drew Brees in New Orleans, so I’d expect him to fit in the Chargers offense and help Philip Rivers find his WRs deep down the field
8. Carolina Panthers
Alvin Kamara RB, Tennessee
Original Pick: Christian McCaffrey RB, Stanford
AK41 went in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but he has proven him self valuable as a pass-catching back and a fantasy football star. Many give an edge to McCaffrey, but you can still find some NFL analysts and fans out there who like Kamara a little bit better.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
George Kittle TE, Iowa
Original Pick: John Ross WR, Washington
The Bengals haven’t had a good tight end since Tyler Eifert was healthy in 2015. If Kittle wasn’t listed as a fullback teams might have been able to scout him properly. Kittle has slammed his name into greatness after being drafted in the 5th round in 2017 and he’s looking to chokehold the crown away from Kansas City’s Travis Kelce as the league’s top tight end.
10. Buffalo Bills
Marlon Humphrey CB, Alabama
Original Pick: Patrick Mahomes QB, Texas Tech (KC)
The Bills traded out of the 10th pick in 2017 and joined the long list of teams that passed on the bright young future superstar, Patrick Mahomes. The Bills filled a need at corner later on in the 2017 NFL Draft and that’s why I have them taking a highly productive Marlon Humphrey to round out the top 10.
11. New Orleans Saints
Tre’Davious White CB, LSU
Original Pick: Marshon Lattimore CB, Ohio State University
The Saints would be okay with either of these two corners at #11 and in a re-draft that typically means you hit on a guy. Tre White has been quietly having himself a career in Buffalo, but for now, we’ll drop him in the Big Easy and keep the LSU Corner at home.
12. Cleveland Browns
TJ Watt EDGE/LB, Wisconsin
Original Pick: Deshaun Watson QB, Clemson (HOU)
Since the Browns took Patrick Mahomes at #1, they still have big void to fill on their defensive line (formerly filled by Myles Garrett.) TJ Watt has carried JJ Watt’s work ethic into the NFL by establishing him self as a force at the EDGE position. Browns keep the pick and draft a hard working Watt.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Jayon Brown LB, UCLA
Original Pick: Haason Reddick LB, Temple
I had tough time picking for the Cardinals here, because I think they’re happy with Haason Reddick, Jayon Brown has been so much more productive on the Titans in the past few years. You could flip the two based on each team’s scheme, but for fun I’ll have Brown drafted to AZ.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
Juju Smith-Schuster WR, USC
Original Pick: Derek Barnett EDGE, Tennessee
The Eagles have had so many problems at wide receiver over the past 3 years and had they taken the talented WR out of USC in 2017, they might have one less position to worry about in 2020. Carson Wentz would be going into his second year as a starter and would have spent the last 2 years developing a relationship with Juju. Oh, what could have been.
15. Indianapolis Colts
Marcus Williams S, Utah
Original Pick: Malik Hooker S, Ohio State University
Every casual fan knows Marcus Williams as the safety who was the main cause of the Minnesota Miracle back in 2017, but the free safety out of Utah has been very productive and would be a solid player for the Colts. Their original pick, Hooker, has been riddled with injury and has yet to record a full season. Williams to Indy.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Adoree’ Jackson CB, USC
Original Pick: Marlon Humphrey CB, Alabama
The Ravens would probably like Humphrey over Jackson here at #16, but he’s off the board and I have them taking the best corner available. Jackson has been a starter from day 1 and is a key contributor to the Titans defense. Adoree’ can also help Baltimore in the return game and even on offense. Imagine that playbook once they eventually draft Lamar Jackson?
17. Washington Redskins
Jonathan Allen EDGE, Alabama
Original Pick: Jonathan Allen EDGE, Alabama
The Redskins get their guy! I assume they like Allen because they decided to exercise his 5th year option in 2020. This is the only original pick from this re-draft and I love it!
18. Tennessee Titans
Kenny Golladay WR, NIU
Original Pick: Adoree’ Jackson CB, USC
Titans ditched Corey Davis at #5 and upgraded tremendously at #18 with Northern Illinois WR, Kenny Golladay. Golladay has proven himself in this league with the Detroit Lions and is even demanding more targets than his Lions’ teammate Marvin Jones Jr. Golladay would help round out the offense in Nashville while offering big play making ability.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dalvin Cook RB, FSU
Original Pick: OJ Howard TE, Alabama
Bucs fill a huge need at running back in this re-draft and finally hit on a good one. Cook, the former 2nd round pick in 2017, has had injury issues in his first few seasons, but in 2019 played a full season leading the way for the Vikings to rush into the NFC playoffs.
20. Denver Broncos
Evan Engram TE, Ole Miss
Original Pick: Garett Bolles OL, Utah
The Broncos QB of the future in the 2019, Drew Lock, would love to have a versatile tight end in Evan Engram on the field. Engram to the Broncos in 2017 could open up future draft picks in 18′, 19′ and 20′. Engram has proven that when he’s healthy he can make the plays necessary to be an elite target down the field.
21. Detroit Lions
Budda Baker DB, Washington
Original Pick: Jarrad Davis LB, Florida
With the Lions trading away CB Darius Slay in the 2020 offseason, I’m sure they would like to have some extra insurance at the cornerback position. The Lions went on to draft Ohio State CB, Jeff Okudah, at #3 overall in 2020, and I still think they do make that move and pair up Baker and Okudah to help contain the WRs in the NFC North.
22. Miami Dolphins
Kareem Hunt RB, Toledo
Original Pick: Charles Harris EDGE, Missouri
Charles Harris has been a ghost since 2017, and I’m 100% certain that the Dolphins would like a re-do at #22. Kareem Hunt was the most electric running back in the NFL early on in 2017 after a spectacular performance in week 1. Take away the off the field stuff and I think Hunt in Miami is a perfect match.
23. New York Giants
Shaquill Griffin CB, UCF
Original Pick: Evan Engram TE, Ole Miss
No doubt the Giants would take their original pick at #23 if he was available, but let’s get them some help on the defensive side of the football. Shaquill Griffen has been excellent for the Seattle Seahawks and I think he creates just as many turnovers in the Big Apple.
24. Oakland Raiders
Cooper Kupp WR, EWU
Original Pick: Gareon Conley CB, Ohio State University
The Raiders loved their 2019 draft pick, Hunter Renfrow, and I think that Cooper Kupp is an even better version of the 2019 rookie Clemson WR. Kupp was originally a 3rd round pick but he hasn’t played like it. Kupp would have been a great weapon for Derek Carr in 17′, 18′ and 19′.
25. Houston Texans
Desmond King II CB, Iowa
Original Pick: Jabrill Peppers S, Michigan (CLE)
This pick was traded to the Browns in the original Deshaun Watson trade. Tough to predict which way the Texans would have gone, but I’ll give them the dynamic Desmond King II out of Iowa. King II has been a versatile plug and play for the Chargers and his services would definitely been put to use in Houston.
26. Seattle Seahawks
OJ Howard TE, Alabama
Original Pick: Takk McKinley EGDE, UCLA (ATL)
The Falcons traded up here to get the UCLA EDGE player in 2017, but as there are no trades in this re-draft, I’ll send the Alabama tight end to Seattle and pair him will Russell Wilson. I’m pretty sure that under Pete Carroll and along side RW3 we see a very different OJ.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Taysom Hill QB KR PR WR RB, BYU
Original Pick: Tre’Davious White CB, LSU (BUF)
This was a fun pick for me to give to the Chiefs at #27. This pick was sent to Buffalo for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs never looked back as they went on to win a Super Bowl in 2019-2020. Without Mahomes, the Chiefs need a QB, the KC Chiefs take the most versatile player at the position in Taysom Hill.
28. Dallas Cowboys
Eddie Jackson S, Alabama
Original Pick: Taco Charlton EDGE, Michigan
Eddie Jackson was a monster coming out of Alabama and should have been first round pick. Jackson fractured his leg in October of 2016 and that scared away many teams from taking him so high, but as we’ve seen, Jackson was a key part of that vicious 2018 Bears defense and would have been of much help to Dallas.
29. Green Bay Packers
Aaron Jones RB, UTEP
Original Pick: David Njoku TE, Miami (CLE)
The Packers ended up drafting Aaron Jones, in the 5th round of the 2017 draft, who has flourished as a star running back, but I think they would’ve jumped to the podium at #29 to take him in the first round in this re-draft. He has proven to be effective and Aaron Rodgers likes him, so why mess a good thing up?
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Rueben Foster LB, Alabama
Original Pick: TJ Watt EDGE, Wisconsin
The Steelers would love to have TJ fall to them again but he’s too good of a player to make it to #30 in this re-draft. Steelers fill a need on the defensive side of the ball and take Alabama LB Rueben Foster. If Foster had kept it clean off the field, I think he would have been a force to reckon with.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Solomon Thomas EDGE, Stanford
Original Pick: Rueben Foster LB, Alabama (SF)
Solomon Thomas at #2? No thanks. Thomas at #31? YES PLEASE. The Falcons traded up to get Takk McKinely in real life but in this no trades re-draft I think they will find a way to utilize the Stanford EDGE rusher to get after the QB’s of the NFC South.
32. New Orleans Saints
Mike Williams WR, Clemson
Original Pick: Ryan Ramcyzk OL, Wisconsin
Quite the flip-flop to cap off this re-draft, I have the Saints taking the 2017 Chargers’ first rounder after the Chargers took Ramcyzk at #7. Pairing up a big strong shifty WR with an incredible catch radius with Drew Brees and Michael Thomas should be illegal but the Saints capitalize here and grab one of the best receivers of the 2017 NFL draft class.
Thanks for reading! Agree or disagree with me on twitter @ Mfarias27!
Notable names that fell out of the first round: Leonard Fournette, Mitchell Trubisky, John Ross and Corey Davis.