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NFL Mock Draft 2017: Top Five

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1. Cleveland Browns

The Browns need players all over the field but they should start with a difference making position here with the first overall pick. Robert Griffin III hasn't had a chance to shine this season with his injury keeping him out most of the year and so they will likely roll with him through 2017 at least. 

So, Cleveland should look to select a pass rusher here and it is a straight forward decision for them to take Texas A&M's Myles Garrett. Garrett has a tremendous combination of size, speed and ability to use his hands to get off blocks and will almost certainly translate to a game wrecking player in the NFL. 

Garrett is the top overall prospect in the draft according to most analysts and scouts and the Browns could well have the long-term cornerstone of their defense here with the Aggie junior. His 8.5 sacks this season don't tell the full story of the disruptiveness the 6'5, 270 pounder causes for opposing quarterbacks, and he could well be the next Von Miller or JJ Watt to enter the league. 

The pick: Myles Garrett- EDGE, Texas A&M

2. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have discovered that neither Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick are the answer for them at the quarterback position during the 2016 season and Chip Kelly could desperately use an upgrade at the position. 

General Manager Trent Baalke may well look for the long term successor to Kaepernick at number two overall, despite the 2017 quarterback class being fairly underwhelming. Clemson's Deshaun Watson could be an option given his athleticism, something that would fit Kelly's system excellently, but the Niners may well look to North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky here. 

Trubisky is a raw prospect, having only started in one year of his college career, but has tremendous upside and excellent accuracy. The Tar Heel junior completed over 67 percent of his passes this season and has an impressive touchdown to interception ratio of 28-4 through 12 games. 

He has good size at 6'3, 220lbs, and enough athleticism to operate Kelly's offense effectively and thus the 49ers select Trubisky as the first quarterback off the board in 2017. 

The pick: Mitch Trubisky- QB, North Carolina

3. Chicago Bears

The Bears are another struggling teams with issues at the quarterback position and could well look to move on from Jay Cutler at the 2016 season's end. However, even if they stick with Cutler, they could decide to draft his long-term successor here at number three. 

Given the fact that they play their football in an outdoor stadium and in a cold weather division, the NFC North, size and arm strength are important to factor into their selection. Bearing that in mind, Chicago could take a punt on Notre Dame signal caller Deshone Kizer. 

The junior is another raw prospect who is prone to mistakes at times and does have some issues with accuracy having completed only 58.7% of his throws in 2016. But, at 6'4 and 230lbs, and with outstanding arm talent, Kizer might be worth taking a shot at. 

In addition to his physical traits, Kizer has played two years under the tutelage of Brian Kelly in South Bend and the intangibles and football IQ he will have gained from that should not be underestimated. The Ohio native may need to sit for a year, but he would be an exciting selection here for the Bears. 

The pick: Deshone Kizer- QB, Notre Dame

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags have endured a frustrating 2016 season after having an outstanding draft and adding offensive and defensive talent in free agency. Rookie's Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack and Yannick Ngakoue have played excellently but the results just aren't there yet. 

This defense still doesn't get to the quarterback enough and needs to improve against the run, ranking in the bottom half of the league in both sacks and rushing yards allowed. The perfect solution to their issues along the defensive line is Alabama's Jonathan Allen.

Allen is a highly disruptive pass rusher and has the versatility to line up in various positions along the defensive line and still operate with the same effectiveness. The 6'3, 290 pounder is equally effective operating in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense and is a stout run defender as well. 

His seven sacks and over 50 tackles this season for the dominant Crimson Tide defense outline his credentials at the next level and he would certainly upgrade their defense as well as allowing others to flourish.

The pick: Jonathan Allen - DL, Alabama

5. New York Jets 

The Jets also have a lot of holes to fill including at quarterback but the need they address here is in the secondary. They have a bottom 12 pass defense and only four teams have fewer than New York's six interceptions this season. 

And, with Darelle Revis uncertain to return in 2017, this unit is looking shaky and could use a dynamic playmaker in its ranks. The Jets should look no further than Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers here. 

Peppers is potentially the best pure athlete in the draft and can contribute to a team in a variety of ways in all three facets of the game. The Heisman candidate has been electric for the Wolverines all season, prowling sideline to sideline on defense with his elite speed and producing eye-catching punt and kick returns.

Peppers has outstanding natural instincts and the ability to play all over the field as a strong or free safety, linebacker, third down change of pace back and in the nickel corner position. The junior is just a playmaker in all areas of the field and this is exemplified by his absurd stat line for the 2016 season: three sacks, one pick, 66 tackles, 167 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, 260 kick return yards, 310 punt return yards and one punt return touchdown. 

Peppers has the speed, size and versatility to be an outstanding playmaker in the NFL in the style of Tyrann Mathieu, only bigger. 

The pick: Jabrill Peppers- S, Michigan

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