2017 NFL Mock Draft: An Early Look Part Four – Picks 16-20

Part Four in a series taking an early look at the 2017 NFL Draft. Here we explore potential picks for the Ravens, Redskins, Titans, Buccaneers, and Broncos.

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16. Baltimore RavensJohn Ross, Wide Receiver Washington

Steve Smith has retired, and the Ravens will need more weapons for quarterback Joe Flacco to throw to. Ross is a high upside slot receiver that should give the Ravens’ offense just enough of a boost to put them in playoff contention next season.

17. Washington RedskinsReuben Foster, Linebacker Alabama

The Redskins have a good pair of edge defenders in Trent Murphy and Ryan Kerrigan but could use another linebacker to pair with Mason Foster. Foster is a highly-touted linebacker prospect that should be able to give the defense an immediate boost.

18. Tennessee Titans – Teez Tabor CB, Florida

I previously mocked wide receiver Mike Williams to the Titans to help boost their offense, but they will need another cornerback to pair with veteran Jason McCourty. While they will likely pursue one in free agency, Tabor is good value here and should help bolster a relatively weak secondary.

19. Tampa Bay BuccaneersDerek Barnett, Edge Defender Tennessee

While the Buccaneers do have a decent pair of edge defenders in Robert Ayers and William Gholston, Gholston’s contract is up at the end of the season while Ayers is going to be 32 around the start of next season. Barnett should be able to make an immediate impact in the Buccaneer’s 4-3 front.

20. Denver BroncosMalik McDowell, Defensive Tackle/Defensive End Michigan State

The Broncos just missed the playoffs this year, which was in part due to a weak run defense in the middle. Their edge defenders and secondary dominated for the second straight year, but teams were able to take advantage of the Broncos’ weak defensive interior by just consistently running up the gut. McDowell is somewhat of a polarizing prospect with some much higher on him than others. But the Broncos may end up taking him in the hopes that he can help restore their defense to its 2015-2016 glory.

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My name is William LaFiandra, and I’m a college student attending the College of the Holy Cross. I’m a big fan of the New England Patriots but also follow any NFL related news. I’ve always enjoyed both writing and sports, so I figured I’d give sports journalism a try. I particularly like analyzing and reading about NFL contracts, rosters, strategies, free agency, and the draft.
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My name is William LaFiandra, and I’m a college student attending the College of the Holy Cross. I’m a big fan of the New England Patriots but also follow any NFL related news. I’ve always enjoyed both writing and sports, so I figured I’d give sports journalism a try. I particularly like analyzing and reading about NFL contracts, rosters, strategies, free agency, and the draft.
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