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Kiper vs. McShay: Three-round head-to-head mock draft

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For this 2017 NFL mock draft, it's not about whom we project to each team -- it's about which player we would take at each slot.

Thing is, because we have to alternate picks, we won't always get the player who seems like the best fit for each slot, because that player could be taken with an earlier pick. The ground rules are simple: alternate picks; no trades; no deals that say "I won't take Player X if you don't take Player Y." It's just "This is whom I'd take" at every slot on the board for three full rounds.

Got it? Here are the picks:

Note: An asterisk denotes a compensatory selection.


1. Cleveland Browns

Mel Kiper's pick: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

No-brainer. Garrett is the best prospect in this class, a superb pass-rusher and rare talent.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Todd McShay's pick: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

Maybe a slight reach, but Lattimore is the best pure cover corner in this class and would fill a major need for San Francisco.

3. Chicago Bears

Kiper's pick: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Chicago has its pick of Adams, Jonathan Allen or Solomon Thomas, and I have to go with the bigger need. That secondary was bad last season.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

McShay's pick: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

Stick with the tape on this guy. He's a dominant interior pass-rusher who has outstanding intangibles.

5. Tennessee Titans (from Rams)

Kiper's pick: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama

I thought about receiver here, but Foster is too good to pass up, even with his off-field issues. Tennessee could win the AFC South in 2017 if its defense improves.

6. New York Jets

McShay's pick: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

The Jets had just 18 catches from their TE corps last season. Eighteen! Howard is the most complete tight end prospect we've seen in quite some time.

7. Los Angeles Chargers

Kiper's pick: Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford

I'm running to the podium if I'm the Chargers and Thomas is still available. He and Joey Bosa would form a stellar pass-rushing duo.

8. Carolina Panthers

McShay's pick: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Fournette is the best running back in a loaded class and the perfect fit for Carolina's power-rushing offense. The Panthers need to not rely on QB Cam Newton so much in the run game.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Kiper's pick: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Reddick, a former walk-on, could play any linebacker spot in a 4-3, but he's my top outside linebacker overall. With no offensive tackle rated this high, it was an easy pick.

10. Buffalo Bills

McShay's pick: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Yes, another Clemson receiver for Buffalo. Williams has the best ball skills of any receiver in this class.

11. New Orleans Saints

Kiper's pick: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

I don't think McCaffrey is making it here on draft night, but he'd be a tremendous asset for Drew Brees.

12. Cleveland Browns (from Eagles)