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2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Cornering The Market

2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Cornering The Market

With the NFL regular season coming to a close and the college football bowl season beginning to wrap up, it's time to begin focusing on the 2017 NFL Draft, which means CSN's first 2017 NFL Mock Draft is here.

The first mock draft is an interesting one, with underclassmen having to still decide whether they're in or out, though likely first-round picks including LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer and Stanford running Christan McCaffrey have already revealed they're turning pro. 

In terms of the first round, here's a quick primer before diving into my first mock draft.

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— Teams needing cornerbacks are in luck. Led by Alabama's Marlon Humphrey, there could be 6-8 selected in round one and there's good depth from there. Ohio State sophomore Marshon Lattimore is one to watch when it comes to declaring for the NFL Draft by the Jan. 16 deadline.

— Ezekiel Elliott was the only running back selected in the first round last year. It's conceivable this class could have four and possibly two in the top 10 with Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook. D'Onte Foreman (Texas) is another underclassmen who could end up among the first 32 picks.

— Typically offensive line is an area teams can find help in the first round. Alabama tackle Cam Robinson is the only offensive lineman among the top 25 prospects on the CBSSports.com big board

— Defensive ends Jonathan Allen and Myles Garrett are often considered the best prospects in the draft. There are several other interesting edge rushers likely going off the board in the first round, including Tennessee's Derek Barnett, who led the SEC in sacks. Allen can also play inside and he might be the only interior defensive lineman selected among the top 16 picks. Other tackles, including Malik McDowell (Michigan State) and Caleb Brantley (Florida) are among a group whose projections could shift from mid-first into the second round depending on further evaluation. 

— As for the always coveted quarterbacks, North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky is viewed as the best option followed by Kizer. That doesn't mean either should go in the top 10, but that doesn't mean they won't. Clemson's Deshaun Watson could join the top QB discussion with a knockout performance in the college football playoff.

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Ben Standig finished third among 107 entrants in The Huddle Report's 2016 NFL Mock Draft contest and ranks third over the last five years.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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