The 2017 NFL Draft could be really fun when it gets started on April 27 in Philadelphia, Pa., especially when it comes to the possibilities that could happen with the No. 2 pick in the draft.
Sports Illustrated, in its April 17 addition which previews the NFL Draft, creates four scenarios, thanks to its draft expert Chris Burke, on what could happen on opening night. They are scenarios that could have an effect on former Clemson players Deshaun Watson and Mike Williams.
The article reads, “Fiddle with the No. 2 choice in this year’s draft and enter a world of what-ifs.” As the article suggests, the Cleveland Browns plan for the No. 1 pick seems to be set in stone, but what the 49ers might do is a true mystery, especially considering they have a new coach and a new general manager.
The article has four scenarios that have Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett going No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns. Burke even says, “It will be an all-time stunner if Garrett does not go No. 1, especially after he electrified the combine.”
With Garrett No. 1, Burke then gives four possibilities for the second pick, with Watson being picked in two of those scenarios. The second scenario has Watson being picked at No. 2 by the 49ers as it says, “Watson isn’t the clear No. 1 passer, but he is in the mix, and coach Kyle Shanahan may want to handpick his franchise QB.”
In scenario one, Watson is picked to go No. 6 overall to the Jets as the story suggest “North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky or Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer could just as easily be the first passer taken.” The 49ers take LSU strong safety Jamal Adams with the second pick in that scenario, which is why Watson comes in at No. 6 after the fallout.
In scenario three, San Francisco takes Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas with the No. 2 pick, causing Watson to go at No. 6 to the Jets and Williams being picked up right behind him at No. 7 to the Los Angeles Chargers. If that happens then it will mark the first time two Clemson players were selected in the first 10 picks of the NFL Draft.
Burke says about Williams, “Corey Davis’ ankle injury makes it tough for L.A. to commit. Phillip Rivers loves his big targets outside, and Williams is 6-4.”
As for what the writer says about Watson with the Jets pick, “A pick on D would all but lock them into a McCown-Petty-Hackenberg troika at QB … And now you can understand the pick.”
In the fourth and final scenario, the Jets trade up to No. 2 to get Watson saying, “A proactive approach to getting a QB makes sense, hence the jump to No. 2.”
Williams also is picked in the top 10 in this scenario, coming in at No. 7 to the Chargers.