Patrick Mahomes to the Browns? A First-Round Redo of the 2017 NFL Draft

John Healy
January 28, 2020 - 5:00 am

Imagine a world where the Cleveland Browns reign supreme in the AFC North, the Kansas City Chiefs are left wandering for a franchise quarterback while the Chicago Bears have nothing to worry about in that department.

Hindsight can be a beautiful thing, especially in sports where we are constantly looking back at what went wrong and what could have been.

It is particularly easy to do this when it comes to the NFL Draft. Instant grades are given out to teams and picks when it's over, but there are so many variables and unknown potential that it rarely ever plays out the way we all envision it.

With Patrick Mahomes leading the Chiefs to the Super Bowl in just his third year in the league — second as a starter — it's fairly safe to look back at the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and what how it really should have played out.

Well, we are going to do just that. In retro-mock draft fashion, using the original 2017 draft order and only factoring in trades that make sense (ie the Chiefs don't trade up to 10 if Mahomes is not there), we look at who could have went where in the first round.

Note, this is not a ranking of the best players from the 2017 NFL Draft, but rather a mock draft of which teams would select which players from the draft pool based on their needs at the time and what we know now.

(Certain variables were weighed. For instance, neither Joe Mixon nor Kareem Hunt make the redraft because of their domestic violence past, which would likely be weighed against as a first-round pick.)

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