The NFL Scouting Combine, franchise tags, contract tenders and 11th-hour extensions have already altered the football landscape for 2017. That should change again once the tidal wave of free agency cascades over the league later this week.
But until the spending frenzy kicks off, the draft outlook for every franchise looks a certain way. The following mock draft considers those needs before free agency has the chance to change them.
No. 1, Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
Before the Combine, Garrett held the pole position as the Draft's top prospect. Nothing that transpired in Indianapolis changed that, as the über-athlete posted outrageous numbers -- 4.64-second 40, 41-inch vertical -- at 6-foot-4, 272 pounds. Garrett's tape from A&M also leaves little question as to his pass-rushing acumen. The Browns need a quarterback, but they can't justify passing up a generational talent like Garrett for any of this year's flawed signal-callers.
No. 2, San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
The 49ers appear reasonably likely to pull off a trade for franchise-tagged quarterback Kirk Cousins, a deal which could potentially involve the No. 2 overall pick. Even if they don't, their interest suggests that the team's decision makers don't love the signal-callers available in this year's draft class. With Garrett off the board, the next most terrifying pass rusher available looks to be Solomon Thomas. Like Garrett, Thomas possesses tremendous movement skills for a player in the 270-pound range, and he demonstrated the ability to destroy offensive linemen while at Stanford. Thomas also has played all along the defensive line, drawing comparisons to the Seahawks' Michael Bennett.
No. 3, Chicago Bears: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
After eight seasons, Jay Cutler has probably played his final snap for the Bears. Still, with no standout replacement available in the draft, Chicago should invest its first-round pick elsewhere. Allen delivered a decidedly pedestrian combine performance, but his college production -- 30 1/2 tackles for loss, 22 1/2 sacks -- could win over Chicago's front office regardless.
No. 4, Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
New Jaguars executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin said earlier this offseason that his team needs to grow tougher. To accomplish that goal (and take pressure off of overmatched QB Blake Bortles), Jacksonville could develop a smashmouth offensive identity around Fournette. While running backs don't offer as much value at the top of the draft relative to other positions, Fournette possesses rare size and speed.
No. 5, Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Tennessee's offense finally developed an identity in 2016 behind a resurgent DeMarco Murray and an improved Marcus Mariota. The defense, meanwhile, still needs some fine tuning, especially in the secondary. Lattimore's produced impressive numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.36 seconds) and jumps (38 1/2-inch vertical, 132-inch broad) despite a bad hamstring. More importantly, he helped Ohio State become one of the truly elite pass defenses in all of college football.
No. 6, New York Jets: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
In this scenario, the draft unfolds in an unfortunate manner for the Jets, who miss out on the top corner as well as a powerhouse back. Still, if the team feels comfortable acknowledging that 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg has no realistic chance of becoming a viable starter, Trubisky could become their man. Trubisky has effectively only one year of tape, but he possesses well-above-average athleticism and playmaking ability. If New York's coaching staff can help him reduce the number of YOLO balls, he could become an upper-tier passer in time.
No. 7, Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Since letting Eric Weddle walk last offseason, the Chargers' secondary has lacked a true "centerfielder." Fortunately, this year's draft class features rangy ballhawk Hooker. In his first full season of action for Ohio State, Hooker captured seven interceptions and returned three for scores. He likely needs time before reproducing huge turnover numbers at the NFL level, but he has one of the highest ceilings at the position.
No. 8, Carolina Panthers: John Ross, WR, Washington
Ted Ginn and his inconsistent hands have served as Cam Newton's best deep threat the past few seasons. With Ginn a free agent, the Panthers could help out their franchise quarterback with a downfield target. Ross broke Chris Johnson's record for the combine's fastest laser-timed 40 (4.22 seconds), but speed makes up only part of his game. He could rejuvenate a Carolina offense that struggled last year.
No. 9, Cincinnati Bengals: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Cincinnati's secondary lost Reggie Nelson last offseason, and while Shawn Williams played better than expected as a rookie, the chance to land an elite safety rarely presents itself. LSU's Adams could challenge Hooker as the top player selected at the position, but if he remains on the board at No. 9, the Bengals could pounce.
No. 10, Buffalo Bills: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Tyrod Taylor looks like he will be sticking around Buffalo for another year on a team-friendly restructured contract, but the Bills still need to figure out their long-term solution under center. Watson can replicate much of what Taylor does well on the ground and could develop into a more dangerous passer with the right tutelage.
No. 11, New Orleans Saints: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Defensive breakdowns continue to plague the Saints, who have fielded some of the worst units in modern NFL history despite investing heavily on that side of the ball. General manager Mickey Loomis gets another shot with an early pick in 2017 and could take the top corner on the board. Washington's Jones, one of the better size/speed combinations at the position, could entice at this spot.
No. 12, Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Josh Gordon remains an enigma and Terrelle Pryor could leave Cleveland for a massive payday elsewhere. If so, the Browns need to pair 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman with another quality pass-catcher, and Davis looks like one of the most-talented, well-rounded wideouts to come out of the college ranks in a few years.
No. 13, Arizona Cardinals: Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama
Over half the Cardinals' starting defense hits free agency this offseason, and while the team hit pass rusher Chandler Jones with the franchise tag, others expect to end up in new locations for 2017. As such, Arizona needs an influx of instant-impact defensive talent, which Alabama's Foster can provide. His strange Combine incident and dismissal raises questions, but his play does not.
No. 14, Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota Vikings): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
After trading up to acquire quarterback Carson Wentz last year, the Eagles need to support him with talent, especially in the receiving crops. Some rate Clemson's Williams as the top wideout in the draft. Concerns about his speed could drop him into the middle portions of the first round or later. If so, Philadelphia might have their new No. 1 target.
No. 15, Indianapolis Colts: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Few teams have left their franchise signal-caller as exposed as the Colts have with Andrew Luck over the past few seasons. They've begun to remedy this problem with early round O-line selections such as center Ryan Kelly, but more work remains ahead. Alabama's Robinson could start for Indianapolis at tackle or guard, making him a versatile piece necessarily to keep Luck upright.
No. 16, Baltimore Ravens: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Because of unexpectedly poor Combine testing, Cook suddenly looks like a dicier proposition than he did a month ago. Still, the Florida State running back's versatile skill set makes him a first-round talent, and the Ravens haven't had a true bell cow in the backfield since Ray Rice.
No. 17, Washington: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
If Washington trades Kirk Cousins, the team may well consider a quarterback in this spot. Otherwise, it could look to the defense where inside linebackers Will Compton and Mason Foster form a less-than-ideal tandem. Cunningham could revitalize the position with his speed, instincts and leadership traits.
No. 18, Tennessee Titans: Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan
Peppers scares some teams because he never settled into one position at Michigan. However, a smart staff will view Peppers' versatility as a feature rather than a bug, and give him the opportunity to make plays all over the field. The Titans and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau could unleash Peppers' potential.
No. 19, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers operated just fine with Cameron Brate and Luke Stocker as their top tight ends. Still, when a talent as rare as Alabama's Howard emerges from the college ranks, even a team without an obvious need at the position has to consider it. Howard's athleticism and refinement as both a receiver and blocker make him an enticing player to put next to Winston.
No. 20, Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Faced with a massive void at left tackle, the Broncos tried to make it work with Russell Okung. However, the Okung experiment floundered most of the year, leaving the team to decline his 2017 option and make him a free agent. Even if he returns to Denver on a new deal, the offensive line needs a player like Wisconsin's Ramczyk to help solidify the pass protection.
No. 21, Detroit Lions: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Other than Darius Slay, the Lions lack any reliable cover man in their secondary. Humphrey didn't play long at Alabama before entering the professional ranks, but his incredible size and speed should help him acclimate to the NFL quickly.
No. 22, Miami Dolphins: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Last offseason's Mario Williams signing worked out as poorly as expected, and now the Dolphins need to find new edge rusher to pair with Cameron Wake. With no cost-effective options available on the free-agent market, the draft now becomes their only viable solution. Tennessee's Barnett doesn't have elite physical traits, but he moves better than some expect. Playing alongside Wake and Ndamukong Suh should help Barnett's transition.
No. 23, New York Giants: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
A free-agency influx of talent turned the Giants into a playoff team last year, but they still have some work to do on the defensive side of the ball. Temple's athletic Reddick can rush the passer off the edge and play off the ball as well. He can impact the game wherever defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo puts him.
No. 24, Oakland Raiders: David Njoku, TE, Miami
The Raiders' offense has everything needed to lead the league in scoring. Derek Carr earned MVP votes last season and the receiver tandem of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree rates among the best in the NFL. An athletic tight end such as Miami's Njoku, if developed correctly, could potentially push the unit into historic territory.
No. 25, Houston Texans: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The Texans could lose A.J. Bouye to free agency, but they need to find more cornerback help regardless. LSU's White scored well in most of the combine testing and played as much college football as any prospect in his draft class. He could start at some spot in Houston immediately.
No. 26, Seattle Seahawks: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Seahawks famously target top athletes for their offensive line, ignoring more-accomplished options that don't meet their thresholds. Bolles scored well in nearly every combine workout, which could put him on the team's radar despite his advanced age (25 in May) by prospect standards.
No. 27, Kansas City Chiefs: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
The combine did not go as Florida's Tabor had hoped, with the cornerback running a 4.62 40-yard dash and posting underwhelming numbers in the jumps. Still, at the end of the first round, a cover man of his caliber rarely remains available. The Chiefs can pair him with Marcus Peters and further improve their pass defense.
No. 28, Dallas Cowboys: Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
Pass rushers have consistently eluded the Cowboys, who have invested a lot of resources along their defensive line with few positive results. McKinley could hang around this late in the round due to medical concerns, but as long as Dallas feels comfortable with his Week 1 availability, selecting him makes sense.
No. 29, Green Bay Packers: T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
Though not as physically gifted as his three-time Defensive Player of the Year brother, Watt proved himself to be a great athlete in his own right at the combine. With the Packers potentially losing Nick Perry, Julius Peppers and Datone Jones to free agency and Clay Matthews showing signs of age as he approaches his 31st birthday, Watt could revive the Green Bay pass rush.
No. 30, Pittsburgh Steelers: Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
During the 2015 scouting combine, Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones showed up and blew up everyone's expectations by setting a world-record broad jump. This year, former college teammate Melifonwu pulled off a similar surprise, producing a 44-inch vertical and 4.40-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds. The Steelers could use such an influx of athleticism in their secondary.
No. 31, Atlanta Falcons: Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
The Falcons can't rely on Vic Beasley to generate all of their pressure. Williams comes with some off-field baggage, but he knows how to get after the quarterback and make plays. He seems like a strong fit for Dan Quinn's defense.
No. 32, New England Patriots: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
For all the jokes and jeers the Patriots would receive for drafting McCaffrey, he makes all the sense in the world for them. He can give the team 15 touches a game coming out of the backfield, and he motion out as a receiver before the snap. Plus, McCaffrey tested as one of the most athletic running backs in his class. He can and should do it all for New England.