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Where are they now? Top 10 picks from 2017 NFL Draft

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The NFL Draft is intended to level the playing field in American football, with the best players on the market made available to those most in need of inspiration and assistance. While failure across any given campaign may be frustrating at the time, with uncomfortable questions often being asked, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

There are obvious perks to going first when it comes to plucking potential from an exciting talent pool, but no side wants to find themselves in that position on an annual basis. The Cleveland Browns have been regulars over the first overall pick in recent times, with potential yet to be turned into anything more tangible.

Hope

Every effort is being made to reverse that trend and a loyal fan base continues to believe that better days lie ahead. Members of the fabled Dawg Pound will continue to back that cause to the hilt on and off the pitch, and they have a Superbook Ohio promo code to take advantage of as Kevin Stefanski’s charges seek to end the current campaign on a high and avoid figuring too prominently when another recruitment circus rolls into Kansas City between April 27 and 29, 2023.

One of the Browns’ previous picks when gracing the very top of the Draft was taken back in 2017, and has produced considerable value since then, but what have the last five years delivered for those that made up the top 10 of that particular class?

1. Myles Garrett

Was given a superstar billing and has not disappointed, with a man still on the Browns’ books becoming a two-time Pro Bowler while racking up over 60 sacks.

2. Mitchell Trubisky

Thrown straight in by the Chicago Bears but, despite leading them to the playoffs in 2018, is now with the Pittsburgh Steelers following a brief spell in Buffalo with the Bills.

3. Solomon Thomas

Taken by the San Francisco 49ers but released as a free agent in 2021, the Stanford graduate has spent time with the Las Vegas Raiders and the New York Jets.

4. Leonard Fournette

Considered to be the best running back in the Draft, a powerful performer posted two 1,000-yard rushing seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars before linking up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

5. Corey Davis

Form and fitness issues were overcome to deliver on expectations at the Tennessee Titans, but the languid wide receiver is now in New York with the Jets.

6. Jamal Adams

Acquired by the Jets and quickly became a team captain in New York, while also earning Pro Bowl nods, and now forms part of the Seattle Seahawks defense.

7. Mike Williams

A star at Clemson, Williams has over 220 receptions, 3,600 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns to his name with the Los Angeles Chargers.

8. Christian McCaffrey

One of only three players to have ever posted more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season, a legend with the Carolina Panthers is now with the 49ers.

9. John Ross

The only free agent on this list, with Ross failing to make the desired impact as a wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants.

10. Patrick Mahomes

Undoubtedly the pick of the bunch, Mahomes has become a global superstar with the Kansas City Chiefs – claiming MVP honors in 2018 and a Super Bowl ring in 2019-20.

Future

With all but one of the top 10 from the class of 2017 still plying their trade in the NFL, the potential is there for legacies to be further cemented and for those performing at the very peak of their powers to put themselves in contention for Hall of Fame recognition once productive playing careers come to a close.

 


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