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The 2017 NFL Draft Redraft | Picks 17-32

17) Washington Football Team: Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

The Washington Football Team sticks with their original pick in this 2017 NFL Draft. Jonathan Allen is still a pivotal part of one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

18) Tennessee Titans: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern California

Having snagged their cornerback with the fifth overall pick in this 2017 NFL Draft redraft, the Titans flip the pick and take a wide receiver with the 18th selection. JuJu Smith-Schuster gives Tennessee an instant upgrade in the wide receiver room. The second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers has 3,726 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns in his career. He was an All-Rookie selection in 2017, leading all rookie wide receivers in receiving yards and touchdowns.

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama

Despite securing 14 touchdowns and 1,602 receiving yards, O.J. Howard hasn’t been the productive tight end that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hoped he would be. He has also yet to play a full season in his four-year career. In this 2017 NFL Draft redraft, they instead address the center of the secondary.

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Safety was seen as the second-biggest need for Tampa Bay and they take Alabama safety Eddie Jackson with the 19th overall pick. Originally a fourth-round pick, Jackson has gone on to become a pivotal part of the Chicago Bears’ secondary. He was voted first-team All-Pro in 2018 and named as one of the 100 Greatest Bears of All-Time.

20) Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

Much maligned for most of his Denver Broncos career, Garrett Bolles has developed into a strong left tackle in the last year. Unthinkable a year ago, the Broncos stay put in this 2017 NFL Draft redraft.

21) Detroit Lions: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Jarrad Davis has been a solid middle linebacker for the Detriot Lions. However, they declined his fifth-year option and linebacker still figures to be a prominent need for the Lions in the 2021 NFL Draft. With Arizona passing on Haason Reddick in this 2017 NFL Draft redraft, the former Temple linebacker upgrades the position in Detroit.

22) Miami Dolphins: Dion Dawkins, G, Temple

Temple guard Dion Dawkins was originally drafted in the second round by the Buffalo Bills. He has become a solid left tackle in Buffalo, recently signing a contract extension. At the time of the 2017 NFL Draft, Miami was in the market for a guard. The selection of Dawkins meets that need. He might have stayed inside or still transitioned outside, but given the Dolphins’ future draft needs, a move to left tackle might have still suited both parties.

Either way, Dawkins is an upgrade on Missouri defensive end Charles Harris.

23) New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

After securing 2,420 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, Evan Engram is proven to be a productive tight end for the New York Giants. With Eli Manning approaching the end of his career, quarterback was a need here, as was offensive tackle and middle linebacker. With no player meeting those needs — I did give consideration to Cam Robinson — the Giants hold firm with Engram in this 2017 NFL Draft redraft.

24) Oakland Raiders: Shaquill Griffin, CB, Central Florida

The now-Las Vegas Raiders took a gamble on Gareon Conley that didn’t pay off. Eventually traded to the Houston Texans, the former Ohio State standout is set to be a free agent this year.

In this 2017 NFL Draft redraft, they instead select cornerback Shaquill Griffin out of Central Florida. Griffin was a third-round pick who has turned into a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks.

25) Houston Texans: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Unfairly or not, the Houston Texans are the big losers in this 2017 NFL Draft redraft. Maybe in some respects, they have brought it on themselves, although that’s a story for another day. For all he has been maligned, can we honestly say that Brock Osweiler, Tom Savage, or Brandon Weeden are better than Mitchell Trubisky?

No, we can not.

26) Seattle Seahawks: Desmond King II, CB, Iowa

The Seattle Seahawks traded back multiple times in the draft, which should tell you all you need to know about the talent level available. Eventually, they selected Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell. He is now a free agent.

Their second-round selection, Shaquill Griffin, went on to start as a rookie. With Griffin gone in this 2017 NFL Draft redraft, they look elsewhere to solve their cornerback need. Iowa’s Desmond King II was a fifth-round pick of the Los Angeles Chargers. However, he outplayed his draft position receiving first-team All-Pro honors in 2018.

27) Kansas City Chiefs: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

With no need to jump up to snag Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs address the defensive side of the ball in this 2017 NFL Draft redraft. Their biggest need ahead of the draft was at inside linebacker and they fill that with the best player available at the position, Raekwon McMillan.

McMillan held a private workout with the Chiefs prior to the draft, so the fit makes sense. Although he suffered a season-ending injury as a rookie, he went on to start as the middle linebacker for the Miami Dolphins for two seasons.

28) Dallas Cowboys: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

The Dallas Cowboys ended up trading original selection Taco Charlton to the Miami Dolphins after two seasons, where he recorded just four sacks. In this 2017 NFL Draft redraft, they address the secondary with former Indianapolis Colts first-rounder Malik Hooker.

Although Hooker has had his issues in Indianapolis, he would provide a playmaking upgrade in the Cowboys’ secondary. That is a need that still exists as we head towards the 2021 NFL Draft.

29) Green Bay Packers: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Another team that traded out of the first round, the Green Bay Packers selected Kevin King early in the second round. King is set to test free agency this spring following a less than stellar career in Green Bay. Without another decent cornerback worthy of a first-round pick available, the Packers switch focus to offense.

For four years, the Packers have had to endure Dalvin Cook in this NFC North. Thanks to this 2017 NFL Draft redraft, they no longer have to. Although they would uncover a late-round gem in Aaron Jones, Cook has turned into too good of a running back to pass over here.

30) Pittsburgh Steelers: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

With their original first two selections already taken, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Cooper Kupp with the 30th overall pick in this 2017 NFL Draft redraft. Kupp has become the small-school standout of this class, with 3,570 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. He came up just 26 yards shy of consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2020.

Kupp achieved this with Jared Goff as his quarterback. Imagine how productive he could have been with Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the football.

31) Atlanta Falcons: Trey Hendrickson, LB/DE, Florida Atlantic

The Atlanta Falcons traded with the Seattle Seahawks to move up and grab UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley. He started just 25 games in four years with 17.5 sacks in that time frame. After repeatedly requesting to be traded, McKinley was eventually released. He failed medicals with the Bengals and 49ers before landing on the Raiders.

In this 2017 NFL Draft redraft, they replace him with Florida Atlantic’s Trey Hendrickson. Now, there may be a little bit of recency bias here. Hendrickson — originally a third-round pick — is coming off of a career year for the Saints. Nonetheless, he has been more productive than McKinley and appears to have a substantially more secure future.

32) New Orleans Saints: Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois

With the final pick of this NFL Draft redraft, the New Orleans Saints give Drew Brees an outside wide receiver threat in the shape of Kenny Golladay. The former Northern Illinois pass catcher has been productive for the Detroit Lions but has faced the injury bug. He had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons prior to 2020 and led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2019.

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Oliver Hodgkinson is a staff writer for Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @ojhodgkinson.

Oliver Hodgkinson is an NFL Draft and College Football Analyst for Pro Football Network. Check out the rest of his work here, and you can find him on Twitter @ojhodgkinson.

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