NFL Insiders recently re-drafted the first five picks of the 2017 NFL Draft with the luxury of hindsight now that the season has concluded. If the first five teams were given a do-over on the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears still end up with Mitchell Trubisky (all be it without a trade up), but the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans all end up with different rookies.
It’s the Titans, picking at 5th overall, who steal away New Orleans Saints rookie Marshon Lattimore:
The Titans entered the draft with two first-round picks, along with clear needs at receiver and defensive back. They chose receiver Corey Davis at No. 5 and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson at No. 18.
Davis proved to be a promising -- if late-developing -- prospect. Jackson had a solid rookie year. But it’s now clear that Lattimore is a special player, one who earned Pro Bowl honors and was one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks by the end of the season.
It’s hard to argue that the Saints got lucky with Lattimore falling to them at 11th overall, but considering the success of most of their 2017 draft class, it’s likely they would lose out on more than just Lattimore if the full draft had a mulligan. There’s no way high-profile rookie RB Alvin Kamara lasts until the third round. Before that, though, Ryan Ramcyzk and Marcus Williams are both likely off the board before the Saints would get on the clock.