32. New England Patriots – Dante Fowler Jr. – ED
Original Spot For Fowler Jr.: 3rd Overall (Jaguars)
Original 32nd Pick: Malcom Brown – DL
Needless to say, the former third-overall pick has had a disappointing start to his career. Fowler sat out the entire 2015 season due to a torn ACL he suffered on the first day of Jaguars’ mini-camp. The Florida product bounced back and appeared in all 16 games in 2016 — having mild success. New England had the depth and coaching to afford a risk here, and the athletic Fowler could be a devastating piece with that defense.
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31. New Orleans Saints – Andrus Peat – OT
Original Spot For Peat: 13th Overall (Saints)
Original 31st Pick: Stephone Anthony – LB
As inconsistent as the defense has been, the Saints’ number one goal will always be to protect Drew Brees. Peat has been a solid part of their offensive line over the past two years, and New Orleans ends up with him once again in this do-over. However, this time, he falls to them 18 picks later.
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30. Green Bay Packers – Arik Armstead – DL
Original Spot For Armstead: 17th Overall (49ers)
Original 30th Pick: Damarious Randall
The Oregon standout had a breakout rookie year with the 49ers, but slowed down in 2016 due to a multitude of injuries. With Solomon Thomas now in the fray, it’s unlikely Armstead will ever have a chance again as a featured pass rusher. If he were to have gone to the Packers though, it could have been completely different. The 6’7” lineman can line up in multiple spots around the front, and can provide another dimension to a Green Bay team that hasn’t boasted an imposing defense since their Super Bowl XLV run.
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