29. Indianapolis Colts – Trey Flowers – DL
Original Spot For Flowers: 101st Overall (Patriots)
Original 29th Pick: Phillip Dorsett – WR
Indianapolis attempted to get Andrew Luck a deep-threat originally with this pick by selecting Miami’s Dorsett, but their porous defense has been the key reason the Colts have struggled over the past couple of seasons. After missing a majority of his rookie year due to a shoulder injury, Flowers broke out in 2016 — recording 7.0 sacks for the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The former fourth-round pick is equally as imposing rushing the passer as he is when stopping the run.
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28. Detroit Lions – Eric Kendricks – LB
Original Spot For Kendricks: 45th Overall (Vikings
Original 28th Pick: Laken Tomlinson – OL
This iteration of the Lions defense is a far cry from the squad that led the league in rushing yards allowed in 2014. Kendricks gives them a guy to patrol the middle of the field and intimidate opposing backs with his tackling ability. On a great Vikings defense from last year, Kendricks led the squad with six tackles for loss.
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27. Dallas Cowboys – Kevin Johnson – CB
Original Spot For Johnson: 16th Overall (Texans)
Original 27th Pick: Byron Jones – DB
Connecticut’s Byron Jones, the Cowboys original pick at this spot, is unlikely to fall to them here — thus forcing Dallas to go a different route. The Texans’ Kevin Johnson was putting together a stellar 2016 campaign before it was cut short due to an injury. He doesn’t provide the same positional versatility of Jones, but Johnson has flashed the ability of a true number one cornerback during his time in Houston.
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