The New England Patriots captured another Super Bowl trophy this past season, while the rest of the teams simply watched and dreamed of winning one in the future. Several of the teams had been watching since the start of the playoffs, including the Cleveland Browns, a team unable to win many games at all this past season. However, with a fresh slate ahead and the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft, Cleveland, and several other teams with dismal records can improve their chances.

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So can some of the teams that were on the cusp of success in the playoffs. Here's a look at who some of the top NFL Draft picks will be, and when it will be held.

Top draft picks right now

When it comes to who will be among the first picks selected, many football analysts and fans are in agreement that Cleveland will do no wrong by taking Myles Garrett from Texas A&M. He's considered the most talented of all the college players available. There has been some speculation that Cleveland could even opt for a quarterback here, with UNC's Mitch Trubisky.

Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett is expected to be the first draft pick taken. [Image via Blasting News image library/inquisitr.com]
Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett is expected to be the first draft pick taken. [Image via Blasting News image library/inquisitr.com]

However, smart money sides with them selecting Myles Garrett, as the Browns also hold pick No. 12.

Picks No. 2 and No. 3 belong to San Francisco and Chicago. These two teams were also pretty horrible in their 2016-17 NFL seasons. Both teams are in need of quarterbacks, but once again it appears the teams may err on the side of caution by taking less risky choices.

NFL mock drafts suggest that the 49ers go for taking defensive lineman Solomon Thomas of Stanford and the Bears drafting cornerback Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State.

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Neither player is a flashy offensive star, but both teams have a lot of needs to address, and taking the "best available" prospects will make sense.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to draft Alabama's defensive tackle Jonathan Allen at No. 4, while wide receiver Mike Williams from Clemson could be the first offensive player off the boards at No. 5. That would be the Tennessee Titans' selection and it would pair up a decent receiver with young QB Marcus Mariotta.

Speaking of QBs, most of the consensus is suggesting that Mitch Trubisky is going to be the first of them drafted next week. However, there's been some arguments that Clemson's DeShaun Watson could get the nod. Teams that may opt for these guys include all of the aforementioned teams or any of the teams drafting below them. Don't be surprised to see Trubisky on the Jets or DeShaun Watson going to either Kansas City or Houston.

Other top prospects who fans will be watching for include Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, LSU's Leonard Fournette, and FSU running back Dalvin Cook. Where will these offensive stars end up playing for their first season of pro football? That will be known as of next week.

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When does the draft take place?

The NFL Draft 2017 edition begins next Thursday, April 27th. It will consist of seven rounds of selections, ultimately ending on Saturday, April 29th. By then, fans of respective teams can open up the debates as to whether or not their team's picks will be booms or busts in the league.

Viewers can watch the NFL Draft when it begins from Philadelphia next Thursday night. ESPN will have the live coverage beginning at 8 p.m.

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Eastern Time with the first round, with coverage spanning over three hours.

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