Now that free agency has kicked off, and most of the big players have moved off of the market, it’s time to start projecting the draft for the third time this off season. This will be my final mock draft until about a week before the Draft.
It’s been one of the most exciting and chaotic off season’s that I have ever seen. I think the 2008 off season might have felt as chaotic as this one, but nothing rivals the number of blockbuster trades that have gone down, and two long-time franchise quarterbacks are moving on to different clubs. It’s been a fun one, ladies and gentlemen, which means it’s going to be a fun season.
1st Round with Projected Trades
I put out on Twitter that I had completed a three-round mock draft, and I gave hints and clues to what everyone’s favorite team selected. The response that I received was overwhelming, and I thank each and every one of you for participating and reaching out.
I’m working on my mock draft 3.0 which will be a 3 round mock.— John Vogel🏈 (@johndavogel) March 19, 2020
Drop your team below and I’ll give you a preview of who they drafted.
Even more, it will be fun when we see who lands where! Let’s get into what we have down so far.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – QB Joe Burrow, LSU
The clear and obvious choice, Joe Burrow spells the future for the Cincinnati Bengals. He just put together the most impressive season we have ever seen from a quarterback in college football, and a season that may not ever be rivaled by another quarterback. It’s the numbers, the highlights, and the spectacular personality that makes Joe Burrow a legend.
Yes, Burrow has limitations. We don’t talk much about them because sometimes they aren’t as obvious. However, the NFL wants a leader at quarterback, and that’s what Joe Burrow brings to the table. The NFL is more than willing to work through his limitations (arm strength, etc) and let him energize a locker room.
2. Washington Redskins – OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Ladies and gentlemen, I alluded in the comments of the Twitter post that this wasn’t going to be a sexy pick, and that this is a Dan Snyder pick if I had ever seen one.
I’m afraid I wasn’t kidding. The Redskins franchise-tagged Brandon Scherff, allowing them to keep their right anchor, but will still be looking for ways to replace left tackle, Trent Williams. Andrew Thomas is the most NFL ready offensive tackle in this class. It’s hard to find flaws on tape. As a result, the Redskins want to protect Dwayne Haskins, Snyder’s pick at quarterback, and start giving him the tools to succeed in his sophomore season.
3. Detroit Lions – EDGE Chase Young, Ohio State
The Lions can’t believe what just happened. The Redskins passed on arguably the best player in the class, and he fell to the third overall selection.
They were threatening the Dolphins to draft Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, trying to gain some draft capital on the replenished Dolphins draft picks. However, this is too good to pass up. The Lions add Chase Young, the most disruptive defender in this class, to attack defenses and leave behind ruin and disruption. Imagine Young on a defensive line with Trey Flowers, Danny Shelton, and Da’Shawn Hand.
4. New York Giants – S Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
The Giants never trade in the NFL Draft. Ever. They stick to where fate put them and let the board play out in front of them. In this case, that strategy works out for them.
We really don’t know what to expect from new head coach Joe Judge. However, coming from the mentor-ship of Patriots head man Bill Belichick, one can only expect the same type of weasel-ingenuity on the defensive side of the ball – which would make a gadget defender, like Isaiah Simmons, a very useful piece. Simmons can play safety, linebacker, slot cornerback, and even edge defender if he wanted to. Judge can’t add him to the team soon enough.
5. Miami Dolphins – QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The entire Dolphins tank has been centered around the catch phrase “Tank for Tua” and the mantra has stuck. While the Dolphins finished the season stronger than most expected, mostly behind the genius of head coach Brian Flores, it seems almost as the idea of Tua being the Dolphins quarterback was finished.
However, with Tua Tagovailoa’s injury and the rise of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Tua has fallen into their lap anyways. It’s almost as though fate has allowed him to get to Miami anyways. The league adorns, the fans go crazy, and the quarterback situation appears to be resolved in Miami.
6. Los Angeles Chargers – OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
This is a surprise pick as many surely thought that the Chargers would pursue the likes of west coast quarterback Justin Herbert. However, the offensive line has always been an issue within the Chargers franchise, and it was actually the one thing that has limited the offense, led by Philip Rivers for almost a decade and a half, from being able to make the Super Bowl.
For now, Tyrod Taylor is the starting quarterback in Los Angeles (for the Chargers that is). While he’s not the flashiest quarterback in the league, he has the upside to be a mid-level starter and accurately distribute the football. He’s not a long term answer, but he still needs protection. Why not add a strong tackle, like Tristan Wirfs, who can serve as both a run anchor for Austin Eckler, and a pass protector on the right side? The upside is there, and there should be enough of an immediate impact to make this a great pick.
7. Carolina Panthers – CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
When certain position groups are deep, and valuable guys are loaded at the top of these positional groups, it moves people up and down draft boards. Jeffrey Okudah, unquestionably a top-five prospect, drops down to seven because of need. As a result, The Panthers get a steal here.
The Panthers have an obvious need at corner. They missed the top prospects in free agency and currently have Dante Jackson and Corn Elder in the spots to get starting roles. Jackson is, at best, a CB2. Add Okudah to the mix, and this secondary is instantly stronger.
8. Cleveland Browns (From Cardinals) – OT Jedrick Wills Jr, Alabama
Trade Details: Cleveland sends the (#10) 1st Round Selection & (#97) 3rd Round selection for the 8th overall pick.
The Browns are desperate to land who they need on the team, and I think that they end up valuing Alabama offensive tackle Jed Wills Jr over any other player. For so long, the Browns have been a dysfunctional franchise. As far as everyone is currently concerned, they still are.
However, the Browns now breathe a sign of life and hope. They are looking to emerge from the shadows with a franchise quarterback and what should be a prolific offense, yet they can’t seem to stay focused throughout the course of a season. I’m not saying that Kevin Stefansky is a hit or a miss. We don’t know how he will handle the team. Jed Wills helps get this team where they need to be by offering protection to Baker Mayfield.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – DL Derrick Brown, Auburn
The Jaguars got a real steal here at Nine. There’s no reason that Derrick Brown should be going this late, other than other talent pushed him farther down the board.
The Jaguars really could use a replacement for Abry Jones at nose tackle. Now with Josh Allen and Taven Bryant on either side, Derrick Brown would make this a ferocious front three, and free up a ton of opportunities for both Allen and Bryant. That sounds scary, doesn’t it?
10. Arizona Cardinals (From Browns) – OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
This pick is a projected acquisition.
The Arizona Cardinals are building a team of the ages. With the acquisition of former Texans wide receiver De’Andre Hopkins, the Cardinals have one hell of an offense with Kyler Murray, Christian Kirk, Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald, and Kenyan Drake. Receivers are up-and-coming too, like Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, and KeeSean Johnson, which could lead this team to have one of the deepest offenses in the league.
Now they need to protect Kyler Murray, so why not take a potential perennial offensive tackle like Mekhi Becton? Becton is a monster unlike anything we have ever seen in the NFL, standing at 6’7″ and 364 pounds. The craziest thing about his game is how low Becton can play at his size, and he’s incredibly nimble and quick. Teams have felt very good about his ability to play both left and right tackle after speaking with him, and while he is raw, he has a tremendous upside.
11. New York Jets – EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
The Jets need to address their outside linebacker position badly. They don’t have a real impact starter on either side. K’Lavon Chaisson will fix that with his ability to play as both a pass rusher and drop into pass coverage.
12. Las Vegas Raiders – WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
CeeDee Lamb is one hell of a receiver prospect. His ability to generate yards after the catch and be an explosive down the field threat is exactly what the Raiders need for whoever ends up being their quarterback.
13. San Francisco 49ers (From Colts) – CB CJ Henderson, Florida
Personally, I abhor this pick. However, I think it’s a place where he can realistically go. The 49ers need a cover corner, and CJ Henderson can play both man and zone coverage very well. The only issue is the fact that Henderson isn’t physical in the slightest, and he doesn’t like to tackle. He’s the best talent on the board at this point, hands down, but he’s not a surefire fit in the system.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
The Buccaneers won the Tom Brady sweepstakes, and now look to address the other side of the ball with a monster in Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw was absolutely unstoppable at the Senior Bowl practices before a hamstring limited him from participating. No one could block him in 1v1’s.
With Jason Pierre-Paul coming back (in theory), if you put him on the other side of Vita Vea and played him as a 3 and 5 tech, Tampa would have a devastating front three.
15. Denver Broncos – WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
The Denver Broncos could really use a complimentary piece to Courtland Sutton. With Drew Lock developing nicely into a good starting quarterback in the league, why wouldn’t the Broncos add a savvy route runner to the package? Jerry Jeudy is the best route runner in this class, and some people felt that he is a better prospect than Calvin Ridley was when he left Alabama. Jeudy and Sutton for the future could be a formidable pair.
16. Atlanta Falcons – EDGE AJ Epenesa, Iowa
The Falcons are trying to sure up the defense to make another run while Matt Ryan still has a chance. Epenesa offers versatility along the defensive line, being able to play inside and out. He’s a very good seven tech, and plays pretty good from what I saw as a five. This fits well with the Falcons and what they want to do, and opens up their line to rotation.
17. Dallas Cowboys – WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
The Dallas Cowboys just signed wide receiver Amari Cooper to a mega deal that brings him back for five years at $100M. Imagine being a defense and having to gameplan against Cooper and Henry Ruggs III for the next five years? It’s hard to imagine, I know.
Ruggs brings such speed to the field and because of that, his ceiling is through the roof. He’s physical after the catch and that’s if you catch him. Ruggs replaces the role that the team had carved out for Randall Cobb and plays from the slot, so that Michael Gallup remains in the lineup. If the Cowboys lock up Dak Prescott long term, this team is going to be very good.
18. Miami Dolphins (From Steelers) – CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
The Dolphins have put themselves together a fantastic secondary by adding Byron Jones from Dallas with Xavien Howard. However, this is now a three receiver-set league, and three cornerbacks are required in modern times.
Ladies and gentlemen: here is the best corner room in the league. Adding Kristian Fulton to the room is huge because it gives the Dolphins potentially three shut down corners on the team for the remainder of Howard’s contract. That’s a risk very much worth taking.
19. Las Vegas Raiders (From Bears) – QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Jon Gruden has a history for things pertaining to quarterbacks. Is he truly the quarterback whisperer? I don’t think so. However, he falls in love with quarterbacks and he goes for it. He seems to have a special place in his heart for Oregon quarterbacks, as he was the guy who drafted Josh Johnson, he loved Marcus Marota, and now he has a chance to pull the trigger on Justin Herbert.
There are a lot of people who feel that Justin Herbert isn’t ready for the professional level. That may be the case. So assuming that Carr hits the market, why wouldn’t you take a chance with a guy like Herbert to pressure Mariota to perform? Herbert could be the future of Las Vegas, and it’s the extra first-round pick.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (From Rams) – OT Lucas Niang, TCU
The Jaguars need to protect Gardner Minshew. When he has time, he’s a lethal quarterback prospect. Cam Robinson has struggled mightily with injuries, so it’s time to buy insurance. Lucas Niang has a shot to overtake Robinson as a starter. He’s very much nuanced as a blocker and has a lot of traits down pat. I think he has a very good chance to start sooner than people expect and fits what Jacksonville wants to do.
21. Philadelphia Eagles – LB Patrick Queen, LSU
The Eagles are finding themselves in a bit of a bind across the board. The board hasn’t fallen the way that they had hoped at all, and holes are beginning to pop out all across the roster. That being said, they do need some depth at linebacker. Patrick Queen may be slightly undersized, but his athletic ability, tackling, and pass coverage skills make him the more valuable asset over Kenneth Murray to the Eagles.
22. Baltimore Ravens (From Vikings through Bills) – LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
The Ravens acquired this spot for their first round (#28) and their third round (#106) selections.
The Ravens have a tremendous amount of draft capital to play with, and they can go get whoever they want to. They want to secure an inside linebacker to make up for the loss of Josh Bynes and that’s what they do. Kenneth Murray is much more physical and more of a downhill linebacker which fits nicely with the defensive line additions that they have made. He’ll be asked to be responsible for one gap, and he plays that role extremely well. This is a great addition by the Ravens.
23. New England Patriots – QB Jordan Love, Utah State
The Patriots have Jarrett Stidham currently lined up to be their future starting quarterback. Yeah, I’m not comfortable with that either. I’m sure New England will deal for someone, or bring in a free agent like Jameis Winson or Cam Newton for example.
Regardless. Most of these options are short term solutions. The Patriots are looking for their future, and I’ve heard rumbling that they really like Utah State product Jordan Love. He’s got a lot of natural talent, but realistically he’s two years away from ever being starting quarterback. Still, with a short term plan in place, he can sit and learn and get ready to take over the franchise.
24. New Orleans Saints – CB Jeff Gladney, TCU
This pick makes so much damn sense for the Saints! Jeff Gladney is one of the most underrated cornerbacks in this class with great ball skills. He’s got good length, he’s a tackling machine, and he can shut people down. The thought of Gladney paired with Marshon Lattimore, Janoris Jenkins, and Patrick Robinson has got to excite you a little bit.
25. Minnesota Vikings – WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
I like this pick, only I know it’s not going to pay immediate dividends. The Vikings have traded their star receiver to the Buffalo Bills, leaving the team with Adam Thielen and a lot of uncertainty at that position. Denzel Mims has the potential to be a #1 receiver, he’s just not quite there yet.
Mims has incredible body control and excellent hands, however his route running is extremely raw and he has a lot to learn specifically with nuances. However, he’s an excellent run blocker, something that will come in handy in Minnesota, and his effort is insane. He should progress very nicely.
26. Miami Dolphins (From Texans) – RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
I’m sure that a lot of people are wondering why Jonathan Taylor isn’t in this spot. I’m sure there is to be an outrage. Why isn’t Taylor in this spot? Why do we get Swift? Is he even as good as Taylor?
D’Andre Swift is a beast. He’s a baller. Plus, the Dolphins just alluded to this selection. Why would they add Jonathan Taylor, who’s a bit more of a big body type, after adding Jordan Howard? Swift offers more as a receiver as well, something that translates better to the next level.
27. Seattle Seahawks – EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise State
The Seahawks are known for over-drafting defenders that they value, and sometimes it pays off for them. I think in this instance, it does here too. The thing you have to understand about Curtis Weaver is that he is strictly a 3-4 pass rusher and run defender. He’s not going to be effective in a pass coverage situation.
Weaver is the all-time leader in Boise State history in sacks and it’s for a reason. He wins as a seven-tech, and a nine-tech, and shows a good blend of speed and power. He can bring the Seahawks the same kind of production that Jadeveon Clowney brought them last season, but will probably do it from nickel sets as an outside linebacker.
28. Minnesota Vikings (From Ravens) – CB AJ Terrell, Clemson
The other position that Minnesota needs badly is cornerback. It appears that they are moving on from Xavier Rhodes, and as a result it leaves the position group as a whole bare. Mike Hughes and Nate Meadores are the projected starters at the moment.
AJ Terrell had a very good career at Clemson, and stepped up specifically this year. While he was infamously torched by J’Mar Chase in the National Championship game relentlessly, he provided good coverage, he was simply burned by the perfect pass. Terrell does need to work on his ball skills and awareness and that will come with time. He fills a need for Minnesota early.
29. Tennessee Titans – EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
This was selfishly my desired location for Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, but with the long term deal given to Ryan Tannehill, that no longer makes sense right here. Instead, the Titans address their biggest need, which happens to be EDGE defender.
Jeffrey Simmons has to slide inside and play where Jurrell Casey used to play. That has to happen, because Simmons can be MORE effective from that spot. The hope is that someone (Harold Landry, Vic Beasley, Yetur Gross-Matos) can slide into Simmons spot. Gross-Matos is the most likely to do it.
Gross-Matos is just a Jon Robinson pick. Its the type of player that he and head coach Mike Vrable love. Raw, but coachable. Talented, but smart. He makes a lot of sense to the Titans at 29, even if I am not a fan.
30. Green Bay Packers – WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
Justin Jefferson gives the Packers much needed help to Aaron Rodgers, who had to rely on players who wouldn’t start anywhere else in the NFL when Davante Adams went down. Jefferson played mostly out of the slot at LSU, but his role is found in the Packers offense. He would pair nicely with Adams and give the Packers a very solid receiving duo to attack downfield with.
31. San Francisco 49ers – WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
The 49ers really need some receiver depth, preferably a dominant receiver who can win using size. They think that is Tee Higgins. I’m not with the majority when it comes to viewing Higgins as a prospect, I’m rather low on him. However, I understand that there is an upside, you just have to coach him through nuanced route-running and hope that he learns to make contested catches over physical cornerbacks. With Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd, it’s an interesting tandem.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
The Chiefs need cornerbacks badly. Trevon Diggs is the best man available, so they pull the trigger. Diggs instantly brings help to a depleted secondary, and without a real cost. He’s got work to do, and it might be two seasons before he’s a cornerback one, but Diggs has upside and he just needs time to get there.
33. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Josh Jones, Houston
The Bengals are all in on Joe Burrow. Now it’s time to invest some space into protecting him. Josh Jones is a potential player, but he can impact on day one.
34. Indianapolis Colts (From Redskins) – DL Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
DeForest Buckner can’t be left to eat all of the attention! Add the player in this class with the most active hands and intensity, and prosper. It’s a pretty simple solution. Neville Gallimore is a tough prospect and his intensity will get him far in this league.
35. Detroit Lions – OL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
The Lions could really use a left guard, so why not get Cesar Ruiz to fill the spot? He’s an instant impact lineman, and he’s got a lot of good tape. Personally, I’m not a big fan of him for some rumblings that I’ve heard on the down low. However, I fully expect him to be drafted early and this is a good location for him to go.
36. New York Giants – OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
The Giants are all in on Daniel Jones being the future of the franchise. They need to protect him. Nate Solder has been a disappointment on the left side, and the trade for Cam Fleming shows that they think he can play right tackle. Tega Wanogho is not just insurance at this point, he can play guard or tackle in my opinion. The Giants will plan to use him inside and do what they must.
37. Los Angeles Chargers – QB Jacob Eason, Washington
THIS is the shocker that I alluded to on twitter to Charger fans. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, simply because Jacob Eason has everything that the Chargers have traditionally pursued. A big arm, the ability to make tight window throws. He’s even a west coast kid, which is a plus in Los Angeles. Eason is a project and I think they understand that, so once he falls into the second round, they can’t pass him up.
38. Carolina Panthers – DL Ross Blacklock, TCU
The Panthers need another interior lineman. With Kawaan Short, Stephen Weatherly, and Brian Burns, time is limited. Get Ross Blacklock. He can be an immediate impact contributor on the inside based on strength alone.
39. Miami Dolphins – IOL Ben Bredeson, Michigan
The Dolphins will be working on rebuilding their offensive line. While they spent a good bit of money on Ereck Flowers, who really thinks he can be a viable option? Ben Bredeson allows you to move pieces around and fit in the best combination. He’s a solid guard prospect, and the Dolphins would do well to have him.
40. Houston Texans (From Cardinals) – WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan
This is Bill O’Brian’s answer to the DeAndre Hopkins trade. Some people will be hyped, but most will be disappointed. Donovan Peoples-Jones has the big body frame and explosiveness down the field, but his hands are so inconsistent that it’s very concerning. He’s another project rather than a prospect.
41. Cleveland Browns – WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
Jalen Reagor fits exactly what the Browns need. A blast of electricity to this offense. Reagor will be a little bit more of a gadget player than what the Browns had planned to have for this role, but he can do everything that the front office had hoped Antonio Callaway could have done. This is a great pickup.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn
While Noah Igbinoghene isn’t the ideal selection here, it makes sense. The Jaguars need a cornerback. He’s a bit more of a slot corner who could be a serviceable starter on the outside, but most of his game comes from press out of the slot. I think Noah will fit the physical style of the Jaguars defense and ultimately end up being a decent pick.
43. Chicago Bears (From Raiders) – S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
Xavier McKinney is a good option to add to this Bears defense. He’s a bit of a gadget defender, someone who can move around a good bit. Regardless, a good option for this team. They need help in the back end, and McKinney brings an instant impact to the table.
44. Indianapolis Colts – QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
I have a feeling that I am going to get a lot of hate over this, but it’s worth a go. The Colts will be looking for the heir to Philip Rivers, who only signed a one year deal. Jake Fromm is valued by NFL teams, even if he has a lack of arm strength, for his smarts and incredible work ethic. He’s a very good fit in the Frank Reich system.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
First: they add Tom Brady. Then, with all of the speculation surrounding Melvin Gordon going to the Buccaneers, they change tunes quickly and surprise everyone with the newer Wisconsin running back, Jonathan Taylor. This is a great pick for the squad. Taylor is an excellent runner and blocker, although limited in the receiving game.
46. Denver Broncos – DL Justin Madibuike, Texas A&M
Justin Madibuike is a slightly controversial prospect, but the upside is undeniably there. The Broncos are looking for people to step up and bulk the defensive front, and give opportunities to Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. He can certainly do the trick.
47. Baltimore Ravens (From Falcons) – WR Laviska Shenault, Colorado
John Harbaugh is one of the most all-time underrated coaches in history. This is a guy who has schemed people at the last minute, had to change things midseason several times, and still has a Super Bowl victory to his credit. Imagine the things that he could do with Laviska Shenault.
Shenault is a gadget player by trade. He doesn’t offer much immediately as a route-runner or a true wide receiver. Think pure Cordarelle Patterson leaving Tennessee and going pro. That’s who Shenault is. That’s why we can’t be sure that he will ever get there.
48. New York Jets – CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State
The Jets really need a #1 cornerback, but they will build up the slot in the meantime. Damon Arnette has enough potential to warrant the selection, he just has flaws that he needs to address to his game. Physically, he will always be somewhat limited, but the Jets can use him as a building block in the meantime.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – TE Adam Trautman, Dayton
This is completely a temptation selection. They added Eric Ebron for two years, but he’s had injuries throughout his career, including last season. Add yourself a solid tight end two in year one who has the potential to develop into a star. Adam Trautman is one of my favorite guys in this draft class, and he’s an excellent fit to what the Steelers want in a tight end.
50. Chicago Bears – OL Damien Lewis, LSU
Rashaad Coward has got to go. I think Bears fans will agree with me. Damien Lewis is my highest graded interior guy and he’s strong. He’ll fit that role perfectly.
51. Dallas Cowboys – S Grant Delpit, LSU
The Cowboys have managed to retain Darian Thompson and then added HaHa Clinton-Dix (who has recently become somewhat of a journeyman around the league) to manage their back end. That being said, I wouldn’t feel too reassured. That’s why the Cowboys add Grant Delpit.
They still need safety help, and at the very least, one of those three players can get into the big nickel role. Either way, Delpit can help this team immediately and give them some real depth on the back-end.
52. Los Angeles Rams – LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech
The Rams really need some depth in their linebacker group after loosing two guys to free agency. Jordyn Brooks isn’t by any means a perfect prospect, but the upside is there and he’s a decent tackler already.
53. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Michael Pittman Jr, USC
The Eagles need another receiver, and preferably a #2 kind of a guy. Michael Pittman Jr fits that bill perfectly. He’s got size, a ceiling, and he’s been awful productive. He carries himself with a special type of professional presence too, which is why he will go higher than most people expect. The Eagles get someone to pair with Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson and it’s going to be magic.
54. Buffalo Bills – RB Clyde Edwards-Hilaire, LSU
The Bills are in kind of a need for another running back, with Devin Singletary being the only real name on the roster. Imagine pairing this already potent offense with Clyde Edwards-Hilaire, the running back from LSU. He’s an excellent blocker, a good runner and a very good receiver. He fits this Buffalo system perfectly.
55. Atlanta Falcons (From Patriots) – LB Dante Olson, Montana
Is this a little bit early for him to go? Yes. However, Dante Olson has the tools that you need to be a successful gap protector in the NFL, and the Falcons are willing to take a risk with that. I think he is a vastly overlooked linebacker in this class and someone is going to move on him early.
56. Miami Dolphins (From Saints) – TE Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
This selection makes a lot of sense. Mike Gesicki needs a tight end two, and while Durham Smythe had a good season, you really aren’t going to want to resign him. Tight ends take a couple of years to adjust to the NFL level anyways, so it makes all the sense in the world to add Harrison Bryant now. The John Mackey Award winner, he’s a solid presence as a receiver and a blocker, albeit raw and unrefined. Give him a couple of years and he’ll be a very good tight end in this league.
57. Houston Texans – OT Austin Jackson, USC
Offensive line depth is never a bad thing, especially when your star offensive tackle is probably leaving in a season. The Texans move to secure Austin Jackson to build that replacement before he goes.
58. Minnesota Vikings – S Antoine Winfield Jr, Minnesota
Antoine Winfield Jr has some serious speed and awareness that make him an intriguing prospect for anyone in this class. Good thing too, because the free safety spot needs an upgrade, and Winfield could probably bring that year one.
59. Seattle Seahawks – DL Raekwon Davis, Alabama
The Seahawks traditionally like big, physical defensive linemen. In fact, I believe it was the Seahawks who started the trend where interior defensive linemen were designed to eat double teams. Regardless, they need to replace Poona Ford, and Raekwon Davis is a fantastic candidate to do that. He’s every bit of 6’7″ and athletic as all get out, and he is an unselfish player that does what he is asked to do. Davis is going to be a stud in the Seattle defense.
60. Baltimore Ravens – DL Marlon Davidson, Auburn
The Ravens have completely rebuilt their defensive line. They now have Calais Campbell, William Brockers, and Brandon Williams. Imagine adding the one guy who can play any of those positions to step in rotation and/or when someone is injured? That’s a scary thought, my friends.
61. Tennessee Titans – CB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State
The Titans need to replace Logan Ryan. Why not bring in a fellow who has length and likes to tackle? Cameron Dantzler’s tape is solid, even if he is undersized and bombed his forty-yard dash at the combine. Plus, the Titans staff got a very good look at him at the Music City Bowl, even though he didn’t play, from the Mississippi State coaches. He runs faster than his forty times suggest, and he’s physical.
62. Green Bay Packers – QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Aaron Rodgers might not play football much longer. It’s a truth that must be acknowledged. Is Aaron as passionate about the game as the other great quarterbacks in the league? No. He’s also struggled with health in the past, more so than most other stars in the league. It’s time to draft the heir apparent, and it’s time to purchase the insurance. Jalen Hurts is a good selection here and offers immediate support in the locker room. He’s going to get better, he’s only done so throughout his entire career, let him learn from one of the all-time greats.
63. Kansas City Chiefs (From 49ers) – LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
The Chiefs had a lot of people leave because they didn’t have the money to keep them. The linebackers were hit hard too. How Akeem Davis-Gaither fell this far? No one really knows. Maybe it’s because he’s from a small school. I don’t know. The Chiefs are grateful, and they pull the trigger to add him. He has the potential to be an impact run defender year one.
64. San Francisco 49ers (From Chiefs) – CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
The 49ers couldn’t pass on a guy who could really shore up their secondary. Bryce Hall is the picture-perfect cover-two cornerback. He plays excellent run defense, he loves to tackle and is quite the polar opposite of the 13th overall pick, CJ Henderson. That being said, he’s a liability deep and he hasn’t often been healthy. It’s a chance that the 49ers are taking, but one worthy of taking.
65. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Willie Gay Jr, Mississippi State
The Bengals resolved their inside linebacker, now they need a lurk guy. Willie Gay is an immediate upgrade over Jordan Evans. He’s quick and he impacts the field as a run defender. Good fit.
66. Washington Redskins – EDGE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee
67. Detroit Lions – S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
This was just a player that Matt Patricia couldn’t turn up. Kyle Dugger played at the Senior Bowl for the Lions staff and had a most impressive week. That being said, the Lions could use some help in the secondary where Dugger could be an immediate impact player.
68. New York Jets (From Giants) – OL Matt Hennessey, Temple
69. Carolina Panthers – EDGE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
While Stephen Weatherly was a good pickup, he’s never had a starting workload before. It’s a good idea to get a little bit of depth to ensure that he will be fine. Khalid Kareem is a bit more of a power guy, and can add a change of pace element to the line.
70. Miami Dolphins – WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
Brandon Aiyuk is widely considered across the NFL as a better prospect than his teammate last draft season, N’Keal Harry. Even though this is the case, and Harry was a first-round pick last season, this class of receivers is different and offers a lot more overall talent. Aiyuk isn’t good with press coverage or physicality, which will push him down boards. However, the Dolphins could use some depth at the position and want to take a chance.
71. Los Angeles Chargers – S Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois
Rayshawn Jenkins just isn’t cutting it at Strong Safety, and Nasir Adderly isn’t coming along like the Chargers had hoped. So why not take another risk and bring in Jeremy Chinn? He was extremely impressive at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, and could end up fitting in well.
72. Arizona Cardinals – EDGE Josh Uche, Michigan
73. Jacksonville Jaguars – RB Cam Akers, Florida State
I kind of hyped this pick on Twitter by refusing to announce it, but this makes too much sense. The Jaguars have had to play several games without Leonard Fournette, who is a little bit injury prone (to say the least). Now, let’s add one of the most talented running backs in the class who happens to be a hometown hero! Akers will have to share carries with Fournette, but he brings much more to the field than Fournette can. It makes too much sense and fits the situation all too well.
74. Cleveland Browns – LB Evan Weaver, California
The Browns have good depth at linebacker, and so they need to build a rotation until someone stands out. Add Evan Weaver. He’s a high effort player and a tackling machine, but he takes poor angles sometimes and isn’t nearly athletic enough. We will see how he turns out.
75. Indianapolis Colts – TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame
Cole Kmet is a solid tight end prospect for underneath work. He lacks a lot of the vertical threat that most tight ends offer in the class, but he can catch well and with the loss of Eric Ebron, that’s a necessity.
76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT Matthew Peart, UConn
Priority #1 is protecting Tom Brady. Matthew Peart is ready to start at right tackle now with his quick feet and athleticism. I love Matt Peart and what he brings to the game, he was my favorite tackle to watch. He’s a good fit in Tampa.
77. Denver Broncos – OL Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
78. Atlanta Falcons – WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
79. New York Jets – WR Bryan Edwards, Florida
80. Las Vegas Raiders – DL Rashard Lawrence, LSU
81. Las Vegas Raiders (From Bears) – CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah
82. Dallas Cowboys – DL Jordan Elliot, Missouri
Jordan Elliot is one of those guys who a lot of people like and I’m not too sure why. I see upside there, but right now he’s not ready to impact the field. The Cowboys need help on the inside, and they play a 4-3. Elliot fits that mold. By adding Gerald McCoy, they’ve given him not only a veteran presence to learn from but time to develop and work into the starting role.
83. Denver Broncos (From Steelers) – DL Leki Fotu, Utah
84. Los Angeles Rams – LB Francis Bernard, Utah
85. Detroit Lions (From Eagles) – QB Anthony Gordon, Washington State
This is another one of those Senior Bowl people for Patricia. Anthony Gordon is a very controversial prospect in this class. People either love him or they hate him. I tend to lean more towards the hate him, but that’s okay. I understand why people like him. He’s a project, and one that the Lions feel comfortable undertaking.
86. Buffalo Bills – OL Jonah Jackson, Ohio State
87. New England Patriots – EDGE Zach Baun, Wisconsin
88. New Orleans Saints – WR Devin Duvernay, Texas
Lucky for the Saints, the receiver class this year is so ridiculously deep. That’s why they addressed the corner position early. Now, the Saints can play Michael Thomas on the outside, TreQuan Smith as the #2, and Devin Duvernay as the slot/gadget player. It fits all too well, and the Saints offense gets an instant impact performer.
89. Minnesota Vikings – EDGE Bradlee Anae, Utah
The Vikings have always very much enjoyed power on the edge, and Bradlee Anae is power. His quickness is underrated too because while he doesn’t have straight-line speed, Anae plays with very good field speed. His awareness is off of the charts too. I think Anae could be an instant replacement for Everson Griffen.
90. Houston Texans – DL Davon Hamilton, Ohio State
Outside of JJ Watt, there’s really not much of an impact player on this front three. Davon Hamilton adds someone who could potentially be good, but nothing certain. Potential is enough to draft someone in a position of need in round three.
91. Las Vegas Raiders (From Seahawks through Texans) – RB Zack Moss, Utah
92. Baltimore Ravens – S Ashtyn Davis, California
This is an important addition to the team. With the injury liability to Earl Thomas, and Chuck Clark currently playing strong safety, it makes sense to stock up here. Ashtyn Davis is very fast, plays with incredible game speed, and is a violent football player.
93. Tennessee Titans – OL Ben Bartch, St. Johns (MN)
Ben Bartch played left tackle in Division III, but his size and upside will sell almost any team on his ability to play at the next level. He’s an interesting character, as chronicled by his workout smoothies. Regardless, his coachability and the stout technique that he showed at the Senior Bowl earned him a spot in the third round.
94. Green Bay Packers – LB Troy Dye, Oregon
This makes all too much sense. The Packers lost pretty much all of their starting linebackers to the New York Giants. They still need depth, which this class if full of at this position. Troy Dye is one of those guys who is very athletic but needs to learn to read the field better. He can be an impact player in the future, he will only need to contribute on special teams for a while to develop and get his chance.
95. Denver Broncos (From 49ers) – RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
96. Kansas City Chiefs – S Terrell Burgess, Utah
Terrell Burgess is listed as a safety, but he’s more of a big nickel player, and he can contribute immediately.
3rd Round Complimentary Picks
97. Arizona Cardinals (From Browns through Texans) – OL Robert Hunt, Louisiana
98. New England Patriots – Netane Muti, Fresno State
99. New York Giants – LB David Woodward, Utah State
With the Giants rebuilding their linebacker core, they pick up one of the drafts most underrated players – David Woodward. I think he has a chance to impact the field immediately, it might just be a while before he hits his full potential. He’s a very athletic prospect.
100. New England Patriots – CB Reid Harrison-Ducros, Duquesne
101. Seattle Seahawks – OT Jack Driscoll, Auburn
102. Pittsburgh Steelers – DL Larrell Murchison, North Carolina State
103. Philadelphia Eagles – RB Lamical Perine, Florida
I can hear Eagles fans on Twitter already. “But we drafted a running back last year!” “We have a deep running back room!” Let me point out one thing: The Eagles don’t have someone like Jordan Howard. The team had been tremendously better with a power back like Howard or Jay Ajayi, the problem has been keeping them on the field. Perine fits that mold better than most of these prospects, but still offers receiving and blocking ability as well. This is a really good pick.
104. Los Angeles Rams – CB Darnay Holmes, UCLA
105. Minnesota Vikings – OL Nick Harris, Washington
The Minnesota Vikings are looking for depth at this point. Nick Harris is probably not going to play center in the NFL because he ends up being overwhelmed quickly. The Senior Bowl highlighted that tremendously. Continuing on that note, he’s a little bit undersized but fits a zone run scheme very well, something that Minnesota runs a lot of. This is a good pickup for them.
106. Minnesota Vikings (From Ravens) – WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
Antonio Gandy-Golden is one of my favorite receivers in this class. AGG is a big, physical receiver from a small school who played well against bigger opponents his senior year. He was good at the Senior Bowl where he played against stiffer competition but showed just how raw he is. Gandy-Golden is one of those guys that the Vikings would hope to coach up over the next couple of season and make a starter in the future.