18 Sep 2020

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John Vogel’s NFL Mock Draft 4.0 – Seven Rounds of Mayhem

Second Round

33. Cincinnati Bengals – S Antoine Winfield Jr, Minnesota

With every safety available on the board, this comes as a bit of a shocker for most everyone in the NFL. The Bengals go with their best fit, and that’s Antoine Winfield Jr. If you want to talk about an athletic freak who looks every bit of the part of a star safety in this league, then look no further than Winfield. The only downside is that he struggled with injuries throughout his career, a chance that the Bengals appear to be willing to take.

34. Minnesota Vikings (From Redskins through Colts) – EDGE AJ Epenesa, Iowa

Trade Alert: The Minnesota Vikings send the 58th and 60th overall picks to the Indianapolis Colts for the 34th overall pick.

The Vikings are looking to fill the gap left by Stephen Weatherly and Everson Griffin moving on. With Danielle Hunter on the other side, AJ Epenesa makes a lot of sense, especially considering his fall from the first round. Epenesa is a smart, technical edge, much like Weatherly was, and is better utilized as a seven tech player.

The Colts win this simply for the extra couple of second round picks. With as many holes as they have to fill, three second-round selections are most welcome.

35. Detroit Lions – IOL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

The Lions know that the interior of their line needs some work, so why not pull the trigger and grab someone now? Cesar Ruiz is considered by many to be the best interior offensive lineman in the class, and he’s close to home in Detroit too.

36. New York Giants – LB Patrick Queen, LSU

The Giants are thinking of doing something very creative with their defense and now everyone knows it with this pick. Patrick Queen is a little bit undersized, but very athletic and a pretty good tackler. Imagine moving Queen and Isaiah Simmons all around the backfield? That sounds like a lot of fun.

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37. Seattle Seahawks (From Chargers) – EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

The Seahawks are drafting on potential here. Is Yetur Gross-Matos ready to be an instant contributor? Definitely not. Can he be next year? Yes. With Jadevion Clowney appearing to be on the way out, Gross-Matos is a good future fit to develop into the role that he played with the Seahawks. This is a very good pick.

38. Carolina Panthers – CB AJ Terrell, Clemson

The Panthers passed on CJ Henderson, now they rebound in the second round and nab AJ Terrell. People want to roast AJ Terrell for the way he was torched in the National Championship game. Really, he played very well. His coverage was tight and it exposed the one weakness to his game – ball skills. The Panthers are willing to live with that.

39. Miami Dolphins – S Xavier McKinney, Alabama

Miami somehow got the poor man’s Isaiah Simmons with Xavier McKinney. That’s a slight on McKinney too because statistically, he was just as effective as Simmons was at Clemson while playing the same role at Alabama. This is the perfect x-factor for the back-end of Brian Flores’ secondary, and he couldn’t be more thrilled to have him.

40. Houston Texans (From Cardinals) – S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir Rhyne

Justin Reid was rumored to be landing with the Texans for a couple of weeks, but it appears that they have passed on adding him and will address the need in the draft. Kyle Dugger is a much better option, in my opinion. He’s an athletic freak, plays heady and smart, and really stood out all week at the Senior Bowl. This is an awesome pick-up for the Texans.

41. Cleveland Browns – WR Jalen Reagor, TCU

Normally my analysis is pretty detailed and deep, but I’m going to keep this one simple.

Odell Beckham Jr, Jarvis Landry and Jalen Reagor.

Enough said.

42. Jacksonville Jaguars – S Grant Delpit, LSU

The Jaguars need to beef up the secondary and give Ronnie Harrison some help on the back end. I’m not sure if they have it in them to pass on Grant Delpit. He’s a very solid safety, and despite having some tackling issues his ball skills more than makeup for it.

43. Chicago Bears (From Raiders) – OT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia

Is this an immediate impact pick? Definitely not. The Bears don’t have a very large need for tackle, although Isaiah Wilson could end up being fruitful next season. You see, this tackle class is so good, teams are going to pull the trigger on developmental guys who can be very good in the future. The Bears are doing that here.

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44. Indianapolis Colts – IDL Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma

I think this is pretty much a lock. Neville Gallimore looks the part of a Colts player, and now with DeForest Buckner on the inside, it looks like Gallimore could really play well beside him. Gallimore is a high energy, motor player. He is a great pick-up and while he can impact in year one, there should be a major jump to year two.

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Okay, who let this happen? Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tom Brady and Jonathan Taylor in the same backfield? That’s almost not fair. Taylor is among the fastest running backs in this class, being able to hit 4.39 in his forty at the Combine. He has excellent vision and would be an awesome compliment to the backfield in a Bruce Arians system.

46. New York Jets (From Broncos) – WR KJ Hamler, Penn State

A lot of people will consider this a bit of a reach, myself included. However, the Jets have spoken with KJ Hamler a lot during this offseason and appear to be very interested in him. It makes sense because most evaluators who like him have him around a second-round pick. People who don’t have him much later.

He’s exclusively a slot guy, and he’s very explosive with the ball in his hands. My theory would be that the Jets want to move Jamison Crowder and replace him with Hamler. It makes sense and hopefully will make the offense more explosive.

47. Atlanta Falcons – LB Terrell Lewis, Alabama

The Falcons continue to beef up their defense, now with the versatile threat of Terrell Lewis from Alabama. This is a guy that can play all over the front seven, and that’s exactly what the Falcons would love to have. This makes a lot of sense for Atlanta.

48. New York Jets – CB Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn

Auburn’s Noah Igbinoghene gets an interception in the second half. Texas A&M at Auburn football on Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

The Jets have issues in their secondary, that is undeniable. Their best player, safety Jamal Adams, wants a trade. They have to address this and get him some help. Noah Igbinoghene is a great start to getting help. He’s shown excellent press coverage ability in the SEC. I wouldn’t expect great results year one, but the jump from year one to year two should be special.

49. Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

This pick just makes sense for the Steelers. You have got to get someone back there for the future. James Connor probably won’t extend, Jalyen Samuels isn’t going to be sufficient, and Benny Snell is too limited.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire has all of the tools. He’s an excellent runner. He’s a good receiver. Lastly, he can block. This would be a great investment for the Steelers offense.

50. Chicago Bears – EDGE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame

Julian Okwara just looks like a Chicago Bear. Go turn on his tape. He’s a decent run defender and when he’s hot he can get after the passer. Okwara will be depth for a little while until the Bears shuffle their pieces and figure out who can play where. He’s a year away from being an impact player anyways. But this makes a lot of sense to me.

51. Dallas Cowboys – IOL Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU

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The retirement of center Travis Frederick shocked a lot of people. What it marked for Dallas was a new need that has to be filled in the draft. As of now, the projected starting center is Joe Looney, and I don’t think that the Cowboys are happy with that.

Good thing that there are so many good centers in this year’s draft. Lloyd Cushenberry III had a fine season at LSU and showed off some impressive 1v1 reps in Mobile during the Senior Bowl week. He’s quick, and he’s strong.

52. Los Angeles Rams – EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise State

The Rams are looking to pick up a stud for their defense. Clay Matthews and Dante Fowler are both gone, and that outside linebacker/edge role is looking to be filled. Curtis Weaver is an interesting fit. While he’s not as adept in pass coverage, he’s a solid run defender and a pass rusher who logged 13.5 sacks last season. He’d be a lot of fun in Los Angeles.

53. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah

The Eagles have got to help their secondary. It has to happen. They were so bad last season but managed to hold on through a lot of adversity. It can’t happen like that again.

Jaylon Johnson is a developmental cornerback, much like Sydney Jones was a couple of years ago. Johnson has the potential to make or break the Eagles secondary, but I think it’s a good pick.

54. Buffalo Bills – DT Ross Blacklock, TCU

The Bills are beefing up their interior, and Ross Blacklock looks to be the perfect fit that they need. Blacklock was listed on Bruce Fieldman’s freaks list in the offseason, and he didn’t disappoint in 2019. He’s a monster and I’d be excited as a Bills fan to think about what that defense is going to do in 2020.

55. Baltimore Ravens (From Patriots) – WR Laviska Shenault Jr, Colorado

The Ravens need to get weapons for Lamar Jackson. The abysmal performance in the AFC Divisional Playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans was on the backs of the receivers, who dropped seven passes in the loss.

“Weapon” is the word I would use to describe Laviska Shenault. He’s a true wild card in this draft, and while the athleticism and potential are so clearly there, Shenault’s NFL impact is an unknown. He’s clearly able to impact immediately as a utility threat, but as a receiver, we will have to see if he can progress as a route runner and capture the nuances.

56. Miami Dolphins (From Saints) – LB Zach Baun, Wisconsin

The Dolphins need an outside threat that they can use to the opposite side of Kyle Van Noy, and the Dolphins have shown some particular interest in Zach Baun. He’s able to impact as a run defender and as a pass rusher, but the pass coverage is something that is an issue. That’s why he should be involved in their base sets, on early downs.

57. Los Angeles Rams (From Texans) – OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn

The Rams picked this pick up from the trade that moved Brandon Cooks to the Texans, and this is a good pick for them too. While most people think that Sean McVay is all about splash, it’s a perception that isn’t real. He believes in the trenches being built up, and Tega Wanogho helps out a lot with the impending retirement of Andrew Whitworth upcoming.

58. Indianapolis Colts (From Vikings) – TE Cole Kmet, Notre Dame

The Colts lost Eric Ebron this season, and Jack Doyle is a bit on the older side. Philip Rivers isn’t going to be there forever, and no one really knows just how long he has left to play. It makes sense to add Cole Kmet, a guy who can provide help to that tight end group right away, with his reliable hands and underneath work.

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59. Seattle Seahawks – DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama

Raekwon Davis is undoubtedly someone that the Seahawks value in this draft. He fits the mold of defensive players that they consistently target. He’s huge, and he is a space-eater. His first season as a starter, remember, he had eight sacks beside Da’Ron Payne. The Seahawks like to rotate their linemen, and the room was starting to grow thin. Great pick.

60. Indianapolis Colts (From Ravens through Vikings) – QB Jacob Eason, Washington

The Colts select their quarterback of the future, Jacob Eason, and put him into a very good position. Eason has a cannon, and he’s a good bit away from starting in the NFL because of his mental make-up. The potential is there, and the Colts will be relying on Philip Rivers to get him ready.

61. Tennessee Titans – DT Justin Madibuike, Texas A&M

The Tennessee Titans just moved longtime interior defender Jurell Casey to the Broncos, and now have a bit of a gap on the interior. Jeffrey Simmons was an excellent addition, and now they add Justin Madibuike to get the depth that they would like at that position.

I don’t think Madibuike is much of an impact player the first couple of years in the league, because he’s raw and he needs some work. It’s also hard to progress with the NFL’s practice regulations as a lineman. But hey, he’s an impact player in the future, and it’s a bright future.

62. Green Bay Packers – OT Lucas Niang, TCU

The Packers are buiding for the future, and Lucas Niang makes a lot of sense here. He played right tackle at TCU, and he’s an athletic freak who has struggled to stay healthy. The injuries have pushed him down the board. If he’s healthy, Niang can be the best right tackle out of this class. He’s a good fit and fills a need for the Packers.

63. Kansas City Chiefs (From 49ers) – CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State

The Chiefs now move to fill their need at cornerback, taking a guy who will impact immediately as a nickel. Damon Arnette has a lot of talent and is more on the physical side, something that will fit into the Chiefs secondary well.

64. Seattle Seahawks (From Chiefs) – WR Michael Pittman Jr, USC

Pete Carroll has a soft spot for USC, he was, after all, the coach there and won himself a natty. This one is too much for him to pass up. Imagine DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Michael Pittman with Russell Wilson at quarterback? That really sounds too good to be true.

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