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27 May 2020

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

Third Round

65. Cincinnati Bengals – IOL Netane Muti, Fresno State

Reports surfaced this week Netane Muti’s medicals have all been good, and the Bengals have been speaking with him a lot during this process. This makes a lot of sense, as they need help along the offensive line. Muti is a solid run blocker and best fits at the right guard, a position where the Bengals could really use some help.

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66. Washington Redskins – WR KJ Hill, Ohio State

Terry McLaurin exceeded expectations last season as a rookie, and the Redskins have been speaking with a teammate of his in college a lot, KJ Hill. Hill had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl as a potential slot guy, someone who is very explosive in space. He could also contribute as a return man immediately. It makes sense.

67. Detroit Lions – DL Marlon Davidson, Auburn

Marlon Davidson is a guy who fits what the Lions want on their defensive front. He can play both inside and outside, and it gives Matt Patricia the freedom to move Davidson around as needed. While it’s not a necessary pick, it’s a good one by the Lions for impact depth.

68. New York Jets (From Giants) – EDGE Jonathan Greenard, Florida

The Jets snagged K’Lavon Chaisson in the first, and now they add a true edge guy who can play down in a three point stance. Potentially, Greenard rotates at the right end spot with Henry Anderson and Jordan Jenkins at outside linebacker. Greenard is an impact guy if he stays healthy, and someone that the Jets apparently value.

69. Carolina Panthers – LB Francis Bernard, Utah

Cool stories of prospects in the draft emerge every year, but Francis Bernard’s is very cool. Kicked out of BYU, almost losing his fiance and son due to pregnancy complications, and four months in and out of the NICU with his family is hard. Bernard defied all odds and became an All-PAC 12 linebacker.

Bernard had a good week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, but his effort and smarts certainly are translatable. The Panthers have been speaking with Bernard a lot, and it’s a good fit for the defense now missing Luke Kuechly.

70. Miami Dolphins – IOL Matt Hennessy, Temple

The Dolphins are building the offensive line for the future, and Ted Karras is projected to start at center. They’re going to strengthen their depth and give Matt Hennessy a chance to compete for the starting job in year one. He’s still a little raw, but he can be a real impact player as early as year two.

71. Seattle Seahawks (From Chargers) – CB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State

Cameron Dantzler’s combine performance was underwhelming, which has allowed him to fall this far in the draft. Look at his tape? He’s a fantastic zone cover cornerback and he’s physical. That’s the makings of a Seahawks cornerback if I’ve ever heard of it.

72. Arizona Cardinals – DL James Lynch, Baylor

The Cardinals have been reportedly very impressed with James Lynch, and their defensive line is a serious problem. If the Cardinals can get better in the trenches, they’re going to be a problem in the NFC West. That being said, Lynch can help this team tremendously over the next few years.

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73. Jacksonville Jaguars – EDGE Alex Highsmith, Charlotte

The Jaguars certainly aren’t reeling following the trade that sent Calais Campbell to the Ravens, but there is a hole that needs filling. Alex Highsmith looks an awful lot like Campbell did coming out of college. He’s a big dude, he’s got a lot of power and he’s got room to grow into his frame. This makes a lot of sense for the Jaguars.

74. Cleveland Browns – TE Adam Trautman, Dayton

Hey, get Baker Mayfield as many weapons and as much help as possible. The fact that Adam Trautman is still on the board right here at this point is reason enough to draft him. He wasn’t going to fall much farther. Trautman is a red zone target, an explosive vertical threat, and showed solid blocking at the Senior Bowl. Trautman also wowed in his interviews according to reports, and he was quite the buzzing sensation in both the Combine and the Senior Bowl.

75. Indianapolis Colts – S Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois

Jeremy Chinn popped up late on the radar of the NFL, mostly beginning to pick up steam with his Senior Bowl invite. Another athletic freak on the backend, Chinn isn’t quite as ready as his fellow small-school athlete Kyle Dugger. He interviewed well with teams, and the Colts really could use someone else in the back-end to help the secondary.

76. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – IOL John Simpson, Clemson

The Buccaneers might be reaching here a little bit with John Simpson, but they like him and they feel comfortable putting him on the interior of the line. Protect Tom Brady is the mantra, and now Simpson has a chance to compete against Ali Marpet for the starting job.

77. Denver Broncos – EDGE Bradlee Anae, Utah

Bradlee Anae is such a powerful presence, he can attack people across the line. I think his best placement is as a seven-tech, and he can immediately compete with Shelby Harris for a starting spot. Anae is only going to get better over the next few years, and Denver is going to need him by then.

78. San Francisco 49ers (From Falcons) – LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State

The 49ers are wondering how on earth did this guy slip this far down the draft! Akeem Davis-Gaither is a day one impact guy who will only get better over the next few years. He’s a hybrid linebacker, someone that you can send after the passer and someone who can drop into coverage. While he’s got a ways to go until he’s ready to be an impact coverage player, his potential is through the roof. This is a great pick by the 49ers.

79. New York Jets – OT Matt Peart, UConn

The Jets get Sam Darnold a solid right tackle prospect in Matt Peart, a guy who was my favorite tackle to watch in this class. He’s very fluid and athletic and fits the mold of an NFL right tackle.

80. Las Vegas Raiders – EDGE Josh Uche, Michigan

This is a guy that Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden covet. His talent is evident and there is a lot of upside to his game. The thing to remember is Josh Uche is a project and still has room to grow and mold to fill. He’s still a little bit small, so he probably won’t be an immediate impact guy. I still like this pick a lot.

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81. Las Vegas Raiders (From Bears) – LB Malik Harrison, Ohio State

The Raiders go right back to the linebacker room, getting competition for Nicholas Morrow. Malik Harrison has tools that the NFL will most certainly covet, but he is a project and has a lot of room to grow. Potentially, this could be a great pick.

82. Dallas Cowboys – S Ashtyn Davis, California

The Cowboys secondary has needed a lot of help, and they catch a lucky break nabbing Ashtyn Davis who falls farther than most everyone expected. He’s a speed guy who missed the Senior Bowl due to injury and has struggled with some minor knicks and bruises over his career. Regardless, he shows good instincts and can be an impact guy late in year one.

83. Denver Broncos (From Steelers) – DT Leki Fotu, Utah

Leki Fotu is another really good grab by the Broncos, and this is a fantastic addition to compliment the addition of Bradlee Anae. Fotu is a lot of fun to watch as a guy you can send to attack gaps, and he can take over games. The only thing is you don’t know what games those will be. As a potential star, Fotu has the make-up, now he needs to put it all together.

84. Los Angeles Rams – WR Lynn Bowden, Kentucky

People are always excited to see how Sean McVay will scheme a player into his offense, so imagine what he can do with Lynn Bowden. Bowden is a receiver who was moved to play quarterback last year at Kentucky. The school ran essentially a wildcat offense to much success, mostly because of Bowden’s field vision and smarts. He’s versatile, so it’s an exciting thought to see him in a Rams uniform (whatever they may end up looking like).

85. Detroit Lions (From Eagles) – TE Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic

This is a strength on strength pick. The Lions drafted TJ Hockinson in the first round last year, and now they add another receiving threat that they can use to run throwing concepts from the power formations. Harrison Bryant is a potential tight end one, mostly for his incredible receiving talent. I love his prospectus, and I’m excited to see him in the NFL.

86. Buffalo Bills – CB Troy Pride Jr, Notre Dame

The Bills need a solid nickel guy and someone who can potentially replace Josh Norman. Let’s face it, Norman lost a step a couple of years ago. We can’t expect him to do good things in the future. Between Norman and Tre’Davious White, the Bills have a decent secondary. Now add Troy Pride Jr to get the nickel slot filled. Pride can develop into a fine outside guy and possibly even a cornerback one.

87. New England Patriots – LB Willie Gay Jr, Mississippi State

The Patriots are always so good at getting guys flying under the radar before anyone else can pick them. Here, the Patriots nab an excellent linebacker prospect, Bill Belichick’s favorite position, in Willie Gay Jr. He’s got to get his eyes down, as he gets sucked out of the play a little bit too much. But, with the Patriots coaching, Gay Jr in New England is kind of scary.

88. New Orleans Saints – WR Devin Duvernay, Texas

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This is a steal for the Saints. Devin Duvernay is a serious slot option with crazy speed. He might not have tested as well at the Combine, but he had an impressive week in Mobile and the Saints were certainly watching. They need a receiver, and Duvernay’s ability after the catch is special. It makes sense to nab him here.

89. Minnesota Vikings – LB Logan Wilson, Wyoming

The Vikings can’t pass on a high effort linebacker like Logan Wilson. The talent is there, and so is the effort, but he slipped this far because of his size. That’s alright, the Vikings hammer this pick and it’s a great addition to Mike Zimmer’s defense.

90. Houston Texans – WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan

The Texans are looking to attempt to replace DeAndre Hopkins with the large, athletic Michigan receiver, Donovan Peoples-Jones. I don’t think that he’s an immediate impact guy, and with the concerns on his hands alone, DPJ might just not impact really until year three. I’m very concerned with the problems to his game.

91. Las Vegas Raiders (From Seahawks) – CB AJ Green, Oklahoma State

The Raiders need some help in their secondary. While AJ Green isn’t a guy who can really impact immediately, he has length and potential. His week at the Senior Bowl did highlight the raw technique and his lack of confidence at times, but these are things that can be coached and Jon Gruden loves to coach. This is a solid pick for the Raiders.

92. Baltimore Ravens – EDGE Jabari Zuniga, Florida

The Ravens are just drafting to strengthen their strengths now, and Jabari Zuniga is the newest addition to that strategy. They are very deep all along the pass rushing front, but why not add a nine tech guy who plays both upright and down, and has a release that is lethal when he gets off, right?

93. Tennessee Titans – RB Cam Akers, Florida State

There is a possibility that the Titans are unable to reach a deal with running back Derrick Henry next year. It’s in the teams best interest to bolster their running back room, just in case. Cam Akers has slid this far, and the Titans won’t let him go farther. Akers played behind a poor offensive line for the Seminoles and was still very impressive. He could be a good impact guy year one, but there will be a jump from year one to year two.

94. Green Bay Packers – DT Jordan Elliot, Missouri

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The Packers have a 3-4 scheme. Jordan Elliot has the athleticism to play as a 3-4 defensive end, something that the Packers really need. With Kenny Clark, this could really bolster that front. Jordan Elliot isn’t ready to impact in year one, but come year two and he should be ready to go.

95. Denver Broncos (From 49ers) – OT Ben Bartch, St. Johns (MN)

Ben Bartch is a developmental project, but someone who could work into the starting role in the NFL. John Elway loves guys like Bartch, big dudes who can play across the offensive line. This pick makes a lot of sense for the Broncos.

96. Kansas City Chiefs – IOL Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

The Chiefs have roster space to take a chance on someone, so why not take the shot on a guy who plays very well when healthy? Injury concerns have pushed Tyler Biadasz far down into the draft, and it’s going to take someone who will risk him with the injuries to take him. The Chiefs could use interior help, and if the gamble pays off, they have an excellent upgrade inside.

97. *Cleveland Browns (From Texans) – EDGE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee

Darrell Taylor isn’t a guy who will impact the team immediately, rather, he probably needs at least a year to transition. He’s a versatile guy, and he was one of the few brights spots on the Volunteers roster over the last couple of years. That being said, the Browns have to be thinking about life without Oliver Vernon. If they let him walk next year, and Taylor is ready to play? It will be a seamless transition.

98. *New England Patriots – TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue

Weapons are important for the Patriots to prioritize, and the loss of Rob Gronkowski hurt this roster more than the proud organization realized that it would. Now, it makes sense for them to take a tight end here, preferably a receiving threat. Brycen Hopkins is no Gronk, but he’s a solid receiving option with some value as a blocker. He’s interviewed well, from what I have heard. This is a good pick and it’s a guy who can really start to put it all together by the end of the season.

99. *New York Giants – WR Bryan Edwards, South Carolina

The Giants have done well with Golden Tate and Sterling Shepherd so far as their receiving options. However, adding someone like Bryan Edwards would move Shepherd to the slot and bolster the receiving group. Edwards showed a lot of potential throughout his career at South Carolina, but he just needs to be more consistent. He can be a help immediately for the Giants with a good camp.

100. *New England Patriots – LB Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

The Patriots linebacking core was horribly depleted by free agency, so they take their second linebacker in this round. Jordyn Brooks is a guy who can really start to put everything together by the end of year one, he’s not far away. One of the fastest linebackers in this class, he’s a solid tackler and good in pass coverage.

101. *Seattle Seahawks – CB Javaris Davis, Auburn

The secondary has been a major concern for the Seahawks, so it makes sense that they are pulling the trigger on another cornerback. Javaris Davis is one of the faster guys in this class, he has tremendous speed and is a good tackler in space, playing the physical Auburn way. He will be much better in a cover two concept like what the Seahawks run.

102. *Pittsburgh Steelers – S Terrell Burgess, Utah

The Steelers need help in their back end. Terrell Burgess is a solid safety prospect, but offers a lot of versatility that would be beneficial in the Steelers nickel package. He’s still learning, but the flashes that we have seen are tremendous. This is a good pick for the Steelers.

103. *Philadelphia Eagles – S K’Von Wallace, Clemson

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The Eagles have to love the opportunity to beef the secondary with a guy who’s very versatile and offers a ton of upside as a safety prospect. I think he has shortcomings, he’s generally very stiff and struggles to flip his hips, but he should fit well into the Eagles defensive scheme and offer good help over the next few years.

104. *Los Angeles Rams – LB Jacob Phillips, LSU

The Rams need an inside linebacker. Jacob Phillips was one of the best run defenders in college football last season, but doesn’t offer much help as a pass defender. I think the Rams are willing to live with that in order to stop the run, and Jacobs could be used as a guy who is pulled off of the field while they are in their nickel package.

105. *Minnesota Vikings – TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri

Yes, the Vikings have two solid tight ends. Kyle Rudolph is under contract for a couple more years, and Irv Smith Jr was drafted out of Alabama last year. However, the idea to add Albert Okwuegbunam is a good one of the Vikings, simply for his athleticism and value as a receiver. Missouri struggled last season with the poor quarterback play, and Okwuegbunam’s production dropped. He’s still pretty raw, but year three could be a huge year for him if he puts everything together.

106. *Baltimore Ravens – DT Rashard Lawrence, LSU

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence (90) reacts after a play during the third quarter in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens continue to bolster their defensive front, and this pick makes a lot of sense. Rashard Lawrence was the heart and soul of the LSU defense in their biggest games, and when he wasn’t on the field there was a rather large difference. Fundamentally, he still has things that he needs to work on. The Ravens can let him work on that and include him in their plans for the future.

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