2018 NFL Mock Draft: 3 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 17-32
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: October 18, 2017 with updates every Wednesday leading up to Draft Day.
Los Angeles Rams: Connor Williams, RT, Texas
- The Rams moved their right guard to right tackle so that could be an area the Rams address in the 2018 NFL Draft. Connor Williams would be a lot higher on my board if he wasn't injured. The Rams need a pure right tackle though and they get one with Williams here at 17 who could end up being a huge steal if he comes back from his injury.
Previous Pick: Chukwuma Okroafor, LT, Western Michigan
Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
- Lamar Jackson is the only first round quarterback on the board. Arizona takes him hoping for the successor to Carson Palmer here.
Previous Pick: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Atlanta Falcons: Ronnie Harrison, FS, Alabama
- In this mock draft, I have the Atlanta Falcons getting a huge steal at 19 with Ronnie Harrison. Harrison gives Atlanta a Pro Bowl safety to pair with Keanu Neal in Ronnie Harrison out of Alabama.
Previous Pick: Connor Williams, RT, Texas
New Orleans Saints: Clelin Ferrell, LE, Clemson
- New Orleans is a team that does need a 4-3 left end to compliment Cameron Jordan. Clelin Ferrell is a great fit here since he can play 4-3 defensive end on either side with his versatility. Bradley Chubb could be an option as well, but I see the Saints taking Ferrell if he declares for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Denver Broncos: Da'Ron Payne, NT, Alabama
- Denver has a top 5 defense. Da'Ron Payne is 6-2 308 lbs. He weighed 319 lbs at this point last year and is considered a three down player. He's versatile enough to be a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 nose tackle. That skill set is what separates Payne from other Alabama defensive linemen and Payne is a first round talent so Denver takes him at 21 to groom and replace Domata Peko at nose tackle here.
Previous Pick: Archie Lewis, RT, Boise State
Indianapolis Colts: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, 3-4 ROLB, Oklahoma
- Indianapolis gets a pass rusher to anchor their defense. The 6-1 241 lb Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has 6 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss in 2017. Ogbonnia Okornkwo gives the Colts that ace pass rusher they desperately crave for their 3-4 defense.
Previous Pick: Lorenzo Carter, 3-4 LOLB, Georgia
Seattle Seahawks: Orlando Brown, LT, Oklahoma
- Seattle needs a blue chip left tackle. They get Orlando Brown out of Oklahoma here who is a huge bargain at this point.
Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
- Minnesota is expected to get Teddy Bridgewater back in the next week or two. I'm giving Teddy Bridgewater the best target on the board who happens to be Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller who looks like an Antonio Brown clone on tape as my friend Drake described him. Anthony Miller torched the same UCLA secondary that Christian Kirk could not get separation against. Miller is going to be playing on Sundays if he declares for the 2018 NFL Draft. Miller could be a riser if he keeps this stellar play up. Miller and Kirk are both 5-11 190 lbs, so I'm giving Miller the advantage for now because Miller had twice as many touchdowns on Connecticut that Courtland Sutton had on the Huskies and Sutton had 2 receiving touchdowns versus Connecticut and Miller had 4 touchdowns versus Connecticut. Miller is projected to run a 40 time anywhere between 4.25 and 4.45 so he may very well end up being this years version of John Ross.
Previous Pick: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Carolina Panthers: Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo
- The Panthers will get a cornerback or wide receiver here. The 6-2 207 lb Anthony Johnson is the cousin of Jadeveon Clowney. Johnson has emerged as a huge riser since he has the size, hands, speed, route running, and blocking to be a #1 target in the NFL. I just started watching Johnson's tape on Thursday moments after updating my last mock draft so Johnson gets picked by Carolina here at 25.
Previous Pick: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
Washington Redskins: Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
- The Redskins take a wide receiver with Pryor in a contract year since no first round linebackers or safeties are here tape wise. I don't think Washington will have the cap space to keep Pryor and Cousins if they reach Super Bowl 52 so they get my top ranked receiver at 26 in Jake Wieneke.
- Jake Wieneke torched the same TCU defense that held Courtland Sutton to 1 reception for 0 receiving yards. I also see Wieneke as a receiver with a higher ceiling than Sutton so he jumps Sutton to move into the first round.
- The 6-4 218 lb Jake Wieneke showed the size, speed Kupp lacked, jumping, catching in traffic, and spectacular catching NFL teams covet. His tape versus TCU in 2016 was simply superb. Wieneke is a great route runner, but not an elite route runner like Kupp. Wieneke has the size and speed Kupp lacked, but is different to Kupp because both FCS receivers have their own strengths on tape.
- Jake Wieneke had 73 receptions, 1,404 receiving yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns in 2014 as a true freshman. Wieneke had 72 receptions, 1,472 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Weineke had 1,316 receiving yards, and 16 receiving touchdowns. Mark my words Wieneke will wow people in Mobile like Kupp did if he gets a Senior Bowl invite.
Previous Pick: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
Pittsburgh Steelers: Tremaine Edmunds, 3-4 MLB, Virginia Tech
- Pittsburgh takes the 6-5 250 lb Tremaine Edmunds who is a three down linebacker with 4.5 speed. Edmunds is a second round talent in my mind, but Pittsburgh needs a 3-4 middle linebacker more than any other position right now. The Steelers won't pass on Edmunds if the five first round quarterbacks are all off the board.
Previous Pick: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Tennessee Titans: Joshua Allen, 3-4 ROLB, Kentucky
- Tennessee takes a pass rusher for depth. Erik Walden is in a contract year. Both Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan enter contract years in 2018. The 6-5 230 lb Joshua Allen has 6.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for a loss so far in 2017. He looks faster and more productive than Bud Dupree on tape. Allen is skinny right now, but Tennessee is set at a lot of positions so they can develop Allen by bulking him up in 2018 and then starting him in 2019.
Previous Pick: Holton Hill, CB, Texas
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Harold Landry, RE, Boston College
- Tampa Bay gets a new 4-3 right end to anchor their pass rush. Harold Landry may need to get stronger, but he's the best player on the board for Tampa Bay at this point in the first round.
Buffalo Bills: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
- Buffalo got this pick from Kansas City in the Patrick Mahomes trade. They draft the top receiver on the board at this point in Calvin Ridley who impressed me enough against Florida State and Texas A&M to jump up to this spot. I believe Ridley is a #2 WR getting #1 hype, but he's got 4.4 speed and plays for Alabama so someone is taking him in the first round expecting a #1 target only to be disappointed. Most have Ridley in the top 5, but I think Christian Kirk resembles Amari Cooper more so than Calvin Ridley, but I also feel like Ridley will be taken first even if Kirk has the better career.
Philadelphia Eagles: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
- Philadelphia missed out on a running back. Guice was my top ranked running back in the preseason. Philadelphia gets a huge steal with Guice who can anchor this running game. When Darby and Sidney Jones are healthy next year the Eagles will have a window of opportunity to get to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53 since Wentz is making much more progress in year two.
New England Patriots: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
- The Patriots get a cornerback here to replace Malcolm Butler. The 6-1 195 lb Isaiah Oliver did well blanketing one of Josh Rosen's targets versus UCLA and kept Dante Pettis in check too. Oliver has 9 deflections from pass breakups and 2 interceptions so far in 2017. Oliver frustrated Rosen where as Holton Hill did not frustrate Darnold or Mayfield.
Previous Pick: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
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