2018 NFL Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: May 23, 2017 with updates every Tuesday leading up to Draft Day.
New York Jets: Martez Ivey, LT, Florida
- If the Jets were smart they would take Mike McGlinchey at 1 and Luke Falk at 33 to challenge Hackenberg. Unfortunately their front office outside of the GM is basically run by the cast of Dinner For Schmucks. Okay, I'm done ripping the Jets, but seriously if they take Lamar Jackson or any of these quarterbacks that are getting overhyped who have flaws in their game at 1 they better have a better blindside in place over Kelvin Beachum and Ben Ijalana.
- The 6-4 305 lb Martez Ivey has the versatiltiy to play left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, or right tackle. That is what he showed on tape in High School and that's why he was considered a 5-star recruit and the top offensive lineman after Hyatt coming out of High School.
- Ivey was talented enough to play left tackle, but ended up moving to left guard for his first two seasons after David Sharpe won the left tackle job. The Jets draft Ivey as their blindside here knowing they can move him to right tackle or center if he doesn't live up to the hype of being a premium left tackle.
Chicago Bears: Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
- The Bears get Trubisky another target here. Jake Wieneke out of South Dakota State is this years Cooper Kupp, and as crazy as it sounds I think he could sneak into round 1 like Carson Wentz did two years ago.
- The 6-4 215 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. The fact that I have Wieneke ahead of both Calvin Ridley and James Washington speaks volumes of what I think of Wieneke as a prospect.
San Francisco 49ers: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
- The 49ers get their quarterback of the future at 34. Luke Falk only knows a shotgun spread offense, but he is very consistent on tape. Luke Falk had 4,561 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a 69.4 completion percentage in 2015. Luke Falk had 4,468 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a 70.0 completion percentage in 2016.
- Some had the 6-4 216 lb Luke Falk as the top quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft had he declared. Falk struggled versus Washington and Colorado down the stretch. Falk is my third best quarterback right now, but I refuse to put him in the first round until he shows he can take snaps under center on tape or in Mobile when the 2018 Senior Bowl takes place.
Cincinnati Bengals: Duke Ejiofor, RE, Wake Forest
- Cincinnati needs a 4-3 right end to replace Michael Johnson. Jordan Willis is more of a 4-3 left end.
- Cincinnati gets the 6-4 270 lb Duke Ejiofor who had 30 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 50 total tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, and 10.5 sacks in 2016. Ejiofor dominated Roderick Johnson and Gerod Christian on tape, but struggled versus Mitch Hyatt which is why he fell to the early second round.
Minnesota Vikings: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
- I had both the Texans and Vikings finishing with the same record. So as a result Minnesota jumps Houston in the second round.
- Minnesota grabs Lamar Jackson a target to throw to in Calvin Ridley. I'm probably the only person with a second round grade on Ridley. If Ridley dominates versus Tarvarus McFadden in Alabama's opener versus Florida State, he will move back to being my #1 wide receiver for 2018 effective immediately. The fact that he was worse than Ar'Darius Stewart on tape this season is reason enough for me to bump him down to the second round for the time being.
Cleveland Browns: Quin Blanding, FS, Virgina
- Cleveland will need a safety if Jabrill Peppers and Kai Nacua both don't start right away at safety. Quin Blanding is my top safety at this point which is why I have him going to Cleveland in the second round.
Tennessee Titans: Daylon Mack, NT, Texas A&M
- I have Tennessee, Arizona, and Denver all finishing with the same record. So the Titans and Broncos would jump the Cardinals to round out the top 40. Cleveland does own the Eagles second round pick, but the point is the Titans are on the clock.
- Tennessee should focus on the interior offensive line. The only interior offesnive lineman worth drafting in the second round is Will Clapp out of LSU and I think he's a reach here. I'm really torn on whether the Titans should draft for need and get Clapp or take the best player on the board in Daylon Mack who I've seen in the first round. If you want me to change this pick to Clapp and you follow the Titans go ahead and post your thoughts on this pick in the comments section below.
Denver Broncos: Orlando Brown, LT, Oklahoma
- The 6-8 360 lb Orlando Brown looked way better on tape than Garrett Bolles even manhandling Carl Lawson and Byron Cowart in Oklahoma's Sugar Bowl win over Auburn. I feel like Denver still does not have a long-term answer at quarterback or left tackle. With Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Chad Kelly on the roster, Denver waits until 2019 for their quarterback and gets another left tackle who worst case scenario replaces Donald Stephenson and best case scenario beats out Bolles for the left tackle job forcing Denver's 2017 first round pick over to right tackle which I believe can happen after watching Brown manhandle people on tape. Brown has excellent footwork for a his size.
Arizona Cardinals: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
- Arizona gets their successor to Carson Palmer here. Josh Allen out of Wyoming has amazing physical tools and experience under center at 6-5 222 lbs. Allen had 3,203 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in 2016. Allen throws into coverage way too often, and it's crazy that this guy is in consideration to be the top pick because he reminds me of Jake Plummer in terms of awareness and decision making even though Allen isn't the scrambler Plummer is. Joseph Potter the co-host of my podcast and the founder of Draft Evolution compared him to Carson Palmer so it's beyond fitting for Allen to end up in Arizona.
Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
- The Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, and Los Angeles Rams all had the same record. Since the Rams picked at 10 in the first round, the Browns use their next second round pick here and Cleveland still has one more second round pick.
- If one quarterback in 2018 can roundhouse Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer out of a starting job right away, it's Baker Mayfield. Mayfield had 3,700 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, and 7 interceptions in 2015. The 6-1 210 lb quarterback had 3,965 passing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a 71.0 completion percentage in 2016. If Baker Mayfield wasn't undersized, threw under center, and didn't get arrested off the field, he'd be in my first round, but Cleveland can take Mayfield here knowing he's talented enough to potentially beat out Kessler and Kizer for the starting quarterback job in 2018.
Oakland Raiders: Trent Thompson, DT, Georgia
- The Oakland Raiders get a defensive tackle that is way better than Eddie Vanderdoes. The 6-4 309 lb Trent Thompson can play on the defensive line in both the 4-3 and 3-4 with his versatility.
Los Angeles Rams: Shaquem Griffin, 3-4 ROLB, Central Florida
- The 6-1 213 lb Shaquem Griffin is small, but he may end up converting to cornerback or safety. As an defensive end off the edge, Griffin had 57 solo tackles, 35 assisted tackles, 92 total tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, and 11.5 sacks despite having only one hand. The brother of Shaquil Griffin is someone I'm extremely high on and I believe he could be a starter in the NFL at some point down the road if he continues to develop.
Previous Pick: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Miami Dolphins: Adam Breneman, TE, Massachusetts
- Miami, Green Bay, and Philadelphia all finished with the same record. Since Philadelphia picked at 13 in the first round, the Dolphins pick here in the second round.
- Miami gets a tight end if Julius Thomas gets injured again. The 6-4 250 lb Adam Breneman had 70 receptions, 808 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Breneman is without a doubt my favorite tight end in this class right now because of his hands and route running on tape.
Green Bay Packers: Will Clapp, C, LSU
- The Packers need more help on the interior offensive line. Will Clapp has the versatility to play anywhere on the interior offensive line at left guard, center, or right guard. Green Bay can have Clapp fill that J.C. Tretter role behind Cory Linsley.
Cleveland Browns: Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech
- Cleveland got this pick from Philadelphia in the Carson Wentz trade. In this mock Cleveland picks at 4, 10, 38, 42, and 47. Releasing Joe Haden or Jamar Taylor clears up cap space. Haden clears up over $11-million, McCourty clears up $4-million, and Taylor clears up $4-million. There is nobody at this point in the second round that can replace Haden, but there are a few corners that can replace McCourty or Taylor and Alexander is the top one available at this spot.
Carolina Panthers: Byron Cowart, LE, Auburn
- Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Buffalo all finished with the same record. Since Atlanta picked at 16, Carolina has this spot in the second round after taking Dante Pettis at 17.
- Byron Cowart has experience at both defensive end roles in the 4-3. The 6-4 280 lb defensive end is converting to defensive tackle this year so that tells me Cowart will likely be a run stuffing left end in the NFL.
Buffalo Bills: Marquis Haynes, ROLB, Ole Miss
- The Buffalo Bills could release Lorenzo Alexander to save some cap space at 4-3 right outside linebacker in 2018. My options at this point were Marquis Haynes and Myles Gaskin out of Washington.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Da'Shawn Hand, DT, Alabama
- Tampa Bay gets a defensive tackle here. Putting Chris Baker, a 3-4 guy in a 4-3 defense makes me cringe. Da'Shawn Hand is my best player on the board so we get his replacement here plus putting Hand with Clelin Ferrell of Clemson makes both Ferrell and Hand better.
Atlanta Falcons: Josh Sweat, LE, Florida State
- Atlanta gets a 4-3 defensive end to pair with Takkarist McKinley. Josh Sweat beat out Demarcus Walker for the 4-3 right end job as a true freshman which forced Walker to remain at 4-3 left end. Sweat compliments McKinley perfectly here.
Baltimore Ravens: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
- The 6-1 205 lb James Washington is the only receiver left that I have a second round grade on. Washington had 53 receptions, 1,087 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2015. Washington followed that up with 71 receptions, 1,380 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2015.
- Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington dominated versus Chidobe Awuzie in Oklahoma State's Bowl game, but he also struggled against Central Michigan cornerback Amari Coleman who could be a sleeper in this years class.
- Washington has the speed to be Flacco's #1 target and having him in that role would take a lot of pressure off of Flacco. I bet a lot of Ravens fans would rather have Washington in round 1 and Mason Cole in round 2.
Previous Pick: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Seattle Seahawks: Alijah Holder, CB, Stanford
- Seattle drafts another Stanford corner. Alijah Holder has durability concerns, but the potential for him be Stanford's best corner since Richard Sherman is there.
Detroit Lions: Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
- The Lions need a true #1 running back. Myles Gaskin out of Washington had 237 carries, 1,373 rushing yards, and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2016. He's 5-10 195 lbs and while he has first round tape, he has third round size which is why Gaskin fell to the second round.
Los Angeles Chargers: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
- The 6-5 220 lb Rudolph had 3,770 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, and 9 interceptions as a sophomore in 2015. Rudolph had 4,091 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, and 4 interceptions in 2016. Rudolph has issues with footwork and deep ball accuracy as well as small hands. Rudolph has taken more snaps under center than any Oklahoma State quarterback including Brandon Weeden who did get picked in the first round, so that's one thing working for Rudolph who becomes the successor to Philip Rivers in this scenario.
Previous Pick: Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sam Houston State
Jacksonville Jaguars: Ogbonnina Okoronkwo, ROLB, Oklahoma
- The Jacksonville Jaguars may get Telvin Smith's replacement here. Smith is an unrestricted Free Agent in 2018 as is Paul Poszlusney who is moving to 4-3 left outside linebacker. Okornkwo is 6-1 241 lbs and is versatile to play either outside linebacker role just like Blair Brown so Jacksonville would have Okoronkwo and Blair Brown starting at outside linebacker in 2018 in this scenario.
Washington Redskins: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
- The Redskins are set at most positions. Getting another 3-4 nose tackle like Khalil McKenzie who is 6-5 344 lbs helps though. Putting that guy next to Jonathan Allen makes this defense even more difficult to deal with.
Previous Pick: Khalil McKenzie, NT, Tennessee
New York Giants: Sam Hubbard, RE, Ohio State
- In this mock, the Giants get a 4-3 right end for depth. Sam Hubbard is the best player on the board at this point regardless of need.
Kansas City Chiefs: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
- The Chiefs use this pick to get Alex Smith or Patrick Mahomes another weapon. Deon Cain is my top receiver available at this point.
Previous Pick: Iman Marshall, CB, USC
Indianapolis Colts: Khalil McKenzie, NT, Tennessee
- The Colts are set at most positions. Getting another 3-4 nose tackle like Khalil McKenzie who is 6-5 350 lbs helps though. Jonathan Hankins signed a deal with the Colts, but I see him as more of a 5-technique then a nose tackle, but where the Colts put Hankins may determine what direction they go in here.
Previous Pick: Lorenzo Carter, 3-4 LOLB, Georgia
San Francisco 49ers: Tyquan Lewis, RE, Ohio State
- San Francisco gets Tyquan Lewis here. Aaron Lynch is in a contract year and Tyquan Lewis has the versatility to play 4-3 defensive end on either side where as Solomon Thomas is mainly a 4-3 left end. Lewis is an option here if Lynch does not re-sign.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Jamarco Jones, LT, Ohio State
- One left tackle that really impressed me on tape is Ohio State left tackle Jamarco Jones. The 6-5 310 lb left tackle was a sixth man his first two seasons so he got experience playing all 5 positions on the offensive line plus he held his own versus Taco Charlton on tape. Jones also played special teams for Ohio State as a blocker and has potential to be a long snapper.
- My reasoning for dropping Jamarco Jones this far is because he sucked on tape versus Clemson's sophomore redshirt at defensive end during his freshman season. Lots of people had a third round grade on Jones, but Pittsburgh is a great fit for Ohio State's left tackle here.
- Jones is a senior. Jones will probably play in the 2018 Senior Bowl in Mobile with other outlets giving him a day 2 grade. Jones could easily move up boards if he dominates there. One thing I noticed with a lot of offensive tackles in 2018 is they struggle to maintain blocks. Jones is one of maybe 4-6 guys out of 20 that maintains blocks consistently on tape. That's the biggest reason I believe Jamarco Jones should be taken in the first two rounds despite his embarrassing tape versus Clemson.
Previous Pick: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Dallas Cowboys: Chase Hansen, SS, Utah
- Dallas gets Chase Hansen here. It was Chase Hansen not Marcus Williams who led the Utah Utes in tackles. Hansen compliments Byron Jones perfectly as he reminds me of Barry Church with the coverage of Harrison Smith on tape.
Previous Pick: Marcell Frazier, LE, Missouri
New England Patriots: Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, Sam Houston State
- Jimmy Garoppolo will be a Free Agent. Sam Darnold has the worst mechanics I've seen from a quarterback since Ryan Mallett coming out of Arkansas. I've predicted the downfall of many first round prospects including Ryan Mallett falling in 2010, Landry Jones falling in 2011 when mock drafts had him ahead of Tannehill, and Connor Cook in 2015 leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. Sam Darnold is the next quarterback that I'm predicting to take a huge nose dive and hurt his stock in the NFL Draft. In fact I have him falling out of the first two rounds. My next quarterback that I'm mocking to the Patriots is another small school guy that dominated in the FCS since Garoppolo went to an FCS School in Eastern Illinois.
- Sam Darnold will fail if he starts right away. If he goes to a situation like the Patriots where he can learn under Brady and correct his flaws then Darnold may end up living up to the hype he's generated at USC in the NFL, but that's the only remote way I can see him succeeding unless he returns to college in 2018 to get his degree only to enter the 2019 NFL Draft like Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota did.
- The Patriots grab Brady's successor here. The 6-3 220 lb Jeremiah Briscoe had 4,602 passing yards, 57 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2016. He plays in a spread offense, but is a fantastic fit for the Patriots to wrap up the second round. I'll probably wait until after I do NFL Season Previews for all 32 teams before I entertain the thought of a third round. Thanks for reading everyone.
Previous Pick: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
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