Cleveland is gonna play Damarious Randall at free safety and play Jabrill Peppers at strong safety in 2018. They got Minkah Fitzpatrick at field cornerback, but I feel they need a boundary cornerback next to Minkah and that's where Jaire Alexander comes into play allowing E.J. Gaines to play nickel, Briean Boddy-Calhoun moves from nickel cornerback to dime cornerback, and T.J. Carrie plays quarter cornerback which solidifies the cornerback position for the Cleveland Browns with that much depth at cornerback. Jaire Alexander has Pro Bowl traits and plays with a lot of conviction. He's a bargain at this point to kick off the second round.
Cleveland can use 64 on a running back. I gave Derrius Guice and Nick Chubb consideration as well here, but the bottom line is Cleveland still has Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson at running back. I really don't see the Browns spending an early pick on a running back unless Saquon Barkley is there at 4 because they got two solid running backs and I see Dorsey just wanting to fix the defense so this team is competitive from the get go next season.
New York gets a pass rusher to replace Jason Pierre-Paul here. Harold Landry can play 4-3 left end or 3-4 left outisde linebacker in New York's hybrid defense after impressing at both the 2018 NFL Combine and Boston College's Pro Day. I love drafting an offensive skill player to compliment a quarterback, but they have enough around Rosen for the moment so we make an exception for the Giants and give them a defensive player here.
The Browns get a defensive tackle to play next to Larry Ogunjobi with this pick after trading Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots. The 6-3 311 lb B.J. Hill ran a 4.99 40-time at the 2018 NFL Combine and did 35 reps on the bench press. Hill dominated in the Senior Bowl practices and showed teams he had three down ability despite having a nose tackle body. Hill can play 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 nose tackle in the NFL. Hill was 321 lbs with 10 and 3/4 inch hands in Mobile and lost 10 lbs before the 2018 NFL Combine. He knows how to condition himself well and is a great value pick here.
The Colts get a running back to take pressure off of Andrew Luck. They use this pick from the Jets to get Andrew Luck a three down back. Derrius Guice is an absolute steal at 36 and he's a guy who I thought had the skill set to jump Saquon Barkley back in the preseason. Indianapolis gets a huge steal with Derrius Guice at 36.
The Colts re-signed left guard Jack Mewhort, signed Matt Slauson as a Free Agent, and signed Mark Glowinski as a Free Agent, plus Joe Haeg and Le'Raven Clark have roster spots at guard for the Colts. Now they turn the focus to offensive tackle and draft a right tackle to compliment their left tackle Anthony Costanzo. I had a first round grade on Chukwuma Okorafor for most of the draft process. Indianapolis takes Okorafor here knowing he could be the final piece to solidify this offensive line.
Tampa Bay could go in a lot of different directions here. Getting Nick Chubb is an option. Getting offensive tackle depth and adding Orlando Brown is an option. Even taking the final defensive tackle on the board with a second round grade like Nahtan Shepherd out of Fort Hays State could be a possibility after losing Chris Baker and his backup Clinton McDonald.
I have Tampa Bay getting Braden Smith because I feel like Tampa Bay will do something on the offensive line in the first two rounds because they have to protect Winston period. Defensive tackle is a dire need, but the 2019 NFL Draft is gonna be loaded at defensive tackle too so Tampa Bay can wait for a defensive tackle.
Braden Smith has the versatility to play left guard or right guard. Quenton Nelson and Will Hernandez are pure left guards. The fact that Braden Smith has such remarkable versatility as well as his refined technique is what makes him a candidate that may creep into the first round.
Braden Smith dominated the 2018 NFL Combine. He built on that at Auburn's Pro Day and looked even better in positional drills at Auburn's Pro Day then he did at the 2018 NFL Combine.
Tampa Bay has their starters on the offensive line. The thing is starting right guard J.R. Sweezy is expected to miss some time in OTA's this offseason plus Ali Marpet enters a contract year at left guard after suffering a season ending injury at center in 2017. Tampa Bay may be intrigued by drafting Braden Smith as a swing guard for 2018 and then inserting him into the starting lineup at one of the guard spots in 2019. I don't see Tampa Bay passing on a guard when you take Marpet's injury from last season and the one Sweezy has this offseason into account here if both Braden Smith and Isaiah Wynn make it to this pick.
Chicago gets a safety here. Justin Reid is the brother of Eric Reid. He's versatile enough to play strong safety or free safety. Some like him better in coverage than his brother. Chicago takes Justin Reid here in the second round.
The Broncos current offensive line consists of Garrett Bolles at left tackle, Max Garcia at left guard, Matt Paradis at center, Ronald Leary at right guard, and Jared Veldheer at right tackle. Denver has a good offensive line, but they can make this unit great if they get depth at either right tackle or left guard. With Max Garcia entering the final year of his rookie deal, Denver takes Isaiah Wynn hoping he wil be the answer at left guard once Garcia leaves Denver.
I did a film session of Isaiah Wynn recently. Wynn did a great job on tape and if he wasn't injured during the 2018 NFL Combine he may be in the late first round discussion.
Previous Pick: Martinas Rankin, RT, Mississippi State
The Oakland Raiders currently have Donald Penn at left tackle, Kelechi Osmele at left guard, Rodney Hudson at center, Gabe Jackson at right guard, and Breno Giacomini at right tackle. Jordy Nelson was on Green Bay's Super Bowl 45 team and Breno Giacomini was the right tackle on Seattle's Super Bowl 48 team.
Oakland needs more offensive tackle depth and they have to address it with this pick. Donald Penn is expected to miss most of OTA's too so Derek Carr will have David Sharpe at left tackle and Breno Giacomini at right tackle during OTA's. I'm not confident in that offensive tackle duo if Donald Penn goes down and misses any extensive time.
That's why Oakland drafts Orlando Brown as a right tackle. I had a first round grade on Orlando Brown before he bombed his 2018 NFL Combine making only a marginal improvement at his Pro Day.
Orlando Brown is talented enough to beat out both Breno Giacomini and Vadal Alexander for the starting right tackle job. I can also see why Oakland would want to make Brown the backup right tackle and develop him under a Super Bowl winner like Breno Giacomini for a year too. Either way, Orlando Brown does not get past the Raiders at 41 and I also believe the Raiders end up cutting Vadal Alexander too.
I gave Christian Kirk serious consideration here. Then Miami signed Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson ruling out the option of a wide receiver. Tannehill still has DeVante Parker, Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, Leonte Caroo, and Jakeem Grant at wide receiver. That's enough weapons for Tannehill at wide receiver for the moment. If these guys let Tannehill down and he stays healthy in 2018, then Miami will look at a wide receiver in 2019, but if Tannehill gets injured again for a third year in a row then the Dolphins will probably spend a first on a quarterback in 2019. For now they get a tight end with this pick.
Miami gets a tight end that can start right away. Mark Andrews dominated to the point where he won the John Mackey Award. Andrews is rawer than I realized, but his ceiling is way higher than someone like Dallas Goedert. I had a blue chip grade on Andrews for a while, but his tape says he's someone who can develop into a great starter even though he's extremely raw.
I did a film session of Mark Andrews. Andrews isn't the blue chip tight end I hyped him up to be, but he still has tremendous value for a team like Miami here in the second round.
The Patriots missed out on all the Free Agent cornerbacks. Isaiah Oliver would be a fantastic addition at 43 in the second round if New England takes a left tackle at 31. The 6-0 201 lb Isaiah Oliver had 13 deflections from pass breakups in 2017. Oliver is a big cornerback that has Pro Bowl potential if he develops. I feel like he's also got one of the highest floors in the class plus he's clean off the field as well as incredibly durable. Sounds like a fit for New England at 43 and the best part is they can develop him and take their time with him.
New England has Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones, and Cyrus Jones under contract at cornerback so they get Isaiah Oliver and develop him for a year so he's ready to go in 2019 when Jason McCourty and Eric Rowe are Free Agents. Jonathan Jones will be an RFA in 2019 and Oliver is talented enough to beat out Cyrus Jones for the #5 cornerback job at the very worst so New England develops Oliver for a year on their bench and grooms him into their next Pro Bowl cornerback for years to come.
Washington drafts a left guard here to complete their starting lineup. Alex Cappa lined up at left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle during the 2018 Senior Bowl. He also did well at the 2018 NFL Combine. Washington drafts Alex Cappa here to solidify the offensive line.
The Packers have Clay Matthews and Nick Perry as their starting 3-4 outside linebackers. They got Kyler Fackrell who improved from 2 sacks to 3 sacks as a backup to Perry along with the injury prone Vince Biegel. If the Packers are satisfied with these four then the Packers may wait until later in the draft to grab an an outside linebacker to develop off the edge. Plenty of good candidates like Ogbonnina Okoronkwo, Uchenna Nwosu, Jeff Holland, and Hercules Mata'afa. Green Bay still likees what Fackrell and Biegel can do as developmental backups even though you can certainly argue for one of those four at 45 after taking cornerback Josh Jackson at 14.
I'm actually going with a wide receiver because Randall Cobb and DaVante Adams are the only legit targets on the outside. Christian Kirk fits a bill for Green Bay at 45. He's my favorite route runner in the draft and Aaron Rodgers will get the best out of Christian Kirk if they start him in a slot receiver role and work him up to the number one spot like the Giants did with Odell Beckham Jr. or like how the Steelers used Antonio Brown as a slot early in his career before making him the feature guy. I really believe Christian Kirk can have that kind of impact and he goes to a great situation where he can succeed here.
Cincinnati no longer needs a 4-3 right end to replace Michael Johnson with Carl Lawson and Jordan Willis emerging. Getting an immediate starter at free safety or tight end is the top priority.
Kyzir White is an awesome value pick for Cincinnati at this point. White may not be a blue chip safety like Derwin James, DeShon Elliott, or Ronnie Harrison. White balled out in Mobile and showcased the versatility to play both safety spots at 6-2 216 lbs just like the other three safeties I have first round grades on. White may fall to day 2, but he's probably the one day 2 safety in this class with Pro Bowl ability.
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Arizona gets a wide receiver for Larry Fitzgerald to mentor. D.J. Chark dominated the 2018 Senior Bowl, ran the fastest 40-time for a wide receiver at the 2018 NFL Combine, and dominated LSU's Pro Day. I now have him as the third wide receiver with a Pro Bowl grade behind Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk because he's just been so dominant throughout the draft process leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Los Angeles Chargers draft a middle linebacker here. Malik Jefferson has terrific athleticism. If he can learn to improve his instincts, wrap up better, and show more passion when playing football, he could take over at middle linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers here since there are no safeties on the board at this point.
The 6-2 236 lb Malik Jefferson has the potential to be great, but will never be elite. He's also a huge project. One team that could make Malik elite is the Los Angeles Chargers and that's assuming they treat him like a backup and develop him. He has great athleticism, but his technique when he wraps up tackles sucks. So if Los Angeles fixes that then he's someone who could be a future starter for a team like the Chargers at 48.
The Colts get their defensive tackle here. The 6-4 310 lb Nathan Shepherd followed up his dominant 2018 NFL Combine with a fantastic Pro Day. I now have a Pro Bowl grade on Nathan Shepherd and he'd fill a void at defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts with this pick. He looks like a future starter and has great tape.
Dallas adds another wide receiver with this pick. Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones fall head over heels for Courtland Sutton. Sutton has a chance to be a great number two target, also he's right on the cusp of being a number one target for me with an 89 potential grade behind Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk, and D.J. Chark but he needs to learn to catch the football without clapping when catching the football. Sutton only caught 68 receptions on 120 targets that came his way meaning Sutton only caught 57 percent of passes that came his way in 2017. Dallas just cut Dez Bryant so they need a number one target. He's much better than both receivers at dragging with his toes when catching. He drags his toes when catching in a very similar fashion to A.J. Green. I would have liked to see Sutton develop under Dez Bryant, but in this situation he plays right away and becomes the top receiving target for Dak Prescott.
Detroit is moving from a 4-3 defense to a hybrid defense. Ogbonnian Okoronkwo has the versatility to play on either side at outside linebacker and Patricia will find a way to incorporate him into Detroit's defense. He can play 4-3 right outside linebacker in the 4-3 scheme where Whitehead played and he can play 3-4 left outisde linebacker off the edge next to Ansah. Okoronkwo is an awesome fit for Detroit' hybrid defense.
Voch Lombardi did a film session on Ogbonnina Okoronkwo with LT Dan. Go ahead and check it out.
Baltimore extended James Hurst. I don't trust him or Alex Lewis at right tackle despite the massive extension. Baltimore adds Martinas Rankin and can make him a bookend to Ronnie Stanley at right tackle here.
Buffalo picks here. After addressing offense with Josh Allen and Rashaan Evans in the first round, they need to turn their attention to defense with both picks in the second round. Defensive tackle is now a strength instead of weakness with Kyle Williams coming back and Star Lotulelei at the other defensive tackle spot. Even if they have to revamp their linebacker core this defensive line will be stout if Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson stay healthy next to those two defensive tackles.
Uchenna Nwosu can be a very good pass rusher plus he's a natural at stopping the run and dropping back into coverage. He can do it all and is a prototypical outside linebacker for the Buffalo Bills at this point in the second round. It's scary to think about what someone like Nwosu can do next to Rashaan Evans.
The Chiefs get a cornerback who can have a similar impact to Marcus Peters. Holton Hill reminds me so much of Peters that it's downright scary. Kansas City takes him here and gets a potential steal with Holton Hill.
Carolina gets a successor to Thomas Davis because they may be contempt with a trio of Devin Funchess, Torrey Smith, and Curtis Samuel even though I wouldn't be. Jeff Holland has first round tape, but ran a 4.83 40-time. He's a sack artist on tape though so I think Carolina can take a chance on Holland here.
Buffalo picks here with the Rams pick. Buffalo needs a long-term cornerback next to Tre'Davious White with E.J. Gaines gone. Yes they got Vontae Davis, but he's only a legit starter for one or two more years. Yiadom has special tape and I really believe he could give Buffalo a second Pro Bowl corner next to Tre'Davious White.
Previous Pick: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
Tennessee has the luxury to ignore need and take the best overall player on the board. They didn't take a pass rusher in the first round because they got Rashaan Evans. Tennessee can get Hercules Mata'afa here though and one coaching staff that will get the most out of him is the Titans because you got the veteran core of players with Orakpo and Morgan plus Mike Vrabel as head coach and Dean Pees as a defensive coordinator. This is one place where Hercules can shine.
Voch Lombardi did a film session on Hercules Mata'afa. At one point Hercules was my top outisde linebacker so check it out.
Kerryon Johnson got a four year deal, but if he does not rush for 1,000 rushing yards, the 49ers can cut him after his first season and get cap space back so they swing for the fences and draft Nick Chubb here in this scenario at 59.
I did a film session of Nick Chubb. Chubb did a great job on tape and I have to say that Nick Chubb is quite a steal this late in the second round.
Pittsburgh took DeShon Elliott as a safety in the first because all four middle linebackers with first round grades are gone. Malik Jefferson is gone too so Pittsburgh has to take Tyrell Crosby for depth behind Marcus Gilbert. Chris Hubbard sucked and now Pittsburgh can get someone who is much better to fill in if Gilbert misses games due to injuries once again in 2018.
Previous Pick: Leighton Vander Esch, 3-4 MLB, Boise State
The Jacksonville Jaguars get a left outside linebacker. With Telvin Smith playing right outside linebacker and Myles Jack finally moving to middle linebacker a left outisde linebacker is needed. Shaquem Griffin dominated the 2018 NFL Combine and is someone I'd consider getting here if I'm Jacksonville.
Voch Lombardi did a film session on Shaquem Griffin. Griffin impressed at the 2018 Senior Bowl, 2018 NFL Combine, and Central Florida's 2018 Pro Day.
Minnesota has two great wide receivers in Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen. Anthony Miller is talented enough to beat out Laquon Treadwell for the slot reeiver job in Minnesota.
The 5-11 200 lb Anthony Miller has the route running that wows you. He didn't have the athleticism you want a second round receiver to have at Memphis's Pro Day, but I love his tape and he's someone the Vikings should strongly consider from a value standpoint this late in the second round.
The Patriots have Trey Flowers starting at 4-3 right end. Adrian Clayborn and Derek Rivers are expected to compete for the 4-3 left end job next to Flowers in Training Camp. Depth behind Trey Flowers is needed. The only pass rusher that I have a second round grade on at this point if Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat who would be drafted as a backup 4-3 right end behind Trey Flowers. With all the depth the Patriots have off the edge with those three Flowers, Clayborn, and Rivers, Josh Sweat will be considered the fourth best defensive end off the edge. He'll get his opportunity to develop and work his way up the depth chart over time.
Cleveland has Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson as their top two running backs. Cleveland can use a luxury pick on a running back for depth if they don't trust those two. Kerryon Johnson really impressed me on tape and reminds me of Frank Gore with his drive and will power so Dorsey takes him here to solidify Cleveland's backfield.