2018 NFL Mock Draft: 3 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: September 26, 2017 with updates every Tuesday leading up to Draft Day.
New York Jets: Connor Williams, LT, Texas
- The Jets need to put an offensive line around Josh Rosen. Connor Williams tore his MCL and PCL and is likely out for the year. Williams may have better foot speed than McGlinchey, but he doesn't maintain blocks well due to having short arms. These injuries will also raise durability concerns about Wililams. The Jets look past this though and take Connor Williams here to start the second round realizing his value if he declares for the 2018 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
- Sam Darnold needs a weapon to throw to. The 6-5 223 lb Allen Lazard has had either 100 receiving yards or a receiving touchdown in all 3 games so far. Lazard faces Holton Hill my only first round cornerback this weekend.
Previous Pick: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
Chicago Bears: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
- The Bears get Trubisky another target here. Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are great on the outside. Both receivers have durability concerns now though since Meredith got injured in his RFA year, and White has yet to play a full season. Meredith and White are both done for the year and Chicago is a team desperate for a #1 and perhaps even a #2 target. The idea of Chicago doubling up at wide receiver in this draft isn't inconceivable.
- The 6-5 230 lb Auden Tate is my top receiver available. Tate got by Minkah Fitzpatrick on tape in Florida State's game versus Alabama. He serves as a wide receiver who can be Mitchell Trubisky's feature guy when Trubisky gets the starting job. Throwing Trubisky in the fire will absolutely kill his development as a quarterback.
Previous Pick: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
Los Angeles Chargers: Ranthony Texada, CB, TCU
- The Los Angeles Chargers a cornerback here. Jason Verrett their 2014 first round pick got placed on injured reserve for the second year in a row. Casey Heyward and Desmond King could be a good cornerback tandem, but another corner will be needed for depth purposes with Verrett's health becoming a liability. The 5-11 170 lb Ranthony Texada blanketed Courtland Sutton, but got torched by James Washington. The Chargers can mainly use Texada for depth and put him in the nickel if Verrett gets injured in 2018.
Previous Pick: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Whitehead, FS, Pittsburgh
- Cincinnati needs a 4-3 right end to replace Michael Johnson. At the same time, they probably will give both Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson the chance to cease that opportunity so after getting Mike McGlinchey in the first round, they can take a free safety who many would consider a first round talent if it wasn't for his three game suspension to begin the season.
- The 5-11 185 lb Jordan Whitehead has the versatility to play cornerback, strong safety, or free safety. He has the size of a cornerback, but plays like a strong safety which is his natural position at Pittsburgh.
- Whitehead had 74 solo tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 108 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown as a true freshman. Whitehead has incredible tape, but needs to add more muscle if he wants to be the top safety drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft. His lack of size may limit him to a cornerback role, but Whitehead had only 65 tackles in 2016 compared to his 108 total tackles and did not look as sharp on tape. Cincinnati takes Whitehead at 36 here.
Miami Dolphins: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
- Miami needs a cornerback after getting a guard at 7. Jaire Alexander the 5-11 188 lb cornerback was my top ranked cornerback before his injury. Miami gets him to anchor their secondary with this pick in the second round.
Previous Pick: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
Cleveland Browns: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
- The Browns get a cornerback here. Tarvarus McFadden is my top ranked cornerback at this point. He makes a lot of sense for Cleveland since they may end up needing multiple cornerbacks if Jason McCourty and Jamar Taylor get cut in the offseason. They still need to replace Joe Haden too so McFadden makes sense for Cleveland here.
Previous Pick: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
Arizona Cardinals: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
- Arizona got Baker Mayfield in the first round. They get Mayfield a weapon here to pair up with Larry Fitzgerald unless Fitzgerald retires or goes somewhere else as an unrestricted Free Agent in 2018 which is another reason why Arizona will get a receiver. Giving Fitzgerald someone like Courtland Sutton to mentor gives Baker Mayfield two big weapons in Fitzgerald and Sutton which will help elevate this Arizona offense.
Detroit Lions: Jerome Baker, ROLB, Ohio State
- The Lions are losing Tahir Whitehead to Free Agency. Jerome Baker is a 4-3 right outside linebacker who had 83 total tackles and 9.5 tackles for a loss in 2016. He ran a 4.37 40-time in the Spring and does well in coverage. Detroit moved Whitehead from middle linebacker to the weak side at right outside linebacker after drafting Jarrad Davis so now they get Whitehead's replacement in Jerome Baker here.
Buffalo Bills: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
- Buffalo picks here. Buffalo gets a cornerback to pair up with Tre'Davious White. Minkah Fitzpatrick can play cornerback or safety and provides fantastic value here.
Previous Pick: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Cleveland Browns: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
- The Browns get a second wide receiver here. Pairing Equanimeous St. Brown with James Washington in the second round gives Kizer multiple weapons in the passing game to compliment David Njoku. Kenny Britt didn't do anything until this week and Corey Coleman has dealt with injuries in each of his first two seasons making him a liability. He re-unites with his former quarterback DeShone Kizer to give the Browns another weapon.
Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
- Baltimore takes Calvin Ridley. Ozzie Newsome loves selecting guys from Alabama and will not pass on Ridley at this point.
New York Jets: Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech
- The Jets get a cornerback to anchor their defense at field corner. Adonis Alexander can play field or boundary cornerback and is off to a strong start. With Alexander blanketing #1 receivers more opportunities will open up for Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye as they enter their second seasons.
Denver Broncos: Cameron Smith, 3-4 MLB, USC
- The Broncos seem contempt with their quarterback situation. Cameron Smith would fill a need at 3-4 middle linebacker if Todd Davis leaves.
- Malik Jefferson finally put together a 10 tackle game for Texas against USC. Scouts still question his instincts and ability to wrap up players when making tackles. He can regain his first round status with a strong finish to the 2017 season.
Previous Pick: Malik Jefferson, MLB, Texas
San Francisco 49ers: Duke Ejiofor, RE, Wake Forest
- San Francisco 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 second round. Ejiofor can play 4-3 right end or 4-3 left end with his versatility. Aaron Lynch and Elvis Dumervil both enter contract years for San Francisco and I see Solomon Thomas as a pure 4-3 left end.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
- The Jacksonville Jaguars get a quarterback in the second round here. Josh Allen is still on the board and is a good quarterback for Jacksonville to develop behind Blake Bortles for a year.
Previous Pick: Jake Browning, QB, Washington
Carolina Panthers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
- Carolina needs a #1 cornerback if James Bradberry does not take the next step in 2017. Denzel Ward is the best player on the board and is too good for Carolina to pass on here.
New York Giants: Malik Jefferson, MLB, Texas
- The Giants get a 4-3 middle outside linebacker here. I don't trust B.J. Goodson or Keenan Robinson. Malik Jefferson is an upgrade over any middle linebacker the Giants have so they get Jefferson at 50 after landing Orlando Brown in the first round.
Previous Pick: Marquis Haynes, ROLB, Ole Miss
Minnesota Vikings: Mitch Hyatt, LT, Clemson
- Minnesota took Mason Rudolph in the first round. Now Minnesota gets Rudolph a blindside in Mitch Hyatt who did well versus Harold Landry last week after struggling against him last year.
Previous Pick: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Washington Redskins: Daylon Mack, NT, Texas A&M
- The Redskins are set at most positions. Getting a 3-4 nose tackle like Daylon Mack makes sense here.
Buffalo Bills: Marquis Haynes, ROLB, Ole Miss
- The Rams traded this pick to Buffalo for Sammy Watkins. Buffalo gets Marquis Haynes if Ramon Humber leaves in Free Agency.
Previous Pick: Minkah Fitzpatirck, CB, Alabama
Tennessee Titans: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
- Tennessee gets a nose tackle here. Vita Vea seems like an ideal nose tackle to compliment Tennessee's defensive line.
Cleveland Browns: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
- Cleveland will need multiple cornerbacks if they release Jason McCourty in 2018. Isaiah Oliver already has 7 deflections from pass breakups and 4 interceptions in 2017. The 6-1 195 lb cornerback entered this year as a dark horse. He's dominated so far and held Dante Pettis to 3 receptions for 54 receiving yards. Oliver plays UCLA next week and could move into round 1 territory if he flusters Josh Rosen.
Previous Pick: Amari Coleman, CB, Central Michigan
Oakland Raiders: Cole Madison, RT, Washington State
- The Oakland Raiders get a right tackle that can serve as a bookend next to Donald Penn. Cole Madison is one of the top right tackles in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Indianapolis Colts: Martez Ivey, LG, Florida
- Jack Mewhort will be a Free Agent after this season. Martez Ivey is the ideal replacement for Mewhort at left guard.
Previous Pick: Mitch Hyatt, LT, Clemson
Green Bay Packers: Porter Gustin, 3-4 ROLB, USC
- The Packers get another pass rusher early in the draft. The Packers seem to love USC pass rushers and they've had success with both Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ty Johnson, RB, Maryland
- Tampa Bay does not get to draft an offensive linemen or a cornerback here with no second round prospects at those positions on the board. This is the best running back on the board plus Johnson provides incredible value at this spot in the late second round.
Previous Pick: Martez Ivey, LG, Florida
Kansas City Chiefs: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
- The Chiefs get one more weapon to finalize the supporting cast of this offense. Someone next to Tyreek Hill is needed and Dante Pettis provides incredible value here.
Atlanta Falcons: Trent Thompson, DT, Georgia
- Atlanta could draft a defensive tackle if Dontari Poe leaves as a Free Agent. Trent Thompson is a local who is worth taking at this point in the second round.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Adam Breneman, TE, Massachusetts
- Pittsburgh gets a weapon after taking a quarterback in the first round to groom behind Ben. Another tight end for depth to compliment Vance McDonald and Jesse James heads to Pittsburgh this week. Adam Breneman is my top tight end. I also considered moving Troy Fumagali ahead of Breneman with Adam being inactive for the Tennessee game, plus Wyatt Teller would be a good left guard option with Ramon Foster's injury at left guard for Pittsburgh, but I have a third round grade on Teller. If Fumagali has a big game versus Northwestern I'll make him my top ranked tight end. I'll give Pittsburgh Breneman here, and will probably get a ton of negative feedback for doing so.
Previous Pick: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
Dallas Cowboys: Cole Reyes, FS, North Dakota
- Dallas gets a free safety here. Cole Reyes out of North Dakota is one of the leagues most underrated safeties and there is a good reason I have a second round grade on him.
New England Patriots: Josh Sweat, RE, Florida State
- The Patriots get someone who can anchor their defensive line at 4-3 right end. Josh Sweat provides incredible value at this spot to end the second round.
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