2018 NFL Mock Draft: 3 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: November 9, 2017 with updates every Thursday leading up to Draft Day.
Cleveland Browns: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
- Baker Mayfield gets a weapon to throw to. The 6-5 230 lb Auden Tate would thrive with Mayfield. Cleveland needs to get Baker a target here if they spend their first round picks on Baker Mayfield and Derwin James.
Previous Pick: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
New England Patriots: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
- The Patriots got this pick from the 49ers in exchange for Jimmy Garoppolo. Mason Rudolph showed why he's not first round material. I still like him slightly better than Josh Allen at the moment. That may change if Allen goes to the 2018 Senior Bowl and dominates.
Previous Pick: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
New York Giants: Jerome Baker, ROLB, Ohio State
- Like the 49ers, New York has limited themselves to the same top 3 that San Francisco scouted which are Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen. I think Darnold will go back to school and Rosen is off the board. That leaves Josh Allen as Eli's successor by process of elimination.
Previous Pick: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Archie Lewis, RT, Boise State
- Tampa Bay gets Boise State right tackle Archie Lewis to replace Demar Dotson. I'll be giving Tampa Bay their left tackle in my first 2019 NFL Mock Draft.
Previous Pick: Jack Campos, LT, Iowa State
Indianapolis Colts: Tremaine Edmunds, 3-4 MLB, Virginia Tech
- Indianapolis gets a 3-4 middle linebacker. The 6-5 250 lb Tremaine Edmunds is projected to run a 4.5 flat 40-time at the 2018 NFL Combine if he declares for the 2018 NFL Draft. He's also the best player on the board, fills a need, and goes well with Chris Ballard's best player on the board philosophy.
New York Jets: Will Clapp, C, LSU
- The Jets need to put an offensive line around Josh McCown. This draft has a few good centers. The only one that can play at a Pro Bowl level is Will Clapp though. There will still be some quality candidates for left tackle when the Jets are picking again at Seattle's pick later in the second round.
Arizona Cardinals: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
- Josh Rosen gets a weapon to throw to. The 6-5 227 lb Allen Lazard would thrive with Rosen. If Arizona brings back Larry Fitzgerald he can mentor Lazard during his rookie season.
Previous Pick: Jack Campos, LT, Iowa State
Cleveland Browns: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
- The Browns get a running back to take pressure off of Baker Mayfield. Nick Chubb is one running back that Cleveland cannot afford to pass on at 40 since he has the blocking and pass catching of a third down running back.
Previous Pick: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
Chicago Bears: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
- The Bears get Trubisky another target here. Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are too injury prone. The 6-4 220 lb Simmie Cobbs Jr. could develop into a #1 target for Trubisky. Simmie Cobbs Jr. was teammates with Jordan Howard at Indiana too so this is a great fit.
Previous Pick: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Miami Dolphins: Ty Johnson, RB, Maryland
- Miami traded Jay Ajayi. They get their future featured running back here in Ty Johnson out of Maryland.
Previous Pick: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Los Angeles Chargers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
- 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. Denzel Ward has 10 deflections from pass breakups along with 1 interception on the year despite being 5-10 191 lbs.
Denver Broncos: Brian O'Neill, RT, Pittsburgh
- The Broncos took Holton Hill in the first round. They get an upgrade at right tackle here with Brian O'Neill out of Pittsburgh in the second round who is versatile enough to play left tackle or right tackle. Brian O'Neill shut down
Previous Pick: Archie Lewis, RT, Boise State
Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Whitehead, FS, Pittsburgh
- 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 is the top priority.
- 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 42 here.
Buffalo Bills: Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
- Buffalo picks here. They get a wide receiver. Deontay Burnett is the best wide receiver on the board.
Previous Pick: Ty Johnson, RB, Maryland
Green Bay Packers: Peter Kalambayi, 3-4 ROLB, Stanford
- The Packers get another pass rusher early in the draft. The Packers seem to love PAC 12 guys and Peter Kalambayi is one of the best pass rushers in the PAC 12.
Atlanta Falcons: Armani Watts, FS, Texas A&M
- Atlanta gets a safety to compliment Keanu Neal. Armani Watts is the top safety on the board.
Previous Pick: Quin Blanding, FS, Virginia
Baltimore Ravens: Roquan Smith, 3-4 MLB, Georgia
- Shaun Dion Hamilton suffered a season ending injury. Roquan Smith is the only three down linebacker without any durability issues at this point.
- This guy is an upgrade over Correa. Taking him makes total sense for Baltimore at this point.
Previous Pick: Shaun Dion Hamilton, 3-4 MLB, Alabama
Minnesota Vikings: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
- Minnesota gets a 4-3 defensive tackle at 6-4 295 lbs. Taven Bryan is a three down defensive tackle. Sharrif Floyd does not stay healthy and Bryan may be able to do everything Floyd does as he's more explosive off the snap.
Washington Redskins: Joshua Allen, 3-4 LOLB, Kentucky
- Washington has the luxury to ignore need and take the best overall player on the board with Shaun Dion Hamilton suffering a season ending injury for Alabama. Joshua Allen has the versatility to play on either side plus the 6-5 230 lb pass rusher has 10.5 tackles for a loss and 7 sacks in 2017.
Previous Pick: Roquan Smith, 3-4 MLB, Georgia
San Francisco 49ers: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
- San Francisco extends Jimmy Garoppolo then they decide to take Saquon Barkley at 2 and Courtland Sutton at 52. With these picks, Garoppolo has a blue chip running back and someone who could be a #1 target if they fix their technique on tape.
Previous Pick: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
Oakland Raiders: Jamarco Jones, RT, Ohio State
- The Oakland Raiders get their right tackle to replace Austin Howard here. Jamarco Jones is the best offensive tackle on the board here.
Previous Pick: Brian O'Neill, RT, Pittsburgh
Detroit Lions: Jerome Baker, ROLB, Ohio State
- The Lions lose Tahir Whitehead to Free Agency. Ohio State 4-3 right outside linebacker Jerome Baker is great in coverage and ran a 4.37 40-time at Ohio State's Spring Day workouts. Baker can replace Whitehead right away in Detroit.
Previous Pick: Marquis Haynes, ROLB, Ole Miss
Kansas City Chiefs: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
- The Chiefs get a cornerback. Tarvarus McFadden is a huge steal at this point. The 6-2 205 lb cornerback has 5 deflections while the 5-11 192 lb Jaire Alexander hasn't broken up a pass. Kansas City can wait until 2019 to get a weapon for Mahomes as Alex Smith plays another season in 2018 if he manages to keep his job.
Previous Pick: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Carolina Panthers: Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech
- Carolina needs a #1 cornerback if James Bradberry does not take the next step in 2017. Adonis Alexander is the best player on the board and is too good for Carolina to pass on here.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Martez Ivey, LG, Florida
- The Jacksonville Jaguars get a left guard in the second round here. Martez Ivey provides fantastic value at this point.
Buffalo Bills: Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
- Buffalo picks here with the Rams pick. They finally draft a wide receiver here. Despite being 5-10 191 lbs, Myles Gaskin has 10 rushing touchdowns for the third year in a row. He's also got the vision, pass blocking, and catching you want a running back to have. Gaskin can be groomed behind LeSean McCoy.
Previous Pick: Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
Pittsburgh Steelers: Lorenzo Carter, 3-4 LOLB, Georgia
- Pittsburgh has two great pass rushers in Watt and Dupree. They have the luxury to take the best overall player and Lorenzo Carter is that player. The 6-6 243 lb Lorenzo Carter has 4 sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss, and 6 quarterback hurries on a 6-0 Georgia Bulldogs team. Carter plays 3-4 outside linebacker on both sides at Georgia and is just a better overall fit for a linebacker role in the 4-3 or the 3-4 with his body rather than a defensive end role making him a pure LB rather than a hybrid scheme guy who can be disruptive off the edge regardless of scheme. Carter has a really high ceiling and may have 4.5 flat speed in terms of his 40 time so Carter is a guy that is a great fit for the Steelers here at 59.
New York Jets: Jack Campos, LT, Iowa State
- The Jets get a blindside for Josh McCown here. Jack Campos is the top offensive tackle on the board.
Previous Pick: Jamarco Jones, RT, Ohio State
Cleveland Browns: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
- Cleveland gets one more weapon. Equanimeous St. Brown had his best years with Kizer. With Calvin Ridley, Allen Lazard, and Equanimeous St. Brown this Browns team finally has some damn weapons for A.J. McCarron, DeShone Kizer or whoever their quarterback is.
Tennessee Titans: JaMarcus King, CB, South Carolina
- Tennessee has the luxury to ignore need and take the best overall player on the board. JaMarcus King isn't in my draft game yet. He already has 10 deflections from pass breakups and 1 interception. King is continuing to gain momentum though.
Previous Pick: Joshua Jones, 3-4 LOLB, Kentucky
Dallas Cowboys: Marquis Haynes, ROLB, Ole Miss
- Dallas takes the best defensive player on the board. Marquis Haynes may be an upgrade at 4-3 right outside linebacker.
Previous Pick: Armani Watts, FS, Texas A&M
New England Patriots: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
- The Patriots wrap up the second round with a cornerback. Jaire Alexander may not have a deflection yet this season. He has too much talent to slip past this pick though.
Previous Pick: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
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