2018 NFL Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: July 18, 2017 with updates every Tuesday leading up to Draft Day.
New York Jets: Martez Ivey, LT, Florida
- 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. The Jets are not going to have success with Sam Darnold if Kelvin Beachum or Ben Ijalana remains a starter at left tackle or right tackle. Multiple tackles will be needed and Martez Ivey makes sense here.
- 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 Patriots draft Ivey since he's the best player on the board at a position of need. I still believe Darnold will bust, but giving him Ivey as a blindside is a huge first step if he pans out at 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: Jake Browning, QB, Washington
- The 6-2 206 lb Jake Browning had 2,955 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions as a true freshman in 2015. Browning improved on that with 3,430 passing yards, 43 passing touchdowns, and 9 interceptions in an NFL offense that Chris Peterson runs at Washington under center.
- Washington has a pretty young offense so the first year adjustment is understandable when you consider Browning has to carry the Huskies. Browning did more with John Ross blossoming in 2016, but he still has his entire offensive line, Dante Pettis, and Myles Gaskin back at running back. Browning may not be the best quarterback in this class, but with that much talent returning on offense he may still play at a high level even without John Ross. My only concern with Browning is that he may have small hands during the weigh in at the 2018 NFL Combine if he declares and that's something I cannot control at this point.
- Browning has a laser like arm that reminds me of Ben Roethlisberger coming out of Miami Ohio. He also has superb accuracy when you give him time in the pocket, but he can also fluster under pressure. Needs to add more arm strength and deep ball accuracy is an issue. He did get flustered by Alabama in the College Football Playoff, but my reasoning for Browning here is pretty simple, San Francisco took a blue chip receiver in Christian Kirk at 3. Browning is my top ranked quarterback available and he can play in Kyle Shanahan's West Coast offense making this a great fit for San Francisco.
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.
Los Angeles Rams: Ike Boettger, RT, Iowa
- The Rams moved their right guard to right tackle. All of the sudden right tackle is a huge need for the Rams now.
- Ike Boettger entered Iowa as a 6-6 230 lb tight end in High School. Iowa redshirted him to gain 35 lbs of muscle. Boettger added the other muscle in 2014 to get up to 300 lbs before finally getting some experience as a starter in 2015.
- Boettger is versatile enough tou play left tackle, left guard, right tackle, and right guard. The 6-6 307 lb offensive tackle is projected to start at right tackle pass blocking for quarterback C.J. Beathard and run blocking for running back Akrum Wadley.
Previous Pick: Porter Gustin, 3-4 ROLB, USC
Buffalo Bills: Ronnie Harrison, FS, Alabama
- Buffalo picks here. They get a safety here.
- Ronnie Harrison started next to Eddie Jackson and I have to say Harrison wowed me on tape. This is a guy who showed he's versatile enough to play both safety roles. He also lined up at middle linebacker showing he could stop the run. He hits hard.
- To top that off Nick Saban and Alabama's coaching staff even used him as an extra pass rusher off the edge. Polamalu blitzed the quarterback, but he didn't rush the quarterback off the edge
- Ronnie Harrison is a day 2 guy that I actually like a whole lot better than Minkah Fitzpatrick on tape. At this point last year some draft outlets had a second round grade on Reuben Foster leading up to the first week of the season. Harrison could be that under the radar Alabama player that creeps up into the first round.
- Ronnie Harrison is a special safety. He came in and replaced Landon Collins right away when Jackson was there. Anyone who tells you Hootie Jones is better than Harrison is absolutely insane or they need to watch more film of Harrison in order to be wowed because Hootie Jones is a one-year starter who saw no action on the field until Eddie Jackson's injury.
Previous Pick: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Los Angeles Chargers: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
- The Los Angeles Chargers get a successor to Philip Rivers. Luke Falk is arguably the best player available.
- Luke Falk was a pure shotgun spread quarterback heading into 2016. He showed more ability to operate a vertical offense as well as a balanced run first offense. He was also the most consistent quarterback as far as reading progressions go. His only issues is that he hasn't taken snaps under center. He will get the chance to do that if he plays in the 2018 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
- 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.
Previous Pick: Trent Thompson, DT, Georgia
Cleveland Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
- The media is going to hype up Fitzpatrick as a first rounder even though he has second round tape. Cleveland can save cap space in 2017 if they release Joe Haden, Jason McCourty, or Jamal Taylor. I gave the Browns Jaire Alexander, but they could easily get a second corner if they release both Haden and McCourty or Taylor. It really depends on what they do plus Fitzpatrick is the best player on the board at this point.
Carolina Panthers: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
- Alabama homers are comparing Ridley to former wide receiver Amari Cooper. Texas A&M's Christian Kirk fits that category more than Ridley. The bottom line is Ridley is a second round prospect from the tape I've seen. If he does well versus Tarvarus McFadden of Florida State in week 1 he will move back into the first round. Carolina needs a wideout though and Ridley is the top one on the board.
Previous Pick: Marquis Haynes, ROLB, Ole Miss
Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
- The Jacksonville Jaguars get a quarterback to push Blake Bortles. Josh Allen is my only second round quarterback on the board at this point.
- Lots of media outlets are harping this guy up to be a top 5 pick. He's got the best physical skill set and massive hands that may be up to 11-inches. He's a project as far as mental intangibles go, but is capable of becoming something special if he sits out for a year or two. His five interception game against Nebraska validates this.
- 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 in the 2018 NFL Draft because he reminds me of Jake Plummer in terms of awareness and decision making. The co-host of my podcast said he's not a scrambler, but he throws on the run quite frequently plus he can take off and run at any given point.
Previous Pick: Ogbonnina Okoronkwo, ROLB, Oklahoma
Denver Broncos: Toby Weathersby, RT, LSU
- I have Denver and Houston tied for the same record. Since Cleveland picked with Houston's pick ahead of Denver in round one, the Broncos pick here.
- Denver can save $4-million in 2018 by releasing the current starter at left tackle in Donald Stephenson. Garrett Bolles was Denver's first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft so I doubt that Bolles has to wait multiple seasons on the bench. If Bolles sits out this year to develop he will start next season.
- Menelik Watson will be a solid addition at right tackle. You still need more depth on that right side of the offensive line if you move on from Donald Stephenson. Toby Weathersby is my only right tackle on the board with a second round grade.
Previous Pick: Ike Boettger, RT, Iowa
Cleveland Browns: Quin Blanding, FS, Virginia
- Cleveland finally drafts a safety in the second round. Quin Blanding is versatile enough to play free safety or strong safety and is an awesome value pick here.
Previous Pick: Toby Weathersby, RT, LSU
Arizona Cardinals: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
- Arizona, Tennessee, Detroit, and Minnesota all finished with the same record. Minnesota picked first among those teams in the first round at 8 so Arizona picks first in the second round after picking at 9 in the first round.
- 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. Arizona gets Washington because he's big enough to compliment Larry Fitzgerald on the outside and because no second round quarterbacks are on the board.
Previous Pick: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
Tennessee Titans: Daylon Mack, NT, Texas A&M
- Tennessee should focus on the interior offensive line. The only interior offensive 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.
Detroit Lions: Josh Sweat, RE, Florida State
- The Lions get Glover Quin's replacement here with Stafford and Ansah both having expiring deals. Josh Sweat could fill in for Ziggy Ansah if he left in Free Agency.
Previous Pick: Ronnie Harrison, FS, Alabama
Minnesota Vikings: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
- Minnesota grabs a wide receiver for the quarterback they took in the first round. Lazard may be a reach, but he compliments their first round pick Baker Mayfield well if Bradford, Bridgewater, and Keenum all struggle as starters in 2017.
Previous Pick: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Baltimore Ravens: Will Clapp, C, LSU
- Will Clapp is somewhat of a reach. He gives Baltimore a replacement to Jeremy Zuttah though.
Previous Pick: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Cleveland Browns: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
- Clevleand gets a wide receiver here. Deon Cain is my top wide receiver available here.
Previous Pick: Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Sweat, RE, Florida State
- Tampa Bay gets a defensive end here. Putting Josh Sweat on Tampa Bay makes so much sense here after taking Tarvarus McFadden in the first round. Now Tampa Bay has a corner to compliment Hargreaves and a right end that can get to the opposing quarterback.
Washington Redskins: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
- The Redskins are set at most positions. Getting another 3-4 nose tackle like Vita Vea makes sense here.
Miami Dolphins: Adam Breneman, TE, Massachusetts
- 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.
Seattle Seahawks: Dee Delaney, CB, Miami FL
- Seattle drafts another corner. Dee Delaney was a seventh round cornerback prospect at Citadel. His decision to transfer to Miami FL could pay off given their recent success with cornerbacks because one of my friends who watches tape with me believes Delaney has second round tape. Miami FL has way more exposure than Citadel and given what the Canes did with Artie Burns and Corn Elder seeing Delaney rise up boards is entirely possible.
Atlanta Falcons: Byron Cowart, LE, Auburn
- 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. Atlanta drafts him for value with Cowart being the best overall player on the board at this point.
Oakland Raiders: Da'Shawn Hand, DT, Alabama
- The Oakland Raiders get a defensive tackle that is way better than Eddie Vanderdoes. Da'Shawn Hand has a chance to be the next big name defensive tackle from Alabama to get picked in the first two rounds.
Green Bay Packers: Jarvion Franklin, RB, Western Michigan
- The Packers reached for three running backs in the 2017 NFL Draft. Jarvion Franklin had 248 carries, 1,353 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 25 receptions, 288 receiving touchdowns, and 2 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Franklin is also a superb pass blocker and even though injuries limited him as a sophomore in 2015, he had a mind boggling 1,551 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns on 306 carries in 2014 as a true freshman. With Corey Davis gone, Franklin will have to carry Western Michigan's offense after the Broncos went 12-0 during the regular season last year.
New York Giants: Marquis Haynes, ROLB, Ole Miss
- The Giants get an outside linebacker. Marquis Haynes is a huge steal at his point.
Previous Pick: Quin Blanding, FS, Virginia
Kansas City Chiefs: Porter Gustin, 3-4 ROLB, USC
- The Chiefs use this pick to get the best player on the board. That's clearly Porter Gustin with all the second round wide receivers gone.
Previous Pick: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
Indianapolis Colts: 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.
San Francisco 49ers: Ogbonnina Okoronkwo, ROLB, Oklahoma
- The 49ers get an outside linebacker for depth here. Okornkwo is 6-1 241 lbs and is versatile to play either outside linebacker role.
Previous Pick: Will Clapp, C, LSU
Pittsburgh Steelers: Kareem Ore, CB, Arizona State
- Pittsburgh buying out William Gay's contract is inevitable when you consider they spent a first round pick on Artie Burns as well as draft picks on Cameron Sutton and Brian Allen. Burns got arrested off the field too so Pittsburgh may draft another corner early to compete with Sutton and Allen so that if Burns gets arrested again they have some leverage when re-negotiating his contract.
- Kareem Ore can play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, strong safety, or free safety with his versatility. I was extremely impressed with his tape which is why Ore goes to Pittsburgh.
Dallas Cowboys: Priest Willis, CB, Texas A&M
- Dallas gets a hometown corner for depth. Priest Willis really impressed me on tape in the boundary cornerback role. He can compliment Chidobe Awuzie well down the road.
New England Patriots: Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech
- The Patriots get a corner in case Malcolm Butler bolts. Adonis Alexander was a boundary corner next to Brandon Facyson, but got some experience as a field corner when Facyson got injured. Alexander is someone who will intrigue the Patriots with his versatility to play multiple cornerback roles plus he's a huge steal at this point late in the second round.
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