2018 NFL Mock Draft: 3 Rounds
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: December 28, 2017 with updates every Thursday leading up to Draft Day.
Cleveland Browns: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
- Josh Rosen gets a running back to hand the ball off to. Cleveland gets a huge steal with Derrius Guice here. Guice has 1,153 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in 2017.
New York Giants: Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
- Sam Darnold gets a weapon next to Odell Beckham Jr. Jake Wieneke is my top ranked receiver on the board.
- 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. Wieneke had 65 receptions, 965 receiving yards and 16 receiving touchdowns in 2017. Mark my words Wieneke will wow people in Mobile like Kupp did if he gets a Senior Bowl invite. Wieneke already accepted a 2018 East West Shrine Game invite.
Indianapolis Colts: Marcus Davenport, 3-4 ROLB, UTSA
- Indianapolis gets a 3-4 outside linebacker to compliment Tarell Basham. The 6-7 255 lb Marcus Davenport had 33 solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries, 4 deflections from pass breakups, and 3 forced fumbles. Davenport's brilliant play and explosive speed got him into the 2018 Senior Bowl.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Archie Lewis, RT, Boise State
- Tampa Bay gets Boise State offensive tackle Archie Lewis as a right tackle to replace Demar Dotson. Tampa Bay can get Donovan Smith's replacement at left tackle in 2019. Lewis moved from left tackle to right tackle in 2017.
Cleveland Browns: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
- The Browns get a wide receiver for Rosen to throw to. Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman can play on the outside. Christian Kirk can move into the slot.
New York Jets: Will Clapp, C, LSU
- The Jets get a blue chip center in Will Clapp. I think Will Clapp has the tools to be a Pro Bowl center so this would be a smart pick for the Jets to give Lamar Jackson a center that gives their team a lot of confidence moving forward. Clapp is playing in the 2018 Senior Bowl.
New England Patriots: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
- The Patriots go with the best overall player on the board. Carlton Davis kept Calvin Ridley in check. He's a good value pick at this point in the second round.
Previous Pick: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
Chicago Bears: Arden Key, 3-4 ROLB, LSU
- Chicago gets Arden Key to pair with Leonard Floyd. Key is the best player available and makes total sense for the Bears.
- Arden Key has 3.5 sacks in his past two games and is starting to play like the top 5 pass rusher everyone expected him to be at the beginning of the year. Having two sacks on 2019 first round pick Greg Little who is a highly coveted left tackle at Ole Miss really helped Key redeem his top 10 status. Key did get off to a rough start and he may end up being a bust, but he's not moving out of my top 5 since I believe he will run a 4.43 40-time like he did at LSU's Spring Day which would be the fastest 40-time by an EDGE player since Kearse ran the 40 coming out of Florida.
- Arden Key also known as "The Tiger" has the best nickname for an EDGE player since Kearse "The Freak" so the Kearse comparisons seem perfectly reasonable at this point. This guy went up against SEC left tackles as a true freshman which is why he's so lethal after being a five star recruit in High School.
- The 6-6 231 lb right end had 21 solo tackles, 20 assisted tackles, 9 quarterback hurries, 6.5 tackles for a loss, and 5 sacks in 2015. Key had 14.5 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks in 2016. Key put on more muscle than I expected him to and is now at 265 lbs. He's struggled in 2017 since dealing with his injury early in the year. Key also had a second injury which caused him to miss time down the stretch raising the possibility that Arden Key has durability concerns.
Denver Broncos: Brian O'Neill, RT, Pittsburgh
- The Broncos get an offensive tackle to build around Baker Mayfield. Brian O'Neill is my top ranked offensive tackle at this point.
Oakland Raiders: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
- The Oakland Raiders get a defensive tackle here. Vita Vea compliments the remaining defensive tackles on Oakland well here. The 6-5 340 lb defensive tackle is a much needed upgrade over Eddie Vanderdoes.
Miami Dolphins: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
- Miami gets another weapon. Calvin Ridley provides some much needed competition for DeVante Parker.
Cincinnati Bengals: DeShon Elliott, FS, Texas
- 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.
- DeShon Elliott is the top safety on the board. He's versatile enough to play free safety or strong safety. He's a difference maker and a clear cut pick for Cincinnati at this spot.
Washington Redskins: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
- Washington drafts a wide receiver to compliment Terrell Pryor. Auden Tate is the top receiver on the board.
Previous Pick: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
Green Bay Packers: Joshua Allen, 3-4 ROLB, Kentucky
- The Packers get a 3-4 outside linebacker. The 6-5 230 lb Joshua Allen can develop as a depth player behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry in Green Bay while the Packers bolster their pass rush.
Arizona Cardinals: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
- Arizona gets a quarterback. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph still has his bowl game against Virginia Tech and Senior Bowl week to convince scouts he's a first round pick.
Buffalo Bills: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
- Buffalo picks here. They get a wide receiver. Allen Lazard is the top player on the board at this point in the second round. He compliments Kelvin Benjamin well here.
Previous Pick: Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
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.
Dallas Cowboys: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
- Dallas can save $8-million in cap space if they cut Dez Bryant who has underperformed all season. Simmie Cobbs Jr. is going to the 2018 Senior Bowl in Mobile. Dallas can scout the 6-4 220 lb Simmie Cobbs Jr. and if they come away impressed, they can draft Simmie Cobbs Jr. to replace Dez while saving $8-million in the process.
Previous Pick: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Whitehead, FS, Pittsburgh
- The Los Angeles Chargers draft a free safety here. Jordan Whitehead is declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft. Whitehead is versatile enough to play cornerback, strong safety, or free safety.
New York Jets: Jack Campos, LT, Iowa State
- The Jets get a left tackle here. Jack Campos is the best left tackle on the board at this point in the second round.
Previous Pick: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
Tennessee Titans: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
- Tennessee has the luxury to ignore need and take the best overall player on the board. Jaire Alexander is the best player on the board at this point.
Baltimore Ravens: Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
- Baltimore gets a wide receiver for Joe Flacco. Deontay Burnett is the best receiver on the board. He gives Joe Flacco someone that can stretch the field here.
Previous Pick: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
Atlanta Falcons: Beau Benzschawel, RG, Wisconsin
- Atlanta gets a right guard here. Beau Benzschawel started off the year strong to the point where he warranted first round consideration, but struggled against Michigan and Ohio State to wrap up the year.
Carolina Panthers: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
- Carolina needs a receiver next to Devin Funchess. Courtland Sutton can be a big time target who may have success with Cam Newton at this spot in the second round.
Previous Pick: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
- The Chiefs get a wide receiver to pair with Tyreek Hill. Michael Gallup is the top receiver on the board at this point in the second round.
Previous Pick: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Jacksonville Jaguars: Wyatt Teller, LG, Virginia Tech
- The Jacksonville Jaguars get a left guard in the second round here. Wyatt Teller provides fantastic value at this point.
San Francisco 49ers: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
- San Francisco goes with a running back here. Nick Chubb is the best available player on the board and has all the tools to be a star running back in San Francisco opening things up for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Previous Pick: Jack Campos, LT, Iowa State
Buffalo Bills: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
- Buffalo picks here with the Rams pick. Royce Freeman accepted an invite to the 2018 Senior Bowl and has all the tools to succeed like Nick Chubb if he stays healthy.
Previous Pick: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Minnesota Vikings: Adam Breneman, TE, Massachusetts
- Minnesota won't take a 4-3 defensive tackle here. P.J. Hall humiliated himself versus North Dakota State. Adam Breneman out of Massachusetts is my top tight end available and he's a great candidate to groom behind Kyle Rudolph.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyrell Crosby, RT, Oregon
- Pittsburgh gets an offensive tackle for depth here. Tyrell Crosby would be a great addition for Pittsburgh at this point in the late second round.
New England Patriots: Justin Lawler, LE, SMU
- The Patriots wrap up the second round with a defensive end to compliment Trey Flowers and Derek Rivers for depth. I think Justin Lawler has a chance to be a better value pick than Courtland Sutton. Mocking him before Sutton is just unrealistic though.
Cleveland Browns: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
- Cleveland gets a cornerback here. Tarvarus McFadden makes a lot of sense at this point to wrap up the second round.
Previous Pick: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
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