Buffalo gets an upgrade over Russell Bodine. James Daniels dominated Iowa's Pro Day despite not participating in some of the workout drills in the 2018 NFL Combine. Daniels is the one guy who could sneak into the first or second round at the center position and is a huge steal at this point to begin the third round.
The Giants get Frank Ragnow because Brett Jones is on a one year deal. If he doesn't step up in 2018, then Frank Ragnow who dominated his Arkansas Pro Day and the 2018 Senior Bowl may be the second center drafted behind James Daniels.
Indianapolis gets a middle linebacker here. Josey Jewell is a tackling machine that can anchor this defense. I know I said the same thing about Antonio Morrison and Anthony Walker Jr. They didn't hit on those picks so they have to keep improving this position till they land a starter at middle linebacker. If Hassan Ridgeway and Henry Anderson do not take the next step in 2018, then Ballard can get his defensive tackle in 2019 to compliment Bradley Chubb and by that point the Colts should be a playoff team with all the talent he's assembled in his first two drafts.
The Texans can get their left tackle here. Julie'n Davenport moves to right tackle in this situation with Desmond Harrison starting at left tackle. The co-host of my podcast Joseph Potter compared Davenport's combine to their former left tackle Duane Brown. Plus putting Davenport in at right tackle allows you to finally move on from Derek Newton which can clear up even more cap.
New York got Saquon Barkley and Harold Landry in the first two rounds before taking Frank Ragnow the Arkansas center to groom behind Brett Jones who was the backup center for New York. I really like Carlton Davis out of Auburn. He dominated Auburn's Pro Day and kept Calvin Ridley in check on tape. I believe Davis is talented enough to be the number two boundary cornerback on this roster next to Janoris Jenkins.
The 49ers probably won't draft multiple receivers in 2018 since Garcon can't be released until 2019 with his buyout taking effect then and Godwin's contract runs through 2019. D.J. Moore didn't drop a single ball at Maryland's Pro Day and is now my sixth best receiver in this draft. He makes his debut in my mock draft after showing a vast improvement in his route running and pass catching at Maryland's Pro Day. I'd still like to see him catch more consistently, but he will be a slot guy in San Francisco.
Previous Pick: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Denver gets a tight end here. I gave Nick DeLuca consideration here, but Dallas Goedert picked him apart on tape as a tight end so he's the pick for Denver at 71. Many consider Dallas Goedert the best tight end in the draft. He got injured during the 2018 Senior Bowl and did not practice or play in the game. Denver grabs Goedert here giving Case Keenum a big play threat at tight end.
The Jets got Trumaine Johnson as their new field cornerback and can move Morris Claiborne to boundary cornerback allowing them to make multiple upgrades at both cornerback spots. With New York having a secondary that can challenge New England for best in the division now you grab Austin Corbett the top offensive linemen on the board here. Kelvin Beachum can remain your left tackle, but he needs a bookend right tackle. The 6-4 310 lb Austin Corbett is versatile enough to play all five spots on the offensive line.
New York's offensive line would consist of Kelvin Beachum at left tackle, James Carpenter at left guard, Spencer Long at center, Brian Winters at right guard, and Austin Corbett at right tackle. Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Josh Rosen have a starting offensive line they can depend on if Beachum plays well at left tackle in 2018.
Miami released Lawrence Timmons. They reloaded at defensive tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft so they don't need to get Ndamukong Suh's replacement. Getting Frank Ginda to compete with someone like Dylan Cole for the middle linebacker job in Miami would be good. Kiko Alonso will remain at 4-3 right outside linebacker with a healthy Raekwon McMillan at 4-3 left outside linebacker. Linebacker depth is needed after Raekwon's unexpected injury. Ginda is a guy a lot of people are sleeping on and I think he can be a starter for Miami at middle linebacker if McMillan or Cole gets injured in 2018.
San Francisco gets signed Weston Richburg. They don't have a backup center. Billy Price is still recovering from the 2018 NFL Combine. I like Price in this fit because he gets to learn under Weston Richburg for a few years without being rushed into the starting lineup. I like Price more than I initially did, but I still like Pat Elflein more than Billy Price. I had a first round grade on Elflein and he fell to 70 so if Price goes before pick 70 I'm not going to give the team who reaches for Price a good draft grade.
The Oakland Raiders get a starting defensive tackle next to Justin Ellis. Eddie Vanderdoes is not a good starter in my mind and I think Derrick Nnadi could easily supplant him as the starting defensive tackle next to Ellis in Oakland.
The Packers get an offensive tackle here. Brian O'Neill has potential to be a solid starter down the road. He had the best 40-time among offensive tackles at the 2018 NFL Combine, but struggled in both practice sessions and the game during the 2018 Senior Bowl. Green Bay drafts him as a developmental right tackle. They drafted Jason Spriggs as a developmental left tackle and he needs someone else to push him too so O'Neill can provide that as well.
Cincinnati gets the best center on the board at this point. Bradley Bozeman did well at the 2018 Senior Bowl and Alabama's Pro Day. With James Daniels, Frank Ragnow, and Billy Price off the board, I honeslty believe Bradley Bozeman warrants consideration here despite not getting an invite to the 2018 NFL Combine.
The Chiefs get a potential starter at 3-4 middle linebacker. Genard Avery is a great athlete who can play in the middle or off the edge. He needs to get stronger though and struggles to win blocks on tape. He's capable of making big plays though. Avery is not going to start right away, but the potential to start down the road is there. That's probably why the Chiefs settled for Anthony Hitchens as a Free Agent when you consider how little cap space they have.
Arizona gets a cornerback in the third round. Mike Hughes has great tape and would be a great boundary cornerback to Patrick Peterson. The only reason he slid this far is due to having off the field issues including an arrest at North Carolina which led him to enrolling at Central Florida. Arizona may look past that at this point in the third round considering the value Mike Hughes brings.
Houston gets a tight end at 80 with Zach Fulton at left guard and C.J. Fiedorowitz expected to retire. Hayden Hurst had issues with catching on tape, but aced the gaunltet drill at the 2018 NFL Combine before dominating South Carolina's Pro Day. He now becomes a slam dunk selection for the Houston Texans at pick 80.
Dallas grabs a 4-3 left outside linebacker to replace Anthony Hitchens here. Mike McCray is versatile enough to play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, or 4-3 left outside linebacker. Right now the projected starters for Dallas at linebacker are Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith. Both of those linebackers are injury prone. McCray doesn't have the athleticism and natural coverage those guys have. He's more of a thumper and he's more durable plus he can plug in anywhere and play effectively.
Detroit gets a running back here. Kalen Ballage is such a complete running back on tape. You still got Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick under contract along with LeGarrette Blount who you added but Ballage is someone that will push all of them and has the tools to take the reps away from Adbullah and Riddick if he gets a chance to get some carries with the Detroit Lions. Detroit added Blount in Free Agency too, but you can argue he's a two down back so the Lions may apply the two back system the Patriots use with all this talent in the backfield with four different running backs under contract.
Baltimore takes the best center on the board. Mason Cole is the final center I'm projecting as a starter after several centers I liked initially including Will Clapp, Jesse Burkett, and Coleman Shelton struggled at their Pro Days. There is a huge drop off from Mason Cole to the next best center so Baltimore grabs Cole here.
The Los Angeles Chargers draft a quarterback to groom behind Philip Rivers. Mark Sciubba wouldn't shut up about Kareem Hunt last year and we all know how good Hunt was as a rookie. Now he won't shut up about Logan Woodside. Even though Logan Wooside struggled in the NFLPA Bowl, many believe he may be the Andy Dalton of this draft. He threw well at the 2018 NFL Combine before going 51/54 at Toledo's Pro Day.
Logan Woodside had 3,882 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and a 64.2 completion percentage after losing Kareem Hunt, Michael Williams, and left tackle Storm Norton in 2017. With those three players, Woodside completed 69.1 percent of his passes while having 45 passing touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and 4,129 passing yards in 2016. The bottom line is Woodside can thrive as a starter down the road if he develops under a team with a fantastic supporting cast like the one the Chargers have.
Carolina picks here. A big target next to Devin Funchess is needed so the Panthers can get the most out of Torrey Smith in the slot. Carolina cannot go into 2018 with Devin Funchess, Torrey Smith, and Curtis Samuel as their starting receivers. Equanimeous St. Brown provides fantastic value at this spot in the third round.
The Chiefs got Justin Houston and Dee Ford. Depth behind those two is needed though and with Haynes being my best outside linebacker off the board he's the pick. Arden Key ran a 4.85 at his LSU Pro Day meanwhile Marquis Haynes improved from a 4.67 to a 4.56 at Ole Miss's Pro Day.
The Rams will need multiple pass rushers at 3-4 outside linebacker even with Suh, Brockers, and Donald on the defensive line. With no pass rushers available, they get Alec Ogltree's replacement with Oren Burks here.
Carolina gets a left guard to replace Andrew Norwell. Wyatt Teller is a great bargain at this point in the third round. He didn't wow me in the 2018 Senior Bowl, but he wasn't awful either. Carolina can take a chance on Teller here in the late third with Norwell gone.
Atlanta got Andy Levitre to take a paycut at left guard and they got Brandon Fusco at right guard so their offensive line is set. This means Atlanta can spend this pick on a pass rusher for depth like Duke Ejiofor. Duke is a borderline starter at best and with him being injury prone missing both the 2018 Senior Bowl and the 2018 NFL Combine he falls to this pick. Atlanta has Vic Beasley and Takkarist McKinley so with Adrian Clayborn now on the team that Atlanta blew a 28-3 lead to, Ejiofor is a great pickup for them.
The New Orleans Saints draft a quarterback to groom behind Drew Brees. Kyle Lauletta's short and medium accuracy is on a Tom Brady level, but he has zero confidence in his deep ball on tape. Kyle Lauletta had a huge week in Mobile and was the 2018 Senior bowl MVP. He has the most upside after every first round quarterback.
I just posted a Kyle Lauletta film session up. Check it out for more thoughts on Lauletta. He needs to show more confidence in his deep ball and improve in the pocket, but potential to be developed into a starter is there. He threw the deep ball really well in the wind at Richmond's Pro Day. Lauletta can learn under Drew Brees and be their successor here.
Miami finally gets a backup they can groom behind Ryan Tannehill in the fourth round. The 6-4 229 lb Mason Rudolph did not play in the 2018 Senior Bowl due to an injury. Rudolph struggled with throwing short passes to Trey Quin. He's got the arm strength to throw it deep, but lacks the trajectory or consistent accuracy when you watch a quarterback on tape and also has small hands. Rudolph went 57/63 at Oklahoma State's Pro Day.
Mason Rudolph had 4,904 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns, and 9 interceptions in 2017. He's a fourth round talent who underthrew and overthrew a lot of passes on tape. Reminds me of Joe Flacco. He's a durable backup who can be a borderline starter if Ryan Tannehill tears his ACL for a third year in a row. That's his ceiling as a quarterback who is limited to 4 progressions, he's not a 6 progression guy like Darnold, Rosen, and Mayfield. He can't sit from the pocket and read up to 6 progressions from the pocket like the other first round quarterbacks in this class. That's the peak of Mason Rudolph. He's not all that the media is making him out to be, but he has the tools to be effective in the right system.
Jacksonville gets a wide receiver for depth. Justin Watson from South Fayette who had 81 receptions, 1,083 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns with the Penn Quakers in 2017. He dominated the 2018 East West Shrine game before having a great week in Mobile. The 6-3 220 lb wide receiver did not get an invite to the 2018 NFL Combine. While Jacksonville has Donte Moncrief and Marqise Lee, they need another target and Justin Watson ran a 4.39 at Penn's Pro Day did 25 reps on the bench press, and had a 40 inch vertical at Penn's Pro Day. Of all the big bodied receivers that are 6-2 200 lbs or bigger Watson is hands down the fastest in the class as well as the only sub 4.4 for someeone with that size.
The Patriots get Tom Brady's successor here with no more starting 4-3 defensive ends on the board. Luke Falk is a borderline starter at best with picture perfect mechanics as far as his quick release and his throwing power with arm strength goes. He's going to rely on 1-step and 3-step drops. He struggles with throws on 5-step and 7-step throws. He has an incredibly slow learning rate when it comes to processing knowledge with a playbook. Falk may have the tools to be the guy, but he'd have to play third string to Brady and Hoyer until 2020 before being promoted to a backup role.
Buffalo uses this pick from Philadelphia to get my final tight end that I have a projected starter grade on. Josh Allen developed a lot of rapport with Tyler Conklin at the 2018 Senior Bowl. Conklin caught everything at the Gaunlet Drill in the 2018 NFL Combine. Conklin also dominated Central Michigan's Pro Day. Buffalo takes him hoping he provides Charles Clay and Nick O'Leary some competition.
Arizona got this compensation pick at 97 thanks to Calias Campbell signing with Jacksonville. Arizona has three safeties in Antoine Bethea, Budda Baker, and Jonathan Ford. One more for depth may be needed with Mathieu gone. Jesise Bates III would be a great developmental safety.
I did a film session of Jessie Bates. He's better than I thought he'd be. I had a fourth round grade on Jessie Bates III prior to this film session and I incorporated SWOT reports into my Bates film session.
Houston got this compensation pick at 98 thanks to A.J. Bouye signing with Jacksonville. Houston needs to upgrade the strong safety spot where Andre Hal plays. Pairing Jordan Whitehead with Tyrann Mathieu could form a lethal safety tandem.
Previous Pick: Colby Gossett, RG, Appalachian State
Denver got this compensation pick at 99 thanks to Russell Okung signing with Los Angeles. Denver has Chris Harris at their field cornerback and Bradley Roby as their boundary cornerback with Brendan Langley who got injured as a rookie in the nickel role. Depth will be needed at cornerback and Nick Nelson is my top corner on the board.
Cincinnati got this compensation pick at 100 thanks to Kevin Zeitler signing with Cleveland. None of the five tight ends I like are on the board. Cincinnati takes the one quarterback left who may be a future starter down the road here with Chase Litton out of Marshall in the third round.