Duke Dawson may be a reach at this point. He's the only prospect that fills a need for the Browns though and Cleveland will neeed multiple corners if they cut McCourty or Taylor in the offseason. They will probably cut Taylor with McCourty playing so well since he's regressed immensely.
The Giants are in a tough spot here. Brett Jones may be a good future starter at center even if they extend left guard Justin Pugh and move on from center Weston Richburg. Auburn lists Tre' Williams as a pure 4-3 right outside linebacker, but the thing is he's lined up at both 4-3 middle linebacker and 4-3 left outside linebacker if you watch the tape. The fact that Williams can play all three linebacker spots with his versatility increases his value immensely. New York is losing both outside linebackers to Free Agency so after taking Mike McGlinchey and Josh Allen at left tackle and quarterback, they use this pick on a defensive player.
Indianapolis gets a 3-4 outside linebacker to compliment Tarell Basham. The 6-7 255 lb Marcus Davenport has 11.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries, 4 deflections from pass breakups, and 3 forced fumbles. Davenport's brilliant play and explosive speed has got him an early 2018 Senior Bowl invite.
The Jets go out and get a right tackle for Josh McCown after taking a center and left tackle in the second round. Tyrell Crosby is versatile enough to play offensive tackle or guard on either side of the offensive line. Tyrell Crosby has received a 2018 Senior Bowl invite.
The Texans are finally starting Julie'n Davenport at left tackle this week versus Indianapolis and he looked impressive in his first relief appearance filling in for Chris Clark. Houston can stick with Derek Newton and Chris Clark at right tackle with no right tackles worth taking here and they can address the right side of the offensive line. Wyatt Teller and Will Hernandez are both the only projected starters left in the 2018 NFL Draft at the guard position. These guys aren't at the level of Nelson or Benzschwael. Both Teller and Hernandez are borderline starters and Teller is slightly better than Hernandez.
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. With Aaron Lynch and Elvis Dumervil both set to be Free Agents in 2018, San Francisco gets a steal with Duke Ejiofor in the third round.
The 6-4 275 lb defensive end already has 10.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, 4 quarteback hurries, 1 deflection for a pass breakup, and 1 forced fumble. Ejiofor had double digit sacks in 2016 and won battles on tape against Roderick Johnson and Gerod Christian despite having problems with Mitch Hyatt in both 2016 and 2017 making him a great player that can compliment Solomon Thomas off the edge since Thomas is versatile enough to play on either side of the defensive line and so is Ejiofor.
Tampa Bay gets a cornerback here. The top cornerback on the board is Devron Davis from UTSA.
Devron Davis blanketed Josh Reynolds on tape versus Texas A&M plus he led UTSA to an upset win over Baylor in front of their home crowd. I posted a video of Ryan and I interviewing Davis following one of our podcasts.
The Los Angeles Chargers get a second safety. Chase Hansen plays similar to John Lynch. He also went to the same alma matter as their former Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle who also attended Utah. It was Hansen not Marcus Williams who led Utah in tackles.
Miami used this draft to get multiple guards with Benzschwael in the first round as a right guard. Now they get their future starter at left guard unless Isaac Asiata steps up and makes huge progress. Ty Johnson will provide a running game with Jay Ajayi gone at running back. Tony Mario and Mark Sciubba both have second round grades on Hernandez and he got a 2018 Senior Bowl invite. He's a future starter, but if he dominates in Mobile he can move into my second round.
Cincinnati found Michael Johnson's replacement in Carl Lawson who has 3.5 sacks already as a rookie. Jordan Willis their other draft pick at defensive end got his first career sack too.
Defensive end is no longer a need for this team. Tyler Kroft has played well enough to keep me from mocking a tight end to Cincinnati. Instead Cincinnati gets Bradley Bozeman to replace Russel Bodine here.
Denver gets their 3-4 middle linebacker here. Shaun Dion Hamilton is the fourth best linebacker. I had him in the second round last week. Reuben Foster would have gone in the top 5 if he had Shaun Dion Hamilton's attitude. Shaun Dion Hamilton suffered a season ending injury for the second year in a row so with those durability questions in mind you could make an argument for Cameron Smith or Malik Jefferson here. Smith has 4.7 speed and Jefferson lacks instincts so the injury prone Shaun Dion Hamilton goes to Denver here.
Baltimore takes the best receiver on the board. Michael Gallup is a 6-1 200 lb wide receiver with 76 receptions, 1,196 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns. I had a late second round grade on Gallup so the value with Gallup is too great for Baltimore to ignore here.
Minnesota got their defensive end and defensive tackle. They could get Jake Browning and develop him here. With Minnesota cutting Bucky Hodges they can draft the number one tight end in this draft as a sucessor to Kyle Rudolph and still possibly end up with someone who has starter potential if you work with them down the road.
Adam Breneman didn't play versus Tennessee due to an injury. He rebounded in a very big way with 12 receptions, 131 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns on an Ohio Bobcats defense that has a lot of future NFL talent. Tennessee beat Massachusetts 17-13 in the only game Breneman missed and the sad thing is if Breneman plays that game UMass probably pulls the upset in Neyland Stadium. I've said this guy not the other tight end at Penn State is the best tight end in the draft for months and he's gone 36 consecutive attempts without a dropped passes to begin this season and he has 47 receptions, 605 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns so Breneman is a player I'm really sold on as far as tape goes at the tight end position.
If Breneman played versus Tennessee this guy would be in my first round, but some teams may be scared to draft him due to his injuries at Penn State before he transferred to Massachusetts plus he missed two games this year due to injuries. My pro player comparison for Adam Breneman is Chris Cooley who was a reliable starter until injuries caught up with him. Breneman doesn't have Cooley's Pro Bowl upside but he brings almost an identical skill set from a pass catching and durability standpoint. Breneman received his 2018 Senior Bowl invite today.
The Saints get Nick Fairley's replacement here. The 6-1 312 lb Derrick Nnadi struggled on running plays versus Alabama center Bradley Bozeman on tape. At the same time he abused Bozeman on the passing plays when getting to the quarterback versus Alabama. Jake Browning was ranked higher than Nnadi on our draft game, but Nnadi may fill more of a role as an immediate starter with Nick Fairley retiring plus Browning's 8/11 98 passing yards, 0 passing touchdown, and 1 interception outing versus UCLA looks really gross on paper so Nnadi remains on the Saints in this mock.
Detroit may move on from Ansah and try their backup 4-3 right end and Anthony Zettel. With the defensive tackle and 4-3 right outside linebacker positions addressed, Detroit can either take Troy Fumagalli to replace Eric Ebron or they can get a running back. Royce Freeman has 206 carries, 1,218 rushing yards, and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2017. Heading into the summer of 2016, Freeman was my fourth best running back behind Fournette, Cook, and McCaffrey. Injuries really got the best of him in 2016, but I loved his pass blocking and catching out of the backfield during his first two seasons at Oregon.
Carolina needs a free safety. Kurt Coleman can't stay healthy. I really like Cole Reyes out of North Dakota. This small school safety can run from the strong safety spot to the left corner of the end zone to break up a pass. He's versatile enough to play both safety spots has a great work ethic. High character guy. I really don't have enough nice things to say about Reyes and am going to try to get him on our podcast after North Dakota's football season.
Sammy Watkins is a Free Agent after this year. Cooper Kupp leads the Rams in receiving touchdowns while Robert Woods leads the Rams in receptions and receiving yards. Tavon Austin has lost his edge too so Cain is an option for the Rams here if Watkins leaves.
Pittsburgh can take the best overall player on the board. Vince Williams was much better than I expected, but Micah Kiser out of Virginia is the best overall player here. The 6-2 240 lb Kiser has 37 solo tackles, 60 assisted tackles, 97 total tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, and 5 sacks in 2017.
Buffalo uses this pick from Philadelphia to get a second wide receiver target. New Mexico State's Jaleel Scott at 6-6 200 lb can make Odell Beckham like catches. Scott also accepted an invite to the 2018 Senior Bowl.
Dallas takes a running back for depth here. Ezekiel Elliott's 6 game suspension is now official. Also Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden are Free Agents. The notion of the Cowboys taking a running back here isn't as crazy as it originally seems. Jarvion Franklin now has 1,061 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 191 carries. Franklan
Houston got this compensation pick at 98 thanks to A.J. Bouye signing with Jacksonville. Houston has addressed their needs on offense so they get the best overall player on the board here with Carlton Davis.
Denver got this compensation pick at 99 thanks to Russell Okung signing with Los Angeles. It does suck that Okung will be on the Chargers, but they got Bolles in the draft and can use this pick on the player I mocked to them with their first third round pick in my previous mock.
Cincinnati got this compensation pick at 100 thanks to Kevin Zeitler signing with Cleveland. Many will argue Azeem Victor is a day 2 talent. He has off the field concerns that could get him pushed to day 3. With no offensive linemen on the board, Cincinnati takes Victor at 100.