Draft Order NFL: Projected Records 65. Cleveland Browns: 0-16, 66. New York Giants: 3-13, 67. Indianapolis Colts: 4-12, 68. Houston Texans: 4-12, 69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5-11, 70. San Francisco 49ers (from Chicago Bears): 5-11, 71. Denver Broncos: 5-11, 72. New York Jets: 5-11, 73. Miami Dolphins: 6-10, 74. San Francisco 49ers: 6-10, 75. Oakland Raiders: 6-10, 76. Green Bay Packers: 7-9, 77. Cincinnati Bengals: 7-9, 78. Kansas City Chiefs (from Washington Redskins): 7-9, 79. Arizona Cardinals: 8-8, 80. Houston Texans (from Seattle Seahawks): 9-7, 81. Dallas Cowboys: 9-7, 82. Detroit Lions: 9-7, 83. Baltimore Ravens: 9-6, 84. Los Angeles Chargers: 9-7, 85. Carolina Panthers (from Buffalo Bills): 9-7, 86. Kansas City Chiefs: 10-6, 87. Los Angeles Rams: 11-5, 88. Carolina Panthers: 11-5, 89. Tennessee Titans: 9-7, 90. Atlanta Falcons: 10-6, 91. New Orleans Saints: 11-5, 92. Pittsburgh Steelers: 13-3, 93. Jacksonville Jaguars: 10-6, 94. Minnesota Vikings: 13-3, 95. New England Patriots: 13-3, 96. Buffalo Bills (from Philadelphia Eagles): 13-3, 97. Arizona Cardinals: (Compensation Pick), 98. Houston Texans: (Compensation Pick), 99. Cincinnati Bengals: (Compensation Pick), 100. Denver Broncos: (Compensation Pick), 101. Green Bay Packers: (Compensation Pick), 102. Baltimore Ravens: (Compensation Pick)

2018 NFL Mock Draft: 3 Rounds

Round 3

Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: February 15, 2018 with updates every Thursday leading up to Draft Day.

  1. Cleveland Browns: Archie Lewis, RT, Boise State

    Cleveland needs a right tackle. Archie Lewis compliments Joe Thomas perfectly as a right tackle. Archie Lewis is versatile enough to play all 5 spots on the offensive line. Lewis wasn't involved in any of the All Star Games as a senior despite me really liking his tape.

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  2. New York Giants: Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College

    The Giants need a cornerback. Isaac Yiadom was the field cornerback on Boston College. I initially thought Kamrin Moore another 2018 prospect was the field corner, but Moore played the boundary before backing out of Mobile. Isaac Yiadom balled out on tape versus Clemson before showcasing a strong week in Mobile so he's now one of the better cornerbacks. New York has three corners that cannot avoid suspensions in Jenkins, Rodgers-Cromartie, and Eli Apple. More cornerback depth is needed and Yiadom provides that stability, plus if one of these corners screws up again, Yiadom will take a starting spot and won't give it back.

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  3. Indianapolis Colts: Wyatt Teller, LG, Virginia Tech

    Indianapolis gets a left guard here. Wyatt Teller dominated on tape in 2017, but sucked in Mobile. He's still a quality starter as a left guard at this point in the third round though.

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  4. Houston Texans: Martinas Rankin, RT, Mississippi State

    The Texans are finally starting Julie'n Davenport at left tackle. Martinas Rankin is capable of playing all five positions on the offensive line and compliments Davenport well at right tackle.

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  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brian O'Neill, RT, Pittsburgh

    Tampa Bay gets a right tackle to replace Demar Dotson. I had a second round grade on Brian O'Neill prior to the Senior Bowl. He sucked in Mobile and falls to the third round now. He could still be a quality starter next to Donovan Smith at right tackle, but he's a project right now and probably won't make it as a left tackle in the NFL.

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  6. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Watson, WR, Penn

    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. Justin Watson had 81 receptions, 1,083 receiving yards, and 14 receiving touchdowns in 2017. Became the first Ivy League receiver with ten consecutive games with a receiving touchdown. Watson balled out in the 2018 East West Shrine Game before dominating Mobile at 6-3 220 lbs. Watson has all the tools to be a top target, but I wish there was more tape of him online.

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  7. Denver Broncos: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

    Denver gets a tight end here. 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 Kirk Cousins a big play threat at tight end.

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  8. New York Jets: Jamarco Jones, LT, Ohio State

    The Jets go out and get a left tackle to protect the quarterbacks blindside. Jamarco Jones is the top offensive line prospect for Ohio State on the board. Jamarco Jones is way better than pass protection than Billy Price.

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  9. Miami Dolphins: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin

    Miami finally gets a tight end. Troy Fumagalli showed he can make one-handed catches and develop into a starting tight end. Fumagalli is now my final tight end with a starting grade.

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  10. San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama

    San Francisco only has one center on the depth chart in Kilgore. Bradley Bozeman balled out in the 2018 Senior Bowl while Mason Cole just sucked. Bozeman is now my number two center behind Will Clapp.

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  11. Oakland Raiders: Austin Corbett, RT, Nevada

    The Oakland Raiders get a starting right tackle that can replace Austin Howard here. Austin Corbett out of Nevada would be a great addition to Oakland's offensive line.

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  12. Green Bay Packers: Uchenna Nwosu, 3-4 LOLB, USC

    The Packers love USC pass rushers. Uchenna Nwosu is just too good of a value pick for Green Bay to pass on even with them taking Hercules Mata'afa in the first round. I may even get some Packers fans that like this pick better.

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  13. Cincinnati Bengals: Jesse Burkett, C, Stanford

    Cincinnati gets the best center on the board at this point. Jesse Burkett is a good value pick at this point.

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  14. Kansas City Chiefs: Arden Key, 3-4 LOLB, LSU

    Kansas City gets Arden Key to pair with Justin Houston. Kansas City is depleted with cap space. They may cut Tamba Hali to save money. Plus drafting Key allows you to sit him behind Dee Ford and Justin Houston allowing him to learn as a rookie.

    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.

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  15. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin

    Arizona gets a cornerback in the third round. Nick Nelson has great tape and would be a great boundary cornerback to Patrick Peterson.

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  16. Houston Texans: J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland

    Houston gets a cornerback for depth. J.C. Jackson out of Maryland provides incredible depth for Houston. He's my top ranked prospect out of Maryland with Damian Prince going back to school.

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  17. Dallas Cowboys: Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State

    Dallas takes a wide receiver here. Cedrick Wilson did well in the 2018 Senior Bowl. He also did fantastic for Boise State in 2017. He's done well enough to move up to this spot in the third round.

    I posed tape of Wilson yesterday. Check out this clip of what Joseph Potter and myself discussed on the Evolution Network. Also be on the lookout for a Rashaan Gaulden film session set to air on Prospect Central soon as well as my channel.

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  18. Detroit Lions: Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State

    Detroit gets a running back here. Kalen Ballage dominated the 2018 Senior Bowl despite not having a 1,000 rushing yard season. Ballage has superior tape compared to someone like Ronald Jones or Josh Adams.

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  19. Baltimore Ravens: Deontay Burnett, WR, USC

    Baltimore takes the best wide receiver on the board. I had Deontay Burnett ahead of Courtland Sutton at one point with a second round grade. Burnett sucked in his bowl game though. He dominated NFL competition at cornerback early in the year so its hard to see him falling past Baltimore in the third round.

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  20. Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Whitehead, SS, Pittsburgh

    The Los Angeles Chargers draft a free safety here. Jordan Whitehead declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. Whitehead is versatile enough to play cornerback, strong safety, or free safety.

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  21. Carolina Panthers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

    Carolina picks here. A cornerback for depth is needed. Denzel Ward as a nickel cornerback is such a huge steal for Carolina at this point.

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  22. Kansas City Chiefs: Josey Jewell, 3-4 MLB, Iowa

    The Chiefs get a successor for Derrick Johnson to develop. Frank Zombo is a 2019 Free Agent as well. Jewell is the best 3-4 middle linebacker on the board at this point.

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  23. Los Angeles Rams: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

    The Rams will need a cornerback if Trumaine Johnson leaves. Jaire Alexander is an awesome value pick at this point in the third round after entering the preseason as the top ranked cornerback.

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  24. Carolina Panthers: P.J. Hall, DT, Sam Houston State

    Carolina gets depth at defensive tackle. Kawaan Short and Vernon Butler can start. P.J. Hall would be great on this defensive line in a depth role though.

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  25. Tennessee Titans: J.J. Dallas, CB, Louisiana-Monroe

    Tennessee takes a cornerback for depth. J.J. Dallas has excellent man and press coverage. He's someone who can help the Titans in the nickel right away.

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  26. Atlanta Falcons: Colby Gossett, RG, Appalachian State

    Atlanta gets a right guard here. Colby Gossett did a great job at right guard for Appalachian State. He met with the Atlanta Falcons during Senior Bowl week. He was also the only guard left in this draft with ability to be a future starter plus Atlanta needs a new right guard.

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  27. New Orleans Saints: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond

    The Saints get the 2018 Senior Bowl MVP to groom behind Drew Brees. Kyle Lauletta had a huge week in Mobile and has now entered the late third round conversation. He has just as much upside as someone like Mason Rudolph. Lauletta could end up being a sleeper and excellent value pick late in the third round.

    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.

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  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

    Pittsburgh gets a quarterback to groom behind Ben Roethlisberger. I still believe Mason Rudolph can be a viable starter down the road if he goes to the right team to develop for a few years. He has some issues with trajectory, but he has great size as well as a cannon for an arm.

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  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia

    Kurt Benkert had the best Senior Bowl practice of any of the South Team quarterbacks. Benkert may be raw, but he has starter potential down the road, and he'd be a great backup to Blake Bortles.

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  30. Minnesota Vikings: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

    Minnesota gets a wide receiver here. Equanimeous St. Brown has great speed. He needs to develop the rest of his game.

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  31. New England Patriots: Justin Lawler, LE, SMU

    The Patriots get a defensive end to compliment Trey Flowers and Derek Rivers for depth. Justin Lawler is one of the sleepers at defensive end in this draft.

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  32. Buffalo Bills: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

    Buffalo uses this pick from Philadelphia to get a defensive tackle. Derrick Nnadi is the best defensive tackle in the draft and the only defensive tackle left in this draft that can be a future starter.

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  33. Arizona Cardinals: Coleman Shelton, C, Washington

    Arizona got this compensation pick at 97 thanks to Calias Campbell signing with Jacksonville. A.Q. Shipley cannot move forward as the starting center so they use this selection on Coleman Shelton here. Shelton is versatile enough to play all five positions on the offensive line.

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  34. Houston Texans: Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas

    Houston got this compensation pick at 98 thanks to A.J. Bouye signing with Jacksonville. Houston needs offensive line help. Notre Dame center Nick Martin hasn't stayed healthy. Housston gets Frank Ragnow here and hopes he can be a nice insurance policy for the Texans.

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  35. Cincinnati Bengals: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

    Cincinnati got this compensation pick at 99 thanks to Kevin Zeitler signing with Cleveland. Cincinnati gets an awesome value pick at this point in the third round by taking Tarvarus McFadden out of Florida State. Dre Kirkpatrick sucked this year, but Cincinnati extended Kirkpatrick so they draft someone like McFadden to develop for the future.

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  36. Denver Broncos: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson

    Denver got this compensation pick at 100 thanks to Russell Okung signing with Los Angeles. Denver can replace Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders with Deon Cain with this compensation pick.

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  37. Green Bay Packers: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State

    Green Bay got this compensation pick at 102 thanks to T.J. Lang signing with Detroit. Allen Lazard is bigger than any of Green Bay's current targets. He struggled in Mobile, but with a year on the bench to develop learning behind legends like Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and DaVante Adams, Lazard will be able to correct his flaws on tape becoming a great starter for the Green Bay Packers down the road in 2019 after developing on the bench as a rookie.

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  38. Baltimore Ravens: Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State

    Baltimore got this compensation pick at 102 thanks to Ricky Wagner signing with Detroit. 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. It's starting to look like Wieneke will get picked on day 3 unless someone like Baltimore doubles up at wide receiver, by drafting Wieneke near the end of the second day in the third round with their compensation pick.

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