Buffalo gets their replacement to Ritchie Incognito here. Archie Lewis is versatile enough to play all five spots on the offensive line just like Martinas Rankin. He didn't get a Senior Bowl invite and he didn't get an invite to the 2018 NFL Combine, but he's a sleeper worth keeping an eye on.
The Giants need a cornerback. Carlton Davis struggled at the 2018 NFL Combine. He dominated Auburn's Pro Day and his Pro Day at Auburn was so good that some think he could go in the firt round. New York has two corners that cannot avoid suspensions in Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. More cornerback depth is needed and Davis provides that stability. He's talented enough to keep Eli Apple in the nickel and start right away next to Jenkins.
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.
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.
Tampa Bay gets their starting 4-3 right end here. Josh Sweat will be able to start right away. Hopefully he becomes a sack artist with Noah Spence next to him in 2018. He reminds me of Spence, but he's cleaner off the field which is a huge plus.
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. James Washington is the top receiver on the board. Worst case scenario, Washington becomes a slot guy and best case scenario he becomes Jimmy Garoppolo's number one target.
Denver gets a tight end here. I was giving 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. Also they can get Mike Hughes who I have an 89 potential grade on as a nickel cornerback in the third round. Hughes had some off the field incident where he got arrested at North Carolina, but he blanketed Anthony Miller on tape and had a big season for Central Florida in 2017. New York can grab this project and mold him as a nickel cornerback with all the offensive linemen being reaches at this point unless they move down. With Trumaine Johnson at field cornerback, Morris Claiborne at boundary cornerback, Mike Hughes at nickel cornerback, Jamal Adams at strong safety, and Marcus Maye at free safety it's safe to say the Jets now have the best secondary in the AFC East and this is coming from a Patriots fan.
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 the 6-4 310 lb Austin Corbett. Corbett is capable of starting on the offensive line right now at any of the five positions. San Francisco can groom him behind Joe Staley as they draft their left tackle of the future here. San Francisco's current offensive line features Joe Staley at left tackle, Daniel Kilgore at left guard, Weston Richburg who they acquired from the Giants in Free Agency at center, Joshua Garnett their 2016 first round pick at right guard, and Trent Brown at right tackle.
That's a very good offensive line, but San Francisco cut John Theus a 2016 sixth round pick out of Georgia that learned behind Staley so now they get Corbett as the successor to Staley and hope he's the answer. If one of those five players gets injured it opens up an opportunity for Corbett to shine at either offensive tackle or guard because if Richburg goes down, Kilgore gets moved back to center and another guard gets inserted into the 49ers starting lineup.
The Oakland Raiders get a starting cornerback next to Gareon Conley. JC Jackson corrected his zone and press coverage issues at the 2018 NFL Combine. They move forward with Gareon Conley at field cornerback, JC Jackson at boundary cornerback, Karl Joseph at strong safety, and Obi Melifonwu at free safety. Their secondary can't get any worse with these five after last year.
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 offensive 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. Most had a first round grade on Billy Price until he got injured at the 2018 NFL Combine. I'll finally admit after rewatching his tape he's the best center in the draft, but he's still a scrub compared to Pat Elflein who I had a first round grade on and he fell to Minnesota at 70 so unless Billy Price falls out of the top 70 I cannot get behind the pick simply due to the fact that it's such a reach at that point. If Elflein is Ohio State's best center since Nick Mangold that makes Price Doug Datish Troy Smith's center by that logic.
Houston gets my only starting left guard left on the entire board. You already got Julie'n Davenport and Archie Lewis as your bookend tackles and now you add Wyatt Teller as your starting left guard here.
Dallas grabs a 4-3 right 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.
Previous Pick:Nick DeLuca, MLB, North Dakota State
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, but Ballage is someone that will push both of them and has the tools to take the starting job from both Adbullah and Riddick if he gets a chance to get some carries with the Detroit Lions.
Baltimore takes the best center on the board. Bradley Bozeman did well at his Pro Day despite not receiving an invite to the 2018 NFL Combine. Ozzie Newsome loves players from Alabama so I can see Bradley Bozeman being the pick here.
The Los Angeles Chargers draft a quarterback to groom behind Philip Rivers. 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 Phillip Rivers and be their successor here.
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. D.J. Chark did well in the 2018 Senior Bowl and he built on that at the 2018 NFL Combine to the point where some have him in the first or second round due to the fact that he had the best 40-time for a wide receiver at the 2018 NFL Combine.
The Chiefs get a the final 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.
The Rams will need multiple pass rushers. They got Marcus Davenport at 23. They get Marquis Haynes here. That fixes the pass rush and if those two click and both get double digit sacks as rookies then the Rams should be in the 2019 NFC Championship Game perhaps even Super Bowl 53.
Carolina gets a young center to groom behind the injury prone Ryan Kalil. I'm buying the notion of James Daniels as a future starting center, to be honest his tape looked better than Billy Price. I'm selling the idea of taking this guy in the first round though.
Tennessee gets a strong safety to pair with Kevin Byard. Jessie Bates III is superb in coverage. He has no strength and poor tackling though. Tennessee's secondary looks like his after the addition of Bates. Malcolm Butler at field cornerback who they got in Free Agency, Logan Ryan at boundary cornerback, Adoree Jackson at nickel cornerback, Jonathan Cyprien at strong safety, and Kevin Byard at free safety. Bates goes to the Titans as a backup safety for depth behind Cyprien and develops into a future starter by being coached up by Mike Vrabel and Dick LeBeau who will make him stronger. Tennessee can save $5.25-million if they move on from Cypriena as a strong safety in 2019 and they can save $6-million to move on from Cyprien in 2020 so at this point you use Bates for depth and have him hit the weight room and bulk the f up.
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.
Atlanta gont Andy Levitre to take a paycut at left guard and they are expected to get a right guard in Free Agency. 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 set to be a Free Agent Ejiofor is a great pickup for them.
Pittsburgh grabs another MAC quarterback to groom behind Ben Roethlisberger. Unlike Landry Jones and Joshua Dobbs, Litton has the potential to be borderline starter after Ben Roethlisberger retires. He's not going to be as good as Big Ben, but he gives you a guy you can groom for the future. Landry Jones and Joshua Dobbs can compete for the third string job behind Litton and can compete to be the backup on this roster after Ben retires.
Jacksonville gets a wide receiver for depth. Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee are both locked up until 2021 just like Dede Westbrook who plays the slot. The thing is there is no dead cap for them to move on from Allen Hurns. Simmie Cobbs Jr. has the tools to be a starter as far as route running and catching goes, but he lacks the speed. He can take as much time as he wants to develop that speed because Jacksonville can move on from Hurns at any point without losing cap space. Worst case scenario Simmie Cobbs Jr. remains an effective depth option with Rashad Greene. Best case scenario Keenan McCardell coaches him up and he blossoms into a future starter if one of their receivers gets injured in 2018 since Marqise Lee has durability concerns plus Allen Hurns has no dead cap so Jacksonville adds more wide receiver depth with Simmie Cobbs Jr. here.
Minnesota gets a nickel cornerback here. You got a guy who can push Trae Waynes for the boundary cornerback job across from Xavier Rhodes with this selection and can move the loser of that competition between McFadden and Waynes to the nickel in 2018.
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. 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 a center. They drafted Eric Wood with the draft pick they got for giving the Eagles Jason Peters. Now Buffalo uses this pick from the Eagles once again to get a center. Coleman Shelton is versatile enough to play all five spots on the offensive line and would be a great addition at this point in the third round.
Arizona got this compensation pick at 97 thanks to Calias Campbell signing with Jacksonville. If Arizona cuts Tyrann Mathieu they will need to draft a free safety to pair with last years strong safety they drafted in Budda Baker. Jordan Whitehead out of Pittsburgh is my top ranked free safety on the board.
Houston got this compensation pick at 98 thanks to A.J. Bouye signing with Jacksonville. Houston needs offensive line help. They get the only starting right guard left in the draft with this pick. Now their offensive line consists of Julie'n Davenport at left tackle, Wyatt Teller at left guard, Nick Martin at center, Colby Gossett at right guard, and Archie Lewis at right tackle.
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 M.J. Stewart out of North Carolina is talented enough to beat out Langley for the nickel job. Stewart had a fantastic 2018 Senior Bowl week in Mobile Alabama.
Cincinnati got this compensation pick at 100 thanks to Kevin Zeitler signing with Cleveland. Cincinnati gets an awesome value pick at this point in the third round by taking South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst. Hurst is a great blocker. His questions were with pass catching. Hayden Hurst corrected his issues with the Gaunltet Drill at the 2018 NFL Combine and now that makes him a third round prospect.
Previous Pick: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State