Tony Mario's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 17-32
Tony Mario Last Updated: July 8, 2017.
New Orleans Saints: Sam Hubbard, LE, Ohio State
- The Saints ignored 4-3 left end for the second year in a row. Sam Hubbard can play 4-3 defensive end on either side like Tyquan Lewis so he fits what the Saints are looking for at 17.
Buffalo Bills: Jake Browning, QB, Washington
- Buffalo needs a quarterback at 18 if Tyrod Taylor fails to get the Bills to the playoffs. After drafting for value with Saquon Barkley at 7, they get a quarterback who compliments him well in Jake Browning.
Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
- Detroit gets a running back. Derrius Guice has proven himself as a runner and blocker. Guice is a better pass blocker than Barkley, but he lacks the elusiveness and deadly speed that Barkley possesses.
Philadelphia Eagles: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
- Alshon Jeffery only signed a one year deal. After addressing defense, I feel like the Eagles will use the 2018 NFL Draft to get a building block on offense around Carson Wentz because running back Ryan Matthews is a Free Agent as well as Jeffery. Jordan Matthews who compliments Jeffery is also set to be a Free Agent. That's why James Washington or Philadelphia taking the top receiver on their board if they prefer someone else to Washington makes so much sense.
Atlanta Falcons: Quenton Nelson, LG, Notre Dame
- Atlanta may buy out the contract of left guard Andy Levitre who turns 32-years-old in 2018. Atlanta can save $7-million in cap space if they buy out Levitre plus right guard Hugh Thornton retired. Nelson is a guy who played left tackle in High School and was known for his pancake blocking, but Notre Dame had Ronnie Stanley and McGlinchey in place when he arrived so he kicked inside to guard.
Previous Pick: Connor Williams, LT, Texas
Tennessee Titans: Iman Marshall, CB, USC
- The Titans get Iman Marshall here. Marshall complimented Adoree Jackson at USC and here he'd push him for a boundary corner spot with the loser moving to nickel corner.
Previous Pick: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, RE, North Carolina State
- Bradley Chubb is a sack artist on tape. He was used very similar to Myles Garrett. If he didn't get manhandled by Clemson left tackle Mitch Hyatt he'd probably be a top 10 pick. Tampa Bay grabs Chubb here at 24 after finally winning the NFC South in 2017.
Los Angeles Chargers: Mitch Hyatt, LT, Clemson
- The Chargers take a left tackle. I don't trust Russell Okung and Hyatt is a good solution here.
Previous Pick: Marcell Frazier, 3-4 LOLB, Missouri
Oakland Raiders: Malik Jefferson, MLB, Texas
- The Raiders ignored linebacker in 2016. Malik Jefferson sacked Kizer a few times versus Notre Dame and he's a plug in play linebacker a lot like Reuben Foster was this year.
New York Giants: Archie Lewis, LT, Boise State
- The Giants get a long term left tackle because I'm not sold on Ereck Flowers as that guy. I can see why Chris had a first round grade on Archie Lewis. I watched his tape and came away extremely impressed with the holes he opened for McNichols as well as the time he gave Rypien in the pocket. I had Lewis at 30 in my last mock and moved him up to 26. If the Giants can keep Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram along with what they have on defense this team can be a favorite for Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.
Previous Pick: Quenton Nelson, LG, Notre Dame
Miami Dolphins: Jordan Whitehead, FS, Pittsburgh
- The 5-11 190 lb Jordan Whitehead has experience everywhere on the secondary. Imagine a smaller version of Jabrill Peppers who is way better in coverage who is a natural for a cover 2 defense. That is what Whitehead provides. Rashad Jones may get injured again plus Nate Allen and T.J. McDonald are short-term options.
Dallas Cowboys: Harold Landry, RE, Boston College
- Dallas gets Harold Landry to pair with Taco Charlton moving Taco to 4-3 left end. With Landry and Charlton pass rushing NFC East quarterbacks will become a delicious piece of cake for the Dallas Cowboys.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Smith, 3-4 MLB, USC
- Some have Cameron Smith ahead of Malik Jefferson. Pittsburgh got James Harrison's successor, but they ignored finding a replacement to Lawrence Timmons. Smith and Jefferson are really the only middle linebackers that warrant first round grades unless someone else emerges in 2017.
Seattle Seahawks: Martinas Rankin, LT, Mississippi State
- The Seahawks get a long term left tackle. Martinas Rankin is the top offensive tackle left and some consider him the best left tackle after Mike McGlinchey.
Previous Pick: Archie Lewis, LT, Boise State
Green Bay Packers: Tyquan Lewis, 3-4 ROLB, Ohio State
- I think Tyquan Lewis can adapt to a 3-4 defense rather easily. If you watch his Ohio State tape there are some plays where he doesn't get his hand in the dirt.
New England Patriots: Armani Watts, FS, Texas A&M
- Armani Watts gives you depth at free safety behind Devin McCourty. New England may look for McCourty's successor with him turning 30 in August and 31 a few months after the 2018 NFL Draft ends.
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