Tony Mario's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 17-32
Tony Mario Last Updated: May 18, 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: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
- Detroit gets a running back. Bo Scarbrough has proven himself as a runner and blocker, but could work on his pass catching.
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.
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. I honestly would not be surprised if Nelson moved to right tackle like Dan Feeney did with Indiana this upcoming season for Notre Dame.
Tennessee Titans: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
- Jaire Alexander dominated versus Mike Williams at field cornerback. Drafting Alexander allows the Titans to move Logan Ryan to boundary corner where he belongs and Adoree Jackson to the nickel where he belongs.
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: Marcell Frazier, LE, Missouri
- The Chargers take a pass rusher for depth. Marcell Frazier has an excellent motor, but his 8.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks are kind of disappointing when you consider he only started 5 games in 2016. Frazier may break out with Charles Harris gone if he starts full time though.
Previous Pick: Martinas Rankin, LT, Mississippi State
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: Martinas Rankin, LT, Mississippi State
- The Giants get a long term left tackle that can force Ereck Flowers over to right tackle. Martinas Rankin has a first round grade and some consider him the top left tackle after Mike McGlinchey.
Previous Pick: Marcell Frazier, LE, Missouri
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: Connor Williams, LT, Texas
- Seattle gets a left tackle here. Connor Williams is a first to second round offensive tackle prospect and while most have him a lot higher, I'm really torn on him. The 6-6 320 lb left tackle has first round technique, but needs to do a better job maintaining blocks.
Previous Pick: Trey Adams, LT, Washington
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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