Tony Mario's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 3 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 17-32
Tony Mario Last Updated: September 16, 2017.
Philadelphia Eagles: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
- Alshon Jeffery has struggled. Also James Washington is another receiver along with Sutton that is off to a strong start. That's why he is in the conversation to push Kirk and Sutton to be the top wide receiver drafted.
Previous Pick: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Detroit Lions: Sam Hubbard, RE, Ohio State
- Detroit gets a defensive end to replace Ziggy Ansah. Sam Hubbard is a good addition at this point.
Denver Broncos: Chukwuma Okorafor, RT, Western Michigan
- Garrett Bolles is running away with the left tackle job in Denver showing excellent leadership by talking about how the quarterback is like his wife with a ton of assertiveness which is what Denver wants to see out of their 2017 first round pick.
- Donald Stephenson is the current projected starter at left tackle and Denver can save $4-million by releasing him in 2018. Denver can save over $5-million by releasing Menelik Watson in 2018.
- The 2018 NFL Draft looks a lot deeper at offensive tackle than the 2017 NFL Draft so if Denver does this bad and wants to keep developing their quarterbacks like Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Chad Kelly, I could easily see Denver drafting another offensive tackle at right tackle to pair with Bolles. Chukwuma Okorafor held his own against Porter Gustin after a rocky opening drive. He warrants top 20 consideration for the Denver broncos at 19.
Previous Pick: Connor Williams, RT, Texas
Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
- I seriously doubt Blake Bortles is back since he's due $19-million in 2018. He may return in this situation though if the Jaguars pick at 20 and go 9-7 only to mentor the quarterback they draft for a year. Josh Allen sucked versus Iowa, but if the Jaguars go 9-7 they will take a new quarterback to develop for a season while Bortles enters his contract year.
- Allen has a lot of similar traits Botles had coming out of Central Florida at Wyoming. Scouts are going to love Allen and his massive 11-inch hands. He's still raw on the surface though and needs to go to a team that can develop him for a year. Regardless of whether Josh Allen develops for a year behind Bortles or starts right away assuming Jacksonville releases Bortles, Josh Allen fits Jacksonville at 20.
- Josh Allen is expected to receive his bachelors degree at the end of this semester. That leads me to believe that he is a lock to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft since Allen initially announced he'd declare for the 2017 NFL Draft before withdrawing and not submitting his paperwork to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. I'd be shocked if Allen went back to school for his senior season at Wyoming.
Previous Pick: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Minnesota Vikings: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
- Minnesota gets a #1 wideout for whoever returns at quarterback whether it be Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater. Calvin Ridley is a first round pick at the moment in my mind. He showed enough on tape against Florida State to warrant a late first round pick at the very worst. Ridley ran a 4.43 40-time in Alabama's 2017 Spring workouts. Id he runs a better 40 time at the 2018 NFL Combine, he will have a chance to be the first wide receiver drafted.
Previous Pick: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Baltimore Ravens: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
- Neither Danny Woodhead or Kenneth Dixon can stay healthy. That's why getting Derrius Guice may be a priority for the Ravens since they love to run the football. Guice has 4.3 speed just like Barkley. He's better at blocking and has good vision. He doesn't have the experience in the backfield that Barkley has though.
Tennessee Titans: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
- The Titans get Minkah Fitzpatrick here. Fitzpatrick can play cornerback or safety and it feels like the Titans need both a #1 field corner and a second safety next to Jonathan Cyprien so this pick makes a ton of sense for that reason. Fitzpatrick also showed 4.4 speed at Alabama's 2017 Spring workouts.
Dallas Cowboys: Marquis Haynes, ROLB, Ole Miss
- Dallas gets a right outside linebacker that rushes the quarterback like a defensive end. Anthony Hitchens cannot stay healthy, and let's face it, this Cowboys team needs an upgrade at the weak side.
Buffalo Bills: Ronnie Harrison, FS, Alabama
- Jordan Whitehead got a 3 game suspension. He's no longer a first round pick in my eyes. Ronnie Harrison just looks so complete on tape and its time for him to make his debut in my first round.
Atlanta Falcons: Archie Lewis, LG, Boise State
- 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. Archie Lewis is a great fit at guard for Atlanta and has the versatility to play all 5 spots up front.
Previous Pick: Orlando Brown, LG, Oklahoma
Seattle Seahawks: Brian O'Neill, LT, Pittsburgh
- The Seahawks get a long term left tackle. Brian O'Neill is the top left tackle. He gives Russell Wilson a blindside that can protect Wilson giving Russell more time in the pocket to make reads.
Previous Pick: Archie Lewis, LG, Boise 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.
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.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, 3-4 MLB, Alabama
- Pittsburgh got James Harrison's successor, but they ignored finding a replacement to Lawrence Timmons. Rashaan Evans looks really fast and explosive on tape. He ran a 4.75 40-time at Alabama's Spring Workouts. That 4.75 is still better than the 4.8 40 that Cameron Smith out of USC is projected to run plus Evans is so deadly on tape that you have to look past his 40 time.
Green Bay Packers: Marcel Frazier, 3-4 ROLB, Missouri
- I think Marcel Frazier can adapt to a 3-4 defense rather easily. Frazier can play either 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker on either side with his versatility.
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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