Tony Mario's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Tony Mario Last Updated: July 8, 2017.
New York Jets: Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech
- The Jets get a cornerback to anchor their defense at 33. Putting Adonis Alexander who played field and boundary cornerback with Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams may fix a lot of the issues on this secondary.
Chicago Bears: Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
- Jordan Thomas was a guy a lot of people had a first round grade on before he returned to school. I know we had a third round grade on him and Thomas chose to go back which was smart since he may go a lot higher in this cornerback class which isn't top heavy like last year.
Los Angeles Rams: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
- The Rams get Josh Rosen a wide receiver here. Dante Pettis is one of the top receivers in the 2017 NFL Draft and he is getting severely underlooked.
San Francisco 49ers: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
- San Francisco gets a wide receiver for Sam Darnold. Deebo Samuel may be a #1 wide receiver. You also can use Samuel as a kick returner and punt returner on special teams.
Cleveland Browns: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
- Cleveland gets a running back. Bo Scarbrough has proven himself as a runner and blocker, but could work on his pass catching.
Cincinnati Bengals: Chukwuma Okorafor, LT, Western Michigan
- Andy Dalton gets his blindside. Okorafor played right tackle when Willie Beavers was their blindside and moved over to left tackle. His versatility to play either side along with ability to maintain block sis why he moved up to the early part of the second round.
Previous Pick: Martez Ivey, LG, Florida
Buffalo Bills: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
- Antonio Callaway is a potential replacement for Sammy Watkins since the Bills did not use a fifth year tender on him. Cain is another Clemson wide receiver.
Previous Pick: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
Jacksonville Jaguars: Orlando Brown, LT, Oklahoma
- The Jaguars can keep Cam Robinson at left guard. Orlando Brown would be an awesome replacement to Branden Albert at left tackle plus Albert has been a no show to practice.
Washington Redskins: Martez Ivey, LG, Florida
- Washington grabs a left guard who can start right away. Martez Ivey is an awesme value pick at this point.
Previous Pick: Martinas Rankin, LT, Mississippi State
Indianapolis Colts: Ogbonnina Okoronkwo, 3-4 ROLB, Oklahoma
- The Colts had an awesome 2017 NFL Draft. If they finish this poorly and end up with a top 10 pick then Chuck Pagano would be fired. Basham played in a 4-3 defense at Ohio and I'm not sure he translates to the 3-4. Ogbonnina Okoronkwo does though.
Baltimore Ravens: Mason Cole, C, Michigan
- The Ravens get their starting center here. Right now, Mason Cole is the top center in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Minnesota Vikings: Toby Weatherspoon, RT, LSU
- The Vikings have Riley Reiff at left tackle and Mike Remmers at right tackle. Weatherspoon is an upgrade over Remmers long-term despite the lengthy contract Remmers got.
Previous Pick: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Cleveland Browns: Ronnie Harrison, FS, Alabama
- The Browns get another safety here. Ronnie Harrison can play both safety roles, middle linebacker, ad can be utilized off the edge. I moved him into my second round after watching his tape. With a big season he may get first round consideration at the end of the year.
Previous Pick: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Carolina Panthers: Micah Kiser, ROLB, Virginia
- Thomas Davis won't be around forever. Micah Kiser can play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, and 4-3 left outside linebacker with his versatility.
Arizona Cardinals: Marcel Frazier, 3-4 LOLB, Missouri
- Arizona looks at best player available over need. Rosen was the best player at 15 making him an ideal understudy to Carson Palmer. Frazier is the best player here.
Previous Pick: Simmie Cobbs, WR, Indiana
Denver Broncos: Matthew Thomas, 3-4 MLB, Florida State
- Matthew Thomas is a guy who could replace Todd Davis at 3-4 middle linebacker. Denver took another Seminole in the second round in 2017, but taking Thomas makes more sense from a need standpoint.
San Francisco 49ers: Mike McCray, LOLB, Michigan
- Navarro Bowman is injury prone. Mike McCray is someone who could rise up boards out of Michigan like Taco Charlton did this year.
Kansas City Chiefs: Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
- Kansas City gets a wide receiver. Antonio Callaway can be a lethal deep threat. He can rise up boards with his speed and if he becomes a possession receiver he may even go higher than this.
Previous Pick: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
Detroit Lions: Marquis Haynes, ROLB, Ole Miss
- Detrot moved Jarrad Davis to middle linebacker and Tahir Whitehead to left outside linebacker. Detroit did not replace Devin Taylor in the draft at 4-3 left end plus Ziggy Ansah is a Free Agent in 2018 if Detroit does not bring him back. Haynes is a guy Detroit will take here, but the bigger question is will he replace Ansah, Taylor, or Whitehead if he leaves next season.
Cleveland Browns: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
- Cleveland uses their final second round pick on the best player available. Da'Ron Payne could be a huge riser in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Atlanta Falcons: Trent Thompson, DT, Georgia
- Atlanta gets a defensive tackle in case Poe doesn't re-sign. The local Trent Thompson is still on the board here in the second round.
Previous Pick: Tyrone Crowder, RG, Clemson
Tennessee Titans: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
- The Titans get a nose tackle here. Vita Vea impresses me on tape.
Previous Pick: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trey Adams, LT, Washington
- Tampa Bay gets a left tackle to replace Donovan Smith. Smith can kick inside to left guard with Trey Adams at left tackle and this allows Tampa Bay to upgrade twice on the offensive line.
Los Angeles Chargers: Josh Sweat, RE, Florida State
- The Chargers get another defensive end for depth. Josh Sweat is the best player on the board here.
Previous Pick: Chukwuma Okorafor, LT, Western Michigan
Oakland Raiders: Cece Jefferson, LE, Florida
- The Raiders get a defensive end for depth here. Cece Jefferson has a way better motor than Caleb Brantley did and as long as he isn't acused of anything off the field, he will go in the first two rounds.
New York Giants: Kevin Tolliver, CB, LSU
- The Giants lost two backup corners to Free Agency in 2017. They only got one corner for depth and now they get the other corner here.
Miami Dolphins: Duke Ejiofor, LE, Wake Forest
- Duke Ejiofor is a sack artist on tape at 4-3 right end. He's versatile enough to play on the left side though and Miami would be drafting him to replace Cameron Wake at 4-3 left end while Charles Harris starts at 4-3 right end.
Dallas Cowboys: Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M
- Dallas gets Daylon Mack to be the modern day Leon Lett on their defensive line after spending back-to-back first round picks on 4-3 defensive ends like Taco Charlton and Harold Landry.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Will Clapp, C, LSU
- Pittsburgh gets an offensive lineman with the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard. He gives Pittsburgh a left guard for the future when they move on from Ramon Foster. Clapp also gives Pittsburgh a center who can step in and start for much less money if Maurkice Pouncey gets injured again and we all know that every few years Pouncey gets placed on injured reserve.
Previous Pick: Toby Weathersby, RT, LSU
Seattle Seahawks: Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
- Seattle gets someone to push Tyler Lockett. Wieneke is bigger and faster than Cooper Kupp and has similar numbers to him in the FCS. This is an FCS player that may rise up boards if they get an invite to Mobile for the 2018 Senior Bowl.
Previous Pick: Kendell Joseph, LOLB, Clemson
Green Bay Packers: Jamarco Jones, LG, Ohio State
- Green Bay does need upgrades at both guard spots. Jamarco Jones has experience at all 5 positions on the offensive line so I have the Packers taking Ohio State's left tackle as a left guard here.
New England Patriots: Tyrone Crowder, RG, Clemson
- The Patriots are probably the only team in the NFL right now with the luxury to ignore need and draft the best player on their board. While they have a Pro Bowl right guard in Shaq Mason, they have no depth behind Joe Thuney or Shaq Mason and that's where Tyrone Crowder comes into play to give the Patriots depth at guard after obtaining depth at offensive tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Previous Pick: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
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