Tony Mario's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 3 Rounds
Tony Mario Last Updated: September 16, 2017.
San Francisco 49ers: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
- San Francisco gets a wide receiver for Josh Rosen. Dante Pettis is the top receiver available.
Previous Pick: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
New York Jets: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
- The Jets get a cornerback to anchor their defense at 34. Jaire Alexander is a first round talent, but missing two games due to an injury drops him to the second round. A secondary which features Jaire Alexander as the feature corner along with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye at safety will help the Jets secondary become one of the NFL's most lethal. A secondary this potent can take quite a bit of pressure off of Sam Darnold.
Previous Pick: Iman Marshall, CB, USC
Chicago Bears: Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech
- Adonis Alexander is the top cornerback available. He just makes too much sense for Chicago here as they continue to improve their defense.
Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Whitehead, FS, Pittsburgh
- Cincinnati gets a free safety. The Bengals do not care about the fact that Jordan Whitehead got a three game suspension for a DUI. Plus, Cincinnati is in the market for a free safety.
Previous Pick: Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
Cleveland Browns: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
- Cleveland gets Kizer a wide receiver to throw to. Deon Cain makes too much sense here.
Previous Pick: Jordan Whitehead, FS, Pittsburgh
Buffalo Bills: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
- Mason Rudolph is off to a fantastic start. I'm sure Buffalo would love to have him in the second round if Tyrod Taylor doesn't get Buffalo to the 2018 NFL Playoffs.
Previous Pick: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Cleveland Browns: Iman Marshall, CB, USC
- Cleveland gets a cover corner that can provide a similar presence to Joe Haden. Iman Marshall is the top cornerback available and has #1 corner potential since he was a five star recruit in High School.
Previous Pick: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Arizona Cardinals: Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
- Arizona gets a wide receier to pair with Lamar Jackson. Jake Wieneke makes total sense.
Previous Pick: Kevin Tolliver, CB, LSU
Washington Redskins: Quin Blanding, FS, Virginia
- Washington grabs a safety. Quin Blanding is the only second round safety still on the board making him that much more valuable.
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.
San Francisco 49ers: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
- San Francisco is gonna need a replacement to Carlos Hyde. Bo Scarbrough runs with a similar style to Hyde.
Previous Pick: Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
New York Giants: Micah Kiser, MLB, Virginia
- The Giants use this pick on a middle linebacker. Kiser is a plug-in-play guy who can line up anywhere. He needs to add more strength and win blocks though. With B.J. Goodson being a question mark at middle linebacker along with both outside linebackers in contract years, the possibility of the Giants getting a linebacker after a left tackle in the first round seems pretty likely if you ask me.
Indianapolis Colts: Ogbonnina Okoronkwo, 3-4 ROLB, Oklahoma
- The Colts had an awesome 2017 NFL Draft. Basham played in a 4-3 defense at Ohio and I'm not sure he translates to the 3-4. Ogbonnina Okoronkwo does though size he has the size of a 3-4 outside linebacker, plus he doesn't place his hand in the dirt which is what a lot of 3-4 outside linebackers do on tape.
Buffalo Bills: Martez Ivey, LG, Florida
- Buffalo gets a left guard. Releasing Ritchie Incognito saves the Bills over $6.4-million against the cap. Martez Ivey is versatile enough to play any of the five spots on the offesnive line. He played left guard at Florida in 2015 and 2016, but is moving back to left tackle at Florida. In Buffalo, Ivey can be a left guard and add some more youth to the left side of the offensive line next to Cordy Glenn.
Los Angeles Chargers: Chase Hansen, SS, Utah
- The Chargers need multiple safeties. Chase Hansen is the best player available as well because it was Hansen not Marcus Williams who led Utah in tackles last season.
Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
- Cleveland is gonna need a backup to Kizer even if he pans out. Baker Mayfield is a guy that most are higher on than I am, so I'm gonna put Baker Mayfield in Cleveland where he can learn under Kizer on how to improve his arm strength. A lot of NFL teams project Baker Mayfield as a pure College quarterback who doesn't translate to the NFL. He's playing too well at the moment to escape the top 50 though.
Previous Pick: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
Carolina Panthers: Heath Harding, CB, Miami Ohio
- The 5-10 190 lb Heath Harding had 11 deflections in 2016, but I counted 17 deflections from the tape I saw plus Harding looks like a guy who led the NCAA in pass breakups. He can play man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage plus he lined up at field cornerback, boundary cornerback, and nickel cornerback to top that off. He may be a better prospect than Quinten Rollins. The football IQ is there too. He's someone the Panthers will consider if James Bradberry fails to show people why he deserves to be compared to Josh Norman.
Denver Broncos: Cameron Smith, 3-4 MLB, USC
- Cameron Smith replaces Todd Davis in this situation. Smith is someone this site had mocked to Denver for weeks in the first round, but that was too high of a value. Taking Smith here in the second round is much more realistic.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Mitch Hyatt, LT, Clemson
- The Jaguars get a left tackle who can be a great blindside for Josh Allen. Cam Robinson looked good in Jacksonville's opener, but I really believe Robinson is better suited to play guard. I may change this pick to a guard later on, but I'm still leaning toowards Mitch Hyatt here.
Previous Pick: Trey Adams, LT, Washington
Detroit Lions: Josh Sweat, LE, Florida State
- Detroit gets Josh Sweat to pair with Sam Hubbard. That gives Detroit two lethal pass rushers.
Minnesota Vikings: Jake Browning, QB, Washington
- The Vikings can use this pick ona developmental quarterback. Sam Bradford has enough talent to keep the starting job. Bradford's knee injury worries me as he enters his contract year.
Previous Pick: Brian O'Neill, LT, Pittsburgh
Baltimore Ravens: Will Clapp, C, LSU
- The Ravens get their starting center here. Right now, Will Clapp is the top center in the 2018 NFL Draft. Clapp gets to head to Baltimore with Derrius Guice, his LSU teammate who I mocked to the Ravens in the first round.
Previous Pick: Mason Cole, C, Michigan
Tennessee Titans: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
- The Titans get a nose tackle here. Vita Vea impresses me on tape.
Dallas Cowboys: Trent Thompson, DT, Georgia
- Dallas gets Trent Thompson 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.
Kansas City Chiefs: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
- Kansas City gets a wide receiver. Parris Campbell is a great addition here.
Previous Pick: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
Atlanta Falcons: Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M
- Atlanta gets a defensive tackle in case Poe doesn't re-sign. Daylon Mack is an absolute steal at this point.
New York Jets: Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh
- Sam Darnold gets a weapon he can throw to here now that the Jets got this pick from Seattle in the Sheldon Richardson trade. Jester Weah is a second to third round talent who is currently Pittsburgh's #1 target.
Previous Pick: Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State
Oakland Raiders: Dorance Armstrong Jr., LE, Kansas
- The Raiders get the Robin to their Batman off the edge at defensive end here. Dorance Armstrong Jr. is a sack artist at Kansas and his ability compliments Khalil Mack perfectly.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cole Madison, RT, Washington State
- Tampa Bay's offensive line outside of center Ali Marpet continues to underperform. Tampa Bay uses this pick on Demar Dotson's replacement at right tackle since Dotson is in a contract year.
Pittsburgh Steelers: K.J. Malone, LT, LSU
- Pittsburgh gets their future left tackle here. Pittsburgh drafted Malone's predecessor Jerald Hawkins out of LSU hoping he'd fill this role. That hasn't been the case so the Steelers take K.J. Malone here to give Ben Roethlisberger a blindside that can help the Steelers win now before he retires.
Previous Pick: Jamarco Jones, LT, Ohio State
Green Bay Packers: Jordan Thomas, CB, Oklahoma
- Green Bay needs a cornerback here. Jordan Thomas is a steal at this point in the late second round. He did a good job limiting Parris Campbell's big play ability on tape.
Previous Pick: Martinas Rankin, C, Mississippi State
New England Patriots: Jamarco Jones, LT, Ohio State
- The Patriots get a left tackle here if Nate Solder leaves. Jamarco Jones has the versatility to play all five spots on the offensive line. New England will love that about Jamarco Jones.
Previous Pick: K.J. Malone, LT, LSU
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