Draft Order NFL: Projected Records 65. Buffalo Bills (from Cleveland Browns): 0-16, 66. New York Giants: 3-13, 67. Indianapolis Colts: 4-12, 68. Houston Texans: 4-12, 69. New York Giants (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): 5-11, 70. San Francisco 49ers (from Chicago Bears): 5-11, 71. Denver Broncos: 5-11, 72. New York Jets: 5-11, 73. Miami Dolphins: 6-10, 74. San Francisco 49ers: 6-10, 75. Oakland Raiders: 6-10, 76. Green Bay Packers: 7-9, 77. Cincinnati Bengals: 7-9, 78. Kansas City Chiefs (from Washington Redskins): 7-9, 79. Arizona Cardinals: 8-8, 80. Houston Texans (from Seattle Seahawks): 9-7, 81. Dallas Cowboys: 9-7, 82. Detroit Lions: 9-7, 83. Baltimore Ravens: 9-7, 84. Los Angeles Chargers: 9-7, 85. Carolina Panthers (from Buffalo Bills): 9-7, 86. Kansas City Chiefs: 10-6, 87. Los Angeles Rams: 11-5, 88. Carolina Panthers: 11-5, 89. Tennessee Titans: 9-7, 90. Atlanta Falcons: 10-6, 91. New Orleans Saints: 11-5, 92. Pittsburgh Steelers: 13-3, 93. Jacksonville Jaguars: 10-6, 94. Minnesota Vikings: 13-3, 95. New England Patriots: 13-3, 96. Buffalo Bills (from Philadelphia Eagles): 13-3, 97. Arizona Cardinals: (Compensation Pick), 98. Houston Texans: (Compensation Pick), 99. Denver Broncos: (Compensation Pick), 100. Cincinnati Bengals: (Compensation Pick)

Tony Mario's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds

Round 3

Tony Mario Last Updated: April 25, 2018.

  1. Buffalo Bills: Jessie Bates III, FS, Wake Forest

    Buffalo has Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. Jessie Bates III has outstanding coverage. He needs to add more strength before being thrown into the starting lineup, and Buffalo is a great fit cause Jessie Bates III can add strength before replacing Poyer.

    Jessie Bates III has three games of tape in this film session. Watching Bates get stiff armed by Christian Kirk makes me question anyone mocking Bates ahead of Kirk.

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  2. New York Giants: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

    The Giants get their running back at 65. Rashaad Penny is someone worth taking this early in the third round, if the Giants take Bradley Chubb at 2.

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  3. Indianapolis Colts: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

    Indianapolis needs a number two wide receiver next to T.Y. Hilton. So far Indianapolis got Quenton Nelson at left guard, Derrius Guice at running back, Tyrell Crosby at right tackle, and Equanimeous St. Brown as a wide receiver next to Hilton. With these weapons, plus the tight end duo of Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron, Andrew Luck is due for a huge season in 2018.

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  4. Houston Texans: Jamarco Jones, LT, Ohio State

    The Texans can get their left tackle here. Julie'n Davenport moves to right tackle. Jamarco Jones had a strong Pro Day at Ohio State. Houston spent a lot of time with Jones at Ohio State's Pro Day. Getting Jamarco Jones allows Houston to solidify the offensive tackle spot and protect Deshaun Watson.

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  5. New York Giants: Chase Litton, QB, Marshall

    New York needs a successor to Eli Manning. I don't think Davis Webb is that guy. Now, Chase Litton could be that guy. He looked pretty good versus North Carolina State.

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  6. San Francisco 49ers: Desmond Harrison, LT, West Georgia

    The 49ers get one of the quickest left tackles in the draft. Desmond Harrison has great foot speed. If he learns under Joe Staley for a few years he could be an elite blindside down the road.

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  7. Denver Broncos: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn

    Denver cut C.J. Anderson. I don't trust the duo of Devonta Booker and DeAngelo Henderson. Neither one emerged last season so they get another running back so their quarterback of the future has a running back he can turn to. Braden Smith was picked by Denver in the second round so now Braden Smith gets to block for one of his Auburn teammates in Denver.

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  8. New York Jets: Josh Sweat, 3-4 ROLB, Florida State

    The Jets got an amazing secondary. They just need a pass rusher who can get double digit sacks on both sides. Josh Sweat wasn't the sack artist Demarcus Walker was, but he has far more athleticism than Walker did on tape so Josh Sweat gets drafted by the Jets at this pick in the third round.

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  9. Miami Dolphins: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

    Miami got Baker Mayfield his tight end in Hayden Hurst in the second round. Now they address the defensive side of the ball by taking Derrick Nnadi as a defensive tackle for depth.

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  10. San Francisco 49ers: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana

    San Francisco gets Jimmy Garoppolo a number target here. Simmie Cobbs Jr. is someone San Francisco can take here before moving Pierre Garcon to a number two role, and Marquise Goodwin to the slot.

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  11. Oakland Raiders: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

    The Oakland Raiders have Gareon Conley as their number one field cornerback. The boundary cornerback competition is wide open. Even Free Agent Rashaan Melvin hasn't been guaranteed the job even after his terrific 2017 season in Indianapolis. Tarvarus McFadden could push Melvin for that job and be a great nickel cornerback for Oakland at the very worst.

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  12. Green Bay Packers: DeShon Elliott, FS, Texas

    The Packers seem to reload at the safety position every year. HaHa Clinton-Dix enters a contract year. Elliott was considered a first round prospect prior to the 2018 NFL Combine even though I never bought into the hype. Green Bay can take Elliott as a project safety here and mold him for the future kind of like how they molded Josh Jones for the future last year in 2017.

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  13. Cincinnati Bengals: Armani Watts, FS, Texas A&M

    Cincinnati gets the best free safety on the board here. I am more confident in Armani Watts as a free safety than Kyzir White after rewatching both on tape. Cincinnati gets a new starter at free safety here.

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  14. Kansas City Chiefs: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson

    The Chiefs get another weapon for Patrick Mahomes. They already got Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill. Someone like Deon Cain in the slot would be nice for Mahomes to have though.

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  15. Arizona Cardinals: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State

    Arizona gets a wide receiver in the third round here. Auden Tate reminds me of a bigger Anquan Boldin. He'd be an ideal receiver for Larry Fitzgerald to mentor.

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  16. Houston Texans: Uchenna Nwosu, 3-4 LOLB, USC

    Uchenna Nwosu provides depth behind Jaedveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus here. Nwosu is a great pick for the Texans at 80.

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  17. Dallas Cowboys: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

    Dallas hasn't drafted a starting defensive tackle yet, and it's round three now. Dallas has to settle for Tim Settle out of Virginia Tech.

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  18. Detroit Lions: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

    Detroit gets a tight end here in the third round because the value is too good to pass on. Some believe Mike Gesicki is the top tight end. Even with Detroit's multiple additions at tight end in Free Agency, Mike Gesicki may be a better long-term upgrade at tight end for Detroit than someone like Luke Willson or even Levine Toilolo who are both depth tight ends compared to Gesicki.

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  19. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Parker, LT, North Carolina AT&T

    Baltimore has their blindside in Ronnie Stanley. They gave last years right tackle James Hurst a four year extension so a swing tackle like Brandon Parker is needed. I've only seen Parker line up at left tackle even though the Ravens need a right tackle for depth in the worst way possible.

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  20. Los Angeles Chargers: Lorenzo Carter, ROLB, Georgia

    The Los Angeles Chargers get a linebacker for depth behind Denzel Perryman. Perryman missed half of the season last year, and the Chargers had no backup plan. That changes with this team drafting Lorenzo Carter and his 4.4 speed here.

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  21. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State

    Carolina picks here. D.J. Reed has the size of a nickel cornerback. Carolina is so thin at cornerback that he may have to play the boundary.

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  22. Kansas City Chiefs: M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina

    The Chiefs get a cornerback who can replace Marcus Peters here. Stewart won't have the same impact as Peters, but he could end up starting in the first week of the season when you consider how thin Kansas City is at cornerback.

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  23. Los Angeles Rams: Jordan Whitehead, SS, Pittsburgh

    The Rams are loaded at cornerback, yet thin at safety. Jordan Whitehead is the top safety on the board here.

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  24. Carolina Panthers: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State

    Carolina gets a wide receiver for Cam Newton. Michael Gallup is the best target on the board at this point ih the third round.

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  25. Tennessee Titans: Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas

    Tennessee gets a center upgrade. Frank Ragnow is a steal at this point.

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  26. Atlanta Falcons: Terrell Edmunds, FS, Virginia Tech

    Atlanta needs to keep Brian Poole in the nickel with Jalen Collins getting suspended again. Terrell Edmunds as a backup to Ricardo Allen makes a lot of sense here.

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  27. New Orleans Saints: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

    The New Orleans Saints draft a quarterback to groom behind Drew Brees. I'm more confident in Luke Falk's mechanics and deep ball then I am with Kyle Lauletta. Both could be great starters under the tutelage of Drew Brees, but Falk gets the nod here.

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  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jayln Holmes, 3-4 RE, Ohio State

    Pittsburgh gets a five technique for depth. Jayln Holmes is someone who provides depth behind Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt here in the third round.

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  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington

    Jacksonville gets a wide receiver for depth. Dante Pettis didn't get much exposure in front of NFL Scouts, but his tape speaks for itself. Matt Waldman calling Pettis the top receiver in the entire draft may be enough for Pettis to creep into day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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  30. Minnesota Vikings: Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State

    Minnesota gets a wide receiver for depth. Some people like Ateman more than James Washington. He's bigger too, so Ateman may sneak into day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Be prepared for it.

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  31. New England Patriots: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond

    The New England Patriotts get Tom Brady's successor. Another FCS quarterback just like Jimmy Garoppolo.

    Kyle Lauletta does not throw the deep ball well on tape. He had issues throwing the deep ball at the 2018 NFL Combine. Maybe McDaniels and Tom Brady can mold him into something special.

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  32. Buffalo Bills: Holton Hill, CB, Texas

    Buffalo uses this pick from Philadelphia to get a cornerback next to Tre'Davious White. Holton Hill can be a good starting corner if he stays off the weed man.

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  33. Arizona Cardinals: Shaquem Griffin, 3-4 LOLB, Central Florida

    Arizona got this compensation pick at 97 thanks to Calias Campbell signing with Jacksonville. Arizona needs someone next to Chandler Jones. Maybe Shaquem Griffin can give Arizona a hand.

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  34. Houston Texans: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

    Houston got this compensation pick at 98 thanks to A.J. Bouye signing with Jacksonville. Houston needs to upgrade their tight end situation with C.J. Fiedorowicz retiring.

    Mark Andrews was very inconsistent in this film session. I'm not sure why Draft Utopia still has a top 50 grade on him.

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  35. Denver Broncos: Tony Brown, CB, Alabama

    Denver got this compensation pick at 99 thanks to Russell Okung signing with Los Angeles. Denver gets an ALabama cornerback for depth here.

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  36. Cincinnati Bengals: Archie Lewis, RG, Boise State

    Cincinnati got this compensation pick at 100 thanks to Kevin Zeitler signing with Cleveland. Archie Lewis can play right guard for Cincinnati.

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