Tony Mario's 2018 NFL Mock Draft: 3 Rounds
Tony Mario Last Updated: September 16, 2017.
New York Jets: Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
- The Jets get a running back to replace Matt Forte and compliment Bilal Powell. Myles Gaskin was in my second round last week and is a steal in the third round.
Previous Pick: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
San Francisco 49ers: Mason Cole, C, Michigan
- San Francisco gets a center here. David Kilgore isn't the answer for the 49ers. Giving Josh Rosen a center to develop rapport with is paramount if he is going to succeed in the NFL. Mason Cole provides fantastic value early in the third round.
Previous Pick: Will Clapp, C, LSU
San Francisco 49ers: Jerome Baker, LOLB, Ohio State
- San Francisco cut Ahmad Brooks. Once Reuben Foster takes over for Bowman at middle linebacker, an opening at 4-3 left outside linebacker will be there. Baker ran a 4.37 40-time in the Spring at Ohio State and is versatile enough to play either side at outside linebacker. Baker excels in coverage as well so he may move up. Keep an eye on Baker.
Cleveland Browns: Tyrell Crosby, RT, Oregon
- Tyrell Crosby is versatile enough to play left tackle, left guard, right guard, or right tackle. He played all 4 of those positions in High School before converting to offensive tackle at Oregon. Crosby won battles versus DeMarcus Walker and Joey Bosa as a right tackle during his true freshman season at Oregon. Crosby struggled at left tackle in 2016, but he's very good as a right tackle so he appears to be the ideal player you want complimenting Joe Thomas.
Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU
- Kevin Toliver gives the Bengals a cornerback. I'm not sure either Darqueze Dennard or William Jackson III can step into a boundary role when Adam Jones leaves the Bengals. Dre Kirkpatrick and Jones are the only reliable corners on Cincinnati's roster at the moment.
Previous Pick: Nick Washington, FS, Florida
Houston Texans: Ike Boettger, LG, Iowa
- Houston finally patches up the offensive line. Ike Boettger can play offensive tackle or guard. The Texans need upgrades at both spots. For now, I'm gonna kick Boettger inside to guard until we find out if Duane Brown or Derek Newton gets released in the offseason.
Los Angeles Rams: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
- The Rams need a better backup than Sean Mannion. Jarrett Stidham is the perfect quarterback for the Rams to develop if Jared Goff doesn't take the next step by 2018.
Previous Pick: Jake Browning, QB, Washington
Washington Redskins: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
- Washington addressed their two biggest needs at left guard and free safety in the first two rounds. Now they can ignore need and take the best player on the board in Allen Lazard who has a lot of potential to develop into a #1 wide receiver.
- Terrell Pryor only signed a 1-year deal so he may not be back with Washington in 2018 since its possible that Washington won't have the cap space to bring back Kirk Cousins, Morgan Moses at right tackle, Spencer Long at center, and Terrell Pryor back at wide receiver.
- Washington will have Josh Doctson their 2016 first round pick and Allen Lazard on the outside with Jameson Crowder in the slot if they lose Pryor. That's still a pretty good receiving core if they can keep Kirk Cousins and the current starters on the offensive line.
Miami Dolphins: Nick Washington, FS, Florida
- Like Keanu Neal and Marcus Maye, Nick Washington is versatile enough to play strong safety or free safety in the NFL. He only started 6 games at Florida last season after Maye got placed on injured reserve before a season ending injury, but could surge up boards with a big season at Florida in 2017.
Previous Pick: Tyrone Crowder, RG, Clemson
New Orleans Saints: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
- The Saints get the successor to Drew Brees here. Luke Falk is the top quarterback on the board.
Arizona Cardinals: Kareem Orr, CB, Chattanooga
- Kareem Orr has the versatility to play field cornerback, boundary cornerback, nickel cornerback, strong safety, and free safety. Orr loved playing for Arizona State and the only reason he transferred to Chattanooga was to be closer to his girlfriend who is currently pregnant. You can't really criticize Orr for transferring in this situation since it speaks volumes about how high his character is.
- Arizona needs a cornerback next to Patrick Peterson. Kareem Ore played at Arizona State before transferring to Chattanooga so he's technically a local player for the Cardinals.
Previous Pick: Jester Weah, WR, Pittsburgh
Indianapolis Colts: Wyatt Teller, LG, Virginia Tech
- The Colts will draft a left guard if Jack Mewhort leaves in Free Agency. Wyatt Teller is the top left guard available.
Buffalo Bills: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
- Buffalo gets another receiver. Put a big target like Simmie Cobbs Jr. with Zay Jones and Dante Pettis in the slot and this offense will take off.
Previous Pick: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Los Angeles Chargers: Gerod Christian, RT, Louisville
- Gerod Christian is versatile enough to play left tackle or right tackle since he dominated at right tackle at Trinity Catholic High School in Florida before committing to Louisville and becoming Lamar Jackson's blindside. Christian looks a lot better as an NFL right tackle when you compare his High School tape to his College tape. Christian is inconsistent at left tackle plus he plays with a lot more intensity on the right side of the offensive line.
New York Giants: Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane
- New York needs cornerback depth and Parry Nickerson may be a good depth cornerback to add. The 6-0 175 lb cornerback dominates in zone coverage and does well in man coverage, but he lacks the strength to press wide receivers effectively. That's the biggest reason Nickerson is a third round prospect in my mind. If Nickerson can fix his press coverage, he could be a Richard Sherman type of talent at cornerback.
Carolina Panthers: Jaylon Ferguson, ROLB, Louisiana Tech
- The Panthers get Jaylon Ferguson to succeed Thomas Davis. They can start with the 6-4 255 lb Jaylon Ferguson who had 16.5 tackles for a loss and 14.5 sacks in 2016. He was a weakside defensive end at 4-3 right end at Louisiana Tech. He has the body of an outside linebacker though, plus the Panthers are stacked at defensive end. If Ferguson can add some muscle I could even see him replacing Julius Peppers too.
Buffalo Bills: Troy Fumagali, TE, Wisconsin
- Buffalo gets a tight end here. There were rumors about them getting O.J. Howard at 10 last year before they traded down with Kansas City. Even though Adam Breneman is the top ranked tight end in these tight end rankings, Fumagali had 100 receiving yards on Jamal Adams and 84 receiving yards on Malik Hooker despite missing a quarter and a half which is why he's my top ranked tight end.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
- The Jaguars took the best player on the board in Maurice Hurst. Michigan's defensive tackle is expected to have a huge game versus Florida tomorrow.
Detroit Lions: Billy Price, C, Ohio State
- Detroit Lions center Travis Swanson is a Free Agent after this season. With Matthew Stafford, Ziggy Ansah, Haloti Ngata, Tahir Whitehead, and Glover Quin all being Free Agents, Swanson's fate as a Lion is pretty much sealed unless the Lions make the playoffs.
- I know some sites have a first round grade on Ohio State interior offesnive linemen Price, but he looked even worse versus Clemson's defense at left guard than center Pat Elflein, who fell to the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Elflein told Price to go back to school and show NFL teams he could play all three positions on the interior offensive line just like he did. That's exactly what Billy Price did.
Denver Broncos: Lowell Lotulelei, NT, Utah
- The Garrett Bolles and Chukwuma Okorafor offensive tackle tandem will open things up for the running game. You also got Cameron Smith in the second round as an inside linebacker to replace Todd Davis. Now you get a nose tackle to replace Domata Peko in Lowell Lotulelei out of Utah who is the younger brother of Star Lotulelei.
Minnesota Vikings: Toby Weathersby, RT, LSU
- The Vikings get a developmental offensive tackle taht can eventually unseat Mike Remmers. Toby Weathersby may get pushed up the boards in this scenario.
Previous Pick: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Baltimore Ravens: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
- The Ravens got Derrius Guice and Mason Cole in the first two rounds by getting the top running back in our 2018 running back rankings even though I like Barkley better and they also got the top center in Mason Cole. Now Baltimore gets an underclassmen who has potent speed in Deebo Samuel.
Tennessee Titans: Tyquan Lewis, 3-4 LOLB, Ohio State
- The Titans get a pass rusher off the edge. Tyquan Lewis is the best player available at this point.
Previous Pick: Kendall Joseph, 3-4 MLB, Clemson
Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Allen, FS, Penn State
- Dallas gets Marcus Allen who is versatile enough to play strong safety or free safety. Allen is a hard hitter who is great against the run while blitzing at an elite level. He is terrible in coverage though and lacks the speed to start so Dallas grabs him to add more depth at safety.
Kansas City Chiefs: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
- Kansas City gets a 3-4 middle linebacker. Kansas City kept Derrick Johnson despite his injury last year and the Chiefs will consider a 3-4 middle linebacker here if Ramik Wilson doesn't have a breakout season in 2017.
Previous Pick: Matthew Thomas, 3-4 MLB, Florida State
Atlanta Falcons: Cole Reyes, FS, North Dakota
- Atlanta gets a free safety here. Cole Reyes is a playmaker who will generate separation.
Previous Pick: Andrew Wingard, FS, Wyoming
Seattle Seahawks: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
- Eddie Lacy can't control his weight and Thomas Rawls has trouble staying healthy. I can see Seattle taking Nick Chubb if C.J. Prosise does not win the starting running back job by the end of this season.
Previous Pick: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
Oakland Raiders: Shaun Dion Hamilton, ROLB, Alabama
- The Raiders get a second linebacker. Shaun Dion Hamilton fits the bill here.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Amari Coleman, CB, Central Michigan
- Tampa Bay gets a cornerback here. Brent Grimes is in a contract year, Vernon Hargreaves III got torched by Chris Godwin in training camp, and Tampa Bay has mediocre depth behind those guys so a cornerback at this pick makes a ton of sense.
- Amari Coleman blanketed James Washington, Kenny Golladay,, and Corey Davis on tape in 2016. He led the MAC with 15 deflections last season and is making his presence known.
Previous Pick: Kareem Orr, CB, Chattanooga
Pittsburgh Steelers: Andrew Brown, 3-4 LE, Virginia
- Pittsburgh Steelers 3-4 left end Stephon Tuitt enters a contract year. Pittsburgh will need someone else if they don't bring back Tuitt. Andrew Brown played 4-3 left end at Virginia and has the size to play in the 5-technique at 6-4 285 lbs.
Green Bay Packers: Martinas Rankin, C, Mississippi State
- Green Bay does need upgrades at both guard spots as well as center. Mississippi State left tackle Martinas Rankin took reps at center in the Spring. Since Green Bay is set at offensive tackle they can take Rankin as a center here.
Previous Pick: Derrick Nnadi, NT, Florida State
New England Patriots: Cece Jefferson, LE, Florida
- New England gets a defensive end for depth. This is a great pickup for the Patriots in the third round.
Arizona Cardinals: Adam Breneman, TE, Massachusetts
- Arizona got this compensation pick at 97 thanks to Calias Campbell signing with Jacksonville. Adam Breneman is the top ranked tight end in the tight end rankings even though I prefer Fumagali on tape. This is a solid fit for Breneman in the late third round.
Houston Texans: Kendall Joseph, 3-4 MLB, Clemson
- Houston got this compensation pick at 98 thanks to A.J. Bouye signing with Jacksonville. I feel like Bernardrick McKinney or Zach Cunningham will both struggle. Neither brings the presence and leadership Brian Cushing brings so Houston takes another inside linebacker with similar tape to Cushing in Kendall Joseph out of Clemson.
Denver Broncos: Da'Shawn Hand, 3-4 RE, Alabama
- Denver got this compensation pick at 99 thanks to Russell Okung signing with Los Angeles. They can replace Jared Crick with Da'Shawn Hand at this point in the late third round since Hand is a plug-in-play guy who can play 4-3 defensive tackle or line up in the 5-technique.
Cincinnati Bengals: Jack Cichy, ROLB, Wisconsin
- Cincinnati got this compensation pick at 100 thanks to Kevin Zeitler signing with Cleveland. Vontaze Burfict cannot avoid suspensions so I have the Bengals replacing him here.
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