2018 NFL Mock Draft - Charlie Campbell

Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Round 3 added.
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33. Cleveland Browns: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida

The Browns could use more cornerback talent, and they could have a good one slip to them on Day 2.

Hughes started out his collegiate career at North Carolina before transferring to Central Florida. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has impressed some evaluators with his coverage skills, and he has been a big part of the Knights putting together a 9-0 record. Hughes has four interceptions with a forced fumble thus far in 2017.

Some teams have given Hughes a second-round grade. Others that aren't as high on him felt he should go back to Central Florida for 2018 to improve before going pro, but they also acknowledged that corners are in demand and go quickly in the draft, so they see the second round as possible for him if he enters the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 1 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 39  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 64  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 65

34. New England Patriots: J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland

The Patriots could lose Malcolm Butler in free agency, and Stephon Gilmore has been a disappointment for them. Here's more cornerback talent for New England.

While he comes with serious off-the-field concerns, sources have raved about the talent and skill set with Jackson. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Jackson has excellent athleticism to go along with speed and good size. This season, Jackson has 35 tackles with four passes broken up and three interceptions. In 2016, he totaled 40 tackles with six breakups and a pick.

Jackson was kicked out of the Florida Gators program in 2015 following an armed robbery - for which he was ultimately acquitted. There was also another incident in late 2014 during which Jackson was shot at - with a bullet grazing his eye lid - and a companion of his getting shot in the face. The off-the-field issues are going to be vetted heavily, but Jackson has the physical talent to be an early-round pick for the NFL.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 31  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 63  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 95

35. New York Giants: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

Unless the Giants fix their offensive line in free agency, they're going to need more talent up front.

Brown (6-8, 360) is a massive blocker who has been a physical blocker for the Sooners. He opened a lot of holes for Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine in 2016. Brown has done the same for others as a starter over the past few seasons. Brown uses his strength and physicality to toss a lot of defenders to the ground as he can be a flat-out bully on the field. However, he needs to improve his pass protection for the NFL. Some team sources say they don't see Brown as a first-rounder; they think he will be a second-round pick and a starting right tackle at the next level. He also could be a big guard, but his height is less than ideal for throwing lanes on the inside.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 3  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 67

36. Indianapolis Colts: Jaylen Samuels, FB, N.C. State

The Colts grab more offensive line talent to protect Andrew Luck.

Samuels has 61 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. On the ground, he is averaging 4.9 yards per carry for 284 yards and nine touchdowns.

For the NFL, the 5-foot-11, 223-pounder is a unique prospect. He is listed as a tight end, plays some H-back, and also gets split out wide. In speaking with scouts, they like Samuels, and some feel that his best fit would come as a third-down running back. They think Samuels has really good hands, is a nice receiver, and could also run the ball as a tailback. Samuels could be tried as a fullback as well.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 68

37. Denver Broncos: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Jamaal Charles is a short-term solution for a back to pair with C.J. Anderson. Here's another ball-carrier to go with Anderson.

Harris has been superb for Alabama this season. He has shown the speed to break off long runs, but also has been physical, showing the ability to run through tackles and pick up yards after contact. Harris also has some blocking and receiving ability for the passing game. In 2017, he has averaged 8.4 yards per carry for 823 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also has six receptions for 46 yards. Sources have told me that they are grading the 5-foot-11, 221-pound Harris in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft and compare him to Doug Martin.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 6  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 74

38. Los Angeles Chargers: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

The Chargers could use more interior talent on their defensive line for Gus Bradley's defense. Here's a speedy three-technique.

Hurst has 47 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass broken up in 2017. As a sophomore in 2015, he had 35 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. Hurst improved as a junior with 34 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble.

The 6-foot-2, 282-pounder is a quick defender at the point of attack who can cause a lot of disruption. If Hurst were a few inches taller with more length, he would likely be a high pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Hurst could play end or tackle in the NFL, but his best fit likely would be in a 4-3 defense that plays him at end on rush downs and moves him inside for passing situations.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 7  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 69

39. Cleveland Browns: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

The Browns could use more backfield talent and have Isaiah Crowell is entering free agency.

Guice is averaging 5.7 yards per carry in 2017, totaling 929 yards with nine touchdowns so far. He has 11 catches for 71 yards as well, but LSU doesn't really use its backs in the passing game. For a lot of this season, Guice has been slowed down by a knee injury.

With Leonard Fournette in and out of the lineup with an ankle injury in 2016, Guice (5-11, 212) took advantage of a larger than expected workload to have a breakout season. As a sophomore, he averaged 7.6 yards per carry for 1,387 yards with 15 touchdowns. Guice had nine receptions for 106 yards as well. He put together some massive games that season with 252 yards versus Arkansas and 285 yards rushing against Texas A&M.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 1 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 64  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 65

40. Chicago Bears: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana

The Bears could use more receiving talent for Mitch Trubisky.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Cobbs is a physical force as a receiver. He has mismatch size to go with good quickness, route-running, solid hands, body control, and the ability to win 50-50 passes. In 2017, Cobbs has 63 receptions for 716 yards with seven touchdowns. He missed the 2016 season with an ankle injury. Cobbs averaged 17.3 yards per reception in 2015 while totaling 60 receptions for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 9

41. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

The Bucs could use more young cornerback talent.

Alexander missed four games early in the 2017 season with a knee injury he suffered in the season opener and then dealt with a broken hand. The first injury cost him almost five games and the second took him out of two more. When Alexander has been on the field this season, he has covered well, totaling nine tackles. Alexander (5-11, 188) was very good for Louisville in 2016. He had 39 tackles with nine passes broken up and five interceptions. Alexander also is a dangerous punt returner. There is a lot of upside for him to develop.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 72

42. Cincinnati Bengals: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

The Bengals could use interior offensive line upgrades along with more talent at tackle.

Jones (6-5, 310) is a smooth player who is balanced as a run blocker and pass protector. He is not a twitchy athlete who is especially powerful or heavy-handed, so he isn't a first-round talent. Still, Jones has been a solid blind-side protector for the Buckeyes throughout his time with Ohio State. He allowed a sack in the 2017 season opener against Indiana, but he's been dependable for Ohio State. Jones also should have the flexibility for the NFL to move over to right tackle or guard if necessary.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 73

43. New York Jets: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

Morris Claiborne will be a free agent after this season, and the Jets could use more long-term corners.

Sources say Jackson (5-11, 175) is extremely fast, so he will be a good matchup corner to line up against speed receivers. Jackson is athletic to run the route and prevent separation, but he is a gambler and could stand to play with more discipline for the pros. Scouts tell me that Jackson is talented, but has a ton of discipline issues to work on, and that might include some hard lessons versus pro receivers. Thus, the playing discipline and size could push him into the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft even though he has great speed and serious coverage skills. Jackson is a track star and is expected to run an eye-popping 40 time that could push him higher.

Jackson has 31 tackles with seven passes broken up this season. As a sophomore, he recorded 39 tackles with eight breakups and two interceptions.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 54  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 75

44. Arizona Cardinals: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

The Cardinals could use a tight end upgrade, and this is a good value pick.

Hurst has 35 receptions for 480 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. He also has rushed for a touchdown. Team sources have raved about Hurst and think that he has a first-round skill set. They say he might slip to the second day of the 2018 NFL Draft, but they love the physical talent of the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder.

Sources say they hear Hurst will skip his senior year to enter the 2018 NFL Draft because he is a bit older at 24 years old. Hurst played professional baseball in the minor leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization out of high school. Because of his delayed start in football, sources say that Hurst is still raw as a route-runner and blocker. However, he has a great skill set with upside to improve quickly once he is taught some technique.

In 2016, Hurst had 48 receptions for 616 yards with one touchdown. A lack of production from not many opportunities is another factor that could force him down.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 13  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 80

45. Oakland Raiders: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

The Raiders could use more interior talent for the middle of their defense.

Bryan (6-4, 295) has been enjoying a breakout 2017 with 33 tackles with four tackles for a loss and three sacks. He had a dominant game against Texas A&M. In speaking with some scouting sources, Bryan has drawn comparisons to Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe. Some announcers have compared 6-foot-4, 295-pounder Bryan to J.J. Watt, and in terms of style of play, Bryan is reminiscent of Watt.

Bryan has a tremendous get-off with serious explosion off the snap. He also has developed strength with active hands to shed blocks. Given his length, Bryan can play end or tackle, plus be an ideal candidate for five-technique.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 14  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 76

46. Washington Redskins: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Washington signed Terrelle Pryor to a 1-year deal, and he hasn't impressed for the Redskins. Here's more receiver talent.

In 2017, Campbell has 32 receptions for 459 yards and two touchdowns. He made only 13 receptions for 121 yards in 2016, but sources from multiple teams told me that Campbell has big-time ability and that they believe he could break out if Ohio State would commit to getting him the ball. The passing limitations of J.T. Barrett have been holding Campbell and other Ohio State's wideouts back. Those sources also think Campbell has No. 1 receiver talent for the NFL. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder is well put together with the explosive speed to take any catch the distance.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 15  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 77

47. Miami Dolphins: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

The Dolphins could use a linebacker to replace Lawrence Timmons.

In 2017, Freeman is averaging 5.9 yards per carry for 1,218 yards with 10 touchdowns. The senior has 12 receptions for 144 yards as well. A thickly built back who has some quickness and athleticism, Freeman has served as the bell-cow back for the Ducks the past few seasons. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry in 2016 for 945 yards with nine touchdowns. As a junior, he had 23 catches for 144 yards as well.

Freeman impressed as a freshman by averaging 5.4 yards per carry for 1,365 yards with 18 touchdowns while also picking up 16 receptions for 158 yards and a score. He was even better as a sophomore, averaging 6.5 yards per carry for 1,836 yards with 17 touchdowns. Freeman added 26 receptions for 348 yards and two scores as well.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 16  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 78

48. Baltimore Ravens: Billy Price, OG, Ohio State

The Ravens could use more interior offensive line talent.

Price (6-4, 315) broke into the starting lineup in 2014, and his play has steadily improved over time. In the ground game, he has helped open a lot of holes while becoming more reliable in pass protection. Price has versatile size and athleticism with the ability to play guard or center in the NFL.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 12  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 79

49. Detroit Lions: Andrew Brown, DT, Virginia

The Lions could use more interior defensive line talent and take this an inside pass-rusher.

Brown has 31 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2017. Last season, he was at his best playing inside as a three-technique working to get upfield. Brown totaled six sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and 38 tackles in 2016.

Entering the 2017 season, scouting sources said that Brown has a first-round skill set, but they had concerns about his dedication to football and why he played so little as a freshman and sophomore when he was clearly more talented than the players ahead of him.

Brown is a great athlete with excellent speed to fire past linemen. He can be a real threat at the point of attack to knife into the backfield. Brown could use more strength and improvement at holding his gap when runs come at him.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder could be a base end in a 4-3 who moves inside in passing situations. He also could be a three-technique defensive tackle full time, and adding weight for that role would make sense. The senior has the length to be a five-technique in a 3-4 as well.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 18  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 84

50. Green Bay Packers: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

The Packers could use some young receiver talent. Davante Adams is nearing the end of his contract, Jordy Nelson is aging, and Randall Cobb hasn't been as dynamic in recent seasons.

Kirk has 46 catches for 575 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. He also has produced some big kick and punt returns. Kirk is seeing a lot of double coverage his direction, and quarterback Kelly Mond has struggled to get Kirk the ball. As a result, some teams are down on Kirk. A few teams said they had him graded as a 2/3- - second- to third-rounder. One team said they had him as late in the first round, but another said Round 3.

Kirk played well in 2016 despite inconsistent quarterback play from the Aggies. He had 83 receptions for 928 yards with nine touchdowns while splitting targets with wideouts like Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones. Kirk is a quick, explosive play-maker. Multiple scouting sources have compared Kirk to Sterling Shepard and Jarvis Landry.

Kirk (5-11, 200) had an outstanding freshman debut for Texas A&M and earned playing time over more veteran receivers who had previously produced for the Aggies. In 2015, Kirk caught 80 passes for 1,009 yards with seven touchdowns. He averaged only 19.3 yards per kick return, but averaged 24.4 yards per punt returns and took two for touchdowns.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 19  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 81

51. Atlanta Falcons: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech

Atlanta grabs a free safety to pair with Keanu Neal.

Edmunds hasn't gotten as much attention as his brother Tremaine Edmunds, but NFL sources have told WalterFootball.com that Terrell Edmunds has really impressed them as well. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has good size to be an NFL safety and has shown coverage skills the past few seasons. Edmunds has played well in 2017 with 59 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up. As a sophomore, he totaled 89 tackles, four interceptions and three passes broken up. Sources say they see Terrell Edmunds grading out as a second-day prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 20  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 82

52. Dallas Cowboys: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

The Cowboys' offensive line hasn't been the same this year. Here's a guard upgrade to replace Ronald Leary.

Hernandez (6-3, 330) is shorter and lacks length compared to a lot of starting guards in the NFL, but he makes up for it with strength. He is strong at the point of attack with a heavy base to help him get movement at the point of attack. Impressing at an all-star game will be important for Hernandez.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 83

53. Buffalo Bills: Isaiah Wynn, OT, Georgia

The Bills could use more youth on the offensive line. Richie Incognito is aging, while Cordy Glenn may not be in the team's long-term plans. Here's a versatile blocker who could help Buffalo somewhere and at the very least replace Incognito.

Wynn (6-2, 302) has impressed scouts this season as he has been an excellent run blocker for the Bulldogs. Wynn blocks with aggression and has a temperament that is hard to find in college blockers. In pass protection, Wynn has been very dependable as well.

Because Wynn is shorter and doesn't have ideal length, some sources think that he could move to guard or center in the NFL. Wynn started at left guard in 2016, but scouts think he is athletic enough to also play center. Wynn's size and skill set has drawn comparisons to Kelvin Beachum, who is undersized but has managed to carve out a career at left tackle in the NFL.

Click links to see the Bills' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 21  |  Rd: 1 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 60  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 96

54. New York Jets: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

This was the Seahawks' second-rounder dealt to New York for Sheldon Richardson. The Jets can't count on Matt Forte at this point in his career. Here's a long-term backfield weapon.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Michel is averaging 7.4 yards per carry in 2017 for 731 yards with nine touchdowns. He would be a three-down starter at most schools, but Georgia has a huge stable of backs whom the coaches spread carries to. Team sources have told WalterFootball.com that Michel has a lot of fans in the scouting community and is receiving second-day grades. Some even prefer him over Nick Chubb because Michel has done more in the passing game as a receiver and blocker during his collegiate career. Michel has starting potential for the NFL with speed, strength and versatility.

Michel played well in 2016 while serving as the backup to Nick Chubb. On the season, Michel took 152 carries for 840 yards - 5.3-yard average - and four touchdowns. He also had 22 receptions for 149 yards.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 43  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 75

55. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

The Jaguars could use a young tight end. Marcedes Lewis is aging, and Julius Thomas was traded away.

In 2017, Andrews has 43 receptions for 745 yards with four touchdowns. He totaled 31 receptions for 489 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 after making 19 catches for 318 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is receiving threat as a tight end with good athleticism, route-running, quickness and hands. Andrews might be the top receiving tight end for the 2018 NFL Draft. He could end up being a prospect similar to Hunter Henry or Austin Hooper.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 22  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 86

56. Carolina Panthers: Marcell Frazier, DE, Missouri

The Panthers grab an understudy for Julius Peppers.

Missouri has been a factory for NFL defensive line talent in recent years, and Frazier could be the Tigers' model for the 2018 NFL Draft. Frazier has recorded 26 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two passes broken up and a forced fumble thus far in 2017. With Charles Harris on the other side, Frazier was able to do some damage as a junior. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder came on strong at the end of the 2016 season. On the year, he notched 7.5 sacks with 33 tackles. He had two sacks as a backup in 2015.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 24  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 85  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 88

57. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State

Kansas City could use a young replacement for Tamba Hali.

Sweat has 49 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss and three passes batted on the season. The junior has a lot of talent and was starting to flash as a sophomore in 2016. He totaled seven sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 41 tackles and one forced fumble last year.

Sources say the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder has a first-round skill set, but teams have major concerns about baggage around a knee injury. Florida State has tried a variety of methods to treat the lingering knee issue, which happened during Sweat's senior year of high school, but the injury hasn't healed and he has instability in a few areas. He labors through the knee issue and hopes to play as long as possible. Thus, sources say that Sweat is planning on entering the 2018 NFL Draft to play to maximize his career. He could be a one-contract player as a pro.

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Rd: 3 Pk: 90

58. Tennessee Titans: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

The Titans could use another corner to go with Adoree' Jackson and Logan Ryan.

Jackson (6-1, 192) has been enjoying an excellent season as a dangerous ballhawk for the Hawkeyes. He put an exclamation point on the year with a three-interception game against Ohio State. In 2017, Jackson has 39 tackles with 16 passes broken up and seven interceptions. He has a good size for the NFL with length and athleticism, but his timed speed will be important. The Iowa coaching staff wanted Jackson to turn more tips and batted passes into interceptions, and he responded by doing that against Ohio State with his three picks.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 25  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 89

59. Minnesota Vikings: Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia

The Vikings could use some defensive line youth given the uncertain future of Sharrif Floyd, plus Brian Robison saying he is likely to retire after 2018.

Thompson has totaled 26 tackles with three for a loss thus far in 2017, but he has also missed multiple games with a knee injury. Thompson was a tough defender for Georgia in 2016, recording 56 tackles with 9.5 for a loss and five sacks. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder could have produced more, but was part of a rotation.

Thompson could fit well as a 3-4 defensive end or as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. Scouting sources have said that Thompson has a first-round skill set, but he is inconsistent and doesn't play up to his potential. Thompson is very fast at the point of attack with the potential to be an interior pass-rusher in the NFL.

Click links to see the Vikings' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 28  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 92

60. Buffalo Bills: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington

Buffalo grabs another offensive threat. The team could use another receiver to go with Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones.

Pettis (6-1, 185) has been excellent in 2017 with 54 receptions for 612 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has three punt return touchdowns this season, for nine in his career. That success means Pettis surpassed DeSean Jackson to be the Pac-12's all-time leader in punt returns for a touchdown. Sources say that Pettis is a smooth receiver who is fluid, fast, quick-handed, and elusive after the catch. One scout said that Pettis reminds him of Isaac Bruce.

Pettis was the Huskies' No. 2 receiver to John Ross in 2016 and was a solid contributor. Pettis totaled 53 receptions for 822 yards with 15 touchdowns for Washington.

Click links to see the Bills' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 21  |  Rd: 1 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 53  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 96

61. San Francisco 49ers: Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest

The 49ers could use more edge-rushing talent as Elvis Dumervil is not a long-term answer.

In 2017, Ejiofor has 36 tackles with 14.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted. He put together a big 2016 season with 10.5 sacks, 17 tackles for a loss, 50 tackles, four passes batted, two forced fumbles and an interception. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder could be a solid base end in a 4-3 defense.

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Rd: 1 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 66  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 71

62. Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Jefferson, ILB, Texas

The Steelers could use an inside linebacker to replace Lawrence Timmons.

Jefferson has 93 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss and four sacks in 2017. He's played his best and is playing hard for Texas this season. In 2016, he recorded 59 tackles with 5.5 sacks and three passes broken up. Jefferson (6-3, 238) was highly recruited and showed why as a freshman contributor for the Longhorns. He totaled 61 tackles with seven for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one forced fumble. Jefferson was a bigger presence than the stats illustrate.

The junior possesses a nice combination of size and speed, plus a ton of athletic upside. However, some sources have said they've heard that Jefferson doesn't love football. They say that can be seen in his work ethic, preparation and lack of production. Jefferson was supposedly unhappy with how he was used by the last staff and that led to that perception, but either side of the argument brings concerns for NFL evaluators.

Click links to see the Steelers' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 29  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 93

63. New England Patriots: Porter Gustin, DE, USC

The Patriots could use more edge-rushing talent.

Gustin has 16 tackles with three sacks across four games in 2017. He is dealing with a toe injury, biceps tear and has missed seven games thus far in 2017.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder is probably more of a defensive end, and he showed some edge skills as a freshman and sophomore. In 2015, he totaled 5.5 sacks, plus chipped in 25 tackles with 6.5 for a loss. It was an impressive season from a freshman, and he was only a rotational player with two starts. As a sophomore, Gustin had 68 tackles with 5.5 sacks and four passes batted. He started at outside linebacker and could be a good fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

Click links to see the Patriots' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 31  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 34  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 95

64. Cleveland Browns: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State

The Browns could use an upgrade at right tackle and now have to start thinking of replacing Joe Thomas.

The 6-foot-5, 307-pound Rankin had a quality 2016 season as a run blocker and pass protector for Mississippi State. He received a second-round estimation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Rankin is playing well at left tackle this season, but he needs to get stronger for the NFL. In Week 3, he had some wins and losses against LSU's Arden Key, but Rankin has been steady on the blind side this year. He is quick, athletic, and has a good build, but he has up his strength. Rankin gets knocked on the ground too much and will get pushed around in the NFL.

Team sources are comparing Rankin to Troy's Antonio Garcia, a third-round pick of the Patriots last year, and think that Rankin could go in the same range. They say that Rankin is a great kid, so they think he will work hard to become a more complete player as a pro.

Click links to see the Browns' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 1 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 39  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 65

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