In speaking to a reliable source, they believe the Titans are targeting outside linebacker, inside linebacker, and defensive line - in that order - for this pick. They felt that Rashaan Evans, Harold Landry, and Sam Hubbard could be the finalists for this pick. This source told me to lock in Marcus Mariota many months before the 2015 NFL Draft. They told me the organization loved Jack Conklin in 2016, and last year, they said to mock a receiver at No. 5 and Adoree' Jackson at No. 18. <br> <br>
Therefore, I'm going to listen to this source even though some other teams have told me they have Hubbard and Landry graded as second-rounders. I think Titans general manager Jon Robinson also would value an inside linebacker later in the draft, as he was part of Tampa Bay landing Kwon Alexander in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo are aging while nearing the end of their contracts, plus Hubbard or Landry are a good fits for Mike Vrabel's scheme as well. Hubbard is bigger and a better run defender than Landry. Thus, I think he's the safer pick, and that is also the direction Robinson leans. <br> <br>
Hubbard totaled 43 tackles, seven sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles in 2017. In 2016, he collected 46 tackles with eight for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes batted. While rotating into the game as a sophomore, Hubbard showed his potential with 6.5 sacks. He also had 28 tackles with an interception that season. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder has a great skill set, but never produced up to it. Hubbard possesses a serious combination of size, speed, and athletic ability that should help him to rise during the pre-draft workouts, however. Some team sources feel that Hubbard was an underachiever and should have turned in a lot more production over his collegiate career.
I think the Colts could trade down with the Bills or Cardinals, adding to their stockpile of picks. If Indianapolis doesn't move down, Ward makes a lot of sense to reunite with Malik Hooker. The Colts need a No. 1 cover corner to go with Quincy Wilson. A secondary of Ward, Wilson, Hooker and Matthias Farley could be a talented young group that might finally fix the Colts' pass-coverage issues. <br> <br>
Some team sources are very high on Ward (5-10, 183) and think he is one of the best defensive prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. The one concern shared across the league is Ward's height, and he checked in just below 5-foot-11 at the combine. For the NFL, Ward has good speed, athleticism, ball skills, and quick feet to run the route to prevent separation. He times his reaches well and shows nice instincts to play the eyes and hands of receivers. To go along with his cover skills, Ward is generally a disciplined player and is not a gambler. Ward looks like a future starter and could have No. 1-corner potential in the NFL if he can overcome his size limitations. <br> <br>
Ward recorded 37 tackles with 15 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2017. While primarily a backup in 2016, Ward totaled 23 tackles with nice passes broken up.
The Eagles grab a play-making receiver for Carson Wentz. <br> <br>
In 2017, Campbell has 29 receptions for 410 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 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 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.
I know the Falcons would love it if Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan were an option at this pick, but he could easily be gone by the time they are on the clock. Atlanta needs an upgrade at guard, and Price is a good scheme fit. He could be a plug-and-play starter for the Falcons to help get their offense back to where it was during their Super Bowl season. <br> <br>
Price (6-4, 305) impressed NFL evaluators, both with his work in fall training camp and in the games of the 2017 season. They say that Price plays within himself. They like his awareness and call him an above-average athlete. He isn't overly fast or twitchy like the Pouncey brothers, but Price has movement skills and is better than average in space. The sources also like that Price handles big nose tackles well, which can be difficult for centers and is a hard-to-find talent. As a result of his well-balanced play, Price is being viewed as a prospect who could go in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. One team source thought that if Josh Garnett and Laken Tomlinson were worthy of first-round picks, then Price could be as well because they feel Price is a better prospect than either Garnett or Tomlinson. Teams are projecting Price to be a starting center in the NFL, but he also has the flexibility to play guard. Price tore a pectoral muscle while bench pressing at the combine, but that shouldn't impact his NFL career once he works his way back onto the field.
The Patriots have Alan Branch and Malcom Brown on the interior of their defensive line, but Branch turns 33 this season and Brown is entering the later years of his contact. Even if Brown is extended, New England could use a tackle to pair with him considering Branch's age. <br> <br>
Jones (6-3, 295) is a redshirt sophomore who could break out in 2017. He earned a starting job as a redshirt freshman in 2016 and totaled 52 tackles. Sources say that Jones has a first-round skill set.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/30): Myles Garrett, DE </i>
The Saints could use more edge-rushing talent to team with Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins. <br> <br>
I'm not convinced that Lewis is this high of a prospect, but we have a long way to go before the 2018 NFL Draft and other edge rushers will emerge. In 2016 after three games, Lewis has seven tackles and one sack. He made an impact in his first season as a starter with 54 tackles, 14 for a loss and eight sacks. The 6-foot-4, 266-pounder has a lot of talent to build on as a junior. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB </i> </u>