2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Post-Senior Bowl
Published at 1/29/2018 9:37:39 AM
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The Browns should find a better right tackle option to push Shon Coleman who is a below average blocker who has had difficulties staying healthy. Meanwhile, an eventual heir apparent to Joe Thomas who is still playing well, but at his age it can all come apart unexpectedly. Rankin is a nice blocker with good feet and technique. However, he needs to get stronger in his base as he has tape where he regularly gets knocked on his butt.
Last Mock Pick: Desmond Harrison OT West Georgia
Let's just check off all the major needs for the Giants in this draft. They got their quarterback in the first round, their offensive lineman in the second, and now they can land their running back. Wadley is an underrated running back prospect who can catch and run with the ball very well. At least he has more size to him than their current crop and be able to handle a larger work load.
Last Mock Pick: Akrum Wadley RB Iowa
The Colts could use some more corner depth after cutting Vontae Davis and possibly losing break out star Rashaan Melvin who is a free agent. Nelson is a great cover corner with a lot of speed and quickness to keep up with the faster receivers. The issue is his inability to create turnovers and if he is able to create turnovers in the pros he could be a nice sleeper pick.
Last Mock Pick: Braden Smith OG Auburn
Finding a new tackle is an obvious need for the Texans who saw all of their quarterbacks go down over the course of the season. Parker looked good at the Senior Bowl showing good talent to keep up with higher level prospects. He should be able to push the incumbents on the roster to earn a starting spot on the roster.
Last Mock Pick: Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado
The Bucs continue to retool this defense to keep up in the high powered offenses of the NFC South. They should look into bringing in a new safety with T.J. Ward most likely leaving and J.J. Wilcox being a very below average player. Whitehead is an undersized safety that hits like a linebacker with good coverage instincts. He could be a good pair with Justin Evans last year's standout rookie.
Last Mock Pick: Ronald Jones II RB USC
The 49ers continue to improve the blocking in front of Jimmy Garoppolo by upgrading their guard unit as well. They have two first round guards on the roster in Laken Tomlinson and Joshua Garnett, but neither are good enough to have a starting spot next season. Smith is a blue collar blocker with good balance and strength to hold up on the inside.
Last Mock Pick: Duke Dawson CB Florida
The Broncos like to say they have a great defense still, but it's nowhere near as good as it was during their Super Bowl runs. They need to find a better interior defender to hold up the defense and plug up the running game. Settle is a nose tackle with good strength and speed to beat his blockers. He should be a good plug and play space eater for them clearing out room for their linebackers.
Last Mock Pick: Dalton Schultz TE Stanford
The Jets should double up on corners just like they did with safeties last year. They already nabbed a solid corner in Isaiah Oliver in the second round now Anthony Averett could be a good compliment to him. He has great technique and ability to limit separation. The issue is his smaller size and inability to create ball skills with iffy hands.
Last Mock Pick: Frank Ragnow OG/C Arkansas
The Dolphins should bring in a developmental quarterback to groom behind Ryan Tannehill. That way they do not get caught with their pants down as much if Tannehill gets hurt again and forces them to sign Jay Cutler again. Rudolph has all the tools you like to see in a quarterback form his size, arm, and mobility. The issue is the wide open offense he played in that stunted his progression reading and ability to throw anticipated passes instead of ones predicated on timing. If given some time to season he could be a nice back up to a solid starter.
Last Mock Pick: Tyrell Crosby OT Oregon
The 49ers could lose Eric Reid this off season and he seems to be miscast in their defense after they dabbled with him at linebacker. They could use a new young talent next to Jaquiski Tartt who is quietly turning into a pretty good safety in his own right. Watts is a nice instinctive safety who makes a lot of clutch plays. He just lacks top end athleticism to make him a top pick.
Last Mock Pick: Andrew Brown DT Virginia
The Raiders will be tempted to pick either Derwin James or Roquon Smith with their first pick. However, I think James is the superior prospect at a more premium position to make the case to be the pick. If that is the case they still need to find a better linebacker to replace one of their many terrible options. Leonard a small school stud flies all around the field and looked good at the Senior Bowl to be considered a top half of the draft pick.
Last Mock Pick: Malik Jefferson LB Texas
More defensive help for a team in need of it. After B.J. Raji's abrupt "hiatus" they have been missing the big nose tackle they need in the middle. Their former first rounder Kenny Clark is a bit miscast there and should move over to the five-technique. Phillips is a talented defender who is a tad over hyped since he plays a nose tackle that are normally picked lower than expected. He is a terrific run stuffer and can cause enough disruption in the middle to be an effective player at the next level.
Last Mock Pick: Marcell Frazier OLB Missouri
The Bengals have to be worried about Tyler Eifert's inability to stay healthy. Especially, with how important he is to their offense and when he is out there is no one else to take attention away from A.J. Green. Schultz is another solid all around tight end from Stanford who should be a nice compliment behind Eifert. He is a good blocker and a nice route runner to get open. Schultz should also be able to fill in the gap if Eifert goes down again.
Last Mock Pick: Simmie Cobbs Jr WR Indiana
The Redskins have to find a possible developmental quarterback to work with if they do let Kirk Cousins go. They will probably roll with coach's favorite player Colt McCoy for a bit before they realize how dumb of an idea that is. White looked solid at the Senior Bowl and has a lot of fans around the scouting community. He has good size, a solid arm, and gritty toughness to stand up in a muddy pocket. Possibly down the line he could develop into a solid starter.
Last Mock Pick: Matthew Thomas LB Florida St
The Cardinals may or may not have Larry Fitzgerald next season with him flirting with retirement again. They could also lose both John Brown and Jaron Brown this off season. Both are not great players, but do provide solid depth and experience. Gallup is a nice do it all receiver who can operate from the slot or the outside. He stood out really well during the Senior Bowl and should continue to get better as he refines his routes.
Last Mock Pick: R.J. McIntosh DT Miami
The Texans should be in the market for new talent at the corner spots. Veteran Jonathan Joseph is a soon to be free agent and at his age may need to move to safety to mask his lost step in coverage. Meanwhile, former first rounder Kevin Johnson has been injured often which has stunted his growth to becoming a top corner. Dawson is a talented corner who can make huge plays or get burned big time. If he gets coached up he could be a good value pick here.
Last Mock Pick: Martinas Rankin OT Mississippi St
Jason Witten is returning for one more year for some reason even though he is no where near as good as he once was. At this point he is a hinderance to Dak Prescott's development and is preventing him from building a report with a better option. Witten is notoriously also a terrible mentor to young tight ends stunting their growth. Thomas is a big and athletic tight end with a ton of upside. He jumped off the field at the Senior Bowl and helped himself a ton down in Mobile.
Last Mock Pick: Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St
The Lions should be in the market for a new linebacker with Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow set to be free agents. Baker is a prototypical linebacker who excels in coverage, but is extremely exposed in the run game. If he can add some more strength to his frame and add some more instinctive qualities when attacking the line it should only serve him well to become a more well rounded linebacker.
Last Mock Pick: Derrick Nnadi DT Florida St
I know I said the Ravens need to focus on offense in this draft, but sometimes you have to go back to what you know so well. They should look into bringing in another corner to push out Brandon Carr. Plus, Tavon Young has shown an inability to stay healthy and former first rounder Marlon Humphrey's is in a bit of hot water after his off field issues. Toliver is an extremely talented corner, but has not really put it all together yet. The Ravens are really good at getting the most out of their corners and could hit it out of the park with Toliver.
Last Mock Pick: D.J. Moore WR Maryland
The Chargers have gotten good play out of their two rookie linemen from last year Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney. However, their young center Spencer Pulley was a big liability. James Daniels much like his former teammate Sean Welsh have been gaining a lot of traction up draft boards. He does need to put on more weight like a lot of young blockers, but the body is there to put it on well.
Last Mock Pick: Tim Settle DT Virginia Tech
The Panthers could be losing their great guard Andrew Norwell this off season. If that happens this line needs to bring in a new blocker to keep their good play from last year rolling. Teuhema would probably be a higher pick if he had not come with some off field issues. However, he is a good player on it who is a monster in run blocking while he continues to work on his pass blocking. He should interview well enough not to fall out of the second day.
Last Mock Pick: Chad Thomas DE Miami
The Chiefs got some solid play out of Bennie Logan after letting Dontari Poe walk last off season. However, Bennie Logan was just on a one year deal and could stand to be upgraded. McIntosh is a talented defender with a lot of upside to develop into a well rounded defender. He has some good pass rushing ability and talent to be a solid disruptor with scheme versatility. I think he may turn into a good sleeper out of this class.
Last Mock Pick: Anthony Miller WR Memphis
Another new piece to a secondary that could be ravaged this off season. Both starting safeties Cody Davis and LaMarcus Joyner are soon to be free agents. So finding at least one new starter to challenge would be a smart idea. Webb is a talented and savvy safety with good range. He also has solid ball skills to take the ball away. He just needs to get bigger to hold up in the run game better and against big tight ends.
Last Mock Pick: Armani Watts S Texas A&M
The Panthers should be kicking themselves for allowing Steve Wilks to leave with how great he made their defense. With very little real talent on the edge he still made this into one of the better units in the league. They need to find new young talent to go on the edge and push out guys like Julius Peppers or Charles Johnson. Thomas is a talented and long athlete on the edge who needs to work on his technique to be a more consistent defender. He does have a ton of upside to tap into and looked solid last year to deserve to be drafted higher.
Last Mock Pick: Maea Teuhema OG Southeastern Louisiana
The Titans could use some more firepower up front and could lose their solid end DaQuan Jones this off season if he is not franchise tagged. Duke Ejiofor is a nice all around end who can his spot easily since he provides about the same type of play against the run and some pass rushing talent. If anything he is cheaper and offers some more upside.
Last Mock Pick: Duke Ejiofor
The Falcons should be in the market to upgrade their receiving core with Taylor Gabriel set to be a free agent. Plus, Mohammad Sanu was very pedestrian across from Julio Jones and should also be upgraded. Washington flashed more than just straight line speed at the Senior Bowl and could have resuscitated his draft status. He reminds me a of a smaller version of Corey Coleman with the ability to blow the top off of a defense. Across from Jones he should have a lot of opportunity to shine.
Last Mock Pick: Keke Coutee WR Texas Tech
The Saints are another NFC South squad who can use a little more fire power on the outside. With their new found run game it opened up some looks for Michael Thomas, but I think he would be even better if he had another receiver across from him to take attention away even further. Pettis has a shot to be a real difference maker with his size and speed to create separation. The issue is his iffy hands that can be a bit hit or miss.
Last Mock Pick: Riley Ferguson QB Memphis
The Steelers may be going into next season without Le'Veon Bell and will be forced to find a new option at running back. I think Ronald Jones would be a nice addition to this offense with his ability to do a little bit of everything. He can run well inside and outside of the tackles. Jones is also a solid pass catcher out of the back field.
Last Mock Pick: Royce Freeman RB Oregon
The Jags should focus a lot on their offense to help balance out their team to match their excellent defense. They have been looking for a tight end for awhile now and kicked the tires on Julius Thomas who continues to be a disappointment elsewhere. They should find a new young tight end to be a go to weapon for Bortles to make easy throws to. Goedert is a talented small school tight end who can move out wide, in the backfield, or at the end of the line.
Last Mock Pick: D.J. Chark WR LSU
The Vikings have a bunch of players at tackle headed to free agency and with very little needs elsewhere they should take a few cracks at reloading there. Nnadi is a nice tackle who can do a little bit of everything between run stuffing and pass rushing. He just does not do anything great, which has him sliding down the draft a bit. I can see him having a solid yet unassuming career as a key rotational player.
Last Mock Pick: James Hearns OLB Louisville
The Bills top receiver down the stretch last season was Deonte Thompson, which is a bad sign to be able to push into the playoffs. Kelvin Benjamin is a talented option, but he is unable to stay healthy for a whole season to be reliable. They should look to bringing in another option to grow with Zay Jones who had a very up and down rookie season. Ateman is a talented and big receiver who can develop as a solid second option.
Last Mock Pick: Rashaad Penny RB San Diego St
The Patriots have a bunch of blockers headed to free agency including their talented left tackle Nate Solder. I doubt Corbett could take over for him on the left side due to his shorter arms. However, he could be a valuable depth piece to move around on the inside. He is just the type of blocker the Patriots like to develop with his versatility and he should be able to push either Joe Thuney, Shaq Mason, or Cameron Fleming who are just all mediocre options.
Last Mock Pick: Tanner Lee QB Nebraska
The Browns should take multiple picks to solve their corner issue and hope that one turns into a stud. Campbell is a work out warrior type prospect that could stand out with his size and length. He does need to play up to his athletic talent however to be drafted sooner.
The Giants have three corners who have all caused their own different locker room disruptions to the point of being suspended. If the new coaching staff truly wants to shake things up then at least one or even two of them may be off the roster come next season. Wallace was great during the season for Alabama displaying his good length to prevent easy passes to the receivers he was going against. I love his workman like attitude and strong work ethic over his fellow more highly touted former teammates.
The Texans should continue to bring in new talent for their secondary. They currently have Ibrahiem Campbell and aging Andre Hal as their starters at safety. That is definitely not a good combination unless they retain Jonathan Joseph and move him to safety. Henderson looked great at the Senior Bowl flashing good range, tackling ability, and ball skills. He could take a big jump up in the draft off of that performance.
The Colts could use an upgrade in their linebacking unit. Guys like Jonathan Bostic and Antonio Morrison are just back ups. Jewell is a tackling machine with a lot of grit and instincts to carve out a solid job as a starter. He is a bit slower than you want in coverage, but he can get the job done. Jewell is also a quality leader and hard worker who can set the tone on defense.