2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Post-Senior Bowl
Published at 1/29/2018 9:37:39 AM
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The Bears could be looking for a new edge rusher come draft day if they decide to move on from the group of Lamar Houston, Willie Young, and Pernell McPhee. All take up cap space and have not really provided the impact an up and coming team looks for. Frazier may slide due to lack of production during his last year at Mizzou, but that is due to the coaching staff not putting him in places to succeed. He could really blossom under coach Vic Fangio.
The Broncos have mentioned dabbling with trading Aqib Talib this off season. Makes sense as he is aging and is a known headache on and off the field. Hence why he is on his third team even as a great player. Brown is a talented corner, but he takes way to many gambles for a coaching staff to trust him. If he can real that style of play in he could be a good value pick here.
The Jets offensive line actually played very well last year, but they should continue to try to get better. They could use new blood on the interior to balance out their solid tackles. Clapp has the frame and run blocking ability to play right away. However, his pass blocking needs work to make him not a liability in that facet. He should continue to develop into a solid starter.
Doug Martin is clearly not in the plans for this team going forward. The depth behind him is not much better either especially in terms of staying healthy. Rashaad Penny is a better pro back than his predecessor Donnel Pumphrey. However, he still lacks dynamic quickness as a one-cut style back. He reminds me of Arian Foster and should be able to be a solid starter in the NFL.
Shane Ray has always been a bit over hyped in my opinion. He is an undersized pass rusher with one move, which is his speed and now has some injury concerns moving forward. Shaq Barrett is a nice back up, but could leave via free agency this off season. Hearns is a talented pass rusher with a lot of upside to develop into a quality starter.
The Raiders had a really problem catching passes for Derek Carr this past season. Both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper also struggled to stay on the field for him. Anthony Miller may not replace them on the outside, but he should provide a reliable chain mover in the slot for Carr to throw to in crisis.
The Dolphins should bring in some more defensive line talent to help out. Cam Wake will eventually start play worst at his age and they could lose William Hayes this off season. Plus, I think Ndamukong Suh is one of the most over rated players in the league. Lewis is a versatile lineman who practiced at tackle at the Senior Bowl and looked solid there. He should be a nice versatile pick for them.
The Bengals could also use some more defensive line juice. Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins get the job done at a high level, but their teammates elsewhere have not really contributed much. Green is another versatile defensive lineman who was a tackle at USC, but at his size will probably be better on the edge. Either way he is an intelligent and hard worker who could be a nice player both on the field and locker room.
Jordan Reed is another tight end who is a key piece to his offense, but just cannot stay healthy. At this point, the Redskins need to bring in a guy who can push him and fill the gap if he misses time again. Gesicki is a talented and big move tight end who should be a valuable red zone weapon at least. His athletic upside is a tad limited however, in terms of speed and athleticism.
The Packers should make an effort to resign Morgan Burnett their solid veteran safety, but this team is not known to keep it's talent often. Josh Jones had some bright spots as a rookie, but he is still very limited in coverage. Bringing in a developmental safety like Neal who has versatility and experience at corner would be a smart move.
The Bears could lose any combination or all three of their starting corners this off season. So drafting at least one or two new corners would be a smart idea to fill in the depth. Stewart stood out very well at the Senior Bowl flashing good instincts and coverage skills. He is a nice fit to take the nickel back spot if they fail to resign Bryce Callahan.
The linebacking core of the Cowboys is pretty much Sean Lee and no one else. It could take a big hit even further if they let Anthony Hitchens walk this off season. Scales is a nice tackling machine and good at attacking the line stuffing the run. He is a little stiff in coverage, but he should be able to be a solid back up and special teamer to start his career.
More defensive line help for the Lions who need to give their talented secondary more help. Brown is a bit of a tweener type player who can play inside or outside on the line with good speed. The issue is his effort that has been known to be a bit lacking and he should be better with his skill set. He could turn into a nice sleeper pick here.
Alex Collins has played well down the stretch for the Ravens, but I would not bank on sustained success like they did with Terrence West after a similar run the year prior. There is a reason Collins has bounced around a bit so far. Freeman is a nice big back with good speed and ability to shake off defenders. If he can display good hands at the Combine he could end up going higher.
Doubling up on interior tackles for their new 4-3 front is a wise move by a team with an otherwise solid roster. Jones had a great week at the Senior Bowl helping his stock out a lot much like his teammate next to him B.J. Hill. Jones is a little big quicker on the inside than his teammate and could be a good pairing with first rounder Da'Ron Payne in this draft scenario.
The Seahawks should look into bringing in new developmental offensive linemen with their limited number of picks in this draft. Okorafor was once a hot name leading up to the season among scouts until he put together some up and down tape. The talent is there for him to turn into a solid blocker, but he needs to put on more strength to be more consistent.
The Bills should bring in a few new tackles after trading Marcell Dareus and now they could possibly lose veteran Kyle Williams this off season. Hill the aforementioned teammate of Justin Jones is another hot name from the Wolfpack defensive line. He is more of the nose tackle run stuffer than Jones who was the better pass rusher. Both should contribute at the pro level.
The Chiefs were able to get away with a lack luster receiving core thanks to Alex Smith's ability to operate well within a system. However, Pat Mahomes has a much more live arm and should be unleashed with a better bevy of pass catchers. Coutee is a smaller receiver who runs crisp routes and has sure hands. He should fit well in the Chief's West Coast system.
With so many picks and a history of failing at the quarterback position I do not think it would be a bad idea to take another crack at it in the same draft. Even if they do land Kirk Cousins it would be wise to have a quality back up with their bad luck. I know they have Kizer, but he may be broken after a season like that. Litton has some nice skill and upside to develop into an eventual starter.
The Rams hit it big with the pick up of Andrew Whitworth, but at his age he will start declining before he gets any better. They could also use a better right tackle to pair with him. Parris has good size and athleticism to develop into a quality swing tackle at the very least. He has a lot of upside and should at the very least be a late round pick to compete for a roster spot.
The Titans could use some more talent at corner with how poor their secondary played last season. Facyson was once a solid prospect before injuries derailed his career a bit. He has great size and length that could make him a quality outside corner. If he can stay healthy at the next level he could be a nice sleeper.
The Falcons during their Super Bowl run had a talented and stable line the whole season. This past year was a different situation with their guards having up and down seasons. Ragnow is was an iron man before he suffered his first injury this past season. He is a quality all around blocker who has good versatility to be a nice depth option.
The Saints should be bowing down to Drew Brees and his good nature of resigning with them this off season for at least one more season. If not they could be caught with their pants down with no actual succession plans if he were to leave. They should draft a developmental quarterback like Ferguson to work behind Brees and hope he can turn into the future for them at the position. At the very least be a nice place holder until they find something better.
The 49ers played themselves out of a chance of selection Saquon Barley in the first round. They already drafted a few backs last year, but none of them really stood out. Scarborough has nice upside as a late round back with his size, speed, and power combination to make him a nightmare to take down. He does need to work on his vision to get through the holes in the line with more efficiency and to play to his size as a power back.
The Jags could lose their veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny this off season, but was going to be needed to be upgraded sooner than later anyways. Nwosu may get more credit than he deserves playing at USC, but he should be a quality late round pick to develop. His smaller size is a bit of a hindrance, but he should be able to be a nice coverage linebacker to stick with guys out of the slot.
The Dolphins are more than likely going to lose Jarvis Landry this off season and will force them to go out finding a new receiver. Especially, since Devante Parker shows up to play when he wants to. Under Adam Gase they seem to value size from his days at Chicago and Denver. No one is more perfect than Jaleel Scott here with his 6'6" frame that can tower on the outside.
Hal Vaitai has done an admiral job out at left tackle after Jason Peters' injury, but they should draft another depth option to groom behind them. Especially, if they decide to move on from Peters' at his age and move Lane Johnson to left tackle. Cappa is a nasty blocker who stood out at the Senior Bowl and deserves to be a mid round pick to develop into a starter.
Another future pick here with Malcolm Jenkins getting older and eventually will start to decline. Allen is a solid all around safety much like another former Nittany Lion Adrian Amos. He should be a solid starter with special teams upside and at least be a quality back up to start his career. With a team with a solid all around roster can use a pick like this to help develop players as their good ones leave via free agency.