2018 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Round 4 added.
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  1. Cleveland Browns: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
    Jamie Collins hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far, and he’s getting paid more than $10 million in each of the next couple of seasons. The Browns could decide to go healthier and cheaper.

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  2. San Francisco 49ers: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
    The 49ers have just one viable receiver in Pierre Garcon. That definitely needs to change if Jimmy Garoppolo is to have success in San Francisco.

    Pick change; previously Sam Beal, CB

  3. New York Giants: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
    The Giants obviously need to do something about their poor offensive line. They’ve suffered countless injuries this year, but they still wouldn’t be very competitve if everyone were healthy because of their poor blocking.

    Pick change; previously Chukwuma Okorafor, OT



  4. San Francisco 49ers: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
    The 49ers traded NaVorro Bowman, so they’ll have to find a new linebacker to pair with Reuben Foster for the long term.

  5. Denver Broncos: Sione Tehuema, LB, Southeast Louisiana
    The Broncos were going to consider Haason Reddick if he fell to them in the 2017 NFL Draft, so it would make sense if they addressed their linebacker situation at this juncture. They can’t cover tight ends and pass-catching running backs.

  6. Indianapolis Colts: Cameron Smith, LB, USC
    The Colts can’t cover tight ends or pass-catching running backs because their linebackers are absolutely horrible. Something must be done about this soon.



  7. Miami Dolphins: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
    Miami has a poor linebacking corps that is relying on Lawrence Timmons. That obviously needs to change.

  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland
    Brent Grimes is slowing down, and it’s apparent that he’s not going to be on the roster much longer. The Buccaneers will need to find a long-term starter to play across from Vernon Hargreaves.

    Pick change; previously Isaiah Oliver, CB

  9. Houston Texans: Josh Sweat, DE/OLB, Florida State
    The Texans definitely need some pass-rushing depth, as they’ve missed what John Simon provided last year.



  10. New York Jets: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
    Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are gone. Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa are not viable starters, while Robby Anderson should be a No. 2 receiver. The Jets need help at the position.

    Pick change; previously Simmie Cobbs, WR

  11. Arizona Cardinals: Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
    Tackle Jared Veldheer discussed retirement last offseason, and he has certainly performed as if he’s already hung up the cleats. Veldheer is terrible and needs to be replaced. Giving Carson Palmer much better protection is essential for Arizona’s playoff aspirations next year.

    Pick change; previously Dante Pettis, WR

  12. Oakland Raiders: Maurice Hurst, DE/DT, Michigan
    As mentioned in the first round, the Raiders have a league-low total of sacks, so they’ll need to add multiple pass-rushers this upcoming offseason.

    Pick change; previously Justin Reid, S



  13. Dallas Cowboys: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
    The Cowboys’ offensive line hasn’t been nearly as good this season. Losing Ronald Leary hurt, so here’s a new left guard to help remedy the problem.

    Pick change; previously Armani Watts, S

  14. Washington Redskins: Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt
    Zach Brown has been a solid player for the Redskins, but he happens to be a free agent this offseason. He’ll need to be replaced if he departs.

    Pick change; previously Jordan Whitehead, S

  15. Green Bay Packers: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
    Martellus Bennett stole money from the Packers, so Green Bay will be searching for a new tight end this offseason.

    Pick change; previously Jordan Whitehead, S




  16. Los Angeles Chargers: Andrew Brown, DE/DT, Virginia
    The Chargers have a terrific defense, but they could stand to bolster their defensive line.

  17. Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
    Cincinnati’s defense hasn’t been the same since losing Reggie Nelson. George Iloka and Shawn Williams are OK players, but neither is the elite talent the Bengals are used to having in the back end.

    Pick change; previously Terrell Edmunds, S

  18. Carolina Panthers: Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
    Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson aren’t going to be around for much longer. Mario Addison is the only significant edge rusher on the roster right now that Carolina will have in the a couple of years, so the Panthers could go after a defensive end in the 2018 NFL Draft.

  19. Detroit Lions: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
    It’s a complete shock when Eric Ebron doesn’t drop a pass, so that’s a sign that the Lions should probably find a new tight end.

  20. Houston Texans: Braden Smith, G, Auburn
    The Texans must find the best offensive linemen possible to protect Deshaun Watson, as their franchise quarterback will be coming off a torn ACL.

  21. Baltimore Ravens: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
    Alex Collins is an average running back, but he’s nothing special. The Ravens need a new lead back.



  22. Kansas City Chiefs: Chad Thomas, DE, Miami
    Tamba Hali won’t be around much longer, so the Chiefs will have to think about finding a new edge rusher.

    Pick change; previously Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE

  23. Atlanta Falcons: Maea Teuhema, G, LSU
    Atlanta’s offensive line hasn’t been nearly as forceful this year. The right side is to blame, as Ryan Schraeder has taken a step backward because of an injury. Meanwhile, there’s a huge void at right guard, which can be addressed here.



  24. Los Angeles Rams: Marcell Frazier, DE/OLB, Missouri
    The Rams have a ferocious defensive line, but Connor Barwin is the one weak link. He was supposed to provide some veteran stability, but that hasn’t happened. Here’s a potential upgrade.

  25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
    It wouldn’t hurt for the Jaguars to give their new quarterback another downfield weapon to work with.

  26. Tennessee Titans: Derrick Nnadi, NT, Florida State
    Sylvester Williams has turned out to be a poor addition for the Titans, so they could decide that they need to find a new nose tackle.

  27. Carolina Panthers: Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan
    Here’s more help for Carolina’s secondary, which has seen some shaky play from its cornerbacks.

    Pick change; previously Mike Hughes, CB

  28. New Orleans Saints: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
    We’ve seen Coby Fleener on the Saints for two seasons now, and he has barely done anything. It’s time for New Orleans to find a better, cheaper tight end.

  29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
    Ben Roethlisberger has contemplated retirement, so the Steelers need to find their quarterback of the future.

  30. Minnesota Vikings: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma
    Brian Robison has stated that he’s going to retire after 2018, so the Vikings will need some new talent behind Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter.

    Pick change; previously Porter Gustin, DE

  31. New England Patriots: Jaylen Dunlap, CB, Illinois
    There were rumors that Malcolm Butler would be traded last offseason. If he’s dealt this spring, the Patriots will need another cornerback.

    Pick change; previously Kevin Toliver, CB

  32. Buffalo Bills: Jaylen Samuels, TE, N.C. State
    Given Charles Clay’s injury history, the Bills may want to think about adding another tight end.





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