2018 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Major changes.
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The order of this 2018 NFL Mock Draft is based on the real 2018 NFL Draft Order.

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  1. Cleveland Browns: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
    The Browns have gotten Josh Gordon back from his long suspension, but can they really trust him? They’ll likely have to use one of their many early picks on a receiver.

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    Pick change; previously Darius Leonard, LB

  2. 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.

  3. San Francisco 49ers: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
    The 49ers desperately need to upgrade their cornerbacks, who are among the league’s worst.

    Pick change; previously Simmie Cobbs, WR



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

    Pick change; previously Jerome Boker, LB

  5. Denver Broncos: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
    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.

    Pick change; previously Sione Tehuema, LB

  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. 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.

  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
    Robert Ayers will be a 33-year-old entering his contract season in 2018, so the Buccaneers will have to think about adding another defensive end.

    Pick change; previously J.C. Jackson, CB

  9. New York Jets: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
    It’s amazing that the Jets have been able to win five games considering their offensive line. They need some major upgrades up front, including at least one at guard.

    Pick change; previously D.J. Chark, WR



  10. Washington Redskins: Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
    Terrelle Pryor was a major free agent bust signing, but the good news for the Redskins is that they obtained him for just one year. They can try to find another No. 1 receiver this upcoming offseason.

    Pick change; previously Oren Burks, LB

  11. Miami Dolphins: Sione Tehuema, LB, Southeast Louisiana
    Miami has a poor linebacking corps that is relying on Lawrence Timmons. That obviously needs to change.

    Pick change; previously Malik Jefferson, LB

  12. 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.



  13. 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.

  14. Oakland Raiders: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
    The Raiders desperately need to improve their safety play next to Karl Joseph, if their blowout loss to the Patriots is any indication.

    Pick change; previously Maurice Hurst, DE/DT

  15. 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.




  16. Carolina Panthers: Marcell Frazier, DE/OLB, Missouri
    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.

    Pick change; previously Tyquan Lewis, DE

  17. Green Bay Packers: Jaylen Samuels, TE, N.C. State
    Martellus Bennett stole money from the Packers, so Green Bay will be searching for a new tight end this offseason.

    Pick change; previously Troy Fumagalli, TE

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

  19. Dallas Cowboys: Braden Smith, G, Auburn
    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 Will Hernandez, G

  20. 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.

  21. 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.



  22. 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.

  23. Houston Texans: Jaylen Dunlap, CB, Illinois
    The Texans lost A.J. Bouye to free agency last offseason, so here’s a replacement and a needed upgrade in the secondary.

    Pick change; previously Will Hernandez, G



  24. Carolina Panthers: Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU
    Here’s more help for Carolina’s secondary, which has seen some shaky play from its cornerbacks.

    Pick change; previously Sam Beal, CB

  25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt
    Paul Posluszny will be a 33-year-old free agent this offseason, so the Jaguars may decide to add a young linebacker in the draft.

    Pick change; previously Deon Cain, WR

  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. Los Angeles Rams: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma
    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.

    Pick change; previously Marcell Frazier, DE/OLB

  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. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
    It doesn’t seem likely that Jordan Matthews will be back next year, so the Bills will need to add another receiver to the mix.

    Pick change; previously Jaylen Samuels, TE

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

  31. Minnesota Vikings: Porter Gustin, DE/OLB, USC
    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 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE

  32. New England Patriots: Micah Kiser, ILB, Virginia
    The Patriots desperately need to address their linebacking corps, which has been an utter mess outside of Dont’a Hightower.

    Pick change; previously Jaylen Dunlap, CB





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