Last update: Friday, April 27, 2018.
This is a 2018 NFL Mock Re-Draft of Rounds 2 and 3 for Friday evening's NFL Draft coverage. With all of the trades that will go down, I don't expect to get many of these right (I nailed seven in my Re-Draft Round 2 in 2012, five in my Re-Draft Rounds 2-3 in 2014 and 2015, six in my Re-Draft Rounds 2-3 in 2016), but it's still fun to speculate where the top prospects will go on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Baltimore Ravens: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The offensive line must be upgraded, and Orlando Brown would start immediately at right tackle, which was a big problem area for Baltimore. Brown, despite struggling at the combine, would continue the legacy of his late, great father, who was a dominant presence for Baltimore in the late 90s.
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New York Giants: Josh Sweat, DE/OLB, Florida State
Bradley Chubb has been discussed as an option for the Giants at No. 2 overall. Perhaps they'd take Chubb if the Browns did the sensible thing. However, that's not likely to happen, and the Giants can just obtain a talented edge rusher atop the second or third frame anyway. New York needs one in the wake of Jason Pierre-Paul's departure.
Indianapolis Colts: Will Richardson, OT, N.C. State
The Colts' offensive line was a mess last season. Quenton Nelson was a great pick, but Indianapolis also needs a new right tackle.
Houston Texans: Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest
The Texans signed Tyrann Mathieu, but they could still use help at safety.
New York Giants: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
Don't be surprised if the Giants don't select multiple offensive linemen on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft, as they need as much blocking help as possible.
San Francisco 49ers: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
The 49ers tried to sign Allen Robinson this offseason, but failed. They'll want to find a receiver early in the 2018 NFL Draft as a result.
Denver Broncos: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
The Broncos just cut their best running back, C.J. Anderson, so they'll need to spend a second-day selection on a replacement for him.
New York Jets: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
The Jets used their initial pick on a quarterback, so their next selection will have to be spent on a supporting member, whether that's a tight end, receiver or offensive lineman.
Miami Dolphins: Braden Smith, G, Auburn
The Dolphins have one of the weakest interior offensive line groups in the NFL, so this is something they'll need to address early this weekend.
San Francisco 49ers: Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
The 49ers lost Eric Reid to free agency, so they may use one of their second-day selections on a replacement.
Oakland Raiders: Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
The Raiders tried to sign Ndamukong Suh this offseason, so here's an alternative solution to fix their interior pass rush.
Seattle Seahawks: Andrew Brown, DE/DT, Virginia
Seattle could use this selection to bolster the defensive interior in the wake of Sheldon Richardson's departure.
Cincinnati Bengals: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
No one should be surprised if the Bengals triple up on offensive linemen in the first few rounds in the 2018 NFL Draft, based on how the blocking unit has performed. Despite the addition of Cordy Glenn, another tackle will be needed.
Kansas City Chiefs: DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
The Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins this offseason, but I think they could stand to add one more receiver in the middle of the 2018 NFL Draft, as Watkins isn't the most durable player in the league.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
The Steelers need to continue to bolster the interior of their defense in the wake of the unfortunate Ryan Shazier injury.
Houston Texans: Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia
The Texans need to do everything in their power to protect Deshaun Watson, and the current personnel they have up front aren't cutting it.
Dallas Cowboys: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
There are some legal problems troubling David Irving right now, so here's an insurance policy.
Detroit Lions: Breeland Speaks, DE/DT, Ole Miss
The Lions need as much defensive line help as possible, so here's another player for their troubled front.
Baltimore Ravens: Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
Unless Brandon Carr takes a big pay cut, I can't see him being back next year. The Ravens could pursue another cornerback early in the draft if Carr leaves.
Los Angeles Chargers: Rasheem Green, DE/DT, USC
The Chargers need more help up front, as they need a better pass rush in the interior.
Carolina Panthers: Connor Williams, G/OT, Texas
The Panthers lost Andrew Norwell during the offseason, so here's a replacement for the stud guard.
Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
The Chiefs will need to add a cornerback after losing Marcus Peters this offseason.
Los Angeles Rams: Dorance Armstrong, DE/OLB, Kansas
With Robert Quinn gone, I think the Rams could select as many as three edge rushers in the first five rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Carolina Panthers: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
The Panthers need to find several upgrades in their secondary, and they could address that area of their roster earlier than this selection.
Tennessee Titans: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
Eric Decker was a failed signing, so the Titans could use a mid-round selection on a replacement for him.
Atlanta Falcons: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
The Falcons will be looking to add a linebacker at some point in the middle rounds to further enhance their front seven.
New Orleans Saints: Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
The Saints wanted to sign Jimmy Graham this offseason, but failed to do so. Ben Watson was the consolation prize, but he's obviously not any sort of long-term solution.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Hercules Mata'afa, DE/OLB, Washington State
The Steelers aren't too pleased with Bud Dupree, so they could add an edge rusher in Rounds 2-4.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
The Jaguars extended Blake Bortles this offseason, but there wasn't much new guaranteed money, so they can get out of the deal easily in the future. Here's a potential upgrade for 2019 and beyond.
Minnesota Vikings: Nyheim Hines, RB, N.C. State
The Vikings lost Jerick McKinnon this offseason, so they'll need to find someone new to pair with Dalvin Cook.
New England Patriots: Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
The Patriots replaced the departed Malcolm Butler with Jason McCourty, but here's a long-term fix.
Buffalo Bills: Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
Nick Nelson suffered a knee injury recently that could cause him to fall. However, we're hearing it's not that serious, so he could still be taken in the third round.
Arizona Cardinals: DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
The Cardinals inexplicably cut Tyrann Mathieu, who signed with the Texans. They'll have to find a replacement at safety early in the draft.
Houston Texans: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
The Texans added some nice pieces to their secondary this offseason, but they could still stand to obtain another cornerback.
Denver Broncos: Jayln Holmes, DE/DT, Ohio State
Between Adam Gotsis' arrest, and Derek Wolfe's injury woes, the Broncos have problems on their defensive line that must be addressed.
Cincinnati Bengals: Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU
The Bengals could add an edge rusher at some point in the middle rounds, and they won't be too worried about Arden Key's off-the-field problems.
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