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Second Round Mock by The Champ - 4.27
Published at 4/27/2018 3:44:33 PM
With the reaches by a few teams after pick #20, I ended up getting 26 of the 32 1st Round picks, and matched up 7 players correctly with the teams that ended up taking them, including projecting all 3 correct teams that traded up for Allen, Rosen, and Jackson, respectively. Here's my best guess for Round 2, with a lot of talent still on the board. (I realize it says Round 1 on here, but work with me!)
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It's mind-bogging that Landry is still there, and after passing on Chubb at 4, they may have actually snagged a better pure pass rusher at #33. There's no reason to overthink this.
I had projected Austin Corbett here as a Gettleman hog mollie, but Hernandez should've been a 1st Round pick and he's even more of a hog mollie than Corbett is. I think this is a no-brainer, but maybe you could make an argument for James Daniels, too.
Since the Browns addressed CB with Ward already, they should turn their attention to finding a left tackle. Unfortunately for them, there isn't an obvious pick to make at this spot. Still, they don't pick again until the last pick of this round, so they probably have to take their shot now. I don't think Brian O'Neill is close to being ready to play. Orlando Brown is an option, but he's not a good run blocker. So I'm going to opt for Connor Williams. The Pats took Wynn, even though some think he may not be a left tackle, and Williams profiles similarly.
Another 1st Round talent is available, the Colts need CB help desperately, so this is another fantastic value for Indy.
Reid is an outstanding player and plays aggressively, and once Malik Hooker is back up to speed, this will give Indy an oustanding safety tandem. I thought about Courtland Sutton here, but the Colts can address their need to add to their WR group with another pick in this round if they so choose, or they could wait until pick #67.
Mike Mayock just said on NFL Network that Guice could fall due to off-the-field character issues. So I'll switch my pick here to Ronald Jones, even though you could also see Nick Chubb. I do believe this pick will be a RB, even though TB has two more picks in this round. No guarantee that any of Jones/Guice/Chubb will be there at 53.
Austin Corbett would've been fine here, but the Bears see that Daniels is still available, and the value of the Iowa product can't be ignored. He'll likely line up at guard as a rookie.
Per Rotoworld's Evan Silva, Oliver is a man-coverage corner, and, thus, he should be a natural replacement for Aqib Talib in Denver's CB corps.
WR should not be a need now that Martavis Bryant was acquired, and Harrison is a nice value here. He should form a nice tandem with Karl Joseph once Reggie Nelson reaches the end of the line.
Trade! With the Patriots set to pick next, something tells me that the Dolphins wouldn't mind trading with the Chargers, allowing the Chargers to take Rudolph and potentially blocking him from the Patriots. Of course, this would have to mean that Miami is not locked on Rudolph itself. By moving back to 48, the Dolphins should be able to still take a TE like Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesicki, or perhaps Mark Andrews. Meanwhile, the Chargers get their successor to Phillip Rivers, who could be in a year-to-year situation, and they give Miami a 4th round pick (#119) and a 2019 3rd.
Well, at least the Pats have fixed their offensive line situation with the additions of Wynn and Brown (the latter via trade with the 49ers earlier today). But they have yet to help their defense. That changes here, and guess what...it's the third straight Georgia player they draft! Carter's stock has risen. He could go here.
Guice and Chubb are both here, but I'll buy the whispers that Guice could fall a bit. Washington currently has Perine and Kelley as options to get most of the RB carries, and that doesn't sound too good. Chubb can carry the mail, and carry it quite well. Instant upgrade.
Here's another infusion of talent in the secondary for the Packers, after taking Alexander in Round 1. Bates should start immediately and replaces Morgan Burnett, who is now with the Steelers.
Another tough O-lineman for the Bengals, who double up on those in the first 2 picks. Cincy had the worst 3-and-out percentage of any team in the NFL last year, and it was because Joe Mixon had no holes to run through and because Andy Dalton was constantly under pressure. Between the trade for Cordy Glenn and the drafting of Price and now Corbett, they take a huge step towards changing that.
Arizona managed to nab Josh Rosen without parting with its 2nd Round pick, and with it, they choose to give their future franchise QB some protection. Brown is an accomplished pass protector that will need work in the run game.
This works out well for the Dolphins, who still have their choice of TE's in this draft other than Hayden Hurst. I'll slot them Goedert.