I’m sorry folks, but we’ve reached the dry spot of the NFL offseason, in case you didn’t know. The Super Bowl is now beyond us, as the improbable Philadelphia Eagles walked away with their first Lombardi Trophy. Now all focus shifts to free agency and the NFL Draft as teams prep to improve their rosters in hopes of playing in Super Bowl LIII.
With the Combine still a couple weeks away and free agency still a month out, what better time to bring you a new mock draft? As always, this isn’t what I would do, but instead trying to project what each team would do. There are always trades throughout all 7 rounds of the draft, so I threw in a handful of those as well to add another dynamic.
My next mock draft will likely come after the crème de la crème of the free agent crop gets scooped up. Until then, I hope you enjoy version 2.0. All feedback is appreciated, whether in the comment section or on Twitter.
In order to keep this piece somewhat readable, I didn’t include analysis for the 2nd round selections, but I’d be happy to give you that if you were to reach out. So without further ado, the Cleveland Browns are now on the clock.
your daily Sam Darnold training video. his throwing motion really does look so much more compact already pic.twitter.com/bZ8eCK7Y13
— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) February 2, 2018
1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC The Browns have danced around drafting a quarterback this high in the draft for years now, but that all ends this year. After waiting on guys like Johnny Manzeil and Brandon Weeden in recent years, Cleveland finally gets their future franchise QB and halt the game of musical chairs they’ve been playing under center for nearly the past two decades. While I feel Josh Rosen should be the pick here, I think Darnold is much more likely to claim the top spot in this year’s draft. It all starts with demeanor. Darnold has no off field concerns, a team first attitude and is a stand up figure. When investing as much money and stock into a player, you want to be certain they check all the mental boxes. But it’s not just about what’s between the ears. Following his trademark Rose Bowl performance against Penn State to close out the 2016 season, Darnold showed the ability to put the team on his back and lead them through adversity as they hung on in the highest scoring Rose Bowl of all time. While Darnold has a lot to clean up, particularly in his mechanics and decision making, he has all the physical and mental tools to succeed at the next level. Is Hue Jackson the man to bring him along? Probably not, but with another disappointing season, he’ll be all but axed. 2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Josh Rosen is the perfect successor to Eli Manning. The most talented quarterback in the draft lands in the Big Apple with big shoes to fill. Rosen has been the subject of some criticism from the media, and while I don’t think his personality should be the subject of red flags, some teams will. Regardless, Rosen is a rare talent and just happens to play the highest demanded position in all of sports. The Giants know Eli’s window is running out, as his regression in 2017 displayed, although I will admit he was the victim of abysmal offensive line play and injuries to his top targets. Still, the Giants need to get their quarterback of the future. By far the most advanced mental passer in this class, Rosen is as clean as they come mechanically and is well beyond his years when it comes to both pre snap and post snap processing. He took a beating at UCLA with a poor supporting cast, but he proved time and time again he’s capable of making all the throws from the pocket.
IND: #6, 2nd RD (#37), 4th RD (#109) NYJ: #3 3. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (Colts) Three quarterbacks to start the draft? Very much possible. After the trade up, New York goes back to back inside the top 3 as both come away with a quarterback. Already we’re seeing the Colts express their interest in drafting a quarterback at #3, but I’m not buying it. I think it’s a smokescreen to get a team like the Jets to trade up for Baker Mayfield with the top two signal callers off the board. It works, but I feel the Jets would look to make a move regardless to flip the Broncos here. Mayfield may rub some people the wrong way, but if you’re a club that buys into that moxie, you’re willing to trade some picks to secure him. I feel the Jets may very well be on board with his swagger, something their offense lacks. I entered the season with some question marks regarding Mayfield as a passer, but he has answered every single one. The Heisman Trophy winner proved his worth off script with ability to evade tacklers and make the highlight throws. His athleticism and improvisation make him a perfect fit to run the NFL’s hottest trend, the RPO offense. Mayfield would bring some much needed flavor back to the Big Apple. 4. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (Texans) One of the biggest conundrums I always seem to fall back on is predicting the landing spot of Saquon Barkley. Looking at his draft slot timetable, he has a ceiling of #2 to the Giants and a floor of perhaps outside the top 10 all together. Ultimately, I could see the Browns going offensive heavy with two picks inside the top 5. To start you get your franchise quarterback, and now you come away with the most dynamic player the draft has seen in years. Barkley certainly has some concerns due to his habit of dancing around the line rather than attacking the hole. However, based on traits, he’s as rare as they come. With a unique blend of size and athleticism, Barkley has drawn comparisons to the likes of LeSean McCoy and even LaDainian Tomlinson, and for good reason. With 4.4 speed at 225 pounds, Barkley is among the most elusive backs I’ve ever evaluated. He has the power and ability to finish runs as well, but you just want to see him more aggressive at times. The Browns now have a dynamic QB-RB tandem, and two players who could be among the best at their respective positions in only a couple years or so. 5. Denver Broncos: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame I know, drafting a guard inside the top 10, let alone inside the top 5 is always easy to bash. However, Quenton Nelson is head and shoulders the best offensive linemen I’ve ever evaluated, and I’m sure NFL clubs place him in a similar light. Assuming Kirk Cousins lands in the Mile High City, they can sit back and play the board while a team like the Jets move up. Offensive tackle is certainly the more pressing need for the Broncos here, but you plug and play Nelson and he’s a perennial Pro Bowler for the next decade, and at that point fans don’t even care what pick he was drafted at. It’s rare for an offensive linemen to get my juices flowing, but Nelson seemingly pumped me up on every rep. I’ve never seen a player with so many highlight blocks. Nelson is an elite finisher and at least solid in just about every other area of his game. 6. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, North Carolina State (Jets) Talk about an ideal situation for the Colts. They trade back three spots and still have the entire defensive crop to pick from. I would personally take Minkah Fitzpatrick or even Rashaan Evans over Bradley Chubb here, but all signs point to Chubb landing in Indy, and I can’t fault that. Providing pass rush is the number one objective of an NFL defense, and that’s something Indy has struggled to do since the prime Dwight Freeney-Robert Mathis days. Bradley Chubb plays a similar style of ball, headlined by his heart on the field and quickness off the snap. You could even make the case he was the most dominant defensive player in all of college football in 2017 as he accumulated over 30 total stops in the backfield. The Colts ranked 2nd worst in the league with 25 sacks this past season, and Chubb would instantly boost that number. Not a knock against Jabaal Sheard, but when he’s your leading sack man, you know you need to bring in more talent.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
The Buccaneers and their league-low 22 sacks were hoping for Bradley Chubb here, but Minkah Fitzpatrick isn’t a bad consolation prize by any means. The Buccaneers’ secondary currently looks almost as bad as their pass rush, so Fitzpatrick fills a need, but he would also likely be the top player available on many boards.
Whether you put Fitzpatrick at safety or slot corner, he’s going to eat. Fitzpatrick possesses rare mental processing skills as you’ll see with his ability to read and react, along with his route anticipation. A scrappy, physical run defender, Fitzpatrick is just as effective in coverage. He has the ability to mirror his opponent off press, and eat up ground with quickness and range as the deep safety.
8. Chicago Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
This pick may come as a surprise to most. While Tremaine Edmunds’ raw tools and superb athleticism are well noted, you don’t see him mocked in this spot very often. While you’d certainly like to get a true #1 for Mitch Trubisky, that just isn’t going to happen in this class. And I don’t feel the Bears are a team to force a pick like that.
I find it difficult to place a specific fit for Edmunds at the next level. He possesses a dynamic skillset which virtually allows him to man any linebacker slot and work off the edge as a pass rusher. The Bears go all in on the upside here and Edmunds looks like a tremendous fit for what Vic Fangio does with that defense due to his versatility.
9. San Francisco 49ers: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The popular choice here would probably be Roquan Smith, and I totally get that. However, I think San Francisco wants to walk away from draft night with a shiny new toy for the now highest paid player in the NFL, Jimmy Garoppolo.
We can’t assume the 49ers are going to land Jarvis Landry, although it makes a ton of sense. Still, I’m not going to roll with that assumption. This leads to San Francisco taking Calvin Ridley at #9. He may not be the best value right here, but the fact of the matter lying that there’s really only one consensus 1st round receiver right now, that being Ridley.
Even if his ceiling is as a high-end WR2 at the next level, and even if he’s already 24 years old, Ridley is as safe as they come at the wide receiver position. You just know he’s going to be an impact player from day one and emerge as a legitimate playmaker. Jimmy Garoppolo will have fun hitting Ridley in the intermediate while the latter does work after the catch.
10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
If there’s a team-prospect fit that jumps out at you, Roquan Smith to the Oakland Raiders is at the top of the list. Smith is the most instinctive player in the draft, and I always find myself going back to his Notre Dame game from this past season. If you want to see some dominant tape, check out that cut up.
As I eluded to, Smith is extremely instinctive and intelligent, but he also has the athleticism to complete his rare skillset. You want to see Smith improve his block shedding, rather than relying on his weaving ability, but that’s if we’re nitpicking. Oakland can plug Smith in the middle from day one and they have their undisputed leader on defense for the next decade or so.
Love a LB that uses his hands, defeats blocks, and delivers a pop with his face up… Rashaan Evans checks a lot of the boxes pic.twitter.com/4pTkpBM142
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) February 2, 2018
11. Miami Dolphins: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama Currently the top overall defensive player on my board, I recently made the guarantee that Rashaan Evans will go top 15 after he blows up the Combine. Evans has the most twitch of any player you’ll find in this class, and he’s just a pure dog with unmatched relentlessness on every snap. The Dolphins are in desperate need of some juice on the defensive side of the ball, and Evans can instill that along with much more. He’s a phenomenal linebacker prospect, but I’m pretty sure he would rank as my top edge rusher in the class as well. When manning the edge at Alabama, he displayed a lethal first step and unreal bend around the edge. Evans gives the Dolphins a bunch of options on defense, but I like him as a two down backer who can kick off the edge on passing downs. 12. Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams, OT, Texas I was tempted to throw a curveball at you and place Orlando Brown here, but I just can’t imagine the Bengals passing on Connor Williams. Cincinnati came into the season with one of the worst offensive tackle depth charts in the league, and it ended that way. They didn’t see any progression from former 1st rounder Cedric Ogbuehi and former 2nd rounder Jake Fisher, and their season ended with long-time interior linemen Clint Boling manning the blindside, not an ideal spot. The Bengals have a bunch of options here, but offensive tackle should be the top priority, especially when you have the entire crop to choose from. Connor Williams is a blue chip offensive tackle prospect, but slides due to injury concerns after he missed more than half the 2017 campaign. I can understand the caution, but in Williams’ defense, he made a speedy recovery and is set to perform in the upcoming NFL Combine. 13. Washington Redskins: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU The Redskins have some holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball, but Derrius Guice is too good of a talent to pass up on here in the middle of the 1st round. With Kirk Cousins out and Alex Smith in, the ‘Skins need a new focal point to the offense, and Guice is just that. If you want a workhorse back in the 1st round, I’ve often gone on record as saying Guice is the better option over Barkley, which shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. Guice is a violent runner with elite contact balance–you’ll never see him go down on first impact. Along with his power, Guice is a complete back with a rare size/athleticism combination along with all the running intangibles. 14. Green Bay Packers: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville Finally we see the first corner of the board, is the name a surprise to you? Often overlooked in the CB1 discussion is Jaire Alexander, but he’s one of my favorite players in the entire class. He brings the swagger you like to see out of your corners, and his game resembles that of All-Pro Marcus Peters. It seems like the Packers’ secondary hasn’t been relevant since Charles Woodson left following their Super Bowl run nearly a decade ago. They spent a day two pick on Kevin King last year, but he’s still a work in progress. Alexander can come in off the jump and provide an impact, along with on-field charisma which is much needed on a shaky Packers defense. Alexander has lockdown tools with athleticism and superb ball skills. 15. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming The Cardinals very well could come away from free agency with a guy like Sam Bradford or even Nick Foles via trade. However, I wouldn’t expect that to stop them from addressing quarterback early in this year’s draft, as the aforementioned signal callers are nothing more than bridge guys at this stage of their respective careers. As it currently stands, Arizona has no current quarterbacks under contract. Even if they bring in a Bradford or Foles, they still need that quarterback of the future. Josh Allen is the most polarizing prospect in this draft, and projecting his landing spot is essentially a game of craps. I think Arizona makes a lot of sense. Bring in a bridge guy and let Allen sit for a couple years while you harness all that talent and raw potential. Of any prospect in this class, Allen is the biggest risk based on where he’s currently at, but in turn he carries monstrous potential. 16. Baltimore Ravens: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado With the top offensive weapons off the board, the Ravens retort back to their big board and play the field. While they went corner in the 1st round last year, Isaiah Oliver just screams Baltimore Raven to me. You have Marlon Humphrey who is the physical downfield guy who can make a scrappy impact against the run, and Oliver serves as the perfect compliment. One of the most storied athletes in this class, Oliver was a highly decorated decathlete coming out of high school, following in his father’s footsteps, who also played in the NFL. Oliver is a big, lengthy corner without any glaring weaknesses. A safe pick, and Baltimore now has their top two corners for the long-term. For what it’s worth, Oliver is currently my CB1.
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Vita Vea, DL, Washington
I’m sure fellow colleague and Chargers fan, Gavino Borquez, will be thrilled with this pick as he’s one to always sing the praises of Vita Vea. Sooner rather than later, Brandon Mebane will be on the decline. Vita Vea is a tremendous value pick, and the top defensive linemen off the board.
If there’s a team who recognize the importance of a nose tackle at the head of their 3-4 defense, it’s the Los Angeles Chargers, even going back to the Jamal Williams days. Vea is a rare athlete at 6’4”/340 pounds (according to NFL Draft Scout). The former high school running back was reportedly timed at a 4.8 40 yard dash over the Summer. Like I said, rare athlete.
You don’t see many linemen who can move as well as Vea, and he has the ability to dominate games. Not a player you can simply stop, but must rather contain. Vea is by far the best nose tackle in this class and my top player available.
18. Seattle Seahawks: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
I’m always torn when trying to project Seattle’s pick this year. Do they finally address offensive line? Quite possibly, but I can very well see them going in a different direction. The Seahawks defense has crumbled right before our very eyes, in just one season.
Formerly tabbed as the “Legion of Boom”, you won’t see that thrown around regarding the Seahawks anytime soon. However, they can make strides to get back to that level. Among all the corners in this class, Joshua Jackson is the most gifted in terms of ball skills (i.e. Ohio State game). The former receiver has made tremendous strides since converting positions, and he’s a player I could see Seattle pounce on in the 1st round as the run on corners commences.
19. Dallas Cowboys: Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama
The Cowboys have actually done an exceptional job of rebuilding that defensive line. I expect Demarcus Lawrence to at least be franchise tagged, then you also have Tyrone Crawford and Taco Charlton working off the edge. On the interior they have a solid, young duo of David Irving and Maliek Collins, so why go defensive line here?
You would love to see a guy like Calvin Ridley fall to #19, but that’s probably out of the question, especially in this mock. If there’s something that we learned from Philadelphia’s improbable Super Bowl championship run, you need depth and an effective rotation along your defense front.
This probably isn’t the most pressing need for Dallas, but within two years Da’Ron Payne will offer more than what they currently have. Payne flashed over the past two years in Tuscaloosa, but he really put it all together down the stretch of ‘Bama’s National Title run about a month back.
DET: #26, 3rd RD (#90), 6th RD (#203)
20. Atlanta Falcons: Derwin James, S, Florida State (Lions)
Last year the Falcons flirted with the idea of taking a safety in the 1st round, according to reports at least. If Derwin James falls this far down the board, you’d have to think a team is willing to trade up for him, and the Dirty Birds seem like the perfect match.
With teams like the Eagles and Rams operating with high powered offenses, contenders on the outside looking in need to add versatility and speed to counter. Derwin James is a rare athlete, as his Combine will soon prove, but he is also the ultimate chess piece Dan Quinn needs and wants on defense.
During his time in Tallahassee, James lined up all over the field from playing deep safety, covering the slot and even rushing the passer off the edge. A pure defensive weapon for Quinn and the Falcons to use to their advantage in crucial spots.
watching denzel ward and completely forgot he did this pic.twitter.com/PC0rv5xt8k
— Tyler Morales (@TylerMorales__) January 30, 2018
21. Buffalo Bills: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State Of course the Bills will have quarterback high on their wish list, but they don’t quite get into position to draft one at proper value with the first three picks revealing signal callers off the board. Not to fret, the Bills can now go with plan B and start adding more legitimate pieces to their defense. Last year’s first round pick, cornerback Tre’Davious White, has already paid dividends as he was one of the most impressive rookies this past season. The Bills and Sean McDermott continue to build up that secondary as Ward has the potential to be the best slot corner in the NFL during his prime years, but he should also make an instant impact. Recently, Denzel Ward recorded a 4.23 40 yard dash, which would be just .01 of a second slower than the Combine record set by John Ross last year. While I think that number is a bit slanted, there’s no denying Ward’s athleticism. He is the best man corner in this class and will be pesky out of the slot, with the capabilities of playing outside as well. 22. Buffalo Bills: Taven Bryan, DL, Florida (Chiefs) Following the sudden trade of Marcell Dareus this past season, Buffalo’s run defense soon after diminished. While Taven Bryan isn’t quite in that Dareus mold, he still fills a much needed hole along Buffalo’s defensive line as they could surely use an impact player at 3-tech. He may not be as polished as a guy like Da’Ron Payne, but Bryan’s upside is evident on tape. He can be unblockable at times as he proved in his dominance against Kentucky this past season. Bryan is quick off the ball and has the burst to collapse the pocket and get to the quarterback. Starting the draft with Bryan and Ward provides you with two building blocks on defense.
LAR: #27, 4th RD (#129), 2019 4th RD NO: #23 23. New Orleans Saints: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma (Rams) The Saints aren’t a team to shy away from trading up for their guy. Last year they did a tremendous job in the draft, coming away with a handful of players who made an immediate impact–Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is the missing piece to the puzzle. While his fit at the next level is often debated, I think we just have to start taking Ogbonnia Okoronkwo for what he is. Due to lack of length and overall size, I don’t think OO translates as a full time edge in the NFL, but that’s not to say he can’t be an effective player. Throughout the course of the 2017 season, Okoronkwo was consistently the best defensive player in the Big 12 going all the way back to Week 2 against Ohio State up until Oklahoma was eliminated in the Rose Bowl. The optimal spot for Ogbo at the next level is in a similar role to how Oakland utilizes Bruce Irvin. Let him hold down the fort at strongside linebacker and get him up on the line to rush the passer. Okoronkwo is the difference maker New Orleans needs in the front 7. 24. Carolina Panthers: Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA I was surprised to learn the Carolina Panthers ended the season with 50 sacks, good for 3rd best in the league. With all the age they have up front, I thought a decline in production was sure to hit. Plus, they just didn’t look as physical of a football team as we’ve seen in recent years. Despite the steady production from Mario Addison, Wes Horton and Julius Peppers, the Panthers need a young, developmental pass rusher waiting in the wings, especially with Peppers’ future in the league an uncertainty. I had very high hopes for Davenport during Senior Bowl week, but he was beyond underwhelming in practices. Still, his upside is off the charts and the Panthers could afford to take on this type of low floor/high ceiling chance pick. 25. Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College The forgotten man of this draft class without a doubt has to be Harold Landry. Entering the year, Landry was a consensus top 10 pick and the top EDGE rusher on many boards. Due to injury this past season and some inconsistencies, Landry’s stock has descended a bit, but he looks like a tremendous fit for a team like the Titans. Needing more youth and depth off the edge, Landry lands in Tennessee with the top corners off the board. Landry has a quick first step and natural bend around the arch point. You want to see him add a tad more play strength, but his effort and hustle make up for that, and you know he was well coached at Boston College. 26. Detroit Lions: Ronald Jones II, RB, USC (Falcons) Tough blow here for the Lions as they miss out on two edge rushers after trading down, but that’s something they were prepared for when they moved down six slots. Some may view Ronald Jones as a reach here, but I don’t think it’s out of the question to see a third back slip into the end of the 1st round. If there’s one running back I had to put money on to blow up the Combine, Ronald Jones is that guy. Jones runs a legit 4.4 (maybe even faster), and he’s sure to kill the agility drills. I had some concerns entering the year, but Jones improved his vision and started to attack the hole rather than play the line of scrimmage shuffle. Unlike Ameer Abdullah, Jones brings identity and spark that Detroit’s backfield so desperately needs.
#OhioState C Billy Price grades in as a late 1st rounder. Probably the safest prospect in the class aside from Quenton Nelson. pic.twitter.com/evnr3RDXef — Jonathan Valencia (@JonValenciaBF) February 6, 2018
27. Los Angeles Rams: Billy Price, C, Ohio State (Saints)
Not the sexy pick, but a necessary one. The Rams have a hole to fill at center, and overall could use a tune up on the interior. Billy Price is the safest prospect in the draft not named Quenton Nelson. He’s another guy you plug in from day one who goes on to start for the next decade, with a few Pro Bowls in there somewhere.
Continuing to build around Jared Goff and Todd Gurley could certainly be the theme for the Rams in this year’s draft. Price would provide longevity and sturdiness at the head of their offense, and there’s the opportunity for he and Goff to provide a long-term bond, similar to what we saw in the prime Indy days between Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
I expect the Steelers to heavily focus on the defensive side of the ball in the draft. This past season we saw both their run defense and pass defense struggle mightily at times, so they bring in a player who can excel in both phases.
Alabama’s Ronnie Harrison bears a striking resemblance to Kam Chancellor. Both possess that big, lengthy build with the necessary range and ball skills to play centerfield. Along with that, both present the physicality, size and pursuit downhill to bombard the run. I really like Harrison’s upside and he certainly presents a skillset the Steelers could use to their advantage against teams like the Patriots.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
The fans are screaming for Lamar Jackson here (I would think), but Jacksonville’s front office decides to go in a different direction. Following Senior Bowl week, Isaiah Wynn’s draft stock took off, and it should continue to be on the ascend from now until draft day.
A team with few holes across the roster opts to give Blake Bortles one more year before making any hasty decisions. The Jags enter the offense with a glaring need at guard, and Wynn would immediately help shore up Jacksonville’s offensive front. A surprise name to stay on the lookout for as the 1st round winds down.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
Where do you go after that dismantlement you suffered in the NFC Championship? The Vikings enter the offseason with one of the fuzziest quarterback situations in the league, but that should be solved long before late April. One of the other glaring positions they will need to address is defensive tackle.
The Vikings have held a strong defensive front for more than a decade, and they will look to keep that the strength of their defense. Maurice Hurst is the best defensive linemen on the board, and a perfect fit to man the 3-tech slot alongside Linval Joseph.
31. New England Patriots: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Patriots currently have three offensive tackles set to hit the free agent market, including both starters from Super Bowl LII. You’d have to think they bring at least one of those guys back, most likely Nate Solder. However, the Patriots still need depth and youth up front. I like that they have Antonio Garcia waiting in the winds, but adding Mike McGlinchey could set them up quite well for the future.
If you’re on #DraftTwitter, you’ll see McGlinchey catch a lot of heat, mostly due to his ineffectiveness against speed rushers. Regardless, he has built quite the reputation in South Bend over the years and he possesses the intangibles valued by the Patriots. Does he start day one? Possibly. McGlinchey is a high floor/low ceiling prospect who could have some solid years in the league.
PHI: 2nd RD (#36), 5th RD (#142), 2019 6th RD
Orlando Brown (LT – 78 – Oklahoma) has his issues, but his length and power are consistently on display. Here’s a fun one… pic.twitter.com/X8qZSfbpyD
— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) February 9, 2018
32. Indianapolis Colts: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma (Eagles)
Like last year, we see a team trade up to #32 to snag an offensive tackle. The Colts added toughness up front to their defense earlier in the night, and now they do so in the offensive trenches. Brown is a mammoth at 6’7”/345 pounds and plays with that classic mauler mentality you would expect at that size. He can eat up space and defenders for the run, although his pass protection demands refinement.
Indianapolis has some decent pieces along the offensive line, but they need attitude and an identity. Brown is an overpowering presence and brings a lot of what the Colts have lacked up front.
33. Cleveland Browns: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
34. New York Giants: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
35. Cleveland Browns: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland (Texans)
36. Philadelphia Eagles: Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh (Colts)
37. Indianapolis Colts: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
39. Chicago Bears: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
DEN: 2nd RD (#53), 3rd RD (#96), 2019 6th RD
BUF: 2nd RD (#40)
40. Buffalo Bills: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (Broncos)
41. New England Patriots: Andrew Brown, DL, Virginia (49ers)
42. Miami Dolphins: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
43. Oakland Raiders: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
44. Washington Redskins: Tim Settle, DL, Virginia Tech
45. Green Bay Packers: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
46. Cincinnati Bengals: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
47. Arizona Cardinals: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
48. Los Angeles Chargers: Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
49. New York Jets: Uchenna Nwosu, EDGE, USC (Seahawks)
50. Dallas Cowboys: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
51. Detroit Lions: Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
52. Baltimore Ravens: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
53. Denver Broncos: M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina (Bills)
54. Kansas City Chiefs: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
55. Buffalo Bills: James Daniels, C, Iowa (Rams)
56. Carolina Panthers: Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
57. Tennessee Titans: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
58. Atlanta Falcons: Derrick Nnadi, DL, Florida State
59. San Francisco 49ers: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State (Saints)
60. Pittsburgh Steelers: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
61. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
62. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
63. New England Patriots: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
64. Cleveland Browns: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU (Eagles)