What better time of year? The weather is beautiful, flowers start blooming, and there is just a subtle freshness in the air. Aside from that, baseball has just started back up and both the NHL and NBA playoffs are in full swing; but most importantly, the NFL Draft is less than a week away.
As I do every year, I took the past week or so to construct my 7 round mock draft. I must say, this year’s installment was much more frustrating and time consuming than in year’s past, and it demanded me to be a lot more precise. For one, this draft class is insanely deep. I can’t tell you the amount of time spent on single pick. Between tracking visits, compiling needs, using the BANE project as a resource, deciding which draft stories I thought were valid, or worth throwing away and looking back on draft tendencies for each team – it was a long, strenuous process, to say the least.
Over the next few days leading up to the draft, I will be posting complete team-by-team drafts based on this mock, so be sure to give me a follow on Twitter @JonValencia_WiB if you want to feast your eyes on other team’s projections, as the typical fan tends to only browse through their favorite team’s picks. (I do the same thing)
As always, the NFL Draft is as predictable as Cam Newton’s next wardrobe display at Coachella. In this piece I attempted to predict some trades, along with some curveballs which the NFL Draft throws at us every year. With that being said, I encourage all feedback in the comments below, or just @ me on Twitter if that’s more convenient.
Without further ado, I present to you my 2017 NFL Draft 7 round mock draft. Enjoy!
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
I don’t care about the latest article citing “the Browns should consider player X at #1” because it’s all click-bait, and I’m sure you realize that by now. The Browns should have this pick written down in permanent marker. Myles Garrett is the best prospect to enter the draft in years, and it should be a no-brainer. Garrett is a defensive cornerstone whom you can build your defense around. The new Cleveland Brown instantly becomes the top pass rusher in the AFC North.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
Even though they brought in both Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley over the offseason – both are no more than a bridge/backup QB. General Manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have spent a good chunk of this draft process evaluating and meeting with QBs. We all know how pivotal a capable QB is in Kyle Shanahan’s scheme, and I feel they will pounce at the chance of Shanny getting his guy. Trubisky’s ability as an anticipation/timing thrower fits perfectly in Shanahan’s system. Despite his inexperience in college, Trubisky showed major flashes and he can be pinpoint accurate.
3. Chicago Bears: Jamal Adams, S, LSU
While Solomon Thomas may be the heavy name here, the Bears are typically a team that drafts for need. After spending a 1st round pick on Leonard Floyd last year, and with Pernell McPhee also on the roster, the Bears instead address the secondary – a unit which demands some rebuilding. Vic Fangio could have great influence in this pick – the defense needs that vocal leader and tone setter, something they’ve been missing since Brian Urlacher retired. Adams is instinctive, smart, physical and makes plays going downhill or back in coverage. All-Pro potential and a great addition to Chicago’s defense.
JAC: #8, 2nd RD (#40)
CAR: #4, 4th RD (#110), 2018 5th RD
4. Carolina Panthers: Solomon Thomas, EDGE, Stanford
The current starters at defensive end for Carolina? Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers. Combined age? 67 years old. The Panthers have some nice depth pieces on the edge such as Mario Addison and Wes Horton, but they traded away Kony Ealy and need to restore youth and dominance off the edge. Carolina has been heavily linked to a trade with Jacksonville, along with Solomon Thomas, so this trade makes total sense. Thomas possesses advanced technique, along with incredible athleticism – Ron Rivera will have some fun with this pick.
TEN: #12, 2nd RD (#52), 4th RD (#108), 2018 4th RD
5. Cleveland Browns: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
Another trade inside the top 5?! The Titans pick at an odd spot and are willing to trade down to get their 2nd round pick back, along with some extras as well. The Browns have enough draft capital to make the jump up, and do so to leapfrog the Jets and ensure they get their QB. Deshaun Watson looks like the perfect fit for Hue Jackson. Watson also comes with the necessary mindset to succeed in a place like Cleveland, which is key. Cleveland hasn’t been a winning football team in a long, long time, so why not bring a guy coming off a National Title?
6. New York Jets: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
To put it lightly, last season the Jets’ secondary got torched on routine. Now with Darrelle Revis out, the Jets search for a new identity in the defensive backfield. Malik Hooker brings elite range and ball skills – the definition of a ballhawk. Selecting Hooker, and his upside, will give Todd Bowles schematic flexibility in that he can allow Hooker to cover as a single-high safety, and bring the hard hitting Calvin Pryor down in the box. The NFL loves Hooker’s upside – he has even drawn comparisons to Ed Reed.
7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
In their move to the City of Angels, the Chargers pickup Deshaun Watson’s guardian angel from Clemson, Mike Williams. If you were an avid Clemson spectator, you know there were countless times where Mike Williams would use his body, go up for the ball, battle for it, and bring it down as he frequently bailed Watson out of poor throws. Williams is elite when the ball is in the air in jump ball scenarios – the Chargers get themselves a guy who can bring down the alley-oop as he compliments the likes of Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams. Plus, you don’t know if you can trust Allen’s health at this juncture.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
To trade down and still come away with a guy like Fournette who seems to be extremely high on their radar starts this draft with a homerun for the Jacksonville Jaguars. After investing so much into the defensive side of the ball in free agency, the Jags flip their focus to the offense. The regression of Blake Bortles was the storyline of their 2016 season – they need desperately for him to get back to 2015 form. How do you do that? Provide another polarizing presence in the backfield. Fournette will take the pressure off Bortles and provide a physical, punishing runner who can wear down defenses and shorten games.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
Despite the “failed drug test” and rumblings that he may slip as he reportedly struggled in team interviews when discussing the “Xs and Os”, that’s not what you see on the tape. It’s impossible to tell where Foster will land in this year’s draft, so I’m staying put with my projection of him in Cincinnati. Reuben Foster is as instinctive as they come at the LB position and surely shows no signs of being unintelligent, on the field that is. The Bengals’ LB corps has been a bit dismantled, but if they can pair Vontaze Burfict with Foster, they will be in fine shape.
10. Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama
Even though the Bills are pretty loaded on the defensive line, the new regime decides to go value here and take Alabama’s Jonathan Allen. The Nagurski and Bednarik Award winner appeals to the likes of Sean McDermott with his pedigree, reputation and college production. Allen looks like a good fit under McDermott and will fit nicely into the rotation, until Kyle Williams retires – he then would join fellow Alabama alum Marcell Dareus on the interior.
NO: #14, 3rd RD (#99), 4th RD (#139), 2018 6th RD
11. Philadelphia Eagles: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
If Marshon Lattimore falls outside the top 10, which wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest bit considering his hamstring issues, the Eagles should be serious contenders to trade up for him – which I have them doing in this scenario. Routinely in the bottom 5 when ranking corner groups, the Eagles are prepared to move on from that fad. Lattimore has the potential to be an elite corner in this league with sticky cover skills and superb athleticism. However, he just needs to stay healthy. If he can manage to stay on the field, this trade is a homerun for the Eagles.
Marshon Lattimore is a serious target for the Philadelphia Eagles, as Ben Solak for Section 215 outlined in this tremendous piece: “Jim Schwartz’s Cornerback Tendencies“.
12. Tennessee Titans: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
The Titans trade down and still manage to get my top rated offensive player in the draft. The NFL has evolved into a league where it is almost pivotal to carry two capable TEs on your roster. Here the Titans take a page out of Bill Belichick’s book and will field two of the game’s best at the position in Delanie Walker and 1st round pick O.J. Howard. The former Alabama TE fits what Mike Mularkey likes to do on offense, and provides insane combo ability as both a receiver and blocker.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech
Reportedly the Cardinals are “in love” with Pat Mahomes, and are in dire need of a QB, so this makes sense, right? Now, that totally could be a smokescreen, but it doesn’t defeat the fact that Arizona needs to prepare for life after Carson Palmer – which may be much sooner than you think as you could call him injury prone. Bruce Arians brings in the fun, uber talented Mahomes to put on a show in Arizona.
14. New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
As it seems every year, the Saints need a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball – especially in the pass rush department. Derek Barnett enjoyed a highly productive college career where he left Tennessee as the program’s all-time sack leader – breaking Reggie White’s previous record. Barnett gets by with his pinpoint timing off the snap and should be a consistent 6-8 sack contributor at the next level. A good fit in Sean Payton’s base 4-3 scheme.
15. Indianapolis Colts: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
While countless holes surround the defense, new GM Chris Ballard knows how imperative it is for the sake of the football team to keep Andrew Luck upright.Even though the Colts’ offensive line performed rather well down the stretch last season, Ballard isn’t taking any risks, and frankly doing the opposite of former GM Ryan Grigson who neglected to surround Luck with talent and protection. Bolles is a tone setter on the offensive line. He’s mean, nasty, physical and aggressive – exactly the type of player they need to have Luck’s back.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Ravens’ General Manager Ozzie Newsome is famous for targeting BPA in the draft, as the BANE project confirmed. That guy very well could be Corey Davis, which also happens to fit a big need for the Ravens as well. Former 1st round pick Breshad Perriman hasn’t exactly panned out, and Mike Wallace isn’t the same speedster he used to be. Here the Ravens get one of the best players left on the board. Davis is a nifty route runner with exceptional ability after the catch. He’s the type of player who can take a short slant pass all the way to the house with his type of burst and elusiveness.
WAS: #20, 3rd RD (#101), 7th RD (#238)
17. Denver Broncos: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
You ever play little league baseball, and your dad’s friend was the coach, and they made sure you ended up on that team? This kind of the same thing. John Elway played with Christian’s dad for close to a decade – the fit in Denver is a match made in Heaven. Denver’s running game was slow to get going for most of last season, so they trade up a few slots to ensure they get a multi-dimensional back who will serve as Paxton Lynch’s security blanket in the passing game.
18. Tennessee Titans: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State
Isn’t it great when some things just workout perfectly? That’s the case for the Titans. They trade down, acquire more draft picks, get O.J. Howard, and now fill their biggest need with Gareon Conley. Widely considered to be up there with teammate Marshon Lattimore in terms of talent, Conley gives the Titans a true #1 CB who will make an impact from day one.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Njoku, TE, Miami (FL)
Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, Doug Martin, Charles Sims III plus David Njoku? I know what team I’m using in Madden 18. The Buccaneers have had many encounters with Njoku, and he has since been heavily cited at this pick – which makes perfect sense. While Cameron Brate enjoyed a breakout season, the league nowadays demands teams have two capable, pass catching TEs. The Buccaneers heavily utilized two TE sets last season featuring the likes of Luke Stocker. Time for an upgrade.
20. Washington Redskins: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
After trading down three slots, the Redskins still come away with the guy they were targeting. Even after signing Zach Brown, Haason Reddick is too good to pass up at this juncture. Reddick’s stock skyrocket since the Senior Bowl is unfathomable, but it’s justified. Reddick can do anything asked of him with high football IQ and plus athleticism.
21. Detroit Lions: John Ross, WR, Washington
The Lions aren’t inept to bypassing need, therefore they play the board and take the speedster, John Ross. You know him as the guy who broke the 40-yard dash Combine record after posting a 4.22 in the event. Ross is electric with the ball in his hands and serves as the perfect inside compliment to Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. Matt Stafford will like this one.
22. Miami Dolphins: Obi Melifonwu, S, UCONN
The Dolphins clearly want a guy they can pair with Reshad Jones – they’ve brought in multiple safeties for private workouts. Obi Melifonwu is a prototype with his size and athleticism. While the tape doesn’t quite match the aforementioned qualitites, the Dolphins are willing to take the chance on his enormous ceiling.
23. New York Giants: DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
Time is ticking for Eli Manning, and the Giants need to be prepared for when that hourglass runs out. As I’ve said in the past, DeShone Kizer has the most upside of any QB in the class – I’m sure the Giants would be pleasantly surprised to see him fall into their laps at #23. A year or two behind Eli with the tutelage of Ben McAdoo is nearly a perfect fit for him.
24. Oakland Raiders: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
After losing Latavius Murray in free agency, a huge hole is left in Oakland’s backfield. Not a black hole, however, as Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are both nice, complimentary pieces, but not a feature back. The Marshawn Lynch rumors are buzzing, but nothing is set in stone. Dalvin Cook is arguably the most talented running back in the class, and provides a dynamic presence behind Derek Carr. Cook has vision, burst, agility, patience, speed, quickness, power and receiving ability. A great way to round out the offense heading into next season.
25. Houston Texans: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
The Texans decide not to trade up for a QB, as they’re higher on Tom Savage than most think. Cam Robinson is arguably the most talented tackle in the class and surely has franchise tackle potential. With Duane Brown getting up there in age, Robinson can contribute at guard or right tackle until he makes the transition to the blindside.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
It’s no secret that the Seahawks are weak at offensive line year after year. Instead of forcing Russell Wilson to run for his life every play, they draft Forrest Lamp who can contribute on the offensive line from day one – whether they slot him at tackle or guard, although he’s better suited on the interior.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
I’ve been mocking White to the Chiefs for a while now, and it definitely makes sense. The defenses Andy Reid put together in Philadelphia thrived with two talented corner. They already have one in Marcus Peters, now White comes in to compliment him on the outside. White is similar to Sheldon Brown in a lot of ways – which will appeal to Reid. White is reliable on the outside with the size, skills and athleticism to be a solid, reliable #2.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Charles Harris, EDGE, Missouri
“America’s Team” was dismantled on defense over the offseason. With a lot of work to do, they just take the top defensive player on their board, and I strongly feel that guy will be Charles Harris if the board falls this way. The Cowboys have been in search for a premier pass rusher for a few years now, and it’s no secret that’s a position they’ll look to target in the 1st round.
29. Green Bay Packers: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
As we witnessed in the playoffs just a few months ago, the Green Bay Packers are absolutely abysmal in the secondary. Ted Thompson has a strict threshold which he implements when drafting corners, and Marlon Humphrey looks to fit that bill. Not only is Humphrey an elite athlete, but he is arguably the best run support corner in the draft as well.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
If the reports are true, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin have tremendous interest in Jabrill Peppers – and I can definitely see that being true. Question marks have surrounded Peppers throughout the draft process as he doesn’t have a clear fit or role at the next level. What better spot than Pittsburgh where he can learn under Tomlin and serve as their “moneybacker”.
ATL: DL Sheldon Richardson, 3rd RD (#70)
31. New York Jets: Davis Webb, QB, California
I’m sorry Jets fans, I had to do it. Word on the street is that Davis Webb is a hot commodity in the NFL, and as much as Draft Twitter wants to deny it, we’ve seen crazier things happen in the NFL draft. Webb is a big QB with a big arm, and while he will take some time to develop, I’ve forced myself to see the appeal here. Even after drafting Christian Hackenberg in the 2nd round last year, the Jets are desperate for a QB – they trade up and guarantee themselves a 5th year option on Webb.
32. New Orleans Saints: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
They got their pass rusher earlier, now they get their lockdown corner. While I’m not as high on Quincy Wilson as the general public, he brings size to the outside and has shown the ability to stick to his man like glue. A great start to rebuilding that defense so far for the Saints.
33. Cleveland Browns: Budda Baker, S, Washington
After missing out on Tony Jefferson, and losing Jordan Poyer in free agency, safety is a big hole on Cleveland’s defense. Budda Baker is an incredibly instinctive player who brings leadership to the backend of a defense. He was the leader of a Washington’s defense which went all the way into the CFB Playoff this past season. Baker offers ability to play nickel as well which is a useful skill in today’s game. The Browns are creating a new atmosphere in Cleveland by drafting winners.
34. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Jones, S, N.C. State
What a surprise. New general manager John Lynch values safety play, thus he takes the hard-hitting Josh Jones to give San Francisco’s defense that tone setter out of the secondary. Jones is a height/weight/speed specimen who already possesses an NFL mentality.
35. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
The Jaguars’ front office is aware that they need to add playmakers for Blake Bortles. After adding the physical, ground presence in the first round with Leonard Fournette, they shift their focus to the passing game. Evan Engram is the ultimate weapon with his size and athleticism. A smooth, towering athlete, Engram poses a mismatch whether he’s out-wide, inline or in the slot. Bortles has no more excuses.
36. Chicago Bears: Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (FL)
The recent rumbling cite the Bears interest in Deshaun Watson at #3, but I don’t think they take a QB that early after the signing of Mike Glennon. Instead, they wait until the 2nd round and take Brad Kaaya – a guy they’ve had reported interest in since early in the draft process. Kaaya has a high ceiling, and in the right fit, can be a future starting QB in the league.
LA: 2nd RD (#51), 3rd RD (#82)
DEN: 2nd RD (#37), 4th RD (#141)
37. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
After bypassing their biggest need of offensive tackle in the first, John Elway and co. work another trade up and snag a 1st round talent at the position in Ryan Ramczyk. The former D-III offensive linemen will come in from day one and bolster Denver’s poor offensive line.
38. Los Angeles Chargers: Kevin King, CB, Washington
Heavily mocked in the first round,, Kevin King has some glaring flaws on tape which could lead him to fall to Day 2. Still, the upside is far too great for the Chargers to pass on here. King stands tall at 6’3” and has the 4.4 speed to match. After drafting Mike Williams, the Chargers make another splash in their move to Los Angeles.
39. New York Jets: Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
They have their ballhawking safety, their QB, and now they get a solid, chess piece for that defense. Awuzie will be attending the draft in Philadelphia and won’t have much ground to travel through the Tri-state area. Awuzie can be moved all over the secondary whether he’s guarding the boundary, patrolling the slot or playing a little safety.
40. Jacksonville Jaguars: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Jacksonville continues to add flare to this roster. Even after drafting Jalen Ramsey last year and signing A.J. Bouye this past March, the Jags love the upside of Adoree’ Jackson. Pure electricity when he has the ball in his hands, Jackson showcased a lot of potential as a corner with the Trojans. He could even be used as a gadget player on offense, and in the return game as well.
41. Cincinnati Bengals: Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan
Someone I previously mocked to the Bengals at 9 in earlier mocks, Taco falls right into the laps of the Bengals in the 2nd round. Lack of consistency along with a deep edge class forces Charlton to slip into the 2nd round, but the Bengals aren’t complaining. Charlton is your prototypical Bengal defensive end with his size and athleticism.
42. New Orleans Saints: Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
The Saints to continue to build that defense and now address the 2nd level after going with a pass rusher and corner with their first 2 picks. McMillan is an old-school thumper who excels at shooting gaps. Plus, he is a tremendous athlete. This may be a bit rich for my taste, but he’ll fit what the Saints need.
43. Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Willis, EDGE, Kansas State
I expect “pass rusher” to be high on Philadelphia’s wish list in the draft, and Jordan Willis fits the Jim Schwartz mold. Willis showed up at the Combine and while his tape is a bit inconsistent, if anyone is going to get the best out of him it’s Schwartz.
44. Buffalo Bills: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
If there’s anything we know about Sean McDermott, he values defense. After stealing Jonathan Allen to round out the top 10, he gets another tremendous value pick in Jarrad Davis. Davis may slip due to his injury history, but he won’t get by the Bills. Davis adds a physical element to a defense and presents the “run and chase” ability that McDermott covets. He gets the QB of his defense.
45. Arizona Cardinals: Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State
If there is a team most likely to go BPA, it’s the Arizona Cardinals. Malik McDowell is the #2 player on my big board, but falls due to concerns regarding his character, maturity and effort on the field. If he can manage to put it all together, he can have a similar impact to Myles Garrett. McDowell is a player who has been cited as a good fit in Arizona. Imagine him and Robert Nkemdiche up on the defensive line for the Cards? The potential between the two is monumental.
IND: 2nd RD (#50), 4th RD (#125)
TB: 2nd RD (#46), 2018 6th RD
46. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
The biggest anomaly of the draft, we see Joe Mixon go off the board. I strongly believe the Buccaneers will emphasize their focus in this draft on building their offense around Jameis Winston. They trade up a few spots to leapfrog the Vikings who have shown interest in Mixon. That’s a small price to pay for a blue-chip running back prospect who very well could have gone in the first round, had it not been for some off-field issues. Tampa Bay has done their homework on Mixon and have spoke with him numerous times.
47. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
Perhaps the biggest need for the Ravens is defensive line – they need guys beside Brandon Williams in that front. Chris Wormley is a first round talent and is the epitome of a 5-tech. A great player, and a great fit in Baltimore.
48. Minnesota Vikings: Pat Elflein, G/C, Ohio State
It’s no secret that the top need for the Vikings is offensive line. Pat Elflein is a tremendous interior talent who gives Minnesota flexibility of moving him from guard to center. They value these utility linemen which is a big part of why they take him over a guy like Dan Feeney.
49. Washington Redskins: Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
The biggest need for the Redskins is undoubtedly defensive line. After going with a “luxury pick” in the first round, they attack their biggest hole. Caleb Brantley is a stout run defender, but also showcased ability to penetrate the pocket and rush the passer. Even after the recent altercation with a female (no charges against), this looks like the range he’ll be picked.
50. Indianapolis Colts: Marcus Maye, S, Florida
With glaring needs all across the roster, the Colts now go defense after securing their blindside tackle. Marcus Maye is a tone-setter out of the secondary who has both the mental and physical makeup to start from day one. Indy gets a much needed jolt on defense.
51. Los Angeles Rams: Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
If you watched the Rams last season, it was basically a montage of watching Jared Goff getting chased, and ultimately sacked. The Rams need to protect their #1 pick investment, and Dan Feeney is arguably the best offensive linemen in the class. If the concussions aren’t a reoccurring thing, this is a great value/need pick for the Rams.
52. Tennessee Titans: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
A tackling machine at Vanderbilt, Cunningham has flirted with first round prowess. Ultimately, he’ll likely slip due to the insane depth in this year’s class. The Titans get a slick maneuverer to plug into their LB corps.
53. Detroit Lions: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
The Lions need to add some pass rush, and Watt is raw on defense, but provides the versatility to play as a standup linebacker or base end in their scheme. They take a chance on a guy who comes from prestigious bloodlines.
54. Miami Dolphins: Dion Dawkins, OT/G, Temple
Even after stealing Laremy Tunsil in last year’s draft, Miami remains weak on the offensive line, especially on the interior. Dion Dawkins has seen a monumental rise since the Senior Bowl as he proved he is capable of shifting inside to guard.
55. New York Giants: Taylor Moton, OT/G, Western Michigan
Ereck Flowers is nothing short of a bust, and thus, the Giants are left with one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Offensive line will be in high demand early in the draft, and the Giants know they must address it before day two comes to a close. Protecting future franchise QB DeShone Kizer is pivotal.
OAK: 2nd RD (#62), 4th RD (#135), 2018 5th RD
PIT: 2nd RD (#56)
56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Derek Rivers, EDGE, Youngstown State
The Steelers trade up for a guy who they’ve been heavily connected to leading up to the draft. We all know Pittsburgh doesn’t have strict guidelines when it comes to their edge defenders; if you can play, you can play – and Rivers surely does that well. Rivers is a stout run defender but also generates a lot of pressure as well. A great fit in Steel City.
57. Houston Texans: Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA
Here is another guy who has been consistently mocked in the first round, but falls due to injury concerns. Takkarist McKinley adds yet another athletic pass rusher to Houston’s defense which also features the likes of J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus.
58. Seattle Seahawks: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
Since the revolving door of Brandon Browner, Byron Maxwell and whoever else, the Seahawks have struggled to solidify a starting caliber corner alongside Richard Sherman, so they draft another tall, lengthy, athletic corner to plug into that defense. If anyone is going to get the best out of Witherspoon, it’s Pete Carroll and the Seahawks’ coaching staff.
59. Kansas City Chiefs: Nate Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
A position they could potentially address in the first round, Andy Reid and the Chiefs grab their QB of the future as the second round comes to a close. Nate Peterman comes from the same mold of Alex Smith, and the offense wouldn’t miss a beat, if not gain some pep, when he’s ready to go.
60. Dallas Cowboys: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson
Defense, defense, defense will more than likely be the theme of this draft for the Dallas Cowboys. After adding their pass rusher on day one, they now look to rebuild their secondary. Tankersley is a long corner who excels in press coverage. He won’t make things easy off the line for Odell Beckham.
61. Green Bay Packers: Tyus Bowser, EDGE, Houston
The Packers are a mess on defense. Tyus Bowser did a variety of things at Houston and will give Mike McCarthy a nice chess piece in that LB corps. He can rush off the edge or even move inside – similar to a Clay Matthews role.
62. Oakland Raiders: Montravius Adams, DL, Auburn
Early in the draft process Martavius Adams was widely considered to be a 1st round prospect, but his inconsistent motor dropped him on boards. Still, when Adams’ motor is running, he’s an incredibly disruptive force. Adams gives off that Oakland Raider vibe and will be a nice addition at the 3-tech alongside Khalil Mack.
63. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
Reportedly, the Falcons want to implement more 3-safety setups, so this will be high on their target list. Evans is a rangy safety who makes big plays. If he tightens up his inconsistent tackling, he’ll be the perfect compliment to Keanu Neal.
64. Carolina Panthers: Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Jonathan Stewart is on his last legs, and even then, the Panthers need that speedy, slashing compliment for him, like what they had when DeAngelo Williams was in town. Kamara has fresh legs and brings an exciting running style to the stable. A 3-down back. He also scored higher than Christian McCaffrey on the Wonderlic, for what it’s worth.
65. Cleveland Browns: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
66. San Francisco 49ers: Chad Hansen, WR, California
67. Chicago Bears: Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
68. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tarell Basham, EDGE, Ohio
69. Los Angeles Rams: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
70. Atlanta Falcons: Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh
71. Los Angeles Chargers: Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
72. New England Patriots: Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn
73. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
74. Baltimore Ravens: Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
75. Buffalo Bills: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
76. New Orleans Saints: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech
77. Arizona Cardinals: Corn Elder, CB, Miami (FL)
78. Baltimore Ravens: ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama
79. Minnesota Vikings: Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo
80. Indianapolis Colts: Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State
81. Washington Redskins: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas
82. Los Angeles Rams: Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama
83. Tennessee Titans: Marcus Williams, S, Utah
84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tennessee
85. Detroit Lions: Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa
86. Minnesota Vikings: Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa
87. New York Giants: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
88. Oakland Raiders: Duke Riley, LB, LSU
89. Houston Texans: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
90. Seattle Seahawks: Dalvin Tomlinson, DL, Alabama
91. Kansas City Chiefs: Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State
92. Dallas Cowboys: K.D. Cannon, WR, Baylor
93. Green Bay Packers: Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
94. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerod Evans, QB, Virginia Tech
95. Atlanta Falcons: Joe Mathis, EDGE, Washington
96. New England Patriots: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
97. Miami Dolphins: Howard Wilson, CB, Houston
98. Carolina Panthers: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
99. New Orleans Saints: Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
100. Tennessee Titans: Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee
101. Washington Redskins: Isaac Asiata, G, Utah
102. Seattle Seahawks: Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
103. New Orleans Saints: Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
104. Kansas City Chiefs: Jermaine Eluemunor, OT, Texas A&M
105. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
106. Seattle Seahawks: Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
107. New York Jets: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
108. Tennessee Titans: Tanoh Kpassagnon, DL, Villanova
109. San Francisco 49ers: Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State
110. Carolina Panthers: Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell
111. Chicago Bears: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
112. Los Angeles Rams: Ryan Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
113. Los Angeles Chargers: John Johnson, S, Boston College
114. Washington Redskins: Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado
115. Carolina Panthers: Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State
116. Cincinnati Bengals: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
117. Chicago Bears: Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
118. Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Dayes, RB, N.C. State
119. Arizona Cardinals: Ethan Pocic, C, LSU
120. Minnesota Vikings: Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International
121. Indianapolis Colts: Shaquill Griffin, CB, UCF
122. Baltimore Ravens: Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami (FL)
123. Washington Redskins: Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
124. Tennessee Titans: Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force
125. Indianapolis Colts: Vince Biegel, EDGE, Wisconsin
126. Denver Broncos: Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
127. Detroit Lions: Davon Godchaux, DL, LSU
128. Minnesota Vikings: Will Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
129. Oakland Raiders: Rudy Ford, S, Auburn
130. Houston Texans: Brian Allen, CB, Utah
131. New England Patriots: Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland
132. Kansas City Chiefs: Elijah McGuire, RB, UL-Lafayette
133. Dallas Cowboys: Larry Ogunjobi, DL, Charlotte
134. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, UCLA
135. Oakland Raiders: Ishmael Zamora, WR, Baylor
136. Atlanta Falcons: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
137. Indianapolis Colts: George Kittle, TE, Iowa
138. Cincinnati Bengals: Avery Gennesy, OT/G, Texas A&M
139. New Orleans Saints: Sean Harlow, G/C, Oregon State
140. New York Giants: Carlos Watkins, DL, Clemson
141. Denver Broncos: Marquez White, CB, Florida State
142. Houston Texans: Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
143. San Francisco 49ers: David Sharpe, OT, Florida
144. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Glasgow, DL, Michigan
145. Cleveland Browns: Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
146. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
147. Chicago Bears: Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T
148. Jacksonville Jaguars: Danny Isidora, G, Miami (FL)
149. Los Angeles Rams: Tanzel Smart, DL, Tulane
150. New York Jets: Isaiah Ford, WR, Virginia Tech
151. Los Angeles Chargers: Deatrich Wise, EDGE, Arkansas
152. Carolina Panthers: Jack Tocho, CB, North Carolina State
153. Cincinnati Bengals: Zane Gonzalez, K, Arizona State
154. Washington Redskins: Chad Williams, WR, Grambling State
155. Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown
156. Buffalo Bills: Brad Seaton, OT, Villanova
157. Arizona Cardinals: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
158. Indianapolis Colts: Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida
159. Baltimore Ravens: Ashton Lampkin, CB, Oklahoma State
160. Minnesota Vikings: Jadar Johnson, S, Clemson
161. San Francisco 49ers: Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
162. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
163. New England Patriots: DeMarcus Walker, DL, Florida State
164. Tennessee Titans: Jeremy Cutrer, CB/S, Middle Tennessee State
165. Detroit Lions: Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
166. Miami Dolphins: Blair Brown, LB, Ohio
167. New York Giants: Matt Milano, LB, Boston College
168. Oakland Raiders: Ezra Robinson, CB, Tennessee State
169. Houston Texans: Nazair Jones, DL, North Carolina
170. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Saubert, TE, Drake
171. Buffalo Bills: Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
172. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Pirsig, OT, Minnesota
173. Pittsburgh Steelers: James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
174. Atlanta Falcons: Hardy Nickerson, LB, Illinois
175. Cleveland Browns: Dwayne Thomas, CB, LSU
176. Cincinnati Bengals: Delano Hill, S, Michigan
177. Denver Broncos: Paul Magloire, LB, Arizona
178. Miami Dolphins: Daeshon Hall, EDGE, Texas A&M
179. Arizona Cardinals: Trey Hendrickson, EDGE, Florida Atlantic
180. Kanas City Chiefs: Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
181. Cleveland Browns: Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State
182. Green Bay Packers: Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
183. New England Patriots: Carroll Phillips, EDGE, Illinois
184. Miami Dolphins: Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
185. Cleveland Browns: Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
186. Baltimore Ravens: Darrell Williams, OT, Western Kentucky
187. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan
188. Cleveland Browns: Jake Elliott, K, Memphis
189. Los Angeles Rams: Chase Roullier, C, Wyoming
190. Los Angeles Chargers: Marquel Lee, LB, Wake Forest
191. New York Jets: Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville
192. Carolina Panthers: Billy Brown, TE, Shepherd
193. Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma
194. Philadelphia Eagles: Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia
195. Buffalo Bills: T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina
196. New Orleans Saints: Lorenzo Jerome, S, Saint Francis (PA)
197. Arizona Cardinals: Nico Siragusa, G, San Diego State
198. San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
199. Minnesota Vikings: Steven Taylor, LB, Houston
200. New England Patriots: Leon McQuay III, S, USC
201. Washington Redskins: Joey Ivie, DL, Florida
202. San Francisco 49ers: Samson Ebukam, EDGE, Eastern Washington
203. Denver Broncos: Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA
204. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Des Lawrence, CB, North Carolina
205. Detroit Lions: Avery Moss, EDGE, Youngstown State
206. Miami Dolphins: Dylan Cole, LB, Missouri State
207. New York Giants: Dawaune Smoot, EDGE, Illinois
208. Oakland Raiders: Christian Tago, LB, San Jose State
209. Washington Redskins: Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan
210. Seattle Seahawks: David Jones, S, Richmond
211. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota
212. Green Bay Packers: Cameron Johnston, P, Ohio State
213. Pittsburgh Steelers: Treyvon Hester, DL, Toledo
214. Tennessee Titans: Grover Stewart, DL, Albany State
215. Detroit Lions: Ben Braden, G, Michigan
216. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Augusta, DL, Missouri
217. Cincinnati Bengals: Scott Orndoff, TE, Pittsburgh
218. Kansas City Chiefs: Connor Harris, LB, Lindenwood
219. San Francisco 49ers: Joshua Holsey, CB, Auburn
220. Washington Redskins: Garrett Sickels, EDGE, Penn State
221. Chicago Bears: Kyle Kalis, G, Michigan
222. Jacksonville Jaguars: Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska
223. Miami Dolphins: Dieugot Joseph, OT, Florida International
224. New York Jets: Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
225. Los Angeles Chargers: Patrick Towles, QB, Boston College
226. Seattle Seahawks: Antony Auclair, TE, Laval (CA)
227. Cincinnati Bengals: Wes Lunt, QB, Illinois
228. Dallas Cowboys: Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas
229. New Orleans Saints: Charles Walker, DL, Oklahoma
230. Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Hairston, CB, Temple
231. Arizona Cardinals: Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU
232. Minnesota Vikings: Jon Toth, C, Kentucky
233. Carolina Panthers: Treston Decoud, S/CB, Oregon State
234. Los Angeles Rams: Stacy Coley, WR, Miami (FL)
235. Washington Redskins: C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
236. Tennessee Titans: Aviante Collins, OT/G, TCU
237. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina
238. Washington Redskins: Cethan Carter, TE, Nebraska
239. New England Patriots: Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming
240. Miami Dolphins: Travis Rudolph, WR, Florida State
241. New York Giants: Erik Magnuson, OT, Michigan
242. Oakland Raiders: Damien Mama, G, USC
243. Houston Texans: Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA
244. Oakland Raiders: Brandon Wilson, CB, Houston
245. Kansas City Chiefs: Fish Smithson, S, Kansas
246. Dallas Cowboys: Blake Jarwin, TE, Oklahoma State
247. Green Bay Packers: Keion Adams, EDGE, Western Michigan
248. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois
249. Atlanta Falcons: Isaac Rochell, DL, Notre Dame
250. Detroit Lions: Zach Terrell, QB, Western Michigan
251. Cincinnati Bengals: Quincy Adeboyejo, WR, Ole Miss
252. Denver Broncos: Bryan Cox Jr., EDGE, Florida
253. Denver Broncos: Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee