In the perfect draft, all teams would fill all the holes they have through young and upcoming players. I have tried to make that happen in my 3 round Mock Draft below. Warning, I am not an NFL GM, but sometimes I like to pretend.
There are some bold choices in here, but I could see them happening if the thought was put out into the universe. This year’s draft is mostly Defense driven, along with a few stud playmakers at Skill Positions, leading me to believe that the Quarterback positions will not be as heralded as in years past.
*Using team needs provided by www.nfl.com article by Dan Parr.
**All Trades have been proven mathematically fair through www.pro-football-reference.com Draft Pick Trade Value Chart.
***All Bold team names indicate the pick is involved in a draft day trade.
Now here we go, the Arizona Cardinals are on the clock!
- Arizona Cardinals- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Despite the rumors that the Cardinals are not shopping Josh Rosen, new head coach Kilff Kingsbury wants to start his tenure with a quarterback who he believes can run his offense how he wants. Kyler Murray is that Quarterback, he could have been that QB for him in college but opted to go to a different program.
- San Francisco 49ers- Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
I could see John Lynch trading out of this spot to a team looking to jump on a quarterback, but he opts for who he sees as the best player available, with Bosa the 49ers can make one of the scariest group of edge rushers in the NFC west. Bosa draws comparisons to his brother, Joey, and rightfully so, the guy is a freak and a sack artist.
- Denver Broncos (via NYJ for 10, 41, 71, 2020 3rd) Drew Lock, QB, Mizzou
John Elway moves up and grab the Quarterback to groom for either the whole season or part of the season behind Joe Flacco, they probably won’t have a shot at competing this season, but set themselves up for the future with this pick, probably Elway’s last chance at a QB if it doesn’t work out.
- Oakland Raiders- Devin White, LB, LSU
The Raiders pass on a pass rusher here due to the depth at the position, but they solidify another huge need with the best linebacker in this draft class. Devin White is a sideline to sideline linebacker and has range and the ability to get in the backfield on every play.
- Miami Dolphins (via TB for 13, 48, 2020 3rd) Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Dolphins leapfrog the Giants here believing they would select Haskins, grabbing themselves their Quarterback of the future and someone who can take control of the offense the moment Fitzmagic runs out (again).
- New York Giants- Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Somehow the top player on my board falls to #6, and the Giants gladly scoop him up. Williams will come in and try to fill the gap that Damon Harrison left. Williams can stuff the run and create an interior rush on a defensive line looking for some life.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- Jawaan Taylor, RT, Florida
The Jags found their answer at LT with Cam Robinson, now to solidify the right side of the line with Taylor. They could have opted for a pass rusher to groom and play sparingly, but RT is a bigger need for them if they want to win now before they have to pay Jalen Ramsey, Yannick Ngakoue, and Myles Jack.
- Kansas City Chiefs (via DET for 29, 61, 2020 2nd, 92) Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
The Chiefs move way up here for a pass rusher to replace who they lost this offseason and Bob Quinn made it clear he is more than willing to move down. Josh Allen should replace and eventually out produce Dee Ford, and will help KC in their pursuit of a Super Bowl. Allen presents a whole lot of upside and that will lead the Chiefs to trade up here if he is available.
- Buffalo Bills- Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Gary, who is athletically special, can move around their defensive line to create mismatches and help them rush the passer. I don’t think he will spend the entire time at Defensive Tackle but will be brought in to try and replace Kyle Williams. His workouts and his potential is phenomenal. Gary can stuff the run, collapse the pocket and prove to be a menace, his stat sheet just doesn’t always reflect.
- New York Jets (via DEN)- Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
The Jets really need a running mate for Leonard Williams on the defensive line and with the addition of Ed Oliver, who is an outstanding defensive lineman, and will only get better playing against higher competition and help the Jets defense tremendously. Oliver presents a whole lot of upside and I believe that Gregg Williams will unleash his potential as he did with Myles Garrett in Cleveland.
- Cincinnati Bengals- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Bengals need help at linebacker but they can grab one of the top OL in this draft class. Williams played all over for Alabama, despite not measuring like a traditional Tackle, his footwork and overall performance will allow him to play there in the NFL.
- Green Bay Packers- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Packers filled their need for edge rushers in free agency, so I have them picking the top TE in the draft, Hockenson has the floor of an above average starter in the NFL and could learn under Jimmy Graham and Mercedes Lewis to become one of the best in the NFL.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via MIA) Devin Bush Jr, LB, Michigan
The Bucs move down here and put themselves in prime position to replace the departed Kwan Alexander. Devin Bush is a great athlete and a great sideline to sideline LB with good cover skills and a lot of pop in the pads that doesn’t miss many tackles
- Atlanta Falcons- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Falcons get Grady Jarrett a running mate and a possible replacement if they cannot sign him long term. Wilkins is a big body who can fit into the Falcons defensive scheme easily. Wilkins and Jarrett will allow the outside rushers to get in the backfield.
- Washington Redskins- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Redskins pass up on a quarterback here because a WR is a bigger need for a team that has an injured Alex Smith waiting to return and a decent bridge QB. Metcalf is a freak, we all found that out at the combine, he will also push around the cornerbacks in the NFC east and give the Redskins a real threat at WR.
- Carolina Panthers- Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
17 years ago, Carolina drafted a freaky Defensive End named Julius Peppers, and now he’s gone (for good this time) Sweat is a freaky defensive end who can come in and give help to a defensive line that will sorely miss Peppers, his minor heart condition is not a problem here.
- New York Giants (via CLE) Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Giants traded a top-5 WR for this pick, which they use on a player to keep their QB upright. Dillard has risen up draft boards and will help on the right side of the line until they have had enough of Nate Solder and move Dillard to LT.
- Minnesota Vikings- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Vikings could save 13 Mil and 9 mil by getting rid of Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes, and sticking with Murphy, Hughes and Alexander. Murphy is arguably the top corner in the draft and the Vikings could go younger and cheaper with not a whole lot of drop off in performance.
- Tennessee Titans- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Titans need another receiving threat for Mariota, no Tannehill, well whoever is at the helm in 2019, and Noah Fant can do just as much as Delanie Walker can do in the receiving game, and he is younger and can fill in on 1st and 2nd down if Walker has yet another season ending injury.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Steelers have no pressing needs, but they do need to find someone to eventually take over for Joe Haden, Steven Nelson will be a serviceable #2 for now but Baker is a really good all-around corner, he may not have the best track speed in the draft, but he plays fast enough to be a good starting corner in the NFL.
- Seattle Seahawks- N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Seahawks have one of the better receiving duos in the NFL right now, but Doug Baldwin is getting older and Tyler Lockett is a one trick pony. Adding Harry brings size and jump ball winner. The Seahawks are desperately trying to give QB Russell Wilson a reason to stay.
- Baltimore Ravens- Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
What Lamar Jackson needs right now is a big bodied WR to be able to reach out and grab anything he can. Butler has an impressive catch radius and wins jump balls often. Giving them a true outside threat can also open up the field for Jackson to run ramped.
- Houston Texans- Garrett Bradbury, OG, North Carolina State
The Texans have a good quarterback, good receivers, good defense, but a terrible OL. Bradbury can be a day one starter at center or guard and help fill holes so DeShaun Watson can stay upright and healthy.
- Oakland Raiders- Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
The Raiders begin their journey to replacing Khalil Mack, Burns has some of the best bend in this draft and can get in the backfield better than anyone currently on the Oakland roster. Burns will team up with Arden Key to try and get after opposing quarterbacks.
- Philadelphia Eagles- Andraez “Greedy” Williams, CB, LSU
The Eagles have had some serviceable corners but last year was terrible for them trying to play the “next man up” game. Sidney Jones isn’t looking like what they hoped he would be. Williams here would be a top notch corner for them for years to come.
- Indianapolis Colts- Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
The Colts have a decent DL as is, but add in Simmons who tore his ACL in the pre-draft process should be good to go come playoff time. He was a top-10 prospect who falls due to injury, but the Colts could come pick him up at the end of the first round and give them the 5th year option with him.
- Oakland Raiders- Jonathan Abram, Safety, Mississippi St
The Browns are clearly in win-now mode, and they just shipped Jabrill Peppers out of town so they could use a new safety next to Damarious Randall, and they also get that important 5th year option on Abram.
- Los Angeles Chargers- Dexter Lawrence, NT, Clemson
Dexter Lawrence is a huge body in the center of the line, and he will help pull away the double teams from Bosa or Ingram. He can come in and play immediately or rotate with Brandon Mebane until the Chargers finally dump him after this year.
- Detroit Lions (via KC) A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
A.J. Brown is a good route runner, has good hands, has good speed, but he isn’t as big as the receivers selected before him. Brown will take over in a role left wide open by Golden Tate. Brown won’t immediately get 100 catches on the Lions, but will be a good compliment to Jones and Golladay.
- Green Bay Packers (via NO) Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
The Packers are doubling up on offense with their first two picks, and Campbell should help out Aaron Rodgers as a deep threat and a quick receiver to replace what Randall Cobb brought to the offense. And Campbell is a durable option, which is why he is a first rounder over “Hollywood Brown”.
- Los Angeles Rams- Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
The Rams have a single glaring hole, and that is linebacker, they got Clay Matthews but he won’t be a long term fix, and neither is Cory Littleton, Mack Wilson will step in and be a good linebacker in Wade Phillip’s defense.
- Houston Texans (via AZ for Jadeveon Clowney via NE for Josh Rosen) Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
BIG TRADE, This Scenario, the Cardinals send Rosen to NE for the first rounder they wanted, then the Texans call AZ who is willing to part with their first of two consecutive picks for former #1 overall pick Clowney (playing on franchise tag) and they give the final pick with a 5th year option to the Texans where they grab a running back who can do it all. Jacobs will compliment Watson and allow the Texans to dump Lamar Miller.
- Arizona Cardinals- Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Who better to help Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury run their offense. They made good defensive signings in free agency. Now they need to focus on the offense so they can score a boatload of points. Brown is a huge homerun threat and also gives Murray a known target.
- Indianapolis Colts- Taylor Rapp, Safety, Washington
The Colts have to upgrade their Defensive backfield, Clayton Geathers isn’t the answer and Rapp might have ran slow at the combine, but he on the field he plays faster and he has great instincts for a safety.
- Oakland Raiders- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, CB/S, Florida
The Raiders choose who they may view as a first round talent, in early in the second round, Gardner-Johnson can play Safety or Corner, depending on where Paul Guenther wants to put him, this Minkah Fitzpatrick without being from Alabama.
- San Francisco 49ers- Nasir Adderly, Safety, Delaware
The 49ers missed out on Earl Thomas in free agency, and they shored up their defensive line in round one. Adderly is a rangy safety who could step in day one and produce for the 49ers
- New York Giants- Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State
Kelvin Harmon will take on a huge task, try to replace the production of OBJ. Harmon is a big receiver who can win 50-50 balls, his route running isn’t polished, and he lacks the ability to run after the catch, but he has the size and ball skills to be a #1 receiver for Eli.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- Irv Smith jr, TE, Alabama
The Jaguars haven’t had a playmaking tight end in years. Smith will be a good target for Foles, we know Foles likes his TE’s, and Smith could be a huge factor in Foles’ success in Jacksonville.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
Tampa needs some help along their D-line, Ferrell is a very good pass rusher and can rotate in with JPP and Carl Nassib. Ferrell is very good, but I can’t help but think he benefited at Clemson from having 2 first round picks playing next to him.
- Buffalo Bills- Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
The Bills signed Tyler Kroft to a huge, undeserved deal, and with a young QB in Josh Allen they should double down at the position to give him some safety blankets in case his undersized receiving trio can’t get open.
- New York Jets (via DEN) Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida
The Jets want more help at OLB/Edge, they tried to get it with Anthony Barr but he spurned them to return to the Vikings. Polite tested very slowly, like pedestrian slow, but he is still a very good pass rusher and can help the Jets a lot doing just that.
- Cincinnati Bengals- Te’von Coney, LB, Notre Dame
Te’Von Coney came in a little small and slow at his pro day, but he didn’t put up terrible numbers, The Bengals are looking for linebackers bad, and Coney is the best on the board here and can step in and become a defensive cornerstone for this Bengals team desperate for one.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (via DET for 52, swap 66 and 88) Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
After trading Antonio Brown the Steelers have draft capital and a need at WR opposite of Juju. Samuel is a receiver similar to brown, he runs routes as well as anyone in this draft.
- Green Bay Packers- Geramine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State
After the Packers lost Clay Matthews they are looking for a linebacker who can fill in and help Blake Martinez in the middle, Pratt may not be the fastest LB in the draft, but he can still get around the field and make plays. He covers well, as a former safety, he tackles well, and can be a good part of the new defensive show in Green Bay.
- Atlanta Falcons- Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
The Falcons released Robert Alford this offseason and are now in the market for someone on the opposite side of Desmond Trufant, Love is a guy who can lock down the field and hang with the receivers in the division. He may not be a day one started but will be a valuable piece as a rookie.
- Washington Redskins- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
The Redskins have a need for a Quarterback of the future, and Jones here is too good a value to pass up. Ones is a big tall QB who may not have the biggest arm, but he is mobile and very accurate. Despite not having the Josh Allen type arm, he makes good decisions and can sit for a year under Case Keenum and Alex Smith.
- Carolina Panthers- Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
The Panthers don’t have the depth at tackle or guard. They also need a plan if they don’t bring back Daryl Williams and Ford could start at LG if they wanted him to this season.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via MIA) Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Tampa Bay has some solid players in their secondary, but need a solid #2, Vernon Hargreaves is a good player, but he is more of a slot corner due to size requirements, especially in the NFC South.
- Cleveland Browns- Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
The Browns signed Sheldon Richardson and traded for Olivier Vernon but getting Tillery here would be an upgrade over Larry Ogunjobi, and they could potentially ship him out of town for a later pick.
- Minnesota Vikings- Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
The Vikings have okay starting Tackles, but Risner could replace them. Plug in Risner to LT and have Reiff move over to his more natural position at RT. You have to make your O-line better, especially when you have a QB getting paid almost 30 mil a season guaranteed.
- Tennessee Titans- Erik Mccoy, C/G, Texas A&M
The Titans lost Quinton Spain a couple weeks ago but Mccoy can step right in and fill that hole, to help make running lanes for Derrick Henry and protect whatever QB they choose to play. Mccoy has features that can make him a star in this league, he just needs some help getting there.
- Detroit Lions (via PIT) Deionte Thompson, Safety, Alabama
Glover Quin was released this offseason and the Lions need to bring in a safety who can do it all just like Quin. Thompson is as good a ball hawk as Eddie Jackson and tackles as well as Landon Collins, he is a steal in round 2.
- Philadelphia Eagles- Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
The Eagles still have a very good defense that just keeps getting better, linebacker is still a need though, LJ Fort isn’t a real long term answer at MLB, Joseph can step in once in a while and play decent, might need a year to develop.
- Houston Texans- Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan
Earlier in my mock the Texans traded away Clowney, Chase Winovich won’t fill that need as a rookie, he needs to develop, be in a rotation, but he can do that in Houston with Whitney Mercilus or D.J. Reader. Winovich is one of the highest motor players I have ever seen which will bode well playing with J.J. Watt.
- Houston Texans- Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
The Texans addressed one spot on the offensive line, now they find themselves a player who can play both tackle spots, but I see him starting at RT for the Texans immediately and helping protect Deshaun Watson in pass protection and helping in the run game as well.
- New England Patriots- Dre’mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
Dre’mont Jones is a very good DT, he made so many plays on the OSU D-line even without Nick Bosa next to him. And the Patriots need help at the interior of their D-line. Jones is arguable the best pass-rushing DT in this class, with a lot of upside to become the next big DL in New England.
- Philadelphia Eagles- Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
The Eagles have to start planning for the future at their tackle positions, and Cajuste is a prospect who will need to develop but he could become a very good tackle in the NFL in a year or two.
- Dallas Cowboys- Juan Thornhill, Safety, Virginia
The Cowboys missed out on Earl Thomas after his infamous “come and get me” blow up to Jason Garrett, but the Cowboys get a good safety who has great ball skills and is good at deep coverage.
- Indianapolis Colts- Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
The Colts don’t have a bad receiving corps by any means, but adding a young receiver with some size to go with him can’t hurt. He also has the speed to stretch the field for Andrew Luck, and draw safeties away from T.Y. Hilton or Eric Ebron.
- Los Angeles Chargers- Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
The Chargers have a good offensive line right now, but could use an upgrade at RT and Howard might be able to come in from day 1 and be a good RT for the Chargers. Howard hasn’t played against much NFL pass rushers but he should be able to adapt to NFL talent quickly.
- Detroit Lions (via KC) Lonnie Johnson jr, CB, Kentucky
The Lions have long been looking for someone to secure the opposite side of the field as Darius Slay, and Lonnie Johnson has been a big riser in the pre-draft process, he is lengthy and is fast for a big corner and can step in for the Lions and help their secondary.
- New Orleans Saints- Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College
The Saints need help at Interior O-line after Max Unger called it a career, they could go for a TE here but they opt to get a young player to be their Center of the future in case Easton doesn’t work out, Lindstrom is also capable of filling in at Guard.
- Kansas City Chiefs- David Long, CB, Michigan
The Chiefs don’t sport the Corners they used to, and they need the help on defense and could use someone to help in the passing game. Long is a good corner who could start for the Chiefs in a year and help in a rotational role as a rookie.
- New England Patriots- L.J. Collier, Edge, TCU
Collier is a little stiff and lacks bend and explosiveness that you want as an NFL team, but he can learn that as he rotates into the lineup as a rookie behind Michael Bennett and can help the Patriots fill the gap left by Trey Flowers departure.
- Arizona Cardinals- Gerald Willis III, DT, Miami
Willis is a big bodied, disruptive DT, he can push the pocket and really help his outside pass rush. The Cardinals really lack a presence on the interior of their line.
- Detroit Lions (via PIT) Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, Louisiana Tech
Even with adding Trey Flowers, and re-signing Romeo Okwara, the Lions need rushers to rotate in and Ferguson is such a raw pass rusher. He can play sparingly and get in reps in a limited role until he adapts to the NFL Tackles he will be squaring off against.
- San Francisco 49ers- J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
The 49ers have good small receivers, but they need a bigger target who can win jump balls and be a true red-zone threat. Arcega-Whiteside has the size and ability to do just that, and he doesn’t even have to leave the Bay Area.
- New York Jets- Greg Little, OT, Mississippi
The Jets need help along their offensive line to help protect Sam Darnold and to open lanes for LeVeon Bell, and Little’s stock fell due to him being slow and just out of shape. But go to last year and look at Orlando Brown Jr, this could be a real value pick right here.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- Zach Allen, Edge, Boston College
The Jaguars have a good stable of edge rushers, but Calais Campbell is 33 years old and they need to start to plan for life without him. Allen is a good pass rusher and can help set the edge in the run game.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
The Buccaneers have struggled in the run game for a couple of years now, and Bruce Arians goes out and gets a running back who can run the ball and has shown that he can catch the ball when needed, he hopes to become David Johnson 2.0 in Arians offense.
- New York Jets (via DEN) Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
The Jets have a need at corner depth, Mullen could come in and start, but I see him coming in more to play a role on defense. He excels at Man coverage but still has a lot to work on.
- Cincinnati Bengals- Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
The Red Rifle has seen his best days, which weren’t anything spectacular. Zac Taylor grabs a Quarterback who he can groom for a year and then try and turn him into his new Jared Goff. Grier is one of the better Quarterbacks in this draft and has great upside.
- New England Patriots- Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
The Patriots no longer have a need for a Quarterback of the future, so they grab one of their small slot guys. Isabella is a shifty WR, and very fast, he can get past defenders with a shake but may need time to adjust to higher level cornerbacks.
- Buffalo Bills- Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
The Bills have a retirement home as their RB stable, Frank Gore and Shady Mccoy are near the end, and they would save a lot of money shipping Mccoy out of town. Miles Sanders is a good running back and will be a starter in this league.
- Green Bay Packers- David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
The Packers love Wisconsin lineman, they are adept to the weather and it helps that Edwards was one of the top Tackles in the Big 10 last year, and it’s never a problem to have someone who can step into either Tackle spot.
- Washington Redskins- Oshane Ximines, Edge, Old Dominion
Washington is looking for Edge Rushers because they lost Preston Smith, and Ximines might need to rotate in to adjust to the NFL level, but he has good upside and can play end or outside backer to set the edge in the run game.
- Carolina Panthers- Darnell Savage Jr, Safety, Maryland
The Panthers are looking for a running mate for Eric Reid, and Savage is fast and plays bigger than his 5’11 frame would suggest. He has good range and is very fluid.
- Miami Dolphins- Elgton Jenkins, IOL, Mississippi State
Jenkins has the ability to play Guard or Center and The Dolphins need an upgrade at both. Jenkins doesn’t play as big as he is, but he takes on rushers and is smart about it, he is a good interior offensive lineman who could start day 1 for Miami.
- Atlanta Falcons- Joe Jackson ,Edge, Miami
Atlanta is still waiting on Takk Mckinley to show up for them, and need someone to come in and help Vic Beasley, Jackson can help by rotating in with Mckinley and rushing the passer.
- Oakland Raiders (via CLE) David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
The Raiders are looking to upgrade their Running back stable, and Montgomery is the best running back left on the board. Montgomery doesn’t have elite burst, but his toughness after contact will help him and so will his soft hands out of the backfield.
- Minnesota Vikings- Bobby Evans, OG, Oklahoma
Evans is a big Guard, some look at him as a tackle, but he should be a guard in the NFL due to his athleticism and ability in the run game. The Vikings have bad depth at Guard. With the addition of Risner earlier they pick another lineman who can play inside or out in a pinch.
- Tennessee Titans- Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Riley Ridley is a good route runner and can help out his quarterback by finding holes in a defense, he ran a little sow at the combine but that shouldn’t be a problem as he likely won’t be a vertical threat in this Titans offense.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- Ben Banogu, Edge, TCU
Pittsburgh should look for depth along the edge here, and Banogu may not be the most athletically gifted edge rusher in the draft, but he has been productive and help the defense become disruptive along with T.J. Watt.
- Seattle Seahawks- Amani Hooker, Safety, Iowa
Earl Thomas out, Hooker in, Amani Hooker is a good zone coverage safety who can tackle pretty well. He has very good ball skills and could step in right away. He may not be Earl Thomas, but he is a decent start to trying to replace him.
- Baltimore Ravens- D’Andre Walker, Edge, Georgia
The Ravens just lost TSizzle and Za’Darious Smith to free agency, D’Andre Walker is a stout run defender that needs work on his pass rushing skills but is an overall good prospect who can help contribute and help the Ravens get back to the playoffs.
- Houston Texans- Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
Houston needs a Tight End to be able to come in and block and help DeShaun Watson in the passing game, Wilson is a decent pass catcher and can provide a security blanket on 3rd downs to move the chains.
- Chicago Bears- JoeJuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
Williams is a very lengthy corner and a good press corner, he may need a year to learn the pro game and adjust, but he played very well against the receivers in the SEC and can help the Bears defense.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (via DET) Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
Giles-Harris can come in and play MIKE linebacker, but might have to sit behind Jon Bostic for a part of the season. He may not be the best athlete in this draft but he has the ability to cover running backs and tight ends and is a great finisher.
- Indianapolis Colts- Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
Justin Layne is a good lengthy corner, he can step in and help the Colts secondary. He can cover big athletic Tight Ends or he can cover a tall fast receiver. He has tremendous ball skills being a former WR, and can play press/man coverage in the Colts Defense.
- Dallas Cowboys- Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama
Buggs is a big body who can step in next to Demarcus Lawrence and take on a body or two to try and free up DLaw. He is a good interior pass rusher and has the potential to become the next big overlooked Alabama lineman.
- Los Angeles Chargers- Ryan Findley, QB, North Carolina State
With the depth at the WR position in this draft, the Chargers grab their heir to Philip Rivers. Ryan Findley is a good QB who can make the NFL throws, he is accurate and plays smart football just like when Rivers was coming out of NC State.
- Detroit Lions (via KC) Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State
McGovern is a big Guard with a lot of athleticism and a lot of strength. He may not come in and start immediately for the Lions, but he has the foundation to develop into somebody to take over for the recently retired TJ Lang.
- New York Jets- Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida State
The Jets already got help along their Defensive line in the first round, but doubling up here will help out the line and the defense as a whole, Christmas is a good run defender and just needs to develop his pass rush in the NFL.
- Los Angeles Rams- Daniel Wise, DL, Kansas
Wise is an interior lineman who can shoot gaps and get in the backfield. He played on a bad Kansas team, but if he comes in to play next to Aaron Donald, he might be able to fill the gap left by Suh.
- New York Giants- Amani Oruwarie, CB, Penn State
The Giants would like to bring in some help in their secondary and Oruwarie is a lengthy corner who can press and play zone. He has a good nose for the ball and can become a playmaker early.
- Washington Redskins- Michael Dieter, OL, Wisconsin
Dieter is a player that can play both Guard and Tackle. This is a backup plan in case Ereck Flowers keeps being Ereck Flowers and also a potential replacement for Trent Williams. Dieter has the size and athleticism and good hands to play either position in the NFL to a high level.
- New England Patriots- Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
The Patriots just lost Gronk which leaves a huge hole on offense. Oliver has very good receiving skills and can help Tom Brady in the passing game, but at this point he is a liability in run blocking.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo
Looking at the Jags receiving corps, they lack a true jump ball receiver and could use someone for Nick Foles to look for in a jump ball situation. He wins 50/50 balls, but he will have an adjustment to make against NFL Cornerbacks.
- Los Angeles Rams- Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
Todd Gurley has a knee issue that we don’t know is getting better, but he is still one of the best RB’s in the league. Bring in Justice Hill, who is a shifty back, but hits holes and can be a good rotational back in the NFL.
- Carolina Panthers- Anthony Nelson, Edge, Iowa
Anthony Nelson is a very overlooked player in the draft, but he can get off blocks and get int9o the backfield. He can also set the edge in the run game. Add him and Sweat, and they have an Edge combo that can take over for their current starters by year 2 and be a good young combo.
- New England Patriots- Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
Last year the Patriots secondary wasn’t terrible, but they could use young depth to develop. Johnson had a terrific combine and a good pre-draft process. Add him into the Patriots depth chart and see him make plays as a rookie and more to come after.
- Baltimore Ravens- Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
When you think of Lamar Jackson you think of explosive, same with Bryce Love. He was a playmaker for the Cardinal and finished ahead of Jackson in the 2017 Heisman voting. He is an outside runner that can catch passes out of the backfield and take them the distance. He has durability concerns but he is a homerun threat, he can be a backfield mate and return man.