Post Combine Mock Draft (Second half)

Posted: March 20, 2018 in Football, New entries, NFL

17. Los Angeles Chargers – UW DT, Vita Vea – The Chargers had a stud pass defense and an atrocious rush defense in 2017. The Chargers could also rebuild their offensive line here with Connor Williams or Isaiah Wynn.
18. Seattle Seahawks – Iowa CB, Josh Jackson – Of the many needs Seattle has, defensive back has to be on Pete Carroll’s mind. Seattle also needs offensive line help outside of Duane Brown.
19. Dallas Cowboys – SMU WR, Courtland Sutton – Dez Bryant is still on the roster as of my writing this. Sutton is huge, performed well at the combine and could free up space for Dallas to pay DeMarcus Lawrence in 2019.
20. Detroit Lions – UTSA DE, Marcus Davenport – Ansah’s a productive pass rusher but he may not have the value to Detroit that he could have elsewhere. Ansah’s riding out a franchise tag, but if Matt Patricia is anything like his former head coach, he won’t want to pay Ansah long term. Davenport is the same type of risk/reward prospect Ansah was coming out of BYU.
21. Cincinnati Bengals from Buffalo Bills – UM DT, Maurice Hurst – The Bengals have needs at corner and offensive line. Hurst has a high ceiling and if his medical checks out he can pair GREAT with Bengals Ace DT Geno Atkins. Jaire Alexander could also go here.
22. New York Giants (Projected Trade) – Texas OT, Connor Williams – The Giants offensive line is pretty terrible. Pro Football Focus has it ranked as the 26th (out of 32) for 2017. The addition of Nate Solder will help, but even he’s a a slightly above average tackle. Williams could eventually take over at left tackle while starting at Right tackle immediately. Former first rounder Ereck Flowers hasn’t really panned out for the Giants.
23. Los Angeles Rams – BSU LB, Leighton Vander Esch – Esch is a bigger inside linebacker who excelled at Boise State. The Rams actually look pretty stacked on paper right now, with holes at inside linebacker. Esch is a high work ethic guy, Coach McVay will like that.
24. Carolina Panthers – UCLA OT, Kolton Miller – Left tackle has to be a priority for Carolina. Ryan Kalil will be retiring from center after 2018 and they will have little reason to keep under-performing Matt Kalil on the roster after that. Miller ran well at the combine. The Panthers could also look at Jaire Alexander here at corner.
25. Tennessee Titans – BC OLB, Harold Landry – The Titans could take a wide receiver here and it wouldn’t be a reach. I can’t imagine rookie head coach Mike Vrabel will take a wide receiver in round one when they can take Landry who has high potential at linebacker. Vrabel’s clearly a defensive mind and the Titans aren’t forced into drafting a certain position or player as they are solid at most core positions.
26. Atlanta Falcons – South Dakota State TE, Dallas Goedert – The Falcons offense in the postseason was Julio Jones vs. the world. Mohamed Sanu is a solid number two wideout, but Jones would benefit greatly by another red zone threat. The Falcons can drive the length of the field but stall in the redzone. Goedert can open up the offense for Matt Ryan.
27. New Orleans Saints – UGA OL, Isaiah Wynn – Drew Brees is still playing at a high level but he’s literally thirty-nine years old. The Saints hit the jackpot last draft getting Ryan Ramczyk, Marshon Lattimore, Marcus Williams, and Alvin Kamara in one draft, all of whom arguably played at a pro bowl level as rookies. Protecting Drew Brees should be paramount for this team. Wynn played a big part of Georgia’s playoff run as a left tackle.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Nick Saban U. LB, Rashaan Evans – The reality is that Ryan Shazier will not play in 2018. He may not play in 2019. The Steelers have to be ready at linebacker. The Steelers could also draft a running back here if they really want Bell gone, but they would’ve just let him walk if that was the plan all along. Evans is a trusty ‘Bama prospect who should be able to immediately contribute on D.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Louisville CB, Jaire Alexander – The Jags need a QB. I can’t imagine them drafting Luke Falk here. Alexander can fill in as a nickel corner until Jalen Ramsey’s rookie contract runs out and he’s demanding $25 million a year.
30. Minnesota Vikings – Okla. OT, Orlando Brown – The Vikings could look at slot corner here. This offensive line is SO BAD considering how good the team is. Brown’s conditioning got called into question when he under-performed at the combine. He’s got plus size and was successful in the College Football playoffs.
31. New England Patriots – Oregon OT, Tyrell Crosby – The Patriots will look at linebackers and quarterbacks here. They have the 49ers second round selection so they can maximize value and attempt to replace departed LT Nate Solder here. The Patriots could move Marcus Cannon to left tackle and have Crosby at right tackle until he’s ready to take over.
32. Philadelphia Eagles – Western Michigan OT, Chukwuma ‘Chuks’ Okorafor – Jason Peters is 36. If he doesn’t retire he has one year left on his contract. Outside of their crazy depth, the Eagles are relevant because of their incredibly high offensive line play. Replacing or preparing to replace Jason Peters should be paramount for Coach Pederson.

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