Mock Draft No. 3

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Less than three weeks before draft weekend and it’s time to for another mock draft, this time a two-rounder. We’re not going to assume any trades at this point but will mention those possibilities in our analysis. Expect two more rounds before the draft officially kicks off.

1

Cleveland Browns

Josh Allen

QB

Wyoming

Analysis: Allen has done a terrific job improving his footwork since the Senior Bowl and threw well at the combine and his pro day. But the question must be asked: is Hue Jackson the right coach to harvest Allen’s awesome potential?

 

2

New York Giants

Sam Darnold

QB

USC

Analysis: The Giants could go in a variety of ways at this pick, but the belief is that Darnold is the only quarterback they want.

 

3

New York Jets 

Josh Rosen

QB

UCLA

Analysis: There are a large number of people who believe the Jets prefer Baker Mayfield but they cannot miss with this pick, and Rosen has the least amount of downside of any quarterback in this draft.

 

4

Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans)

Saquon Barkley

RB

Penn State

Analysis: The Browns hope they selected their quarterback of the future with the first pick. There’s no doubt they selected the top player in the draft with this choice.

 

5

Denver Broncos

Baker Mayfield

QB

Oklahoma

Analysis: This could be the spot where the Buffalo Bills move up to ensure themselves a quarterback. If they don’t, Mayfield could be on his way to Denver.

 

6

Indianapolis Colts

Bradley Chubb

DE

North Carolina State

Analysis: Chubb is a natural fit for the Colts’ new defensive scheme. The Colts could trade down or could surprise at this spot and take Roquan Smith, who they are in love with.

 

7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minkah Fitzpatrick

DB

Alabama

Analysis: The Bucs need help at corner and safety. Fitzpatrick offers help at both.

 

8

Chicago Bears

Quenton Nelson

OL

Notre Dame

Analysis: Calvin Ridley is a consideration here, even with the signing of Allen Robinson in free agency, but help is also needed on the offensive line and Nelson will be a starter from Day 1.

 

9

San Francisco 49ers

Tremaine Edmunds

LB

Virginia Tech

Analysis: An edge rusher would be ideal, but it’s also a major reach. Edmunds is value at this spot and fortifies the Niners’ linebacker unit.

 

10

Oakland Raiders

Denzel Ward

CB

Ohio State

Analysis: The Raiders would love Edmunds, but he’s gone. They could surprise by taking one of the defensive tackles, but I have them selecting another fast, explosive OSU cornerback.

 

11

Miami Dolphins

Roquan Smith

OLB

Georgia

Analysis: The Dolphins would like to trade up for a quarterback and as I reported before the combine, that quarterback seems to be Josh Rosen. They also have a gaping hole at outside linebacker that Smith will fill.

 

12

Buffalo Bills  (via Cincinnati Bengals)

Mike McGlinchey

OT

Notre Dame

Analysis: The Bills will do all they can to move up and select a quarterback, but what if they can’t? They lost two starting offensive linemen this offseason and need immediate help up front.

 

13

Washington Redskins

Vita Vea

DL

Washington

Analysis: Vea would be lethal lining up next to Jonathan Allen, and Allen will help Vea lift his game. A potential surprise pick at this spot is Leighton Vander Esch.

 

14

Green Bay Packers

Josh Jackson

CB

Iowa

Analysis: The Packers need a pass rusher and a corner, but I’m just not sold on Marcus Davenport being a good fit for their system.

 

15

Arizona Cardinals

Calvin Ridley

WR

Alabama

Analysis: The Cardinals are another franchise likely to try and maneuver for a quarterback. Offensive line and free safety are considerations, but a future replacement for Larry Fitzgerald is high on the list.

 

16

Baltimore Ravens

Leighton Vander Esch

LB

Boise State

Analysis: The Ravens would like to take either an offensive lineman or a receiver in Round 1. With both gone, they take Vander Esch, who will form a great pairing with C.J. Mosley.

 

17

Los Angeles Chargers

Da'Ron Payne

DL

Alabama

Analysis: Payne offers assurance for the aging Brandon Mebane and he’s sensational value at this spot.

 

18

Seattle Seahawks

Harold Landry

DE

Boston College

Analysis: I fully expect the Seahawks to try to move down and collect extra picks. If not, it will be a defensive lineman or corner at this spot. We reported from the Senior Bowl that they like Marcus Davenport, but Harold Landry is the higher-rated pass rusher. 

 

19

Dallas Cowboys

Maurice Hurst

DT

Michigan

Analysis: A pass rusher is a possibility considering how disappointing Taco Charlton was last season, but Hurst is too good to pass up.

 

20

Detroit Lions

Marcus Davenport

DE

UT-San Antonio

Analysis: Placing the franchise tag on Ziggy Ansah was a good move, but the Lions still need another defensive end.

 

21

Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo Bills)

Billy Price

C

Ohio State

Analysis: James Daniels is the fashionable pick here, and he’s a player I like a lot, but Price is dominant, and his injury from the combine was not major.

 

22

Buffalo Bills

Lamar Jackson

QB

Louisville

Analysis: This is the contingency plan if the Bills can’t move up and draft one of the top three quarterbacks.

 

23

New England Patriots (via Los Angeles Rams)

Mike Hughes

CB

Central Florida

Analysis: I grade Hughes as second-round talent, but he’s the type of player the Patriots get the most from.

 

24

Carolina Panthers

Derwin James

S

Florida State

Analysis: Carolina needs a lot of help in the secondary, and James is great value at this point.

 

25

Tennessee Titans

Isaiah Wynn

G

Georgia

Analysis: Running back is a consideration here, but considering the need to protect Marcus Mariota and the Titans’ zone-blocking scheme, Wynn makes the most sense.

 

26

Atlanta Falcons

Taven Bryan

DT

Florida

Analysis: The Falcons fill a need with a Dan Quinn-type of player.

 

27

New Orleans Saints

Courtland Sutton

WR

SMU

Analysis: Sutton is a quality receiver who performed better than expected at the combine. He possesses next-level size and pass-catching skills and will be a terrific pairing with Michael Thomas.

 

28

Pittsburgh Steelers

Lorenzo Carter

LB

Georgia

Analysis: Running back is a consideration but it’s time to move on from Bud Dupree, and Carter is everything the 2015 first-round pick never was.

 

29

Jacksonville Jaguars

Michael Gesicki

TE

Penn State

Analysis: Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a terrific signing in free agency, but his career has run hot and cold. The Jags need pass catchers for Blake Bortles, and Gesicki is one of the best on the board.

 

30

Minnesota Vikings

William Hernandez

G

UTEP

Analysis: The Vikings fill a need with a potentially dominant player.

 

31

New England Patriots

Connor Williams

OL

Texas

Analysis: Williams adds to the competition to be Nate Solder’s replacement.

 

32

Philadelphia Eagles

Rashaan Evans

LB

Alabama

Analysis: A highly rated linebacker has always been a consideration at this spot, and Evans could be a steal.

 

No. 33: Cleveland Browns - Ronnie Harrison/S/Alabama

No. 34: NY Giants - Nick Chubb/RB/Georgia

No. 35: Cleveland Browns - Carlton Davis/CB/Auburn

No. 36: Indianapolis Colts - D.J. Moore/WR/Maryland

No. 37: Indianapolis Colts - Derrius Guice/RB/LSU

No. 38: Tampa Bay Bucs - Sony Michel/RB/Georgia

No. 39: Chicago Bears - Isaiah Oliver/CB/Colorado

No. 40: Denver Broncos - Jaire Alexander/CB/Louisville

No. 41: Oakland Raiders - Kolton Miller/OT/UCLA

No. 42: Miami Dolphins - Dallas Goedert/TE/South Dakota State

No. 43: New England Patriots - Christian Kirk/WR/Texas A&M

No. 44: Washington Redskins - Kerryon Johnson/RB/Auburn

No. 45: Green Bay Packers - DJ Chark/WR/LSU

No. 46: Cincinnati Bengals - Harrison Phillips/DT/Stanford

No. 47: Arizona Cardinals - James Daniels/C/Iowa

No. 48: LA Chargers - Malik Jefferson/LB/Texas

No. 49: Indianapolis Colts - Brian O'Neill/T/Pittsburgh

No. 50: Dallas Cowboys - James Washington/WR/Oklahoma State

No. 51: Detroit Lions - Ronald Jones II/RB/USC

No. 52: Baltimore Ravens – Hayden Hurst/TE/South Carolina

No. 53: Buffalo Bills -  Dante Pettis/WR/Washington

No. 54: Kansas City Chiefs - Jessie Bates III/S/Wake Forest

No. 55: Carolina Panthers - Sam Hubbard/DE/Ohio State

No. 56: Buffalo Bills - Kyzir White/S/West Virginia

No. 57: Tennessee Titans - Josh Sweat/DE/Florida State

No. 58: Atlanta Falcons - Austin Corbett/OL/Nevada

No. 59: SF 49ers - Marcell Ateman/WR/Oklahoma State

No. 60: Pittsburgh Steelers - Da'Shawn Hand/DL/Albama

No. 61: Jacksonville Jaguars - Josey Jewell/LB/Iowa

No. 62: Minnesota Vikings - Chukwuma Okorafor/T/Western Michigan

No. 63: New England Patriots - Justin Reid/S/Stanford

No. 64: Cleveland Browns - Tim Settle/DT/Virginia Tech