SEVEN ROUND MEGA MOCK: day two
Click the links below to navigate to the rest of the mock draft:
33. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Lloyd Cushenberry, IOL, LSU
Cordy Glenn was released, and this line needs to be much better to help Joe Mixon run the football and help Joe Burrow stay upright.
34. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
*Received from The Colts as part of the trade for #30 (Jordan Love)
The Patriots finally make a selection and cover one of their multitude of needs. Zack Baun has the versatility to play edge or linebacker in any diffferent schemes. He’s New England’s new Kyle Van Noy.
35. DETROIT LIONS
Ross Blacklock, IDL, TCU
The Lions lost Snacks Harrison in free agency. Bringing in the gap-busting Ross Blacklock will pair nicely with the run-stuffing Danny Shelton on this defense’s interior.
36. NEW YORK GIANTS
Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
The Giants are desperately in need of help getting to the quarterback. If Terrell Lewis is past all his injury woes then he provides excellent value at this pick.
37. DETROIT LIONS
Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
*Received from The Chargers as part of the trade for #3 (Tua Tagovailoa)
Detroit continues to overhaul this defense. Xavier McKinney is a first round talent that slides to day two thanks to teams valuing other positions of need higher. Versatile and super smart, he’ll be an instant leader on the back end.
38. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
A deep draft-class means one or two names are bound to slip into the second round. Diggs mitigates a lack of strength with unparalleled instincts, and will seamlessly replace James Bradberry in this Panthers defense.
39. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Grant Delpit, S, LSU
A year of failing to tackle properly causes Grant Delpit to slide down the board, but it stops here. At his best he’s unplayable, a true multi-skilled safety that will finally banish the ghost of Minkah Fitzpatrick from this team.
40. HOUSTON TEXANS
Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma
The first pick for the Texans, whose Head Coach has whittled their draft selections away with some questionable trades. Gallimore is a top replacement for the excellent DJ Reader, who left for Cincinnati this offseason.
41. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
After addressing tackle in free agency and round one of the draft, the Browns move on to need number two. This defense has to get stouter against the run, and no linebacker does that better than Harrison. A hark back to old-school smashmouth football, he’ll fit in well in the blue-collar city of Cleveland.
42. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
The Jaguars look to be all in on Gardner Minshew, so it’s time to give him some viable weapons outside of DJ Chark. Shenault is dynamite with football in his hands and revels in gaining yard after contact.
43. CHICAGO BEARS
Antoine Winfield Jr, S, Minnesota
The first pick for the Bears in this draft, and they land one of my favourite prospects. Secondary is a big area of need for Chicago, and snagging Winfield gives them a true playmaker who can line up in various roles on the back end.
44. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
The Colts traded up earlier for Jordan Love, but still kept hold of a second rounder to give Philip Rivers a new receiver to throw to. Aiyuk is a slippery pass catcher who can MOVE. A master of the art of separation, Aiyuk should complement TY Hilton and Parris Campbell nicely.
45. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
*Received from the Buccaneers as part of the trade for #14 (Tristan Wirfs)
After eschewing tackle in favour of Derrick Brown in round one, the Cardinals use their extra pick to bolster their o-line on day two. The smooth Lucas Niang allowed just one sack in two seasons on the right side for TCU, and that’s exactly where he slots in for Arizona.
46. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
Received from the Broncos as part of the trade for #15 (Henry Ruggs)
Jacksonville continues to address their secondary with the addition of Chinn, a small-school prospect who loves to come down into the box and smack someone in the mouth. He’s got the size and speed to operate the hybrid linebacker-safety role that has become vogue in the NFL.
47. ATLANTA FALCONS
D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
Moving on from Devonta Freeman was an inevitable cap move, and the acquisition of Todd Gurley was a smart one. But Gurley needs his touches limiting, and D’Andre Swift is the best all-round ball carrier in this draft.
48. NEW YORK JETS
Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple
The Jets look to give their offensive line a boost by grabbing an underrated interior lineman, adding him to free agent additions George Fant, Connor McGovern and Greg Van Roten.
49. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Marlon Davidson, IDL, Auburn
Davidson is a pure gap buster getting into the backfield with bad intentions. He can play as a five technique in the Steeler’s 3-4 and kick inside on subpackages, offering interior pass rush.
50. CHICAGO BEARS
Robert Hunt, IOL, Louisiana
The abrupt retirement of Kyle Long was a huge blow to the Bear’s offensive line. Robert Hunt comes in with a lot of upside and has the potential to play tackle or guard.
51. DALLAS COWBOYS
Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Randall Cobb has moved on and The Cowboys look for their slot compliment to Cooper and Gallup. Reagor has the speed and shiftiness to tear defenses apart down the seams.
52. LOS ANGELES RAMS
Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
The Rams have lost anyone of note with pass rushing ability on this defense. Josh Uche isn’t going to pull his weight against the run but is a specialist in attacking the quarterback.
53. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Consider this a steal at this point of the draft. Igbinoghene is raw after playing receiver before the switch to corner two years ago. The ceiling is high and he helps replenish a position group that was vulnerable to injury last season.
54. BUFFALO BILLS
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Nobody has done a better job of filling gaps in free agency than Buffalo have, and the Diggs trade aside they’ve done it quietly and effectively. With Frank Gore approaching the end, they give Devin Singletary a star talent to help with the carries.
55. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Justin Madubuike, IDL, Texas A&M
The failed free agency deal for Michael Brockers shows The Ravens are kee to upgrade the interior of their defensive line. Madubuike brings some appreciated pass-rush ability between the tackles.
56. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
The Dolphins finally grab their blue-chip running back to put in their backfield. Edwards-Helaire’s pass catching ability dovetails nicely with north-south free agency pickup Jordan Howard.
57. LOS ANGELES RAMS
Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
This might be a little early for Dye, but the Rams are pretty desperate to bolster the linebacker position and use their bonus pick from Houston to do that. Dye has the instincts to be around the ball on every play.
58. DALLAS COWBOYS
Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
*Received from The Vikings as part of the trade for #22 (Mekhi Becton)
The departure of Byron Jones leaves a huge hole at cornerback, and The Cowboys benefit from a deep class allowing a talent like Arnette to fall to them late in the second round.
59. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
Bolstering the trenches is the order of the draft for Seattle, and after grabbing YGM in the first round swoop for a falling talent on the o-line on day two. A polarising prospet, Cleveland’s range could be as high as late first or as low as late third.
60. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Adding a big-bodied receiver to compliment Hollywood Brown and Willie Snead would take this Ravens offense to another level. DPJ is expected to have a much better NFL career than he did at college, and will benefit from working with an elite quarterback in Lamar Jackson.
61. TENNESSEE TITANS
Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
Cameron Wake has retired, but even with him on the roster the Titans were looking for pass-rush help. Okwara’s speed standing up off the edge will complement new addition Vic Beasley nicely.
62. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
*Received from The Packers as part of the trade for #23 (Denzel Mims, Baylor)
Deep speed kills defenses, and Hamler has it in spades. Whoever lines up under center will benefit from his game changing pace and how the attention it requires from the opposition opens up other receivers on the field.
63. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Damien Williams has been a nice surprise for the Chiefs, but a stud running back could take this offense from elite to unplayable. Step forward Dobbins, whose game-breaking plays at Ohio State were jaw dropping.
64. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama
Adding Gross-Matos and Raekwon Davis to this front seven could transform this defense back to the elite unit it was in the days of Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Brandon Mebane.
65. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte
The Bengals had the least number of sacks in the league last year. Highsmith should help address that.
66. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
With Trent Williams’ future looking elsewhere, The Redskins add a potential sleeper at tackle.
67. DETROIT LIONS
Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida
The Lions are desperate to find someone to line up opposite Trey Flowers. Greenard brings consistency and a nose for the football.
68. NEW YORK JETS
Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
The Jets current starters at corner are Brian Poole and Pierre Desir. Dantzler comes in and competes for a spot on the outside from day one.
69. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Ben Bartch, IOL, St. John's
Bartch comes with a ton of upside and helps mitigate the loss of Trai Turner to The Chargers.
70. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
DeVante Parker finally stepped up, Preston Williams looked good as a rookie. But Van Jefferson would upgrade a pass-catching corps lacking star talent.
71. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State
ADG provides the Chargers with smooth fluidity across the field but a violent edge in the tackle.
72. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton
The first tight end comes off the board and provides the Cards with an immediate upgrade over Maxx Williams.
73. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
Twelve months ago, Biadasz was the best center in college football. Injury gives the Jaguars a potential steal.
74. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Ashtyn Davis, S, California
Track speed meets good instincts. Davis can start in the box for the Browns whilst he develops his all-round game.
75. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame
The Colts lost Eric Ebron in free agency. Kmet is a do-it-all Tight End with room to grow his game.
76. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Ronald Jones looked better in year 2, but Cam Akers gives Brady & co. A legitimate ground game to work with.
77. DENVER BRONCOS
Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
One of the best cornerbacks in college football with the ball in the air, Hall tumbles to the Broncos due to an injury his final year in Virginia.
78. ATLANTA FALCONS
Leki Fotu. IDL, Utah
Thomas Dimitroff finds a guy to line up next to Grady Jarrett and harass the QB from the interior.
79. NEW YORK JETS
Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia
Desperate to protect Darnold better, Gang Green’s assault on their offensive line continues with the pick of Wilson.
80. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
Getting Jonathan Abram back will be like a bonus draft pick. Pairing him with the undersized but feisty Dugger will give the Raiders an elite secondary.
81. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
Davon Hamilton, IDL, Ohio State
Gruden bemoaned the play of his defensive tackles last season. Hamilton is excellent value at this pick.
82. DALLAS COWBOYS
Terrell Burgess, S, Utah
Jerry Jones continues to rebuild his secondary with Burgess, a versatile safety and proven team leader.
83. DENVER BRONCOS
Ben Bredeson, IOL, Michigan
Graham Glasgow was an excellent free agency pickup. Bredeson could move to right guard to bolster this o-line.
84. LOS ANGELES RAMS
Trey Adams, OT, Washington
A college career blighted by injuries, Adams may have lost a step. If so he should kick inside and be a high level guard for the Rams.
85. DETROIT LIONS
Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty
Adding Gandy-Golden to Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay gives the Lions a seriously good receiving trio.
86. BUFFALO BILLS
Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame
Josh Norman comes in on a risk-free contract, but he’s not the future. Pride has the potential to develop into a fine CB2 opposite Tre’Davious White.
87. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
The search for Gronk’s replacement continues with Bryant, a hybrid WR/TE who can play inside or out.
88. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
With Bridgewater leaving town, the Saints are looking to the future after Drew Brees. Taysom Hill is certainly an option for Sean Payton, but he will be intrigued by the dual-threat ability of Jalen Hurts. The former Alabama and Oklahoma QB makes plays with his legs and showed his deep accuracy at the NFL Combine. His mental processing may be pushed to it’s limits at the next level, but with two years to study Brees and learn from Payton, Hurts has the opportunity to be an effective quarterback on Sundays.
89. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
The Diggs replacement finally comes in round three for The Vikings, and it’s the hometown kid. Johnson is an effective chain-mover and competes at the catch point – a different type of weapon for Kirk Cousins.
90. HOUSTON TEXANS
Shane Lemieux, IOL, Oregon
Deshaun Watson is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league. Adding a nasty pass protector in Lemieux will help with that.
91. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
Brooks could go as high as the top of the second round. Great value for the Raiders, who have been actively looking for more linebackers this offseason.
92. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
High motor, great football instincts, but lacking the elite athleticism of the position – Weaver is well worth adding to a strong defensive line group in Baltimore.
93. TENNESSEE TITANS
Michael Onwenu, IOL, Michigan
Further additions to the offensive line as The Titans plan to unleash Derrick Henry on the world once again.
94. GREEN BAY PACKERS
Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
Jace Sternberger is still an unknown commodity after his rookie year was plagued with injury. Hopkins will battle him to replace Jimmy Graham.
95. DENVER BRONCOS
Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Much like last year, John Elway allows quarterback talent to fall to him on day two. Drew Lock was very promising replacing Joe Flacco midway through last season, but he’s still not guaranteed to be the answer long term in Denver. Eason provides some insurance. A cannon for an arm and can make any throw, the former Husky has some work to do on accuracy and decision making. But long-term he may provide more upside than Lock. Either way, the move gives Elway and The Broncos options.
96. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
Andy Reid still looking for pieces to add up front following the switch to Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3 defense.
97. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Larrell Murchison, IDL, NC State
More resources to help stop the run in the smashmouth AFC North. Murchison is a steal here.
98. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Michael Pittman, WR, USC
TRADE! Bengals send quarterback Andy Dalton to The Patriots for #98
The Bengals finally move on from Dalton and give their new franchise quarterback another weapon to add to AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Auden Tate. The Patriots finally answer the question of who starts under center in New England this season.
99. NEW YORK GIANTS
Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame
A great story of perserverance, Gilman provides tenacity and aggession to this Giant’s secondary.
100. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Matt Peart, OT, Connecticut
Fresh off finding their answer at quarterback, Belichick looks to bolster his protrection up front. Peart was a man amongst boys for UConn last year.
101. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
With DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, the addition of Greg Olsen and now Edwards, the Seahawks finally have a deep group of playmakers for Russell Wilson.
102. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Logan Stenberg, IOL, Kentucky
Steelers fans will love the nastiness that Stenberg brings to the interior of their offensive line.
103. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
JR Reed, S, Georgia
Malcolm Jenkins was the brains of the Eagles secondary. JR Reed provides similar levels of football IQ and leadership.
104. LOS ANGELES RAMS
Essang Bassey, CB, Wake Forest
The Rams find some competition for Troy Hill opposite Jalen Ramsey. Bassey has excellent ball skills and brings bonus blitz ability.
105. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
The cupboard is empty opposite Danielle Hunter at pass rusher for The Vikings. Finding a potential steal in Willekes late on day two is a nice surprise.
106. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Nick Harris, IOL, Washington
With Marshal Yanda retiring, The Ravens will look to add depth on the o-line. Harris has a long way to go to be in Yanda’s league, but provides value with the last pick of the third round.
Click the links below to navigate to the rest of the mock draft: