2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Round 2

33. Cleveland Browns: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
The Cleveland Browns are weak in general at defensive back. With this year’s cornerback class being deep, they have a chance to snag a strong corner at the top of the 2nd round. Mike Hughes is a raw but physical corner prospect. His instincts and awareness need improvement, but I chalk that up to inexperience. Hughes is also a big threat in the return game.

34. New York Giants: Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
Brian O’Neill is a long and athletic right tackle. His technique will need cleaning up and he does lack ideal power. But, he’s a perfect fit for Pat Shurmur’s zone blocking scheme and would be a major upgrade over Ereck Flowers.

35. Cleveland Browns: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Josh Gordon didn’t miss a beat. He’ll serve as a great target for whichever quarterback the Browns select at number one. They’ll still want to grab a wide receiver to play opposite of Gordon. Courtland Sutton isn’t the quickest receiver and will need to tighten up his route running. But, he’s an ideal red zone target with reliable hands. Sutton and Gordon could be a dangerous combo for Cleveland.

36. Indianapolis Colts: Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
Indianapolis only managed 25 sacks last year (ranking 31st in the league.) Picking an EDGE rusher early will be at the top of the agenda for Indianapolis. Sam Hubbard didn’t ‘wow’ me when I watched him. But, I’ll give him credit for being well-rounded. Hubbard displays great awareness, a strong motor, and ideal size for an EDGE rusher.

37. Indianapolis Colts: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
The Colts could use an upgrade at number two receiver. When watching D.J. Moore his speed is clear right away and makes him one of the toughest covers in the draft. When he gets into a rhythm he can take over games. Moore would be a nice welcome back gift for Andrew Luck.

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Doug Martin was a failure again, so the Buccaneers will be looking for a running back early. This is a deep draft, so Tampa will have a lot of options to choose from. Sony Michel was one of my favorite backs from this year’s class. He’s a running back with great speed, elusiveness, and deceptive power. Michel was also valuable as a pass catcher. I’m confident he’s a number one back in the NFL.

39. Chicago Bears: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Chicago’s receivers were dreadful and left Mitchell Trubisky with little to work with. Christian Kirk is a dynamic receiver, who’s deadly in open space. Kirk also lined up at running back at times and could give Chicago an extra wrinkle to their offense.

40. Denver Broncos: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
Denver’s quarterbacks failed for many reasons. An underrated aspect was their lack of a strong slot receiver. They need the type of receiver that takes a short bubble screen and turns it into a big play. Anthony Miller can be that guy. Miller made his living making plays after the catch. Despite his small stature, he displayed solid strength and was Memphis’s go-to receiver on crucial plays.

41. Oakland Raiders: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Oakland Raiders pass defense struggled last year. Tag that along with the loss of TJ Carrie via free agency, Oakland is in need of some secondary help. Jaire Alexander looks so comfortable on the field. He’s a great cover and is often step for step with receivers. His instincts and awareness is top-notch. He would slide in at nickel for the Raiders and contribute right away.

42. Miami Dolphins: Billy Price, C, Ohio State
The Dolphins let Mike Pouncey go this off-season. I expect them to draft a replacement early. Billy Price is solid value here. A well-rounded center with a nice combo of strength and athleticism. Price has week one starter potential.

43. New England Patriots: Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Georgia
New England’s pass rush has been mediocre and could use a boost. Lorenzo Carter is my top pass rusher in this year’s draft. He’ll need to bulk up a bit. But, Carter’s intelligence and awareness on the field impressed me. He also has a nice combination of length and power which helps him get separation as a rusher.

44. Washington Redskins: Ronald Jones, RB, USC
Washington ranked 28th in total rush yards this past season. Ronald Jones could help fix that. He’s a little lean, but Jones is pure speed and elusiveness. He was also reliable as a pass catcher.

45. Green Bay Packers: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
Green Bay’s secondary as a whole could use improvement. Carlton Davis is a strong and physical corner (sometimes to a fault.) His size and strength allow him to wear down receivers. He’d be a great fit for a team in need of an outside corner.

46. Cincinnati Bengals: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The Bengals are going to have to spend several early picks on their offensive line. Orlando Brown had an abysmal combine which may cause him to drop this far. In games though, he showcased his power and was strong in the run game. His athleticism will remain his biggest concern.

47. Arizona Cardinals: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
Arizona’s wide receiving corps outside of Larry Fitzgerald is weak. And with Fitzgerald nearing retirement, receiver is a major need. D.J. Chark’s stats at LSU won’t amaze you. But, he’s a strong receiver with great route running ability. He’s adjusts well to passes and is a threat after the catch. To me, he has number one receiver potential.

48. Los Angeles Chargers: Daris Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
Quarterbacks targeted L.A.’s linebackers through the air with regularity. Darius Leonard can help the Chargers in pass coverage as a Will linebacker. Leonard’s motor and energy jump out you right away when you watch him. Outside of his solid pass coverage, he’s always making plays behind the line of scrimmage. At 213, he’ll need to bulk up, but that’s a minor concern compared to his strengths.

49. Indianapolis Colts: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
The Colts lack of a coverage linebacker has hurt them for years. Jerome Baker would be a perfect pick for the Colts. Baker is strong in pass coverage and displays great athleticism. He’ll need to add strength otherwise he will continue to struggle in run defense.

50. Dallas Cowboys: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
I read that Dallas is looking for more of a center fielder at safety. Ronnie Harrison has the athleticism to play in different schemes and displayed good coverage skills. He would be a strong upgrade for Dallas at strong safety.

51. Detroit Lions: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
Detroit needs some kind of run support for Matthew Stafford. Rashaad Penny is dangerous in the open field. An elusive and powerful runner, Penny is a tough tackle when he has space. Penny also saw some involvement in the passing game as well. He can be a number one back.

52. Baltimore Ravens: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
With Ben Watson leaving in free agency, the Ravens could use a tight end. Hayden Hurst will be 25 at the start of the season which will be a concern for teams. But, his athleticism and power as a runner may help offset those concerns. Hurst also displayed some good route running ability.

53. Buffalo Bills: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
The Bills could use a number two back to help spell LeSean McCoy. Plus, giving a group of inexperienced quarterbacks a strong running back would go a long way. Nick Chubb is a perfect number two guy. He’s a strong outside runner and was a tough tackle for smaller defensive backs.

54. Kansas City Chiefs: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
Dee Ford struggled and Tamba Hali is 34, so the Chiefs need to look for another pass rusher. Arden Key was strange to me. Late in games, when you needed a huge stop, Key came through with either good pressure or a sack. But, it left me wondering where that Arden Key was all game. If he can fix his lack of consistency he can be a strong pass rusher at the next level. And heading to Kansas City, where he would start as a rotational rusher may help him grow.

55. Carolina Panthers: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
More secondary help for the Panthers. Justin Reid displayed some great versatility in college. He has great athleticism and closing speed. I’m concerned with his ability to read and recognize plays though. Often he fell victim to playfakes and various disguises.

56. Buffalo Bills: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
The Bills could use a receiver opposite of Kelvin Benjamin. James Washington is a strong receiver with deceptive quickness. His speed allows him to get great separation and he positions himself well on routes. Washington also has reliable hands. He’d be a great number two receiver.

57. Tennessee Titans: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
Sylvester Williams was mediocre for the Titans. The signing of Bennie Logan may allow the Titans to wait on a nose tackle and look towards a linebacker. But in this mock, I don’t see any worthy of this pick. Tim Settle is a big body linemen with surprising quickness. He’s solid at hitting his gaps and generates good pressure.

58. Atlanta Falcons: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
Both Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland could use competition at guard. Braden Smith is a well-rounded guard. He doesn’t have anything in particular that pops out to you. But, he’s reliable in both pass and run blocking.

59. San Francisco 49ers: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Oklahoma
The 49ers pass rush was below average this past season. They have some youth at EDGE but you can never have too many pass rushers in today’s NFL. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is a bit of an undersized prospect but his energy on the field is limitless. He’s aggressive and a strong hand fighter. He also has a good array of pass rushing moves.

60. Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Malik Jefferson could help fill one of Pittsburgh’s needs at inside linebacker. He has a great combination of speed and size. The mental aspect of his game has some catching up to do. He was the victim of playfakes and misdirections. Again, his speed helped him recover on misreads. But, if he can learn to diagnose plays he can be a great linebacker.

61. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
The Jaguars are fans of two tight end sets. So even with all their tight end signings this free agency, I can see them picking a tight end early. Some wonder if Dallas Goedert’s success was due to playing against lesser competition. But, he did display some reliable pass catching and athleticism. He moved around a lot on offense, lining up both as a tight end and wide receiver.

62. Minnesota Vikings: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
The Minnesota Vikings could use an upgrade at nickel corner. Donte Jackson is a little undersized but has fantastic athleticism. Sometimes his athleticism forces him to be overaggressive. He will need to learn his limits to become a stronger pro.

63. New England Patriots: Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
The Patriots will likely look for a developmental quarterback on day 2. Mike White is the best post-first round quarterback to me. He has one of the best arms in the draft and can fit the ball into tight windows. He also displayed good accuracy as well. My concerns surround his mobility. White is slow and takes a lot of sacks. I’ll chalk up some of the sacks to bad line play, but many are because he lacked awareness. He’s a little rough, but the tools are there to develop into a starter.

64. Cleveland Browns: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
With Joe Thomas retiring the Browns are now left with a hole at left tackle. He’s not the most athletic tackle. But watching him play, Jones held his own as both a pass and run blocker. He won’t be Joe Thomas, but he has the potential to be a reliable tackle.