2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Round 3

65. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
The Bills picked up Vontae Davis this off-season, but he only signed a one-year deal. Buffalo may look towards a long-term solution for someone to pair with Tre’Davious White. Anthony Averett is a solid prospect. He’s good in coverage and displayed some impressive athleticism at Alabama.

66. New York Giants: Kemoko Turray, EDGE, Rutgers
The Giants only managed 27 sacks this past season, so a boost to their pass rush should be on their agenda. Kemoko Turray showed flashes at Rutgers. He’s a nimble athlete with exceptional quickness. He’ll be a headache for larger linemen. I do feel his reaction time needs improving. Oftentimes he’s left standing still waiting for a play to develop.

67. Indianapolis Colts: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
Even before Frank Gore left, the Colts needed an upgrade at running back. Kerryon Johnson is one of the most patient runners in the draft. He’s not exceptionally quick or deceptive, but he’s great at finding running lanes. He’s capable of being a number one back.

68. Houston Texans: Martinas Ranking, OT, Mississippi State
The Duane Brown trade left a big gap at left tackle for Houston. Martinas Ranking has experience at left tackle and displayed solid technique. He received praise as well for his intelligence and instincts.

69. New York Giants: Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada
With the loss of Justin Pugh, the Giants now have a huge need at guard. Austin Corbett offers versatility with the ability to play either tackle or guard. Corbett’s technique at Nevada was exceptional.

70. San Francisco 49ers: Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC
The 49ers linebacking corps needs upgrading. Reuben Foster’s recent legal troubles amplify this need. Uchenna Nwosu is an exceptional athlete and his speed is evident when watching him. He’ll need to clean his game up though, he tends to disappear for periods at a time in games.

71. Denver Broncos: Rasheem Green, DE, USC
Derek Wolfe has struggled with injuries and Adam Gotsis has legal issues hanging over him. Denver may look towards adding another defensive end for depth. Rasheem Green is a raw prospect with exceptional athleticism. I was a fan of his instincts as well. He will need to add strength, often bigger linemen overwhelmed Green with ease.

72. New York Jets: Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, Kansas
The Jets struggled to get any type of pressure last year. Dorance Armstrong had a down year this past year. A lot of that can be chalked up to Kansas being such a weak team, so opposing offenses focused heavily on Armstrong. I’m a fan of Armstrong’s energy and work ethic. I rarely see him take plays off. He was also solid in run defense as well.

73. Miami Dolphins: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
Julius Thomas didn’t work out, which leaves Miami looking for a replacement. A pass catcher only, Mark Andrews shredded opposing defenses. With the ball in his hands, Andrews displayed impressive elusiveness and was a tough tackle.

74. San Francisco 49ers: Equaniemous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
After giving Jimmy Garoppolo his new contract it makes sense to surround him with new weapons. St. Brown is intriguing. He didn’t post an impressive stat-line at Notre Dame. On the field though, he displayed impressive speed and elusiveness. Tag that along with his height and weight combo (6’5″, 214), he has the upside to be a good receiver.

75. Oakland Raiders: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Even with the addition of Jordy Nelson, Oakland will continue adding to their receiving group. Dante Pettis is a fantastic route runner with nice hands. He moves well with the quarterback on broken plays and can be a great slot receiver.

76. Green Bay Packers: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
The loss of Jordy Nelson leaves Green Bay with a hole at receiver. I came away very impressed with Michael Gallup. He’s a fantastic route runner and was great at getting separation. Gallup has reliable hands and is elusive after the catch.

77. Cincinnati Bengals: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
Outside of Vontaze Burfict the Bengals have little at linebacker. Josey Jewell lacks ideal athleticism. But, he’s smart and great a diagnosing plays which helps make up for his lack of speed.

78. Kansas City Chiefs: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
The Chiefs will need a new nose tackle to replace Bennie Logan. Harrison Phillips was strong in the run game and has a good initial burst. He’ll need to add some strength though. At times he would get outmuscled by larger linemen.

79. Arizona Cardinals: M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
With Tramon Williams leaving via free agency the Cardinals need corner depth. Ideally they can look for someone to develop to play opposite of Patrick Peterson. M.J. Stewart is a tough and physical corner who can play inside or out.

80. Houston Texans: Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford
The Texans could provide Deshaun Watson with a more reliable tight end. Dalton Schultz is a versatile tight end. He’s the best blocker in the draft and while he didn’t set the world on fire at Stanford he was solid as a receiver.

81. Dallas Cowboys: Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
Rumors say Jaylon Smith may make the move to strongside linebacker. So Dallas will look for someone to slide inside. Micah Kiser isn’t the fastest linebacker in the draft. But, he has great instincts and the type of aggression you want out of an inside linebacker.

82. Detroit Lions: Frank Ragnow, OL, Arkansas
Offensive line depth will be a big need for the Lions. Strong as a run blocker, Frank Ragnow has the ability to play either center or guard.

83. Baltimore Ravens: DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
The Ravens will still be looking for a receiver to pair with Michael Crabtree. A strong route runner with reliable hands, DaeSean Hamilton can be a force in the slot.

84. Los Angeles Chargers: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
The Chargers need to bring youth at quarterback to develop behind Phillip Rivers. Mason Rudolph has great size, athleticism, and accuracy. He also has success finding gaps in the defense. I worry though that his arm isn’t strong enough for the NFL. Most throws he makes lack any type of zip.

85. Carolina Panthers: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
With the Panthers moving on from Jonathan Stewart, they’ll need a new running back to pair with Christian McCaffrey. Royce Freeman doesn’t have blazing speed, but his shiftiness allows him to make big plays. He’s a patient runner who’s very consistent in getting positive yards. He’d be a great number two back.

86. Kansas City Chiefs: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
Corner is one of the bigger weaknesses for Kansas City. Duke Dawson will slide in at inside corner. He’s an aggressive and physical defensive back. He’ll need to relax his physicality a bit or he’ll be prone to pass interferences early in his career.

87. Los Angeles Rams: Hercules Mata’afa, EDGE, Washington
Dealing Robert Quinn made the Rams need at EDGE rusher even larger. Hercules Mata’afa is an intriguing prospect. His energy and motor jump out to you right away. The big issue though is that Mata’afa was a defensive tackle in college. Some wonder if he may struggle to make such a drastic transition in the NFL. There’s also concern that a lot of his success as a rusher in college was due to him going against slower linemen.

88. Carolina Panthers: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
Carolina needs more options at receiver after trading Kelvin Benjamin. Deon Cain is a physical receiver with good route running ability. Cain makes good adjustments on throws as well. He lacks ideal speed so he may struggle against corners who can match his physicality.

89. Tennessee Titans: Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt
Avery Williamson walking in free agency left Tennessee with a hole at linebacker. Oren Burks has great athleticism and is a great coverage linebacker. His instincts aren’t great and he can get lost in plays. He’ll need to spend some time in the film room to reach the next level of his game.

90. Atlanta Falcons: B.J. Hill, DT, NC State
The Falcons lack depth at defensive tackle. B.J. Hill could offer them some help at nose tackle. Hill’s athleticism has helped him succeed in college and will benefit him in the NFL. He’s a fluid mover and can flow with a play. At his size though, you wish he was stronger.

91. New Orleans Saints: DaShawn Hand, DL, Alabama
Alex Okafor suffered an Achilles injury so the Saints may look towards adding some defensive line depth. DaShawn Hand is a smart defensive end with surprising athleticism. He has nice interior pass rush moves and was consistent in collapsing the pocket at Alabama.

92. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest
Morgan Burnett was a nice signing for the Steelers, but they could still use someone to pair with him. Jessie Bates displayed nice versatility at Wake Forest. He has experience covering receivers and was strong in run support. He does lack some aggression and at times fails to step up and make some easy tackles.

93. Jacksonville Jaguars: Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
Jacksonville had some success moving the ball in the playoffs through dump offs to running backs. Nyheim Hines would be a great fit for these types of plays. Hines is crazy fast and is a big playmaker. He has good hands and can be a great number two back in the NFL.

94. Minnesota Vikings: R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami
Sheldon Richardson only signed a one-year contract with Minnesota, so they may look towards adding depth. R.J. McIntosh is an athletic defensive tackle who can be a strong pass rusher. He’ll need to bulk up a bit otherwise he’ll get thrown around by bigger linemen.

95. New England Patriots: Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
With Malcolm Butler leaving, New England will look towards adding some corner depth. Quenton Meeks impressed me. He lacks ideal speed. At the same time, he’s very physical and his size allows him to hang with most receivers. His technique is great and I can see him starting in the NFL.

96. Buffalo Bills: Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State
The Bills only managed 27 sacks so they could use some fresh pass rushers. Josh Sweat is a powerful pass rusher with a good initial move. He was also solid in run support.

97. Arizona Cardinals: Nathan Shepard, DT, Fort Hays State
Making the move to 4-3 may force Arizona to look for an upgrade at 3-technique. Nathan Shepard has terrific energy and a high motor. He clogs up the middle and is an aggressive defensive tackle. Playing at Division II level, he overpowered guys with ease. This lends itself to the question of whether he can do that against stiffer competition.

98. Houston Texans: DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
The Texans will look for someone to play along their latest signing, Tyrann Mathieu. DeShon Elliot lacks great speed, but makes up for it with good anticipation. He also has great size and length for a safety.

99. Denver Broncos: John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
Cutting CJ Anderson may leave Denver with a hole at running back. Devontae Booker improved last year but they could use someone to pair with him. John Kelly had an up and down year, but showed flashes of a top running back. He’s a physical runner who punishes defenders. He also played a big part in the passing game as well.

100. Cincinnati Bengals: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
Safety has been a steady weakness for the Bengals. Terrell Edmunds is a solid prospect who is strong in pass coverage. He’s comfortable moving around the field as well. He will need to clean up his tackling to succeed at the next level.