Alex McRae’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Predictions for rounds 1-2


Alex McRae, Baseball Reporter

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The pick that seemed to be without question until the first day of the combine when Kyler Murray measured in at 5-foot-10, stays the same here. I believe that Nick Bosa and Josh Allen are the most physically dominant and pro-ready players in the entire draft class. That said, I see all of the Murray talk as just a smokescreen to try and drum up trade interest. The Cardinals have a multitude of needs that one player cannot fix, more picks partnered with a very deep defensive line class makes a trade to be the ideal move here for Arizona. If they cannot get that done, they will still get a day one starter and immediate contributor in Nick Bosa.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

The 49ers are in a much better position to take the best player available here with the second overall pick. Jimmy Garoppolo will be coming back from an injury and along with the rumors of Antonio Brown wanting to join the ranks, the 49ers are in a prime spot to draft a player that will be a game changer from the moment he steps on the field. Allen is fast, running a 4.63 40-yard dash time which will be ideal for chasing down quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and maybe even Kyler Murray. His hyper productivity will translate to the league, especially on a defensive line like San Francisco’s.

3. NY Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

In my first mock I had Williams sliding a bit to the fifth spot in the draft, but after his god-like performance at the combine, I can’t see a world where he goes lower than third. Williams, a man that measured in at 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds ran a 4.83 40. Are you kidding? That type of speed from that size, paired with 71 total tackles, 19.5 of those being for loss along with eight sacks, is unlike anything I’ve seen before. Aaron Donald was faster, but he wasn’t as heavy. Ndamukong Suh was more productive but not nearly as fast. Williams has the potential to be something special in the NFL, pair him with a guy like Leonard Williams and the Jets will have a defensive front that will keep Tom Brady up at night.

4. Oakland Raiders: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Let’s face it, Jon Gruden might be certifiably insane, this move could be either the best move the Raiders have made since hiring John Madden, or the worst move since JaMarcus Russell. In this case, if the Raiders select Kyler Murray, that means that he Derek Carr era is over and he will be traded, which would complete the purge of top-end talent Oakland had when Gruden took over. With the addition of Antonio Brown, plenty of high draft picks and a decent offensive line, the Raiders have a real opportunity to put talent around Murray. This move would truly usher in a new age of Raiders football and they will most definitely be one of the most talked about teams in the NFL. Will it work? I’m not totally sold but Murray certainly has real talent and could be a transcendent NFL player.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU

The Bucs just lost their best linebacker, Kwon Alexander, to free agency this past offseason. They need a younger, talented guy to be the new leader of this defense for hopefully a generation. Devin White is just the guy to do that. Being productive at his position in the best conference of all college football, White checks off nearly every box you’d want to see from a top-five pick. His only real knock is his size at 6-feet and 237 pounds, he’s not of the prototypical size you’d want from an inside backer, but what he lacks in size he makes up for with production. He is like a heat-seeking missile, sniffing out the ball carrier and making stops consistently. In his two seasons as a starter for the Tigers, White racked up 256 tackles, 25.5 of those being for loss. Not to mention he also was a very underrated pass rusher and pass defender as he accumulated 7.5 sacks and nine pass deflections in his final two seasons in Death Valley. White is the closest thing I’ve seen to a sure-fire success in a long time.  

6. NY Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

If Murray is not gone by the time the Giants pick, the choice of either Kyler or Dwayne will be one that is hotly debated across the NFL landscape for months, if not years. Personally, I believe that Haskins has the higher ceiling and longer shelf life, thus the selection here. Haskins still very is young and raw. He cannot and will not have the immediate impact of a guy like Kyler Murray, but a year behind Eli and I believe he could have almost a Pat Mahomes-level of impact for the Giants. Haskins could easily help transform the now OBJ-less Giants offense into one of the most terrifying offenses in the league. Haskins’ production at OSU is quite literally unmatched by any other quarterback in the school’s very storied history, and although he only started one season he looks to be a future star in the NFL. With the recent addition of the No. 17 selection in the draft, the Giants rebuild is officially in full swing and this draft should look to further build a young core of talent.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

In my first mock I had the Jaguars selecting Kyler Murray as I believed a player with his skill set and career timetable would fit much better in Jacksonville than just about anywhere else. But now that the Jags have signed Nick Foles from Philadelphia to take the reins from Blake Bortles, Metcalf begins to really enter the picture. This man is quite literally better built than your Madden create-a-player, as he was “measured” to have only 1.6% body fat on a 6-foot-3, 228-pound frame. I don’t think that this is actually possible as those levels are fatal on any other human, but the moral of this story is, the man is more in shape than you’ll ever be. Injuries cut his season short at Ole Miss last season but in merely 21 career games Metcalf accumulated 1,228 yards, 67 receptions and a whopping 14 touchdowns. On an offense that desperately needs a playmaker, Metcalf certainly has the makings of a superstar.   

8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

If you had told me even a month and a half ago that I would mock a tight end to the Detroit Lions in the first round – let alone the top 10 – I’d be at a loss for words. I believe the Lions have serious holes on the defensive side of the ball, especially at linebacker and cornerback. That said, with the work they’ve done in free agency this offseason, they’re in a position to select the best player available. Hockenson looks like a prototypical star NFL tight end. He’s 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, an above average in-line blocker and a solid athlete with exceptional hands too. His production doesn’t necessarily jump off the page, as in two seasons with the Hawkeyes he caught 73 passes for 1,080 yards and nine touchdowns. However, it makes sense that these numbers don’t pop when you consider that he split time with fellow first-round pick Noah Fant. Hockenson has drawn comparisons to Rob Gronkowski and while I think that might be a bit of an exaggeration, he should certainly be deserving of a top-10 selection.

9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

With the retirement of longtime defensive tackle Kyle Williams, there will be a big hole in the middle of the Bills defensive line. In comes Ed Oliver, a truly dominant player for the Houston Cougars. Oliver is the definition of production. If he could have entered the draft as a freshman in 2016, he would have and would have easily been a top-five pick. Although he didn’t match the insane production of his first college season, the drop-off is nothing to be concerned about, as his lowest TFL number was 14.5 last season in only eight games. The only real knock on Oliver is that he is a bit on the smaller side at only 287 pounds. That said, I still believe he will a productive player in the NFL and a key piece of a very underrated Bills defense.  

10. Denver Broncos: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

This may not be the most popular pick among the Denver faithful, but this is more of a pick for the future. Everyone knows that Joe Flacco is not the long-term answer for the Broncos. Even after trading Case Keenum I don’t think there is a guy that John Elway really loves here at the No. 10 spot. Thus he takes out an insurance policy for quarterback he’s bound to select next season. Andre Dillard was a four-year starter on Washington State’s prolific passing offense and should step right in and be at very least an immediate starter for Denver.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

With the release of longtime controversial linebacker Vontaze Burfict, there is a glaring hole in the middle of the once vaunted Bengals front seven. The Bengals have a lot of needs quite honestly, and it was hard to narrow it down to just one guy, but here it is. Devin Bush from Michigan. He may not be the physical presence that Burfict was but he also shouldn’t have the dirty reputation that Burfict had either. In fact they are two very different players — Bush is much better. Bush was the star of a very good Wolverines defense and has the ability to make plays all over the field. He is much better in coverage than the Ohio State game made it seem and he will be just fine stepping into a starting role in the NFL.  

12. Green Bay Packers: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

The Packers defense was, to put it kindly, bad last season as it has been the last few seasons. Finally, for the first time in forever Green Bay spent money on free agents in the offseason. They picked up two edge rushers in Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith as well as Adrian Amos. With how bad the Packers pass rush has been, I wouldn’t be surprised if they jumped at another opportunity to add to their new pool of talent. Enter Montez Sweat. Sweat tore it up at the combine, breaking the record for fastest 40-yard dash time run by a defensive lineman. It’s important to not get caught up in combine results, as we’ve all seen plenty of workout warriors flop in the NFL. Sweat’s college production may be relatively limited, as he played in only 27 career games. He was forced to sit out a year due to transferring from Michigan State because of a drug-related incident. In the time he did play, he lived in the opponent’s backfield, compiling a career 30.5 tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks. Speed kills, especially in the NFL, and there aren’t many guys that can run away from a guy like Sweat.

13. Miami Dolphins: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson  

The Dolphins defensive line felt the loss of Ndamukong Suh last season and they face the very real possibility of losing Cameron Wake this offseason. Even if they keep Wake, he will be 37 at the start of next season and they desperately need a revitalization of young line talent. Brian Flores is himself a defensive guy and Ferrell is the perfect fit to build a new defense around. A three-year starter, one time All-American and extremely productive on the dominant Clemson line, Ferrell is a tackle for loss machine. He has the ability to be a leader on a rebuilding Dolphins squad.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

The Falcons has a dismal 2018, riddled with injuries and misfortune. The Falcons tagged Grady Jarrett but that should not discourage them from selecting another top-end talent at the defensive tackle position. Wilkins is another All-American member of the insanely talented Clemson defensive line. Wilkins can be the main run-stopper up the middle for the Falcons for the foreseeable future, eating up blocks and opening lanes for Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley to get the opponent’s quarterback.

15. Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

There has been a flurry of quarterback movement already this offseason, but even after Washington traded for Case Keenum I believe quarterback is the best choice here. Drew Lock is the next best guy behind Haskins and Murray and I believe he has a Pro Bowl-level ceiling. He should push Keenum in camp and could potentially take over the starting job right away. When paired with the deep threat talents the Redskins have at wide receiver, Lock is set up for success in D.C.   

16. Carolina Panthers: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

The Panthers struggles on the offensive line have been well documented over the last few seasons and they address them once more here with the selection of Taylor. Cam Newton is not getting any younger or healthier, and in order to keep him upright they need to protect their investment. Taylor should walk in and be a day-one starter.

17. New York Giants (via Cleveland for Odell Beckham Jr.): Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State 

The Giants will be a few years away from seriously contending, especially now with the loss of Odell Beckham Jr. What does this mean? They have needs at literally every position but running back. One of their key offseason losses was Oliver Vernon, who had been a dominant edge rusher for the G-Men for the last few seasons. Thus the selection of Burns from FSU. Burns was one of the few leaders on a Seminoles team that has really disappointed over the last few seasons, but don’t let that fool you, he was still a dominant force in the ACC, racking up 38.5 tackles for loss with 23 sacks over his three seasons in Tallahassee. Burns is the kind of guy you can build a defense around, he’s a vocal leader with high character and should be a solid NFL starter for years to come.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas St.

The Vikings experienced a very disappointing 2018, as they lost out on not only the NFC North title, but the playoffs altogether. A big reason for the disappointment was the lack of protection Kirk Cousins received from his offensive line. The solution to this might just be Dalton Risner from Kansas State. He has fallen on many boards since the beginning of the season due to a disappointing 2018 but I believe he is still worthy of a top-20 selection. A guy with the ability to play every position along the line, Risner should be able to fit into any spot the Vikings put him in.

19. Tennessee Titans: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

N’Keal Harry may be best pure pass catcher in the draft. He has been nothing short of spectacular in his time as a Sun Devil, putting up consecutive 1,000-plus yard seasons with below-average quarterback play. Harry is a big-play guy that will be the perfect complement to an offense with Derek Henry and Corey Davis. Marcus Mariota will love having two massive targets on the outside that can catch a majority of 50/50 balls thrown their way.  

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

The first corner off the board, DeAndre Baker is the guy I believe is the most pro-ready out of all the corners in this class. A perfect fit for the Steelers, he would be the ideal complement to Joe Haden. He’s not the new NFL prototypical size at only 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in production. Over his last two seasons with the Bulldogs, Baker accumulated 84 tackles, 18 pass deflections and five interceptions. Translation: he’s a ball-hawk that loves shutting down opponents’ best wide receivers. He’s a guy with enough talent to even take the number one corner spot away from Haden and keep a stranglehold on it for seven to eight years.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Contrary to popular belief, Byron Murphy will be the second cornerback selected. The Legion of Boom will officially be gone after Earl Thomas departs in free agency this offseason. Seattle’s defense has lost its ball-hawks and Bryon Murphy would be the perfect guy to be the solution to that problem. He has shown great ball skills and he isn’t afraid to lower the shoulder and make a hit. The homegrown product stays in state and is a major contributor day one.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

Believe it or not, Terrell Suggs is still playing in the NFL. Unfortunately for Baltimore, it’s no longer for them. Za’Darius Smith also departed in free agency as well, leaving a gaping hole in the vaunted Ravens defense. Polite fits perfectly into the mold the Ravens have for their edge rushers. He was very productive in his final year with the Gators, racking up 19.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. I believe he has the potential to replicate those numbers at the next level as well.

23. Houston Texans: Jonah Williams, OT/OG, Alabama

After the top 10, pundits will start to question why Williams fell, after he’s selected by the Texans, pundits will talk about how lucky the Texans are for a guy like this to fall to them. The class as it stands, isn’t very strong at the tackle spot. There aren’t any surefire day-one starting left tackles and I think this will scare teams off, rather than force them to get desperate. Williams is a guy I had mocked to the Jets at three in my first draft, but I have him falling here merely because of his sub-par showing in the national championship game against the Clemson defensive line. He was still a rock for the Crimson Tide since his freshman year, and has just as much experience as anyone else in the class. An All-American last year, there are questions of his pass-blocking ability, thus there is talk of moving him to guard. Regardless, the Texans need help on the offensive front and Williams is the perfect guy to help them out.

24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago from Khalil Mack trade): Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, WR, Oklahoma

The Gruden show continues here with the selection of Hollywood Brown. Murray’s right-hand man last season is quite possibly the most explosive player in the draft. He’s small at only 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, but he has Olympic sprinter-level speed. Recently acquired Antonio Brown (who also just happens to be Marquise’s cousin) will be able to open up plenty of space for Hollywood to get open and make big plays. With the pre-established chemistry between Brown and Murray, along with Antonio Brown, the Raiders could establish a lethal big play offense.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Every year there is a guy that is a projected top-10 pick that slides a bit on draft day. I think that could be Greedy Williams this year. There have been some questions of Williams’ willingness to go out and make a physical tackle. That criticism aside, he has phenomenal ball skills along with prototypical size and speed.

26. Indianapolis Colts: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson  

This pick doesn’t change from my first mock. The Colts interior defensive line still needs to be addressed and Lawrence still fits the mold they are looking for. The failed drug test seems to only be a flash in the pan for Lawrence, as he tested clean at the combine and had a solid showing. The Colts need a boulder in the middle of their defense, and they will have found one in the run-stuffing gem that is Dexter Lawrence.

27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas from Amari Cooper): Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech

The Raiders go defense with their final pick in the first round, and they address the pressing need of a pass rusher. The Raiders were the laughing stock of the NFL after they traded Khalil Mack, then proceeded to complain about the lack of an adequate pass rush. I’m not saying Jaylon Ferguson will immediately be the solution to Oakland’s problems, but considering he is the all-time NCAA leader in sacks, I’d say it’s a pretty solid start. He didn’t test at the combine because he lost his invite due to a fight he participated in during his freshman year at Louisiana Tech. That is of little concern to me, as he hasn’t been in any trouble since. His pro-day will do a lot towards his draft position, but I think Gruden will be able to know a great defensive lineman when he sees one.  

28. LA Chargers: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

In the third big slide, I have is Rashan Gary falling to the Chargers at No. 28. Gary is the ultimate “potential” guy. I personally have labeled him a workout warrior since seeing him test out at the combine, where he put up phenomenal numbers. He never lived up the hype he received at Michigan and he always looked like he was the second or third best guy on that defensive front. That said, I believe his upside is Jadeveon Clowney and in Los Angeles he has the perfect opportunity to blossom into just that. He would be the perfect complement to Joey Bosa, who the Chargers just locked up for a fifth year.

29. Green Bay Packers [via New Orleans for 2018 first-round pick (Marcus Davenport)]: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The Packers offense has struggled mightily to find consistent production from anyone not named Davante Adams over the last two seasons. There’s a hole left by the absence of Jordy Nelson and the fall from prominence of Randall Cobb. Jimmy Graham has been at best inconsistent, as in 2017 he led the NFL in end zone drops. Partner that with his age and it’s becoming increasingly obvious that his time as an elite red zone target is over. Thus, with the 29th pick the Packers select Noah Fant. Fant tore it up at the combine, and he has the college numbers to match his crazy measurables. Had he not had to share targets with T.J. Hockenson, he would have had far more than 18 touchdowns and 69 receptions over the last two seasons. Fant will be Aaron Rodgers’ second-favorite target as the Packers look to bounce back from a very disappointing 2018.

30. Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City for Frank Clark): Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

The most recent change in the first round, Seattle traded into the back end of the first round after trading Frank Clark. Instead of drafting his immediate replacement, Seattle decides to protect their newly paid quarterback Russell Wilson. The offensive line has been a problem in Seattle for as long as I can remember, and they finally decide to do something about it. Cody Ford from Oklahoma may be the perfect guy to protect Wilson, as he spent every one of his college seasons keeping Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray clean, which is a much harder job than one would assume. He may not be starting NFL tackle material yet, but he should certainly step into a guard role right away.

31. LA Rams: Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina St.

The exact opposite of an exciting pick for the runner-ups of the NFL, the Rams select a potential replacement for long time center John Sullivan. Bradbury, much like Frank Ragnow last year, is a fast riser on many draft boards after a great showing at the combine. Originally coming to NC State as a tight end, he became a solid starter by year three. He has a chance to be a top-five starting center in the NFL by the end of his rookie deal and has the potential to be the perfect replacement for John Sullivan.

32. New England Patriots: Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College

The Patriots lost their best pass rusher in Trey Flowers to free agency this offseason. A guy that fits their profile perfectly falls to them at 32 with Zach Allen. Not a huge sack guy, Allen only had 16.5 over his three years of play at Boston College. He certainly made up for it with his tackle numbers, racking up a staggering 199 career tackles as well as 40.5 tackles for loss. He affected the passing game more with his hands with two career interceptions and 14 career pass deflections. Bill Belichick will love a guy with Allen’s motor and his production, he should be a significant contributor immediately.

33. Arizona Cardinals: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

Larry Fitzgerald is the Cardinals best option at wide receiver, but he’s 35 years old now and isn’t getting any younger. Butler is a big-play guy with an enormous frame. He put up 1,300 yards with nine touchdowns last season for the Cyclones and will greatly benefit from Fitzgerald’s mentorship.   

34. Indianapolis Colts: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

The run on wide receivers continues here with Whiteside. A very similar player to Butler, the previous pick, Whiteside looks to provide a deep threat for a resurgent Colts offence. Andrew Luck should appreciate another dangerous weapon at his disposal.

35. Oakland Raiders: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

The second player from a very underrated ISU offense goes here in the second round. Montgomery fits the mold of a Gruden running back, physical but able to break a big run here and there. Over his last two seasons he tallied 24 touchdowns and over 2,300 yards. He should be the perfect change of pace on a scary looking Oakland team.

36. San Francisco 49ers: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

The run on offensive players continues as the 49ers select Brown here. The other guy in the photo of D.K. Metcalf, Brown was actually more productive than Metcalf at Mississippi, as in only one season for the Rebels he put up 1,300 yards and six touchdowns. The 49ers have a hole in their receiving core after releasing Pierre Garcon, and Brown should fill that hole nicely.

37. NY Giants: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

After trading Damon Harrison to the Lions last season, the Giants defense hasn’t been the same. They attempt to solve that issue with the selection of Tillary. The rock in the middle of a solid Irish defense, Tillary is a wide load with the same qualities of a guy like Harrison.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

Leonard Fournette didn’t have the best 2018 and start to 2019, as he battled injuries throughout all of last season, only racking up 439 yards on 3.3 yards per carry. He followed that up by getting arrested for driving with a suspended license. All this aside, the Jags aren’t willing to give up on the 2017 fourth-overall pick just yet, thus they draft a guy that should be in best friend in Chris Lindstrom. Chris blocked for AJ Dillon the last two seasons, where he put up back to back 1,100-plus yard seasons. Dillion is very much a poor man’s Leonard Fournette, and Lindstrom should feel at home in Jacksonville.

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Tampa is able to select the guy that some mocks have them selecting with their first pick here with Jacobs. Ronald Jones was less than impressive last season, and a guy with as much potential as Jacobs is definitely someone the Bucs will love at this point in the draft.

40. Buffalo Bills: Erik McCoy, C/OG, Texas A&M

The Bills have a lot of needs, and one of the biggest needs is to keep Josh Allen on the field. Allen showed he can be a dynamic playmaker when healthy, and thus the Bills add Erik McCoy from Texas A&M. A guy that went toe-to-toe with the likes of Quinnen Williams and Dexter Lawrence, McCoy is a legit NFL offensive lineman that should be a day one starter.  

41. Cincinnati Bengals: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Cincinnati has needed help on the offensive line for multiple years now. Greg Little was at one time considered a top-five talent but had a very poor showing at the combine. I think that the Bengals will be willing to take a risk with a guy that has a lot of promise.  

42. Denver Broncos: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

The building for the future in Denver continues with the selection of Simmons. He tore his ACL in February though, and will likely not be able to play in 2019.  

43. Detroit Lions: Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

The Lions offense lost a lot of its bite when they traded Golden Tate at the deadline last season. Isabella impressed a lot of people this year, both at the combine and one the field, he’s the prototypical NFL slot receiver and should be an immediate contributor for the Lions.

44. Green Bay Packers: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

The Packers go defense with their third selection in the first 50 picks. Green Bay traded Ha Ha Clinton Dix at the deadline this past season and Adderley is a guy that dominated the FCS game and opened a lot of eyes at the senior bowl and combine. He should see time on the field right away.  

45. Atlanta Falcons: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama

The Falcons haven’t had a real weapon at tight end since Tony Gonzalez retired. Irv Smith could be listed at a wide receiver if he was 20 pounds lighter, which makes his 4.6 40-yard dash time even more impressive. Very productive at Alabama in his Junior season, Smith could be a real contributor for the Falcons.

46. Washington Redskins: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

This may be a little high for Ridley, but the need is just too great for Washington, especially with the addition of Drew Lock and the loss of Jamison Crowder. Ridley didn’t put up eye-popping numbers in his time at Georgia, and I would have liked to see him stay another year in Athens but alas here we are. His potential is undeniable, as is his pedigree (his brother is 2018 first round pick Calvin Ridley).

47. Carolina Panthers: Dre’Mont Jones, DE/DT, Ohio State

Jones was a solid first-round pick until a disappointing combine pushed him down many boards. He’s an “in-betweener” in terms of the defensive line positions, as he is 280 pounds but only ran a 5.12 40-yard dash time. He also really only rose to prominence once Nick Bosa got injured, forcing him into a more prominent role. Ron Rivera should be able to get the most out of a guy like Jones.

48. Miami Dolphins: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Personally, I’m not sold on Jones, his stats aren’t eye popping and neither was his combine, but in this class particularly any kind of talent at the quarterback position will be highly valued. Miami is looking for a replacement to Tannehill and will be willing to take the risk on a guy like Daniel Jones.

49. Cleveland Browns: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

The Browns defense was the strength of it’s team last season, especially on the line. They look to add even more talent on that side of the ball here with Oruwariye. A true ballhawk, he had eight career interceptions for Penn State, and when partnered with a line like the one in Cleveland will be in a scenario to thrive.

50. Minnesota Vikings: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama  

Mack Wilson will be given the freedom to do what he does best and fly around the field finding the football-making plays and ending them.

51. Tennessee Titans: Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion

The Titans need a playmaker on the defensive line with the loss of Brian Orakpo to retirement. They’ll get their man here in Ximines. He may be a little old, as he’s been playing college football since 2014, but he was nothing short of dominant for the Monarchs, racking up a career 51 tackles for loss and 32.5 sacks.  

52. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State

With the loss of Antonio Brown, the Steelers offense will undoubtedly take a step back without him. They attempt to mitigate the loss with the addition of a guy like Harmon. Prototypical size and back to back 1,000-yard seasons for the Wolfpack should make him a dangerous weapon for Big Ben next season.  

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

The Eagles struggled with injuries last season at running back. Damien Harris is the second Alabama back selected here in the second round but I believe that says more about the qualities of the talent at that university. The relative lack of wear and tear on these backs will be a huge selling point for the Eagles.

54. Houston Texans: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

The Texans are another team that has loads of talent on the defensive side of the ball but are relatively lacking in the defensive secondary. Love will be the perfect fit the Texans, as he’s shown that he isn’t afraid to step up and make a tackle. He also had five career interceptions in three years for the Irish.

55. Houston Texans: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

It’s rare that a team keeps two picks when they’re back-to-back but the Texans could very well find two starters here with the selection of Rapp. They lost Tyrann Mathieu to free agency this offseason, so they pick a guy that is the perfect replacement. Rapp has shown the ability to create turnovers as well as lay the pain on the unfortunate souls that cross his path.

56. New England Patriots: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

The Patriots are not exactly known for their deadly offensive weapons. With the return of Josh Gordon in question, the age of Julian Edelman and the recent retirement of Rob Gronkowski, it makes sense for the Patriots to go wide receiver here. Samuel fits the mold of Patriots wide receiver and should serve as the perfect security blanket for an ever-aging Tom Brady.

57. Philadelphia Eagles: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington  

A converted tight end out of high school, McGary was a mainstay and dominant force on one of the most successful college football programs over the last five seasons. At 6-foot-7 and 317 pounds, he should be able to step in and be an NFL caliber right tackle very soon.

58. Dallas Cowboys: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

The first selection for the Cowboys is the safety from Virginia. Although Dallas may address this need in free agency, the salary cap issues they are bound to have in the next few years, lead me to believe that they will try to build more through the draft.

59. Indianapolis Colts: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

The Colts are losing Pierre Desir to free agency and will look to replace his production here with Ya-Sin. The Temple product is another late riser on many boards, he has prototypical NFL corner size. He only played one season at the FBS level as he was a transfer from Presbyterian College. With 12 passes defended last season, he showed quality ball skills that could translate well to the next level.

60. LA Chargers: Gerald Willis III, DT, Miami

The Chargers could use more help on the interior of their defensive line, they get that here with Willis. He was a five-star recruit that was dismissed from the University of Florida following altercations with his teammates. After he transferred to Miami he racked up a staggering 18 tackles for loss as a senior.

61. New Orleans Saints: Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford

This may be a stretch here for Smith, but it’s a huge need for the Saints. Drew Brees has really missed Jimmy Graham and Smith presents that same kind of red zone threat. He has some injury history but at this point the Saints will be willing to risk it for the potential Smith gives them.

62. Kansas City Chiefs: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

The Chiefs go defense again here with Mullen. They lost Marcus Peters via trade last offseason, thus the reason they have the 63rd pick. They attempt to replace that lost production with the star corner of the National Champion Clemson Tigers.

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Joe Jackson, EDGE, Miami

The Chiefs edge rushers will look very different next season, they traded Dee Ford, cut Justin Houston and then traded for and signed Frank Clark to a long-term deal. Jackson will look to carry over his production from Miami to the new look Kansas City defense.

64. New England Patriots: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

The Patriots let Trent Brown walk and make his money in free agency. They’ll try to draft his replacement here with Cajuste. A three year starter for a prolific passing offense at West Virginia, he should fit right in with the Patriots.