Apr. 29, 2018
FullerMetrics Day 2 (Rounds 2 and 3) Mock Draft
Yesterday was full of many firsts, and because of the five different Quarterbacks finding their way into Day One, there's an abundance of talented first-round talents available on Day Two. G Will Hernandez, TE Dallas Goedert, CB Josh Jackson, RB Derrius Guice and C James Daniels all stand out as absolute second-round steals. A fair amount of teams took who they saw as the best player available, so plenty of needs still have to be filled. There's a good chance tonight will be as filled with trades as last night was, so while the odds of a mock draft being correct are ridiculously low, it's still fun. A lot of these pick predictions are need based, as most need positions have many deserving players right away. I'll try to keep the descriptions brief. Let the games begin...
33. Cleveland Browns: Connor Williams, T, Texas
Cleveland took who they think is their next franchise QB in Baker Mayfield, and the best Cornerback in the draft in Denzel Ward. They still don't have a deserving candidate for Joe Thomas' Left Tackle spot, and Connor Williams is the top tackle available. He can play both Tackle spots, as well as shift in to Guard if need be. Good value pick that fills a big need.
34. New York Giants: James Daniels, C/G, Iowa
The Giants need Interior O-Line help, and while I have Will Hernandez graded higher, James Daniels give GM Dave Gettleman an option at both Center and Guard. Daniels should be the starting Center right away, but if Brett Jones has a good camp, New York could shift Daniels to either Guard spot as well.
35. Cleveland Browns: Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
I'm assuming Landry slipped because of health concerns, because his productivity is among the best in his edge rusher class. Cleveland needs to put more pressure on opposing Quarterbacks, and while Myles Garrett has one side covered, Landry adds a major boost opposite of last year's #1 pick.
36. Indianapolis Colts: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
The Colts really wanted Bradley Chubb to drop to #6, but since he was gone, they made the right call and drafted my top-ranked prospect, Guard Quenton Nelson, to help protect Mr. Colt Andrew Luck. Edge Rusher is still oustandingly the biggest need, and Sam Hubbard is the best available. If they like Arden Key more, that makes sense here too.
37. Indianapolis Colts: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
With Frank Gore gone, Indy has a running tandem of Marlon Mack, Robert Turbin, Christine Michael and Matt Jones. None of those players deserve starting reps. Derrius Guice is a first-round talent who's usable on every down.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Tampa does need a Running Back, and Ronald Jones and Nick Chubb are both available, but they need Cornerbacks more. Josh Jackson was the 19th overall prospect on my big board, and he's an instant starter in one of the worst secondaries in the league.
39. Chicago Bears: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Who had the most receiving yards in 2017 out of all the Tight Ends currently on their roster? Trey Burton, with 248. Dion Sims didn't even break 200. Dallas Goedert is a dual-threat, NFL-ready Tight End who instantly creates mismatches in coverage. This gives Mitch Trubisky a young, trustworthy option at Tight End for years to come.
40. Denver Broncos: Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso
This is a dream scenario for Denver. Not only does Bradley Chubb, a future All-Pro edge rusher, fall to them in the first round; they get a first-round, start-ready Guard in Will Hernandez. If the Broncos aren't comfortable at Corner, Isaiah Oliver would make sense here too.
41. Oakland Raiders: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
Malik Jefferson is a player that some scouts gave a fourth round grade, but I graded him deserving a 2nd Round grade. He's probably the best Inside Linebacker option on the board, and they have a gaping hole where Navarro Bowman was. If they like one of the receivers still on the board, that's another route Oakland could pursue.
42. Miami Dolphins: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
While Miami will still be paying Ndamukong Suh a lot of dead cap money, they haven't filled his spot on the D-Line. Maurice Hurst is a unanimous All-American 4-3 Defensive Tackle, and it looks like his heart issues are all clear. If Miami likes one of the Guards still on the board, that's an option too.
43. New England Patriots: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
I actually had Rudolph going to New England at #31, but this works too. He's a pocket passing prospect that the Pats are known to like, and he gets to develop behind Tom Brady.
44. Washington: Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
Washington's current backfield is Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley. Ronald Jones gives them an explosive pass-catching third-down option, and he could handle returning reps right away too.
45. Green Bay Packers: Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia
This receiver class is deep enough for Green Bay to wait until later to give Aaron Rodgers another target. Lorenzo Carter is a disruptior from sideline to sideline as a 3-4 Outside Linebacker, just what the Packers need to move Clay Matthews inside next to Clay Matthews.
46. Cincinnati Bengals: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
Cincy signed Chris Baker, but that's far from enough. They could add another O-Lineman here if they want, but Harrison Phillips can take on significant reps on both pass and run defense, something Chris Baker shouldn't be doing.
47. Arizona Cardinals: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
If Arizona sees Christian Kirk as a better fit, then Kirk's the man. Otherwise, the Cards need receivers badly and Courtland Sutton is the best one available.
48. Los Angeles Chargers: B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State
While the Chargers could reach for Luke Falk here, I think #47 is a bit early. B.J. Hill is the best DT available, fits in a 4-3 well, and can handle Corey Liuget's reps for the four games he'll miss due to suspension.
49. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Donte Moncrief and Kamar Aiken are gone, leaving T.Y. Hilton and new addition Ryan Grant as the top two options at receiver. Christian Kirk gives Indy a sturdy, quick slot option who can handle WR3 reps right away.
50. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
Mike GEsicki got compared to Jason Witton often during the pre-draft process, and now he'll have the chance to immediately replace him. He'll need to block better, but he's a big time weapon right away for Dak Prescott.
51. Detroit Lions: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
Some may argue Nick Chubb is the better option for Detroit, but Kerryon Johnson provides explosive speed and returning capabilities for a Detroit team with a power-only back (LeGarrette Blount) as their primary option.
52. Philadelphia Eagles: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
Philly doesn't have a ton of needs, and Isaiah Oliver gives them a long, sizable option who can step in right away for the departed Patrick Robinson. Doug Pederson will find a way to utilize his ball skills well.
53. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
After rightfully cutting Doug Martin, Tampa is left with Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber as their top backs. Nick Chubb serves as a home run threat on any down, something Jameis Winston could benefit from big time.
54. Kansas City Chiefs: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
Yes, the Chiefs have Daniel Sorensen and Robert Golden as options next to Eric Berry, but they can instanty get a high-value, playmaking combo Safety in Justin Reid.
55. Carolina Panthers: Braden Smith, G, Auburn
Carolina let All-Pro Guard Andrew Norwell walk and they haven't signed a replacement. Braden Smith can start right away opposite of Trai Turner. If the Panthers like Nevada's Austin Corbett better, they're interchangeable here.
56. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
With their third pick of the second round, Tampa can add Ronnie Harrison, a versatile Safety with size and speed, to instantly boost their coverage packages.
57. Tennessee Titans: Arden Key, Edge, LSU
Tennessee Titans need help rushing the Quarterback, and Arden Key gives them a sizable option who can also benefit from learning alongside veterans Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo, both of which are in their final contract year.
58. Atlanta Falcons: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
When Atlanta let Adrian Clayborn walk, they had the security of knowing Takk McKinley can handle his reps. They don't have that after losing DT Dontari Poe. Tim Settle is a solid 4-3 Defensive tackle, capable of handling significant playing time right away next to Grady Jarrett. If they like Nathan Shepherd better, then he's the man.
59. San Francisco 49ers: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
San Fran uses a lot of different defensive packages, and Jerome Baker can fit in a lot of them. He provides consistent disruption in the front seven, and he can handle some of Reggie Ragland's reps inside if he ends up getting suspended.
60. Pittsburgh Steelers: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
Ryan Shazier was the star of the show last night, but as sad as it is, he's not going to play in 2018. Darius Leonard gives them an Inside Linebacker who can also handle reps Outside in certain packages. Pittsburgh may want to add to their secondary still, and both Donte Jackson and Carlton Davis would be great values at Cornerback here.
61. Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
While Blake Bortles is the high-paid short-term option, they still need a long-term guy behind him. Luke Falk is a productive, more traditional pocket passer that could use some time on the bench learning a playbook.
62. Minnesota Vikings: Austin Corbett, G/C, Nevada
Minnesota still hasn't filled Joe Berger's old Guard spot, and Austin Corbett can do that instantly while also giving the Vikings another option at Center, if they want to bump Pat Elfein out to Guard.
63. New England Patriots: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
The Pats benched Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl, and the rest of the cornerbacks felt the repercussions. Donte Jackson gives New England a lighting-fast option at the slot and another playmaker on special teams.
64. Cleveland Browns: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Cleveland has covered most of their needs by now, and they can add another home run option for Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield in James Washington, one of the most consistently productive receivers in this draft class.
65. Baltimore Ravens: Orlando Brown, RT, Oklahoma
66. New York Giants: Geron Christian, T, Louisville
67. Indianapolis Colts: Rasheem Green, DL, USC
68. Houston Texans; Brian O'Neill, RT, Pittsburgh
69. New York Giants: Kyzir White, SS/LB, West Virginia
70. San Francisco 49ers: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
71. Denver Broncos: M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
72. New York Jets: Derrick Nnadi, DL, Florida State
73. Miami Dolphins: Uchenna Nwosu, OLB, USC
74. San Francisco 49ers: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
75. Oakland Raiders: Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
76. Seattle Seahawks: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
77. Cincinnati Bengals: Martinas Rankin, OL, Mississippi State
78. Kansas City Chiefs: Dorance Armstrong, DE/OLB, Kansas
79. Pittsburgh Steelers: Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
80. Houston Texans: Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest
81. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
82. Detroit Lions: Da'Shawn Hand, DT, Alabama
83. Baltimore Ravens: Josh Sweat, DE/OLB, Florida State
84. Los Angeles Chargers: Tyrell Crosby, T, Oregon
85. Carolina Panthers: Tyquan Lewis, DE/OLB, Ohio State
86. Kansas City Chiefs: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
87. Los Angeles Rams: Josey Jewell, ILB, Iowa
88. Carolina Panthers: Tarvarius Moore, FS, Southern Miss
89. Tennessee Titans: DeShon Elliott, SS, Texas
90. Atlanta Falcons: Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
91. New Orleans Saints: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
92. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
93. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
94. Minnesota Vikings: Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
95. New England Patriots: Jamarco Jones, T, Ohio State
96. Buffalo Bills: DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
97. Arizona Cardinals: Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College
98. Houston Texans: Chris Herndon, TE, Miami
99. Denver Broncos: Chukwuma Okorafor, T, Western Michigan
100. Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA