Welcome back to the DFF NFL Mock Draft. With round 1 in the books let’s move on to round 2.
33. Cleveland Browns(James Koutoulas – @DFF_Thebrain) – Arden Key, Edge, LSU
Key has an elite skill set for a pass rusher. Key performed at his best in big games (1.5 sacks and 8 tackles against Alabama) showing he can hang with the big boys. The Browns never seem to have an elite pass rush and can always use an edge rusher.
34. New York Giants(Dynasty Doc – @DFF_Feuker) – Billy Price, OL, OSU
(Note: Pick was made before an unknown injury during bench press at the NFL combine)
The most significant weakness currently on the New York football Giants is the offensive line. Pugh has been one of the better offensive guards in the league but has struggled to stay on the field. With multiple O-Lineman possibly leaving in free agency, Billy Price adds a solid blocker with the versatility to play any of the interior spots. Would love to have gotten an OT here but in this scenario price is the better value here.
35. Cleveland Browns(From Houston)(James Koutoulas – @DFF_Thebrain) – Martinas Rankin, OT, Miss. St
Rankin is as safe a prospect in this draft. He seems to do everything well and has the versatility to play right tackle or kick inside and play either guard position. Cleveland can use a steady hand at the right tackle position and worst case scenario he will add much-needed depth.
36. Indianapolis Colts (Randy/Outlaw – @DFFMemphis) – Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
There is no point in bringing QB Andrew Luck back behind a continuously poor offensive line. This was another opportunity to draft a stud RB, but there will still be plenty of running backs later in this draft, assuming that the RB position wasn’t addressed in free agency. Hernandez is another day one starter for the Colts. He plays with excellent balance, has tremendous upper body strength and finishes on every play. Hernandez plays with aggression and will bring toughness to an offensive line that could use toughening up. Hernandez will be another critical piece of the interior offensive line and will join Jack Mewhort and Ryan Kelley as the young nucleus of Colts’ offensive live.
37. New York Jets(Nathan Pilmer – @DynastyDogg) – James Washington, WR, OSU
The Jets stay on the offensive side of the ball and address another major need by drafting at the skill position. While there are hopefuls at WR, I do not see anything breeding confidence with the likes of Enunwa, Kearse and Mr. ankle Bracelet himself, Robbie Anderson. Washington could end up as this drafts best WR asset when the dust settles. Big play WR. Needs to work on his short routes but is overall a fantastic talent who can play anywhere you ask him.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers(Andrew Moss – @NFLscoutTampa) – Ronald Jones, RB, USC
The Bucs get a great value at a position of need with Ronald Jones, a player I had ranked in my top 20. He has the potential to be the bell-cow running back that they haven’t had since Doug Martin in 2015. He has the speed to put pressure on edge defenders and the vision and cutting ability to make unblocked defenders miss behind the line of scrimmage. His combination of speed, reliable hands, and route running ability out of the backfield will create a reliable check-down for Jameis Winston, who was frequently under duress in 2017
39. Chicago Bears(Seth McKinley – @sethfffellas) – Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado St.
I was hoping James Washington would fall here, but Nathan Pilmer and the Jets sniped me again. After Washington, there are several wide receivers that could be a good fit for the Bears, and I chose Michael Gallup because he may be the best all-around receiver in this class. He is a talented route-runner, can be a deep threat, and completely dominated his competition. It could be argued that he played against lesser competition, but GM Ryan Pace has shown that he is willing to draft players that are dominant against lesser talent before with guys like Adam Shaheen and Tarik Cohen.
40. Denver Broncos(John Hogue – @DFFDynastyDude) – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
A first-round talent falls to the second round in this deep cornerback class, and Denver fills a gaping void. Aqib Talib’s likely departure as part of the Broncos’ salary cap/attitude adjustment leaves a hole in the vaunted #NoFlyZone defensive secondary. Alexander isn’t as big as Talib, but he’s every bit as physical and aggressive and gives Denver some much-needed depth at the cornerback position. Vance Joseph’s defense is also afforded the opportunity to keep Chris Harris, Jr. lined up on slot receivers, with Alexander and Bradley Roby on the outside. The offensive line is also a position of need, with some first round-grade players available, but the salary dump means a chance to rebuild Baker Mayfield’s protection in free agency (starting with Colorado native, LT Nate Solder).
41. Oakland Raiders(Anthony Z – @ZaragozaAnthony) – Rasheem Green, DE, USC
New Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther loves versatility on the line. A perfect example of that, from his time in Cincinnati, was Carlos Dunlap. A tall, fast and violent pass rusher that could move inside when needed. Guenther gets a younger version of that with Rasheem Green. The former five-star high school recruit did it all for USC last season, collecting 12.5 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks (tied for 10th in the nation with Bradley Chubb). Green has all that talent in the world and could make an immediate impact for Guenther’s defense next season.
42. Miami Dolphins(Tim Sambor – @DFF_TimSambor) – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Ryan Tannehill is 30 years old, recovering from a torn ACL, and could be on his way out in 2018 which could clear up some serious cap space. Safe to say the Dolphins are still seeking their first franchise QB since Dan Marino. Jackson has elite playmaking skills and is capable of putting up points with both his arm and his legs. Jackson has a live arm with a very smooth and quick delivery with just the flick of his wrist. Accuracy and pocket presence are parts of his game that need improvement, but Jackson in the 2nd round makes a lot of sense for the Dolphins if still available.
43. New England Patriots(From San Fran)(Dynasty Economist – @DynoEconomist) – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Bill Belichick decided to draft his QB of the future in the second round four years ago when Tom Brady was entering his age 37 season. Four years later, Jimmy Garoppolo is a 137 million dollar man, and Brady is still winning MVPs. However, TB12 is now turning 41, and all it takes is one big hit from a blindside pass rusher to severely impact his longevity. Ideally, Brady starts for another three to four seasons, and Allen has time to sit and develop. The good thing about planning this far ahead is that the Patriots will get to judge Allen as a football player, day in and day out for multiple years.
If Brady can stay on the field as long as he hopes for, the team will have time to scout and decide if Allen is good enough to completely hand the reins to or not. The downside is that the Patriots window to win championships is still wide open, but the defense could use more talent. Allen has a lot of pros and a quite a few cons. I have no way of knowing of knowing if he is up Belichick’s ally or not. The last two QBs he drafted (Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett) were very different prospects from each other.
44. Washington Redskins(Nathan Coleman – @JhawkChalk89) – Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
Historically under the Bruce Allen tenure, the Redskins have often reached (and I mean reach) for positions of need in the second round(David Amerson, Trent Murphy, and Preston Smith to name a few). The trend continues this year with the selection of Marcus Allen, Senior Safety out of Penn. State. Although the former Nittany Lion is projected to be a mid-round pick, Washington’s front office will yet again fall in love with a player and draft a tad early.
At 6’2” 202 lbs. Allen possesses the perfect size/speed combo to cover the tight end threats in the NFC East such as Zach Ertz and Evan Engram. With the potential departure of Su’a Cravens, the Redskins will be looking for a suitable replacement. Though not as athletic as Cravens, Allen excels in run support consistently making one on one tackles inside and outside the box. He would start the year as the third safety and contribute immediately as a core special team’s player.
45. Green Bay Packers(Kyle August – @kyleFFfellas) – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Regardless of what Green Bay decides to do with Jordy Nelson and Randle Cobb, it’s hard to imagine both of them suiting up for the Packers in 2018. While this WR class isn’t very top heavy, there’s value to be found on day two. Without the stand-out players at the top, the ranking at the WR position will be highly debated. I think Kirk is definitely in the discussion for the top 5 at his position and would be fantastic value for the Packers here in round 2. This could start a rebuild at the WR position for Green Bay.
46. Cincinnati Bengals(Cody Garrett – @_codygarrett) – Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
With AJ Green getting up there in age, the Bengals will look for their next big bodied WR1 to take over. At 6’5” and 225lbs, Auden Tate fits the big-bodied profile and has the upside to take over as their primary receiver. Tate is extremely athletic for his size and very fluid in his route running while using his quick feet to create separation early. He uses his big body to perfection, especially in the red zone, using his strong hands and big frame to beat DB’s on jump balls. Tate will bring another big bodied, sure-handed receiver to the Bengals offense and has the upside to take over as the top dog once the time comes.
47. Arizona Cardinals(Travis Rasmussen – @TravisNFL) – Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Getting a top 3-4 OL prospect in round one and having a top 5-6 QB prospect fall to the Cardinals in the second round has me leaping for joy. Mason Rudolph is a great addition to the hypothetical storyline I’m creating here (AZ has already brought in 1-2 free agent QBs – see first-round pick above). Rudolph has shown very well at times in his college career, improving every year in counting stats and efficiency stats as well as his play on film. A solid, accurate pocket passer with fantastic prototypical size, Rudolph has the opportunity here to sit for a year and has the upside to potentially be a long-term answer at QB for Arizona.
48. LA Chargers(John Di Bari – @dibari22)- Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
I was really hoping to land Mason Rudolph here as the heir to the Rivers’ throne, but I missed out by one pick. Inside linebacker was a need for the Bolts, and missing out on arguably the top tier at the position in round 1, Jefferson is a fine second round consolation prize. Through 2 rounds, nothing flashy here, but a nice slid draft filling needs with some really good players thus far.
49. New York Jets(From Seattle)(Nathan Pilmer – @DynastyDogg) – Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Ideally, the Jets go with the best DE or CB here. I really wanted to go with Jaire Alexander here but sometimes you are left with going with the best player available and that was Sony Michel for me. Bilal Powell is turning 30 this season, and I don’t know if the Jets are feeling Elijah McGuire as an every-down back.
This won’t be great for Sony/McGuire in fantasy but from an NFL perspective a RBBC of those two are what this team needs. The complete offensive overhaul is almost complete. One more OL and they are on their way. Not to telegraph my next choice or anything here but the next pick HAS to be DL or Corner though .
50. Dallas Cowboys(John Schepps – @SlizzDigital) – Tarvarus Mcfadden, CB, FSU
I was hoping Michael Gallup fell to me because i feel like he is a day 1 starter and would be an excellent compliment to Dez Bryant. After Gallup i was in a tough spot because i don’t see any player who is above and beyond the rest. The group of CBs still available stood out to to me. Dallas went CB heavy last year so this may be tough to swallow but I think it could work out. Play Lewis in the slot and Chido outside, Mcfadden could slide in immediately on the other side. This would leave FS/SLB the only real question marks on this defense heading into 2018.
51. Detroit Lions (Mike Jernigan – @DFFMikeJernigan) – Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
Ziggy Ansah is a free agent who must be brought back to avoid tragedy on that line. Last year’s team was 18th against the run, 20th in sacks, 27th in yards allowed, and 21st in points per game. Those shortcomings stem from that d-line. Bryan is a 6’4” 291 lbs mountain of a man who immediately makes it harder for offenses to take advantage of the Lions up front. If teams can’t score on Detroit, Stafford will put up enough points to win more games.
52. Baltimore Ravens(LJ Chaney – @pacificscouting) – Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
Tyrell Crosby is a very controlled smooth offensive tackle. He has the ability to play both tackle positions and the Ravens are able to put him on the right side opposite Ronnie Stanley. Crosby did not allow a single sack in 2017. He is one of the better tackles in this deep draft class and the Ravens add another player who can start day 1.
53. Buffalo Bills(John Orr @DFF_JohnIDP) – Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
James Washington would have helped our offense, he is not available. Onto our next need and we land a promising CB. Buffalo secures another young starter opposition Tre’davious White who shows the promise to become another shutdown corner on an already good defense. When you add in his playmaking ability on special teams as a return man you’re adding a player who can help in two areas of your team. I can’t help but get excited after another solid add for the Bills here.
54. Kansas City Chiefs(Cody) – Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
The Chiefs could go in several different directions here, but I believe adding weapons for their young QB will be important to keep that offense clicking on all cylinders. Anthony Miller will provide Mahomes with another versatile playmaker that can get open early and often. Miller has maybe the best route running of any wideout in this class with the burst and speed to take the top off the defense. Adding in his sure-handedness, Miller would provide another spark to this offense and another weapon to help get their young QB off on the right foot.
55. Carolina Panthers(Pete Lawrence – @_PeteLaw) – Sam Hubbard, Edge, Ohio State
Getting after the QB is key and with Julius Peppers up in age and the team just releasing Charles Johnson the team could use a 6-5 265-pound hard-working playmaker. Hubbard was a lacrosse player and put on nearly 70 pounds of muscle to play at Ohio State on the line. His Freshman season he posted 8 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks while also intercepting a ball and forcing a fumble. Hubbard would finish his collegiate career with 30 tackles for loss and 17 sacks. Hubbard is a hard working technician and doesn’t possess the crazy athletic skills of other players in this class. While that might limit his ceiling this is a player with a strong floor.
56. Buffalo Bills(From LA Rams)(John Orr – @DFF_JohnIDP) – Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina.
Capable of playing at a high level in the middle or outside he will be a name you will want to get to know. Coverage is good as is his sideline to sideline speed. After the combine he will fly up boards
57. Tennessee Titans(DWin – @DFF_DWIN) – Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
After getting help for the secondary, in 1st round, the Titans continue to build defense. Mike Vrabel was a hustle guy at LB, and he’ll love Josey Jewell’s all-around game. He will be a leader for the defense and a tackling machine.
58. Atlanta Falcons(Franchise KF – @FranchiseKF) – Austin Corbett, OT/OG, Nevada
The Falcons will likely be looking for some additional help at the Guard position this year. Austin Corbett played Left Tackle at Nevada but is a good candidate to slide inside and play Guard. He is a violent mauler with the quickness that should translate well to the Falcon’s zone-blocking-scheme. Corbett is a finisher with great hands that provides both versatility and immediate impact for the Birds.
59. San Francisco 49ers(From New Orleans)(Tony Leding – @DFF_Hillbilly) – Braden Smith, G, Auburn
Smith could help the offensive line with some size to open up some holes for Barkley to hit. At 6-6 and 300 lbs the dude is huge. Let’s throw him in there at guard and get 10 wins.
60. Pittsburgh Steelers(JD Hanmore – @DFF_JamesH) – Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
This makes sense with the loss of Shazier to strengthen their linebacker group. Baker is local(ish) coming out of Ohio State and could help improve Pittsburgh against the run game so they don’t have a repeat of last years horror against Jacksonville.
61. Jacksonville Jaguars(Shaun Crandall – @WhiskeyD0G) – Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
Okorafor addresses a much needed position with this selection. Jacksonville will continue to emphasize the run in 2018 and the Broncos product brings the versatility to play either tackle spot, but will play right tackle as Cam Robinson should play the left side.
62. Minnesota Vikings (Brian Hawkes – @bdhawkes) – Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
A 6’1”, 200 lb. corner with excellent length, athleticism, and speed… If only there was a coach who had shown a propensity for developing such players… wait?! Mike Zimmer has experience developing cornerbacks, and he has shown a strong preference for length at the position. Davis will fill a need as the 40 year-old Terrance Newman still earned his share of snaps in 2017 and is not a sure thing to return for 2018. Add Davis to a young, promising CB core of: Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackenzie Alexander… the rich get richer!
63. New England Patriots(Dynasty Economist – @DynoEconomist) – Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
Tight end is certainly a position of need for New England. Gronk has not proven he can stay healthy and there is no depth behind him. The Pats are also great at using two tight end sets. Andrewes would be a perfect fit and he is a steal this late in the second round.
64. Cleveland Brown(From Philly)(James Koutoulas – @DFF_Thebrain) – Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Chubb is a perfect fit in Cleveland. An elite between the tackles back with fantastic vision, Chubb can fill the role left behind by Isaiah Crowell who is expected to leave via free agency. Duke Johnson then can be used to his strengths as a fill-in on passing downs and as a third-down back.
Thanks for reading. Let us know what you agree or disagree with so far. We’ll wrap this mock draft up tomorrow with the 3rd and final round.