DFF NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Welcome back to the DFF Mock Draft. Rounds 1 and 2 are complete, so let’s move right along with Round 3. 


65.Cleveland Browns (James Koutoulas – @DFF_Thebrain) – MJ Stewart, CB, North Carolina- At 6’0 205 pounds, Stewart has good enough size to play either outside or in the slot. With a stout build, Stewart has a well-rounded skill set and helped himself out with a strong week at the senior bowl. The Browns need to address their cornerbacks, with only 1 solid starter. Stewart would immediately upgrade the unit.

66.New York Giants (DynastyDoc – @DFF_Feuker) Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State

This is a very Al Davis-ian (Yeah, I just made up a word wanna fight about it?) pick. If you like size and speed guys then Ballage is on your radar. Ballage sits at 6’1.5” 228 pounds and can do a lot but was very underutilized in college. There’s no wonder he was a king when it came to Combine tests. It will be a nice change of pace for the Giants getting a back that can stay out there for all three downs. (This is probably too high for Ballage as teams may be able to wait around, but wanted to get his name out there)

67.Indianapolis Colts (Randy/Outlaw – @DFFMemphis)Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Andrew Luck will be protected with me as the GM of the Colts. Miller is a mountain of a man at 6’8” and 310 pounds. His specialty is pass blocking but he looks to be a solid all-around tackle. He only gave up 16 QB pressures in 2017 on over 500 pass plays at UCLA. He can start his career in the NFL at right tackle with Miller replacing Anthony Castonzo at left tackle as the long-term plan. Miller has been mocked as high as the first round and feels like an absolute steal for the Colts to start the third round.  

68.Houston Texans (Walk – @DFF_Walk)Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

The next great NFL LT to come out of the Buckeye pipeline? Only time will tell with Jones, but the 6’5” 310 pounder possesses the requisite length and upside to support being drafted here and fills an immediate need in Houston. After trading away Duane Brown last season there was a gaping hole on the left side of the Texans offensive line. The worst case scenario is that he doesn’t pan out at LT and the Texans use him to plug one of a number of other holes on their offensive line (HOU needs to do a much better job of protecting Deshaun Watson).

69.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Andrew Moss – @NFLscoutTampa) Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma

The Bucs get another incredible value at a position of need so great, I almost picked him in round 2. Despite drafting Noah Spence in the second round in 2016 and dedicating a lot of free agent dollars to the soon-to-be-released Robert Ayers, they struggled to get pressure on the quarterback. With Spence either injured or ineffective, the Bucs lacked a twitchy edge rusher who could strike fear into left tackles with his speed. While he has a ways to go with learning how to use his hands, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is the kind of player who can come into the game in obvious passing situations and generate pressure and eventually develop into a full-time defensive end.

70.San Francisco 49ers (Tony L – @DFF_Hillbilly) Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford

At 6-2 and 200 lbs this guy can make those plays in the secondary that’ll make teams think twice about throwing that pigskin.

71.Denver Broncos (John Hogue – @DFFDynastyDude) Duke Ejiofor, EDGE, Wake Forest

Lost in the quest to replace Peyton Manning is another massive void left by a retiring hall-of-famer following the Super Bowl 50 victory. DeMarcus Ware also called it a career, and the Denver defense hasn’t been able to replace him yet, though edge rushers Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett have shown flashes. The “meet at the quarterback” strategy was highly effective for Von Miller and Ware, but without Ware, Miller has struggled to generate pressure without a credible pass rush from the opposite edge. Ejiofor may not be the answer either, but an aggregate pass rush could be just as effective. A 4-3 defensive end at Wake Forest, Ejiofor is built like Ware (6’3” and 275 lbs.), with surprising closing speed, and multiple moves to get past offensive tackles at his disposal. As the secondary of the Denver defense goes through a mini makeover, finding a pass rusher like Ejiofor gives the Broncos an opportunity to cover up their blemishes in coverage with an outside pass rush.

72.New York Jets(Nathan Pilmer – @DynastyDogg) Derrick Nnadi, DL, Florida State

Nnadi has an undersized body but an oversized heart and motor. Another cliche here but I love the fight in this dog rather than the size of the dog in other DLinemen. The offense got the immediate attention, but the DL cannot be ignored for too long. Nnadi is definitely going to need to bulk up and take coaching to heart but the kid loves football and can play against the best.

73.Miami Dolphins (Tim Sambor – @DFF_TimSambor)Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

Penny has the size and game to be an every-down back in the NFL. Penny is a patient runner who can set up his blocks but always attacks the line of scrimmage hard. With Jay Ajayi gone and Penny available here, the Dolphins would be making an easy decision to draft the small school back who rushed for over 2200 yards and finished 5th in the Heisman race.


74.San Francisco 49ers (Tony Leding – @DFF_Hillbilly)- Frank Ragnow, OL, Arkansas

I know what you’re thinking another offensive lineman? This guy has been a rock for Arkansas. A great leader that can help any team in the locker room. I thought about taking a LB here and probably should have with Reuben Foster being a tad bit on the “hold my beer” side. Enough of the palaver and let’s build a Great Wall of lineman on the west coast. Woo pig!

75.Oakland Raiders (Anthony Z – @ZaragozaAnthony)Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn

I took a risk in the second by not drafting one of the top available running backs (Sony Michel, Rashaad Penny), but ended up with a nice consolation prize in the third with Kerryon Johnson. Johnson was a workhorse for Auburn last season, especially In his two regular season games against Alabama and Georgia. The 2017 SEC Offensive Player of the Year has all of the tools to be a three-down back in the NFL. Johnson can run over a guy in the middle, has the agility to juke a defender on the outside and can catch the ball out of the backfield. The Raiders need a running back of the future, Johnson has the potential to be that guy.

76.Green Bay Packers (Kyle August – @kyleFFfellas) Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh

Looking to address another need for the Packers, the selection of this 2017 First Team All-ACC LT would be a nice value here in the 3rd round. All teams can always use line depth but O’Neill could turn into a solid Tackle at the next level. While I doubt that O’Neill will be a LT in the NFL, but could make the transition to the other side of the line.

77.Cincinnati Bengals (Cody Garrett – @_codygarrett)Harrison Phillips, DL, Stanford

The Bengals have the luxury of being able to go in several directions with their draft picks and truly take the BPA. Here, they get a 1st round type talent fall to them in the 3rd in Harrison Phillips. Phillips is an absolute monster in the middle. He does an excellent job of using his strength to hold up and be a disrupter in the run game. Phillips has amazing athleticism and a beautiful swim move he uses to rush the passer. But perhaps his best trait is his high-level motor, the man just never stops on a play. Phillips will add to an already solid defensive line.

78.Kansas City Chiefs (Cody Garrett – @_codygarrett) – Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh

With all the changes being made in KC, it is important they get a playmaker to add to their secondary. Jordan Whitehead fits that role as he is extremely rangy and flies around the field. Whitehead does an excellent job in coverage and has the speed to fly around the field in a hurry. He also isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and play the run. Whitehead would be an excellent addition to a changing Chiefs secondary.  

79.Arizona Cardinals (Travis Rasmussen – @TravisNFL)Dante Pettis, WR, Washington

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m giving Arizona a WR here. They need bodies and solid contributors at the position. Ideally, I’d like to see The Cardinals take a more prototypical WR1-type prospect earlier in the draft, but with this mock falling the way it has, I’m taking the best player available at the position. Dante Pettis is a good, explosive athlete with exceptional hands. He provides Arizona with a receiver who can win downfield and play on the outside, if necessary. Pettis also has upside to be a faux-WR1 in the offense in year two once Larry Fitzgerald retires.

80.Houston Texas (Walk – @DFF_Walk)Mark Walton, Jr., RB, Miami (FL)

An undersized but explosive back who could ultimately be a three-down weapon for the Texans. Walton came out of the gate on fire in 2017 but suffered a season-ending injury against FSU in week 4 which is a large reason that he fell to pick 80. This allows Houston to move on from Lamar Miller should D’Onta Foreman get cleared in time for OTAs.  Foreman and Walton would provide a formidable 1-2 punch for the Texans.

81.Dallas Cowboys (John Schepps – @SlizzDigital)Deon Cain, WR, Clemson

Dallas has needed a legitimate WR opposite Dez Bryant for years. Dez appears to be at the tail end of his career but I believe there is still some gas left in the tank. Cain is a WR who, last year, many people considered to be better than Mike Williams from Clemson who went in the 1st round of the 2017 draft. It seems this year he has fallen off the radar a bit. Standing at 6’1”, 210 lbs, he has the build of a physical WR. Add to that his ability to stretch the field, his ability to track the football and his ability to run after catch, you have the making of a solid #2 WR. He should be able to step in and out-produce Terrance Williams day one.

82.Detroit Lions (Mike Jernigan – @DFFMikeJernigan)Kyzir White, S, West Virginia

At 6’2” and 216 lbs. White is already built for the NFL sizewise. This is a glaring hole for the Lions and White, though not a stellar athlete, should still be an upgrade at the position and give depth to an area that has none. He is aggressive, physical, and by the reports I’m reading, a leader on the defensive side of the ball.

83.Baltimore Ravens (LJ Chaney – @pacificscouting)Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

Throughout this process the main thing discussed with St. Brown is lack of production and the reasons behind it. St. Brown had a terrific sophomore season with Kizer at the helm and had an extreme dip in production with Brandon Wimbush taking over. The Ravens have had a terrible track record with selecting wide receivers in the draft. Grabbing St. Brown in the 3rd allows for less pressure on the player while still getting someone who possesses the ceiling of a true wide receiver one in the NFL.

84.LA Chargers (John Di Bari – @dibari22)- Simmie Cobbs, Jr., WR, Indiana

My intent of getting a QB of the future and an impact ILB & O-lineman went a little out the window with no QBs falling to me. With no QBs available, I‘m going to get more weapons for the one they have. Keenan Allen is a stud, Tyrell Williams regressed and Mike Williams is an injury-plagued enigma. Hopefully Cobbs can come along quickly and create a nightmare matchup for opposing secondaries with all of their core receivers topping 6’2”

85.Carolina Panthers (Pete Lawrence – @_PeteLaw)Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State

I’m not gonna lie. I know squat about Alex Cappa other than that he might be a fairly decent athlete and Carolina is foolishly going to need OL help if Norwell leaves.

86.Kansas City Chiefs (Cody Garrett – @_codygarrett) Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama

Chiefs look to continue to build up the secondary, easily their biggest weakness in 2017. Adding a tall, lengthy corner will help build them back up. Wallace does a great job mirroring wideouts and using his length to disrupt passes. He also plays well in both zone and man coverage giving him a ton of versatility. Adding Wallace on the outside will help get the Chiefs secondary back on the right track.

87.LA Rams (Stephen Fuller – @fulst_rosto) Brandon Parker, OT, N. Carolina A&T

Parker has been a consistent 4 year starter for N.C. A&T, and is a 2 time MEAC offensive lineman of the year award winner. At 6-8 and 310Lbs boasting great arm length the Aggies tackle is already well coached yet could be a project at the next level and add to his already impressive skill set.

88.Carolina Panthers (Pete Lawrence – @_PeteLaw)Azeem Victor, LB, Washington

Two years ago before breaking his leg during a game against USC, Victor was looking like a day two pick. Victor was a special talent who was quick on his feet with an ability to drop in space on coverage. He was hard-nosed physical tackler that could punisher the ball carrier. He got into trouble getting suspended and looked all sorts of flat and none of the same talent that he showed previously. Victor got a DUI in November but was invited to the combine. Victor will need to put on a show but this is a talent that could be developed in the right system especially with leadership like Thomas Davis.

89.Tennessee Titans (Dwin – @DFF_DWIN) John Kelly, RB, Tennessee

The Titans likely move on from Demarco Murray and hand the reigns to Derrick Henry. So they will look for a RB to pair with Henry. With the top options likely gone by this point, they take Kelly who is highly underrated and extremely talented. Unmatched effort type player who can carry load if needed.

90. Atlanta Falcons (FranchiseKF – @FranchiseKF) Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest

Bates is a fluid athlete that brings versatility to the Falcons’ secondary. He is very instinctive and has the ability to cover receivers in the slot. He isn’t the hitter that Keanu Neal is but can be very effective playing deep with his excellent ball skills. The Falcons have the luxury of allowing Bates to contribute on special teams and develop his body before asking him to assume a full-time starting role at Safety.

91.New Orleans Saints (Josh Brickner – @JoshBrickner) Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State

What is a guy with first-round talent doing available at pick 91? Well, Sweat has the football prowess to have his name called on Day 1, but his extensive injury history makes him available here. Keep an eye on Sweat’s medical check at this weekend’s combine. A clean bill of health and it’s not likely he’s available at this spot on April 27th. However, if his physical shows any complications the Saints could take the risk. Sometimes, fortune favors the bold.

92.Pittsburgh Steelers (JD Hanmore – @DFF_JamesH)Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

This almost seems ridiculous having drafted Conner last year. But with Bell still up in the air, would it be surprising to see Pittsburgh bolster their already strong offense with another running back? I wouldn’t think anyone would have backed them to take JuJu early last year so this pick is sort of in line with that.

93.Jacksonville Jaguars (Shaun Crandall – @WhiskeyD0G) Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana

Scales will add to an already stout defense and would allow more man to man coverage for its young secondary.

94.Minnesota Vikings (Brian Hawkes – @bdhawkes)Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia

The Vikings have built one of the top defenses in the NFL by drafting long, athletic players; they clearly have a type. Want proof? Anthony Barr: 6’5”, 255 lbs., 4.66 speed, 34 ½” vertical, 33 ½” arm length. Danielle Hunter: 6’5”, 252 lbs., 4.57 speed, 36 ½” vertical, 34 ¼” arm length. Enter Lorenzo Carter… The former five-star recruit is oozing with length and athleticism, and despite him not producing to expectations at Georgia – the Vikings brass are confident in their belief to coach/ scheme to the God-given ability a player possesses. Look no further than Danielle Hunter who had a modest 142 career tackles, and 4.5 sacks during his time at LSU. Carter surpassed those totals as a Bulldog, and Minnesota will jump at an opportunity to add another versatile, matchup problem for opposing offenses.

95.New England Patriots (Dynasty Economist – @DynoEconomist) Uchenna Nwosu, EDGE, USC

More EDGE depth is never a bad thing. This, combined with the Harold Landry pick, really upgrades that position for New England. If they add another ILB and DB in free agency the team will be awfully complete going into next season.

96.Buffalo Bills (John Orr @DFF_JohnIDP) Christian Campbell, CB, Penn State

 One of the taller corners in this class at 6’1. He is a press corner who uses long arms naturally to help him keep the ball out of WRs hands. Tackling is a plus and will not shy away from run support. I have him in the top 50 and can’t pass up the extra help in the secondary.

97.Arizona Cardinals (Travis Rasmussen – @TravisNFL) – Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee

Having this compensatory pick at the end of the 3rd round is huge for Arizona, as they need all the help at the WR position that they can get. At 97 overall I’m looking for a high-upside, game-changing player at the position, and I think The Cardinals found that in Richie James. James fits the mold of a smaller, fast and quick playmaker who can electrify an offense from anywhere on the field. He may just be the home run hitter that Arizona needs.

98.Houston Texans (Walk – @DFF_Walk)Kameron Kelly, DB, San Diego State

I’m willing to take a shot on a long, rangy ball hawking DB at pick 98. Kelly possesses the versatility and size (6’2”, 200) that NFL teams covet. He spent three seasons at corner for the Aztecs before moving to safety in 2017. Johnathan Joseph turns 34 before the Texans even make this pick which means that I’m drafting Kelly to come in and immediately compete for nickel CB snaps or provide an upgrade to Andre Hal at FS.

NOTE: It took everything for me to not draft Mike Gesicki (TE, PSU) here.

99.Denver Broncos (John Hogue – @DFFDynastyDude) – Sean Welsh, G/C, Iowa

A power blocker built for Denver’s zone-blocking scheme, Welsh provides depth at the interior offensive line positions (including center). He doesn’t have the quickness to pull and get in front of defenders, but his power at the point of attack helps him keep a clean pocket in pass protection, and open up running lanes, particularly in short-yardage situations. The Broncos desperately need help across the offensive line, and Welsh’s versatility provides much-needed depth.

100.Cincinnati Bengals (Cody Garrett – @_codygarrett)Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana

Thought about taking a shot on a QB for the Bengals, but ultimately continuing to stack their offense with playmakers is the best option. Ian Thomas is another big, athletic playmaker at the TE position that can play alongside Eifert or take over in case of injury. He has the speed to stretch the field and the athleticism to go up and make plays on the ball especially in the red zone. Giving the Bengals offense another weapon will help Dalton, or his eventual replacement, elevate the offense to another level.

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