QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
A reboot with new head coach Kliff Kingsbury after using a first rounder on Josh Rosen last season. Murray measured bigger than expected at the combine. His arm strength and accuracy were never an issue. A small subset of draft analysts led by CBS Sports Pete Prisco is now saying this won't happen. One thing does appear to be true. The Rosen market if anything has cooled off. The Redskins and Patiots are reportedly no longer interested. The Giants while supposedly still interested are unwilling to deal their second rounder. The Dolphins and to a somewhat lesser extent the Chargers are now being more prominently mentioned as possibilities.
2. San Francisco 49ers
DE Nick Bosa - Ohio St
The signing of Dee Ford alleviates the need on the edge and a first rounder has been used on defensive linemen in each of the last three years. Bosa just seems too good to pass up.
3. New York Jets
DT Ed Oliver - Houston
New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is said to be enamoured with Oliver despite plans to stick with the 3-4 going against his history of using four man fronts. Oliver is a dynamic interior presence best suited as a 3-technique in an even front that struggled through injuries his final season of college. His stock is back on the rise after a stellar post season and he could well go to the Raiders with the next pick. The supposed earlier goal of moving down for Oliver in an attempt to recoup the second rounder traded last year for Sam Darnold is likely no longer a realistic possibility. This pick could lead to a trade of Leonard Williams.
4. Oakland Raiders
M/SLB Devin White - LSU
Rumors are rampant the Raiders are going to do something unexpected here with GM Mike Mayock and HC Jon Gruden having sent their scouts home to prevent any leaks before the draft. This would qualify. White is a dynamic athlete with the ability to dominate in all facets of the game. This won't be easy to do with both Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen still on the board staring them in the face.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Productive on the field in Tuscalusa, Williams solidified his draft stock displaying incredible athleticism at the combine. His falling this far really makes no sense. Expect Gerald McCoy to be traded sometime during the draft.
6. New York Giants
OLB/DE Josh Allen - Kentucky
A disruptive presence on edge either standing up or with his hand on the ground in their hybrid defense. Allen's athleticism and tenacity will be welcome on a defense lacking playmakers especially after the trade of Olivier Vernon. Seem ambivalent about Dwayne Haskins despite the glaring need for a QB of the future.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
TE DJ Hockenson - Iowa
New acquisition Nick Foles needs help, lots of help. Hockenson is a versatile, every down TE that can make a difference as a blocker and receiver. He provides the type of big, middle of the field target Foles utilized so well in Philadelphia.
8. Detroit Lions
DE/DT Rashan Gary - Michigan
Reportedly motivated to trade down from the eighth pick. Gary was somewhat miscast at Michigan where he was a one-dimensional bull rusher from both inside and outside. His performance never matched his physical ability. He has the bulk to hold up against the run, the top athleticism to develop into an elite rusher. Help is still needed on the edge even after signing Trey Flowers, there is no chance Ziggy Ansah will return. Gary's stock is reportedly all over the board. He is suffering from a torn labrum which most believe he can play through during his rookie season before having surgery after the year.
9. Buffalo Bills
DE Montez Sweat - Mississippi St
Finished only 21st in QB hits and 26th in sacks last season. Sweat provides an immediate dynamic presence on the edge over the pedestrian Trent Murphy. Sweat destroyed the combine running a 4.41 40 with a 125 inch broad jump at 6'6", 260 lbs. Has room to grow both physically and as a technician after originally committing to Michigan St as a TE back in 2014 before switching to defense and spending some time at a junior college. Another prospect all over the board, although in his case purely due to an irregular heart beat flagged at the combine. Supposedly taken off some teams boards even though reports suggest medical issue is minor. How much of this is a smoke screen is an open question.
10. Denver Broncos
ILB Devin Bush - Michigan
New head coach Vic Fangio emphasizes versatile three down ILBs in his vesion of the 3-4 scheme. Josey Jewell, a hard nosed player lacking athleticism, especially does not fit the mold. The slightly undersized Bush matches White in terms of overall athleticism.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
QB Dwayne Haskins - Ohio St
Big armed pocket passer with prototypical size to help jump start the new Zac Taylor era. Andy Dalton has proven to be a game manager at best that doesn't make those around him any better. He isn't really the teams biggest problem though so taking a front seven defender or an offensive lineman is a perfectly acceptable option.
12. Green Bay Packers
T/G Jawaan Taylor - Florida
Old school road grader type with the feet to hold up outside, at least on the right. Taylor should be able to step in immediately to help keep defenders off Aaron Rodgers, even more in the run game.
13. Miami Dolphins
T/G Jonah Williams - Alabama
Appear to be ready to tank in the first year of the new regime of Brian Flores. Adding protection or weapons for the franchise QB not yet on the roster would make sense. Williams' stock has taken a bit of a hit due to short arms. He is a hard worker with solid athleticism that should still be able to handle the left side. He has a low floor with the ability to play on the right or inside at guard if necessary.
14. Atlanta Falcons
OLB/DE Brian Burns - Florida St
Burns is a bit of a teener, lacking bulk for end yet inexperienced in space. He has the athleticism to develop into a more versatile edge presence in the hybrid scheme of Dan Quinn.
15. Washington Redskins
QB Drew Lock - Missouri
Alex Smith's career is probably over after last year's gruesome leg injury. Case Keenum is a stopgap at best. Rumors have them interested in moving up for Haskins. Lock is a solid fallback. He is an experienced, intelligent four year starter with prototypical size and arm strength. Lack of accuracy and touch a concern. He tended to play better against weaker competition.
16. Carolina Panthers
OT Andre Dillard - Washington St
Cam Newton gets hit way too often. Dillard is an experienced pass blocker often left alone on an island in a spread offense.
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland)
QB Daniel Jones - Duke
Rumors suggest they like Jones better than Haskins and Lock. Both Jones and Eli Manning were coached by David Cutcliffe in college. Jones is a jack-of-all-trades type with excellent size and otherwise adequate all around physically characteristics. His arm skills are solid despite nothing particularly standing out.
18. Minnesota Vikings
G/C Garrett Bradbury - North Carolina St
Smooth, athletic immediate starter on an offensive line severely lacking in talent to help keep interior rushers off Kirk Cousins. Combined with newly acquired Josh Kline and hopefully the continued development of last year's third rounder Pat Elflein would turn the interior offenive line from a long term weakness into a strength.
19. Tennessee Titans
TE Noah Fant - Iowa
Fant is a weapon. His speed and athleticism would present a matchup nightmare. Not as good a blocker or all around TE as his teammate Hockenson, he tries hard in all facets of the game and isn't completely over matched physically in any.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
CB Rock Ya-Sin - Temple
The first corner off the board is a surprise. Not that anyone should be shocked by the Steelers going against the general consensus after the first round defensive back selections they've made in the last few years. Ya-Sin is supposedly a favorite of Mike Tomlin. A graduate transfer from Presbyterian College that held up against tougher albeit not top competition. A perfect physical specimen, he has all the tools to develop with more experience and coaching. Should Bush fall into the mid-teens a trade up using one of the extra third rounders needs to be made.
21. Seattle Seahawks
DE Clelin Farrell - Clemson
Trade of Frank Clark while bringing back a low first rounder plus a 2020 second rounder leaves a huge hole in the defense. Farrell is a tenacious edge rusher that gets by more on power than explosiveness, athleticism sort of similar to Clark
22. Baltimore Ravens
WR DK Metcalf - Mississippi
A speed burning down the field weapon to open things up for the running game. Metcalf's size and straight line speed are incredible. His agility and route running ability are less of an asset.
23. Houston Texans
T/G Cody Ford - Oklahoma
Deshaun Watson has taken a lot of hits in his short career. Protecting him has to be a priority. Ford has all the physical/athletic skills with experience at guard and tackle. Technique in pass protection outside needs work. High ceiling/high risk at tackle, high floor/low risk at guard.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago)
DT Christian Wilkins - Clemson
The high character Wilkins is an interior disruptor as a one-gap 3-technique or edge setter as a base end where his lack of bulk at the point of attack is less of an issue.
25. Philadelphia Eagles
CB Greedy Williams - LSU
Williams drops because of his tendency to shy away fom contact. Ronald Darby is coming off a torn ACL and Jalen Mills a foot injury. Sidney Jones has also been injury prone. An upgrade on Mills and/or Jones isn't the worst idea anyway.
26. Indianapolis Colts
WR Marquise Brown - Oklahoma
Undersized, quick, high energy receiver that excelled playing with back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Fills a future need more than an immediate need. Devin Funchess was signed to only a one year deal, Carlos Rogers is on the last year of his deal. TY Hilton will turn 30 this season and is starting to show some wear and tear.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas)
CB Byron Murphy - Washington
Last year allowed a league worst 8.2 yards per pass attempt. Garreon Conley still has hope to develop into something more. Daryl Worley and Nevin Lawson are what they are, adequate at best placeholders. Murphy makes up for a lack of top speed and size with instincts, toughness and quickness. Best suited for a man scheme with a rangy free safety to provide deep help.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
OL Dalton Risner - Kansas St
Versatile linemen could fit at right tackle, guard or center. Unfortunately he can't play all three at the same time.
29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City)
DT Dexter Lawrence - Clemson
Double dip on defensive linemen. Jarran Reed just had sports hernia surgey. There isn't a lot of talent in the middle of the defensive line besides him. Lawrence should go higher based purely on performance and athleticism. His stock was hurt by a failed performance enhancing drug test that knocked him out of the championship playoffs.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans)
TE Irv Smith - Alabama
Solid overall skill set despite being raw as a route runner and blocker. Early entrant as a pure junior that could have benefitted from another year in school. Smith lacks prototypical length, but provides versatility. Can contribute in-line, coming off motion or even as a FB.
31. Los Angeles Rams
OG Chris Lindstrom - Boston College
Experienced, four year starter. Started his first game as a true freshman. Elite athlete with incredible quickness. Dad, uncle and younger brother all also played/play offensive line at Boston College. His dad played three years in the NFL.
32. New England Patriots
DT Jeffrey Simmons - Mississippi St
Top 10 talent with off the field issues early in college, then tore an ACL in February. Bill Belichick obviously has the cache to draft for the long term, gamble on high upside. Especially considering he has 6 picks in the first two days of the draft.
33. Arizona Cardinals - WR AJ Brown - Mississippi
Out performed teammate Metcalf. Should learn a lot from Fitzgerald.
34. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ) - DT Jerry Tillery - Notre Dame
Former offensive lineman with skills to excel as 3 or 5-technique.
35. Oakland Raiders - RB Miles Sanders - Penn St
Most complete of the top backs. Not much tread off the tire after backing up Barkley.
36. San Francisco 49ers - WR K'Neal Harry - Arizona St
Desperate for a plus sized vertical threat on the outside.
37. New York Giants - CB DeAndre Baker - Georgia
Productive, experienced. Lacks athletic upside.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - OT Greg Little - Mississippi
Top recruit with athleticism to stay on left side. Performance never reached billing.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ILB Mack Wilson - Alabama
Immediate Alexander replacement.
40. Buffalo Bills - G/C Erik McCoy - Texas A&M
Still searching for a starting left guard after signing six offensive line free agents.
41. Denver Broncos - QB Will Grier - West Virginia
Flacco a short term stopgap no matter what Elway says.
42. Cincinnati Bengals - DE Jaylon Ferguson - La Tech
Finished last season 28th in sacks, 25th in QB hits, 27th in tackles for a loss.
43. Detroit Lions - CB Amani Oruwariye - Penn St
Upgrade needed across from Slay.
44. Green Bay Packers - S Nasir Adderley - Delaware
Four year starter. Ball hawk with skills/size to also be tried at corner.
45. Atlanta Falcons - RB Josh Jacobs - Alabama
Partner for Freeman after losing Coleman to the Niners.
46. Washington Redskins - WR Parris Campbell - Ohio St
Versatile, can stretch the field outside or create mismatches in the slot.
47. Carolina Panthers - S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson - Florida
Replacement for departed Adams.
48. Miami Dolphins - DT Dre'Mont Jones - Ohio St
Concentrate on building the lines while tanking.
49. Cleveland Browns
OT Yodny Cajuste - West Virginia
Addressed most needs adeptly in free agency/trades except for the offensive line. Cajuste has the length to stick on the left side. Also has the body type to make a move inside possible. Has a tendency to play high and can get knocked off the ball physically.
50. Minnesota Vikings - WR Terry McLaurin - Ohio St
Treadwell a bust behind Diggs and Thielen.
51. Tennessee Titans - WR Deebo Samuel - South Carolina
Quick slot receiver to help out Mariota.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers
OLB Chase Winovich - Michigan
A local product from Thomas Jefferson HS. Winovich is a relentless, physical edge rusher that showed more athleticism than expected at the combine. He consistently out performed top recruit Rashan Gary at Michigan.
53. Philadelphia Eagles (from Bal) - S Delonte Thompson - Alabama
McLeod coming back from torn MCL, Jenkins over 30.
54. Houston Texans (from Sea) - CB Julian Love - Notre Dame
Joseph is 35 and Roby signed for only a year.
55. Houston Texans - DE Zach Allen - Boston College
Line lacks depth, talent except for injury prone Watt.
56. New England Patriots (from Chi) - DE Jachai Polite - Florida
Drops like a rock due to horrible combine, off season. Worth a gamble at this point.
57. Philadelphia Eagles - C/G Elgton Jenkins - Mississippi
Kelce not getting any younger, depth behind him nonexistent.
58. Dallas Cowboys
S Darnell Savage - Maryland
Instinctive, quick, blazing fast coverage safety that lacks prototypical size. Despite dimunitive build a brutal hitter that lives up to his name.
59. Indianapolis Colts - S Taylor Rapp - Washington
Tenacious, intelligent, projects best as a downhill in the box safety.
60. Los Angeles Chargers - S Juan Thornhill - Virginia
Ball hawking cover safety with experience at corner.
61. Kansas City Chiefs
DT Charles Omenihu - Texas
Changing schemes with Steve Spagnuolo replacing Bob Sutton. Shed talent on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive line especially lacks disruptive playmakers even after trading for Frank Clark. Omenihu is a solid scheme fit with the ability to push the pocket inside.
62. New Orleans Saints
CB Trayvon Mullen - Clemson
Trade for Eli Apple last season was more of a bandaid than long term solution opposite Marshon Lattimore. Tall, long corner with good recovery speed. Got by more on talent than anticipation, instincts. Rarely targetted leading to deflated statistics.
63. Kansas City Chiefs (from LAR) - RB Damien Harris - Alabama
Need depth after release of Hunt due to off the field concerns.
64. New England Patriots - TE Jace Sternberger - Texas A&M
Well rounded receiving TE that lacks bulk as a blocker. Nobody is replacing Gronk.
65. Arizona Cardinals - CB Justin Layne - Michigan St
66. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Oakland)
WR Hakeem Butler - Iowa St
Sort of a taller, new age Plaxico Burress on the field. Hopefully he'll never shoot himself in the leg with an illegal concealed weapon off the field in a club in NYC. A receiver with a tight end frame. A red zone weapon. Pure, outside down the field target when not in the red zone. Struggled with drops early in career through the beginning of last year. Light seemed to come on as last season progressed. Stock seems stagnant for some reason despite a solid post season.
67. San Francisco 49ers - S Johnathon Abram - Mississippi St
68. New York Jets - T/G Kaleb McGary - Washington
69. Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Kelvin Harmon - North Carolina St
70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - RB David Montgomery - Iowa St
71. Denver Broncos - TE Josh Oliver - San Jose St
72. Cincinnati Bengals - OT David Edwards - Wisconsin
73. New England Patriots (from Det) - WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside - Stanford
74. Buffalo Bills - DT Khalen Saunders - Western Illinois
75. Green Bay Packers - ILB Ben Burr-Kirven - Washington
76. Washington Redskins - OLB D'Andre Walker - Georgia
77. Carolina Panthers - DE Ben Banogu - TCU
78. Miami Dolphins - CB David Long - Michigan
79. Atlanta Falcons - CB Sean Bunting - Central Michigan
80. Cleveland Browns - S Amani Hooker - Iowa
81. Minnesota Vikings - DE Oshane Ximines - Old Dominion
82. Tennessee Titans - OLB Christian Miller - Alabama
83. Pittsburgh Steelers
ILB Blake Cashman - Minnesota
Former walk-on. Determined, hard worker. Shocked with speed, athleticism at combine. Fits current prototype of a three down linebacker, exactly what the Steelers need. Productive with a nose for the ball. An unexpected, great post season is what gets him drafted on the second day.
84. Kansas City Chiefs (from Sea) - WR Andy Isabella - UMass
85. Baltimore Ravens - ILB Terrill Hanks - New Mexico St
86. Houston Texans - RB Darrell Henderson - Memphis
87. Chicago Bears
G/C Connor McGovern - Penn St
Versatility interior lineman with experience at guard and center. Devastating run blocker that needs work in pass protection. Kyle Long can't stay healthy. Depth behind him, Cody Whitehair and last year's second rounder James Daniels is nonexistent.
88. Detroit Lions (from Phi) - T/G Chuma Edoga - USC
89. Indianapolis Colts - DE Joe Jackson - Miami FL
90. Dallas Cowboys - TE Dawson Knox - Mississippi
91. Los Angeles Chargers - DT Trysten Hill - Central Florida
92. Seattle Seahawks (from KC) - WR Mecole Hardman - Georgia
93. New York Jets (from NO) - CB Joejuan Williams - Vanderbilt
94. Los Angeles Rams - DT Gerald Willis - Miami FL
95. New York Giants (from NE/Cle) - WR Riley Ridley - Georgia
96. Washington Redskins (comp) - CB Lonnie Johnson - Kentucky
97. New England Patriots (comp) - OG Nate Davis - Charlotte
98. Jacksonville Jaguars (comp from LAR) - S Jaquan Johnson - Miami FL
99. Los Angeles Rams (comp) - ILB Germaine Pratt - North Carolina St
100. Carolina Panthers (comp) - WR Emanuel Hall - Missouri
101. New England Patriots (comp) - S Marquise Blair - Utah
102. Baltimore Ravens (comp) - C/G Michael Jordan - Ohio St
4 122 Pittsburgh Steelers
TE Foster Moreau - LSU
Tenacious run blocker, needs work running routes and pass blocking. Fast riser. Somewhat unexpectedly showed top athleticism at combine. Post season reminiscent of George Kittle in his draft year. Probably needs a year of development which should be OK given future nature of need at the position.
5 141 Pittsburgh Steelers (from Oakland)
RB Travis Homer - Miami FL
All around back that lacks size to hold up as more than a change of pace. Better bouncing outside than between the tackles. Solid receiver. Could see the field quickly because of his ability in pass protection. Has punt return skills. Excels in punt coverage which would help him be active on a weekly basis.
6 175 Pittsburgh Steelers (from Oakland)
DE John Cominsky - Charleston, WV
Recruited as an option quarterback. Started for four years on defense after a redshirt. Hard worker. Needs pro coaching, more time in the weight room. Lacks pass rush explosiveness, technique. Probably more a candidate for the practice squad than the roster.
6 192 Pittsburgh Steelers
S Ugo Amadi - Oregon
Leader. Intelligent. Strong, tough and productive. Plus punt returner. Lacks top recovery speed and height, although long arms help. Sort of a corner/safety tweener lacking top corner athleticism.
6 207 Pittsburgh Steelers (comp from Arizona thru Baltimore)
P John Fox - Rice
Targeting a player and moving up in the fourth or fifth round at the price of a sixth rounder makes sense with ten total picks including six on the third day and three in the sixth round. Trying to find possibilities for all these late picks is difficult when doing a mock draft let alone actually drafting to fill the 80 man roster. This selection is more personal wish than legitimate possibility than the other day three projections. Fox is a strong legged punter known for his booming kicks. He needs work on placement which can be taught. Berry was resigned, but should in no way, shape or form be guaranteed a job. There is no way he should have been kept last year over Wile.
7 219 Pittsburgh Steelers (from Tampa Bay)
OG Garrett Brumfield - LSU
Slightly undersized. Limited to the inside. Has the agility and toughness to be worth a shot late. Needs work on technique. Tends to lunge and get out of position in both the run and pass game.