Today, I will give you my first three round NFL mock draft. I will give an analysis on each pick. Crazy selections that most people have not seen yet, but make them seem logical and worthy.
1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil – OT – Ole Miss
Tunsil will remain the obvious number one overall pick because he is the best player, offensive tackle, and Titans’ biggest need. Mariota got hurt twice around the knee area, which shows the concern of pass protection within the organization. Lewan would move over to his natural position at right tackle.
2. Cleveland Browns – Jared Goff – QB – California
The Browns really love Wentz, but Lynch has the best potential, but Goff is the most NFL ready quarterback prospect out of the three that leads to the Browns selecting Goff. Goff could start right away, but Hue Jackson will let McCown get the first crack at the job since he is a veteran. I expect Goff to step in around week 6 or 7 if McCown struggles.
3. San Diego Chargers – DeForest Buckner – DE – Oregon
The Chargers could use anything to improve their team, but I think they need to add one of the future’s best defensive prospects in the draft. People think Baylor’s Shawn Oakman is a freak of nature, but Buckner is the real freak. He stands at 6’7” and weighs 290 pounds. Buckner is very good at stopping the run, but good at pass rushing as well. The Oregon Duck is one of the draft’s strongest prospects.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota State
The Cowboys could select an instance starter in Joey Bosa here, but with their division being one of the weakness they have a chance on not picking in the top 5 for years to come, so that is why they take Wentz, who is a quarterback that can wait a couple of years to develop behind Romo and then takes over the helm to lead the Cowboys in the future.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey – CB/S – FSU
The Jaguars have last year’s first round pick, Dante Fowler Jr coming back from a gruesome injury that did not allow him to play in his rookie season. They have a good front seven when healthy, but need help in the secondary that got burned all season long. So they take in state prospect Jalen Ramsey to play either at the cornerback or free safety position. His versatility lands him over Hargreaves.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Vernon Hargreaves – CB – Florida
The Ravens do need to add another weapon on the offensive side, but the bread and butter of the Ravens recent success was their brutal defense. They need to add help to the secondary and find a way to shut down top receivers like Antonio Brown and A.J. Green.
7. San Francisco 49ers – Myles Jack – ILB – UCLA
The 49ers need to add some help at the linebacker’s position. Bowmann is the only thing to watch on that defense, which is nice, but needs to change. Jack could step in day one and provide a spark and also he could blitz if needed. Jack is actually rated by many people, included myself as a top 5 prospect. He falls due to the concern of his injury that caused him to miss most of last season. He can play outside linebacker, but that is more preferable for him in a 4-3 scheme, but will settle nicely as an inside linebacker in Kelly’s 3-4 scheme.
8. Miami Dolphins – Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio State
Bosa drops and the Dolphins need him badly. Bosa would provide a nice pairing with Suh. The Buckeye struggled in 2015, but it shows on past tape that he can get pressure on the quarterback. Olivier Vernon is a free agent and will demand lots of money and also Wake is recovering from a nasty injury, plus he is getting older. Bosa is rated as the best pass rusher in the draft.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Noah Spence – DE – Eastern Kentucky
The Bucs could use other pieces, but they get a bargain at pick number nine with Spence. This former Buckeye had past problems with the law, but got his head straight that allowed him to have a great run at Eastern Kentucky. Spence is like Von Miller. A strong built man with speed to blow past blockers. Spence to me is the best pass rusher in the draft. He has a chip on his shoulder and will do anything to prove people wrong.
10. New York Giants – Jaylon Smith – OLB – Notre Dame
The Giants need to add a playmaker to that defense with the looks of potential losing JPP to another team in the off-season. Smith adds much needed help to help a struggling linebacker’s corps. Smith is recovering from knee surgery, but is still worthy of a top 10 pick, despite being considered a top 7 pick.
11. Chicago Bears – Mackensie Alexander – CB – Clemson
The Bears need to stop those gunslingers in Rodgers, Bridgewater, and Stafford. Alexander to me is the best coverage corner in the draft and he brings a strong tackling game, which some corners lack. Alexander is only a sophomore and is looking like the next Revis in the making.
12. New Orleans Saints – Eli Apple – CB – Ohio State
Apple has shot up my boards. The Saints are prepared to cut Browner, which has been a bust signing. Now they need to find their next corner that will try to shut down a deadly NFC South with a combination of quarterbacks and receivers. Apple is a balanced corner that would pair with Keenan Lewis and let Delvin Breaux, who stepped in nicely for the Saints, take over the nickel spot. Take this into play with the Saints having one of the league’s worst secondaries.
13. Philadelphia Eagles – Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis
With a new head coach in place and Sam Bradford looking to sign elsewhere. I expect them to take the best quarterback available and they do by getting the quarterback with the highest ceiling. Lynch has the size, arm strength, and mobility that teams look for in a quarterback nowadays.
14. Oakland Raiders – Robert Nkemdiche – DE – Ole Miss
The Raiders have an elite player in Khalil Mack, but with Justin Tuck retiring they need to add another big piece on defense. Nkemdiche will play defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme, but will line up as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He can be the best player in this draft if he puts his mind to it and stays out of trouble. That is why he dropped from 1st overall in the beginning of the season to 14th.
15. Los Angeles Rams – Laquon Treadwell – WR – Ole Miss
The Rams do need a quarterback, but at this point of the draft it is a risk of taking Connor Cook here. So grab the best receiver in the draft and take your potential franchise signal caller in the later rounds. Treadwell, Britt, and Austin in the slot would be a nice tandem for any quarterback in the league.
16. Detroit Lions – Kevin Dodd – DE – Clemson
The Lions could use an offensive tackle here, but Ziggy needs help on defense. They need some defensive power to stop rival team’s offenses. Dodd is strong and well round to stop the run and pass. Dodd could be utilized as a defensive tackle also for passing downs to get a mix match.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson
Now, former college teammate Dodd went a pick before to Detroit, but Lawson would fit Quinn’s need for a pass rusher. Pair him with former Tiger, Vic Beasley. Lawson is also good with stopping the run and getting to the quarterback. That defense in Atlanta lacks toughness and Lawson brings that to the table.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame
The Colts have a crappy defense, but after the injuries Luck consumed, they need to protect him first. Stanley is the second best tackle in the draft and is the right pick for the Colts. He would step in at the right side of the offensive line, but could eventually overtake the left tackle spot in a couple of years.
19. Buffalo Bills – A’Shawn Robinson – DE – Alabama
Robinson is versatile enough to play as a defensive end or defensive tackle. Strong and physicality is needed in a Rex Ryan defense, which is exactly what Robinson brings. Robinson will be more on running downs/situations in his early part of his career as he grows and learns some moves from Coach Ryan. He only has a bull rush.
20. New York Jets – Leonard Floyd – OLB – Georgia
The Jets lacked production from their outside linebackers. Floyd is a raw prospect that could use a dominate defense to help him kick start his career. Undersized rusher, but is long with quick speed/agility to bend around the edge. Calvin Pace is getting older by the second.
21. Washington Redskins – Kenny Clark – DT – UCLA
This is a safe pick for the Redskins. They take a smart and talented player in Clark. Clark will replace older defensive lineman, Mr. Knighton. Clark is versatile and could play any spot on the defensive line. He is one of the top three run stoppers in this draft. He will earn some sacks in his career, but will be mostly known for setting the tone in the middle of the trench.
22. Houston Texans – Ezekiel Elliot – RB – Ohio State
Bill O’Brien needs a feature back in his offense with Foster always getting hurt. Now, Texans do need a quarterback, but they will pry one in the next round or two. Elliot is the best back in the draft according to every analyst and top sport sites. Elliot provides the ability to block, run, and catch out of the backfield.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Darron Lee – OLB – Ohio State
First off, Greenway is older and is a free agent. Lee is a fast and physical outside linebacker that fits the style of play of the Vikings. Lee is undersized, but plays bigger than listed (6’1”, 235 pounds). Zimmer loves versatility from his players on the defensive side of the field. Lee can blitz, cover backs and tight ends, stopping the run and anything else asked to do.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Andrew Billings – DT – Baylor
Okay, Billings is a big boy that brings a powerful punch to the offensive line. Billings is one of the next premier defensive tackles waiting to happen. Peko is getting old and Atkins has had bad injuries in his past, but Marvin Lewis would love to have another Geno Atkins in the trenches. Billings and Atkins paired up is very dangerous on paper, but worst on the field for opposing offenses.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kendall Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech
Fuller missed mostly all of the 2015 season with a knee injury. Fuller is just like his brother Kyle (Bears). Fuller fits the Steelers with his true run supporting style with the ability to cover the other team’s top receiver. The Steelers need corners with most of them going into the open market.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan State
The Seahawks have too much money tied up in other positions and are set to lose Bruce Irvin, Jermaine Kearse, and Russell Okung to free agency. So to protect Wilson and help the running game, they need to select a balanced offensive lineman in Conklin.
27. Green Bay Packers – Reggie Ragland – ILB – Alabama
The Packers have a weak spot in their defense and that is a dominate run stopper in the middle of the front seven. Ragland coming into Green Bay would move Clay Matthews back to his natural position as a pass rusher on the outside. Ragland and Jake Ryan would be an excellent duo and do not forget Sam Barrington also. So they have a three headed monster at the middle linebacker corps.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Sheldon Rankins – DT – Louisville
Jaye Howard and Mike DeVito both had outstanding seasons, but they will be impending free agents. It’ll be difficult to keep both around. Rankins could fill that spot. Rankins is strong and mean. Will punish NFL linemen.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Ryan Kelly – C – Alabama
Kelly is the best center in this year’s draft. Also, he can play the guard position. Kelly would help fill holes in the offensive line with the center and whole starting right side hitting the open market.
30. Carolina Panthers – Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio State
Michael Oher had a good year, but belongs on the right side. Remmers was the year link on the line, but will build solid depth. Decker should be on the right side also, but is a better pass protector than Oher. Decker would end Carolina’s carousel in looking for left tackles.
31. Denver Broncos – Jonathan Bullard – DE – Florida
Malik Jackson is a free agent and they will most likely let him test the market. Bullard is a solid piece to continue the consistentiency of dominate play on the defensive side of the ball. Bullard is a bully in the trenches and is a top run stopper. He has a bullish power rush ability that helps him pick up sacks. Wolfe, Bullard, Ware, and Miller could be the best 4 group of pass rushers in the game today.
32. Cleveland Browns – Michael Thomas – WR – Ohio State
After selecting their quarterback of the future, they need to give him a weapon. So here is one of the best possession receivers in the draft. Thomas has a big catch radius, but will not beat a defense deep. Imagine if Josh Gordon ever came back from his ban. Wow! That is a nice one-two punch.
33. Tennessee Titans – Derrick Henry – RB – Alabama
The Titans running game has been horrifying to watch. Henry will give them a chance in the running game with a physical presence. Henry is available and this is a best available selection, plus a need. The Heisman winner will go to a young and upcoming offense with Mariota.
34. Dallas Cowboys – Emmanuel Ogbah – DE – Oklahoma State
So, take the future of the franchise in the first round, but passed up on Bosa. This leads the Cowboys to select a defensive end. Ogbah is a steal here for the Cowboys. He was one of the top pass rushers in college football. Hardy is a free agent and they will need to replace his decent production.
35. San Diego Chargers – Shon Coleman – OT – Auburn
The Chargers went defensive in the first round, so they take an offensive lineman that will help protect Rivers, but most importantly kick start the running game. Coleman is 25, but has lots of heart. He will be a solid addition to this locker room.
36. Baltimore Ravens – Joshua Perry – OLB – Ohio State
The Ravens could add versatility by selecting outside/inside linebacker Josh Perry. Perry adds quality depth to the Ravens with them set to lose some members on the defense. He can cover, blitz, and run stop.
37. San Francisco 49ers – Braxton Miller – WR – Ohio State
Chip Kelly loves speed, which Miller possesses. Miller had a solid 2015 campaign and all that help in the Senior Bowl boosted his stock. Miller is perfect in Kelly’s offense. Miller is young and is still learning the receiver position.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Karl Joseph – SS – West Virginia
Ramsey was selected in the first round and will most likely be a corner with Bradley making the next Richard Sherman, so that leads Bradley to moving Cyprien to free safety and letting Karl Joseph becoming the next Kam Chancellor, which he has all of the tools to do so.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Butler – DT – Louisiana Tech
The Bucs take a defensive end, but go right back to the defense and add some muscle up the middle next to McCoy. Butler is a run stopper, but he is a good pass rusher as well that will help evolve this defense. The Bucs can have a solid rotation with their defensive line corps.
40. New York Giants – Jason Spriggs – OT – Indiana
The Giants add offensive line help by selecting a project player like Spriggs. Spriggs is an interesting prospect. He would be on the bench to start his career, but eventually become a solid starter or start if given chance to after cutting Beatty and Schwartz.
41. Chicago Bears – Will Fuller – WR – Notre Dame
The Bears could lose Jeffery to another team, so they select a possible replacement. Even if Jeffery stays they can build a one-two punch to give Minnesota, Green Bay, and Detroit hell. Fuller does it all and that even includes blocking for running backs or other receivers.
42. Miami Dolphins – Austin Johnson – DT – Penn State
They take Bosa to provide pressure from the inside, but Suh also needs help getting pressure in the inside, so they go with a sack machine in Austin Johnson. The Dolphins need to get pressure to make everything go. Like they say “money makes the world go around”, well “getting pressure makes offenses struggle to find a groove”.
43. Los Angeles Rams – Vonn Bell – SS – Ohio State
The Rams are set to lose defenders this off-season and especially with them using Mark Barron as an outside linebacker. So they take another Mark Barron, but better in Vonn Bell. Bell covers to a better extent than Barron, but is a bigger size, which will help him last in the box and finish off running backs.
44. Oakland Raiders – Keanu Neal – FS – Florida
The Raiders already lost Woodson to retirement, so they need one of the draft’s top safety prospects. Neal will provide help up top and make strong open field tackles like he did to Alabama’s running back Derrick Henry. Neal looks like Woodson, but bigger and stronger.
45. Los Angeles Rams – Shilique Calhoun – DE – Michigan State
The Rams continue to stack their defense back up. Calhoun will be a rotational guy right now with Chris Long and Robert Quinn there. He will replace either William Hayes or Eugene Sims or maybe both. Calhoun uses his long arms and body to turn speed on to get around the corner, but also to use his speed to provide power when going head-to-head against blockers.
46. Detroit Lions – Germain Ifedi – OT/OG – Texas A&M
The Lions went defense first round, now it is time to rebuild that offensive line. Ifedi can play either outside or inside. With the Lions situation he will be on the outside. He will step right into the left tackle spot with Rieff becoming a free agent, but if he is re-signed then Ifedi would go to the right tackle spot.
47. New Orleans Saints – Hunter Henry – TE – Arkansas
The Saints used their tight ends a lot and especially with Benjamin Watson, but Watson is getting older and becoming a free agent this off-season, I can see them taking a receiving threat in Henry. Here is the best tight end in the draft. Henry blocks well as well, which is a plus. Runs crisp routes and catches anything thrown his way. This give Brees another weapon to throw too.
48. Indianapolis Colts – William Jackson III – CB – Houston
The Colts need to address the defense and it starts by drafting some secondary help. Jackson will come into camp trying to win a starting job. Davis has one side of the field locked up, but the other side is up for grabs. Toler is always hurt, but is a free agent so that will allow Jackson to help the Colts day one.
49. Buffalo Bills – Jerald Hawkins – OT – LSU
The Bills have Cordy Glenn set to become a free agent, which hurts the progression of the team. They need to lock him up and draft Hawkins, who will be a solid right tackle that will help this run friendly team.
50. Atlanta Falcons – Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor
The Falcons definitely need to give Matty Ice another weapon with Roddy White disappearing, the tight ends corps dying after Gonzalez leaving. The only two weapons for Ryan are Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman. Justin Hardy will get more playing time next season, but the Falcons need to add an over the middle and short route guy like Coleman. He is speedy, which is key to have in an offense nowadays. The question with Coleman is if he can perform in an NFL like offense.
51. New York Jets – Connor Cook – QB – Michigan State
The Jets took Petty last year, but he will not be the franchises signal caller, so they take Cook, who has more experience than Petty and that he has ran an NFL ready offense. Cook is not a flashy quarterback, but makes all the typical throws that quarterback should do. If he needs to pick up yardage with his legs, he will. Cook has weapons in New York, except for a running back. Fitzpatrick will be a free agent and demand lots of money after the career year he had. Reminds me of Kirk Cousins.
52. Houston Texans – Christian Hackenburg – QB – Penn State
O’Brien gets his college quarterback. This is one of the next Head Coach and quarterback like relationship that will thrive at this level of play. Hackenberg has a big arm with pocket presence, but lacks accuracy. I cannot blame Hackenberg for two pitiful years because when O’Brien was there, Hackenberg was looking like the next number one overall pick. Put them together and Hackenberg will look like the best quarterback in his draft class. Finally, Hoyer is not the answer and as for the same as being a short time answer.
53. Washington Redskins – Kyler Fackrell – OLB – Utah State
The Redskins still need to replace Orakpo, who left last off-season to Tennessee. Trent Murphy is going to be a good player, but they need to add another rusher to that group. Fackrell is one of the biggest gems in this draft. He is just like Paul Kruger.
54. Minnesota Vikings – Darian Thompson – FS – Boise State
Sendejo is a free agent, so that leaves a hole at the free safety position. Harrison Smith needs a young partner back there and boy would the Vikings land a nice centerfielder with Thompson in their defense. Smith would be able to go more up in the box knowing that his teammate has his back.
55. Cincinnati Bengals – Josh Doctson – WR – TCU
Sanu and Jones are free agents, which leaves the receiving corps decimated. Green would be by himself and all the attention would be on him. Take Doctson and try to re-sign Sanu or Jones to keep some talent at that position. Doctson does it all like Green.
56. Seattle Seahawks – Cody Whitehair – OG – Kansas State
The Seahawks continue to fix their offensive line that did struggle this past season. Sweezy is a free agent and I doubt the Seahawks would re-sign him so they can save the money to maybe put toward giving Chancellor a new deal.
57. Green Bay Packers – Jarran Reed – DT/DE – Alabama
The Packers could use another defensive lineman as it seems that B.J. Raji will be looking for a new home. Reed is a versatile strong lineman that the Packers help stop those running backs in the NFC Central.
58. Pittsburgh Steelers – Vadal Alexander – OG – LSU
Alexander gives the Steelers solid depth that they lack in the offensive line department. Foster is older and is a free agent. Alexander could play right tackle, but is too slow to play outside at this level. He is a dominate run blocker, which the Steelers do a lot. He will be fine as a pass blocker if he has a top left tackle, which currently Beachum is a free agent, so re-signing him and drafting Alexander help Big Ben stay on his feet instead of watching on the sidelines.
59. Kansas City Chiefs – Kentrell Brothers – ILB – Missouri
With the Chiefs tight on money, I can see them saving money and building through the draft, but the man that will have to move on is tough to replace. That man is Derrick Johnson. Losing Johnson will hurt that defense, but you replace him with a stud in Brothers. Brothers is a good play caller and is a top run stopper, which he lays a heavy boom on the running backs. Not that rangy, but can move to a certain degree. Experience at the next level will help him.
60. New England Patriots – Tyler Boyd – WR – Pittsburgh
The Patriots need another weapon for Brady as the others continue to get hurt and when they do no one steps up. Lafell’s time in New England looks numbered and they need to get a future number one receiver in Boyd, who was rated the best receiver in his draft class, but fell due to some off-field problems and Treadwell producing at an elite level. Boyd is a top route runner that can stretch the defense.
61. Arizona Cardinals – Adolphus Washington – DT/DE – Ohio State
The Cardinals defensive line is getting older and lack quality depth. Campbell is getting older, Rucker is a free agent, and they need someone to step in and play lots of rotational snaps. Arians loves to give players second chances, which Washington is getting. Will help stop the run against punishing backs like Rawls, Gurley, and Hyde. Can play inside or outside, but in a 3-4 he will play as a defensive end.
62. Carolina Panthers – Jeremy Cash – SS – Duke
Roman Harper is a free agent and is getting old. They have no replacement at this time and should invest in a safety in the draft. Here is a gift. Cash would step in at strong safety and help this defense remain as one of the best in the league. Cash is versatile by being able to play the nickel and free safety spots. Cash is the best run supporting safety in the draft and will be in the box like Harper did.
63. Denver Broncos – Alex Collins – RB – Arkansas
With lots of money about to go to Von Miller and hopefully to Malik Jackson as well, It seems that Hillman will not get a new deal, which would cost them some money. Anderson is a restricted free agent, so they have a chance to retain him for cheap. They could use a change of pace back like Hillman, but Alex Collins is available and he is the right pick. He runs with power and cuts with passion. He will be the Broncos future in the backfield. He can block and catch also, which Kubiak loves. Collins is also patient, which is needed for running backs in Kubiak’s zone run scheme.
64. Tennessee Titans – Artie Burns – CB – Miami (FL)
Burns is a long and tall corner with top straight line speed. He will be a nice 3rd round steal. He is a good tackler and could compete to become one of the Titans starting corners or the nickelback. The Titans secondary was not very good and could use talent like Burns in their organization.
65. Cleveland Browns – Su’a Cravens – OLB/S – USC
I don’t know how the Browns will use Cravens, but it seems like a best available pick. Maybe they can use him in the box on some downs and on other downs play him in coverage in the secondary. Mix match him and place him all over the field so he can be the utility man that offenses become nervous due to the fact they don’t know where he is at. Versatility is key on defense.
66. San Diego Chargers – Deiondre’ Hall – CB – Northern Iowa
First off, Verrett is a stud. Now after him Robinson had a good year, but he is a free agent, and Flowers is overpaid and has not lived up to the contract he signed, which makes him a potential cap casualty. Hall is Northern Iowa’s next star in the making after they produced David Johnson (Cardinals’ running back). Hall is a big lengthy corner that will dominate in the AFC West.
67. Dallas Cowboys – Devontae Booker – RB – Utah
The Cowboys need a future running back. Booker did miss around 3 to 4 games of his 2015 season with injuries. The Utah product is a punishing runner that reminds me of Devonta Freeman. Heavy runner that loves physical play. The Cowboys run a physical and heavy run scheme that fits Booker. Turbin and Dunbar are free agents that allows Booker to become the backup to McFadden, who had a good year, but take Booker so when Run DMC leaves, you have a back in place.
68. San Francisco 49ers – Landon Turner – OG – North Carolina
Alex Boone is leaving and that offensive line struggled dearly. They need to rebuild that offensive line and Chip Kelly will do so. Turner is not a rangy lineman, but is one powerful dude. He will be dominate in a run like offense, especially with Hyde running. Power and power together will make an earthquake happen in San Fran. Establish the run and it will help Kaepernick out.
69. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jack Allen – C – Michigan State
Allen is going into Jacksonville with his sight set on winning the center job, since Wisniewski set to test the market again. Allen would be battling with Tyler Shatley for the job. Allen knows how to manage an offensive line. Strong center that lets no one get past him. He should help Yeldon take the next step in his career.
70. Baltimore Ravens – Nick Martin – OG/C – Notre Dame
Osemmele is a free agent that will land a mega deal for an offensive guard. The Ravens have options like Zuttah, Urschel, Jensen, and now Martin to compete for the center and left guard position. Versatility to the Ravens line helps them incase injuries happen. Now, Nick is Pro Bowler Zach Martin’s brother (Cowboys). Martin would fit better as a center since he is much smaller than Zuttah and Urschel. Quick snap and holds his ground.
71. New York Giants – Carl Nassib – DE – Penn State
JPP, Selvie, Jenkins, and Ayers are free agents that will demand money. Last year’s draft pick, Owamagbe Odighizuwa will get a chance to win a starting job and Nassib could be playing opposite sides of him if they are the only top two players on the team at that position. Nassib had a breakout season by producing 15.5 sacks. Giants need a pass rusher that could get to the quarterback that they missed since Strahan retired. Nassib is a tall and longed arm man.
72. Chicago Bears – Kamalei Correa – OLB – Boise State
Correa is an outside linebacker with that lacks the strength to play with his hand in the dirt. He has a high motor that never stops running. Lands big and complete tackles. Speedy dude that can run quarterbacks and running backs down. Still raw, but John Fox should complete his skills set. Shea McClellin is a free agent and will be easy to replace.
73. Miami Dolphins – Austin Hooper – TE – Stanford
Cameron is a stop gap player at this point of his career, so why don’t you just get a nice blocking tight end that has the ability to become a good receiving threat. In Stanford the offense runs through the running backs.
74. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Spencer Drango – OG – Baylor
The first two rounds the Bucs go with defense, but now it is time to address a key piece of the offense. The key piece is selecting a guard. Mankins is undecided on retiring or coming back to play his final year. Drango can play offensive tackle or guard, but is best suited as a guard at the NFL level. Drango would be a nice fit as the Bucs future left guard next to Donovan Smith. The Bucs would be setting up a powerhouse offensive line to protect Winston for many years to come.
75. Oakland Raiders – Jalen Mills – FS/CB – LSU
Mills can either play safety or at the corner position. He played safety in college, but looks more like a corner at the next level. He brings versatility that helps a team at this stage. He will most likely compete for the nickel job and be brought in when a 3rd safety is needed for coverage over the top.
76. Los Angeles Rams – Dak Prescott – QB – Mississippi State
The Rams get their franchise quarterback here. Prescott is a solid quarterback that is underrated. He is mobile, smart, and has a nice power arm. Also, Prescott has a quick memory by moving on from bad plays and makes it seem like those bad plays never happened. Prescott is mobile like I said, but he is a bruising runner.
77. Philadelphia Eagles – Pharoh Cooper – WR – South Carolina
The Eagles cut Riley Cooper and are still missing Maclin, who should have never left. Cooper would join Agholor, Matthews, and Huff at the top of the group. I would mix match all four in different spots due to the fact that they are all capable of doing that. The Gamecock product is a smaller receiver that has good hands and runs crisp routes, but never ran true NFL like routes in college. He usually ran screen plays and short routes, but picks up lots of yards after the catch. Nice pickup here for Philly.
78. New Orleans Saints – Dominique Alexander – ILB/OLB – Oklahoma
Alexander is one of the Sooners’ top tackling machines on the team. If the Saints use a 4-3 defensive scheme, I would continue to allow Anthony to man the middle of the defense and move Alexander to the outside, but watching the Saints carefully, they will play a heavy 3-4 scheme, which would allow Alexander and Anthony to patrol the middle of the defense. Their linebacker corps would improve at a substantial rate. Alexander is very good in the run stopping department, but excels in coverage.
79. Philadelphia Eagles – Joshua Garnett – OG – Stanford
The Eagles need a guard as they seem to not have find a replacement since Evan Mathis was let go. The current guard play is pitiful, which will lead new Head Coach Doug Pederson to drafting his own players. Garnett is a good stout blocker that will hopefully help the resurgence of DeMarco Murray (if he is still an Eagle)
80. Buffalo Bills – Scooby Wright III – ILB – Arizona
Ryan needs to add a presence to the middle of the defense next to Preston Brown. Bradham is a free agent and Wright is available. Scooby has the talent to be a top player, but gets banged up with lower body injuries. Hopefully the tide turns so we can see the dominate Scooby Wright that happened in 2014.
81. Atlanta Falcons – Maliek Collins – DT – Nebraska
The Falcons added another pass rusher, but need to get pressure and stronger in the middle of the trench. Collins will help Hageman out. Collins isn’t the strongest, but will bulk up and use his quick jump off the ball and heavy, but quick hands to rip past defenders.
82. Indianapolis Colts – Tyler Matakevich – ILB – Temple
One of the best tackling machine in the last couple of years will be heading to a defense that needs all of the help it needs. Freeman is a free agent and I doubt the Colts will keep him. So the Colts go younger and take a future stud in Matakevich. The Temple product has a knack on tackling every ball carrier with a well rounded base. He racks up tackles like Kuechly did in college. He does remind me of a poor mans Luke Kuechly.
83. New York Jets – Kenneth Dixon – RB – Louisiana Tech
Chris Ivory had a good year, but slowed down near the end of the season. He is a free agent along with Powell, and Ridley. Ivory will demand money after his career year. Dixon is a perfect fit with this run first offense. Physical back that does not shy away from any sort of contact. Dixon will need to add some more bulk, but is balanced and is an excellent blocker.
84. Washington Redskins – Xavien Howard – CB – Baylor
Howard is a big corner. The Redskins need corners after having a bad secondary, but they did look better than the 2014 season. The team could use some competition at this position and to get younger as most of the corners are older. Run supports well, which the Redskins need in their defensive scheme. Also he has the knack on recording interceptions. He does get too physical that could draw many flags, but he could have a career as well as a safety.
85. Houston Texans – De’Runnya Wilson – WR – Mississippi State
Wilson will form a strong duo with Hopkins, Shorts, and Strong. Washington is a free agent, which he is older and had a decent year to a point where he could demand some money. Wilson is a big target standing at 6’4”. He can leap like no other. Quick off the snap and rolls. Raw prospect as he is still learning how to play the receiver position. Played basketball also. Red zone threat and comes back to the ball well, which I seen receivers lack doing in this year’s draft.
86. Minnesota Vikings – Rashard Higgins – WR – Colorado State
Jarius Wright is good depth, but Higgins can like up outside and let Diggs run the slot. Wallace is only a deep threat and is a bust with the amount he is making. Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins would give Bridgewater and his offense another dimension by stretching the field. Lookout for Diggs and Higgins for many years to come!
87. Cincinnati Bengals – Shawn Oakman – DE – Baylor
Oakman is a streaky player with a boom or bust next to his name. Oakman will join Marvin Lewis’ defense and will develop into a star with the defensive staff there. Oakman is a freak of nature and will now have to dye his hair orange (green at Baylor). The Bengals could let Will Clarke or Marqus Hunt go. They both so far look like disappointments, but maybe the Bengals will keep them two and make a huge rotation. Also, Gilberry is a free agent and will most likely look for a new home with the young talent in Cincinnati.
88. Green Bay Packers – Jordan Howard – RB – Indiana
Eddie Lacy is the power back, but more like a hamburger helper back. Hopefully he can lose the weight and return to his old form. Now, Starks is a free agent, which I think the Packers will let him walk. So they take Howard, who had a wonderful year for the Hoosiers. Howard will be the perfect change of pace back and will be gunning for the starting job. He can catch out of the backfield and run inside or outside.
89. Pittsburgh Steelers – Bronson Kaufusi – OLB – BYU
The Steelers went defense in the first round and then in the second round went to the offensive line. Now, they go back to the defense with Kaufusi available. James Harrison is older and who knows if he will return, so they add more talent to their outside pass rush. Jarvis Jones has been a disappointment since entering the league and now Kaufusi will challenge him for playing time. Kaufusi has lots of sacks and quarterback pressures that he produced. Loves contact and uses his basketball like size to his advantage. Learned from former teammate Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah.
90. Seattle Seahawks – Javon Hargrave – DT – South Carolina State
The Seahawks lack getting pressure on the quarterback at the defensive end position since multiple former defensive tackles like McDaniel and McDonald left to Tampa. Hargrave is a sleeper and has rose up boards, especially after a strong Shrine Game week. He is powerful and demolished Clemson’s offensive line when he played against them. He is a sack monster. Could you say the next Geno Atkins or Aaron Donald?
91. Kansas City Chiefs – Le’Raven Clark – OT – Texas Tech
The Chiefs look like they are going to lose Donald Stephenson to the open market. He is their main go to man when an injury happens to a starting offensive tackle. So they replace him with Clark. The Texas Tech product could potential start at right tackle if Reid moves inside, but that won’t happen with Ben Grubbs still under contract. Le’Raven is a pure pass blocking tackle, but could maybe potentially become the Chiefs left guard. The left side of the offensive line is the pass blocking side. Wide base and is quick to block his target, but needs to tweak technique to stop top pass rushers.
92. New England Patriots – Harlan Miller – CB – Southeastern Louisiana
The Patriots love to select small school prospects and here is one of them, but he can play with top collegiate talent. Miller is a lengthy and tall corner that uses his long arms to make easy, but strong tackles. Covers well and moves smoothly. He is also a threat to be an excellent special teamer and potential return man. He has vision like a running back and can return anything. Could maybe switch to free safety if needed. He reminds me of Jeremy Lane from Seattle, but with the potential to be better. Tarell Brown is a free agent and multiple free safeties are free agents, so the need of secondary depth will land Miller here.
93. Arizona Cardinals – DeAndre Houston-Carson – FS – William & Mary
Veteran safety Rashad Johnson is a free agent and they will need to replace him with in house name, D.J. Swearinger or draft Houston-Carson. DHC is a unique prospect. He brings the hammer when making a tackle, but needs to improve on tackling. Covers well in zone, but can stick with opponents in man-to-man coverage. Locate the ball well and fits the Cardinals defense, which is to force turnovers. Durable and a four-year starter. The Cardinals land another small school prospect and hope he makes an impact like last year’s draft pick, David Johnson.
94. Carolina Panthers – Maurice Canady – CB – Virginia
Norman is a free agent, but will get franchise tagged. Tillman and Finnegan are older and set to become free agents, which is why the Panthers take Canady. Canady has the ideal length and size for a Panthers type of corner. He moves with quick hips and steps, but will get out blocked due to his strength. He is a good gamble to take for the Panthers.
95. Denver Broncos – Deion Jones – OLB/ILB – LSU
Jones would flip inside to play alongside Brandon Marshall. Jones is undersized, but can be a tremendous three down linebacker. He makes strong effort able tackles, but his strongest talent is the ability to stick with running backs and tight ends. He looks like he would replace impending free agent in Danny Trevathan. Jones will be a good special team’s player too.