Welcome to our second mock draft of the season. We have major changes in our new edition, so instead of droning on with an introduction you don’t care about, let’s just get to why you’re here.
#1 Arizona Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
This appears to be a done deal.
Time move Kyler Murray to AZ at #1 from pencil to pen.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 27, 2019
Allbright is a pretty reliable reporter. The day he tweeted this out is the same day that Joel Klatt went on FS1 and said the Patriots, Giants, and Chargers are all interested in Rosen, and that Rosen is going to get moved.
Despite all the evidence this is inevitable, I still think there is a non-zero change the Cardinals stick with Rosen. Not only could this whole thing be a smokescreen to try to coerce a huge trade, but there is no precedent to a Rosen trade. Since the 1970 merger, 107 quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round. Precisely zero of those quarterbacks failed to make it to a second season with the team that drafted them.
Clearly, come draft night, I believe this will happen. I just want the legal disclaimer, which undermines the entire premise of making a prediction anyway.
#2 San Francisco 49ers – Edge Nick Bosa, Ohio State
The worst kept secret in the NFL right now appears to be the 49ers zeroing in on Nick Bosa, depending on how you view this whole Kyler Murray thing. The Bosa thing appears to be real, and news has reached San Francisco’s division rival.
All of a sudden, the Cardinals are claiming they’re in love with Bosa and will select him barring a trade down. The leaked rumor is a little too on the nose to be anything but a transparent smoke screen aimed at inducing the 9ers to trade up one spot in order to secure Bosa, who Arizona doesn’t plan to draft anyway.
Adding Bosa to the 9ers defensive line would be incredible. DeForest Buckner is already one of the most disruptive interior forces in the league, and adding Bosa will hopefully force the 9ers to stop messing around with Solomon Thomas and move him inside as well. Additionally, Bosa would be bookended by Arik Armstead, who has had a steady but unspectacular career for San Francisco thus far.
I also believe that Dee Ford was brought in to be a linebacker, so that trade shouldn’t affect this pick. Lastly, Kentavius Street can be a rotation player, which works best for someone with his injury history.
#3 New York Jets – Edge Josh Allen, Kentucky
The Jets are all set on the defensive interior, so they elect for Josh Allen over Quinnen Williams. New York will actively shop this pick, and the trade market they find will depend on a lot of variables. In this mock draft edition, the team stays put and addresses debatably their biggest need.
Allen is a freak athlete that brings more to a defense than just pressuring a quarterback. Coming off a 17 sack season, Allen destroyed the combine with a 4.63 40 and 1.61 10-yard split at 262 pounds. The scheme versatile Allen has rare get off and bend, and is a top-5 lock.
#4 Oakland Raiders – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
When Jon Gruden got hired, I believed there was no way he could go two drafts without taking a quarterback. Forget Gurden’s QB Camp, did you ever watch the draft live when he was on set? There isn’t a quarterback prospect to enter the draft in the history of the world that Gruden didn’t think was destined to become a Hall of Famer. Gruden wanted every single team to select a quarterback with every single pick when on the clock. He was slamming the table in 2014 for the Texans to take Johnny Manziel first overall. Johnny Manziel!
Leading up to my first mock draft, there was no buzz surrounding the Raiders and a quarterback here. Additionally, it just made sense for them to sit here and take whoever got to them between Bosa, Allen, and Williams.
Forget all that. Oakland has spent an “extensive amount of time” with Haskins and worked him out. It could just be due diligence, but I can’t see Gruden spending that much time with a quarterback and not getting to a point where he thinks said quarterback is destined to become the best ever.
“Boy I tell ya, this Haskins kid, woo-baby he can sling it. Six foot three, nearly six four, 235lbs, rocket arm. He can make all the throws. He’s young, he’s athletic, and he’s a grinder. I love grinders. Someone needs to go get this kid because he is going to end up a franchise guy.”
#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
The Bucs and Gerald McCoy look headed for a divorce.
They are shopping him hard, but getting little interest—Gerald McCoy not attending first day of Bucs’ off-season workouts https://t.co/22MxvDRMtm— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) April 3, 2019
Devin White appears to be a lock here if one of the three elite defensive prospects don’t fall to #5. However, thanks to Gruden falling in love with Haskins, Tampa ends up with an interior force to replace McCoy.
I don’t know how much analysis of this pick is truly needed. Depending on who you ask, some might tell you Williams is the best player in the draft. Getting him here at five is a steal.
#6 New York Giants – Edge Rashan Gary, Michigan
Dave Gettleman strikes me as the type of guy that still says “he just looks the part,” while scouting. Does he strike you as such an individual? Well anyway, no one “looks the part,” more than Gary.
The 6’4″ 277 pounder destroyed the combine. Edge rusher is also a significant area of need in the wake of the Olivier Vernon trade. The Giants struggled enough generating sacks last season with Vernon, as the team ranked 31st in adjusted sack rate, and tied for 30th in total sacks.
I’m not quite sure how Gettleman will believe Gary can help in that department seeing as how Gary is an exceptional underachiever than logged 13 total sacks in his three years at Michigan and is incapable of collapsing a pocket. But, of course, at this point we all know there isn’t any actual logic to anything Gettleman does.
*TRADE* Buffalo Trades #9, #75 for #7
#7 Buffalo Bills (F/JAX) – WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
In a massive overpay, the Bills move up to secure the human photoshop known as D.K. Metcalf. If we learned anything from how Brandon Beane mishandled last year’s draft, it’s that he is willing to aggressively move up the board for someone he loves, overpaying along the way, especially if that someone is athletic.
Welp, Metcalf certainly checks off the athletic criteria. Doesn’t this just feel like a Buffalo move to you? Go get that tall guy that runs a 4.33 in hopes he can track down Josh Allen’s inaccurate deep balls in the instances where they even land in bounds.
#8 Detroit Lions – TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
The Lions never replaced Eric Ebron, plus this feels like a Patricia pick. There are many reasons why Gronk was absolutely unstoppable, but the least measurable is how he broke defenses. Other tight ends are mismatch nightmares for defenses as a receiving weapon. Too fast to be covered by a linebacker, too big to be covered by a safety. But if they’re in the game you only fear them as a weapon, and can game plan all week on who will draw the coverage duties.
Gronk was equally as dominant as a blocker, so his presence on the field wouldn’t tip the Patriots hand. If the defense went lighter with more DB’s for better coverage, New England had a sixth offensive lineman on the field and would run the ball down your throat. Make it a stacked box with a heavier package and good luck covering Gronk.
I’m not saying Hockenson is the next Gronk. I’m just saying he is easily the best tight end in this class because of his effectiveness as both a blocker and a receiver. Detroit has already brought in former Patriots Trey Flowers and Danny Amendola this offseason, so Patricia, along with fellow former Patriots employee Bob Quinn, may be trying to build something similar in the motor city.
#9 Jacksonville Jaguars (F/BUF) – OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
This is what I wrote in my last mock draft:
“This is more need based than taking the best player available, but good lord is this a need and Dillard is the best left tackle in the draft. After two years of, let’s call it subpar play, from Cam Robinson, the Jaguars should look to another option on the left side. Moving Robinson over to the right side may help him as well. Besides, what’s the point in drafting a running back 4th overall and overpaying Nick Foles if your offensive line sticks?
Per ProFootballFocus, Dillard had the best pass blocking grade in college football last season among all left tackles.”
All of that remains true, but I feel like Coughlin is going to hate Dillard, Jonah Williams, and Jawaan Taylor. Dillard doesn’t maul people in the run game, Williams has short arms, and Taylor commits too many penalties. Don’t all of those traits seem disqualifying for the 683 year old Coughlin to you?
One pattern that has emerged during David Caldwell’s tenure has been an emphasis on athleticism and lineman in the early rounds, both offensively and defensively. Since taking over in 2013 as general manager, Caldwell has spent a pick in the first three rounds on Luke Joeckel, Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson, Dante Fowler, A.J. Cann, Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, Yannick Ngakoue, Leonard Fournette, Cam Robinson, Taven Bryan, and D.J. Chark.
Both Coughlin and Caldwell will want to look to the trenches here, and while Coughlin may not love any of the top three tackles, Caldwell might be able to sell him on Dillard, who ran a 4.96 with a 1.69 10-yard split at 315 pounds.
#10 Denver Broncos – LB Devin White, LSU
Josey Jewell was a great value pick last year in the 4th round, but that shouldn’t prevent John Elway from taking a prospect of White’s caliber. Elway may have White as the top rated player available if the draft breaks this way, and this is a position of need.
There really isn’t anything else to explain about this.
#11 Cincinnati Bengals – OL Jonah Williams, Alabama
This seems almost too logical to not happen. Cincinnati fielded one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season. While their starting tackles are either 50%-100% bad, they’re entrenched in their positions.
That leaves the interior. Jonah Williams is either a tackle or guard prospect, depending on who you ask. Regardless, he is viewed as a really good prospect. The Bengals can bring him into camp and decide what his best position is based on what they see over the summer.
Andy Dalton and Joe Mixon simply need more help up front if they’re going to be effective in Zac Taylor’s new offense.
*TRADE* Houston Trades #23, #54, #162 for #12
#12 Houston Texans (F/GB) – OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
We can cover why Green Bay did this trade in their capsule. As for the Texans, they have an extra second rounder from the Duane Brown trade and may feel comfortable flying up the board for the last of the top three offensive tackles, sneaking right in front of the Dolphins.
Why not just sit back and take a bunch of offensive lineman with their four picks in the first three rounds? Good question, as that would be wise. However, Houston may want to maximize this roster. Deshaun Watson is still on his rookie deal, and after this season Jadeveon Clowney, Bradley Roby, and Johnathan Joseph will all be unrestricted free agents.
The Patriots survived to win the Super Bowl last season, while the Chiefs watched their only good defenders land on other rosters throughout the offseason to this point. The AFC is wide open. The Texans could see a dominant blocker like Taylor as the missing piece for a Super Bowl run.
#13 Miami Dolphins – Edge Brian Burns, Florida State
Given the position Burns plays, his athleticism, and natural bend, he should find himself going in the top 20. The Dolphins seem like a fit. The roster is barren in terms of edge rushers, as Cameron Wake is gone and Charles Harris hasn’t flashed much in two seasons. Drafting any offensive lineman here if the value matches will also be under consideration, but the idea is that Burns has the highest grade on Miami’s board.
#14 Atlanta Falcons – DT Ed Oliver, Houston
There’s rumors the Falcons want to move up to secure Oliver, so getting him here at 14 is ideal. Oliver is also a steal this far down the board. He is a disruptive force when he gets to play the three technique, and he just destroyed his pro day workout. Atlanta also seems poised to look beyond the “size concerns,” as Dan Quinn’s defense is based on speed and they deploy undersized players at multiple positions.
#15 Washington – CB Greedy Williams, LSU
While Washington desperately needs a quarterback and a receiver, they can’t bring themselves to pass on Williams. The burner allowed only 27 catches this season on 74 targets thrown into his coverage. Williams is perhaps the best player on the board and hits a major need across from Josh Norman.
#16 Carolina Panthers – CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia
While the Panthers don’t have the pressing needs at receiver and quarterback that Washington does, this is essentially the same logic as the Greedy pick. Baker is perhaps the best player on the board, as he allowed 10 first downs all season and hasn’t allowed a touchdown since 2016.
This once again hits a need as well. The Panthers need a starter across from Bradberry. Jackson had a solid rookie season, but moving him into the slot may be the best way to maximize his talents.
#17 New York Giants (F/CLE) – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Considering Gettleman thinks it’s 1979, Lawrence fits the run the ball, stop the run/play amazing defense roster that seems to be being built here. Oh wait, they already had the literal best run stuffer in the game and shipped him out of town for a 5th round pick.
Damon Harrison is in a class of his own when it comes to run defense – and Snacks takes home our annual Best Run Defender Award for the fourth year in a row.https://t.co/6dlCd1Xwnk pic.twitter.com/jnt8TteaQN— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 15, 2019
Gettleman actually has no plan or overarching vision. He just randomly does things, and makes fun of people who use computers along the way. This does seem like a pick he would make, considering how much he loves himself some hog mollies, plus the team has shown significant interest in Lawrence.
In defense of this pick, Lawrence does provide pass rush production making him worthy of a first round selection. Perhaps not quite this high, but at least it’s not like taking Danny Shelton or Daron Payne in the teens.
#18 Minnesota Vikings – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
With Sheldon Richardson leaving in free agency, Minnesota has a need for an interior disruptor. Of course, the biggest need on the team is along the offensive line. However, with the top three tackles off the board, it may be hard to find a fit to draft here.
Additionally, with the selection of Mike Hughes in the first round last year, it may be the case that the Vikings will look to select the best player available according to their board. They could view that someone as Wilkins who, again, hits a need.
#19 Tennessee Titans – TE Noah Fant, Iowa
You can make a strong argument Tennessee has a bigger need at wide receiver. However, Delaine Walker isn’t going to play forever and just had his season cut short by injuries. That, coupled with the free agent addition of Adam Humphrey, may push the Titans in the tight end direction.
Regardless of position, there is a good chance this pick is a weapon for Mariota. Mariota will be a free agent in 2020, so the team should do everything possible to put him in the best environment for 2019 to obtain the best evaluation it can ahead of a franchise altering decision.
#20 Pittsburgh Steelers – LB Devin Bush, Michigan
The Steelers never really replaced Ryan Shazier. While what happened is tragic, the team still lost its best linebacker. Additionally, dating back to the drafting of Shazier, the front office has shown an affinity toward athleticism in the first round. Since Shazier, Pittsburgh has selected Bud Dupree, Artie Burns, T.J. Watt, and Terrell Edmuds in the first round of the past five drafts. Devin Bush posted a 4.44 40, 40.5″ vertical, 10’4″ broad jump, and 6.93 three cone at 234lbs in Indianapolis.
*TRADE* Denver Trades #41, #71, 2020 2nd rounder for #21
#21 Denver Broncos (F/SEA) – QB Drew Lock, Missouri
Does John Elway seem like the type that is self-reflective to you? If you’re tall and have a howitzer for a right arm, Elway probably thinks you’re destined to be a hall of fame quarterback. Elway has spent draft picks on Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch, and just traded for Joe Flacco. Very common thread; tall, strong arm, not good.
The Broncos are spending two days with Drew Lock this week. Lock is 6’4″ and has a cannon. He throws a pretty deep ball and has some good athleticism, evidenced by his 4.69 40, 1.65 10-yard split, and 7.03 three-cone. Lock’s accuracy is inconsistent and he is getting a lot of Matthew Stafford comparisons. Given the arm strength and mobility, Elway might even see a little bit of himself in Lock.
#22 Baltimore Ravens – C Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
While the needs at receiver, linebacker, and edge get all the press for the Ravens, center is a big need as well. If Ozzie Newsome taught Eric DeCosta anything during their time together, it was presumably to stick to your board and take the best guy. Bradbury could easily be DeCosta’s top rated guy at this juncture, and he hits a need, in addition to providing Lamar Jackson more protection.
#23 Green Bay Packers (F/HOU) – WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Last year the Packers made a similar move when they traded down with the Saints. They received a much bigger haul in that deal, but the 2018 class was more talented, Marcus Davenport was (incorrectly) view as one of two premier pass rushers in the class, and the Saints traveled a little bit further up the board than the Texans do in this hypothetical.
Point being, the return is sizably smaller despite the similarities. Regardless, the first 11 picks broke terribly for Green Bay, and they took an opportunity to move down and acquire more picks.
Green Bay attacked their defense hard in free agency, so here they look to bring in another weapon for Rodgers. Marquise Brown is an absolute burner, and this offense and really use a vertical threat. Brown’s presence should help open up more room for Davante Adams as well.
#24 Oakland Raiders (F/CHI) – CB Byron Murphy, Washington
The Raiders get an absolutely massive steal here at a major position of need. Murphy allowed a 47.7% completion percentage into his coverage this past season and forced 17 incompletions. He excels in a zone scheme, so fit may be very important for the Washington corner. However, he is right on par with Williams and Baker as the best corners in the draft.
#25 Philadelphia Eagles – CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
Ronald Darby returns, but it’s a one year contract, and the team suffered last season from his injury. Philadelphia is simply too thin at the corner position. Ya-Sin looks the part and tested well at the combine. He is also getting a lot of talk as a back end of the first corner, so he fits the range while hitting a need.
#26 Indianapolis Colts – DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
The Colts desperately need a corner, but with the top four options off the board Chris Ballard wisely decides to wait on the position as opposed to reaching.
Tillery may be the best player remaining on the board. He is a pass rushing force from the interior. Indianapolis also has a need to upgrade the interior of their defensive line in general, but their current roster is not set up to achieve any form of pressure on the quarterback from the position.
#27 Oakland Raiders (F/DAL) – RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
This feels like a pick Mayock and Gruden would want to make. They grab their quarterback and a shutdown corner and now want to turn their attention to balancing out the offense. The running back position in Oakland last year was a mess after Marshawn Lynch’s injury. At his age, Lynch cannot be relied upon anyway. This is the Gruden/Mayock tandem adding Jacobs to Carr/Haskins and Brown to convince themselves they have their very own triplets.
#28 Los Angeles Chargers – OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Is Ford a tackle, is he a guard? Whichever the Chargers decide, they simply need to protect Philip Rivers more as he ages into his late 30’s.
#29 Kansas City Chiefs – Edge Jachai Polite, Florida
Andy Reid has never been hesitant to “over” draft a player he likes or move up for a player he likes. For example, in 2014 Reid took Dee Ford with the 23rd pick despite Ford being viewed as a top of the second round prospect, and in 2015 he took Marcus Peters 18th despite Peters being viewed as a 25-32 type prospect.
The opinions on Polite are split, but it only takes one team to fall in love with him. The Chiefs have traded away Ford and cut Justin Houston this offseason. Their edge rushers are non-existent. They desperately need to fill the position.
Despite the poor athletic testing numbers, Polite still shows explosiveness off the line and bend to get to the quarterback.
#30 Green Bay Packers (F/NO) – OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State
After getting Rodgers a weapon, Green Bay now invests in protecting their quarterback. Risner’s positional versatility should become coveted on draft day as he can play four different positions along the front.
Risner can kick inside to guard immediately and start for the Packers. He would also be the perfect depth piece as well, as the Packers have had to deal with some injuries to the offensive line in recent years.
*TRADE* Cincinnati Trades #42, #111, #212 to Los Angeles for #31
#31 Cincinnati Bengals (F/LAR) – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi
This, clearly, is what I believe will happen with Simmons. Someone will move up in the late first in order to secure the 5th year option on his contract. The Bengals are never a franchise shy of taking character risks, and there is a chance Simmons can get back to the field this season. Additionally, regarding the trade, the Bengals have three comp picks at the end of the 6th round they can use as a sweetener to move up, while the Rams are without their second rounder and could be looking to move down to acquire more picks.
#32 New England Patriots – Edge Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
The Patriots simply sit back and take the best player that falls to them. While New England fans may be upset this isn’t a receiver or tight end, Ferrell is just better than anyone available at those positions. Additionally, the Patriots still have a need at edge. While Michael Bennett was brought in to replace Trey Flowers, the team parted ways with Adrian Clayborn. Deatrich Wise has flashed at times in his career, but that shouldn’t stop the team from bringing in a talent like Ferrell.
#33 Arizona Cardinals – WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
Teams that draft a first round quarterback tend to follow up that selection with either an offensive lineman or a receiving threat (unless that team is the Bills). The Cardinals even did this last year, as they took Christian Kirk and Mason Cole on day two of the draft following the selection of Josh Rosen.
Larry Fitzgerald isn’t going to play forever.
#34 Indianapolis Colts (F/NYJ) – CB David Long, Michigan
The Colts were smart to wait on a corner at #26 as none came off the board between then and now. David Long is a very athletic cover corner with great movement skills, and this is a massive position of need for Indianapolis.
#35 Oakland Raiders – Edge Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Sweat is falling due to a heart condition, but unlike Maurice Hurst, Sweat was allowed to work out with his condition. Oakland won’t let the slide last any longer as they desperately need edge help, and are the team that took Hurst last year (albeit in the 5th round).
#36 – San Francisco 49ers – WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
Brown is a big slot receiver and the safest receiver in the draft. The 9ers desperately need an infusion of receiving talent.
#37 New York Giants – OT Kaleb McGary, Washington
There is a massive need on this roster for a right tackle, so here we are.
#38 Jacksonville Jaguars – S Taylor Rapp, Washington
Jacksonville gets its pick of any safety in the draft, and Rapp is the most steady safety in 2019. He doesn’t miss assignments or tackles. Something tells me Coughlin will love that.
#39 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – S Deionte Thompson, Alabama
Another safety, another Florida team. Tampa needs better coverage on the back end.
#40 Buffalo Bills – OL Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
The Bills threw a lot of money at their offensive line in free agency but can still use one more piece.
#41 Seattle Seahawks (F/DEN) – S Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland
A mini safety run. With Earl Thomas gone, the Seahawks need a new single high safety. Savage unquestionably has the best range among safeties in this draft.
#42 Los Angeles Rams (F/CIN) – TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
Offensive line is a need, but without great value on the board the Rams decide to take the best player available and another weapon for Sean McVay.
#43 Detroit Lions – Edge Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
Even with the addition of Trey Flowers the Lions can still use a pass rusher on the opposite side.
#44 Green Bay Packers – TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
There is a very good chance Jimmy Graham will not be on the roster in 2020, as releasing him will save Green Bay $8 million.
#45 Atlanta Falcons – Edge Chase Winovich, Michigan
This may not seem like a need at face value, but the duo of Tak McKinley and Vic Beasley hasn’t panned out as desired. Furthermore, Beasley will be entering unrestricted free agency in 2020 and may be too expensive to retain.
#46 Washington – WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
Is there a single position group on a single roster in the entire NFL in worse shape than the Washington receivers? Maybe the Houston offensive line.
#47 Carolina Panthers – Edge L.J. Collier, TCU
The Panthers need more reinforcements at edge. Julius Peppers can’t play forever, and Bruce Irvin was brought in on a one-year deal.
#48 Miami Dolphins – OT Greg Little, Ole Miss
Maybe the Dolphins offensive line is the single worst position group in the entire NFL.
#49 Cleveland Browns – S Nasir Adderley, Delaware
After dealing away Jabrill Peppers, the Browns need a replacement.
#50 Minnesota Vikings – WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Imagine if the other outside receiver in the Vikings’ three wide sets could actually catch the ball?
#51 Tennessee Titans – WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State
A gadget toy to help Mariota.
#52 Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Justin Layne, Michigan State
Steven Nelson was quietly one of the best additions in free agency. On the other side Joe Haden can’t be relied on forever, and Artie Burns continues to struggle.
#53 Philadelphia Eagles (F/BAL) – QB Daniel Jones, Duke
Jeffrey Lurie wants the Eagles to draft a quarterback every year, if not every year. With Foles gone a backup is needed. Daniel Jones is projected to go much higher than this so the Eagles gladly take him here to develop behind the scenes.
#54 Green Bay Packers (F/HOU/SEA) – LB Mack Wilson, Alabama
Finally some defense. The Packers need a linebacker next to Martinez.
#55 Houston Texans – DL Zach Allen, Boston College
Not a pressing need but the best player on the board that represents an upgrade.
#56 New England Patriots (F/CHI) – WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
What a match made in heaven. The Patriots own the draft without even trying.
#57 Philadelphia Eagles – OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State
This can be considered a reach, but the Eagles may be comfortable doing this so they can develop Howard, who has enormous potential, behind Jason Peters until Peters retires.
#58 Dallas Cowboys – S Johnathan Abrams, Mississippi State
Best player on the board and fills a need.
#59 Indianapolis Colts – S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
Gardner-Johnson is more a weapon than a safety. Ballard will view him as a chess piece.
#60 Los Angeles Chargers – DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
The Chargers have never properly fixed the interior of their defensive front.
#61 Kansas City Chiefs – CB Julian Love, Notre Dame
This is a position of massive need.
#62 New Orleans Saints – C Erik McCoy, Texas
The Saints need to replace the retired Max Unger.
#63 Kansas City Chiefs (F/LAR) – Edge Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
The Chiefs are so desperate at edge they double up in the first two rounds of the draft.
#64 New England Patriots – WR Kelvin Harmon, N.C. State
A big bodied receiver to compliment all the smaller ones they have. The size fills a void left by Rob Gronkowski.