Senior Writer Nat L. Faybian and Editor Douglas Love continue on to round two, alternating picks, in this three round Version 4.0 Mock. This time Douglas will pick first.
Douglas: The draft this year is going to be exciting. This is such a deep class that there are going to be several players with first round talent sitting at the top of day two.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State (Douglas Love)
Campbell might actually end up in the first round. He ran a blazing 4.31 at the Combine. He looks fast on game tape. And as the old saying goes, “You can’t teach speed.”
2. Indianapolis Colts (via NYJ): Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama (Nat L. Faybian)
Smith has worked hard at rounding out his game. His route running is the best in his position group, he’s improved tremendously as a blocker, and, of course, he has good hands.
3. Oakland Raiders: Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington (DL)
Here’s another guy that could just as easily gone in the first round. Light feet, terrific coverage skills, loves to study film. Tracks the ball well in the air. I think Gruden would be pleased with this pick.
4. San Francisco 49ers: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame (NLF)
A top notch tackler with a thicker compact frame. He’s not afraid to stick his head in there and mix it up. Has good instincts and eye hand coordination. Is patient and doesn’t over-react.
5. New York Giants: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi (DL)
Little has received so little exposure during this whole draft process, and I’m not sure why? He’s started close to thirty games at left tackle against the best the SEC has to offer. Looks like a natural left tackle at the next level. There’s some concern about his effort – he’s doesn’t go above and beyond his duty – that’s the way it shows up on some film anyway. But he doesn’t give up sacks and at the end of the day, his job is to protect his quarterback, and he does that.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State (NLF)
Last year, this guy was only beginning to tap his potential. He has all the athleticism you need at the position, but what sets him apart is his dedication to conditioning, to the weight room, to film study. He’ll be a better pro than he was a college player.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma (DL)
Ford is another guy that could have gone in the first round. The Bucs would love to add a guy like Ford that can compete for the starting right guard position, and has enough flexibility to play right tackle if needed.
8. Buffalo Bills: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College (NLF)
Lindstrom is the top rated pure guard on the board. In other words, Ford played tackle in college, but Lindstrom was a guard and projects to be guard at the next level. What impresses me most about Lindstrom is the way he sinks his hips, and the way he is always working to get in a better position. He just doesn’t quit.
9. Denver Broncos: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State (DL)
Jones is the last of the guys who have that first round potential, but, again, because the deep is so deep, ends up in the second. Strong and tenacious, Jones has very good ball get off. He’s able to get in the backfield and disrupt – that equals tackles-for-loss and sacks. He is also good in pursuit.
10. Cincinnati Bengals: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State (NLF)
Alabama State’s Tytus Howard showed excellent footwork during the Senior Bowl. His ability to kick and mirror were the best on display. He could stand to be a little more physical, but he can do it. Very competitive, hates to get beat.
11. Detroit Lions: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri (DL)
Hall has 4.39 speed and he’s 6′ 2″, so, he can take the top off or go up and get the contested ball. The Lions sure could use a player like Hall to stretch the field.
12. Green Bay Packers: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington (NLF)
McGary is a right tackle that plays with a nasty streak. His mentality is perfect for the frozen tundra when you need to run the ball down your opponents throat. He’s out to ruin somebody’s day.
13. Atlanta Falcons: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt (DL)
Teams are looking to find a way to neutralize the tall receiver. Williams is 6′ 4″, the tallest cornerback in the draft. Williams coach, Derek Mason, often compares Williams to Richard Sherman. If he’ll be all that, I don’t know. But Atlanta does play Mike Evans twice a year, and getting a taller corner to help against those 50-50 catches would be a good idea.
14. Washington Redskins: Deebo Samuel, WR, So. Carolina (NLF)
Samuel looked like he was playing at a level above everyone else at the Senior Bowl. His ability as a return specialist is a bonus.
15. Carolina Panthers: Erik McCoy, OC, Texas A&M (DL)
Carolina’s offensive line had more than their share of injuries last year, and now it’s time to shuffle the deck. McCoy is a three-year starter with an attack style of play.
16. Miami Dolphins: Jochai Polite, DE, Florida (NLF)
Polite has been working to rehab his image since the Combine. Everybody makes mistakes, and to be quite honest, Polite has too much talent to pass on when getting pressure on the quarterback is at a premium these days.Last year, Polite had 19.5 tackles-for-loss and 11 sacks. I think the Dolphins would welcome that kind of production.
17. Cleveland Browns: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington (DL)
A sound tackler with excellent football instincts. He has good route recognition and isn’t one to get fooled. Good at tracking the ball in the air. He trusts his eyes.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama (NLF)
Wilson has a lot of upside and plenty of raw talent. He has the size, speed, and athleticism teams covet. Is a powerful enough linebacker that can take on a guard or use his quickness to slip the gap. Is also reliable in coverage.
19. Tennessee Titans: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa (DL)
There are so many attractive safety option at the top of this class, that it really all comes down to fit. To me, Hooker seems like he’d make a good Titan. He’s got a good combination of size, speed, quickness, and strength. Iowa has a track record of producing pro-ready safeties that possess really solid ball skills. I like Hooker here.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama (NLF)
Speaking of “fit,” Damien Harris would be a perfect fit for the Steelers. He’s not going to do anything flashy, but he’s going to bring his lunch-bucket grind-it-out pounding style to work everyday. And as a bonus, he can catch the ball out of the backfield to keep things fresh.
21. Philadephia Eagles (via Balt): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S/CB, Florida (DL)
Gardner-Johnson is a more versatile safety that can slide down and play some nickel. He not the hitter Hooker is, but he’s gives you more in term of pass defense. Both are good players, just slightly different style. I think Gardner-Johnson’s athleticism fits will in Philadelphia.
22. Houston Texans (via Sea): Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis (NLF)
Intelligent runner with good vision. He has excellent short area quickness which is how he ran for all those yards in Memphis. He averaged over 8 yards per carry over his career. If he does half at at the next level, Texans have a special player.
23. Houston Texans: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson (DL)
Mullen has played in the biggest of games, so the NFL won’t be too big for him. He’s got really good speed. He’s long. Can turn and run without loosing a step. Understands how to leverage the field to his advantage.
24. New England Patriots (from Chi): Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State (NLF)
Is more of a downhill box safety than most others. What scouts love about Abram is his ability to set the tone for the defense – and he does it with his aggressive hard-hitting play. Having said that, he does have ball skills too. But I think what NE will like is a guy that says, “Let’s get to it!”
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Oshane Ximines, DE, Old Dominion (DL)
In this modern passing league, the more you can disrupt the passer, the better you are. Ximines finished his college career with 51 tackles-for-loss and 32.5 sacks. Again, any player disruptive enough to throw off a quarterback’s timing is a valuable commodity.
26. Dallas Cowboys: Mecole Hardman, WR/RS, Georgia (NLF)
Hardman has 4.33 speed. He’s lesser known than some of the other players in the second round, but as we said earlier, “You can’t teach speed.” Dallas can use him in the return game, with the end around, and as a deep threat to stretch the field.
27. Indianapolis Colts: De’Andre Walker, ILB, Georgia (DL)
The Colts could go in a few different directions here, but they need a starting caliber inside linebacker. There is a drop-off between the two Devins and the rest of the class, so Walker is good value here at the end of round two.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware (NLF)
Once the run on the defensive line is over and once most of the starting OT’s are gone, we’ve seen a run on defensive backs here late in the second round. I’m going to keep that going with Adderley to the Chargers.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama (DL)
There’s more athleticism in this safety class, at this point of the draft, than there is in the cornerback class. So, I’m going safety here. Plus, teams are looking for these hybrid safeties that have a blend of speed and quickness and can cover the nickel. Thompson is one of those hybrid guys – an outstanding athlete with excellent change of direction and high end straight-line speed.
30. New Orleans: L.J. Collier, DE, TCU (NLF)
Collier is going to line up over the right tackle, but has enough bulk and strength to move inside on third and long. His agility and versatility will be what gets him draft above some players with more name recognition. A solid Senior Bowl certainly helped.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (via LAR): Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois (DL)
Speaking of the Senior Bowl, Saunders was another player that improved his draft stock tremendously during that week. From Western Illinois, Saunders proved he had the strength and quickness to play against top tier competition. He’s short, fierce and bulldog tough.
32. New England Patriots: Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois (NLF)
Scharping has the tools to make an very good pro tackle. He has the size to move inside and play guard which in the end might be his best fit out of the box. With proper coaching, he could end up playing left tackle and being there for several years.
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