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NFL DRAFT: Mock Draft 3.0

11. Cincinnati Bengals:  Devin White, Linebacker, LSU

This match and value is just too perfect between Devin White and the Bengals. Preston Brown is the only young, fast linebacker on the Bengals roster and he is coming of a season ending knee injury. The Bengals desperately need to add youth, speed, and athleticism to their linebacker corps. That is exactly what describes White who put up a 4.42 40-yard dash with a 39.5″ vertical. He could come in and change the defense in Cincinnati right away. This pick just makes way too much sense for both sides. Probably the only way that this doesn’t happen is if White goes off the board sooner than this.

12. Green Bay Packers:  Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida St.

It has become clear that Clay Matthews has lost a step and isn’t quite the same player he was just a few seasons ago. As a result, the Packers’ pass rush has suffered greatly. And that was before Nick Perry ended the season on Injured Reserve last season. Burns would bring speed and explosiveness to the edge that Green Bay hasn’t had in quite some time. He should not be counted on to set the edge or do much in the run game early in his career until he gains some mass and muscle, but he can most definitely get after the Quarterback. That is what the Packers need to look for the most with this pick.

13. Miami Dolphins:  Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri

The draft season was made for guys like Drew Lock. He has done nothing, but help his stock by showing off his underrated athleticism and superior arm talent throughout this off-season. The Dolphins are pretty much guaranteed to move on from Ryan Tannehill at this point. While doing so is probably the right decision, it will create a giant void at the sports most crucial position. I do believe Lock would benefiting from starting the season behind a veteran, but he also has the necessary skill set to start right away as well. Lock can be the quarterback of the future in Miami whether they sign a veteran to start this season or not.

14. Atlanta Falcons:  Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle, Houston

The weigh in at the Combine was huge for Ed Oliver when he came in at 6’2″ and 287 pounds. That put to rest any claims of Oliver being anything other than a quick, athletic Defensive Tackle. Whether Atlanta re-signs prized free agent Grady Jarrett or not, they will be looking for help in the interior of the defensive line. Oliver, who is arguably the most athletic Defensive Tackle to come into the NFL since Aaron Donald, would be a perfect complement to Jarrett and fill out an already solid defense that was hit hard by injuries last season.

15. Washington Redskins:  Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa

The Redskins were able to solve their quarterback problem in the short term by trading for Case Keenum to compete with Colt McCoy this season with Alex Smith likely out for the year. While they do still need to find their quarterback of the future, the move allows them to be patient and look at other positions in this year’s draft. That brings me to Noah Fant. I think he would fit perfectly in that offense and be a good safety blanket for Keenum, McCoy, or any other quarterback who starts in Washington. Fant showed off rare athleticism for a tight end at the combine and would complement fellow athletic tight end Jordan Reed very well. Fant also has the skills to be the top option in the event the oft-injured Reed gets hurt once again.

16. Carolina Panthers:  Dalton Risner, Offensive Tackle, Kansas St.

There were reports early this off-season that Cam Newton might elect to sit out the 2019 season. That should be a sign to the Panthers that the offensive line needs to be improved no matter who is under center next season. They need to find someone who can step in and start at left tackle right away and Dalton Risner is that guy. In this draft class, he is the most NFL-ready lineman who can come in and start right away at left tackle — and stay there. Whether Newton plays this season or not, he would love to have the piece of mind on his blindside that Risner would give him whenever he does decide to play.

17. Cleveland Browns:  Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington

The Browns are one of those teams that truly could go in so many different directions. They could look to upgrade at wide receiver, the offensive line, or at defensive tackle. I, however, believe they will look to upgrade at the cornerback spot opposite Denzel Ward. That position was a problem all year in Cleveland. Murphy lacks the ideal size of an outside cornerback, but makes up for it with quickness, tenacity, and technique. Opposing quarterbacks will have a tough time finding open targets with Murphy and Ward locking them down and Myles Garrett (and the newly acquired Oliver Vernon) providing pressure.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford, Offensive Guard, Oklahoma

The defense in Minnesota is loaded with talent so expect that side of the ball to take a step forward to be the very good unit it was just two seasons ago. The Vikings also appear set at the skill positions with Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs, and Adam Thielen. That leaves a glaring hole along the offensive line which has been porous for a few seasons now. Ford would be able to come in and start right away at either right tackle or guard. While he shows the athleticism to be a solid tackle in the NFL, I think he has Pro-Bowl potential on the inside at guard. And he would make a very good combo with center Pat Elflein whom the Vikings drafted last season.

19. Tennessee Titans:  T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa

I believe the Titans will do everything in their power to give Marcus Mariota everything he needs to be successful. This season is “make or break” for Mariota and the Titans need to decide if he is their starting quarterback moving forward. They already have a solid offensive line and group of running backs around Mariota, but there is a shortage of reliable receiving targets in Tennessee. Which became obvious once tight end Delanie Walker missed most of the season last year with an ankle injury. Not to mention, Walker will be entering his age 35 season. Hockenson can come in and fill his role right away as a safety blanket on key downs and weapon in the intermediate area. Hockenson is also one of the best blockers among tight ends in this years draft class. A perfect fit for Tennessee here.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers:  Devin Bush Jr., Linebacker, Michigan

The Steelers still need to address the secondary which has been, to put it nicely, pretty bad for the past few years. While addressing that need with this pick is obviously likely, the value and fit of getting Devin Bush here is just too good for Pittsburgh to pass up. The combination of Jon Bostic and Vince Williams left a lot to be desired in the middle of the defense last season after Ryan Shazier‘s devastating injury two years ago. Devin Bush would immediately come in and bring speed (4.43 4o-yard dash at the Combine) back to the Linebacker group and the ability to make plays sideline-to-sideline that made Shazier so good and elevated the play of the entire defense.

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