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NFL DRAFT: Mock Draft 3.0

21. Seattle Seahawks:  Nasir Adderley, Safety, Delaware

It’s safe to say the “Legion of Boom” era is over in Seattle. Especially with the departure of it’s leader in Earl Thomas this off-season. While Thomas did miss most of last season due to injury, it was apparent that the Seahawks lacked a suitable replacement on the back-end of the defense. Enter Nasir Adderley. He is a center-field safety in the same mold as Thomas, albeit with not as much range, but with the ability to come down and play some cornerback in certain situations and cover tight ends and some slot receivers.

22. Baltimore Ravens:  N’Keal Harry, Wide Receiver, Arizona St.

The Ravens have been trying to figure out the wide receiver position for years — to no avail. They tried the veteran route last year by signing Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, and John Brown. While all three were solid contributors last season, none of them are on the right timeline to grow and build with young Lamar Jackson. Harry isn’t the quickest or fastest wide receiver available, but he is fast enough (4.53 40-yard dash), runs solid routes, and is an animal after the catch. What’s more is that he is able to consistently make contested catches, which is a must when Lamar Jackson with his marginal accuracy is your quarterback.

23. Houston Texans:  Garrett Bradbury, Center, NC State

Something is wrong if the Texans don’t add at least three new offensive linemen to compete for starting spots next season. That’s just how bad the group as a whole for them was last season. With this pick, Houston doesn’t need to focus on drafting the best available player, but rather, the best available offensive lineman. In this case, that is far and away Garrett Bradbury. He showed off his solid athleticism at the Combine while showing the strength, smarts, and toughness on tape to be an immediate and solid starter in the NFL.

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago):  Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

I have seen Gary mocked to the Raiders quite a lot, but all the way up at pick number four. While he showed off a rare size/athleticism combination at the Combine by running a 4.58 40-yard dash with a 38″ Vertical Jump at 6’4″ and 277 pounds, the tape is quite underwhelming. The lack of college production and ability to consistently impact the game from the EDGE has me thinking he will experience a pretty big fall on draft night. I like taking the chance on the pure athleticism on Gary and developing him into the player everyone thinks he can be here a #24 rather than up at #4.

25. Philadelphia Eagles:  Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama

Get ready to see this pick mocked a lot in the weeks leading up to the draft. The Eagles are a contender that most needs a feature running back and Josh Jacobs is by far the best in this draft. The value for Jacobs is incredible with this pick and if he makes it this far, it will be awfully hard for the Eagles to pass on him. Jay Ajayi is a free agent coming off a major knee injury, Darren Sproles is reportedly considering retirement, and Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement, and Josh Adams are better suited as rotational role players. That makes Philadelphia the perfect landing spot for the powerful and explosive Jacobs.

26. Indianapolis Colts:  Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

I believe the Colts will waste no time making this pick should Ferrell still be available at 26. The Colts need to get more pass rushers any way possible and Ferrell is among the best in this draft class. Ferrell shows a good first step along with solid power and technique to get on opposing quarterbacks quickly. He is also no slouch against the run. The only reason he falls this far is because of the show that the other pass rushers put on at the Combine and needs of teams earlier in the draft. If Kemoko Turay can take the next step, him and Ferrell would make a dynamic young duo of pass rushers in Indy.

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas):  Deionte Thompson, Safety, Alabama

The Raiders need significant help at just about every position on their roster. That’s why they could go in so many different directions with this third pick in the first round. I see Mayock and Company looking to address the woeful secondary in some fashion and the safety position was especially troublesome for Oakland. Thompson is a true high safety with very good speed and range. He does show some man coverage skills on tight ends, but will need to continue to develop that early in his career. If Karl Joseph can have a bounce back season, Thompson would complement his punishing style perfectly.

28. Los Angeles Chargers:  Yodny Cajuste, Offensive Tackle, West Virginia

I have harped on it in every single one of my previous Mock Drafts, the Chargers need to upgrade the offensive tackle positions badly. Russell Okung is serviceable, but shouldn’t be counted on as much as he has been. Sam Tevi and the right tackle position has been straight up not good to put it mildly. Cajuste could come in and immediately use his very good footwork and athleticism at either tackle spot and help give Philip Rivers arguably the best offensive line he has had in front of him in his career.

29. Kansas City Chiefs:  DeAndre Baker, Cornerback, Georgia

This is as easy as it gets. Kansas City is going to take a player who will help the secondary with this pick. They are linked to nearly every top safety in free agency so that leaves the cornerback position. Baker is by far the best cornerback left on the board and he would help immediately. He uses technique and smarts very well to cover up some of his athletic limitations that show up on tape and by his 4.52 40-yard dash at the Combine. But it’s hard to ignore the production he put up against premier competition in college. Baker is ready to step in and contribute now and that is exactly what the Chiefs need.

30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans):  Mack Wilson, Linebacker, Alabama

The Packers would no doubt like to add weapons for Aaron Rodgers with this second pick in the round, but the value isn’t exactly there with this pick. The Inside Linebackers in the 3-4 scheme in Green Bay could definitely use an upgrade, however. Antonio Morrison and Blake Martinez are very good downhill players vs. the run, but struggle mightily in coverage and on the edge. Which is exactly where Mack Wilson wins the most with his good athleticism.

31. Los Angeles Rams:  Chris Lindstrom, Offensive Guard, Boston College

This pick is assuming the Rams lose Roger Saffold in free agency. Lindstrom would come in and start in that spot right away and open good holes for Todd Gurley with his tenacity in the run game. He has better than expected athleticism to hold up in pass protection as well. If the Rams are able to retain Saffold, they could look at a guy like Christian Wilkins to replace Ndamukong Suh.

32. New England Patriots:  Dexter Lawrence, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

The Patriots could lose two key run stoppers in the middle of their defense in free agents Danny Shelton and Malcom Brown. Lawrence is a mammoth of a human who is hard to move in the run game, but has deceptive quickness and athleticism for being 345 pounds. The big guy ran a 5.05 second 40-yard dash for goodness sakes! He would definitely ease the blow if the Patriots lose one or both of Brown and/or Shelton.

 

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