2018 NFL Mock Draft: Second Round
Now that the dust has settled from Day 1 of the NFL Draft, we have another two days of fun to prepare for. There were tons of trades made in the first-round that have affected the following rounds. Because of that, we thought you’d like to see a second-round mock draft.
Knowing what we know about what the teams did in the first-round should definitely help, though you must remember that trades will shake things up, which is why going beyond the second-round is dangerous. Still, that doesn’t change a team’s needs, so we’re going to attack those needs while trying to snag the best player available.
1. Cleveland Browns – Connor Williams (OT – Texas)
After snagging Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward in the first, the Browns need to start replacing their departed superstars, starting with Joe Thomas at left tackle. While Mike McGlinchey would have been the perfect solution, Williams is no slouch and should have been drafted in the first-round.
2. New York Giants – Harold Landry (DE/OLB – Boston College)
Some had Landry projected as a top-10 pick, so to see him fall here is surprising to say the least. After passing on Bradley Chubb in the first-round, they are happy to snag Landry here. He’ll slide into Jason Pierre-Paul‘s old role at defensive end, but can play outside linebacker in the Giants new hybrid defense as well.
3. Cleveland Browns (from Texans) – Tim Settle (DT – Virginia Tech)
The only noticeable hole that the Browns have left on their team is at defensive tackle after trading away Danny Shelton to the Patriots this offseason. Maurice Hurst should not be dismissed as the best player available right now, but we don’t know how far he’ll drop down the boards due to his heart condition. Because of that, the Browns take Settle, who is an extremely talented player in his own right.
4. Indianapolis Colts – Josh Jackson (CB – Iowa)
Another player who fell further than expected, but the Colts are happy to land him after Denzel Ward was snagged in front of them in the first-round. There’s not an inside linebacker who is deserving to go here, so they snag a cornerback.
5. Indianapolis Colts (from Jets) – Courtland Sutton (WR – Southern Methodist)
After addressing a defensive need, the Colts get Andrew Luck a weapon on the perimeter. Most expected the Cowboys to snag Sutton at No. 19, so getting him here should be considered a steal. Sutton is a great compliment to T.Y. Hilton and would be the biggest target that Luck has ever had.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Will Hernandez (OG – UTEP)
Considered one of the best run-blocking guards in the draft, Hernandez should come off the board early in the second-round. The Bucs have invested a lot in their defense this offseason, and while they still need a cornerback, it’s highly unlikely they get a NFL-ready guard in the later rounds. They need to get some blocking up front. Derrius Guice is also a possibility here, but again, they need blockers for their runners.
7. Chicago Bears – Lorenzo Carter (OLB/DE – Georgia)
After taking Roquan Smith in the first-round, the Bears double-down on Bulldogs players. Smith would play alongside Danny Trevathan inside, while Carter would play opposite Leonard Floyd, rounding out a phenomenal linebacker corps. If Connor Williams or Will Hernandez should fall, expect the Bears to explore that route.
8. Denver Broncos – Isaiah Oliver (CB – Colorado)
After snagging the best player available at No. 5, the Broncos look to address a position of need in the second-round. Oliver was considered by some to be a top-three cornerback in the draft and is the big, physical cornerback who will be expected to take Aqib Talib‘s place at LCB.
9. Oakland Raiders – Dallas Goedert (TE – South Dakota State)
It was overlooked by some, but the Raiders filled one of their voids on draft night acquiring Martavis Bryant for a third-round pick. Linebacker is looking like a need, but the first- and second-round talent has dried up. Because of that, the Raiders take the top tight end on their board. Relying on Jared Cook will always lead to disappointment and I’m sure Jon Gruden knows that.
10. Miami Dolphins – James Daniels (C – Iowa)
After granting Mike Pouncey his request for a release this offseason, the Dolphins need to replace him on the offensive line. After snagging Josh Sitton in free agency, the Dolphins are on the right track to putting together a solid unit. Mason Rudolph is another player they should really consider, but they have so many holes to fill on both sides of the ball.
11. New England Patriots (from 49ers) – Mason Rudolph (QB – Oklahoma State)
If Rudolph wasn’t a part of what looks to be a historic draft class of quarterbacks, he would’ve probably been a top-10 pick in next year’s draft. Whatever the case, he falls into the Patriots lap and they can no longer avoid the elephant in the room. They may want to consider offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby, but you can’t be mad if they took Rudolph.
12. Washington Redskins – Carlton Davis (CB – Auburn)
At this point, the Redskins are watching cornerbacks fly off the board and don’t want to be left out. They need at least one cornerback, if not two of them in this draft, and Davis should be able to take the place of the departed Bashaud Breeland at RCB.
13. Green Bay Packers – James Washington (WR – Oklahoma State)
Some wondered if the Packers traded in front of the Cowboys last night to steal Calvin Ridley, but instead, they snagged Jaire Alexander. They could use some offensive line depth, but Washington makes perfect sense as a Jordy Nelson replacement.
14. Cincinnati Bengals – Christian Kirk (WR – Texas A&M)
Before you jump on me for this pick, the Bengals have been doing extensive research on wide receivers who were expected to be taken in the second- to third-round range. Kirk is most definitely an upgrade over Tyler Boyd and there’s not a linebacker in this range that should entice them. In fact, it would be wise for the Bengals to trade this pick and acquire some more draft capital.
15. Arizona Cardinals – Tyrell Crosby (OT – Oregon)
Trading up to select Josh Rosen was one of the highlights of the first-round, and they got to keep their second-round pick in the process. The Cardinals have multiple needs on the offensive line, so they really should be thinking about protecting their new franchise quarterback.
16. Los Angeles Chargers – Maurice Hurst (DT – Michigan)
The Chargers may have gotten the biggest steal in the first-round with Derwin James at No. 17 and filled a need in the process. They continue to build the No. 1 defense in the league by snagging Hurst who falls due to some medical concerns. He’s a top-15 talent in the draft, so if the Chargers do learn that his health is in good shape, expect them to snag him here.
17. Indianapolis Colts (from Jets) – Derrius Guice (RB – LSU)
The slide finally ends for Guice, who will now play behind Quenton Nelson. The Colts have a clear need at running back and linebacker, but Guice is better than the linebackers left on the board. Him and Marlon Mack could make for a dangerous duo.
18. Dallas Cowboys – Michael Gallup (WR – Colorado State)
If there’s someone in this draft who can do a solid job replacing Dez Bryant, it’s Gallup. He’s likely not going to walk in and be dominant, but the ceiling for him to be the prototypical No. 1 receiver is definitely in the realm of possibilities.
19. Detroit Lions – Mike Gesicki (TE – Penn State)
It might be unlikely that Gesicki falls this far, but knowing who is still on the board, he might if someone doesn’t trade up to get him. The Lions released Eric Ebron a few weeks back, so they have a clear need at the position and it would give Matthew Stafford another red zone weapon right now.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (from Ravens) – Ronald Jones (RB – USC)
Some have said the Eagles would’ve taken Derrius Guice if they’d stayed at the end of the first-round, though I don’t really believe he compliments Jay Ajayi very well. Jones, on the other hand, would blend in perfectly, as he plays a similar game to that of Jamaal Charles, who Doug Pederson was able to witness while in Kansas City.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Bills) – Nick Chubb (RB – Georgia)
After trading back, the Bucs can afford to take a luxury pick here. They have a clear need at running back, and particularly on first- and second-down. Chubb would be a tremendous fit with their team that doesn’t utilize the running back in the passing game very much.
22. Kansas City Chiefs – Sam Hubbard (OLB/DE – Ohio State)
Not bad for their first pick late in the second-round, right? Edge rushers usually come at a premium, so don’t be shocked if he doesn’t fall here. Hubbard fits perfectly into Andy Reid’s 3-4 scheme and he’ll be asked to start and contribute immediately.
23. Carolina Panthers – Orlando Brown (OT – Oklahoma)
The Panthers have filled a few voids on defense through free agency, so it allows them to take a shot on a potential starting left tackle, as the Matt Kalil experiment didn’t exactly work out. Kalil’s contract is gross and it’s going to be impossible to justify cutting him with all the dead money, but they can’t just ignore the problem at one of the most important positions. I could also see them going cornerback here, maybe someone like Donte Jackson who is expected to go in the second-round.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Bills) – M.J. Stewart (CB – North Carolina)
After taking offensive players with their first two picks in this round, the Bucs get a cornerback. Vernon Hargreaves was much better out of the slot, so they’ll ask Stewart to man the perimeter opposite Brent Grimes. This is a much-needed pick and a good one at that.
25. Tennessee Titans – Ronnie Harrison (S – Alabama)
The Titans made sure they didn’t miss out on their guy in the first-round with Rashaan Evans, and now they pair him with his teammate. Some will say that Johnathan Cyprien is their starting strong safety, but he’s been disappointing in his career to this point.
26. Atlanta Falcons – Donte Jackson (CB – LSU)
The Falcons landed Calvin Ridley in the first-round, which was a steal, but they need to get back to the defensive side of the ball. Jackson will provide solid depth and competition for the nickel cornerback slot with Brian Poole.
27. San Francisco 49ers (from Saints) – Darius Leonard (LB – SC State)
After selecting Mike McGlinchey in the first-round, the 49ers need to attack the linebacker position before they’re all dried up. Leonard can play both inside and outside, giving them the flexibility to move him around should something happen to Rueben Foster.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Malik Jefferson (ILB – Texas)
The Steelers made what was likely the biggest head-scratcher in the first-round selecting Terrell Edmunds, who wasn’t expected to go until the third- or fourth-round. It puts the Steelers in a hole at linebacker, as they need both inside and outside. Because of that, they need to snag Jefferson.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Mark Andrews (TE – Oklahoma)
The Jaguars added depth to their defensive line in the first-round, which was somewhat puzzling, but getting Andrews here does a few things for them. Not only can they develop him alongside Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a few years as their primary tight end, but they can also use him as a receiver right now. Andrews is someone who reminds me of Jason Witten in the receiving game, though he cannot block right now.
30. Minnesota Vikings – Austin Corbett (OG – Nevada)
After seeing Isaiah Wynn go in front of them in the first-round, the Vikings had to alter their plan of attack, as they likely wanted a guard there. Snagging Mike Hughes was a great rebound and adding Corbett here wouldn’t be too shabby, either.
31. New England Patriots – Josh Sweat (DE – Florida State)
After addressing the offense with both of their first-round picks, the Patriots need to find a pass-rusher in the second-round, and I’ve been on board with this pick for a long time. Sweat has some knee concerns where some think he’s a one-contract player, but his talent belongs in the first-round and he would help the Patriots win right away.
32. Cleveland Browns (from Eagles) – Justin Reid (S – Stanford)
Earlier in the offseason, most had the Browns selecting Minkah Fitzpatrick in order to move Jabril Peppers back to strong safety, but the addition of Damarious Randall quieted those rumors. He may be the starter for now, but Reid would provide competition at the position.