Mike Tagliere’s NFL Mock Draft 2019 – Two Rounds (4.0)
Free agency is a crazy time in the NFL for many reasons, but for those who do mock drafts, it’s a godsend. Voids are being filled all over the place, while others are swinging and missing, allowing us to highlight positions of need for the NFL Draft that is now just over one month away.
The NFL Combine did quite a bit for some players, while it hurt others. Combining free agency, the NFL Combine, and each school’s pro days, we should start to see mock drafts come closer to their final shape. It’s important to note that trades will not be included in this mock draft, as that won’t come until the final mock, which will come the week of the actual draft, April 25-27.
If you’d like to see my top 100 prospects available and how I’d rank them, click here to see my current big board.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray (QB – Oklahoma)
This seemed extremely unlikely to me a month ago, but where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. Kliff Kingsbury has been recorded multiple times saying that if he had the No. 1 pick in the draft, it’d be Murray, and that was before he was the head coach of the Cardinals… with the No. 1 pick. It’s tough to gauge which teams would be trading for Josh Rosen right now, but if they are planning on taking Murray, you should expect them to move Rosen before the draft, as they’d lose leverage at that point.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa (DE – Ohio State)
In all honesty, Bosa is a better fit in a 4-3 defense, so him falling to the 49ers is the best-case scenario. Adding him to the combination of Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner, Kwon Alexander, and Fred Warner, their front-seven suddenly looks like one of the best in football. It’s a good thing, too, because it would help mask their deficiencies in the secondary.
3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams (DT – Alabama)
It seemed during free agency that the Jets are committed to building a dominant defense, though Anthony Barr changing his mind and going back to the Vikings 24 hours later wasn’t the greatest news. Still, adding C.J. Mosley and re-signing Henry Anderson were great moves. As crazy as it might sound, the Jets should consider trading back with this pick knowing they don’t have a second-round pick, but I wouldn’t fault them at all for taking what might be the best player in the draft. Williams is going to make some team very happy.
4. Oakland Raiders – Clelin Ferrell (DE – Clemson)
I’m not sure why Ferrell is falling into the teens in some mock drafts, as he’s a rock-solid edge prospect with massive upside. Playing for Clemson is also going to force teams to take notice, as they are now the biggest competitors to Alabama. Ferrell is a stronger 4-3 presence than someone like Josh Allen, who I believe would struggle if he had to play with his hand in the dirt all the time. If the Raiders are drafting for their current scheme, Ferrell or Rashan Gary likely make more sense.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Josh Allen (EDGE – Kentucky)
While some have him going as high as No. 3 in the draft, I believe he’s best-suited for a 3-4 defense, which is why the Bucs are happy to take him in this spot. They lost Kwon Alexander and replaced him with Deone Bucannon, though they only signed him to a one-year deal. It’s possible they go with Devin White to replace Alexander, but Allen has too much buzz around him to fall past this point.
6. New York Giants – Rashan Gary (DE – Michigan)
Reports are flying around that the Giants aren’t interested in Dwayne Haskins and it just doesn’t feel right to give them a differet (second-tier) quarterback at this spot in the draft. Expect them to take the highest-graded defensive player on their board with this pick after trading away Olivier Vernon to the Browns. Gary is the one who makes most sense, as he should upgrade the combination of B.J. Hill and R.J. McIntosh. After showing off great athleticism at the Combine, Gary is likely locked into a top-10 selection.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – D.K. Metcalf (WR – Ole Miss)
After signing Nick Foles in free agency, they obviously aren’t drafting a quarterback here. Offensive line help would make sense, but after spending a top-35 pick on Cam Robinson two years ago and then signing 2015 first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehl in free agency, they snag Foles a go-up-and-get-it receiver to pair with D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook.
8. Detroit Lions – Greedy Williams (CB – LSU)
The NFL is now a pass-first league and playing in a division against Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, and Mitch Trubisky, you’re going to want some talented cornerbacks. While Darius Slay is solid, they need someone to play opposite him. After locking up Justin Coleman in free agency, the Lions would have one of the most talented cornerback trios in the league.
9. Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver (DT – Houston)
There was a lot of activity from the Bills in free agency, but nothing to address the loss of Kyle Williams, who retired after the 2018 season. Houston is probably a top-five talent in the draft at a position of need for the Bills. While an offensive tackle is certainly possible, them signing both Ty Nsekhe and LaAdrian Waddle in free agency may put a hold on that. The Bills are also having a pre-draft visit with Oliver.
10. Denver Broncos – Devin White (LB – LSU)
After letting Brandon Marshall go this offseason, the Broncos have a need at inside linebacker. They went out and snagged both Kareem Jackson and Bryce Callahan in free agency, solidifying their strong safety and nickel cornerback positions, which says they’re okay moving Chris Harris Jr. to the perimeter. Because of that, they snag White to replace Marshall, as there’ll be no starter-worthy linebackers available in the second-round. Remember that Vic Fangio got himself Roquan Smith while in Chicago last year.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Montez Sweat (EDGE – Mississippi State)
If the Bengals hadn’t re-signed Bobby Hart to a three-year, $21 million deal, I’d have them taking Jonah Williams right here, but it seems unlikely now. It should be mentioned that they also have the option to release Cordy Glenn with no dead cap and lose the $9.3 million he stands to make in 2019, though that also seems unlikely. Instead, they bolster the edge and grab Sweat, who straight up dominated the Combine.
12. Green Bay Packers – A.J. Brown (WR – Ole Miss)
After snagging both Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith in free agency, the Packers suddenly have some flexibility with this pick. They didn’t attempt to go out and snag a wide receiver in free agency, so maybe they’re planning to snag the top wide receiver on their board? Brown has the ability to play in the slot, as well as on the perimeter, giving them options. Some will suggest tight end here and while I do believe that’s their biggest need, it feels somewhat early to take one here.
13. Miami Dolphins – Dwayne Haskins (QB – Ohio State)
Before you come at me and say, “there’s no way Haskins will be there at 13,” I want you to know that I agree with you, but there’s no trades in these mocks until the final one that will be released the week of the NFL Draft. After trading away Ryan Tannehill and signing Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal, it’s clear they’ll be looking for their franchise quarterback in either this year’s draft or next year’s. But in this scenario, they can’t pass up Haskins, who is likely the No. 1 quarterback on some boards.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Jonah Williams (OT – Alabama)
This pick could very well be a cornerback but upgrading Matt Ryan‘s offensive line is also important. Ryan Schraeder has been decent enough, but nothing you can’t live without. The chance to have Jake Matthews and Williams as the bookends to the offensive line is rock-solid, especially considering the interior is still a work in process, though the Falcons likely ‘feel’ as if they’ve made it better with the additions of James Carpenter and Jamon Brown.
15. Washington Redskins – Drew Lock (QB – Missouri)
Who would’ve thought they’d land Lock here? He’s another one who’s likely to go before this spot, but with no trades before the final mock draft, we have to go by team need up to this point. Yes, the Redskins traded for Case Keenum, but he’s got just one year left of his deal and Alex Smith is reportedly unlikely to play football again. Grooming Lock in a role behind Keenum for a year wouldn’t be the worst idea.
16. Carolina Panthers – Cody Ford (OT/OG – Oklahoma)
After releasing Matt Kalil, the Panthers need to add some talent to the offensive line (not that losing Kalil changed much). They did re-sign Daryl Williams to a one-year deal, though that doesn’t inspire confidence. If Williams and Taylor Moton are able to hold down the tackle spots, Ford may be better suited as a guard, anyway. He offers flexibility to play multiple positions, something that teams will covet in the middle of the first-round.
17. New York Giants (from Browns) – Daniel Jones (QB – Duke)
After all the nonsense, the Giants finally draft a quarterback who’s expected to take over for Eli Manning at some point. If the Giants do, in fact, still like the type of quarterback Manning is, then Jones will be the perfect guy to replace him, as he’s trained with the Manning brothers. The pick screams desperation, but after this offseason, it’s likely what Dave Gettleman is forced into. But hey, after some of the moves he’s made, this may actually be the best idea in his mind. Or maybe… just maybe… they trade for Josh Rosen. If you’re a Giants fan, should be hoping they trade for Rosen, especially when you consider the rumored cost.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Chris Lindstrom (OG – Boston College)
The guard class is very underwhelming this year, which is why the Vikings feel it necessary to snag the clear-cut top option with Lindstrom. After cutting Mike Remmers, the Vikings have a clear need on their offensive line and if they want to protect their fully-guaranteed quarterback, they have to invest this pick. Defensive tackle is a clear need, but that’s a much deeper position.
19. Tennessee Titans – Dexter Lawrence (DT – Clemson)
After signing Bennie Logan last year and not getting too much out of him, the Titans want their long-term solution. Lawrence can be that plugger up the middle alongside Jurrell Casey, allowing newly-acquired Cameron Wake to pin his ears back in pursuit of the quarterback. They can still use a long-term edge to pair with Harold Landry, but the elite ones are already off the board.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Brian Burns (EDGE – Florida State)
It seemed like the Steelers might go inside linebacker with this pick, but the addition of Mark Barron makes that unlikely. Instead, they snag Burns to play opposite T.J. Watt, which should create a nasty pass-rush. Burns put on weight for the NFL Combine and it didn’t affect his athleticism at all. His ceiling is among the highest in this draft. Snagging a new right tackle would also make sense, but they can likely find one who’s competent later in the draft.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Byron Murphy (CB – Washington)
Not having a second-round pick is big because it means they need to make this one count. Murphy would fit the Seahawks zone scheme very well, as it’s what he exceled while at Washington. In fact, he’d likely take over at LCB (Richard Sherman‘s old location) and move Shaquill Griffin back to RCB. They need to replace the departed Justin Coleman in the slot, but they can find someone later in the draft for that.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Devin Bush (LB – Michigan)
It’s popular to mock the Ravens a wide receiver here, though it doesn’t make much sense for a run-first team who just lost a ton of starters on defense. Snagging Earl Thomas helped, but replacing C.J. Mosley has to be atop their wish list. It’s possible that Bush goes before this after dominating the Combine, but if he’s on the board, it’d be a great pick for a team with a clear need at his position. Not having a second-round pick also has to be factored in, as this is not considered a strong linebacker class while wide receiver is deep.
23. Houston Texans – Yodny Cajuste (OT – West Virginia)
I don’t know if the Texans have Cajuste as the highest tackle on their board at this point, but they’ll almost certainly be taking an offensive tackle with this pick. Cajuste has great size and is athletic, which blends well with Deshaun Watson‘s skillset. After the Texans allowed the highly-mobile Watson to be sacked 61 times last year, an offensive line overhaul must be in the plans.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Bears) – T.J. Hockenson (TE – Iowa)
It seemed as if the Raiders wanted to bring Jared Cook back, but that hasn’t happened and it appears he’s looking to sign elsewhere. After rebuilding the wide receiver corps, the need for a possession-style tight end isn’t as strong, so instead of taking the better pass-catcher at Iowa, they take the more well-rounded one in Hockenson. He’s someone who can catch passes, but he also offers versatility as an in-line blocker.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Nasir Adderley (S – Delaware)
If one of the top two linebackers were here, the Eagles would likely go there to replace Jordan Hicks, but snagging Adderley makes tons of sense. He’s a versatile safety and would make for a great compliment alongside Malcolm Jenkins. He’s easy to mistake as a strong safety, as he’s able to play up in the box, but he also takes great angles to the ball, and makes tackles in the open field.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Christian Wilkins (DT – Clemson)
Had he come out last year, Wilkins likely would have gone before this spot, but his 2018 season wasn’t as impressive when you consider the other playmakers on the defense. The Colts pass-rush could use some help, so putting him alongside Margus Hunt should be able to at least create a bit more pressure. With the buzz surrounding Johnathan Abram, he could also be selected with this pick, but Wilkins is too highly-regarded to pass.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Cowboys) – Josh Jacobs (RB – Alabama)
It was reported by Ian Rapoport that the Raiders were interested in Le’Veon Bell, though they didn’t land the Pro Bowl running back. That tells us they’re looking for a three-down running back who isn’t currently on the roster. It’s possible they bring back Marshawn Lynch for another year, but Jacobs is likely the best three-down option in the draft.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Jawaan Taylor (OT – Florida)
Most were expecting the Chargers to go with a defensive tackle here, but with four already off the board, they choose to upgrade the offensive line. Taylor played right tackle at Florida, which is precisely where the Chargers would ask him to play, as Sam Tevi isn’t the answer. He can seal the edge in the run-game, as he’s one of the stronger tackles in the draft.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Deionte Thompson (S – Alabama)
They added Tyrann Mathieu in free agency, but cut long-time starter Eric Berry, leaving a void on the roster. They need to replace Justin Houston and Dee Ford with someone who can rush the passer, but it’d feel like a reach to take someone like Zach Allen, so they snag one of the top safeties in the draft.
30. Green Bay Packers (from Saints) – Noah Fant (TE – Iowa)
The Packers continue to provide Aaron Rodgers with weapons, as free agency brought a lot of talent to their defense. With Jimmy Graham on the roster for one more season, he’d be the perfect guy to help guide Fant into the NFL, as he’s a very similar player. Another option for them would be a free safety, as Tramon Williams isn’t the long-term solution.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Tre Lamar (LB – Clemson)
After losing Mark Barron to the Steelers, the Rams have an even bigger need at linebacker. Being honest, it was already a need with Barron on the roster. Because of that, they need to reach just a bit for Lamar, who’s projected as a second-round pick. The Rams don’t have a second-round pick and it’s unlikely they find a linebacker who’s ready to play on day one in the later rounds.
32. New England Patriots – Chase Winovich (EDGE – Michigan)
He’s the type of player Bill Belichick loves, as he’s got a non-stop motor and will always play to the whistle. He does a great job of keeping his eyes on the play in front of him and has good speed to the edge in his pursuit, though he lacks the strength to be an every-down defensive end in a 4-3, which is why Belichick’s hybrid scheme should suit him well. Not only did they lose Trey Flowers, but they also granted Adrian Clayborn his release.
33. Arizona Cardinals – Hakeem Butler (WR – Iowa State)
Let’s be clear: Larry Fitzgerald won’t be around forever. In fact, he’s done them a huge favor by hanging around for another coaching change. When he leaves, the Cardinals current depth chart at wide receiver would be Christian Kirk, Trent Sherfield, Chad Williams, and Malachi Dupre. Butler would be a great compliment to Kirk and give Kyler Murray (or Josh Rosen) a downfield option with a massive catch radius.
34. Indianapolis Colts – Johnathan Abram (S – Mississippi State)
There’s more hype around Abram than I thought there’d be, which is why the Colts snag him here instead of waiting until they pick later in this round. Pairing him with Malik Hooker would give them one of the strongest young safety duos in all of football. He’s much better in run-support than he is in pass-coverage, which is the direct opposite of Hooker.
35. Oakland Raiders – Rock Ya-Sin (CB – Temple)
After a dominant Combine, Ya-Sin could actually sneak into the first-round. Gareon Conley has proved to be a solid presence, while Nick Nelson is still a question mark, and Daryl Worley is nothing more than average. Behind them, they lack any sort of depth at cornerback, so adding the stable and consistent Ya-Sin makes plenty of sense.
36. San Francisco 49ers – DeAndre Baker (CB – Georgia)
After adding Kwon Alexander, Dee Ford, and Nick Bosa to the front-seven, the 49ers suddenly have plenty of ways they could go with this pick. They did add Jason Verrett in free agency, but it was to just a one-year deal, and he’s coming off two missed seasons (ACL, Achilles). There’s no guarantee he’s the same player and it’s not as if Richard Sherman is getting any younger.
37. New York Giants – Trayvon Mullen (CB – Clemson)
There’s plenty of holes on the Giants roster, but cornerback is among the biggest. Outside of Janoris Jenkins, there’s no clear-cut starters. Mullen shadowed wide receivers while at Clemson, but with Jenkins, he wouldn’t have to, which would make him look a bit better in his transition to the NFL. The question is just how much he benefitted from Clemson’s dominant front-seven.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Taylor Rapp (S – Washington)
After the Jaguars had what seemed to be a rock-solid duo of Tashaun Gipson and Barry Church, the Jaguars have simply moved on from both of them. After drafting Ronnie Harrison last year, they need to find someone to replace Gipson, who is now off to Houston. Rapp is a ballhawk who will monitor the deep part of the field and won’t miss many tackles.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Elgton Jenkins (C – Mississippi State)
It’s been a while since the Bucs were able to run the ball and it’s likely they understand they need to get back to the basics under Bruce Arians. Ryan Jensen was signed to a lucrative four-year contract before last season, but he failed to live up to expectations. They’d be able to release him after this season with zero dead cap and zero money owed. Jenkins is the top center in this draft and would be a welcomed addition for Jameis Winston and the running backs.
40. Buffalo Bills – Amani Oruwariye (CB – Penn State)
One of the positions of need the Bills didn’t address in free agency was cornerback, as they need someone to play opposite Tre’Davious White. Adding Oruwariye to the other side would be a great compliment, as he’s a bigger cornerback at 6-foot-1 and 203 pounds. His tackling is the biggest concern, though his coverage abilities likely keep him in the second-round.
41. Denver Broncos – Garrett Bradbury (C – NC State)
He falls into the lap of the Broncos, who are now looking at life without Matt Paradis, who signed a contract with the Panthers. There are some who believe Bradbury is the best center in the draft, though I’m not one of them. He is, however, a stable presence, and putting him alongside Ron Leary should help.
42. Cincinnati Bengals – Andre Dillard (OT – Washington State)
He played left tackle while at Washington State, but he’d offer the Bengals some versatility. It’s highly questionable why they re-signed Bobby Hart to a three-year deal, but they can also get out of Cordy Glenn‘s contract after 2019 with zero dead cap, so finding his replacement should be a priority. Linebacker is clearly a need for this team, especially after releasing Vontaze Burfict, but they’d be reaching if they selected one here.
43. Detroit Lions – Eric McCoy (OG/C – Texas A&M)
After the surprising release of T.J. Lang, the Lions have a starter spot to fill on their offensive line. McCoy offers versatility on the interior. He’s not an immovable object by any means and he showed up to the Combine 12 pounds under his listed weight, but the Lions can’t afford to wait any longer to take a starting guard.
44. Green Bay Packers – Darnell Savage (S – Maryland)
There’s been a lot of movement for Savage since the NFL Combine where he showed off 4.36 speed with a 39.5-inch vertical and a 126-inch broad jump. After snagging Adrian Amos in free agency, they need to add someone with some speed who can cover the top of the defense. Oddly enough, the Packers don’t have very many clear-cut needs for a team who missed out on the playoffs.
45. Atlanta Falcons – Jachai Polite (EDGE – Florida)
There’s many who believe he’ll be gone by this point, though I wouldn’t be so sure about that. He’s a speed rusher who might be better in a 3-4 defense, but the Falcons need someone to help opposite Takkarist McKinley, as Vic Beasley has shown time and time again that he’s not it. Another position of need that can be filled here is cornerback, as Sean Bunting makes plenty of sense to replace the departed Brian Poole.
46. Washington Redskins – Mack Wilson (LB – Alabama)
After releasing Zach Brown, you have to figure they’re looking to fill that void sooner rather than later. Wilson would find some former Alabama teammates while there, too, as Rueben Foster, Shaun Dion-Hamilton, Jonathan Allen, and DaRon Payne are all on the roster. Clearly, the Redskins have no issues signing defensive players from Alabama.
47. Carolina Panthers – Jaylon Ferguson (EDGE – Louisiana Tech)
He’s known to be one of the higher upside prospects on the edge and he offers a size/speed combo that should work in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defense, which is important after Ron Rivera acknowledged the team may be moving to somewhat of a hybrid defense in 2019. They still need to add another cornerback and replace Thomas Davis at linebacker, but edge is a need that cannot be ignored beyond the top two rounds.
48. Miami Dolphins – Zach Allen (DE – Boston College)
With Brian Flores in Miami, it’s likely they’re looking at a base 4-3 defense with some 3-4 mixed in. Allen should be able to play as the defensive end in either formation, as his size is his best attribute. The Dolphins need to find ways to get after the passer now that they’ve lost both Cameron Wake, Andre Branch, and likely William Hayes this offseason.
49. Cleveland Browns – Greg Little (OT – Ole Miss)
Once regarded as one of the top prospects at offensive tackle, Little has fallen down draft boards a bit. He’s not someone who impressed me on film, but the Browns continue to search for their left tackle to replace Joe Thomas, as Greg Robinson is not the answer, and Desmond Harrison didn’t look the part, either. The Browns don’t have many holes on their roster after acquiring Odell Beckham, Sheldon Richardson, and Olivier Vernon over the last few weeks. We could also see them go strong safety here and try to replace Jabril Peppers, but protecting Baker Mayfield takes priority. Let’s just hope this Greg Little works out better in Cleveland than the last one.
50. Minnesota Vikings – Jeffery Simmons (DT – Mississippi State)
He’s a top-15 talent in this draft class, but he falls due to off-the-field concerns, as well as a torn ACL that he suffered while training for the Combine. The Vikings lost Sheldon Richardson, so they need someone to play alongside Linval Joseph. If Simmons can get back on the field and contribute in 2019, the Vikings would have a nasty defensive line.
51. Tennessee Titans – JoeJuan Williams (CB – Vanderbilt)
When looking at the Titans roster, there’s less holes than most think. Outside of quarterback and edge rusher, they could really use help at cornerback. While their starters at this point are Adoree Jackson, Malcolm Butler, and Logan Ryan, they need to add depth in case Butler decides to fall off a cliff again, like he did for the first half of the season in 2018. Williams is likely going to be a starter somewhere in the NFL.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers – N’Keal Harry (WR – Arizona State)
For those expecting Harry to be Antonio Brown‘s replacement… don’t. He’s a possession wide receiver who has rock-solid hands, but he won’t gain anywhere close to the separation that Brown did. Adding Harry would allow the Steelers to keep JuJu Smith-Schuster in the slot the majority of time, while mixing and matching Harry, James Washington, and Donte Moncrief on the perimeter.
53. Philadelphia Eagles (from Ravens) – David Montgomery (RB – Iowa State)
Did you know Montgomery was the first interview the Eagles had at the Combine? They have a very clear need at running back, as both Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are free agents. After the Eagles have been linked to Dalvin Cook and then traded for Ajayi, it’s clear they’re looking for their long-term solution at running back, and Montgomery is likely the no-nonsense running back Doug Pederson is looking for.
54. Houston Texans (from Seahawks) – Dalton Risner (OG/OT – Kansas State)
Wait, the Texans double-down and select another offensive lineman? Think about how many people were saying that about the Colts last year. Well, they now boast one of the best offensive lines in football. Risner has the ability to play both guard and tackle, which both happen to be positions of need for the Texans, even with the addition of Cajuste in the first-round.
55. Houston Texans – Darrell Henderson (RB – Memphis)
After acquiring both Bradley Roby and Briean Boddy-Calhoun in free agency, the Texans likely feel good enough with their cornerbacks to wait another round to select one, though it’s still possible. The Texans have come close to moving on from Lamar Miller before and knowing it’d be just a $1 million cap hit to release him, Henderson makes sense, as D’Onta Foreman seems to have fallen out of favor (and may not be the same player) after his Achilles injury.
56. New England Patriots (from Bears) – Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama)
The Patriots have to find Rob Gronkowski‘s replacement even if he doesn’t retire this offseason, and what better draft class to do it in. Smith can play anywhere on the field, similar to the way the Patriots used to use Aaron Hernandez. He can line-up as the fullback, in-line, in the slot, or on the perimeter, something not many tight ends can say. Even if Gronkowski returns, you can bet the Patriots find a way to keep both of them on the field and use Smith in more of a wide receiver-type role to start his career.
57. Philadelphia Eagles – Vosean Joseph (LB – Florida)
The Eagles rarely use high-round picks on linebackers, but are they really planning to start L.J. Fort? The three-year, $5.5 million deal doesn’t say “starter money,” so I’d assume not. Joseph is someone who’s considered to have massive potential, though he’s not quite polished yet. He’s quick and can play sideline-to-sideline, even covering the perimeter at times, which makes him even more valuable in today’s NFL. Adding Malik Jackson, then re-signing Brandon Graham and Ronald Darby has given the Eagles some freedom with this pick. If there were an offensive tackle they really liked here, they could also go that route.
58. Dallas Cowboys – Jerry Tillery (DT – Notre Dame)
He may go higher than this after his glowing reports from the Combine, but the Cowboys likely have it narrowed down to him and Dre’Mont Jones here. They have to replace David Irving and Tillery is the perfect fit to walk right into his role, as his 6-foot-6, 295-pound frame is nearly identical to the 6-foot-7, 291-pound frame of Irving, only Tillery is more talented.
59. Indianapolis Colts – Deebo Samuel (WR – South Carolina)
After signing Devin Funchess to a one-year, $10 million deal, it’s unlikely we see the Colts use a high pick on a perimeter wide receiver, but Samuel makes tons of sense. If you slot him in between T.Y. Hilton and Funchess, he becomes an impact player immediately for a team who can contend in the playoffs. They could go with an edge rusher here, but Samuel is about as sure as they come.
60. Los Angeles Chargers – Dre’Mont Jones (DT – Ohio State)
After passing on defensive tackle in the first-round, the Chargers have to snag one here. Jones would compete with Justin Jones to play alongside recently re-signed Brandon Mebane, providing another pass-rusher to this could-be-dominant defense.
61. Kansas City Chiefs – Marquise Brown (WR – Oklahoma)
Not only did the Chiefs arguably need a wide receiver to play alongside Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins, but as things stand right now, Hill may be out of the picture now that the NFL and police are investigating another incident with the talented wide receiver. Brown would add more speed to this ridiculously fast unit, can play all over the field, and would be a logical Hill replacement if he were to miss time due to suspension or getting cut.
62. New Orleans Saints – Jace Sternberger (TE – Texas A&M)
After watching the top three tight ends come off the board, the Saints snag the sure-handed Sternberger. He’s someone who can play a possession role over the middle of the field, but can also go deep, as his ball-tracking is phenomenal. He doesn’t rely on his body to haul in passes, something that should be coveted with guys as big as he is. He’s a willing blocker, though the Saints won’t need him to stay in and block very often.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – Dru Samia (OG – Oklahoma)
Some may consider this a reach, but believe me, there’ll be plenty of guys before him who are considered reaches. Samia is a competent guard who could be above average if he were to just add some weight onto his frame. After losing Mitch Morse in free agency, the Chiefs will have to rely on Austin Reiter to take over that role, but they should really upgrade the guys around him.
64. New England Patriots – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (S/CB – Florida)
When you look at the Patriots and what they do, they find the thing someone excels at, then exploit it in their scheme. Gardner-Johnson is a utility knife that fits into almost any defense, as he reminds me of a lesser version of Minkah Fitzpatrick last year. After an impressive Combine, he could move up from here, but in this scenario, he falls into the Patriots’ lap.