Settle in, folks. I’ll be here to accompany you through the 2018 NFL Draft’s first day of selections. Here you’ll find my pick-by-pick analysis as we progress through the night.
• Pick-By-Pick analysis of round one can be viewed here.
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33. Cleveland Browns: Austin Corbett, OG. Nevada
- Fleet-footed college tackle with great bend and lateral movement. Corbett provides cover at 3-4 positions along the offensive line and should remind many of his Browns’ current guard Joel Bitonio – who was a college teammate of Corbett’s at Nevada.
34. New York Giants: Will Hernandez, OG. UTEP
- Gettleman lands his prototypical person-pushing offensive linemen to support his shiny new elite running back talent. Though Hernandez is a mean, phone-booth mauler who primarily helps in the ground game, he has an underrated ability in pass protection and will only improve.
35. Cleveland Browns (f/HOU): Nick Chubb, RB. Georgia
- Was Georgia’s bellcow before a bad knee injury in 2015, but has worked his way back and appears to be approaching his pre-injury form at the perfect time. Looked faster and stronger in 2017, is accustomed to running in tandem (having done it regularly with Michel) and suits the Browns’ physical style.
36. Indianapolis Colts: Darius Leonard, LB. South Carolina State
- Search and destroy linebacker with a proven pass rushing skills. Despite going a little under the radar throughout the pre-draft process, everyone I know who has done extensive work on him (myself included) are big fans. Indianapolis’ defense gets a little tougher and a little more athletic.
37. Indianapolis Colts (f/NYJ): Braden Smith, OG. Auburn
- Big, pro-ready physical build with coke machine width and ideal length for an NFL blocker. Another lunch pale blocker with experience to pair in the opposing guard spot to yesterday’s selection Quenton Nelson. Rebuilding the offensive line for Andrew Luck was always going to be the priority for Chris Ballard and his staff. So far, so good – adding possibly two day one interior starters.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronald Jones II, RB. USC
- Despite lacking the elite timed speed, he’s in the Jamaal Charles/Chris Johnson mold of running back. Impressive second gear with legitimate home run potential in space. His skill-set adds a sorely lacking explosive component to the Bucs vanilla backfield.
39. Chicago Bears: James Daniels, OG/C. IOWA
- An athletic technician who will be able to contribute early on at guard or center, with the plan likely to have him as the long-term exchange man for Mitchell Trubisky. Most thought he was going to hear his name called in round one, but some minor knee issues perhaps contribute to his availability here. I think he can approach the levels of the Pouncey twins if he realizes his potential.
40. Denver Broncos: Courtland Sutton, WR. SMU
- With Demaryius Thomas getting up there in age, this selection gives the Broncos more long-term upside at the position. Sutton has the desired length and catch-radius for a possession receiver. Likely too much value to pass up for a Denver team looking to get a little younger at the position.
41. Tennessee Titans (f/OAK): Harold Landry, DE/OLB. Boston College
- Titans trade up for Harold Landry, who – despite coming off a rough 2017 season at BC – regained a lot of belief in his upside with a terrific Combine and pre-draft. He’s an edge bender who can hand-fight. Looks a lot like Shane Ray did coming out of school. Raiders go down to No. 57, but acquire a 3rd round pick (No. 89 overall) from the Titans in this trade.
42. Miami Dolphins: Mike Gesicki, TE. Penn State
- Basketball hops! Freak athlete with length and speed as a passing game option. Plenty of room to grow at the next level; immediate red zone threat. Dolphins’ tight end group was badly lacking and this certainly addresses that.
43. Detroit Lions (f/NE): Kerryon Johnson, RB. Auburn
- Complete runner with inside-outside ability. Kerryon has run in a deep backfield throughout most of his Auburn career, but was always the most talented. Detroit has been the most woeful running team in the NFL over the past 3-4 seasons and this selection gives the team its first legitimate bellcow in years.
44. San Francisco 49ers (f/WAS): Dante Pettis, WR. Washington
- Playmaker in the slot and ACE return man. Pettis is probably going to be limited to a slot role as an actual offensive player, but there’s nothing wrong with it an an developing RPO-based copy-cat league. Get him the ball in space and let him create.
45. Green Bay Packers: Joshua Jackson, CB. Iowa
- Too much value to pass up at this point. First round talent, elite ball skills. Speed may have people thinking he’s a zone-only, causing the drop. Priority all along was revamping a secondary – particularly at cornerback – that was getting stale and required a facelift. Rookie general manager Brian Gutekunst has continued the work begun last year by Ted Thompson to upgrade the back-end.
46. Kansas City Chiefs (f/CIN): Breeland Speaks, DE. Ole Miss
- One of few genuine base 3-4 end with impressive situational versatility. Can further beef up and set an edge, yes, but will be an active inside-outside presence for Kansas City. They reached a little to get their guy, but I really like this pick nonetheless.
47. Arizona Cardinals: Christian Kirk, WR. Texas A&M
- First, they got their franchise QB and now they get him a long-term weapon. Athletic playmaker who can separate with crisp route running. The yard-after-catch ability is particularly exciting. Though the offensive line needs are considerable, the Cardinals got fantastic value with this select. It’ll be a privelege for Kirk to learn under Larry Fitzgerald for at least a year, as well.
48. Los Angeles Chargers: Uchema Nwosu, OLB. USC
- An edge rushing finesser with oily hips and an impressive bend. Nwosu is a late bloomer who has only been playing football since his Sophomore year of high school. Skill-set translates to nice coverage skills, but his abilities as a pass rusher are the true key to this selection.
49. Philadelphia Eagles (f/IND): Dallas Goedert, TE. South Dakota State
- Tremendous value. Could’ve been the Eagles pick at No. 32 and it would’ve received high grades. In the Travis Kelce mold, he’ll make big plays over the middle for Carson Wentz.
50. Dallas Cowboys: Connor Williams, OG. Texas
- Announced as a guard, but can be a right tackle as well. Important flexibility, a ton of untapped ability coming off injury and terrific value. This will only help address the guard/right tackle conundrum La’El Collins is somewhat caught up in. Cowboys appeal to the fans by keeping it in-state with a great young man and story.
51. Chicago Bears (f/NE): Anthony Miller, WR. Memphis
- This ia an A+ select for a team in need of more potency at the receiver position. Anthony Miller has been my No. 1 wide receiver throughout the process. Don’t sleep on the kid because he lacks the height or length you desire from early receiver selection. He wins the way Antonio Brown did at Central Michigan: supreme route running skills.
52. Indianapolis Colts (f/PHI): Kemoko Turay, DE/OLB. Rutgers
- Excellent pick. H/W/S edge linebacker just beginning to realize his upside. Will remind some of Jamie Collins from a physical standpoint.
53. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: M.J Stewart, CB. North Carolina
- As aggressive as any cornerback in this class. Though susceptible to interference calls, he’ll battle opposing receivers physically for four quarters and won’t shy away from an opportunity to blitz or tackle.
54. Cincinnati Bengals (f/KC): Jessie Bates, S. Wake Forest
- Excellent pick. Combo-safety with the ideal range and sideline-to-sideline speed for a centerfield defender. Oh, and he’ll hit you too. Had him going as high as late round one in my final mock, as he’s quietly ascended throughout the latter portion of the pre-draft process. He’s that talented.
55. Carolina Panthers: Donte Jackson, CB. LSU
- He has the type of speed where no slot in the NFL will scare him off the snap. Tenacious despite lacking in size or bulk, as well. The run on DBs is in full swing.
56. New England Patriots: Duke Dawson, CB. Florida
- Fiery, physical corner who can play sticky coverage inside or out early on for Belichick. Prototypical Pats defensive back: positional responsibility is greater than height or size.
57. Oakland Raiders: P.J. Hall, DT. Sam Houston State
- Going off the board a little! Interior athlete who proved so hard to block out due to his lack of height. Tireless motor. Use of leverage helps him succeed.
58. Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Oliver, CB. Colorado
- Falcons benefit unbelievably from best player available in both rounds one (Ridley) and two (Oliver). Press-man with ball skills and desired boundary length. Upside-based pick.
59. Washington Redskins: Derrius Guice, RB. LSU
- From an on-field standpoint, this is a major bargain – but the pick is largely predicated on what off-field issues are not yet known at this point. The character concerns were mentioned throughout the pre-draft process, but nothing was ever damning enough to warrant this slide. We’ll see what comes out, but as a football player the Redskins add a workhorse with explosion who offsets Chris Thompson quite nicely.
60. Pittsburgh Steelers: James Washington, WR. Oklahoma State
- Martavis Bryant out, James Washington in – a ‘like’ for a ‘like’. Vertical demon with a knack for tracking the deep ball. His fantastic length allows him to be more efficient in 50-50 situations despite height deficiencies. Early on, he’ll primarily be relied upon to simply take the top off the defense, but will offer a lot of yards after the catch as his role expands.
61. Jacksonville Jaguars: D.J. Chark, WR. LSU
- One pick after Washington, the Jags grab their own scary deep threat. Chark’s pre-draft buzz really picked up at the Senior Bowl and never slowed. Showcased athleticism at Combine.
62. Minnesota Vikings: Brian O’Neill, OT. Pittsburgh
- Raw athlete still filling out his frame, but size and length are exciting enough to make you wonder if he can’t be a long-term left tackle option. This pick will come down to how well he’s groomed, as he may be one year away from a physical development standpoint. If given time to develop, he could be special.
63. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (f/NE): Carlton Davis, CB. Auburn
- Long press-man with modern boundary matchup skills. Must continue to leverage his gifted physical skills and he could become a pillar for the Bucs.
64. Indianapolis Colts (f/CLE): Tyquan Lewis, DE. Ohio State
- Indianapolis has really prioritized active box-defenders who can rush the passer from a variety of positions. The Colts are piecing together a versatile group of sub-package pieces.
65. Oakland Raiders (f/BAL): Brandon Parker, OT. North Carolina A&T
- Raiders are seeking potential-based players from this class and patience will be required, but they’ve added a lot of athleticism at the offensive tackle spots with Kolton Miller and now Parker. Oakland has a boom or bust class brewing.
66. New York Giants: Lorenzo Carter, LB. Georgia
- Specimen defender with firehose wing-span. The value here is you can mold him into whatever you want, as his skill-set allows him to play either the interior or on the edge. Could’ve snuck into the first round and it wouldn’t have surprised many people.
67. Cleveland Browns (f/IND): Chad Thomas, DE. Miami(FL)
- Cleveland’s front office staff is rich with Hurricane ties and Thomas is a powerful sub-package versatile rusher who can hold at the point of attack.
68. Houston Texans: Justin Reid, S. Stanford
- Another player who could’ve gone in the first round from a talent perspective. The kid brother of free agent safety Eric Reid is a student of the game with a high-degree of football intelligence. He’ll help in a variety of ways within the Texans’ secondary.
69. New York Giants: B.J. Hill, DT. North Carolina State
- Classic 3-technique defensive tackle who wins with his blend of bulk and initial burst off the snap. He impressed considerably at the Combine, exhibiting even better movement skills than were apparent on film.
70. San Francisco 49ers: Fred Warner, LB. Brigham-Young
- Smart, savvy selection. Warner is a linebacker who can run. Tough to find a more smooth and fluid coverage player at his position remaining at this point. Projects quite well to a passing league.
71. Denver Broncos: Royce Freeman, RB. Oregon
- The Broncos are adding a burly, surly downhill bruiser. Freeman can eat carries and contribute as a short-yardage role man early on while establishing himself in Denver’s backfield rotation.
72. New York Jets: Nathan Shepherd, DT. Fort Hays State
- Height/weight/speed/length: He’s an unpolished diamond, built like the Juggernaut. Profiles suitably as a 4-3 interior tackle or on the edge in a base 3-4. The Canadian, an Ajax, ON-native, boasts a tremendous amount of upside.
73. Miami Dolphins: Jerome Baker, LB. Ohio State
- Love this selection, as Baker’s an explosive run and hit linebacker with coverage + blitz skills. Miami’s defense got a lot more athletic with this selection. Thought he could’ve gone a round earlier.
74. Washington Redskins: Geron Christian, OT. Louisville
- Long, athletic edge protector. Blocked for a very mobile Lamar Jackson and his lateral ability has improved throughout the past couple seasons as a result. Give him time and he could easily become a long-term starting option.
75. Kansas City Chiefs: Derrick Nnadi, DT. Florida State
- More mobile defensive line beef for the Chief Kingdom. He’s a pocket-pushing space-eater who anchors in the run game. One of the most underrated defenders in this class.
76. Pittsburgh Steelers (f/SEA): Mason Rudolph, QB. Oklahoma State
- Joins his preferred collegiate receiver James Washington in the Steel City. Pocket-proficient and accurate deep. Can quietly learn from Big Ben. Pittsburgh spent a lot of time at OK State in the pre-draft.
77. Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Hubbard, DE. Ohio State
- Major bargain. Surprised he made it out of round 2, especially after showing some quality ability to play in space at the Combine. More athletic than people give him credit for and there was really no ‘football reason’ as to why he should’ve fallen this far.
78. Cincinnati Bengals (f/KC): Malik Jefferson, LB. Texas
- Major bargain, pt. 2. He is an off-ball linebacker with impressive ability in coverage. Needs to get a lot tougher at the point of attack, and in the box in general. That said, an exciting athlete for the position with speed.
79. Seattle Seahawks (f/PIT): Rasheem Green, DL. USC
- The premier sub-package defensive linemen in this class, possibly. You can develop him into whatever you want physically. Sort of a tweener, but he’ll have a defined role in Seattle. Pete Carroll goes to the Trojan well for a bargain.
80. Houston Texans (f/SEA): Martinas Rankin, OT. Mississippi State
- Can cover 4, maybe 5 positions in a pinch but will likely be an interior blocker at the next level. Good athlete with a lot of experience. Houston doing pretty well with falling talent despite having no premium picks early on.
81. Dallas Cowboys: Michael Gallup, WR. Colorado State
- He’s a workhorse receiver who accumulates receptions in volume. Will provide lots of yards after the catch as well. Nice consolation if they feel they missed on other WRs.
82. Detroit Lions: Tracy Walker, S. Louisiana-Lafayette
- Long-arms, ball-skills and will track + tackle with a high level of efficiency in space. Off the board for sure, but an interesting pick.
83. Baltimore Ravens: Orlando Brown, OT. Oklahoma
- Will be an NFL right tackle despite playing on the left in college, but wins with absurd length and big powerful movements. I had Orlando Brown going to the Ravens at No. 16 at the very start of the process, pre-Senior Bowl/Combine. Fitting that he winds up there later on after his stock took a big hit in Indianapolis. If he can get his body right (and keep it right), it’s a bargain.
84. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Jones, DT. North Carolina State
- Converts speed to power quite well and boasts a complete game. Keep him motivated and he’ll make plays against any level of competition. Team needed some more depth along the defensive line, particularly with Corey Liuget suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season due to a PED violation.
85. Carolina Panthers: Rashaan Gaulden, DB. Tennessee
- Could line up in a multitude of ways within Carolina’s secondary, but probably contributes as a slot-corner early on. Panthers needed to chip away at that need after trading Daryl Worley in March, but keep an eye long term: the pick was announced as a ‘DB’ and as such, he could be viewed as a safety long term. The team has a big need at the position as well.
86. Baltimore Ravens (f/KC): Mark Andrews, TE. Oklahoma
- Sooners with back to back selections for Ozzie & Co. Andrews is a big-slot who can do a lot of field-work in the passing game. He’s definitely a chain-mover type who can run the slot. Baltimore hammering away at the tight end need with a couple nice talents.
87. Oakland Raiders (f/LAR): Arden Key, DE/OLB. LSU
- At the Combine, Arden Key showed me that he’s unlikely to be an every-down DE at the next level at his current weight. Either way, he’ll come in and have to contribute as a rotational edge. That said, if he’s who he looked like he was in 2016 the Raiders are getting a special talent. Oakland has put together a very ‘boom or bust’ type draft.
88. Green Bay Packers: Oren Burks, LB. Vanderbilt
- Reactionary off-ball player with a good physical build. Burks had a big bump in tackle production this season and cleaned up some issues he had with tackle-form in the past. He’s peaking at the correct time and probably fits as an interior linebacker.
89. Los Angeles Rams: Joseph Noteboom, OT. TCU
- Had a big workout in Indy and really helped himself. Noteboom is an accomplished, experienced blocker with excellent footwork and a high-level of intelligence off the field as well.
90. Atlanta Falcons: Deadrin Senat, DT. South Florida
- Squatty gap-shooter who took a big step forward as a pass rusher in 2017. He’ll mesh seamlessly with Grady Jarrett, who is of a similar profile.
91. New Orleans Saints: Tre’Quan Smith, WR. Central Florida
- Bouncy route-runner with nice physical skills – and he’ll block too. One thing I liked a lot when evaluating the footage was his ability to gear down and make adjustments on the football.
92. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chukwuma Okorafor, OT. Western Michigan
- Gifted, but ultra-raw. A piece of clay at this point, but you make this pick with the long-term development at top of mind.
93. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ronnie Harrison, S. Alabama
- Jags grab another major value on defense. Will be a good physical matchup on bigger tight ends and plays most-effective in the box. Jacksonville can’t help itself from accumulating more defensive pieces in this draft if it falls, and I’m here for it.
94. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alex Cappa, OT. Humboldt State
- A strong Senior Bowl performance really elevated his stock. Cappa, an FCS product, has a nasty streak and loves to finish blocks. Maulers typically transition better to the pro level than technicians. We’ll see if he can still toss around NFL lineman who better understand leverage.
95. San Francisco 49ers: Tarvarius Moore, S. Southern Mississippi
- Run/hit/cover athlete with a sinewy frame. Requires a lot of grooming, both physically and mentally (football-wise), but he’s just scratching the surface.
96. Buffalo Bills: Harrison Phillips, NT. Stanford
- Great value at this point. Fell a little because he’s likely limited to a two-down nose tackle role at the pro level, but he’s excellent. Bench presses blockers, anchors with power. Will immediately remind some of the man he’ll replace long-term in Kyle Williams.
97. Arizona Cardinals: Mason Cole, C. Michigan
- Lunch-pale blocker who showed better feet at the Combine than tape would suggest. There is a need for wholesale improvement along the Cards’ offensive line, so starting off the process by attempting to stabilize the center spot isn’t a bad move.
98. Houston Texans: Jordan Akins, TE. Central Florida
- After having played pro baseball for a few years, the 26-year-old rookie’s selection will come as a surprise to many based on how early it happened. Having said that, an impressive Senior Bowl got him on the radar. Big-slot/tight end hybrid.
99. Denver Broncos: Isaac Yiadom, CB. Boston College
- The organization has had a lot of success with Justin Simmons, a fellow Boston College product. Better athlete and boundary profile than cornerback for now, but good talent base.
100. Kansas City Chiefs: Dorian O’Daniel, LB. Clemson
- Hybrid safety/linebacker type who attacks the football on the ground or through the air. Very fluid when off-ball. O’Daniel suits the desired modern profile of the dime-linebacker.