Today we continue on with the 7 round mock draft series for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Something to keep in mind is the fact that this exercise started mid-March so some trades and player rankings will likely change over time but considering a 7 round mock can’t be done with any seriousness in a week, you’ll just have to tolerate a couple errors here and there.
The big board I’m using is from NFLBigBoard.com. It uses an aggregation of several of the top big boards around the web. Also I built it so there’s that.
101 Green Bay Packers
Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers
I’m assuming most Packers fans are excited at the thought of selecting nothing but DBs and EDGE rushers and would probably be okay if I did it for the remainder of the draft.
For me, though, I tried as hard as I possibly could to trade back but there just wasn’t anything that made sense for another team. I would like to address offensive line, TE, and WR at some point but the board isn’t going the way I hoped.
Turay is 6’5 252 and I believe has the ability to play as an OLB as well as a hand in the dirt DE which will pay dividends in Pettine’s system.
102 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
DeShon Elliot is a fantastic value and a great fit at SS which is somewhat of a pressing need for the team that has an aging and under performing Chris Conte at the position.
103 Houston Texans
Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
104 TRADE – New York Jets
Nyheim Hines, RB, N.C. State
Jets receive pick 104
Colts receive 107 and 235 (7th)
Hines is thought of as a poor man’s Alvin Kamara. He won’t help all that much as an every down back but can be used as a versitle weapon, even bein motioned into the slot if need be.
Another weapon for Josh Allen as well as much needed talent in the RB room.
105 Chicago Bears
Dorance Armstrong JR., EDGE, Kansas
Vic Fangio has done a great job growing the talent he has and there is reason for optimism for guys like Leonard Floyd, but as of now there is one young guy that’s mediocre, a FA acquisition that’s mediocre at best, and a big named old guy that sort of suck these days.
106 Denver Broncos
Holton Hill, CB, Texas
Hill doesn’t fit the Broncos prototype of a corner who is 5’10 and plays like he’s 7 foot, but nonetheless, the Broncos need some depth and youth at the position.
Hill is 6’3 and has adequate speed for his size. I can’t image that’s a negative.
107 Indianapolis Colts
Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee
The Colts current roster has 3 second year players playing corner. The two guys on the outside did alright but their slot corner, Hairston, was quite terrible. Gaulden is a talented slot corner that has a legitimate shot of playing as the nickle corner.
108 Detroit Lions
Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
With the addition of Hubbard, the Lions defensive line will be Ansah and Hubbard on the outside, A’Shawn Robinson and either Thompson or Spence at DT.
Depending on Robinsons development and Thompsons ability, this could be a really solid defensive line.
109 TRADE – Washington Redskins
Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
Armani will be able to play FS in place of Deshazor Everett. The DB group is now Watts, Swearinger, Norman, Dunbar and Scandrick.
This has the potential to be a very good group.
110 Oakland Raiders
Chad Thomas, EDGE, Miami
We all know Mack is a freak but at some point the Raiders need to put some real effort into finding a dominant compliment. Not sure Thomas is that guy but we’re trying.
111 Los Angeles Rams
Jaylen Samuels, TE, N.C. State
There is a lot of question about whether Samuels is actually a tight end. For our purposes he is. The Rams Need help in that position.
112 Cincinnati Bengals
Deadrin Senat, DT, South Florida
113 Denver Broncos
Tre’Quan Smith, WR, Central Florida
Thomas and Sanders are a good pairing and will likely be able to help get their new QB on a good footing but both are on their way out sooner than later. The Broncos need to start building a receiving group.
114 Cleveland Browns
Fred Warner, SS/LB, BYU
Fred Warner is listed as a linebacker that many feel would be a better safety making him a safety similar to Jabril Peppers. Between Peppers, Warner, Randall, and Harrison there should be a good safety corps in here somewhere.
115 TRADE – Kansas City Chiefs
Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
Chiefs receive 115, 145
Bears receive 122, 124
With Eric Berry‘s health concerns, the Chiefs need to look long and hard at the safety position. Edmunds is a physical specimine running a 4.47 at 6’2 220 pounds.
116 Dallas Cowboys
Mark Walton, RB, Miami
Ezekiel Elliot is the man and there can be no question about that but Walton is a nice change of pace back. Yes they have Rod Smith but I can’t imagine he is a fan favorite.
117 Detroit Lions
Kevin Toliver II, CB, LSU
Outside of Slay the Lions corners are quite terrible. That said, I’ve been standing by Teez for a long time and expect him to step up in the slot.
If the 6’2 Toliver can perform well as the #2 corner the Lions will be on a good footing going into 2018.
118 Baltimore Ravens
Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
It’s a bit of a reach for our board but that’s what you do with quarterbacks. The timing also makes sense for a developmental QB.
We have Flacco under contract through 2021 but it’s structured in a way that we can dump him after next year. We’ll see how it goes with Falk’s development.
119 Los Angeles Chargers
Mason Cole, C, Michigan
Feeney and Lamp were the top guard prospects last year and should have better sophomore years. We drafted our right tackle in round 3. All things considered I’m feeling pretty good about our offensive line.
120 TRADE – Jacksonville Jaguars
Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
Jaguars receive 120
Seahawks receive 129, 203
The Jaguars have a scary corner duo but need someone that can step up and be a slot corner. Brown can do exactly that. He’s extremely fast and extremely physical. Should be a good fit for this crew.
121 Los Angeles Chargers (Acquired in trade with Bills for Mike Gesicki)
Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
We need to keep taking swings until we get a solid group.
122 Chicago Bears
Deontay Burnett, WR, USC
The Bears have made a ton of moves at receiver over the last couple years which gives the false illusion that they have this position figured out but after losing Merideth I can’t really say they have any locks at the position.
Allen was a high priority FA but has barely broke average (PFF) in his career and has serious injury concerns.
Gabriel is fast but that’s about it.
Burnett is another option for the Bears offense and will likely find a role in the slot.
123 Seattle Seahawks
Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
The Seahawks have a lot of bodies to play RB but I’m not sure there is reason for optimism with the current crop.
124 Chicago Bears
Breeland Speaks, DT, Mississippi
This is mostly a value pick since I don’t think the Bears line is terrible. In fact, I think for the most part they are young and ascending.
That said, the only real talent up to this point is veteran Akiem Hicks. Fangio has done a good job developing young talent and we get him another, and possibly a replacement for Hicks when the time comes.
125 Tennessee Titans
Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsbourgh
There are some concerns about his size but Whitehead is a punishing hitter and should be able to flourish as a SS. At the very least he has the ability to compete with Cyprien who has been, at best, inconsistent.
126 Atlanta Falcons
Hercules Mata’afa, EDGE, Washington State
Falcons fans seem to have a lot of pride in their pass rushers but I’m not really sure why. Their top pass rusher last year is now a Patriot. The next 2 top sack leaders left are young first round picks, which sounds promising, until you realize they combined for 11 sacks.
127 New Orleans Saints
Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Blanding was the FS in college but his size, tackle numbers, and 4.63 speed leads me to believe he’ll be moved to SS in the pros which is exactly what the Saints need.
128 Carolina Panthers (Acquired in trade with 49ers for Mark Andrews)
Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
We just recently drafted DaeSean Hamilton but as I said, I’m not a big fan of any of them. We’re taking multiple swings at the position and Lazard is another great weapon at 6’5 227.
129 Miami Dolphins
Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
Sitton is consistenly one of the top guards in the country but even if we ignore his age, the Dolphins need to address the RG position, and the offensive line in general. Teller is a great get.
130 Philadelphia Eagles
Jalyn Holmes, DT, Ohio State
The Eagles are hard to pick for because it’s hard to find a weak spot. DT certainly isn’t weak but Holmes has been top of the board for a long time. One of the perks of not having any needs, take best available and build depth.
Beyond that, though, the Eagles Defensive front is very old and very expensive. Getting some young talent to develope isn’t the worst plan.
131 Miami Dolphins
Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford
Schultz is more of a blocker than a pass catcher but with the state of the Dolphins line at the moment that isn’t the worst thing. Beyond that, they need a TE, any TE, to have an impact on this team.
132 Philadelphia Eagles
J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland
We already drafted Oliver in round 1 but corner is maybe my least favorite aspect of this team at the moment. We’re going all in and can’t really chance having a weakness at the corner position.
133 Green Bay Packers
Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State
Wilson is a raw prospect that spent his HS years at QB and then 4 years learning WR at Biose St. He needs to add some bulk but the 6’3 receiver has a nack for finding separation and that’s what the Packers need.
134 Arizona Cardinals
Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
Sam Bradford gives the Cardinals some time to develop White who has a lot of talent physically, but needs time to work on his decision making.
135 Los Angeles Rams
Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
Andrew Whitworth has had a great career but at 36 years old it might be wise to look for a replacement.
136 New England Patriots
Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
The Patriots already nabbed Jewell but even if we assume a Hightower rebound, that leaves us with 2 capable starters. Not great when you’re a 4-3 team. Scales gives us a shot at having 3 starters.
137 TRADE – Washington Redskins
John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
Redskins receive 137
Cowboys receive 142 and 241 (7th)
Kelly is a great value and the Redskins need a solid back they can rely on.