Hey we’re back with part two of the mock draft. Let’s dive back in.
11. Miami Dolphins: I thought about having the Dolphins trade up for a quarterback in the top seven, but I’m not real sure. They still have Ryan Tannehill and his contract to deal with, and I’d give him another year before moving on for good. The Dolphins need some help in the secondary and take Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama. Fitzpatrick can play safety and corner and is a total ballhawk. He could really aid that Dolphins secondary in a plethora of ways.
12. Cleveland Browns: Guess what? There’s going to be another safety off of the board. Cleveland has a young one in Jabrill Peppers but could use one to go along side him to form a tandem for the future. They take Derwin James out of Florida State to form a young core back there. James and Fitzpatrick are about neck and neck in terms of talent, I just think Fitzpatrick goes first because he is more versatile.
13. Washington Redskins: The Redskins need someone to catch Alex Smith’s short passes. I’m still baffled as to why they would get a guy who has a noodle arm and was aided by two great pass catchers in Kansas City. Anyways, they need someone who can be a no. 1 WR in their offense so I think they go with Calvin Ridley out of Alabama. Ridley isn’t a physical marvel and his numbers don’t pop out as much given the run first offense the Crimson Tide had, but he’s a good wideout.
14. Green Bay Packers: Green Bay needs some cornerback help. There’s no bones about it. I think they have one of the worst groups in the NFL right now and could add to stand some talent to it. The Packers are going to pick up a local guy, who Hawkeye fans should know a bit about, Josh Jackson. He’s a ballhawk, but has some risk with only one year of production. Still, sometimes you draft based on potential.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs have a lot of holes on both sides of the ball. They either take someone in the secondary or they bolster that offensive line. This is the perfect range for Mike McGlinchey, offensive tackle from Notre Dame. Tampa’s interior line isn’t bad but the outside is awful. Jameis Winston needs better blocking to be effective and here it is.
16. Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens need something more for Joe Flacco to throw to. Yes they picked up Michael Crabtree but who else is there really to throw to on this team? I think they take a chance on Cortland Sutton out of SMU at the WR position. He has a bigger build but can be an effective target for Flacco and aid their terrible core of pass catchers.
17. Los Angeles Chargers: I started to type San Diego before realizing they moved. Weird. Anyways, the Chargers could always use more offensive line help and there is a guy in this draft, Isaiah Wynn out of Georgia, who could plug any hole they have on that line. Simple pick to protect Philip Rivers and open lanes for Melvin Gordon.
18. Seattle Seahawks: Hey, another team that needs offensive line help. What a surprise. The Seahawks need a tackle so bad I think they’re going to reach for one. Wilson cannot run for his life every game as a quarterback and expect to win. Seattle reaches on Orlando Brown who had a terrible combine. I’m not one to put much stock into the combine but my goodness. Brown has NFL bloodlines and may be able to play better than that combine suggests.
19. Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys need some help in the secondary. Jaime Alexander out of Louisville is too much of a reach at this point as are most players in the secondary. The Cowboys roll the dice instead on a pass rusher in Marcus Davenport out of UTSA. Davenport has a good ceiling but is a risk given his lower level of competition in college. Dallas cannot depend on Randy Gregory staying out of trouble.
20. Detroit Lions: The Lions have a lot of holes on their teams despite being a fringe playoff team last season. They have a terrible running attack but I don’t think a running back is drafted at 20. I think we might see a second straight pass rusher come off the board here. I think they go with Harold Landry out of Boston College to aid that pass rush in a division where getting after the QB is necessary.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Look, this is simple, the Bengals had a horrid offensive line last year. They need to upgrade more positions on the inside. We’ll see James Daniels go at this spot. Is it a reach? I don’t consider a fringe first rounder a reach after 20. The Bengals have to improve their blocking. End of story.
Up next will be the third and final part of my mock draft where we dive into the playoff teams and their possible needs.