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NFL Draft: Two-Round Mock

Mario Puig

Mario is a Senior Writer at RotoWire who primarily writes and projects for the NFL and college football sections.


1st Round

1. Cleveland Sam Darnold, QB, USC


I like Darnold enough as a prospect I was sold on him as the No. 1 overall pick at the conclusion of his redshirt freshman season but I cannot believe he appears on track to go ahead of Josh Rosen. The ceiling isn't higher with Darnold, and the floor is lower. If it all works out it's not because he was the most sensible pick.


2. New York Giants Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA


Reporting regarding the Giants implies they're a real threat to pass on Rosen, but I'm going to be stubborn on this for now. To project any pick other than Rosen here would be to declare the Giants management a hopeless troupe of dunces, and I refuse to be so pessimistic.


3. New York Jets (from IND) Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma


Mayfield is literally twice as good as Josh Allen. At least.


4. Cleveland Derwin James, DB, Florida State


No matter whether he eventually settles in as a corner or safety, James has the skill set and elite athleticism to thrive. Last year's selection of Jabrill Peppers is not grounds for passing on a talent like James. I don't know why the Browns would have signed Carlos Hyde if they intended to take Saquon Barkley here.


5. Denver Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame


Conventional projections would give the Broncos Bradley Chubb or Josh Allen here. I don't think Chubb can play outside in Denver's 3-4, though, and I doubt he projects well enough as a 3-4 interior lineman to justify this selection. Allen is just bad and I refuse to talk about it further.


6. Indianapolis (from NYJ) Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State


With the Colts shifting to a 4-3, this would be a dream selection for Indianapolis.


7. Tampa Bay Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State


Imagine going into an NFL season with Peyton Barber as your best running back.


8. Chicago Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia


The Bears quietly own a lot of standout talent at important positions, and adding a heat-seeking missile like Smith to Vic Fangio's arsenal could result in one of the better defenses in the league.


9. San Francisco Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville


The 49ers need cornerback help. Whether this pick is Alexander, Denzel Ward, or someone else isn't important to me, but I like Alexander the most.


10. Oakland Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State


With a 4.32-second 40, Ward passes the Al Davis Test at a position of need for Oakland.


11. Miami Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama


Fitzpatrick seems to have some of the CB/S tweener traits that defined fellow former Alabama corner prospect Dre Kirkpatrick. I think his stock might slide if so. The Dolphins are in any case a good bet to botch this and all of their other picks.


12. Buffalo (from CIN) Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming


There are two kinds of people in the world: (1) People who think Josh Allen is a good quarterback prospect, and (2) People who think you shouldn't trade away players like Sammy Watkins and Marcell Dareus.


13. Washington Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech


Edmunds is a remarkable prospect to me his combination of athleticism and age-adjusted production is truly rare so I think there's a case for him to go higher than this. If he falls this far, though, it's hard to imagine Washington passing.


14. Green Bay Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State


If the Packers want an upgrade on Jake Ryan (and perhaps Blake Martinez), then the super-athletic Vander Esch may prove a suitable option.


15. Arizona Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville


Maybe new coach Steve Wilks will be open to a quarterback with Jackson's skill set after seeing firsthand what Cam Newton's skill set provides in terms of tactical possibilities.


16. Baltimore James Daniels, C, Iowa


I would guess Baltimore has bigger needs at WR, ILB, and CB, but I'm not sure the options at those positions in this range grade as well at their positions as Daniels does at his.


17. Los Angeles Chargers - Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan


Assuming his health is no longer a concern, Hurst would be a great pick here for a Chargers defense that presumably aspires to defend the run better in 2018.


18. Seattle Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia


A college tackle with a guard frame, Wynn has the sort of skill set to project as an immediate candidate to stand out at guard.


19. Dallas Donte Jackson, CB, LSU


This class is deep at corner and Dallas could take a number of other guys here (or a different position altogether), but I'll project Jackson here under the thinking that Jerry Jones chases the shiny thing after seeing Jackson's 4.32-second 40.


20. Detroit - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida


A hyper-athletic and versatile talent in the front four, Bryan would be in good hands with Matt Patricia, an expert on amoeba defenses.


21. Cincinnati (from BUF) Will Hernandez, G, UTEP


I don't think Mike Brown (or Marvin Lewis) care about winning, but improving the offensive line in Cincinnati should make fans a little less angry.


22. Buffalo (from KC) Vita Vea, DT, Washington


If Sean McDermott continues to emulate the tendencies of Ron Rivera, then he'll want to add another hulking defensive tackle alongside the recently signed Star Lotulelei. Remember, the Panthers recently spent a first-round pick on Vernon Butler despite already owning the rights to Lotulelei and Kawann Short.


23. Los Angeles Rams Harold Landry, (3-4) OLB, Boston College


Although Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh alone are a threat to make an offense cave in, the Rams are a bit thin on the edges with Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin gone.

24. Carolina Derrius Guice, RB, LSU


Marty Hurney is GM again folks. You know what that means: all picks from now on will be spent at running back or weak-side linebacker. I do like Guice a lot, though.


25. Tennessee Lorenzo Carter, (3-4) OLB, Georgia


Carter isn't getting much hype right now but I think he could embark on a Nick Perry sort of trajectory.


26. Atlanta Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama


Assuming Vita Vea doesn't fall to them, the Falcons probably have to let go of the idea that they're going to find a true replacement for Dontari Poe. But even if a different skill set, Payne would largely offset Poe's departure.


27. New Orleans Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State


When you're the kind of athlete Gesicki is 4.54-second 40, 41.5-inch vertical, 129-inch broad jump, and 10.86 agility score at 6-foot-6, 247 pounds then your ceiling is Jimmy Graham and your floor is Coby Fleener.


28. Pittsburgh Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama


Linebacker is the only pressing need on this roster, as far as I can tell.


29. Jacksonville Justin Reid, S, Stanford


Barry Church probably won't age that well and in the meantime Reid might be athletic enough to give Jacksonville some nickel formation looks with Aaron Colvin no longer around.


30. Minnesota Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh


The right tackle spot might be an issue for Minnesota. O'Neill isn't considered a blue-chip talent at tackle, but he's an incredible athlete with a 4.82-second 40 and 7.14-second three-cone drill at 6-foot-7, 297 pounds. His lean frame might make him a better fit on the left side, but Riley Reiff can move right if necessary.


31. New England Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame


It's always difficult to anticipate which way the Patriots will go with any given draft pick, but Nate Solder's departure seems to make tackle an obvious need.


32. Philadelphia Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA


Jim Schwartz may prefer denser builds for defensive ends in his wide-nine approach, but Davenport's rare athleticism (4.58-second 40 at 6-foot-6, 264 pounds) is tough to pass up here. The Eagles' biggest need is offensive tackle but there wouldn't seem to be one with a positional grade comparable to Davenport's.


2nd Round

33. Cleveland Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest


Jabrill Peppers might not be able to stick at safety due to coverage limitations. If so, Bates would offer a tempting alternative with a corner-safety crossover skill set.


34. New York Giants - Ronald Jones, RB, USC


Jones is so explosive that he could sneak into the first round even as a projected change-of-pace back.


35. Cleveland (from HOU) Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan


This might be a reach for Okorafor (or any other remaining offensive tackle) but Cleveland figures to add some bodies on the offensive line with its surplus of selections on a roster with surprisingly few needs.


36. Indianapolis - Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU


The Colts wideouts aside from Hilton are garbage.


37. Indianapolis (from NYJ) Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon


Crosby is a bit undersized at tackle (6-foot-5, 309 pounds), but he has long arms and above average athleticism.


38. Tampa Bay Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa


Jackson is a well-regarded prospect many project for the first round, but as a mediocre athlete with limited starting experience I think he may be overrated at the moment.


39. Chicago - Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford


Perhaps the next Kyle Williams, Phillips would give Vic Fangio an athletic, high-motor disruptor on the interior.


40. Denver Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State


Quarterback thirst may cause Rudolph to go higher than this, and the dropoff after him appears substantial.


41. Oakland - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama


I think Ridley goes higher than this, I just couldn't find a fit. But this is a wide receiver class with more depth than upside, and Ridley might not have enough upside of his own to avoid blending with the crowd.


42. Miami - Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State


Goedert could go higher than this, and Miami has nobody at tight end.


43. New England (from SF) Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia


Regardless of his seeming agelessness, the window for Tom Brady is brief from this point. Giving him an instant All-Pro candidate at running back is one way to make an immediate impact.


44. Washington Billy Price, C, Ohio State


I guess all these centers gotta go somewhere.


45. Green Bay Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado


The Randall trade left Green Bay thin at corner.


46. Cincinnati Rasheem Green, DE, USC


The Bengals have a history of targeting big defensive ends from big college programs.


47. Arizona Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech


If Steve Wilks is to behave like Ron Rivera, then he'll need to start stockpiling big defensive tackles.


48. Los Angeles Chargers Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State


The Chargers pass defense was strong last year, but the run defense was not.


49. Indianapolis (from SEA via NYJ) Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama


Corner seems like a perpetual need in Indianapolis.


50. Dallas Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama


Dallas could go back-to-back at corner here, but Harrison is a standout safety prospect who probably needs to go off the board by this range.


51. Detroit Sony Michel, RB, Georgia


I like Michel plenty, but I think it's clear at this point that he's been overrated a bit. His production was great last year, but it was his only year of great production and he did it as an off-the-bench runner with modest volume. He's more Felix Jones than Alvin Kamara.


52. Baltimore D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland


Like Calvin Ridley and other wide receivers in this projection, Moore could go higher than this but could also slide if the whole position is devalued due to its depth.


53. Buffalo Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas


Ragnow is a center prospect who seems unlikely to fall out of the second, and Buffalo's interior line could use some help.


54. Kansas City Mike Hughes, CB, UCF


Kendall Fuller is one good corner, but the Chiefs have trash otherwise.


55. Carolina Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn


A big, grabby cornerback like Davis should fit with Carolina's press defense.


56. Buffalo (from LAR) M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina


The Bills, too should be in the market for corner help after E.J. Gaines walked in free agency.


57. Tennessee Josey Jewell, (3-4) ILB, Iowa


This might be a bit early for Jewell, but the Titans look thin at inside linebacker.


58. Atlanta D.J. Chark, WR, LSU


Atlanta needs a deep threat to punish safeties for sitting on Julio Jones' routes.


59. San Franciso (from NO) Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State


Jerick McKinnon could be great between the 20s in Kyle Shanahan's offense, but he has no leg drive for when the 49ers need an in-traffic runner. At 220 pounds, Penny offers better power and at no expense to his explosiveness.


60. Pittsburgh Connor Williams, G, Texas


Williams won't be a tackle in the NFL and has short arms even for a guard, but his athleticism should give him a good chance to eventually start.


61. Jacksonville - Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College


Yiadom has the arm length (32 and inches) to project conventionally into the Pete Carroll defense.


62. Minnesota Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State


Hubbard looks like he might be another Brian Robison, who he would eventually replace as Minnesota's third edge rusher in this scenario.


63. New England - Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma


Andrews' floor as a prospect is probably that of Jace Amaro, while his ceiling is probably something like Todd Heap.


64. Cleveland (from PHI) Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M


They already have Jarvis Landry to play in the slot, but I think Kirk can provide a WR2 skill set on the outside if necessary. It doesn't seem as if the John Dorsey regime is particularly attached to Corey Coleman, and it's understandable if the Browns look to sell high on Josh Gordon in the future.