O/A Rank Top-15 WRs
17 Courtland Sutton
18 James Washington
23 Calvin Ridley
26 Marcell Ateman
47 Deontay Burnett
56 Michael Gallup
58 Christian Kirk
66 Auden Tate
71 Tre'Quan Smith
92 DaeSean Hamilton
96 Cedrick Wilson
115 Dante Pettis
120 Deon Cain
125 Trey Quinn
130 Allen Lazard
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2017 NFL Mock Draft Round 2
Selections 33-64

33 Cleveland
Isaiah Oliver
    Colorado
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
195



At this point, we are all well aware; the Cleveland Browns have all of the picks and all of the monies and all of the Dorseys to turn this one-way train to oblivion around. Here's the catch: they have to not "Cleveland" this opportunity. I mean fumble...screw up...mishandle...Actually..."Cleveland". "Cleveland" works best. In this seven-round mock draft, the Browns do quite well, on paper, to maximize their picks and bring young talent into the organization. Isaiah Oliver isn't a name you hear often, even as an avid NFL Draft fan, but Oliver is a solid CB who has been on my radar for quite some time. With elite length for a CB (6'1") and athleticism that has allowed him to compete in Olympic-level decathlons, I'm not sure what else a DB coach could ask for. To me, Oliver is a more refined Artie Burns with far less 'bust' potential. Great pick for the Brownies! Didn't Cleveland that pick!

-Kennedy Paynter, Guest Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

34 NY Giants
Will Hernandez
    UTEP
    OG
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
330



Only two starting offensive linemen are under contract for next season, which clouds an already-dismal offensive line forecast for the G-MEN. Expect major changes in philosophy under Dave Gettleman who has made it clear he knows the Giants' offensive line has to change dramatically in 2018, and that will be one of his major goals going forward. Gettleman believes in being big, tough, and nasty upfront.

UTEP's OG Will Hernandez fits the bill. He had a tremendous week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, where his nasty mauler label was showcased against top collegiate talent. The upcoming Combine should help Hernandez, as well. Rebuilding the O-Line will be a gigantic challenge for the Giants, and Hernandez offers an instant upgrade to a beleaguered Big Blue line.

35 Cleveland
Christian Kirk
    Texas A&M
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -23
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
201



The Browns, uneasy about the future of WRs Josh Gordon (PFF=82.1) and the lackluster performances of Sammie Coates (PFF=59.0), Rashard Higgins (PFF=42.9), and Matt Hazel (PFF=57.2), grab a playmaking WR and PR in Christian Kirk in this CMD. Kirk had 2,917 yards from scrimmage to his credit, with 26 TDs. Kirk added 7 more TDs with his considerable return prowess; statistically, Kirk is the best punt returner in college annals. Ever. Kirk's terrific combination of speed, quickness, and route-running would allow him to play out of the slot, but his ability to win off the line in press might allow him to play outside, as well. Either way, Kirk gets good separation. He is someone of character who will add to a locker room, weight room, and receivers' room, as well as on the field.

36 Indianapolis
Orlando Brown
    Oklahoma
    OT
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
340



The Colts' front office knows that the O-Line has had its share of problems protecting the QB, and that includes two QB's that are big, physical, and quick on their feet outside of the pocket. So when the QB in a Colts' uniform is the worst-protected QB in the NFL, that's a seriously major deficiency. Look for former QB Frank Reich to insist on not allowing his starting signal-caller to be pummeled on a repeated basis. Yes, the Colts' O-Line had to deal with an assortment of injuries. So did other teams.

Only 5 teams allowed their QB to be hit more often than Indianapolis, but made up for that by finishing #1 in QB sacks allowed (56) for 2017.

Orlando Brown would give the Colts another athletic, powerful, and physical freak to help protect the QB and open a lane. At 6'7", 340 lbs, Brown is a massive human being who is incredibly consistent in his ability to stave off the defender. Patience is his biggest virtue (which he can afford to be, mainly because his long arms can control his opponent), and he doesn't panic or over-react to what the defensive player is doing. Brown had 40 career starts as a LT for the Sooners and would be an immediate starter, nice to get from a RD2 selection.

37 NY Jets
Ronald Jones II
    USC
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +9
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
195



With QB taken care of in Free Agency (wink, wink) and the O-Line strengthened with the pick of McGlinchey in RD1, we look to add reinforcements to our run game in the shape of USC RB Ronald Jones II. Bilal Powell had a decent season in 2017, averaging 4.3 YPC and Elijah Maguire showed some flashes during his Rookie season. The odd man out appears to be Matt Forte. Grandfather Time always catches up with RB's in the NFL and it's unfortunate that age (32), Cap ($3M savings if cut) and the slowdown in production (3.7 YPC), all seem to signal the end for Forte as a Jet.

Ronald Jones rushed for 1,550 yards, averaging 5.9 YPC, and had 19 Rushing TD's in 2017. His lowly 14 catches in 2017 may appear to suggest he isn't the "Do-It-All", every down, kind of player but he has the tools to grow in this area. A three-year starter for the Trojans, Jones adds something a little different to the RB's already on the roster: a genuine Home-Run threat. You'll enjoy Jon Ledyard's evaluation of the 2018 RB class; it's a must-read.

38 Tampa Bay
Jaire Alexander
    Louisville
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -11
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
188



The Bucs' biggest need is at DE, but they eschewed the position in RD1; there's too much risk in drafting Marcus Davenport or Harold Landry at #7 if they won't meaningfully contribute right away. Now here it is in RD2, and they're backing off the position again! It's the same logic that applies: if the Bucs target certain positions in the early rounds (OG, CB, RB in particular), they will have a better chance of finding starters, and improve the odds of Tampa Bay winning more games in 2018 and saving HC Dirk Koetter's job.

If you investigate the 2017 Draft, four CBs were selected in RD2 (Kevin King, Teez Tabor, et. al). These four contributed 13 starts in the 2017 season. If you look at the EDGE players selected in RD2 (Ryan Anderson, DeMarcus Walker, and the others) they all contributed, but ultimately only garnered one start collectively.

Drafting Jaire Alexander at CB gives the Bucs greater immediate impact, the CB (and Safety) corps has been decimated by Free Agency and will need multiple infusions at the position.

39 Chicago
Rashaan Evans
    Alabama
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     -6
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
231



What is better than drafting one Alabama All-American? Drafting TWO Alabama All-Americans! This pick may depend on how confident Chicago is in drafting a WR in RD1. I could just as easily see them taking a lineman at #8 and grabbing Anthony Miller or Michael Gallup here. With Ridley taken in RD1, Evans provides incredible value here in the 2nd. With Top-30 talent, Evans is a dynamic interior LB who is highly effective against the run, while showing the speed and instinct to be a valuable cog in a blitzing 3-4 scheme. Fangio has held back due to a lack of personnel, but it's clear that he would love to unleash a phalanx of explosive pass rushers on the opposing quarterback. Evans is still a tad raw, but he has a similar skillset to his predecessor at Alabama and would be the perfect addition to a defense that has seen a previously-hopeful MLB corps quickly unravel due to injuries and suspensions.

40 Denver
Connor Williams
    Texas
    OT
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
320



The Broncos sneakily have needs all over their roster. While the left side of the offensive line became a strength as LT Garrett Bolles progressed and LG Ronald Leary got acclimated to Denver's zone-blocking scheme, the right side struggled. Regardless of who plays QB, Offensive Tackle is certainly a need for the Broncos heading into the offseason. Although the OT class is weak at the top, it has solid depth in Rounds 2-4. The Broncos do well to add a possible First Round pick, Connor Williams, in the Second Round. If Williams could have declared for the Draft after his freshman year, he would have easily been a First-Rounder. Injuries led Williams to have a subpar 2017 season, but as the season progressed, so did his lateral mobility, and therefore, his overall play. A fully-healed Williams would give Denver late RD1 value in the middle of the second. And hey, it also happens to match up with what the fans want, too!

-Kennedy Paynter, Guest Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

41 New England
Tegray Scales
    Indiana
    OLB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
230



Remember the hype of Haason Reddick coming out of Temple? Here's a linebacker with the same measurables as Reddick. Scales is a highly versatile former defensive back that bulked up and made a massive impact to the Hoosiers' linebacker corps. At 6'3 230 lbs, Scales fights the "size" narrative by continuously making plays throughout the field. Scales is more of the new form of linebacker who are incredibly athletic off-ball linebackers. Scales has strong field vision; watch how he plays running backs. In this play, Scales faces a strong Penn St. run that looks to be an easy 1st down for Barkley but, the changes he makes during this run really illustrates his vision. Scales plays the B-gap, then the block, then the back, and finally the sticks, to lead to a 4th down. Does one play make him a new linebacker for the Patriots? No, but this line similar to Haason Reddick should make you interested. Scales could stand to gain 15 pounds to hit that Deion Jones weight to get off blockers easier. Linebacker is a drastic need that could be double-dipped in the draft. With the change of speed linebackers, Scales fits in nicely.

-David Neff, Patriots Analyst

42 Miami
Isaiah Wynn
    Georgia
    OG
    Reach/Value:     +8
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
302



As Kevin Nogle at Phinsider adeptly points out in his extensive view of the Dolphins' offseason, the team's top need is at Guard. After adding to the trenches on defense in Round 1, the Dolphins add to the offensive interior with Isaiah Wynn in Round 2. While Miami's run game improved with Kenyon Drake as the season wore on, the unit ranked 30th on interior runs, according to Football Outsiders. In addition, the interior pass protection was sieve-like (No, Coach Gase, it wasn't even 'streaky'), as the Dolphins had to resort to short passes on third-and-long far too often. Because of Miami's struggles on the interior, look for Gase to focus on the play-action game and RPOs to move the throwing platform for Tannehill out of the pocket. Though the Dolphins took a step back in 2017, they have enough tools on both sides of the ball to stay competitive in the AFC playoff race in 2018.

-Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

43 Oakland
Kameron Kelly
    San Diego St
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -12
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
200



If Oakland passes on a defensive back in RD1, the chances of them passing on one in RD2 are the same as the Raiders still being in Oakland at the turn of the decade. I've written extensively about the glaring need at defensive back, and the team has already parted ways with David Amerson. With a strong showing at the Combine, Kelly, a former safety, could be gone by this point. At 6'2" and 200 lbs., he has the size NFL teams love in a corner, but Kelly will need to show the speed, bend, and fluidity needed to be a lockdown corner at the next level. Still, he has already proven he can impact the game as a hard-hitting tackler, as a playmaking defender, and an effective blitzer. Depending on determinations about the futures of Michael Crabtree and Jared Cook, Deontay Burnett or Mark Andrews could be interesting prospects in RD2, as well.

44 Washington
Braden Smith
    Auburn
    OG
    Reach/Value:     +8
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
300



I've said it all year and I'll say it again; the Redskins have solid pieces on their team, and with the addition of one or two players at skill positions and in the trenches, they could do some damage when they get (literally) half of their starters back from IR. Here, the Redskins make their second pick in the trenches in as many rounds. Braden Smith certainly passes the eye-test when you walk by him, as his hulking 6'6" frame just scream 'NFL Lineman', but he is a solid player in his own right. While he won't blow anyone away with agility measurables or dominant play, Smith should be a solid plug-and-play guard for anyone that drafts him. He might not consistently ragdoll defenders like his new buddy Brandon Scherff does (I hear he makes delicious pancakes too), but he will stay on his blocks and do his job. Isn't that the definition of a guard?

-Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

45 Green Bay
Deontay Burnett
    USC
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
170



There has been much debate this offseason over whether Jordy Nelson is close to being done as a big-time wide receiver in this league (great film breakdown here). While his deep-threat days are surely over, I believe Nelson will bounce back strong this season with the return of Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback. That doesn't mean the Packers are set at wide receiver; the pipeline has to keep being fed with fresh talent for Rodgers to play with. Burnett projects as more of a slot-receiver type in the NFL, which means he could be Randall Cobb's eventual replacement at a much more cap-friendly price.

- @JerseyAlGBP, Packers Analyst

Player Highlights

46 Cincinnati
Mark Andrews
    Oklahoma
    TE
    Reach/Value:     +15
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
253



Cincinnati had a grand total of ONE player crack the Top 100 in receiving yards in 2017, so unless your name is "A.J. Green", you didn't have a very productive year. When Bengal fans see Tyler Eifert, they don't say "Who Dey!"...they say "Who's that?" Eifert's NFL career has spanned 80 regular-season games, and he's missed 41 of those due to injury. His contract is up, and it's expected that the Bengals will let him walk. The other TE named Tyler on the roster, Tyler Kroft, actually held his own in 2017. He only had 42 receptions for 400 yards, but he racked up seven TDs.

Despite Kroft's respectable season, OU's Mark Andrews would represent a significant upgrade at the position. His bio sheet says he was highly productive to the tune of 62 receptions, 958 yards, and eight TDs in 2017. The Eye Test says this guy is the prototypical "match up" nightmare teams look for in a tight end these days. With 22 TDs in three seasons, Andrews is a legitimate red-zone threat.

47 Arizona
Anthony Miller
    Memphis
    WRS
    Reach/Value:     +17
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
190



The Arizona Cardinals were the last NFL team to have a trio of WRs with 1,000 yard seasons when Larry Fitzgerald (1,431), Anquan Boldin (1,038), and Steve Breaston (1,006) managed the feat in 2008. Maybe not so coincidentally, that was the very same year that the Cardinals last appeared in the Super Bowl. If the Cards are hoping for a quick return to either accomplishment, they'll need Fitz to come back for another season and some added talent around him. Anthony Miller, a speedster from Memphis, could be the perfect complement in the AZ offense. Miller has racked up 3,378 yards from scrimmage and 40 TDs over the past three years. With Miller, Fitz, and DJ, perhaps the Cards could make another run at history.

-James Siebers, Cardinals Analyst

48 LA Chargers
Leighton Vander Esch
    Boise State
    LB
    Reach/Value:     -19
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
240



The Chargers spent less than 2 percent of their cap space on the Inside Linebacker position in 2017. Their return on that meager investment? The second-worst run defense in the NFL. Money well spent comes in the form of Leighton Vander Esch, a versatile playmaker from Boise State. Vander Esch quarterbacked his 8-on-8 high school team along with leading the basketball team back in Idaho. He brings headiness and athleticism to go with his 6'4, 240-pound size. Vander Esch posted three sacks, three interceptions, and three fumble recoveries as a junior at BYU, showing his ability to move and make plays. With Denzel Perryman missing chunks of time with ankle and hamstring injuries last year, the Chargers can find a spot inside or outside for Vander Esch. Other possibilities here include Alabama DT Da'Ron Payne and Texas A&M S Armani Watts.




49 NY Jets
Chad Thomas
    Miami (FL)
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
265



With both Billy Price and Frank Ragnow available here, it's hard to pass on either guy, given the obvious need for an upgrade to the Center spot. But to stop Jet fans going into withdrawal from the lack of defensive players picked so far, we add some talent here to the Underperforming Pass Rush. Again, there are some options here in Free Agency in this area and the Jets should make a real play for Demarcus Lawrence, given the expected departure of the Mo Wilkerson, if he does indeed wriggle free from Dallas. Chad Thomas looks to have all the measurables you want in a Pass Rusher, but he doesn't have the production to back it up. Thomas had 4.5 sacks on the season, and managed just 10 in total, during his 3-year Miami career. Reports that Thomas takes plays off would be a huge worry, especially for a franchise who drafted Quinton Coples. Not to worry; the guy should test very well at the Combine and help him stay in the minds of teams needing to bolster their pass-rushing ranks.

50 Dallas
Ronnie Harrison
    Alabama
    S
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
216



Welcome to Dallas Kris Richard! The new DB Coach/Defensive Passing Game Coordinator has an affinity for taller CB's with length and hard-hitting Safeties . . . will he create a 2nd version of the Legion of Boom to replace Doomsday? One popular theory floating around the Metroplex is moving starting FS Byron Jones to CB, complementing 2017 RD2 selection Chidobe Awuzie and allowing 2017 RD3 selection Jourdan Lewis to play the slot. This leaves a hole at the S position (if Earl Thomas doesn't get his wish to follow Richard to the Cowboys)!

Ronnie Harrison was a 2nd-team All-SEC in 2017, tying for the team lead with 74 tackles (4.5 TFL & 2.5 sacks), 3 INT, and 4 PBU. He played both QB and S in HS; as a result, he doesn't get overly focused on routes, allowing time to read the QB's eyes. Harrison's combination of size and speed allows for a quick back-pedal with easy transitions in two-deep. He has experience playing high or low safety, demonstrating good make-up speed at both positions. If he is indeed available at #50, the Cowboys should sprint that card to the Commissioner!

-Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst

51 Detroit
Armani Watts
    Texas A&M
    S
    Reach/Value:     -35
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
200



Love the player. Love the fit.'...I can hear it now...the draft experts with effusive praise the moment Armani Watts' name is read as the Lions' selection in Round 2. One of my "pet cats" in the 2018 NFL Draft, Watts is an incredible talent. While he is a bit raw, Watts is a rangy safety (see Western Michigan game) with the ability to cover man-to-man and come up to support the run (see Auburn game). While he lacks ideal height for a safety, Watts is bulky for a 5'11" player at 205 lbs, and he carries that weight very well. Most of Watts' deficiencies lie in technique issues, and landing with Belichickian defensive mastermind Matt Patricia is exactly what Watts needs to reach his potential. The Lions just got their version of do-it-all S Devin McCourty, and fans of Detroit's middling franchise should rejoice.

-Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

52 Baltimore
Da'Shawn Hand
    Alabama
    DL5T
    Reach/Value:     -8
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
280



Da'Shawn Hand makes a lot of sense here in RD2, but that doesn't mean it's a slam dunk that he's the pick. In fact, there are a lot of directions the Ravens could go in this spot, and, for a team that needs prospects that can be described as "playmakers," it may be tough to take Hand, who did not consistently display the trait in college. QB Luke Falk, who at one point looked like a fast riser only to come crashing down as the season progressed, may be an intriguing option. The offense he played in, however, makes him one of the trickier prospects to evaluate. Flacco's league-bottom 5.7 yards per attempt is abysmal, but the WSU signal caller yielded a pedestrian 6.7 ypa --good for 93rd in college football. Could he be more productive in the NFL? Another option might be running back. Even though Alex Collins looks like an answer there, Royce Freeman, Nick Chubb, or Sony Michel are solid prospects available here. Finally, for many of the same reasons Hand looks like a fit, Da'Ron Payne is a big-bodied, supremely-talented Alabama DL who Ozzie could really like come Day 2 of the draft.

53 Buffalo
Billy Price
    Ohio State
    OC
    Reach/Value:     -10
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
315



Hope you're reading my BillsMafia articles, which discuss the players the Bills might be thinking about in each round. Billy Price was my pick in RD2 there, too. Face it; the Bills need a better OL to release the run game, which makes Daboll's RPO work. Eric Wood needs replacing at Center. Richie's almost done at LG. A battle between Ducasse and Miller at RG meant you had no RG. C-G is not a flashy pick, but it would help most teams. Billy Price filled in admirably for Pat Elflein at Center after serving as the Buckeyes' Guard for 3 years. Price is an even-better C, but he's more experienced (3 years) at G. Either way, the Bills win. Price is a pro's pro. He's a locker-room guy with football smarts who knows how to read coverages before the snap. Watch #54 and see what we mean.

54 Kansas City
Carlton Davis
    Auburn
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -8
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
195



The minute Kendall Fuller's name was mentioned as a potential starter opposite Marcus Peters, "Revis Island" became a castaway. The 32-year-old veteran would have earned $10 million dollars in 2018 as a backup. The concern now is that Revis is just the tip of the iceberg. Chiefs' CBs Kenneth Acker, Phillip Gaines, and Terrance Mitchell are all set to hit the open market this offseason, leaving Steven Nelson as the lone option at nickel and backup for Peters and Fuller.

Nicknamed "Low-key Carlton", Davis lets his play do his talking. His size and aggressive man-to-man coverage style remind me of a younger version of former Chief CB Sean Smith. Davis has great ability to press off the line, disrupt pass routes and disrupt at the point of the catch. Against Alabama this season, he limited Calvin Ridley to three receptions for 34 yards. The three-year Auburn starter broke up a team-high 11 passes for the Tigers in 2017. Davis did struggle to turn his head in coverage; thus, ended the year with only one interception. In some mocks, he is projected as a mid-late RD1 pick.

~KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst

55 Buffalo
Da'Ron Payne
    Alabama
    DL1T
    Reach/Value:     +13
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
319



After a flirtation with Harrison Phillips, I will dabble with Daboll, who'll know lots about Payne. In 35 games at Alabama (he redshirted as a sophomore during the 2017 season), Payne showed how one gets pressure on the quarterback (and the 2017 Bills obviously didn't know). He keeps opposing offensive linemen at bay with his long arms, uses a great get-off, and gets push from thick tree-trunk legs --all the while maintaining your gap. Payne won't impress fans in the forty come Combine time, but he sure did on tape. Payne garnered Defensive MVP honors in the semifinal win over Clemson, then turned around and did the same in the National Championship. Only one team is Championship Caliber. Start by inflicting Payne on opposing O-Lines. [Highlights]

-Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst

56 Carolina
Frank Ragnow
    Arkansas
    OC
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
319



Big changes are in store for the Panthers this offseason, and addressing the Panthers offensive line is near the top. Though improved in 2017, standout Guard Andrew Norwell is a free agent. Ryan Kalil has no more than one year left in Carolina. Frank Ragnow is a guy that could step in to replace Norwell with little to no drop-off. Once Ryan Kalil is out to pasture, he will also be able to be able to slide over and play Center. Norv Turner said that everything starts with the offensive line, so I look for this to be addressed early in the draft.

It is time to reload. If Frank Ragnow somehow falls this far , look for the Panthers to absolutely jump all of this opportunity. Ragnow would be a great addition to solidify the improving offensive line. ~~@PanthersDrafter,Panthers Analyst

57 Tennessee
Royce Freeman
    Oregon
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +13
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
230



Despite making the playoffs this past season, there are plenty of potential holes for the Titans entering next season. With a new and more creative regime, they make look to add new receivers, like a Michael Gallup, with this pick. Or, with Vrabel's previous experiences in Houston, an edge rusher to build a stronger front seven. However, with DeMarco Murray's status in doubt, adding another running back could be the plan. Royce Freeman is the well-decorated, proven player that Robinson has gone for in the past. The question is... is he too much like Derrick Henry? He's not super-creative, but more of a one-cut-and-go back. He can catch passes (although he caught a career-low 14 this past season) and is a good pass blocker, so he's a good fit for today's NFL, but Tennessee may go a different route if they already believe they have an already semi-proven (with huge hopes for next season) version in Henry.

58 Atlanta
Harrison Phillips
    Stanford
    DL1T
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
295



This mock draft presumes that Atlanta loses both Clayborn and Poe to Free Agency. Even if they bring Ahtyba Rubin back, Atlanta will need more bulk inside as a run defense that Football Outsides ranked 20th in DVOA. Phillips is one of the most productive players in college football. He led the Cardinal in tackles with an astounding 103, with 17 for loss and 7.5 sacks. A former wrestler, Phillips is the consummate "effort" player who never gives up on anything. He is, however, limited athletically. Unlike Taven Bryan in the first round, Phillips won't make the Combine drool, but he will simply eat blocks, hustle until the last echo of the whistle, and improve the players around him. There is a case to be made that Phillips, for all his college production is a third-round player. He's not massive enough to be a pure NT, nor quick enough to be a penetrating disrupter. But did we mention he had a 100 tackles in a power conference?

59 San Francisco
Tarvarus McFadden
    Florida State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -38
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
201



Florida State Cornerback, Tarvarus McFadden, is a raw prospect brimming with potential. After leading the nation with 8 INTs 2016, McFadden found them harder to come by in 2017, failing to record a single one. To his credit, opposing QB's gave McFadden fewer chances, but the former 'Nole still finished 10th in the ACC with 10 passes defended. Boasting ideal size for the Niners' defense, McFadden flashes the ability to excel in both press and off-man coverage, as well as the crucial willingness to come up and make plays against the run, evidenced by a career-high 30 tackles in 2017. McFadden's big issue is consistency, when his switch is "on", checking his man at the line of scrimmage, he is tough to beat; when he allows free releases or gets his feet caught underneath him, recievers take advantage.

-Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst (@thebrettclancy on Twitter)

60 Pittsburgh
DeShon Elliott
    Texas
    S
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
210



Free Safety Mike Mitchell is heading into his last contract year. At this point, Mitchell is an over-30, average safety with the behavioral control of a 3-year old with the wrong-flavor yogurt and the wrong-color spoon. Steeler Nation has grown weary of the antics and the penalties which rise above his middling quality of play. He'll play through his contract, barring a FA signing, and the Steelers will look to re-tool with a better fit in the draft. Elliott is an interesting prospect but a somewhat-difficult evaluation. In his one year as a starter, Elliott made first team All-American with a glowing stat line including 6 INTs, 9 PBU, and 8.5 TFL. He'll have an opportunity to silence critics at the Combine such as the NFL's Lance Zierlein, who note him to be a "Severely Duck-footed" player with "labored" change of direction and "questionable body control". Scouts will look at his COD and fluidity in timed and positional drills to assess his ability to play in coverage.

61 Jacksonville
Michael Gallup
    Colorado St
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
195



The wide receiver group will be under renovation this off season. Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are free agents, while Allen Hurns could potentially be a salary-cap casualty. Even with Lee and Hurns, the Jaguars' receivers struggled to get open in 2017, ranking 28th in average yards of separation when the ball was released. Separation can sometimes be created by physical attributes, like speed or size, but guys who consistently separate do so with crisp route-running. One of the top route-runners in this class is Colorado State's Michael Gallup. He uses his feet, hands, and wiggle to create space with the defender, pulling down 176 balls the last 2 seasons. He also shows an advanced ability to find holes in zone coverage. Gallup's technique and smarts should help him be a reliable target for whomever is playing QB.

62 Minnesota
M.J. Stewart
    North Carolina
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
200



Terence Newman has been, at the absolute worst, an average NFL cornerback throughout his time in purple, if you trust the metrics from ProFootballFocus.com. His presence in a young secondary has been invaluable, and his play on the field has been good enough to warrant bringing him back. Two big questions remain, though. One, will he want to come back to Minnesota? I'd say probably, given that his #1 goal is to win a Super Bowl. Two, how long can he defy his age and continue to justify playing time? That's a big concern. On Day 2 of this year's NFL Draft, there will be plenty of talented cornerbacks available. If the Vikings want a Day One slot corner that could replace Newman, both M.J. Stewart and Mike Hughes are solid options. If they plan on pushing Trae Waynes to the slot, then there are a number of solid prospects that could be available, including Quenton Meeks, Rashaun Golden, and Tarvarus McFadden.

- Brett Stott, Vikings Analyst

63 New England
Chukwuma Okorafor
    Western Michigan
    OT
    Reach/Value:     +13
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
333



This pick all depends on Nate Solder. If he is re-signed, this will likely go to pick a Quarterback like Mike White. Be that as it may, if Okorafor is the pick, he's a potential franchise left tackle for the team. Okorafor grew up in Nigeria where he played soccer until his early teens. In terms of a pass-blocker, there's a lot to like about Okorafor. His natural size and quick feet lets him settle in front of the defender. The consensus on Okorafor is once he gets his hands on you, there's not much you can do. He's not known for moving defenders away from a play, which isn't a bad thing, since left tackles aren't made to be road-graders. Okorafor could improve his hand usage also but, make no mistake. If Solder leaves, Okorafor is a fine replacement.

-David Neff, Patriots Analyst

64 Cleveland
Mike Hughes
    UCF
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -44
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
185



In my earlier write-up for Cleveland, I referenced the fact that, although the Browns have a bevy of picks this year, hitting on them is what's important. Well, consider this pick a bull's-eye. Mike Hughes is an early favorite to be a surprise RD1 pick, so landing him at the end of the Second is spectacular. Hughes is the #3 CB on my board, and I believe he will be among the rookie standouts at the position in 2018. He has good size (5'11" 190 lbs) and has spent time playing inside and out between UCF and North Carolina. He did have issues at North Carolina that have to be vetted before he is selected early in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he has all the tools to be a solid starting CB, inside or out, very early in his career.

-Kennedy Paynter, Guest Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

Traded Round 2 Picks:
San Francisco gets New Orleans R2 pick (2017 Draft Day Trade)
Cleveland gets Houston R2 pick (Brock Osweiler deal)
Cleveland gets Philadelphia R2 pick (Carson Wentz 2016 draft collateral)
Buffalo gets LA Rams R2 Pick (Sammy Watkins trade)
New England gets San Francisco R2 pick (Jimmy Garoppolo)
NY Jets gets Seattle R2 pick (Jermaine Kearse, Sheldon Richardson deal)

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Virginia Tech
OLB
13 Brian O'Neill
Pittsburgh
OT
16 Derwin James
Florida State
S
27 Harold Landry
Boston College
EDGE
37 Lamar Jackson
Louisville
QB
48 Chad Thomas
Miami (FL)
EDGE
49 Jaire Alexander
Louisville
CB
64 M.J. Stewart
North Carolina
CB
66 Auden Tate
Florida State
WRF
75 Derrick Nnadi
Florida State
DL1T
77 Mark Walton
Miami (FL)
RBF
80 Josh Sweat
Florida State
EDGE
82 RJ McIntosh
Miami
DL3T
97 Tarvarus McFadden
Florida State
CB
105 Andrew Brown
Virginia
DL5T
107 Duke Ejiofor
Wake Forest
EDGE
109 Jordan Whitehead
Pittsburgh
S
116 Trevon Young
Louisville
EDGE
117 Quin Blanding
Virginia
S
119 Micah Kiser
Virginia
ILB
120 Deon Cain
Clemson
WRF
129 Tim Settle
VA Tech
DL1T
137 Terrell Edmunds
Virginia Tech
S
144 Jessie Bates III
Wake Forest
S
145 Dorian O'Daniel
Clemson
OLB
150 Kendrick Norton
Miami
DL1T
157 Cam Phillips
Virginia Tech
WRF
166 Kurt Benkert
Virginia
QB
171 Mike Ramsay
Duke
DL3T
179 Jester Weah
Pittsburgh
WRF
180 Van Smith
Clemson
S
206 Ryan Izzo
Florida State
TE
211 De'Asian Richardson
Louisville
DL1T
223 Matthew Thomas
Florida State
ILB
229 Christopher Herndon
Miami (FL)
TE
233 Andre Smith
North Carolina
ILB
234 Kendall Joseph
Clemson
ILB
241 Wyatt Teller
Virginia Tech
OG
244 Drew Bailey
Louisville
DL5T
249 Braxton Berrios
Miami (FL)
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