First Round Mock for 2019 NFL Draft: Pineneedle Edition


With the 2019 NFL draft just days away here’s three-round Mock Draft of how the first 102 picks might shake out barring any draft night trades. Like most years, first round and especially the top end of the draft is going to depend on what the first overall pick is going to be. This mock is predicated on the consensus belief that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray goes No.1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals. (Updated following the Frank Clark trade on April 23)
Round One:
1. Arizona Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: Ever since the Heisman trophy winner officially measured in at 5-10 &1/8th at the Scouting Combine and silenced all the critics that had a height prejudice against him, he’s been all but deadlocked into the top spot in the draft.
2. San Francisco 49ers – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama: The team has been stockpiling top five picks along their front seven for years and the former Crimson Tide star would round out a loaded defensive line.
3. New York Jets – DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State: The Jets have been chasing that dominant edge rushing presence for years, and for yet another year will have a top prospect fall into their lap. Nick Bosa fits the bill and is a safe pick, but they pass on Josh Allen in this scenario. Will they regret it?
4. Oakland Raiders – OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky: They finished dead last in the league with just 13 sacks on the year as a team. The former Wildcat racked up 17 sacks in his senior season alone and is viewed as the most versatile linebacker in the entire class.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – ILB Devin White, LSU: They could replace Kwon Alexander with another former Tiger who is viewed as the best and most well-rounded linebacker in the draft.
6. New York – Giants DT Ed Oliver, Houston: A quarterback here is completely plausible but recent reports suggest they might try to grab Eli Manning’s successor with their second first-round pick. Oliver’s stock has been on a sharp rise over the last month and is definatley a top 10 talent.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida: They are two years removed from an AFC championship appearance so now that they have their franchise quarterback in Nick Foles, they could sure up the right side of their offensive line with arguably the top Tackle prospect.
8. Detroit Lions – DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State: Head Coach Matt Patricia would love to line up the former Bulldog on the opposite side of their defensive line from high priced free agent Tre Flowers to form one of the most dangerous edge rushing duos in the league.
9. Buffalo Bills – WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss: The freakishly athletic former Rebel tested his way into the top 10 of the draft with a fantastic showing at the Scouting Combine. At 6-3, 228 pounds of extremely lean muscle and with 4.33 speed he’d provide the Bills offense and second-year quarterback Josh Allen an uber-talented big-play threat on the outside.
10. Denver Broncos – TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa: He’s viewed as the most complete tight end to come out of the draft in years with his ability to make plays in the passing game as well as block on the end of the line. New quarterback Joe Flacco is at his best when he has a prolific tight end to throw to like he did with Todd Heap and Dennis Pitta in Baltimore.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Andre Dillard, Washington State: Cincinnati gets their franchise left tackle with Dillard, who has shot up draft boards and contends with Jawaan Taylor for the best OL in the class.
12. Green Bay Packers – TE Noah Fant, Iowa: He was part of a dynamic tight end duo at Iowa with Hockenson and could be part of another one with Jimmy Graham for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. He’s the most athletic tight end in the draft who provides a vertical threat down the seams of a defense and looks like a big bodied receiver in open space.
13. Miami Dolphins – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: Coming off a season with 50 passing touchdowns for the Buckeyes, Haskins is the clear-cut best pure passer in this draft. Getting him at 13 is a major value pick for the Dolphins, who solidify the quarterback position here.
14. Atlanta Falcons – OT/OG Jonah Williams, Alabama: He was considered the best offensive line prospect in the draft early in the process, but draft pundits question his ability to play left tackle at the next level. The Falcons could slide him inside to play guard at a high level from day one.
15. Washington Redskins – QB Drew Lock, Missouri: The former Tiger quarterback had some inconsistencies in the latter stages of his college career, but he checks a lot of boxes like a pro QB. Washington adds needed youth to their QB room,
16. Carolina Panthers – DE Rashan Gary, Michigan: Following the retirement of franchise all-time sack leader Julius Peppers, they need some help getting to the quarterback and after recent red flags about his torn labrum, the top 10 talent could fall just outside of the top 15.
17. New York Giants – WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma: After the trade of Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants have a hole to fill in a big way at wide receiver in terms of talent and potential star power. The explosive “Hollywood” Brown checks both boxes and since he has recently started the running portion of his rehab from his Lisfranc foot injury, his stock has been back on the rise.
18. Minnesota Vikings – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson: He could easily sneak into the top 10 because he is a very unique talent that can lineup all over the defensive line and apply pressure from anywhere. Since they lost Sheldon Richardson in free agency, the former Tiger could slide right into his vacated spot and actually provide better production as an interior pass rusher.
19. Tennessee Titans – DE Brian Burns, Florida State: With Brian Orakpo retiring this offseason, they still have a need a pass rusher despite adding Cameron Wake in the free agency. The former Florida State Seminole has a great get off and possesses excellent bend on the edge.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Byron Murphy, Washington: Despite being one of the best pass rushing teams in the league, their secondary has been their Achilles heel for years. Pairing a young aggressive corner that can play both man and zone at a high level and isn’t afraid to make tackles in the run game with veteran Joe Haden would make a nice tandem.
21. Seattle Seahawks – DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech: With Frank Clark now in the AFC after being traded to the Chiefs days before the draft the team is now in need of top-notch pass rusher off the edge. Ferguson led the nation in sacks last season with 17.5 and finished his collegiate career as the No.1 all-time sack leader in college football history. Sounds like a match made in heaven.
22. Baltimore Ravens – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson: After losing the franchise’s all-time sack leader and 16-year cornerstone Terrell Suggs in free agency, they have a top-notch pass rusher in the two-time national champion former Tiger fall in their lap here. He has a rare blend of size and athleticism at 6-4 and 264 pounds.
23. Houston Texans – OT/OG Cody Ford, Oklahoma: He is an instant starter at guard in the NFL with his blend of size and athleticism. His technique needs refinement if he’s going to play tackle at the next level, but there’s upside there. The Texans don’t care, they need help all along that O-line.
24. Oakland Raiders – TE Irv Smith, Alabama: The dynamic Crimson Tide product could replace the departed Jared Cook for the Raiders and bring a similar skill set to the table as a pass catcher. Jon Gruden’s offense will give him plenty of opportunities to produce as a rookie.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – ILB Devin Bush, Michigan: He is one of the safer picks in this draft as a true three-down linebacker. The Eagles won’t miss Jordan Hicks as much with Bush’s sideline-to-sideline play style.
26. Indianapolis Colts – S Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State: From the strong safety position, Abram brings a fire and a hard-hitting identity to an improved Colts defense, but one that needs a few more elite athletes up in the box to go along with standout linebacker Darius Butler.
27. Oakland Raiders – CB Greedy Williams, LSU: He has slid down draft boards during the process, but still projects as a day one starter at cornerback, especially for the Raiders who desperately need playmakers in the defensive backfield.
28. Los Angeles Chargers- DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson: Since they decided to not retain Corey Liuget and with Brandon Mebane on the back end of his career, the massive defensive tackle from Clemson would anchor the middle of a stacked Chargers defensive line for years. At 6-4 and 351 pounds, he’s a mammoth of a man with rare quickness and speed at his size.
29. Seattle Seahawks – OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College: Now that they have awarded Russell Wilson with the richest contract in NFL history, they need to protect that massive investment by reinforcing the interior of their offensive line. Lindstrom’s stock is picking up a lot of steam as of late and he would be terrific piece and day one starter that will protect Wilson and continue to pave the way for one of the most potent rushing attacks in the league that finished No.1 in 2018.
30. Green Bay Packers – WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss: The Packers love drafting and grooming receivers and have a long tradition of doing so. AJ Brown is one of the most pro-ready wideouts in the draft, so he’ll be ready to hit the ground running with Aaron Rodgers from day one.
31. Los Angeles Rams – C Garrett Bradberry, N.C. State: After letting go of two-year starter John Sullivan this offseason, the reigning NFC champions will likely address the center position in the draft after not signing a free agent to date. The former member of N.C. State Wolfpack won the Rimington Award in 2018, given to the nation’s top center, and is the top-rated prospect at the position in the draft.
32. New England Patriots – DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame: He’s one of the smartest, most instinctive, technically sound and versatile players in the draft and would excel in their system.the The towering 6-7 defensive tackle provides a lot of pressure up the middle and get his hands up in passing lanes would be a nice pickup in the bottom of the first.
Round Two:
33. Arizona Cardinals – WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State: They haven’t had contested catch receiver with a huge catch radius like the former Sun Devil since they trade Anquan Boldin to the Ravens nearly a decade ago.
34. Indianapolis Colts – DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State: He is expected to miss his entire rookie season due to the torn ACL that he suffered early on in the pre-draft process so while this pick won’t yield any pay off in year one, this could prove to be the biggest steal of the draft in the long run since he is an elite talent worth of being a top 10 pick that could fall just outside of the first round.
35. Oakland Raiders – RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama: The top running back prospect could fall out of the first and with neither of their leading rushers from 2018 on the roster now, they would jump at the opportunity to get the versatile back from Alabama without a lot of tread on his tires.
36. San Fransico 49ers – WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State: His wide catch radius and incredible run after the catch ability would be quite the asset for The team already has plenty of burners that can get vertical. His wide catch radius and incredible run after the catch ability would be quite the asset for Jimmy G in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
37. New York Giants – QB Daniel Jones, Duke: After opting not to take their future franchise quarterback with either of their first round picks, they be thrilled to have him fall to them here at the top of the second. Jones has tithes to the Manning family through his college coach at Duke and the Giants have been tied to him in a lot of recent mock drafts.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Paris Campbell, Ohio State: He is viewed as a borderline first-round prospect but needs to add more polish to his game. He’ll get his opportunity in Jacksonville with newly-signed quarterback Nick Foles.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple: The Buccaneers get some much-needed size in their defensive backfield by adding Rock Ya-Sin in the second round.
40. Buffalo Bills – TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M: The former Texas A&M Aggie would provide second-year quarterback a viable playmaking tight end that he could use to attack the seam and deep middle of the defense with his rocket arm.
41. Denver Broncos – C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M: He might have his growing pains, but he slides right in and replaces Matt Paradis at the pivot, after the former’s departure in free agency.
42. Cincinnati Bengals – ILB Mack Wilson, Alabama: Their defense finished dead last in the league in total defense and after releasing Vontaze Burfict this offseason, they are in need of a field general and playmaking linebacker in the middle of that defense.
43. Detroit Lions- CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia: He was considered a late first round pick earlier in the pre-draft process but concerns about his height have caused him to slide down draft boards a bit. However, measurables aside, he was the most dominant corner in all of college football over the last two years who didn’t surrender a single touchdown during that span and won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2018 which is awarded to the top college corner in the nation. He’d be a welcomed addition to Matt Patricia’s defense and would form an elite tandem with Darius “Big Play” Slay.
44. Green Bay Packers – S Nassir Adderley, Delaware: Pairing the rangiest safety in this draft with the hard-hitting Adrian Amos who the team signed in free agency from their rival Chicago Bears in free agency could become one of the most dangerous in the league.
45. Atlanta Falcons – DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State: He’s a bit undersized compared to most interior defensive linemen but he can provide excellent pressure up the middle to collapse the pocket of opposing quarterbacks. Now that Grady Jarrett,who has already been dominating from his interior spot on the team’s defensive line, has officially signed his franchise tag tender, Atlanta could pair him with a player with a similar build and skill set to wreak twice as much havoc up the middle with this pick.
46. Washington Redskins – OT Kaleb McGary, Washington: He played right tackle for the Huskies, but his lack of athleticism suggests a move inside to guard as a pro. Washington could play him at right guard opposite Brandon Scherff.
47. Carolina Panthers – OT Dalton Risner, K-State: He is a very refined prospect coming out of Kansas State and could give Cam Newton immediate protection up front, at tackle or guard.
48. Miami Dolphins – DE Jachai Polite, Florida: He was viewed as a mid-first round pick early in the pre-draft but after disappointing performances in workouts and rising character concerns, the talented edge rusher could fill in the void left by Cameron Wake.
49. Cleveland Browns – S Taylor Rapp, Washington: Unlike jack-of-all-trades Jabrill Peppers who they traded away to the Giants, Rapp is a safe pick at the strong safety position, with his ability to make sure open field tackles and cover tight-ends in a pinch.
50. Minnesota Vikings – OG Connor McGovern, Penn State: He is mobile in the run-game and has position versatility as both a guard and a center. He needs work as a pass blocker but could grow into a top-tier player in the interior.
51. Tennessee Titans – C Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State: The Titans offensive line is strong on the edges with their two stud tackles Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin but needs help on the inside. Jenkins gives them help at the center spot.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina: Even though they traded away All-Pro Antonio Brown a month ago, they excel pride themselves on finding talented receivers after the first round. Like most of their receivers, Samuel can run routes out of the slot as well as out wide and can be dangerous as a returner on special teams.
53. Philadelphia Eagles – OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State: He’s one of the most highly rated small school prospects from Alabama State. He’s extremely athletic and fluid with his movements. With All-Pro tackle Jason Peters near the end of his career, he could develop behind him for a year or two.
54. Houston Texans – CB Julian Love, Notre Dame: After cutting bait on the Kevin Johnson experiment this offseason, the Texans add one of the more technically-sound corners in the draft in Julian Love with the first of their back-to-back picks.
55. Houston Texans – S Juan Thornhill, Virginia: He’s arguably the most versatile safety in this draft who can play either safety positions. He has the speed and toughness to play in the box and the zone coverage, anticipation and ball skills to excel as a center fielder.
56. New England Patriots – DE Zach Allen, Boston College: Since he attended Boston College, the Pats have probably had their eye on him for some time. He’d be a nice piece to put on the opposite side of Michael Bennet and could learn under the tutelage of the veteran at the same time.
57. Philadelphia Eagles – RB Miles Sanders, Penn State: Although they traded for Jordan Howard, he only has one year left on his rookie deal and with Darren Sproles uncertain about coming back they could use a running back who runs hard like Howard and is shifty like Sproles.
58. Dallas Cowboys – DE Charles Omenihu, Texas: Despite Pro Bowler Damarcus Lawrence inking a massive five-year deal, they could keep their eyes in the Lone Star State and take the former Longhorn pass rusher to help out Tank and veteran Robert Quinn.
59. Indianapolis Colts – CB Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky: Indianapolis has the luxury of not having many needs on their roster, and as a result don’t have to reach for need with their second pick in round two. Johnson has been a late riser over the last month and a half and is viewed as one of the best pure cover corners in this class by pundits.
60. Los Angeles Chargers – CB Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt: He’s a big-bodied corner out of Vanderbilt who that drives through receivers to make a play on the ball when ever its in the air and isn’t shy when it comes to throwing his hat in the ring when it comes to playing the run.
61. Kansas City Chiefs – DE LJ Collier, TCU: After letting go of their top two sack leaders from last season as they transition from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3, the former Horn Frog standout would be an ideal fit in new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s system paired with the newly acquired Frank Clark.
62. New Orleans Saints – WR Kelvin Harmon, N.C. State: While Tre’ Quan Smith had a decent rookie season lining up across from Pro Bowler Michael Thomas, Drew Brees would like to have more targets to draw coverage away from Thomas and become a viable No.2 option.
63. Kansa City Chiefs – C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia: Mitch Morse left for Buffalo this offseason, so KC fills one of their only holes on the offensive side of the ball at center with Gaillard.
64. New England Patriots – WR Riley Ridley, Georgia: While their offensive system doesn’t require star players at their skill positions, wide receiver is still one of their pressing needs they love strong position pass catchers like the former Georgia Bulldog who can move the chains.
Round Three:
65. Arizona Cardinals – DE Chase Winovich, Michigan: He looks like a clone of Clay Matthews on the edge not just because they both have long blonde hair flowing out of the back of their helmets. He is an excellent edge setter in the run game and has a relentless motor.
66. Pittsburgh Steelers – ILB Germaine Pratt, N.C. State: With Ryan Shazier’s future still up in the air, the team is still in need of a playmaker in the middle of their defense. After playing safety for his first two years in college, he made the transition the middle linebacker in his junior year. He had a relatively quiet first season at the position but burst on to the scene in his final year with the Wolf Pack.
67. San Francisco 49ers – S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida: They pick up a hard-hitting safety that wrecks shop at and behind the line of scrimmage. He is a great open field tackler and snuffs out screens before the pass catcher can get going or before the blockers can get out in front.
68. New York Jets – C/OG Michael Jordan, Ohio State: The Jets don’t have anyone to play the center position they’ve been trying to fill since cutting longtime-starter Nick Mangold two years ago. Michael Jordan will have growing pains but could become a starter in front of Sam Darnold very quickly.
69. Jacksonville Jaguars – S Darnell Savage, Maryland: He brings even more ball-skills to a Jacksonville defense already loaded with playmakers as the team looks to return its defense to the upper-echelon in the league.
70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB David Montgomery, Iowa State: The Bucs spent a second round pick on a running back last year in Ronald Jones, but Montgomery brings a much different skill set to their running game as a more downhill type of player for Bruce Arians.
71. Denver Broncos – S Will Harris, Boston College: He could contribute as a rotational player as natural box safety and adds good depth to the back end of the Broncos defense.
72. Cincinnati Bengals – TE Josh Oliver, San Jose State: Tyler Eifert and CJ Uzomah both have their question marks on the Bengals TE depth chart, so adding Oliver here gives them another big-bodied player with major upside as a pass catcher.
73. New England Patriots – QB Will Grier, West Virginia: He could be the heir-apparent to Tom Brady, or he could be another talented young QB who the Patriots trade in a few years as the ageless wonder continues to deliver. Bill Belichick could take Grier’s raw talent and refine him with the luxury of him not having to start right away.
74. Buffalo Bills – CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson: He is a tough cover corner that was a key member of the Tigers national championship defense and played his best in the biggest games. Mullen would form quite the young defensive back duo with Tre’davious White.
75. Green Bay Packers – WR Anthony Johnson, Buffalo: The Packers get another weapon for Aaron Rodgers in the small school product who is a big play waiting to happen to anytime he gets the ball in his hands. He runs crisp route all over the field and is an absolute dynamo after the catch who can cut on a dime, make people miss and get upfield with great acceleration.
76. Washington Redskins – WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia: They need to get Case Keenum more targets to throw to at the receiver position and the former Bulldog is one of the fastest players in this entire class. He can run underneath any throw and take a quick screen the distance if he gets the edge. He could also be a threat as a returner as well.
77. Carolina Panthers – LB Josiah Tauaefa, UTSA: After letting go of franchise stalwart Thomas Davis in an attempt to get younger and faster on defense, they could put the speedy linebacker next to Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson and let him go hunt.
78. Miami Dolphins – CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan: The Dolphins need another starting caliber cornerback to pair with Pro Bowler Xavien Howard and Bunting here is a steal with his excellent man-to-man cover skills and traits of an NFL starter on the boundary.
79. Atlanta Falcons – DE Shareef Miller, Penn State: They need an edge defender to with Pro Bowler Vic Beasley and their 2017 first round selection Tak McKinley after losing Brooks Reed and Bruce Irvin in free agency. The former Nittany Lion standout fires off the edge and gets around tackles with speed and has the strength and power to bulldoze guards on stunts and twists.
80. Cleveland Browns – OG Ben Powers, Oklahoma: He’s not the most athletic lineman in this draft and didn’t blow anybody away in the pre-draft process but the tape tells the story of a rugged and hard-nosed interior lineman that was a leader on one of the best lines in all of college football for the Sooners. He reunites with Baker Mayfield and with some time in an NFL weight room, he could become great.
81. Minnesota Vikings – RB Damien Harris, Alabama: Many expected Harris to go sooner in this draft but Minnesota will gladly take the talented back here as depth behind Dalvin Cook.
82. Tennessee Titans – OG Michael Deiter, Wisconsin: Tennessee continues to build their interior offensive line by selecting Deiter here. He could slide in and play right guard for them but may take a while to round out his game at the pro-level.
83. Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia: The team traded away their long-time starter at right tackle in Marcus Gilbert to the Cardinals and could find a younger and more athletic replacement at this spot. He was very agile on the left side of the line for the Mountaineers and could start day one at right tackle for the Steelers.
84. Kansas City Chiefs – RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis: They found Kareem Hunt in the late third round in 2017 and he became one of the most dynamic backs in the league. Henderson is viewed as the most dangerous home run threat in the draft, who can take any play given play to the house from anywhere on the field.
85. Baltimore Ravens – WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford: He specializes in making contested catches and his large catch radius would be a great asset in the development of second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson. He would be a welcomed addition to Ravens receiving core that is being built from the ground up.
86. Houston Texans – DT Trysten Hill, UCF: They have great pass rushers all across their defensive line so adding a run-stuffing roadblock to clog the middle of their defense would provide an upgrade over BJ Reader at nose tackle.
87. Chicago Bears – RB Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky: Since they traded Jordan Howard to the Eagles, they are in need of a hard-nosed power back to compliment the electric Tarik Cohen. He was an absolute bruiser for Wildcats that ran through and over defenders.
88. Detroit Lions – WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio State: He has to prove that he’s more than a deep threat with suspect hands at the next level, but he adds a much-needed weapon for Matthew Stafford, matching what the big-armed QB does well.
89. Indianapolis Colts – DE Joe Jackson, Miami: Indianapolis added Justin Houston this offseason but needs to continue to add edge players to help set the edge and get after the QB. Joe Jackson offers an edge setting presence with upside as a rush defensive end.
90. Dallas Cowboys – S Deionte Thompson, Alabama: The Cowboys need of a little more help on the back end and are looking to take a playmaking safety high. The former Crimson Tide standout Thompson gives them that here.
91. Los Angeles Chargers – WR Andy Isabella, UMass: The Chargers add a vertical threat here with the speedy Isabella from UMass. Isabella’s a raw prospect in terms of route running and concentration drops, but he can contribute immediately as an excellent tracker of the deep ball and a run-after-catch threat for Philip Rivers.
92. Seattle Seahawks – CB Justin Layne, Michigan State: The former Spartan not only looks like the prototypical corner that the Seahawks have favored since the forged the ‘Legion Of Boom’ nearly a decade ago, but he also plays like one. His length and ability to play zone, press and man coverage make him a perfect fit in the team’s defensive scheme.
93. New York Jets – DT Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois: The only knock on Saunders is his small-school background. If he can play up to new competition, the Jets get a steal here this late in the draft on the interior d-line.
94. Los Angeles Rams- DT Gerald Willis III, Miami: Since the team isn’t bringing back Ndamukong Suh, the will need another interior defensive lineman to the lineup next Michael Brockers and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. Willis got a lot of penetration up the middle for the Hurricanes, racking up four sacks and 18 tackles for loss as a senior.
95. New York Giants – OT Greg Little, Ole Miss: The Giants continue to try to build their offensive-line for the aging Eli Manning and stud running back Saquon Barkley and Little’s stock is on the rise after it took a hit following the Combine.
96. Washington Redskins – DE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion: After improving every year that he was in college and capping off his senior season with 11.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He’d be the first player from Old Dominion to ever be drafted and would be a great complement to Ryan Kerrigan with the departure of Preston Smith to Green Bay.
97. New England Patriots – TE Kaden Smith, Stanford: With Rob Gronkowski retired the Super Bowl champions find themselves a seam-stretching tight end at this spot. The former Stanford stud is a tough tackle in the open field and routinely catches over and through defenders.
98. Jacksonville Jaguars – RB Justice Hill, Oklahoma State: They are primarily a power running team with Leonard Fournette but Hill will provide them with a quick strike threat who can squirt through holes, bounce off tackles and break off chunks runs up the middle or off tackle.
99. Los Angeles Rams – ILB David Long, West Virginia: After choosing not to resign Mark Barron, they could use a fast and athletic sideline-to-sideline middle linebacker who can be a field general in the middle of a defense, take advantage of a loaded defensive front line and make plays in the backfield which the former Mountaineer can do.
100. Carolina Panthers – S Amani Hooker, Iowa: He is at his best 20 yards from the line of scrimmage and is a natural box safety, but he also has the coverage and ball skills to make plays in the deep middle of the field. Pairing former Iowa star with Eric Berry could be scary.
101. New England Patriots – OT David Edwards, Wisconson: The Pats add some offensive line depth after letting left tackle Trent Brown to walk in free agency. Edwards is more of a developmental prospect but could develop into a starter quickly under one of the best coaching staffs in the NFL with the Patriots.
102. Baltimore Ravens – OLB Ben Banogu, TCU: The Ravens have 15.5 sacks to replace with the departures of Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith,who led the team in sacks last season, in free agency. While he played defensive end in a 4-3 scheme for the TCU Horned Frogs, at 6-3 and 250 pounds, he could play the rush linebacker in Baltimore’s 3-4 scheme.

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