2018 NFL Mock Draft- Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 21st
Here are picks 17-32 of my early 2018 NFL Mock Draft:
17. Washington Redskins (Draft History): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Certainly productive beyond expectations as an undrafted free agent out of Tulane, Robert Kelley led Washington in rushing with 168 carries for 704 yards (4.2 YPC) and six touchdowns. While Kelley got the job done, Barkley could be a three-down difference-maker for the 'Skins and has a rare combination of power and speed.
Appearing on the list of Bruce Feldman's Top 20 'Freaks' in college football for 2016, the 223-pound running back posted a 4.38 forty time, a program-record 390-pound power clean and 600-pound squat. As a sophomore, Barkley had nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage -- 1,496 rushing and 402 receiving -- and scored 22 touchdowns.
18. Tennessee Titans, (Draft History): James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
With two first-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, many project the Titans to use of them on a receiver. In my 2017 NFL Mock Draft, I have the Titans doubling down in the secondary with safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Marlon Humphrey. Giving Marcus Mariota a big-play threat, Washington has a total of 10 receptions of 50 yards or more in 2015 and 2016.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Draft History): Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Not only are Jacquizz Rodgers (2017) and Charles Sims (2018) free agents-to-be, but it's unclear what the Bucs will get out of Doug Martin in 2017 or if he'll still be on the roster heading into 2018. Perhaps Guice won't still be available here, but there won't be a huge dropoff from Leonard Fournette to Guice this year. In fact, the sophomore carried the ball 183 times for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. Based on early odds from sportsbook.ag, the only non-QB with lower odds to win the 2017 Heisman Trophy than Guice (20/1) is Saquon Barkley (15/1).
20. Denver Broncos (Draft History): Quentin Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Nelson opted to return to South Bend for his senior season despite getting a second-round grade from the NFL's Advisory Board and will likely be the first guard off the board in 2018. With the exception of center Matt Paradis, the Broncos could use upgrades all across their offensive line and could invest picks on the line in back-to-back seasons. I have Wisconsin left tackle Ryan Ramczyk projected to the Broncos in my latest 2017 NFL Mock Draft.
21. Detroit Lions (Draft History): Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
Starting center Travis Swanson will be a free agent in 2018 and Ragnow was the top-graded center last season based on PFF grades.
22. Miami Dolphins (Draft History): Martez Ivey, OL, Florida
With Branden Albert on the verge of being traded to the Jags for 2018 seventh-round pick, the Dolphins will move Laremy Tunsil from left guard to left tackle. With the versatility to play tackle as well, Ivey could eventually become the team's starting left guard.
23. New York Giants (Draft History): Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
Last offseason, the Giants spent a lot of money in free agency on the defensive side of the ball, which included the signings of Vernon Olivier and Damon Harrison. The Giants hope/plan to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul, but you can never have too many pass-rushers. Chubb had 22 tackles for loss, fourth-most in the country, and 10.5 sacks in 2016 for the Wolfpack.
24. Oakland Raiders (Draft History): Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
I'm not sure if cousins (or family members) have ever been back-to-back picks in the NFL Draft, but if not, the Chubbs could be the first set of cousins to hear their names called consecutively at the NFL Draft.
Coming off a torn ACL, Chubb rushed for 1,130 yards and eight touchdowns with three 100-yard games in his final four including 17/142/1 in the Liberty Bowl win over TCU. Perhaps Latavius Murray re-signs with the Raiders, but he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
25. Houston Texans (Draft History): Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Brian Cushing will turn 31 next January and the veteran linebacker has missed multiple games in four of his past five seasons. Despite tearing his ACL at the end of his freshman season, Smith has led the Trojans in tackles in each of his first two seasons.
26. Seattle Seahawks (Draft History): Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
Jimmy Graham is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Before last season, OU quarterback Baker Mayfield said of Andrews: "He's such a mismatch threat. You can put him on the outside and he has the speed to run with defensive backs and he's bigger than them. You put him on the inside, where the size is similar, he can run away from linebackers and safeties. It's exciting."
27. Kansas City Chiefs (Draft History): Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Both safety Eric Berry and nose tackle Dontari Poe are free agents and of the two, Berry is the most likely to get a long-term deal. A physical freak, Payne benches 500 pounds, squats 600 pounds and runs a sub-5.0 forty.
28. Dallas Cowboys (Draft History): Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
In need of an upgrade on the outside opposite Dez Bryant, the Cowboys may not have to look too far. And things have worked out well with former SMU receiver Cole Beasley.
The 6-foot-4 Sutton had 76 catches for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns last year including a record-setting 13/252/2 performance against South Florida in November. While he's not a burner, he has great size, physicality and hands with good body control. In fact, he has even spent some time on SMU's basketball team.
29. Green Bay Packers (Draft History): Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
The Packers have three outside linebackers -- Julius Peppers, Nick Perry and Datone Jones -- that will hit free agency this March. Perry led the team with 11.0 sacks and while Peppers turned 37 in January, he finished second on the team with 7.5. Landry led college football in sacks last season and would represent a nice value for the Packers at a position of need.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (Draft History): Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
In the first two rounds of the past two drafts, the Steelers have selected three defensive backs -- Senquez Golson in 2015 and Artie Burns and Sean Davis in 2016. Injuries have derailed the start of Golson's career as he has yet to appear in an NFL game and current starter Ross Cockrell is a restricted free agent although likely to be tendered for the 2017 season.
31. Atlanta Falcons (Draft History): Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama
The former top-ranked recruit by Rivals.com, Hand has just seven sacks over three seasons. With his combination of strength, agility and versatility, Hand could have a breakout season in 2017 and hear his name called on Day 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft.
32. New England Patriots (Draft History): Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Per PFF, Williams allowed just one sack and earned the third-best run-blocking grade (83.6) in 2016. Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer is a free agent this offseason and Nate Solder is a free agent in 2018.
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