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22. Miami Dolphins

FLORIDA CB QUINCY WILSON

As far as total yards given up, Miami’s defense was the worst in franchise history; this year’s Dolphins gave up more yards than the 2007 1-15 Dolphins.

Giving up that many yards means there are holes in a few places, but none are bigger than the lack of production from their corners. This pick depends on what the team does with Byron Maxwell’s big contract. But if they get rid of him, Wilson can come in and start right away. Wilson is a physical, man-to-man lock down corner who has the body type to match up against almost any wide receiver.

23. New York Giants

MIAMI TE DAVID NJOKU

The Giants have their weapons on the outside with Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, but it’s time for them to get some consistency in the middle of the field.

I’ve read that some people prefer Njoku’s athleticism over Howard’s. I’m not in that camp, but I’m sure NFL teams will love Njoku’s Combine numbers. 

24. Oakland Raiders

WASHINGTON S BUDDA BAKER

Imagine a safety backfield with Baker and Karl Joseph in it. Scary, huh?

Baker’s size is his biggest knock, but when you watch his game tape, and what he can do in space, he quickly takes away or at least lessens those concerns. I think a team is going to fall in love with him and take him in the first round. The Raiders have plenty of offense when Carr is healthy and a running back can be picked up in the later rounds.

Reggie Nelson is 33 years old, and while splitting time with him, Baker could also play the slot. 

25. Houston Texans

ALABAMA OT CAM ROBINSON

If the quarterback run happens like it does above, there aren’t going to be many option for the Texans to try to replace Brock Osweiler with at No. 25. 

So, in order to make the best out of the situation, they can try to make his offensive line as good as they can. At worst case scenario, at least they’ll have a good tackle in place whenever they do get that quarterback replacement. 

26. Seattle Seahawks

WESTERN MICHIGAN OT TAYLOR MOTON

Over the entire course of Senior Bowl week, Moton was the best offensive lineman, all things considered.

Offensive line is the only need for the Seahawks in the first round. They just have to hope they get one of the top guys because the talent pool will drop off quick in this class.

27. Kansas City Chiefs

TEMPLE LB HAASAN REDDICK

Ok, I lied. Earlier I said Adams falling to No. 18 would be the steal of the draft, but Reddick at 27 would give that a run for its money. 

Reddick played all over during his college career. He played as a pass rushing edge, a stand-up outside linebacker and an off-ball linebacker. Asking a player to do that is one thing, but no just playing but thriving at all three is what makes Reddick on heck of a football player. He can play inside to replace the aging Derrick Johnson or even on the edge for Tamba Hali.

28. Dallas Cowboys

AUBURN DE CARL LAWSON

Dallas’ top need has to be pass rushing. They struggled to cover in the secondary, yes, but a good portion of that blame has to come from allowing quarterbacks to be so comfortable in the pocket.

Lawson played as a stand-up linebacker for the Tigers, but he has shown he can put his hand in the ground from a 3-point stance and rush the passer in a 4-3 front, too. I liked the addition of Maliek Collins last year for the Cowboys interior line. Now it’s time for them to get that edge disruption.

29. Green Bay Packers

FLORIDA CB TEEZ TABOR

The Packers’ deep playoff run this year was nothing short of a miracle, and part of the reason quarterback Aaron Rodgers was put in position to do perform those jaw-dropping plays was because the Packers’ secondary was, well, bad.

Green Bay’s defensive line not only needs help, but just general depth as well. However, Ladrius Gunter and Quinten Rollins can’t cut it when the Packers get into these shootouts. Tabor is a true lockdown corner who allows the Packers to play a Cover 3 scheme with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as the single high (which is idea for them). They just need to acquire the corners to do it. 

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

YOUNGSTOWN STATE OLB DEREK RIVERS

The Steelers need linebacker help, but mostly from the edge rushing positions. James Harrison, though highly impressive how he’s played this season, will eventually retire (we think); he’s 39. Jarvis Jones is a free agent, so may not return, either.

Rivers is a bit of a sleeper in this draft due to where he played, but after watching him at the Senior Bowl, he was consistently one of the more disruptive pass rushers of the group. Since the Steelers’ scheme calls for more of a stand-up linebacker than a 4-3 defensive end, Rivers is the best choice. 

Tennessee DE Derek Barnett – Photo by: Getty Images

31. Atlanta Falcons

TENNESSEE DE DEREK BARNETT

Dwight Freeney played like a mad man in that Super Bowl loss. He was abusing the Patriots left tackle, Nate Solder, and honestly had one of the better performances on the night.

But, the fact is he’s 36 years old, and his youthful performance can’t be counted on for long. Without him, Tom Brady would have looked even better than he did, and that Patriots win might not have been so dramatic since they may have taken the lead sooner.

Barnett would bring a strong, consistent pass rushing opposite Vic Beasley. The Falcons cannot afford to let their pass rush drop as they attempt to re-load and make another run.

32. New England Patriots

CONNETICUT S OBI MELIFONWU

For starters, congrats to the New England Patriots for once again being crowned NFL champions. I never thought a team that traded away its top two pass rushers, lose its best offensive weapon and had its Hall of Fame quarterback suspended for four games could have made it this far – let alone win the Lombardi trophy, but here we are.

After typing all of that out above, it’s hard to even think the Patriots have needs; this pick is truly a luxury. With it, I see them taking the chance on a player who could be a great safety in Melifonwu.

Melifonwu’s measured in at the Senior Bowl at 6-foot-4, 219 ponds. As if his body frame wasn’t alluring enough, his tape shows good use of that size paired with good athleticism and range. Watch this kid blow up at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
4 years ago

The Bucs pic at 19 for Howard is very good. Knowing the Browns, it’s hard to see them passing on Deshaun Watson, though, since no team without a quarterback has a prayer of climbing out of the cellar. Maybe a lot of folks rank Watson well down from no. 1 overall as a matter of equity in value, but what the heck good is claiming one got precise value when the team is utterly lost without a quarterback. Perhaps the Browns might even trade down a few spots, but their problem is those top few spots are made of of… Read more »

SaskBucs
SaskBucs(@saskbucs)
4 years ago

Thats the lowest I have seen Allen and Adams going. Us Bucs fans will be happy if the top of the draft unfolds with teams taking QBs…. anything I have read makes it seem unlikely though.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

You’re right there, Trevor … just as last year, nobody thought there were any top five QBs at the start of the pre-draft .. yet there they were at the top of the draft.

It’s a quarterback driven league today, every team that doesn’t have a locked down franchise quarterback today – which is more than half the league – is desperate to find one. That may not turn out to be the smart way to draft, but that’s the mentality of the haves versus the have-nots in the NFL.

Thankfully, the Bucs are in the “haves” category!

Brandonges
Brandonges(@brandonges)
4 years ago

As I stated in the Fab 5, I hope Howard is not the Bucs pick based on the poor track record of past first round Tight Ends and TE is a luxury position. This is the lowest I’ve seen Derek Barnett fall. I think if Tennessee’s all time leading sacker is still there at 19, the Bucs would pounce all over him.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
Reply to  Brandonges
4 years ago

I’m not sure I understand your point about “the poor track record of past first round Tight Ends”? I would suggest that looking back over the past 10 drafts, of the 8 TEs selected in the first round, 4 (Ebron, Eiffert, Olsen, Davis) have been pretty darn good over their careers – Ebron’s still pretty young but looking good (that’s 50% – and these guys aren’t top-10 selections), and the other 4 (Lewis, Gresham, Keller, Pettigrew) were hardly busts…perhaps not pro-bowlers, but they all started with regularity. I actually think the TE position looks like one position that is pretty… Read more »

Brandonges
Brandonges(@brandonges)
4 years ago

Notes for other teams: I find it interesting that you don’t have Alabama CB Humphrey in the first round. Most mocks I’ve seen have him going in the top half. Although I personally would touch a Nick Saban DB on the first round, because I think he coaches them beyond their ability. I like that you have Corey Davis and Mike Williams going that high. Both those guys are legitimate studs and Top 10 seems right. I don’t think either sniff falling to the Bucs I’m surprised you have the Browns going Fournette. With their money ball approach, I can’t… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
4 years ago

Kudos Trevor – the pre-FA, 1-day post SB mock draft is notoriously tough to make plausible. At this juncture, basically every pick any mocker makes can be hacked apart – so I won’t do that. I’ll just make a few observations in general about certain teams – all IMO: 1) The Chargers are moving to LA; they will pick someone exciting to play with Rivers in his final few seasons, and Gordon coming into his own, and take their offense to the next level. Instituting an exciting brand of football (ala, Air-Coryell), while teh Rams are doing whatever they’re doing,… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

Two thumbs up!

dfk68
dfk68(@dfk68)
4 years ago

Was it just an oversight or do you really see Jabrill Peppers dropping out of the 1st round? Not a knock on Howard but I think there is better value at 19 than TE. Peppers, Taco Charlton, Derek Barnett, and if the draft plays out like this, Cam Robinson. Pewter Report keeps saying the Bucs are happy with their OL but Robinson would be a serious upgrade to Demar Dotson who is getting old. If Davis, Williams, and Cook are all gone at 19 and OTs Robinson or Ramczky are still there, upgrade the OL! What would the score in… Read more »

wnb0395
wnb0395(@wnb0395)
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

No way peppers falls out of the first round. The kid has the most pure talent of all defensive players in the draft. He can play safety or corner back and hits like a linebacker. He even played some line backer this year for Michigan. He has got great instincts and decent coverage. Always full speed to every play. He was the one defensive player on Michigan that offensive coaches schemed for. He will go top 20.

dfk68
dfk68(@dfk68)
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

We disagree on Peppers. One thing is for sure, he and Dalvin Cook are going to blow up the combine!

dexfields22
dexfields22(@dexfields22)
4 years ago

We just watch how explosive the Falcons offense is in the SuperBowl and you think a TE is the way to go with our 1st pic in this year draft..REALLY?????

matador
matador(@matador)
4 years ago

It will surprise no one to learn that I agree on OL. I believe we have one high-quality starter surrounded by a plethora of backup/depth caliber players right now. Would love to get a stout center, but doesn’t seem to be in the cards and at least one high-quality starting tackle is still a must have. So if you are right about an early run on quarterbacks and receivers, I would happily take the second or third best offense of lineman in the draft with the 19th pick. If we could move down just a few spots and still get… Read more »

jongruden
jongruden(@jongruden)
4 years ago

Trevor, your a breath of fresh air when it comes to writing articles where your fan loyalty of your favorite collegiate team doesn’t cloud your mind esp in drafting. That said, I found it funny you had Mahomes going to the Cards at #13 that’s really high for him who is projected to be 2nd-3rd round pick but I guess we will see. Hooker going before Adams? I would bet $1,000 on that one

Buc 1976
Buc 1976(@robmckenz17gmail-com)
4 years ago

I’m wondering if Cory Davis falls to the 2nd Rd because of his injury?

SandraK
SandraK(@sandrak)
4 years ago

I absolutely don’t see the Browns selecting a RB @12. Especially if Adams is still available.

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