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33. Arizona, Marquis Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Small but mighty target for the Cardinals. He’s fast. Really, really fast. Game breaker fast. He just had Lisfranc surgery on his foot, otherwise, he’s a probably first rounder.
34. Indianapolis, A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
In a tandem with D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss has two of the top five receivers in this draft. A.J. Brown doesn’t have the frame or raw speed of his teammate, but he’ll be an exceptional versatile slot receiver at the next level. He catches the ball well in tight windows and is a great route runner.
35. Oakland, Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
This is Oakland’s fourth pick in the first thirty-five. Getting an anchor on that O-line will help the running and passing game for years to come. At 6’3”, 308 lbs., Lindstrom has tons of potential to be a ten-year starter in the NFL.
36. San Francisco, Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Murphy is a pure outside corner. He’s a little lean, but tackles well, and reacts quickly to the ball. He’ll become an excellent cover corner, or flexible player on a zone-heavy team.
37. NY Giants, Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
It could be another defensive lineman or linebacker for the Giants here, but a speedy corner would be my pick. At just under 6’, Ya-Sin won’t get mismatched as badly as some other corners by the length of opposing wide receivers.
38. Jacksonville, Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
A versatile safety/cornerback prospect from a small school. He’s a little undersized but plays bigger and has a nose for the ball. Great hands and a solid, sure tackler. He also has the potential to be a return man in the NFL.
39. Tampa Bay, N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St.
Jameis Winston needs more if he’s ever going to become what the Buccaneers want him to be. That means taking some pressure off of Mike Evans. Having another big, strong outside threat that can win contested balls and go up the ladder is a great start. Harry isn’t a speed freak, but he’ll be hell to cover on third down and in the red zone.
40. Buffalo, Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Buffalo still needs talent at the skill positions. Samuel is a powerful wideout that can flash game-breaking speed as well as break tackles. Solid route runner with few weaknesses on the field, but durability may be a concern for some teams.
41. Denver, Eric McCoy, C/OG, Texas A&M
Denver has a lot of needs all over the field, but with Joe Flacco coming in and probably a rookie behind him, shoring up a porous offensive line has to be the primary concern. McCoy is versatile up front and will give Denver options as they sort out the mess and rebuild.
42. Cincinnati, Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
Rapp plays better than his measurements. He’s a little small and a little slow, but he has great field awareness and is always in the right place to make the play. A better forty time (he ran 4.7 at Washington’s pro day) would likely have him in the first round.
43. Detroit, Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
A quick look at his stats will have some Lions fans scratching their heads but Georgia’s offense was very balanced, so no single player leaps off the stat sheet. Ridley is a clean route runner with good size who gets plenty of separation. He has solid hands, and the ability to bowl over defenders for the extra yard when needed.
44. Green Bay, David Montgomery, RB, Iowa St.
At 5’10”, 222 lbs., Montgomery is exactly the type of bruising back that can help Aaron Rodgers for the next few years. He’s got pop in his legs and can stop on a dime. He’s not really a pass catching back, but his ability to see defenses developing has made him extremely productive at the college level.
45. Atlanta, Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB, Kentucky
This might seem a little high for Johnson, considering that many folks have the Kentucky corner graded out as a third-rounder. I think he stands the chance to jump the field, and here’s why. The offensive game has turned into a chess strategy of mismatches, and Johnson can go a long way towards negating the tallest receiver or tight end on any opponent. He’s 6’3” with 4.5 forty speed. In a division with the Saints Michael Thomas and the Buccs Mike Evans, some length will go a long way.
46. Washington, Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
With the departure of Preston Smith, Washington needs an edge rusher to pressure opposing QBs. Chase gets after it. He’s a major disruptor behind the line of scrimmage that is also solid against the run. He can create havoc by forcing fumbles and isn’t afraid to hit the dirt to get the ball back. Honestly, I’m not sure Winovich will last this long, but if he does Washington would be crazy to pass him by.
47. Carolina, Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Cam Newton needs a new toy. Parris Campbell could be the guy. He was a slot/backfield receiver at Ohio St, so the tape on him is somewhat limited. But he’s fast. Blazing fast. 4.31 at 6’, 205 lbs. State champion sprinter on the track fast. He will bring value on special teams as well, and I think he might have been a first rounder if he’d seen more deep ball opportunities at OSU.
48. Miami, Miles Sanders, RB, Penn St.
At 5’11”, 211 lbs., Sanders picked up the slack after Saquon Barkley headed to the NFL. He’s a skilled, cerebral runner with the ability to make defenders miss and enough mass to finish tackles. He sometimes overthinks his blocking but could develop into a solid every down back at the next level.
49. Cleveland, Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
Since they traded for OBJ, this is the Browns first pick in the 2019 draft. As I mentioned in my draft reports, the biggest weakness the Browns need to deal with is a porous run defense. Willis can help, the 302lbs. DT out of Miami managed 18 tackles for loss his senior season for the Hurricanes. He’s a big body that can close lanes.
50. Minnesota, Kaleb McGary, Washington
I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but Minnesota needs a lot of help along the offensive line. In fact, it’s their only standout need, so I think they go back to the well and add towering giant Kaleb McGary with their second pick. He’s over 6’7”, and almost 320lbs. Talk about making space.
51. Tennessee, Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
Marcus Mariota needs help y’all. Adding the tall (6’4”) mismatch-creating tight end will help Mariota with some easy completions and another reliable red zone target. A shifty slot receiver might also be good, but I think with Sternberger still on the board, he’s a good call.
52. Pittsburgh, Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. St.
Pittsburgh needs to find an heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger, Finley could be that guy. His stats don’t jump off the page at me, but he’s developed well, improving his yardage, completion percentage and YPA every year. I don’t like him as a first-year starter, but he has the right skill set to learn behind Big Ben and make for a seamless transition.
53. Philadelphia, Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
All you need to know about this cat is that he had 17.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss last season. Plus, he’s 6’5”, 292. A mediocre pro day and some added weight are the only reason he slips this far. Could be an absolute beast at the pro level if he gets his regimen sorted out.
54. Houston, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Houston has back to back picks in the second round, and for my money, they’ll both be defensive players. First up, the Gators 5’11”, 210lbs. safety. Sub 4.5 forty speed allows him to close gaps, and muscular but not-too-compact frame means he can battle for balls. He’ll be useful in blitz packages, as well as covering speedy slot receivers. If he can improve his reads, he can be an all-pro level safety.
55. Houston, Germaine Pratt, LB, NC State
A free-roaming linebacker who had a standout senior year for the Wolfpack, including 104 total tackles, including six sacks and some forced fumbles. He also isn’t afraid to step into a route. He had two INTs his Junior year, including a long one he took back to the house. He’ll be an asset shoring up defense behind that pass-rush happy defensive line in Houston.
56. New England, Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa St.
Everyone knows that the Patriots receiving corps is a patchwork of castoffs. Butler has a chance to be the latest. He’s big (6’5”) and muscular (227lbs.) and fast (4.48 on that frame). He doesn’t always separate quickly, due to his long strides, but when he does, he’s hard to catch, and harder to tackle. He wins a lot of 50/50 balls over smaller corners who have him
boxed in. Admittedly, he’s a bit of a one trick pony, but if Butler gets in the same page as TomBrady, he could become an absolute touchdown machine.
57. Philadelphia, Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
Potential, potential, potential. With their second pick of the round, Philadelphia can afford to take a flyer on the talented, but extremely rough linebacker from Florida. He’s twitchy fast and strong, and his athleticism jumps out. The issue is that he’s undisciplined and makes bad reads at times. Some good coaching could improve his game. If that happens, he’s a steal late in the second round.
58. Dallas, Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
A solid defensive line pick to shore up the Cowboys run unit. He’s a productive tackler with an average of five sacks per year and fifteen tackles for loss per year. He’s also not afraid of the ball, getting his mitts in the air for six passes defended and an interception during his senior year. He’s not a monster at 6’4”, 281, but he’s big enough to move offensive lineman when called upon.
59. Indianapolis, Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
He’s a workhorse. He doesn’t overthink things. He hits gaps and goes as far as he can. He doesn’t show elite burst, but his patience pays off when he lets blocking develop. He became more useful in the passing game as his career at Alabama went on. I expect he’ll be versatile in a pro system as part of a multi-back scheme.
60. LA Chargers, Dalton Risner, C/OG/OT, Kansas St.
As I mentioned in round one, the Chargers aren’t far away, and they don’t have a lot of glaring needs. I expect they’ll be looking for depth and line strength in both of the first two rounds. Risner is versatile offensive lineman that will bring consistency and execution no matter where he’s deployed. He’s not a mauler, but he gets the job done time after time.
61. Kansas City, Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
Kansas City needs defensive help, even with the addition of Frank Clark from the Seahawks, and this is their first pick in the draft. Thornhill is a ball-hawking safety that averaged over 23 yards per return on his six interceptions in his senior year. He can change a game at any moment.
62. New Orleans, Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio St.
New Orleans was inches (and one bad no-call) away from the Super Bowl last season. They don’t need a lot, and that’s good. This is their only pick in the first three rounds. Depth and strength along the defensive line is never a bad thing to add, and Jones will add both to an already stout line.
63. Kansas City, Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion
As I mentioned, the Chiefs need all sorts of help all over that defense. Frank Thomas will help, a lot, but they’ll still need to create more pressure to contend. Oshane Ximines flattened opposing quarterbacks twenty times in his final two seasons, racking up well over thirty tackles for loss. He’s perhaps a touch small at 6’3”, 253lbs., and out of college, he’s strictly a pass
rusher, but there’s plenty of value here at the end of the second round.
64. New England, Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Love is exactly the type of cover defender the Patriots defense can build around. He’s versatile and intelligent, with great instincts. He’s not a massive physical specimen, and he’s not a speedster, but he’s technically very sound and seldom makes mistakes, even when moving between schemes and coverages.
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