FRISCO, Texas – When the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft are conducted here Friday night, there are plenty of talented players available and ranked high on the NFLDraftScout.com board.
But rankings and team needs don’t always align. So here is my second-round mock draft, projecting the best fits for the next 32 picks.
33. Cleveland Browns: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (5-10, 224, 4.49)
As long as the medicals and character checks out, Guice is a first round value.
34. New York Giants: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP (6-2, 327, 5.15)
Left guard and right guard are both question marks for the Giants.
35. Cleveland Browns: Connor Williams, OT, Texas (6-5, 296, 5.05)
With Joe Thomas retired, Cleveland could use reinforcements on the offensive line.
36. Indianapolis Colts: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa (6-0, 196, 4.56)
Jackson's instincts and ball skills should fit well in the Colts new-look defense.
37. Indianapolis Colts: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU (6-3, 218, 4.54)
Aside from TY Hilton, the Colts receiver depth chart is underwhelming.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado (6-0, 201, 4.50)
With Vernon Hargreaves not living up to his first round status, cornerback is a need.
39. Chicago Bears: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College (6-2, 252, 4.64)
Durability is the main question mark, but the value will be too good to pass at some point.
40. Denver Broncos: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia (5-11, 227, 4.52)
Broncos landed one Chubb in the first, why not another Chubb in the second?
41. Oakland Raiders: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn (6-1, 206, 4.53)
Jon Gruden appreciates size and physical traits and Davis definitely passes the eye test.
42. Miami Dolphins: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State (6-5, 256, 4.70)
Best case scenario for Miami at this pick is the talented FCS tight end falling to them.
43. New England Patriots: Justin Reid, S, Stanford (6-0, 207, 4.40)
Safety might not be the top need, but Reid's versatility will be appealing to Bill Belichick.
44. Washington Redskins: James Daniels, OC, Iowa (6-3, 306, 5.23)
A first-round talent, Daniels can play center or guard and is an immediate upgrade in DC.
45. Green Bay Packers: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU (6-3, 199, 4.34)
With elite speed, Chark has the explosive skill-set the Packers are missing at receiver.
46. Cincinnati Bengals: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama (6-2, 207, 4.58)
Safety might not look like a glaring need, but the Bengals have done plenty of work on Harrison.
47. Arizona Cardinals: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas (6-2, 236, 4.52)
As the Cardinals adjust schemes, upgrades at linebacker is on the wish list.
48. Los Angeles Chargers: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State (6-5, 235, 4.90)
Chargers would be wise to start planning for life after soon-to-be 37-year-old Philip Rivers.
49. Indianapolis Colts: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State (6-5, 270, 4.95)
Colts missed out on Bradley Chubb in the first, but Hubbard isn't a bad consolation prize.
50. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis (5-11, 201, 4.50)
Could this pick go to Seattle for Earl Thomas? If not, receiver makes sense and Miller is best available.
51. Detroit Lions: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State (6-5, 247, 4.54)
It won't take long for Gesicki to shoot to the top of the tight end depth chart in Detroit.
52. Philadelphia Eagles: Brian O'Neill, OT, Pittsburgh (6-7, 297, 4.80)
At 36 years old, Jason Peters is coming off an ACL injury and O'Neill can be groomed at left tackle.
53. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronald Jones, RB, USC (5-11, 205, 4.49)
Jones would be a dynamic addition to the Tampa backfield with his explosive run style.
54. Kansas City Chiefs: Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia (6-5, 250, 4.46)
Tamba Hali is gone and Dee Ford is in a contract year, making pass rusher a priority.
55. Carolina Panthers: Josh Sweat, DE/OLB, Florida State (6-5, 251, 4.53)
Julius Peppers is still going at 38 years old, but Sweat would be an interesting protege.
56. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon (6-5, 309, 5.23)
With Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet entering contract years, Crosby provides line insurance.
57. Tennessee Titans: Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers (6-5, 253, 4.65)
The Titans need to add young pass rushers to the rotation and Turay has a sky high ceiling.
58. Atlanta Falcons: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford (6-3, 307, 5.21)
Atlanta needs to get stronger on the interior defensive line and Phillips is stout and productive.
59. San Francisco 49ers: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M (5-10, 201, 4.47)
Jimmy Garoppolo has solid options at receiver, but that shouldn't stop the 49ers from adding more.
60. Pittsburgh Steelers: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa (6-1, 234, 4.69)
Pittsburgh missed out on linebacker in the first and Jewell isn't a bad plan B option.
61. Jacksonville Jaguars: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma (6-8, 345, 5.68)
Jacksonville strengthened the defensive line with Taven Bryan, could do the same on offense here.
62. Minnesota Vikings: Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada (6-4, 306, 5.15)
The Vikings opted for cornerback over guard in the first, leading them to Corbett in the second round.
63. New England Patriots: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond (6-3, 222, 4.81)
Tom Brady turns 41 years old in August, New England is expected to draft a quarterback to develop.
64. Cleveland Brown: Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State (6-4, 315, 5.09, #97)
It would be a surprise if the Browns don't upgrade the defensive line at some point on Friday night.