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The 2018 SQ NFL Mock Draft

Austin Taliaferro

With so many different possibilities to this draft, who should your team take with their first overall pick?

The SQ team presents the official SQ Mock Draft for the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.  To accurately reflect how this draft could go down, our writers were able to make trades for picks following the Pro Football Focus trade value chart.  The following trades were made:

(1)    Cleveland trades 1-4 to Buffalo for 1-12, 1-22

(2)    Denver trades 1-5 to Arizona for 1-15, 3-79, 3-97, and a 2019 1st round pick

(3)    New England trades 3-95 to Washington for 4-105, 5-142

For all these moves and all of the picks below, our writers took on the role of GM and did what they thought each team should do, not what what they would do. Leave a comment below with your thoughts about how our writers did drafting as your favorite team’s GM.


   Pick (Rnd)

1 (1)

Cleveland Browns

Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The Browns (obviously) desperately need a quarterback. Darnold seems like the safest bet of this year’s class even though Allen potentially has more upside. He’ll likely redshirt this year behind Tyrod Taylor so at least he won’t be thrown into the fire too early. (Ryan Neu)

2 (1)

New York Giants

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Recent reports link Barkley to the Giants, and while some view that noise as a misdirect, I think it’s a very legitimate fit. The Penn State running back is the best prospect in this draft class, and he gives the Giants’ offense a dimension they’ve been lacking for quite some time. (Kyle Trapp)

3 (1)

New York Jets

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

The Jets didn’t trade up with Indianapolis just three spots for anything but a quarterback. Josh Rosen has the arm talent to fall within the range of Aaron Rodgers to Jay Cutler, and the confidence to handle the pressures of New York. Once Tom Brady has retired, the AFC East will be wide open. (Hunter Bonge)

4 (1)

Buffalo Bills

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

It’s really anyone’s guess who emerges as the best quarterback from this draft class, but Mayfield falling to four is the ideal scenario for Buffalo. The Heisman winner has Russell Wilson-esque improvisation skills, and Bills Mafia will love his fiery personality. (Kyle Trapp)

5 (1)

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Arizona entered this offseason clearly a step behind their competition in the NFC West. They needed to make whatever trade necessary to grab a top-five quarterback from this year’s talented class. Without a QB to replace Carson Palmer, the Cards would be forced to watch as Russell Wilson, Jared Goff, and Jimmy Garoppolo tore up the division. (Hunter Bonge)

6 (1)

Indianapolis Colts

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

The Colts ranked second to last in sacks last season and have virtually no talent on the edge. Chubb will help fix that problem immediately. (Ryan Neu)

7 (1)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama

With four quarterbacks going in the top five, it allowed Fitzpatrick, arguably the best player in the draft to slip to the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay gladly adds Fitzpatrick to a defense that needs some playmaking in the backend. (Max Vukelich)

8 (1)

Chicago Bears

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

The Bears locked up their starting corners in the offseason, but not without a cost. As the team looks toward the future, they need to keep in mind the looming contract of Trubisky if he is the franchise quarterback they expected when they drafted. Ward is by and far the best corner in the draft and could easily slide into the slot position this season. (Matt Fowler)

9 (1)

San Francisco 49ers

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Regardless of what happens with Reuben Foster, the 49ers could use some help at linebacker. Edmunds is a freak athlete with the potential to be one of the best in the league. (Kyle Trapp)

10 (1)

Oakland Raiders

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

The Raiders fill their biggest need with the best player at the position. It’s not hard to imagine Smith producing 100+ tackles per season while leading a young, up-and-coming defense. (Matt Fowler)

11 (1)

Miami Dolphins

Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

This pick comes down to best player available and Nelson is arguably the best offensive line prospect in a decade. A player of this caliber shouldn’t slip out of the top ten and when he does, there’s no excuse to pass on him. Nelson slides into a starting role immediately to help protect oft-injured Ryan Tannehill. (Matt Fowler)

12 (1)

Cleveland Browns

Derwin James, S, Florida State

The Browns need depth in the secondary and James brings them a ton of athleticism and power. He also adds some versatility with the ability to play over the top and to drop down into the nickel. (Ryan Neu)

13 (1)

Washington Redskins

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Despite trading for Alex Smith this offseason and signing him to a four-year extension, at 33 he is not the quarterback of the future, if Washington hopes to compete. Jackson may be the best quarterback in this draft, and given that there is an out in Smith’s deal after three years, Jackson could sit behind him and learn the game to start out his career. (Adrian Nelson III)

14 (1)

Green Bay Packers

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

The Packers have glaring needs all over their defense (except maybe on the front line). They add to a growing, young secondary with Alexander: a quick, speedy ballhawk with a strong upside. (Ryan Neu)

15 (1)

Denver Broncos

Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

Davenport’s ceiling is too high to overlook at this spot. After trading back with ARZ, Denver picks up a few extra picks this year, an extra first next year, and a future defensive line that will terrorize AFC West quarterbacks for years to come. (Matt Fowler)

16 (1)

Baltimore Ravens

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Baltimore acquired Michael Crabtree and John Brown this offseason, but the WR group still lacks youth and upside. Ridley is a masterful route runner who shreds man coverage and could give the Ravens their WR1 of the future. (Nick Cardozo)

17 (1)

Los Angeles Chargers

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

The Chargers simply took the best playmaker available. If recent NFL history proves anything, it’s that star running backs get injured at the least-opportune moments. Pairing Guice with veteran Melvin Gordon will add depth to be sure, but it will also allow for a “thunder and lightning” combo that could give Los Angeles the best ground attack in the competitive AFC West. (Hunter Bonge)

18 (1)

Seattle Seahawks

Vita Vea, DT, Washington

When Seattle was at it’s heyday they dominated the trenches on both offense and defense. With a week offensive line crop earlier, the Hawks would be more than happy to scoop up the run-stuffing Vita Vea if he is still on the board. (Adrian Nelson III)

19 (1)

Dallas Cowboys

Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

After releasing Dez Bryant, the Cowboys will be looking to get a big bodied receiver with the ability to help Dak Prescott take the next step. Sutton provides a lot of the same skills to what Bryant did last season, while giving them a much higher ceiling going forward. (Max Vukelich)

20 (1)

Detroit Lions

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

Yes, there’s the heart condition issue, but a similar problem caused Star Lotulelei to fall in 2013 and look how he turned out. The Lions desperately need long-term solutions on their defensive line, and Hurst could be a steal here. (Kyle Trapp)

21 (1)

Cincinnati Bengals

Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

The Bengals opted to move back from 12 to acquire Cordy Glenn, which helps solidify their tackles, but they are still in need of a guard to really help Andy Dalton and the offense get back on track. Hernandez is the clear cut number two guard in this draft and will be a contributor from day one. (Max Vukelich)

22 (1)

Cleveland Browns

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

The league is a pass-first league, and as such, you can never have too many good defenders in your secondary. The Browns add a second solid player to their secondary with Jackson, a big-bodied corner with a nose for the ball. (Ryan Neu)

23 (1)

New England Patriots

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

No matter who is playing quarterback in New England, the Patriots need bodies on the offensive line to protect him. McGlinchey can, at worst, provide rotational support this season and, at best, be an immediate regular contributor at the tackle spot. (Ryan Neu)

24 (1)

Carolina Panthers

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

Carolina desperately needs help at the wide receiver position. With Washington, they get a burner, who can stretch the field, and become a go-to target for Cam Newton, opposite Devin Funchess. (Ryan Grube)

25 (1)

Tennessee Titans

Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College

A consistent edge rusher has become a position of need for the Titans. Landry displayed elite pass-rushing ability at Boston College, and could come in and start immediately. (Ryan Grube)

26 (1)

Atlanta Falcons

Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

Atlanta continues to add to their pass rush with the selection of Payne, the standout of the Alabama defensive line. Dan Quinn has been trying to replicate that Seattle pass rush with picks like Vic Beasley. Payne represents another step towards that goal. (Adrian Nelson III)

27 (1)

New Orleans Saints

Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

The Saints defensive line features the elite Cameron Jordan, but not much else. Bryan brings a high motor and can help improve a middle-of-the-pack run defense. The Saints defense is quickly on the rise and this pick continues the trend. (Nick Cardozo)

28 (1)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

Pittsburgh’s rich history of linebackers has slipped recently, and there’s no telling if Ryan Shazier will ever play football again. Vander Esch has the size, athleticism, and college production that teams covet. The Boise State product could slide in as a day one starter on the inside. (Nick Cardozo)

29 (1)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

Jacksonville lost CB Aaron Colvin this offseason, and would be wise to add depth behind Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye to prevent a step back from 2017. Oliver is an outstanding athlete with prototypical size and length for the position. (Nick Cardozo)

30 (1)

Minnesota Vikings

Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

The Vikings currently lack depth and talent at tackle and guard. With Wynn, they get arguably the most versatile offensive lineman in the draft, who has the ability to play anywhere along the line. (Ryan Grube)

31 (1)

New England Patriots

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

Even if Tom Brady returns for 2018 (which he almost certainly will), he needs a successor. Rudolph is the last potentially elite member of this quarterback class and the Patriots are happy to train him up for a year or two (or three) before handing him the keys. (Ryan Neu)

32 (1)

Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St.

The Super Bowl champions don’t really have any glaring needs that they have to address with this pick, which allows them to draft the best available player. Goedert will go perfectly with Zach Ertz and give them one of the best tight end duos in the NFL. (Max Vukelich)

33 (2)

Cleveland Browns

D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

The Browns need to continue to add to weapons on offense. Moore has fantastic quick burst speed and cuts well. Once he becomes a more polished route runner, he could become the go-to guy in Cleveland for a long time. (Ryan Neu)

34 (2)

New York Giants

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE/OLB, Oklahoma

The Giants have a gaping hole on the edge where Jason Pierre-Paul used to be. Okoronkwo is all over draft boards, but he was extremely productive in college and he’s a decent bet to rack up sacks in the NFL. (Kyle Trapp)

35 (2)

Cleveland Browns

Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

With Joe Thomas gone, the Browns need a replacement on the offensive line. Miller needs some training up, but he has the highest upside of the remaining tackles in the draft (and wasn’t completely horrific at the combine). (Ryan Neu)

36 (2)

Indianapolis Colts

Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

The Colts need offensive line help, not least because Andrew Luck (if he comes back) has proven to be injury prone. Indy shakes off Brown’s poor combine performance and trust his size and college performance. (Ryan Neu)

37 (2)

Indianapolis Colts

Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

This is perhaps a slight reach, but Miller showed at Memphis that despite his smaller stature, he can go get a ball. Miller runs great routes and has above average football speed. He’ll fit in well in Indy and will hopefully have a healthy Luck getting him the ball. (Ryan Neu)

38 (2)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

When the Buccaneers decided to cut Doug Martin, it made the running back position an even bigger need for Tampa Bay. Michel is a first round talent with the ability to make big plays. This seems like a perfect fit for Michel. (Max Vukelich)

39 (2)

Chicago Bears

Connor Williams, OT, Texas

Williams is a capable swing tackle that can step in and start right away for the Bears. After cutting guard Josh Sitton, the team has a hole to fill on the offensive line. (Matt Fowler)

40 (2)

Denver Broncos

Ronald Jones II, RB, USC

The Broncos replace the recently cut CJ Anderson with a balanced rusher in Jones. His combination of speed and power give him a great chance to step in and win the starting job over Devontae Booker. (Matt Fowler)

41 (2)

Oakland Raiders

Justin Reid, FS, Stanford

Reid presents Jon Gruden with a versatile defensive back capable of playing safety, outside and inside corner. Reid, coupled with first round pick Smith, gives the Raiders even more reinforcements to a strong defensive core. (Matt Fowler)

42 (2)

Miami Dolphins

Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

The Texas product gives the Dolphins a playmaking-linebacker capable of stepping in on day one and winning a starting job. He should bring competition to the linebackers room. (Matt Fowler)

43 (2)

New England Patriots

Holton Hill, CB, Texas

Hill is probably half a step slower than most teams would like. Fortunately he can make up for it with his size. Belichick will find a use for him on the outside, particularly when he’s looking to get physical with larger opposing receivers. (Ryan Neu)

44 (2)

Washington Redskins

Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama

After taking Jackson in the first round, Washington needs a Day 1 impact player and they have that in Evans. The Redskins were depleted at linebacker last season, Evans helps with that. Plus he adds to their couple of Alabama picks early in last years daft in Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson. (Adrian Nelson III)

45 (2)

Green Bay Packers

Dorian O’Daniel, OLB, Clemson

O’Daniel’s athleticism will be useful for new Packers DC Mike Pettine. The former Clemson Tiger isn’t an incredibly strong run stopper, but he can get after the passer and cover in space. Despite being slightly undersized, he’ll be a valuable addition to a Packers defense that needs versatility in defending the pass. (Ryan Neu)

46 (2)

Cincinnati Bengals

Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

The Bengals couldn’t stop the run at all last season. At 6‘4” and over 300 pounds, Harrison Phillips is the perfect player to anchor the Bengals defensive line and help get this team back on track. (Max Vukelich)

47 (2)

Arizona Cardinals

Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado St.

Arizona needs to put their new rookie quarterback in position to succeed in a tough division. Pairing veteran WR Larry Fitzgerald with an electric rookie on the other side, along with Josh Allen’s cannon arm allows for a lot of big-play potential. Not to mention that RB David Johnson is back. (Hunter Bonge)

48 (2)

Los Angeles Chargers

Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan

The Chargers need an upgrade at tackle to protect their 36-year-old franchise quarterback, Phillip Rivers. (Hunter Bonge)

49 (2)

Indianapolis Colts

Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State

Indianapolis continues to add pass rushers to its depleted defensive line. Sweat brings a ton of length to the edge and is strong enough to hold up against the run as well. (Ryan Neu)

50 (2)

Dallas Cowboys

Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

After getting their receiver to help the offense in the first round, Dallas will be looking to help their defense with this pick. Nnadi will help them in run defense and will be a nice compliment to David Irving on their defensive line. (Max Vukelich)

51 (2)

Detroit Lions

Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

The Lions have had just one 1,000 yard rusher since 2004, and while LeGarrette Blount is a savvy veteran addition, he’s merely a temporary band-aid. Chubb has the talent to be the long-term solution at running back. (Kyle Trapp)

52 (2)

Baltimore Ravens

Frank Ragnow, C/G, Arkansas

Ragnow graded out as PFF’s top college center the past two seasons, and provides some positional versatility on the interior. Baltimore’s line was decimated with injuries last year, but can be a solid unit when healthy. Adding Ragnow can take the group from good to great. (Nick Cardozo)

53 (2)

Buffalo Bills

Billy Price, C, Ohio State

Franchise stalwart Eric Wood decided to hang up the cleats this offseason due to a serious neck injury, so the Bills could certainly use a starting caliber center. Billy Price falling to the late second round would be an absolute blessing for a team that lost over half its offensive line. (Kyle Trapp)

54 (2)

Kansas City Chiefs

Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

Mike Hughes doesn’t have the name recognition of some of these other corners having played at UCF, but he is a late first / early second talent. After trading away Marcus Peters, the Chiefs could certainly use another young corner. (Adrian Nelson III)

55 (2)

Carolina Panthers

Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn

Following the failed physical of free agent-target, Bashaud Breeland, Carolina is in search of cornerback depth. Davis possesses the necessary combination of size (6’1), speed (4.53 40-yard dash), and ball skills to become an everyday starter for the Panthers. (Ryan Grube)

56 (2)

Buffalo Bills

Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

Zay Jones had an abysmal rookie season, so the Bills may be weary of selecting another wide receiver in the first two rounds. With that being said, there is no denying it’s a position of need following the departure of Jordan Matthews and Deonte Thompson. (Kyle Trapp)

57 (2)

Tennessee Titans

Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

Tennessee continues to beef up their front seven with this selection. Settle is surprisingly versatile for his size (335 pounds), and gives the Titans a productive run-stopper, who can be disruptive in the passing game as well. (Ryan Grube)

58 (2)

Atlanta Falcons

Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn St.

Matt Ryan has Julio Jones and a great tandem of backs in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but could use a few more weapons. With Levine Toilolo leaving, Gesicki could provide this offense with another reliable target as they continue to build a balanced attack. (Adrian Nelson III)

59 (2)

San Francisco 49ers

Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma

The 49ers could use a wide receiver here, but with no ideal fit available, they’ll have to settle for arguably the best receiving tight end in the draft class. Andrews should immediately top the depth chart while becoming one of Jimmy G’s go-to targets. (Kyle Trapp)

60 (2)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

The run on tight ends continues with Pittsburgh grabbing the former minor league pitcher, who moves very well for his size. The pass-happy Steelers would be happy to make an upgrade over Jesse James, who is just ordinary. (Nick Cardozo)

61 (2)

Jacksonville Jaguars

D.J. Chark, WR, LSU

Both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are gone, and the current starting WR tandem of Marqise Lee and Donte Moncrief leaves a lot to be desired. Chark has a rare blend of size and speed, but needs to develop better route running and consistency with his hands. Despite the blemishes, his ceiling remains high. (Nick Cardozo)

62 (2)

Minnesota Vikings

James Daniels, C, Iowa

Minnesota continues to address their offensive line with their selection of Daniels. He gives the Vikings another versatile lineman, who can assist in creating open running lanes for second-year phenom Dalvin Cook. (Ryan Grube)

63 (2)

New England Patriots

Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina State

Leonard has solid size, can cover tight ends and running backs, and stop the run both up the middle and on the outside. He’s not phenomenal at anything, but he’s pretty good at just about everything. He’d fit in well in New England. (Ryan Neu)

64 (2)

Cleveland Browns

Braden Smith, OG, Auburn

Depth on the offensive line is always good. Smith is a big-bodied guard that is already above average at run blocking. He could rotate in from Day 1. (Ryan Neu)

65 (3)

Buffalo Bills

Arden Key, DE, LSU

Arden Key has top-10 talent, but off-field concerns and a sub-par pro day cause the defensive end to tumble down draft boards. In the third round though, this pick has the potential to be an absolute steal. (Kyle Trapp)

66 (3)

New York Giants

Martinas Rankin, OL, Mississippi State

Rankin has the look of a plug-and-play option at a variety of positions across the offensive line. In other words, he’s a great fit for a Giants team that could certainly use some help protecting Eli Manning. (Kyle Trapp)

67 (3)

Indianapolis Colts

Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest

The Colts triple down on pass rushers. Ejiofor combined for 17.5 sacks during his final two seasons at Wake Forest and added 34.0 TFLs. He’s big enough to stop the run, too, which is nice. (Ryan Neu)

68 (3)

Houston Texans

Jaylen Samuels, TE, NC State

Being without first and second round picks, Houston looks to draft an immediate-impact player with Samuels. Although he’s labeled as a tight end, Samuels offers a unique skill set, and can play virtually any position on offense (except for offensive line and quarterback). (Ryan Grube)

69 (3)

New York Giants

Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon

Just three picks after taking Rankin, the Giants snag another offensive lineman, because you can never have too many reinforcements. Crosby has the tools to become a quality starting tackle. (Kyle Trapp)

70 (3)

San Francisco 49ers

Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State

The 49ers get their wide receiver after all just 11 picks later. Ateman has the ideal size and hands for a redzone threat, making him a great compliment to Marquise Goodwin. (Kyle Trapp)

71 (3)

Denver Broncos

Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond

The 6 foot 3, 215 pound quarterback presents Denver with a great opportunity to create competition at the position. Lauletta can step in and give Lynch a run for his money as the backup to newly signed Case Keenum. (Matt Fowler)

72 (3)

New York Jets

Jeff Holland, DE, Auburn

Pulling the Jets’ defense out of the bottom ten in the league starts up front. Adding an SEC playmaker on the edge will help to keep the Jets in close games. (Hunter Bonge)

73 (3)

Miami Dolphins

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn

Johnson gives Miami a power back to pair with the speedy Kenyon Drake. After fortifying their defense in the second round, the Dolphins turn back to the other side of the ball. (Matt Fowler)

74 (3)

San Francisco 49ers

M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina

The Richard Sherman signing should help the San Francisco secondary significantly, but there’s still the need for another addition. At the very least, Stewart projects as a solid slot corner. (Kyle Trapp)

75 (3)

Oakland Raiders

DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State

After the release of Michael Crabtree, coach Gruden could use an all-around receiver for Derek Carr. Hamilton fits the bill as a potential Crabtree replacement. (Matt Fowler)

76 (3)

Green Bay Packers

Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF

With Jordy Nelson gone and Randall Cobb underperforming the past two seasons, Green Bay could use a new target for Aaron Rodgers to throw to alongside Davante Adams and the newly acquired Jimmy Graham. With above average length and strong hands, Smith could be that guy. (Ryan Neu)

77 (3)

Cincinnati Bengals

Oren Burks, ILB, Vanderbilt

With Vontaze Burfict’s suspension looming, the Bengals need to add some depth at the linebacker position. Burks has the size and speed to be fill in for Burfict and can be a solid special teams player as well. (Max Vukelich)

78 (3)

Kansas City Chiefs

Chad Thomas, DE, Miami

Since the release of Tamba Hal, the Chiefs has been in need of some pass rush. Chad Thomas was a contributor to a very good Miami Hurricanes defense line which pressured the quarterback and helped force many a turnover (Adrian Nelson III)

79 (3)

Denver Broncos

Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech

After trading Talib, Denver opened up a starting cornerback spot. Stroman can compete for a starting spot on a defense looking to go young. (Matt Fowler)

80 (3)

Houston Texans

Kameron Kelly, CB, San Diego State

Since losing A.J. Bouye to the Jaguars last off-season, Houston has seeked out a possible replacement at the position. With Kelly, they get a safety, turned-corner, who possesses the elite range and ball skills to fill their void. (Ryan Grube)

81 (3)

Dallas Cowboys

Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

Dallas uses this pick to help bolster their defensive line once again. Pairing Hubbard with Demarcus Lawrence would make Dallas’ pass rush one of the best in the NFC. (Max Vukelich)

82 (3)

Detroit Lions

Jordan Akins, TE, Central Florida

Eric Ebron never lived up to his lofty top-10 status in Detroit, but he put up solid numbers across four season before leaving this March for Indianapolis. Akins doesn’t have Ebron’s upside, but he has the makings of a solid starting tight end. (Kyle Trapp)

83 (3)

Baltimore Ravens

Lorenzo Carter, DE, Georgia

As great as he is, Terrell Suggs’ time in the league is almost up, and the Ravens need to find an edge rusher for the future. Carter has plenty of length and athleticism, but must fill out his frame to reach his potential. His college production was impressive and selecting him in the third round could be a tremendous value. (Nick Cardozo)

84 (3)

Los Angeles Chargers

Quin Blanding, FS, Virginia

The AFC West has a lot of talented downfield receivers. Adding a safety in the third round is the best move here for L.A.(Hunter Bonge)

85 (3)

Carolina Panthers

Skai Moore, OLB, South Carolina

Although Julius Peppers elected to return for another season, he’s 38 and Carolina looks to find his replacement with this pick. Moore offers that potential; he possesses a great feel for the game and the necessary football intelligence to develop behind Peppers for one season. (Ryan Grube)

86 (3)

Kansas City Chiefs

Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh

Safety was a position of weakness for Kansas City last season. With their corner backs in flux and their pass rush in transition, getting a solid safety could help anchor their coverage. (Adrian Nelson III)

87 (3)

Los Angeles Rams

Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama

The Rams have arguably the best roster in the NFL, but no one thought that the Titanic would sink, either. The best way to prevent a leak is to reinforce the protection ahead of time. The best move for L.A. here is to take a talented center who has played against Grade A defensive linemen. (Hunter Bonge)

88 (3)

Carolina Panthers

Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State

It wouldn’t hurt for Carolina to add some offensive line depth, considering Ryan Kalil is nearing the end of his career. Jones gives them a productive tackle who possesses the long arms and great upper body strength needed for creating open running lanes. (Ryan Grube)

89 (3)

Tennessee Titans

Deontay Burnett, WR, USC

Although they used their fifth overall pick a year ago to snag Corey Davis. With Rishard Matthews locked into the #2 role, Tennessee looks to complete their receiving core with Burnett, who has the potential to be a productive slot receiver. (Ryan Grube)

90 (3)

Atlanta Falcons

RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami

As mentioned earlier, the Falcons are looking to build a rotation on their defensive line. Adding one or two more pieces could catapult them into the leagues best defense line unit. (Adrian Nelson III)

91 (3)

New Orleans Saints

Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana

Coby Fleener hasn’t seemed to established much chemistry or trust with Drew Brees, while Ben Watson is on his last legs at age 37. Thomas is great at gaining separation downs the seams and could be a sneaky weapon for Brees as his career winds down. (Nick Cardozo)

92 (3)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark Walton, RB, Miami

Le’Veon Bell’s future with Pittsburgh is murky at best. The team should give RB a strong look, and Walton has the pass catching skills needed to thrive in the Steelers’ offense. He has three-down back potential or could even serve as a complement to James Conner should Bell end up leaving. (Nick Cardozo)

93 (3)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Micah Kiser, ILB, Virginia

Paul Posluszny’s retirement leaves a hole in the middle of the Jacksonville defense and the team should be looking to reload. Kiser has a sturdy build and posted top-end production at UVA. His upside may be capped but he could become a serviceable starter with time. (Nick Cardozo)

94 (3)

Minnesota Vikings

DJ Reed, CB, Kansas State

With the 39-year old Terrance Newman electing to return for one more season, Minnesota gets their replacement with Reed. Reed finished fifth in the FBS with passes defended during his junior season, and gives the Vikings a reliable option at nickel corner. (Ryan Grube)

95 (3)

Washington Redskins

Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego St.

The running game was a huge weakness for Washington last year. Penny could go anywhere from late second to late fourth, so the Skins decided to swoop in before a run of teams that could use a running back. Penny is a great overall back who ranked first in yards per carry when contacted behind the line and was ranked one of the most elusive backs by PFF. (Adrian Nelson III)

96 (3)

Buffalo Bills

Nick Nelson, CB, Nebraska

Vontae Davis was a solid signing this offseason, but the former Pro-Bowler played just five games last season and turns 30 in May. Despite meniscus surgery that will sideline him six weeks, Nelson is a great value pick here. (Kyle Trapp)

97* (3)

Denver Broncos

Ronnie Harrison, SS, Alabama

Harrison gives the Broncos some depth at a position they haven’t had much success with recently. The failed experiment with TJ Ward gives the team some leeway with the position. (Matt Fowler)

98* (3)

Houston Texans

Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

Although they already have Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman, Freeman is too tempting to pass up at this point in the draft. Plus, Philadelphia showed us that you can never have too many running backs to be successful in this league. (Ryan Grube)

99* (3)

Denver Broncos

Will Richardson, OT, NC State

At this point in the third round, the Broncos can’t go wrong with some offensive line depth. Richardson can eventually take the mantle of one of the two starting tackle positions after a couple years of studying. (Matt Fowler)

100* (3)

Cincinnati Bengals

Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

The Bengals have other needs they could address with this pick, but Jackson’s value this late in the draft is too much to pass up. He has the type of athleticism that could make him an elite corner in the NFL. (Max Vukelich)

*Denotes compensatory pick


Edited by Brian Kang, Dani Quintana.

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How many quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft?
Created 4/16/18
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