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2018 NFL Mock Draft No. 3

Friday, March 30, 2018


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11. Miami Dolphins - DL Vita Vea, Washington - Cutting Suh does not mean the Dolphins don’t value defensive tackles. The price tag is totally different here, and if Mayfield, linebackers and Derwin James are off the board, Vea makes sense. He will make any linebacker who runs behind him better.


(TRADE) 12. Cleveland Browns (via BUF) - CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State - Now to the Browns end of this projected trade. Ward is even a possibility if the Browns stay at No. 4. He offers outstanding athleticism and comfort in playing the ball in the air despite his smaller frame.

 

13. Washington Redskins - RB Derrius Guice, LSU - Guice is a top 10 talent in this class, and the Redskins have been treading water for years in terms of their lead ball carrier. Chris Thompson is great, but also coming off injury and viewed as a complimentary piece.

 

14. Green Bay Packers - EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College - The best speed rusher in this class. No one can get upfield in three steps, bend and take a tight angle to the quarterback in this group like Landry. I know his run defense is not good, but don’t focus on that. Focus on Landry being able to make an impact on a game, even as a situational player.


15. Arizona Cardinals - CB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama - The Cardinals drafted Tyrann Mathieu’s replacement in Budda Baker last year, but they showed two similar type players can be on the field at the same time. Insert Fitzpatrick, who fits best as a hybrid defensive back who works in the slot and the box.


16. Baltimore Ravens - WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama - It might not ultimately be at No. 16, but the Ravens should exit the early part of the draft with a pass catcher. It might be a cliché to lean in the direction of an Alabama prospect here since Ozzie Newsome is making the call, but Newsome has drafted a Crimson Tide prospect in the first round in two of the last four drafts. Ridley’s game is based on creating separation and sustaining it. That translates to the NFL.

 

17. Los Angeles Chargers - OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame - I’m surprised at the lack of buzz around McGlinchey. Sure, you can find a handful of snaps where he badly loses, but overall he is super consistent. There’s a train of thought that he’s most comfortable on the right side, and that is where he would play for the Chargers.

 

18. Seattle Seahawks - OL Isaiah Wynn, Georgia - Wynn is a top 10 prospect. He has left tackle skills, however, he likely ends up inside due to height thresholds. The Seahawks must find dependable pieces along their front five.

 

19. Dallas Cowboys - LB Leighton Vander-Esch, Boise State - LVE is kind of a lesser version of Edmunds. He is uber-athletic and presents uncommon size at the position. If the Cowboys aren’t fond of the defensive tackles or receivers here, linebacker makes sense.


20. Detroit Lions - EDGE Marcus Davenport, UTSA - The Lions added Davenport’s position coach to the staff this offseason (also hired a former Boston College DC). Davenport has all of the tools and deploys a great long arm, yet he’s not a complete player right now. Filling a rotational role early makes sense.


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Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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