33. Arizona Cardinals – WR Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
Most teams that take a quarterback in the first round follow it up by taking another offensive player with their next pick. Christian Kirk looks like a nice find in the 2nd round of last year’s draft, but they need a long-term complement for him, with Larry Fitzgerald going into his age 36 season. Chad Williams, a 3rd round pick in 2017, has shown nothing in two seasons in the league, catching just 37% of his targets. Marquise Brown could easily go in the first round and was Kyler Murray’s favorite target in college.
34. Indianapolis Colts – DT Dre’Mont Jones (Ohio State)
Justin Houston was a big addition at defensive end, but the Colts need to add depth at defensive tackle behind Denico Autry and Margus Hunt. Dre’Mont Jones would factor into the rotation immediately and fits their scheme well. He could go in the first round, but this is a deep defensive tackle class.
35. Oakland Raiders – RB Josh Jacobs (Alabama)
The Raiders signed Isaiah Crowell to a one-year deal and could still bring back Marshawn Lynch, but neither player is a long-term option at running back. Josh Jacobs will likely be the first running back off the board and if he doesn’t go in the first round he’d make a lot of sense for the Raiders at the top of the 2nd round.
36. San Francisco 49ers – WR Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)
The 49ers were unsuccessful in trading for Odell Beckham, so they’ll probably address the wide receiver position through the draft. The 49ers like last year’s 2nd round pick Dante Pettis, but still lack a clear long-term #1 receiver.
37. Los Angeles Rams (TRADE) – C Garrett Bradbury (NC State)
The Rams trade down and take the first center off the board. It’s not a flashy pick, but the Rams have lost a pair of starters on the offensive line this off-season and Jared Goff has had a big statistical drop off in his career when under pressure. Last year’s 3rd and 4th round picks Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen are penciled in as the starters at left guard and center respectively, but they need competition for them and Noteboom’s long-term future may be at left tackle anyway, with Andrew Whitworth going into his age 38 contract season. Bradbury gives them more options, with the ability to play both guard and center himself. They could start him at center as a rookie with Allen and Noteboom competing at left guard.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State)
The Jaguars let go of defensive tackle Malik Jackson this off-season for salary purposes and could do the same with Marcell Dareus (owed 20 million non-guaranteed in 2020) next off-season, as they try to manage the cap with several key young players due extensions. They took Taven Bryan in the first round last year, but need a long-term starter opposite him. Jeffery Simmons could have been a top-15 pick, but tore his ACL in the pre-draft process. WIth Dareus still on the roster, Simmons won’t be needed much as a rookie, but he could prove to be a steal for a team that needs to keep finding talented young players on cheap rookie deals.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DE Zach Allen (Boston College)
After adding to their offensive line in the first round, the Buccaneers need to focus on defense with their day 2 picks (now 3 after their trade down with the Redskins). Zach Allen gives them a useful piece upfront for their new 3-4 defense. Especially if they’re planning on moving on from the highly paid Gerald McCoy at some point, they need a young 3-4 defensive end.
40. Buffalo Bills – CB Rock Ya-Sin (Temple)
The Bills took one-year fliers on injury prone cornerbacks Kevin Johnson and EJ Gaines this off-season, but lack a long-term starting option opposite Tre’Davious White. Rock Ya-Sin is a rising prospect and would give the Bills a talented young trio with White and slot cornerback Taron Johnson, a 2018 4th round pick who had a promising rookie year.
41. Denver Broncos – C Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State)
The Broncos signed right tackle Ja’Wuan James to a big contract in free agency, which fills a big need, but they also lost center Matt Paradis and right guard Billy Turner. The Broncos have an open competition to replace them upfront and could easily add a premium prospect through the draft. Jenkins can play both guard and center, but would probably be most valuable at the next level as a center.
42. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Greg Little (Mississippi)
Cordy Glenn is a solid left tackle when healthy, but he’s also missed 19 of 48 games with injury over the past 3 seasons and they lack a good replacement. Little would give them more depth at the position and another option at right tackle, where the Bengals inexplicably re-signed Bobby Hart to a 3-year, 16.15 million dollar contract this off-season.
43. Detroit Lions – DE Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech)
Even with the addition of Trey Flowers, the Lions still need to add one more edge rusher. Ezekiel Ansah is still available to bring back as a free agent, but he’s highly unlikely to return. Jaylon Ferguson is a good value at 43.
44. Green Bay Packers – DE Isaiah Buggs (Alabama)
The Packers could still bring back Muhammad Wilkerson, but they’re pretty thin on the defensive line without him. Wilkerson also isn’t a sure thing, coming off a serious injury, with his last strong season coming in 2015.
45. Atlanta Falcons – DE D’Andre Walker (Georgia)
The Falcons are bringing back Vic Beasley for the final year of his rookie deal, but he hasn’t been nearly the same pass rusher over the past 2 seasons as he was in 2016. With little depth behind him and Takkarist McKinley, the Falcons will need to add another edge rusher at some point. D’Andre Walker is undersized at 6-2 251, but the Falcons don’t mind smaller defensive ends (both Beasley and McKinley are under 260) and they can use Walker as a standup linebacker in some situations as well.
46. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TRADE) – OLB Jachai Polite (Florida)
The Buccaneers add another piece for their new 3-4 defense. Shaq Barrett was a nice addition, but he was only signed to a one-year deal, while Carl Nassib, a questionable scheme fit, will also be a free agent next off-season. Character concerns drop Polite out of the first round, but someone will take a chance on his talent.
47. Carolina Panthers – S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida)
The Panthers used a 3rd round pick on Rashaan Gaulden last year and used him sparingly at safety as a rookie, behind veteran Mike Adams. Gaulden appears to be heading to cornerback for 2019 and probably beyond though, meaning the Panthers will need a long-term option at safety opposite Eric Reid. Mike Adams is gone, so Chauncey Gardner-Johnson could easily be a starter as a rookie.
48. Miami Dolphins – OT Yodny Cajuste (West Virginia)
The Dolphins have a big hole to fill at right tackle after losing Ja’Wuan James in free agency. They could end up starting a rookie at that spot in 2019.
49. Cleveland Browns – CB Sean Bunting (Central Michigan)
The Browns took a cornerback 4th overall in last year’s draft, taking Denzel Ward, and he’s gotten off to a great start, but they lack a long-term starter opposite him. Bunting would probably start as the 4th cornerback behind veterans TJ Carrie and Terrance Mitchell, but could easily be a starter in 2020 and beyond.
50. Minnesota Vikings – CB Justin Layne (Michigan State)
The Vikings have never shied away from using early picks on cornerbacks since Mike Zimmer got to town. With both Trae Waynes and Mackenzie Alexander set to hit free agency next off-season and a lot of the Vikings’ cap already committed to other players, the Vikings will need to add some cornerback depth at some point.
51. Tennessee Titans – G Chris Lindstrom (Boston College)
The Titans moved on from their two starting guards in 2018, free agent Quinton Spain and cap casualty Josh Kline. They upgraded one spot with the addition of free agent Rodger Saffold, but they still need a new starter at the other spot. Lindstrom could compete for the week 1 starting job at right guard.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers – OLB Joe Jackson (Miami)
The Steelers used first round picks on outside linebackers in 2015 (Bud Dupree) and 2017 (TJ Watt), but they could use more depth behind them, particularly with Dupree going into the final year of his rookie deal.
53. Philadelphia Eagles – MLB Te’Von Coney (Notre Dame)
The loss of Jordan Hicks was big for the Eagles’ defense. They’ll need to address the linebacker position at some point and the draft is their best chance to do so at this point in the off-season.
54. Houston Texans – RB Damien Harris (Alabama)
Lamar Miller is going into the final year of his contract. He’s an underwhelming starter anyway, but the Texans lack another capable back. Dont’a Foreman, their 3rd round pick in 2017, showed promise as a rookie, but couldn’t get back into form in his 2nd season after a torn achilles. He may still be in their future plans, but they should add another young back to the mix at some point.
55. Houston Texans – CB Kendall Sheffield (Ohio State)
After losing both Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson, the Texans are in a tough spot at cornerback. Johnathan Joseph is going into his age 35 season and the final year of his deal, free agent acquisition Bradley Roby is signed to just a one-year deal, and Aaron Colvin is coming off of a disastrous first season in Houston after signing a 4-year, 34 million dollar deal in free agency last off-season. On top of that, their depth at the position is suspect at best. They’ll need to address this position through the draft.
56. Arizona Cardinals (TRADE) – S Johnathan Abram (Mississippi State)
With the Cardinals taking Kyler Murray #1, the next step would likely be to trade Josh Rosen. Rosen’s name has already come up in trade rumors, being linked to the Chargers, Giants, and Patriots, with one team reportedly offering a second round pick. It makes sense that would be the Patriots, who have a pair of late second round picks and no long-term option behind a soon-to-be-42-year-old Tom Brady.
Rosen had a disastrous first year in the league, but had little help from his supporting cast and was a top-10 pick just a year ago. He’s better than any quarterback the Patriots can get at this point in the draft. The Patriots could also send a future conditional pick based on playing time. The Cardinals need all the help they can get in the draft and, after starting with two offensive players, now turn to defense with the pick they got from New England. They haven’t replaced either Antoine Bethea or Tre Boston this off-season, so they address the safety position here.
57. Philadelphia Eagles – RB David Montgomery (Iowa State)
The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard, but they didn’t give up much for him and probably aren’t done adding at the position, especially with Howard in the final year of his contract and coming off of a down year. David Montgomery gives them a long-term lead back.
58. Dallas Cowboys – WR Miles Boykin (Notre Dame)
The Cowboys added a #1 receiver at the trade deadline in Amari Cooper, but the rest of their receiving corps is pretty suspect, especially with Cole Beasley leaving in free agency. They signed Randall Cobb to replace him, but he’s only on a one-year deal and fellow veteran Allen Hurns is also in the last year of his deal. Last year’s 3rd round pick Michael Gallup could still develop into a solid starter, but they need a 3rd receiver to go with him and Gallup long-term.
59. Indianapolis Colts – WR Terry McLaurin (Ohio State)
With few pressing needs, it would be a surprise to see the Colts double up on wide receivers, as wideout is their biggest position of weakness right now. Last year, they doubled up on defensive ends and guards both in the first 2 rounds, so clearly they aren’t afraid to do it.
60. Los Angeles Chargers – OT David Edwards (Wisconsin)
The Chargers’ offensive line has gotten better in recent years, but right tackle Sam Tevi is their worst starter. They need to add more competition for him. Even if Edwards doesn’t start as a rookie, he can be a valuable swing tackle and develop into a starter long-term.
61. Kansas City Chiefs – CB DeAndre Baker (Georgia)
The Chiefs addressed the safety position in the first round, but they need to address cornerback as well. They had one of the worst secondaries in the league last year and lost their top outside cornerback Steven Nelson to the Steelers in free agency. Baker could compete for a big role in his rookie year in a thin group.
62. New Orleans Saints – WR Hakeem Butler (Iowa State)
The Saints don’t have a ton of needs, even without a first round pick, but they could dip into a deep wide receiver group on day 2, with their depth chart unsettled behind Michael Thomas. 2018 3rd round pick Tre’Quan Smith could develop into a starter, but veteran Ted Ginn is going into his age 34 season and you need at least three good wide receivers in today’s NFL. Butler can be that 3rd guy long-term.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – C Erik McCoy (Texas A&M)
Losing center Mitch Morse in free agency left the Chiefs pretty thin on the interior of their offensive line. Austin Reiter is penciled in as the starter, but he’s an underwhelming option. Erik McCoy is a versatile player who could also compete with Cameron Irving at left guard or serve as a reserve across all 3 interior spots.
64. New England Patriots – WR Parris Campbell (Ohio State)
The Patriots haven’t had much success developing early round wide receivers, but they might have to try again. Julian Edelman is going into his age 33 contract year, Josh Gordon is a constant question mark, and their depth behind them is suspect.