11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU
The Bengals have a couple of needs worth addressing here, but their linebackers are in desperate need of an upgrade. Not only that, the defense needs a second level leader with range and hitting ability, and White has at least shown that. How dynamic is he in coverage? Are his instincts good enough?
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
We know the Packers love Iowa players, and the tight end position is a huge need for this team. Imagine getting Aaron Rodgers an outstanding weapon in the passing game and in the red zone while also enhancing your run blocking as a unit? That’s what Hockenson provides already as a redshirt sophomore.
13. Miami Dolphins: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Ferrell isn’t a super dynamic player, but he’s well-rounded, physical and represents a lot of what Brian Flores has been around in New England. The Dolphins are probably going to be without Robert Quinn and Andre Branch next year, while Cameron Wake nears the end (and is a free agent) and Charles Harris tries to shake the bust label. Ferrell is a safe pick who will contribute right away.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Ryan Schraeder really struggled last season, and although I’m not ready to give up on him, Williams is terrific value at this spot on the board. Maybe Atlanta sees him as a guard and plugs him in next to Alex Mack. Or maybe Williams beats out Schraeder and starts at right tackle right away. He certainly has the technique and mental processing to be an impressive early contributor in the NFL.
15. Washington Redskins: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Washington hasn’t been able to replace Desean Jackson’s speed since he left, and with Paul Richardson struggling to stay healthy his entire career, their wide receiver corps desperately needs someone they can count on. This is too high for Brown in my book, but Washington needs a field stretcher, and that’s what he does best.
16. Carolina Panthers: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Little did improve this past season, but his tape does not show a player deserving of the top 10 love he’s often getting. He’s a talented player with room to grow and the tools to take a chance on, but the landing spot is going to be huge. Despite Carolina being a mixed bag with offensive line talent, Little’s tools might make him worth the risk at no. 16 in their mind.
17. Cleveland Browns: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Browns are filling out a suddenly loaded roster, with needs existing at offensive tackle, cornerback, wide receiver and interior defensive line. The latter two position groups are deeper in the 2019 class, and three tackles are already off the board. Murphy is a versatile cover corner with the ability to excel in off coverage thanks to instincts and closing burst. He’ll start early across from Denzel Ward.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State
Pat Elflein hasn’t been a great pivot in Minnesota, so maybe a move to guard would do him well. Meanwhile, Bradbury has the agility and technique to be dominant in the run game, an offensive direction that will likely be paramount for offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski next season. Good fit at a position of need.
19. Tennessee Titans: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
I don’t love Deandre Baker as a pick here, but I don’t hate it either. He improved a lot this season and seems to have some of the traits to be a playmaker in an off-coverage or zone scheme. Baker’s draft stock will depend on how he tests at the Combine, specifically in the 40, and how well he interviews with teams. The Titans have a huge need at cornerback, and Baker could be an answer.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
I used to really want this pick to happen, but now I’m not sure how I feel about it. On one hand, Wilson is a good athlete with exceptional movement skills and terrific coverage instincts, but on the other hand he played his worst football down the stretch and missed too many stops in space. I love the tools, and I think Pittsburgh will too.