21. Seattle Seahawks: Rashan Gary, iDL, Michigan
Remember Malik McDowell? The Seahawks have another shot at that type of player by adding the versatile Gary, who has the athleticism and violent hand usage to be a contributor as a rookie. His pass rush plan and lack of elite cornering ability combined with his size will probably push him inside, where Gary could become an extremely disruptive player with proper development.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
The Ravens have been taking swings on unpolished wide receivers with traits or aging veterans in free agency for a long time, so now it’s time to switch gears. Harmon is a pro-ready route runner with outstanding ball skills and the ability to win vertically without great speed. He’ll also block the crap out of you, which is perfect for Baltimore’s run-heavy offense.
23. Houston Texans: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
It really doesn’t matter which tackle spot Houston addresses, both of them are a train wreck right now. Taylor took a big leap in year two under improved coaching at Florida, developing into a solid right tackle after moving over from the left side where he had struggled the year before. The NFL will love his quick feet, but his technique still needs plenty of work.
24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Raiders wide receiver corps is basically non-existent, with not a single desirable starter or long term piece certain to return for 2019. Harry is big and strong with high-point and post-catch ability, but how he tests will be critical. His athleticism appears decidedly average in space, and separation could be an issue that haunts him.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
I don’t even know what the Eagles need because their entire roster was basically on injured reserve this season, but Rodney McLeod is coming off a season-ending injury and Malcolm Jenkins is getting up there a little bit. Adderley can play cornerback and both safety spots, bringing much-needed flexibility and play-making ability to an Eagles secondary that lacked both far too often this season.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Wilkins, iDL, Clemson
The Colts defense is improving, but they need pass rush help badly, as well as difference makers on the interior. Wilkins can provide leadership and high character right away, while also bringing improved technique, a legit rush plan and good athletic tool to a defensive line without many of those things. With the Colts still hoping their young edge rushers develop, Wilkins makes a lot of sense at no. 26.
27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Just add playmakers, man. Fant isn’t a great blocker, but he can stretch the field, track down a vertical ball and separate from man coverage. His skill set is that of a more consistent and polished Jared Cook, who is about to hit free agency in his 30s. Fant can replace him immediately, joining Harry to start to give the Raiders some semblance of a dynamic attack.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State
I’ll give the Chargers a dominant interior defensive lineman with pass rush skills every year until they take one. Simmons with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram could wreck the league, as the Mississippi State defensive tackle has the burst, hand usage and improved technique to be a monster at the 3-technique spot.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Love isn’t an elite athlete or a very big cornerback, but he’s smart, improving technically and has made a ton of plays on the ball over the past two years despite modest interception numbers. The Chiefs have such a dire need at corner that Love might need to start right away, which is another reason why a pro-ready guy makes sense at no. 29.
30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans Saints): Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
Polite has outstanding speed and bend for a pass rusher, as well as a more developed rush plan than he is often given credit for. There are whisperings out there about his character and work ethic however, which combined with his smaller frame could push him down the board a good bit. If he’s on the board for Green Bay here, they’ll have an excellent opportunity to land a really good football player who can act as a situational pass rusher while his frame and technique develop.
31. New England Patriots: Charles Omenihu, iDL, Texas
Before everyone loses their mind, the Patriots are only at no. 31 because the rankings are currently off regular season records. I don’t think they are going to lose the Super Bowl. Regardless, Omenihu is the exact type of player they should be looking to add at this point in the draft. The Texas defensive lineman reminds me a little bit of Demarcus Lawrence, showing strong hand usage, a quick first step and the ability to corner without elite bend. He’s perfect for New England’s defense.
32. Los Angeles Rams: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
The Rams simply won’t be able to bring back all of their free agents, and Lamarcus Joyner really didn’t play well enough to be retained this offseason. Gardner-Johnson is a bigger, more talented version of Joyner, capable of playing in the slot, perhaps even on the outside, or at single-high free safety, where I personally think his ceiling is probably the highest.