21. Seattle Seahawks: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
I truly cannot think of a player who screams SEATTLE SEAHAWKS more than Chauncey Garnder-Johnson.
Gardner-Johnson is a hybrid (plays both strong safety and nickel cornerback), physical, fast, chirping machine of a defensive back who has tons of talent that just needs to be harnessed. My only regret here is that he wouldn’t get to play next to Earl Thomas. That would be amazing to watch.
But Thomas’ likely departure is why the Seahawks will have such big needs at cornerback and safety come draft night. CGJ can help.
22. Baltimore Ravens: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
There likely won’t be this much of a wait for the first wide receiver to be taken off the board, but due to the fact that the receiver class is so deep with talent, teams could be looking at other positions in the first round knowing they can get one or two offensive weapons in the later rounds.
If that’s the case, this will be as far as Metcalf will fall, as the Ravens need wide receiver help badly and Metcalf has the highest ceiling of any receiver in this class.
23. Houston Texans: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Much like the situation in Minnesota, the Texans have to be targeting their offensive line with their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. They’ll likely make a run at a few free agents, if they can, but that shouldn’t change their priorities for round one.
With most of the top offensive tackles gone, selecting the versatile Risner here could actually play into their advantage. This way they could they have a solid piece they can move around the line no matter how their offensive line upgrades come over the next few seasons.
24. Oakland Raiders (via CHI): Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
After selecting Bosa at the top of the draft, it will be time to focus on helping the offense out in Oakland.
I feel like Harmon does not get talked about enough. It was almost as if we all watched Harmon early in the draft process and then went, “yup, he’s good” and never reassured people of that — or at least as much as we should have. Harmon has the size, speed and strength to be a true No. 1 in the NFL — and he will be in Oakland if he gets selected here.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State
Jeffery Simmons wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine due to a violent incident that occurred between he and a woman many years ago (I detail all of that in the hyperlink). This is only the start of people finding out what happened with Simmons that day.
But, in summary, it was an incident with his family that got violent and Simmons felt the need to protect his family. Since then, all reports say he’s been nothing but a model student and citizen. I can see a team like the Eagles and a coach like Doug Pederson taking a chance on Simmons. This would be a good spot for him in many ways.
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via IND): Rashan Gary, iDL, Michigan
*TRADE* IND sends No. 26 to TB for No. 39 and No. 69.
I told you all that Bucs general manager Jason Licht loves to play the draft game.
After trading down with Jacksonville and getting two third round picks, I bet Licht would have no problem using one of those picks (knowing he still has a extra one next year) to move up from the top of the second round to the back of the first round to pick up another trench player, this time on the defensive side. Gary could be an interesting piece with the Bucs already having Vita Vea. Gary could also play 5-tech as a defensive end in Todd Bowles’ defensive system.
Will Gary likely be gone before this? Yes. But if he’s not, someone is going to trade up into the first round to get him.
27. Arizona Cardinals (via OAK): Yodny Cajuste, OT, WVU
*TRADE* Oakland sends No. 4 and No. 27 to Arizona for No. 1
After getting Quinnen Williams with their first pick in the first round, it would be wise of the Cardinals to go after offensive line with their next pick, whether that’s at the top of round two if no trade down happens, or here if they do end up selecting in the first round twice.
Unlike many of the other top offensive tackles in this class, Cajuste is a true left tackle.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence, iDL, Clemson
The Chargers have a few needs on the defensive side. Though their strategy to get creative with their safeties as nickel corners and linebackers worked against the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs, it didn’t against New England. That’s likely due to the fact that they weren’t strong enough on the interior.
Though I’m not as high on Lawrence as others seem to be, getting him to anchor on the inside with some athletic upside and pairing that with Bosa and Ingram as solidified edge players would help a lot.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
The Chiefs could go many different directions with this pick, but all of those directions point to the defensive side of the ball. With Justin Houston aging and Dee Ford about to hit free agency, there are big question marks at edge rusher. But after spending back-to-back second round picks, first on Tanoh Kpassagnon and then on Breeland Speaks, at that position, it’s more likely they’ll look elsewhere.
At that point, just pick the talent; Nasir Adderley is that talent. As a free safety-type, Adderley can play a centerfield role that allows the Chiefs to play single high coverage which will allow them to get aggressive in what they do up front.
30. Green Bay Packers (via NO): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
The Packers would love to get themselves one of those Nasir Adderleys, but even with Adderley going off the board right in front of them, that does not alleviate the need to get an impact safety.
Thompson is a wildcard, much more of one than I expected back when the seasons started, but when he’s on he has some fantastic free safety tape. Perhaps Green Bay can get that out of him again after the young Thompson struggled down the stretch.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
There really are not that many needs on the Rams’ roster, but the one glaring need they have is in the middle of the field at linebacker. Appreciating Bush seems to be a slow burn for analysts in this draft class, but most are starting to come around to him being one of the better linebackers in this class with an aggressive mentality to tackle and eyes and instincts to cover. How he performs at the Combine will be telling of where he is picked.
32. New England Patriots: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Good Lord, this would be so unfair, wouldn’t it? Going straight from Gronk to Fant?
I do think Rob Gronkowski will end up retiring before the season in 2019. He just sounds like a guy whose body is broken and has been through so much. Why not go out on top? If he does — or even if he doesn’t right now, they know he will soon — the Pats will still need a weapon at that key position for them. If they can pick Fant, they won’t hesitate.