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Two Round NFL Draft Mock (Post-First Wave Free Agency)

Fresh off the NFL Combine and the first wave of free agency, we are armed with a new wave of hype and intrigue.

As is true with every postseason bowl game, workout, and meeting, the NFL world is fresh with rumors, excitement, and speculation. Thus, now is as good a time as any to do another mock for the upcoming NFL Draft.

This iteration will consider possible choices/moves after the first round of free agency moves and after one big draft trade.

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Round 1

1. Carolina Panthers- C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Carolina’s move to #1 made sense long before it was made, largely because they had D.J. Moore to offer in a market thin on wide receivers. My first thought on this deal was that the Panthers were targeting Anthony Richardson. However, rumors consistently point toward Stroud or Bryce Young as their target. Between those two, Stroud is the pick for a couple of reasons.

One, Reich has generally started taller passers in his coaching career. Two, this move happened right after Stroud lit up the Combine while Young sat out drills. It also helps that Stroud is a precise thrower who consciously worked on becoming a better pocket passer and not leaning on his legs. The final icing on the cake was Stroud’s close to the season, which was arguably the most impressive performance of the college football season.

2. Houston Texans- Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Young is the safest quarterback in this class. He has an extended resume of plus production on top of being accurate, creative in the pocket, and a good athlete. The problem is his size. His arm is strong enough, his pocket presence is amazing, and he’s mobile. Unfortunately, his height and low playing weight bring doubts about durability, field vision, and batted passes in the NFL. However, his size didn’t set him back in the SEC, and the Texans’ coaching staff just helped an undersized passer excel in San Francisco.

3.*Indianapolis Colts (TRADE UP)- Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida

With two passers off the board, the Colts must surrender a premium pick to hop one spot and assure no one jumps ahead of them to take their preferred passer. That preferred passer could be Richardson. Colts Head Coach Shane Steichen just came from Philly, where he helped groom a similar quarterback (Jalen Hurts) into an MVP candidate. Steichen even said accuracy can be taught, which happens to be Richardson’s biggest flaw. Let’s hope Indy gives the gator time to develop.

Trade Details….

Cardinals Receive: 4th overall and 35th overall

Colts Receive: 3rd overall and 168th overall

4.*Arizona Cardinals (TRADE DOWN) – Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

The Cardinals are thrilled to move back just one spot while adding a high Day 2 pick that can help shore up their leaky offensive line. The added benefit of this move is that they remain positioned to draft the best defender in the class. For us, that player is Anderson, especially with character and fitness questions surrounding Jalen Carter. Anderson possesses a varied bag of tricks, both power and speed, and the strength to ragdoll SEC linemen.

5. Seattle Seahawks- Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

The Seahawks are a sneaky threat to select a quarterback since Geno Smith turns 33 this season and has a limited ceiling. That said, Seattle is one of many teams using the blueprint of solid QB play surrounded by elite talent. For that reason, Pete Carroll jumps on the opportunity to groom Wilson. The former red raider can stunt across formations, chase down ball carriers, and has tantalizing length. His lower leg injury is also far less concerning than Carter’s issues.

6. Detroit Lions- Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia

At the risk of sounding crass, I believe some NFL teams will worry more about Carter’s poor Pro Day and alleged dishonesty with police than they will about the tragedy of his situation. If so, some team will convince themselves they can keep Carter focused, motivated, and in line. The Lions may believe Dan Campbell can do just that. Detroit likely spent heavily on corners in free agency to free themselves up to draft one of the three elite DLs in this class.

7. Las Vegas Raiders- Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Josh McDaniels has a history of whiffing on his chosen QBs (cough-Tim Tebow-cough), so he may think Jimmy Garoppolo is his long-term answer at QB. If so, Christian Gonzalez would be the pick here. However, there’s a distinct possibility that the Raiders limited Jimmy G’s contract in hopes of developing a higher upside asset behind him. If that’s the case, Levis fits the bill. He’s a prototypical Raiders QB (i.e., big with a massive arm and iffy decision-making).

8. Atlanta Falcons- Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon

Arthur Smith has been an offensive coordinator or head coach for four NFL seasons. In two of those seasons, Smith called a run play 50% or more of the time. In a third, he ran nearly 49% of the time. While some of that script was personnel and circumstance driven, he tends to run even when his best weapons are at receiver. That’s noteworthy when you consider only 3 of the past 20 Super Bowl champions have run the ball 47% or more of the time.

In contrast, Atlanta GM Terry Fontenot seems to know the NFL is a passing league. In fact, every Day 1 and Day 2 draft pick Fontenot has made with Atlanta has been used on a passer, pass catcher, pass blocker, pass rusher, or coverage guy. For that reason, Gonzalez feels like the right fit if Carter or Wilson don’t fall to the Falcons. He’s the best corner in the class and would be an improvement over the aging Casey Hayward Jr.

9. Chicago Bears - Peter Skoronski, OL, Northwestern

Despite adding a much-needed receiver in D.J. Moore and a starting guard in Nate Davis, the Bears must give Justin Fields more help. That’s why they tried but failed, to bring in Mike McGlinchey and Kaleb McGary at right tackle. While Skoronski’s length is occasionally a liability on film, he typically answers that flaw with good leverage and angles. The local kid is a balanced blocker and would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle or guard.

10. Philadelphia Eagles- Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois

The return of James Bradberry and Darius Slay drives down Philly’s need for corners, and the exodus of Javon Hargrave, Marcus Epps, Kyzir White, and T.J. Edwards makes those positions a priority. That said, the Eagles have a history of drafting for the future, and C.J. Gardner-Johnson is no longer available for the slot. With no defensive tackles or safeties worth this pick, Witherspoon is a talented slot option early and a long-term replacement for Slay or Bradberry, who will both be in their 30s by Week 1.

11. Tennessee Titans- Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

There was buzz that Tennessee was looking to move up for a quarterback in this class, but that’s died down since Carolina’s big trade. Now the scuttlebutt surrounds the possible addition of Lamar Jackson or Trey Lance (who Ran Carthon helped draft). If the Titans miss out on quarterback this year, we expect them to add the most polished tackle in Johnson Jr. Either Andre Dillard or Nicholas Petit-Frere could then move inside, where they may be better suited.

12. Houston Texans- Lukas Van Ness, DL, Iowa

The logical choice here would be to reach a bit and draft Quentin Johnston. However, Demeco Ryans will likely push for a pass rusher, given that his reputation was built on a deadly pass rush with the 49ers. Nolan Smith and Van Ness are the best edge rushers left on this board. Smith is best used as a rush linebacker, which Ryans rarely utilizes, though. Meanwhile, Van Ness has the versatility and size Ryans relied on in San Francisco.

13. New York Jets- Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

This pick could end up with Green Bay as part of the inevitable Aaron Rodgers trade. However, the Jets have leverage in this situation and want to hold onto the pick so they can draft a pass blocker for Rodgers. In this mock, they keep the choice and take the most athletic tackle in the class. Jones is tremendous at pulling and executing blocks on the move, and he has a powerful upper body that helped him surrender just six pressures in the SEC last year.

14. New England Patriots- Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots have never taken a receiver this high. Rather, they’ve routinely used early picks to build an elite secondary. They have lost multiple starters in that unit recently and continue to lose more. That’s why New England goes with the uber-long and feisty son of a former NFL star. Porter Jr. has stiffness and the potential for penalties on film, but he’s got elite length and athleticism that Belichick should be able to mold into a shutdown force.

15. Green Bay Packers- Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

While there’s been animosity between Green Bay’s current leadership and Aaron Rodgers, there was also a belief that he could turn scrubs into stars. That’s a big reason why the Packers never prioritized giving Rodgers weapons, even when he asked for them. Jordan Love is not #12, though. He will need support, which is why Green Bay could finally draft a pass catcher in the first round after declining to do so for over a decade.

While Quentin Johnston would make sense here, his skillset could be considered redundant with Christian Watson, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba has some injury and size limitations. Going with Kincaid allows the Packers to replace the departed Robert Tonyan with the most athletic tight end in the class. Sure, Michael Mayer is the better-rounded prospect, but Kincaid is more likely to turn into a Travis Kelce or Zach Ertz.

16. Washington Commanders- Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

Washington’s corners were one of the only weaknesses on their defense last year. For example, only one corner on the roster logged more than 200 snaps and had a positive coverage grade with PFF. While this is a bit high for Banks, the Maryland product is a strong corner with good press skills who tested very well at the Combine. Banks is the best combination of value and need left on the board for the Commanders.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

Smith had one of the best Combine performances we’ve ever seen for someone his size. His film also shows elite speed and burst, but his size and lack of power mean he’s not going to fit all schemes. However, Smith is a perfect fit for the 3-4 edges that Pittsburgh likes to deploy. With injuries piling up for T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith a free agent next year, plus four corners and three tackles already off the board here, Smith is a tantalizing option.

18. Detroit Lions- Myles Murphy, DE, Clemson

The Lions join the Seahawks in following the 49er mold. That formula aims to win with an elite defense and offensive weapons, but average quarterback play. With that in mind, the Lions try to build the best young defensive line in the NFL with this pick. The combination of Aidan Hutchinson, Jalen Carter, James Houston, and Myles Murphy would have more upside than even Philly and San Fran’s defensive fronts.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

Ideally, the Bucs would have a quarterback available who was worth this pick. They don’t. With that option off the board and no edge rusher available who’s worth this pick, Tampa focuses on rebuilding an offensive line that Tom Brady can no longer cover up. While Harrison is a bit stiff, he’s an experienced pass blocker who surrendered just one pressure last year. He is the pick if Tristan Wirfs stays put on the right, but Darnell Wright is the choice if Wirfs moves.

20. *Cincinnati Bengals (TRADE UP)- Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

The Bengals answered their biggest need in free agency, signing Orlando Brown Jr. to a reasonable deal. They’ve also filled their secondary need at safety with Dax Hill and Nick Scott, freeing them up to make a bold move here. Knowing they can save $10 million by moving on from Joe Mixon, the Bengals jump ahead of multiple RB-needy teams to nab a cheaper, younger, and more gifted alternative to Mixon.

Trade Details….

Bengals Receive: 20th overall

Seahawks Receive: 28th overall, 92nd, and 163rd overall

21. Los Angeles Chargers- Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

This mock sees the first receiver come off the board at #21 overall, which is lower than we are used to. However, this class doesn’t have a generational talent like Ja’Marr Chase or a near-sure thing like CeeDee Lamb or Garrett Wilson. If Los Angeles ends up positioned to take the first receiver off the board, we think that player will be JSN. Smith-Njigba is a quick and shifty route runner that could offer depth early and a seamless replacement for Keenan Allen in time.

22. Baltimore Ravens- Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

Baltimore is reportedly looking hard at the corner group in this class, but Johnston offers better value than any secondary player left on this board. While the Ravens repeatedly struggle to get production from their receivers, they have shown a willingness to chase receiver production in the first round. It also doesn’t help that Rashod Bateman recently slammed his GM on social media, which could signal a quick exit for their current lead wideout.

23. Minnesota Vikings- Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa State

The Vikings’ primary need coming into this offseason was at cornerback, but the addition of Byron Murphy and the return of Andrew Booth Jr. helps that issue. Meanwhile, the team added Marcus Davenport to replace Za’Darius Smith, which is a downgrade. After these moves, pass rush trumps corner in Minnesota’s tiers of need. While McDonald’s size is a concern, he was an immensely effective pass rusher in college and showed a versatility that will fit well in Brian Flores’ scheme.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars- Keion White, EDGE, Georgia Tech

While Calijah Kancey is the top defensive lineman left on my board here and Bryan Bresee will be a consideration for the Jags in this spot, Jacksonville GM Trent Baalke has a type. Baalke has a long history of drafting position-versatile mega athletes and letting his coaches figure out where they fit. White feels like a Baalke player, possessing the size and strength to play a five-technique in base downs and the athleticism to play edge or three-tech on passing downs.

25. New York Giants- Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Perhaps the most impressive thing that Big Blue did last year, aside from turning Daniel Jones into a league-average starter, was make the playoffs with very little at receiver. With all due respect to Isaiah Hodgins and Richie James, there’s not a team in the NFL that would’ve switched receiver rooms with the Giants. Addison tested poorly at the Combine, but he has experience on the outside, plus his hands and route savvy are better than any current Giant.

26. Dallas Cowboys- Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

If Flowers were three inches taller, he’d be the top receiver in this class. He’s overcome plenty of double coverage and produced despite being the focal point of the defense in most of Boston College’s matchups. He’s the best receiver in this draft with the ball in his hands and should give the Cowboys a slot weapon to take attention off Lamb. The loss of Dalton Schultz increases their need for talent in the slot, a position Flowers is better suited for than Brandin Cooks or Michael Gallup.

27. Buffalo Bills- O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

There wasn’t an offensive lineman on the Bills with a positive run-blocking grade last season, per PFF. Worse, only one of their interior starters graded positively as a pass blocker, with the squad allowing 118 pressures from the inside. Torrence was dominant last year at Florida and was equally so at the Senior Bowl. He’s a massive force who holds up in the passing game and bulldozes in the run.

28. *Seattle Seahawks (TRADE DOWN)- Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Mayer makes a ton of sense if the Seahawks want to commit to Geno Smith long-term and use their picks to surround him with as much talent as possible. He’s a good all-around tight end who can help improve Seattle’s run blocking and give them a big body across the middle who makes contested catches. Mayer would do a lot as a blocker to help open lanes for Kenneth Walker, and he’d offer a threat in the short area passing game.

29. New Orleans Saints- Calijah Kancey, DT, Pittsburgh

The Saints haven’t had a strong interior for some time, but their defensive line lost several key contributors this offseason. While defensive tackle isn’t necessarily the most glaring hole on this roster, it’s big enough that New Orleans would rush the card in if Kancey were available. The Pitt product draws unrealistic comparisons to Aaron Donald and can be swallowed into zones, but he regularly slips through blocks like rain through a leaky roof.

30. Philadelphia Eagles- Brian Branch, S/CB, Alabama

The Eagles tried to move up for Kancey in this mock but to no avail. They also strongly considered Bresee, who I mocked here when it was expected Gardner-Johnson would return. The exit of both Marcus Epps and Gardner-Johnson makes safety a massive need for Philly, though. I have Sydney Brown as my top safety, but Branch is atop many boards and has the same slot versatility that Gardner-Johnson offered. In two years you could see Witherspoon dominating outside, and Branch manning the middle.

31. Kansas City Chiefs- Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

The Chiefs let both of their starting offensive tackles walk in free agency, which many metrics suggest was a good thing. One of those holes was quickly filled in free agency with the signing of Jawaan Taylor, who is reportedly set to play left tackle. That leaves a hole on the right side for Wright to fill. The right side was clearly the best fit for Wright at Tennessee, and he would be a strong value for the Super Bowl champs with this pick.


Round 2

32. Pittsburgh Steelers- Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse

The Steelers passed on their two biggest needs to take Nolan Smith in the first, and now they must address both tackle and corner in the second. Bergeron’s stock is rising, and we could see him sneak into the first round by April. The Orangeman has enough athleticism to move on pulls and has a terrific burst off the line. He will need to get stronger and improve his bend, but he has the upside of a starting left tackle. He fills a major need for the Steelers.

33. Houston Texans- Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

Houston keeps adding to the defensive line with this pick. Originally we had Darnell Washington here, but the signing of Dalton Schultz nullifies that need. The Texans would be thrilled if this former first-round projection fell to them in the second, though. Bresee still has massive upside and has been testing well, so he could still go in the first. A harrowing 2022 season that saw him lose his sister and suffer injury could cause him to tumble.

34. Arizona Cardinals- John Michael Schmitz, IOL, Minnesota

The Cardinals could stand to improve at four different spots on their offensive line. One of those positions is center, where their starter from last year has retired. So, it makes perfect sense for Arizona to draft the top center in this class to begin this rebuild. Michael Schmitz will be an above-average starter immediately and is a necessity in an NFC West that keeps adding interior pass rushers.

35. *Arizona Cardinals (TRADE w/Colts)- Cody Mauch, OT, North Dakota State

Arizona doubles down on their biggest weakness, taking a converted tight end whom many like as a starting left tackle in the NFL. Mauch is undersized but also athletic and showed well at the Senior Bowl. Many teams are high on the North Dakota State product, partly because he can play multiple spots along the offensive line. His versatility and upside make him the pick over Dawand Jones, who has some concerned after refusing to weight at his Pro Day.

36. Los Angeles Rams- Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

The Rams desperately need bodies on their offensive line, and they must feel nervous about a run on tackles taking place ahead of them. Luckily for them, one more starter falls to them in this mock. Jones is a massive body with good power that moves relatively well for his size. He should be available at this spot now that his Pro Day has caused concerns, giving the Rams a chance to let him compete with Rob Havenstein and Joe Noteboom.

37. Seattle Seahawks- Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

Ringo was beaten badly when challenged by elite wide receivers in big games. Marvin Harrison Jr. tanked Ringo’s stock severely in the College Football Playoff, and Jameson Williams did something similar last year. His stiffness showed up in those games. That said, guys with Ringo’s size and speed are intriguing to NFL teams, especially the Seahawks. Pete Carroll has thrived with big athletes like this before.

38. *New England Patriots (TRADE UP)- Sydney Brown, S, Illinois

With Devin McCourty retiring, the Patriots have a pronounced void at a safety position they traditionally lean on. They also have a leadership void in that spot. So, the Patriots call up their old offensive coordinator and swap spots to assure they get the most athletic safety in the class, and the only one remaining with no-doubt starter film. Brown could surprise and be the first safety off the board, too.

Trade Details….

Las Vegas Receives: 38th overall

New England Receives: 46th overall and 117th overall

39. Carolina Panthers- Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

The addition of Adam Thielen doesn't adequately replace D.J. Moore, and Carolina won’t have a first-rounder to replace him next year. That means they need to get someone to help their rookie quarterback with this pick. Hyatt is the best option left to fill that void. He’s much faster on film than his disappointing Combine 40-time suggests, has solid size, and has a good release. Hyatt played a lot inside at Tennessee, but he will do plenty on the outside as a pro.

40. New Orleans Saints- Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

Alvin Kamara had his least efficient season as a pro last year and will be 28 this season. That’s the age at which most backs see a significant decline. He’s also facing assault allegations that could result in a suspension at some point. While the addition of Jamal Williams helps fill the void of Kamara either declining or being suspended, Williams isn’t the athlete or pass catcher that Gibbs or Kamara is. Gibbs is the perfect heir to Kamara’s throne.

41. Tennessee Titans- Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

The Titans have a nice find in second-year tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo. You can't tell me Mike Vrabel doesn't want to run two tight end sets more often, though. Washington is a superior blocker to Okonkwo and is a massive target in the red zone. Having both on the field would improve running lanes for Derrick Henry, and give them a versatile heavy-set near the goal line.

42. Cleveland Browns- B.J. Ojulari, EDGE, LSU

With no pick in the first, the Browns use this choice on a pass rusher who can help Myles Garrett and replace Jadeveon Clowney. Ojulari is the best pure edge left on this board, showing tremendous bend and agility off the edge. He is a solid value for a Browns team in need of pass-rush depth. If Cleveland truly wants to compete with the elite quarterbacks in the AFC, they must get more out of their pass rush, and signing Ogbo Okoronkwo won’t likely cut it.

43. New York Jets- Adetomiwa Adebawore, DL, Northwestern

The Jets are of the mindset that you can never have too many defensive linemen. Adebawore is getting buzz in the late first right now, but this should be his floor. Few players have had a better offseason than the Northwestern product, who can play outside and at three-tech. He should give the Jets additional depth on a defensive line that is quickly becoming one of the best in its conference.

44. Atlanta Falcons- Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, Kansas State

After taking a cornerback with their first pick in this mock, the Falcons must look at getting more from their pass rush. Anudike-Uzomah is a polished hand fighter with multiple pass-rush moves that he uses effectively. The Falcons add a Day 2 edge rusher, yet again.

45. Green Bay Packers- Drew Sanders, ILB, Arkansas

The Packers watched De’Vondre Campbell struggle with injuries last year, plus he’s getting older and more expensive. Green Bay has shown little hesitation in moving on from linebackers they view as overpriced or over the hill, and they could position themselves to do that again by grooming Sanders for a year. Sanders offers intriguing value at this stage of the draft, too. His pass rush ability allows him to be used inside and out in the Packers’ scheme.

46. *Las Vegas Raiders (TRADE DOWN)- Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan

The Raiders just said goodbye to their most consistent interior defender in Andrew Billings. Their defense lacked talent before that, and now their interior is lacking even more. Mazi Smith is a big and effective run defender with some pass-rush potential. He would immediately become one of the better defenders on Vegas’ line.

47. Washington Commanders- Steve Avila, G, TCU

Washington has an open spot at right guard and is looking to prioritize the run. Avila has a big frame, experience playing both guard and center, and has played in a gap scheme. This is a solid fit.

48. Detroit Lions- Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

Jack Campbell feels like a Dan Campbell kind of guy, and it has nothing to do with their last name. Jack is a blue-collar cleaner on the second level and easily the linebacker most ready to play a traditional role in the NFL. You have plenty of guys who are better athletes, though Campbell did test well, Campbell is the best pure tackler and defensive leader at his position. The Lions continue to add defensive starters in this class.

49. Pittsburgh Steelers- Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

This mock couldn’t have gone better for Pittsburgh. Smith is a corner many had labeled as a first-round option coming into the season, and some still see him that way. He’s tested surprisingly well during this process, too. While his footwork isn’t super clean, and his speed on film looks average, Smith is a good value this late for a Steelers team in need of cornerback help.

50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Andre Carter II, EDGE, Army

Carter is a rangy and long edge best suited for Tampa’s scheme. The Bucs have been fishing for edge rushers to replace Jason Pierre-Paul for a few years, and Carter could be the answer. He’s a better pure pass rusher than Joe Tryon-Shoyinka was coming out of Washington.

51. Miami Dolphins- Sam LaPorta TE, Iowa

This is a deep tight end class, and the Dolphins just let Hunter Long and Mike Gesicke go. While Miami shied away from using their one-dimensional tight end last year, Mike McDaniel knows how valuable a versatile weapon at the position can be. That’s why they pass on the more polished Luke Musgrave with this pick, taking LaPorta instead. The Iowa product is a willing, active blocker and capable receiver with fewer injury concerns.

52. Seattle Seahawks- Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin

Austin Blythe was a liability in the run game last year, and now he’s gone. According to PFF metrics and film, his backup Kyle Fuller was even worse. Seattle needs to improve at the pivot, and Tippmann is a very good athlete who will fit their scheme.

53. Chicago Bears- Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

Chicago keeps building around Justin Fields in this mock. Downs falls here due to a lack of teams needing a slot, but he’s got solid deep speed and is deadly out of his breaks. He could go much higher than this, but the Bears should be thrilled to have him in the slot if he falls this far. A trio of D.J. Moore and Chase Claypool outside with Downs inside is a vast improvement over the skeleton crew of receivers they closed the 2022 season with.

54. Los Angeles Chargers- Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

Forbes is a transcendent ballhawk, nabbing 14 interceptions and returning six for touchdowns in his three-year career. His stat sheet and ball skills alone would make him a first-round pick… if he weren’t built like a high school freshman. Of course, that’s an exaggeration. Forbes has solid height, but he weighed 166 lbs. at the Combine, the second-lowest weight on record. That will drop him on boards, but the Chargers will take a chance.

55. Detroit Lions- D.J. Turner, DB, Michigan

Turner was projected to go in the late third until he nearly set a record in the 40-yard dash in Indy. Now he’s firmly in the second-round range. His film is solid but doesn’t show the athleticism his testing numbers say he has. Someone will hope he can translate more of that athleticism into production as a pro.

56. Jacksonville Jaguars- Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse

Williams was one of the stickiest corners on tape in this class. However, he’s coming off an ACL injury that will keep him from testing before the Draft. That will be enough to drop him on many boards, but Trent Baalke has a long history of drafting injured players at a discount. He’s very fond of the IR-stash strategy and could see Williams as a steal if he can fully recover.

57. New York Giants- Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC

The Giants could go several ways with this pick. Their starting center just left, as did Julian Love. On top of that, they could stand to improve everywhere on their interior offensive line. Unfortunately, there isn’t good value on the board at either position. For that reason, the Giants add to an existing strength by drafting another versatile defensive lineman with upside. Tuipulotu should offer additional depth on a line full of versatile options.

58. Dallas Cowboys- Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin

Benton is a find for a Cowboys team whose top one-techs are free agents. Benton needs to improve his reads and reaction time, but he’s a big middleman with decent strength and great balance. He also packs a solid initial punch.

59. Buffalo Bills- Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

The Bills let Tremaine Edmunds walk in free agency, creating an opening in the middle. Simpson has the most range and best closing skills of any interior ‘backer in this class. This is a solid match of talent and need, even if the position itself has been somewhat devalued in today’s NFL.

60. Cincinnati Bengals- Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M

Johnson tested poorly during the pre-draft process, hurting his stock despite a lack of talent at the top of this safety market. Still, the Bengals would like depth at the position after two starters left in free agency. They have their starters in place, but Johnson’s film suggests he can offer depth as both a box safety and slot corner. That’s something Cincy will value, given their loss of depth this offseason.

61. Chicago Bears- Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame

The Bears finally address their pass rush. Foskey isn’t likely to be a terror or double-digit sack guy for Chicago any time soon, if ever. However, he has shown the ability to hold the edge against the run and convert pressures into sacks. He plays high and isn’t a supreme athlete, but he can be a solid NFL starter.

62. Philadelphia Eagles- Karl Brooks, DL, Bowling Green

Brooks was an ultra-productive three-tech at Bowling Green, but he has the ability to play all over the defensive line. He's a sudden player with polished technique and a high motor. He may have some arm length and strength concerns, but he would provide depth and starter upside for an Eagles team that needs to get younger and replace a star on the interior.

63. Kansas City Chiefs- Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU

Boutte was pegged as one of the top receivers coming into this season and a possible top-ten pick. Unfortunately, his season imploded early, and he took a long time to gel with LSU’s new staff and scheme. There will be many questions about what happened with Boutte in Baton Rouge and some fair doubts about his testing as well. Still, the Chiefs have a history of taking chances on talented but disappointing players. They would be an ideal landing spot for Boutte.

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Eloy Jimenez Leaves Contest Early Thursday
Alex Cobb9 hours ago

Experiences Hip Tightness Thursday
Cody Bellinger9 hours ago

To Face Live Pitching In Arizona
Pete Alonso9 hours ago

Heads Back To New York For More Tests
Yordan Alvarez10 hours ago

Exits Thursday's Game Against Toronto
Kevin Kiermaier10 hours ago

Injured On Thursday
Lance McCullers Jr.10 hours ago

Will Have An MRI After Setback
Chase Claypool10 hours ago

Getting Praise From Coaching Staff
Chicago Bears11 hours ago

Eddie Jackson Returns To OTAs
Carson Wentz11 hours ago

An Option For Raiders?
Puka Nacua11 hours ago

Receives Praise From Coaches
Hunter Renfrow11 hours ago

Receiving Little Trade Interest
Sacramento Kings11 hours ago

Dwight Howard Wants To Play For Kings
MarJon Beauchamp12 hours ago

To Play In Summer League
Tyler Herro12 hours ago

To Remain Out For Game 4
Jamal Murray12 hours ago

Dealing With Minor Injury
Khris Middleton12 hours ago

Has Successful Surgery
Noah Gragson12 hours ago

To Miss Sonoma With Concussion-Like Symptoms
Eryk Anders14 hours ago

Set For Middleweight Showdown On Enemy Turf
Marc-Andre Barriault14 hours ago

Looks To Remain Undefeated In The UFC
Nate Landwehr15 hours ago

Set For First UFC-Numbered Event
Dan Ige15 hours ago

Looking To Start Another Streak At UFC 289
Philadelphia Eagles16 hours ago

Derek Barnett At OTAs Thursday
New York Giants17 hours ago

Giants Cancel OTAs Due To Poor Air Quality
Jani Hakanpaa17 hours ago

Will Have Offseason Knee Surgery
Quez Watkins17 hours ago

Standing Out This Spring
Demarcus Robinson17 hours ago

Rams Agree With Demarcus Robinson
Adin Hill17 hours ago

The Game 3 Starter For Vegas
Sergei Bobrovsky18 hours ago

Named Panthers Game 3 Starter
CeeDee Lamb19 hours ago

Tweaks Leg In Practice
Dallas Cowboys20 hours ago

Kelvin Joseph Injured Wednesday
Cooper Kupp20 hours ago

"Feeling Really Good" After Surgery
Chase McLaughlin20 hours ago

Wins Kicking Competition
Bryce Young20 hours ago

Working With First Team At OTAs
Dalvin Cook20 hours ago

Vikings Still Trying To Trade Dalvin Cook
Carolina Panthers20 hours ago

Jaycee Horn To Miss Rest Of OTAs And Minicamp
Khalil Herbert20 hours ago

Has Early Lead For RB1 Role In Chicago
Dalvin Cook21 hours ago

Released By Vikings
Caleb Martin21 hours ago

Gets Going Again In Game 3
Bam Adebayo21 hours ago

Has Big Double-Double Despite Awful Shooting
Jimmy Butler22 hours ago

Leads Miami With 28 Points Wednesday
Christian Braun22 hours ago

Produces 15 Points In 19 Minutes
Aaron Gordon22 hours ago

Notches A Double-Double In Game 3
Jamal Murray22 hours ago

Makes Finals History With Another 10-Assist Game
Nikola Jokic22 hours ago

Logs Historic Triple-Double
Shaedon Sharpe1 day ago

Appears To Be Off-Limits
Radko Gudas1 day ago

Expected To Play In Game 3
Andreas Athanasiou1 day ago

Signs Two-Year Extension With Blackhawks
Josh Hart1 day ago

Expected To Opt Out
Andre Drummond1 day ago

Likely To Exercise Player Option
Vladislav Gavrikov1 day ago

Kings Extend Vladislav Gavrikov For Two Years
Gary Trent1 day ago

Jr. Could Be Leaving Toronto
Alex DeBrincat1 day ago

Senators Exploring Trade Options Involving Alex DeBrincat
Tyler Herro1 day ago

To Go Through Workout On Thursday
Cody Zeller2 days ago

Will Play In Game 3
Timo Meier2 days ago

Set To Begin Contract Talks With Devils This Week
Ivan Provorov2 days ago

Traded To Columbus
Chris Paul2 days ago

To Be Waived By The Suns
Adam Hadwin2 days ago

Looks To Bounce Back In Home Country
Matt Kuchar2 days ago

A Fade At RBC Canadian Open
PGA2 days ago

Matthew Fitzpatrick A Favorite In Canada
Dylan Wu2 days ago

Struggling To Find Form Heading To Oakdale
Doug Ghim2 days ago

Playing Well Heading To Oakdale
Robby Shelton2 days ago

Struggling With Consistency Heading To Oakdale
Eric Cole2 days ago

Making Debut At RBC Canadian Open
Brendon Todd2 days ago

To Play Through Shoulder Injury
Taylor Pendrith2 days ago

Making First Appearance At RBC Canadian Open Since 2015
Aaron Wise2 days ago

Returns To RBC Canadian Open
Alex Smalley2 days ago

Could Repeat Performance At RBC Canadian Open
Nick Taylor2 days ago

Hoping To Find Early Season Form Heading To Oakdale
Nicolai Hojgaard2 days ago

Looks To Bounce Back After Missed Cut Last Week
Keith Mitchell2 days ago

Looks To Continue Strong Play At Oakdale
Rory McIlroy2 days ago

To Defend Title At RBC Canadian Open
Cameron Champ2 days ago

Playing Better Into Canada
Will Gordon2 days ago

A Solid Sleeper In Canada
Corey Conners2 days ago

Looking To Rebound In Canada
Tyrrell Hatton2 days ago

An Elite Option At RBC Canadian Open
Cameron Young2 days ago

Will Struggle In Canada
PGA2 days ago

Approach Play Holding S.H. Kim Back
D'Angelo Russell2 days ago

Lakers Want To Keep D'Angelo Russell?
Brook Lopez2 days ago

Rockets Targeting Brook Lopez
Jonathan Marchessault3 days ago

Scores Two Goals In Game 2 Victory
Adin Hill3 days ago

Makes 29 Saves In Game 2 Victory
Sergei Bobrovsky3 days ago

Pulled In Game 2 Of Stanley Cup Final
Cole Caufield3 days ago

Signs Eight-Year Deal To Remain In Montreal
Sergei Bobrovsky3 days ago

The Expected Starter Monday
Adin Hill4 days ago

The Likely Starter In Game 2
Amir Albazi4 days ago

Extends His Winning Streak
Daniel Pineda4 days ago

Unable To Earn A Victory Saturday
Jesse Butler4 days ago

Suffers Knockout Loss
Victor Altamirano4 days ago

Unable To Earn A Victory Saturday
Ketlen Souza4 days ago

Takes Submission Loss
Muhammad Naimov4 days ago

Shines With Second-Round TKO Win
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos4 days ago

Defeats Abubakar Nurmagomedov
Kevin Harvick4 days ago

Rounds Out The Top 10 At Gateway
Michael McDowell4 days ago

Scores Best Finish In Two Months
Carson Hocevar4 days ago

Strong Start Ends Early
Daniel Suarez4 days ago

Runs A Strong Race At Gateway
Ryan Blaney4 days ago

Building Momentum
Martin Truex Jr4 days ago

. Finishes Where He Began Sunday
Kyle Larson4 days ago

Eventually Moved Up To Fourth On Sunday
Joey Logano4 days ago

Finds Way To Third Place On Sunday
Denny Hamlin4 days ago

Takes Second Place At Gateway
Kyle Busch4 days ago

Wins At Gateway For Third Win Of Season
Kai Kara-France4 days ago

Suffers Controversial Split-Decision Loss
Alex Caceres4 days ago

Pulls Off Action-Packed Co-Main-Event Win
Anthony Duclair5 days ago

Scores Fourth Playoff Goal
Jack Eichel5 days ago

Opens Stanley Cup Finals With Two Assists
Jonathan Marchessault5 days ago

Extends Point Streak With Another Goal
Jim Miller5 days ago

Adds To All-Time Wins Total With Big Knockout
Tim Elliott5 days ago

Dominates To Take Decision Win
Karine Silva5 days ago

Locks In Submission For First-Round Win
MMA5 days ago

Abubakar Nurmagomedov Takes Loss In Close Decision Call
Denny Hamlin5 days ago

The Favorite To Win Gateway After Strong Practice
Ross Chastain5 days ago

Really Happy With His Chances At Gateway
NASCAR5 days ago

B.J. McLeod Does Not Start Last This Week
Ty Dillon5 days ago

Starts 33rd At Gateway On Sunday
Gray Gaulding5 days ago

Debuts At Gateway On Sunday
Noah Gragson5 days ago

Begins 32nd For Gateway On Sunday
Ryan Preece5 days ago

May Have Long Afternoon Sunday
Erik Jones5 days ago

Another DFS Possibility For Gateway
Justin Haley5 days ago

Can Move Up On Sunday Again
NASCAR5 days ago

Bubba Wallace Needs To Keep It Together Sunday