Recap: This article is going to highlight picks 17-24. Check out picks 9-16 in the previous article, TakeDownFantasy NFL Mock 1.0 (Picks 9-16).
Pick 17: Cleveland Browns- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
I fully expect the Browns to be a big player in free agency and adding another impact defender which they need. Hence why in the draft, they choose to give Baker another weapon. D.K. is a great prospect based on his size, speed, and route running ability. He has had injuries in the past, but a healthy showing at the combine will solidify his first round pedigree.
Pick 18: Minnesota Vikings- Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Vikings do not have many glaring holes besides their horrific offensive line. Cody Ford is a nasty blocker that would make Kirk Cousins happy for years to come. He has quick feet and that will allow him to also pave running lanes for Dalvin Cook. The fit is perfect.
Pick 19: Tennessee Titans- Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
Polite is a prospect that has been rising since the beginning of the season. He notched 11 sacks this year and will give the Titans a pass rusher they really need. He plays with a ton of energy and anger. Pairing him with promising sophomore Harold Landry will give the Titans a good young defensive line.
Pick 20: Pittsburg Steelers- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Steelers can use a linebacker but with Antonio Brown most likely on the way out, they need a pass catcher. T.J. is the most complete tight end in the class. He has great hands, athleticism, and can block. For a team depending on Vance McDonald and Jesse James, Hockenson can step in and contribute right away.
Pick 21: Seattle Seahawks- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Seattle Seahawks had one of its better draft classes in 2018, and will continue to try and rebuild the defense. Wilkins is a big body in the middle of the defensive line as he stands at 6’4 and 310 pounds. Wilkins can help plug up defensive holes for a Seattle team that ranked 30thin YPR allowed.
Pick 22: Baltimore Ravens- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The leading receiver for both Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray would be a welcomed addition to the Ravens receiving corps. Brown is one of the fastest players in this class and is a big play threat from anywhere on the field. As Lamar Jackson continues to try and improve on his accuracy, his arm strength was never in question, and Brown can open up the whole offense.
Pick 23: Houston Texans- Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Houston Texans are not far off from being a strong presence in the playoffs. Their offensive line continues to be a work in process. Greg Little, is a left tackle that can protect Watson. He is mobile enough to stay on the left side and is a true beast on the line. He is also athletic enough to move around and get to the second level on blocking assignments.
Pick 24: Oakland Raiders- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
For a Raiders team that needs help all over the field, the opportunity to draft one of the best corners in the class is an easy pick. Murphy is a lean speedy corner that can hang with outside wide receivers. He has excellent ball skills, and with some added muscle, can turn into a shutdown corner. He also plays in the slot, so the potential to be a shadow corner is there.
Those are picks 17-24! Tell me what you think and stay tuned for picks 25-32 in the next article.