Saturday, March 18, 2017

Updated NFL Mock Draft: Picks 22-32

Today, we've posted our third and final installment of our mock draft update. Today's post covers picks 22-32 in the first round.

The entire updated mock draft can be found here.

Picks below the break.

22. Miami Dolphins - Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

Mario Williams is a free agent and while the Dolphins may look to bring him back, adding a young pass rusher to develop for a year would be a wise decision. Harris flashed superstar potential at times, and continues to add bulk to his frame. There are times in watching his film that Harris looks as good as a pass rusher as Texas A&M's Myles Garrett.

Harris could potentially help replace Cameron Wake when he retires in the near future, but for now would help form a solid pass-rushing tandem.

23. New York Giants - Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida

With free agent Jonathan Hankins still unsigned, it's possible the Giants could bring him back to pair with Damon Harrison. However, reports at this point are that Hankins is looking for more than $10 million a year, which would likely keep him out of the Giants price range.

Brantley is a very good pass rusher who should improve as he matures, and would be a good complement to the run stuffing Harrison. With Eli Manning's career nearing it's close, drafting someone like DeShaun Watson at this point wouldn't surprise me either.

24. Oakland Raiders - Haason Reddick, DE/LB, Temple

Reddick had a very good college career at Temple and then blew up the scouting combine, making him a likely first round pick at this point.

Reddick's collegiate experience and natural football instincts make him a potential impact player from day 1, and pairing him with speedy and rangy outside linebackers like Bruce Irvin and Kahlil Mack will only make his job that much easier. While not a major need, Reddick's potential would be too high to pass on at this point, and his versatility would allow him to play all over the defense for the Raiders.

Oakland could also look at a defensive tackle or a cornerback at this spot.

25. Houston Texans - DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson

The Watson slide ends! Despite his collegiate accolades, the longer teams have had to look at Watson's game tape, the less they seem to like him. He's an outstanding athlete but his decision making is questionable at times and his throwing accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.

Quarterbacks don't usually learn to become better passers as they age; they either can throw the football or they can't. However, Watson's natural athletic ability and skillset should have a future in the NFL if he can find the right coach to build a system around his talents.

I think the Texans will ultimately sign Tony Romo, but he's old and injury prone so a first round quarterback seems very likely in my opinion.

26. Seattle Seahawks -  Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

The Seahawks have made it clear they need to improve their offensive line this off-season, and all they've done so far is sign tackle Luke Joeckel. While he's a former top 5 pick, he's been a bust to this point and is not of much help other than depth.

Ramcyzk started his career playing Division 3 football before transferring to Wisconsin as a junior, but he's emerged as a very good prospect thanks to good size and improving footwork. He may not be able to stick at left tackle long-term, but he should at the very least be a starting caliber right tackle.

27. Kansas City Chiefs - Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Finding a young talented corner to pair with budding superstar Marcus Peters should be a priority for a Chiefs team that should contend in the AFC again next season.

Wilson has good size and some scouts have suggested he has more potential long-term than Teez Tabor, who's poor combine performance likely dropped him out of the first round. I think Tabor will be the superior player, but Wilson would be a good player to pair with Peters long-term. and is viewed higher in most NFL circles right now.

28. Dallas Cowboys - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

The Cowboys badly need help on the edge, and Charlton should be able to contribute from day one. He had some games this season where he was downright unstoppable and looked like a sure top 5 pick, and other times where he disappeared for too long of stretches.

Charlton's versatility would allow the team to use him all over the line, which would allow the Cowboys to find another more seasoned pass rusher in free agency as well if they wanted even more depth.

29. Green Bay Packers - Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

The third Ohio State defensive back we project in the first round, Conley has shot up draft boards recently with a solid combine performance and impressive game tape in big situations.

The Packers lost the versatile (albeit overrated) Micah Hyde in free agency, and are always looking for corner depth. Conley has the chance to develop into a true number one corner, but should be able to help in the nickel for now.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers - David Njoku, TE, Miami

Njoku has jumped up on most draft boards thanks to an athletic showing at the combine. I'm told a few teams actually prefer Njoku to OJ Howard at this point, so it's possible he's drafted inside the top 20.

Pittsburgh would be very excited to add this specimen to their offense, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would have a very good safety blanket and red zone target. Jesse James has been a solid tight end, but Njoku is a major upgrade and would add a whole new layer to an already dangerous Steelers offense.

31. Atlanta Falcons - DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State

While Atlanta has done well recently by drafting athletic, rangy defenders that fit coach Dan Quinn's scheme, Walker reminds me of Michael Bennett, a player who has thrived in the same system in Seattle.

The FSU standout won't wow you with his athleticism, but he's a film junkie (Thanks, A Season with Florida State Football) and he had a great season as a senior this year. I would imagine Atlanta has scouted him plenty being so close in proximity.

32. New Orleans Saints (via New England Patriots) - Raekwon McMillan, MLB, Ohio State

The Saints will undoubtedly be tempted to draft an offensive player with one of their first round picks, because head coach Sean Payton is an offensive guy. Hopefully the team will be able to remain disciplined at this spot and select the best defender available. Basically trading Brandin Cooks for a rookie offensive player would be a huge mistake. It's time to build up the defense.

McMillan is yet another Ohio State defender who could sneak into the first round. He was a very good collegiate player and his combine performance did nothing to hurt his stock. He'd be a great option to help rebuild the porous Saints defense.


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