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Round Totals:

1st Round: 34/160 points

2nd Round: 19/160 points

3rd Round: 11/180 points

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66 points out of 1280 overall

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208 out of 483 mocks (58% Overall)

Mel_Kiper's 2018 NFL Mock Draft Picks - Last updated: 04-13-2018

Rnd. ▴ Pick   Team Player Pos. School
1 1Cleveland ClevelandJosh Allen QB Wyoming
Mel_Kiper's comments: The Browns have added some weapons in the offseason, and Allen wouldn't have to start right away with Tyrod Taylor on the roster.
1 2NY Giants NY GiantsSam Darnold QB USC
Mel_Kiper's comments: I still think the Giants should grab a quarterback with their pick (unless they get blown away by a trade offer). Eli Manning is 37 and on the down side of his career, and New York has a talented roster that shouldn't be picking this high in the future. Is GM Dave Gettleman really going to pass on a signal-caller who could be Manning's ready-made replacement?
1 3NY Jets NY JetsJosh Rosen QB UCLA
Mel_Kiper's comments: Remember, the Jets traded three second-round picks (two in 2018, one in 2019) to move up three spots, so they're light on capital in this draft. GM Mike Maccagnan & Co. are targeting a quarterback, and I've said for a while that Rosen is the most NFL-ready of all of the top quarterback prospects in this class. Could Rosen pass up Josh McCown (and Teddy Bridgewater) and start in Week 1?
1 4Cleveland ClevelandSaquon Barkley RB Penn State
Mel_Kiper's comments: General manager John Dorsey is in a great spot with two picks in the top five, and it would be tough to pass on NC State's Bradley Chubb at No. 4. Could you imagine him getting after quarterbacks on the other side of Myles Garrett? I went with Barkley, though, who will help make better the quarterback that Cleveland takes at No. 1.
1 5Denver DenverBaker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
Mel_Kiper's comments: Signing Case Keenum shows me that the Broncos don't think Paxton Lynch is the long-term answer. And giving Keenum only a two-year deal shows me the Denver front office isn't settled on him, either. Mayfield is extremely talented and the type of quarterback who makes his teammates better.
1 6Indianapolis IndianapolisBradley Chubb DE North Carolina State
Mel_Kiper's comments: I really like this Colts class. They added the Jets' two second-round picks, and they have to get starters there. Their roster is depleted from several poor drafts, but GM Chris Ballard has a chance to get back in shape. You should know all about Chubb at this point -- he's the best pass-rusher in this class.
1 7Tampa Bay Tampa BayMinkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama
Mel_Kiper's comments: The Bucs had two huge needs to fill this offseason: pass-rusher and defensive back. They had one of the league's worst defenses in 2017. They traded their third-round pick to the Giants to get Jason Pierre-Paul and also signed Vinny Curry, so consider that need partially filled. Tampa could still go after a pass-rusher at No. 7, particularly if Bradley Chubb is still on the board. So I'm going with a versatile defensive back in Fitzpatrick here. Some teams see him as the draft's top safety, and others see him as the draft's top cornerback. He could play in the slot. He can help in run support. Fitzpatrick is an all-around player.
1 8Chicago ChicagoQuenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
Mel_Kiper's comments: Nelson makes a ton of sense in Chicago, as his former position coach at Notre Dame, Harry Hiestand, joined the Bears this offseason. I expect Chicago to take a close look at Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, too.
1 9San Francisco San FranciscoRoquan Smith ILB Georgia
Mel_Kiper's comments: The uncertainty around Reuben Foster's future has me rethinking the 49ers' first pick. They have a glaring need at cornerback, but Smith is the type of talent that is tough to pass up. And if Foster gets his off-field issues straightened up, Smith could move outside to weakside linebacker, and San Francisco would have one of the most talented front sevens in the league.
1 10Oakland OaklandDenzel Ward CB Ohio State
Mel_Kiper's comments: With Roquan Smith off the board to San Francisco a pick before this one, I'm grabbing my top-ranked cornerback for the Raiders, who got only 89 snaps out of last year's first-rounder Gareon Conley. I have a higher grade on Ward, a college teammate of Conley's, who is a better athlete but a little smaller.
1 11Miami MiamiDerwin James S Florida State
Mel_Kiper's comments: The Dolphins' offseason makeover is among the most drastic of any team. Ndamukong Suh, Mike Pouncey, Jarvis Landry, Jay Cutler, Cody Parkey, Damien Williams, Jermon Bushrod and Julius Thomas are among the players who were shipped out. While Miami has filled a few roster holes, some remain, including both linebacker spots, as well as at offensive guard and safety. The 11th pick is James' floor. I don't see the Dolphins passing on him (unless they trade up to grab a quarterback).
1 12Buffalo BuffaloTremaine Edmunds OLB Virginia Tech
Mel_Kiper's comments: So let's assume Buffalo keeps all of these six of these, which I don't think is likely. The Bills have the picks to move up for a quarterback if they want, but they also have the picks to plug holes on a flawed roster. In this scenario, the Bills get two of the draft's best athletes with their first two picks. Edmunds and Jackson are both raw, but they have the upside to be Pro Bowl players.
1 13Washington WashingtonDa'Ron Payne DT Alabama
Mel_Kiper's comments: Payne addresses the Redskins' biggest 2017 weakness: Run defense. He could end up at nose tackle.
1 14Green Bay Green BayMarcus Davenport DE UTSA
Mel_Kiper's comments: I've been consistent in picking Davenport to the Packers, and I won't change now. It's a perfect fit for a team in need of young pass-rushers and a prospect in need of time to adjust to the speed of the NFL.
1 15Arizona ArizonaKolton Miller OT UCLA
Mel_Kiper's comments: If Arizona passes on a quarterback at No. 15 -- in this scenario, Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph are still available -- offensive tackle is at the top of the Cardinals' list of needs. Are they really going to rely on Andre Smith at right tackle? The 6-9, 309-pound Miller is rising after he was one of the most athletic big men at the combine. He's my top-ranked tackle.
1 16Baltimore BaltimoreCalvin Ridley WR Alabama
Mel_Kiper's comments: Ridley underwhelmed at the combine, but his college tape shows a player who's nearly uncoverable. I'm going to trust the tape in this case and still make him my top-ranked wideout (Maryland's D.J. Moore is not far behind). Baltimore could also target an offensive tackle at pick No. 16.
1 17LA Chargers LA ChargersVita Vea DT Washington
Mel_Kiper's comments: Get to know Tevita Tuli'aki'ono Tuipulotu Mosese Va'hae Fehoko Faletau Vea. Yes, that's Vea's full name. The 6-4, 347-pound nose tackle is a physical specimen who would help plug the Chargers' biggest hole in the middle of the defense.
1 18Seattle SeattleJaire Alexander CB Louisville
Mel_Kiper's comments: Just one pick for Seattle, which used its No. 2 pick to acquire Sheldon Richardson (whoops) and No. 3 pick in the deal for Duane Brown. I thought about offensive tackle here because the right side isn't settled, but cornerback is just as big of a need. Richard Sherman is gone to the 49ers, and the Legion of Boom is in peril. Shaquill Griffin had a solid rookie season, but the other spot is up for grabs. Alexander is undersized at 5-10, 196, but he could help outside or in the slot. I also think he could be the Seahawks' primary punt returner.
1 19Dallas DallasRashaan Evans ILB Alabama
Mel_Kiper's comments: Anthony Hitchens got a big free-agent deal from the Chiefs, and we still don't know if Jaylon Smith is going to get back to his pre-injury form. That's why if I'm the Dallas GM, I'm taking a hard-hitting, versatile linebacker in Evans. He's a three-down player with a high ceiling.
1 20Detroit DetroitTaven Bryan DT Florida
Mel_Kiper's comments: I thought about an edge rusher at pick No. 20, but Bryan has the highest ceiling of all of the interior rushers in this class, and the Lions need all the help they can get along the defensive line. Bryan is raw and underperformed in college, but he has the athletic traits that make scouts drool and coaches want to work with him.
1 21Cincinnati CincinnatiMike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
Mel_Kiper's comments: Cincinnati already added a left tackle in Cordy Glenn (and bumped back to pick No. 21 in the trade with the Bills), but I see McGlinchey as a right tackle in the NFL, and I'm not sold on Jake Fisher or Cedric Ogbuehi as above-average NFL starters. The Bengals can overhaul their tackle spots and improve after a disastrous 2017 season in which Andy Dalton was sacked 39 times.
1 22Buffalo BuffaloLamar Jackson QB Louisville
Mel_Kiper's comments: With AJ McCarron on the roster, Jackson wouldn't have to start in Week 1
1 23New England New EnglandLeighton Vander Esch OLB Boise State
Mel_Kiper's comments: No way Bill Belichick keeps all these, right? Just check out his history with two first-round picks. If I'm in his shoes (and I can't trade up or out), I'm grabbing the versatile Vander Esch at No. 23 and finding out his best fit later. I like him as an inside linebacker in a 3-4, but he could also play on the edge.
1 24Carolina CarolinaJustin Reid S Stanford
Mel_Kiper's comments: I just like the fit with Reid and Carolina, which parted ways with Kurt Coleman this offseason. I think Reid will make my All-Rookie team wherever he ends up -- he'll be ready to contribute in Week 1.
1 25Tennessee TennesseeDallas Goedert TE South Dakota State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Can you name the last South Dakota State player to be picked in the first round of the NFL draft? Too slow. It's guard Lynn Boden, who was the No. 13 overall pick of the Lions in 1975. He started 47 games over five NFL seasons. Goedert will have earned it, though -- he's really, really good and the most complete tight end in this class. South Carolina's Hayden Hurst is a better blocker, but Goedert is much better as a pass-catcher and has shown that he can stay inline and block. If Tennessee passes on a tight end -- the coaches might think 2017 third-round pick Jonnu Smith is Delanie Walker's long-term replacement-- pass-rusher or interior offensive line makes sense at pick No. 25.
1 26Atlanta AtlantaD.J. Moore WR Maryland
Mel_Kiper's comments: The Falcons have a strong roster. They don't have any gaping holes. They did lose Dontari Poe, Taylor Gabriel, Adrian Clayborn and Andre Roberts in free agency, but defensive line could be addressed here. But I went with one of my favorite receivers in this class in Moore, who would give Atlanta a devastating wideout trio alongside Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
1 27New Orleans New OrleansHayden Hurst TE South Carolina
Mel_Kiper's comments: Coby Fleener has been a free-agent bust. Hurst is already ahead of most college tight ends in that he can block.
1 28Pittsburgh PittsburghHarold Landry DE Boston College
Mel_Kiper's comments: Pittsburgh's top need is linebacker -- inside and outside. Ryan Shazier's football future is in doubt, which leaves a hole in the middle of the Steelers' 3-4. Maybe Jon Bostic can be a good one-year stopgap while the Steelers use a later pick on competition. In this mock, though, I thought Landry was too talented to pass up. He's an edge rusher who had 16.5 sacks in 2016 but struggled with injuries in 2017 and wasn't as productive. He came back from his injury at the combine and put up outstanding testing numbers.
1 29Jacksonville JacksonvilleMason Rudolph QB Oklahoma State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Yes, that's quarterback No. 6 in the first round. That would tie the record for most quarterbacks in the first round (the 1983 draft turned out pretty well). Rudolph could go anywhere from the end of the first round to early in the third round. That's a wide range, but it represents the various opinions about the 6-5, 235-pound signal-caller, who had 92 touchdown passes and only 26 interceptions in his college career. Rudolph throws a beautiful deep ball, but he's a little stiff. In this case, he might be the best available QB option for Jacksonville at pick No. 29. And I don't think Jacksonville is set for the long-term with Blake Bortles.
1 30Minnesota MinnesotaJosh Jackson CB Iowa
Mel_Kiper's comments: Offensive line makes sense in the first round for the Vikings, but I didn't have a tackle or guard still on the board who is rated as a Day 1 pick. So I moved on to the next-biggest need, which is corner. The Vikings are set at both starting spots, but we still haven't seen enough from former second-round pick Mackensie Alexander to know if he's a quality NFL player. Jackson, who led the FBS with eight interceptions last season, was tremendous in his lone season as a starter.
1 31New England New EnglandMike Hughes CB Central Florida
Mel_Kiper's comments: Hughes fills a need as the Patriots lost Malcolm Butler in free agency.
1 32Philadelphia PhiladelphiaDerrius Guice RB LSU
Mel_Kiper's comments: Hear me out on a running back with the last pick in the first round: A knee injury caused Jay Ajayi to drop in the 2015 draft, and while he impressed after the midseason trade from Miami, I don't think we can automatically slot him in as the Eagles' top back for the next five years. Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey are also on the roster, but none are as talented as Guice, who I think can be a much better pass-catcher than the LSU offense allowed him to be. Guice would add to an already-loaded offense.
2 33Cleveland ClevelandMaurice Hurst DT Michigan
Mel_Kiper's comments: This is my top-ranked quarterback, running back and 3-technique defensive tackle with the Browns' first three picks.
2 34NY Giants NY GiantsIsaiah Wynn OG Georgia
Mel_Kiper's comments: Wynn could be an immediate starter, as the Giants lost interior linemen Weston Richburg, D.J. Fluker and Justin Pugh in free agency.
2 35Cleveland ClevelandGeron Christian OT Louisville
Mel_Kiper's comments: Christian would be in the mix to replace longtime left tackle Joe Thomas
2 36Indianapolis IndianapolisRonald Jones RB USC
Mel_Kiper's comments: Jones is a big-play threat with questions about his receiving skills. He has the athletic profile of Alvin Kamara.
2 37Indianapolis IndianapolisConnor Williams OT Texas
Mel_Kiper's comments: Williams could be a right tackle or guard for the Colts.
2 38Tampa Bay Tampa BayWill Hernandez OG UTEP
Mel_Kiper's comments: Hernandez is a road-grader and powerful interior offensive lineman. Running back is another position the Bucs could target at No. 38.
2 39Chicago ChicagoLorenzo Carter OLB Georgia
Mel_Kiper's comments: As I wrote in my two-round mock there's a chance Carter goes in Round 1. Cornerback is another position to watch at No. 39.
2 40Denver DenverDonte Jackson CB LSU
Mel_Kiper's comments: Jackson, one of the fastest players in this class, could play in the slot as Bradley Roby transitions to take Aqib Talib's place.
2 41Oakland OaklandChristian Kirk WR Texas A&M
Mel_Kiper's comments: Kirk is an explosive slot receiver and return man. He might be off the board here, but he's a steal if the Raiders can grab him as another weapon for Derek Carr.
2 42Miami MiamiJames Washington WR Oklahoma State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Washington could be another deep threat.
2 43New England New EnglandBrian O'Neill OT Pitt
Mel_Kiper's comments: O'Neill is raw, but could compete for the left tackle spot vacated by Nate Solder.
2 44Washington WashingtonSony Michel RB Georgia
Mel_Kiper's comments: Michel would give them a dynamic, every-down back. I'm not sold on Rob Kelley or Samaje Perine. Michel and former teammate Nick Chubb are battling with USC's Ronald Jones II to be the third running back picked, likely early on Day 2.
2 45Green Bay Green BayD.J. Chark WR LSU
Mel_Kiper's comments: So long, Jordy Nelson; hello, another deep threat? Chark didn't put up huge numbers in college, but he has elite athleticism.
2 46Cincinnati CincinnatiB.J. Hill DT North Carolina State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Hill's game is all about power, and he can learn from one of the most powerful defensive linemen in the NFL in Geno Atkins. Hill started 44 games at NC State.
2 47Arizona ArizonaCourtland Sutton WR SMU
Mel_Kiper's comments: Arizona doesn't have much at receiver outside of Larry Fitzgerald, who will soon be 35 years old, and Sutton could make an impact in 2018.
2 48LA Chargers LA ChargersJessie Bates III FS Wake Forest
Mel_Kiper's comments: Bates is a pick to help strengthen the spine, too, and he's rising after he tested in the top tier among safeties at the combine. Bates also pitched in as a punt returner for the Demon Deacons. L.A. could also address inside linebacker with its first two picks.
2 49Indianapolis IndianapolisHarrison Phillips DT Stanford
Mel_Kiper's comments: Phillips is one of the strongest prospects in this class (he bench-pressed 225 pounds 42 times at the combine) and could play nose tackle.
2 50Dallas DallasMike Gesicki TE Penn State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Gesicki won't be Jason Witten's replacement on Day 1 -- he was a glorified slot receiver for the Nittany Lions. He needs time (and coaching) to figure out how to be an inline blocker. As a receiver, though, the 6-5, 247-pound Gesicki is a nightmare matchup for linebackers and safeties.
2 51Detroit DetroitNick Chubb RB Georgia
Mel_Kiper's comments: Could Chubb be an every-down back? He impressed teams at the combine, and I think he's squarely in the Round 2 conversation. Ameer Abdullah has underperformed when he's been healthy, and Chubb could be an upgrade.
2 52Baltimore BaltimoreMark Andrews TE Oklahoma
Mel_Kiper's comments: Andrews essentially played as a 6-5 slot receiver for the Sooners, so he's going to have to learn how to block before he sees meaningful snaps. But he's a great weapon to add for Joe Flacco.
2 53Buffalo BuffaloAnthony Miller WR Memphis
Mel_Kiper's comments: Miller could step in and play immediately.
2 54Kansas City Kansas CityRonnie Harrison S Alabama
Mel_Kiper's comments: With no first-round pick because of the trade up for Patrick Mahomes last year, Kansas City has to get creative to fill its needs. Harrison would be a great fit next to a (hopefully) healthy Eric Berry.
2 55Carolina CarolinaTyquan Lewis DE Ohio State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Defensive end and wide receiver are my top two needs for the Panthers. Lewis had 23.5 career sacks in college and could be groomed as Julius Peppers' replacement.
2 56Buffalo BuffaloBilly Price OG Ohio State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Price could step in and play immediately.
2 57Tennessee TennesseeAustin Corbett OG Nevada
Mel_Kiper's comments: Corbett started 49 games at tackle for Nevada but will move inside at the next level.
2 58Atlanta AtlantaRasheem Green DE USC
Mel_Kiper's comments: Green led the Trojans in sacks in each of the past two seasons (16 total).
2 59San Francisco San FranciscoIsaiah Oliver CB Colorado
Mel_Kiper's comments: Oliver fills the hole at cornerback, as he can compete with Ahkello Witherspoon for the spot opposite Richard Sherman (if the longtime Seahawks corner is healthy).
2 60Pittsburgh PittsburghRashaad Penny RB San Diego State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Penny is more insurance in case the Steelers decide to not pay Le'Veon Bell. They took James Conner on Day 3 last year, but he barely played as a rookie. Penny is more of a big-play threat than Conner.
2 61Jacksonville JacksonvilleUchenna Nwosu OLB USC
Mel_Kiper's comments: I thought about a tight end on Day 2 here, but several options were already off the board. Nwosu was unblockable down the stretch in 2017, finishing with eight sacks in his final six games. He'd be an end in the Jags' 4-3.
2 62Minnesota MinnesotaOrlando Brown OT Oklahoma
Mel_Kiper's comments: Brown had one of the worst combine workouts I've ever seen, but he was better at the OU pro day, and at some point you have to trust the tape. He was dominant protecting Baker Mayfield's blind side for three years, and he's a monster in the run game. He's probably going to have to play right tackle in the NFL.
2 63New England New EnglandKyle Lauletta QB Richmond
Mel_Kiper's comments: You want to know about Lauletta, right? He's my seventh-ranked signal-caller and the Spiders' all-time leader in passing yards (10,465), passing TDs (73) and total offense (10, 651). He's a project, for sure, but New England has Tom Brady for now and needs a young passer to groom.
2 64Cleveland ClevelandSam Hubbard DE Ohio State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Hubbard is one of the top true 4-3 defensive ends in this class
3 65Buffalo BuffaloCarlton Davis CB Auburn
Mel_Kiper's comments: Buffalo added Vontae Davis on a one-year deal but needs another corner opposite Tre'Davious White.
3 66NY Giants NY GiantsNyheim Hines RB North Carolina State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Hines is an undersized speedster (he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the combine) who will help in the receiving and return games.
3 67Indianapolis IndianapolisOgbonnia Okoronkwo OLB Oklahoma
Mel_Kiper's comments: Okoronkwo is likely a situational pass-rusher as he doesn't have ideal size (6-2, 253), but he has a relentless motor.
3 68Houston HoustonAnthony Averett CB Alabama
Mel_Kiper's comments: Averett is undersized but super-fast (he ran a 4.36 40 at the combine).
3 69NY Giants NY GiantsDa'Shawn Hand DT Alabama
Mel_Kiper's comments: Hand, a former five-star prospect, underwhelmed at Alabama, but he has the physical tools that teams look for at the end of Day 2. He would play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.
3 70San Francisco San FranciscoDante Pettis WR Washington
Mel_Kiper's comments: Pettis is a dynamite punt returner -- he set an FBS record for career punt return touchdowns with nine -- and can be a deep threat.
3 71Denver DenverBraden Smith OG Auburn
Mel_Kiper's comments: The right guard spot is wide open for the Broncos, and Smith started 41 games at Auburn.
3 72NY Jets NY JetsRJ McIntosh DT Miami
Mel_Kiper's comments: McIntosh would be an end in the Jets' 3-4, as they're looking for a replacement for Muhammad Wilkerson. McIntosh had 21 tackles for loss over the past two seasons.
3 73Miami MiamiJerome Baker ILB Ohio State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Baker is one of the top 4-3 outside linebackers in this class.
3 74San Francisco San FranciscoKerryon Johnson RB Auburn
Mel_Kiper's comments: Johnson might be a steal here. He was one of the best backs in college football in 2017.
3 75Oakland OaklandOren Burks OLB Vanderbilt
Mel_Kiper's comments: Burks is a versatile defender who is rising after he ran a 4.59 40 and had a 39-inch vertical jump (among other outstanding testing numbers) at the combine.
3 76Green Bay Green BayDuke Dawson CB Florida
Mel_Kiper's comments: The 5-foot-10 Dawson is one of the best slot corners in this class. Green Bay could also target a swing tackle on Day 2.
3 77Cincinnati CincinnatiDaeSean Hamilton WR Penn State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Hamilton was a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster, but he was one of the best receivers there.
3 78Kansas City Kansas CityMartinas Rankin OT Mississippi State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Rankin started at left tackle for the Bulldogs but could be a swing tackle at the next level.
3 79Arizona ArizonaLuke Falk QB Washington State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Falk, a former walk-on who started 40 games for the Cougars, had a great week at the Senior Bowl and impressed teams in meetings. He's not the most athletic quarterback, but he's accurate when he has time to set his feet. The Cardinals have short-term answers in Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon and still need a guy who will be their QB1 long-term.
3 80Houston HoustonDesmond Harrison OT West Georgia
Mel_Kiper's comments: Harrison was out of football for a few years but resurfaced at D-II West Georgia. He looks like a tight end without pads and has great feet, but can he be coached up?
3 81Dallas DallasNathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays State
Mel_Kiper's comments: I really like Shepherd, who broke a hand in practice at the Senior Bowl. I don't know if he'll be a penetrating 3-technique, but his tape is impressive. Because of what happens with Dez Bryant Friday, wide receiver could be another position to address with these picks.
3 82Detroit DetroitBreeland Speaks DE Mississippi
Mel_Kiper's comments: In a class lacking true 4-3 defensive ends, Speaks is one of the best. He had seven sacks last season.
3 83Baltimore BaltimoreFrank Ragnow OC Arkansas
Mel_Kiper's comments: The Ravens lost Ryan Jensen in free agency, and Ragnow could be the starting center in Week 1. All in all, Flacco is probably the person most happy with these picks.
3 84LA Chargers LA ChargersBrandon Parker OT North Carolina A&T
Mel_Kiper's comments: The Chargers will hope Parker is a steal like the last player to be drafted from North Carolina A&T: running back Tarik Cohen, who the Bears snagged in Round 4 last year. The 6-8 Parker was an important part of Cohen rushing for 5,619 yards and 56 touchdowns in his college career, and he started 48 straight games at left tackle and was named MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year three times.
3 85Carolina CarolinaJordan Lasley WR UCLA
Mel_Kiper's comments: Lasley was Josh Rosen's favorite target in 2017, but he had a couple of off-field incidents that teams are looking into. Based on his tape alone, Lasley is a top 50 prospect, but he didn't test as well athletically at the combine.
3 86Kansas City Kansas CityTim Settle DT Virginia Tech
Mel_Kiper's comments: Settle is an ultra-talented nose tackle who could compete for the starting spot.Wide receiver is another position Kansas City could target on Days 1 and 2, even with the free-agent addition of Sammy Watkins.
3 87LA Rams LA RamsAndrew Brown DE Virginia
Mel_Kiper's comments: With only one pick here, I'm looking for the guy with the highest upside on the board. That prospect is Brown, a former five-star recruit who came on the last two seasons and had 23.5 tackles for loss. At 6-3, 296, he'd likely be a defensive end in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme.
3 88Carolina CarolinaJaylen Samuels FB North Carolina State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Samuels is my top-ranked H-back, and we know offensive coordinator Norv Turner likes to use fullbacks. Samuels isn't a 245-pound monster like Mike Tolbert, but he's versatile and will pitch in on special teams. Get creative, Norv, and find some snaps for Samuels with Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel on the field at the same time.
3 89Tennessee TennesseeMichael Gallup WR Colorado State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Gallup would be a nice addition at the end of Day 2.
3 90Atlanta AtlantaJordan Akins TE Central Florida
Mel_Kiper's comments: Akins, a former minor league baseball player, turns 26 this month and put on more weight to move to tight end. He could battle for time with Austin Hooper.
3 91New Orleans New OrleansMike White QB Western Kentucky
Mel_Kiper's comments: At the end of Day 2, I'm going with the 6-5 White, who threw too many interceptions in college but flashed an NFL skill set. This is about the range I expect him to be taken. I wouldn't be shocked if the Saints went after Drew Brees' successor with their first pick, either.
3 92Pittsburgh PittsburghChristian Campbell CB Penn State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Campbell is a bigger corner whom I've heard teams like as a late Day 2, early Day 3 flier.
3 93Jacksonville JacksonvilleTre'Quan Smith WR Central Florida
Mel_Kiper's comments: Smith ran a 4.49 40 at 210 pounds at the combine, and he'd add to the stable of young Jacksonville wideouts.
3 94Minnesota MinnesotaColby Gossett OT Appalachian State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Gossett is an under-the-radar gem who started 46 straight games at right guard for the Mountaineers.
3 95New England New EnglandKalen Ballage RB Arizona State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Ballage is a big, athletic back who had 64 catches over the past two seasons, so he fits what New England likes.
3 96Buffalo BuffaloDaurice Fountain WR Northern Iowa
Mel_Kiper's comments: Fountain is an under-the-radar big-play threat who had 12 touchdowns as a senior in 2017.
3 97Arizona ArizonaShaquem Griffin OLB Central Florida
Mel_Kiper's comments: You should know Griffin's story by now. His combine workouts put him in the mix to be taken on Day 2. He's undersized at 6-0, 227, but could be a situational pass-rusher, nickelback and special-teams demon at the next level. As I wrote after the combine, if I were a general manager, I'd want him on my team.
3 98Houston HoustonP.J. Hall DT Sam Houston State
Mel_Kiper's comments: Hall had stellar stats at Sam Houston State but is a tweener in the NFL. Could he play defensive end in Houston's 3-4?
3 99Denver DenverDorian O’Daniel OLB Clemson
Mel_Kiper's comments: O'Daniel is a tackling machine who might be a better fit inside in a 3-4.
3 100Cincinnati CincinnatiGenard Avery ILB Memphis
Mel_Kiper's comments: Inside linebacker is a need Cincinnati must address on Day 1 or 2. Avery is a thumper.