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The NN mock draft is back, and this year the plan is to go a full seven rounds.

Welcome to the Niners Nation 2018 NFL mock draft. We’re back for the second round after making solid progress through round one. The San Francisco 49ers selected Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith in the first round. You can view the full first round results here, the full second round results here, and the full third round results here, which includes an explanation for picks.

We’re starting the fourth round today, and this will take us through the weekend to get through. The 49ers have the Pittsburgh Steelers pick (No. 28, 128 overall) from the Vance McDonald trade. They traded their own pick to the Denver Broncos as part of the Kapri Bibbs trade last year during the draft. We will get to the first 49ers pick on Sunday morning.

101. Green Bay Packers - Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State (Fred Mercury)

After going defense for three straight picks, I knew I wanted to go offense here, but I didn’t have a clear idea of who to take. The more I thought about it, I knew I should try to find a replacement for Jordy Nelson. Nelson was heavily targeted in the red zone by Rodgers and I was looking for a receiver who at least had the physical traits to develop into a good red zone target: size, high-point ability, body control, and catch radius. Ateman’s speed is pedestrian (4.62 forty), but I’m not too concerned about that because of his size and potential as a red zone threat. Adding him to the mix of Adams, Graham, and Cobb should help mitigate the loss of Nelson somewhat. I don’t expect him to produce like Nelson as an every down receiver, but he should be able to use his size and the defense’s focus on Graham to his advantage inside the 20.

102. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama (BayAreaBOI)

Formerly the #1 prospect coming out of high school, Hand didn’t live up to expectations in Alabama, but 6’4”, 290 pound guys with nearly 35 inch arms who can run 4.8 forties don’t grow on trees. Hand has the physical stature and potential to be an icredible steal in the fourth round; although the Bucs traded for Jason Pierre-Paul and landed Vinny Curry, some might see the need for a guy like Hand who would also be competing with Noah Spence, but this is a value pick for a guy that is a great run stopper, and has the tools to set the edge. I see him as a great depth player on the line that can easily kick it inside and play DT in a 4-3 front. Plain and simple, when you draft in the fourth round and beyond, you are trying to hit on potential, not necessarily production. I wouldn’t touch Hand on Day 2, but he’s great value at 102. As a rotational player with great utility, Hand joins a defensive line for the Bucs that is looking like a beastly bunch heading into 2018. I considered CB here, but Edge rushers that can carry 290 pounds of lean muscle who can move as fast as Hand...too good of a gamble to pass up.

103. Houston Texans - Geron Christian, OT, Louisville (Sacto Solon)

Lamar Jackson’s blind side protector the past two years, Christian possesses the solid overall athleticism, foot quickness, and arm length NFL scouts covet, but needs to improve upon his upper body strength to be an NFL starter. Like Noteboom, Houston’s previous pick, Christian has experience at both LT and RT, and there has also been talk that he could kick inside and play either G position. His versatility would play very well on a Houston team that desperately needs depth up front.

104. Indianapolis Colts - M.J. Stewart, DB, North Carolina (Rowingdave)

I love this kid. Graded as the best DB at the Senior Bowl, this guy can play anywhere. Outside corner, nickel corner, safety. Hell, he can play weak side linebacker in a pinch. While he only ran a 4.5 forty, you never see this guy get beat. He’s a glue guy that has incredibly high football IQ, is always around the ball, and is NOT afraid to hit. As has been noted elsewhere, Richard Sherman ran the exact same forty time as Stewart, and both have great technique and recovery ability with great quickness and agility. Stewart doesn’t have the height that Sherman has, but Stewart is a different player, willing to mix it up all over the field. I’d be comfortable putting him outside, in the slot, roving in place of Malik Hooker, in the box as a thumper...he does it all. I considered linebacker here, but I couldn’t pass Stewart up. Paired with Jaire Alexander and Malik Hooker, Stewart has the opportunity to be the “glue guy” in this defense.

105. Chicago Bears - Fred Warner, LB, BYU (#hawktomegoose)

106. Denver Broncos - Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State (Tomac21)

Vance Joseph has made it very clear that inside linebacker needs to be addressed. Jerome Baker I believe could be a starter on a lot of teams. With the investment in Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis he will be the third guy but be developed into the starting MLB I believe he will be. Todd Davis is a pure run stopping linebacker so Baker would give them an athletic and rangy linebacker who can come in on sub-packages for them and play in coverage.

I am shocked to see Baker on the board still and would be beyond glad to add him to Denver with this pick. The Broncos have showed some interest in him as well by hosting him for a pre draft visit.

107. New York Jets - Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State (Blackout52)

The Jets need some offensive line help to protect their franchise QB no matter who that ends up being. Their left tackle Kelvin Beachum graded out as average last year, but many think his best spot is on the right side. Cappa gives them the ability to move Beachum and lock down the left tackle spot with a young player who dominated at the college level, albeit against inferior competition. Conversely, if they like Beachum as the LT, Cappa has the length and size to play guard. I’m taking a bet on his potential here, but at worst they’re getting a capable swing tackle here in the 4th round, which isn’t bad value.

108. New York Giants - Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State (Davidss)

109. Washington - Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA (Shanafandom)

I promise you I’m not trying to only take PAC 12 picks. And maybe a few will see this as being too early, but Quesseneberry is my top interior linemen left and one of my top prospects left in general. Last year’s center was Chase Roullier, who had to move over from left guard. Now he can move back to guard, and Quessenberry can play center. I was sad that I couldn’t get a guy in the third, but I’m glad I can take Quessenberry!

110. Oakland Raiders - Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech (twolfe2)

The Raiders were holding their breath with Penny still on the board. But with the Giants picking him two slots before, the Raiders go back to their D. The brother of their first round pick, Terrell does not have the press as his brother, but is still just as gifted. He can be an immediate ST player, while working into their sub packages.

111. Los Angeles Rams - Will Richardson, OT, N.C. State (ak4niner)

One of the few areas of need on the Rams now is OL. (The other being WR since in this universe the Cooks trade never happened.) Richardson was the best O-lineman on the board. As shown by previous moves by the FO, the Rams aren’t afraid of a few “character” issues. Richardson is an RT with G potential and helps plug a hole in the Rams O-line lineup. If the character concerns don’t destroy him, this guys has starter potential written all over him.

112. Cincinnati Bengals - Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn (budabear78)

Bengals looking for some depth behind Joe Mixon and Giovanni Bernard and an option in case one of the lead backs gets hurt.

113. Denver Broncos - J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri (Tomac21)

The Broncos are in need of wide receiver depth. Moore has size and speed to play outside and give the Broncos offense another piece to be creative. After Thomas and Sanders the wide receiving team looks bleak.

114. Cleveland Browns - P.J. Hall, DT, Sam Houston State (Mertons Merkin)

With no starting caliber linebackers left, the Browns take a big gamble on a small school player that dominated his competition. Has outstanding strength, power and speed. Incredibly productive nose tackle with 60 tackles, 19 TFL, six sacks, six and PBUs last season. Excellent shot at starting at nose in the near future, and may have some rotational value as a three tech. Will be playing special teams as well, where he had 14 blocked kicks in his career. Big value pick in the 4th at an area of need. Small school players are hard to judge, but you should want to see them dominate. Hall did that. It could be considered a reach, but Hall’s stock is climbing after his pro day. 49er fans should pay attention to the name. He’s a day three target for every team in need of a nose. Cleveland takes him here because he’s the best of the players left at need positions.

115. Chicago Bears - Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State (#hawktomegoose)

116. Dallas Cowboys - Jordan Akins, TE, UCF (BiggySmalls)

117. Detroit Lions - Tre’Quan Smith, WR, UCF (Camp Frogger)

118. Baltimore Ravens - Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia (LizardState)

119. Los Angeles Chargers - Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State (Brother Girth)

The Chargers don’t need a WR, but this felt like a good spot to go BPA. Wilson is ranked #41 in PFF’s top 100 and had an excellent Senior Bowl week. He is a fluid route runner, comes with an NFL pedigree (Dad played), and is considered a hard worker.

120. Seattle Seahawks - Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia (BryKno)

It’s a bit awkward when you have to skip the entire second and third rounds of a draft – but hey, getting a day two-caliber prospect on day three makes up for some of that.

My primary goal for the Seahawks in this mock draft was to keep Russell Wilson alive and healthy, something their offensive line has not been capable of doing. We added a small-school guard in Will Hernandez back in round one, and now we’ve got arguably the single most athletic offensive tackle in the draft in Desmond Harrison. Harrison has incredible range of motion – he’s fast enough to take down the fastest edge rushers and can pull and move around to your heart’s content. His performance on tape is just astonishing to watch, as he’s clearly the best player on the field on essentially every snap.

So, why is he in the fourth round? He has more red flags around him than the Soviet Union did. There’s the “small school” issue – West Georgia isn’t exactly a football powerhouse, and Harrison didn’t face the toughest challenges. There’s the “exceptionally raw” issue, as he wins more with strength and athleticism than technique. There’s the “showed up for the Senior Bowl at 279 pounds” issue, which raises questions as to whether he can keep functional weight on at the next level. Oh, and there’s the “didn’t play football in 2015 or 2016 after being dismissed from Texas due to multiple failed drug tests and a pattern of lazy behavior” issue. Maybe I should have led with that one.

From all accounts, Harrison did well in interviews at the combine, and Seattle certainly has never shied away from players with checkered pasts. Harrison has athletic qualities that can’t be taught. If his past issues are behind him, and he works on his technique, he can be a long-term starting tackle in the league. My Seahawks will hope Harrison is good enough to start at right tackle right away, moving Germain Ifedi inside and having an offensive line of Brown-Hernandez-Britt-Ifedi-Harrison. Could certainly be worse.

Other Players Considered

Tyquan Lewis, EDGE, Ohio State: A moveable chess piece who would work in multiple places in Seattle’s defense, albeit not one who’s going to be a game changer.

Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama: Ideal height, weight, speed and athleticism, but vision is a real question mark. Seattle needs talent in the backfield!

Chris Campbell, CB, Penn State: A bit more of a developmental project, but he fits the mold Seattle’s looking for in their corners.

121. Buffalo Bills - Dane Cruikshank, DB, Arizona (Rhardin49)

This is the part of the draft where you start targeting athletes with high ceilings but possibly low floors. Cruikshank has that in spades, but he also offers utility as a fast rangy safety who also is right at home as a press corner on the outside. He’s a big hitter with smooth hips, great agility, legit 4.41 speed and strength that transcends the weight room. Don’t be shocked to see Cruikshank go much higher than this.

122. Kansas City Chiefs - Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M (LoreofGore)

Great athletic prospect with the movement and ball hawking skills you could want.

123. Miami Dolphins - Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T (MD49erFaithful)

With Juwuan James entering his walk year, OT is a need but not pressing. In Parker, the Dolphins get a tackle prospect with a very high ceiling. Showcased very well throughout the offseason leading up to the draft. We had a 3rd round grade on him, so are very pleased to get him at the end of the 4th round. There are some obvious needs still on the interior of the OL, which will be addressed soon.

124. Kansas City Chiefs - Tegray Scales, ILB, Indiana (LoreofGore)

125. Tennessee Titans - Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame (HarbaughalypseNow)

This old school tight end is uniquely valuable to the Titans, who can roll out very versatile 12 personnel sets with Smythe, Henry, and Lewis.

126. Atlanta Falcons - Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane (RinaldoPurrisimo)

Parry Nickerson is a starting corner calibre player and has a 2nd round grade in my eyes. he’s great in man coverage, he’s crazy fast, ran a 4.32 in the 40. The dude killed it at his pro day. I think he could end up being a late first rounder the hype on him is so crazy right now. Is corner a need for a the Falcons? No, but injuries suspensions happen. And if Parry Nickerson develops they could easily use him as a starter in a year or 2. He’s got a top level cieling. Getting one of those in the first round is huge.

127. New Orleans Saints - Dante Pettis, WR, Washington (DeltaLima)

The Saints’ receiver corps was in need of serious work. Beyond Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara (who combined for nearly half the team’s receptions), the Saints leaned heavily on Ted Ginn, which is never a good idea year in and year out. They had no consistent threats beyond that. This selection is a great fit to help remedy that.

To review, Michael Thomas is the clear number one and third-round selection Deon Cain should be able to line up on the outside opposite him as a number two option in week one.

Today’s selection gives the Saints a strong route runner with a diverse route tree at his command. While he could eventually move outside, he lacks a little play strength and could get jammed up more easily outside, so he will likely be a slot receiver from day one thanks to great catching and solid, route-based separation ability. We 49er fans can surely appreciate that (Trent Taylor shout out).

Pettis also offers special teams value where the Saints need it most: returns. They may not want Alvin Kamara doing everything for this team and Pettis could offer depth or replacement on some special teams snaps... Particularly on punt return, where Pettis made a mark in college and where Kamara was not as often taking snaps (he tended to field kickoffs in the latter part of 2017).

For a different team, I may have taken Keke Coutee, who I think may have a higher ceiling but will take longer to develop and won’t have the route-running or special teams value to contribute from day one. Pettis is just a better fit for the Saints.

I also have one of my draft crushes still on the board, but he shall remain unnamed until my next selection early next round (the amount of site decorum will depend on if he is taken before then or not).

128. San Francisco 49ers - Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin (GSheen)

Kyle Shanahan deploys tight end heavy formations more than any other play-callers in the league. His tight ends are more than just blocking personnels. They should also be able to chip block and release out on a route in the passing game and to run across the formation to seal the backside or play out in the flats. In this draft class, Troy Fumagalli and Jordan Akins are arguably the two most complete TEs that can do all that at a consistently high level.

His game against Iowa, LSU and Western Michigan were downright dominant. Fumagalli uses his frame and strength well to create separation in his routes, and fully extends his arms to make spectacular plays on many occasions. He has a knack for making clutch plays in the hook zone and shows his grit in coming out on top in contested situations. His leverage in the run game and ability to block head-on or on the move were key in helping freshman Jonathan Taylor rush for almost 2000 yards last season. Fumagalli has what Shanahan looks for in a tight end. Drafting him in the late 4th round was a no-brainer decision. He will fit seamlessly in Shanahan’s offensive philosophy.

Considered Derrick Nnadi but the emergence of Sheldon Day and DJ Jones was enough to pass him over. Thought Pettis would fall to me after seeing Falcons pick Nickerson and Saints already drafted Cain and signed Meredith earlier today.

129. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford (Lancashire49er)

The release of Marcedes Lewis, necessitates the need for a changing of the guard at the position. The Free Agent signings of ASJ and Niles Paul offer temporary relief to the position with complimentary skill sets, but a position which needs either a heavy investment through a difference maker in the passing game, or as an intermediate, through depth.

Gesicki and Andrews are gone from the guys I liked at the playmaker level. Schultz though offers a very good option with upside and decent value to open up Day 3.

Probably one of the better (possibly the best) blocking Tight Ends in this class, with some upside in the passing game.

He was used (and coached) to great effect in Shaw’s run heavy offense and created many lanes for CMC and Love in the run game, while offering decent pass protection if asked and will continue to do so in the run first offense with Fournette. In the ability to be used as a pass catcher, I would use the term ‘underutilised’ rather than ‘limited’. Yes, he has shorter arms and wingspan than the likes of athletic freaks such as Gesicki, but he’s big bodied with capable hands, that I believe he can offer upside in the passing game/RZ and stear away from any Vance McDonald comparison.

Given the Jags falterings in last year’s playoffs to sustain sufficient pass protection to run out the game, the injection of McGlinchey (Rd1) and Schultz (Rd4) will do wonders to fix this.

Other options considered:

SAM LB - Fred Warner would have been the pick, but the bears nabbed him. Tegray Scales was considered in Rd3 with a view to Rd4, but he’s just gone to the Chiefs.

NOTE: The Rd3 pick of Duke Dawson has subsequently (I.e post our pick) seen a number of scouting circles, including the sister website Big Cat Country, forecast Dawson to the jags as an ideal fit. My theory.....they all come to Niners Nation for their insights! Take a bow Niners Nation, take a bow!

130. Philadelphia Eagles - Marcus Allen, S, Penn St (GreatOden’sRaven)

While the Eagles don’t need anything in particular, they do need depth. Malcolm Jenkins is getting up there and the eagles need guys who can step in and play right away.

Allen is a thumper at safety, who plays downhill and is a helluva athlete for his size. While his safety partner is Apke is the better athlete, Allen is the better player. He can slide up and help cover tight ends from the linebacker slot or swing his hips around and run with slot guys.

I’m honestly surprised he fell this far. I had an early 3rd round grade on him because you rarely find safeties his size that can move (6’2” 220) like he does.

Others: well the tackles went right before me (Parker and Desmond), even though Meredith signed with the saints, they took Pettis, so.... I didn’t have a lot of others in consideration. Also not tipping my hand when I’m picking in 2 more slots.

131. Miami Dolphins - Kyzir White, S, West Virginia (MD49erFaithful)

White has prototypical SS size, tackling ability and better speed than some expected running mid 4.5’s. With White, we set up our long term SS position and hopefully he can be a back end leader for us for years to come.

132. Philadelphia Eagles - Jaylen Samuels, TE, N.C. State (GreatOden’sRaven)

With Trey Burton gone to free agency and the big fast TEs gone, Philly takes a unique player that reminds a lot of people of Delanie Walker. While is best position in the NFL is a hybrid TE, Samuels can move all over the field on offense. As if Carson Wentz needed more weapons. Samuels is really both a BPA (one who has lasted because hes not a pure TE) and a need. Ertz is a serviceable blocker and a fantastic receiving TE but the Eagles need another receiver from that position and Samuels is the right guy for the job.

I really like this fit for them and I think he gets snaps day one in several different formations.

i also considered a T but honestly at this point there is one player left at tackle that has a shot at starting someday and he can’t play till 2020 and really a better fit for a power offense than a flex one (Toth). I also considered Oren Burks at LB and SDH at Lb. Both would work for the Eagles, but there is a ton of LB depth left and very few quality TEs.

133. Green Bay Packers - Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida (Fred Mercury)

I’ve had my eye on Callaway for the Packers for a while now, but didn’t want to pull the trigger too early. His off-field concerns could push him to Day 3 or even to a UDFA. His rap sheet will be troubling to teams: sexual assault (charge dismissed); pot possession (pled down to possession of drug paraphernalia); and, finally, entered agreement for pretrial intervention program to dismiss third-degree felony credit card fraud charge (he was suspended for entire ’17 season for this). However, there is no doubting his on-field skill.

Were it not for his arrests, he may be a 1st or 2nd round prospect according to a few scouting reports I’ve read. He is fast, agile, athletic, electric, and explosive as a receiver and punt returner. He profiles really well as a replacement for Randall Cobb, who will be a free agent next year and whose play has dropped off since his lone Pro Bowl season in ’14. Callaway didn’t have the kind of production you’d expect from a player with his talent and his behavior concerns could derail his NFL career, but the Packers are hedging by already having drafted Ateman. Callaway is a very high risk, very high reward player. If both he and Ateman live up to potential, Rodgers could very well end his career with another Super Bowl ring or two.

Others considered: Skyler Phillips, G, Idaho State

134. Arizona Cardinals - DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State (AzSharksFan)

WR is enough of a need for Arizona that I decided to double down on the position due to the value Hamilton represents here. He’s pretty much the polar opposite of Callaway in that he’s a high character guy known for his maturity and dedication to his game. he gets separation with elusiveness and excellent route running but lacks the prototypical height or speed to likely be a #1 receiver. He does exhibit a tendency for dropsies so he needs to improve upon that, but he has shown steady improvement every year so i think his floor is high.

135. Los Angeles Rams - John Kelly, RB, Tennessee (ak4niner)

This guy is a former SEAL! This guy is tough and smart. He was even in the CIA and was knownto be big and strong.

Oh wait, sorry. Reading Tom Clancy again...

Though the Team Rams have Gurley, they are thin outside of him. He can run and catch the ball and is decent in pass protection. He isn’t a burner and is only “average” quickness, but has power and won’t typically go down with the first hit.

136. New England Patriots - Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College (JMichael39)

137. Dallas Cowboys - Oren Burks, OLB, Vanderbilt (BiggySmalls)