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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, the full third round results here, and the full fourth round results here, which includes an explanation for picks.

We’re starting the fifth round today, and this will take us to the end of the week. We’ll do the sixth round this weekend, and then the seventh round next week leading up to the draft. The 49ers have the New York Jets pick (No. 6, 143 overall) from the Rashard Robinson trade. They traded their own fifth round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers as part of the Vance McDonald trade. We’ll get to the 49ers pick today.

138. Green Bay Packers - Skyler Phillips, G, Idaho State (Fred Mercury)

Phillips played both tackle spots and both guard spots at Idaho State and his game is about power. He needs to cleanup his hand use and his level of competition at Idaho State allowed him to bully many of his opponents, but he should be a serviceable backup early in his career. Teams may see him as a center, given his “compact” build (i.e. lack of length) and his difficulty at times sustaining blocks, but Green Bay gets a powerful player who may offer some versatility along the interior. If he can correct his hand use and finishing issues, Phillips has a decent shot at becoming a starter in year two or three, but can at least provide some depth for now. Does this mean I take back my previous comment about me not caring if Rodgers gets blasted? Maybe.

139. New York Giants - Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh (Davidss)

140. Indianapolis Colts - Genard Avery, LB, Memphis (Rowingdave)

My linebacker waiting game strategy paid off, and the Colts are ecstatic to get a player the caliber of Avery in the 5th round. His one minor weakness could be in coverage, but he’s not a liability there, either. A true utility LB that can play Mike, Sam or Will in a 4-3 front, Avery has deceptive speed and great agility for any linebacker, let alone of man of his size: 255 pounds. You read that right. 255 pounds, with explosiveness (124” broad jump, 36” vertical) and speed (4.5 range forty) that actually shows up on tape. This is another guy that could go a lot higher when all is said and done, but would an absolute steal in the 5th.

141. Seattle Seahawks - Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State (BryKno)

Tyquan Lewis was someone I was considering back at pick #120, so it’s nice to see him still around. I’m not sold on Frank Clark, in general, as an edge rusher replacement for both Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, so edge rusher was definitely a position I felt needed to be addressed at some point. Perhaps the fifth round is a hair too early to be taking Lewis, but that really stops mattering at some point on Day 3, so I’m not overly concerned with that.

Lewis is more of an inside rusher, beating guards up the middle on passing downs. He was very productive at Ohio State – 7 sacks and 9.5 TFLs last year, and slightly more than that the year before. He’s a bit stiff and heavy-legged, and we’re not penciling him to be a day one starter or anything, but as a piece you can move inside and out as part of a rotation in Seattle’s defensive front, I think Lewis has the chance to really shine.

Other players considered: Bo Scarbrough and Chris Campbell were on my radar back at #120, and both are still on the draft board. I also considered Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State, an undersized interior linemen with plus power and quickness.

142. Denver Broncos - D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State (Tomac21)

We continue to add pieces to the corner depth chart. The Denver Broncos made a desperate attempt to sign Tramaine Brock to fill the slot role. Already adding Davis solved that solution but Roby is on his fifth year option and if he disappoints Davis can fill in the number two spot and Reed can use the year to develop to potentially play the slot next year or forth corner.

143. San Francisco 49ers - Natrell Jamerson, S, Wisconsin (GSheen)

My favorite sleeper defensive back in this draft. A former WR turned CB in his sophomore year, Jamerson finally found his groove at S in his senior year. He capped off his breakout season on a high note by earning defensive MVP honors in the Shrine game. No matter how much I like Colbert and Tartt patrolling the backfield, having just Jimmie Ward as competition is quite concerning. A lack of competition is bound to increase chance of player regressions. Besides, none of them had an injury-free campaign so far. Adding a safety in this draft is primordial.

Jamerson’s impressive tested numbers: 4.4, 25 reps, 35.5” VJ, 120” BJ, 6.87 3C, validate what you see in his films. His interception highlight in the Shrine team scrimmage showcased his great range and instincts to undercut Shimonek’s deep pass to Jeff Badet. Throughout the Shrine week, Jamerson was omnipresent on the field, seemingly everywhere at once and his dominant performance continued into the Shrine game. In the regular season, 11 of his 12 pass breakups are all plays made by him - underneath, sideline, deep field and redzone passes deflected. Similar to Colbert, he has the ability to be an eraser in the back end. Technically versatile, Jamerson is also excellent at reading the quarterback and closing on the football before the pass is fully thrown. Quite an efficient blitzer as well, taking smart paths to the QB.

Jamerson proved he’s no longer a liability in the run defense last season by posting just 3 missed tackles in 51 tackle attempts. His tackling efficiency was good for top-5 in this safety class. His size concerns are clearly overblown – frame similar to Earl Thomas. Not a thumper, but he wraps up ball-carriers with good technique. Also, his special team value shouldn’t be underestimated. Jamerson is a four-phase special teamer. He was hands down the Badgers’ best gunner over the past few seasons, torpedoing returners 20 times. On top of that, his value as a strong jammer in punt coverage, a solid safety in kickoff coverage and a decent kick returner won’t go overlooked. Wisconsin Badgers are known to be tenacious, accountable and smart, and Jamerson is no different.

Heavily considered Tarvarius Moore - another big safety sleeper. Similar to Jamerson, he’s not a thumper despite his great size. Not as fast processing plays as Jamerson though. Bites on play-action many times. . But his 6’2” size and athleticism fit your prototypical safety. Fluid enough to man cover as well. Interesting to see if he lasts to my next pick.

144. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech (BayAreaBOI)

145. Chicago Bears - Colby Gossett, OG, Appalachian State (#hawktomegoose)

146. Seattle Seahawks - Chris Campbell, CB, Penn State (BryKno)

Well, I had hoped to address the hole at cornerback earlier, but that’s the way the draft cookie crumbles, I suppose. The Seahawks are used to picking defensive backs late and coaching them up, anyway – Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman were fifth round picks, and Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane were sixth round picks. Development of late-round defensive backs was one of the key building blocks of Seattle’s run, and they’ll just have to do it again.

Campbell isn’t someone we’re expecting to start right away over Shaq Griffin or Dontae Johnson. He needs some work on his technique and his tendency to commit pass interference when pressured. What he is is long, strong and someone with the frame and tendencies to excel in press coverage. He has the athletic traits you’re looking for, too – a 41” vertical and a 11”3’ broad jump at his pro day. He’s someone that the Seahawks will try to mold into being a useful player, especially in 2019 and 2020.

Other Players Considered: Derrick Nnadi and Bo Scarbrough remain on the board. I also considered Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State, who had the second-best Speed Score (weight-adjusted 40 time) at the combine; he’s not going to be an every-down running back and his vision and decisiveness is questionable, but he scored eight touchdowns in one game and can line up at running back, slot receiver, wildcat quarterback and kick returner. Potential without the production to show for it quite yet.

147. New Orleans Saints - Chris Herndon, TE, Miami (DeltaLima)

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Anyway, I’m going for the next best thing available. I don’t love drafting a TE at this spot, as it’s a bit of a reach possibly for the ones I’m looking at. Schultz I would have been happy with, Fumagalli I could have lived with. But... the other positions of need to the Saints would be even larger reaches.

Don’t get me wrong, there are things to like about Herndon. He’s athletic, has natural catching ability, and shows some dog in battling for yards once he catches the ball and in blocking. His technique needs some work but he flashes some ability with coaching. If I keep letting TE go, I’m going to end up with someone with little upside and value, and it’s a position of need for the Saints.

Before making this pick, obviously I’d see how he takes instruction and breaks down tape. He’d be worth a visit. But, not knowing that, I’ll just assume the best and make the pick. Hopefully he’s a quick study and can manage to create mismatches with pure athletic ability. The Saints’ RBs don’t need the best blocking to succeed and the pass-catching should already be much improved (especially now in this first pick that I know about the Cameron Meredith signing).

I considered Derrick Nnadi with this pick, but I’m betting the Saints’ defensive line takes a step forward this year. Particularly on the inside, they’re young and promising and would benefit from ongoing coaching so I don’t think Nnadi at this point makes sense for the Saints so much as addressing TE with one of the few ones with any significant upside.

148. Pittsburgh Steelers - Mark Walton, RB, Miami (FL) (nyasa)

Pittsburgh gets to use the pick acquired from the 49ers to dig up an overlooked diamond in the rough and some Leveon Bell insurance.

While Rashaad Penny was breifly considered in the 3rd round, the Steelers get a great underrated prospect here in the 5th from the U, a factory for NFL players and especially RBs.

Walton brings a Dion Lewis type of quality to the field with the ball in his hands, is a great receiver, and can even jack it up the middle if needed. Most importantly, he is a smart and instinctive player and excels is pass protection and ican be a true 3 down back. An injury ended his 2017 season for the Canes and a deep RB draft class has led to him dropping a bit, but make no mistake, Walton could be one of the most productive RBs from this draft class.

Long term, Walton will be a great compliment to last years pick of James Conner, potentially playing a more featured role, while Conner can do the bruising short yardage running. Its safe to say 2018 will be the last for Le’Veon Bell in the steel city, and the Steelers will still be well positioned once he is gone.

149. Washington - Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama (Shanafandom)

I did not expect Wallace to last this long, and am pleasantly surprised! Not only does he fit as a BPA pick, but having more corners is always nice, Washington’s corners aren’t horrible with Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar. But Wallace can play slot, and I’m not a big fan of free agent pickup Orlando Scandrick. Gruden has also stated we wanted to add a depth/special teams corner, so taking Wallace now seems very appropriate.

150. Cleveland Browns - J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland (Mertons Merkin)

One of the nice things about having a ton of holes on your roster, is the ability to take a player that just fell too far. Do the Browns need a corner? Yes! But didn’t they take Isaiah Oliver in the second round? Yes! The Browns actually need two outside corners in this draft. Hahaha! Go Browns!

J.C. Jackson should be a third or fourth round player. How good is he? He’s good enough that I’m basically passing on my number one draft crush for this year (and a solid fit for my defense) because J.C. is sitting here in the fifth, and I just can’t pass on him. He’s not long, he’s not fast, and he’s not twitchy. Unlike some of the top corners in this draft (Ward, Oliver) you can’t just draft Jackson and dump him in whatever system you like. And he does not have any position versatility like Fitzpatrick. He is an outside corner in a zone scheme only.

And what he does outside in zone is absolutely destroy receivers with his jam, muscle them off their routes early, and contest the ball if it comes his way. He’s a PBU machine, and he hits like a strong safety. He’s destructive in the run game, he will out-muscle receivers in the pass game, and he’s a solid blitzer. If he lands in Cleveland, he’s probably a starter right away (and for the next decade). He plays the corner position the way Tony Allen plays basketball. A tone setter that shuts down his assignment, and acts as an enforcer.

So now Cleveland’s defense has a shut down corner (Oliver), the first overall pick pass rusher from last year (Garrett), two twitchy speed rushers on the interior (Bryan and Hall), a thumper at the other corner spot (Jackson), a top five nickel corner (Boddy Calhoun), and Jabrill Peppers moving back to his natural position at SS. This defense is young, but has an identity. It’s an AFC-North-worthy defense finally. Aggressive and angry.

151. Cincinnati Bengals - Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky (budabear78)

With the trade of A.J. McCarron, the Bengals need a reliable backup QB and a developmental understudy to Andy Dalton. Jeff Driskel and Matt Barkley inspire little faith. White has an NFL caliber arm and is hopefully a diamond in the rough. He has thrown for a ton of yards in college and can fit within the Bengals system.

152. Arizona Cardinals - Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State (AzSharksFan)

As we started this mock draft there was some buzz that the Cardinals were switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 but nothing had been confirmed. At this point it is confirmed which means a lot is up in the air as far as where guys will play and what holes remain to be filled. As it stands Golden and Jones are moving from OLB to DE and last year’s #1 Hasaan Reddick is moving to the Mike. I would guess they still have needs at outside linebacker and interior DL at least for depth and in the 5th round that’s what we are looking to fill. Derrick Nnadi presents a good value here for what looks like a need on the line. He shows a lot of agility and strength but lacks the typical height of an interior DL guy. But if he can consistently use his lower center of gravity for leverage he can be a nice run stopper and maybe more.

153. Detroit Lions - Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech (Camp Frogger)

154. Baltimore Ravens - Toby Weathersby, OT, LSU (LizardState)

Last season both Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda and Alex Lewis suffered season-ending injuries with not much behind them, depth is needed on the o-line. Weathersby excelled at RT for LSU but has experience playing both RT and LT.

155. Los Angeles Chargers - Nyheim Hines, RB, N.C. State (Brother Girth)

A small, straight line runner that reminds people of a poor man’s Alvin Kamara. I’ll take that in the 5th round. Coach Anthony Lynn gets a piece of clay to mold that has 4.38 speed.

156. Seattle Seahawks - Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama (BryKno)

Last season, Seattle scored one offensive touchdown that didn’t involve Russell Wilson. Their leading non-Wilson rusher was Mike Davis, with 240 yards. They averaged 3.3 yards per carry on non-Wilson rushing plays. This is not good.

They drafted Chris Carson last year, and they hope a healthy Carson will improve over the likes of Davis, Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls. One back does not a backfield make, however, and so we’ll pair him with Scarbrough, a punishing, north and south runner who can create extra yardage after contact. He also showed promise in college at blitz pickup, keeping with our theme of “try not to get Russell Wilson killed”.

Other players considered: Kalen Ballage is still available. At this point in the draft, it becomes less about need and more about general talent, so Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA (all the talent in the world, and all the off-field red-flags, too) and Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State (a non-rushing end with intriguing strength and size) were considered as well.

157. New York Jets - Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee St (Blackout52)

I was tempted to go with a big-bodied target like Allen Lazard or Jaleel Scott, but given that the Jets already have 6 (literally 6) receivers on the roster who fit that bill and bring more athleticism than either of those guys, I decided to go with the small but electric Richie James. Before missing most of his junior year with an injury, James was on pace to put up almost 5000 yards from scrimmage in 3 seasons, which definitely would’ve gotten him much more national attention than he has. Though the competition wasn’t great in C-USA, there have been plenty of players originating there to make it to the NFL like San Francisco’s own Trent Taylor or All-Pro Safety Kevin Byard, who also went to MTSU. Early on James will probably get some spot play, but he could be a full-time slot in a year or so.

158. Cincinnati Bengals - Sam Jones, OG, Arizona State (budabear78)

Right Guard is a big hole for the Bengals since the free agent departure of Kevin Zeitler. Jones will hopefully come in and compete for the RG position with incumbents Trey Hopkins and fellow Sun Devil alum Christian Westerman and possibly a move to guard by either Jake Fisher or Cedric Ogbuehi. Bengals needed to beef up their interior offensive line and hopefully with Ragnow and Jones, they have.

159. Oakland Raiders - Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State (twolfe2)

Quick, name the Raiders RB that is under the age of 28. I don’t know either. Doug Martin is 28, and Lynch is 32. The Raiders have to get younger at RB, and Ballage is their answers. A massive 6’2”, RB, Ballage is surprising quick through the hole, and has moves in the open field. He is also a surprisingly good receiver out of the back field. He can contribute immediately if needed. If not, he can sit behind Lynch for a year before taking over next year.

160. Denver Broncos - Deadrin Senat, DT, South Florida (Tomac21)

Broncos cannot rely on the great play of Domato Peko forever. He has been one of their most underrated signings in the past few years. Senate can come in and be groomed behind him.

161. Carolina Panthers - Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame (86derps)

At just over 6’1” and weighting 213 lbs he is one of this years largest running backs in this years draft. However, Adams ran a 4.46 forty yard dash and 6.75 3-cone drill at his pro day. This would put him 5th among this years running backs at the forty and 1st at the 3-cone drill. Impressive for a large back.

Adams production was impressive too ranking 14th in the NCAA with 1430 yards with 206 carries (6.9 yards per carry) along with 9 touchdowns in 2017. Although he only caught 13 passes last year Carolina would not be looking for that with Christian McCaffrey on the team. Adams would likely compete with Cameron Artis-Payne as Carolina’s power back along with Fozzy Whittaker.

Also looked at drafting Kalen Ballage, but he went a few picks earlier to Oakland.

162. Tennessee Titans - Luke Falk, QB, Washington State (HarbaughalypseNow)

You always need to keep the QB room stocked, and Falk brings experience and accuracy.

163. Washington - Auden Tate, WR, Florida State (Shanafandom)

Tate was someone I almost went with my last pick, and I’m glad to see him still here, although Allen Lazard was tempting as well. The best red zone target on the team is Jordan Reed, who’s always hurt. Washington needs a reliable TD threat, and who better than a 6’5’’ receiver, who averaged a score every 4 catches? Paul Richardson is a nice addition, but Tate gives a different skillset. Hopefully, he will be what the team wanted from Pryor last year.

164. New Orleans Saints - Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama (DeltaLima)

Had Genard Avery been available at this point, my decision making would have been harder. As it is, I’m looking at a variety of linebacker prospects, all of whom have issues.

The Saints have spent some money recently on their linebacking corps and will hope that injuries won’t hit the unit as hard as what happened last year. Still, they will need some quality depth in the unit. Enter Shaun Dion Hamilton.

Hamilton has everything you want off the field. Nick Saban has said he’s one of the smartest football players he’s ever seen. He’s a relentless, hard worker with strong character and leadership skills. On the field, he’s a force, playing with intuition and understanding. He’s athletic and he’s sound. If he’s healthy, he’s easily a late second round talent. Maybe higher.

The question with Hamilton, of course, is his health. He has a history of two significant right knee injuries. His first was an ACL tear in 2016. When he got back to the game in 2017, he was a force. He fractured his kneecap with a few weeks left to go. He needed surgery and that ended his season.

Not having access to his medical information like an NFL team would, I’m left to speculate a bit. I’m going with the assumption that if the ACL tear didn’t do him in, neither will a kneecap fracture. Even if he loses a step, he’s still likely the best linebacker left on the board.

165. Pittsburgh Steelers - Korey Robertson, WR, Southern Mississippi (nyasa)

166. Buffalo Bills - Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State (Rhardin49)

167. Minnesota Vikings - Mason Cole, C, Michigan (Blackpool Niner)

Even after the addition of Billy Price in the first round, Kirk Cousins’ protection still isn’t where it should be, and I was surprised to find Cole still on the board. Vikes will now be stacked at center with Price and Pat Elflein already on the roster, though I think at 6’5” Cole projects nicely as a guard in the NFL and that’s where he and Price will play. Cole’s played everywhere, even holding his own at left tackle under Jim Harbaugh and brings versatility and consistency to a patchy O-line (something he’s got used to in his time at Michigan). For this GM, Cole’s film doesn’t show a player three rounds worse than Ragnow or even James Daniels, so I’m very pleased to get a guy who could quickly become a starter at guard - one of our few positions of need - with my first Day 3 pick late in the fifth.

168. Seattle Seahawks - Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA (BryKno)

Wide receiver isn’t really a pressing need for the Seahawks, but I can’t stand it any longer! On talent alone, Jordan Lasley is a day-two pick. He has a Playmaker Rating (Football Outsider’s projection system) of 76.8%, which is in the top 10 for receivers this year. His Playmaker Projection is lower, however, because the draft board Football Outsiders uses has him as a 7th round selection – it takes into account that higher-drafted players get more chances than lower-drafted players, and adjusts the projection appropriately.

Lasley isn’t rated lowly because of his on-field skills, however. He’s got great speed and solid size — he’s a home run threat, albeit one with more than his fair share of the dropsies at times. He caught 69 passes for 1,264 yards and nine touchdowns last year – in only nine games. Against USC and Cal, he had a pair of double-digit catch, 200-yard games – so he shines brightest in the biggest games. He needs to be more consistent in his catching, but that’s about the only flaw you can find for him on the field.

So why is he projected so low on draft boards? He was arrested twice in 2016 (possession of alcohol and using a fake ID), and has been suspended multiple times for fighting and other emotional outbursts. He is a very talented headache, in other words, and where he goes in the draft depends on the level of tolerance for That Sort Of Thing a team will have. Historically, Seattle doesn’t care about red flags, so they’ll take Lasley and try to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Other Players Considered: Jalyn Holmes is still available. I also looked at Andrew Brown, DE, Virginia (a high-energy interior defender with no pass rush skills) and Michael Dickson, P, Texas (the best punting prospect in a decade)

169. Philadelphia Eagles - Ike Boettger, OL, Iowa (GreatOden’sRaven)

Well I was hoping that Ike would fall, and pretty excited that he did. He’s from the Iowa O-Lineman factory and has the versatility to play swing tackle, guard and eventually be a long term replacement at RT at least if not left. The Eagles don’t have a ton of needs, but getting more bodies on the line is one of them. Boettger is a big man with decent athleticism and the ability to handle power and speed rushers. Whether he ever develops to be more than a backup at many positions, which is super valuable in itself, is yet to be seen but I feel pretty good about getting a day 1 rotation player in the 5th round.

Also considered: I was really hoping for SDH at LB to last but he did not. After Daryl Worley got cut last night, I looked at a CB but I feel like OL has less quality players left than CB.

170. Cincinnati Bengals - KC McDermott, OT, Miami (FL) (budabear78)

Looking to add more depth to the offensive line, the Bengals select a 3rd offensive lineman. McDermott will be looked at as competition of for the swing tackle position backing up Cordy Glenn and likely Jake Fisher or Bobby Hart on the right side. With Ragnow, Jones, and now McDermott all added to the mix, the holes in the offensive line have hopefully been addressed (and the Glenn acquisition). Jaleel Scott was all queued up but he was snagged a few picks earlier.

171. Dallas Cowboys - Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh (BiggySmalls)

172. Green Bay Packers - Greg Senat, OT, Wagner (Fred Mercury)

Senat is a former basketball player who only has two years of college football under his belt. While he looks good on the hoof and is athletic for being 6’7”, he’s purely a projection at this point. I took him here just based on upside, even though he’d likely be a practice squader for 1-2 years. Due to his lack of experience, he’ll need a lot of refinement and needs to add muscle. But, he impressed during Shrine Game practices, showing that there’s something there to develop. He played right tackle at Wagner and Green Bay had a host of injuries on the offensive line last year: All 4 OTs missed some or all of the 2017 season. While Senat isn’t going to jump in and compete with the starters right away, which may be a reason the Packers go OT earlier in the real draft, he may get that chance in ’19 or ’20. Bulaga is slated for free agency in ’20.

Also considered: Timon Parris, G/T, Stony Brook

173. Oakland Raiders - Simmie Cobbs, Jr., WR, Indiana (twolfe2)

Continuing with the theme of big-physical players, the Raiders select Cobbs. He is 6’3”, 220lbs. Sure, not the fastest guy in the world, but you aren’t drafting him to take the top off of the D. During one game last year he had 11 receptions for 149 yards and 1TD. Not impressed, what if I told you that team was Ohio State, and he was constantly beating everyone in their secondary. He is a redzone target that would greatly help out the Raiders.

174. Green Bay Packers - Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (FL) (Fred Mercury)

So, I double- and triple-checked that Thomas hadn’t already been drafted because I’ve seen him projected in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I don’t expect him to be available at the very end of the 5thround, but he’s here so I took him. He’s big and very athletic and can probably play in either a 3-4 or 4-3, although his production doesn’t match his physical traits. High ceiling, low floor kind of a player. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is on a one year deal. If he plays (really) well, I doubt the Packers re-sign him as Rodgers is looking at a massive extension soon and the Packers have several young good players that will be free agents in ’19 and ’20. That’s where the Thomas pick comes in. The Packers have a pretty solid defensive line, but they’ll need a replacement for Wilkerson. Thomas has all the physical and athletic traits you want, but, like so many other players, needs coaching to unlock his potential. This would be an incredible value pick if Thomas can reach his ceiling (which, as we all know, is the roof).

Additionally, Thomas plays the piano (cool), trombone (kinda cool), euphonium (had to Google that one, dorky), bass guitar (cool, unless he’s also a lead singer, in which case it’s weird and he can’t be trusted), electric guitar (cool), tuba (nerdy), trumpet (cool) and drums (cool)). Apparently, there is some thought that he isn’t fully committed to football due to his music prowess (seriously). Should he show a preference for the tuba and/or euphonium over the other instruments, that’s a massive red flag that will have to be looked in to.

Other players considered: none