Mason Thompson | March 1st, 2020
I uploaded the first round of my second mock draft of the season the other day and I’m back with the second round. There is still a lot of talent on the board at every position and we welcome the Bears, 49ers, Rams, Steelers, and Texans to the table today.
You can read the first round of my mock here.
33. Cincinnati Bengals – Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
With the selection of Joe Burrow first overall, the Bengals need to get him some weapons, especially with A.J. Green possibly out the door. Jefferson was with Burrow at LSU and he was available at 33. He is a reliable route runner who is physical enough to win on the boundary as well. He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash time to quiet the noise of him not having elite speed. He will be the second receiver in Cincinnati behind Tyler Boyd.
34. Indianapolis Colts – Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
While Reagor didn’t have the blazing 40 he wanted, he still had a solid combine. He is best suited as a slot receiver in the NFL. The Colts don’t have other options outside of T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell, who had injury issues during his rookie campaign. Reagor would step right into a starting role.
35. Detroit Lions – Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama
Injuries really slowed down Lewis in college. He has a quick first step that adds to his length. He is sort of a developmental project with his lack of production with pass rushing. Matt Patricia would love to get his hands on Lewis.
36. New York Giants – Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
After falling out of the first round, Murray finally skids to a stop and lands with the Giants. He is an explosive linebacker and uses his range well to his advantage. He isn’t as good in coverage as Patrick Queen, but he is close. The Giants would be getting a starting linebacker here.
37. San Francisco 49ers (via Los Angeles) – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Igbinoghene is a cornerback with a super high ceiling that the 49ers would love to develop behind Richard Sherman. He is extremely fluid in coverage and has a knack for tackling defenders when they come close. He doesn’t have the greatest ball skills but has only been at the position for two years. Could be a major factor on special teams for the 49ers.
38. Carolina Panthers – Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Diggs is a press man corner in the NFL. He’s extremely physical in man coverage and uses his length to bait opposing quarterbacks and using it to his advantage. The Panthers need help at cornerback and should be looking to upgrade during their potential rebuild.
39. Detroit Lions (via Miami) – Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
Ruiz is surprisingly agile and has a bit of power to him. He has three years’ worth of starts at Michigan and would be staying in the state to play for the Lions. The Lions desperately need help on the interior to benefit both Matthew Stafford and Kerryon Johnson.
***Indianapolis Trades Picks #44 and #119 to Arizona for Pick #40***
40. Indianapolis Colts (via Arizona) – Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Opinions on Fromm are spread out throughout the community. Personally, I like Fromm and think Indianapolis is a good fit, especially if they get Philip Rivers. He has excellent pre-snap reads and decision making. He won’t throw 60-yard bombs, but he also won’t lose you a game. With the addition of Reagor, he also has a quick receiver to help him.
41. Miami Dolphins (via Cleveland) – Lucas Niang, OT, TCU
Niang has great mobility and incredible balance to succeed in both the passing game, as well as the running game. He has incredible length and uses his power to his advantage. The only red flag for him was a hip injury suffered last year. Miami needs all the help they can get on the offensive line.
42. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
Aiyuk has an incredible route tree. He also offers great after the catch ability to help create the perfect receiver for Jacksonville. He is the perfect example of a height/weight/speed prospect. Jacksonville needs more weapons besides DJ Chark.
43. Chicago Bears – Lloyd Cushenberry III, IOL, LSU
With the surprising retirement from Kyle Long, the Bears need help on the interior desperately. Cushenberry will help in that regard. He is one of the best interior prospects this year and has great mobility.
44. Arizona Cardinals – KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State
I usually don’t give the Cardinals a receiver early, but couldn’t help myself here. He’s a human joystick that will be great after the catch. He projects best as a complementary piece, but Kliff Kingsbury could get more out of him than that. He will best be used as a slot receiver as he isn’t the most physical. Kingsbury will find some way to use him.
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jacob Eason, QB, Washington
Eason is one of the most polarizing players in the draft. He is prone to having accuracy problems when he is under pressure. He isn’t the fastest at developing his decisions and doesn’t go through his progressions fast. So, why is he being talked about as a first-round pick? He has a cannon for an arm. Honestly, I’m a lot lower on Eason but feel that if anyone can get any sort of development out of him, it would be Bruce Arians.
46. Denver Broncos – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Dantzler figures to be more of a zone coverage corner than a man coverage corner. He is superior at keying in on the quarterback and reading him to make reads of his own. He is one of the best at attacking the football once it is in the air and coming towards him. The Broncos need to prepare for Chris Harris Jr. to depart.
47. Atlanta Falcons – J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
As usual, running backs have dropped in this mock. With the Falcons potentially cutting Devonta Freeman, a replacement will be needed. His vision is one, if not the best in the class. His cuts in and out of defenders are something to watch in itself and offers a three-down skill set as he can also catch the ball. The Falcons need playmakers on both sides of the ball and Dobbins is just that.
48. New York Jets – Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
Arnette can be used in any scheme. He plays well in man, zone, and press coverages and has elite quickness along with great body control in order to break up passes. He is a solid prospect that should be a starter for the Jets. Obviously, the Jets can go a variety of ways in the draft but Arnette is one of the most underrated cornerback prospects in the class.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
The Steeler defense almost led them to the playoffs by themselves. The weak spot? The safety spot held by Terrell Edmunds. Winfield is the son of former Viking Antoine Winfield and has elite football IQ because of it. He can cover tight ends by himself in man coverage and can also fill in the box as well. He’s not an elite athlete, but coaches will love his knowledge of the game.
50. Chicago Bears – Ashtyn Davis, S, California
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix isn’t cutting it as the safety opposite Eddie Jackson. While Clinton-Dix doesn’t show much effort, Davis has ample effort. He is super competitive and isn’t afraid to drop in the box and tackle and lay someone out. He isn’t the best in coverage, but having Jackson there will help him immensely.
51. Dallas Cowboys – Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
The Cowboys need an edge rusher outside of DeMarcus Lawrence desperately. Okwara has excellent burst and is best served as a complementary piece to an explosive number one rusher, which the Cowboys have in Lawrence.
52. Los Angeles Rams – Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple
Offensive line all the way for the Rams. He will be a plug and play starter on the interior for the Rams and will help with protecting Jared Goff, as well as leading the way for Todd Gurley, or whoever the Rams have as their running back. He wins consistently and is exactly what the Rams are looking for.
53. Philadelphia Eagles – A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
Terrell is a perfect fit for Philadelphia. He is best off playing man coverage and isn’t afraid to get in a receiver’s grill. He has great transitional quickness to help in press coverage as well. The Eagles desperately need help at cornerback and Terrell is the best available.
54. Buffalo Bills – Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State
Weaver is a very polished edge rusher who wins using quick hand techniques as well as crafty counters to slide past contact. The Bills are losing Shaq Lawson to free agency, so edge should be looked at early and Weaver is a solid prospect.
55. Atlanta Falcons – Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama
Davis is an up-and-down prospect as he hasn’t produced as many would like the final two years at Alabama. He will be best off as a five-technique in Atlanta that desperately needs help on the defensive line. He will need development but could be an immediate starter for Atlanta.
56. Miami Dolphins – Austin Jackson, OT, USC
As I said earlier, Miami needs help on the offensive line. So, why not take another tackle to pair with Niang? Yes, Jonathan Taylor is still available, but running back is sliding dramatically in this mock. Miami comes out of the first two rounds with two starting tackles, a franchise quarterback, and a potential star edge rusher.
57. Houston Texans – Justin Madubuike, IDL, Texas A&M
Like Atlanta, Houston desperately needs help on the defensive line and they stay instate with the selection of Madubuike. He’s extremely versatile and would likely fill an immediate starting role if D.J. Reader leaves during free agency. He’s extremely explosive off the line and would help against Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry if he stays in Tennessee.
58. Minnesota Vikings – Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne
Dugger is extremely athletic. He’s a bit of a tweener as he could play both safety and linebacker but I project him as a safety for Minnesota who could lose Anthony Harris to the open market. Minnesota could be in for a defensive rebuild over the next few years.
59. Seattle Seahawks – Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah
Johnson looks like a Seattle cornerback. Like Sherman was, Johnson looks best playing as a press-man corner that offers a great amount of physicality which Pete Carroll loves. Johnson would slot in opposite of Shaquill Griffin.
60. Baltimore Ravens – Marlon Davidson, IDL, Auburn
Davidson is extremely powerful who has an elite first step. In Baltimore, there isn’t a huge need here for an interior defensive lineman, but he offers an extremely high upside as a pass-rushing specialist.
61. Tennessee Titans – Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan
This draft is shaping out nicely for Tennessee. After getting Josh Jones in round one to supplant Jack Conklin at right tackle, they take Uche in the second round to replace Cameron Wake. Uche, like his former teammate Rashan Gary, doesn’t have the greatest production at Michigan, but he is very versatile. Not only is he great at rushing the passer, but he also offers production in zone coverage.
62. Green Bay Packers – Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
The Packers chose to go linebacker in the first round over plucking a wide receiver. Well, they were able to stand pat in the second round and draft Mims. He is another height/weight/speed specimen with an enormous catch radius with an expanding route tree and great run blocking. Mims exploded at the combine, flying for a great 40 time that was unexpected. He will likely rise up draft boards after his combine performance.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia
The Chiefs could potentially lose both Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller in free agency. Hall is best as a press man corner with the ability to bat balls out of the opponent’s hands as well as set the edge in run support. He has great football IQ and would team up with his former teammate, Juan Thornhill, in Kansas City.
64. Seattle Seahawks – Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Like Mims, Peoples-Jones exploded at the combine. He has limited production at Michigan due to poor quarterback play but should offer more at the next level. He could be used in the slot as a bigger option like Larry Fitzgerald does in Arizona. He seems like a fit in Seattle’s offense to join Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.
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