17. New England Patriots- Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame
I almost went with a receiver here in the form of USC’s Jordan Addison, but I’m smart enough to know Bill Belichick can’t scout receivers for some reason. Instead, I opted for Notre Dame’s Isaiah Foskey in this spot, considering how weak I think the Pats’ defensive line depth is. Foskey is an imposing figure on the edge at 6’5 and 260 pounds, and he’ll be an immediate help for New England. And it’s not a receiver, so Belichick is almost definitely right on this one.
18. Tennessee Titans- Arik Gilbert, TE, Georgia
The Titans are always going to draft enormous players. Arik Gilbert absolutely fits that description. Gilbert has been through plenty of ups and downs throughout his time in college, but he finally seems poised to break out in the way that everyone expected. Gilbert’s athletic ability is through the roof in every single aspect, especially at 6’5 and 250 pounds. Right now, the Tennessee’s top tight end is Austin Hooper. That leaves a pretty gaping hole for Gilbert to come in and be immediately effective at the NFL level.
19. Philadelphia Eagles- Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
Trenton Simpson is an exceptionally intelligent football player, and I love what he can do for this Eagles defense. Philly’s defense is coming together now with the additions of Jordan Davis, Nakobe Dean, and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson this offseason. Simpson has the ability to bring it all together with his talents and really turn the group into something special. At 6’3 and 240 pounds, he’s absolutely gigantic, which can help cover some of Dean’s weaknesses as a smaller defender. I think this is perfect for a team on the rise like Philly.
20. Baltimore Ravens- Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Mark my words, this will be Baltimore’s annual “how did we let that guy slip to them?” pick. Jordan Addison isn’t the biggest receiver but he’s a special talent in every other facet of the game. Working with Caleb Williams under Lincoln Riley at USC is going to shine a spotlight on Addison this season that few other players will have. Putting Addison right next to Rashod Bateman gives Lamar Jackson two really nice receivers to work with, and maybe diversify Baltimore’s offense a bit.
21. Arizona Cardinals- Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
As of right now, I am absolutely certain that Bijan Robinson will be taken in the first round of this draft. Robinson is a pure runner by trade, but he can do anything that an offense asks of him as a pure weapon. The Cardinals need these kinds of weapons, especially at running back, where their top option is currently James Conner. Robinson can come in, immediately give Arizona a backfield threat the likes of which they’ve never seen in the Kyler Murray era, and help them contend in the NFC West once Kliff Kingsbury is most likely gone.
22. Seattle Seahawks (from DEN)- Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Any weapon for Bryce Young would be a reach at this point, but the Seahawks sure do have a lot of holes on defense. Enter South Carolina’s Cam Smith, a long and lanky corner who specializes in instinctual press man coverage play. Pete Carroll never met a lanky press man corner that he didn’t like. I’m not going to go so far to say that Smith is the second coming of Richard Sherman or anything like that, but he’s certainly built in that mold when it comes to his mentality. Smith can immediately come in and make a difference for Seattle’s secondary.
23. Los Angeles Chargers- Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
The Chargers’ first line of defense is looking pretty good with Joey Bosa making life easier for everyone. Their back end is stellar with Nasir Adderley, the newly-acquired J.C. Jackson, and of course, Derwin James. The linebacking corps, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Noah Sewell can be an immediate help here, especially if he slims down just a bit during the season. Sewell can be a rocket-like defender in the mold of Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah for the Chargers, which would be a wonderful addition to the middle of their defense.
24. Miami Dolphins (from SF)- Nolan Smith, DE, Georgia
I love Emmanuel Ogbah and what he’s turned into for the Dolphins but Miami’s defensive line is struggling otherwise. Nolan Smith can help with that! Smith was the No. 1 overall recruit in 2019 and has special athletic talents to show for it. Smith can jump out of the building, has an otherworldly projected 40-yard dash time at 4.51 seconds, and is explosive getting off the line. He may not have the size profile you love for defensive linemen at 6’3 and 235 pounds, but Smith simply makes plays. He can do anything you ask of him, especially going against the run.