Back in February, posted my first NFL mock draft of the NFL offseason, basing selections off the team’s immediate needs of the time. With free agency now taking place, teams filled some major holes in their roster, now not having the same positional needs.
This also occurred in the opposite, as many high profile teams lost one of their best players, and must find a replacement.
In the second installment of my second NFL mock draft, I will showcase picks 11-20.
Washington Commanders: OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa
After losing Morgan Moses to free agency, drafting a tackle like Penning here does not only make sense, but necessary. New quarterback Carson Wentz historically deals with his fair share of injuries, so keeping him protected has to be a top priority.
Minnesota Vikings: CB Ahmad Gardner, Cincinnati
One could argue that “Sauce” Gardner should be the first cornerback selected over Derek Stingley. The former Bearcat did not let up a single receiving touchdown in college, and provides reinforcement to a defensive secondary that has struggled over the past two seasons.
Houston Texans: EDGE Trayvon Walker, Georgia
The first Georgia defender of many off the board, the additions of the powerful Walker with Kyle Hamilton can turn around a Houston defense that has been one of the worst statistically in recent years.
Baltimore Ravens: EDGE Jermaine Johnson, Florida State
The Ravens were so close to finding their solution at edge rusher, seemingly coming to terms with Za’Darius Smith last week. The deal eventually fell through, as Smith signed with Minnesota after the fact.
Johnson is a younger and cheaper alternative to Smith, and had a similar skillset on the outside. So overall, Baltimore could still make out fine here.
Philadelphia Eagles: LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia
Philadelphia is desperate to find a middle linebacker, and Nakobe Dean can be an immediate plug-and-play option. Dean shined in the college football playoff for the national champions, and has the size to bang in the trenches of the NFC East.
Philadelphia Eagles: WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas
With their second straight pick, wideout Treylon Burks is a big-bodied receiver who can be a perfect complement to the smaller, crafty pass catchers already in the locker room. Burks is quicker than expected for his frane and is a tough tackle once he has the ball in his hands.
Los Angeles Chargers: WR Chris Olave, Ohio State
Why not give Justin Herbert another weapon? Chris Olave with Mike Williams on the outside along with Keenan Allen in the slot gives the young gunslinger more playmakers than one could ask for. After missing the playoffs a year ago, the addition of Olave can assist the Chargers in keeping the Super Bowl champions in Los Angeles.
New Orleans Saints: QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh
Jameis Winston is a serviceable short term solution to the position, but he is not franchise quarterback material. Kenny Pickett would be New Orlean’s first real swing at replacing legend Drew Brees.
Philadelphia Eagles: CB Trent McDuffie, Washington
I do not see Philadelphia keeping all three of these picks come draft day, but in the hypothetical situation they do, adding reinforcement to the defense is the best option. McDuffie was the best defender in the Pac-12 outside of aforementioned Kayvon Thibodeaux, and may become an instant starter if Philadelphia is unable to retain Steven Nelson.
Pittsburgh Steelers: IOL Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
As Pittsburgh enters a new chapter without Ben Roethlisberger, the team should prioritize fixing an offensive line that often left the old quarterback and Najee Harris out to dry. Kenyon Green is a day one starter who is able to bang with the strongest NFL defensive linemen.
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