July 25, 2017

On The Clock: Picks 25 – 26

My mock draft is in the home stretch, as teams picking now did something this year that the Bengals haven’t done for over two decades; win a playoff game. If you needed a reason to be ready for a QB change, that is a pretty compelling argument in itself. On the clock are picks 25 – 26. To recap:

1. Carolina – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
2. Denver – DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemson
3. Buffalo – Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
4. Cincinnati – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
5. Arizona – Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
6. Cleveland – AJ Green, WR, Georgia
7. San Francisco – Robert Quinn, DE/LB, UNC
8. Tennessee – Nick Fairly, DT, Auburn
9. Dallas – Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
10. Washington – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
11. Houston – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
12. Minnesota – Cameron Jordan, DE, California
13. Detroit – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
14. St. Louis – JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
15. Miami – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
16. Jacksonville – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
17. New England – Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
18. San Diego – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
19. New York Giants – Tyron Smith, OT, USC
20. Tampa Bay – Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
21. Kansas City – Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
22. Indianapolis – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
23. Philadelphia – Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
24. New Orleans – Justin Houston, LB, Georgia

With the twenty fifth pick in the NFL draft, the Seattle Seahawks select: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami. The Seahawks may take a look at a quarterback in this slot, but the defending division champs will want to follow up on their 2010 success sooner rather than later, so I expect them to go the veteran QB route and fill a need by grabbing the next receiver off the board. If coach Pete Carroll is smart, he will draft some insurance just in case Mike Williams remembers that he is Mike Williams.

With the twenty sixth pick in the NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens select: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado. The Ravens secondary is really bad, and even though they have an squad full of #2 receivers, they will address their biggest problem on day 1 of the draft. If somehow free agency comes before the draft, then they can pursue some pretty good free agent corners and address another need in this spot.