2019 Football Garbage Time 5th Annual NFL Mock Draft 2.0 – Round 2

By the Football Garbage Time Staff

Welcome back, y’all, to Round 2 of our 5th Annual Twitter Mock NFL Draft!

Last week we gave you our Round 1 picks with analysis and we even gave an updated pick for the Seahawks’ newly acquired 29th pick, but now we finish off with Round 2!

As a reminder, this year, eleven different writers & podcasters from four different sites participated, including:

Each one took part as GMs of several teams in the draft, and conducted the mock draft live over two weeks on Twitter (feel free to check out the back and forth on Twitter by searching for #FGTMock).  A few trends became clear and we certainly had more than a few surprises.

Missed it?  Don’t want to check Twitter?  Well, you’re in luck, because we have Round 2 of that mock draft below along with the reasoning for each pick by each writer.

33 – Arizona Cardinals

Pick: N’Keal Harry – WR 

Staff: Dan Thury

Cardinals first decide to add Kyler Murray was the 1st overall pick, now its time to pair him, and Christian Kirk with N’Keal Harry. Advance metric guys love Harry, 43.9 Dominator Rating and 18.7 BOA(breakout age). His highlight tapes got us hyped and the combine backed it up. Harry doesnt get the love like some of the other WRs drafted before him, but he has 1st RD worthy talent and the Cardinals are now set for the future for their WRs.

34 – Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Jerry Tillery – DT

Staff: Nick Spartz

After barely missing out on N’Keal Harry, the Colts use the pick they got from the Jets to grab the best defensive player left of their board in Jerry Tillery. He will immediately plug in as the starting 3 technique DT with the possibility of sliding out to DE if the Colts want to give a 3-4 look. He’s an excellent pass rusher and should pair well with Justin Houston to create some havoc for opposing QBs. Needs to work on his consistency to really develop into a top tier player.

Alternate Pick: Jonathan Abram – S – Mississippi State Bulldogs

35 – Oakland Raiders

Pick: Nasir Adderley – S

Staff: Joanne Kong

In 2016, the Oakland Raiders drafted safety Karl Joseph in the first round.  Unfortunately, Joseph hasn’t lived up to his first round expectations.  During his career with the Raiders, Joseph has had just a single forced fumble, 3 interceptions and 12 passes defended.  The Raiders could use some new blood to stir up the secondary.  Coming from Delaware, Nasir Adderley, was recognized for his ball handling ability, overall size and athletic ability.  Showing good instincts and awareness, speed, ball skills, and exceptional ability in man-to-man coverage as well as near the line of scrimmage, Adderley could easily fit the Raiders need in the secondary, even potentially at cornerback.  Although the transition from Delaware in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the NFL could be a difficult one, once transitioned, Adderley could become a standout player.

36 – San Francisco 49ers

Pick: Jonathan Abram – S

Staff: Kris Hopper

The 49ers continue to help out their defense by taking the drafts best safety early in the second round. The value on this pick is insane and by adding Abram to go along with Bosa (who i mocked in the first) this defense has the framework to be built into a formidable unit.

37 – New York Giants

Pick: Chase Winovich – DE/Edge

Staff: Joey Alibro

Chase Winovich is going to be better than Rashan Gary. That’s all I have for you.

38 – Jacksonville Jaguar

Pick: Chris Lindstrom – OG

Staff: Nick Spartz

The Jaguars were really hoping Noah Fant would fall to round two, but he goes late in the first round so they have to look at backup plans. The majority of the top tier talent is gone for the defensive line by this point, so they grab one of the top guard prospects in Chris Lindstrom to continue building the trench at the other side of the ball. Lindstrom should immediately be a backup at either guard spot with injuries plaguing the position for the Jaguars in 2018, and Lindstrom may find starting snaps in 2019 if that happens again. Will help keep Foles upright and protect their investment. Come draft day, I would not be shocked if the Jaguars trade back into round 1 to secure Fant or one of the higher ranked DT/DE prospects.

Alternate Pick: Irv Smith Jr – TE – Alabama Crimson Tide

39 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Greg Little – OT

Staff: Dan Thury

PFF’s 34th ranked player, and 6th ranked OT, little was one of the best pass-blocking OT in the country, allowing just 26 total pressures on 993 pass-blocking snaps, per PFF. The Buccaneers allowed 41 sacks, while it wasnt a league high, protecting Winston is still very important. Bucs took White at pick 5, helping to refuel their defense, they take Little to help fix a pretty average O-line.

40 – Buffalo Bills

Pick: Parris Campbell – WR

Pick: Ha Kung Wong

Receiving & Rushing Stats
Rece Rece Rece Rece Rush Rush Rush Rush
Year Class G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD
*2016 SO 12 13 121 9.3 0 4 54 13.5 1
*2017 JR 13 40 584 14.6 3 10 132 13.2 1
*2018 SR 14 90 1063 11.8 12 9 24 2.7 0
Career 143 1768 12.4 15 23 210 9.1 2
Kick Return Stats
Kick Kick Kick
Year Class G Ret Yds Avg
*2016 SO 12 21 584 27.8
*2017 JR 13 9 329 36.6
*2018 SR 14 0 0
Career 30 913 30.4

The Bills could use more help on offense if they don’t want Josh Allen to crash and burn in his sophomore season.  So taking a big time WR in Round 2 makes sense.  Parris Campbell may be that big time WR after becoming a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior, leading the Buckeyes with 90 receptions for 1,063 yards and 12 TDs in 14 starts.  And he also excelled at the Combine having the fastest 40-yard dash (4.31 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.03 seconds), 3rd longest broad jump (135.0 inches) and 5th highest vertical jump (40.0 inches) among wideouts.  In addition, he’s solid out of the backfield and as a kick returner, giving him plenty of versatility and room for immediate impact while he learns the ropes.

41 – Denver Broncos

Pick: Dalton Risner – OT

Staff: Ha Kung Wong

After investing in Drew Lock in the first round, the Broncos will need to make sure he can stay upright into the future.  So taking Dalton Risner here makes sense.  He was a first-team pick in 2017 after starting 12 games at right tackle, and returned in 2018 after shoulder surgery to be named a second-team Associated Press All-American for his 12 starts again at right tackle. He was further named one of three Offensive Linemen of the Year and first-team all-conference.  He may need coaching versus NFL speed edge rushers, but otherwise should be a nice anchor to build on into the future for the Broncos offensive line.

42 – Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – S

Staff: Kris Hopper

The Bengals have plenty of holes on defense and the secondary absolutely is in need of a face lift. With most top tier corners gone, they turn to a Safety with all sorts of talent to try and solidify the back end.

43 – Detroit Lions

Pick: Kahala Warring – TE

Staff: Scott King

The Lions pick up their TE with Warring in the second round. I expect the Lions to try and move around in this draft so don’t be surprised if they’ve moved on from this pick.

44 – Green Bay Packers

Pick: Deionte Thompson – S

Staff: Ha Kung Wong

I addressed the offensive side of the ball providing two weapons for Rodgers in the first round, so I had to pivot to defense as the Packers secondary has a lot to be desired.  At the end of 2018, the Packers had Tramon Williams, Kentrell Brice and Josh Jones at safety. Williams was a recently converted cornerback, Jones has underwhelmed in his first two years and the Packers declined a tender on Brice.  The Packers did manage to sign Adrian Amos in free agency, but clearly that’s not going to be enough.  Deionte Thompson can be that guy.  He earned first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors as a junior, starting all 15 games and recording 79 stops, 3.5 for loss, two INTs, 6 pass breakups, and 4 forced fumbles.  He’s a ball hawk that plays well in run support and pass coverage and would be a near instant starter in Green Bay.

45 – Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Oshane Ximines – DE/Edge

Staff: Joey Alibro

Ximines is a small school guy with big time potential. With Beasley set to walk next year, Atlanta needs some young talent to develop along the edge.

46 – Washington Redskins

Pick: Deebo Samuel – WR

Staff: Wally Akinso

The Washington Redskins need an explosive WR and Deebo Samuels would be that guy.  He is a quick twitch receiver and can make the big play.  The team has needed a wide receiver with this kind of play making ability since losing DeSean Jackson.  Also, he could fix the Redskins punt/kick off return problem.

47 – Carolina Panthers

Pick: Taylor Rapp – S

Staff: Scott King

The Panthers strengthen their defense by adding a Safety in Rapp in the second round. They’ll be lucky to find him here in the second.

48 – Miami Dolphins

Pick: D’Andre Walker – LB/Edge

Staff: Matt Hicks

Walker was originally toward the top of this stacked EDGE group. With other names emerging like Montez Sweat and Chase Winovich he’s been pushed down. Still, the Dolphins get a versatile weapon who can immediately contribute to a variety of defensive packages for a Miami team that needs adaptable players.

49 – Cleveland Browns

Pick: Amani Oruwariye – CB

Staff: Scott King

Lost in the excitement of taking Baker #1 last year is the fact that the Browns landed the best CB in the draft last year in Ward. He’s a player than can lock down the secondary for years to come.  In the second round, the Browns take Oruwariye and continue to strengthen the defense.

50 – Minnesota Vikings

Pick: Erik McCoy – C/IOL

Staff: Nick Spartz

Vikings are a team without a whole lot of needs, with 3 technique DT the only other position they really need to address besides offensive line. So with the top 6 DTs already gone in this draft, the Vikings take the 2nd best center prospect in Erik Mccoy, their second interior lineman this draft who also could line up at either guard position. This gives them an interior line of McCoy, Garrett Bradbury, and Pat Elflein, which should help lock down their offensive line woes from 2018 and get the offensive to at least okay at all positions.

Alternate Pick: Juan Thornhill – S – Virginia Cavaliers

51 – Tennessee Titans

Pick: Jachai Polite – DE/Edge

Staff: Joanne Kong

If TJ Hockenson or Noah Fant, the top two tight ends in the 2019 draft, are available at pick 51, the Tennessee Titans should take advantage and draft a tight end.  With Delanie Walker’s injury in 2018, the Titans were crippled with the lack of receiving options.  With a healthy Walker, two capable tight ends would be difficult to defend.

But with both tight ends off the board, the Titans could potentially fill a greater need at pick 51.  With Brian Orakpo playing the final season of his four-year contract, the Titans would definitely like to find a younger replacement.  With explosive burst, quickness of the line and the ability to slip blocks, Jachai Polite might just be the draft pick to step into that role.

52 – Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: JJ Arcega-Whiteside – WR

Staff: Joey Alibro

Arcega-Whiteside is one of my favorite receivers in this class. After trading Antonio Brown and addressing their secondary issues in the first round, the Steelers should pull the trigger on him here.

53 – Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Yodny Cajuste – OT

Staff: Bobby Pierson

The Eagles can juice up the O-line with a prospect that could fit into the Jason Peters succession plan.  Cajuste is a guard that can play left tackle and may well thrive there.  He may also elevate the Birds’ run game by paving the way for recently acquired Jordan Howard.

54 – Houston Texans

Pick: Irv Smith Jr. – TE

Staff: Joanne Kong

On offense, the Houston Texans lack options at the tight end position.  The 2019 draft might be a good opportunity for the Texans to fill this void.  Experts agree that Irv Smith Jr., a junior from Alabama, has the potential to be a big time receiving option in the NFL.  With his size and athletic ability, Smith Jr. has the ability to stretch the field and be a serious problem for defenders.

Building a strong offensive line, which I addressed in the first round, while giving Watson receiving options, as per Smith, could take this team to the Super Bowl.

55 – Houston Texans

Pick: Justin Layne – CB

Staff: Joanne Kong

There’s no doubt that the offensive front line is a major issue for the Texans.  However, at pick 55, since I already addressed OT in the first round, the Texans should focus on another significant need.  Their defense is among the best in the league, but the secondary could use serious improvement.  Kareem Jackson is a free agent and has signed a three-year contract with the Denver Broncos.  Kevin Johnson, who’s been suffering from injury and lack of production, has been released.  Although they’ve added Bradley Roby and Brian Boddy-Calhoun, hoping for a short term fix, both players have suffered from injuries and lack of production in the past.  The Texans could use a permanent fix at cornerback into the future.

Above average height and arm-length, good movement and route recognition and overall athletic ability and football IQ should be enough for Justin Layne to have a successful career in the NFL.  The Texans should take him here to address their issues a cornerback.

56 – New England Patriots

Pick: Zach Allen – DE

Staff: Ryan Whitfield

While Michael Bennett should be a more than sufficient replacement for Trey Flowers the Patriots would love to add some youth to this position. To this point, but subject to change, third-year edge rusher Derek Rivers has not panned out as Belichick would have hoped. Allen can be an impact player for the next several years and provides great value at this point in the draft.

Allen’s play style is all effort, motor, and aggression. He has some limitations athletically but he found success at Boston College moving around the line. Allen racked up 16.6 sacks and 40.5 tackles for loss over the last three seasons. Pro Football Focus’s Mike Renner called him a “workhorse” and even comped him to Trey Flowers. His technique and power mixed with his effort should translate at the next level against both the run and pass.

57 – Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Juan Thornhill – S

Staff: Bobby Pierson

Cover, cover, cover.  Thornhill is a former corner and can add versatility to the safety position.  I am all about beefing up the secondary.  Thornhill may fit the bill for this and the coming years, especially since Rodney McLeod (FS) enters free agency next year.

58 – Dallas Cowboys

Pick: Hakeem Butler – WR

Staff: Wally Akinso

As a Redskins fan, I was forced to pick for the Dallas Cowgirls by the man.  I shall say that Dak needs all the help in the world.  That’s why Hakeem Butler would be needed.  But it won’t matter as they will just screw him up anyway.

59 – Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Miles Sanders – RB

Staff: Nick Spartz

The Colts flip their draft table over after the Cowboys, for no reason, draft Hakeem Butler out from under them the pick before. This draft was lining up perfectly to grab one of the best outside receivers in the draft late in the 2nd round but the Cowboys decided to pair Butler with Cooper, Cobb, Hurns and Gallup. Come draft day, if Butler is their around pick 50 I hope the Colts jump up to secure him. With Butler gone in this mock though, the Colts look at their draft board and take their #1 running back prospect in Miles Sanders. He will either complement Marlon Mack or take over the backfield entirely, and as a prospect he checks all the boxes for a solid NFL running back. In addition, he should pair well with the Colts offensive line and allow a more balanced attack to help take pressure off the talented but undermanned passing game. Now Ballard will crack open a bottle of bourbon and lament what could have been.

Alternate Pick: Tytus Howard – OT – Alabama State Hornets

60 – LA Chargers

Pick: Tytus Howard – OT

Staff: Matt Hicks

Tytus Howard is the best offensive linemen you have never heard of in the 2019 NFL Draft. Howard played everyone on the offensive line for Alabama State-occasionally even moving positions during games to help his often over-matched offense. The Chargers need help on the offensive line, and Howard has the potential to start year one for the championship contending Chargers.

61 – Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Rock Ya-Sin – CB

Staff: Kris Hopper

This Chiefs continue their defensive overhaul by adding some secondary help. Rock Ya-Sin is a very raw prospect but as all of the tools to be developed into future starters and even a future star. The Chiefs defense is a full on rebuild while the offense is thriving and Ya-Sin provides good back end of the second upside.

62 – New Orleans Saints

Pick: Jace Sternberger – TE

Staff: Ryan Whitfield

Before you hit me with the “They just signed Jared Cook“, hear me out. First, the guys from the “CBS Fantasy Football Today” podcast recently described Cook as a guy who is good to great for about four to five weeks a season, and then he’s mediocre at best the rest of the season. Good tight ends in New Orleans are really good, but we’ve also seen flops like Fleener. Aaron Dobson etc.

To this point, we’ve already seen three tight ends off of the board but left is PFF’s highest graded pass-catching tight end from last season. He’s certainly not an elite pass blocker, but he isn’t a liability. Outside of that, he is a good route runner and has soft hands. In watching his film, I see a guy who catches the ball with his hands and gets North once he has possession which are two things I value. Sternberger should add a nice seem option to the  Saints to complement Thomas, Kamara, and Cook.

63 – Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Amani Hooker – S

Staff: Kris Hopper

The Chiefs add a second piece with a ton of talent to play along side Tyrann Mathieu with this pick. Hooker could help out playing nickel, but also has the instincts to play free safety and be a ball hawk. He is athletic enough to cover tight ends and has plus ball skills to make a big difference on the back end.

64 – New England Patriots

Pick: Riley Ridley – WR

Staff: Ryan Whitfield

It is no secret the Patriots need help at the wide receiver position. To this point in our mock, they have taken Noah Fant and Zach Allen to address two holes on their roster. I opted to go better player with Allen in the last pick assuming Ridley would fall to here, and that worked out.

Riley is the 6’2, 210-pound little brother of the Falcons second-year wide receiver Calvin Ridley. To me, this pick makes sense for the Patriots not only because of their need but Belichick tends to draft in clusters from certain schools and such has been the case with Georgia over the last several years (Malcolm Mitchell, Sony Michel, & Isiah Wynn). The Patriots also have shown interest and met with Ridley at the Combine.

As far as Ridley himself, he seems to be a great fit for New England. He’s a strong route runner, his hands improved in 2018, and he relies on agility, not top end speed. His ability to execute on option routes will serve him well in New England’s complex offense as will his strong run blocking (A necessity for wideouts in New England). He’s smooth in and out of cuts and shows a willingness to fight for the ball. Round 3 may be a more appropriate spot for Ridley, but Belichick is far from shy when going after guys he likes, see Tavon Wilson and Jordan Richards.

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