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Mauricio’s Mock Draft 3.0: Two Rounds Edition

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Mauricio's Mock Draft 3.0: Two Rounds Edition
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One of the most exciting days in the NFL calendar year, is without a single doubt, the NFL Draft. Teams are ready to make tough decisions that will impact franchise history, fans are eagerly waiting in front of the TV to see who's the player that the NFL Commissioner will announce when they're favorite team is picking.

This time, in the AT&T Stadium, the NFL Draft will be an exciting one from the moment it begins. Many quarterbacks will be drafted, many trades will occur, and many top-end talent will slide due to the amount of QBs drafted early.

It'll be fun and hopefully, teams will get better.

Welcome to my third and final Mock Draft of the year. In this simulation, only one trade was simulated (even though we know a lot will take place). The Buffalo Bills put their future at risk and hand four total picks in order to land the #2 overall selection to find their signal-caller of the future.

Here it is, two rounds, 64 selections. I hope you enjoy and reach out to me @PepoR99 to share your thoughts!

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R1/1 - CLE: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The first overall pick in the Draft will come down to Josh Allen or Sam Darnold. The Browns can't afford to take the risk of passing on Darnold's play-making ability and opt for him instead of a QB who can be great, but still has a lot of work to do.

R1/2 - BUF: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

(Mock Trade: The Bills send their #12, #22, #53 for the Giants' #2 pick)
The Bills send a ton of selections to New York to land their QB. Josh Rosen is the best quarterback from a passing technique perspective and will be a great pocket-passer in the NFL. Some have Rosen falling, but I believe he goes earlier than expected.

R1/3 - NYJ: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

After giving the Colts three second-rounders, the Jets find their guy, Baker Mayfield. Although his height is far from ideal, Baker's arm and pocket awareness will give defenses a headache when playing against him. The Jets get a hell of a leader and a fierce competitor.

R1/4 - CLE: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

If the Browns are to play under a rookie quarterback like Darnold, adding a running back as good as Saquon Barkley (and boy, is he good) will go a long way into taking the pressure of the QB's shoulders. Cleveland shouldn't overthink this one, Barkley is a franchise-changing player.

R1/5 - DEN: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Denver stays put and takes the best arm in the NFL Draft. With Case Keenum on the roster, Allen won't have to start from week 1, which is great for him. Allen can grow into a franchise quarterback and make all the throws he has to to be succesful on Sundays.

R1/6 - IND: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State

The Colts need to fill a lot of spots on their roster. Moving to a 4-3 defense this season, they get themselves a quality pass rusher in Bradley Chubb. Chubb has a ton of talent and is a very smart rusher with very good technique.

R1/7 - TB: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Fitzpatrick could play as a safety or as a cornerback for any NFL team. The Buccaneers need help at both positions and the only reason Minkah is available at this point is the amount of quarterbacks taken in the first picks. At just pick #7, Fitzpatrick is already a steal.

R1/8 - CHI: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

Quenton Nelson might be the best player in the class and with Chicago needing to protect their young signal-caller Mitchell Trubisky, drafting Nelson is a no-brainer.

R1/9 - SF: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia

Tremaine Edmunds is a rangy linebacker who can grow into one of the best in the league in a short period of time. The 49ers should be looking to add talent at LB, specially after the concerning news regarding Reuben Foster.

R1/10 - OAK: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

I won't be surprised if a team like the Arizona Cardinals want to jump over the Dolphins and take Lamar Jackson in the top 10, but in this scenario, Oakland stays put and drafts Denzel Ward, arguably the best CB in the Draft.

R1/11 - MIA: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Roquan Smith is still available at #11 and Miami doesn't hesitate to add a defense-changing player like himself. Miami's roster is thinner than many like to admit, they have a chance to draft a captain LB here.

R1/12 - NYG: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

(Mock Trade: The Bills send their #12, #22, #53 for the Giants' #2 pick)
The Giants continue to add talent to their OL, even after signing Nate Solder in free agency. If they are trusting Eli Manning for a couple of years, then giving him a quality OL is a priority.

R1/13 - WAS: Derwin James, S, Florida State

Derwin James somehow falls all the way to the 13th overall pick and the Redskins add an incredible talent that can play in many spots over the secondary. Washington needs defensive backfield help and few prospects will be able to deliver such thing as much as James.

R1/14 - GB: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College

Harold Landry is a very talented rusher and despite missing a lot of time due to injuries in 2017, he finds his way inside the top 15 picks and gets taken by the Packers, who desperately need a pass rusher.

R1/15 - ARI: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Some may consider this early for Lamar Jackson, but I truly believe he'll become a franchise QB in the NFL. The Cardinals benefit from teams passing on him and find him at 15. I won't be surprised if they make a trade to make sure they land him, because they can't be comfortable with Sam Bradford as their only potential starter in 2018.

R1/16 - BAL: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Calvin Ridley may not be an "X" receiver, but he doesn't need to be one to have the impact needed on offense. He simply has a natural ability to get open, the Ravens should get one more weapon for Joe Flacco by adding this talented receiver.

R1/17 - LAC: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

The Chargers add talent for their offensive line in Connor Williams, whose stock has taken a hit over the last few months but should still be able to succeed as a tackle or a guard in the NFL.

R1/18 - SEA: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

I may be higher on Mike Hughes than most, but I truly believe he'll be a very special player and may become a lock-down type of cornerback down the road. He also adds a weapon as a returner.

R1/19 - DAL: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

The Cowboys have a ton of needs and will find talent for basically every position they could use at 19. Vita Vea would help the defense a lot, wrecking chaos in the middle of the line of scrimmage. With talented players like DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, the Cowboys could have a top defensive line for the 2018 season.
If they don't find Vea, they could target a WR like Sutton or Moore. Offensive guard might be an option as well, specially with Hernandez and Wynn still on the board. Rashaan Evans and Leighton Vander Esch will also be in consideration, but I don't like either at 19 compared to the other prospects, to be honest.

R1/20 - DET: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

I won't be surprised if a running back goes in this pick, but the Lions need defensive talent and in this mock, they draft Rashaan Evans. He's a linebacker who still needs time to develop, but can contribute early with his talent.

R1/21 - CIN: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

After basically adding a tackle with their 12th pick (which was traded to the Buffalo Bills), the Bengals' offensive line still needs help. Isaiah Wynn provides a quality starting guard and could also play as a tackle if needed. However, playing him at guard should be the plan.

R1/22 - NYG: Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA

(Mock Trade: The Bills send their #12, #22, #53 for the Giants' #2 pick)
This time, the Giants add a raw but talented edge rusher in Marcus Davenport. His athleticism can turn him into one of the best in the league after some playing experience. This is very good value for the Giants at 22.

R1/23 - NE: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

The Patriots lost Nate Solder during free agency and try to replace him with a big guy like UCLA's Kolton Miller. Day 1 starter to protect Tom Brady. The GOAT is not retiring anytime soon.

R1/24 - CAR: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Carolina needs to fix the cornerback position as soon as possible and Jaire Alexander is the way to go at 24. A top-20 talent, Alexander will be a difference maker from the moment he steps on the field. His intelligence on the field is quite outstanding.

R1/25 - TEN: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

Will Hernandez is a great prospect who can get even better, specially at pass protection. The Titans add a very tough guy in the trenches. Excellent value.

R1/26 - ATL: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

Besides DT, is difficult to predict which direction Atlanta is heading with the 26th overall pick. In this scenario, Da'Ron Payne makes it there. A very good defensive tackle who can get after the QB is what Atlanta needs.

R1/27 - NO: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St.

The Saints have a chance to add a dynamic pro-ready tight end to help Drew Brees' offense find success during the QB's final years in the NFL. Dallas Goedert may not come from a top school, but the traits are there to turn him into a great player at the next level.

R1/28 - PIT: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

Vander Esch is going to be good, there's no question about that. What we don't know is how long will it take him to develop? I struggle to see him as a first-round prospect, but he'll probably won't fall past the Steelers, who definitely need a LB.

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R1/29 - JAC: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland

The Jaguars are betting on Blake Bortles, which means it's time to give him the most help they can. In this case, they find DJ Moore, who can be an "X" or a "Z" receiver. Moore at the 29th pick is a steal for the Jags.

R1/30 - MIN: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

The Vikings secondary is already good enough, but now they add even more talent in Josh Jackson, who has what it takes to become a very successful defender in press coverage.

R1/31 - NE: Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State

It might be a little to early for Sam Hubbard, but the Patriots will be able to develop him into a very productive pass rusher, something they desperately need.

R1/32 - PHI: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

The Eagles could use a running back to give the offense a more threatening rushing attack and Derrius Guice is still on the board. If he's able to stay healthy, Guice will be a very productive RB for the Super Bowl Champions.

R2/33 - CLE: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

R2/34 - NYG: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

R2/35 - CLE: Justin Reid, S, Stanford

R2/36 - IND: James Daniels, OL, Iowa

R2/37 - IND: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

R2/38 - TB: Ronald Jones, RB, USC

R2/39 - CHI: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

R2/40 - DEN: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn

R2/41 - OAK: Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia

R2/42 - MIA: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

R2/43 - NE: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

R2/44 - WAS: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

R2/45 - GB: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

R2/46 - CIN: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

R2/47 - ARI: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon

R2/48 - LAC: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

R2/49 - IND: Brian O'Neil, OT, Notre Dame

R2/50 - DAL: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

The Cowboys address the WR situation in the second round by taking a guy who provides the offense with a deep threat. Washington needs to polish his route running, but he's a weapon who will contribute from Day 1 in Dak Prescott's offense.

R2/51 - DET: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

R2/52 - BAL: Billy Price, OL, Ohio State

R2/53 - NYG: Fred Warner, LB, BYU

(Mock Trade: The Bills send their #12, #22, #53 for the Giants' #2 pick)

R2/54 - KC: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

R2/55 - CAR: DJ Chark, WR, LSU

R2/56 - NYG: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

(Mock Trade: The Bills send their #12, #22, #53 for the Giants' #2 pick)

R2/57 - TEN: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Oklahoma

R2/58 - ATL: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

R2/59 - SF: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State

R2/60 - PIT: Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest

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R2/61 - JAC: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

R2/62 - MIN: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

R2/63 - NE: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa

R2/64 - CLE: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State

Tell me what you think about "Mauricio’s Mock Draft 3.0: Two Rounds Edition" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Cowboys Draft Target: Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Jr.

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Cowboys Draft Target: Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Jr.

NAME: Stanley Morgan Jr.

POSITION: Wide Receiver

SCHOOL: Nebraska

CONFERENCE: Big Ten

CLASS: Senior

JERSEY: No. 8

RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star

HT: 6'0"

WT: 202

D.O.B.: 9/7/1996

Receiving Receiving Receiving Receiving Rushing Rushing Rushing Rushing Scrimmage Scrimmage Scrimmage Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2015 Nebraska Big Ten FR WR 11 25 304 12.2 3 0 0 0 25 304 12.2 3
*2016 Nebraska Big Ten SO WR 13 33 453 13.7 2 1 0 0.0 0 34 453 13.3 2
2017 Nebraska Big Ten JR WR 11 61 986 16.2 10 1 2 2.0 0 62 988 15.9 10
2018 Nebraska Big Ten SR WR 12 70 1004 14.3 7 1 4 4.0 0 71 1008 14.2 7
Career Nebraska 189 2747 14.5 22 3 6 2.0 0 192 2753 14.3 22

Highlights:

Stanley Morgan Jr Nebraska WR ULTIMATE 2018 Season Highlights!!

"Where I come from ... I had to block for Leonard Fournette, I played on the same team as Tyrann Mathieu," Morgan said. "It's just guys like that around me that made me want to work harder, just to keep going and give it my all. It's something that I was born with."

Pros:

Stanley Morgan Jr. was a consistent and productive wide receiver during his time at Nebraska. He projects as a "Z" receiver in the NFL, but is probably better suited to play in the slot because of his skill set. Might be the best route runner in the entire 2019 WR draft class.

There's no questioning his toughness and competitiveness. His passion for the game shows up on tape. Unafraid to carry his routes across the middle of field. Possess good separation ability due to his precise route running and his ability to change directions on a dime. Has an understanding of how to temper his routes as well and has a way of lulling defensive backs to sleep and catching them off guard.

Has soft natural hands and shows good technique at the catch point. Shows the ability to make contested catches. Large catch radius. Excellent catch focus and body control. Shows the ability to climb the ladder and high point passes. Unfazed with DBs draped on him and shows good spatial awareness along the sideline. Has a little wiggle to be a threat after the catch, but doesn't have homerun ability.

Cons:

Stanley Morgan Jr. could be labeled as "just a guy" as a wide receiver prospect. There is nothing really special about his game and he has just average speed and athleticism. Despite his productivity and consistency at Nebraska, he may have already reached his peak.

Morgan may be nothing more than a slot receiver in the NFL. He doesn't possess the necessary speed to be a threat down the field and doesn't show a lot of burst out of his breaks. Average speed will limit his big-play ability as well. Struggles to beat press coverage, which could cause cornerbacks to sit on underneath routes.

Doesn't offer anything on special teams. Had a handful of opportunities at Nebraska as a kick and punt returner with very little success. Doesn't show a lot of functional strength on film. Lack of strength and power limits his blocking ability in the passing game. Arrested for marijuana possession in May 2017.

Cowboys Fit:

Although Stanley Morgan Jr. has the ability to play the "Z" position with the Dallas Cowboys, they would likely move him into the slot full-time as Cole Beasley's replacement now that he's officially moved on to the Buffalo Bills. He may not have the same kind of change of direction skills as Beasley, but Morgan's precise route running ability immediately makes him a threat in the Cowboys aerial attack as a rookie.

Morgan unfortunately doesn't offer much, if anything, on special teams. He returned a few kickoffs and punts during his time at Nebraska, but had marginal success. He will probably never be more than a WR3 and might have already reached his peak as a prospect, but he is the type of WR who can have a long career in the NFL. As a potential mid-round draft pick he is an intriguing slot option for the Cowboys, but probably won't help fans forget about No. 11 anytime soon.



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Cowboys Draft Dilemma: Deebo Samuel (Rd. 2) vs. Stanley Morgan Jr. (Rd. 4)

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Cowboys Draft: Deebo Samuel vs. Stanley Morgan Jr.

There are a lot of fans around Cowboys Nation who are hoping former South Carolina Wide Receiver Deebo Samuel is still on the board when the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock in the second-round with the 58th overall selection. Samuel is the dream replacement for Cole Beasley for a lot of us, but would likely be a luxury this early in the draft instead of a need.

I don't want to rain on the parade for all you Deebo Samuel fans, myself included, but I don't know if the Cowboys would pull the trigger on a WR that early. This is especially true considering there is someone who I believe compares favorably to Samuel and could be available at least two rounds later. In case you haven't figured out yet, I'm talking about former Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Jr.

Deebo Samuel of course is the more hyped WR and is in the running as one of the top five receivers in the 2019 draft class, but Stanley Morgan Jr. shouldn't be considered a consolation prize. These two WRs could be a carbon copy of one another on paper and tested surprisingly similar at the NFL Combine as well.

Don't take my word for it of course. Take a look for yourself…

Deebo Samuel

Stanley Morgan Jr.

Height 5'11" 6'0"
Weight 214 202
Arm length 31 3/8" 32 3/8"
Hand size 10" 9 7/8"
40-yard dash 4.48 4.53
20 yard shuffle 4.14 4.13
3 cone drill 7.03 6.78
Vertical jump 39" 38.5"
Broad jump 122" 125"
Bench 17 14

As you can see from the measurements and the testing, Deebo Samuel and Stanley Morgan Jr. are amazingly similar on paper. The similarities don't end there though. Both players are devastating with the ball in their hands and easily create separation through their route stems.

The only real difference I have seen between the two is Samuel is a little more thickly built and has been more productive as an outside receiver so far in his career. He is also the more powerful of the two, which serves him well in contested catch situations. That's not saying Morgan can't be just as effective as an outside WR. He just wasn't utilized in that manner during his time at Nebraska.

As far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned though, both Samuel and Morgan would be ideal inside/outside WR candidates capable of replacing Cole Beasley in the slot. The only question now is which receiver would the Cowboys prefer?

It's really a tossup if you don't really know these receivers and have never watched them play, but not if you take into consideration what we know about the Dallas Cowboys. They like bargains, which is why I have a hard time believing they wouldn't be bargain shoppers in the 2019 NFL Draft like they have been so far in free agency.

As much as we all love Deebo Samuel and the skill set he would bring to the Cowboys, investing a second-round pick might be too high for Dallas considering they can get a similar player at least two rounds later. Stanley Morgan Jr. is a bargain I just don't think they could pass up.

This is all speculation of course, but it's definitely something to take into consideration when the 2019 NFL Draft gets underway.

Deebo Samuel or Stanley Morgan Jr.? Which receiver would you draft?



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Cowboys Draft Target: Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram

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Cowboys Draft Target: Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram

NAME: Johnathan Abram

POSITION: Safety

SCHOOL: Mississippi State

CONFERENCE: SEC

CLASS: Senior

JERSEY: No. 38

RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star

HT: 5' 11 3/8"

WT: 205

D.O.B.: 10/25/1996

Tackles Tackles Tackles Tackles Tackles Def Int Def Int Def Int Def Int Def Int Fumbles Fumbles Fumbles Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2015 Georgia SEC FR S 8 11 14 25 1.5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2017 Mississippi State SEC JR DB 12 43 28 71 5.0 2.0 0 0 0 5 0 2
*2018 Mississippi State SEC SR S 13 53 46 99 9.0 3.0 2 9 4.5 0 5 1 1
Career Overall 107 88 195 15.5 5.0 2 9 4.5 0 10 1 3
Georgia 11 14 25 1.5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mississippi State 96 74 170 14.0 5.0 2 9 4.5 0 10 1 3

Highlights:

Johnathan Abram: Hardest Hitting Safety in College Football

Johnathan Abram, playing for the Bulldogs of Mississippi State University, is considered the hardest hitting safety in college football. He's top NFL prospect, who is projected to be selected in the late 1st to early 2nd round(s) of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Pros:

Johnathan Abram's biggest strength as a safety prospect is his ability to play around the line of scrimmage as a box safety, which is why he's projected to be a strong safety in the NFL. Possesses the prototypical size for the position. He also has the ability and skill set to play a hybrid safety/linebacker role as well.

Abram is at his best when he's playing downhill and sideline to sideline against the run. His size, strength, and physicality allow him to stack and shed blocks like a linebacker. Aggressive tackler who is always looking to deliver a big hit. Also shows good technique to get his head across the ball carrier's chest while wrapping up to make the tackle.

Shows adequate range and speed in coverage. Is able to flip his hips and redirect to change direction quickly, but there is some stiffness there as well. Has the size and athletic ability to match up with tight ends. Shows an understanding of route recognition. His physicality in the run game carries over into the passing game.

Cons:

The biggest concern about Johnathan Abram's game is his ability, or lack thereof, in coverage. Whether it's an man or zone coverage, he struggles with his responsibilities and can be eaten alive by receivers who know what they're doing. This doesn't bode well for his transition to the NFL, which has become a heavy passing league.

His aggressive nature will get him into trouble in the passing game. Can be clunky in his transitions against good route runners. Will panic and grab when he's caught out of position, which has generated, or should have, flags being thrown. Lack of desired range will keep him from becoming a deep safety, making him a strong safety only.

Questionable ball skills. Only has two interceptions and 10 pass deflections in his career. Struggles locating the ball and doesn't show instincts or anticipation to jump routes. Can be too aggressive against the run, causing him to over pursue and create cutback lanes.

Cowboys Fit:

If the Dallas Cowboys are looking for a hard-hitting strong safety who excels around the line of scrimmage, then Johnathan Abram is their guy. He is a heatseeking missile when playing downhill or sideline to sideline, and would play that Kam Chancellor type role on the backend of Kris Richard's defense. He has outstanding size and speed for the position, and is a more fluid athlete then he's given credit for. More of a "traditional" throwback safety.

Abram unfortunately struggles in coverage, despite showing good range and long speed. He may be nothing more than a box safety or nickel/dime linebacker in the NFL. This could hurt his chances of landing with the Cowboys, especially if they are looking for an interchangeable safety to pair with Xavier Woods. But, if there are looking for that "enforcer" type of player, they'd probably have to take him at 58 in the second-round because it's unlikely he will still be there when they're on the clock in the third-round.



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