2018 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Three Round Collaboration): Picks 17-32

This is the second half of our Nachmany Football 2018 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 first round, a collaboration between Nachmany Football’s Eli Nachmany, Albert Nachmany, and Andrew Pavlou. Think we got it wrong? Let us know about it on Twitter @NachFootball, and give us a follow on there for more NFL draft content and analysis in the weeks leading up to the big day!

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17. Los Angeles Chargers: LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama (#19 on Big Board)

The Los Angeles Chargers could use a new quarterback, and in previous mocks we had Josh Rosen falling to them, but now this will likely not happen. With five quarterbacks going before their pick, Los Angeles will probably wait to bring in a QB project later in the draft. Instead of a passer, Rashaan Evans helps the Chargers out with an immediate problem at linebacker and will be an upgrade at a position that the Chargers cannot ignore. -Albert

18. Seattle Seahawks: CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville (#33 on Big Board)

After the recent loss of their previous face of the franchise in Richard Sherman, Seattle needs a new CB to get excited about, and Alexander has the talent to bring the Legion of Boom back to where it once was. Athletic with excellent footwork, Alexander is exactly the type of corner I would expect Pete Carroll to pound the table for. -Andrew

19. Dallas Cowboys: WR Courtland Sutton, Southern Methodist (#15 on Big Board)

Just down the street from Cowboys Stadium, Courtland Sutton built up a reputation as one of college football’s finest receivers over the last couple of years. With Dez Bryant likely nearing the end of his time as a No. 1 receiver and new free agent signing Allen Hurns a question mark after having not eclipsed 500 yards either of the last two seasons (after a 1,000-yard 2015), the Cowboys get some local, fresh blood at wideout. -Eli

20. Detroit Lions: TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina (#70 on Big Board)

Detroit has lost Eric Ebron to free agency and has no pressing needs right now other than to fill Ebron’s void with the most polished tight end prospect in the draft: Hayden Hurst. Hurst is an interesting prospect in that he actually played baseball for the Pirates farm system before coming to South Carolina. -Albert

21. Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo Bills): OG Will Hernandez, UTEP (#17 on Big Board)

Mean, nasty, aggressive: These are all adjectives to describe how Will Hernandez plays in the trenches. He’s physical at the point of attack and always finishes through the whistle. This is exactly the type of personality Marvin Lewis needs on his team if he’s ever going to win his first playoff game. -Andrew

22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): OT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma (#7 on Big Board)

The slide stops here for Orlando Brown, who cost himself millions of dollars with a horrible Combine performance. The Bills traded away left tackle Cordy Glenn to move up for a quarterback, and with this pick they get a new franchise blindside-protector to play the “bouncer” role in Buffalo for the next decade. -Eli

23. Los Angeles Rams: EDGE Arden Key, Louisiana State (#14 on Big Board)

The Rams have been building up their secondary, and now they need pass rush help. With the addition of Arden Key, people can make a case for the Rams to have one of the top defenses in the league on paper. Sean McVay has this offense working and if the Rams can play top-level defense, look for Los Angeles to make the playoffs for many years to come. -Albert

24. Carolina Panthers: WR D.J. Moore, Maryland (#41 on Big Board)

For Carolina at this spot, the pick really needs to be receiver. Aside from Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, and Christian McCaffery out of the backfield, this team is devoid of proven pass catchers. There are a few guys who could be taken here, but Moore is the receiver I feel best complements the skill sets of Carolina’s other offensive weapons. -Andrew

25. Tennessee Titans: DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama (#9 on Big Board)

The Titans may well have signed Ndamukong Suh by the time this mock draft is posted, but if they don’t end up with the star lineman, this pick works out perfectly. Payne is hyper athletic, but he’ll need a coach to motivate him to give it all on every play. There is probably no one better to do that than a recently retired player himself: Super Bowl champion defender and new Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. -Eli

26. Atlanta Falcons: S Ronnie Harrison, Alabama (#16 on Big Board)

Ronnie Harrison was overshadowed by Minkah Fitzpatrick at Alabama, but he is a very good player in his own right. The Falcons are set for another playoff run and adding Harrison will help bolster their secondary and keep them in the hunt for a Super Bowl. -Albert

27. New Orleans Saints: LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State (#26 on Big Board)

Wherever Vander Esch does end up, his new Defensive Coordinator is going to have a lot of fun drawing up schemes that put him in the best position to succeed. A “plus” athlete with the ability to cover the tight end and make open field tackles, he would be a lot of fun to watch in the pass-happy dome in New Orleans. -Andrew

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Malik Jefferson, Texas (#32 on Big Board)

Let’s be honest: Neither you nor I truly knows if Ryan Shazier will ever play football again, let alone at the same level that he did prior to his injury. In Jefferson, the Steelers get a high-intensity, super-fast linebacker who fits the scheme well. -Eli

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville (#22 on Big Board)

The Jaguars just signed Blake Bortles to a long-term deal, but I would speak for everyone in saying that Bortles is not a top quarterback in this league. Lamar Jackson could sit behind Bortles and develop in his home state. -Albert

30. Minnesota Vikings: OT Connor Williams, Texas (#35 on Big Board)

Offensive tackle is one of the most important positions in the game, and Minnesota experienced sub-par tackle play last season with Riley Reiff and Mark Remmers. Connor Williams is one of the highest players left on the board, so the Vikings go with the value pick to add to their already loaded roster. -Andrew

31. New England Patriots: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama (#25 on Big Board)

After losing Danny Amendola in free agency, the Patriots are pleasantly surprised to find Calvin Ridley fall into their lap. While Ridley has struggled with drops at times, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick loves Alabama players and loves wide receivers – this is a great match. -Eli

32. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame (#31 on Big Board)

The Eagles are ready to reload for next year and the only question they have is how long can Jason Peters continue to be a great left tackle? That is not a question mark the Eagles want to have, without some cover – this is why I think they grab Mike McGlinchey to fill a possible hole for the coming years. -Albert

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