Pick #21 Detroit Lions:
Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State
The Lions are trying to find that defensive line that was anchored by Ndamukong Suh for so many years. It hasn’t happened yet. Getting a top edge rusher makes a lot of sense and McDowell can get pressure off the side.
Pick #22 Miami Dolphins (Potential trade partner to move down)
Haasan Reddick, DE/LB, Temple
The Dolphins have made no bones about being open to a trade down. The first draft of this mock included trades and I had the Dolphins moving down with the Falcons. I think that could happen or maybe New Orleans. I since changed my mind and went back and deleted all of them. The Dolphins could draft LB Jordan Willis if Reddick is off the board.
Pick #23 New York Giants:
David Njoku, TE, University of Miami
There has been a lot of speculation that the Giants may try to trade up for Njoku. They need better play from the position and Njoku is a top prospect. He will be a nice weapon for Eli Manning but he must work on his route running.
Pick #24 Oakland Raiders:
Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
Davis is a solid linebacker who will help the Raiders improve their defense. If a corner is available here they could take one if they slide but with this talent pool they can easily find a starting caliber corner in round two.
Pick #25 Houston Texans:
Pat Mahommes, QB, Texas Tech
Deshaun Watson could also be the pick but I think that Mahommes is a better fit. If the Texans draft anyone not positioned at QB then they will be trading back into round one later. The Texans made a huge mistake trading with the Broncos last season for Brock Osweiler. Finding a franchise QB has been a major problem for them since they arrived in the NFL. They either find one and can’t protect him or have the protection and he can’t throw.