The Dolphins could use some linebacker upgrades. Here's a play-making Will to go with Raekwon McMillan. <br> <br>
From the start of the 2017 season, Smith (6-1, 236) impressed scouting sources with his great play. They compared him to the Falcons' recent second-day picks of the LSU duo of Deion Jones and Duke Riley, except they say that Smith is better than either Jones or Riley. These sources feel Smith is more on a par with Lavonte David coming out of Nebraska. There is no doubt that Smith is a fast and physical linebacker who flies around the field. He is an excellent run defender with speed and athleticism to cover in the passing game. <br> <br>
Smith amassed 137 tackles with 6.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes batted in 2017. In 2016, he led Georgia in tackles with 95. Smith also had five tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles that season.
The Lions grab a player who should transform their offense from being one-dimensional. <br> <br>
Chubb is averaging 6.3 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,045 yards with 12 touchdowns. Last season, he averaged 5.0 yards per carry on his way to 1,130 yards with eight touchdowns. He had five receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown as well. In 2016, Chubb didn't quite have the speed and explosion that he had before his 2015 knee injury. Considering it was only about a year since he was hurt, that was understandable. <br> <br>
Prior to his season-ending knee injury in 2015, Chubb had picked up where he left off as a freshman. The sophomore averaged 8.1 yards per carry for 747 yards and seven touchdowns in his shortened 2015 season. In 2014 while splitting time with Todd Gurley, Chubb averaged 7.1 yards per carry for 1,547 yards with 14 touchdowns. He also caught 18 receptions for 213 yards and two scores. <br> <br>
Chubb is akin to a human bowling ball, rolling over tacklers and and being a physical force in the SEC. The 5-foot-10, 220-pounder is a powerful runner who also has the quickness to rip off yards in chunks. He also is an explosive track competitor.
The Raiders could use a disruptor on the inside to pair with Eddie Vanderdoes.<br> <br>
Thus far, Thompson has totaled 12 tackles with three for a loss in 2017. He was a tough defender for Georgia in 2016, too, recording 56 tackles with 9.5 for a loss and five sacks. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder could have produced more, but was part of a rotation. He could fit well as a 3-4 defensive end or as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. Scouting sources have said that Thompson has a first-round skill set. He is very fast at the point of attack with the potential to be an interior pass-rusher in the NFL.
The Lions have to improve their rushing attack to get some balance for their offense. Additionally, Detroit has no assurances that the top second-round backs will get to its choice in Round 2. Michel could quickly transform the Lions' offense and has true three-down potential. <br> <br>
The 5-foot-11, 214-pound Michel averaged 7.9 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,227 yards with 16 touchdowns. Michel has a ton of fans in the scouting community and was receiving second-day grades during the fall before his tremendous finish to the season that put him in contention to be a first-round pick. One general manager told me he thinks Michel could go late in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Aside from being a quick back capable of ripping off long runs, Michel showed well in the passing game as a receiver and blocker during his collegiate career. Michel has starting potential for the NFL with speed, strength and versatility. He also enters the pros with less wear-and-tear after splitting carries with a variety of backs at Georgia. <br> <br>
Michel played well in 2016 while serving as the backup to Nick Chubb. On the season, Michel took 152 carries for 840 yards - a 5.3-yard average - and four touchdowns. He also had 22 receptions for 149 yards.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 8/22): Marlon Humphrey, CB </i>
The Titans could use a safety upgrade. <br> <br>
Sanders (6-0, 189) had a huge sophomore season in pass coverage. For 2015, he had six interceptions with six passes broken up. Sanders also chipped in 48 tackles. He showed his ball skills as a freshman with three picks and five passes broken up. Getting stronger and improving his tackling production could help him as a junior.