The Raiders have needs all over their defense, but offensive tackle is also a huge issue. I think this pick comes down to Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Mike McGlinchey. Edmunds is off the board in this mock, and he probably will go on Thursday before Oakland picks. The Raiders like Fitzpatrick, but they re-signed Reggie Nelson and added Marcus Gilchrist after using a first-round pick on Karl Joseph and a second-round pick on the massively disappointing Obi Melifonwu. Thus, I think they opt to use valuable resources on another position. Left tackle Donald Penn is aging and injured, while right tackle is a position that needs to be upgraded. McGlinchey is a safe pick who can protect Oakland's investment in Derek Carr. <br> <br>
McGlinchey blocked well for Notre Dame overall in 2017, less a few rough plays versus Miami and Georgia. The 6-foot-7, 309-pounder is a tough run blocker and was part of a good Notre Dame line for years. The senior has good enough feet and athletic ability to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers. As a run blocker, he can get movement at the point of attack. McGlinchey flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. He also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers. McGlinchey uses his strength to sustain blocks and has developed good hand placement. His performance over 2017 and 2016 protecting Notre Dame's quarterbacks is evidence that he is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick. <br> <br>
McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in 2016. He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before that season. In 2015, McGlinchey showed well as a right tackle and displayed a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The main area that McGlinchey really needed to improve was his repeated problem with false starts as a junior. McGlinchey seemed to fix that as a senior.
Tampa Bay needs four quarterbacks to go in the top six. If that happens, the Bucs should have Bradley Chubb or Quenton Nelson fall to them. If either gets to pick No. 7, I believe that would be the direction the Buccaneers would go. I know the Bucs love Nelson, and they would be ecstatic if he got to their pick. I think Nelson is their preferred realistic pick because Saquon Barkley is not falling past the Browns at No. 4 or the Broncos at No. 5. If Nelson and Chubb are off the board, I think Tampa Bay would turn to the defensive backfield and take Derwin James. I could also see them trading down with Arizona, Buffalo or Miami. <br> <br>
I think Nelson could get to Tampa Bay, which needs a guard upgrade. The regime is on the hot seat, and nothing can help a team go from worst to playoff contention like a newfound rushing attack. Nelson is a plug-and-play starter who will immediately upgrade the run blocking and pass protection for Jameis Winston. Nelson sliding to the Bucs reminds me of them having O.J. Howard fall to them last year. I don't think the Buccaneers will pass on Nelson if he gets to their pick. <br> <br>
Nelson was exceptional throughout 2017, dominating opponents on a weekly basis. He has superb strength to blast open holes and is a true road-grader as a run blocker. As a pass protector, Nelson is very athletic with balance, agility, and quickness to shut down pass-rushers. Some league sources say that Nelson is the highest graded guard they've ever scouted, and that includes the likes of Logan Mankins and David DeCastro. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Nelson was dominant in 2016 as well, showing strength at the point of attack to open holes in the ground game and athleticism in pass protection. That year, teams sources told me that Nelson was receiving first-round grades prior to him deciding to return for his senior season. One general manager told me in fall 2017 that they had Nelson as clearly the best guard prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft. They had Nelson as a top-five prospect at any position.
Jacksonville grabs some receiving talent because Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are both entering free agency. Team sources have also told me that the contract the Jaguars gave to Allen Hurns was a vast overpayment, so that could limit their ability to sign both Lee and Robinson. <br> <br>
St. Brown has 31 receptions for 468 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. His production and opportunities are getting killed by the lack of passing talent with Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush. St. Brown also sees lots of double teams. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder had a quality 2016 season with 58 receptions for 961 yards and nine touchdowns with DeShone Kizer at quarterback. <br> <br>
Scouts who did advance work on the 2018 class told me they were really intrigued with St. Brown. They say he is a super-polished route runner with tremendous speed, athletic ability, body control, and hands. They still think that St. Brown could be a first-rounder even though he won't have significant production this season thanks to Wimbush playing quarterback. Other scouts aren't as high on St. Brown and grade him on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 3/27): Forrest Lamp, G </i>
The Seahawks need to improve their interior disruptor. <br> <br>
Tillery (6-6, 310) has excellent size with athleticism and can be a disruptive player at the point of attack. In 2016, he totaled 37 tackles with three for a loss. Tillery looks to be on the verge of a breakout season in 2017.