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.
I know the Falcons would love it if Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan were an option at this pick, but he could easily be gone by the time they are on the clock. Atlanta needs an upgrade at guard, and Price is a good scheme fit. He could be a plug-and-play starter for the Falcons to help get their offense back to where it was during their Super Bowl season. <br> <br>
Price (6-4, 305) impressed NFL evaluators, both with his work in fall training camp and in the games of the 2017 season. They say that Price plays within himself. They like his awareness and call him an above-average athlete. He isn't overly fast or twitchy like the Pouncey brothers, but Price has movement skills and is better than average in space. The sources also like that Price handles big nose tackles well, which can be difficult for centers and is a hard-to-find talent. As a result of his well-balanced play, Price is being viewed as a prospect who could go in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. One team source thought that if Josh Garnett and Laken Tomlinson were worthy of first-round picks, then Price could be as well because they feel Price is a better prospect than either Garnett or Tomlinson. Teams are projecting Price to be a starting center in the NFL, but he also has the flexibility to play guard. Price tore a pectoral muscle while bench pressing at the combine, but that shouldn't impact his NFL career once he works his way back onto the field.
<i> 2017 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/30): Adoree' Jackson, CB and Derek Barnett, DE </i>
Tennessee cut third-round bust Jeremiah Poutasi, and Chance Warmack may not be kept long term. The Titans could more offensive line help. If they draft a tackle, they could kick Jack Conklin inside to guard. <br> <br>
Ivey has blocked well as a sophomore, showing improvements in pass protection and run blocking. The key for him is to stay healthy and gain experience, as he has a ton of potential. <br> <br>
Ivey was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and validated the ranking with an impressive freshman season. He was an effective starter at guard for Florida with natural athleticism. <br> <br>
Ivey (6-5, 312) could use more power for the NFL, but he was only 18 during his first season. He has plenty of time to get stronger despite having shoulder surgery after last season. Ivey might move to left tackle in the years to come. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Dominick Sanders, S </i> </u>
The Vikings could use an upgrade at guard, and Hernandez would be an excellent road grader to open holes for Dalvin Cook.<br> <br>
Hernandez (6-2, 340) is shorter and lacks length compared to a lot of starting guards in the NFL, but he makes up for it with overpowering strength. He is very strong at the point of attack with a heavy base to help him get movement at the point of attack. At the Senior Bowl, Hernandez showed that he is a future starting guard in the NFL who can be a difference-maker for a rushing attack. He is a solid pass protector with room for improvement, but once he gets NFL coaching, he should be a balanced guard who is a force as a run blocker and reliable in protection.
I know the Falcons would love it if Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan were an option at this pick, but he could easily be gone by the time they are on the clock. Atlanta needs an upgrade at guard, and Wynn is a good scheme fit. He could be a plug-and-play starter for the Falcons to help get their offense back to where it was during their Super Bowl season. <br> <br>
Wynn impressed scouts in 2017 as an excellent run blocker for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-2, 308-pounder blocks with aggression and has a temperament that is hard to find in college blockers. In pass protection, he was very dependable as well. Because Wynn is shorter and doesn't have ideal length, some sources think that he could move to guard or center in the NFL. Wynn started at left guard in 2016, but scouts think he is athletic enough to also play center. Wynn's size and skill set has drawn comparisons to Kelvin Beachum, who is undersized but has managed to carve out a career at left tackle in the NFL.