27. Oakland Raiders (via DAL): Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
When you pick three times in the First Round, you have some space for some added luxury. Many shake their head when an RB is selected in the First Round, but honestly good RBs can be very valuable to a good offense. Josh Jacobs is one of my favorite players in the Draft and I think he will be a big-time player at the next level because of his ability as a true dual threat RB. I believe Jacobs has the upside to be as good as Kareem Hunt.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Chargers had a successful season last year and it is likely they will try to go all in for one/two more Super Bowl runs. Phillip Rivers isn’t young, but he continues to play at a Championship level. Los Angeles would be smart to add some help at Tackle and Cody Ford would be a plug and play starter at RT and later could take over for aging LT Russell Okung.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
After missing out on the Landon Collins sweepstakes, the Chiefs will be desperate to add talent to a secondary that needs it. The Chiefs are truly a few pieces on Defense from being true Super Bowl contenders, and adding a young talent like Alabama’s Deionte Thompson would be a smart idea. Thompson could make an impact right away, and he could be groomed to soon become Eric Berry’s full-time replacement.
30. Green Bay Packers (via NO): Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
The Packers WR room has changed drastically over the past year. Longtime fan-favorites Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are out. Davante Adams is a big-time playmaker, but he cannot shoulder the full load of the passing game. Aaron Rodgers could use a deep threat, and there aren’t much better in this class than Parris Campbell. The Ohio State man blew up the combine and he has a real case to be selected in Round 1.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
The Rams will likely lose playmaking Safety Lamarcus Joyner in Free Agency. The Rams don’t have many holes, but this would be a big one: Taylor Rapp makes a lot of sense here. The Washington product is a hard-nosed, playmaking Safety and would be a good fit in Wade Phillip’s system
32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith Jr, TE, Alabama
The Patriots are once again picking 32nd. Wow. Many thought this would be the year that the Pats finally fell off; we were all wrong. Rob Gronkowski is basically a glorified decoy at this point and he likely will be done playing soon. Gronk has been an animal for the Pats, but they would be wise to draft his eventual replacement this year. Especially with backup TE Dwayne Allen leaving New England, TE makes a lot of sense here.
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