NFL Rounds 2 and 3 mock draft, by Dane Brugler: Spencer Rattler to Rams; early WR run

The NFL welcomed 32 new players in Thursday night’s first round, but there is still plenty of talent available for the 2024 draft.

A projection of how the second and third rounds could play out:

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2nd round

33. Buffalo Bills (from RCA): Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

34. New England Patriots: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

35. Arizona Cardinals: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Between DeJean’s versatility and the Cardinals’ needs in the secondary, this is a team-playing duo that made a lot of sense in the first round – and makes even more sense in the second round.

36. Washington Commanders: Patrick Paul, OT, Houston

37. Los Angeles Chargers: Junior Colson, LB, Michigan

38. Tennessee Titans: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

39. Carolina Panthers (from NYG): Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

40. Washington Commanders (from CHI): Marshawn Kneeland, Edge, Western Michigan

41. Green Bay Packers (from New York): Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M

42. Houston Texans (from MIN): Mike Sainristil, CB, Michigan

43. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Braswell, Edge, Alabama

After settling on a top-10 quarterback, the Falcons will still be looking for pass help on Day 2. Braswell led Alabama under pressure last season, just ahead of Dallas Turner.

44. Las Vegas Raiders: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri

45. New Orleans Saints (from DEN): Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

46. ​​Indianapolis Colts: Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

47. New York Giants (from SEA): TJ Tampa, CB, Iowa State

48. Jacksonville Jaguars: Andru Phillips, CB, Kentucky


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49. Cincinnati Bengals: Kris Jenkins, DT, Michigan

With Byron Murphy II off the board, the Bengals’ first-round decision was made for them. Jenkins could be the consolation prize as Cincinnati bolsters its interior defensive line depth.

50. Philadelphia Eagles (from NW): Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

51. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jackson Powers-Johnson, G/C, Oregon

52. Los Angeles Rams: Roman Wilson, WR, Michigan

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

54. Cleveland Browns: Maason Smith, DT, LSU

Teams are looking for players at least 6-foot-5 and over 300 pounds on the defensive line, but those guys are rare in this draft class. Smith is still a work in progress, but he has the traits and trajectory that Cleveland covets.

55. Miami Dolphins: Zach Frazier, G/C, West Virginia

56. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas

57. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adisa Isaac, Edge, Penn State

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58. Green Bay Packers: Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State

59. Houston Texans: Mike Hall Jr., DT, Ohio State

60. Buffalo Bills: Javon Bullard, S, Georgia

61. Detroit Lions: Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State

The Lions added a hard-nosed contender in the first round (Terrion Arnold) and could draft a player with an even fiercer demeanor for their defensive line in the second round.

62. Baltimore Ravens: Christian Haynes, G, Penn State

63. San Francisco 49ers: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

64. Kansas City Chiefs: Blake Fisher, OT, Notre Dame

Round 3

(*denotes compensatory selection)

65. Carolina Panthers: DJ James, CB, Auburn

66. Arizona Cardinals: Cooper Beebe, G/C, Kansas State

67. Washington Commanders: Nehemiah Pritchett, CB, Auburn

68. New England Patriots: Roger Rosengarten, OT, Washington

69. Los Angeles Chargers: Blake Corum, RB, Michigan

Given the Chargers’ need for another running back and Jim Harbaugh’s affinity for Corum, this matchup seems almost too obvious.

70. New York Giants: Trey Benson, RB, Florida State

71. Arizona Cardinals (from TEN): Brandon Dorlus, DT, Oregon

72. New York Jets: Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

73. Dallas Cowboys (from MIN via DET): Trevin Wallace, LB, Kentucky

With the extra third rounder the Cowboys gained by trading up in the first round, they should be able to find depth at linebacker. Here they get the athletic Wallace.

74. Atlanta Falcons: Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

75. Chicago Bears: Austin Booker, Edge, Kansas

76. Denver Broncos: Theo Johnson, TE, Penn State

77. Las Vegas Raiders: Brandon Coleman, OT/G, TCU

78. Washington (SEA) Commanders: Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas

79. Atlanta Falcons (from JAX): Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri

80. Cincinnati Bengals: Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State

81. Seattle Seahawks (from NO via DEN): Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota

82. Indianapolis Colts: Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington

After going with a passer (Laiatu Latu) in the first round and a corner (Melton) in the second round here, the Colts could turn their attention to the offensive side of the ball. Polk would give Anthony Richardson a reliable outside pass catcher.

83. Los Angeles Rams: Cole Bishop, S, Utah

84. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jermaine Burton, WR, Alabama

85. Cleveland Browns: MarShawn Lloyd, RB, USC

86. Houston Texans (from PHI): Kiran Amegadjie, OT, Yale

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87. Dallas Cowboys: Dominick Puni, G/C, Kansas

88. Green Bay Packers: Jalyx Hunt, Edge, Houston Christian

89. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cedric Gray, LB, North Carolina

90. Arizona Cardinals (from HOU): Payton Wilson, LB, NC State

91. Green Bay Packers (from BUF): DeWayne Carter, DT, Duke

92. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from DET): Elijah Jones, CB, Boston College

93. Baltimore Ravens: Christian Jones, OT, Texas

The Ravens saw most of their offensive line options disappear in the first round, so they could load up in the trenches on day two. Jones would add tackle depth to the high-motor guard (Haynes) acquired in the second round.

94. San Francisco 49ers: Jonah Elliss, Edge, Utah

95. Buffalo Bills (from KC): Malik Washington, WR, Virginia

96. Jacksonville Jaguars*: Mekhi Wingo, DT, LSU

97. Cincinnati Bengals*: Bralen Trice, Edge, Washington

98. Pittsburgh Steelers (from PHI*): Jarvis Brownlee Jr., CB, Louisville

99. Los Angeles Rams*: Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina

100. Washington Commanders (from SF*): Isaiah Adams, G, Illinois

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(Photos by Ladd McConkey, Spencer Rattler, Mike Sainristil: Brandon Sloter / Image Of Sport / Getty Images; Jacob Kupferman, Ryan Kang / Getty Images)

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