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No. 27: Miami Dolphins — Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina
Xavier Legette with Mike McDaniel, Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and De’Von Achane? Somebody call the cops. Legette can serve as the Deebo Samuel of McDaniel’s scheme — a player the Dolphins' head coach is all too familiar with. The rich get richer.
No. 28: Jacksonville Jaguars — Amarius Mims, OL, Georgia
The Jaguars must protect Trevor Lawrence as the former No. 1 overall pick enters the prime of his career. Amarius Mims might be long gone by No. 28 overall, with his blue-chip potential on the blindside. However, Mims is dealing with a lower-body injury that could force a draft day slide, depending on medicals. Jacksonville benefits.
No. 29: Detroit Lions — Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State
General manager Brad Holmes is never shy to take the best player available, regardless of position. Emeka Egbuka is that guy at this stage of the mock draft. Egbuka isn’t quite the prospect that Chris Olave or Garrett Wilson were, but his polished route running and reliable hands will allow the Buckeye wideout to stick in an NFL offense.
No. 30: Baltimore Ravens — J.T. Tuimoloau, DL, Ohio State
Speaking of Ohio State, J.T. Tuimoloau is a polarizing prospect in NFL Draft circles. When locked in, JTT is as good as any defender in the class. When he’s merely going through the motions, it’s hard to sell Tuimoloau as a Round 1 player. At No. 30 overall, the Ravens see it as a worthwhile risk, getting a guy capable of being an every-down star in the right setting.
No. 31: Kansas City Chiefs — Patrick Paul, OL, Houston
The Chiefs attempted to retool the offensive tackle position with the signings of Donovan Smith and Jawaan Taylor. The return on investment has been fine, but it would be wise for Kansas City to target Patrick Paul. The Houston veteran’s ceiling is substantially higher than Smith's.
No. 32: Philadelphia Eagles — Kamren Kinchens, DB, Miami
The Eagles made a blockbuster trade by acquiring veteran safety Kevin Byard. The two-time first-team All-Pro is under contract for at least the 2024 season, which would give Kamren Kinchens time to ease in. The Miami defender plays with reckless abandon as a tackler and flashes natural reaction instincts when patrolling his zone in coverage.