A Run On Defensive Backs Takes Place To Wrap Up First-Round Mock Draft
No. 27: Detroit Lions — Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
The “other” Alabama cornerback has played his way into first-round consideration. Terrion Arnold is a sticky coverage defender who flashes elite mirror ability and a knack for getting his arms in passing lanes downfield. He will start immediately for the Lions.
No. 28: Philadelphia Eagles — Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
Darius Slay and James Bradberry are both over 30 years old, making Quinyon Mitchell a no-brainer choice at No. 28 overall. Mitchell has the best ball skills at cornerback, and his work ethic will allow for an even better professional career than his collegiate career.
No. 29: Miami Dolphins — J.T. Tuimoloau, DL, Ohio State
If all it took is a highlight reel to get drafted early, J.T. Tuimoloau would be a top-five player in this mock draft. Alas, consistency has been an issue for JTT since arriving in Columbus. If the Dolphins can keep the Buckeye star locked in, he might go down as the steal of the draft.
No. 30: Dallas Cowboys — Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa
Once the workout phase of the offseason arrives, Cooper DeJean, still healing from a season-ending injury, will have all eyes his way. DeJean is one of the better athletes in the class and his instincts are unteachable. For the Cowboys, the versatile defender can line up anywhere in the secondary.
No. 31: San Francisco 49ers — Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington
The Niners are loaded — this isn’t earth-shattering analysis. However, the trenches can always use reinforcements. Troy Fautanu plays the blindside at Washington, but his ceiling is likely highest from the interior. Either way, San Francisco will find a spot for him in the starting five.
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No. 32: Baltimore Ravens — Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina
If Zay Flowers began the transformation at wide receiver in Baltimore, Xavier Legette is the next step in their evolution. Legette stands at a gaudy 6-foot-3, weighs 227 pounds, and has been clocked well north of 20 miles per hour with the ball in his hands.
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