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NFL Draft: 2019 Mock Draft (Picks 17-20) Browns, Vikings, Titans, and Steelers On the Clock
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10 Feb 2019 05:56 PM EST

-by Bo Marchionte, Contributing Writer; Image: Christian Wilkins pressures Tua Tagovailoa. (Image Source: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh—NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16) picks 17-20:

17. Cleveland Browns

Background Check (1st Round)
2018 – Baker Mayfield, QB, 1st
2018 – Denzel Ward, CB, 4th
2017 – Myles Garrett, DE, 1st
2016 – Jabrill Peppers, S, 25th
2016- David Njoku, TE, 29th

Pick Is In: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson, Jr

Shame on me for allowing this stellar defensive tackle to slip to the 17th overall pick, because his talents exceed many of the names that have been posted above the two-time champion at the collegiate level. This is the first time in some time that Cleveland has entered a NFL Draft with some relevance. Wilkins could be a key piece to the growth of Myles Garrett, the 2017 No. 1 overall pick. Garrett has shown he can be one of the best end rushers in the National Football League, but help is needed.

Side Note – The top-two all-time passers in Browns history are separating by 414 yards. Brian Sipe holds that advantage over the beloved Bernie Kosar. Second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield begins his assault on the franchise record still needing 19,998 yards after one season.

18. Minnesota Vikings

Background Check (1st Round)
2018 – Mike Hughes, CB, 30th
2016 – Laquon Treadwell, WR, 23rd
2015 – Trae Waynes, CB, 11th
2014 – Anthony Barr, LB, 9th
2014 – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, 32nd

Pick Is In: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan, Jr

The Vikings offensive line appears to be the top need, but how many times does the obvious truly reveal itself on draft day? Bush is a real force from the linebacker position. Greg Little from Ole Miss is in play if he’s on the board but Bush’s talents exceed expectations with the 17th overall selection. Defensively the Vikings may be in transition with both linebacker Anthony Barr and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson available for free agency. The offensive line is an issue and free agency could be where this weakness will be addressed. It should be an interesting first-round for Minnesota.

Side Note – Since 2009, the Vikings have made the playoffs four times and have reached, including a pair of defeats in the NFC Championship Game.

19. Tennessee Titans

Background Check (1st Round)
2018 – Rashaan Evans, LB, 22nd
2017 – Corey Davis, WR, 5th
2016 – Adoree’ Jackson, CB, 18th
2015 – Jack Conklin, T, 8th
2014 – Marcus Mariota, QB, 2nd

Pick Is In: Greedy Williams, DB, LSU, Jr

Originally had Williams going No. 4 overall to the Oakland Raiders, but decided to give Amy Adams Strunk owner of the Titans the best value pick in the first-round. LSU provides the NFL with more talented defensive backs than any other collegiate program. Williams continues the tradition of having all the NFL intangibles to plug and play immediately. The pick also serve one of the top needs for the Titans which make this selection (should it happen) be one of the best picks in recent memory.

Side Note – The last time the Titans addressed the secondary in round one of an NFL Draft was in 2007 with the selection of Michael Griffin also with the 19th overall pick.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Background Check (1st Round)
2018 – Terrell Edmunds, S, 28th
2017 – T.J. Watt, OLB, 30th
2016 – Artie Burns, CB, 25th
2015 – Bud Dupree, OLB, 22nd
2014 – Ryan Shazier, LB, 15th

Pick Is In: Montez Sweat, LB, Mississippi State, Sr.

The Steelers staff got to see Sweat up close and personal at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Sweat had a very good week of practices which can only elevate a player’s stock. The combine helps as well but seeing a guy in pads in practice is the impression teams desire to see most. A NFL executive shared his thoughts on Sweat being a player who could climb inside the top-ten with a solid combine performance. Sweat is a tweener DE/OLB hybrid type player that could take the place of Bud Dupree as a starter regardless of how his up-coming contractual status is solved. Dupree is due $9.232 million after Pittsburgh picked up his fifth-year option last summer, but he will not see that money. The secondary woes continue and will be addressed but Sweat is simply to0 talented to pass up.

Side Note – Montez Sweat was three years old the last time the Pittsburgh drafted a player from Mississippi State (1993) when they selected defensive end Kevin Henry.

To read more from Bo Marchionte at College2Pro.com, click here.

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