2018 NFL Mock Draft: Mid-July Update

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: Minkah Fitzpatrick
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03: Minkah Fitzpatrick /
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TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Running back Bo Scarbrough
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Running back Bo Scarbrough /

17. Minnesota Vikings- Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

The cloudy future of Sharrif Floyd means that the Minnesota Vikings have a need for a penetrating defensive tackle. Clemson’s Christian Wilkins has the explosive first step needed to work his way into the backfield.

Interior pressure is something that creates a lot of problems for opposing quarterbacks. It will also help free up room for edge rushers like Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffin.

18. Arizona Cardinals- Vita Vea, DT, Washington

The value for space-eating defensive tackles appears to be down slightly. However, Vita Vea is different than most of those type of prospect. He not only holds at the point of attack but also works his way into the backfield.

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Vea also has enough short-area quickness to make plays away from his frame. He would be someone who could help sure up the Arizona Cardinals defensive line. This would also provide more space for the Cardinals linebackers to flow to the football.

19. New Orleans Saints- Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

The New Orleans Saints have made major strides rebuilding their defense. However, they still lack another pass rushing option opposite Cameron Jordan. Adding a high-upside edge rusher like Sam Hubbard would give the Saints a really dangerous defensive line.

Hubbard brings added value with his toughness and ability to set the edge. He’s a 3-down player who doesn’t need to come off the field.

20. Denver Broncos- Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama

CJ Anderson is in a make or break situation this year. If the isn’t able to stay healthy and produce the Denver Broncos need to consider other options. A potential fit is Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough who brings a rare combination of size and speed.

It’s important for the Broncos to have a strong ground attack in order to take pressure off of the quarterback position. Someone like Scarbrough would make life much easier for either Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch.