Round 2 NFL mock draft: Which QB will Patriots target as Tom Brady's successor?

Nate Davis

With the 2018 NFL draft's first round complete, it's time to look ahead to the next one. Round 2 kicks off Friday evening in Arlington, Texas, so here's one more mock draft to chew on as we look for homes for the top remaining prospects:

Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Panthers against at Heinz Field.

33. Browns — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: Maybe it's not optimal to bring a Wolverine to Ohio, but Cleveland did take Jabrill Peppers last year. Hurst would be another nice addition to this blossoming defense, a gap-shooting interior presence who can capitalize on the attention Myles Garrett commands off the edge.

34. Giants — Will Hernandez, G, Texas El-Paso: Here's a beloved "hog molly" for GM Dave Gettleman. New York now has Saquon Barkley to ignite a dormant ground game, but a lack of talent in the backfield wasn't the only reason for those struggles. Hernandez is a mauler who will blast open lanes for Barkley and also take good care of Eli Manning.

35. Browns (from Texans) — Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon: A 6-5, 309-pounder to take over for departed Joe Thomas as well as becoming the new man on Baker Mayfield's blind side. Cleveland's line is solid elsewhere, a good situation for Crosby, who could expect help from tight ends and chipping backs as he acclimates.

36. Colts — Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia: He would replace Frank Gore, surely love the opportunity to run behind Quenton Nelson, bring needed giddyup and power to a 22nd-ranked ground attack and reduce some of the load on Andrew Luck's surgically rebuilt wing.

37. Colts (from Jets) — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa: He's a different type of corner than departed Vontae Davis, but still addresses a major problem area for an evolving defense. Jackson and S Malik Hooker, last year's first rounder, would give Indianapolis a pair of accomplished ball hawks.

38. Buccaneers — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: He's a thumper who will force even NFL defensive backs to make "business decisions" when he breaks into opposing secondaries. Like ex-teammate Leonard Fournette, Guice should display more effectiveness as a receiver than he could in college.

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39. Bears — Harrison Phillips, DL, Stanford: His 42 reps on the bench made him the 2018 combine champ for all positions. At 6-4, 307 pounds, he should be fine to play five-technique on a three-man Chicago front that needs to give Akiem Hicks more help. Harrison's wrestling background — he was a three-time Nebraska state champion in high school — and non-stop effort (103 tackles last year!) will serve him well. 

40. Broncos — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State: He racked up eye-popping numbers for his position in 2016 (92 catches for 1,293 yards and 11 TDs). He could be a perfect alternative for new QB Case Keenum while diversifying a passing attack that's been too reliant on WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

41. Raiders — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado: Oakland definitely needs another body for a pass defense that ranked 26th even with Khalil Mack applying pressure up front. How athletic is Oliver? A former decathlete, he brings a good blend of speed and strength to the position in a division with a variety of effective receivers.

42. Dolphins — Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State:After knocking around Canada and Division II, he looked ready for the big stage given the way he competed at the Senior Bowl. In this scenario, that stage would come with an added level of scrutiny for a defense that needs to replace Ndamukong Suh.

43. Patriots (from 49ers) — Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College: If only New England had had a player who could consistently apply pressure in Super Bowl LII. Landry, who led the nation with 16½ sacks when he was fully healthy 2016, could be the answer.

44. Redskins — James Daniels, C, Iowa: Another accomplished Hawkeye technician, he'd offer a nice boost to a line that lost C Spencer Long to the Jets in free agency and could also use help at guard.

45. Packers — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: His 4.47 speed could soften the loss of Jordy Nelson, and his ability to thrive from the slot could allow the Pack to move on from Randall Cobb a year from now. Kirk's six punt returns for TDs with the Aggies also foreshadow his game-breaking skills on special teams.

46. Bengals — Connor Williams, OL, Texas: Yes, Cincinnati took Billy Price in Round 1. But if any team should realize the folly of neglecting its front five, it should be this one. If Williams proves he can't handle the rigors of playing right tackle, he'd still be an upgrade at right guard.

47. Cardinals — Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis: A shiny new weapon for Josh Rosen (or Sam Bradford) in the short run and, yes, perhaps an acceptable replacement for Larry Fitzgerald if age ever runs him down. Miller racked up nearly 200 catches and 2,900 yards over the past two seasons.

48. Chargers — B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State: The Bolts were gashed for a league-worst 4.9 yards per rush last season, and no AFC team surrendered more real estate on the ground. Hill helps plug a hole further exposed by the four-game suspension to DT Corey Liuget.

49. Colts (from Seahawks via Jets) — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State: He had at least 70 receptions, 1,300 yards and 10 TDs each of the past two seasons in the Cowboys' high-octane attack. Washington could be a nice complement to speedy T.Y. Hilton while giving Luck a weapon who can line up inside or out.

50. Cowboys — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: If he seems like a basketball player on grass ... well, he is. A former member of the Mustangs' hoops squad, the 6-3, 218-pounder has excellent hands and the size to be an immediate red zone factor. The next Dez Bryant? Probably not, but he'd restore a nice power forward component to Dallas' passing game.

51. Lions — Justin Reid, S, Stanford: New Detroit coach Matt Patricia has become accustomed to operating with a deep, diverse group of safeties. Reid would upgrade this secondary, likely to quickly earn a starting role alongside Glover Quin.

52. Eagles (from Ravens) — Austin Corbett, OL, Nevada: At minimum, he could supplant Stefen Wisniewski at left guard. But maybe Corbett also proves he's actually got the chops to play left tackle, his college position, giving Philly an insurance policy behind aging Jason Peters.

53. Buccaneers (from Bills) — Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest: At some point, the Bucs have to address the back end of their league-worst pass defense. Bates' range makes him a good candidate to break up a few more passes.

54. Chiefs — Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama: Kansas City is finally on the clock. This defense is woefully thin at safety, especially when Eric Berry is unavailable, which was the case in 2017. Harrison is a solid enforcer and could probably hold his own in coverage in a division where the only powerful arm at quarterback is on his team.

55. Panthers — Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn: Carolina is in desperate need of reinforcements at corner. Davis' size (6-1, 206) makes him better suited to take on super-sized NFC South receivers like Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and Mike Evans.

56. Buccaneers (from Rams via Bills) — Donte Jackson, CB, LSU: Did we mention that atrocious Tampa pass defense? Jackson isn't big (5-11, 178) but has excellent speed. So in some ways, pretty much Brent Grimes, just 12 years younger.

57. Titans — Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State: An exceptional athlete (41½-inch vertical, 4.54-second 40 at the combine), he'd add another dimension to Tennessee's passing attack and could take over the primary role in a year if Delanie Walker, soon to be 34, isn't re-signed beyond 2018.

58. Falcons — Rasheem Green, DL, Southern California: He'll need to partake of some of that southern cooking to add bulk to his 6-4, 275-pound frame, but we think he can play on the line next to Grady Jarrett and possibly add more consistent pressure than departed Adrian Clayborn did.

59. 49ers (from Saints) — Braden Smith, G, Auburn: San Francisco took Mike McGlinchey in Round 1 but would be wise to get one more starting-caliber blocker in front of $137.5 million man Jimmy Garoppolo.

60. Steelers — Ronald Jones, RB, Southern California: He's got speed to burn and would allow Pittsburgh to manage Le'Veon Bell's mileage, given that the all-pro is prone to late-season breakdowns. And, in the not-so-unlikely scenario that Bell walks next year, Jones and James Conner could form a nice thunder and lightning platoon.

61. Jaguars — D.J. Chark, WR, LSU: If he catches 50 balls, great. His real value is 4.34 speed that can further open up Jacksonville's top-ranked run game while also creating room for a pedestrian group of receivers.

62. Vikings — Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh: At 6-7, 297 pounds and with a hoops background, he's got many of the attributes NFL teams want in a tackle. If O'Neill proves he's got the strength to play immediately, he could push Mike Remmers to guard.

63. Patriots — Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State: He's big (6-5, 235), smart, was highly productive and efficient in the Cowboys' spread offense and does a nice job attacking deep. Also seems highly coachable and willing to take the back seat that he'd surely find himself occupying for another year or two behind Tom Brady.

64. Browns (from Eagles) — Dante Pettis, WR, Washington: He established a NCAA record with nine career punt returns for TDs, and his real value as a rookie would be his ability to amp a special teams unit that used to feed off Josh Cribbs. But the 6-1, 186-pound Pettis is also a very capable and polished receiver and would offer valuable depth given Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman have proven unreliable for different reasons.

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