Chad Reuter 2019 seven-round NFL mock draft: Round 3

Seven-round mock drafts are similar to a pitch of a TV series to a network executive. We see the characters and the general plot, but the details will be worked out when the final scripts are written.

Trades and surprising selections are the plot twists that make the NFL draft -- the final script, in this case -- the marquee event of the offseason.

In my final mock of 2019, I've projected some selections that may be off the beaten path, as well as five first-round trades. The order of the other six rounds are kept as scheduled, except for the selections exchanged in the projected Round 1 trades.

As always this time of year, keep in mind that there might be developments over the next several days leading up to the draft -- be it a trade or some other information about a prospect -- that changes the outlook for how things could play out.

I root for surprises during the draft to make things interesting, but here's one 254-pick road map of how the 2019 NFL Draft (April 25-27) may play out.

To see every pick each team holds in the 2019 NFL Draft, click here.

Round 3

Pick
65
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
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Dawson Knox
Dawson Knox
Buffalo Bills · Junior (RS)

Knox brings athleticism to the Cardinals' tight end group, which Kliff Kingsbury will quickly utilize.

Pick
66
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
·
Miles Boykin
Miles Boykin
Baltimore Ravens · Senior

Boykin won't be an Antonio Brown-type playmaker but he should help take pressure off JuJu Smith-Schuster on the outside.

Pick
67
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
·
Justin Layne
Justin Layne
Pittsburgh Steelers · Junior

Layne has 33-inch arms and good quickness for the position. The Niners need him to create turnovers, as they only managed two interceptions last season.

Pick
68
New York Jets
New York Jets
·
Connor McGovern
Connor McGovern
New York Jets · Junior

McGovern can start at center for the Jets in 2019, where he started all season as a sophomore (and once as a junior) for Penn State.

Pick
69
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
·
Deionte Thompson
Deionte Thompson
Arizona Cardinals · Junior (RS)

Thompson could go late in the second round if there is a big run at the position early Friday evening. The Jags would love to see one of those talented defenders fall to them, though, as they try to replace Tashaun Gipson.

Pick
70
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
·
Dre'Mont Jones
Dre'Mont Jones
Denver Broncos · Junior (RS)

Jones fits well in the Bucs' new 3-4 scheme as a five-technique.

Pick
71
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
·
Khalen Saunders
Khalen Saunders
Kansas City Chiefs · Senior (RS)

Saunders will be a fine nose tackle for the Broncos, backing up Shelby Harris in 2019 and possibly replacing him if he leaves as a free agent in 2020.

Pick
72
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
·
Greg Little
Greg Little
Carolina Panthers · Junior

The Bengals re-signed Bobby Hart, but they still could use an upgrade at right tackle. Little could start at that spot after starring on the left side for Ole Miss.

Pick
73
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
·
Will Grier
Will Grier
Carolina Panthers · Senior (RS)

I expect the Patriots to find a quarterback in this draft, and Grier is worthy of a shot in the third round.

Pick
74
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
·
Kelvin Harmon
Kelvin Harmon
Washington Redskins · Junior

Harmon is a big-bodied receiver who can complement free-agent signees Cole Beasley and John Brown.

Pick
75
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
·
Trysten Hill
Trysten Hill
Dallas Cowboys · Junior

Hill should be an active five-technique for the Packers, similar to Mike Daniels (who's due to become a free agent after the season).

Pick
76
Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
·
Tyler Roemer
Tyler Roemer
Oakland Raiders · Sophomore (RS)

Roemer is a great value at this point in the draft. He can back up at either tackle spot and will eventually become a starter.

Pick
77
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
·
Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson
Dallas Cowboys · Junior

Carolina finds an underrated pass rusher in Jackson, who does not rank as an elite prospect in any one category but brings consistent pressure off the edge.

Pick
78
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
·
Elgton Jenkins
Elgton Jenkins
Green Bay Packers · Senior (RS)

PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS. The Bills could use the powerful Jenkins at guard now that they brought in Mitch Morse to play center.

Pick
79
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
·
Nate Davis
Nate Davis
Tennessee Titans · Senior

Davis has experience at guard and tackle, offering a backup plan if Ty Sambrailo is unable to secure the right tackle spot.

Pick
80
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
·
Chuma Edoga
Chuma Edoga
New York Jets · Senior

Edoga measures under 6-4, but simply does not get beat off the edge due to his length and footwork.

Pick
81
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
·
Charles Omenihu
Charles Omenihu
Houston Texans · Senior

Omenihu will control the edge for Minnesota, which could use more youth on the outside with Everson Griffen in his 30s.

Pick
82
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
·
Trayvon Mullen
Trayvon Mullen
Las Vegas Raiders · Junior

Mullen's been a productive starter for Clemson, and could rise up the depth chart before long with Logan Ryan ticketed for free agency after the 2019 season.

Pick
83
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
·
Ben Banogu
Ben Banogu
Indianapolis Colts · Senior (RS)

While Pittsburgh picked up Bud Dupree's option for 2019, his inconsistent play might lead the Steelers to take an edge rush prospect like Banogu on Day 2.

Pick
84
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
·
Oshane Ximines
Oshane Ximines
New York Giants · Senior (RS)

Ximines is not the largest edge defender, but he hones in on quarterbacks like they have beacons.

Pick
85
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
·
Hakeem Butler
Hakeem Butler
Arizona Cardinals · Junior (RS)

Butler is a steal here for the Ravens, who are looking for a legit downfield threat.

Pick
86
Houston Texans
Houston Texans
·
David Edwards
David Edwards
Los Angeles Rams · Junior (RS)

Edwards lands in Houston to compete at the right tackle position.

Pick
87
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
·
Justin Hollins
Justin Hollins
Denver Broncos · Senior (RS)

Hollins might remind some folks of Leonard Floyd and will be used in pass rush sub-packages early in his career.

Pick
88
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
·
David Long
David Long
Los Angeles Rams · Junior

Long's coverage skills stay in Michigan, as the Lions continue to rebuild their secondary.

Pick
89
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
·
Kahale Warring
Kahale Warring
Houston Texans · Junior (RS)

With both Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle scheduled to become free agents in 2020, the Colts need a young player to learn the ropes before taking on a larger role down the line.

Pick
90
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
·
Riley Ridley
Riley Ridley
Chicago Bears · Junior

Jerry Jones finds a very good route runner in Ridley.

Pick
91
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
·
Will Harris
Will Harris
Detroit Lions · Senior

Harris takes the spot next to Derwin James to replace the released Jahleel Addae.

Pick
92
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
·
John Cominsky
John Cominsky
Atlanta Falcons · Senior (RS)

Cominsky's size/athleticism combination and small-school background reminds me of former Chiefs draft pick Jared Allen.

Pick
93
New York Jets
New York Jets
·
Terry McLaurin
Terry McLaurin
Washington Redskins · Senior (RS)

Sam Darnold is going to love chucking the ball downfield to McLaurin.

Pick
94
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
·
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Seattle Seahawks · Senior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH RAMS. Jackson's size and speed on the outside should intrigue the Seahawks.

Pick
95
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
·
Andy Isabella
Andy Isabella
Arizona Cardinals · Senior

PROJECTED TRADE WITH GIANTS. The Buccaneers find a replacement for Adam Humphries in Isabella, who will work the middle of the field and get open deep if teams overplay Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Pick
96
Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
·
Renell Wren
Renell Wren
Cincinnati Bengals · Senior (RS)

Wren has great upside as a disruptive force next to Daron Payne.

Pick
97
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
·
Kingsley Keke
Kingsley Keke
Green Bay Packers · Senior

Keke would be a bargain here for the Patriots, who could line him up inside or outside depending on the front.

Pick
98
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
·
Trayveon Williams
Trayveon Williams
Cincinnati Bengals · Junior

Given Leonard Fournette's injury history and the fact that T.J. Yeldon is still a free agent, Williams will likely have to contribute right away.

Pick
99
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
·
Lamont Gaillard
Lamont Gaillard
Arizona Cardinals · Senior (RS)

Second-year players Brian Allen and Joe Noteboom could win starting jobs in 2019, but Gaillard will provide excellent competition at guard and/or center.

Pick
100
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
·
Bobby Okereke
Bobby Okereke
Indianapolis Colts · Senior (RS)

Okereke's play in 2018 was underappreciated. He'll start for the Panthers in 2019, replacing Thomas Davis.

Pick
101
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
·
Jamal Davis
Jamal Davis
Green Bay Packers · Senior (RS)

Davis will be a surprise pick to many, but I think he's the sort of all-around player the Patriots appreciate on the outside.

Pick
102
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
·
Anthony Nelson
Anthony Nelson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers · Junior (RS)

Nelson fits well in the Ravens' scheme at defensive end, where he will pester tackles all day long.

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