179. Denver Broncos: DT Bilal Nichols, Delaware
The Broncos really need to add some help to their defensive line across from Derek Wolfe. The team thought they had addressed that position when they selected Adam Gotsis in the second round of 2016, but he recently was accused of rape and that case is ongoing. Moving forward, the Broncos should act like Gotsis isn’t going to be with the team. So, they should add a player who could fit in their defense.
Bilal Nichols had a really nice performance in the East-West Shrine Game and that earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Nichols’ 6-foot-4, 290 pound frame will allow him to be a successful five-technique in a 3-4 defense. He had nice pass rushing production at Delaware (10.5 sacks in the past two years) so he could be a role player at the NFL level. The Broncos should pick him here if they get the chance.
180. San Francisco 49ers (via NYJ): OL Scott Quessenberry, UCLA
The 49ers could use some extra help on the interior offensive line. They added Weston Richburg to be their starting center, but they still need some help at the guard position. Scott Quessenberry can play any of the interior line positions, but he needs to bulk up a bit to be a potential starter. Quessenberry should have a shot to develop, so he is a sensible option at this point.
181. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh
I’m a big fan of Justin Evans, who the Bucs selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He should lock down a starting position in the team’s lineup moving forward, but the team needs to add a player next to him. Keith Tandy and Chris Conte are better served as top backups, but the team could get away with starting Tandy for a season.
Still, adding depth is a smart move so they can try to find a better starter. Whitehead is a really good tackler, but he was suspended for three games to start the season. So, there are minor concerns that could make him fall, but he has a lot of upside. For that reason, the Bucs could add him here and at worst, he will be a solid backup and special teams player.
182. Chicago Bears: CB Kevin Toliver, LSU
The Bears are going to be retaining their starting trio of Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, and slot corner Bryce Callahan for 2018. This is huge for them, as their defense played very well at the end of the season. Still, the team needs to add some cornerback depth and there are some solid players on the board here.
LSU’s Kevin Toliver is probably the best corner on the board. He was once considered to be a potential first round pick, but he didn’t live up to that billing over the course of the past couple of seasons. He has a 6-foot-2 frame and logged 10 pass defenses in his final season at LSU. Toliver doesn’t have great instincts, but he could be developed into a good cornerback thanks to his ideal frame. He could be trained as the primary backup in Chicago, and that would be an excellent fit for him.