Despite some experts saying the he would be a late first round pick, Texas A&M Aggies defensive tackle Justin Madubuike is still available heading into Round 2 of the NFL Draft on Monday night. Many sites have him among the best players still available, but which teams are most likely to give him a look? Let’s make some wild guesses.
Houston Texans (#40)
The Texans have met with Madubuike multiple times, and with the departure of D.J. Reader, they have a hole to fill on the interior of their defensive line. They pick in the first third of the round, so it’s possible that the will be someone they like better still available, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was the pick, and it’s one most Aggies would be highly in favor of.
Miami Dolphins (#39, #56)
The Dolphins have a bevy of picks throughout the draft, and after getting their QB (Tua), an offensive lineman and a cornerback in round one, it would make a lot of sense for the Fins to bolster their defensive line in round two. Their first pick is about the highest I could see Madubuike going, but if he ‘s still there when they pick again at the end of the round, he could be a great value.
Minnesota Vikings (#58)
The Vikings drafted two skill position players in the first round in WR Justin Jefferson and CB Jeff Gladney, so they may be looking to add some depth up front. They were also one of several teams who had a pre-draft with Madubuike. Head Coach Mike Zimmer was quoted last month saying, “We are always looking for a 3-technique pass rusher,” and Madubuike seems to fit that mold perfectly.
Philadelphia Eagles (#53)
Another team who met with Madubuike before the draft, and another team that went offense in the first round (drafting TCU WR Jalen Reagor). As much as this would pain many Aggie/Cowboy fans, Philly could be a good landing spot for Madubuike to make an impact.
Seattle Seahawks (#59, #64)
The Seahawks have two picks on the back end of the second round. And even though they drafted a linebacker in the first round and still have a bigger need at defensive end, Pete Carroll seems to always be in favor of bolstering his defensive front seven. ESPN’s Mel Kiper actually had Seattle picking Madubuike at the end of the first round, so if he is still available to them at the end of the second, it seems like they would jump at the chance for him to succeed Michael Bennett as the next Aggie playing in front of the other* 12th Man.