Mock Draft 2.0

by:
Mike Sullivan
Trades are updated as of 04/21/2018

# Trades Team Player Pos
1 Sam Darnold – Jr. (USC)

Height          Weight
6′ 3″             221 lbs

Sam Darnold will be the next QB taken by the Cleveland Browns in an attempt to overhaul the losing mentality in Cleveland.  He’s got a great arm, can read defenses, can move outside the pocket,but has some issues with foot placement affecting is throws. He appears to be NFL ready at this time, but luckily, Cleveland made the trade for Tyrod Taylor in order to give Mr. Darnold sometime to develop. I don’t see the Browns taking anyone else, unless they have just been faking everyone out by zoning so much of their time in evaluating Darnold.

QB
2 Saquon Barkley – Jr. (Penn St.)

Height               Weight
6′ 0″                   233 lbs

 

With the Giants in total rebuild mode, it still seems possible they may redirect their needs from an heir apparent to Eli to finally getting their much needed franchise RB they have never had. The departure from inconsistent RB Rashad Jennings, and questionable play calling from now fired head coach Ben McAdoo, it seems the Giants might select actually select a RB. Barkley is just too good to pass up right now having seen Elliott and Fournette change their teams dynamics. He will have an instant impact for the Giants, and upgrade the terrible run game they have had for the last decade.  I would have placed him higher, but needs in the top six picks outweighed the drafting of a RB.

*Previous Pick – Josh Rosen

RB
3  Josh Allen – Jr. (Wyoming)

Height            Weight
6′ 5″                237 lbs

Josh Allen had the most impressive combine amongst all of the QB who attempted a throw in Indianapolis.  He has the size, the strength, and all the intangibles every team is looking for in a QB. Rosen, Mayfield, and Jackson all have question marks going into the draft; character issues, throwing ability, and maybe not even a QB. Josh seems to fit into what an NFL QB could be, but will he be a huge bust with Bowles still head coach in NY.

QB
4  Bradley Chubb – Sr. (NC State)

Height           Weight
6′ 4″               269 lbs

This is the easiest pick in the draft if Bradley Chubb should fall to the fourth pick.  He’s arguably the best player in the draft class, and will make an immediate impact opposite to last years number one pick Myles Garrett. He’s explosive, smart, and strong.  The Browns may actually have a team next year.

DE
5 * *Traded to Denver*

Denver receives 12 and 22 pick

Josh Rosen- Jr. (UCLA)

Height            Weight
6′ 4″               226 lbs

Since the NY GIants will pass on getting Eli’s successor for at least another year, the Buffalo Bills can breathe a sigh of relief when Rosen falls to number 5.  I still believe they will trade up for their next QB as they don’t have one right now. Ultimately, the trade between the Bills and the Broncos hinges on what the NY Giants will do, but they have little choice at the moment.

*Previous Pick – Baker Mayfield

*QB
6
 
Quenton Nelson – Sr. (Notre Dame)

Height               Weight
6′ 5″                   325 lbs
 OL
7   Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama) Jr

Height               Weight
6′ 0″                  204 lbs

Since the one player the Bucs would have loved to have had is now gone, Minkah Fiztpatrick is the most logical choice for them. He has all the intangibles every scout in the country wants, and needs to create a great short or long field distance defense.  Fitzpatrick is a great pick for the Bucs in order to sure up their defense.  They need a RB, but there is not another one on the board worth taking at the 7 spot.  Guice could be a great pick here, but it’s a little to high right now.

SS
8 Calvin Ridley – Jr.  (Alabama)

Height               Weight
6′ 0″                   189 lbs

Calvin Ridley has all the intangibles every scout in the country wants, and needs to create a mismatch on the outside coupled with any other receiver on the field.  Since the Bears signed Allen Robinson in the off season.  Unfortunately, the Bears still do not know what Robinson can do coming off an injury, and they cannot continue with the ragtag bunch Rookie Mitchell Trubinsky was forced to throw to. Ridley will be a must pick for the Bears in order to sure up their absolutely abysmal offense last year, and pt them in better stabding with Trubinsky under center, Howard at RB, and a Ridley/Robinson duo WO.

WR
9   Tremaine Edmunds (Va. Tech) Jr

Height               Weight
6′ 5″                   253 lbs
Having missed out on getting Fitzpatrick, Edmunds will be an easy pick for the defensive mess the 49s are currently in due to a fe offseason issues with Smith.  They need a new ILB who can lay the defensive QB position, and Edmunds fits the position for the Niners.  He’s smart, agile, and strong to the tackle.  He can take down a runner or defend the pass.  This is a must need for the Raiders who parted ways with troubled player Aldon Smith.
ILB
10

 

Roquan Smith – Jr. (Georgia)

Height               Weight
6′ 1″                   236 lbs

The Raiders were a complete mess last year having lost their QB Carr to an injury, but now with the addition of $100 million dollar man back from the hosting gig at ESPN, Jon Gruden, it’s safe to say he will want to bolster up that defense.  Smith is possibly the best pic for the Raiders right now having been selected by other ILB star Tremaine Edwards.

 ILB
11 Baker Mayfield – Sr. (Oklahoma)

Height              Weight
6′ 1″                  215 lbs

I think it’s safe to say that the Dolphins are in quite te quandry at the moment.  Having gone through the year with their starting QB on the injured reserve list, and watching an aging QB with no fight in him lose consistantly, the Mimia Dolphins will look to replace their starting QB qith some fresh legs. Three QB are already off the board by the time the  Bills who have traded up to make it’s selection.  Unfortunately, Allen is off the board taken by the Jets so now, GM Doug Whaley must dig into his bag of tricks and decide if he needs to draft the QB of the teams future or to stick with off season addition National Championship winning QB AJ McCarron.  McCarron stays as starting QB until he is no longer effective, and Mayfield takes the field.

QB
12  *  
Height               Weight
5′ 10″                   191 lbs

 

Denzel Ward – Jr. (Ohio St.)

Having sent Aqib Talib to the Rams has left a wide open spot now on the Denver defense, which appears to be a shell of itself since winning the 2015 SB. Denzel Ward fits into any defensive scheme right off the bat helping to alleviate any loss felt by Talib.  He will be able to plug right in having played in the top defensive schemes at Ohio St.  Having signed Case Kennum in the off season, te Broncos no longer have to seek out a QB, especially when the hold the 5th pick in the draft.

*Received from the Bills giving up the number 5 pick
CB
13
Height               Weight
6′ 8″                   312 lbs

 

Mike McGlinchey – (Notre Dame)

No team is impenetrable to the dangers of having a terrible OL in the NFL, building a safe and secure line to protect your QB is a must.  Mike McGlinchy is a big, strong, agile, and an inside man who can help block for recent addition Alex Smith, who is not getting any younger.

 

OG
14  

 

Will Hernandez – Sr  (UTEP)

 

 

OG
15 Jaire Alexander – Louisville

 

CB
16 Courtland Sutton –  Jr. (SMU) WR
17 Orlando Brown – Sr. (Oklahoma) OT
18 Vita Vea – Jr. (Washington) DT
19 Marcus Davenport – Sr. (Texas – San Antonio) DE
20 Da’Ron Payne – Jr (Alabama) DT
21 Arden Key – Jr (LSU)
DE
22  * Derrius Guice – Jr (LSU)

Guice has had a lot of bad publicity as of late due to problems with the way he interviewed at the combine, but make no mistake, he is talented, smart and a great draft prospect.  There are few choices in the first round for the Broncos to choose from, but there is no way they can walk away from Derrius Guice.  He has never been in the trouble like some past stars; Aldon Smith, Reuben Foster, Zay Jones, or Robby Anderson.  Guice will be a steal at 22, and the broncos are in need of a RB.

*Received in trade from the Bills

RB
23 Hayden Hurst – Sr (South Carolina) TE
24 Isiah Wynn –  Sr (Georgia) OL
25 Rashaan Evans – Sr (Alabama) ILB
26 Mike Hughes – (UCF) CB
27 Christian Kirk – Jr (Texas A&M) WR
28 Derwin James – Sr (Florida State) S
29 Mike Gesicki – Sr (Penn St.) TE
30 Connor Williams – Jr (Texas) OT
31 D.J. Moore – Jr (Maryland) WR
32 Maurice Hurst – Sr (Michigan) DL

 

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