Final Draft Observations & Mock Draft

  • There has been plenty of buzz surrounding this first overall selection. Nobody seems to have any idea as to who its going to be. Darnold? Allen? Baker? Or are they going to throw everyone off and draft Saquon. The growing belief per Adam Schefter is Baker Mayfield is gaining traction to be the first pick.
  • There is going to be plenty of movement, from a solid combination of teams that want to move up or down the draft board. The way these quarterbacks fall will determine the outcome of who goes where. *Not shown in my mock*
  • The Jets are no doubt about it taking a quarterback, the question is, which one?

2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold – QB, USC
  • Im not buying the Allen and Mayfield talk. After passing on Wentz and Watson Cleveland needs the next top QB prospect. They pick Darnold here with him taking over this offense by the end of this year or 2019.

2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley – RB, Penn State

  • The Giants want a Hall of Famer and they will select a running back who has all the potential to be one. He adds a dimension this offense has been lacking for quite some time now.

3. New York Jets: Josh Rosen – QB, UCLA

  • Interesting how all the Baker to Jets buzz came after Rosen’s pro day and team visit. The Jets take the best passer in this draft and team him with offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates and his West Coast offense – who he apparently “hit it off” with during his visit to the Jets facilities.

4. Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb – DE, NC State

  • Cleveland can very easily turn this pick into more by moving down the board with a QB needy team. But here they nab this drafts top pass rusher to pair with last years first overall pick Myles Garret. Watch out quarterbacks in the AFC North.

5. Denver Broncos: Derwin James – DB, Florida State

  • Like Cleveland don’t be surprised if Denver moves down from this pick. If not, Derwin James has been climbing up boards and can bring a dynamic dimension to this already stout defense. He is one of my favorite prospects in this draft.

6. Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson – G, Notre Dame

  • Its as simple as this – protect Andrew Luck. A potential all pro guard can do just that.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Denzel Ward – CB, Ohio State

  • Teaming Ward with cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III will give Tampa a secondary that they’ll need to keep up with teams like New Orleans and Atlanta who they play twice a year.

8. Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith – LB, Georgia

  • A plug and play stud linebacker who can go sideline to sideline will bring back memories of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs for all Bears fans.

9. San Francisco 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds – LB, Virginia Tech 

  • With Ruben Foster facing some serious legal issues the Niners and John Lynch fill his spot with a better a more athletic linebacker. He will only be 19 years old the day he is drafted, pretty amazing.

10. Oakland Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick – DB, Alabama

  • Versatility is exactly what the Raiders need in their secondary. Fitzpatrick can play inside and outside from both corner and safety positions.

11. Miami Dolphins: Baker Mayfield – QB, Oklahoma 

  • Baker gets his wish and becomes the next young quarterback to try and fill Marinos shoes down in Miami. His attitude and leadership is something this Miami team has been lacking, some much needed energy this locker room should embrace.

12. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen – QB, Wyoming

  • The Bills can and probably will try and move up aggressively to nab their big QB. Allen takes his Wyoming experience to another weather friendly location in upstate New York. The intangibles he brings (size and strong arm) will work to his advantage in the conditions he will have to play in.

13. Washington Redskins: Marcus Davenport – OLB, USTA

  • Trent Murphy took his talents elsewhere during Free Agency this offseason. Davenport comes in as an upgrade with tremendous potential here for the Redskins defense.

14. Green Bay Packers: Harold Landry – OLB, Boston College

  • The Packers have to get after the quarterback now, especially with the likes of Stafford, Trubisky and now Cousins in their division. Harold Landry will help bolster their pass rush with his game changing speed off the edge.

15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson – QB, Louisville 

  • Bruce Arians made his pitch for Jackson to his old team. The Cardinals can’t be overly confident with what they have in Glennon and Bradford. Jackson will be QB1 in the desert by Opening Day.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley – WR, Alabama

  • Please can the Ravens finally address their wide receiver room with some legitimate talent. Ridley’s route running ability is what the Ravens have been lacking since Steve Smith left.

17. San Diego Chargers: Will Hernandez – G, UTEP

  • The Chargers are not far off and have only a handful of seasons left with Phillip Rivers as their quarterback. They continue to bolster their offensive line by adding the nasty guard here in Hernandez.

18. Seattle Seahawks: Mike Hughes – CB, UCF

  • Hughes is my favorite corner in this draft. He is long and rangy just how Seattle likes their corners. He will be an important piece in trying to “re-tool” the Legion of Boom.

19. Dallas Cowboys – Courtland Sutton – WR, SMU

  • A more athletic, big bodied receiver here is a legitimate upgrade over what they let go in Dez Bryant a few weeks ago. Sutton has the chance to emulate his game after a player Dallas is very familiar with – Terrell Owens.

20. Detroit Lions – Vita Vea – DT, University of Washington 

  • Matt Patricia wants nothing more than to build up his defense. With Vita Vea still on the board, Patricia gets a plug and play guy to put right in the middle of his defensive line.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael McGlinchey – OT, Notre Dame

  • The Bengals swung a deal for Cordy Glenn to sure up their left side of the line. Bringing in McGlinchey to play right tackle will give Cincinnati a promising young offensive line for the foreseeable future.

22. Buffalo Bills: Rashaan Evans – LB, Alabama

  • Evans had a Top 30 visit with the Bills last week and apparently left the Bills impressed. He is the third ranked LB on my board but has the chance to be better then the first two taken earlier.

23. New England Patriots: Jaire Alexander – CB, Louisville 

  • Bill Belichick loves athletic corners and will add one here with Alexander. The toughness and ball skills are traits Belichick values very highly when it comes to his secondary. Out goes Butler in comes Alexander.

24. Carolina Panthers: Leighton Vander Esch – LB, Boise State

  • This will be Thomas Davis’s last season before he retires. Bringing in Vander Esch will give him a year behind Davis thus replacing him in 2019 alongside Luke Kuechly.

25. Tennesse Titans: Frank Ragnow – C, Arkansas

  • The Titans have an ascending franchise quarterback. Ragnow has been turning heads the past few weeks and has supplanted Billy Price as the drafts top center prospect. Ragnow will help bolster this offensive line and keep Marcus Mariota upright.

26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan – DT, University of Florida

  • Atlanta has been all over this guy from the start. They are doing backflips when they see he is still on the board. Bryan still is raw and has room to grow as a football player. With his high motor and skill set he already posses, Bryan will develop into a Pro Bowl defensive lineman.

27. New Orleans Saints: Hayden Smith – TE, University of South Carolina

  • Smith is an instant starter who will contribute from day one. He will help the Saints with their run game while becoming a reliable red zone target for Drew Brees.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Josh Jackson – CB, Iowa

  • The Steelers secondary struggled last year, selecting Josh Jackson who had 8 interceptions last year is half of what the Steelers produced as a team last year. His quite toughness screams the Steelers.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: DJ Moore – WR, University of Maryland

  • Wait I didn’t mock the Jaguars in the top 5? Wow have times changed. Allen Hurns left the Jaguars for Dallas in free agency leaving a void in the receiver room. Moore can come in and give Blake Bortles another weapon to work with.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Da’Ron Payne – DT, Alabama

  • I mean why not take the freakishly athletic defensive lineman who moves like a running back and add him to an already stacked defense that finished first in the league last year.

31. New England Patriots: Kolton Miller – OT, UCLA

  • Nate Solder left and got absolutely paid by the Giants. In comes Kolton Miller who with his long frame and quick feet for his size reminds me a lot of what Nate Solder was when he came out in the 2011 draft.

32. Philadelphia Eagles: Derrius Guice – RB, LSU

  • I’ll be surprised if the Eagles don’t trade back here with a team from the top of the second round who is eying another player at this spot. In this case the Eagles take the second ranked running back off the board. Guice will fit in perfectly with Corey Clement and Jay Ajayi, eventually becoming the bell cow at some point this year or next.

I only do one more and its always the night before the draft, when I finally finish with my rankings and determining where I can see certain players. Obviously this wont be anywhere near what happens as I do expect plenty of movement this throughout the first round.

  • Michael Barry; creator of The Home of the Jets & “Into the Draft” 

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