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Post Regular Season Mock by Spencer Flohr
Published at 1/9/2018 3:06:58 PM
The draft order past the first 20 picks is based on how I think the playoffs are going to play out.
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(Trade with Browns) I believe the Browns are more interested in Josh Allen then they are in Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen already said he doesn't want to play for the browns, thus they trade down expecting to still be able to draft Allen. With that said, the Jets are in desperate need of a franchise QB and trade their first rounder this year and next year to move up and get one in Josh Rosen.
(Trade with Giants) Due to the retirement of both Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians, the Cardinals are likely to hit the reset button. They have no real options at QB so they trade their first rounders this year and next along with a second and a third to move up and pick Darnold. I believe the Giants are going to give either Eli or Davis Webb the chance to start next season.
The offensive line is probably a bigger priority right now, and the Colts can address that in free agency. With Barkley, they get a fun, elite-level skill-position player to take pressure off Andrew Luck in his return from the sidelines.
The Browns defense is only a couple of pieces away from being a very strong unit. Jabrill Peppers hasn't been good at free safety and would be much better suited as a linebacker, Deone Buchanon-type of player. Thus, the Browns get themselves a real free safety and the best defensive back in this draft.
I believe the Broncos are going to either sign or trade for a veteran QB this offseason as they've proven time and time again to be unable to develop young quarterbacks. Thus, they need to shore up a downright poor offensive line to protect whoever is the new signal caller. Orlando Brown is my favorite tackle in this class and is a good value pick here.
(Trade with Jets) New Browns GM John Dorsey has been rumored to extremely like Josh Allen. I don't believe Allen will pan out in the NFL but if Dorsey likes him that much this pick makes sense. It would be even better if they end up aquiring a veteran QB like Alex Smith so that Allen has sometime to master his game and learn the system.
The Bucs were a massive dissapointment this season and although some of the blame can be placed on the oft-injured and inconsistent Jameis Winston, most should be placed on the defense and their inability to generate any pass rush. Bradley Chubb would be the perfect cure for this problem and is quite honestly a steal at pick 7.
Mitch Trubisky showed signs of being a franchise QB during his rookie campaign. If the Bears want him to continue to develop and improve they'll need to give him some better weapons. Ridley is the most explosive receiver in the draft and a good pick here.
Quenton Nelson is the best offensive line prospect in this year's draft and with Jimmy G firmly entrenched as the Niners' franchise QB, they'll need to spend a good amount of picks on shoring up their shaky O-Line.
The Raiders arguably have the worst linebacker group in the league which will be a major issue for new coach Jon Gruden. NaVorro Bowman was only a temporary cog at inside linebacker whereas Smith could provide years of great play as the leader of their defense.
The Dolphins may be tempted to move on from Ndamokong Suh this offseason but even if they retain him, Payne is a great player and could immediately boost the pass rush.
The Bengals lost a ton of offensive line talent last offseason and their offensive productivity payed the price. They need to find an answer at both tackle spots after Cedric Ogbuehi was a terrible bust. Williams could be that answer.
(Trade with Redskins) I expect that the Bills will move on from Tyrod Taylor this offseason and with Nate Peterman having been as bad as he was, they will likely want to jump up and grab their QB of the future. Baker has superstar potential and if anyone can get his attitude concerns under control, it's Sean McDermott.
The Packers' corner group is pretty mediocre and Jackson is a great value pick at 14. Green Bay shores up their secondary with this pick.
(Trade with Cardinals) The Giants trade down to 15 and still address their biggest need. McGlinchey is a behemoth of a man and can immediately be an upgrade over the putrid Ereck Flowers.
The Ravens offense was extremely hard to watch this season and a lot of that is due to their lack of talent in the receiving core. Breshad Perriman is a bust, plus Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace are washed up. A new, young target could get Joe Flacco back on track.