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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Cole Tate - 1.9
Published at 1/9/2018 9:34:16 PM
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What's the deal with Sam Darnold? Is he a once-in-a-lifetime quarterback everybody was drooling over last year after he lead Southern Cal to a thrilling victory over Penn State. Or his he the turnover-prone signal-caller that has more Matt Barkley than Carson Palmer in his body. The Cleveland Browns need a new face of the franchise, so this is an important moment for them. If Darnold is the player some believe him to be he's the right pick at the No.1 spot.
The Giants said that they wanted Eli Manning back next year. So if they do sign him they will want someone to protect him. They don't go Barkley here because I think Darkwa has a bright future.
Frank Gore is still a solid back in the NFL. But father time is undefeated. Gore is getting old and Barkley is a 3 down back with a bright future.
A new QB on offense with the No.1 pick and a new CB on defense with this one for the Browns,as they grab an All-American in Minkah Fitzpatrick. At 6-1 and over 200 pounds, Fitzpatrick looks the part of an NFL saftey. However over the past 3 years he has shown he can man at corner, this gives Cleveland flexibility.
Right now, it would be hard to make a case for Sam Darnold over Josh Rosen, and that is something that NFL teams will have to figure out before Draft Night. For now, Darnold's big play potential appears to give him an edge. Rosen, though, could be the more polished of the two-and the most polished college QB in the entire draft. The Broncos would be owning up to Paxton Lynch being a mistake by taking Rosen at the No.5 spot.
While the draft isn't in New York anymore this would be a great time for it to return there,with the Jets having a high pick. Mayfield would definitley provide an interesting reaction. On one hand taking him a No.6 would make it seem like the Jets are reaching. Many view Mayfield as a late first rounder or an early second. But seeing Darnold and Rosen off the board,New York might freak. Mayfield is a risky pick being a go big or go home guy.
Tampa Bay's struggles this past season surprised many, but it was quite evident where the books needed to improve. Defense. Providing Tampa Bay with a rush-end that was the 2017 ACC Defensive Player Of The Year would definintley give them a piece to work around.
Remember when the Bears decided Mitch Tribusky was the right choice over Deshaun Watson. Maybe Chicago does the same this year with another skill position. Most view Calvin Ridley as the top WR in the class. But SMU's Courtland Sutton has big play potential, too. The addition of Sutton would give Tribusky a No.1 option week in and week out.
Ridley is another option here but they want to protect Jimmy G.
When Gruden was at Tampa Bay he had dynamic and fast MLB in Derrick Brooks. Roquan Smith reminds me a lot of Brooks and fits Grudens style.
In my opinion Derwin James is the best player in the draft. He looks like he could pay coner but willl most likely play Saftey in the NFL. Even though thet have the much underrated Reshad Jones hes is now 31. James would instantly make this defense better.
Call this a big time hunch-pick. Most of the top quaterbacks are off the board. Carson Palmer has retired, Larry Fitzgerald is unsure of his future,and David Johnson will be returning from a season-ending injury. Why not go in the complete opposite direction of Palmer and bring in the former heisman winner in to play quaterback in Lamar Jackson? Jackson and Johnson would be a very interesting situation for opposing defenses, as the two are big-play guys with speed to burn.
Do you know who Bryce Love reminds me of? Former Baltimore standout running back Ray Rice. Love could easily be a key player in the NFL next season with Flacco and the Ravens. In my opinion,Love is the best RB in the class,yes better than Barkley.