Reader Mock by Spencer Flohr


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Published at 2/12/2018 3:29:54 PM

Post-Super Bowl, post-Alex Smith trade. Multiple trades. Some would call this mock Ballsy, others would call it stupid, most would call it controversial.

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Round 1

1. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

I generally believe that with the first pick you should take the best player in the draft. That's Saquon Barkley. Plus, Isaiah Crowell has been dissapointing and will likely be gone this offseason, Barkley can come in an be an instant upgrade and immediately jump start the offense.


2. Giants: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

It appears the Giants are all in on giving Eli Manning another season but when you have a pick this high and a QB who's 37 you can't afford to not take your next franchise QB. Rosen will sit and learn behind Eli for a season and then take over in the big apple.


3. Jets: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

(Trade with Colts) Despite Josh McCown having played a solid season, he's injury prone and 38 years old. The Jets trade their first and second round picks this year and well as a first next year to move up and solidify the QB position with Darnold. A QB who can certainly afford to spend a couple of years learning behind a veteran like McCown.


4. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

You may be shocked to see the Browns not select a QB in the first round again, after passing on elite QBs like Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz but they have over 100 million dollars in cap space this year and I expect them to pick up a solid veteran QB from free agency. I say they give it a go with a stable, veteran QB and instead use their picks to fill other holes. With that said, Jabrill Peppers has been a dissapointment at free safety so the versatile Fitzpatrick can slot in there or kick outside at the corner spot as a compliment to Jason McCourty.


5. Broncos: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

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 top tackle in this class and is a good value pick here. He can team up with Garret Bolles to provide two young bookends for the O-line.




6. Colts: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

(Trade with Jets) For the Colts to trade down to 6 and still get Bradley Chubb is a godsend. The Colts defense is starved for talent and Chubb is an elite pass rusher who can immensely improve the defense down in Indy.


7. Buccaneers: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

This may seem like a massive reach but the fact of the matter is the Bucs NEED pass rushers. Davenport should have a monster combine and has all the tools to be a force on the edge with some fine-tuning of his game. The Bucs are dissapointed to miss out on Chubb but take a chance on a boom or bust prospect.


8. Bears: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Wide Receiver may be the Bears biggest need but with money to spend, I see them solving that problem in free agency. Instead, they take Nelson, the best O-lineman in this draft, to protect Mitch Trubisky.


9. Bills: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

(Trade with 49ers) With Nelson off the board, the Niners have no clear prospect to pick at #9. With that said, 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. They decide to take the opportunity to move up using their 2 first rounders and take Mayfield, who may have the most potential of any QB in this class.


10. Raiders: Roquan Smith, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

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.


11. Cardinals: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

(Trade with Dolphins) The Dolphins don't have a clear choice at 11 so they trade down with the Cardinals to add some assets. I see the Cards picking up a veteran QB this offseason but they'll still want to add their QB of the future and Allen would be well served to sit and learn behind a vet for a couple of seasons.


12. Bengals: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

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 bust. Williams is a great athlete and could be that answer.


13. Redskins: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Redskins made a good move by aquiring Alex Smith from the Chiefs but unfortunately had to trade a great young corner in Kendall Fuller to make it happen. Here they take the number one corner on the board to help fill that hole, anticipating they can add a nose tackle and guard in the later rounds.


14. Packers: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

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 by grabbing one of the best corners in the draft.


15. Dolphins: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

The Dolphins like to have streaky, athletic linebackers and that's just what Tremaine Edmunds is. I anticipate that he'll have a crazy combine and help out a linebacker group that was frankly terrible last year for Miami.


16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Ravens have the worst receiving core in the NFL in my opinion and need to find an upgrade. Ridley is a top 10 talent and a massive steal for Baltimore at #16.


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