2018 Early NFL Mock Draft 2.0
Published at 6/11/2017 2:33:41 PM
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The Browns just selected Deshone Kizer, so I don't think they'll being going back to the drawing board this early. You could argue Saquon Barkley here, but the Browns seamed committed to Crowell. I think it will just come down to giving this offense time to develop by building a good O-line. McGlinchey goes into a situation where he doesn't have to worry about being the anchor of the line. He can just go out and be the big, lengthy brute he was at Notre Dame.
I believe that Todd Gurley does well enough running the ball to lift this team to the #2 pick. If Jared Goff can't show any improvement and win some games, you better believe that they will go back and get a new QB with a new coaching staff. Plus you can grab a very talented prospect in Darnold who is a winner and also keep him close to home.
The 49ers also just selected CJ Beathard, so I think they will be reluctant to pick a QB here. Barkley could also go here, but I think they will stick with Carlos Hyde. Ridley is a tall, fast receiver that runs great routes, gets YAC, and stretches the field vertically, all recipes to being a #1 receiver.
This is an obvious pick. It's just a matter of do you like Allen or Rosen. I, personally, like Allen. Allen is a big QB, with a big arm, that played in a pro-style system. I think it is just a matter of getting his feet wet and not throwing him into the fire too early. If they do that, I think they have their franchise QB.
The Bears shocked the nation by going Trubisky over Solomon Thomas. I don't think they'll do that again. Key is a tenacious, powerful, and athletic pass rusher. If developed right, he will be the anchor of their defense for years to come.
With Stewart and McCaffery on the roster, Barkley probably won't come off here. I think the Panthers will take a good, hard look at Kirk after losing Ted Ginn as their explosive play-maker.
The Chargers opted to go with Joey Bosa at #3 over a lineman in the 2016 draft, and at #7 there were no lineman worth taking at that point. At #7 again, I think they are in a good situation to pick Williams, a big body people mover with good foot-work and toughness. He will need time to get his feet wet, but when he does, he will anchor their O-line for years to come.
As much as I like Tyrod Taylor, and think he can be a franchise QB, I think the Bills will let him go after another failed playoff quest. Rosen is the last remaining top 10 QB on the board. He has tremendous talent and arm-strength, my concern with him is can he be a game-changer? I would also like for him to add some wins to his record, but otherwise I like the kid.
With Frank Gore's window closing, this is an easy pick. Barkley is a top 3 talent that falls here because of the (surprising) amount of teams in the top 10 that already have a RB.
The Ravens continue to add to their secondary with Derwin James, an extremely athletic ball-hawk, and the best defensive back in college football. James can go in and be the All-Pro of that secondary after they just drafted Marlon Humphrey and have an aging Eric Weddle. Look out for that Ravens secondary in 2018!
Jefferson is an extremely talented and athletic linebacker that I expect to have a huge impact on that Texas defense. His limited production render him a bit of a project, but on a veteran defense like this one, a project with the potential to be their anchor/mike linebacker is affordable.
The Skins struck gold in signing Josh Norman, but everything else about that secondary was atrousious. Fitzpatrick is a guy who will fit in well as a corner in there Tampa 2 system, and if he doesn't, he will be a very solid safety.
Pending on a bounce back year from Nick Chubb, the Eagles will go with a running back for the future. If Chubb bounces back to his 2015 self, you could make an argument for him here, but until then, Guice is the pick.
While Rankin probably isn't a future All-Pro, the Vikings just need depth at the O-line spot. Rankin can go in and play guard at first and gradually move outside to tackle. Whether it will be LT or RT is yet to be determined (having just signed Riley Reiff), but either way, this is the best thing for the Vikings to do, to get a solid tackle that they can rely on.
McFadden is a young, tall, athletic corner with incredible upside. His length and speed make him a ball of clay waiting to be turned into a beautiful vase. He was up and down last year, which makes him a bit of a project right now, but if he becomes more consistent, the Lions found themselves a future All-Pro.
With no real good defensive players to pick here (besides Wilkins, but I think the Saints are good at that position anyway) I am giving Drew Brees another big target to help continue to put up big passing numbers. Brees could probably put up 4,500 yards with C- receivers, but the addition of Sutton to Mike Thomas gives Brees two big receivers to rely upon.