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TheVlah's Post Trade Deadline Mock Draft
Published at 11/1/2017 3:02:14 PM

First mock of the year. Draft order is based on current record, any ties have been randomly ordered. Let me know how bad/good it is or what I need to know about your favorite team in the future in the comments!

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

Current Record: 0-8

If history provides any indication, the Browns will likely trade out of this spot. However, the Browns have to take a true QB of the future at some point, and their is no better time than now as Deshone Kizer has thrown 11 interceptions this year compared to just 3 touchdowns and has been benched twice.

I am not convinced that Darnold is going to stay in school after this year. I like Josh Rosen's natural arm talent better but character concerns around Rosen combined with rave reviews about Darnold make him the pick here.


2. 49ers: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

Current Record: 0-8

The 49ers have just traded a second round pick for Jimmy G, and while his contract expires at the end of this year I have a hard time believing he doesn't get an extension.

Barkley is a big play waiting to happen and shows Marshall Faulk-esque traits with his vision, elusiveness, speed, acceleration, and hands out of the backfield. He could do a better job keeping his legs churning through contact, but at this point that's just nitpicking. He will relieve a lot of pressure off of Garroppolo and give the 49ers a truly balanced offense in Kyle Shannahan's second year.


3. Giants: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Current Record: 1-6

Many fans will want to draft Eli Manning's replacement here however, I'm not sure that's the best option yet. Any rookie QB would get killed behind the offensive line the Giants are lining up each Sunday, and you may end up seeing a David Carr part 2. Priority number 1 should be to emulate their rival Cowboys and replace Ereck Flowers and fix the offensive line. Doing so, may even get Eli back to his best for a couple more years.


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

Current Record: 1-6

The Colts sack leader through 7 games is John Simon with 3. Bradley Chubb is a beast off the edge who accumulated 8 tackles and a sack against Notre Dame and the man taken just before him. You can tell watching Chubb play that he loves playing football and he has the type of fire and personality to inspire an entire defense to outplay it's talent level. He will be the stud end the Colts have been looking for since Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis left town.




5. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Current Record: 2-5

Yes, the Bucs as a team only have 7 sacks after 7 games, but this is the same core group that was tied for 9th in the league with 38 sacks in 2016. I think we'll see a return to the mean in 2018. The secondary is a different story. TJ Ward has been a good signing, but Chris Conte is uninspiring, last year's 2nd round pick Justin Evans can't beat out Chris Conte, Brent Grimes will be 35 next year, and Vernon Hargreaves has been average at best. Together, they rank 30th in pass defense.

Minkah Fitzpatrick is one of those Jalen Ramsey types who you can slot in either CB or S and be effective. He is the most NFL ready defensive back I've seen come out of Alabama.


6. Jets: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

Current Record: 3-5

The Jets currently have 3 more wins than they wanted to get this year. Fortunately for them, the 49ers grew traded for Jimmy G, and the Giants start building from the inside-out for a change in this draft scenario allowing Josh Rosen to fall to them at 6.

Josh Rosen has the best overall arm talent in the draft in terms of his combination of strength and touch. Questions over his character and leadership ability ultimately make him the second QB to come off the board.


7. Bears: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

Current Record: 3-5

The Bears need WR help, Bad. However, there isn't a WR in the class worth taking in the top 10 to maybe even 15. Instead the Bears prioritize protecting the investment they made last year.


8. Chargers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Current Record: 3-5

Mike Williams will be a fine player in the NFL but I was of the opinion the Chargers should've drafted Malik Hooker in his spot to replace the giant hole made by Eric Weddle's departure. Hooker's impressive displays for the Colts combined with Williams' inability to stay on the field have only furthered this opinion.

Derwin James has insane potential but appears to still be recovering from a knee injury suffered last year. Once he fully recovers, the Chargers could use someone with his instincts and athleticism on the back end of the D.


9. Raiders: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

Current Record: 3-5

The Raiders D is just bad. However, Obi Melifonwu is expected to come back for week 9 so we'll get to see how the young safety core with Karl Joseph does together. However, Eddie Vanderdoes is uninspiring next to Justin Ellis in the middle of the line. Christian Wilkins is the first of Clemson's stud Defensive Line to come off the board here.


10. Cardinals: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

Current Record: 3-4

It's time for a youth movement for the Cardinals Offense. Carson Palmer has regressed and is a weekly injury risk. Josh Allen has the best pure Arm Strength in the class but has decision making issues that are exasperated by the poor talent around him at Wyoming. Learning from Fitz and Bruce Arians would do him some good.


11. Bengals: Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington

Current Record: 3-4
**NOTE: This pick is NOT Trey Adams**

Pick: Chukwuma Okorafor - OT - Western Michigan

The Bengals tried to prepare for the future by taking two tackles with their first two picks in 2015 Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi aren't cutting it and Andy Dalton is suffering because of it.

Chukwuma Okorafor is an under the radar prospect who has anchored a fantastic Western Michigan OL the last two years at LT. This is a deep OT class even with Trey Adams likely returning for his senior year.


12. Broncos: Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Current Record: 3-4

The 4th OT to come off the board in the top 15 picks. The Broncos invested heavily in their OL over the offseason drafting Garrett Bolles in the first round and signing Menelik Watson from OAK. Watson, however, has been a liability on the right side of the line.

Orlando Brown is a massive (6'8" 345 lbs) lineman who will be an absolute mauler in the run game. He will complement Garrett Bolles well on the right side of the line and give whoever the Broncos settle on as their QB of the future some piece of mind.


13. Redskins: Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU

Current Record: 3-4

With the Jimmy G trade to the 49ers, the main competitor to sign Kirk Cousins away from the Skins has filled their need. This allows the Redskins to again focus on complementing him. Chris Thompson has shown some potential but isn't a lead back that can take pressure off Cousins and occupy defense's attention.

Guice is a fast powerful back in the mold of former teammate, Leonard Fournette but is smaller and has better lateral agility. He's suffered from an injury this year that has slowed him down a bit but exploded against Ole Miss on Saturday for 276 yards on just 22 carries.


14. Lions: Harold Landry, Defensive End, Boston College

Current Record: 3-4

The Lions could use an upgrade at OLB as Paul Worrilow and Tahir Whitehead just aren't starting caliber. He will also be able to put his hand on the dirt and add a rusher off the end to compliment Ziggy Ansah and Anthony Zettel who have 4 sacks a piece for the Lions who are 23rd in the league with just 13 sacks through 7 games.


15. Browns: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Current Record (Texans): 3-4

Kenny Britt has been an unmitigated failure of a signing to replace Terrell Pryor. With the Browns finally drafting their QB of the future in the first pick, they reach slightly on the best WR in this draft. A core group of Njoku, Coleman (assuming he can stay healthy), and Ridley will give Darnold a nice stable of receivers to choose from.


16. Ravens: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

Current Record: 4-4

Ronnie Stanley was a solid pick and Marshall Yanda is a stud but the rest of the Ravens line has been decimated by departures the past couple seasons. Quenton Nelson may be the best Offensive Lineman in the draft, he just happens to play a less glamorous position.


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