Midseason/Post Trade Deadline 2018 NFL Mock Draft // 11/3/17
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I know the Browns are in desperate need of a quarterback, but they were supposed to trade for AJ McCarron and I personally still believe Deshone Kizer can succeed. If they do end up getting AJ McCarron in the off season, I think they can afford to pass on a lackluster QB class. There's also a chance they can get somebody like Kirk Cousins in the off season as well.
Saquon Barkley is a f*cking beast. Isaiah Crowell is good, but not great, and doesn't have nearly as much potential as someone like Barkley, especially behind one of the better O-lines in the league. Crowell is also an impending free agent and has trade value.
(Trade with Indianapolis)
The Colts should trade down with a pick like this. Carson Palmer will most likely not snap another ball in the NFL and Drew Stanton is far from the answer at quarterback. Needless to say, the Cardinals need a quarterback, and they trade up to get frankly the only one that looks good at the moment. The Cardinals also have one of the best running backs in the NFL in David Johnson, whom they can run the read option with with a QB like Lamar Jackson.
Josh Rosen would make sense here, as he fits the Giants' scheme and the only quarterbacks older than Eli Manning right now are Tom Brady, Josh McCown, and Drew Brees. Ben McAdoo is also most likely gone after such an abysmal season so starting fresh with a franchise quarterback would make sense as well. But Davis Webb has actually been a pretty pleasant surprise and I honestly wouldn't be shocked if they gave him a chance at some point this season. I'm also confident Eli will retire with the Giants after his contract ends in 2020. In this scenario, the Giants try out Davis Webb for a season, bolstering their O-line to protect him with the best tackle in the draft with the 3rd overall pick.
I love the Jimmy Garoppolo trade. Instead of relying on an unproven prospect in the draft, the 49ers wisely opted out and picked up their franchise quarterback. I thought about wide receiver here, but receivers drafted this high tend to somehow manage to be busts. Corey Davis, Mike Williams, John Ross, Zay Jones, Curtis Samuel. So the 49ers instead decide to bolster their secondary with one of the best safety prospects I've ever seen, Derwin James. This guy's gonna be a stud and I know it. The 49ers pick him up with the 4th overall pick.
With word of Deshaun Watson's ACL tear, the Texans drop from a playoff team to a top-5-pick team. They also traded away their 1st round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft for Watson, which has certainly paid dividends, but losing a top 5 pick is losing a top 5 pick. Sad day for Houston fans. The Browns offense is gradually starting to come together. They have three studs in David Njoku, Duke Johnson, and now Saquon Barkley, paired with one of the better O-lines in the league. I know I just got through talking about how wide receivers drafted this high tend to be busts, but Cleveland has somehow been good at drafting them, so they take Christian Kirk with their second top-5 pick to match up with a returning Corey Coleman for the 2018 season.
I know I have the Packers awfully high here, but I genuinely believe they're nothing without Aaron Rodgers. Their schedule from here on out isn't exactly a cakewalk either. This pick has a bunch of trade potential, but I think Green Bay actually has a few holes on defense that need to be filled, namely pass rush. With such a high pick, Green Bay picks up the best one in the draft.
The Buccaneers are one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this year. Their defense has been exposed thus far, for lack of a better word, and they have been one of the worst teams so far at getting to the quarterback. In a division with some of the best quarterbacks and O-lines in the NFL, the Buccaneers need someone in the middle of the trenches to help with their pass rush.
A safety/corner dual threat, Minkah Fitzpatrick is the only other elite safety prospect in this draft. Oakland's secondary is the worst in the league, as we're 9 weeks in and they still don't have a pick. The most they have is a single tipped ball, which was conveniently tipped right into the hands of the opposing receiver, Albert Wilson, resulting in a touchdown. That's how awful this Raiders secondary is. Minkah Fitzpatrick is the guy Oakland needs to help out this desperate secondary, whom they pick up with the 8th overall pick.
Half of the Chargers' starting lineup gets injured and is out for the season, they somehow find a way to blow three 4th-quarter leads in a row, their draft picks are busts, Philip Rivers whines like a bitch. What's new? In a division with 4 time pro-bowler Justin Houston, 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack, and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, the Chargers really need to work on protecting P. Rivs. Lining up with a returning Forrest Lamp next season, Connor Williams takes the AFC West by surprise as one of the best tackles in the league. That is, until he suffers a season-ending injury in preseason.
Honestly, Jay Cutler hasn't looked THAT bad thus far. He's one of the most pressured quarterbacks right now, and Jay Ajayi could get absolutely nothing done when he was still rushing behind this line. Jermon Bushrod is 33 and less than ideal, and Quenton Nelson is a monster of a prospect. The Dolphins get a steal at the 10th pick.
Chicago is coming off a respectable season. Mitch Trubisky hasn't necessarily shined quite yet but he also has literally 0 help at receiver. Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, and Zach Miller are now all out for the season, making Trubisky's most reliable target a rookie running back out of the backfield. No other team is in more desperate need of receivers than the Bears, so they pick up the biggest, best route runner, and most reliable red-zone target in the draft and pray that he stays healthy. If he does, this Bears team could actually be a force in one of the tougher divisions in football.
(Trade with Arizona)
Indianapolis trade away their 2nd overall pick and somehow still manage to get one of the best pass rushers in the draft.
Josh Rosen is finally picked up with the 13th overall pick, and it's a reluctant pickup. Nonetheless, the Jets need the quarterback of their future and they give Rosen a shot.
Cincinnati's offensive line has been the primary reason for their poor season thus far. Andy Dalton was one of the top quarterbacks 2 years ago, AJ Green is consistently a top 3 receiver, they now have a star running back/receiver dual threat in Joe Mixon. All of the weapons are there for the Bengals, Mixon just needs holes to run through and Dalton needs time to pass the ball.
Adoree Jackson has been really good for the Titans so far, but they've still had no answers to juggernaut offenses like Oakland and Houston. The third best safety in the draft, Ronnie Harrison is selected to help out the Titans' secondary.
Paxton Lynch is a bust, Trevor Siemian is inconsistent, and don't even get me started with Brock Osweiler. The Broncos need to work on all components of their offense but they should start with getting their franchise quarterback. Baker Mayfield is the most exciting and statistically best college football quarterback right now. His lackluster arm strength, mobility, and maturity beg the question of whether he'll succeed as an NFL quarterback or not, but Denver is pretty desperate here.