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Patrick Teehan - 2018 NFL Mock Draft - 1.0
Published at 1/26/2018 9:05:10 PM
Patrick Teehan - 2018 NFL Mock Draft - 1.0
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Darnold is a big QB and has plenty of arm strength to make any throw he wants. Although, I don't think he's necessarily the most talented QB in this draft, I think he is the easiest to work with of the class. He'll be a day one starter and I think he's the most "Andrew Luck"-esque QB coming out of college since Luck's draft in 2012. This will be the franchise guy for Cleveland for years to come.
Barkley is easily the best, most talented player in this year's draft. He was this year's Heisman snub and definitely deserved to be at least one of the finalists. Barkley is the a perfect example of the "new generation" of RBs, similar to Le'veon Bell. He can run between the tackles, catch out of the backfield, and make anyone miss in the open field. Giants have been looking for a solid back since Bradshaw and get one with the #2 pick.
Everyone thought that the Colts found their premier pass rusher a few years back when Erik Walden posted double digit sacks... But the Colts didn't resign him. But they get a young gun DE who is had double digit sacks for the past two seasons at NC State. He has a high motor and plays all 4 downs, every single drive. He's a game wrecker, especially in the 4th quarter. He reminds me a little bit of Ziggy Ansah, a rare combo of speed, size, and strength.
A few years back, the Browns had two solid safeties in Donte Whitner and Tashaun Gipson. As part of their rebuilding process, they cut them and drafted Jabrill Peppers in 2017, but I think they add another safety here. Fitzpatrick is similar to Tyrann Mathieu in regards to speed, versatility, and a nose for the ball.
Rosen has the best arm in the draft. He has the ability make any throw, beautiful spiral, throws receivers open, and very accurate. The only problem around Rosen is the rumor of his coach-ability and ego. Rumor has it that he tends to free lance and make throws that aren't necessarily there. Either way, he is a "mile-high" better than any QB in Denver right now, easily.
Baker Mayfield is my favorite player in this draft. In every game of this (Heisman winning) season, Mayfield has proven he has what it takes to make it in the NFL. He's a winner. I believe that Mayfield throws the best deep ball out of all the QBs of this draft. Baker to the Jets will be the next Joe Namath story in my opinion. Jets rebuild will follow Baker.
Nelson is the best O-Lineman in this year's draft. Not just OG... O-Lineman. Nelson dominates right from the snap and is a bruiser in the trenches. JR Sweezy is a good OG, but he has had problems staying healthy and the Bucs don't have another OG worth naming. Nelson can pop right in the lineup. Personally, I think he will be as good, if not better, than his former teammate All-Pro G Zach Martin of the Cowboys.
The only pick that would make sense here for Chicago is a WR. Losing Marshall a few years ago and Jeffrey last year left the Bears with nothing to work with, especially while attempting to develop rookie QB Trubisky. Ridley is 6'1 and runs routes like a slot WR. He has great hands and even can perform in the clutch (grabbing a game tying TD in the National Championship). Ridley will make an immediate impact for Chicago.
The 49ers really began to look like solid competition last season... for the last six games. But Jimmy G is the real deal. The team is expected to make a splash in free agency with over $100M in cap space to help out Jimmy, but I think they go defense here at nine (or ten depending on a coin flip). With Tartt really breaking out last season at FS, this team can have a great young safety tandem if James is the pick. James is a hybrid SS who can play LB if need be and I'd say he's like Kam Chancellor of the Seahawks. He can be a legitimate DROY candidate.
Roquan Smith is the best LB in the nation right now. Criticized early in his career for being a bit undersized (6'1), Smith proved everyone wrong this year for Georgia. Smith is near the ball every play, playing sideline to sideline. He made crucial plays to stop offensives all year, especially in the playoffs. Smith reminds me of Ryan Shazier (also 6'1) of Pittsburgh with his rare speed and strength and nose for the ball.
For the second year in a row, I think Miami goes defensive line. Charles Harris wasn't really spectacular last season for Miami and Cameron Wake is getting older, so Miami takes Davenport. Davenport is a 6'7 WR turned DE and an athletic specimen. With speed and agility on his side, combined with strength, Davenport can easily become a top pass rusher in the NFL, but he is still very raw at the position. One reason why I like this pick is because of Cameron Wake. If he can mentor Davenport into being even half as good as a pass rusher as he was throughout his career, Davenport will be a game wrecker.
Bengals lost a very big part of their line this past offseason, Andrew Whitworth, now with the Rams. That really hurt the Bengals run game and pass protection, so they go OT here at twelve. McGlinchey is another UND O-Lineman and is also a great one at that. Solidifying the outside for Dalton and Mixon next season will help that Bengals offense move the ball and maintain drives.
This pick is 100% based on what happens with Kirk Cousins this offseason. Although a tag is an option, it'd be worth around $35M which is too much for anyone but Brady, but Cousins is reportedly asking to become the highest paid player in NFL history. The Redskins need to ask themselves is he worth it... if not, then QB is a priority. Rudolph is the best one available at this point (but don't be surprised if Washington trades up). Rudolph is a solid QB and will need some help developing, but can become a solid starter in the future.
Ward is the top CB in the draft. Coming out of Ohio State, Ward has some size concerns, but proved he can man up bigger receivers with success. His long arms and physical play help make up for his height. Drafting King in the beginning of the second last season was a good pick, but Ward here will secure what's been a leaky secondary for the past few years.
Although Carson Palmer is retired, I think that the Cardinals need to stick with Gabbert or Stanton for a season and build other key pieces. Williams is a big tackle who excels in protection and is rarely out of position or off balance. He also works the run game well and can quickly get up to the second level to secure a block. He is rarely beat and can help whichever bridge QB the Cardinals will stick with for 2018.
Sutton is a big (6'3), quick (~4.4) WR and that's exactly what the Ravens need. No one knows if the eternal question of Flacco's eliteness can ever be proven, but adding someone like this can help Flacco's case. Sutton registered over 1000 yards last season and 12 TDs for SMU and I think his game will translate well at the pro level.