2018 NFL Mock Draft by kkunert327 - Post-Senior Bowl
Published at 1/29/2018 9:37:39 AM
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From my personal opinion I think they should go after Kirk Cousins to give them more flexability here. However, until that happens they should draft a quarterback. It should be between Darnold or Allen on who is a better fit in Cleveland. In terms of arm strength and size they both would work there. I like Darnold more though due to his better accuracy and the "it" factor to lead a team.
Last Mock Pick: Sam Darnold QB USC
Allen is definitely on the rise and I would not be shocked if he continues to steal the show after the Senior Bowl. He has better intangibles than Rosen that gives him a leg up. Allen does have some injury concerns, but not as much as the smaller Rosen. There is also a lot more raw ability to Allen to develop more than Rosen who is almost a finished product. I would prefer the Giants to keep Eli Manning so Josh Allen could work on his mechanics and learn from the veteran.
Last Mock Pick: Josh Rosen QB UCLA
If the Browns do land Cousins I could see them taking Barkley with the top pick. However, he still lands perfectly to the Colts. They desperately need to bring more talent in around Andrew Luck if they want to succeed with their franchise quarterback. Barkley would give him his first go to back to work with and help defer to him in the offense. It would also generally make the offense more balanced and stop Luck from having to make 40+ throws a game.
Last Mock Pick: Bradley Chubb DE N.C. State
This is another pick the Browns could move if they do pick up Kirk Cousins. I think this is a better spot to move than their first pick actually since who ever really needs a quarterback will need to move in front of the Jets and Broncos to get their guy. If not they could risk missing out on all the top quarterback. If the Browns stick here Fitzpatrick can easily lift the whole defense with his ability to cover up a lot of holes in the secondary.
Last Mock Pick: Saquon Barkley RB Penn St
I am not the biggest fan of Mayfield, but a lot of teams love his grit and passion. He certainly is not like Manziel who a lot compare him to due to his size and style of play. Mayfield is not as much of a headache of the field and not an addict in anyway like Johnny was. What I worry about is his size, low end arm strength, low end athleticism, and his accuracy worries me the most. The Big 12 has never produced a top quarterback and I am not sure Mayfield will be the first. The Broncos who fell in love with Tebow could be the ones who love Mayfield.
Last Mock Pick: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
The Jets will most likely need to move up if they want a quarterback, but in this scenario they get lucky with Rosen sliding a bit. He is the best quarterback skills wise and reminds me of Matt Ryan. However, his intangibles are closer to Jay Cutler than it is to Ryan. I worry about his health also as a slighter quarterback who already had has had his share of injury woes. New York may not be the best location for him, but if they keep Josh McCown to mentor him maybe it will work out.
Last Mock Pick: Josh Allen QB Wyoming
The Bucs will run straight to the podium if they have a chance to land Bradley Chubb. They have needed a defensive end for awhile now with William Gholston and Robert Ayers being two below average pass rushers. Chubb will be an immediate compliment to Gerald McCoy who is reaching a crux in his career since he has to start staying healthy. This is the perfect marriage of a pick with his team and could be the best one in the draft.
Last Mock Pick: Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
I think Josh Sitton is going to end up as a cap causality at his age, price tag, and inability to stay healthy could have them move off from him. Same could be said about Kyle Long, but they have more money dedicated to him and he is still a younger player to hang on to. His former offensive line coach at Notre Dame is now with Chicago who could convince the team to take one of the best overall players in the draft. One GM has even compared Nelson to a Zach Martin on steroids. That is how great Nelson can be.
Last Mock Pick: Joshua Jackson CB Iowa
The 49ers would love to land Nelson here, but instead they could reach for a receiver here to pair with Jimmy G. Ridley is an excellent route runner, with good speed, and hands to be savvy outside weapon to grow with. The issue with Ridley is his slight size that can cause him to get pushed around occasionally on the outside. Kyle Shanahan was able to make Mohammad Sanu and Taylor Gabriel look good in Atlanta. I think he can do wonders with Ridley.
Last Mock Pick: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
The Raiders are another team that will run to the podium if Derwin James falls to them here. They desperately need better talent in the secondary and should let Reggie Nelson walk this off season. That would give James an immediate spot to start and provide a dynamic impact in their secondary that has been missing since Charles Woodson left the second time. His size, speed, and ball skills are a rare combination that can make him one of the higher upside prospects in the draft.
Last Mock Pick: Derwin James S Florida St
The Dolphins are in a weird spot since there really is no talent here that matches what they need without reaching. They could trade down if a team is trying to grab one of the last blue chip players. If they stay here they could take Roquon Smith at linebacker to help elevate their linebacking core. It would also give them a player to move off from Lawrence Timmons who is aging and already shown brain problems last summer. Smith is a dynamic linebacker that reminds me of player like Luke Kuechly who can change a whole defense's mentality.
Last Mock Pick: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
The Bengals need to go through a culture change and one way to do that is get rid of Adam Jones. He is no longer a serviceable player at his age and injury history. At this point he is just a cancer to the locker room. Plus, Darqueze Dennard is a soon to be free agent and really has not developed as they hoped. Jackson is a similar strong press and long corner that the Bengals like to employ. He could be a good compliment with William Jackson as the two develop.
Last Mock Pick: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St
The Redskins will definitely need to move up if they lose Kirk Cousins. I know the coaching staff thinks they can win with Colt McCoy, but they really need to look in the mirror and find something better. Unfortunetly, there is no quarterbacks here available and they may be forced to go with McCoy next year since no free agent quarterback will want to go here after the way Kirk was disrespected. Instead, they can land a stud nose tackle like Vea to pair with last year's first rounder Jonathan Allen.
Last Mock Pick: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
The Packers need to retool this defensive front and find more teeth to scary opposing offenses with. Clay Matthews is aging rapidly and has lost more than just a step. Nick Perry runs too hot and cold to depend on at this point as well. Davenport is making a steady rise and should continue to do so after a nice Senior Bowl. At his length and athleticism he should develop nicely as a standing edge rusher in the Packers scheme.
Last Mock Pick: Vita Vea DT Washington
The Cardinals are another team who should look to move up for a quarterback. However, I do not see this team as close as others do to becoming competitive right away with just a quarterback. In a division with Russell Wilson, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Jared Goff you need a top quarterback and defense. The Cardinals do not have that yet and in my opinion should just tank next year for a top pick at a quarterback then. With this pick they can finally find a compliment to Patrick Peterson before he starts to decline. Ward is a similar style of athlete who can be a good running mate.
Last Mock Pick: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
The Ravens have needed a right tackle for a bit now that Ricky Wagner left last off season. McGlinchey is a perfect fit for a right tackle and more so than a left tackle. He is a strong blocker with a great base, footwork, hands, and improving technique. The issue he may have on the left side is his lack of high end athleticism. He and Ronnie Stanley made a great pair with McGlinchey while at Notre Dame. The two should continue to do a good job in the pros.
Last Mock Pick: Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame