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Pre Super Bowl and Post Alex Smith Trade Mock
Published at 2/1/2018 11:34:19 PM
That Alex Smith trade sure shook things up. How does it affect the rest of the draft?
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The Browns unsuccessfully tried trading for Alex Smith. Saquon Barkley is still the pick here. A great running back can take a lot of pressure off whoever they decide to bring in at QB.
It's up in the air as to who will end up being the top QB off the board in this year's draft. Josh Rosen is probably the most NFL ready and talented of the bunch. He gets his (supposed) wish to not play for the Browns.
After spending early round picks a year ago upgrading the secondary, the Colts decide now is the time to upgrade a pass rush that was near the bottom of the league in sacks. Bradley Chubb has been a beast the last two years at NC State. He is the best, most proven pass rusher in this class.
Some people are connecting Wyoming's Josh Allen to the Browns, so I'll roll with it. Allen has a cannon for an arm and has great size for the QB position. Still, he's very raw and does not possess the most accurate arm. It'd be ideal if the Browns could bring in a veteran so Allen wouldn't be thrown right into the fire.
Trade: Broncos trade this pick to the Cardinals in exchange for the 15th pick, a 2018 3rd round pick and a 2019 1st round pick
Arizona makes the big move up for a QB. Denver makes this move back on the basis of signing Kirk Cousins in free agency. With Carson Palmer retiring, there is no clear cut answer at the QB spot for the Cardinals. That's bad news in the NFC West where the Seahawks have Russell Wilson, the Rams have Jared Goff and the Niners have Jimmy Garoppolo.
The former USC Trojan can make every NFL throw. I think he can be the best QB in this class if he cuts down on poor decisions and does a better job of protecting the ball (too many lost fumbles).
The Jets could be big players in the Kirk Cousins market. If they aren't able to snatch him, they may have to look to the draft to try and find a long term solution. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield comes with some character concerns and he doesn't possess ideal height, but he's a baller on the field.
If you are looking for this year's Hasson Reddick, you may not have to look any further. Sky high potential and elite athleticism. The Buccaneers pass rush is awful. If Tremaine Edmunds lives up to his massive potential, this team may no longer have an awful pass rush. That's needed in a division with Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Drew Brees.
Trade: Bears trade this pick to the Dolphins in exchange for the 11th pick and a 2018 3rd round pick
Knowing they could use Quenton Helson and also knowing the 49ers might be ready to pounce should he fall to them at #9, the Miami Dolphins make the move up to get their man. It's very rare that an offensive guard goes this high, but Nelson has the skill set that makes him deserving of being a top 10 selection.
Trade: 49ers trade this pick to the Packers in exchange for the 14th pick, a 2018 3rd round pick and a 2019 4th round pick
Taking a page out of the Miami Dolphins playbook, the Packers also decide to make a move up. And no, it's not for a quarterback. It's to get Roquan Smith, whom the Raiders were really hoping would drop to them at #10. Smith is the prototypical modern day NFL linebacker. He can give the Packers an answer at middle linebacker that they haven't had in years.
Although new coach Jon Gruden is a bit disappointed to see Roquan Smith off the board, he and the Raiders get a very nice consolation prize in Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. He could play some corner in the NFL, but most are pegging him to the free safety spot. Oakland could go cornerback, but Fitzpatrick at 10 is too good of a value to pass up.
Chicago would have taken Calvin Ridley at 8, so they're happy to move back, gain an extra second day pick and still get their man. The Bears have a nice foundation with a solid defense, offensive line and excellent running game. What they need is for weapons for QB Mitchell Trubisky to throw to. Ridley would provide this offense with a new dimension.
The offensive line in Cincinnati is a mess. They'll hope Mike McGlinchey can make it less of a less. Former 1st and 2nd round selections Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi have not panned out thus far as successors to Andrew Whitworth and Andy Dalton has paid the price for it.
He may go in the top 10 anyway, but the only thing that prevents it from being a sure thing for Denzel is his smaller size. That said, he's very lengthy and has great technique for the cornerback spot. In the Alex Smith trade, the Redskins traded Kendall Fuller away to the Chiefs. Washington uses this pick on his replacement.
San Francisco considered staying where they were, but decided they could move back and still get a prospect they liked. This was a close call between Derwin James and Josh Jackson, but corner may be more of an immediate need, so I went with Jackson. He's big and possesses excellent ball skills. He and Ahkello Witherspoon should make for a very nice outside corner duo in the upcoming years.
Trade: Broncos trade this pick and a 2018 5th round pick to the Panthers in exchange for the 24th pick and a 2018 2nd round pick
Sorting through their offers, the Denver Broncos decide they would rather see Derwin James in the NFC instead of making a trade with the Chargers and possibly seeing him there. That works out for the Carolina Panthers, who add this athletically gifted strong safety to their defense. James and Luke Kuechly on the same team? Yes, please.
Joe Flacco is being paid a boatload of money to be the Ravens franchise QB. You can debate whether he's worth what they're paying him, but what you can't debate is Flacco needs better receivers to throw to. Mike Wallace was his best receiver in 2017. That simply won't cut it.