Connor Dales' 2018 Mock Draft 1.0
Published at 2/13/2018 9:26:07 AM
The NFL Draft is just around the corner, and after creating my own bug board, it is time for me to post my first blog and my first mock. Hopefully I will create more, so this is not my final mock draft, but my first one before the NFL Draft.
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I like this pick a lot. Baker Mayfield in my opinion is the most talented QB coming out of this class, but off the field issues and being undersized has been holding him back. However, rumor has it John Dorsey would prefer taking Mayfield over any other QB, so I think the Browns finally find their franchise QB.
The Giants have cleaned house and are ready to start fresh. And with a pick this high in the draft, it is tough to pass up the opportunity to get a franchise QB. Eli Manning is old and looks like he might have one more season, and the best case scenario is to have Rosen learn under a veteran before Manning retires.
The Colts are a complete mess at the moment with the hiring and release of Josh McDaniels, and I truly hope Frank Reich can set them on the right track. That being said, with Reich being an offensive coach, addressing this poor defense is a must, and a good pass rush can drastically change a defense. Bradley Chubb could step in and start outside Jabaal Sheard, which would be a scary duo.
The Browns have addressed the offense already, now I feel like the defense needs to be addressed. The defensive back position for the Browns is awful. Jason McCourty is a bandage, and Jabril Peppers looks totally lost. Minkah Fitzpatrick would be a huge upgrade at safety and could serve as a leader for a defense that needs one.
I have the Broncos picking assuming Kirk Cousins goes to Denver, which seems to be a distinct possibility. The offensive line in Denver continues to be one of the worst units in the league. Aside from Ronald Leary and Garrett Bolles I do not think anyone on that team would start. Quenton Nelson is unarguably the best lineman in this class, and he would be able to come in right away and make the Broncos' interior line a strength.
I hate this pick, but it could very well happen. Rumor has it that the Jets really like Josh Allen, even with a mediocre Senior Bowl. Allen is a developmental QB at best, so he may need to sit a year before the Jets can see if he is the real deal. Perfect time for Christian Hackenberg to prove himself huh?
Finally the best player in this class gets chosen. Saquon Barkley looks like an absolute stud in the making, and he gets drafted by a team that needs a stud in the backfield. Doug Martin has one foot out the door, and the Bucs will love to have a strong run game to complement the pass game that has all the potential in the world.
The truth of the matter is that Mitchell Trubiscuit needs a big target. He looked bad, but he had a poor scheme and poor weapons. Calvin Ridley may be 24 when next season rolls around, but he has the attributes and talent to be a true no.1 for this team.
The 49ers are set to be a great team once again, and finding a lockdown corner is something I believe can put this defense in the next level. Right now the corners that I know off the top of my head on the 49ers are Ahkello Witherspoon and Leon Hall, so getting another solid corner would be ideal.
Jon Gruden is ready to revamp this team. After having one of the worst defenses in the NFL, and with possibly their best tackler NaVorro Bowman leaving for free agency, it is time to address the linebacker spot. Roquan Smith is a straight up freak, and will be able to make plays all over the field. Pairing him with Khalil Mack would be downright unfair.
The front seven of Miami in general looks very shaky. Cameron Wake is getting up there in age, Ndomukang Suh looks like he doesn't care, and the linebacking corps in general looks like the worst in the NFL. Marcus Davenport could be a breath of fresh air, as he has been generating a lot of buzz as of late.
This is a no-brainer. The Bengal's offensive line definitely held this offense back, and Orlando Brown looks like a monster of a LT that could plug in right away and give Andy Dalton more time to throw the ball.
The trade for Alex Smith came at the cost of cornerback Kendall Fuller, so the Redskins will take arguably the best one in the draft. Denzel Ward could start opposite Josh Norman, which make a scary group of corners.
The Packers at this point are in a rebuilding state, and the one thing they need to improve is the pass rush. If you take a look at the stats the sacks are just not there. Tremaine Edmunds may transition to ILB to fill the scheme of Green Bay but he has shown he can stop the run and generate pressure, he looks like a real stud.
Carson Palmer retired last season, and right now the quarterbacks on roster are Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton. Sam Darnold may have dropped in draft stock after last season, but he is still considered a top QB in the draft and could be the future for Arizona.
Courtland Sutton is one of the better WR's in a weak draft class for the position. He has the ability to be a true no. 1 WR, so hopefully he can help out a Raven's offense that will be in desperate need of a wideout that can create seperation.