Spencer Flohr Mock Draft 4.1
Published at 2/19/2018 4:52:10 PM
Some interesting trades. A couple assumptions based on free agency.
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I've previously flirted with the idea of the Browns not selecting a QB in the first round due to GM John Dorsey's desire to be competetive immediately, but I'm starting to see the Browns both signing a veteran QB and drafting one to learn behind him. Darnold would be well suited by a year or two to refine his game and could sit behind someone like Sam Bradford or A.J. McCarron.
It appears the Giants are all in on giving Eli Manning another season but when you have a pick this high and a QB who's 37 you can't afford to not take your next franchise QB. Rosen will sit and learn behind Eli for a season and then take over in the big apple.
Although an elite edge rusher like Bradley Chubb could be a good fit here, the Colts need to know that a healthy Andrew Luck + Saquon Barkley could give them one of the most unstoppable offenses in the league and could book them a return to the playoffs. Frank Gore still has some gas in the tank but Barkley would be a big upgrade.
Jabrill Peppers has been a dissapointment at free safety so the versatile Fitzpatrick can slot in there or kick outside at the corner spot where he could be an immediate lockdown option.
I believe the Broncos are going to either sign or trade for a veteran QB this offseason as they've proven time and time again to be unable to develop young quarterbacks. Thus, they shore up their O-Line with the best O-lineman in this class. This may seem high for a guard but the Redskins selected Brandon Scherff at #5 a couple years ago and have been happy with that pick. Nelson has the potential to be even better than Scherff.
Apparently, the Jets are all in on Kirk Cousins and I think he'd like to play in New York so I'm going to predict that they come to an agreement. Thus, they take arguably the best defensive player in the draft, Bradley Chubb, to replace Muhammad Wilkerson who is likely on the way out.
(Trade with Buccaneers) The Bucs need pass rushers and there isn't one worth taking here, thus they pick up the eleventh pick and the Dolphins first next year and move down. Every year there's a team that rather surprisingly trades to draft a QB, last year both the Chiefs and Bears were a little surprisign. There's been some decent buzz that the Phins and Mayfield like eachother and I think Miami is tired of the mediocre and oft-injured Ryan Tannehill. Thus, they decide to move up and make a big splash to try and challenge the Patriots' dominance of the AFC east.
I like Quenton Nelson to the Bears if he's available but if not, they shore up one of the worst receiving corps in the league by taking Ridley. Ridley is pro-ready and may not have a super high ceiling but also will almost surely not be a bust.
(Trade with 49ers) With Nelson and Ridley off the board, the Niners have no clear prospect to pick at #9. With that said, I expect that the Bills will move on from Tyrod Taylor this offseason and with Nate Peterman having been as bad as he was, they will likely want to jump up and grab their QB of the future. They decide to take the opportunity to move up using their 2 first rounders and take Allen, who may have the most potential of any QB in this class.
This is the first time I've had the Raiders take anyone other than Roquan Smith but I've truly fallen in love with Edmunds as a do-it-all linebacker who can turn a defense around by himself. Tremaine Edmunds at ILB/edge rush when necessary + Khalil Mack sounds really enticing to me.
(Trade with Dolphins) This may seem like a reach but the fact of the matter is the Bucs NEED pass rushers. Davenport should have a monster combine and has all the tools to be a force on the edge with some fine-tuning of his game. The Bucs are disappointed to miss out on Chubb but take a chance on a boom or bust prospect.
(Trade with Bengals) Seeing QBs fly off the board, the Cardinals panic and trade up over the Skins who they fear may take a successor to Alex Smith to make sure they have a starting QB come week 1. They give up their first and second rounders this year and take Rudolph who is pro ready and can start immediately.
I was initially skeptical about Vea as a top prospect but the more I look at his tape the more I think he'd be a perfect fit in DC as an elite run stopper to help complete a good, young D-line with Jon Allen and Matt Ionnadis.
The Packers' corner group is pretty poor and Ward is a great value pick at 14. Green Bay shores up their secondary with this pick by grabbing one of the best corners in the draft.
(Trade with Cardinals) Finally, an offensive tackle is taken! The Bengals lost a ton of offensive line talent last offseason and their offensive productivity paid the price. They need to find an answer at both tackle spots after Cedric Ogbuehi was a bust. Williams is a great athlete and could be that answer.
The Ravens have the worst receiving core in the NFL in my opinion and need to find an upgrade. Sutton is the best receiver on the board and has to be the pick here.