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The QB frenzy is over, so start the QB frenzy!
Published at 3/17/2018 1:57:45 PM

Trade! The Jets pre-empt the Bills by trading for the Colts pick at 3, which shines the spotlight back on the Giants pick at 2 or the Broncos pick at 5. Who said this was the offseason?

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

When selecting a QB early in the draft, it's been historically better to be the first team up. Check the results since Manning in 1998 (Leaf, anyone?). Waiting on what may very well be the third QB taken at pick 4 for a franchise QB is absurd! So pick your QB here, or take Barkley and then trade up to 2 or 3 for your first choice at QB, or roll the dice on a historically bad bet. The Browns added both Taylor and Hyde, so for now, they are in control of their own destiny.

2. Bills: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

The Giants are going to exact a king's ransom from the Bills for this pick, but what choice does Buffalo have now that the Jets have shown their cards? Do they really want to wait on Rosen or Mayfield? Let's go with two ones, a second, a third, and a third in next year's draft to seal the deal.

3. Jets: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

With a couple of vets in tow for the apprenticeship period, the Jets angle for a long term answer at QB. Maccagnan realizes that if he doesn't get those previous QB swings in the rear view quickly, he won't need to worry about filling out the rest of the roster. This trade is a very leveraged risk, he knows that if the Bills trade ahead of him for Allen, he now has first dibs on Rosen, pre-empting the Broncos, Dolphins and Cardinals.

4. Browns: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

The Jets trade up to 3 is very nearly setting up the perfect scenario for the Browns. If the Bills leverage their draft capital to move up to 2 to get their QB, and Barkley falls here, we'll put the Browns in the driver's seat. Of the Bentley.

5. Broncos: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

The Broncos signed Keenum and unless their dream guy drops into their laps here, they take a mulligan on a franchise QB. Elway's Plan B is to Guard the new and improved veteran QB and later reach for, err, develop a QB from round 2 or 3. Thus taking "swing and miss" to an art form.

6. Colts: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

Colts trade down and still get their guy. Dilly dilly!

7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

Minkah will be a valuable chess piece in the secondary and fills a major need. Previous pick: Marcus Davenport. He filled a major need too, but, whatever. Minkah slides here this time and is a better, more polished prospect.

8. Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

Looks like the Bears are happy with their secondary after resigning Amukamara and matching the offer sheet from the Packers on Fuller. Also, the mocks will be passing on Ridley here now that Robinson is in the fold. But, the Bears are rebuilding the Midway as they've given up on linebackers Freeman and McPhee. Wouldn't it be sweet to see Edmunds teamed up with Leonard for the encore?

9. 49ers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

After signing Sherman to shore up the corner, they add an athletic and versatile Safety to shore up the middle. James reminds John of himself. That's biblical.

10. Raiders: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Raiders have big problems in the front seven but lucky for them, Vea provides a big solution. He's a wide body who will free up Mack to wreck havoc again.

11. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The Dolphins have been busy dropping hints that they will draft a QB, and Mayfield just happens to be waving like Beetlejuice to "pick me". We'll find out if Gase is really the QB Whisperer. With Landry out, Mayfield will likely miss out on his chance at that 70% completion rate in college....yeah, like that was really going to happen.

12. Giants: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Giants need a better plan than the unreliable and unlikeable Eli Apple at Corner. At the Combine, Denzel made the other Corners look like a bunch of JAGs. He moves to the head of the class.

13. Redskins: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Teams were running wild over Washington last year. They need a gap clogger who can hold the point of attack. My prediction: Payne, lot's of pain.

14. Packers: Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, Texas-San Antonio

The Packers defense yielded the 31st ranked completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks. In other words, they couldn't cover anybody. So let's shorten up the air time. Premium pass rushers are in limited supply. The Cornerback position has depth in the draft this year, we'll grab one later.

15. Cardinals: Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

They nabbed Bradford in free agency who's held together with rubber bands and paper clips, so they could 1) reach for a QB or, 2) trade up for a QB, or 3) draft a stud OT. I'll go for door #3. Williams had an off year in 2017, but there were legitimate reasons. Check the earlier tape for his upside, which could be tops for OTs in this draft.

16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

Even Ozzie can't screw up (Ryan Grant, anyone?) this Wide Receiver selection. When an Alabama player who is ranked the best at his position falls to the team who badly needs to upgrade said position, and is available to the guy who religiously if not fanatically drafts Alabama players, and the value on said player is correct at this team's draft spot, then you pick him here, right?


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