ISmileBack13 - 2018 Pre-Combine Mock Draft
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Who will it be? Well, I predict that the Browns will sign Sam Bradford in the offseason. My logic? Cousins to Minnesota. Neither Keenum nor McCarron will come to Cleveland because they will want their teams to guarantee they won't draft a QB. Bradford will need to settle for a prove-it deal, which works because Allen is not ready to start. However, he has the tools to make John Dorsey drool.
After all the trade talk, I predict the Giants and Colts will remain where they are. And even though Nelson is a great prospect, he won;t go #2. That spot goes to the best RB I have personally seen in college. The Giants NEED to improve their O-Line, but Barkley can easily be a foundation piece for this offense.
I used to think Barkley was going here when I thought the Giants would go QB. But with Barkley gone, the Colts will "settle" for Chubb. Chubb adds a stud pass rusher to the Colts defense that needs help pretty much everywhere. But when drafting high and investing capital, the 2 defensive positions worthy of consideration are CB and pass rusher, and Chubb fits the bill.
This seems high, but remember it is still hella early in the pre-draft process. Brown is a massive man that can move pretty well. Some speed rushers will give him trouble at first, but as he gets years under his belt, he can be the successor to Iron Joe. And yes, I will still call him Iron Joe because what he accomplished is just down right impressive as heck.
This team is a QB and some O-Line away from competing for the playoffs. Rosen is the most NFL-ready QB, and I think Elway will like his confidence. Rosen has great mechanics and, when given WRs like Thomas and Sanders, he can do damage. He does like his TE, and he is not mobile, so fortifying the O-Line will be crucial for Denver. Honestly, it is a priority regardless of who slings the rock for the Broncos.
All those fans that bought Darnold jerseys get their wish. Well, assuming Darnold uses the number they picked (14; his college number). Darnold needs some time, and resigning McCown will make that possible. Darnold seems to have the "it" factor, and a good arm to throw through the Jersey air. The Jets need to give him more/better weapons, but they will have a year to continue to rebuild before he starts (unless McCown gets hurt).
This is still higher than guards tend to go, but Nelson is that good. The Bucs need to both protect Winston, as well as open running lanes for their future RB. They also need help on D, but Nelson is too good to pass up.
I know there is a lot of mock drafts out there that predict a CB or WR here, but Edmunds is going to really impress at the combine. He is big, He is strong. He is fast. He is going to really pair well in the LB core with Floyd. The Bears released McPhee and Freeman, so there are plenty of LB snaps to go around.
Fitzpatrick is different from Ramsey because he does not play on the outside as much, which means he is not quite as valuable. However, he playes in the box well, and is a great safety. Alabama players are sometimes hard to scout because their entire defense is almost pro ready every year, so it is hard to separate individual performance from team performance. Fitzpatrick needs to test well at the combine, or he could see Derwin James replace him as the top safety selected.
This will be either Payne or Vea. I personally like Payne more because he offers more as a pass rusher, and is great against the run too. But, similarly to what I say about the NBA, you cannot teach size. And Vea has A LOT of that. He is massive and moves very well for his size. He is strong as a bull, but needs to improve his pass rushing technique. Regardless, Gruden will love him because he will remind Jon of old-school big-boy football.
The Dolphins need help almost everywhere in the offensive line. I was thinking Wynn or Price here, but the Dolphins seem to like Tackles to play inside. Of course, that has not worked, but until they show they can change, I will believe it when I see it. Some say McGlinchey is destined for the right side, but I think he can play everything short of Center. Therefore, he is perfect for Miami.
Like the Dolphins, the Bengals have a dearth of talent on the O-Line. Unlike the Dolphins, the Bengals like to have interior O-Linemen play inside. Billy Price is going to perform well at the combine, and can play all 3 positions on the inside. The Bengals seem to want to resign Bodine (for some reason), but Price can play LG or RG while the Bengals continue to start Bodine at the pivot.
If Vea was here, he would go here. In fact, it is possible we can just flip those 2 picks. But it would be fun for Alabama fans to watch a team sporting 2 of their former D-Linemen, Payne should go higher, but Washington will be hapy to (again) scoop up a falling stud. Payne will immediately help them against the run, and they need it.
Jackson is a ballhawking CB who needs to test well at the combine to get drafted high. As you can see, I do not think he will tets amazingly well. He will test well, but not at the level where GMs will thing he is a cant't-miss elite CB prospect. The Packers will reap the benefits though. Kevin King was not ready to play against #1 WRs last year, and I am not sure that Jackson will be, but he has great upside and room to grow. The Pack are almost always a mystery in the draft, so I am sure this will change.
The Cardinals will sign either McCarron or Keenum, and I believe they will promise they won't draft a QB in the first round here. So, with the QB position settled (for now), the Cardinals can shift their attention to the defense. The fact that their new HC is also a former DC helps. Ward is a bit short, but has great speed. The Cards need someone opposite Peterson, and it could be Ward (or Hughes, I am still torn at this point).
I know a lot of places are saying WR here, but none of these WRs appear to be slam-dunk WR1s. Sutton can change that if he runs well, but otherwise RIdley is smallish, Kirk is smaller, and no other WRs have the total package. So, the Ravens look to their offensive line and go with Wynn. I was thinking Williams, but realized that the Ravens need help at a few places on the O-Line, and Wynn can play all 5. He is a bit undersized for T, but hey, so was Kelvin Beachum and he has a solid career. Ultimately destined for the inside, Wynn also gives the Ravens an option at RT if needed.He just plays with the NFC North attitude.