Pre-Combine NFL Mock Draft 2018
Published at 3/1/2018 7:28:49 AM
This is my second mock draft and I have studied a lot of tape and there is many changes from the first attempt. My mock draft is based on the default order and there are no trades as it is too early to see potential trades. My picks are based on teams needs or best player available. With the strong QB class and the large amount of QB needy teams, talented prospects will fall. I have also included a pro comparison for each prospect and this is based on their talent and tape. It is based on potential, not just the prospects quality as of now. Please feel free to comment, I want to here opinions from all of yous! Enjoy
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Darnold is the number 1 QB of this draft class for me. Tremendous arm talent, leadership qualities, great mobility, excellent poise and he has a very high ceiling. I would be concerned amount his turnovers due to deep ball accuracy and locking onto to reads too long. This can be worked on though. The browns need to take a QB at first overall to finally get their guy to change the franchise. They have waited too long and this is a talented QB class with many prospects with huge potential. Darnold in my opinion is the best and he has the X factor.
My pro comparison for Sam Darnold would be Andrew Luck.
Barkley is the best overall prospect in the draft. He is a very gifted RB with a unique blend of speed, power, agility and balance. His production for Penn State was phenomenal and he is a triple threat player. (Running, receiving and returning). The Giants do have a need at QB inthe long term however Barkley is a very rare prospect. I have heard reports that Giants are shopping this pick and I wouldn't be surprised to see a QB needy team move up to take their guy. I believe he will become a Probowler in the near future and establish himself as a top 5 RB very early on in his NFL career.
My pro comparison for Saquon Barkley would be Ezekiel Elliott.
Chubb is the best pass rusher in this years draft class and my 5th overall prospect. He has a sturdy and thick frame however possesses a great first step quickness an burst closing the gap on offensive lineman and using his bull rush he can pressure the QB consistently. Chubb is also a great run stopper which is a major need for the Colts as they haven't had a consistent pass rush in a long time. It would help to take pressure off their leaky but improving secondary.
My pro comparison for Bradley Chubb would be Everson Griffen.
Fitzpatrick is a very talented and versatile DB that would be an instant upgrade to what Browns currently have. I personally prefer Fitzpatrick as a free safety rather than a CB. He has the size, athleticism and playmaking ability to be a great DB in the NFL. He is my 3rd overall prospect and fills a big need for the browns.
My pro comparison for Minkah Fitzpatrick would be Jalen Ramsey.
Rosen is my number 2 QB in this drat class and he is an extremely accurate passer with solid arm talent and an ability to make all throws. I have concerns over Rosen's durability and leadership qualities within the dressing room. He is a perfect fit to make this Superbowl ready Broncos defence ready for another run to the Lombardi. He is the most NFL ready QB and the Broncos can't afford to waste more time on Paxton Lynch and I fancy Vikings to sign Cousins in free agency.
My pro comparison for Josh Rosen would be Matt Ryan.
Mayfield is the most polarising prospect in this years draft class. You either hate him or you love him. Although his antics on and off the field are issues, Mayfield is a very talented QB with elite arm talent, leadership ability and charisma. His ability to escape pressure and his mobility is fantastic to watch. He can be the new face of the franchise and fills a big need.
My pro comparison for Baker Mayfield would be Russell Wilson.
I have Ward ranked as my number 1 corner in this draft class. Although there are many good CBs in this class, there is no standout corner as of yet for me. I think a good showing in the combine may make Ward or Jackson stand out. Ward comes from a great college renowned for recent good CBs and the Buccaneers could do with a CB with great ball skills and a lot of potential. I really enjoy Ward in man coverage and he doesn't allow his size to affect how he plays. Being 5ft 10in is a worry though especially in the redzone however Lattimore is only 5ft 11in and he is an outstanding CB.
My pro comparison for Denzel Ward would be Chris Harris Jr.
Ridley is the number 1 wide receiver in this draft class He is an all-round receiver with a unique skillset. He has the speed and acceleration to take the top off the defence and the hands to be a deep threat. Also Ridley's a very smooth route runner and he would have had a lot more production in college if Alabama did't run the ball so much. He would be a big help to Trubisky and if he tests well at the combine he will cement himself as a top 10 prospect.
My pro comparison for Calvin Ridley would be Amari Cooper.
Nelson is my 2nd overall prospect. An extremely talented guard that is actually fun to watch. He is a bulldozer and manhandles defensive lineman creating holes. A lot of scouting reports indicate Nelson could also potentially play centre or tackle at NFL level. The more I liked at his tape, the better he was and often he covers mistakes of others on the offensive line. He would be a perfect in a Niners offence creating holes for Carlos Hyde and offering great pass protection for Jimmy G.
My pro comparison for Quenton Nelson would be Kelechi Osemele.
Edmunds is my 4th overall prospect. He has a unique blend of size, length and athleticism. He is a 'do-it-all' linebacker with the ability to stop the run, cover athletic tight ends and he offers tremendous upside as an edge rusher, where he can dip/rip and bend around the edge. At only 19 years of age, he is a freak specimen that can solidify the Raiders poor LB unit. They could take Roquan Smith however I believe they take the higher ceiling in Edmunds.
My pro comparison for Tremaine Edmunds would be Anthony Barr.
This Dolphins defence has a few problems however I think Smith is the ideal fit. From watching the Rose Bowl, Smith is a big game player and a leader that can be a three down linebacker in the NFL. He hits hard and can blitz well using acceleration and strength to break up screens. There is a chance Dolphins will go for offensive line or CB help however Smith will be an instant starter and improve this defence.
My pro comparison for Roquan Smith would be CJ Mosley.
Allen is an intriguing QB prospect. I have him ranked as my 5th QB in this draft class behind Darnold, Rosen, Mayfield and Jackson. His intangibles have scouts drooling; 6ft 5in, elite arm talent and an excellent athlete. He has a quick release and can throw the ball with velocity to get it into tight windows. He has good deep ball accuracy and I believe he has a lot of upside. He does have flaws particularly with his decision making, when put under pressure he makes poor decisions struggling to read the field. Although it is not a major need for the Bengals, they can't pass on a QB with this much potential falling to 12. (Watson drafted at 12 last year coincidence???)
My pro comparison for Josh Allen would be Carson Wentz.
Vea is a freakish athlete and would be a great addition to the Redskins interior defensive line. With a rare combination of size and quickness, Vea is an imposing physical specimen on the field. He has a well-built and powerful base, fantastic bull rush ability and uses his hands really well to shed blocks. I have Vea as a top 10 overall prospect however I expect him to fall due to QB needy teams. He would be an enforcer on this Redskins defensive line with the flexibility to play NT or 3-4 DE in their scheme.
My Pro Comparison for Vita Vea would be Damon Harrison.
Davenport is a raw edge rusher with outstanding size, length and explosiveness. Packers have severely lacked a premier pass rush since Clay Matthews in his prime. Davenport had a monster Senior Bowl bullying offensive lineman and showing his versatility to play at 4-3 DE or a 3-4 OLB. His ability to bend and wrap around the edge is very impressive for his size and I believe he will emerge as a double-digit sack machine very early in his NFL career. He has an extremely high ceiling and is a big help to this Packers defensive line.
My pro comparison for Marcus Davenport would be Ziggy Ansah.
The Cardinals have got a few needs on offence however Williams is a very talented LT that will be able to play instantly. Williams tape is very impressive and he is by far the most talented tackle in this draft class for me. Very good in pass protection and great in run blocking, Williams would seal the blindside in a competitive NFC West division where all teams will fancy winning it. The return of David Johnson from injury, another season for Fitzgerald and addition of a veteran free agent QB will help the Cardinals next season
My pro comparison for Connor Williams would be Joe Staley.
Ravens plug in Orlando Brown, a mammoth of a tackle at 6ft 8in and 350lb to play at RT with Ronnie Stanley keeping the pocket clean at the bindside. This monster has unbelievable intangibles and is a perfect RT in the NFL. Although he is a strong, violent run blocker, Brown struggles with speed coming off the edge due to his average athletic ability. I believe he can become a starter in the NFL whether playing tackle or guard.
My pro comparison for Orlando Brown would be Trenton Brown.