2018 NFL Mock Draft by ColinCbock1 - 3.3
Published at 3/4/2018 1:54:23 PM
My post-combine draft.
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Just this week, the Colts announced that they are moving on from Frank Gore, suggesting that they would grab Barkley with their first pick assuming the Browns passed him up. The Browns need to follow the news and grab Barkley before it's too late! Doing so would rejuvenate their offense and give them life on every down. He would be the perfect three-down back with Duke Johnson being a good situational back. This would help let Isaiah Crowell walk and open up cap space.
TRADE - - - FROM GIANTS
(AZ Gets: #2 Pick) / (NYG Gets: #15 Pick, 3rd Round Pick, 2019 1st Round Pick)
This would be the marquee trade of the draft as it would allow the rebuilding Cardinals to find their quarterback of the future. Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians retiring was a double-whammy and they find themselves in desperate search of a quarterback. As a result, the Giants could rob the Cardinals of a few picks down the road, but for the Cardinals, as long as they grab Josh Rosen, they're set. Paying for Kirk Cousins in free agency would be a devastating blow to the overall future.
Cutting Frank Gore may have been the move, but this means Barkley comes off the board earlier and forces the Colts into taking Bradley Chubb. This shouldn't be that much of a concern, though, as Chubb is far and away the best pass-rusher in the draft. This would help the Colts rebuild their defense and give the them a watchable defense, particularly up front.
Had the Colts not cut ties with Frank Gore, I would have had the Browns selecting Allen 1st overall due to his unbelievable skillset. The Browns should still find Allen available at #4 and they should pounce on him immediately. Allen can throw the ball 80 yards in the air with pinpoint accuracy and even boasts 4.7 speed— something I wouldn't have predicted at the combine. Nonetheless, the Browns would be utterly stupid to pass on the most tantalizing prospect at the quarterback position. The Browns would instantly improve their win-total even more.
TRADE - - - FROM BRONCOS
(BUF Gets: #5 Pick) / (DEN Gets: #21, #22 Picks)
The Bills have expressed their desire to part ways with Tyrod Taylor and moving up in the draft to take his replacement would be perfect proof of that. I believe that Darnold receives a little more hype than he should, particularly when compared to Josh Allen and Josh Rosen, but I still see potential through the roof. Darnold will help the Bills return to a pass-first offense and would be a nice building block.
Mayfield is a bona fide winner, and while his combine performance was relatively mediocre to underwhelming, Mayfield doesn't rely on numbers and stats. Mayfield is the most polarizing draft prospect, and that's what I love. People see Johnny Manziel comparisons but I see Drew Brees / Russell Wilson in terms of game. Mayfield is a prolific passer in almost every regard and should immediately bring a winning pedigree to New York.
Denzel Ward is the ball-hawking corner that a depleted Bucs' secondary needs. Think of my opinion what you like, I think that Brent Grimes is a complete liability in Tampa's secondary. There is no reason for the Buccaneers to procrastinate on beefing up their secondary so as to not waste Jameis Winston's time in the limelight.
The Bears' leading receiver last year was not Kevin White whom we expected to break out. No... It was Kendall Wright. In most offenses, Wright would fail to even muster a starting position. That's how badly the Bears need a wideout. It's not even that funny anymore. The Bears desperately need to draft a receiver early, even if Calvin Ridley is a reach. He's the best receiver in this draft and would be a surefire success thanks to his Amari Cooper resemblance.
The 49ers are poised to let standout safety Eric Reid go, and it's sad to see, but the times are changing with Shanahan and the 49ers need to beef up their secondary. Minkah Fitzpatrick would be the perfect selection thanks to his coverage skills, almost reminiscent of an Earl Thomas. Pairing Fitzpatrick up with Colbert and Tartt would be amazing for this team. Fitzpatrick would be the anchor of a stout defense for years, if not decades to come.
Khalil Mack has been almost alone in the Oakland defense and it's not his fault. The Raiders need to give Mack a partner in crime when rushing the passer and I see no better fit than Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech. Edmunds has a rare blend of size, coverage, and speed, and he should immediately fill a gap that was present in this defense.
The Dolphins are going to lose their star receiver in Jarvis Landry via trade, even though they placed the franchise tag on him, and while a receiver would be cool, the Dolphins need help on their offensive line. Laremy Tunsil is proving to be a slight bust and there's room on that line to replace. Nelson is the best prospect at that position in the draft and would immediately fill a hole and help alleviate pressure on Ryan Tannehill, who the Dolphins are blessed to be getting back.
The Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick is a great corner and he needs some help. Adam Jones is getting old and washed up and it's time that the Bengals get a clean player in Josh Jackson for once. Jackson is a great man-coverage corner who also excels in zone. Jackson was a Thorpe Award finalist because of his instincts and play-making.
Roquan Smith is a boom or bust in terms of where he is selected in the draft, but I see Washington as his best suitor. This gives Smith an opportunity to work alongside Zach Brown and Ryan Kerrigan before he becomes an integral part of the defense. Washington would fortify an already solid linebacker core.
The Packers need a replacement to the long-gone B.J. Raji and have for a few years. Payne should be the first nose tackle off the board for that reason alone. The Packers are crafting a 3-4 defense with Mike Daniels and Dean Lowry. Payne would be the next step towards completing what was once Mike McCarthy's "stepchild"
TRADE - - - FROM CARDINALS
The Giants would commit a cardinal sin if they traded this far back only to not select an offensive line prospect. The Giants have few holes on their roster and only emerged when their strengths were taken away from them in the form of a gruesome lower-leg injury to Odell Beckham. Yes, Eli Manning is likely entering the final year of his career and a replacement would be ideal, but the Giants should improve a glaring weakness before addressing an issue that will emerge in a few years.
I'm not going to argue over whether or not Joe Flacco should be considered an elite quarterback because it honestly depends. In the regular season, Flacco struggles mightily, yet somehow, someway, he finds his stride in the playoffs. For years the Ravens have failed to put talent around Flacco and now is the opportunity with Christian Kirk on the board. Kirk would be a great deep threat and would be a younger alternative to Mike Wallace or Jeremy Maclin.