Spencer Flohr Mock Draft 5.0
Published at 3/8/2018 2:56:13 PM
Post combine. Multiple trade ups to get QBs, there always are. Please leave constructive criticism.
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I generally believe that with the first pick you should take the best player in the draft. That's Saquon Barkley. Plus, Isaiah Crowell has been dissapointing and will likely be gone this offseason, Barkley can come in an be an instant upgrade and immediately jump start the offense.
(Trade with Giants) The Giants seem like they're all in on Eli Manning due to the city erupting into riots when he was benched. Also, the Broncos have seemingly fallen out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes. Thus, a trade pact here makes perfect sense. The Broncos give up 2 firsts to go up and grab Darnold, who may have the highest ceiling of any QB in this draft.
All Bradley Chubb did at the combine was solidify himself as a top 5 pick in this year's draft. With that said, the Colts defense is starved for talent and Chubb is an elite pass rusher who can immensely improve a unit in desparate need of a spark.
The Browns skip a QB with the first pick and still get who I think is John Dorsey's favorite thrower in this draft. I've been a doubter of Allen but there was no denying that he was quite good at the Combine. The Browns usher in the future with a dynamic duo of Barkley and Allen.
(Trade with Broncos) As I said, the Giants seem all in on Eli. This means they need to help protect him and Nelson is about as much of a can't-miss prospect as we have in this draft. It's time to fix the Giants offensive line and keep Eli standing upright.
I'm assuming Kirk is going to sign with the Jets. If that indeed happens, they will need to shore up their secondary. With a top flight corner like Ward, who had a great Combine, the Jets' defense will rival the great defenses they had in the early 2010s when they found great success.
Name a Buccaneers safety. I bet you can't. Minkah Fitzpatrick is an absolute stud and can immediately step in and provide help for a Tampa Bay defense that was honestly terrible last season.
(Trade with Bears) With Nelson and Ward gone, there's no clear pick for the Bears at 8. 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 surprising. 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.
(Trade with 49ers) Much like the Bears, San Fran doesn't have a clear target with this pick so they pick up picks 21 and 22 from Buffalo, who saw QBs flying off the board and had to make their move. The Bills clearly do not want a mobile QB from their treatment of Tyrod Taylor so they get a pro-ready prospect in Rosen who should fill the mold of a pocket passer that Sean McDermott so desparately wants.
It was a tough call between Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds here but at the end of the day Edmunds is one of the most athletic players I've seen in a long time and should be an absolute gamebreaker for a Raiders' linebacker corp that needs some help. Not to mention he's somehow only 19 years old!
(Trade with Dolphins) The Bears have to shore up what is one of the worst receiving corps in the league by taking Ridley. Ridley is pro-ready and may not have an extremely high ceiling but also will almost surely not be a bust.
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.
I was initially skeptical about Vea as a top prospect but after he showed freaky athletisicm for his size at the combine, 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 need help all over the defense and especially in the pass rush. Davenport put up Jadeveon Clowney-like numbers at the combine and, although he needs some refining, should be an absolute beast.
This may seem like a bit of a reach but the fact of the matter is the Cardinals NEED a quarterback and Lamar Jackson will not be there when they pick next. Plus, Lamar Jackson may have the most potential of any quarterback in this class. This pick would pair nicely with the signing of a veteran like Case Keenum who can mentor Jackson for a year or two and help him refine his game.
The Ravens have the worst receiving core in the NFL in my opinion and need to find an upgrade. Moore had an awesome combine and is a home-grown kid too. This pick would be immensly popular with the fans and would fill a need.