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2018 NFL Mock Draft by Steezie - 2 Rounds w/ Trades (Post-Combine)
Published at 3/8/2018 2:31:43 AM
I'm heading into my 2nd mock with a few pre-conditions: 1. The VIKINGS sign KIRK COUSINS in free agency; 2. The BENGALS re-sign AJ MCCARRON; 3. Trumaine Johnson, Andrew Norwell, Nate Solder all leave in free agency. That being said, I put together a few trades in the 1st and 2nd rounds that could conceivably take place. I also took a few swings at trades I'm not seeing in other mocks that make sense to me and aren't out of left field. I also provide details on proper draft pick compensation for each trade. Hope you all enjoy! Comments welcome.
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Yes, everyone and their mother has Sam Darnold here. But there's something to be said for a guy who WANTS to "be there" - especially if "there" is Cleveland. Is he better than Darnold? Maybe not in terms of arm talent. But leadership qualities are off the charts - and when you get a franchise QB that WANTS to be in Cleveland...
The last 4 top-5 picks for the Giants in the NFL Draft were Philip Rivers (flipped for Eli), Cedric Jones, Carl Banks and Lawrence Taylor. 3 out of 4 ain't bad. Normally the Giants don't draft for "flash", but when it's a top-5 pick they tend to go big. Drafting a RB at #2 bucks recent NFL trends, but Barkley is a phenom.
If it were up to me, I'd be taking Quenton Nelson here. No disrespect to Chubb, but at SOME point the Colts have to make sure Andrew Luck has protection. Still, Chubb to Indy is virtually unanimous, and he's entirely worth a top 5 selection.
***TRADE*** BILLS AND BROWNS
If the Bills want a top QB prospect, they have to jump Denver and the Jets. When they see the Giants pass on a QB, Buffalo gets on the phone. Cleveland gets two first round picks (21 and 22), while Buffalo gets a QB.
BUF gets: #4 pick, 2018 draft
CLE gets: #21 and 22 picks, 2018 draft; 3rd round pick, 2019 draft
A QB with moxie, attitude and a flair for the dramatic? If you're John Elway, what's not to love? Rosen may thrive in a situation where he's under the watchful eye of Elway - and away from the bright media lights of New York and Los Angeles.
***TRADE*** RAIDERS AND JETS
The only thing better for Buffalo than trading up for a QB is screwing the Jets out of a top 3 QB prospect in the process. So why not trade back if you're Gang Green? The Raiders need a big-time DB and need to jump a few teams to ensure Fitzpatrick is there.
OAK gets: #6 pick, 2018 draft
NYJ get: #10 & #75 picks, 2018 draft; 3rd round pick, 2019 draft
Back to back safeties this high in the draft are a rarity, but the talent - and the need - fit these picks. Derwin James is an in-state prospect with a ton of potential (some have him rated above Fitzpatrick), and the Bucs need help in the secondary.
***TRADE*** BENGALS AND BEARS
Everyone says #8 is too high for Chicago to go WR - so why not trade back? With Quenton Nelson falling this far, Cincinnati should be blowing up the Bears' phone lines to improve their O-line with an incredible talent.
CIN gets: #8 pick, 2018 draft
CHI gets: #12 and #77 picks, 2018 draft
The 49ers are on the come up, but their sudden instability at LB (remember when that was a strength just a few years ago?) must be addressed early and perhaps more than once in this draft. Roquan Smith is a versatile player who is a better fit for SF than Edwards or Evans.
(from OAK in trade for #6 pick)
Well, well, well - stop the presses, the Jets made a smart move in the draft. They drop back 4 spots, pick up the #75 pick (and a 2019 selection), and still land the strong-armed Josh Allen out of Wyoming.
I originally had Josh Jackson of Iowa slated here, but Ward's stock seems to be higher right now. Miami fortifies the cornerback position with a player who will start Week 1.
(from CIN in trade for #8 pick)
Taking Calvin Ridley at #12 instead of #8 will sit a little better with the Bears, especially when they picked up an extra 3rd round choice in the process.
From Washington State to Washington, DC, goes Vita Vea, the kind of interior D-lineman that Washington needs to contend with the Eagles' run game, Ezekiel Elliott - and as of this draft, Saquon Barkley.
Edmunds is seen by many as a top-10 selection, so Green Bay is lucky to have him slide to #14 in this mock draft. The Packers' pass rush was mediocre last year, and exposed holes in the secondary as the year went on.
If I see one more draft where the Cardinals trade up into the top 5... well, I'll keep shaking my head. How is a team with the least picks in the 2018 draft making any moves? Based on value, I'd go with Josh Jackson here.
The Ravens would go WR if Calvin Ridley was here, but it's too early on Courtland Sutton. After years of Haloti Ngata, the Ravens find themselves in need of a run-stopping DT who can play on the nose, and Da'Ron Payne is a hard-working player who fits their style of play.