Matt Singh's 2018 Easter Mock (2 Rounds)
Published at 4/1/2018 12:18:44 AM
My penultimate mock for this season, with double the rounds! Final Mock will be out the week of the draft.
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Most years, there's a consensus No. 1 pick at the beginning of the year. During mock draft season, we start to see a lot of different opinions/hot takes. There was RG3 over Luck buzz in 2012, Mack over Clowney buzz in 2014, etc. This year, I fell victim to the same line of thinking by putting Barkley here in my last mock. The Jets moving up also adds a guaranteed QB coming off the board before Cleveland picks again at 4. They're taking a QB here, and I'd bet on the one that was here in most early mocks.
Quenton Nelson fills a more glaring need, but I don't think they can pass up on a potentially transcendent back. He's also one of the best character guys available and after the McAdoo debacle, the Giants need to re-establish a winning culture.
There's about a 0% chance the Jets gave up all those picks to take a non-quarterback. Baker Mayfield feels like a Jets pick, but Rosen is the safer pick in my opinion.
With the QB of the future already accounted for, why not take a swing for the fences? Edmunds has one of the highest upsides in the draft and with all the draft capital the Browns have, they can afford to take risks.
With Case Keenum under contract for the next 2 years, there's a chance they take a QB here in case he completely flames out. If he does, they'll be picking around here next year. Nelson is a great value here and could become a mainstay on their offensive line for a long time.
What a coup for the Colts if they can move down and still get their guy. I had them taking Chubb at 3 and there's a decent chance that he's still available when they're on the clock.
Even with a completely different top 6, this pick remains the same. Fitzpatrick's versatility allows the Bucs to move him around, filling any gaps they have in their secondary.
After cutting Jerrell Freeman and losing Christian Jones to Detroit, the Bears are thin at inside linebacker. Smith and Edmunds are neck and neck for best LB in the draft, with the former having a higher floor to me.
Richard Sherman adds some stability to the Niners secondary, but they still need some young talent there. Ward aced the combine and will most likely be the first corner off the board.
After putting Derwin James here previously, I've realized that doesn't make much sense. They've already got Karl Joseph at strong safety and they just used a second rounder on Obi Melifonwu. They still need some corners, even after drafting Gareon Conley last year.
The Dolphins just cut Ndamakong Suh, and they could pick up one of the most unique prospects in the draft. Vea's been a hot name in recent weeks and has a rare combination of size and agility for a nose tackle.
There's a good chance they'll move up to ensure they get their QB, but depending on the philosophies of other teams, they might not have to. The two signal callers linked to the Bills so far are Josh Allen and Mike White, and they would sprint to the podium if the former was available at 12.
Even though they pay dividends to the teams that draft them, safeties tend to be undervalued in the draft. Guys like Landon Collins and Jamal Adams fall farther than they should and become impact players. There's a top prospect that's bound to fall and Derwin James would be high on my list.
Nick Perry and Clay Matthews are solid, but the Packers could use some more pass-rushing depth. Davenport is another hot name and could sneak into the top 10, so a good value here.
Neither Sam Bradford nor Mike Glennon are the long term soultion. Of all the QBs, Mayfield is the biggest wild card in the draft in terms of how high (or low) he could go, so to get a potential franchise guy in the middle of the first round would be a coup.
A popular pick here. Ridley's not my favorite receiver in the draft, but he's a good fit with Michael Crabtree and John Brown.