2018 NFL Mock Draft 4.0
Published at 4/7/2018 12:26:32 AM
This is my fourth Mock Draft and my first Post-Combine and Free Agency. Hope you all enjoy and leave constructive criticism if there's something you feel the need to say as I am still quite new to this!
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There are two picks the Browns could make here: the one I want them to make (Darnold) and the one I think they will make (Allen). Although Allen is known for his fantastic arm talent, so did players such as JaMarcus Russell, and I don't see any sort of deep accuracy with Josh Allen's workout tape, as he frequently overthrows players by five to seven yards.
If the Browns don't take Darnold Number One, don't expect the Giants to be taking any offers for this pick. I think the only reason they have held onto it until now is to see what Cleveland plans to do and who they plan to take. The Giants know that next year there will be little to no options at QB, so the smart move for them is to take a signal caller who they think can change their franchise down the line as long as he's available for them. Darnold is that guy for this franchise.
Besides the off-field problems, height, and possibility of being uncoachable, Mayfield is the all-around perfect prospect. I think this would be a very Jets pick here, taking the most flashy QB in the class as long as he's available (which he almost certainly will be).
The Browns could go Barkley here, but with Carlos Hyde already under their belt and a deeper runningback class than edge rusher, the Browns decide to solidify their Edge Rushers, with Garrett on one side and Chubb the other. Later in the draft they can come back for a runner if they feel the need.
It's time to move on at QB for Denver, and Case Keenum is only putting a small band-aid onto a gun wound. How long can Keenum keep Denver in running business? And while he's doing that, are we preparing our next option? The next option is Rosen, and I think he will fit nicely into their offense in a year or two.
With Saquon falling to pick six (get it?), this is the perfect situation for Indy. Grab the best player on the board at a major position of need. Barkley should add an explosiveness to this Offense the team hasn't had in years and will make Andrew Luck's job all the merrier. Expect them to fight long and hard for the AFC South title if this pick is made.
Nelson is already an All-Pro type talent, and his presence on the Offensive Line should help improve the entire unit. Jameis should have more time to make safer decisions, and any halfback should be grateful as well.
The Bears' locker room will love this pick. Although he's on the older side, I think Ridley will be a great help for the Offense and most importantly Mitchell Trubisky. The 7:7 he put up last year wasn't entirely his fault, he had nobody to throw to once Zach Miller went down. With RIdley, Robinson and Burton all joining the crew, now we should truly see what Trubisky is made of.
Shanahan and crew could go with Edmunds here, but they saw what happened with their last boom-or-bust pick Reuben Foster and feel they should just make the safer pick of the two.
Freak Athlete and Raiders seem to pair up quite nicely (except for the one time they passed on the generational athlete and took JaMarcus over Megatron). The Raiders always seem to go with the most athletic players, and Edmunds is no exception.
The Dolphins haven't had Tannehill take a snap since 2016, and although he may still be the most mediocre QB in football, I think they will give him one more season. In the meantime, address an even bigger need and take possibly the best QB in this class.
Lamar is a killer on the ground and through the air. I love so much about him as a QB, and I think the Bills will too as he is basically a better version of Tyrod Taylor. Perfect scheme fit, and a player who could at his ceiling become the next Michael Vick.
Minkah falls out of the top ten because of the fact that most teams needed a different position more or they weren't a great scheme fit for him. Here, however, Washington can fill a moderate sized hole at Safety while also grabbing the best player available.
The Packers traded Randall to Cleveland, who was previously their #1 guy at the position. This all but ensures they will take a Corner in the first round, and Jackson is quite possibly the best one on the board.
After just letting go of Tyrann Mathieu, the Cards need to address Safety. It may have been a horrible move - or it may have simply freed up the position for the next star of the show! We'll have to see. (Side note: I know James is a Strong Safety and Mathieu played Free. However, the Cards are rather blank at Safety in general, and drafting either position would be a huge help to their team.)
The Ravens' pass rush is old and expired. It's time to get a new young face in the locker room, and Landry, a super explosive defensive talent, fits the part quite nicely.