Here it is. After much thought and a fair amount of “googling” players and team needs, I’ve settled on the final 2018 mock that I can live with — until, of course, Mike Mayock’s comes out Wednesday night and I want to revisit mine and make changes.
The signals at one are so mixed. I’m convinced who the the pick SHOULD be here (a certain QB from Southern California). But we’re running the gamut between three QBs — at least that’s what the Browns are letting everyone think. I’ve talked before about the type of quarterback John Dorsey seems to covet, but that may not ring true this year with this crop of QBs. In short, I’m as confused as everyone else.
The PICK: Sam Darnold, USC QB
2. **TRADE** Broncos (from Giants)
Report after report say how comfortable Dave Gettleman is with Eli under center for a couple more years. I don’t think they want to trade down to 12 with Buffalo, but taking Denver’s 5 (plus picks) keeps the G-Men in a spot to still get a great player. And John Elway can’t help himself. He needs a QB. Period.
The PICK: Josh Allen, Wyoming, QB
I’ve been clear that I don’t like the Jets moving up to only 3. If you want your guy, go all the way and make certain you’ll get him. Now, in reality, the Jets are forced to accept the leftovers from whoever didn’t go 1 and 2.
The PICK: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB
This pick will be so highly-coveted that if the Browns want to deal it, they could get a king’s ransom in return. For me, how many more picks do the Browns really need? At some point you have to actually take players with these picks. With Chubb and Barkley sitting here, I think Cleveland needs to grab one.
The PICK: Bradley Chubb, NC State, DE
5. **TRADE** Giants (from Broncos)
Giants get a guy that many feel they would take at two.
The PICK: Saquon Barkley, Penn State, RB
6. **TRADE** Bills (from Colts)
I think Indianapolis GM Chris Ballard would love to trade this pick to acquire more draft capital. And the Bills have waited this whole offseason to make this move and make this pick.
The PICK: Josh Rosen, UCLA, QB
Tampa Bay would love to get Barkley and add that type of weapon to Jameis Winston’s disposal. They could be a team willing to move up a spot or two. But right now, I’ve got them staying and upgrading their pass defense.
The PICK: Denzel Ward, Ohio St., CB
This pick is a match made in heaven. Have to keep protecting your quarterback
The PICK: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame, G
San Francisco is in the position of really taking the best player on their board. They can use help and add depth at almost any spot on their roster. A versatile linebacker or a cornerback might be where they look.
The PICK: Roquan Smith, Georgia, LB
Everything the 49ers are looking for at 9 could be said here for the Raiders at 10. Defensive backs will be in the conversation for both Bay Area teams. So could linebackers and pass rushers and big giant run stuffers.
The PICK: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech, LB
Ndamakong Suh’s departure leaves a hole in the middle of that D-line. There are some monsters in this draft who can can fill it. But Miami needs help all over the defensive side.
The PICK: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, S
12. **TRADE** Colts (from Bills)
The Colts need help everywhere. Best available choice won’t be a bad one.
The PICK: Derwin James, Florida St., S
By all accounts (including current Redskins players), the team shipped its best corner to KC as part of the Alex Smith trade. Washington should be able to find a replacement here. But Dan Snyder has a way of surprising us.
The PICK: Vita Vea, Washington, DT
Green Bay wanted Chicago’s Kyle Fuller so badly they signed him to an offer sheet, which the Bears matched. Hard to see the Pack not going CB in the first round. The opportunity to move up might be enticing if there’s a guy there they like that slips.
The PICK: Jaire Alexander, Louisville, CB
Arizona will exhaust all options as they try to trade up for a QB. If they stay at 15, will they take one here?
The PICK: Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB
At some point you need to start spending early round draft picks on offense. In the last three drafts in the first three rounds, Ozzie Newsome has drafted 14 players — 11 of whom played defense. Get Joe Flacco some youth at the playmaking positions — or go get Flacco’s replacement.
The PICK: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame, OT
Linebacker is a critically important position in Gus Bradley’s defense. The team is also in need of some behemoths up front to stuff the run.
The PICK: Da’Ron Payne, Alabama, DT
18. **TRADE** Titans (from Seahawks)
With so few picks, Seattle would love to trade down here. Maybe Titans want to come up to ensure they get their guy. Edge rusher would be a nice addition for Mike Vrabel’s defense.
The PICK: Marcus Davenport, UT-San Antonio, DE
I think Jerry Jones would love to get Dez’s replacement here, but I’m not sold on that player being here. But who knows what Jerry thinks. If he happens to agree with me, perhaps a run stuffer up front on defense could be a smart pick that fills a need or depth at linebacker. But again, Jerry usually gets what Jerry wants.
The PICK: Courtland Sutton, SMU, WR
20. **TRADE ** Patriots (from Lions)
I’m convinced old pals Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia, and Bob Quinn make a deal here. Linebacker depth is a big need for the Pats.
The PICK: Rashaan Evans, Alabama, LB
To be blunt, the Bengals could not block a soul in 2017. If this pick isn’t used to address the offensive line, Cincinnati should have to forfeit all it’s remaining picks.
The PICK: James Daniels, Iowa, C/G
22. **TRADE** Colts (from Bills)
The Colts have holes all over their defense to fill. They’re rumored to go LB at 6 if they stay. Also, O-line help is much needed.
The PICK: Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, C/G
23. **TRADE** Lions (from Patriots)
Detroit has various needs — running back, cornerback, linebacker, and edge rusher to compliment Ziggy Ansah. They could also choose to replace the hole left by Haloti Ngata.
The PICK: Harold Landry, Boston College, DE/OLB
Finding a number one receiver is an important need for the the Panthers.
The PICK: Calvin Ridley, Alabama, WR
25. **TRADE** Seahawks (from Titans)
New head coach Mike Vrabel would probably like to start making his impression on the defensive-look of the this team. But the offensive line, oddly enough because it’s been highly-invested in, needs some help due to injuries.
The PICK: Leighton Vander Esch, Boise St., DE/OLB
Interior offensive line could be fixed with this pick. I expected the Falcons to pursue Andrew Norwell this offseason before he signed with Jacksonville. But they also need to replace Dontari Poe at DT.
The PICK: Will Hernandez, UTEP, G
The Saints have been struggling to replace Jimmy Graham for years. They also need defensive line help in the middle.
The PICK: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota St., TE
Pittsburgh could really use help in their defensive backfield or at linebacker.
The PICK: Mike Hughes, Central Fla., CB
Any weapons this team can give to Blake Bortles is a huge plus. The addition of a playmaker who might be able to score that extra touchdown might be the difference in going to the Super Bowl or not.
The PICK: DJ Moore, Maryland, WR
Minnesota chose to invest heavily in Kirk Cousins. It’d behoove them to also invest in his protection. They may also choose to add strength on strength and build on their defense.
The PICK: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia, G/T
If one of the six QBs falls to 31, I’d think Belichick gives it consideration. I think offensive line is also a major need here or early in the second. Let’s face it — who thinks BB actually keeps this pick?
The PICK: Joshua Jackson, Iowa, CB
When you’re the Super Bowl Champions, you don’t have a ton of glaring needs. Offensive line depth is an area Philly would likely love to add to, especially with a QB coming back from a serious knee injury.
The PICK: Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, OT
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