Post Combine Mock draft (Top Sixteen)

Posted: March 19, 2018 in Football, New entries, NFL
  1. Cleveland Browns – USC QB, Sam Darnold – No QBs for the 2019 draft look better than Sam Darnold. Barkley is possible here. You could even argue John Dorsey could take Josh Allen. Darnold makes the most sense for Dorsey at one.
  2. Buffalo Bills (projected trade) –  UCLA QB, Josh Rosen – The Bills have a roster that can compete right now on defense. Rosen’s been described as the most pro ready of the QBs. A.J. McCarron  is not a long term answer. What the bills have done over the past three weeks makes no sense if they don’t trade up for a QB. Rosen is the best fit for where the Bills are in the AFC West competitively speaking.
  3. New York Jets (traded with Colts) – Wyoming QB, Josh Allen – The Jets won’t take Baker or Lamar Jackson here with Josh Allen available. Allen has high upside and plenty of mentorship opportunity from Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater to learn from. Allen had a great combine.
  4. Cleveland Browns – PSU RB, Saquon Barkley – At one point it was considered possible that Cleveland would take Barkley first overall after they signed Tyrod Taylor. Getting Barkley with their fourth would be the best possible scenario for Cleveland.
  5. Denver Broncos –  Notre Dame OL, Quenton Nelson – I don’t see John Elway falling in love with Baker Mayfield or Lamar Jackson at five overall. Minkah Fitzpatrick would be a value pick here. Nelson’s considered a slam dunk pick this draft and fills a need for a struggling Broncos offensive line.
  6. Indianapolis Colts – NCST DE, Bradley Chubb – The Colts get their guy anyway. Chubb fills an enormous need for Indy. They are garbage rushing the passer. Minkah would be a value pick here as well.
  7. Tampa Bay – Nick Saban U. DB, Minkah Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatrick is a blue chip corner-safety hybrid. This is a Best Player Available pick for Tampa. They have needs at offensive line and pass rush if Fitzpatrick is not available here.
  8. Chicago Bears – Notre Dame OT, Mike McGlinchey – Matt Nagy can take Derwin James here. Trubisky needs an offensive line that can keep him upright. Nagy comes from the Andy Reid coaching tree, who always liked to win games on the line of scrimmage.
  9. San Francisco 49ers – Va. Tech LB, Tremaine Edmunds – Edmunds has crazy measurables and gives the 49ers leverage with the Reuben Foster situation. I’m a 49ers fan and want them to draft Maurice Hurst here. Hurst is a medical scare and won’t go top ten.
  10. L.V. Raiders – FSU SS, Derwin James – Jon Gruden is a defense guy. ProFootballFocus has James as a stud defender going into the NFL. Raiders could also build the offensive line here with Will Hernandez or Connor Williams.
  11. Miami Dolphins – Okla. QBBaker Mayfield – Mayfield is a risky pick, but Gase is fighting for his job in 2018. The Dolphins could pick up Roquan Smith or Denzel Ward here.
  12. New York Giants – OKST. QB, Mason Rudolph – The Giants looked awful last year. They could take Calvin Ridley and try to compete right away. Eli struggled in 2017 and the Giants need to set themselves up for 2018 and beyond. Rudolph has a high ceiling.
  13. Washington Redskins – The Ohio State CB, Denzel Ward – The Redskins lost starting CBs Kendall Fuller and Bashaud Breeland this offseason. The Redskins could also go with DT Vita Vea to assist with their run defense struggles.
  14. Green Bay Packers – UTEP OG, Will Hernandez – The Packers typically don’t draft interior offensive linemen early. Keeping Aaron Rodgers healthy has to be a priority for this ownership after watching 2017. Their offensive line struggled with injury and poor play this season.
  15. Arizona Cardinals – Louisville QB, Lamar Jackson – Jackson is a project, but the Cardinals are the team that can groom a raw rookie passer. Jackson has a cannon arm and top athleticism. Bradford can mentor Jackson and they have enough weapons on offense that the QB doesn’t have to win the game by himself.
  16. Baltimore Ravens – UGA ILB, Roquan Smith – Smith is actually a steal at sixteen. Smith is a little undersized, but the Ravens have a need at inside linebacker. The Ravens could take Calvin Ridley or jump on a QB if they fall to sixteen.

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