So since we are done with the combine and the beginning of free agency (frenzy time), let me predict the first round of the NFL Draft in my second off-season edition.
We already have a trade that will move the Bills to the 12th overall pick and Bengals to the 21st overall pick, which will shake up the middle of the first round to a point. One trade that will help a team out in the long run of the draft will be the quantity and quality of picks the Colts received in the deal that will send the Jets picking at three.
Also, I will give the analysis of the pick at the end of the mock per pick.
- Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold – QB – USC
- New York Giants – Saquon Barkley – RB – Penn State
- New York Jets – Josh Allen – QB – Wyoming
- Cleveland Browns – Minkah Fitzpatrick – FS – Alabama
- Denver Broncos – Quenton Nelson – OG – Notre Dame
- Indianapolis Colts – Bradley Chubb – EDGE – North Carolina State
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derwin James – S – Florida State
- Chicago Bears – Marcus Davenport – EDGE – Texas-San Antonio
- San Francisco 49ers – Denzel Ward – CB – Ohio State
- Oakland Raiders – Tremaine Edmunds – LB – Virginia Tech
- Miami Dolphins – Vita Vea – DT – Washington
- Buffalo Bills – Josh Rosen – QB – UCLA
- Washington Redskins – Da’Ron Payne – DT – Alabama
- Green Bay Packers – Mike Hughes – CB – UCF
- Arizona Cardinals – Baker Mayfield – QB – Oklahoma
- Baltimore Ravens – James Daniels – C – Iowa
- Los Angeles Chargers – Isaiah Wynn – OG – Georgia
- Seattle Seahawks – Mike McGlinchey – OT – Notre Dame
- Dallas Cowboys – Roquan Smith – LB – Georgia
- Detroit Lions – Sony Michel – RB – Georgia
- Cincinnati Bengals – Will Hernandez – OG – UTEP
- Buffalo Bills – Donte Jackson – CB – LSU
- Los Angeles Rams – Harold Landry – EDGE – Boston College
- Carolina Panthers – Justin Reid – S – Stanford
- Tennessee Titans – Leighton Vander Esch – LB – Boise State
- Atlanta Falcons – Calvin Ridley – WR – Alabama
- New Orleans Saints – Dallas Goedert – TE – South Dakota State
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Lamar Jackson – QB – Louisville
- Jacksonville Jaguars – Rashaan Evans – LB – Alabama
- Minnesota Vikings – Taven Bryan – DT – Florida
- New England Patriots – Kolton Miller – OT – UCLA
- Philadelphia Eagles – Christian Kirk – WR – Texas A&M
1. Browns – Sam Darnold – QB – USC
Despite Hue Jackson naming Tyrod Taylor the starter, he is only a stop-gap player for a year or two until Darnold is ready. He is the best quarterback in the draft.
2. Giants – Saquon Barkley – RB – Penn State
Giants believe that Eli stills has two years left in his tank and they bolstered the oline to keep him up, so they find Eli a running back to help get the stress off him.
3. Jets – Josh Allen – QB – Wyoming
Jets signed Bridgewater and McCown to one-year deals, but they find their future signal-caller in Allen. Give him at least one year to learn.
4. Browns – Minkah Fitzpatrick – FS – Alabama
Browns go defensive here. Fitzpatrick is versatile, but making him officially a free safety will put the Browns defense back on the map. Peppers can stay closer to the line and Fitz plays in center.
5. Broncos – Quenton Nelson – OG – Notre Dame
Broncos could go with a quarterback, but they signed Keenum and makes them in a win now mode. Fix the interior part of the oline by adding this stud. Broncos running game will come back and provide a spark.
6. Colts – Bradley Chubb – EDGE – North Carolina State
Colts get their new Dwight Freeney in Chubb. Dude is a stud and will help turn this bad defense into something, as they have been bad for a long time.
7. Buccaneers – Derwin James – S – Florida State
A safe pick here would be James. I like Davenport, but the Bucs close that hole in the secondary by plugging in James next to Justin Evans. James is a do it all safety.
8. Bears – Marcus Davenport – EDGE – Texas-San Antonio
Bears get another young edge rusher. Davenport and Floyd can turn into a young monstrous duo. This kid can fly around the corner with a combination of speed and power.
9. 49ers – Denzel Ward – CB – Ohio State
Niners get another corner in the system and a good one. Sherman, Ward, and Williams are a solid trio. Safe pick by John Lynch.
10. Raiders – Tremaine Edmunds – LB – Virginia Tech
Raiders need to fill a linebacker hole and Edmunds fills that hole. Kid is going to be a monster at the NFL level. He is a tremendous athlete.
11. Dolphins – Vita Vea – DT – Washington
I just am not buying the Mayfield hype here with Tannehill still in town. Vea will replace Suh in the lineup. Dolphins land a big potential superstar.
12. Bills – Josh Rosen – QB – UCLA
Rosen falls due to his personality and hard times to get a long with teammates, but the Bills can straighten him out. Steal for the Bills at 12. He could literally push newly-acquired A.J. McCarron out of the starting lineup, if he performs well in camp and pre-season.
13. Redskins – Da’Ron Payne – DL – Alabama
Redskins miss out on Derwin James and Vita Vea, so they take Payne, who will be a disruptive force in the trenches. Redskins would love to pair Payne and Allen back together, as they were in college.
14. Packers – Mike Hughes – CB – UCF
The Packers have a hole at the corner spot and need to get even younger and more athletic there. Hughes fills that hole. He is a great kick and punt returner, which is a nice bonus to drafting him. Speedster that can fly with anyone.
15. Cardinals – Baker Mayfield – QB – Oklahoma
Cardinals will have Glennon for this year and next year, plus Bradford for the 2018 season, but they need that “franchise” quarterback and Mayfield is a good gamble for them.
16. Ravens – James Daniels – C – Iowa
Ravens will most likely give Skura the first crack at the center job, but Daniels has a chance to start in his rookie year. Jensen will most likely sign with the Colts or Buccaneers.
17. Chargers – Isaiah Wynn – OL – Georgia
Chargers get some more versatility on their offensive line and especially on the interior side of the offensive line. Wynn can play all five spots on the line and expect the Chargers to try him at a one of the guard spots or at the center position.
18. Seahawks – Mike McGlinchey – OT – Notre Dame
Seahawks fix their weakest unit on the field. McGlinchey slides to the right tackle position and Ifedi moves inside, then when Duane Brown calls it a career, I would exect McGlinchey to take over the left tackle spot.
19. Cowboys – Roquan Smith – LB – Georgia
Losing Hitchens to Kansas City leaves a huge hole in the linebacker corps for the Cowboys. Smith has dropped due to red flags from the combine, but that has never scared the Cowboys in the past (Jaylon Smith). Roquan Smith, Jaylon Smith, and Sean Lee is a nice trio.
20. Lions – Sony Michel – RB – Georgia
Lions are signing defensive free agents, which will give the Lions a chance to find Stafford a real running back that can play all three downs and become a weapon. Michel fits the Lions offensive scheme. He reminds me of the Saints running back Alvin Kamara.
21. Bengals – Will Hernandez – OG – UTEP
Bengals got their left tackle in Glenn from Buffalo, which moves Boling back to left guard and placing Hernandez at right guard makes the oline that much better. Power blocker here. He will have no problem run blocking, but will have to work more on his pass blocking (still decent).
22. Bills – Donte Jackson – CB – LSU
Bills get a corner that they lack. Davis on a one-year deal and last year’s first-round pick in White gives the Bills a nice duo and Jackson’s skill set fills the bill for them and makes that trio. Fast player that can stick with anyone. LSU corners for many years to come for Buffalo (White & Jackson).
23. Rams – Harold Landry – EDGE – Boston College
Trading Quinn leaves a hole at the edge rusher position and Landry fits the 3-4 scheme better. Landry had a down year, but his college tape as a whole gets him to the 23rd spot of the draft. Landry could be a defensive rookie of the year candidate, if selected here.
24. Panthers – Justin Reid – S – Stanford
Panthers get younger at the safety position and get one of the smartest players at that position and in the draft. Smart and athletic leads to good things. I like this pick. Remember Coleman signed with the Saints.
25. Titans – Leighton Vander Esch – LB – Boise State
Titans need an inside linebacker. Leighton is a big and strong linebacker that lays down the boom. This past season left me like “wow”. He hadaa nice combine that is helping him reach the first round.
26. Falcons – Calvin Ridley – WR – Alabama
The Falcons taking Ridley will add more firepower to that offense, which would take pressure off of Julio Jones. I know they need a defensive tackle, but the draft is deep with interior defenders, so you take the best receiver as a whole in this year’s draft.
27. Saints – Dallas Goedert – TE – South Dakota State
Saints adding a pass-catching tight end would be scary. This will bring back bad memories of Brees and Graham for me, as I am a Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan. Goedert ceiling is so high and adding a tight end like him would make this offense unstoppable.
28. Steelers – Lamar Jackson – QB – Louisville
Steelers land Big Ben’s future replacement. Lamar could take at least two years, which I expect Big Ben to try and play two more years. Good gamble for Pittsburgh.
29. Jaguars – Rashaan Evans – LB – Alabama
Double P retired leaving a hole in the middle of the defense, so the Jaguars with almost every position filled except here, I would love to see them land Evans at pick number 29, which is a steal. He steps in despite the Jags potentially moving Jack in the middle or keeping him on the outside.
30. Vikings – Taven Bryan – DT – Florida
With Tom Johnson and Sharrif Floyd walking out the door, I can see the Vikings snatching Bryan here. This is one of the most interesting defensive tackles in the draft this year. He has strong hands and unbelievable power mixed with speed. He gets a good jump off the line that stands out. What a pick here for Mike Zimmer’s defense.
31. Patriots – Kolton Miller – OT – UCLA
Patriots lost Solder to the Giants and they need to find a future left tackle and Miller can be their guy. He might not step in year one, but down the road he will be their franchise left tackle.
32. Eagles – Christian Kirk – WR – Texas A&M
Eagles traded Torrey Smith to the Panthers and Johnson to the Seahawks, so that opens up a whole at the receiving corps. They take Kirk, who has a chance on becoming the best receiver alongside Calvin Ridley in the draft.