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NFL Mock First Round Draft 2.0:

Note: This is a mock draft but we think this is mostly what each team should do with their pick and the right move for each team. However, we feel that this will be similar to how the first round pans out on Thursday.

 

  1. CLE- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: The Cleveland Browns draft a (hopefully) franchise QB (Not tryna throw shade Tyrod) with the first pick and can only guess his bust potential doesn’t fall through. The Browns’ new receiving core should aid Allen in generating a productive offense. It seems like he could just throw the ball up and Gordon/Landry would catch-it. The Gunslinger will now be a Brown.
  2. NYG- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: The most sought after prospect seems destined to join the Giants in NY, as adding him creates a strong offense with a dual-running back option and with Odell, Shepard, and Engram leading the receiving core. Do to their below average offensive line, I do not know how productive Barkley will be in 2018. However, watch for the Giants in selecting a quarterback with their second and/or third round pick.
  3. NYJ- Sam Darnold, QB, USC- The Jets choose a much needed QB that has the potential to start things going for them, due to them being stuck in the constant rebuilding phase. The Jets traded up to get a quarterback and now they got one. Look to see Darnold learn under McCown in the upcoming year.
  4. BUF (from CLE)- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: The Bills trade up for the number four pick in the draft, while sacrificing picks 12 & 22 and some second and third round picks. Buffalo hopes, after giving away Tyrod Taylor, who was far from good last season, their need for a QB is gone and they can build around Rosen. Rosen seems to be the most developed prospect and that is what the Bills are looking for. They made the playoffs last year for the first time in nearly two decades, and the Bills seem to want to build on that. Look to see Rosen lead this team by day 1.
  5. ARI (from DEN)- Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: The Cardinals take a risky move here trading up with Denver, along with picking a QB that had disciplinary issues in the past. However, if his rookie year pans out well it could be possible Arizona will look at him as their future franchise QB. The Cardinals trade a 15th pick and some second round picks for this 5th overall pick who will hopefully learn under Sam Bradford and become a star.
  6. IND- Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State: The Colts take advantage of the fact that such a great pass rusher fell to them. This will help their defense and also greatly boost their defensive line. Chubb is seen as the best defensive end by far and fill a gaping hole in Indianapolis.
  7. TAM- Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama: The Bucs select Fitzpatrick and it will help a lot. Their secondary last year was not something to be envied. It was abysmal. Fitzpatrick should instantly jump start this secondary and their defense will be looking a lot better with him and JPP on the D-line. After finishing 32nd in the NFL in pass defense, the Bucs look to turn their ranking around with an electric safety out of Tuscaloosa.
  8. CHI- Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame: Nelson falls, and the Bears pounce on their prey. This is a great opportunity to fill the void Josh Sitton left with his departure. The Bears have a monster to protect Trubisky and Howard. Trubisky will have time to throw and make the proper decisions and Howard will have running lanes to go through.
  9. SF- Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: The 49ers select Ward after winning the coin toss withe Raiders to get the 9th pick. Things seem to be going their way after getting their franchise QB after Garoppolo. Now they need to fix their secondary which is a mess and they can become a playoff team. A possible selection was Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds but the 49ers don’t want to move on from Reuben Foster that quickly (he hasn’t been convicted guilty yet).
  10. OAK- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia: They find someone here who can be a captain of their defense. Look to see them focus on defense as well later in the draft. The Raiders select the speedy and quick guy (Smith) over the big and strong guy (Edmunds).
  11. MIA- Vita Vea, DT, Washington: Should fill the role that Suh used to fill for the Dolphins. He is a decent sized interior lineman and may eventually be a three down lineman. Will help the D-Line rotation for them a lot. He is extremely athletic and should help this team a lot.
  12. CLE- Conner Williams, OT, Texas: The new addition of an OT as the twelfth pick after trading down should help boost the Browns’ O-line. This will potentially create open holes for Carlos Hyde and make a more productive offense. Williams will also protect their newly drafted QB Josh Allen at the left tackle position.
  13. WAS- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: This guy is a monster. Measuring in about 6’5’’ 250, Edmunds should instantly boost the interior linebacker position for the Redskins. He can do everything for the team and will likely be able to become a captain. He is extremely athletic and should help this team a lot.
  14. GB- Derwin James, S, FSU: Picking a player at the safety position is a must for the Packers, who have been struggling for a while with depth at the secondary position.
  15. DEN (from ARI)-Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado: The Broncos pick a CB with the 15th pick. Their need for depth at the position has shown time and time again against passing offenses and adding a good cornerback should help. They fill the hole from Aqib Talib’s absence with this pick.
  16. BAL- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: This pick will give the Ravens the #1 receiver they need. They need Ridley and he is a good fit for their offense. And Ravens fans will say this is Flacco’s comeback year…
  17. LAC- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: The Chargers get a much needed upgrade to their offensive tackle position. They are also trying to build a team around their QB, Rivers, before he retires. Their team was starting to click at the end of the year and maybe they could make a playoff run.
  18. SEA- Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College: They Seahawks want to have a great defense once again so the start it by getting a great EDGE prospect. He is regarded by many as the second best EDGE in the draft. He has a lot of upside with his athleticism.
  19. DAL- D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland: The Cowboys help their depleted receiving core by drafting the stud from Maryland. This should give Dak a #1 target after they got rid of Dez Bryant. This guy, in my opinion, is by far the best receiver in the class.
  20. DET- Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA: The Lions fill a void which is the spot of defensive end. This pick is of a monster DE that could turn out to be the best pass rusher in the class. Ziggy Ansah is only tagged but even if he is on the Lions long-term, they will be a nice pair.
  21. CIN- Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia: The Bengals help Dalton inside because he has received many hits in the backfield and his level of play reflected it. He was not able to get the ball to A.J. Green time after time because of his inability to throw the ball out quick enough.
  22. CLE- Mike Hughes, CB, UCF: The Browns selected Jabrill Peppers last year, but he looks more and more likely to turn out as a bust because of his NFL conversion struggles. They choose a Safety since they used two of their first round picks on an offense and hope that picking Hughes can patch up their defense.
  23. NE- Joshua Jackson, Iowa, CB: The Patriots parted ways with Malcom Butler and now they need to find his replacement and the prospect from Iowa will do just that. Their secondary know looks elite with Jackson and the McCourty brothers. However, this seems like a down year for the Patriots to me for the Patriots after they lost what seems like half their team. But at the begging of the season every year people think that it will be a down year and then Brady goes to the Super Bowl.
  24. CAR- Will Hernandez, G, UTEP: The Panthers were not able to get an elite reciever so they did not settle for an above average one. They drafted Andrew Norwell’s, All-Pro guard, successor with this pick. He fills the hole Norwell left after leaving to the Jaguars. They would have picked Billy Price but his injury concerns made him drop.
  25. TEN- Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama: The Titans get an interior defensive lineman that they deeply need. This will help their defensive line a lot.
  26. ATL- Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: The Falcons get some defensive line halp after Dontari Poe left to the Panthers. Hurst dropped to them after his heart condition but was regarded by many as the best defensive tackle in the class before that. Let’s see how this pans out.
  27. NOR- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: The Saints do not want to pass up on this talented QB prospect. This guy is a dual-threat that could be a danger to NFL defenses. Also, the Saints are trying to find a heir for Drew Brees with this pick. Hopefully, Jackson will be able to learn a lot from Brees and perfect his game.
  28. PIT- Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama: Man there have been a lot of people from Alabama. The Steelers’ linebackers have not been very strong and after Shazier’s injury they do not know if he will be able to play. The try to get a strong inside/outside linebacker with this Alabama prospect.
  29. JAC- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: They great player here for Bortles to throw to. Hurns and Robinson left so now they have a great receiver to throw to. Hopefully he can do big things.
  30. MIN- Billy Price, OG, Ohio State University: Price would have been a Top-10 selection if it wasn’t for his injury. He could be wearing a gold jacket one day (YES!!! He’s that good). The Vikings get Price to get protect the quarterback they spent big bucks on, Kirk Cousins.
  31. NE- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State: They find the heir to Tom Brady after the trade that sent Garoppolo to the 49ers left them without a backup quarterback to take Brady’s role (Not looking like a good trade). Mason Rudolph showed sparks in college and could turn out to be a fine quarterback. He will also have time, probably a couple of years, to learn from the best ever in his position.
  32. PHI- Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina: The Eagles have almost every spot filled pretty well so they draft a combination TE with Ertz with this pick. Trey Burton left and the former MLB bust will be taking his spot.
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