We’re fresh off the Senior Bowl, as well as an agreement between the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins to send Alex Smith to Washington, so it’s time for another Mock Draft. I’ll be releasing another Mock Draft at the end of the month, just before the start of the NFL Scouting Combine. Enjoy!
Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen both looked equally impressive during their week of practices at the Senior Bowl, but I still have Sam Darnold coming off the board here. It’ll be interesting to see how much that changes as we get closer the the Scouting Combine in March.
While I have Josh Rosen third on my Quarterback Big Board, I think he’s the most ‘pro ready’ in this draft class. His ceiling may not be as high as Darnold, Mayfield, and Allen, but I think he’s the one guy that can come in and contribute at a high level from day one.
Protecting Andrew Luck has to be a top priority for the Colts. After years of overlooking gaping holes on the offensive line, GM Chris Ballard has to change the status quo. There are several options for the Colts to bolster their line, with Quenton Nelson, Connor Williams, Billy Price, and Will Hernandez all highly sought after linemen.
The Browns were winless in 2017 and have to revamp the entire roster. Look for new GM John Dorsey to address the defense at some point in the Draft. They’re in a great position to pickup a ball hawk in the secondary in Minkah Fitzpatrick. I had the Browns picking up Fitzpatrick in my first mock draft, too, but that could change as we get closer to the Combine.
If reports are indeed true, the Broncos could be the to destination for Kirk Cousins. If that’s the case, they’ll need to improve their offensive line, especially given that RT Donald Stephenson is an unrestricted free agent. UTEP OG Will Hernandez is a real possibility to come off the board here, although I believe that it might be a bit of a reach here.
The Jets have to find consistent play under center, but they’ll never be able to accomplish that without a playmaker at receiver. Calvin Ridley is an excellent route runner and will no doubt find success in the NFL. Even with Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen on the board, it wouldn’t surprise me to see New York address other needs here.
There are, without a doubt, more pressing needs on the team, but an opportunity to add a high-motor EDGE rusher like Edmunds should be considered strongly for the Bucs. He’s going to bring some versatility to the defense as he can play OLB or move inside.
First of all, I firmly believe that it is a travesty if Bradley Chubb is still on the board when the Bears are on the clock. That being said, Chicago is out of position here to address most of their needs on offense. Instead, I’ll go best available and take Chubb off the board.
The 49ers made the right move this season and found their franchise QB in Jimmy Garoppolo. I think that trend continues as San Francisco looks to address their secondary in the Draft. Denzel Ward is my top ‘pure CB’ and could make an impact in his rookie season.
I don’t know if Head Coach Jon Gruden will succeed in Oakland, but I do believe that he will improve the offense. I’m predicting the Raiders to take one of my favorite prospects in this draft in Roquan Smith. He’s extremely athletic and has a high motor. Oakland has several defensive players hitting the free agency market this year, including ILB NaVorro Bowman, so this pick just makes sense to me.
The Dolphins have a hole at RB after trading Jay Ajayi to the Eagles earlier this season. I’m honestly surprised that Barkley is still on the board here at 11, but I had trouble finding him a spot. If you’re looking for a dark horse pick at the Draft in April, Miami could elect to move on from Tannehill and select a QB here.
Head Coach Marvin Lewis hasn’t been able to get solid production out of QB Andy Dalton, and with a potential out in Dalton’s contract, Cincinnati could look to move on. Baker Mayfield has looked impressive at times on tape, and if he can correct the inconsistencies, could develop into one of the top QB’s in the NFL.
Hear me out on this one. I know that the Redskins just agreed to trade for Chiefs QB Alex Smith, and signed him to a four-year extension (five-years total), but let’s just play with this for a bit. If, and it could be a big if, Josh Allen is still on the board at 13, Washington could select him and look to develop him for the future. There are many that are concerned with Allen’s ability to process the speed and nuances of an NFL offense, including myself. The Redskins could have an opportunity to hedge their bet and find a QB of the future.
I’m a huge fan of Will Hernandez. He looked impressive during the week of practices at the Senior Bowl, which I think solidified his spot as a first-round draft pick. Green Bay could look to address their offensive line woes with a player that potentially fits from day one.
Unless the Cardinals are sold on Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, they’re out of luck in this mock. Luke Falk or Mason Rudolph could be on the board when Arizona is back on the clock in the second round. Instead, I’m going to take an offensive tackle off the board for them here, which is also a need for the franchise.
Baltimore has more pressing needs, but they have an opportunity to draft a player that’s a playmaker on the defensive line. I’m a huge fan of Vea, and if I’m Baltimore, and Vita Vea is still on the board, I’m running to the podium to draft him.
I’m going to be a little unconventional here and go defense for the Chargers, but it’s for a good reason. Joey Bosa has been impressive thus far, so I’ll add another EDGE to take pressure off Bosa and potentially free up double-teams.
The Seattle offensive line was a liability last season. Let’s address that here with the best available offensive lineman on the board. Billy Price is going to add some versatility for the Seahawks and keep Russell Wilson upright.
The Cowboys performed rather well last season, despite not having consistent play at Defensive Tackle. I’m going to try and address that by adding Maurice Hurst to the roster. Tight End Mark Andrews could be a real possibility here as well.
While he wasn’t impressive during the Senior Bowl practices, I don’t believe that Marcus Davenport will fall to the second round. He’s a raw prospect, but could find a nice role in Detroit if Patriots DC Matt Patricia lands the Head Coach gig.
The Bills have an opportunity to get out of the Tyrod Taylor contract, and the 18 million cap hit for 2018, and I fully expect them to do so. I don’t believe that Lamar Jackson is the QB of today, but could potentially develop into the QB of tomorrow for Buffalo.
As I stated in my first Mock Draft, I’d be surprised if the Bills keep both of these draft picks. However, if they do, and DaRon Payne is still on the board, it would be a nice upgrade for them.
The Rams offense found it’s way back into the playoffs in 2017 under new Head Coach Sean McVay. Look for the front office to address their defense in the Draft in April, and they could do so in the first round. I really like the value that Carlton Davis offers at this spot for the Rams.
Let’s address the offensive line for the Panthers with this pick. I think that they could elect to go with a receiver instead, but I like the value of drafting McGlinchey.
I like the possibility of adding a safety net for Marcus Mariota with this pick. Newly hired Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur should have a field day with this offense, and adding a pice like Andrews just increases the potential.
This is a steal for the Falcons to pickup Derwin James this late in the first. I’m a big fan of his potential, as well as the obvious need for Atlanta that he fills.
Even though he’s a raw prospect, I still believe that Sutton could find his way into the latter half of the first-round. In my previous Mock Draft, I had Christian Kirk off the board. Nonetheless, I think it’s an offensive selection for the Saints.
I have another Crimson Tide prospect coming off the board by giving the Steelers some much needed help in the secondary. Much like Derwin James, I’d grade this pick as a steal for Pittsburgh.
I’m adding some depth to the interior offensive line for the Jags here. It’s really tough to try and predict what Jacksonville will do here, especially given that they haven’t had picks this late in the NFL Draft in a very long time.
Just like I said in my first Mock Draft, it doesn’t matter which QB the Vikings decide to retain, they’ll need to add depth to the offensive line to protect him.
I have Josh Jackson finding his way into the first-round in this Mock. I have him graded as a mid-second, but he could make an impact in Philadelphia in 2018.
The Patriots could potentially lose Matthew Slater and Danny Amendola to free agency. Couple that with a new Offensive Coordinator likely coming in for New England and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them add a weapon for Brady with this pick.