The NFL Scouting Combine is in the books, and teams will now turn their focus to the Draft in April.
The ninth and tenth picks were awarded via coin flip. San Francisco will choose ninth, and Oakland tenth. This means we’ll go a bit further in today’s mock.
So what’s gonna happen?
1. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn St.
Barkley was already slated to be a top pick, but his impressive Combine performance sends him to the top of the board. Any team would be lucky to have an athlete like Barkley at any position.
2. New York Giants — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Do the Giants really need a quarterback? No. Instead, they take a defensive playmaker to help get the talented receivers back on the field. It’s not the most exciting pick, but a practical one that acquires an elite talent.
3. Indianapolis Colts — Quentin Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Jim Irsay is confident that Andrew Luck is the Colts’ quarterback. It’s time to protect him. The Indianapolis offensive line has been more or less a sieve the past few seasons. Drafting Nelson addresses that issue.
4. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
The consensus top quarterback in the class is still on the board, and the Browns still need one. Cleveland gets their man with the fourth pick.
5. Denver Broncos — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Denver GM John Elway already had an eye on Allen, and after having one of the better quarterback performances at the Combine, the Broncos are one step closer to pulling the trigger on him. Barring a shocker (the Browns are shopping their picks), he’ll be there for Denver to take.
6. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Three straight quarterbacks? Yup.
New York seems ready to hand Kirk Cousins a blank check, but things don’t always work out. And some teams definitely have more to offer in terms of talent and winning ability than the Jets. If this becomes the case, Rosen gets to thrive the New York market and the Jets get a quarterback with a reasonable age and talent level.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
A team desperately in need of a defensive back now has a chance to take the best one in the draft. Fitzpatrick at number seven is a steal for the Bucs.
8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Bears are committed to Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback. Now they need someone for him to throw the ball to. Ridley can fill the role of WR1, creating a potentially scary QB-WR duo.
9. San Francisco 49ers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Niners have a some more important needs to address, but passing on Jackson could be a mistake. They still need a corner, so why not get the best corner?
10. Oakland Raiders — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Another incredible athlete, Smith can propel the Raiders’ defense to the next level. Imagine blocking Khalil Mack only to have Smith follow him. If this becomes a reality, expect great things from that tandem.
11. Miami Dolphins — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Mayfield is an intriguing player, and the Dolphins need to make an intriguing pick. Drafting to address needs hasn’t been doing the job for Miami. It’s time to take a risk on a talented guy. Coach Adam Gase says Ryan Tannehill is the starter, but Mayfield is a winner, and with some work, has the potential to become a reliable starter.
12. Cincinnati Bengals — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
The Bengals can’t rely on AJ Green on every snap, but their run game is subpar. Adding McGlinchey will hopefully help Cincy improve on its 3.6 yards per carry.
13. Washington Redskins — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Not only is he a talented linebacker that suits Washington’s needs, Edmunds is also a Virginia native. It’s a good fit on both ends.
14. Green Bay Packers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
It’s strange seeing the Packers hold a top 15 pick, isn’t it? What was normal in Green bay last year was the ball flying all over the defensive backfield. Ward will help stop that.
15. Arizona Cardinals — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
LAMAR JACKSON IS AN NFL QUARTERBACK! Understood?
The Cardinals just changed coaches, and in doing so, changed their offensive scheme. Why not build an offense around a young quarterback who is also a phenomenal athlete?