Another week gone by, another mock draft.
Since Mock Draft 4.0, the Buffalo Bills traded up to the number 12 pick, and it’s rumored they want to move up again. Who will they take?
1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
The argument for Darnold going number one gets stronger each week.
After performing well at his pro day, Darnold said “[He’s] trying to go to Cleveland” as the top pick. It won’t be first overall, but he still ends up with the Browns. Even though they landed Tyrod Taylor, it’ll be good to have Darnold for the future. They might even need him sooner. We’ll see.
2. New York Giants — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Odell Beckham is in a contract year, so expect him to ball out and propel the offense in 2018. Because of this, the Giants take a defensive playmaker instead of a quarterback. It’s not the most exciting pick, but a practical one that acquires an elite talent.
3. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
After losing out on Kirk Cousins, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year deal and then swapped picks with the Colts. Signs indicate that the Jets really want Rosen. He’s a skilled player who will thrive in the New York market. Why else would they trade up when a good selection of players would be available at six?
Unless they really want someone else. That would make this take look pretty bad.
4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn St.
He’s still the best athlete in the draft, but after Sam Darnold overachieved at his pro day, and Barkley didn’t even work out at his, the argument for Saquon at number one is losing some steam. He certainly won’t drop any further than this.
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, he’ll be there for Denver to take.
6. 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.
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 — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Chicago really needs a guard, but Nelson is off the board. Instead, the Bears take the best linebacker in the draft and plug a gaping hole in their defense.
9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
The Niners have their quarterback now. It’s time for them to address their 25th-ranked defense with the best corner in the Draft.
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. 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. Mayfield worked out privately with Miami on Thursday.
12. Buffalo Bills — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
The Bills obviously need a quarterback, so they traded up to get one. It’s rumored that they want to move up even higher to take Josh Allen (there’s the aforementioned shocker), but if that doesn’t happen, Jackson is still a great pick.
13. Washington Redskins — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
Tremaine Edmunds would have been a great fit, but with his stock rising, there’s no way he’s there for Washington. McGlinchey improves an offensive line that allowed 41 sacks in 2017.
14. Green Bay Packers — Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado St.
Who is this? He’s the best receiver you haven’t heard of. With an already thin receiving corps and the departure of veteran Jordy Nelson, the Packers need a pair of hands for Aaron Rodgers to hit.
15. Arizona Cardinals — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Larry Fitzgerald keeps coming back, but he can only do that for so long. Drafting Ridley gives the Cardinals a potential replacement while letting him learn under Larry for at least a year.