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Two Kids in a Trenchcoat 4/25/18

Jacob, Ryan and Josh go rapid fire and give you their full mocks heading into NFL draft day. The trio also dive into some prospects that intrigue them and how Reggie Bush might be the greatest Dolphin running back of all time.

Top 10 Picks: 01:30 – 12:46

Picks 11 through 32: 12:50 – 23:30

Eagles Talk: 23:35 – 25:10

Derrius Guice/Reggie Bush: 25:15 – 28:47

Josh Jackson: 29:00 – 30:00

Harold Landry: 30:00 – 31:43

Lamar Jackson: 31:45 – 36:16

Last week’s episode

Ryan Sharp Mock Draft 7.0

Jacob Rosenfarb Mock Draft 2.0

Mock Draft 7.0

The Draft is almost here, so I decided to get motivated and do a full first round mock. It’s back on track with what I’ve been putting out, and much more realistic than my previous mock draft.

If there are any big trades before Thursday, I’ll do a 7.1. For now, you can expect this to be my final mock of the year.

Be sure to tune in to the next episode of Two Kids in a Trenchcoat to hear about some of the changes made and for more Draft chatter.

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. Mind you, he worked out in the rain in what was supposed to be a controlled setting. And Jimmy Haslam sat outside in the rain to watch. It seems they really like each other, and I like this fit.

Even though Cleveland 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 — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

This is the first time I have Saquon going second. Last week, the Giants reportedly called Barkley “a perfect prospect.” They’re not wrong. Picking him at number two allows for the Giants to take some of the load off of an aging Eli Manning by giving him a reliable ball carrier.

Barkley was also spotted at a Pennsylvania barber shop wearing a Giants hoodie. Teams give players gear all the time, so this could be nothing … but it might be something.

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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 — Bradley Chubb, DL, NC State

My mock is starting to look more and more like Jacob Rosenfarb’s, but he’s right about this pick. Chubb is a freak of nature who will bolster any defense. Putting him next to Myles Garrett would make the Browns scary. Weird, right?

5. Buffalo Bills (via trade with Denver) — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Last week, I had the Bills trading up to the second pick. John Elway then said the Broncos were shopping pick number five.

Case Keenum is coming off of a career year, and Paxton Lynch is still around, so why draft a quarterback? It goes against all of my previous mocks, but signs point to the Bills wanting Allen. With this trade, Denver adds an additional first round pick (22) and likely another later on.  The Bills get their strong-armed quarterback who was the third best in the Mountain West last season.

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6. Indianapolis Colts — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

Is Nelson Worth a top ten pick? Yes.

He’s the best offensive lineman in this class, and the Colts offensive line can’t let their QB get sacked 56 times this year. Especially if it’s Andrew Luck, who has been proven to be kind of fragile.

Jim Irsay is committed to Luck. Nelson is the right choice to help him out.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, S, Florida State

It was considered likely that the Buccaneers would take a defensive back. Now, ESPN’s Todd McShay reports that they have “narrowed in on Derwin James.”

Who can blame them? He’s a talented safety and they desperately need one.

8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Mitchell Trubisky is the man now in Chicago, and he needs some guys to throw at. The Bears took a step in the right direction by signing Allen Robinson in free agency. This provides Ridley with the opportunity to work with a veteran early on. And both of them are good. This plays out well in my head.

You might be thinking, “What about Kevin White?” Don’t think that.

9. San Francisco 49ers — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

I’ve never seen someone cover as much ground in a single than Smith. He is the best in this draft class at finding the ball and chasing down a runner in the backfield. His main weakness is coming off of blocks, but he is fast enough to still perform while he works on that.

I still like Denzel Ward to San Fran, but with the future of former first round pick Reuben Foster up in the air, it makes sense to take a linebacker — a really good one. Richard Sherman plays there now, so it’s not like they’re thin at corner.

10. Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fiztpatrick, S, Alabama

Safety Reggie Nelson is turning 35 in September. Aside from him and 2017 top pick Gareon Conley, the Oakland secondary is, well, bad. Fitzpatrick adds a much-needed presence to the Raider defense and will certainly make an impact right away.

He also has some experience playing slot corner, and added benefit to a phenomenal player, and sensible pick.

11. Miami Dolphins — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Back on brand.

If Elway sells that No. 5 pick (which is seeming more likely, @Bills), then Mayfield will be available for the Dolphins.

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 commented #GetMeToMiami on fellow Sooner Kenny Stills’ Instagram live video.

12. Denver Broncos (via Buffalo) — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame

Denver needs a receiver, too. But there is a significant drop-off between McGlinchey and the next best group of offensive lineman. Taking him allows the Broncos to secure the best available OL and still take a decent wideout at 22.

13. Washington Redskins — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Josh Norman has cooled off, and after dealing Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith, Washington needs a new corner.

Enter Josh Jackson. Adding him to a secondary with DJ Swearinger significantly improves the Washington defense.

Jackson hauled in eight interceptions last year, half of the Washington team total.

14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA 

This is the first time Davenport appears in one of my mocks, because I thought he would go outside the top 15. He’s just too good for that, and Green Bay could use an additional pass rusher to play next to Mike Daniels.

15. Arizona Cardinals — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Lamar Jackson has proven that he can play at the next level, but he also showed us that he needs some time to develop.

Arizona brought in a new coach and offensive coordinator, which of course means a new offense. Let Jackson work on his game while Sam Bradford takes the beating under center.

Additionally, Larry Fitzgerald is a great veteran to help Jackson along the way.

16. Baltimore Ravens — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

I had to think about this for a bit. The Ravens defense was among the best in the league in 2017, so I thought they don’t really need to do anything with it. Upon more thinking, I remembered Terell Suggs is kind of old. Still good, but old. Like, he’ll be done soon.

Having Edmunds and Suggs on the same team will be fun for now, and then Edmunds can lead them later.

17. Los Angeles Chargers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

Last year, the Chargers took a wide receiver when they needed a defensive back. Let’s see if they get it right this year. If they don’t, something is wrong. Ward is a steal at 17 and it would be questionable for any team to pass on him this late.

18. Seattle Seahawks — Kolton Miller, T , UCLA

Miller is not quite on the prospect level with the Notre Dame guys, but he’s still the real deal, greatly due to his insane athleticism. The 6 foot 9 inch (nice), 310 pound tackle had a stellar Combine. He ran a 4.95″ 40 yard dash (second to Quenton Nelson) and set a new record in the broad jump; 10 feet 11 inches.

Also, Seattle’s offensive line was bad last year, so yeah, this should help.

19. Dallas Cowboys — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

Dez Bryant is gone. That might be good for the environment, but Bryant still had almost 300 more yards than the next best Cowboy receiver. Sutton might not be Dez Bryant (when he was super good), but he’s still a good replacement. He shares a lot of the same abilities, as well as size.

20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Detroit has been plagued by an inconsistent run game for a while now. It’s time for them to do something about it. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are just okay. The Lions need someone who can pick up good yardage on the ground. Guice is a strong power back who is capable of filling that role.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo) — James Daniels, C, Iowa

Russell Bodine departed in free agency, but he needed replaced anyway. The Bengals need someone who isn’t a human turnstyle to play center.

Many experts are mocking Daniels to Cincy, and I have to agree with them. He’s the best center in this draft, and that’s what the Bengals need most.

22. Denver Broncos (via Buffalo) — D.J. Moore, WR, Marlyand

Moore has passed Calvin Ridley as the top receiver in some mocks, thanks to his impressive Combine performance where he ran 4.42 40 yard dash. It’s also pretty impressive to earn first team All-Big Ten AND Big Ten Receiver of the Year while playing for Maryland (who shouldn’t be in the Big Ten).

23. New England Patriots — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan

The Patriots traded Brandin Cooks to the Rams, so a receiver could be on the radar. But you have to remember that Tom Brady is still the quarterback. He can work with literally anything.

The New England defense could use some work, as it struggled at times last season, including in the biggest game of the year.

Hurst is also from Massachusetts, so there’s that.

24. Carolina Panthers —  Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado St.

The Panthers have lacked a WR1 since dealing Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo. Gallup can come in and fill that void. We didn’t hear much about him until recently, but he has a strong ability to find and go get the ball. He could be a good deep threat for Cam Newton.

25. Tennessee Titans — Harold Landry, LB, Boston College

Cornerback was a need, but Tennessee inked Malcolm Butler after he left New England on bad terms. And after Avery Williamson signed with the Jets, Landry fills their next biggest need at linebacker.

26. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DL, Washington

Many mocks have Vea going in the top 15, but I see better picks to be made for other teams that need d-lineman. Even though there are some better, Vea is still a solid player and will make a replacement for Dontari Poe, who left for Carolina.

27. New Orleans Saints — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

He’s been called the “most game-ready” tight end in the draft, and the Saints could really use one. Colby Fleener is there, but he isn’t the answer. Despite standing only 5 feet 10 inches, Goedert is still a fantastic blocking tight end with good hands. If he works on his route-running, he’ll be the full package.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise St.

Ryan Shazier has already been ruled out for 2018 after suffering a scary spine injury against the Bengals last season, and the future of his career remains up in the air. Vander Esch is a skilled inside linebacker who at the very least is a good placeholder. If Shazier is well enough to be around the team, then Vander Esch could become even better with help from the two time Pro-Bowler.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson left in free agency, leaving the Jags with some big holes to fill. Washington is considered by some to be the best vertical threat in this draft class. He can certainly back it up with numbers, as he hauled in 74 catches for 1,549 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017.

Of course, we all know what happened last time Jacksonville took a receiver from OSU.

30. Minnesota Vikings — Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Alexander has been under-appreciated this entire draft season, but he is a first round talent. The Vikings have yet to pick up Trae Waynes’ option and Terrance Newman remains unsigned (he’s also 39). It’s likely the Vikings end up bringing Waynes back. Him and Alexander would make up a good secondary.

31. New England Patriots — Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State

New England traded Brandin Cooks to the Rams, so they’re in need of a new pass catcher.

Rob Gronkowski also hasn’t committed to playing in 2018. Gronk is a generational talent,  but Gesicki would still be a great replacement. He’s a bit faster than Gronkowski and shares his ability to come down with balls that shouldn’t be caught.

UPDATE: Gronkowski is returning, but I don’t think that changes much. Gesicki is skilled enough to still be drafted at this spot, and is a good fit in New England.

32. Philadelphia Eagles — Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

The platoon system worked well last year, but having a consistent ball carrier is important to extended success. However, Michel is used to working in a system with two running backs, so it could work again if Jay Ajayi rebounds.

Ajayi has one year left on his deal, so Michel could potentially spend this season sharing the load before becoming the lead back in 2019.

Mock Draft 6.0

With the Draft less than two weeks away, I figured it was time to do something shocking to keep up with everyone else’s mocks. Brace yourselves.

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. 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. Buffalo Bills (via trade with Giants) — Josh Allen, QB Wyoming

This is a deal that works well for both teams. The Giants pick up at least two, and likely three picks (12, 22, and a another). The Bills get their quarterback .

They still did Tyrod dirty.

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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 — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

After missing out on Allen, John Elway takes a shot on the 2017 Heisman winner. If you ask me, Mayfield is a better fit in Denver anyway. Four quarterbacks in the Top 5 is crazy, but it could very well happen.

6. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

I still love the idea of the Colts taking Quenton Nelson, but leaving Chubb on the board is a mistake. Taking the best available player is almost always a great move.

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 — Quenton Nelson

Chicago really needs a guard after Pro-Bowler Josh Sitton left for Miami. Thanks to some major shakeups, the Bears can now take the best offensive lineman in the Draft.

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 — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

My brand this Draft Season has been “Get Baker Mayfield to Miami” … until now. The Bills hypothetically messed all of that up by taking Josh Allen, prompting Mayfield to Denver. Despite this, Lamar Jackson is still a good pick at 11. He performed statistically better last year than he did in 2016, when he won a Heisman of his own.

12. New York Giants — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

This is another “best available” scenario. Edmunds ads a pivotal piece to New York’s bottom five defense.

13. Washington Redskins — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

After dealing Kendall Fuller to the Chiefs in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith, Washington can replace him with another ball hawk.

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 set 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.

Mock Draft 1.0

Welcome to my first mock draft of the season. An important tidbit when evaluating my picks, these are what I think should happen, not necessarily what will happen. While I certainly factored in team need, this draft is more of a reflection of which players I like in the draft rather than my prediction of what will go down April 26. And with that in mind, we’re off!

1. Cleveland Browns – QB Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold isn’t the perfect quarterback prospect, but he does enough things well to justify the first overall pick. He has the arm strength, accuracy, size and mobility to be an above average starter for years to come, but he needs to improve on his decision making to achieve his true potential. He should compete with the newly acquired Tyrod Taylor for the starting job in camp, but ultimately would be best suited riding the bench while he learns the nuances of life as an NFL quarterback.

2. TRADE Buffalo Bills – QB Josh Allen

After forking over picks 12, 21, and a future third in this hypothetical, the Buffalo Bills move all the way up to the second pick to get their quarterback. New general manager Brandon Beane has long been a fan of Josh Allen, and what’s not to like. Allen has one of the strongest arms in recent memory, and showed flashes of dominance in his time at Wyoming. There are still major question marks surrounding his accuracy, game management skills, and overall throw making ability, but it’s hard not to fall in love with his incredible natural gifts. No one is doubting Allen’s impressive intangibles, but it remains to be seen if all that talent can translate into wins.

3. New York Jets – QB Josh Rosen

The New York Jets have failed miserably at evaluating quarterback talent in recent drafts, but have finally found their guy in Josh Rosen. The former UCLA Bruin looked inconsistent in his time in Westwood, but appears to be the most NFL ready of the top three quarterbacks. He has no discernible weaknesses, but also lacks an overwhelming strength. His accuracy is likely his greatest asset, and his footwork and feel for the pocket are top notch. Rosen’s arm strength isn’t elite, but it is certainly NFL caliber, and he has the size NFL teams covet at the quarterback position. At the end of the day, Rosen is essentially the anti-Josh Allen in that he is not an overwhelming athlete, but he knows the ins and outs of the quarterback position. His demeanor fits in perfectly with the New York media, and he should be a mainstay at the quarterback position for years to come.

4. Cleveland Browns – EDGE Bradley Chubb

With their second top five pick, the Cleveland Browns select the drafts best defensive player, and an immediate impact presence on the Browns defense. Bradley Chubb was a dominant force off the edge in his time at NC State, and his pass rushing ability should translate very well to the NFL. His motor and overall athleticism are the best in the class, and his ability to contribute in the run game can not be overlooked. He possesses the qualities of a multi time Pro-Bowler, and should from one of the league’s fiercest pass rushing duos with former number one overall pick Myles Garrett.

5. Denver Broncos – QB Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield is one of the draft’s most polarizing figures, with scouts split on how to properly evaluate the former Heisman trophy winner. Some scouts point to Mayfield’s impressive college production, and trust his skills will translate at the next level. Others believe his video game like numbers were propped up by porous Big-12 defenses, and point to his struggles against elite college defenses. While neither constituency is necessarily incorrect, the idea that Mayfield will be able to find the same success he did with Oklahoma in the NFL is highly unlikely. He has elite play-making ability, and certainly has the highest floor of any quarterback prospect in the draft. His arm strength and accuracy are above average, and his mobility adds another intriguing wrinkle to his overall skillset. But, at Oklahoma Mayfield was rarely put in difficult situations and was surrounded by some of the best talent in the country. His lack of height is overblown, but it is obviously not ideal, and there are serious concerns about his decision making under pressure. Overall, Mayfield should be an average to above average starting quarterback, and in the right situation could blossom into an All-Pro type talent.

6. Indianapolis Colts – RB Saquon Barkley

The Indianapolis Colts number one priority this offseason should be to make life as easy as possible for quarterback Andrew Luck, and the easiest way to do that is to get him some weapons. Saquon Barkely is a generational prospect at the running back position, and will provide much needed life to a mundane Colts offense. He has the strength and vision to run between the tackles, and the breakaway speed to beat defenders to the edge. Barkley is also an excellent pass catcher, and should provide immediate value as a receiver coming out of the backfield. All in all, Barkley is a fantastic fit next to Luck and the perfect addition to the talent starved Colts.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – S Minkah Fitzpatrick

Minkah Fitzpatrick is the best pure safety in the draft, and should immediately help a struggling Buccaneers defense. He has the ability to play all over the secondary, but will likely find the most success playing as a true single high safety. Fitzpatrick covers an impressive amount of the field when he drops in coverage and has great timing when the balls in the air. He can control entire sections of the field, and makes everyone’s job a lot easier. Fitzpatrick will revamp the entire Tampa Bay defense, and should be a long time NFL starter.

8. Chicago Bears – G Quenton Nelson

Quenton Nelson may be the best player in the draft, but luckily for Chicago falls all the way to eighth. Nelson is elite at essentially every facet of the game, providing incredible production in both the run and pass game. He has tremendous strength, is quick off the line, uses his feet exceptionally well, and gets impressive leverage with his 34 inch arms. He is an otherworldly prospect at the guard position, and should already be in the conversation for best in the league. Nelson, along with fellow guard Kyle Long, should anchor the Bears offensive line for years to come.

9. San Fransisco 49ers – CB Denzel Ward

Denzel Ward certainly has his limitations, but what he does well he does really well. He is one of the quickest corners in the draft, and showed at Ohio State he has the ability to stay with even the shiftiest of receivers. His footwork is advanced, and he plays with an impressive fluidity. Ward is limited by his height at 5’10, but he is able to compensate with elite speed and jumping ability. His 4.32 forty yard dash was tied for tops in the class, and his 39 inch vertical was second. Ward will ultimately be comfortable guarding most receivers in this league, and should be a shut down corner for years to come.

10. Oakland Raiders – LB Roquan Smith

There are few players currently in the NFL who match the athletic skillset of Roquan Smith. At Georgia, Smith wrecked havoc on SEC offenses with his incredible sideline to sideline speed. He lead the Bulldogs with 95 tackles, but only five for loss, as Smith did much of his damage over the middle. He needs improvement in his coverage skills, but at 21 he has time to learn. If coached correctly, Smith has the potential to be a multi time Pro Bowler. He will immediately be an interesting rookie to watch, and an early favorite for Defensive Player of the Year if he earns the starting job in camp. Smith should help legitimatize a defense bursting with talent.

11. Miami Dolphins – CB Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson is a long, physical cornerback who shined in his final season with the Iowa Hawkeyes. He lead the nation in pass breakups and interceptions, and was a first team All-American. Jackson stands at 6’1, elite height for a cornerback that can also jump 38 inches. He is not the quickest of cornerbacks, but he excels at all other levels. He profiles similar to player like Richard Sherman, who stands a little taller at 6’3 but has the same forty time as Jackson at 4.56 seconds. Jackson projects as a rangy press corner who can be effective in the right system. His ball skills and route anticipation are elite, and should help compensate for his lack of blinding speed.

12. TRADE New York Giants – LB Tremaine Edmunds

The New York Giants need a linebacker bad, and they get one bursting with potential in Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds is incredibly only 19 years old, and he already looked dominant in his time at Virginia Tech. In his junior season, he lead the team with 109 tackles, 14 for loss and was named to first team All-ACC. And yet, he was often out of place, fooled by play action or misdirection. When he bails out on the run play he can either blow up a play or be taken completely out of it. In college, Edmunds relied purely on his elite athleticism to make plays, and for the most part it worked. He should pick up on the nuances of the position quickly, and may prove to be one of the top talents in this draft.

13. Washington – S Derwin James

Another elite athlete, Derwin James plays the safety position like few others can. His 6’2 frame glides around the field, delivering bone-crushing blows to any receiver who dares come over the middle. James also has the ability to play as a double high safety, and uses his long arms to make a difference in the pass game. He will best be suited playing near the line of scrimmage, where he can patrol the middle, blitz the passer or control the run game. He will make everyone around him better and can help solidify a Washington defense lacking in talent. There are few defensive players who will have the immediate impact of James, and he should dominate within the next few years.

14. Green Bay Packers –  WR Calvin Ridley

With the departure of Jordy Nelson, the game’s best quarterback needs a new weapon, and who better than the draft’s best wide receiver. Calvin Ridley is the premiere talent in this year’s receiving corp, and acclimate very quickly to life with Aaron Rodgers. He is a natural route runner with fantastic hands and an uncanny ability to create space. Ridley showed the ability to burn defenders when necessary, and his 4.43 forty time was tied for sixth in his class. He’s the top receiver in this draft for a reason, and he falls to the perfect situation for him to dominate from day one.

15. Arizona Cardinals – QB Lamar Jackson

The Arizona Cardinals don’t seem to have a plan, but the selection of Lamar Jackson could define their present and their future. In an offense crafted around his skills, Jackson has the ability to be the most successful quarterback from this draft class. He has incredible natural gifts, and showed time and time again at Louisville that he has the ability to make NFL-caliber throws. His arm strength is elite, but at times his accuracy and decision making can be suspect. Unlike most other college prospects though, Jackson played a pro style system in college and will likely surprise his doubters with his ability to make the short and intermediate throws. Jackson’s ability with his legs can not be overlooked, and his electricity running the ball adds a dimension few other quarterbacks can replicate. If paired with a running back of David Johnson’s caliber, their potential together is unlimited. Jackson should sit for a year behind Sam Bradford, but once he’s ready there’s no telling what kind of career he can have.

16. Baltimore Ravens – G Isiah Wynn 

The Baltimore Ravens know better than anybody how much a dominant guard can anchor an offensive line, and draft their next ten year starter with the selection of Isiah Wynn. Wynn played well in his final season at Georgia, being named first team All-SEC and second team All-American while anchoring the line for the championship game bound Bulldogs. He is proficient in the passing attack, but he is downright dominant in the run game. He has lightning quick hands and his footwork is advanced for his age. He should start from day one, and will benefit greatly playing opposite All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda.

17. Los Angeles Chargers – DL Maurice Hurst

The Los Angeles Chargers already have an impressive corp of young pass rushers, namely former first rounders Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, but are lacking any presence in the middle of their defensive line. While they could go with a traditional nose tackle like Vita Vea, but the 4-3 scheme the Chargers employ would better benefit a quicker, more agile defensive lineman like Maurice Hurst. Hurst was a force of nature in his time at Michigan, and his pass rushing ability should translate well at the NFL level. He has long arms, a fantastic motor, and has the quickness and strength to command a constant double team. The red flag with Hurst stems from his health, as he was flagged for heart concerns during the Combine’s initial health screening. But, Hurst was later cleared by an independent doctor, and didn’t receive a request for a second screening from the Combine’s doctors. If a team’s own doctors find no long term issues with Hurst’s health, he could be a steal for a team later in the first round.

18. Seattle Seahawks – EDGE Harold Landry

The Seattle Seahawks quietly are in desperate need of a pass rusher, and Harold Landry is one of the purest in the draft. He was a projected top five pick to start the year, but his stock quickly fell after a injury riddled senior season at Boston College. Scouts instead point to an incredible junior year campaign where Landry racked up 16.5 sacks, 22 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles. He showed elite explosiveness off the edge, and has the dip and rip ability to be a constant nuisance in the pass game. Landry has enough natural skill and athleticism to stay in the league, but to become a truly impactful pass rusher he will need to get significantly better with his arm placement and develop true pass rush moves. He is a great find for the Seahawks at 18, and should be an impact player from day one.

19. Dallas Cowboys – CB Isaiah Oliver

Isaiah Oliver looks the part of the modern NFL corner, and possess the type of skillset general managers around the league covet. He stands at 6’0 and weighs 200 pounds, but runs a 4.5 second forty yard dash. Oliver thrives in matchups against big, physical receivers, but could struggle against the league’s quickest pass catchers. Oliver’s press coverage at Colorado was some of the best in the nation and should translate well at the next level. He also has exceptional ball skills and is adept at taking away easy completions. He obviously is far from a finished product, but has limitations in his game that may hold him back from truly elite status. Oliver isn’t as fluid as some would like, and he has trouble flipping his hips and changing direction quickly. He would benefit from a reduced role as a rookie, but with time he should evolve into an above average starting cornerback.

20. Detroit Lions – DL Taven Bryan 

Taven Bryan was simply unblockable at times during his stint with the Florida Gators, and has the potential to bring the same sort of dominance to Detroit. He is extremely quick off the ball and was often in the backfield before the play even developed. Bryan mostly plays on the interior, but his smaller frame may eventually push him to the outside. At Florida, Bryan simply used his supreme athletic ability to either blow by or bowl over opposing offensive lineman. In the NFL, Bryan won’t have that luxury and some scouts worry he won’t develop the moves necessary to succeed against his athletic peers. Despite the flashes of dominance, Bryan’s college stats are underwhelming at best. He collected only four sacks his final season in Gainesville, and only totaled six in his three years at Florida. Bryan certainly has first round talent, but he will likely take some time to evolve into the pass rusher he one day could be. Whichever team selects Bryan is taking a sizable risk, but one that could pay dividends somewhere down the road.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Mike McGlinchey

Mike McGlinchey was the model of consistency at Notre Dame, playing in every single game in his three years with the school. He isn’t a phenomenal athlete, but McGlinchey plays the offensive tackle with a understanding usually reserved for veterans ten year his senior. He played both right and left tackle in college, and should become a day one starter at either position. Scouts rave about McGlinchey’s attention to detail and comprehension of the intricacies that separate the good offensive lineman from the great ones. McGlinchey has all the makings of a franchise left tackle, but lacks the pure athletic ability needed to truly dominate in the NFL. He should succeed from the second he steps in the building, and will likely have a spot in the league for years to come.

22. TRADE New York Giants –  S Justin Reid

The New York Giants use their second first round pick of the day to continue the revitalization of their defense, and select one of the draft’s best pure safeties. Reid can do a lot of things well, as he has the coverage skills to lock receivers up in man coverage or drop deep and control the field as a single-high safety. Reid has ideal height at 6’1 and is an impressive athlete, running a 4.4 forty and registering a 37 inch vertical jump. His ability to come down with interceptions is uncanny for his age, and his presence in the run game can not be overlooked. There are still concerning flaws in Reid’s game, as he can be a little undisciplined, especially in the run game, and his feet aren’t as quick as some of his safety counterparts. Overall though, Reid profiles as a long time starter at the safety position and a steal at 22.

23. New England Patriots – EDGE Marcus Davenport

Marcus Davenport absolutely obliterated Conference USA offenses in his final season with UTSA, but unlike past small school stars, Davenport didn’t rely purely on his athleticism. Davenport still grades as an above average athlete, with a 4.58 forty time and 22 reps on the bench press, but his ever important three cone time was a relatively disappointing 7.2 seconds. Also important to mention Davenport is listed at a whopping 6’7 and 256 pounds. On top of all that, Davenport has some of the best technique in the draft and can attack off the edge in a variety of ways. He registered 57 total pressures in his senior season, collecting eight and a half sacks and 55 tackles, 17.5 of them for loss. He is an elite pass rusher by any definition of the word, and should fit in nicely on a New England defense needing a presence off the edge.

24. Carolina Panthers – CB Jaire Alexander

As NFL passing offenses continue to prosper, the cornerback position has become even more of a priority in building a championship level roster. Twitchier, smaller corners who will likely only play in nickel or dime sets have transitioned from luxury to necessity and an elite level talent like Jaire Alexander is a huge advantage in today’s NFL. Alexander stands at 5’11, but runs a blazing 4.38 forty and has a 35 inch vertical. Alexander shined as a sophomore, pulling down five interceptions including two against future first round pick Deshaun Watson in a Louisville loss to Clemson. His junior season was limited to six games due to injury, but he showed enough the previous to validate a first round selection. Alexander should contribute in a limited role his rookie season, and will likely grow into an above average player at the position.

25. Tennessee Titans – TE Dallas Goedert

After a surprising playoff run that culminated in a divisional round loss to the New England Patriots, the Tennessee Titans are ready to compete now behind the leadership of quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota should thrive in new offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur’s system, but the offense would be best suited to add another weapon. A full season from former top five pick Corey Davis should help, but adding a tight end of Dallas Goedert’s quality would unlock unforseen levels for the Titan offense. If the team can get over his inexperience as a blocker, and that’s a big if, Goedert would be an exciting complement to star tight end Delanie Walker and an instant contributor for an up-and-coming Titan offense. Goedert was an athletic talent rarely seen at South Dakota State, and he often looked like a man amongst boys. He is 6’5 with almost an 80 inch winspan, giving him a ridiculous catch radius to pair with his breakaway speed. His route running skills are undeveloped, but if the Titans are willing to be patient Goedert has the natural talent to quickly develop into one of the league’s premiere talents at the position.

26. Atlanta Falcons – EDGE Arden Key

Arden Key was once thought to be a top ten pick, but after a junior season defined by injury and intrigue Key’s draft stock plummeted. Scouts instead should focus on Key’s sophomore season at LSU, where the Atlanta native racked up 12 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss en route to All-SEC honors. Key is explosive off the line, and uses his 34 inch arms to overpower opposing offensive tackles. His footwork certainly needs to improve, and he needs to develop a wider array of moves, but towards the end of the first round there are few better values than Key.

27. New Orleans Saints – NT Vita Vea

Tevita Tuliakiono Tuipuloto Mosese Va’hae Faletau Vea, also known as Vita Vea, has the size of a traditional nose tackle, but has the ability to line up all across the defensive line. He is a behemoth of a man, standing at 6’4 and weighing 347 pounds, but the former high school running back has the quickness and explosiveness to blow by opposing offensive lineman. Inconsistency plagued Vea’s final season at Washington, and has divided scouts on Vea’s long term potential. At worst, he will act as a disruptor in the middle of the defensive line who can act as an integral part of early down rotations. At his best, Vea could be a three down lineman with the ability to wreak havoc as both a run defender and pass rusher. The situation Vea is drafted into will likely decide his future.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers  – LB Rashaan Evans

The horrific injury to Ryan Shazier left a gaping hole at the linebacker position for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and there are few prospects who could fill the void better than Rashaan Evans. Evans is the most complete linebacker prospect in the draft, and while he doesn’t dominate in one particular area he possesses no glaring weaknesses. Evans is strong in the run game, controlling sideline to sideline for the vaunted Crimson Tide defense. He is also skilled as a pass rusher, and should provide value as a blitz happy linebacker in sub packages. Evan’s instincts aren’t quite as honed as other prospects in the draft, and scouts are curious to see how effective he can be outside of Alabama’s system. All in all though, Evans is a player worth betting on and should make some defensive coordinator very happy.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Connor Williams

Once thought to be the next great left tackle prospect, Connor Williams had a disappointing and injury riddled junior season and has seen his draft stock take a sizable hit. There is no denying though the brilliance of Williams in 2016, when he controlled the Longhorns offensive line and blanketed opposing pass rushers. Williams has fantastic technique, rarely finding his hands in poor positioning. His footwork is also advanced for his age, and he plays with a fluidity necessary to succeed at the next level. Williams greatest strength lies in the run game, which may facilitate a move to guard or even center at the next level. Despite his 6’5 frame, Williams has relatively short arms at 33 inches and has struggled against longer, more physical defensive ends. He also needs to gain more flexibility in his hips, as he sometimes had trouble containing the quickest of edge rushers. Overall, Williams is certainly not without his flaws and will benefit greatly from the upgrade in coaching he will receive in the NFL. Even after a discouraging 2017 season, Williams still projects as a starting offensive lineman with the natural ability to take the next step forward.

30. Minnesota Vikings – OG Will Hernandez

Will Hernandez was a four year starter at UTEP, and was a model of consistency starting 37 straight games at left guard. Hernandez excels in the run game, showing impressive quickness and deftness with his feet. His hands always seem to be in the right position, and he plays with a mean streak teams covet. Hernandez’s arms a little short, only measuring 32 inches on his 6’2 frame, and as a result isn’t quite as dominant in the pass game. Yet the potential is there for Hernandez to thrive in both areas, and become a Pro-Bowl caliber guard.

31. New England Patriots – RB Ronald Jones

Ronald Jones will be an instant weapon for whatever team is lucky enough to acquire his skills, and while he likely won’t start at the running back position as a rookie he should provide value as a shifty pass-catcher coming out of the backfield. Jones has some of the quickest feet in the draft and is an overall fantastic athlete. He can produce at a relatively similar level to former Patriots running back Dion Lewis, and offers potential to grow that Lewis did not. Scouts have pegged his light frame as a concern, and worry that he may not be able to hold up over a sixteen game season. Overall, Jones profiles as a immediate threat in both the running and passing game who should contribute from day one.

32. Philadelphia Eagles – LB Leighton Vander Esch

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles figure to have a loaded defense next season, but could add another exciting contributor with the selection of Leighton Vander Esch. Vander Esch was one of the most effective linebackers in the country last season, racking up an astounding 141 tackles, good for fifth in the country, to go along with four sacks and two interceptions. He is a menace in the run game, blowing up holes almost as quickly as they open. Vander Esch also took large strides in his coverage game, and has clearly made it a priority to never come off the field. Standing at 6’4 and weighing 256 pounds, Vander Esch possesses ideal intangibles for the middle linebacker position. He’s not the perfect prospect, as he needs to learn to release off blocks quicker and get stronger in coverage, but he is a strong pick at the end of the first round. The former Boise State Bronco is a true three down linebacker, and should have a long and fruitful NFL career.

 

Mock Draft 5.0

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.

Mayfield commented #GetMeToMiami on fellow Sooner Kenny Stills’ Instagram live video.

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.

Mock Draft 4.0

Sam Darnold made some comments this week that shook up this week’s mock a little bit. You’ll have to keep reading to find out what though. Sorry, millennials.

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. He didn’t work out at Penn State’s pro day, but it’s not like he had anything to prove.

2. New York Giants — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

After his pro day, Sam Darnold said he wants to go to the Browns, and this could scare the Giants off a bit. Instead, they 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 — Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The consensus top quarterback in the class is still on the board, and the Giants kinda need one. 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.

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 — 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 — 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.

Mayfield commented #GetMeToMiami on fellow Sooner Kenny Stills’ Instagram live video.

12. Cincinnati Bengals — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame

AJ Green is elite, but Cincy’s run game is not. Adding McGlinchey will hopefully help the Bengals improve on their 3.6 yards per carry.

13. Washington Redskins — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Edmunds might be the best linebacker in the draft, but he falls under the shadow of stardom that Smith and Chubb hold. Not only is he a talented player that suits Washington’s needs, Edmunds is also a Virginia native. It’s a good fit on both ends.

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 — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville 

LAMAR JACKSON IS AN NFL QUARTERBACK! Understood?

After signing Sam Bradford to a one year deal, you might wonder if the Cardinals will still take a quarterback. You should also ask yourself if Sam Bradford is a good long term solution (he’s not).  Jackson has a lot of potential, and giving him a year to learn while Bradford starts can set him up to perform well. Bradford is also injury prone, so Jackson could see the field sooner than later.

Mock Draft 2.1

 

Yeah, we just did one of these. The Browns messed everything up.

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 —Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The consensus top quarterback in the class is still on the board, and the Giants still kinda need one. New York gets their man with the fourth pick.

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 — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

After trading for Tyrod Taylor, the Browns take a defensive playmaker instead of a quarterback. It’s not the most exciting pick, but a practical one that acquires an elite talent.

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.

Mayfield commented #GetMeToMiami on fellow Sooner Kenny Stills’ Instagram live video.

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?

Mock Draft 2.0

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.

Mayfield commented #GetMeToMiami on fellow Sooner Kenny Stills’ Instagram live video.

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?