Draft Mock 2.0
Second Round of our First Rounder Selections
Version 2.0 of the 2018 Draft Mock is here for your viewing, dissection, and discussion, if you missed 1.0 peep this. This update includes post-All Star game and combine workouts and projects some trade/free agency scuttlebutt.
- Cleveland Browns: Saquon Bakley RB Penn St.
I know it’s the trendy pick now BUT who can say that in both of their mock drafts this year, pre and post combine, that this first pick was and still is Saquon Barkley? I’ll wait..
- New York Giants: Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
I envision a trade of some sort occurring here with the Giants and a team looking to secure either Darnold or Rosen. I’m not sure if there isn’t a trade that this front office has the balls to go QB here after the fan reaction to Eli’s benching last season.
- Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb DE NC State
A trade could be made here as well, especially in this scenario with all the QBs on the board. This is a no brainer for the Colts. Chubb is a better prospect than Myles Garrett was last year.
- Cleveland Browns (from Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
Bold prediction here but the chatter sounds like Hue Jackson likes AJ McCarron better than any other QB in this draft, so in this scenario he comes to Cleveland in free agency. Kizer is still in the building too, so Cleveland walks away with many peoples #1 and #2 prospects overall.
- Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen QB UCLA
This QB class is loaded and there will be more than one go in the top five but in a mock with no trades, this is how it shakes out. Denver gets my QB1 and a guy who reminds me a lot of Elway personality wise coming into the league.
- New York Jets: Denzel Ward CB Ohio St.
In this scenario, the Jets have secured Kirk Cousins in free agency and could go WR here but the value with Denzel Ward is too much to pass on.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James S Florida St.
The Bucs could really go anywhere on the defensive side of the football and it would make sense. Go with the best player available.
- Chicago Bears: Courtland Sutton WR SMU
I could see Calvin Ridley here but Sutton is my WR1 and if I’m Chicago I need to get Trubisky a true number one target and Sutton fits the bill.
- San Francisco 49ers: Roquan Smith LB Georgia
This is another team that in this scenario would be fielding calls to move back so another team could come up and get a quarterback. In this scenario they take whomever they think can get that defense back on its feet.
- Oakland Raiders: Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
I loved this kid pre-combine but coming out of Indianapolis he solidified himself as a top corner in this draft class.
- Miami Dolphins: Josh Allen QB Wyoming
This is super unlikely but in this scenario with no trades occurring and teams in the top 10 getting their QBs in free agency Allen finds himself in Miami competing with Ryan Tannehill.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams OT Texas
Starter day one. Not flashy but a no brainer pick.
- Washington: Sam Darnold QB USC
Once again super unlikely but in this case with Kirk Cousins walking out of the door Washington hits a home run and walks away with Darnold.
- Green Bay Packers: Mike Hughes CB UCF
Green Bay needs a lot of help at corner and Mike Hughes looks like a guy who can contribute day one.
- Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
Someone is going to make a play for the super athletic Lamar Jackson. It could be Mayfield here but I just have a hunch.
- Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
This ultimately makes entirely too much sense to not happen.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Vita Vea DT Washington
Immense value here, by far the best interior lineman in the draft, make the pick San Diego. I mean LA.
- Seattle Seahawks: Josh Jackson CB Iowa
With the likely departure of Jeremy Lane and Richard Sherman, Seattle looks to regroup the secondary and infuse it with young talent.
- Dallas Cowboys: Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
I honestly think Jerry would have a hard time passing on Baker Mayfield in this scenario but they go with the super athletic linebacker instead.
- Detroit Lions: Marcus Davenport DE UTSA
This is one of those picks that hasn’t changed in either of my mocks. The Lions need help getting to the passer and Davenport looks like he can get it done at the next level.
- Buffalo Bills: Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma St.
This would be the wrong pick to make but I’m banking on Baker turning too many people off in interviews to make him slide later than he should.
- Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs): Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
You have the QB, now protect him.
- Los Angeles Rams: Leighton Vander Esch LB Boise St.
The Rams need an edge rusher also but the trade of Alec Ogletree leaves them looking for linebacker help also.
- Carolina Panthers: Will Hernandez OG UTEP
Cam Newton has to start taking less hits and Will Hernandez can keep him upright more often. No brainer.
- Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry OLB Boston College
Landry is versatile and can get to the passer. I could see an offensive lineman here potentially as well.
- Atlanta Falcons: Billy Price OG Ohio St.
The Falcons are one piece away from having a legit top 5 to 10 O line in the NFL. Price could be that piece.
- New Orleans Saints: Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
More likely this happens via trade but in this scenario Sean Payton gets the perfect successor to Drew Brees and looks like a genius in the process.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
Pittsburgh needs a linebacker and the need and value are a perfect fit here.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Goedert TE South Dakota St.
Bortles is the guy and he needs a reliable target in the middle of the field. Goedert is the guy to get that done.
- Minnesota Vikings: Taven Bryan DT Florida
The depth in the interior defensive line in this class is impressive. Minnesota should go with whomever is atop their board at 30.
- New England Patriots: Kolton Miller OT UCLA
A great combine leaves Miller as a late first round prospect and New England are there to reap the rewards.
- Philadelphia Eagles: DJ Moore WR Maryland
The Eagles could use another weapon on the outside and DJ Moore can make every catch needed in the NFL.