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2018 Mock Draft Rev 6: Despite Week 6 Win, Giants Projected at 3rd in the 2018 NFL Draft!

October 19, 2017 1:45 AM EST
  • Best Case? Jets land UCLA QB Josh Rosen despite improving play
  • Bucs address pass-rush woes with Harold Landry
  • Browns look to replicate Elliott, Fournette RB successes with Barkley


1 Cleveland
Saquon Barkley
    Penn State
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -8
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
223



During our last mock draft, which was the first of the year that had us predicting the Browns picking first overall, I wasn't sold that they were going to be the worst team in the NFL for a second straight year. That was before Hue Jackson had his first "Cleveland Browns' moment" by naming Kevin Hogan the starter at quarterback. Once again, this Dawg can't find a bone with two good eyes and a world-class sniffer. I would have had no problem with Jackson naming Hogan the starter out of training camp.

DeShone Kizer was not ready and still probably isn't, but the second that job was given to him, it needed to be permanent. Confidence is a "make-or-break" attribute at quarterback, and benching Kizer shatters it. If Jackson feels Hogan gives the team the best chance to win, he is coaching the wrong team. Wins are secondary right now to the progression of the young players who are going to help this team win in the future. Now after a week, Jackson is giving the job back to Kizer and the circus is officially back in town. With that being said, Barkley is likely to be one of the top players in another draft that the Browns seem destined to lead off in 2018. ~Austin Smith


2 San Francisco
Sam Darnold
    USC
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



The C.J. Beathard era is officially underway in San Francisco. The 2017 third rounder replaced Brian Hoyer as the 49ers' starting QB in the second quarter against Washington in Week Six. Unfortunately, the change in signal-caller didn't equate to a change in outcome, as the Niners suffered a fifth consecutive loss of three points or less with a chance to win late.

Beathard flashed plenty of potential, playing well enough that Kyle Shanahan named him the starter going forward, but it's still too early to proclaim him the team's long-term solution at the game's most critical position. While I look forward to seeing what Beathard can do now that he'll be getting first-team reps, he'd have to keep San Francisco from a top-two pick in the draft to keep his starting job beyond this season.

USC's Sam Darnold is coming off a one-point comeback victory vs Utah, and his first game of the season without an interception. While his ups and downs have been well-documented, Darnold's resiliency --coming out in the second half, trailing by 14 to a tough Utes team that kept him out of rhythm the entire first half and authoring three, long, unanswered scoring drives to pull out a crucial win at home-- is emblematic of his potential as a franchise quarterback. The ability to gut out close games is proving incredibly crucial to this 49ers team, and Darnold is showing that he knows how to come out on the right side of a close game.


3 NY Giants
Connor Williams
    Texas
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
320



For too long, the Giants have not been able to depend on their offensive line. Nothing displayed on the field this season offers assurance that the O-Line is ready to take a quantum leap forward. Left tackle Ereck Flowers, selected 9th overall in 2015, continues to struggle. Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg enter Free Agency in 2018, and it appears doubtful the Giants can afford both long-term. D.J. Fluker and Brett Jones could also bolt the Big Apple via Free Agency. Simply put, the Giants' offensive line is broken and in dire need of top-level talent and depth.

Despite suffering a brutal knee injury in an early season loss to USC, Texas star O-Lineman Connor Williams remains one of the best tackles in the country. Williams is long, athletic, smart, and nasty.


4 Indianapolis
Derwin James
    Florida St
    S
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
213



The shock fact of the week is that Indianapolis is only one game behind in the AFC South. This is despite all the hype coming out of Jacksonville with Leonard Fournette and their sometimes dominant defense. Also Houston is abuzz about their playoff possibilities - they seem to have found their "QB-of-the-future" in Deshaun Watson -after many, many years of abject failure in looking for one.

Indy will need to improves it's defense if it wishes to compete, though. This year through six games the D is dead last in points allowed with 32.5 ppg. Should you peruse the defensive stats at TeamRankings.com, you will find the Colts in the bottom-10 of nearly every category. For the 2nd mock in-a-row, the Colts select the top Defensive Player on the Drafttek board in Safety Derwin James. A difference-maker, he'll pair with fellow "DM" and rookie Malik Hooker, who is tied for 2nd in the NFL with three picks through 6 games.

Although James and fellow top defensive player DE Harold Landry are great players, the Colts are not super needy at those positions. It would be a nice move to trade this pick to a QB-needy team and stockpile a few extra draft billets. The Colts could then fill multiple spots along the OL and DL with starter-level players, but guys who would be a big reach if picked here at the #4 overall.


5 LA Chargers
Mason Rudolph
    Oklahoma State
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
235



Shhhh...Listen. Here that? Somewhere a Chargers fan is celebrating. That's right, the Bolts won! Twice!! I credit two important factors for these wins: 1) Road games; the best medicine for a team without a home-field advantage. The powder-blue away team is now +2 in a stretch where 4 out of 6 games are road games. 2) Ball-control offense. The offense is shifting towards a more Melvin Gordon-based running attack than a Philip Rivers-based passing crusade. Sixty of Melvin Gordon's 127 touches this season have come in the last two games.

The Gordon-centered offense also shows a sign that the team is staring to move away from the faces of the past, and it is working. Hunter Henry is establishing his future as the next great TE as Antonio Gates career is coming to an end. Against the Raiders, he hauled in catches of 34 and 23 yards to sustain the Chargers' game-winning drive. He ended the day with five catches for a career-high 90 yards in the game. Are the Chargers on the road to the playoffs? It is not as laughable as one would think. The toughest part of their schedule is behind them, and a win over Denver lands them in the wildcard hunt.

I still believe Head Coach Anthony Lynn is entertaining thoughts of drafting a QB in RD1 to eventually take over for the declining Phillip Rivers. Mason Rudolph earned my vote for the new franchise QB after this season's win against Texas Tech. The senior QB has thrown for over 300-yards in every game in 2017 thus far. He now has posted 18 career games with at least 300 passing yards.


6 Chicago
Mike McGlinchey
    Notre Dame
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
310



Our CMD computer agreed with CBS draft expert Chris Trapasso this week. Chicago's time of possession is second-lowest in the NFL. The Bears aren't able to grind time off the clock and keep the opposing offense on their bench. They need O-Line help, and Mike McGlinchey gets the nod this week. Does he have what it'll take? Longevity and versatility? Check; he's started 28 games, evenly split between RT and LT until he covered the blind side in a Sept 2 win over Temple. Leadership? Check; this is McGlinchey's third year as Team Captain. Professionalism? Check; He's received guidance since childhood from his cousin, QB Matt Ryan. Can he run and pass block? Absolutely. His OL is 3rd in the nation right now with a ridiculous 6.9 ypc.


7 Oakland
Malik Jefferson
    Texas
    OLB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
238



This wasn't supposed to happen. Every assumption that was being made about this team and the direction of this franchise is now under scrutiny. Derek Carr as a future HOFer? Hasn't looked like it so far. Jack Del Rio as the man who could lead the Raiders to long-term, sustainable success? He has this team underperforming. Todd Downing as the next great offensive genius? He's been terrible so far. Reggie McKenzie as a great Executive? Well, recent relative weakness of draft classes is beginning to show.

We weren't supposed to be talking about picking in the top ten, but here we are. We knew going in that the LB position was a nightmare, and the signing of Navorro Bowman certainly doesn't solve the problem. The secondary has been even more woeful than expected. Moreover, the defensive front- while slightly better than last year (26th in sacks at the quarter pole versus dead last in 2016) still isn't producing enough big plays. The OL isn't the strength we expected it to be; after allowing a league-best 18 sacks last season, the unit is now league average, already giving up 13 sacks. Given the numerous needs, I'm sticking with the position that remains most glaring for now: Linebacker. That said, another corner could be a priority early, but, either way, it's looking like Oakland may be closer to familiar high-pick territory than we would have hoped.


8 Tampa Bay
Harold Landry
    Boston College
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
250



The good news is that it's not too late to sail over to Tortuga to repair the brigantine and conquer the NFC South. Offensively, the Bucs are achieving pre-season hype; they're 4th in the NFL in total YPG at 392.2. The running game ranks 30th, but Doug Martin is back and churning out rushes at a 4.7 YPC clip.

Defense is the concern; flip through these team stats and see the Bucs wallowing in the bottom five in many categories: opponent YPG, opponent first-downs per game, and sack percentage. Of the 6 sacks the Bucs have accrued in 5 games, only one is attributable to an Edge player. The team will need cornerbacks in the 2018 Draft with several contract expirations, but Defensive End stands out as the biggest need.




9 Cincinnati
Minkah Fitzpatrick
    Alabama
    S
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
216



A converted cornerback with outstanding anticipation and closing speed, Minkah Fitzpatrick has taken to his new position like a duck to water. His nine career interceptions are a testament to his coverage skills and when he gets his hands on the ball, he is an immediate threat to score . Fitzpatrick has returned four interceptions for touchdowns in his career. He has the size Marvin Lewis covets at the safety position. Playing in a Nick Saban Defense is as close to a professional setting as you can get in the NCAA. Fitzpatrick will arrive in the NFL well-prepared. [More Highlights]
-Jordan Vinson, Bengals Analyst


10 NY Jets
Josh Rosen
    UCLA
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +7
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210



The Jets lost to the rival Patriots this weekend, with a freak call reversal of what looked like a legitimate TD by born-again TE, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, still making fans scratch their heads. Despite the loss, the Jets are showing that tanking the season is not in their mind-set at all this year. Guys like Damario Davis (53 tackles thru 6 games) and Jeremy Kerley (19 catches on 19 targets) are just two of the players stepping up on both sides of the ball.

Should Josh Rosen actually fall this far come Draft Day, you can't help but feel there will be a frenzy of activity from QB-needy teams looking to trade up ahead of the Jets. Rosen looks like a Top QB prospect so far this year, and It feels unlikely that he will make it this far. For now though, the Jets look to have found their QB of the future without having to tank their way to the 1st-overall pick.
-Rich Tinley, Jets Analyst


11 Tennessee
Tarvarus McFadden
    Florida State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
201



Well, early signs are pointing to DeShaun Watson panning out for the Texans. So that means Tennessee will have to deal with at least two legitimate quarterbacks, assuming Luck fully recovers. And with Bortles still dangerous, the Titans need to be running out a better secondary week to week than they have been the past couple years. A lot of this year's issues have been because new acquisition Jon Cyprien has been out, but adding a corner like McFadden to play outside with young Adoree Jackson, and moving Logan Ryan to his natural slot corner role would give Tennessee major flexibility in pass coverage as their division gets more and more talented at Quarterback. The pass defense is currently ranked 19th , but that's after a game against the abysmal Colts' offense. Prior to this, they had been rated near the very bottom, so don't let the current ranking fool you. There's work that still needs to be done on the back end of the defense.


12 Arizona
Jaire Alexander
    Louisville
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
188



GM Steve Keim rolled the dice by dealing for Adrian Peterson and it looks like a move that could pay big dividends. The Cards got much-needed production out of their new back as AP rolled for 134 yards (5.2 yards/carry) and 2 TDs. AZ got out to a big lead and held on down the stretch for a 38-33 win over TB. Now 3-3 on the year, the Cards are a team with optimism heading into a London showdown with the division-leading Rams.

While the offense rolled, the Cardinals' defense rolled over. AZ's D allowed 5 second-half TDs to a Jameis-less TB attack. CB Tramon Williams appears poised to steal playing time from Justin Bethel, but the 34-year-old Williams is hardly a long-term solution. Barring a fall of a top QB, the Cards could easily target one of the top CBs available. Louisville's Jaire Alexander could be just the man to "bring the juice" to the secondary. Alexander, who missed four games with a sprained knee, will look to build on a 2016 campaign that saw him rack up 9 PDs and 5 INTs.


13 Dallas
Christian Wilkins
    Clemson
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +7
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
310



Surprise! Zeke plays for another 2 weeks (here's an interesting take by Mike Florio). Lost in all this "Judge Judy" drama was the in-season retirement of Stephen Paea . . . Combine that with the prior release of Cedric Thornton, and Maliek Collins has Brian Price next to him in the DT pecking order. Yes, Tyrone Crawford and David Irving can slide in from strong-side DE in a pinch, but the middle of the defense must be reinforced.

Imagine the Cowboys' good fortune if Christian Wilkins should fall to them at #13! Through 4 games in 2017, Wilkins has 18 tackles, 3 TFL, and 2.5 sacks. The 300+ Junior was one of five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy in 2016, when as a Soph he recorded 48 tackles, 13 TFL, 3.5 sacks, and 10 passes batted down. (Footnote: 3 of the other finalists - Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, and Jabrill Peppers - were first-round picks in 2017). Add Wilkins' positional versatility to play DE (as he has for Clemson), and you may well see another Rod Marinelli celebration come Draft Day!
-Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst


14 Miami
Derrius Guice
    LSU
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
212



Fans must realize Jay Cutler is a stop gap until the Team recovers from Tannehill's injury. Even then, the Fins must decide if Tannehill is a true franchise QB. If I were Miami's front office, I'm going all in for a better option. Lamar Jackson remains my favorite available QB for the Fins. Although, based on a few shaky performances Lamar's draft stock is declining, making him available in RD2. If Jackson finishes the season strong, he will be selected in RD1.

The Dolphins also need help in the secondary, but again value is not available - the top-3 have all been poached. Byron Maxwell is average at best. The Eagles had a reason for trading him one year into a six year contract, and I think Coach Gase is figuring out why. The truth is, Maxwell was not as big a contributor to Seattle's Legion of Boom as many thought.

Given the lack of value at positions of need, the DRAFTSIM chooses to replicate recent successes in the NFL with Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette. In all those cases, the addition of a bellcow RB has jump-started moribund offenses. Here the Fins add Derrius Guice, a top-10 value pick, to pair with Jay Ajayi, whose contract will expire after the 2018 season.

~CME, Dolphins Analyst


15 Baltimore
Martinas Rankin
    Mississippi State
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -8
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
302



Baltimore, so far, has been one of the more confusing teams in the league, and they seem to be stuck in no man's land. Given that, I believe you will see more and more momentum building for this team to consider taking a new signal-caller in this draft. So far, though, I don't have that happening just yet. Instead, I have them upgrading their mediocre offensive line. While the OL has been improved this season, there is a lack of confidence in the passing game. Despite being 13th in the league in completion percetage, Baltimore is 31st in yards per attempt. Only Chicago, which has featured inexperienced quarterbacks, has similar numbers. So, either the problem is the team's lack of confidence in the QB, or there is a belief that the OL needs to be compensated for. Without a change in QB, it does make sense for the Ravens to bolster this unit with a big, versatile prospect like Rankin. Another receiver, given Breshad Perriman looking like a bust so far with just a 23.5% receptions per target, is a possibility.


16 Cleveland
James Washington
    Oklahoma State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
205



Whether or not Kizer is the long-term answer at quarterback, they need weapons to help the signal-caller. Barkley can be a feature-player in the offense, but they need guys that can make plays on the outside. While I personally think Calvin Ridley is the top receiver in this class, Alabama has struggled to get him the ball, and James Washington is on fire. He is a reliable target that is proving that he can make big plays as well, and the Browns could use that kind of consistency at the position. ~Austin Smith

Traded Round 1 Picks:
Buffalo gets Kansas City R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)
Cleveland gets Houston R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)

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Penn State
RBF
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Ohio State
EDGE
24 Maurice Hurst
Michigan
DL3T
30 Tyquan Lewis
Ohio State
OLB
32 Denzel Ward
Ohio State
CB
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Penn State
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Iowa
RBF
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Michigan
OC
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Ohio State
OG
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Indiana
ILB
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Ohio State
OT
75 Mike McCray
Michigan
ILB
77 Parris Campbell
Ohio State
WRF
80 Troy Fumagalli
Wisconsin
TE
82 Billy Hirschfeld
Wisconsin
DL5T
84 Clayton Thorson
Northwestern
QB
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Maryland
OG
88 Jason Cabinda
Penn State
ILB
91 Mike Gesicki
Penn State
TE
96 Damon Webb
Ohio State
S
111 Brendan Mahon
Penn St
OG
113 Josey Jewell
Iowa
ILB
115 Simmie Cobbs Jr.
Indiana
WRF
118 Jerome Baker
Ohio State
ILB
122 Michael Hill
Ohio State
DL3T
123 Olive Sagapolu
Wisconsin
DL1T
124 Michael Deiter
Wisconsin
OC
129 DaeSean Hamilton
Penn State
WRF
132 Godwin Igwebulke
Northwestern
S
152 Dre'Mont Jones
Ohio State
DL3T
154 L.J. Scott
Michigan State
RBF
158 Dante Booker
Ohio State
OLB
174 Steven Richardson
Minnesota
DL3T
177 Marcus Baugh
Ohio State
TE
178 Janarion Grant
Rutgers
WRS
179 Mike Weber
Ohio State
RBF
181 T.J. Edwards
Wisconsin
ILB
184 Gaelin Elmore
Minnesota
DL5T
195 Parker Cothren
Penn State
DL3T
201 Beau Benzschawel
Wisconsin
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