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146 Riley Ferguson
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216 Tanner Lee
231 Logan Woodside
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1 Cleveland
Sam Darnold
    USC
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



While reports insist that the Browns still haven't settled on which quarterback they will select here, I have to believe they have an order by now. I can understand still sorting out the separation between each, especially if the recent trade rumors are true, but they must at least have an idea of who they believe is the best of the bunch, and who is their least-favorite. If that decision hasn't been made by now, we've got bigger problems than just possibly getting this pick wrong. At this point last year, everyone knew the six quarterbacks that could be drafted in the first round. No one appeared out of the blue like Mitch Trubisky. They've had an entire year to not only evaluate them, but also watch them progress or regress.

So that leads me to believe that they know exactly who they are taking with this pick. The only reason they may not end up selecting that player, would be the aforementioned trade rumors. I truly hope they make a pick here, though. Recent trades that many people like me lauded to acquire more picks for a team that needed so much help have not worked in this team's favor. The move that cost them Carson Wentz, and resulted in more trades is a perfect example. Many picks came from those two first-round trades in 2016 but the top players that stemmed from those moves include DeShone Kizer, Jabrill Peppers, Corey Coleman, Shon Coleman, and whoever we pick at #64 this year. Let me just say that we better strike gold with that 64th pick if we want to justify any argument that we got as much as Philadelphia did with Wentz. Having said that, don't overcomplicate this pick. Take the best quarterback on your list.

- Austin Smith


2 NY Giants
Saquon Barkley
    Penn State
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
223



The 2018 NFL pre-draft process is headed into its final turn and about to hit the home stretch. On the inside rail with the 2nd overall pick is Giants' GM, Dave Gettleman, with a potential franchise QB, a generational RB, "can't-miss" linemen, and potential trades all in his sights. Nobody really knows how it will ultimately play out for Big Blue, but they are definitely sitting in a position of power with valuable options.

I continue to believe Sam Darnold is the apple of the Giants' eye, and if taken by Cleveland at first overall, the Giants will stay the course and select the BPA unless blown away by an offer they cannot refuse. Gettleman was GM of the Panthers for five drafts and never once traded down, while trading up six times. I imagine rampant trade speculation right up until the Giants are on the clock.

The Giants have gone out of their way to praise Saquon Barkley's unique skill set. He checks all boxes. He can do it all. Staying at two, it is quite possible that Barkley, arguably the best player in this year's draft, hears his name after the Giants hand in their pick. The combination of Barkley's character, versatility, and production is what makes him so appealing. In 2017, he tallied 1,271 yards rushing, 54 catches for 632 yards and 21 rushing and receiving touchdowns. Last year, the Giants ranked 26th in rushing yards and 28th in rushing TD's. With the addition of Barkley, the 2018 Giants are back in the race and looking good.

- Kevin McWalters, Giants Analyst


3 NY Jets
Josh Rosen
    UCLA
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210



We have discussed at length over the last few CMD's how this pick has to be a QB, particularly after using 3 RD 2 picks to trade up to this spot. But even at this late stage of the process, it's still tough to get a genuine read on which QB Mike Maccagnan views, as his favorite of the bunch.

Based on the fact we traded up to this pick directly after the Pro Days of both Rosen and Mayfield, that may signify that one of those guys cemented themselves as the top QB on his list. Josh Allen fits the physical mold of both Petty and Hackenberg, previous Maccagnan picks. With Bridgewater and McCown already on the roster, Maccagnan would be able to give Allen the time he needs to develop, so you can't discount him sitting atop of the Jets' Draft Board, either. Sam Darnold looks like he will be drafted 1st overall but if Cleveland passes on Darnold and he is available here, there is a good chance he would be the one that Maccagnan picks.

But my money is still on Josh Rosen. Rosen is already the kind of pocket passer that Maccagnan hoped both Hackenberg and Petty could be. His technique and mechanics are as good as any QB prospect in recent drafts, and those traits should be enough to sway Mike Maccagnan in this difficult decision.


4 Cleveland
Bradley Chubb
    NC State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
269



Reports indicate the Giants are not going to select a quarterback with the second pick, which means the Browns' dream scenario of getting both the best quarterback on their board and the top player in this draft are in jeopardy. Saquon Barkley is that player on most boards, and our Giants' analyst obviously agrees. Some may suggest trading this pick to a team desperate for a quarterback such as Buffalo, but as I mentioned in my commentary for the first pick, those trades haven't always worked for our Browns. With that being said, I believe they have to take the best player available, and that would be Chubb. Todd McShay has stated that he has an equal grade on Chubb and Myles Garrett, last year's top-overall pick. The idea of pairing the two in Cleveland would obviously be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Top pass-rushing duos have been the cornerstone of many championship teams in this league. While it may be borderline illegal to mention the Browns and the word "championship" in the same sentence, I will settle with stating that this could get the Browns out of the NFL's cellar.

- Austin Smith


5 Denver
Baker Mayfield
    Oklahoma
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -6
Height:
6'0
Weight:
210



Just because the Giants aren't expected to take a quarterback does not mean a signal-caller won't go at two. The Broncos have a case to be the most-desirable trade partner for New York. The Giants have shown that they have a lot of interest in both Saquon Barkley and Bradley Chubb. At five, one of those two options would certainly be available to New York, after quarterbacks go in the top three picks, and Cleveland takes their favorite between Barkley and Chubb. In that scenario, Denver would jump ahead of the Jets to guarantee getting either Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen. This mock draft would have that being Rosen if the Giants do want to trade the pick. If not, I have Baker Mayfield being the guy at five. Some may feel Saquon Barkley is the top priority after the release of C.J. Anderson, but I have to believe that securing a long-term solution at quarterback is the top priority for this team.

- Austin Smith


6 Indianapolis
Quenton Nelson
    Notre Dame
    OG
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
329



The Colts will likely have the choice between Quenton Nelson, Denzel Ward, Minkah Fitpatrick and Derwin James at pick #6. My personal favorite beginning last November was Derwin James, and still is - even though the Colts don't really need another Safety. But we're selecting players in the Draft Tek CMD based on what we believe the team will do.

Folks, if Bradley Chubb is gone, there's no question the Colts will take Quenton Nelson. Heck, even if Chubb is still on the board, there's a good chance Nelson is the pick. Last season, the Colts' OL led the league in allowing their QB to be repeatedly pummeled. You could make the case that if Chubb is still on the board, there's no way Indy can afford to miss out on Chubb's pass-rush prowess. However, if you can select one of the best Guards to ever come out of college football and have him on the field for the better part of a decade, it's really a no-brainer to go with Quenton Nelson out of Notre Dame.

It's obviously not a "WOW" pick, but it's a very solid pick as there are very hungry, talented EDGE players later in this draft who can get after the QB. They don't have to be "All Pro, Hall of Fame great" to make an instant impact for this team. Guys like Lorenzo Carter, Josh Sweat, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Marcell Frazier, and Chad Thomas. Remember: Dwight Freeney was drafted #11 overall back in 2002 by the Colts, but his sidekick, Robert Mathis, was a 5th-round selection in 2003. Perhaps Indy reverses the order, going with a lower-round pick this year, and next year getting a guy like Clelin Ferrell of Clemson, Montez Sweat of Mississippi State, or Anthony Nelson of Iowa. For 2018, however, take the sure bet - and protect Luck.


7 Tampa Bay
Vita Vea
    Washington
    DL1T
    Reach/Value:     -13
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
347



The Buccaneers' mock draft roundup on the team's official website skews heavily toward the defensive backfield, with Derwin James and Denzel Ward the most popular choices. Interestingly, that compendium has a couple pundits projecting RB Saquon Barkley to fall to the Bucs. Barkley is the top name on our internal Bucs' list, but realistically we can't see the Penn State RB slipping past the #4.

Certainly a case can be made for a CB; projected starter Brent Grimes is on a one-year contract and 2016 RD1 pick Vernon Hargreaves has not played to his potential. He tied for 76th on ProFootballFocus.com's CB rankings.

Vita Vea is not as highly-ranked as some other players that are availble at #7 in this mock (James, Ward, Edmunds, Minkah, et. al). Vea will, however, provide more of an immediate rookie-year contribution that the other candidates for this pick. Denzel Ward may, or may not start during his rookie campaign. Likely he'll see situaltional/nickel duties at the outset while transitioning to a starter role late in the season while Ward acclimates to the NFL. Vea, at a minimum will start the season as a rotational cog to spell McCoy and Allen. A more positive scenario has Vea earning a starters role aside McCoy. What Vea will bring to the table is his peripheral impact on the rest of the defense. He will make every one around him more effictive. Vea and McCoy will take pressure off of Vinny Curry and JPP on the edges. Futher, the unstoppable pass rush coming from the inside and outside will assist the secondary as opposing QBs will be hurried into poor decisions. Finally, as we've seen among recent Super Bowl champions, keeping the defensive line fresh and well-stocked has been a recipe for success.


8 Chicago
Roquan Smith
    Georgia
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
225



This pick remains a moving target for Ryan Pace, and this DRAFTSIM didn't do the Bears any favors by taking Quenton Nelson and eliminating a no-brainer pick for the Bears at 8. Smith, however, is a tremendous consolation prize. A true Pro Bowl talent, Smith overcomes a slight lack of size (6'1", 236) with elite anticipation and speed (4.51 40-yard dash). Anyone who watched the National Championship Game is aware of what a difference-maker Smith can be, and there is every indication he will continue that level of leadership and dominance in the NFL - making him well worth a top-10 selection. After the release of Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan's injury woes (11 missed games in two years) this selection meets both need and BPA requirements.

Indications are that Nelson and Denzel Ward are primary targets for the Bears, and should they be gone this could be a prime position for Chicago to trade back. After paying a high price for Mitch Trubisky, Pace will consider deals that help the Bears recoup some of the picks they sacrificed last year.




9 San Francisco
Minkah Fitzpatrick
    Alabama
    S
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
216



It's been awhile since Minkah Fitzpatrick has fallen this far in one of our mocks, but San Francisco is thrilled to land a top-5 talent with the ninth-overall pick. The 49ers met with Fitzpatrick at the Combine and liked him well enough to invite him for an official visit earlier this month. It's no surprise the Niners are interested in former Alabama star DB; at 6'1, 205 lbs with 4.46 speed, Fitzpatrick has the size and speed to play outside, the quickness and instincts to play nickel, and the physicality and sound tackling to play safety. What truly sets Fitzpatrick apart from his peers, though, is his knowledge of the game, his ability to read and react on the fly allows him to excel at any spot in the secondary.

While versatility is a huge part of Fitzpatrick's value, I can see the 49ers using him primarily at Nickel Back, where he spent most of his time at Alabama, to give him a "home base" while he learns the intricacies of the playbook. From there he can be moved around, with the ultimate goal likely being to have him serve as the heir apparent to Richard Sherman's spot across from Ahkello Witherspoon on the outside. In the meantime, he gives the 49ers three stud corners to pair with two rising talents at safety and injects a sudden shot of depth into a group that was bled dry by injuries in 2017.

-Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst (@thebrettclancy on Twitter)


10 Oakland
Tremaine Edmunds
    Virginia Tech
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
250



Words like "elite," "high-impact," "unique," "excellent," "electric," "has evaluators salivating," and "they don't come like him" litter the Tremaine Edmunds scouting report. The 19-year-old linebacker brings playmaking ability that is sorely lacked on the Raiders' D --especially with Navorro Bowman still unsigned. The veteran mid-season acquisition led the team in tackles and was one of only two players on the team with a sack and an interception (the other being Karl Joseph). Even with Bowman, it was a struggling unit, and Tahir Whitehead is not an upgrade over the former 49er. With many mocks projecting Edmunds off the board at this point, look for Oakland to leap at the opportunity to add a prospect with such a remarkably high ceiling --one that could see him up there with his closest player comp, Brian Urlacher. With Vita Vea, Roquan Smith, and Minkah Fitzpatrick off the board here, the only other competition for this pick is Denzel Ward, Calvin Ridley, or trade down for a RT. The choice is easy: go with the freakish LB who elevates your entire D to the next level.


11 Miami
Derwin James
    Florida State
    S
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'2''
Weight:
215



Miami upgraded the offense across the board this off-season, but left the defense wanting. Some key areas have been left unaddressed both in base and sub-packages. Ranking 30th in red-zone defense and 32nd in third-and-long conversion rate in 2017, Miami needs a match-up equalizer. Three of the Dolphins' favorite prospects were picked immediately ahead of the 11th pick (Edmunds, Vea, Smith) but James' drop is more than just a consolation prize. James has world-class potential He's a versatile piece that will, "win no matter where you line him up" (that according to Jimbo Fischer - James' coach at FSU). James' combine measurables put him on the radar for a top-10 selection for the mainstream, but his tape had already done the talking for him. He flashes elite traits as a strong-side C gap run defender, weak-side blitzer off the edge, covering the slot in both press and off looks and trailing tight ends and backs in coverage. This pick is exactly what the Dolphins need come April 26.

- Travis Wingfield (@WingfieldNFL), Dolphins Analyst


12 Buffalo
Josh Allen
    Wyoming
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +7
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
230



At his pre-draft press conference, Brandon Beane said, "The natural assumption was that we moved up to get a QB, but we improved our draft position. That was a 2nd-round-value jump to go from #21 to #12, so we're excited about where that moves us on our draft board and the players that we see available there." This Bills' war room drafted Cam Newton (6'5", 245), Marcus Mariota (6'4", 222), and Pat Mahomes (6'3", 230), physical specimens that were touted as strong-armed, high-upside, smart QBs with mobility. BillsMafia would boo this pick, especially if Beane didn't trade up, but if he sees Allen as The Guy to run Daboll's offense, and they get him at #12, I'm willing to trust The Process.

I don't think the Allen scenario happens, though. Allen is the only QB in my top 7 whose games the Bills never scouted with credentialed scouts, and was a last-minute official visit to One Bills Drive. It's not out of the question that our GM likes Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph at #22 or thereabouts. Beane realizes that by trading up he likely loses out on our top 4 linebackers (Smith, Evans, Edmunds, VanderEsch) because he'd need both RD1s as trade bait. Quarterback is the Prime Directive; I just don't see Allen's command of the pocket being palpably better than Jackson-Rudolph's.

- Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst


13 Washington
Denzel Ward
    Ohio State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
183



You can never have enough good corners' is a phrase that is repeated all too often during the NFL Draft season. While it's a tired expression, it's still an expression that will hold more and more weight heading into the future. The NFL traditionally is a few years behind the college game, as current NFL players are the best former college players in their college systems. It's the NFL teams' job to change their schemes to fit personnel coming in, so the NFL lags slightly behind the college game. We saw it with the read-option, we saw it with quick-game and bubble screens, and now we are seeing RPOs jump into the mix. With all of the quick-game concepts being used in the NFL, offensive and defensive linemen are being devalued because the ball is out in a staggering 2.3 seconds (average from NFL's NEXT GEN stats)!

So, how does a defense give the power back to their front seven? Well, if we look at the college game, the answer is simple: man-to-man corners and safeties. With CBs jamming on the outside and safeties jamming TEs and RBs at the line, the quick game is mitigated because the jam eliminates timing. The problem is the fact that you need 3 CBs and at least one S/LB that can effectively play man against TEs/RBs to run an effective man-blitz scheme, but most NFL teams would be lucky to have even one good man DB.

During the 2018 Draft, look for zone CBs like Josh Jackson to be devalued while players like Denzel Ward, Isaiah Oliver, Jaire Alexander, and Mike Hughes rise up boards. After losing Kendall Fuller in the Alex Smith trade, the Redskins are smart to add Denzel Ward to their secondary. Ward will play outside in base and probably move inside in nickel situations. If 2017 RD3 steal CB Fabian Moreau takes a step forward, Greg Manusky is going to be able to be creative with his front seven and this Redskins' defense may surprise.

-Kennedy Paynter, Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)


14 Green Bay
Marcus Davenport
    UTSA
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
250



Back when this year's draft season started in earnest here on DraftTek, Davenport was an early-favorite pick for the Packers. That was before the draft community discovered Davenport in earnest, propelling him from a likely Day-2 selection to an eventual spot as a projected Top-Ten pick. Now, just a mere week before the draft, Davenport has come home to roost, dropping to the Packers in the #14 slot. The former skinny three-sport High School star athlete certainly took a circuitous route to his current standing, but it's an interesting story of a "chill" kid with confidence to do things his own way, even when there were easier paths. Playing for his hometown college, Davenport steadily increased his weight and sack totals every year. As a senior, he recorded 8.5 sacks and had three forced fumbles to close out his college career. Davenport has length, speed, and aggressiveness galore and is likely only scratching the surface of his talent. He had a slow start during Senior Bowl week, but improved steadily and had an outstanding performance in the game itself. Davenport will similarly need some time to develop into an NFL pass rusher, but the tools are there for new DC Mike Pettine to work with.

- @JerseyAlGBP, Packers Analyst

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15 Arizona
Calvin Ridley
    Alabama
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
190



All signs point to the fact that the Cards are extremely interested in Josh Allen. Those indicators go all the way back to December when GM Steve Keim was in attendance at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. However, this DRAFTSIM displays the very real possibility that the top four QBs may be off the board by the time AZ's selection rolls around. The Cards would have to pay a steep price if there's an early run on QBs, but moving up for Josh Allen appears to be a real possibility.

If Arizona chooses to stay put and go with the BPA, Alabama's Calvin Ridley would be an option that matches value with need. The Cards are desperate to add a receiving threat to pair with, and eventually replace, Larry Fitzgerald. Of AZ's remaining WR options, J.J. Nelson has put up the best single-season stats with 34 catches for 568 yards and 6 TDs in 2016. However, Nelson has been inconsistent and figures to be best used as a complementary deep threat.

At 6'0" and 189 lbs with a 4.43 forty-yard dash, Ridley could immediately emerge as a dangerous target at all three levels of the field. Ridley posted 224 catches for 2,781 yards and 19 TDs over three seasons in the run-heavy Crimson Tide offense. Despite Alabama's run-first attack, Ridley is considered to be a polished route runner that should be able to contribute immediately at the NFL level. It appears that Allen may be the apple of GM Steve Keim's eye, but Ridley would not be a bad consolation prize as part of a retooled Cards' offense.

- James Siebers, Cardinals Analyst


16 Baltimore
Christian Kirk
    Texas A&M
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
201



Christian Kirk, aka college football's "Most Electifying Player", is a phenomenal athlete, receiver, and returner. He is rates as a near "sure thing" as an NFL contributor. But, this is still a little early for the diminutive Aggie. So, with Ridley off the board, will Baltimore still take Kirk- or even another receiver? Derrius Guice could be an option as Alex Collins was a solid starter last season but is not an elite lead ballcarrier. Adding another Notre Dame OT, Mike McGlinchey, could give the Ravens a pair of stellar young bookends. Rashaan Evans also holds appeal. Yet, Kirk could be the missing piece to ensuring an improved receiving corps over the disastrous product from 2017. He also could improve a return game that averaged 32nd in kickoff return average and was mediocre on punts. While I like this pick, don't be surprised if Baltimore looks to trade down with Ridley off the board.

Traded Round 1 Picks:
Buffalo gets Kansas City R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)
Cleveland gets Houston R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)
Buffalo and Cincinnati swap RD1 picks #12 and #21 (Cordy Glenn trade)
NY Jets and Indianapolis swap RD1 picks #3 and #6 (2018 Draft trade)
New England gets LA Rams RD1 pick (Brandin Cooks trade)

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158 Mason Cole
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164 Justin Jackson
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