Interstate of Green: Mock Draft 2.0
Rich Wilhelm @koda522
1 Browns- Sam Darnold (The Jets have forced the Browns hand they can no longer wait until 4 to draft a QB. Even though Tyrod is the QB1, Browns still need a QB of the future. Drafting Darnold here will give the Browns flexibility and let Darnold sit and learn)
2 Giants- Saquon Barkley (Barkley is the best athlete in this draft and it is not close. Giants seem to be building around Eli and will wait until 2019 to draft their QB of the future)
3 Jets- Josh Rosen (Rosen is the best quarterback available. He is not a wildcard and he is not an up and comer. Rosen is the real deal. The trade pays off for the Jets)
4 Browns- Bradley Chubb (Myles Garrett on one end, Bradley Chubb on the other. Instantly becomes one of the best sets of DEs in the NFL. Minkah Fitzpatrick also an option here if they want to play him at CB. Trade down likely)
5 Broncos- Josh Allen (Allen seems like the prototypical no nonsense QB Elway loves. Think Mayfield is too risky for Elway and will go with the kid with upside)
6 *Trade* Bills- Baker Mayfield (Bills trade up from 12 to 6 and get their guy. McCarron and Peterman are a bleak combination and Mayfield will be great in that system)
7 Bucs- Minkah Fitzpatrick
8 Bears- Quenton Nelson
9 49ers- Derwin James
10 Raiders- Denzel Ward
11 Dolphins- Roquan Smith
12 Colts- Vita Vea
13 Redskins- Marcus Davenport
14 Packers- Jaire Alexander
15 Cardinals- Lamar Jackson
16 Ravens- Connor Williams
17 Chargers- Tremaine Edmunds
18 Seahawks- Will Hernandez
19 Cowboys- Calvin Ridley
20 Lions- Leighton Vander Esch
21 Bengals- Da’Ron Payne
22 Bills- Orlando Brown
23 Patriots- Josh Jackson
24 Panthers- Christian Kirk
25 Titans- Mike Hughes
26 Falcons- Mike McGlinchey
27 Saints- Taven Bryan
28 Steelers- Ronnie Harrison
29 Jags- Hayden Hurst
30 Vikings- Isiah Oliver
31 Patriots- Harold Landry
32 Eagles- Rashaan Evans
David Dubovy @DavidDubovy
1. Browns: Sam Darnold- QB, USC
2. Giants: Bradley Chubb- DE, NC State
3. Jets: Josh Rosen- QB, UCLA
4. Browns: Saquan Barkley- RB, Penn State
5. Broncos: Baker Mayfield- QB, Oklahoma
6. Colts: Quenton Nelson- G, Notre Dame
7. Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick- DB, Alabama
8. Bears: Trumaine Edmunds- LB, Virginia Tech
9. 49ers: Denzel Ward- CB, Ohio State
10. Raiders: Roquan Smith- ILB, Georgia
11. Dolphins: Josh Allen- QB, Wyoming
12. Bills: Lamar Jackson- QB, Louisville
13. Redskins: Derwin James- DB, Florida State
14. Packers: Connor Williams- OT, Texas
15. Cardinals: Mason Rudolph- QB, Oklahoma State
16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley- WR, Alabama
17. Chargers: Vita Vea- DT, Washington
18. Seahawks: Joshua Jackson- DB, Iowa
19. Cowboys: Hayden Hurst- TE, South Carolina
20. Lions: Mike Gesicki- TE, Penn State
21. Bengals: Will Hernandez- G, UTEP
22. Bills: Da’Ron Payne- DT, Alabama
23. Rams: Harold Landry- OLB, Boston College
24. Panthers: Mike McGlinchey- G, Notre Dame
25. Titans: Marcus Davenport- DE, UTSA
26. Falcons: Arden Key- DL, LSU
27. Saints: Maurice Hurst- DT, Michigan
28. Steelers: Rashaan Evans- LB, Alabama
29. Jaguars: Mike Hughes- DB, Central Florida
30. Vikings: Orlando Brown- OT, Oklahoma
31. Patriots: Derrius Guice- RB, LSU
32. Eagles: Courtland Sutton- WR, SMU
Vincent Zahler @VincentZahler 1. Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen-Quarterback-Wyoming. After missing badly on Carson Wentz, Cleveland is not going to let his (on paper) equal get past them.
2. New York GIants: Saquon Barkley-Running Back-Penn StateThere’s a lot of talk about Bradley Chubb or Sam Darnold here but the team hasn’t had a real running game in nearly a decade.
3. New York Jets: Sam Darnold-Quarterback-USCHe’s the best overall quarterback in the draft and with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater there, Sam will be able to sit and work on his delivery for a year.
4. Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb-Defensive End/Linebacker-NC StateWith Myles Garrett coming back from an impressive but shortened rookie season, the Browns will feature two young fearsome pass rushers on either side for the foreseeable future
5. Denver Broncos: Baker Mayfield-Quarterback-OklahomaDenver has some talent but it’s being wasted with a lack of a capable quarterback. Mayfield has the moxie and ability that John Elway may have seen in himself years ago.
6. Indianapolis Colts: Quentin Nelson-Guard-Notre DameAndrew Luck can’t afford to take anymore hits after missing the entire 2017 season with shoulder surgery. It’s time to truly build an elite line for him and the running game.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick-Defensive Back-AlabamaWith the defensive line rebuilt by adding Vinny Curry and Jason Pierre-Paul, it would be wise to work on the back end starting with the top DB in the draft
8. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley-Wide Receiver-AlabamaMitchell Trubisky needs make a jump in 2018. Kevin White has been a bust and adding the top WR to take coverage away from newly acquired Allen Robinson would go a long way.
9. San Francisco 49ers: Roquan Smith-Linebacker-GeorgiaThe 49ers can say what they want, but there’s major concerns with Reuben Foster. San Francisco needs a defensive leader they can trust.
10. Oakland Raiders: Denzel Ward-Cornerback-Ohio StateThe back end of the defense is in desperate need for a playmaker.
11. Miami Dolphins: Josh Rosen-Quarterback-UCLA Miami will be in disbelief that they somehow landed the future of their franchise.
12. Buffalo Bills: Tremaine Edmunds-Linebacker-Virginia TechWhile they were unable to land the quarterback of their choosing, they still ended up with the guy who will lead the defense for the next decade.
13. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea-Defensive Tackle-WashingtonVea may be considered the first true “steal” of the draft at this point.
14. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Davenport-Defensive End-UTSAPackers waste no time grabbing the second best edge rusher in the draft. Davenport should be an immediate contributor
15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson-Quarterback-LouisvilleWith Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon holding down the fort for the time being, Lamar Jackson should get plenty of time to hone his skills before taking the reins of the franchise.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Orlando Brown-Offensive Tackle-Oklahoma
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Derwin James-Safety-Florida State
18. Seattle Seahawks: Mike Hughes-Cornerback-UCF
19. Dallas Cowboys: Cortland Sutton-Wide Receiver-SMU
20. Detroit Lions: Da’Ron Payne-Defensive Lineman-Alabama
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams-Guard/Defensive Tackle-Texas
22. Buffalo Bills: James Daniels-Center-Iowa
23. New England Patriots: Mike McGlinchey-Offensive Tackle-Notre Dame
24. Carolina Panthers: Josh Jackson-Cornerback-Iowa
25. Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry-Defensive End/Linebacker-Boston College
26. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Kirk-Wide Receiver-Texas A&M
27. New Orleans Saints: Mark Andrews-Tight End-Oklahoma
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans-Linebacker-Alabama
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Orlando Brown-Offensive Tackle-Oklahoma
30. Minnesota Viking: WIll Hernandez-Guard-UTEP
31. New England Patriots: Derrius Guice-Running Back-LSU
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Leighton Vander Esch-Linebacker-Boise State
Alberto Torres @GoodellRafi 1. Cleveland Browns- QB Josh Allen
2. New York Giants- DE Bradley Chubb
3.NY Jets- QB Josh Rosen
4. Cleveland Browns- RB Saquan Barkley
5. Denver Broncos- QB Sam Darnold
6. Indianapolis Colts- DB Derwin James
7.Tampa Bay Bucs- CB Denzel Ward
8. Chicago Bears- WR Calvin Ridley
9. ***TRADE ALERT*** 49ers trade the 9th overall pick and a 2nd Round pick (2018) to the New York Giants for WR Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants- OG Quentin Nelson
10. Oakland Raiders- LB Roquon Smith
11. Miami Dolphins- DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
12.Buffalo Bills- QB Baker Mayfield
13. Washington Redskins- CB Josh Jackson
14. Green Bay Packers- WR Christian Kirk
15.Arizona Cardinals- OT Mike McGlinchey
16. Baltimore Ravens- TE Mike Gesicki
17.LA Chargers- LB Roquan Smith
18.Seattle Seahawks- DT Vita Vea
19. Dallas Cowboys- DT Da'ron Payne
20.Detroit Lions- OG Will Hernandez
21. Bengals- LB Rashaan Evans
22.Bills- WR James Washington
23. ***Trade Alert***NE Trades WR Brandin Cooks and a 6th to the LA Rams for 1st round pick(23rd overall) and a 4th.New England Patriots- LB Leighton Vander Esch
24. Carolina Panthers- RB Derrius Guice
25. Titans- LB T. Edmunds
26. Falcons- OL James Daniels
27. New Orleans Saints- QB Lamar Jackson
28. Steelers- S Ronnie Harrison
29.Jaguars- TE Hayden Hurst
30.Vikings- WR Courtland Sutton
31. New England Pats- CB Mike Hughes
32. Philadelphia Eagles- TE Dallas Goedert Kevin Lidlow @KLidlow65
1. New York Giants- Sam Darnold QB USC: The Giants need to start thinking about the future being that Eli Manning is getting up there in age. They only were interested in Darnold but the only way they would get him is with the number 1 pick. They give up a lot to get to this pick, including OBJ.
2. Cleveland Browns- Josh Allen QB Wyoming: The Browns have Tyrod Taylor and another year of draft picks, thanks to the New York Giants trade, that gave them a first this year and next year, a second rounder and OBJ (Odell Beckham Jr.) I say the Browns take Allen and let him sit for a year to develop.
3. New York Jets- Josh Rosen QB UCLA: Three quarterbacks taken with the first three picks of the draft, and the Jets get another quarterback who arguably is one of the best in this draft. The only thing that bothers me is that if he is committed to football or not. But regardless he can sit for a year and can possibly be the guy that can turn this franchise around.
4. Cleveland Browns- Minkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama: The Browns took a quarterback to solve one need, now they will solve another this time on the defense. Fitzpatrick is the best option available and is a playmaker that they need.
5. Buffalo Bills- Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma: The Bills make two trades this offseason as they try to move up in the draft to take a quarterback. They trade up to number 5 and take Mayfield who is the most accurate out of the other quarterbacks.
6. Indianapolis Colts- Bradley Chubb DE NC state- After the Colts trade with the Jets to move down to six, they have tons of draft capital to build this team. They take Chubb at 6.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Marcus Davenport DE Texas- San Antonio: The Buccaneers defensive line was awful last year and need some life at pass rush. Davenport has been a big surprise all season long and has become the second best DE in the draft.
8. Chicago Bears- Denzel Ward CB Ohio State: Ward is a dynamic player with the tools to play on the inside and outside. He is a little undersized but can make it up with his playmaking abilities.
9. San Francisco 49ers- Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech: Adding another tremendous linebacker to compliment Reuben Foster is exactly what the 49ers would do. He has a rare blend of speed and athleticism.
10. Oakland Raiders- Roquan Smith LB Georgia: A little bit undersized but he can make plays sideline to sideline and he has a good physical presence.
11. Miami Dolphins- Jaire Alexander CB Louisville: The Dolphins need an upgrade at secondary and Alexander put up a phenomenal performance at the combine. I think he falls to the Dolphins at 11.
12. Denver Broncos- Mason Rudolph QB Oklahoma state: This is where Rudolph will fall to at 12 and with the two first rounders (compliments of Buffalo) they get a QB and some more weapons around him.
13. Washington Redskins- Derwin James S Florida State: The Redskins traded away their safety to the Broncos, so they will be looking to add one in the draft.
14. Green Bay Packers- Mike Hughes CB Central Florida: Packers need a corner and Hughes is a physical back that can help boost this defense
15. Arizona cardinals- Lamar Jackson QB Louisville: Cardinals need a quarterback and Jackson will be available at 15. Jackson could be a steal for the Cardinals.
16. Baltimore Ravens- Calvin Ridley WR Alabama: A quarterback heavy draft should make the Ravens consider drafting one because Flacco is getting older but they have other needs as well like a wide receiver.
17. Los Angeles Chargers- Vita Vea DT Washington: A top 10 talent is just way too good to pass up for the Chargers, who needs a good interior defensive lineman.
18. Seattle Seahawks- Arden Key DE LSU: The Seahawks are looking to get younger and are looking to get rid of Michael Bennett. Arden Key makes sense here.
19. Dallas Cowboys- Courtland Sutton WR SMU: Dez Bryant is getting older and doesn’t seem to be as productive as he used to be. Sutton is a 6’4 guy that could be a good addition to this team.
20. Detroit Lions- Taven Bryan DT Florida: A new head coach needs a new toy and why not take a guy who can play anywhere at the defensive line.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Quentin Nelson OG Notre Dame: Talk about a steal in the draft, the Bengals could get the best offensive lineman in this draft after trading for a Left tackle from the Buffalo Bills.
22. Denver Broncos (via Buffalo trade)- Will Hernandez G Texas El- Paso: A new quarterback, a couple of draft picks, and some offensive line, The Broncos are looking to reshape this offensive unit and they do so here at 22.
23. New England Patriots- Mike Gesicki TE Penn State: He has been a surprise at the combine, taller than Calvin Johnson, jumps higher than Beckham, this guy is a special player. Josh Jackson CB Iowa: The Rams are going to look for a corner after letting go Johnson. I think they take Jackson here.
24. Carolina Panthers- Sam Hubbard DE Ohio state: The Panthers are in need of a pass rush, I think they get one here with Hubbard being available at 24.
25. Tennessee Titans- Josh Jackson CB Iowa: The Titans are decent at the cornerback position but lack a true lockdown number 1 corner and I think Jackson can be that guy.
26. Atlanta Falcons- Isaiah Wynn G Georgia: He played left tackle at college, but would be better at guard in the next level.
27. New Orleans Saints- TE Dallas Goedert
28. Pittsburgh Steelers- Leighton Vander Esch ILB Boise st.: The Steelers love the big physical backers and they take another one here.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars- Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina: The Jaguars are possibly losing Robinson to free agency and need a tight end. He may be a little older but I believe has potential.
30. Minnesota Vikings- Da’Ron Payne DT Alabama: After just coming up short in the NFC championship game, the Vikings are going to look to keep building their defense and they go interior defensive line here.
31. New England Patriots- Sony Michel RB Georgia: The Patriots are going to lose Lewis and Burkhead, so I think they take the second best running back in the draft.
32. Philadelphia Eagles- Marcel Ateman WR Oklahoma state: The Eagles will probably lose Torey Smith, and will be looking for a new wide out. At 6”4 he will be the kind of player Wentz will throw at the top shelf for.
Brandon Turner @Badsustinere
#1 Cleveland Browns: QB Sam Darnold
There’s been a lot of speculation about this pick. More specifically about whether the Browns can take a Barkley or Chubb here and wait to grab a QB at 4. I think they play it safe and prove the Josh Allen interest was a smokescreen by taking the USC star passer. For all the talk about QBs avoiding Cleveland I think Darnold, who spent the last year carrying an awful USC team, will embrace the challenge and enjoy all the talent Cleveland can surround him with.
#2 New York Giants: QB Josh Rosen
As much as the Giants are trying to make it seem like they aren’t interested in taking a QB in this year’s draft, and thus sticking with the 39 year old Eli Manning to chase another championship run, let’s look at the facts. They are looking to trade away star WR Odell Beckham Jr. They did trade away their star pass rusher in Jason Pierre-Paul. Also they won’t trade down even though teams like the Bills are desperate to get to their spot and are probably willing to offer an ‘RG3 type’ package to get there. We’re expected to believe they like Chubb that much? That they’re willing to turn down potentially 4 or 5 picks to take him over another really good player at say pick 12? Their mouths might be saying “stick with Eli” but their actions are saying “full rebuild.” It’s the smart move, and the Giants will be set up for another decade of being competitive with the sharp UCLA product manning the helm.
#3 New York Jets: QB Josh Allen
Jets fans may not like it, but we’ve seen enough of GM Mike Maccagnan’s QB choices to know what he prefers at the position. He loves tall QBs, with great attitudes, and rocket arms. He’s also shown that he feels that accuracy issues are either solvable at the next level or can be schemed around. A lot of reporters have talked about the Jets interest in Allen and Baker Mayfield isn’t a great fit in Jeremy Bates timing based offense. Allen has the highest bust potential of the 4 big QBs but also the highest ceiling.
#4 Cleveland Browns: RB Saquon Barkley
The Browns snag the top player on the board at the fourth pick. Completing what will be a momentous draft for them. Barkley is a generational talent who can absorb tons of pressure off his rookie QB the same way Ezekiel Elliot and Leonard Fournette have helped Bortles and Prescott in their careers.
#5 Denver Broncos: QB Baker Mayfield
The Broncos snag the last of the big 4 QBs, taking the headstrong Baker Mayfield. Case Keenum will allow Baker time to develop and the Broncos time to replenish some of the talent that has eked off the team since their Super Bowl run.
#6 Indianapolis Colts: DE Bradley Chubb
While the Colts are tempted here to take the Guard Nelson to help keep Andrew Luck upright, they ultimately settle on the athletic pass rusher Chubb. Chubb should flourish in Indianapolis and the coaching staff will get a lot out of him as every year at N.C. State he improved wherever he had weaknesses.
#7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Denzel Ward
This is a minor upset as a lot of people have Minkah Fitzpatrick going here. I think the Bucs will opt into the more traditional Cornerback prospect with Ward.
#8 Chicago Bears: OG Quenton Nelson
The Bears have been active in free agency trying to get Mitch Trubisky as much help as possible. They finish the job by getting him the safest pick in the draft. Nelson is an almost perfect Guard prospect who will dominate from day one for the Bears in both the run game and pass protection.
#9 San Francisco 49ers: LB Tremaine Edmunds
The Niners go best player overall and get the multi-talented Tremaine Edmunds who can plug a lot of holes for them. Edmunds should keep getting better as he has relied on his athleticism and will improve with coaching.
#10 Oakland Raiders: LB Roquan Smith
Smith has been projected to the Raiders in a lot of mocks as he fills a need for them and is the type of player Gruden values.
#11 Miami Dolphins: S Minkah Fitzpatrick
Minkah drops to the Dolphins here and they have to be thrilled. He fits their need at safety and is the high character, high energy guy they have been looking for with their locker-room rebuild.
#12 Buffalo Bills: QB Lamar Jackson
The Bills have to be upset about not getting one of the top four QBs. They’ve been planning to move up for a year now, but the Jets blocked them when they struck early with the Colts and now the Bills are left looking at other options. I feel that in that time, they’ve been scouting Lamar Jackson, and slowly convincing themselves that taking him and keeping their picks isn’t a bad plan B. Lamar is an explosive playmaker and has been underrated by the scouting community because of his size and non-traditional skill set. He could be a star with the right offense built around him though.
#13 Washington Redskins S Derwin James
The Redskins have had a controversial off-season that’s seen their Quarterback leave for Minnesota and a trade for veteran QB Alex Smith. They look at the best player on the board here in S Derwin James who is a potential All-Pro Safety for them, especially in the pass game.
#14 Green Bay Packers WR Courtland Sutton
The Packers would have liked to see one of the top secondary players drop to them here but instead they look to replace Jordy Nelson with Sutton. Sutton is a raw prospect but has the traits to be a star for Green Bay.
#15 Arizona Cardinals DT Vita Vea
The Drafts best DT, Vita Vea is a gigantic prospect and one of the rare interior guys who can also generate a pass rush. He would be a solid piece for a Cardinals team that needs to start rebuilding.
#16 Baltimore Ravens WR Calvin Ridley
It’s no secret that Joe Flacco desperately needs people to throw to and Ridley can do it all. He’s way ahead of most prospects in his route running ability and ran a 4.41 at the combine.
#17 Los Angeles Chargers OT Orlando Brown
The son of a long-time NFL Offensive lineman, Brown has the genes and size that are perfect for the position. He’s still raw in a lot of ways but if a good offensive line coach fixes his mistakes he can lock down the position for the Chargers for a decade.
#18 Seattle Seahawks OT Mike McGlinchey
McGlinchey is a pure RT prospect and needs to add NFL strength but for a team who understands that, he will probably be a long-time starter.
#19 Dallas Cowboys DE Marcus Davenport
Davenport is a Texas kid who raised his stock at the Senior Bowl and could be a fearsome presence on the Cowboys line.
# 20 Detroit Lions EDGE Harold Landry
Landry is a pure pass rusher who reminds a lot of scouts of Vic Beasley. I think the Lions would be happy with that prediction coming true.
#21 Cincinnati Bengals OG Will Hernandez
Hernandez had a monstrous Senior Bowl where he smashed every prospect he lined up against. Playing at a small school and lacking perfect size it took the Senior Bowl for people to realize he’s a surefire 1st round pick.
#22 Buffalo Bills CB Mike Hughes
A shorter prospect who’s still raw, the Bills bank on Hughes potential with their 2nd pick in the 1st round.
#23 New England Patriots OT Kolton Miller
Kolton Miller goes a little early in the draft to fill a need for the Pats. He’s tall and could pu on some muscle but he’s a solid prospect that could protect Brady for years.
#24 Carolina Panthers G Isiah Wynn
A shorter starter who excels at run blocking Wynn could fill a need for the Panthers who have slowly lost talent in free agency the last few years.
#25 Tennessee Titans DE Sam Hubbard
Hubbard is a solid but not elite pass rusher. A good get at this point in the draft and it fills an eed for the Titans.
#26 Atlanta Falcons DT Da’Ron Payne
A premier run stuffer with elite athleticism. Payne can be a huge presence up the middle for the Falcons.
#27 New Orleans Saints TE Mike Gesecki The Saints get a Jimmy Graham clone in Gesecki. A huge pass-catcher who will dominate in the red zone, he will add to the slew of weapons Brees has to work with.
#28 Pittsburgh Steelers LB Leighton Vander Esch
Vander Esch fills a need and has a high ceiling as he was only a starter for a short time for Boise but exploded on the field.
#29 Jacksonville Jaguars TE Dallas Goedert
Goedert is another pass catching tight end with the size and athleticism to be a mismatch at the next level. He dominated in college and would give Bortles a big body to throw to when under pressure.
#30 Minnesota Vikings EDGE Lorenzo Carter
An undersized edge rusher who didn’t show production until his final year of college, Carter could end up being the best pass rusher of the bunch if the Vikings can bring out his potential.
#31 New England Patriots RB Derrius Guice
The Patriots lost Dion Lewis over the off-season and did some patchwork signing by getting Jeremy Hill but neither of them are the prospect Guice is. Filling in for Fournette in 2016 Guice exploded with his fierce running style and the Patriots might be looking for an offense that doesn’t put everything on Tom Brady’s shoulders as he continues to age.
#32 Philadelphia Eagles CB Josh Jackson
Jackson fits what you look for in the position physically and falls to the Eagles here because he only produced for one year in college. Regardless he could be a huge part of the plan to get back to another Super Bowl in 2018.