With just one week until the 2018 NFL Draft, rumors and reports continue to surface. This mock is an experimental one. Based on interesting scenarios that many perceive to be unrealistic, but nonetheless, are interesting to consider.
1. Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Though Darnold is the consensus number one pick, there are rumors that Cleveland is considering Allen. It would be interesting to see if the Browns pulled a Browns and pick the player that is more of a project.
2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Though Darnold is still on the board here, there are rumors that the Giants view Barkley as a “near perfect prospect,” making him the safest pick for the Giants here.
3. New York Jets (from IND): Sam Darnold, QB, USC
If the Browns and Giants pass on Darnold, it would be very difficult for Mike Maccagnan and the Jets to let him slide past them at 3. Though the Jets have a lot of interest in Baker Mayfield, they didn’t think Darnold would be there at 3, making him the obvious choice.
4. Cleveland Browns (from HOU): Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
With Barkley off the board the Browns go best player available and grab Bradley Chubb, a great plan B for Cleveland. Chubb and Garrett would be a great young duo on the defensive line.
5. [TRADE] Buffalo Bills (from DEN): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Buffalo is very interested in moving into the top-5 for a franchise QB, and Denver is interested in moving back. They could be perfect trade partners, as Denver is able to get more picks, and the Bills get their guy.
6. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
The Colts would’ve liked to get Bradley Chubb here, but he’s off the board so it’s best player available for the Colts who attempt to strengthen their offensive line with Quenton Nelson.
7. [TRADE] Miami Dolphins (from TB): Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Miami doesn’t want to move up for a QB, but with Mayfield sliding, it makes sense that Miami would move up four spots to secure a franchise QB. Tannehill has no guaranteed money left on his deal and is coming off injury. This move makes a lot of sense for Miami.
8. Chicago Bears: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
The Bears brought back Kyle Fuller; however, the team is still in need of a true number one corner. Ward is on the board here and could be an ideal fit in Chicago.
9. San Francisco 49ers: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Reuben Foster is facing legal troubles right now and his future with the team seems bleak. Smith is my top graded ILB and would be a nice fit in SF.
10. Oakland Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama
The Raiders are thin at DB, and Fitzpatrick can play any position in the secondary. He’s the best corner and safety in the class and would be an instant impact player for the Raiders.
11. [TRADE] Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from MIA): Derwin James, S, Florida State
Tampa Bay is in need of secondary help. Justin Evans already looks like a bust and James is the best DB available.
12. [TRADE] Denver Broncos (from BUF): Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Last year, the Broncos added Garrett Bolles in round one and he was atrocious. There is still hope that he can develop into a decent player. Aside from that, there is still a need on the offensive line. McGlinchey is the top OT in the class and could help fortify the Denver offensive line.
13. Washington: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Washington expects to take an RB early, so why not in round one? Derrius Guice has been overshadowed by generational talent Saquon Barkley, but Guice is a top RB himself. Perhaps Washington opts to give their new QB a weapon out of the backfield.
14. Green Bay Packers: Jaire Alexander, CB, Lousiville
Green Bay signed Kyle Fuller to an offer sheet this off-season, so it makes sense that they would have legitimate interest in a CB, especially after dealing Damarious Randall to Cleveland. Alexander is the top CB on the board.
15. [TRADE] Los Angeles Chargers (from ARI): Vita Vea, DT, Washington
With Washington opting to go with an RB, Vita Vea has begun to fall. The Chargers move up two spots to add the top DT in the class.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
With Vea off the board, the run on DT’s begin. Payne would be a game changer on the defensive line for the Ravens.
17. [TRADE] Arizona Cardinals (from LAC): Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
The Cardinals have interest in Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver, and after gaining draft capital from trading with the Chargers, they get the guy they reportedly covet two picks later.
18. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Wynn, OG/OC, Georgia
The Seahawks are in desperate need of help on the offensive line. Wynn’s versatility is one of the reasons why teams covet him. He can start anywhere on the line for Seattle.
19. Dallas Cowboys: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Calvin Ridley is still my number one ranked receiver, but the Cowboys have serious interest in Sutton. They basically led his workout during his Pro Day and could make him the first receiver off the board.
20. Detroit Lions: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
With Guice off the board and Ebron cut, the TE position becomes arguably the primary need for the Lions. Mike Gesicki is the top TE in this class and could play a Gronk-like role for Matt Patricia in Detroit.
21. [TRADE] Pittsburgh Steelers (from CIN thru BUF): Tremaine Edumunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Edmunds falling to 21 isn’t expected, but every year, at least a few players fall late in the first round, just look at Reuben Foster. Foster was a consensus top ten prospect who tumbled all the way to pick 31, so it’s not impossible to see Edmunds sliding late into the first round. A linebacker-needy team like the Steelers move up to steal him at pick 21.
22. [TRADE] Denver Broncos (from BUF): Marcus Davenport, DE/LB, UTSA
The Broncos acquire this pick from Buffalo in the Josh Rosen deal. With the 12th pick, they added Mike McGlinchey and here they add an edge rusher with a lot of upside. Shane Ray has failed to impress, and the Broncos could use another edge rusher opposite Von Miller.
23. New England Patriots (from LAR): Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Patriots let Malcolm Butler walk, but they still need to replace him. Josh Jackson has fallen in this mock and would be a steal for the Patriots at 23.
24. Carolina Panthers: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
The Panthers lost Andrew Norwell to the Jaguars in free agency, and their primary concern should be replacing him to protect Cam Newton. Hernandez is one of the top interior offensive lineman in this class and can instantly replace Norwell in Carolina.
25. Tennessee Titans: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
The Titans lost Avery Williamson to free agency, so they added Will Compton on a one year deal. However, they still need a long term answer at inside linebacker.
26. Atlanta Falcons: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Ridley has slid all the way to 26. With Sanu in the slot and Julio Jones as the number one receiver, Calvin Ridley can start right away as a number two receiver. It’s an ideal situation for Ridley, who doesn’t have to be pressured into being the number one receiver. He would thrive as the second option.
27. New Orleans Saints: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Lamar Jackson has solidified himself as a first round prospect, and the Saints are one of the only teams remaining in the 1st that make sense as a potential landing spot.
28. [TRADE] Cincinnati Bengals (from PIT): James Daniels, OC/OG, Iowa
The Bengals move back in a trade with the Steelers to acquire more picks. They added Cordy Glenn via trade, but there is more work to be done on the offensive line in Cincinnati. With the Billy Price injury, James Daniels benefits as the number one center in the class, making him a very realistic option for the Bengals.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The Jaguars just lost Paul Pozluszny to retirement, and with the lack of LBs taken early in this mock, Evans has fallen to Jacksonville at 29. He can instantly replace the Jacksonville great.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Connor Williams, OT/OG, Texas
The Vikings offensive line is a work in progress and Connor Williams is an ideal fit. There is a long term need at tackle, but an immediate need at guard. With Williams’ versatility he can start at guard right away and eventually move outside to tackle if needed.
31. New England Patriots: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
The Patriots used their first first rounder to replace Malcolm Bulter, now they use their second first rounder to replace long-time LT Nate Solder. Kolton Miller had a strong combine and has developed himself into a first round pick throughout the process. He could be a great fit in New England.
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The Eagles don’t have many needs. They could use more depth at positions like cornerback, wide receiver and tight end. However with the Jason Peters injury, it’s obvious that the aging tackle may never be the same after his injury. The Eagles grab Orlando Brown as an eventual replacement. Brown fell due to a horrendous combine, but the on-field production is hard to look past. He is a first round talent and if the Eagles can develop him, he will be a steal of a pick.