Alright, alright, alright. Let’s get right to our Mock 2.0. Some big changes in store. We’ve already seen some big trades, as the Jets and the Bills are making some big moves, each in search of a franchise quarterback. The Jets have assured themselves of one of the Big 3, but Buffalo still has some work to do if it’s gunning for a quarterback. The Giants at #2 and Cleveland at #4 are great spots…but what will it take to get there (answer: a lot). Also, they’re going to have some competition. There are teams lurking outside the Top 10 besides the Bills (Miami, Arizona) looking to make a jump into the Top 5. This will make for some exciting fireworks come draft night.
For now, let’s focus on the draft order as is (predicting trades is like a mock within a mock…and that’s just ridiculous). We’ll reveal a little more of the curtain and unveil the top half of Round 1.
|1||Cleveland Browns||Sam Darnold (USC)||QB|
|2||New York Giants||Bradley Chubb (NC State)||DE|
|3||New York Jets||Josh Rosen (UCLA)||QB|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Saquon Barkley (PSU)||RB|
|5||Denver Broncos||Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)||OL|
|6||Indianapolis Colts||Vita Vea (Washington)||DT|
|7||Tampa Bay Bucs||Calvin Ridley (Alabama)||WR|
|8||Chicago Bears||Trumaine Edmunds (VA Tech)||LB|
|9||San Francisco 49ers||Derwin James (FSU)||S|
|10||Oakland Raiders||Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)||CB|
|11||Miami Dolphins||Josh Allen (Wyoming)||QB|
|12||Buffalo Bills||Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)||QB|
|13||Washington Redskins||Roquan Smith (Georgia)||LB|
|14||Green Bay Packers||Christian Kirk (Texas A&M)||WR|
|15||Arizona Cardinals||Denzel Ward (OSU)||CB|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Mike McGlinchy (Notre Dame)||OL|
Instant Analysis: Darnold took some flak for not throwing at the Combine, but silenced all critics by impressing everyone at his pro day. As if his performance alone wasn’t enough, he threw in the rain, letting everyone know he’s ready for some depressing mid-Western weather.
Things get wonky quick with the Giants at 2. I think the Giants would love nothing more than to trade down a few spots. Problem is they don’t want to drop too far. Ideally, best case scenario is to drop to #5 or #6, get some picks in the process, and still be guaranteed a top player (Barkley, Chubb, Nelson). However, neither Denver or the Colts are looking to move up (quite the opposite, actually). For now, they stay put and take Chubb, who makes a ton of sense, especially with JPP and his lobster claw heading to Tampa.
By trading out of the third pick, the Colts are gambling that Chubb will still be there. If not, they will try to trade down, as someone like Vita Vea would still be available in the early teens.
Rounding out the top half, the Dolphins are the big winners here…with Josh Allen falling in their lap. If the Giants don’t draft a quarterback (they may take Allen) then teams will be clamoring to move up to get him. It’s unthinkable that he could fall that far, but stranger things have happened. Remember Aaron Rodgers draft day slide? He fell all the way to 24. It could happen (but probably not).
Speaking of the Packers, Green Bay fills the void left by Jordy Nelson with Christian Kirk, proving again that free agency shapes the draft.