*Disclaimer: This Mock Draft was done before the trade between the Rams and the Patriots. A second version of this mock will be out before the draft as well.
My annual “Mockery Draft” is a way to poke fun at those who take themselves to seriously and completely bias in what I want to happen. Sure, I watch and love college football so I may know a little something here and there just from watching the games week to week, but does any of that really matter? Trades and the unpredictable is what makes the draft interesting. Here is my take on all of this craziness that may or may not happen in the first round of this year’s draft. . .
1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC: Just do something that makes sense for once, Cleveland. I’m personally not in love with any of these quarterbacks but Darnold seems to be the one the Browns like the most.
2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: They say Eli still has more in the tank, but they’d be foolish to not take a quarterback at this spot. Once again, not in love with this quarterback class, BUT the guys this year have higher ceilings than those projected to come out next year. Giants have to make this move now.
3. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Yeah, I know – three quarterbacks in a row, won’t happen. Well, it should. Jets didn’t trade up to take anything else but a quarterback, trading into the third spot and not one or two means they have more love for another candidate not named Darnold or Rosen. Mayfield comes with the fanfare and personality the Jets have been craving to see at the QB position.
4. Cleveland Browns – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State: Last year with the first overall pick they selected the draft’s best pass rusher in Myles Garrett. Why not do the same this year and “bookend” these boys for the road ahead?
5. Buffalo Bills (in MOCKERY TRADE WITH DENVER) – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: In a move of pure desperation, the Bills draft up and select the next quarterback on their big board. Allen is said to have the ability to throw the ball 80 yards downfield. . .that’s a talent you never need to really see in game situations though, so. . .yeah.
6. Indianapolis Colts – Saquan Barkley, RB, Penn State – Colts traded with the Jets and got themselves the sixth pick a few weeks ago, and they better start doing something to help out Andrew Luck. Barkley is one of my favorite players in the draft – but that’s because I’m a Penn State fan. There isn’t anything that screams “three-down back” or “franchise back” about his game. He’s a good kid, with talent that needs to be in the right system. Colts have no system.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Virginia Tech; Bucs struggled with their pass rush this year. Edmunds doesn’t get the acclaim Chubbs does, but in my opinion, you’re splitting hairs about who’s better.
8. Chicago Bears – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: This is my favorite team, this is their biggest need and this is my mock draft. So in turn, they get the guy I want them to get.
9. San Francisco 49ers – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: Some may have them nabbing wideout Calvin Ridley here but for a team that has to play against three above-average quarterbacks twice a year, taking the best corner in the draft is the smart move.
10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, ILB/OLB, Georgia: I put this here because this is what I’ve been hearing for months now. At this point, if it doesn’t happen, this entire draft will be a disappointment.
11. Seattle Seahawks (in MOCKERY TRADE with Miami) – Derwin James, DB, Florida State: In my “complete trade” Miami also get Kam Chancellor, so the Seahawks now have two glaring holes in their secondary. James can play both safety and corner. . .but not at the same time. . . regardless, it’s a start in the right direction.
12. Denver Broncos (in MOCKERY TRADE with Buffalo)- Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA: They didn’t like that April Fools joke that Von Miller played on social media, about him being traded to the Browns. . . Elway doesn’t like people with bigger egos than his so he’ll look for Miller’s eventual replacement, who can in the meantime give them important snaps now.
13. Washington Redskins – Mike Huges, CB, Central Florida: Huges might actually be the best man to man coverage corner in this draft.
14. Green Bay Packers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama: Packers have Burnett and Dix at safety but Fitzpatrick is probably better than either of them.
15. Arizona Cardinals – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Cards got kinda-sorta lucky and didn’t have to give anything up to get the quarterback who is the biggest risk but comes with the biggest upside in this draft.
16. Baltimore Ravens -Colton Miller, T, UCLA: They took the wrong tackle.
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: Hey, look who took the right tackle!
18. Miami Dolphins (in MOCKERY TRADE with Seattle) – Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State: This is a smart pick by Miami to get a guy who can play different spots on the line. Adam Gase has got to start building this offense somewhere.
19. Dallas Cowboys – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: Ridley was once projected to be a top 10 pick, but here he falls to the Cowboys and this makes keeping Dez Bryant a little bit less of a thing after 2018.
20. Detroit Lions -Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma: In a lot of games, quarterback Matthew Stafford had to run out of the pocket a lot and just chuck it deep. . .I don’t know if that’s just how he’s played his whole career or because the o-line is bad. I’ll guess a little bit of both.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Vita Vea, DT, Washington: Will he last this long in reality? Probably not. I just didn’t want Green Bay to get him.
22. Buffalo Bills – Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa: This pick ends up being a better long-term one than their quarterback pick of Josh Allen (woof)
23. New York Giants (in MOCKERY TRADE with L.A. Rams) Isiah Wynn, OL, Georgia: Yeah, I’m believing in the hype. The Giants trade Odell Beckham to the Rams, get this pick and probably a bunch more but they use it wisely and add a much needed piece to this offensive line (who can play every position). Giants can easily take a wideout in the second and a running back in the third and have their offense set for the future.
24. Carolina Panthers – Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame: The only reason they choose Brown over Sutton is because he’s bigger.
25. Tennessee Titans – Harold Landry, DE, Boston College: This ends up being a steal for this team. They won’t make the playoffs because they have no quarterback but whatever.
26. Atlanta Falcons – Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama: Falcons defense played better last year, no reason to stop adding to it. Adding d-line talent against teams that like to run it like Carolina and New Orleans would help them out greatly in taking the NFC South.
27. New Orleans Saints – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina: Oh let’s just give one of the best offenses in football, the best tight end in the draft. Brees can make this guy a pro-bowler in his first season.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama: I kind of wanted to make them trade Bell in this draft and take a Sony Michel here, but I went with the boring pick. . .sorry guys.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars -Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: If it’s Sutton, Brown or Moore, they need to take a wide-out here.
30. Minnesota Vikings – Will Hernandez, G, UTEP: A little bit of optimism here for a team that has very little needs, except for this one.
31. New England Patriots – Harrison Phillips, DL, Stanford: You would think after that Super Bowl debacle that they’d take a cornerback here, but nah. “The Hood” is too stubborn to admit when he was wrong, so instead goes with help on his d-line and with a player who we will be told is very intelligent and the kind of personality that will fit the New England Patriots way of blah blah blah blah. . .
32. Philadelphia Eagles – Sony Michel, RB, Georgia: This team knows Jay Ajayi can’t be the answer and they also know that Michel is one of the best offensive threats in this draft who can be a three-down back. The offensive-minded head coach, can’t resist.