Mock Draft 1.0
The 2018 NFL Draft is tonight. It will be one of the most intriguing and confusing drafts of all time. I put together this mock as to what I think will happen, not what I think should happen. Anyways, the first 16 picks have descriptions and trades are there. If you want explanation of picks or trades, tweet me @AlbertiNFL. Enjoy this mock and enjoy the draft tonight! Interact with the whole Locked On Dolphins team on Twitter.
1.Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen
Josh Allen is a strong armed gunslinger, aka John Dorsey’s dream. Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and soon to be Josh Allen. Allen has been faced with several questions about his performances at Wyoming in big games and his lack of accuracy, but the upside is there, and even if he is not the best QB in the draft, Dorsey will most likely try to craft Allen into another Aaron Rodgers.
2. New York Giants: Sam Darnold
Eli Manning’s predecessor may already be in New York, and his name is Davis Webb, however, if a talent such as Darnold falls, even if it is one spot, then the Giants should run to the podium. The QB competition in New York could help foster two young QB’s and create a profitable situation in 3-4 years for the Giants. Justifying keeping 3 QB’s may be difficult, but as the Patriots had 3 QB’s and cashed in on it, the Giants may follow their footsteps.
3. New York Jets from Indianapolis Colts: Baker Mayfield
This is such a perfect match. The QB with a massive chip on his shoulder,going to the team and the fan base that is considered the less classy team in New York. The Jets will be out to prove that their team will be worth people’s attention, and who better to draw attention than Baker Mayfield himself.
4. Cleveland Browns from Houston Texans: Saquon Barkley
This is a can’t miss pick. Saquon Barkley is already better than any RB Cleveland has. Hyde is streaky and Duke Johnson is a great receiver, however, they do not give him a chance to run the ball. Barkley can do it all for the Browns, and by pairing Tyrod Taylor with Barkley, it will be one of the most dynamic running backfields we have seen in a while. Josh Allen will also get his future running mate. Not to mention, they have Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry on the outside.
5. TRADE: Buffalo Bills via Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen
The Bills get their QB. AJ McCarron, recently signed from Cincinnati, is being viewed as a stop gap and nothing more. Everyone is forgetting about his 2015 season, but no matter the case, Rosen will certainly get a change of scenery from California to freezing Buffalo, and with that a complete attitude change that will either make or break his career.
6. Indianapolis Colts from New York Jets: Bradley Chubb
The Colts robbed the Jets late in March when they received the 6th overall pick, the 37th pick, and the 49th pick, as well as a second round pick in next year’s draft. The Colts traded out because they are praying Andrew Luck comes back healthy and Bradley Chubb can become the centerpiece on a young defense that Luck never had when he was healthy. The Colts probably would have selected Chubb at No. 3 before the trade, and nothing will change besides the fact they will be going to the podium a couple more times.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick
A do it all defensive piece to help Brent Grimes, who knows how old he is now, and Vernon Hargreaves. Fitzpatrick’s stock could free fall if he is not selected here by the Bucs.
8. Chicago Bears: Quenton Nelson
The safest pick in the draft, in my opinion. Nelson measures up to Zack Martin, and Martin has even come out and said that Nelson is much further along in his progression than Martin was coming out of college. Nelson’s talent could see him putting on a gold jacket in Canton one day.
9. San Francisco 49ers: Derwin James
Questions of whether or not he will be a traditional safety in the NFL have arisen but James gives you coverage ability on the backside and linebacker ability by playing up in the box. His range allows him to track back from more forward positions and makes him a good fit on a 49ers defense that let Eric Reid walk.
10. Oakland Raiders: Denzel Ward
Now, The Raiders did select a corner in the first round last year, Gareon Conley, however, he needs some help and will get a very suitable coverage partner in Denzel Ward. Ward’s skill set could lead him to becoming a perennial Pro-Bowler.
11. Miami Dolphins: Roquan Smith
Dolphin fans have been split over who they would like to be selected at #11. Rosen, Mayfield, Smith, Vea have all been thrown around. However, linebacker is their biggest need, seeing as Timmons was cut and the Dolphins are not really sure where Kiko Alonso went. Roquan Smith absolutely fills the bill, and can cover any part of the field. Allowing Kiko to move outside will help preserve his body and hopefully allow him to go back to his Buffalo days. Also, with Raekwon McMillan returning, the Dolphins LB core could go from very underwhelming to a very promising unit.
12. TRADE: Denver Broncos via Buffalo Bills: Jaire Alexander
Denver traded Aqib Talib to the Rams in the offseason. They do have Bradley Roby as second fiddle to Chris Harris Jr, however, they have not exactly loved what they have seen from Roby, as he has spotted some inconsistent games. Alexander can come in and challenge Roby for the second spot, while also seeing plenty of playing time as the third corner on the team’s depth chart. Alexander’s instincts and toughness will help him be a plug and play pick.
13. Washington Redskins: Harold Landry
Harold Landry is picked here because he is the BPA. The Redskins could use a RB, a CB, or WR, however, Landry’s length and quickness may persuade them to go DE. Landry did not have that productive of a year this year, but Landry projects to be a very good pass rusher in the NFL, and can help the Redskins start winning now and in the future.
14. TRADE: New England Patriots from Green Bay Packers: Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson to the Patriots? Hear me out. The interest is mutual as the Pats have hosted Jackson at their facilities on a Top 30 draft visit and need someone capable of backing up Tom Brady while also looking to the future. This is not a very Patriot move, but due to the Cardinals QB need, the Pats will have to leapfrog the Cards in order to get their guy. Jackson can go to New England and learn from the best coach-Qb pair off all time. Something some people don’t know is that Jackson also held a private workout in South Florida with the Patriots and OC Josh McDaniels (don’t get me started on him). Jackson to the Patriots makes a lot of sense and scares people in the AFC East because with the right coaching, Jackson will be scary.
15. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Jackson
With their QB off the board, the Cards go big team need and one of the best players left on the board. Jackson provides them length and toughness at the corner spot and he will be paired with Pat Pete. With the departure of Tyrann Matheiu, the Cards can’t go wrong here.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley
All off season all you have heard from Baltimore is that they need receivers. They were in the running for Jordy Nelson, Michael Crabtree, and now Dez Bryant. They are most likely to strike out on Dez so they pick Ridley here to shore up the postion.
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike McGlinchey
18.Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davenport
19. Dallas Cowboys: Tremaine Edmunds
20. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice
21. Cincinnati Bengals from Buffalo Bills: Leigton Vander Esch
22. TRADE: Denver Broncos via Buffalo Bills: Maurice Hurst
23. TRADE: Green Bay Packers from New England Patriots from Los Angeles Rams: Taven Bryan
24. Carolina Panthers: Cartland Sutton
25. Tennessee Titans: Rashaan Evans
26. Atlanta Falcons: Da’ron Payne
27. New Orleans Saints: Connor Williams
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Isaiah Oliver
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Goedert
30. Minnesota Vikings: Will Hernandez
31. TRADE: Green Bay Packers from New England Patriots: Arden Key
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Sony Michel
1 (33). TRADE: Arizona Cardinals from Cleveland Browns: Mason Rudolph
2 (34). New York Giants: Ronald Jones II
3 (35). Cleveland Browns from Houston Texans: Colton Miller
4 (36). Indianapolis Colts: Christian Kirk
5 (37). Indianapolis Colts from New York Jets: Malik Jefferson
6 (38). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kerryon Johnson
7 (39). Chicago Bears: James Washington
8 (40). Denver Broncos: Isaiah Wynn
9 (41). Oakland Raiders: Ronnie Harrison
10 (42). Miami Dolphins: Hayden Hurst
11 (43). New England Patriots from San Francisco 49ers: Uchenna Nwosu
12 (44). Washington Redskins: Tyrell Crosby
13 (45). Green Bay Packers: Orlando Brown
14 (46). Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Reid
15 (47). TRADE: Cleveland Browns from Arizona Cardinals: Jessie Bates
16 (48). Los Angeles Chargers: Billy Price
18 (50). Dallas Cowboys: DJ Moore
19 (51). Detroit Lions: Lorenzo Carter
20 (52). Baltimore Ravens: Anthony Miller
21 (53). Buffalo Bills: Carlton Davis
22 (54). Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Averett
23 (55). Carolina Panthers: Frank Ragnow
24 (56). Buffalo Bills from Los Angeles Rams: DJ Chark
25 (57). Tennessee Titans: BJ Hill
26 (58). Atlanta Falcons: Duke Dawson
27 (59). San Francisco 49ers from New Orleans Saints: Chukwuma Okorafor
28 (60). Pittsburgh Steelers: Brian O’Neill
29 (61). Jacksonville Jaguars: Dante Pettis
30 (62). Minnesota Vikings: Josh Sweat
31 (63). New England Patriots: Donte Jackson
32 (64). Cleveland Browns from Philadelphia Eagles: Royce Freeman