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1 Sam Darnold
2 Josh Rosen
3 Josh Allen
26 Lamar Jackson
35 Mason Rudolph
39 Luke Falk
58 Baker Mayfield
78 Jake Browning
92 Richard Lagow
109 Max Browne
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2018 Mock Draft Rev 4: Colts, Bengals Move Into Bottom-5

September 21, 2017 1:25 AM EST
  • QBs Darnold, Rosen continue stellar play. Allen slips but holds top-10.
  • Browns go offense with RB Barkley, WR Washington in RD1
  • Next Consensus Mock Draft: October 4


1 NY Jets
Sam Darnold
    USC
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



With a couple of very lackluster performances and a 0-2 start, Jet fans are already debating which QB we should opt for with the first pick of the 2018 Draft. Josh McCown was never going to be the answer, but it's quite telling that both Petty and Hackenberg couldn't supplant him as starter this off-season. USC QB Sam Darnold has started the season well and is the pick here, but the early-season form shown by Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson may see this pick change in the future. All have shown they belong in the four-way battle, which will keep Jet fans entertained and deep in discussion for the next several months.


2 Indianapolis
Harold Landry
    Boston College
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
250



As the Colts fall further into the abyss of what will be the 2017 season, Coach Chuck Pagano should have mere days (weeks?) left until he is asked to try another line of work. For consecutive seasons as far back as I can remember (read: since the Colts began to suck under the Grigson-Pagano regime) Indy jumps out to another 0-2 start to an NFL season. Without definitive news about when/if QB Andrew Luck will be returning to the field (to participate, in a uniform), this season is all about getting some quality playing time for the rookies drafted by GM Chris Ballard. And he'll be in no mood to play around by the end of the year.

The only real question is whether or not the Colts will be a top-5-selecting team for the 2018 NFL Draft. At present, that seems a pretty distinct possibility. While the offensive line is still in dire need of top starting and depth talent, the defense (currently ranked 28th in total defense) has holes that remain from years of neglect. The first pick could be from either of those units (OL or defense). In this edition of the DrafTek CMD, Boston College EDGE phenom Harold Landry gets the nod.


3 Cincinnati
Derwin James
    Florida State
    S
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
213



Derwin James is one of the most physically-gifted athletes in college football this year. At 6'3" and 211 lbs, he has the size to play nickel linebacker when asked to do so. He has the explosiveness and speed to break up plays and close the distance on ball carriers. James is a natural-born hitter blessed with blitzing ability. He has shown the ability to track the ball in the air effectively, combined with the speed to get there in a hurry. One scout called James "a combo plate of Reuben Foster and Jamal Adams". No one currently on the Bengals' roster has his upside. Offensive Tackle is a serious consideration here, as well as a trade-down.


4 Chicago
Calvin Ridley
    Alabama
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
190



Ryan Pace has traditionally been a BPA guy, almost always drafting talent over need. This year is different, though, as Chicago is currently sporting the worst set of wide receivers in the league with no indication that this group will be improving before next April. How unfortunate, because if it's one thing this draft lacks it is a premier, number-one WR. Ridley is a spectacular talent who doesn't get enough chances to flash his skill set in the run-oriented 'Bama offense --but you would be hard-pressed to find a scout who thinks he is a top-5 talent in 2018. However, life is what it is, and Chicago absolutely has to find talent at the position. If they don't go the FA route (and not paying Alshon Jeffery indicates that is unlikely), then Ridley is their best bet for finding a playmaker at Wideout. I'd speculate about trading down and grabbing someone like Courtland Sutton, but after the last Draft, I'm loathe to try and anticipate anything Pace does.


5 San Francisco
Josh Rosen
    UCLA
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210



It's been a deceptively promising start to the season for the 0-2 Niners. The defense looks improved; Carlos Hyde is putting to rest off-season concerns that he wouldn't fit Kyle Shanahan's offense and the team nearly pulled off its first victory at Century Link Field since 2011. That said, coming close doesn't count on your record. San Francisco's passing offense has been woeful. They rank 31st in pass yards per game (127.5). Along with the Bengals, the Niners are the only team yet to score a TD through 2 weeks. Starting QB Brian Hoyer may not be the sole cause of San Fran's struggles, but he highlights the need to find a franchise signal-caller.

Either Josh Allen or Josh Rosen could fit if available with the 5th-overall pick, but while Allen has continued to struggle against top competition, Rosen leads the FBS in pass yards (1,283) and TDs (13) through 3 weeks. The UCLA signal-caller isn't without his flaws, but he's a polished passer playing his 3rd year in a pro-style system. Rosen may be a bit more outspoken than coach Kyle Shanahan would like, but his talent more than outweighs that concern. -Brett Clancy


6 Cleveland
Saquon Barkley
    Penn State
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
223



Let's not judge the Browns for their 0-2 record. The defense has been a pleasant surprise despite the fact that Myles Garrett has yet to play a down. They are currently 18th in the league in team defense after having played two teams that are widely believed to be playoff-bound. While upgrades in the secondary would certainly help, the defense seems to be part of the solution to Cleveland's woes. On the other hand, the skilled positions on offense are their most glaring need. Calvin Ridley and Saquon Barkley are getting off to a terrific start in their third year, and either would be a welcomed sight to DeShone Kizer and that improved offensive line. ~Austin Smith


7 New Orleans
Arden Key
    LSU
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
231



Like many other fans of the New Orleans Saints, I was (once again) led to believe that the defense had been re-tooled/made better/improved/undergone a solid change, etc., etc. Once again, Who Dats' are finding out just how accurate those early pre-season statements turn out to be in the regular season. The Saints find themselves at the bottom of the league in total defense and passing defense. The offense wasn't playing like a well-oiled machine against New England in Week 2, but they are scoring points. Unfortunately, it hasn't been enough as their opponent.

As confused as Saints' fans are about what is going on with their defense, they might be just as confused about whom to select with their first pick (7th overall) in the NFL Draft. Before the first two games of the year, I had EDGE rusher being a top need; however, it's starting to look like the secondary will move ahead of EDGE rusher in terms of need. Until then, Arden Key will remain as the first pick for New Orleans in RD1. After sitting out the first two games due to injury, Arden had just 3 assisted tackles and half a sack in the loss vs Mississippi State.


8 Arizona
Josh Allen
    Wyoming
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
230



After an overtime win against the Colts, the Cardinals sit with a 1-1 record two weeks into the season. The Cards' defense appears to be a strength, with 5 sacks and 5 turnovers (4 INT, 1 FR) thus far. However, there are already several concerns about the offensive unit. David Johnson's wrist injury was a huge blow to Arizona's attack. Bruce Arians is placing the blame for an inconsistent offense on QB Carson Palmer, and the O-Line has allowed the fifth-most QB hits (16) through two games. Even if Palmer is able to create a spark for the AZ offense, GM Steve Keim has to find a long-term replacement for the 37-year-old QB.

Wyoming QB Josh Allen's season is off to a slow start, including a recent poor performance against Oregon (9 of 24, 64 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT). Still, Allen has the frame, arm talent, and athleticism to generate plenty of buzz through the remainder of the season. Currently ranked 3rd on the Big Board, Allen is both a value and need that's just too hard to pass on.




9 Jacksonville
Courtland Sutton
    SMU
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



The Allen Robinson injury adds further complication to the Jaguars' wide receiver depth chart in 2018. Both Marquise Lee and Robinson are unrestricted free agents, while Allen Hurns is not currently living up to his contract. While some blame can fall on the Quarterback, there is no denying the lack of a threat on the outside. Wide Receiver is a position that they could target early on, and one of the initial standouts at the position is SMU's Courtland Sutton (video). At 6'4" and 225 pounds, he is a big-bodied receiver who makes plays on intermediate routes and shows enough speed to get down field. Sutton is also able to find holes in zone coverage, making him a potential security blanket for the Quarterback.


10 LA Chargers
Minkah Fitzpatrick
    Alabama
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
203



The Chargers seem to be perpetually "one player away" from being a winning team. This season, that player in need appears to be a Kicker. The sympathy I feel for rookie Younghoe Koo is clouded by my deeper sympathy for Antonio Gates. His all-time TD accomplishment for a TE is destined to be a mere footnote listed in a (hopefully, correctly updated) GameDay program. The Chargers are a desperate team that is making a horrible first impression on its new fanbase. During a recent interview on "The Dan Patrick Show," L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said that "it would have been nice if they had stayed put where they are." Sad, because this team has so much potential and a great track record of recent draft picks: Melvin Gordon, Melvin Ingram, Keenan Allen, and, of course, Joey Bosa. It is difficult to understand why they cannot get it right.

Add Minkah Fitzpatrick, the best CB in the collegiate game today, to that list. Fitzpatrick should replace Jason Verrett who, despite his talents, should be sent packing his bags at season's end due to the long list of injuries that keep him off the field on game day.


11 LA Rams
Tarvarus McFadden
    Florida State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
201



The Florida State defensive backfield is highlighted by safety Derwin James, a likely top-ten pick. The lost player on that defense is corner Tarvarus McFadden. The 6'2", 200-lb cover man has elite size and speed to play at the next level. The Rams signed Trumaine Johnson to a long term deal to make him their CB1, and could pair the two big corners this off-season. McFadden is one of the best press-cover corners in college football. He excels in baiting the quarterback into a contested throw. What sets him apart from other corners are his size and his ball skills. The FSU corner recorded 8 INTs in just 13 games last season. EIGHT INTs in 13 games! If a quarterback wants to test him in single coverage, he has a chance to make a play that most DBs can't. He's an all-out-effort, big playmaking corner that could help this Rams' defense take the next step to contention. A few weeks into this season and Los Angeles is starting to look like a much-improved team under Coach McVay. With Goff showing signs that he might be the real deal, this defense is going to have to hold up its end. Defense wins championships, and Tarvarus McFadden makes for a perfect fit to this team. Follow us on Twitter @DraftTek for the latest NFL & NFL Draft talk! -Michael Gelb, Rams Analyst


12 Buffalo
Mike McGlinchey
    Notre Dame
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
310



Consider this a placeholder for the best O-Lineman or Quarterback available. While McGlinchey had a rough outing this week, he has all the traits of a McDermott-Beane pick. Longevity and versatility? Check; he's started 28 games, evenly split between RT and LT until he covered the blind side in the Sept 2 win over Temple. Leadership? Check; this is McGlinchey's third year as Team Captain. Professionalism? Check; He's received guidance since childhood from his cousin, QB Matt Ryan. Can he run and pass block? Absolutely. McGlinchey's line is 3rd in the nation right now in rush yards with an insane 7.52 ypc, 330 rush yards per game.

Shady ran for 0.8 yards per carry versus the Panthers; that's not on him. RT Jordan Mills is a millstone around the offense's neck, and the agony of de feet of LT Cordy Glenn may not be trusted on the blind side long-term. I hope you watch McGlinchey in Saturday's prime-time tilt against Michigan State (8 EDT; FOX). I will. -Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst


13 Cleveland
James Washington
    Oklahoma State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -11
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
205



With a running back already selected, it would be nice to give Kizer a reliable target in the passing game. While Corey Coleman and the newly-acquired Sammie Coates have big-play ability, neither would be considered a guy that makes his living on crucial downs. Kenny Britt was brought in to be that kind of player, but he finds himself in the doghouse for his efforts (or lack thereof). Washington would give them a player that could fill that role, while reminding them of a former nemesis who haunted them for years in Hines Ward. ~Austin Smith


14 Washington
Malik Jefferson
    Texas
    OLB
    Reach/Value:     +8
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
238



The Redskins have shown in the first two games that they are going to be competitive in 2017. The defense is showing signs of improvement, both when it comes to pressure up front and coverage in the back end, but the most noteworthy change on film is how competent the defense is. It's clear that this defense is better coached and is more cohesive. Persistent issues in the defensive line and defensive back meeting rooms were clearly more than just rumors, as DB Coach Gray and DL Coach Tomsula have their 2017 units playing together and at a high level, even more impressive considering how young the core playmakers are in those meeting rooms.

On offense, struggles are not likely to persist, as the production in this case depends less on players and more on a dynamic system. Once Gruden and Cousins settle into the (slightly) new system, the offense should return to being a top-ten unit. An improved, yet middling, defense, combined with a top-ten offense could spell playoffs for the Redskins come early 2018. If the offense can't figure out the kinks, the future is quite unsettled, and there will be far more questions than answers when that date comes. -Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)


15 Tennessee
Jaire Alexander
    Louisville
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
188



We're two weeks into the NFL season, and here's what we know. The Titans' run game is off to a slow start overall, but Derrick Henry has shown he's taken a huge step forward, rushing for 92 yards against the Jaguars. The lack of balance is hurting the offense to an extent, since the passing game has still not taken that leap forward we expected with Corey Davis added to the group. Meanwhile, on defense, Tennessee is in the bottom half of pass defense (22nd) and rush defense (17th). So with an incredible offensive line, let's assume the offense gets rolling. There are some parts of the defense that still need to be looked at. We don't want to overreact just yet, but unless the secondary improves as we move deeper into the year, a RD1 cornerback may be the route for the second straight year. Jaire Alexander gets the nod.


16 NY Giants
Connor Williams
    Texas
    OT
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
320



It is hard to quantify just how big of a mess the Giants' offensive line has been during the early portion of the 2017 season. Left tackle Ereck Flowers continues to give up sacks at an alarming rate, and the overall poor blocking has contributed to the team's inability to run the ball. Eli Manning is on pace to be sacked over sixty times this season and the anemic running game cannot crack four yards per carry. The Giants' offensive line is broken and must be fixed.

Despite suffering a brutal knee injury in a recent loss to USC, Texas star O-Lineman, Connor Williams, remains one of the best tackles in the country. He is long, athletic, smart, and nasty. Connor Williams would be welcomed addition to the Big Blue O-Line.

Traded Round 1 Picks:
Buffalo gets Kansas City R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)
Cleveland gets Houston R1 Pick (2017 Draft trade)

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Forward to Round 2 Picks 33-48








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Psn
9 Saquon Barkley
Penn State
RBF
19 Tyquan Lewis
Ohio State
EDGE
21 Dante Booker
Ohio State
OLB
29 Maurice Hurst
Michigan
DL3T
30 Marcus Allen
Penn State
S
37 Jamarco Jones
Ohio State
OT
43 Billy Price
Ohio State
OG
44 Sam Hubbard
Ohio State
EDGE
50 Denzel Ward
Ohio State
CB
53 Jason Cabinda
Penn State
ILB
57 Mason Cole
Michigan
OC
59 Mike McCray
Michigan
OLB
68 Damian Prince
Maryland
OG
73 Troy Fumagalli
Wisconsin
TE
76 T.J. Edwards
Wisconsin
ILB
77 Chris Worley
Ohio State
ILB
82 Parris Campbell
Ohio State
WRF
87 Michael Deiter
Wisconsin
OC
90 Billy Hirschfeld
Wisconsin
DL5T
92 Richard Lagow
Indiana
QB
98 Damon Webb
Ohio State
S
101 Mike Gesicki
Penn State
TE
103 Akrum Wadley
Iowa
RBF
110 Godwin Igwebulke
Northwestern
S
114 Tegray Scales
Indiana
OLB
121 Simmie Cobbs Jr.
Indiana
WRF
128 Michael Hill
Ohio State
DL3T
129 Josey Jewell
Iowa
ILB
131 DaeSean Hamilton
Penn State
WRF
139 Mike Weber
Ohio State
RBF
144 Jack Cichy
Wisconsin
ILB
149 Olive Sagapolu
Wisconsin
DL1T
157 Justin Jackson
Northwestern
RBF
165 L.J. Scott
Michigan State
RBF
166 Jerome Baker
Ohio State
OLB
167 Marcus Baugh
Ohio State
TE
175 Ike Boettger
Iowa
OT
180 Janarion Grant
Rutgers
WRS
185 Beau Benzschawel
Wisconsin
OG
189 J.T. Barrett
Ohio State
QB
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