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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Giants get QB Darnold at #2

February 14, 2018 1:35 AM EST
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1 Cleveland
Saquon Barkley
    Penn State
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
223

The Cleveland Browns are drafting first-overall in the 2018 Draft, and boy, did they earn it! They finished the season 24th in Total Offense, which almost seems like an achievement when you consider they finished dead last in scoring. It took them 16 games to amass 234 points (14.6 Points Per Game...ouch!!!); the LA Rams reached that mark around Halloween.

After the 2016 Draft, the Browns tried convincing everyone (especially themselves) that Carson Wentz and Jared Goff weren't worth the 2nd-overall pick. They rewound that rhetoric and used it to defend their decision to pass on Deshaun Watson in 2017. Now, having been forced to abandon the argument that those players weren't franchise QBs, they've resorted to the "Well, they wouldn't have been good here" argument. After being burned in successive drafts, the WORST thing Cleveland could do in the 2018 Draft is to try to make up for past sins by reaching for a QB with the first pick (none of which are the prospects those other guys were), when the most dynamic RB prospect since Adrian Peterson is sitting there ready to put the franchise on his back. I mean, 3,900 rushing yards including 43 TDs, over 1,000 receiving yards with 8 TDs, 2 return TDs, and even a PASSING TD!!!! As impressive as those stats are, throw them ALL away, and simply watch this guy play. He is a Year 1 Superstar. Now Cleveland...listen Cleveland...come on...you can do this. "With the first pick in the 2018 draft, the Cleveland Browns select....quarterback..." NOOooOOoOOooO!!!!!


2 NY Giants
Sam Darnold
    USC
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



The good news for the Giants is the nightmare 2017 NFL season is in the rear-view-mirror. The Giants' future fortunes are now tied to the visions of new General Manager, Dave Gettleman and new Head Coach, Pat Shurmur. Mike Shula has been added to the staff to help coordinate the offense and perhaps groom a new QB. With both Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold available, Gettleman and the Giants sit in a position of power. Quarterback will always reign supreme when it comes to the NFL Draft. Some teams will do whatever possible to land a QB they think is capable of leading their franchise for the next decade or more. While the Giants remain committed to Eli Manning starting at quarterback in 2018, it would be foolish for the team to not consider selecting a quarterback with the No. 2 pick.

Sam Darnold has all the tools teams look for in an NFL quarterback. He's smart, he has a strong arm, and he is mobile, as well. Darnold is still widely considered the best quarterback in this year's class, and a year or two under the tutelage of Eli Manning could do wonders for his NFL career.


3 Indianapolis
Bradley Chubb
    NC State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
273



The story in Indy for this edition of our CMD is that the Colts have finally found a new coach. Super-Bowl-winning OC Frank Reich, formerly of the Eagles, is the new Head Coach in Indianapolis, and the process for the off-season can now begin in earnest.

What is going to be a bit tricky is how all the members of the new coaching staff will work together. Keep in mind that Frank Reich is linked (for now) to a defensive coaching staff that he did not select. But if Reich's introductory press conference is any indication, he's content with everyone and the entire organization will unite to become a "family."

Eberflus will implement the 4-3 Base D he ran in Dallas, replacing the hybrid 3-4 of the Pagano era. While that likely doesn't change the selection of Bradley Chubb at #3, it does create some added interest for the Free Agency period. LB speed will now be a higher priority with the 4-3, and Barkevious Mingo will likely not be re-signed. So do the Colts go after some vets at CB, OL, LB...or none of the above? With one of the largest caps in the NFL ($77-$80 million estimated), they have plenty of wiggle room.

Bottom line: Indy needs a better pass-blocking OL (worst at keeping their QB "safe" in 2017) and have to pressure the opposing QB more effectively (next to last in QB sacks last season) if the Frank Reich Era is to surpass the work of his predecessor.


4 Cleveland
Josh Rosen
    UCLA
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210



Josh Rosen famously told an interviewer that no human should be subjected to the dual pressures of playing big-time college football and maintaining a full college schedule. No word on whether he commented on the feasibility of learning the NFL while shouldering the load of turning around the Browns. We're about to find out. A natural field general who throws a great deep ball, Rosen is a polished, natural QB with a ton of arm talent. He has experience playing under center, spins a lovely spiral and moves well enough to avoid pressure most of the time. Downside questions include his durability and the dreaded intangibles -- whether he's a leader of men who can unify a locker room is something of an open question. One big positive on being taken here by the Browns is pick 1. Feeding the ball to Saquon Barkley will go a long way to getting this team turned in the right direction and winning the trust of teammates.


5 Denver
Minkah Fitzpatrick
    Alabama
    S
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
216



Assuming Denver's the lucky winner in the "Who's Got Cousins" Sweepstakes, GM Elway can turn his attention to Next Need Up, either OT, ILB, CB, or S. Minkah Fitzpatrick can offer versatility in the Bronco backfield. He plays either Safety position, he replaces the Strong Outside Linebacker in Nickel packages, or, as CB, he negates the opponent's top WR. Fitzpatrick is even effective at gunner on special teams.

As a box Safety, Minkah checks all the boxes. As a pass defender, Fitzpatrick owns the 'Bama record for career pick-sixes with 4, one of which was a 100-yard scamper. Another option is to take McGlinchey, he next player off the board.


6 NY Jets
Mike McGlinchey
    Notre Dame
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
310

To change things up a little, we are going to approach this week's CMD under the assumption the Jets fill the QB void via Free Agency. With the likes of Cousins, Brees, and the Vikings' trio of Keenum, Bradford, and Bridgewater all out of contract, the Jets, with of $73M of cap space, will certainly explore their options. If any of the abovementioned QB's signed on the dotted line for the Jets, it would really open up this pick to a plethora of possibilities.

It allows the Jets, for example, to add the best OT prospect in the Draft, Notre Dame Senior, Mike McGlinchey. A 4-year starter, McGlinchey played RT for his first 2 seasons and moved to LT in his junior year, replacing the NFL-bound Ronny Stanley. He helped his team average 417.6 Yards per Game in 2017 and is a technically sound, well coached player. There are, however, some question marks about his lack of elite athleticism and his suitability to play LT in the NFL. The theme of Mike Maccagnan's draft in 2017 was high-character guys with real leadership ability. McGlinchey, a 2-year Captain for the Fighting Irish, certainly ticks this box.


7 Tampa Bay
Quenton Nelson
    Notre Dame
    OG
    Reach/Value:     -5
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
329



I palm-greased Drafttek bigs to run this Bucs' poll on the Home Page: "Who do you think the Buccaneers will select in Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft?" The poll assumed that Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley would be off the board, but all other prospects are fair game since three (if not more) of the first 6 picks will likely be at the Quarterback position. Our solidly-above-average readers picked Minkah Fitzpatrick, a name that we've not really considered previously when discussing pick #7 for the Bucs. We won't discuss Fitz too much, because in this mock he's off the table, but we'll toss him into the DraftTek computer's "Grabhopper" for future revs. The poll pick makes a lot of sense given Fitzpatrick's positional versatility. He can line up and excel at both Corner and Safety (an ideal salve for the Bucs' Free Agency-related needs at corner).

Once again, Quenton Nelson is the pick. He vastly out-paced the Defensive Linemen (Marcus Davenport and VV) in the home-page poll. Nelson will solidify the interior of the OL and will mitigate the draft need at RB; the Bucs should get nice production from one of the top RB Free Agents with a beefed-up OL, in addition to giving Jameis Winston added time to find his quaility fleet of ball-catchers.


8 Chicago
Calvin Ridley
    Alabama
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -15
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
190



You sit down at Gibson's, and you've got your ribeye, a side of bernaise, baked potato, mushrooms...and no silverware. What gives? There really is no point in paying for a high-end main course with sides if you don't have the tools to enjoy them. And that is exactly where the Bears' offense stands right now. Chicago has a hungry, young Head Coach, a scheme guru at OC, a dynamic young QB, and one of the league's top Running Backs, but without NFL-caliber receivers, it's like eating dry-aged wagyu with your hands.

Sure, it's a bit high for a 6'1 WR from a running offense, but the upgrade here is more than incremental. Barring a major free-agent signing, Ridley would immediately become the Bears' best receiver and a significant upgrade over last season's top pass catcher, Garbage McTerrible. Ridley is a smooth route-runner with great over-the-top speed and elite separation who, with a better opportunity, could be a special player. Over time, Ridley probably best fits as a complementary player, but today he is a tremendous upgrade to a Bears' passing game that has recently been slightly below that of Navy.




9 Oakland
Roquan Smith
    Georgia
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
225



The last time Oakland finished in the top half of the league in team defense was 2010, when Tom Cable was the Head Coach. Simply hoping that Cable, who has returned to the team as OL coach, brings some "good luck" with him won't do the trick. Oakland needs a defensive playmaker. Though the front office was vindicated this week for passing on Reuben Foster, they can only afford to pass on Roquan Smith if an elite defensive back is available here. Smith is the one player who improves the abysmal pass rush, horrific coverage, and middling 13th-ranked yards-per-carry rush D. The highly-productive defender accumulated 137 tackles, has long established himself as a top tier every-down linebacker, and showed pass-rush potential with 6.5 sacks. Adding one player to a unit of 11 rarely makes a massive difference, but the Georgia product is such an impact prospect that, like Khalil Mack, he elevates the whole team. Marcus Davenport, Tremaine Edmunds, or Josh Jackson could get looks here, but, if the new Gruden-McKenzie decision-making duo decides to pass on a linebacker this early, a trade-down is very possible, with potentially an OT or WR being targeted.


10 San Francisco
Courtland Sutton
    SMU
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225

Newly-named Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Owens spent the first half of his storied 16-year NFL career in San Francisco, posting an impressive five 1,000+ yard receiving seasons. In the 13 years since #81 left the Bay Area, 49ers receivers have collectively posted just three 1,000+ yard seasons; two by Anquan Boldin (2013, 2014) and one by Michael Crabtree (2012). While there is no replicating a Hall-of-Fame talent, especially one like TO, SMU's Courtland Sutton is headed to the NFL off back-to-back 1,000+ yard, double-digit touchdown seasons.

At 6'4, 225 lbs, Sutton is the red-zone and jump-ball threat that the Niners' roster is sorely lacking (Louis Murphy is the only WR over 6'1 to start a game on the current roster). While there are concerns about Sutton's separation speed, he's shown enough shake in his breaks to get free on short and intermediate routes, and playing alongside Olympic level speedster Marquise Goodwin should keep him from having to race an opposing team's fastest CB down the field and allow the San Francisco passing offense to truly thrive in 2018 and beyond.

-Brett Clancy, 49ers Analyst (@thebrettclancy on Twitter)


11 Miami
Maurice Hurst
    Michigan
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
282

The Dolphins are certainly a wild card in the First Round. How do they feel about Ryan Tannehill? Can he stay healthy? Does Adam Gase swing big for his last hurrah, or does he play it conservatively, hoping to build for the long term? Here, the Dolphins build for the long term and add an interior pass-rushing piece next to Ndamukong Suh, who will also likely be cut loose in 2019, due to a low cap hit combined with a high cap number.

Maurice Hurst is a pass-rushing 3-tech DT that shoots gaps more quickly than anyone in this draft. He might not be Aaron Donald, but he is an interior disrupter in the same mold, and will be coveted come Draft Day. Hurst needs to improve his gap discipline in the run game, as he often shoots a gap and hopes to catch the RB in the backfield instead of maintaining his proper gap integrity. This lack of gap discipline will earn Hurst a nice warm spot on the bench if he doesn't clean it up, as teams will run straight at him and tell their RB to pick whichever gap Hurst doesn't jump. If used correctly, Hurst could be deadly on stunts, both inside with Suh and outside with Cameron Wake.

If the team feels that Ryan Tannehill can be an effective and healthy QB, Hurst would be a great pick in RD1 and a fine addition to the Dolphins' defense.

-Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)


12 Cincinnati
Brian O'Neill
    Pittsburgh
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
305

Now that the 2017 season has concluded, the separation between the "Haves" and the "Have-Nots" is pretty well-defined. Bengal fans know which camp they fall in; let's face it...the closest Cincinnati has gotten to the Super Bowl in recent memory was former Bengal great Chris Collinsworth sitting in the Super Bowl booth fawning over Tom Brady for four hours. The Bengals' offense scared no one in 2017. They were 31st in the league with 85.4 rushing YPG, 26th in scoring with 18.1 PPG, and dead-last in total YPG at 280.5.

Next to QB, Offensive Tackle is arguably the next-most-important position on any team. Once again this week, the Bengals look to strengthen the offense's foundation with Pitt Tackle Brian O'Neill. O'Neill was a wide receiver in high school, then transitioned to Tight End in college, then packed on a few more pounds and became a Tackle. If he keeps it up, his next job will involve him floating over football games wearing a sweater that says "Goodyear". It's well-known that one of his high-tech weight gaining techniques was waking up at 3 AM to pound peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That kinda sounds like the diet plan of another famous offensive guy. O'Neill has plenty of athleticism for the position, but will have to transform his body if he wants to be able to lock horns with the raging athletic freaks that comprise the NFL Defensive-End community.


13 Washington
Marcus Davenport
    UTSA
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     +7
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
250



The Redskins have recently been lauded for having the #4 rush defense in the league in terms of pass-rush productivity by Next Gen Stats. They are as high as second in this same ranking according to NFL.com. If you watched all 16 games, however, this stat is misleading. 'Pressures' don't tell the whole story, and while the Redskins consistently applied this pressure to opposing QBs, the defense remained a wretched unit that gave up too many big plays and got gashed in the run game far too often. Although the unit was a quiet strength of the defense, questions abound on the EDGE. Preston Smith (ranked #1 in the entire league in rush productivity) is in the last year of his rookie deal, Ryan Anderson provided little evidence of rush ability as a rookie, and Trent Murphy and Junior Galette are pending free agents. To make matters more dire, Murphy is coming off a torn MCL and ACL that just happened to follow a PED suspension.

Investing in a freakish, yet raw, pass-rush prospect like Marcus Davenport would suit the Redskins quite well. Davenport could play a small role in 2018, learning from veterans Smith and Ryan Kerrigan, slowly transferring his obvious, yet segmented, basketball skillset to fluid, consistent football productivity. While his impressive skillset and prototypical size are enough to get Davenport drafted in the top 15, his tremendous growth over Senior Bowl Week-in a short amount of time-have coaches drooling over his potential. The added bonus if he's taken by the Redskins? Davenport would be under the tutelage of the best (and also the craziest) defensive line coach in the league. Perfect marriage here.

-Kennedy Paynter, Redskins Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)


14 Green Bay
Arden Key
    LSU
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
231



With first choice Marcus Davenport snatched from the Packers' grasp, they instead reach for Arden Key, one of the most polarizing prospects in the 2018 draft. The reason for Key being branded as such can be summarized in two words; unfulfilled promise. After a stellar 2016 sophomore campaign that saw Key record 12 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries, 2017 did not go quite as well. Key left the team in February for personal reasons, had shoulder surgery and ballooned up to 270 lbs before returning to the team in June. Conditioning was an issue at the start of the season, and it turned out to be an injury-plagued one, as Key missed five games for the Tigers, including its bowl game vs. Notre Dame. In the eight games Key played in, he recorded 4 sacks and eight quarterback hurries, disappointing totals based on lofty expectations coming off his 2016 season. In truth, Key could be the kind of boom-or-bust prospect that uber-conservative Ted Thompson would never draft this high. Ted is no longer making those decisions, however, so the possibility has to be entertained.

- @JerseyAlGBP, Packers Analyst

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15 Arizona
Josh Allen
    Wyoming
    QB
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
230



Steve Keim, who has reached an extension to remain the Cardinals' GM through 2022, must be having flashbacks to his first year on the job in 2013. Five years ago, Keim was tasked with hiring a new Head Coach (Bruce Arians) and finding a franchise QB (Carson Palmer). With Arians and Palmer out of the picture, Keim will look to replicate that success with Steve Wilks and a QB to be named later.

Arizona ranks 20th with just over $23M in estimated cap space heading into the offseason. In a world where Jimmy Garoppolo can average $27.5M per year, the Cardinals may not have what it takes to land one of the top names in Free Agency. As a result, Keim will likely focus on finding his next QB via trade or the Draft.

Keim finds himself in an ideal situation in this CMD, with both Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen on the board. Mayfield's college stats are spectacular. Allen's stats are the definition of mediocre, with a 56.3% completion percentage, 6.7 yards/attempt, and 16 TDs. He had just one game with over 250 yards in 2017, against lowly Gardner-Webb. Yet, Allen has the arm strength, size, and athleticism to make major talent evaluators exclaim that "stats are for losers." Allen possesses the tools and winning pedigree you want in an NFL QB, and he might be the best case-scenario if the Cards stand pat at No. 15.

-James Siebers, Cardinals Analyst


16 Baltimore
James Washington
    Oklahoma State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
205



Chatter abounds that this will be an offense-themed draft, and taking a wide receiver to improve the playmaking capability on O would be a great addition. Joe Flacco, who could see his job in jeopardy if one of the Big 4 quarterbacks are available here, ranked 25th in the league in passer rating, with only two of the QBs ranked below him likely to hold starting jobs next season. If Baltimore does not approach replacing Flacco this offseason with urgency, look for receiver to rank toward the top of the list of needs. The Steve Smith-like pass catcher who was a standout for OK State could be the #1 receiver for the team in 2018. Watch for Baker Mayfield here, though. I'm sticking with Washington because I'm NOT the GM. If I were, Mayfield would be the pick, the Sooner the better.

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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