If the NFL Draft were to be held today, you could expect to see some good choices and some questionable ones. Historically though, teams have a way of picking true to form. Here are some thoughts on a mock draft.
- Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: The Browns have a history of terrible draft picks and they add another one to the list here. The intangibles are there for Josh Allen. Big body, big arm; but if he was so good, he would have dominated the Mountain West ( a mediocre conference at best). Instead he had one pretty good season, and one very lackluster one. Browns make another bad pick.
- New York Giants: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State: Giants do one of three things with this pick. They either trade down to pick up a defensive back like Fitzpatrick, they take the best available in the draft which will be Bradley Chubb, or they take Eli Manning’s replacement with Josh Rosen. “I feel like I’m the best player,” Chubb said at the NFL Scouting Combine. Unless they get a sweet deal to trade down, I say take Chubb. Rosen will be a starter in the league but never a good one. This will help their defense but they won’t be contending this year.
- New York Jets: Sam Darnold, QB, USC: With the Jets lacking consistent quarterback play for the better part of a decade and with the Cleveland Browns’ idiotic wasted first pick the Jets get a steal at number three with Sam Darnold. With an arm that can actually throw 100 yards, Darnold has the most realistic chance of being the best quarterback from this draft class.
- Cleveland Browns (via Houston): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: The Browns actually make a good pick at 4 with Saquon Barkley. The star running back had 43 rushing touchdowns in his career with the Nittany Lions. Let’s just hope that the curse of Cleveland doesn’t swallow his career like so many others.
- Denver Broncos: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: Elway picks the bad boy of college football at 5. The Broncos need a quarterback and they get their guy. Hopefully he keeps up the antics, the league needs a good villain quarterback now that Brady will be 41 this year.
- Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame:With Chubb already off the board, the Colts decided to fill their second most important need of the off season with the best guard in the draft. The true question mark will be, what the hell is wrong with Andrew Luck?
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: The Bucs could be one of the suitors in the draft to trade up and get Bradley Chubb. If that doesn’t happen I believe they’ll take Denzel Ward with this pick since they are desperately thin at the defensive back position. This enhances their defense, but their success still falls on the very inconsistent Jameis Winston’s shoulders.
- Chicago Bears: Derwin James, DB, Florida State: *Spoiler* This is a biased pick. Being a Bears fan this is who I want them to take. The Bears will be going defense round one, and Derwin James is a beast. He is Kam Chancellor 2.0. Whatever team James goes to is getting a star. I just hope it’s my team. (Editor’s note: Here’s hoping the Bears pick up OT Mike McGlinchey instead.)
- San Francisco 49ers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama: Since Rueben Foster made poor choices and put his hands on a woman and pick up three felony charges in the process, it makes the 49ers pick at nine a very interesting one. They now need a linebacker such as Roquan Smith. They can get a steal at DB with Minkah Fitzpatrick still on the board. Or they can trade away this pick to the Giants for Odell Beckham Jr, so that Garoppolo can throw to a star. They can bolster that secondary even more with the versatile Fitzpatrick and create the new nastiest secondary in the league with the Legion of Doom. If Garoppolo is the real deal, look out for these guys this year.
- Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia: Raiders have to go defense with how absolutely, down right, pitiful they were on defense last year. With Gruden back, the addition of Jordy Nelson, the Raiders offense looks set. The Raiders take a can’t miss linebacker in Roquan Smith and create a deadly duo in the defensive box paired with Khalil Mack.
As honorable mention, one may have noticed that Josh Rosen the starting quarterback from UCLA was left off the top ten. Personally I think he drops to 11 being picked up by the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins sit him behind Tannehill and Cutler (if he stays) for a season, then in 2019 he becomes the Dolphins mediocre quarterback for the next 5 years.
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