With the first wave of free agency wrapped up, we check in with our latest mock draft. 5 rounds deep and our penultimate mock of the season.
1-1-1 Cleveland Browns-Sam Darnold, QB, USC
With the acquisition of Tyrod Taylor at QB, the Browns can afford to draft a young signal-caller who may need some grooming, but has a high ceiling. Darnold fits the bill as the Browns franchise quarterback of the future.
1-2-2 New York Giants-Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Seemingly set on sticking with Eli Manning for the time being, the Giants roll with the player many consider the number one overall talent in the draft. Barkley has the ability to be a game-changer and cover up many flaws in the Giants’ offense.
1-3-3 New York Jets (from IND)-Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Jets didn’t make the move into the top-3 to take anything other than a quarterback. If there is any quarterback in this draft who screams NEW YORK, it’s Rosen. While the signings of Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater seem curious, Rosen is the long-term answer in this equation.
1-4-4 Cleveland Browns (from HOU)-Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State
Cleveland is in an enviable position, sitting at four. They could trade back and acquire more picks or select the best player on their board. In this scenario, that would be Chubb. By selecting the pass rusher from NC State, the Browns fortify a strength by providing a bookend to 2017 #1 pick, Myles Garrett.
1-5-5 Denver Broncos-Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
While it’s still possible Denver goes QB — no one ever seems to give Keenum unadulterated keys to the machine — the Broncos address the offensive line. Plug in the nasty Nelson next to the equally mean-spirited Garett Bolles and the left side of the Denver line may get charged with assault every game.
1-6-6 Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ)-Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
With Barkley, Chubb and Nelson off the board, the Colts add some juice to their pass rush by selecting Landry. He’s become criminally underrated due to the nitpicking nature of the draft process, but he could provide a Khalil Mack / Von Miller type boost to the Indy defense.
1-7-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama
Tampa has several needs that they could address at this point. With corner and safety being near the top, they go with the most versatile defensive back in the class. Fitzpatrick has the smarts and athletic tools to negate several holes on the backend of the Bucs’ defense.
1-8-8 Chicago Bears-Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
When you think Chicago Bears defense, you think dominant middle linebacker. To the long line of greats that includes Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher the Bears add Edmunds, a big, athletic force who will not turn 20-years-old until draft weekend.
1-9-9 San Francisco 49ers-Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
San Francisco has to have doubts about the future of 2017 All-Rookie Reuben Foster at linebacker. Even if his legal troubles are behind him and he’s able to stay off Roger Goodell’s radar, more talent is needed alongside him on the second level. Adding Roquan Smith could have a Patrick Willis – Navorro Bowman effect in the Bay Area.
1-10-10 Oakland Raiders-Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Take a look at the cornerback depth chart in Oakland and it reads like the cast of The Room...either you don’t know the name or you only know it because he’s so bad! The Raiders hope 2017 first-rounder Gareon Conley can man one spot after an injury-riddled rookie season. They dip back into the Buckeye well with Ward, the undersized, but extremely talented cover man.
1-11-11 Miami Dolphins-Vita Vea, DT, Washington
The release of Ndamukong Suh and the inconsistencies of Jordan Phillips lead the Dolphins to select Vea. With his size, strength and movement skills, Vea will be able to contribute from day one and add fire to the Miami defensive unit.
1-12-12 Buffalo Bills (from CIN)-Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
The Bills moved up in hopes to nab their future at the quarterback position. Allen is a toolsy prospect that will take some work to get on the field. However, Buffalo signed A.J. McCarron in free agency with the thought that he could hold down the spot until the rookie is ready to play.
1-13-13 Washington-Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Washington is in serious need of some added beef along the defensive line. And as Alabama alums Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson proclaimed to the higher-ups, a Crimson Tide reunion with Payne would make a ton of sense.
1-14-14 Green Bay Packers-Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Packers used their top selection in 2017 on cornerback Kevin King, but there is still help needed. Quinton Rollins has been inconsistent and may be a better fit in the slot. Alexander, if not for an injury-plagued 2017, may have been the top rated corner in this draft class. He would be an immediate upgrade in coverage.
1-15-15 Arizona Cardinals-Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon are the only quarterbacks on the Arizona roster as we head towards the draft. Yeah, it’s fairly reasonable to say the Cards need youth and a future under center. Mayfield is as polarizing as any prospect in this class, but he definitely gives the Cardinals some long-term hope for the position.
1-16-16 Baltimore Ravens-James Daniels, C, Iowa
2017 starting center Ryan Jensen is now a member of the Tampa Bay Bucs, leaving a dude named Luke Bowanko as tops on the depth chart…uhhhhh no. Selecting a center may not be a sexy pick, but Daniels provides the perfect intersection of need and value here. Just a matter of time before he’s an All-Pro.
1-17-17 Los Angeles Chargers-Derwin James, S, Florida State
The Chargers could use talent infusions on all three levels of the defense. So, why not go with the best prospect available here. James is currently a better athlete than football player at this point, but the upside is undeniable. He’d fill the playmaking ability at safety that was voided when Eric Weddle left a couple of years ago.
1-18-18 Seattle Seahawks-Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
With Michael Bennett now a Philadelphia Eagle, Bryan is the perfect prospect to replace him. Bryan can play up and down the line, and has a first step to create havoc in the backfield of opposing offenses.
1-19-19 Dallas Cowboys-Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Ridley falls farther than expected and the Cowboys are there to jump all over him. Whether Dez Bryant is back in 2018 or not, a speedy, polished presence like Ridley is needed. This also gives Dak Prescott a receiver to grow with as his game evolves.
1-20-20 Detroit Lions-Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
A’Shawn Robinson is a nice piece, but he provides little in the way of pass rush. Hurst endured a scare at the combine due to a heart irregularity, but he’s been cleared to play thus far in his career. Until something changes, he’s a first round steal for the Lions.
1-21-21 Cincinnati Bengals (from BUF)-Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
Cincinnati pulled off a much needed trade to get OT Cordy Glenn from Buffalo. If healthy, he secures the left tackle spot. However, the rest of the line is in shambles. Put Wynn next to his fellow former Dawg and things could come together quickly for this unit.
1-22-22 Buffalo Bills (from KC)-Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
With the second of two first round selections, Buffalo addresses the defensive side of the ball. The Bills need a tone-setter on the second level of that defense. Evans is the ideal fit, as a physical, yet athletic backer who can be a traffic cop on this evolving Buffalo defense.
1-23-23 Los Angeles Rams-Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
Linebacker or EDGE could stand to be addressed early. The Rams traded Robert Quinn to Miami, leaving Connor Barwin as the only established EDGE on the roster. Davenport is raw and from a small school, but he has shown that he knows how to get after the passer.
1-24-24 Carolina Panthers-Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
Carolina is said to be on the lookout for a leader at the safety position, after moving on from Kurt Coleman. Harrison was a standout on a loaded Alabama defense and is the type of physical presence the Panthers like on the backend.
1-25-25 Tennessee Titans-Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
Tennessee saw Avery Williamson walk in free agency and could use an upgrade in his spot. Vander Esch is a hot name in the draft community and rightfully so. He’s the big-bodied, athletic specimen for 3-downs that teams are looking for in today’s NFL.
1-26-26 Atlanta Falcons-Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
With the top four defensive tackles off the board, the Falcons look to upgrade on the backend of the defense. While not a dire need, adding a ballhawking corner with length, like Jackson, to this secondary is something that could take the unit to another level.
1-27-27 New Orleans Saints-D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
New Orleans has one stud at receiver in Michael Thomas. The rest of the receiving corps is middling, at best. Moore is a sturdy, lightning-quick athlete who was the only receiver in the BIG 10 to eclipse the 1,000 mark in 2017. Drew Brees will love the big play ability Moore brings.
1-28-28 Pittsburgh Steelers-Justin Reid, S, Stanford
The Jon Bostic and Morgan Burnett signings are the type of shrewd moves that eliminate the need to reach here. This allows Pittsburgh more flexibility. Reid is fast, athletic and has the coverage ability/range that this defense has lacked.
1-29-29 Jacksonville Jaguars-Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Perfect fit for team and player. Take one look at what offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was able to manufacture with Blake Bortles under center and imagine what he could do with a talent like Jackson. Let Jackson sit for a year and unleash him on league. Well worth the investment here.
1-30-30 Minnesota Vikings-Connor Williams, OT, Texas
You give a free agent quarterback a ton of money, you better have the horses up front to protect him. Minnesota did hand Kirk Cousins a Brinks truck, but they don’t have the line to adequately protect him. Williams is a potential stalwart at tackle or guard, filling a big priority for the Vikings.
1-31-31 New England Patriots-Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
You have a 40-year-old legend at quarterback, you better have the horses up front — you know the rest. Left tackle Nate Solder was snatched away in free agency by the Giants (yeah, they beat the Pats again) and a huge void remains. McGlinchey is not overly athletic, but he is the type of pro-ready blocker the Pats need to protect an aging Tom Brady.
1-32-32 Philadelphia Eagles-Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
Losing Trey Burton in free agency opens up a hole at tight end, as the Eagles run a ton of 12 personnel. Gesicki is an ultra-athletic receiver who must improve as a blocker. Until he fills out, he will be a major player in the red zone and stretching the middle of the field along with Zach Ertz.
2-1-33 Cleveland Browns-Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
2-2-34 New York Giants-Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
2-3-35 Cleveland (from HOU)-Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
2-4-36 Indianapolis Colts-Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
2-5-37 Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ)-Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada
2-6-38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
2-7-39 Chicago Bears-Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
2-8-40 Denver Broncos-Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
2-9-41 Oakland Raiders-Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
2-10-42 Miami Dolphins-Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
2-11-43 New England Patriots (from SF)-Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
2-12-44 Washington-Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
2-13-45 Green Bay Packers-Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Georgia
2-14-46 Cincinnati Bengals-Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
2-15-47 Arizona Cardinals-Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
2-16-48 Los Angeles Chargers-Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
2-17-49 Indianapolis Colts (from SEA via NYJ)-D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
2-18-50 Dallas Cowboys-Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
2-19-51 Detroit Lions-Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
2-20-52 Baltimore Ravens-Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
2-21-53 Buffalo Bills-Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
2-22-54 Kansas City Chiefs-Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
2-23-55 Carolina Panthers-Billy Price, C/OG, Ohio State
2-24-56 Buffalo Bills (LAR)-Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
2-25-57 Tennessee Titans-Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
2-26-58 Atlanta Falcons-B.J. Hill, DT, NC State
2-27-59 San Francisco 49ers (from NO)-Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
2-28-60 Pittsburgh Steelers-Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
2-29-61 Jacksonville Jaguars-Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
2-30-62 Minnesota Vikings-Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
2-31-63 New England Patriots-Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
2-32-64 Cleveland Browns (from PHI)-Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
3-1-65 Buffalo Bills (from CLE)-Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
3-2-66 New York Giants-Jesse Bates III, S, Wake Forest
3-3-67 Indianapolis Colts-Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia
3-4-68 Houston Texans-Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
3-5-69 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
3-6-70 San Francisco 49ers (from CHI)-Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
3-7-71 Denver Broncos-Kevin Toliver II, CB, LSU
3-8-72 New York Jets-Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
3-9-73 Miami Dolphins-Uchenna Nwosu, LB, USC
3-10-74 San Francisco 49ers-Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
3-11-75 Oakland Raiders-Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
3-12-76 Green Bay Packers-Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
3-13-77 Cincinnati Bengals-Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
3-14-78 Washington-James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
3-15-79 Arizona Cardinals-Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
3-16-80 Houston Texans (from SEA)- Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
3-17-81 Dallas Cowboys-Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
3-18-82 Detroit Lions-Mason Cole, C, Michigan
3-19-83 Baltimore Ravens-Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
3-20-84 Los Angeles Chargers-Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Central Michigan
3-21-85 Carolina Panthers (from BUF)-Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
3-22-86 Kansas City Chiefs-Deadrin Senat, DT, South Florida
3-23-87 Los Angeles Rams-Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida
3-24-88 Carolina Panthers-Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
3-25-89 Tennessee Titans-DaShawn Hand, DL, Alabama
3-26-90 Atlanta Falcons-DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
3-27-91 New Orleans Saints-Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
3-28-92 Pittsburgh Steelers-Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt
3-29-93 Jacksonville Jaguars-Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
3-30-94 Minnesota Vikings-Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
3-31-95 New England Patriots-Fred Warner, LB, BYU
3-32-96 Buffalo Bills (from PHI)-Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
3-33-97 Arizona Cardinals (Comp)-Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
3-34-98 Houston Texans (Comp-R.J. McIntosh, DT, Miami (FL)
3-35-99 Denver Broncos (Comp)-Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
3-36-100 Cincinnati Bengals (Comp)-Scott Quessenberry, C, UCLA
4-1-101 Green Bay Packers (from CLE)-Genard Avery, LB, Memphis
4-2-102 Los Angeles Rams (from NYG)-Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
4-3-103 Houston Texans-Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
4-4-104 Indianapolis Colts-Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
4-5-105 Chicago Bears-Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers
4-6-106 Denver Broncos-Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State
4-7-107 New York Jets-Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, EDGE, Oklahoma
4-8-108 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Isaac Yiadom, CB, Boston College
4-9-109 Denver Broncos (from SF)-Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
4-10-110 Oakland Raiders-Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
4-11-111 Miami Dolphins-Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T
4-12-112 Cincinnati Bengals-M.J. Stewart, CB, North Caroina
4-13-113 Washington-Holton Hill, CB, Texas
4-14-114 Cleveland Browns (from GB)-Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
4-15-115 Chicago Bears (from ARZ)-Skyler Phillips, OG, Idaho State
4-16-116 Dallas Cowboys-Darius Leonard, LB, SC State
4-17-117 Detroit Lions-Duke Ejiofor, EDGE, Wake Forest
4-18-118 Baltimore Ravens-Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU
4-19-119 Los Angeles Chargers-Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
4-20-120 Seattle Seahawks-Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
4-21-121 Buffalo Bills-Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
4-22-122 Kansas City Chiefs-Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
4-23-123 Cleveland Browns (from CAR)-Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
4-24-124 Los Angeles Rams-TreQuan Smith, WR, Central Florida
4-25-125 Tennessee Titans-J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
4-26-126 Atlanta Falcons-Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
4-27-127 New Orleans Saints-Breeland Speaks, EDGE, Ole Miss
4-28-128 San Francisco 49ers (from PIT)-Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, Kansas
4-29-129 Jacksonville Jaguars-Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida
4-30-130 Philadelphia Eagles (from MIN)-Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
4-31-131 Miami Dolphins (from NE via PHI)-John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
4-32-132 Philadelphia Eagles-Dane Cruikshank, S, Arizona
4-33-133 Green Bay Packers (Comp)-Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
4-34-134 Arizona Cardinals (Comp)-Andrew Brown, DT, Virginia
4-35-135 New York Giants (Comp)-Kentavius Street, DT, NC State
4-36-136 New England Patriots (Comp)-Jaylen Samuels, RB/WR, NC State
4-37-137 Dallas Cowboys (Comp)-Mark Walton, RB, Miami (FL)
5-1-138 Green Bay Packers (from CLE)-Wil Richardson, OT, NC State
5-2-139 New York Giants-Marquis Haynes, LB, Ole Miss`
5-3-140 Indianapolis Colts-Kameron Kelly, CB/S, San Diego State
5-4-141 Seattle Seahawks (from HOU)-Jordan Thomas, TE, Mississippi State
5-5-142 Denver Broncos-Florunso Fatukasi, DT, Connecticut
5-6-143 San Francisco 49ers (from NYJ)-Rashaan Gaulden, S, Tennessee
5-7-144 Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson
5-8-145 Chicago Bears-Jalyn Holmes, DL, Ohio State
5-9-146 Seattle Seahawks (from OAK)-Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
5-10-147 New Orleans Saints (from MIA)-Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh
5-11-148 Pittsburgh Steelers (from SF)-Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State
5-12-149 Washington-Will Clapp, C/OG, LSU
5-13-150 Cleveland Browns (from GB)-Azeem Victor, LB, Washington
5-14-151 Cincinnati Bengals-Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami (FL)
5-15-152 Arizona Cardinals-Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
5-16-153 Detroit Lions-DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
5-17-154 Baltimore Ravens-Nic Shomonek, QB, Texas Tech
5-18-155 Los Angeles Chargers-J.C. Jackson, CB, Maryland
5-19-156 Philadelphia Eagles (from SEA)-Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
5-20-157 New York Jets (from DAL)-Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State
5-21-158 Cincinnati Bengals (from BUF)-Christopher Herndon, TE, Miami (TE)
5-22-159 New England Patriots (from KC via CLE)-Godwin Igwebuike, S, Northwestern
5-23-160 Denver Broncos (from LAR)-Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
5-24-161 Carolina Panthers-Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook
5-25-162 Tennessee Titans-Hercules Mata’afa, DL/EDGE, Washington State
5-26-163 Denver Broncos (from ATL)-Antonio Calloway, WR, Florida
5-27-164 New Orleans Saints-Justin Jones, DT, NC State
5-28-165 Pittsburgh Steelers-Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State
5-29-166 Buffalo Bills (from JAC)-Poona Ford, DT, Texas
5-30-167 Minnesota Vikings-Tyquan Lewis, EDGE, Ohio State
5-31-168 Seattle Seahawks (from NE)-Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
5-32-169 Seattle Seahawks (from PHI)-Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn
5-33-170 Cincinnati Bengals (Comp)-Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
5-34-171 Dallas Cowboys (Comp)-Darius Phillips, CB, Western Michigan
5-35-172 Green Bay Packers (Comp)-Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (FL)
5-36-173 Dallas Cowboys (Comp)-Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
5-37-174 Green Bay Packers (Comp)-Deontay Burnett, WR, USC