NFL Mock Draft #3

With the major free agency moves now behind us, mock drafts get a little easier and a lot more accurate. This is mock draft number 3 and the order is straight up as is right now, no predicted trades. Nobody really knows what Cleveland’s plans are right now at picks 1 and 4 and the rest of the draft is going to revolve around them. We will have to wait and see if they make their plans for the first pick public, but for now we can take our best guess.

  1. Cleveland Browns: QB Josh Allen (Wyoming)
  2. New York Giants: DE Bradley Chubb (NC State)
  3. New York Jets: QB Sam Darnold (USC)
  4. Cleveland Browns: RB Saquon Barkley (Penn State)
  5. Denver Broncos: QB Josh Rosen (UCLA)
  6. Indianapolis Colts: LB Tremaine Edmunds (Virginia Tech)
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
  8. Chicago Bears: G Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)
  9. San Francisco 49ers: DB Derwin James (Florida State)
  10. Oakland Raiders: LB Roquan Smith (Georgia)
  11. Miami Dolphins: CB Denzel Ward (Ohio State)
  12. Buffalo Bills: QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)
  13. Washington Redskins: DT Vita Vea (Washington)
  14. Green Bay Packers: DE Marcus Davenport (UTSA)
  15. Arizona Cardinals: WR Calvin Ridley (Alabama)
  16. Baltimore Ravens: G/OT Connor Williams (Texas)
  17. Los Angeles Chargers: OT/G Mike MgGlinchy (Notre Dame)
  18. Seattle Seahawks: WR Courtland Sutton (SMU)
  19. Dallas Cowboys: DT Da’Ron Payne (Alabama)
  20. Detroit Lions: LB Rashaan Evans (Alabama)
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Kolton Miller (UCLA)
  22. Buffalo Bills: CB Josh Jackson (Iowa)
  23. Los Angeles Rams: WR James Washington (Oklahoma State)
  24. Carolina Panthers: CB Mike Hughes (UCF)
  25. Tennessee Titans: DT Maurice Hurst (Michigan)
  26. Atlanta Falcons: TE Mark Andrews (Oklahoma)
  27. New Orleans Saints: G Isaiah Wynn (Georgia)
  28. Pittsburg Steelers: LB Leighton Vander Esch (Boise State)
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Malik Jefferson (Texas)
  30. Minnesota Vikings: C/G James Daniels (Iowa)
  31. New England Patriots: QB Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State)
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: G Will Hernandez (UTEP)

I hope and pray Cleveland won’t fall into the Sam Darnold trap, but they very well could. I literally cannot make myself have him as the number 1 pick simply because he should not be and it is still mind boggling that there is even a chance he might be. He is in no way worth it, hasn’t earned it either, and is far from the best player in the class. If Cleveland goes QB at 1 and Barkley (who is the best player in the draft) is still there at 4, I think they have to take him and then trade away Duke Johnson who only has 1 year left on his contract.

It is also still very plausible that a team like the Buffalo Bills could trade up for the number 1 or 2 pick to try and get Darnold/Rosen/Allen. Odds are the order will at the very least change a little between now and draft night, but it’s next to impossible to predict.

If the Giants do not go QB with the second pick, it is a guarantee at least 1 team will move into the top 10 to get one of the quarterbacks still available. Rosen, Allen, and Darnold and maybe even Baker will all be gone by the 7th or 8th pick. I think Baker is a perfect fit for the Bills mafia and is best capable of playing in the snow out of the 4 top QB’s. If he falls to 12 and the Bills still own that pick, they will jump on the chance to grab him.

A few non-quarterback names to watch are Derwin James, Calvin Ridley, Vita Vea, and Quenton Nelson. James, Ridley, and Vea could all go in the top 10 and they could all also fall to the end of the first round. Nelson could go as high as number 2, or as low as the middle of the first round. Ridley will be the first receiver taken, it’s just a question of how far he will fall before somebody snags him. He won’t fall any further than Baltimore at 16 though. Nobody can seem to agree on the stock of these guys and where they should go. There would be a lot more talk around them currently and in the following weeks if the entire nation could stop drooling over the drastically over-hyped QB’s in the class.

Mock draft #4 will have the first 2 rounds and should be released some time next week.

 

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