Coming into the 2.0 version of Nick’s Picks, some major changes have been made. None of these picks are set in stone, since there are still roughly three months until the 2018 NFL Draft. In this segment, I question the order in which the quarterbacks are selected. Is Josh Rosen really worth the number two pick? Are people undervaluing Baker Mayfield? Will the Broncos take a QB? These questions will be addressed in this mock draft.
NOTE: Explanations for picks will occur after the 2018 NFL Combine.
- CLE: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
- NYG: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
- IND: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
- CLE (HOU): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
- DEN: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
- NYJ: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
- TB: Connor Wiliams, OT, Texas
- CHI: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
- SF: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
- OAK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
- MIA: Derwin James, S, Florida State
- CIN: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
- WAS: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
- GB: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
- AZ: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
- BAL: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
- LAC: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
- SEA: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
- DAL: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
- DET: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
- BUF: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
- BUF(KC): Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
- LAR: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
- CAR: Arden Key, DE, LSU
- TEN: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
- ATL: Billy Price, G, Ohio State
- NO: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
- PIT: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
- JAX: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
- MIN: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
- NE: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
- PHI: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
Baker Mayfield goes to the Giants. Mayfield is the polar opposite of Eli Manning, but the pressure of playing in the Big Apple is something that Mayfield could deal with, since he has done well in receiving scrutiny from the national press. Yes, he’s a bit of a goofball, but he has a cannon of an arm and has that clutch mentality needed to start and do well in this league.
Josh Rosen falls to the Jets. I don’t think Rosen is going to wow anyone in the interview room. He has a sense of entitlement which won’t sit well with GMs. However, the Jets would love to have someone like Rosen to lead them into the next decade. Look for Rosen to become a J-E-T.
John Gruden and Reggie McKenzie want another Alabama receiver. This may not look like an immediate need, but Michael Crabtree might not be retained after this season and Amari Cooper has struggled a bit. In order to build up Derek Carr’s confidence, another big play receiver must be added, and Calvin Ridley should be the pick.
Arden Key falls to the Panthers. I know that Key is an exceptional talent, but with his various issues whilst at LSU, some teams will be rightfully weary of selecting him. Charles Johnson and Julius Peppers are as old as the hills, so Carolina should look to get a new edge rusher.
Justin Reid sneaks into the first round. I’ve had discussions on whether Reid should be a first rounder, since his tape and off the field presence is very underrated. He’s more than deserving to be selected this high, and the Eagles need someone alongside Malcolm Jenkins for the upcoming season.
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