Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 7.0

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 7.0

Ladies and gentlemen, we are officially less than one month away from the NFL Draft. With that being said, let’s get into the 7.0 version of Nick’s Picks. Note: trades are not predicted in this mock draft.

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Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 6.0

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 6.0

The 2018 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and teams are making moves to better situate themselves for success. The Jets and Colts swapped first round picks, which shakes up this entire draft. Also, what are the Browns going to do? How about the Giants? Who will the Jets land at three? Let’s see how it all shakes out in the 6.0 version of Nick’s Picks. 

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Nick’s Pick’s: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 5.0

Nick’s Pick’s: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 5.0

After the combine, certain prospects are starting to match up with different teams. The rumour mill is churning out stories about certain prospects interviewing with teams. As promised, I’m giving my explanation for each draft pick. With that said, let’s get into the 5.0 of Nick’s Picks. 

  1. CLE: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State: I know, I know, people won’t agree with this. However, I think the Browns like Josh Allen the most out of all the quarterbacks. They also know that Darnold and/or Rosen would likely not be there at four if they skip on a QB. So, the Browns will take a running back because they know Josh Allen won’t go in the top three.
  2. NYG: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA: The New York Giants are one of the best NFL franchises in the league. Rarely do they have a pick this high in the draft, so they must get their QB for life after Eli Manning. Josh Rosen is a polished QB who can learn from Manning and maybe heal some of the injuries he sustained in his last year at UCLA.
  3. IND: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama: The Colts will hope to get Barkley, but they’ll have to settle for the number two option. They have Malik Hooker, so they’ll put Fitzpatrick at the cornerback position. With this pick, they’ll have an electric secondary with Hooker, Fitzpatrick and cornerback Quincy Wilson.
  4. CLE(HOU): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: The Browns are kicking themselves for not sticking with their pick in 2016 and drafting Carson Wentz. To some, Josh Allen is the closest thing to Wentz since 2016. The Browns will love to have both Allen and Barkley for the upcoming season and for years to come.
  5. DEN: Sam Darnold, QB, USC: I don’t think GM John Elway will expect to have the opportunity to select Darnold at five, but I believe that this is where Darnold will end up regardless. He’s far better than Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian, and he’ll be able to start early on.
  6. NYJ: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: Many wouldn’t have this, but the Jets do not have a set in stone offense and they have the ability to tailor Jackson’s skill set. With Matt Forte retired, they need someone who can throw and run as well. Bilal Powell can be a nice compliment to Jackson’s game, but they’ll likely get someone later in the draft.
  7. TB: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame: NFL GMs are salivating over the potential Quenton Nelson has. Tampa Bay needs to solidify the offensive line in order to make Jameis Winston and the rest of the offense’s life easier.
  8. CHI: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State: The Bears have lots of needs, but they need a dominant edge rusher opposite Leonard Floyd.
  9. SF: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama: Jimmy Garoppolo just got paid, so they need to help him transition to the next few years with a firm number one receiver.
  10. OAK: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech: The Raiders want to be tough again, and that starts on the defensive side of the ball. Jon Gruden wants people who are tough and athletic, which is exactly what Tremaine Edmunds is.
  11. MIA: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: With Jarvis Landry likely leaving South Beach, the Dolphins will need a number one receiver. Sutton is an impressive physical specimen who is a bona fide number one receiver.
  12. CIN: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame: It’s hard to figure out which tackle should go first, but NFL execs love McGlinchey’s lunchpail mentality. The Bengals offense needs to focus on providing adequate protection for Andy Dalton and the rest of the offense.
  13. WAS: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State: Josh Norman has been a decent corner with Washington, but he’s getting older and Bashaud Breeland may be on the move. With Kendall Fuller going to Kansas City, the corner position must be addressed.
  14. GB: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa: The Packers need to better improve their cornerback position. Second year corner Kevin King wasn’t great in his first year, and it never hurts to have more than one good corner.
  15. AZ: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: With Carson Palmer retired, the Cardinals need to invest in their future with the best available quarterback. Mayfield will be in a smaller market, so the distractions won’t be much of an issue for him.
  16. BAL: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia: The Ravens need to address the receiving position, however, having Roquan Smith is too good a deal to pass up.
  17. LAC: Derwin James, S, Florida State: This could be the steal of the draft. The safety position needs to be addressed in L.A., and James is a phenomenal talent.
  18. SEA: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma: Yes, Brown isn’t athletic. But damn, he gets the job done. He’s a wall on the offensive line and should be able to play right tackle.
  19. DAL: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama: Jerry Jones is an exceptional drafter, and he’ll know that Payne is of good value at this part of the draft. With Payne and Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas will have a solid defensive line.
  20. DET: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: The Lions have a terrible running game. Period. Give Matthew Stafford some help. Please.
  21. BUF: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA: Davenport is an intriguing prospect, and I think the Bills need to get younger at the front seven.
  22. BUF(KC): James Daniels, C, Iowa: Eric Wood unfortunately had to retire, so the Bills need an interior offensive lineman. James Daniels is a great center and will be a starter for years to come.
  23. LAR: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama: The Rams have an ascending secondary, and if they can’t retain Lamarcus Joyner, Harrison will be the pick.
  24. CAR: Connor Williams, OT, Texas: The Panthers need to solidify this offensive line. Signing Matt Kalil was a bonehead move, but they need to move on and get the young talent in Connor Williams.
  25. TEN: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: Corey Davis likely won’t be the star the Titans need them to be, and having an extra receiver will further help Marcus Mariota’s development.
  26. ATL: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU: Desmond Trufant is good, but getting older. The Falcons need to have an intriguing prospect at the corner position such as Donte Jackson.
  27. NO: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama: The Saints have an emerging defense, but having another linebacker will further help this defensive unit.
  28. PIT: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville: Pittsburgh has a lot of average cornerbacks on their team. They need a true number one corner going forward.
  29. JAX: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina: I’m surprised Marcedes Lewis is still on the Jags. Jacksonville should mimic what Tampa Bay has done at the tight end position: have a veteran (Cameron Brate for the Bucs, Marcedes Lewis for the Jags) and a young tight end (O.J. Howard for the Bucs, Hayden Hurst for the Jags). It could be a sustainable model for the shaky QB play in Blake Bortles.
  30. MIN: Vita Vea, DT, Washington: Many people wonder why I don’t value defensive tackles as much. It’s not so much that I don’t value the position, but NFL teams have routinely let this positional group slip. Vea will be a great steal for the Vikings.
  31. NE: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State: The Patriots need a good edge rusher for the future. Hubbard is one of the best on the board and he fits the Patriots mould.
  32. PHI: Brian O’Neil, OT, Pittsburgh: Jason Peters is old and Hal Vaitai isn’t great. O’Neil is an athletic specimen and can work in Doug Pederson’s offense.  
2018 Pre-Combine NFL Mock Draft

2018 Pre-Combine NFL Mock Draft

The NFL Combine is days away and with it will come rumors and lots of good information on prospects. With it will also come overreactions galor. Here are our current mock projections based on what we would do if we (Daniel Hutchinson-Kausch and Harun Muhammed) were the GM for each team. We will release mocks based on what we think will happen after the Combine when rumors start to come in with some credibility.


1. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Saquon Barkley just might be the best player in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s an extraordinary athlete that provides versatility, proving capable of catching the ball out of the backfield and holding up in pass protection. Barkley would be huge in alleviating pressure from whoever it is taking the snaps for Cleveland in 2018.


2. New York Giants: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

The Giants are in need of a quarterback, and they get the best one in the draft in 2016 Heisman Trophy Winner Lamar Jackson. With his combination of arm talent, athleticism, and playmaking ability, this becomes one of the most lethal offenses in the NFL.


3. Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

The consequences of having a porous offensive line couldn’t more present than the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck situation. Quality line play is hard to come by, and Indianapolis ends up with a generational guard prospect in Nelson; a powerful and athletic road grader that can block on the move and most importantly, protect your franchise QB.


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4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa

Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Jason McCourty have been very good acquisitions for the Browns. As McCourty gets older, the Browns should be looking for a long term answer at the cornerback position. Joshua Jackson is a big time playmaker with great length, long speed, route anticipation, and ball skills that could be a cornerstone piece on a talented defense.


5. Denver Broncos: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Between Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler, there are zero franchise QBs. Taking a high-ceiling, high-floor passer with great ball placement, arm talent, and poise is everything the Broncos need and don’t have at the QB position.


6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Josh McCown had a solid season for the J-E-T-S. However, he’s 38 years old and proven incapable of staying healthy for a 16-game stretch. With this pick, the Jets get their long-term signal caller capable of making magic happen out of structure, making throws with tremendous accuracy to all levels of the field, and keeps the ball out of harms way.


7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

Jack of all trades, master of many. Minkah Fitzpatrick’s skill set fits that of any position in the secondary. He can play perimeter corner, in the slot, as a rangy deep man, rushing off the edge, and even as a nickel linebacker, at a high level. A highly athletic, instinctive, and versatile defender. Who doesn’t want that?


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8. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

This feels like a perfect fit. The Bears snatch up a true #1 WR that can create separation and stretch the field with his speed and polished route running abilities. He possesses strong hands and is fairly reliable. Adding Ridley also helps accelerates the growth of now second year QB Mitch Trubisky.


9. San Francisco 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Reuben Foster’s instability is a serious concern for the Niners, with durability and off-field issues. Tremaine Edmunds is a fantastic linebacker prospect, with plenty of range, athleticism, and sky high potential. If Foster is able to clean up his act, the Bay Area may have its second coming of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.


10. Oakland Raiders: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

The Oakland Raiders are lacking a true presence up front. With his freak size, strength, and explosiveness, Vea would anchor the defense with his abilities to stop the run.


11. Miami Dolphins: Derwin James Jr., S, Florida State

With this pick, the Dolphins continue their influx of young talent on the defensive side, as in recent years they’ve drafted the likes of Charles Harris, Xavien Howard, Cordrea Tankersley, and Raekwon McMillan. Adding the stud safety James gives them a dynamic pair of safeties, paired up with established star Reshad Jones. Playing next to Jones should help the growth of James and eventually take over that role as Jones ages.


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12. Cincinnati Bengals: Connor Williams, OT, Texas

After what went down in the 2017 offseason, everyone agreed on one thing: Andy Dalton was going to die. The Bengals struggled to find an adequate replacement. Connor Williams is a stalwart tackle prospect that gives Cincinnati stability and a long term answer keeping Dalton’s blindside clean.


13. Washington Redskins: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

In 2017, the Redskins allowed 134.1 rushing yards per game, good for the worst mark across the league. The selection of Da’Ron Payne is a huge step in the right direction to solving this problem. A blue chip run defender with terrific strength, Payne has the skills to be a big time player for the ‘Skins.


14. Green Bay Packers: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College

The Packers are lacking in high-end talent on defense and are running out of time to capitalize on Aaron Rodgers’ talent. Harold Landry is a very advanced pass rusher that can string moves together and corner with extraordinary bend.

15. Arizona Cardinals: James Daniels, C, Iowa


16. Baltimore Ravens: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame


17. LA Chargers: Orlando Brown Jr., OT, Oklahoma


18. Seattle Seahawks: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP


19. Dallas Cowboys: Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech


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20. Detroit Lions: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Here Detroits adds another very talented player to their young group of linebackers. Evans is an elite athete with plenty of versatility; he can rush off the edge, stack and shed blocks, and drop into coverage.


21. Buffalo Bills: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado


22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs): Billy Price, C, Ohio State


23. LA Rams: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU

The top edge rusher in the draft falls to LA. Arden Key on one edge and Robert Quinn on the other is a scary combo. Key’s length, speed, and flexibility should allow him to become a dynamic pass rusher with double digit sack potential.


24. Carolina Panthers: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

Christian McCaffrey had a solid rookie season, but Derrius Guice’s talent at RB is too good to pass up on. He’s a bruiser with smooth lateral quickness, excellent vision, and absolutely punished defenders on the second level. This pick gives Carolina a true presence between the tackles that can wear down a defense.


25. Tennessee Titans: Josh Sweat, EDGE, Florida State


26. Atlanta Falcons: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma


27. New Orleans Saints: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia


28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Not too long ago, Ben Roethlisberger was contemplating retirement. Their Super Bowl window may not be closing, but it sure could be if they’re unable to find a solid replacement for Roethlisberger. Darnold ensures stability for life after Big Ben and should thrive playing with to Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and to a certain extent, Martavis Bryant.


29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn


30. Minnesota Vikings: Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia


31. New England Patriots: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State


32. Philadelphia Eagles: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas


Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Draft 4.0

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Draft 4.0

In the 4.0 version of Nick’s Picks, we assess prospects with now having more information on them. As the NFL Combine comes up shortly, we’ll get to see the athletic talents these prospects have. Once the Combine happens, we’ll see how these prospects’ change in rankings. For now, we’ll keep into consideration how prospects are ranked.

  1. CLE: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. NYG: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. IND: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. CLE (HOU): Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
  5. DEN: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  6. NYJ: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  7. TB: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  8. CHI: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
  9. SF: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. OAK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  11. MIA: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  12. CIN: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  13. WAS: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
  14. GB: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  15. AZ: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  16. BAL: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  17. LAC: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  18. SEA: Brian O’Neil, OT, Pittsburgh
  19. DAL: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  20. DET: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. BUF: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  22. BUF(KC): James Daniels, C, Iowa
  23. LAR: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  24. CAR: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  25. TEN: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  26. ATL: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  27. NO: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  28. PIT: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  29. JAX: Billy Price, G, Ohio State
  30. MIN: Arden Key, DE, LSU
  31. NE: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
  32. PHI: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

Biggest Takeaways:

Courtland Sutton becomes the sixth overall pick. What? Well, it could happen. I think the Jets are in the same position the Titans were in last season with their receiving corps, where they needed talent and they had the draft pick to do it. Sutton could become a great compliment to recently acquired Jermaine Kearse. Imagine if Kirk Cousins goes to the Jets? They could become a sleeper team for the playoffs.

SMU WR Courtland Sutton.

The 49ers find their lockdown corner in Denzel Ward. San Francisco is really looking like everything is going in their direction. However, their secondary is relatively weak and they need a playmaker in Denzel Ward to shutdown the NFC’s top receivers. Ohio State CB Denzel Ward.

Joshua Jackson heads to the nation’s capital. Some may think that there isn’t a need at corner for Washington, but they are set to ship off Kendall Fuller to Kansas City and Bashaud Breeland may leave in free agency. Jackson could pair up with Josh Norman to make a great tandem.

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Baker Mayfield slips to the Chargers. Some think Mayfield will be a top 10 pick, but I expect him to have a Johnny Manziel-esque slip in the draft. His off-the-field issues may not be a huge factor for some, but since the QB is the face of the franchise, some will be turned off by him. Plus, the loud-mouth that is Philip Rivers would be a good mentor for Mayfield.

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

Lamar Jackson becomes a Buffalo Bill. I think that the Bills will trade up to nab Jackson earlier in the draft, but since I don’t want to predict trades, I have him slipping to the Bills at 21. He’s a more polished version of Tyrod Taylor, and he could be a great pairing with Lesean McCoy.

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

With Super Bowl LII and the 2017 NFL season officially over, we can now focus on the offseason. In this version of Nick’s Picks, we challenge how certain prospects are valued. Who are the top defensive ends? How many corners will go in the first round? Will it be an offensive line-heavy draft? These questions are answered in this week’s picks.

  1. CLE: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. NYG: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. IND: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. CLE (HOU): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. DEN: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. NYJ: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  7. TB: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  8. CHI: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  9. SF: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  10. OAK: Calvin RIdley, WR, Alabama
  11. MIA: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  12. CIN: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  13. WAS: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  14. GB: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  15. AZ: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  16. BAL: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  17. LAC: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
  18. SEA: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  19. DAL: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  20. DET: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. BUF: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  22. BUF(KC): Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State
  23. LAR: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  24. CAR: Arden Key, DE, LSU
  25. TEN: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  26. ATL: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  27. NO: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  28. PIT: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  29. JAX: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  30. MIN: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  31. NE: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  32. PHI: Justin Reid, S, Stanford

Biggest Takeaways:

Josh Allen goes first to the Browns. Ever since Mel Kiper Jr. mocked this, the football world has ripped him to shreds. While I believe Kiper’s reasoning was terrible, I agree that being a large QB from the mid-west is an important factor. Allen has also been on record saying that he’d love to be the person to change Cleveland’s fortune, which is a good sign.

Wyoming QB Josh Allen.


Lamar Jackson heads to the Big Apple. Lamar Jackson can be a star under the right system, and he seems like a player who should be in a big market, and none is bigger than New York. I think the attention will make him thrive and the Jets could become an exciting team to watch next season with Jackson at QB.

Louisville Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson.

Baker Mayfield falls to the Cardinals. Unlike Jackson, I believe Mayfield needs to be in a smaller market in order to thrive. The Cardinals will be a good fit for him, since veteran leadership from Larry Fitzgerald (assuming he’s playing next season) and the strong supporting cast which includes David Johnson could make this transition an easy one. New Head Coach Steve Wilks has a no nonsense attitude, which is something that Mayfield needs to embrace as a pro.

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

Drew Brees gets a new target in Hayden Hurst. The Coby Fleener experiment didn’t work, and Jimmy Graham is far removed from this offence, so it looks like a new tight end is needed. Hurst is a large target with solid hands. Brees will make a friend in Hurst.

South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst.

The small-school standout Marcus Davenport falls to the Patriots. If any of you watched the Super Bowl, you’d know how non-existent this Patriots pass rush was. Davenport can start immediately and under the mentorship of Bill Belichick, he could become an excellent pass rusher for years to come.

UTSA Defensive End Marcus Davenport.

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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.

  1. CLE: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. NYG: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  3. IND: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. CLE (HOU): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. DEN: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  6. NYJ: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. TB: Connor Wiliams, OT, Texas
  8. CHI: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
  9. SF: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
  10. OAK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  11. MIA: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  12. CIN: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  13. WAS: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  14. GB: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  15. AZ: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  16. BAL: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  17. LAC: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  18. SEA: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  19. DAL: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  20. DET: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  21. BUF: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  22. BUF(KC): Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  23. LAR: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  24. CAR: Arden Key, DE, LSU
  25. TEN: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  26. ATL: Billy Price, G, Ohio State
  27. NO: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
  28. PIT: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  29. JAX: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  30. MIN: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  31. NE: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  32. PHI: Justin Reid, S, Stanford

Biggest Takeaways:

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.

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

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.

UCLA QB Josh Rosen.

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.

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley.

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.

LSU defensive end Arden Key.

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.

Stanford safety Justin Reid.

Nick’s Picks: 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–mock draft season.

Now that the draft order is almost finalized, figuring out how the draft will shake out becomes easier. Every two weeks, I will be making a mock draft titled Nick’s Picks. The mock drafts are subject to change, considering the playoffs haven’t concluded yet and teams’ needs will change accordingly. With that being said, let’s mock.

NOTE: There will be trades, but since I cannot predict who will trade, I decided to leave them out. I have written an article predicting what trades could occur.

  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  3. Indianapolis Colts: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
  6. New York Jets: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  10. Oakland Raiders: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers: Arden Key, DE, LSU
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
  17. Los Angeles Chargers: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  19. Dallas Cowboys: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  20. Detroit Lions: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
  21. Buffalo Bills: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs): Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  24. Carolina Panthers: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  25. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
  26. Jacksonville Jaguars: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  27. Philadelphia Eagles: Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
  28. Minnesota Vikings: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  29. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ken Webster, CB, Ole Miss
  30. Atlanta Falcons: Billy Price, G, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  32. New Orleans Saints: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Biggest Takeaways:

Sam Darnold will be the number one overall pick. He’s got a tough, blue collar attitude to him which fits perfectly with Cleveland. Rosen is too “upper-middle class” for the Dawg Pound, so he won’t be the pick.

The Herd’s Colin Cowherd gives his reasoning:

USC QB Sam Darnold.

The Broncos do NOT take a QB. I think they need to give both Siemian and Lynch both a fighting chance before adding another guy. If it doesn’t work out, then next year’s draft can be a viable option. For now, they take star edge rusher Bradley Chubb.

NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb.

Lamar Jackson, the Louisville Cardinal, becomes an Arizona Cardinal. With Palmer retiring, the Cardinals need a new QB, and Jackson is the best option available.

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.

Mayfield goes to the Chargers. I’ve had a fascination with this occurring, since I think Rivers and Mayfield have a lot of similarities in terms of their persona. Don’t be surprised if this happens.

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

Quenton Nelson falls to the Cowboys. In every draft, there is a prospect expected to go in the top 10 that falls into the teens. In 2017, it was Jonathan Allen falling to the Washington Redskins. In 2016, it was Laremy Tunsil falling to the Miami Dolphins. Nelson can give the Cowboys’ offensive line the title of the best line in football once again.

Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson.