Mock Draft Szn

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In our very first collaboration article, the #BlogcastBoys have joined to bring you our very own 2018 Mock Draft. This has been the most anticipated draft in recent memory with still so many uncertainties left to be determined. There's a high probability we see some draft day trades centered around the QB's in this draft, thought by many to be one of the best groups ever. Let's get to our picks: 

1. Cleveland Browns: QB Sam Darnold (Southern Cal)

The most Cleveland thing to do here is select Josh Allen but I think they play it safe and select Darnold. I don’t think he has the highest ceiling but he does have the highest floor so that makes him the low risk pick here. Also, Darnold is from the mean streets of San Clemente, CA so he’s obviously a great fit for Cleveland, OH. - Alec

2.  New York Giants: QB Josh Rosen (UCLA)

Although the actual Giants most likely will, I’m not passing up on the opportunity to unite the number one quarterback in the draft with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram for the next ten or so years. This is the best fit for Rosen by far. - Adam

3. New York Jets: QB Baker Mayfield (OKLAHOMA)

The Jets have enough holes to simply make the most impactful pick here. That’s why I will opt for the QB of the future at No. 3. Baker is a bite sized spinner. But, he’s got a big arm, elite AA and a competitive edge unmatched in this class. Although, that’s not why they should pick him. That reason is reserved for Baker’s dance moves. Have you ever seen an NFL player who could jig but also sucked in the league (OBJ, AB, Stefon Diggs) ? Didn’t think so, it’s simple deduction. Go Jets. - Lorenzo

4. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley (Penn State)

The Browns pick the draft’s best player in Barkley. Cleveland doesn’t pass up on an opportunity to pair Darnold on Barkley, who will have an immediate impact on that offense. - Alec

5. Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb (NC State)

We’ve seen what Von Miller could do with an effective edge rusher opposite of him (think DeMarcus Ware and Elvis Dumervil) and don’t pass up the opportunity of helping Miller while he’s in his prime. Chubb and Miller will be a two-man wrecking crew in the Mile High City. - Abel

6. Indianapolis Colts: G Quenton Nelson

Assuming the Colts are ready to roll with Andrew Luck and whatever’s left of his throwing shoulder, selecting Nelson helps to solidify an offensive line that has been a revolving door for the entirety of Luck’s career in Indy.

- Adam

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Derwin James (FSU)

Derwin James is a piece to build your defense around. He’s got a long frame standing at 6’0, 215 pounds with 4.4 speed. He started eight games as a true freshman and racked up 91 tackles, 9.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks at strong safety. After missing most of his Sophomore season for medical reasons, he came back strong in 2017, racking up 85 tackles, 15 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 FF and 2 ints. He’s a force in run support and in coverage. He brings versatility and many tools to the Bucs defense. Go Bucs. - Lorenzo

8. Chicago Bears: OLB Tremaine Edmunds (Virginia Tech)

GM Ryan Pace has traded up in each of the last two drafts, his job now relies solely on the success of Mitch Trubisky. It’s highly likely Pace decides to trade down in this scenario since his guy Quenton Nelson is off the board. But for the sake of the mock draft I’ll address the Bears biggest need: edge rusher. Edmunds is still raw but Vic Fangio is more than capable of turning him into a special player. - Alec

9. San Francisco 49ers: OLB Roquan Smith (UGA)

The 9ers are in need of a linebacker, specifically one that doesn’t violently assault women. Roquan is undersized, but so are some of the best linebackers to come out of the last few drafts. Smith is going to be an extremely valuable asset for the 9ers defense in the near future. - Abel

10. Oakland Raiders: DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

The Raiders can address a gaping hole in their secondary by picking Minkah here. He’s a versatile defensive back who many experts have penciled in as a potential safety OR corner.This works out fantastically for the Raiders because they don’t seem to have a single recognizable soul on the depth chart at either of those positions lol. They made some decent signings this offseason, acquiring Rasheen Melvin and Shareece Wright to add to the secondary mix, which means their careers should be taking plunges shortly. Oakland is where free agents go to die, so the Raiders can circumvent this trend altogether by drafting the stud from Bama. Go Raiders. - Lorenzo

11. Miami Dolphins: DT Vita Vea (Washington)

In the most Dolphins move ever, they draft a “need” in which they created. The entire season is actually dependent upon Ryan Tannehill’s knee which actually might be hanging on by a thread. This to me is the nightmare draft scenario for Miami, which is no knock on Vea who I believe could be very good. I just really don’t expect much from any team being run by Mike Tannenbaum. Prove me wrong challenge. - Alec

12. Buffalo Bills: QB Josh Allen (Wyoming)

I have nothing to say about Josh Allen, “biggest arm since JaMarcus Russell” tells you all you need to know. Here’s hoping the Bills make him their franchise guy. - Adam

13. Washington Football Team: CB Denzel Ward (Ohio State)

After trading away Kendall Fuller for the remains of Alex Smith, Washington should wisely fill the void with one of the top CBs in the draft. - Adam

14. Green Bay Packers: OT Mike McGlinchey (Notre Dame)

McGlinchey will help bolster Green Bay's offensive line which should help avoid another disastrous Aaron Rodgers injury. - Abel

15. Arizona Cardinals: DT Da'Ron Payne (Alabama)

The Cardinals have a glaring need at QB, it’s highly likely they try to trade up here. Lamar Jackson should be available but I’m not sure they’re completely sold on using their first round pick on him. Instead they nab the guy who ran a 4.9 forty at over 300lbs, Payne is an absolute unit. - Alec

16. The Baltimore Ravens: QB Lamar Jackson

The most intriguing athlete in the 2018 draft is off the board at No. 16. Jackson is a unicorn at QB with a very big arm, elite quickness and 4.2 speed that he doesn’t seem to want anyone to know about. Unlucky for him, most people know 4.2 when they see it and this could be an especially dangerous combination if he’s able to sit behind Flacco for at least a full season. Go Ravens. - Lorenzo

17. LA Chargers: LB Rashaan Evans (Alabama)

Rashaan has more A's in his name than the Chargers currently have capable linebackers. But adding him to a defense that includes Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and Casey Hayward could make for some fireworks, watch out JPP! - Alec

18. Seattle Seahawks: DE Marcus Davenport (UTSA)

This is Seattle’s only pick in the first 3 rounds making them prime candidates to trade down which they undoubtedly will. However, for the sake of the mock draft I’ll take Marcus Davenport here. Davenport has the most upside in the draft, he added 75 lbs of muscle during his college years. He’s definitely a guy Pete Carroll would have paid to have at USC. - Alec

19. Dallas Cowboys: WR Calvin Ridley (Alabama)

After making lots of noise with the decision to cut Dez Bryant, the Cowboys are now in need of an addition to a wide receiver group which consists of Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, and new signee Allen Hurns. Calvin Ridley is arguably the best WR in the draft, and could certainly turn into a solid replacement for the ghost of Dez. - Adam

20. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice (LSU)

Derrius Guice, aka boneless Leonard Fournette, is a big, strong running back that would be a great piece to add to the Lions’ life-less, miserable offense. A truck at running back would really help the Lions shorten games so Matt Stafford has less time to throw interceptions and dramatically almost win games. It’s been a couple years since Megatron retired, so it’s about time the Lions land a great talent to give their fan base false hope, but absolutely something to root for simultaneously. Go Lions. - Lorenzo

21. Cincinnati Bengals: OL Frank Ragnow (Arkansas)

The Bengals would like you all to forget they drafted John Ross #9 overall last year, so I’m here to remind you the Bengals drafted John Ross #9 overall last year. As far as this pick goes, Ragnow is a very good interior offensive lineman aka a road grader. Drafting him also gives the Bengals another avid outdoorsman to join Tyler Eifert. - Alec

22. Buffalo Bills: WR Christian Kirk (TAMU)

Since Josh Allen was taken with the Bills #12 pick it’s important to arm him with another weapon besides his rocket launcher of an arm. Christian Kirk might have the best chance to succeed in Buffalo and also catch up to any ball that might be severely overthrown for whatever reason. - Abel

23. New England Patriots: OT Connor Williams (Texas)

Dealing with the departure of longtime Brady-protector Nate Solder to New York, the Patriots ought to be in the market for a new starting-caliber left tackle to ensure their 65-year-old QB makes it home safely every Sunday to french kiss his son goodnight. With McGlinchey off the board, New England selects the only other first-round worthy left tackle in Connor Williams. - Adam

24. Carolina Panthers: G Will Hernandez (TEXAS-EL PASO)

The Panthers will look to fill the gaping hole that star guard Andrew Norwell left in free agency. Hernandez will not be able to fill those shoes immediately, but with Norwell gone and full-time matador Matt Kalil still a starter, the Panthers will need to add depth to this line to get 16+ out of Cam. Unless, of course, they feel confident in Cam’s ability to deflect very blatant concussions (“...but it wasn't my head, it was my eye. My helmet came down low enough over my eyelid, and it got pressed by a player's stomach, I believe," Newton told reporters). - Lorenzo

25. Tennessee Titans: DE Josh Sweat (FSU)

The Titans are in desperate need of edge rushers and Josh Sweat is the most high risk, high reward prospect available. His talent is undeniable but you’re banking that his knee holds up in the future. His surgery was performed by the Giants team doctor who is actually older than ACL surgery itself. - Alec

26. Atlanta Falcons: DT Maurice Hurst (MICHIGAN)

Maurice Hurst might slide into the second round because of heart concerns. Although, Atlanta might pull the trigger simply because Hurst is the best DT value they can add to a roster that has three defensive linemen (Clayborn, Upshaw and Poe) heading into free agency following this season. They might want to pick up some depth and a cheap contract, rather than sign all three to second, more expensive deals. They might also want to sign CFA to an exclusive Sunday deal inside Mercedes Benz Stadium. Go Falcons. -Lorenzo

27. New Orleans Saints: TE Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State)

This pick gives Drew Brees a play making TE he's missed in New Orleans since the departure of Jimmy Graham. Goedert should help smooth Brees transition to his geriatric years. - Alec

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Leighton Vander Esch (Boise St.)

No jokes here about Ryan Shazier, in all seriousness the Steelers are in desperate need of an inside linebacker with all 33 of their vertebrae firmly intact; Vander Esch fits that mold. He’s also the only LB remaining on this mock draft board with a 1st round grade. - Adam

29. Jags: OL Isaiah Wynn (Georgia)

This pick isn't to help protect Blake Bortles because even if Bortles was protected by The Great Wall of China he would still stink. This will add a road grader for Leonard Fournette and TJ Yeldon making the Jags an old school football team with a stout defense and bruising run game. - Alec

30: Minnesota Vikings: G Billy Price (OSU)

Billy Price will be reunited with former teammate, and Vikings’ All-Rookie Center, Pat Elflein. NFC teams can’t hope to come out of the conference with an unsolidified interior front, considering the recent signings of Sheldon Richardson, Michael Bennett, and Ndamukong Suh to the Vikings, Eagles and Rams respectively. More importantly, the Vikings have been good now for several seasons, and the football gods won’t allow much more of this. The laws of the universe demand their mediocrity and they are dangerously close to turning the franchise around. So, look for the wheels to fall off very soon in Minnesota, particularly at the line of scrimmage, an area we’ve neglected in the draft since hitting on the future HOF tackle, Matt Kalil, in 2013. Billy Price is the best option to combat this. Go Vikes. - Lorenzo

31. New England Patriots: QB Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State)

I personally do not think Mason Rudolph will be a day one pick, however, for the purposes of this mock he’s off the board at 31 since Lamar Jackson was taken 15 picks earlier. The Patriots draft Brady’s possible replacement in Rudolph, whose pro-development may take some time, but with all signs pointing to Tom Brady playing another 25 seasons it seems he’ll have plenty of it. - Adam

32. Philadelphia Eagles: TE Mike Gesicki (Penn State)

The Eagles lost Trey Burton in free agency and need a new partner in crime for Zack Ertz. - Abel