Mock Draft: April 17

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Here’s our latest mock draft with a little more than one week before the event. We stretch it to three rounds on this attempt and our basis was to combine a little or what I've been told with BPA while doing the best I can to stay away from reaches, especially at the quarterback spot.

1

Cleveland Browns

Josh Allen

QB

Wyoming

Analysis: Allen has done a terrific job improving his footwork since the Senior Bowl and threw well at the combine and his pro day. But the question must be asked: is Hue Jackson the right coach to harvest Allen’s awesome potential?

 

2

New York Giants

Sam Darnold

QB

USC

Analysis: Recent news is the Giants won’t take a quarterback with the second pick and prefer Saquon Barkley, which is completely understandable considering we grade Barkley head and shoulders above the rest. That being said, there’s a real chance the Giants trade down with a team who wants to select Darnold, such as the Buffalo Bills.

 

3

New York Jets 

Baker Mayfield

QB

Oklahoma

Analysis: All indications are that the Jets like Mayfield ahead of Rosen -- a huge mistake in my opinion.

 

4

Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans)

Saquon Barkley

RB

Penn State

Analysis: The Browns hope they selected their quarterback of the future with the first pick. There’s no doubt they selected the top player in the draft with this choice.

 

5

Denver Broncos

Josh Rosen

QB

UCLA

Analysis: It could be Quenton Nelson at this spot, but Rosen may be too good for John Elway to pass up.

 

6

Indianapolis Colts

Bradley Chubb

DE

North Carolina State

Analysis: Chubb is a natural fit for the Colts’ new defensive scheme. The Colts could trade down or could surprise at this spot and take Roquan Smith, who they are in love with.

 

7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quenton Nelson

G

Notre Dame

Analysis: Fitzpatrick and Ward are enticing at this spot given the pass defense, but the Bucs need help on the offensive line and Nelson is excellent value.

 

8

Chicago Bears

Denzel Ward

CB

Ohio State

Analysis: Expect the Bears to entertain offers to trade down from this slot; if not, they fill a top need with the best player at the position.

 

9

San Francisco 49ers

Tremaine Edmunds

LB

Virginia Tech

Analysis: An edge rusher would be ideal, but it’s also a major reach. Edmunds is value at this spot and fortifies the Niners’ linebacker unit, which is in need of help given the situation surrounding Reuben Foster.

 

10

Oakland Raiders

Roquan Smith

LB

Georgia

Analysis: We grade Smith at OLB, but he’d be just as good on the inside as a run-and-chase linebacker.

 

11

Miami Dolphins

Vita Vea

DT

Washington

Analysis: The Dolphins would like to trade up for a quarterback, and as I reported before the combine, that quarterback seems to be Josh Rosen. After the Niners, the Dolphins are the team adversely affected the most by the Reuben Foster situation, as they may miss out on the chance to draft either Edmunds or Smith.

 

12

Buffalo Bills  (via Cincinnati Bengals)

Mike McGlinchey

OT

Notre Dame

Analysis: The Bills will do all they can to move up and select a quarterback, but what if they can’t? They lost two starting offensive linemen this offseason and need immediate help up front.

 

13

Washington Redskins

Da'Ron Payne

DT

Alabama

Analysis: With Vea off the board the Skins take the next best interior defensive lineman, and they won’t be disappointed. A potential surprise pick at this spot is Leighton Vander Esch.

 

14

Green Bay Packers

Minkah Fitzpatrick

CB

Alabama

Analysis: The Packers need a pass rusher and a corner, and Fitzpatrick grades as a corner on our board.

 

15

Arizona Cardinals

Josh Jackson

CB

Iowa

Analysis: We had Calvin Ridley in this spot one week ago, but I continue to hear that teams don’t love the receiver and he could slip a bit.

 

16

Baltimore Ravens

Leighton Vander Esch

LB

Boise State

Analysis: The Ravens would like to take either an offensive lineman or a receiver in Round 1. With both gone they take Vander Esch, who will form a great pairing with C.J. Mosley.

 

17

Los Angeles Chargers

Derwin James

S

Florida State

Analysis: Safety is not a huge need, but James is a major upgrade over the present starters.

 

18

Seattle Seahawks

Harold Landry

DE

Boston College

Analysis: I fully expect the Seahawks to try to move down and collect extra picks. If not, it will be a defensive lineman or corner at this spot. We reported from the Senior Bowl that they like Marcus Davenport, but Landry is the higher-rated pass rusher. 

 

19

Dallas Cowboys

Calvin Ridley

WR

Alabama

Analysis: What was a slight need one week ago has since become a major hole since Dez Bryant got the axe.

 

20

Detroit Lions

Marcus Davenport

DE

UT-San Antonio

Analysis: Placing the franchise tag on Ziggy Ansah was a good move, but the Lions still need another defensive end.

 

21

Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo Bills)

James Daniels

C

Iowa

Analysis: The Bengals will go offensive line, unless by chance a top-10 player on their draft board falls into their lap. Last week we had Billy Price in this spot, but as we reported, numerous red flags have popped up on his injured pec.

 

22

Buffalo Bills

Lamar Jackson

QB

Louisville

Analysis: This is the contingency plan if the Bills can’t move up and draft one of the top three quarterbacks.

 

23

New England Patriots (via Los Angeles Rams)

Mike Hughes

CB

Central Florida

Analysis: I grade Hughes as a second-round talent, but he’s the type of player the Patriots get the most from and their present starters are a year away from free agency.

 

24

Carolina Panthers

Courtland Sutton

WR

SMU

Analysis: The highest-rated players on our board are defensive tackles and guards, and the Panthers don’t need either. Sutton fits another need.

 

25

Tennessee Titans

Lorenzo Carter

 OLB

Georgia

Analysis: Carter is an excellent fit here and fills a need. He’s a much better pass rusher than given credit for.

 

26

Atlanta Falcons

Taven Bryan

DT

Florida

Analysis: The Falcons fill a need with a Dan Quinn-type of player.

 

27

New Orleans Saints

Dallas Goedert

TE

South Dakota State

Analysis: I’d prefer to put a pass rusher at this spot, but they’re all gone. Tight end is a big need, and Goedert is the player at the position getting the most first-round buzz.

 

28

 Pittsburgh Steelers

Rashaan Evans

LB

Alabama

Analysis: Running back is a consideration, but I’ve had the Steelers taking an LB in 75 percent of my mocks.

 

29

 Jacksonville Jaguars

Kolton Miller

OT

UCLA

Analysis: As we reported last week, teams feel Miller is a second-round prospect who’ll be drafted in the first round. Miller is the Jags’ future at right tackle.

 

30

 Minnesota Vikings

William Hernandez

G

UTEP

Analysis: The Vikings fill a need with a potentially dominant player.

 

31

New England Patriots

Isaiah Wynn

G

Georgia

Analysis: Guard is not a huge need, but Shaq Mason is up for free agency next year. Wynn is the type of prospect the Patriots have success with.

 

32

Philadelphia Eagles

Derrius Guice

RB

LSU

Analysis: The Eagles like Guice and are spending a lot of time with the ball carrier.

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Round 2

 

No. 33 Cleveland Browns - Maurice Hurst/DT/Michigan

No. 34 NY Giants - Sony Michel/RB/Georgia

No. 35 Cleveland Browns - Jaire Alexander/CB/Louisville

No. 36 Indianapolis Colts - D.J. Moore/WR/Maryland

No. 37 Indianapolis Colts - Connor Williams/OL/Texas

No. 38 Tampa Bay Bucs - Nick Chubb/RB/Georgia

No. 39 Chicago Bears - Austin Corbett/G/Nevada

No. 40 Denver Broncos - Carlton Davis/CB/Auburn

No. 41 Oakland Raiders - Ronnie Harrison/S/Alabama

No. 42 Miami Dolphins - Hayden Hurst/TE/South Carolina

No. 43 New England Patriots - Christian Kirk/WR/Texas A&M

No. 44 Washington Redskins - Isaiah Oliver/CB/Colorado

No. 45 Green Bay Packers - DJ Chark/WR/LSU

No. 46 Cincinnati Bengals - Harrison Phillips/DT/Stanford

No. 47 Arizona Cardinals - Billy Price/C/Ohio State

No. 48 LA Chargers - Brian O'Neill/T/Pittsburgh

No. 49 Indianapolis Colts - Kerryon Johnson/RB/Auburn

No. 50 Dallas Cowboys - Jessie Bates III/S/Wake Forest

No. 51 Detroit Lions - Rashaad Penny/RB/San Diego State

No. 52 Baltimore Ravens – Michael Gesicki/TE/Penn State

No. 53 Buffalo Bills - James Washington/WR/Oklahoma State

No. 54 Kansas City Chiefs - Josh Sweat/EDGE/Florida State

No. 55 Carolina Panthers - Sam Hubbard/DE/Ohio State

No. 56 Buffalo Bills - Kyzir White/S/West Virginia

No. 57 Tennessee Titans - Dante Pettis/WR/Washington

No. 58 Atlanta Falcons - Rasheem Green/DE/USC

No. 59 SF 49ers - Marcell Ateman/WR/Oklahoma State

No. 60 Pittsburgh Steelers - Da'Shawn Hand/DL/Alabama

No. 61 Jacksonville Jaguars - Ian Thomas/TE/Indiana

No. 62 Minnesota Vikings - Deon Cain/WR/Clemson

No. 63 New England Patriots - Jalyn Holmes/DE/Ohio State

No. 64 Cleveland Browns - Chukwuma Okorafor/T/Western Michigan

 

Round 3

 

No. 65 Buffalo Bills - Frank Ragnow/C/Arkansas
No. 66 New York Giants - Braden Smith/OL/Auburn
No. 67 Indianapolis Colts - Jerome Baker/LB/Ohio State
No. 68 Houston Texans - Martinas Rankin/OL/Mississippi State
No. 69 New York Giants - Arden Key/Edge/LSU
No. 70 San Francisco 49ers - Duke Ejiofor/EDGE/Wake Forest
No. 71 Denver Broncos - DaeSean Hamilton/WR/Penn State
No. 72 New York Jets- Mason Cole/OL/Michigan
No. 73 Miami Dolphins - Uchenna Nwosu/LB/USC
No. 74 San Francisco 49ers - DeShon Elliott/S/Texas
No. 75 Oakland Raiders - B.J. Hill/DT/North Carolina State
No. 76 Green Bay Packers - Rashaan Gaulden/CB/Tennessee
No. 77 Cincinnati Bengals - Justin Reid/S/Stanford
No. 78 Kansas City Chiefs - Donte Jackson/CB/LSU
No. 79 Arizona Cardinals - Luke Falk/QB/Washington State
No. 80 Houston Texans - Quenton Meeks/CB/Stanford
No. 81 Dallas Cowboys - Tim Settle/DT/Virginia Tech
No. 82 Detroit Lions - Mark Andrews/TE/Oklahoma
No. 83 Baltimore Ravens - Tyrell Crosby/OL/Oregon
No. 84 LA Chargers - Josey Jewell/ILB/Iowa
No. 85 Carolina Panthers - JC Jackson/CB/Maryland
No. 86 Kansas City Chiefs - Dalton Schultz/TE/Stanford
No. 87 LA Rams - Malik Jefferson/ILB/Texas
No. 88 Carolina Panthers - Anthony Averett/CB/Alabama
No. 89 Tennessee Titans - Justin Jones/DL/North Carolina State  

No. 90 Atlanta Falcons - Anthony Miller/WR/Memphis
No. 91 New Orleans Saints - Mason Rudolph/QB/Oklahoma State
No. 92 Pittsburgh Steelers - Ronald Jones II/RB/USC
No. 93 Jacksonville Jaguars - Micah Kiser/LB/Virginia
No. 94 Minnesota Vikings - Duke Dawson/CB/Florida
No. 95 New England Patriots - Darius Leonard/LB/South Carolina State
No. 96 Buffalo Bills - Armani Watts/S/Texas A&M
No. 97 Arizona Cardinals (Compensatory) - Royce Freeman/RB/Oregon
No. 98 Houston Texans (Compensatory) - Terrell Edmunds/S/Virginia Tech
No. 99 Denver Broncos (Compensatory) - Kemoko Turay/EDGE/Rutgers
No. 100 Cincinnati Bengals (Compensatory) - Tarvarus McFadden/CB/Florida State

 

Second-Day Talent Still Available

 

Round

Grade

Pos

Full Name

School

2-3

3.72

OLB

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

Oklahoma

3rd

3.72

DT

Derrick Nnadi

Florida State

3rd

3.70

DT

Breeland Speaks

Mississippi

3rd

3.65

K

Daniel Carlson

Auburn

3rd

3.65

OLB

Fred Warner

BYU

3rd

3.64

DT

Nathan Shepherd

Fort Hays State

3rd

3.64

RB

Nyheim Hines

North Carolina State

3rd

3.63

DT

Deadrin Senat

South Florida

3rd

3.63

OLB

Oren Burks

Vanderbilt

3rd

3.62

RB

Mark Walton

Miami-Fl

3rd

3.62

DT

Trenton Thompson

Georgia