Mock Draft April 22 - Change at the top!

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Here’s our latest mock draft with less than a week before the event. It’s a three-rounder, and Round 1 is based on the latest I’m hearing from around the league.

1

Cleveland Browns

Sam Darnold

QB

USC

Analysis: Recent chatter is that there’s a swell of support for Darnold in the Browns war room. There’s also a belief among many in the league that perennial favorite Josh Allen is just not worth the first pick of the draft.

 

2

New York Giants

Saquon Barkley

RB

Penn State

Analysis: I fully expect the Giants to explore trade options but Dave Gettleman has gushed over Barkley since the combine, and why not?

 

3

New York Jets

Baker Mayfield

QB

Oklahoma

Analysis: As we reported last week, the word is getting louder that Mayfield to the Jets is going to happen, although Josh Rosen’s name is still being bandied about. The only way this doesn’t happen is if Darnold somehow drops to the third slot.

 

4

Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans)

Bradley Chubb

DE

North Carolina State

Analysis: The Browns get their bookend for Myles Garrett.

 

5

Denver Broncos

Quenton Nelson

OG

Notre Dame

Analysis: Cornerback is a big need and they could look quarterback at No. 5, but if they don’t trade down they fill a hole on the offensive line.

 

6

Indianapolis Colts

Roquan Smith

LB

Georgia

Analysis: I’ve stated that the Colts like Smith for over a month, and with Bradley Chubb off the board it makes this selection that much easier.

 

7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Denzel Ward

CB

Ohio State

Analysis: Derwin James is a consideration, but they need just as much if not more help at corner.

 

8

Chicago Bears

Tremaine Edmunds

LB

Virginia Tech

Analysis: With Smith off the board, the Bears take the versatile Edmunds.

 

9

Buffalo Bills (projected trade - 49ers receive picks No. 53 & 96)

Josh Allen

QB

Wyoming

Analysis: Bills are dying to move up and get a signal caller.

 

10

Oakland Raiders

Mike McGlinchey

OT

Notre Dame

Analysis: The Raiders must protect Derek Carr, their greatest asset. There’s a need at right tackle and a future need at left tackle.

 

11

Miami Dolphins

Josh Rosen

QB

UCLA

Analysis: The Dolphins get the quarterback they wanted and didn’t have to trade. So far this is the steal of Round 1.

 

12

San Francisco 49ers (via Buffalo Bills)

Leighton Vander Esch

LB

Boise State

Analysis: The hole at linebacker could grow into a crater depending on what happens with Reuben Foster.

 

13

Washington Redskins

Vita Vea

DT

Washington

Analysis: Vea to the ‘Skins is the worst kept secret in the league.

 

14

Green Bay Packers

Derwin James

S

Florida State

Analysis: I reported last week that it was going to be Minkah Fitzpatrick or Josh Jones for the Packers, but the team has a higher grade on James. It’s an unexpected surprise when he’s still available at 14.

 

15

Arizona Cardinals

Minkah Fitzpatrick

DB

Alabama

Analysis: They have a bevy of needs on offense, but Fitzpatrick fits a need in the secondary and can line up at corner for Arizona.

 

16

Baltimore Ravens

Calvin Ridley

WR

Alabama

Analysis: With McGlinchey off the board, Ozzie Newsome looks to Alabama -- again.

 

17

Los Angeles Chargers

Da'Ron Payne

DT

Alabama

Analysis: Payne adds youth and a talent upgrade. The surprise pick here could be Rashaan Evans.

 

18

Denver Broncos (projected trade - Seattle receives picks No. 40 and 96 & 2019 first)

Lamar Jackson

QB

Louisville

Analysis: The Seahawks will do all they can to move down. This is the spot where a team who wants to trade up for Lamar Jackson will do so, and it could be the Denver Broncos.

 

19

Dallas Cowboys

D.J. Moore

WR

Maryland

Analysis: They would like Leighton Vander Esch but fill a need at receiver.

 

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)

Isaiah Wynn

G

Georgia

Analysis: The Bengals want interior offensive lineman and Wynn is their highest-rated prospect on the inside.

 

22

Buffalo Bills

James Daniels

C

Iowa

Analysis: There’s a gaping hole at center after the retirement of Eric Wood.

 

23

New England Patriots (via Los Angeles Rams)

Harold Landry

EDGE

Boston College

Analysis: The Pats select a hometown guy to fill their pass-rushing void.

 

24

Carolina Panthers

Josh Jackson

CB

Iowa

Analysis: Cornerback is a need, so I would expect the choice to come down to Jackson or Jaire Alexander.

 

25

Tennessee Titans

Rashaan Evans

LB

Alabama

Analysis: Terrific three-down linebacker who fits the Titans’ need.

 

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

Derrius Guice

RB

LSU

Analysis: This offers the team security for the eventual departure of Le’Veon Bell.

 

29

 Jacksonville Jaguars

William Hernandez

G

UTEP

Analysis:   Hernandez is a mean, nasty blocker like Chris Snee- who Tom Coughlin had great success with in NY.

 

30

 Minnesota Vikings

Maurice Hurst

DT

Michigan

Analysis: They would prefer Will Hernandez, but a young defensive tackle who can play the three-technique will also be a consideration.

 

31

New England Patriots

Kolton Miller

OT

UCLA

Analysis: The Patriots need depth and competition at tackle.

 

32

Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Gesicki

TE

Penn State

Analysis: I fully expect the Eagles to trade down. Derrius Guice is a consideration if he’s still on the board.

Rounds 2 & 3 Continued...