Monday Musings: Post-Super Bowl Mock Draft

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The ubiquitous mock draft -- it’s time. Here’s our post-Senior Bowl, post-Super Bowl mock draft as teams readjust their draft boards and prepare for free agency.

#1

Cleveland Browns

 Saquon Barkley

RB

Penn State

Analysis: I learned at the Senior Bowl that the Browns are not presently enamored with any of the top quarterbacks and at present time are willing to wait and see what falls to them at four. Having a pair of picks in the top four is a luxury, and in Barkley they select the best player in the draft -- again.

 

#2

New York Giants

Josh Allen

QB

Wyoming

Analysis: Josh Rosen would make the most sense if I was drafting off the board but 1) I don’t know that he’s a Dave Gettleman type of player and 2) Allen has incredible upside but needs a great quarterback coach. That’s exactly what he’ll have in Pat Shurmur.

 

#3

Indianapolis Colts

Bradley Chubb

DL

North Carolina State

Analysis: I fully expect this pick to be in play for a team that wants to move up and grab a quarterback. The Colts have a bevy of needs, and they get a great prospect in Chubb. 

 

#4

Cleveland Browns (via Texans)

Sam Darnold

QB

USC

Analysis: The Browns hope they finally draft their quarterback of the future.

 

#5

Denver Broncos

Josh Rosen

QB

UCLA

Analysis: Signing Kirk Cousins in free agency changes this selection (more on that Tuesday), but by all accounts that I was told at the Senior Bowl, the Broncos and Elway prefer Rosen.

 

#6

New York Jets

Minkah Fitzpatrick

CB

Alabama

Analysis: You can hear the shudder from Jets fans, still reeling from the disaster that was Dee Milliner. In the end, I believe the Jets could be one of the teams competing to trade up and grab a quarterback at No. 3.

 

#7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quenton Nelson

G

Notre Dame

Analysis: Minkah Fitzpatrick is the likely choice if he’s available.

 

#8

Chicago Bears

Calvin Ridley

WR

Alabama

Analysis: We have Ridley going higher than most, but the Bears are desperate for a receiver. And how many people really believed Corey Davis and Mike Williams were top-seven players heading towards last April’s draft?

 

#9

San Francisco 49ers*

Denzel Ward

CB

Ohio State

Analysis: Ward has shown consistent progress in his game over the past two seasons, plus I expect him to blow up the combine.

 

#10

Oakland Raiders*

Derwin James

S

Florida State

Analysis: I prefer to put a pass rusher here, but the Raiders need help throughout the defense. James is the type of safety who has made the Raiders secondary legendary in the past.

 

#11

Miami Dolphins

Baker Mayfield

QB

Oklahoma

Analysis: It’s time to end the Ryan Tannehill experiment. Mayfield has a lot of risk to his game, but his personality is desperately needed by the Dolphins.

 

#12

Cincinnati Bengals

Da'Ron Payne

DT

Alabama

Analysis: Billy Price would be a consideration at this spot, but the Bengals need help in their defensive front seven and Payne is too good of a value at this spot.

 

#13

Washington Redskins

Roquan Smith

LB

Georgia

Analysis: The Skins run defense was porous last season, and they may lose veteran Zach Brown in free agency. Smith brings a dose of talent and intensity.

 

#14

Green Bay Packers

Mike McGlinchey

OL

Green Bay

Analysis: McGlinchey can play four positions on the offensive line: left tackle, right tackle and both guard spots. 

 

#15

Arizona Cardinals

Billy Price

OC

Ohio State

Analysis: With the quarterbacks off the board, the Cardinals address the offensive line. Price is a dominant blocker who will be a perennial Pro Bowl performer.

 

#16

Baltimore Ravens

Courtland Sutton

WR

SMU

Analysis: I’d prefer a little more speed and playmaking ability at this point, but it’s too early for Christian Kirk. 

 

#17

Los Angeles Chargers

Leighton Vander Esch

LB

Boise State

Analysis: The Chargers need multiple linebackers, and Vander Esch can play multiple spots. He’s a terrific player and the talk of the scouting community, and mark my words -- Vander Esch will blow up the combine.

 

#18

Seattle Seahawks

Vita Vea

DT

Washington

Analysis: This is a huge bargain for the Seahawks and a great spot for Vea to end up.

 

#19

Dallas Cowboys

Sam Hubbard

DE

Ohio State

Analysis: Hubbard comes off a disappointing season but showed great skill as a freshman and sophomore and offers great upside.

 

#20

 Detroit Lions

Harold Landry

DE

Boston College

Analysis: The Lions need pass-rush help and may need a replacement for Ziggy Ansah, who could enter free agency if he’s not re-signed.

 

#21

 Buffalo Bills

Rashaan Evans

OLB

Alabama

Analysis: I fully expect the Bills to market their consecutive picks for the opportunity to move up in the draft and select a quarterback. If not, two of their starting linebackers are slated for free agency.

 

#22

Buffalo Bills

Maurice Hurst

DT

Michigan

Analysis: Buffalo needs a bunch of help along the defensive front seven. Hurst brings intensity and youth, as veteran Kyle Williams turns 35 in June.

 

#23

Los Angeles Rams

Josh Jackson

CB

Iowa

Analysis: Depending on what goes down in free agency, the Rams could need multiple defensive backs heading towards the draft.

 

#24

Carolina Panthers

Connor Williams

OT

Texas

Analysis: Williams has been up and down over the past two years, but at the top of his game he’s the left tackle the Panthers need to protect Cam Newton.

 

#25

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Davenport

 OLB-Edge

UT-San Antonio

Analysis: The Titans need an edge rusher, and Davenport can do it from a three-point stance or standing over tackle.

 

#26

Atlanta Falcons

Taven Bryan

DT

Florida

Analysis: Christian Kirk is an enticing pick here, as he can line up in the slot and the Falcons offense would be that much more explosive. Bryan would be a good replacement if Dontari Poe walks in free agency.

 

#27

New Orleans Saints

Tremaine Edmunds

LB

Virginia Tech

Analysis: The Saints need to shore up their run defense and need a dominant linebacker. Edmunds kills two birds with one stone

 

#28

 Pittsburgh Steelers

Josey Jewell

LB

Iowa

Analysis: Running back is a consideration, but the need at linebacker is great. Tremaine Edmunds would be a great fit here, as would Lorenzo Carter if they are ready to move on from Bud Dupree.

 

#29

 Jacksonville Jaguars

Christian Kirk

WR

Texas A&M

Analysis: Offensive guard and tight end are considerations at this spot, but Kirk’s big-play ability as a receiver and return specialist is too good to pass up.

 

#30

 Minnesota Vikings

Orlando Brown

OT

Oklahoma

Analysis: We grade Brown as a second-round prospect, but the need at tackle is great and Brown will line up on the right side.

 

#31

New England Patriots

Isaiah Oliver

CB

Colorado

Analysis: Oliver has tremendous upside, which Bill Belichick will harvest.

 

#32

Philadelphia Eagles

 Lorenzo Carter

OLB

Georgia

Analysis: I’d like to put a left tackle in this slot, but none are first-round worthy. Running back is a consideration, but Carter fits a need and he’s the most underrated linebacker in the draft.