Monday Musings -- Pre-Combine Two-Round Mock

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Our second mock draft comes the same week the combine kicks off and just as free agency talk is about to heat up. This time it’s a two-rounder with just a few changes in Round 1 from our prior effort. The two rounds are a combination of staying close to our board and what I’ve been told from around the league.

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. 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 Houston 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 that trades up and grabs 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*

Tremaine Edmunds

LB

Virginia Tech

Analysis: Marcus Davenport will be a consideration at this point, but Edmunds is moving up boards and offers an upgrade over NaVorro Bowman, whose play is diminishing and who could leave in free agency.

11

Miami Dolphins

Baker Mayfield

QB

Oklahoma

Analysis: If any of the top three QBs start to slide, look for the Dolphins to try trading up.

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

Vita Vea

DL

Washington

Analysis: Vea would be lethal lining up next to Jonathan Allen, and Allen will help Vea lift his game.

14

Green Bay Packers

Josh Jackson

CB

Iowa

Analysis: The Packers need a pass rusher and a corner. I’m just not sold on Marcus Davenport being a good fit for their system.

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

Mike McGlinchey

OL

Notre Dame

Analysis: The Ravens will take either an offensive lineman or a receiver in Round 1. With Ridley gone, they take McGlinchey, who can start immediately at right tackle this season. 

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

Courtland Sutton

WR

SMU

Analysis: I fully expect the Seahawks to try and move down then collect extra picks. They need a guard, but Hernandez and Wynn are reaches at this point. They’re also thin in the pass-catching department, a situation which could get worse if Paul Richardson is lost in free agency. 

19

Dallas Cowboys

Maurice Hurst

DT

Michigan

Analysis: A pass rusher is a possibility considering how disappointing Taco Charlton was last season. 

20

 Detroit Lions

Marcus Davenport

DE

UT-San Antonio

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

Roquan Smith

LB

Georgia

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

Taven Bryan

DT

Florida

Analysis: Buffalo needs a bunch of help along the defensive front seven. Bryan brings intensity and youth, as veteran Kyle Williams turns 35 in June. Expect Bryan to make a big move up draft boards after the combine.

23

Los Angeles Rams

Harold Landry

DE/Edge

Boston College

Analysis: The Rams filled a major void by acquiring Marcus Peters from Kansas City last week. Landry will be Connor Barwin’s replacement. 

24

Carolina Panthers

Sam Hubbard

DE

Ohio State

Analysis: Left tackle Connor Williams and guard Will Hernandez are considerations here, but Hubbard is too great a value and fills a need.

25

Tennessee Titans

Isaiah Wynn

 G

Georgia

Analysis: Running back is a consideration here, but considering the depth at the position and the need to protect Mariota, Wynn makes the most sense.

26

Atlanta Falcons

Derwin James

S

Florida State

Analysis: James is great value and a terrific complement to Keanu Neal.

27

New Orleans Saints

Rashaan Evans

LB

Alabama

Analysis: Any pass rusher or tight end is a reach in this spot, hence a three-down linebacker

28

Pittsburgh Steelers

Lorenzo Carter

LB

Georgia

Analysis: Running back is a consideration, but it’s time to move on from Bud Dupree and Carter is everything the 2015 first-round pick never was.

29

Jacksonville Jaguars

William Hernandez

G

UTEP

Analysis: More protection for the newly signed Blake Bortles as well as another road grader to open up the lanes for Leonard Fournette.

30

Minnesota Vikings

Lamar Jackson

QB

Louisville

Analysis: This all hinges on what happens with Kirk Cousins.

31

New England Patriots

Ronnie Harrison

S

Alabama

Analysis: Isaiah Oliver is tempting here, but Harrison is more NFL-ready and will replace Patrick Chung, who’s on the wrong side of 30.

32

Philadelphia Eagles

Derrius Guice

RB

LSU

Analysis: A highly rated linebacker would be a consideration, but Guice is a great addition to the Eagles offense.

No. 33: Cleveland Browns - James Washington/WR/Oklahoma State

No. 34: NY Giants - Connor Williams/OL/Texas

No. 35: Cleveland Browns - Carlton Davis/CB/Auburn

No. 36: Indianapolis Colts - Orlando Brown/OL/Oklahoma

No. 37: NY Jets - Sony Michel/RB/Georgia

No. 38: Tampa Bay Bucs - Kerryon Johnson/RB/Auburn

No. 39: Chicago Bears - Tarvarus McFadden/CB/Florida State

No. 40: Denver Broncos - Dallas Goedert/TE/South Dakota State

No. 41: Oakland Raiders - Kolton Miller/OT/UCLA

No. 42: Miami Dolphins - Mason Cole/OL/Michigan

No. 43: New England Patriots - Da'Shawn Hand/DE/Alabama

No. 44: Washington Redskins - Josey Jewell/LB/Iowa

No. 45: Green Bay Packers - Arden Key/OLB/LSU

No. 46: Cincinnati Bengals - Chukwuma Okorafor/OT/Western Michigan

No. 47: Arizona Cardinals - Luke Falk/QB/Washington State

No. 48: LA Chargers - Harrison Phillips/DL/Stanford

No. 49: NY Jets - Ogbonnia Okoronkwo/OLB/Oklahoma

No. 50: Dallas Cowboys - Christian Kirk/WR/Texas A&M

No. 51: Detroit Lions - Isaiah Oliver/DB/Colorado

No. 52: Baltimore Ravens – D.J. Moore/WR/Maryland

No. 53: Buffalo Bills - Nick Chubb/RB/Georgia

No. 54: Kansas City Chiefs - Dante Pettis/WR/Washington

No. 55: Buffalo Bills - DJ Chark/WR/LSU

No. 56: Carolina Panthers - Austin Corbett/OL/Nevada

No. 57: Tennessee Titans - James Daniels/C/Iowa

No. 58: Atlanta Falcons - Trenton Thompson/DT/Georgia

No. 59: San Francisco 49ers - Marcell Ateman/WR/Oklahoma State

No. 60: Pittsburgh Steelers - Kyzir White/S/West Virginia

No. 61: Jacksonville Jaguars - Michael Gesicki/TE/Penn State

No. 62: Minnesota Vikings - Brian O'Neill/OL/Pittsburgh

No. 63: New England Patriots - Jaire Alexander/CB/Louisville

No. 64: Cleveland Browns -  Derrick Nnadi/DT/Florida State