WBLZMedia 2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Possibly a bit more Conventional
The NFL Staff here at WBLZMedia is getting into the draft season. Two weeks ago we put out our first ever mock draft. While it was unconventional, it was well received. In saying that, we decided to put out another. Again, the format was the same. Each writer was randomly given three teams to play GM with. So, without further ado, here are the results of the WBLZMedia 2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0.
**Editor’s Note: This mock draft was completed prior to the Los Angels Rams/New England Patriots trade.
1. Cleveland Browns – Jon Blayne
Sam Darnold, QB – USC – The Browns will need a QB. Sam Darnold has the DNA to be a franchise QB. With the OL Line that the Browns are putting together, it can help Darnold become a decent QB for the Browns.
2. New York Giants – Stephen Golubieski
Bradley Chubb, EDGE – NC State – The Giants are in a very good position with the number 2 pick, while they may have bigger needs on the O-Line, the trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers they left themselves a major hole in the pass rush. In comes Bradley Chubb 275 lbs with a blend of speed and explosive power he is arguably one of the elite defensive players in the draft. He had 73 tackles with 25 for a loss, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles and two passes batted in 2017. He will give the Giants an immediate dynamic EDGE pass rusher for years to come.
3. New York Jets (Indianapolis Colts) – Brian Bosarge
Josh Rosen, QB – UCLA – The Jets gave up a boatload of premium picks to move up from 6 to 3 with the idea of getting their QB of the future. They signed Teddy Bridgewater as a free agent and re-signed Josh McCown, but none of that matters going forward. Rosen is the most pro-ready of all the QBs available and is my top-rated passer in this draft. He will be the Jets starter sooner rather than later.
4. Cleveland Browns (Houston Texans) – Mike Esposito
Saquon Barkley, RB – Penn State – The Browns already got their QB of the future so why not get a RB of the future with Barkley still available at 4. I don’t see how they can pass on him. He’s a top-tier talent and the Browns would end up with a pretty impressive QB-RB duo for years to come.
5. Denver Broncos – Bradley Walker
Denzel Ward, CB – Ohio State – The Broncos need to replace Aqib Talib. This would be the guy that could fill that role. What he lacks in height he makes up for with speed. He had many interceptions and pass blocks.
6. Indianapolis Colts (New York Jets) – Sean Naylor
Tremaine Edmunds, LB – Virginia Tech – Edmunds has elite size and speed. He is also a very explosive player. His impact for the Hokies over the last two seasons has been excellent. The Colts also need d-line. However, the need at LB is much bigger. Thus, the selection of Edmunds.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Andrew Kim
Derwin James, S – Florida State – The Buccaneers have needed safeties for years and with T.J. Ward moving on; they are left with Justin Evans, Chris Conte, and Keith Tandy. While they do need help at cornerback, I think they target a true safety to pair with Evans. Derwin James is a physical freak with big-play ability and can play all over the field with his coverage skills, which is specifically why they select James here.
8. Chicago Bears – Steve Reed
Quenton Nelson, G – Notre Dame – The Bears added some much-needed protection for last years first round pick Mitchell Trubiksy. Nelson should add some dynamic to the offensive line in Chicago all while helping the sophomore QB and opening holes for that dangerous backfield.
9. San Francisco 49ers – Mark Wilson
Calvin Ridley, WR – Alabama – The 49ers have their QB, now they need to surround him with weapons. By adding the Alabama weapon, Ridley will give Garoppolo the stretch-the-field target he needs to become elite.
10. Oakland Raiders – Mike Sigman
Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB – Alabama – The Raiders secondary needs all the help it can get, and with one of the best hybrid defensive backs, the Raiders were excited to add some help to the defense!
11. Miami Dolphins – Rick O’Donnell
Baker Mayfield, QB – Oklahoma – If Mayfield falls to the Dolphins with the 11th pick, he’s the pick in Miami. The team might be behind Ryan Tannehill for now, but there’s nothing guaranteeing a future with the team. Head coach Adam Gase has said he’d like to draft a QB in this year’s draft and has been said to favor Mayfield. Sitting him for a year behind Tannehill will help excel his strengths while improving on his weaknesses. QB might not be the immediate need for the team, but with Miami having success in later rounds they might gamble to shed salary later on.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (Buffalo Bills) – Stephen Golubieski
Marcus Davenport, DE – UTSA – The Eagles received a nice return from the Bills for Nick Foles by claiming both of their first-round picks. They thought they got a steal when they traded for Michael Bennett, but with his current legal troubles and his age, looking for a capable DE to take over the role is the smart play. Davenport totaled 55 tackles with 17.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, four passes batted and three forced fumbles in 2017. He is an exceptional run stopper with length, power and is adept at shedding blocks to get after the quarterback or the running backs coming his way.
13. Washington Redskins – Sean Naylor
Da’Ron Payne, DT – Alabama – Payne is the best run stopper in the draft. This is something that the Redskins defensive line has not seen in quite some time. Even the weakest of run teams gashed this defense in the last several years. Adding a piece like Payne would be ideal in this situation.
14. Green Bay Packers – Bradley Walker
Harold Landry, Edge – Boston College – Landry is one the best edge rushers in the draft. They are hard to come by in free agency. He will help their defense with his great speed.
15. Arizona Cardinals – Mike Sigman
Josh Allen, QB – Wyoming – Arizona Cardinals were lucky to get a big arm quarterback with a lot of weapons around him. Cardinals win big with this pick!
16. Baltimore Ravens – Brian Bosarge
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame – The Ravens considered a move down here to try to get better value but could not agree on compensation. Baltimore adds McGlinchey to help further bolster their offensive line and pair him with his former teammate Ronnie Stanley. Wide receiver and tight end were both considered, as well.
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Rick O’Donnell
Vita Vea, DT – Washington – With the signing of pro-bowl center Mike Pouncey the Chargers might have shifted focus in this year’s draft. The defense has never been the strong suit and it’s time to make a change. Los Angeles might not be able to pass up a 1-2 punch of Bosa and Vea along their front line. Defense wins championships and the Chargers are in desperate need of help.
18. Seattle Seahawks – Steve Reed
Isaiah Wynn, G – Georgia – One of the biggest needs for years in Seattle has been an offensive line that can protect Russell Wilson. Wynn is a step in the right direction and a much-needed addition. Not only will Wynn keep Wilson upright but could help out the running game which has been nothing short of horrendous since Marshawn Lynch “retired”.
19. Dallas Cowboys – Jon Blayne
Maurice Hurst, DL – Michigan – The Cowboys need to fix the defensive line. He showed potential in Michigan. He can fit right into the scheme of Dallas.
20. Detroit Lions – Stephen Golubieski
Hayden Hurst, TE – South Carolina – With the cutting of ties with Eric Ebron and only having Luke Wilson on the roster, the Lions are in need of a reliable tight end. Hayden is the only te in the draft that is on the same level of last years draft class. He totaled 44 receptions for 559 yards with two touchdowns in 2017 and is a capable blocker. He will give Matt Stafford another capable weapon in the passing game.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (Buffalo Bills) – Andrew Kim
James Daniels, C/OG – Iowa – Russell Bodine signed with the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals traded with the Buffalo Bills to move down and acquire Cordy Glenn. They still need help in the interior offensive line and get their starter at center or guard with James Daniels out of Iowa, possibly the best center prospect in this years draft class. Billy Price was in the discussion as the best center but he tore his pectoral while benching at the NFL Scouting Combine so they could pick a safer player at pick 21.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (Buffalo Bills) – Mark Wilson
Nick Chubb, RB – Georgia – With Blunt gone, the Eagles need another power back. Even with his history of injuries, the Eagles will be wise to select the stud from Georgia. He will not be needed to be a feature back but with spilt carries, he will stay fresh and help the ground game with Jay Ajayi.
23. Los Angeles Rams – Mike Sigman
Roquan Smith, LB – Georgia – Roquan Smith should not have fallen all the way to the Rams, but since he was on the clock, the Rams did not think twice about adding a dominant force to their linebacker corps!
24. Carolina Panthers – Bradley Walker
Courtland Sutton, WR – SMU – His size and strength make him a good red zone weapon. He made many big plays at SMU. He will be a nice weapon for Cam Newton.
25. Tennessee Titans – Mike Esposito
Hercules Mata’afa, Edge – Washington State – He is the smallest D-Lineman in the draft and has been for the last 3 season in College, but he is also the most dangerous. He has to improve on shedding blocks being too stiff and needs to get more creative and develop some good pass rush moves. The Titans will help develop him and get an Edge Rusher similar to the one they had in the Freak Javon Kearse.
26. Atlanta Falcons – Jon Blayne
Martinas Rankin, OT/OG – Mississippi State –
The Falcons are going to want to keep Matt Ryan standing up. He needs big guys to protect him and Rankin can help. It won’t change everything, but it will certainly help.
27. New Orleans Saints – Andrew Kim
Rashaan Evans, LB – Alabama – The New Orleans Saints signed Demario Davis as the middle linebacker but with Alex Anzalone coming off injury last year at will linebacker, Rashaan Evans could step in as he has the versatility to play all three linebacker positions and could be an upgrade over A.J. Klein at Sam Linebacker as well. Evans has the range and pass rushing skills to be a force wherever he plays within the Saints revamped linebacker corps.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Steve Reed
Jaire Alexander, DB – Louisville – Going into the 2019 season there aren’t many holes on the Steelers defense. Inside linebacker, and maybe secondary help. This is a case of best available at their pick as Jaire Alexander has impressed many. He may very well match up against Artie Burns, and Cameron Sutton in training camp attempting to take the CB 2 position from them.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sean Naylor
Leighton Vander Esch, LB – Boise State – Vander Esch is a solid piece for the Jaguars. He can come in and immediately replace the retired Paul Posluszny. The Jags will need a player who can come and keep the defense in order. Leighton Vander Esch is smart and talented enough to do this as a rookie.
30. Minnesota Vikings – Rick O’Donnell
Billy Price, OG/C – Ohio State – The Vikings invested heavily in newly acquired QB Kirk Cousins. At the age of 30, he’s no spring chicken. With locks at tackle, the Vikes need to secure their interior line. Price has the versatility to play Guard and Center and the athleticism to fit right in. From there out they can focus primarily on defense and building depth to dominate for years to come.
31. New England Patriots – Mark Wilson
Mason Rudolph, QB – Oklahoma State – One day, Tom Brady will retire. With talk that the Patriots may bring in Johnny Manziel proves how desperate the Pats are for a replacement. There are other areas of concern but drafting Mason Rudolph will ensure their further well after Brady is gone.
32. Buffalo Bills (Philadelphia Eagles) – Mike Esposito
Michael Gallup, WR – Colorado State – With the ever hated Patriots swooping in and taking Mason Rudolph the Bills turn the eyes to getting weapons for newly acquired Nick Foles. So who else better to get then, in my opinion, the best WR in the draft in Michael Gallup. To me, he is the most talented receiver in this draft class even outperforming Calvin Ridley from Alabama.
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