NFL Draft: A TRADE LACED MOCK DRAFT
This is my second mock draft at WBLZ and I decided to have a little fun here. I have never done a mock draft with projected trades before. I used the old Jimmy Johnson trade value chart (it is a bit antiquated, but I like it) to determine trade values.
1. CLEVELAND BROWNS – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming*
The Browns can not leave this draft without a franchise quarterback. I personally think drafting Allen in this spot will get multiple front office personnel and coaches fired. It just feels like a Brown’s move. I think Allen is, at best, the 6th best QB in this draft.
2. NEW YORK GIANTS – Sam Darnold, QB, Southern Cal*
The latest is if Darnold is available, the Giants will anoint him the heir apparent. Darnold needs time to develop, so sitting behind Eli Manning for a year will be great for his development. If Darnold is not available a trade back, Barkley or Chubb could be options.
3. NEW YORK JETS (F. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS) – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The Jets gave up a total of three second-round picks to move up three spots and they didn’t do that for anything except a QB. Mayfield has the temperament to succeed in New York and is one of the most pro-ready from day one. Josh Rosen could also be the choice here.
4. BUFFALO BILLS (F. CLEVELAND BROWNS, HOUSTON TEXANS) Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Since the trade with the Bengals, the Bills have made no secret about their desire to move into the top five to get their man at QB. Rosen is my top-rated QB. The McCarron-era in Buffalo is likely over before it starts in this scenario.
TRADE RECAP: Buffalo gets pick 4, Cleveland gets pick 12, 53 (2nd), 65 (3rd), 2019 1st & 4th
5. DENVER BRONCOS – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
The Broncos may have been in the QB market with this pick, but with QBs going in the first four picks, they opt to take a perennial all-pro. Nelson is an immediate starter and upgrades a weakness.
6. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (F. NEW YORK JETS) – Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State
The Colts acquired multiple quality picks and get the same player they would have taken at three. A great move by new GM Chris Ballard.
7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State*
The Bucs RB depth chart is not great. Barkley is BPA in this situation. Tampa needs an edge rusher so don’t rule out Harold Landry. I also would not rule out Derwin James but Barkley adds another weapon for Jameis Winston.
8. MIAMI DOLPHINS (F. CHICAGO BEARS) – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville*
Miami could probably sit back at 11 and get Jackson but they won’t take the chance. The Ryan Tannehill experience is nearing its end and while Jackson needs some time to develop, he could help take their offense to the next level.
TRADE RECAP: Miami gets pick 8 & 145 (5th), Chicago gets pick 11 & 73 (3rd)
9. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU*
The Niners lack a true #1 receiver and Sutton is the epitome of a height/weight/speed prototype. He can elevate all facets of their offense.
10. OAKLAND RAIDERS – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia*
Oakland needs help at both the WILL and MIKE and Smith could fill either.
11. CHICAGO BEARS (F. MIAMI DOLPHINS) – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech*
Chicago could take Edmunds at 8, but they pick up an extra 3 and get him at 11. He will only be 19 years old on draft day. He can anchor the Bears defense for years to come.
12. CLEVELAND BROWNS (F. BUFFALO BILLS, CINCINNATI BENGALS) – Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
After moving back, Cleveland is able to acquire a dominant edge rusher in Landry. Landry dealt with a few injury issues in 2017 but his workout numbers suggest he is back to his 2016 form.
13. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (F. WASHINGTON REDSKINS) – Derwin James. DS, Florida State*
Seattle reportedly has wanted to start moving on from the “Legion of Boom”, and that includes all-pro safety Earl Thomas. James is a top five talent in this class, who is capable of replacing Thomas at safety or Richard Sherman at corner if they so choose. Washington gets a future pick and an extra mid-round pick this year to maximize their value.
TRADE RECAP: Seattle gets pick 13, Washington gets pick 18 & 120 (4th) and a 2019 2nd
14. GREEN BAY PACKERS – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State*
The Green Bay secondary has been bad the last couple of seasons and they can help upgrade it here with Ward. Ward is undersized but is fundamentally and athletically on top of his game. If Harold Landry were to fall this far, he could also be in play.
15. ARIZONA CARDINALS – D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland*
Larry Fitzgerald only has so many years left and Arizona doesn’t have much in the WR room with him. Moore has seen his name rise up the draft charts in the last month because of his athleticism and production at Maryland. I would also not be surprised if Arizona moves up to try to acquire Lamar Jackson.
16. BALTIMORE RAVENS – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Baltimore continues to try to solidify their offensive line by pairing McGlinchey with his former Notre Dame teammate Ronnie Stanley. WR, TE, or a trade back could also be in play.
17. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DS, Alabama*
The Chargers are in a unique position as some experts think they are the team to be in the AFC West next year. With this pick, I believe the Bolts will take the best player available. Fitzpatrick can play safety or corner (or both) and LA needs that.
18. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (F. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS) – Vita Vea, DL, Washington*
Washington is able to select Vita Vea here after moving back. Vea has been linked to them for some time. They get the extra picks and still get the same player they likely would have taken at 13.
19. DALLAS COWBOYS – Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State*
The Cowboys could go in any number of ways. They need an upgrade in the middle of their defense and Vander Esch is a name I hear is rising fast. While I personally don’t feel that strongly about LVE, he could be the pick here. I also would not rule out a pick of an interior offensive or defensive lineman.
20. DETROIT LIONS – Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama*
The Detroit front four on defense is not great. An edge rusher or interior defensive lineman seems to be the best value at this point. Payne has some pass rush upside to go along with his run defense.
21. CINCINNATI BENGALS (F. BUFFALO BILLS) – Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
The Bengals can seriously upgrade their offensive line in this draft. Wynn could play right tackle or right guard for Cincinnati. They could also draft a center like James Daniels of Iowa with this pick. I also can’t rule out safety as a possibility.
22. ATLANTA FALCONS (F. BUFFALO BILLS, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS) – Taven Bryan, DL, Florida*
Atlanta needs a defensive tackle and Bryan has serious upside. Buffalo recoups one of the picks they gave up to draft a QB.
TRADE RECAP: Atlanta gets pick 22 & 121 (4th), Buffalo gets pick 26 & 90 (3rd)
23. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (F. LOS ANGELES RAMS) – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama*
New England replaces Brandin Cooks with Ridley in this scenario. The players are similar on the field. The crazy thing is that despite being in the league for four years, Cooks is only one year older than Ridley.
24. CAROLINA PANTHERS – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville*
Carolina needs help at corner and receiver but the value pick is a corner here. Alexander is a tremendous cover man with return ability. He is an immediate starter.
25. TENNESSEE TITANS – Connor Williams, OG, Texas*
Tennessee needs help at guard and Connor Williams can provide that. Williams could also play tackle if necessary and if he goes to another team he probably will.
26. BUFFALO BILLS (F. ATLANTA FALCONS) – Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
Buffalo moves back and is able to draft a top-tier talent. Hurst fills a need for the Bills. He had a health scare at the Combine but that seems to be ok now.
27. DENVER BRONCOS (F. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS) – Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
With the top QBs all gone by pick 5, Denver went elsewhere. They make a move here to acquire the top QB still on the board. Rudolph has his limitations but has NFL starter ability. The Saints didn’t have a second-round pick before this trade and get an extra third for moving back.
TRADE RECAP: Denver gets pick 27, New Orleans gets pick 40 (2nd) & pick 99 (3rd)
28. PITTSBURGH STEELERS – Derrius Guice, RB, LSU*
It appears Le’Veon Bell’s days in the Steel City are nearing their end. Guice is a tremendous back and is quite capable of easing the transition. Safety could also be in play here for Pittsburgh.
29. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
Hernandez is a nasty run blocker who will fit perfectly in the Jacksonville power run system.
30. CLEVELAND BROWNS (F. MINNESOTA VIKINGS) – Mike Hughes, CB, UCF*
Cleveland makes a move into the back-end of round one to get a fast-rising corner. Minnesota moves out and picks up an extra 4th.
TRADE RECAP: Cleveland gets pick 30, Minnesota gets pick 33 (2nd) & 114 (4th)
31. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
Rob Gronkowski is constantly injured and the Patriots may be ready to move on. Gesicki is really more of a big WR as he rarely blocks. He is, however, one of the best athletes at his position. He can be paired with Gronk for 2018, giving Brady another weapon. UCLA OT Kolton Miller could also be in play here.
32. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Goedert can be another weapon for Carson Wentz as a split –out TE. He is highly productive and a tremendous route runner. If Guice is still on the board he could be in play here as could Southern Cal RB Ronald Jones.
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