Draft Analysis

Tyler Edgerton’s 2018 Mock Draft Analysis

1. QB Sam Darnold USC  

After passing up a quarterback last year for Myles Garrett, the Browns will certainly be selecting a QB with one of their top 4 picks. The question is where, and who. Expect Cleveland to shop this pick before ultimately selecting their favorite QB.

2. RB Saquon Barkley PENN STATE

Many believe the Giants will be selecting a Quarterback with this second overall pick. There has not been a lot of national coverage about Barkley these past few weeks, but it’s because he’s the clear-cut best prospect this year. After selecting Davis Webb last season, Giants look to add Barkley instead.

3. QB Josh Rosen UCLA

The Jets decided to move up quickly after losing out on Kirk Cousins and settling for Teddy Bridgewater in Free Agency. In my mind, there is no doubt the Jets will be selecting a QB.

4. DE Bradley Chubb NC STATE

Chubb is quickly rising as a favorite to be the first defensive player off the board come April 26th. Pairing Chubb with Myles Garrett with allow the Browns to get after the quarterback and get off the field.

5. CB Denzel Ward OHIO STATE 

The Broncos found a stop gap in Case Keenum for the year and will likely look to 2019 for a QB if they are not in love with who is left for them. Instead, they immediately replace Aqib Talib with this year’s top CB.

6. QB Baker Mayfield  OKLAHOMA (Projected Trade to Buffalo)

It’s no secret buffalo will be targeting a Franchise Quarterback during the draft after trading Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland. Mayfield has shown a lot of maturity leading up the draft. Let’s hope he continues it. Colts on the other hand get two first rounders to rebuild their defensive scheme switch from a 3-4 to 4-3.

7. S Minkah Fitzpatrick ALABAMA

The Bucs need someone to man the last line of defense. Adding Minkah Fitzpatrick and pairing him with Hargreaves and Grimes would help slow down the high-powered offenses in the NFC South.

8. OG Quenton Nelson NOTRE DAME

Building the Bears offensive line is a smart way to go as it will allow Trubisky more time to diagnose plays and make Jordan Howard even more dangerous on the ground.

9. S Derwin James FLORIDA STATE 

The 49ers have built up a good defensive line the past few years, now its time to add to the secondary as they have already found their Quarterback to man the offense.

10. LB Roquan Smith  GEORGIA

The Raiders had a glaring hole in the middle of their defense last season giving up 109 yards per game on the ground last season. It’ll be interesting to see what the returning Jon Gruden does in his first draft.

11. QB Josh Allen WYOMING

Losing Ndamukong Suh leaves a hole to be addressed later. If one of the quarterbacks fall to the Dolphins at spot 11, there is no way they pass on them. Adam Gase gets some job security in a potential franchise QB.

12. LB Tremaine Edmunds VIRGINIA TECH (Projected Trade to Indianapolis)

Tremain Edmunds is another fast riser in the pre-draft discussion. The Colts need someone who can do it all and most importantly provides them a defensive star. Edmunds could become the leader or the new scheme.

13. WR Calvin Ridley  ALABAMA

Ridley is clearly the most talented and proven wide receiver in this draft. After moving on from Pryor, the Skins need a reliable WR to solve the carousel at the position. If Doctson/Reed stay healthy, Alex Smith will be happy.

14. EDGE Marcus Davenport UTSA

Davenport is an aggressive player with great lateral speed. He can step in right away and offset the falling production of Clay Matthews. No doubt, Packers select a defensive player even with the loss of Jordy Nelson.

15. QB Lamar Jackson LOUISVILLE

From one Cardinal to another. A new regime in Arizona picked up Sam Bradford but knows he most likely will not be healthy all year. Time for a new era.

16. TE Hayden Hurst  SOUTH CAROLINA

Baltimore has suffered on offense lately and need a guy who can do it all. Hayden Hurst will be a great safety blanket for Flacco. Look for Hurst to develop into the Evan Engram role during his rookie year.

17. OT Mike McGlinchey  NOTRE DAME

There were plenty of times last year that Melvin Gordon had no hole to run through and Phillip Rivers saw blind-side pressure. McGlinchey was a former tight end with the ability to move and protect fluently.

18. TE Dallas Goedert SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (Projected Trade to New Orleans) 

With Hayden Hurst off the board, New Orleans will be on the move to pick up a tight end ahead of Dallas. They leapfrog the Cowboys and take one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft.

19. DT Vita Vea WASHINGTON 

Yes, Dallas will need to find a WR to replace Dez Bryant but it will not be in round one as they are a run-first team. The Cowboys need to build the defense and plug up the middle of the line. Vea is disruptive.

20. RB Derrius Guice  LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Lions clearly need a running attack. Guice not only provides power but breakaway speed and runs with an attitude. Something Matt Patricia saw in LeGarrette Blount in New England at the goal line.

21. OT Orlando Brown OKLAHOMA

The Bengals need to get tougher, younger and stronger up front. Brown has rare size and strength to help protect in the passing game but may be a detriment in the running aspect of the offense.

22. ILB Leighton Vander-Esch  BOISE STATE (Projected Trade to Indianapolis) 

With a second selection for the Colts via trade, they could pick up a really nice piece to man the middle of a defense they need to rebuild. Although a bit unproven, This LB has great instincts and athletic ability.

23. CB Josh Jackson  IOWA

With Malcolm Butler and Nate Solder exiting, the Patriots biggest needs become Offensive Tackle and Cornerback. Jackson was the Big Ten Defense Back of the Year and can start day one for New England.

24. WR Courtland Sutton Souther Methodist University

The Panthers like big, physical receivers. Sutton has average speed and known as a possession receiver. With speedy options like McCaffery, Curtis Samuel and now Torrey Smith, Panthers will look for a red zone target for Cam.

25. EDGE Harold Landry BOSTON COLLEGE 

Landry is a bit of an unknown but underrated player. A lack of size doesn’t slow him down when getting after the quarterback and he fits best in a 3-4 scheme. Clearly a first-round pick.

26. TE Mike Gesicki PENN STATE 

The Falcons offense runs best when they have a legitimate tight end threat. Austin Hooper is an average player but doesn’t put up the production that the ageless veteran Tony Gonzalez did. ATL adds another threat.

27. CB Mike Hughes UCF (Projected Trade to Seattle)

Moving on from Richard Sherman means not one, but two question marks at corner for the transforming Legion of Boom. Seattle is built on defense and will need more picks in their arsenal to rebuild, hence the trade.

28. LB Rashaan Evans ALABAMA 

Evans may be looked at as the second best linebacker in this draft but is also a known commodity. Teams may look for upside in others and pass on him. Either way, with Shazier injured, LB is a need.

29. WR Christian Kirk TEXAS A&M

It’s rare we see so many TEs go in the first round, but all three can do serious damage in an offense. The Jags got minimal production from the tight end position before, during, and after acquiring Julius Thomas.

30. OG Isiah Wynn GEORGIA 

The Vikings offensive line play improved last season, but still is lacking. Wynn is a guy they could look to as a proven player to protect their new investment behind center in Kirk Cousins.

31. OG Will Hernandez UTEP

With their second pick in the first round, the Patriots could look to draft on the offensive line. Hernandez is a hard worker and finishes every play. A solid selection for pick 31.

32. OT Kolton Miller UCLA (Projected Trade to Cleveland)

Replacing Joe Thomas will be very hard to do especially when the Browns do not have much depth at tackle. Miller’s NFL comp is Nate Solder and has great length at 6’9″.

 

So What about the Eagles? — The Eagles would get a package similar to the 33rd or 35th pick from Cleveland as well as recoup the 64th pick they traded away to the Browns in the Carson Wentz deal. In my mind, the Eagles will utilize the Day Two picks to select a running back and defensive player. 

35th pick – RB Sony Michel GEORGIA

Michel fits the Eagles offense to a tee with decisive running and acceleration after cuts. He comes with a lot less tread on the tires than some of the other prospects and provides depth with the unknown of Ajayi in his final year of a contract.

64th pick – S Justin Reid STANFORD

The Eagles could package a day three pick to go up and get Justin Reid or even Ronnie Harrison if one of them fall. The Eagles like versatile defensive backs and Reid fits that mold. He’s a typical single-high safety who allows the backfield to play man coverage.

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