2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: The First 20 Picks
Not a ton of movement at the top. The shuffling is mostly due to the Jets moving into the Top 3.
#1 – Sam Darnold, QB, USC, to Cleveland Browns: same.
Darnold looked really good at his pro day, and interest seems to be there from the Browns despite their fan base insisting that they don’t need to draft a quarterback that high.
#2 – Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State, to the New York Giants: previous pick, Josh Rosen.
New general managers often take a quarterback to establish their own legacy. Dave Gettleman may not be ready to push starter, Eli Manning, out, yet, though. Chubb is number one worthy, but as is often the case when quarterbacks are highly ranked, he falls slightly when he may be the best player available. I wouldn’t be shocked if they trade down but they get their replacement for end, Jason Pierre-Paul, and a great pass rusher.
#3 – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming, to the NY Jets (via Colts): previous pick, Chubb.
The Indianapolis Colts used to own this pick, but traded down to six for several additional picks. This has been a consistent problem for the Jets and they get their quarterback of the future. Big, strong-armed, pocket passer, with some issues getting rid of the football quickly and some accuracy problems. His arm talent and potential seem to have enamored scouts and experts, alike.
#4 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn St., to the Cleveland Browns (via Houston): previous pick, same.
The Browns could potentially have their best backfield since Bernie Kosar had Kevin Mack and Ernest Byner behind him. This is still a dream come true for “the mistake by the lake.”
#5 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA, to the Denver Broncos: previous pick, Allen.
I’m conflicted between Baker Mayfield and Rosen, here. I believe that the Broncos would prefer Allen, but they have to settle for choice number two. Both trigger-men have upside and talent to offer.