NFL Mock Draft 2.0
It’s only September, but the NFL Draft isn’t all that far away so here’s an updated mock draft.You can check out my 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 because who doesn’t love mock drafts?
*The draft order is based on OddsShark’s updated Super Bowl odds with the Titans selection being adjusted to reflect proper playoff seeding.
- The Jets don’t have an NFL caliber QB on the roster. Darnold can be their starter from day one. Aside from his elongated motion he’s the perfect QB prospect. His “it” factor and ability to throw on the run would help the Jets tenfold.
Pro Comparison: Tony Romo
- Isaiah Crowell is a free agent after the season and isn’t all that dynamic. Barkley might be the cleanest prospect in the draft. He would give the Browns an offensive player to lean on.
Pro Comparison: Ezekiel Elliott
- San Francisco 49ers– Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
- With the 49ers potentially pursuing Kirk Cousins in free agency they might not be in the market for a QB come the draft. If they are QB needy the raw, but talented Josh Allen would be a good option for Kyle Shanahan. He has all the athletic tools to succeed.
Pro Comparison: Andrew Luck
- Chicago has a talented front seven, but they need a superstar on the backend. Derwin James can do it all. He can play deep in coverage, in the box, or around the line of scrimmage. James can be the Bears tone setter on defense.
Pro Comparison: Landon Collins
- Andrew Luck’s talent is being wasted behind one of the worst offensive lines in football. To keep Luck healthy, the Colts, need to get a franchise left tackle. Williams is dominant in pass protection and is the most talented tackle prospect in years.
Pro Comparison: Joe Thomas
- Washington might be the most mismanaged NFL franchise, but stole Johnathan Allen in the first round this past draft. They need to continue to build up their defense and pairing Wilkins with Allen would be scary. Wilkins is an athletic gap shooter that can play anywhere on the defensive line.
Pro Comparison: Gerald McCoy
- Connor Barwin is just a placeholder for the Rams on the edge right now. If they can add a young pass rusher to Wade Phillips D, it’ll be dangerous. Landry is a relentless pass rusher with fantastic edge bending ability.
Pro Comparison: Cameron Wake
- Tyrod Taylor is the Bills starting QB, but they’ve been unwilling to commit to him. Drafting a future starting QB in this talented class is a good idea. Rosen has nearly perfect mechanics and is known for his high IQ.
Pro Comparison: Eli Manning
- With a few questions in their secondary the Dolphins should look to address the problem in the draft. Fitzpatrick has played both safety and corner for Alabama, but his physical nature is better suited for safety.
Pro Comparison: Malcolm Jenkins
- Cincinnati Bengals– Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
- There’s multiple glaring holes along the Bengals offensive line and that could force them to reach in the draft. McGlinchey is a solid offensive tackle prospect, but he’s better suited for the right side. He’s a late first-round talent, but position importance will drive him up the board.
Pro Comparison: Nate Solder
- In the 2017 NFL Draft the Saints invested picks on athletic defenders and that should continue in 2018. Key has the fastest first-step in college football. He’s a long freaky athlete, but he quit LSU’s team for a few months and has an injury history.
Pro Comparison: Jason Taylor
- The front seven in Cleveland is starting to look like a potentially dominant group. With Joe Haden gone and no true number one cornerback the Browns should target one in the 2018 draft. McFadden is a long smooth athlete with incredible ball skills.
Pro Comparison: Marcus Peters
- Jacksonville has the defense and the running back to be a competitive team, but Blake Bortles is holding them back. If Lamar Jackson is on the board when they pick, he’s a perfect fit. Their system is perfect for a mobile QB and Jackson has a big-time arm.
Pro Comparison: Michael Vick
- It’s time for Bruce Arians to reset the Arizona Cardinals offense and get younger. They need a stud wide receiver to replace Larry Fitzgerald and Ridley is the best option. He’s an extremely smooth athlete with terrific hands and can play out-wide or in the slot.
Pro Comparison: Stefon Diggs
- Having rebuilt their offensive line and spent recent picks on defensive player the Lions need to get a bell cow running back. Matthew Stafford has the weapons at receiver, but the Lions running game has been inconsistent. Guice is a violent hard-nosed runner and a top 10 talent.
Pro Comparison: Devonta Freeman
- With a ton of talent on both sides of the ball the Chargers need to be healthy. Linebacker is their biggest hole on defense without a dynamic playmaker. Jerome Baker is a sideline-to-sideline tackler who excels in coverage. He would be their day one weakside LB.
Pro Comparison: Telvin Smith
- With the emergence of Noah Spence as the Bucs best pass rusher they need to add another player on the edge across from him. Chubb is the best run defending edge player in the draft. He would give the Bucs one of the most talented D-lines in the NFL.
Pro Comparison: Michael Bennett
- With one of the best defenses in the league the Giants need to fix their offense. With no quarterback worth this pick they should build along the offensive line. Price is a technician and a mauler that can play any interior spot on the line.
Pro Comparison: Cody Whitehair
- Instead of signing washed up receivers in free agency Baltimore should address the position in the draft. Cain is an explosive deep-threat who just needs the ball in his hands to make a play. He has the ability to take the top off defenses or take a slant to the house.
Pro Comparison: Sammy Watkins
- Philadelphia has put together probably the most lethal defensive line in the NFL. Now, they need to build their secondary to solidify this as a top five defense. Denzel Ward can play nickel or corner and have the versatility to thrive in zone or man coverage.
Pro Comparison: Desmond Trufant
- Minnesota Vikings– Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
- Taking RB Dalvin Cook and center Pat Elflein in the 2017 NFL Draft was the Vikings first step in building an offensive identity. They need to continue to build a hard-nosed team by taking Nelson. He plays through the whistle and is a dominating run-blocker.
Pro Comparison: Richie Incognito
- Denver has been known for their defense over the past few seasons thanks to Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr., and Aqib Talib. Recently their run defense has come off the rails and adding an interior player. Payne is big and he may be the strongest player in the draft.
Pro Comparison: Marcell Dareus
- Carolina Panthers– Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
- When has receiver not been an issue for the Panthers? Kelvin Benjamin is solid, but he’s not a true number one guy. Courtland Sutton is known for going up and snatching the ball with defenders around him. He can be the first real number one Cam Newton has had.
Pro Comparison: Brandon Marshall
- Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs)- Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
- The Bills lost linebacker Zach Brown in free agency and are now short on the position. Sean McDermott runs a system that values speed at LB. Malik Jefferson has all the physical tools to be a sideline-to-sideline NFL LB he just needs to be more consistent.
Pro Comparison: Ryan Shazier
- GM Jon Robinson has done a terrific job adding playmakers on both sides of the ball in Tennessee. Although, they depth on the edge the Titans could afford to get younger there. With elite bend and speed Dorance Armstrong Jr. is first-round pick rising up boards.
Pro Comparison: Robert Quinn
- Offense has been the key to the Falcons rise and they need to continue to build upon that. Receiver Taylor Gabriel is a free agent after the season and he’ll need to be replaced. Christian Kirk is an explosive playmaker with the ball in his hands, perfect for the slot.
Pro Comparison: Golden Tate
- There have been issues on the Cowboys defense for a few seasons now. Aside from Byron Jones and Sean Lee there has been a lack of consistency. Adding Ronnie Harrison gives them an identity. Harrison is a striker who can play in the box or in coverage.
Pro Comparison: Keanu Neal
- Ask anyone who watches football and they’ll tell you Oakland needs an off-ball linebacker. The Raiders offense is set, but they need more on defense. Matthew Thomas is an athletic linebacker who excels in coverage and fills an immediate need for Oakland.
Pro Comparison: Kwon Alexander
- Seattle Seahawks– Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
- Is Tom Cable a good coach? Probably not. But in his defense Seattle has been neglecting their offensive line for years. It’s time they address it in the first-round. Chukwuma Okorafor is extremely raw, but a big time athlete with sweet feet, he’s worth developing.
Pro Comparison: Terron Armstead
- Pittsburgh went ahead and signed Joe Haden to a mildly large contract despite him being past his prime. With former first-round pick Artie Burns at one corner spot, the Steelers could be looking for another. Jaire Alexander is feisty as can be with great ball skills.
Pro Comparison: Chris Harris Jr.
- Even though Clay Matthews has an iconic Fathead he’s been mediocre at best for three years. Nick Perry emerged opposite Matthews, but they need to get younger at edge. Josh Sweat is a high upside player who has the athleticism coveted at pass rusher.
Pro Comparison: Jerry Hughes
- There are questions on the Patriots defense, especially in the front seven. They can always afford to add a pass rusher. Sam Hubbard is a high-motor edge player who’s a quality run defender. Belichick will love him since he played lacrosse in high school.
Pro Comparison: Ryan Kerrigan