ATB: Jameis 1of1 goes in depth on his NFL Mock Draft
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Jameis 1of1 has chosen to release the third and final mock, here on AllThingsBucaneers.com. So, without further ado … the Cleveland Browns are on the clock:
- Cleveland Browns: QB Josh Allen
Why: Sam “White Jameis” Darnold, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield and probably even Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph are all more “ready to play” than Josh Allen is in the eyes of many. However, the Browns have made it clear that no matter which QB they draft, Tyrod Taylor will be their starter in 2018, so whoever they draft will be able to watch and learn for at least a year. Couple that fact with the fact that Josh Allen is a more gifted QB with far greater athletic gifts as well as arm talent than Sam Darnold and Josh Allen seems like the guy new Browns GM John Dorsey will select with the #1 overall pick.
- New York Giants: QB Sam Darnold
Why: If the Giants really weren’t planning to draft a QB, I believe they would have traded with the Jets rather than turned down “little brother”, who ultimately traded with the Colts, as neither Saquon Barkley, nor Bradley Chubb, nor Quenton Nelson is worth the #6 overall pick plus an additional 3 second round picks. That said, Sam “White Jameis” Darnold’s arm talent, athletic talent, smarts, drive, determination and leadership make him the clear #1 QB prospect and while the Browns passed on him for the more athletic and stronger armed Josh Allen, the Giants will jump at the chance to draft him. He’ll be better than Eli Manning from Day 1, though the Giants may be patient with him and not start him until 2019.
- New York Jets: QB Baker Mayfield
Why: The Jets didn’t trade up to #3 to take anything but a new face of the franchise QB, and while I could see them drafting Josh Rosen, as I believe he’s clearly the better pro prospect, I believe they will draft “Broadway Baker Mayfield”, due in large part to his leadership qualities and contagious competitiveness, as well as Rosen’s perceived aloofness and lack of such leadership qualities.
- Buffalo Bills (traded #12, #22, #53 and #96 to Cleveland): QB Josh Rosen
Why: The Bills are desperate for a new franchise QB and they’ll be thrilled to land a QB like Josh Rosen that could easily have been the #1 overall pick in many past drafts. As for why the Browns would trade this pick rather than use it on Saquon Barkley, I simply believe that they will, or at least should, ultimately decide that getting two first round picks and additional later picks is more valuable than one player, especially if that one player is a RB.
- Denver Broncos: DE Bradley Chubb
Why: I could see the Broncos taking Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson or Denzel Ward as well, but I believe they’ll go with Chubb as he’s the best value pick at this point and could help make the Broncos the most dominant defense in the NFL, just as they were when they won their last Super Bowl with that old man that was impersonating Peyton Manning at QB.
- Indianapolis Colts: LB Roquan Smith
Why: Roquan Smith is considered the best LB prospect in the draft and while the Colts would be thrilled with RB Saquon Barkley or OG Quenton Nelson, there seems to be a larger gap between Roquan Smith and the 2nd round LB prospects than there is between Saquon Barkley and 2nd round RB prospects such as Derrius Guice, Sony Michel, Ronald Jones II and Nick Chubb. As for Quenton Nelson, the fact is that as great as he is, LB is simply a more valuable position than OG.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Saquon Barkley
Why: While the Bucs had by far the worst defense in the entire NFL last season, they traded for DE Jason Pierre Paul and signed DE Vinny Curry, DT Beau Allen and DE/DT Mitch Unrein, so while adding a dominant OG like Quenton Nelson or even a hybrid DB like Minkah Fitpatrick or Derwin James would still make a great deal of sense, I don’t believe the Bucs will be able to pass on the proverbial “best player in the draft” and “best running back prospect since Barry Sanders” in Saquon “Mr. Perfect” Barkley. Jameis Winston hasn’t had any support from his running game in 2 years unlike other young QBs like Dak Prescott and Jared Goff, and Saquon Barkley can change that instantly.
- Chicago Bears: OG Quenton Nelson
Why: Simply out, Quenton Nelson is the best player on the board and fits a need as the Bears recently lose Josh Sitton to the Dolphins. This is an easy pick for the Bears to make.
- San Francisco 49’ers: CB Denzel Ward
Ward is the best CB prospect in the draft and the 49’ers have a need at CB. This is a no-brainer pick for San Francisco.
- Arizona Cardinals (traded #15 and #47 to Oakland): QB Lamar Jackson
Why: The Cardinals have serious needs on the O-Line and could also draft a CB but I don’t believe they will be able to pass on the chance to take Michael Vick 2.0 with better leadership and more dedication to the game, in former Heisman winning QB Lamar Jackson.
- Miami Dolphins: LB Tremaine Edmunds
Why: I could see Miami taking QB Lamar Jackson here if he’s still on the board, but the Dolphins have a serious need at linebacker and Tremaine Edmunds is the most physically gifted and dynamic LB in the draft. This is a great value pick for the Dolphins.
- Cleveland Browns (acquired from the Bills): CB/FS/SS/OLB Minkah Fitzpatrick
Why: The Browns rush to the podium to draft perhaps the “safest player” in the draft and a perfect running-mate at FS to SS Jabril Peppers who the Browns drafted last year.
- Washington Redskins: DT Viti Vea
Why: The Redskins had a terrible time trying to stop the run last season and Viti Vea isn’t just the best run stopper in this entire draft but the best DT by a solid margin in the eyes of many scouts.
- Green Bay Packers: CB/SS/FS/OLB Derwin James
Why: The Packers have a massive need at both CB and S, especially after last season’s starting safety, Morgan Burnett bolted for Pittsburgh, and Derwin James can thrive at either position. James is the premier DB “athlete” in the draft and could make Packers fans forget all about Morgan Burnett and Micah Hyde in short order and make them think Packers great LeRoy Butler is wearing the green and gold again.
- Oakland Raiders (from Cardinals): DT Da’Ron Payne
Why: The Raiders cringed when both Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James were drafted but they also have a massive need for a top-end defensive tackle and will be thrilled to draft Alabama’s Payne.
- Baltimore Ravens: LT Mike McGlinchey
Why: Many “experts” seem to expect the Ravens to take a WR at this spot but after signing both Michael Crabtree and Willie Sneed recently, I believe they’ll take the best OT in the entire draft and give themselves Notre Dame bookends in Ronnie Stanley and Mike McGlinchey
- Los Angeles Chargers: DT Taven Bryan
Why: The Chargers had a need at DT before Corey Liuget was dinged with a 4 game suspension by the NFL. Bryan, known as “The Wyoming Wildman” is the best DT prospect available and the Chargers will be thrilled to add him to an already extraordinary defense.
- Seattle Seahawks: DE Marcus Davenport
Why: The Seahawks have serious needs on the O-Line and could also draft a CB or even a RB like Derrius Guice here but I believe that after trading Michael Bennett, they will settle on drafting the best DE still on the board in the raw hut exquisitely talented Marcus Davenport.
- Dallas Cowboys: LB Rashaan Evans
Why: Many expect the Cowboys to draft a WR and if they go that route they could take DJ Moore or Courtland Sutton. However, I believe the Cowboys know that Dak Prescott is more Alex Smith than Aaron Rodgers and that he’s not a guy you want throwing 35 times a game. That said, they have a need at LB and Evans could be a solid starter immediately and an eventual star replacement for the aging and always injured Sean Lee.
- Detroit Lions: OG Isaiah Wynn
Why: The Lions could use both a RB and an OG, and while I could see them drafting Derrius Guice with this pick, I believe they’ll take the versatile OG/OT Isaiah Wynn and use their 2nd round pick on a RB, perhaps Rashaad Penny.
- Cincinnati Bengals: OG Will Hernandez
Why: I believe the Bengals greatest need is an interior guard and Will Hernandez is the best prospect available.
- Cleveland Browns (acquired from the Bills): LT Connor Williams
Why: The Browns need a new Joe Thomas and Connor Williams, a man who gave up just 4 QB “pressures” during the entire 2016 season, can be that guy.
- New England Patriots: LT Kolton Miller
Why: The Patriots watched LT Nate Solder leave for the Giants, need to draft his replacement and Miller is the best tackle on the board.
- Carolina Panthers: WR Calvin Ridley
Why: The Panthers have a need at DE as this is likely Julius Peppers final season in the NFL, but they also have a need at WR and Calvin Ridley is simply a better prospect than the best remaining DE’s.
- Tennessee Titans: DE/OLB Harold Landry
Why: The Titans desperately need an edge rusher and Landry, while under-sized, is the best edge rusher still on the board.
- Atlanta Falcons: OG/C Billy Price
Why: The Falcons have a need at DT but with the top 3 DT’s already off the board, they will address the interior line and draft the best G/C prospect available in Ohio State’s Billy Price.
- New Orleans Saints: C James Daniels
Why: The Saints could use a TE, OG and C. However, Iowa’s James Daniels is the best center prospect in the entire draft and therefore the best value pick here.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Leighton Vander Esch
Why: The Steelers are in desperate need of an ILB to replace Ryan Shazier. Not only is Vander Esch the best ILB on the board, he is on the record saying that “it would mean everything” if he could play LB for the Steelers. This is a perfect fit!
- Jacksonville Jaguars: TE Hayden Hurst
Why: The Jaguars were hoping to get either Rashaan Evans or Leighton Vander Esch as LB Paul Posluszny just retired, however tight end is also a need and Hayden Hurst is the best TE prospect in this draft as he is more than just a receiver.
- Minnesota Vikings: OT Orlando Brown
Why: The Vikings need an upgrade at tackle, especially after giving Kirk Cousins a record-breaking and fully guaranteed deal. Brown had a disastrous combine but his game tape seems to show he could be the second best OT in this draft behind Mike McGlinchey and what one does in pads on game-day is far more important than what one does in shorts and a t-shirt during a combine.
- New England Patriots: TE Mike Gesicki
Why: The Patriots have a need at CB but this is an extremely deep CB draft, so they give the GOTSBE (Greatest of the SuperBowl Era … Otto Graham is the GOAT) Tom Brady another weapon after he lost both Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola in the offseason, and also prepare for the eventual retirement, trade or release of the Gronk, by drafting a freakish, pass-catching TE in Gesicki.
- Philadelphia Eagles: TE Dallas Goedert
Why: The Eagles don’t have many “needs”. However, after losing TE Trey Burton to the Bears, taking the best available TE in Goedert seems like a wise move for the defending champs to make.
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