After the Jets pulled off a trade with the Colts to move up to the third pick, Colin had to run back and re-work his mock draft. Mock draft 4.0 has a big shake up at the top based on a domino effect from deal. Here’s how Colin sees the top of the draft playing out for the fourth time.
- Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – After four mocks, Darnold is still the #1 pick. He’s got a body that can withstand the punishment of the AFC North, loves football, has a franchise quarterback personality, and is just scratching the surface of his overall potential. With the Jets moving into the 3 slot, the Browns can’t afford to pass on a QB. They get the best one in the draft.
(1.0, 2.0, 3.0 – Sam Darnold, QB, USC)
Non mais quelle fin de match ! QB Sam Darnold pour WR Deontay Burnett. TD Trojans !
USC 24, Texas 17 OTpic.twitter.com/R1jDYdnOhe
— TBP College Football (@thebluepennant) September 17, 2017
2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – The Giants front office appears to be content rolling with Eli Manning and will pass on taking a QB with the second overall pick, which Colin thinks this is a massive, shortsighted mistake. Instead, they add the best running back in the draft in Saquon Barkley. Along with newly signed tackle Nate Solder, Barkley will provide a home run threat and balance in the run game. They could regret not using the pick to find replacement for Eli.
(1.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (2.0, 3.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State)
3. Jets (From Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – Colin’s last mock had the Cardinals trading up to the third slot after missing out on Kirk Cousins, but the Jets beat them to the punch. Even after signing Teddy Bridgewater, Rosen is the pick and long term answer. Most scouts think he’s the most refined passer in the draft, and is equipped to handle the glare of the New York media.
(Colts: 1.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) (Colts: 2.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)
Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE pic.twitter.com/3aSY26m3m2
— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017
4. Browns (From Houston): Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State – The Browns’ best cover corner, Jason McCourty, signed with New England so Cleveland grabs the draft’s corner in Ward. He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the combine and his stock is rising as fast as any of this year’s prospects. He’s also not afraid to make a tackle. Cleveland getting a franchise QB and a shut down corner in the first four picks is a nice haul.
(1.0, 2.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama) (3.0 – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame)
Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this? pic.twitter.com/MwXUEY6Fk7
— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 2018
5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – No change here. With Case Keenum in now in the fold, Denver is out on drafting a QB. Instead, they go best available player with explosive pass rusher Chubb. The Broncos D has been on a slow decline since winning the Super Bowl and Chubb would help reignite the pass rush opposite Von Miller.
(1.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama) (2.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (3.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)
Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0
— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018
6. Colts (From Jets) : Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – After trading down with the Jets and amassing more picks, new GM Chris Ballard continues to rebuild the roster with the “can’t bust” prospect in this year’s draft in Nelson. He’s a nastier version of Cowboys Pro Bowl guard Zach Martin, and will step in and play at a high level immediately. Andrew Luck needs protection, Nelson can step in right away to help keep him upright.
(1.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State) (2.0, 3.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama)
Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8
— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018
7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – For the second mock in a row, Colin has Fitzpatrick falling to the Bucs. Tampa needs secondary help and Fitzpatrick is the prototype hybrid DB that can play safety or cover the slot. He provides attitude and leadership to a Tampa D that’s been average.
(1.0, 2.0 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame) (3.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama)
Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN
— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018
8. Bears: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech – The Bears have an underrated roster but bolster their pass rush with the Edwards. He’s a quick twitch athlete, and helped his stock with a 4.55 40-yard dash at the combine. The Bears get a fast, explosive disruptor to add to the mix.
(1.0 – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M) (2.0, 3.0 – Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State)
👀 STONED LACK DRAFT WATCH – Tremaine Edmunds👀
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, VT
6‘5” 253lbs#rannfl #rannflsuechtig #PathToTheDraft #nfldraft #ProDay #HardSmartTough #Hokies #Hokienation @alex_lacki @maine_savage23 @HokiesFB @VT_Football pic.twitter.com/I0wVaBdU0m
— STONED LACK (@StonedLack) March 16, 2018
9. Bills (From Niners): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – John Lynch decides to trade down and Buffalo slides into the 9 slot to grab Josh Allen. Allen’s size and huge arm make him a perfect fit for the harsh AFC East elements in the second half of the season, IF he pans out. He’s the biggest boom or bust player in the draft, but the Bills step in and swing for the fences.
(1.0 – Niners: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State) (2.0, 3.0 – Josh Allen – QB, Wyoming)
Amazing stuff from Josh Allen at the NFL Combine. Has looked the best out of the first group. Baker, Rudolph and Rosen are in the second group. pic.twitter.com/sjxQbHeEor
— Buffalo Sports Talk (@BUFSportsTalk) March 3, 2018
10. Raiders: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio – Colin had the Raiders taking Roquon Smith (LB, Georgia) in his last mock, but Davenport returns this week. He’s a relatively unknown pass rusher with limitless athletic ability, and Jon Gruden needs defensive help. Davenport may be unknown, but made his presence known by dominating the competition at the Senior Bowl. Khalil Mack and Davenport would make a formidable duo.
(1.0, 2.0 – Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas San-Antonio) (3.0 Roquon Smith, LB, Georgia)
Wanna see some hands and nuanced footwork, check out Marcus Davenport here. Makes it seem like such an easy sack, but if you watch how well he sets up the tackle you see why pic.twitter.com/0wO8LbDvD9
— Coach Coker (@filmstudybuddy) February 6, 2018
11. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Colin has been critical of Mayfield for maturity issues, but Ryan Tannehill is coming off a serious knee injury, and doesn’t look like he’s the answer. Colin has said on numerous occasions that he wouldn’t take Mayfield, but Miami is comfortable enough to make the call.
— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018
Here’s Colin to run it down:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 19, 2018