After the NFL Scouting Combine, and news that Denver is likely out of the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, Colin had to go back in the lab and re-mock his first mock draft based on the most recent information. His 2.0 Top 10 changes considerably because Denver looks like they’ll be pursuing a QB with the 5th pick. Saquon Barkley’s impressive combine performance also has him moving up.
Here’s how Colin sees the top of the draft playing out, 2.0:
- Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – No change here, the Browns stick with Sam Darnold. He’s got a body that can withstand the punishment of the AFC North, loves football, and is just scratching the surface of his overall potential. Saquon Barkley’s impressive combine performance has Browns fans clamoring to make him the pick here. Don’t overthink this Cleveland.
(1.0 – 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 – Coming off a strong combine, Barkley’s stock continues to rise. Colin thinks Giants ownership is gun shy about drafting a QB with the second overall pick because of the uproar after Eli Manning’s benching last year. Barkley gives them their best running back since Tiki Barber, and a legitimate home run hitter to pair with Odell Beckham.
(1.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA)
3. Colts: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – With Saquon Barkley off the board, the Colts grab freakish pass rusher Bradley Chubb to build their weak defensive core. Chubb would give them their first stud pass rusher since Dwight Freeney. GM Chris Ballard gets a cornerstone piece as he continues to rebuild the roster.
(1.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State)
Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0
— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018
4. Browns (From Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – The Browns second first round pick remains unchanged. Bama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick is still the pick, and the player with the least bust potential in the draft. Cleveland gets an attitude changing anchor and transformative leadership. Fitzpatrick’s solid combine performance only confirmed that he can be a versatile impact player in the NFL
(1.0- Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama)
Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN
— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018
5. Broncos: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – With recent reports indicating that the Broncos aren’t among the finalists for Kirk Cousins, Denver shifts their focus to finding a franchise quarterback. While some teams might be turned off by Rosen’s opinionated nature, he’s very similar to John Elway when he cam out of Stanford. After living through two seasons in QB purgatory, Elway gets the most polished quarterback in the draft to revive Denver’s offense.
(1.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama)
“The Legend of Josh Rosen.”
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) September 4, 2017
6. Jets: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – Based on recent reports, Colin thinks the Jets will land Kirk Cousins in free agency and add an offensive weapon with Ridley to support their investment. Cousins needs to be surrounded by talent to succeed. Ridley gives him an explosive weapon to pair with a decent receiving corps. It’s a good fit.
(1.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)
— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) February 20, 2018
7. Bucs: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – No change here. Tampa needs offensive line help, and Nelson is a pencil in Day 1 starter, and a nastier version of Zach Martin. Nelson is a huge protection upgrade for Jameis Winston and will be a beast in the run game. He could be the best overall player in the draft.
Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8
— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018
(1.0-Quenton Nelson, OG, ND)
8. Bears: Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State – Ward put on a show at the combine with a 4.32 40-yard dash, and is the best cover corner in the draft. He has the potential to have an immediate impact like fellow Buckeye Marshon Lattimore did with the Saints. They can add offense later.
Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this? pic.twitter.com/MwXUEY6Fk7
— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 2018
(1.0 – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M)
9. Bills (From Niners): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – With Minkah Fitzpatrick, Denzel Ward and Quenton Nelson off the board, John Lynch decides to trade down and Buffalo slides into the 9 slot to grab Josh Allen. Tyrod Taylor clearly isn’t the answer, and Allen’s size and huge arm make him a perfect fit for the harsh elements in the second half of the season. Allen isn’t a finished product and has a bigger than average bust potential, but you can’t deny his physical tools.
(1.0 – Niners: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State)
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 – Davenport is a relatively unknown pass rusher with limitless athletic ability, and Jon Gruden needs defensive help. This will be seen as a reach by some, but Davenport dominated the competition at the Senior Bowl and plays angry. Khalil Mack was unknown, too.
(1.0 – Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas San-Antonio)
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
Here’s Colin to run it down:
1. Browns – Sam Darnold
2. Giants – Saquon Barkley
3. Colts – Bradley Chubb
4. Browns – Minkah Fitzpatrick
5. Broncos – Josh Rosen@ColinCowherd unveils his post-#NFLCombine Mock Draft 2.0 pic.twitter.com/vPVpjPRHeB
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 6, 2018