As the draft approaches, more teams are rumored to be looking to move up to snag a QB, and the Giants trading Jason Pierre Paul sends a signal that they are open for business with the second overall pick. Colin’s Mock Draft 5.0 reflects how the impending run on quarterbacks will shake up the Top 10:
- Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – Darnold aced his pro day in unexpectedly rainy SoCal conditions, and locked up the #1 pick in the process. Colin has said all along that Darnold is his top QB in the draft. He’s the only pick for the Browns here.
(1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 – 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. Cardinals (From Giants): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – Colin’s last mock had Rosen to the Jets with the third selection, but Arizona GM Steve Keim needs a QB so he jumps in front by working a deal with the Giants for Rosen. Most scouts think he’s the most refined passer in the draft. Durability and personality questions don’t scare off Arizona.
(1.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (2.0, 3.0, 4.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State)
Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE pic.twitter.com/3aSY26m3m2
— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017
3. Jets (From Colts): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – Colin had the Bills trading up with the Niners into the 9 slot to grab Allen in previous mocks, but the QB frenzy has the Jets grabbing him after trading up to 3. Allen has by far the best physical tools of any QB in the draft, and his body type and huge arm are a perfect fit for the nasty second half AFC East weather conditions. He’ll need to sit for a year, but Teddy Bridgewater and/or Josh McCown can bridge the gap. Allen is boom or bust, but the Jets shoot their shot.
(Colts: 1.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) (Colts: 2.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State) (3.0, 4.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA)
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
4. Browns (From Houston): Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – The biggest home run hitter in the draft falls to the Browns after the Jets and Cardinals go QB. Colin doesn’t think Barkley is a 20+ carry-a-game NFL back, but he’s dynamic and gives the Browns another offensive cornerstone to go with Darnold. It’s a good day in Cleveland.
(1.0, 2.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama) (3.0 – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame) (4.0 – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State)
5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – John Elway may have considered a quarterback if one falls to him, but that ship has sailed. Instead, he goes 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, 4.0 – 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) : Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State – GM Chris Ballard starts to reshape a listless defense with the draft’s best 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 a sure tackler. The Colts have so many holes on their roster, a number of picks would make sense here. Ward fills a huge need and get picks by trading down. Win, win.
(1.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State) (2.0, 3.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama) (4.0 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame)
Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this? pic.twitter.com/MwXUEY6Fk7
— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 2018
7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – For the third 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. Day 1 starter on a defense that needs a tone setter.
(1.0, 2.0 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame) (3.0, 4.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama)
Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN
— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018
8. Bears: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – The Bears give Mitchell Trubisky some interior line protection with the dominant Nelson. He’s been compared to Cowboys Pro Bowl guard Zach Martin, and will step in and play at a high level immediately. Nelson is a mauler and plays like a throwback. Not a sexy pick, but a solid one.
(1.0 – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M) (2.0, 3.0 – Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State) (4.0 – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech)
Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8
— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018
9. Bills (From Niners): Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – With the other top quarterback prospects off the board, Buffalo trades into the Niners slot to grab Baker Mayfield. Colin has been critical of Mayfield for maturity issues, but he’s accurate and is one of three rookie QB’s that can play right away. Colin thinks Mayfield’s lack of size and arm strength are a bad fit for the winter conditions in Buffalo.
(1.0 – Niners: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State) (2.0, 3.0, 4.0 – Josh Allen – QB, Wyoming)
— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018
10. Raiders: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio – He’s a relatively unknown pass rusher with limitless athletic ability, and Jon Gruden needs defensive help. Davenport may not have the big school pedigree, but made his presence known by dominating the competition at the Senior Bowl. Khalil Mack and Davenport would make a formidable pass rush combo.
(1.0, 2.0, 4.0- 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
Watch Colin break down his Top 10, 5.0:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 22, 2018