Colin usually sits on the sidelines while the “experts” release their mock drafts, but after seeing some of this year’s ridiculous projections by certain draftniks, he can’t sit by and watch any longer.
Today in The Herd, Colin released his NFL Draft Top 10 which is short on crazy Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield projections and long on common sense picks to address team needs. Here’s how Colin sees the top of the draft playing out:
- Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – Enough with the Josh Allen to Cleveland talk, the Browns grab 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. Even Cleveland can’t screw this up.
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: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – There has been talk that the Giants are considering passing on a quarterback here, but Colin thinks that would be a colossal mistake. Take Rosen here, let him sit behind Eli for a year and learn. Pat Shurmur just won with Case Keenum, Rosen gives him a young QB to mold and grow with for the next decade. There’s no reason for New York to overthink the room here.
“The Legend of Josh Rosen.”
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) September 4, 2017
3. Colts: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – The Colts could look to trade down here and get additional picks, but Colin thinks Barkley is as ‘can’t miss’ as Ezekiel Elliott minus the off field headaches. Finally, the Colts get Andrew Luck some help with a dynamic player in the running game.
4. Browns (From Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – The Browns are on the clock again with the Texans’ pick, and Colin sees Minkah Fitzpatrick as the safest pick in the draft with zero bust potential. Cleveland gets an attitude changing anchor for defense that’s been searching for an identity for 20 years. The Browns get Darnold to lead the offense, and Fitzpatrick to lead the defense.
Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN
— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018
5. Broncos: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – Baker Mayfield is a trendy choice for Denver in a lot of mock drafts, but Colin thinks John Elway will land Kirk Cousins in free agency and add an offensive weapon with Ridley. Offensive line is an option, but investing in a playmaker for Cousins is the right move.
— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) February 20, 2018
6. Jets: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – Another spot where everyone will be clamoring for Baker Mayfield, but rolling the dice on Mayfield and the bright lights of New York seems like a bad fit. Instead, the Jets grab freakish pass rusher Bradley Chubb to add to their talented defensive core. He could be the Jets’ Lawrence Taylor.
Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0
— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018
7. Bucs: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – Tampa needs offensive line help, and Nelson is a mauler with a mean streak. He breaks people and is a huge protection upgrade for Jameis Winston. This clip of Nelson blowing up a blizer against Georgia is a good closing argument.
Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8
— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018
8. Bears: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M – Colin likes the Bears overall roster, especially their running backs, and they add an explosive, Percy Harvin type weapon for Mitchell Trubisky and offensive minded rookie head coach Matt Nagy. Kirk is a gamebreaker and will add big plays to what was previously a dink and dunk offense.
— Ezekiel_Elliott21MVP (@Ezekiel21Mvp) January 20, 2018
9. 49ers: Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State – The Niners need offensive help, but Ward gives them a lock down corner that’s too good to pass up. The Saints transformed their defense with Marshon Lattimore, and San Fran does the same here. They can add offense later.
Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this? pic.twitter.com/MwXUEY6Fk7
— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 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.
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:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 21, 2018