With the NFL Draft approaching, the pre-draft rumor mill is in overdrive regarding which direction teams are leaning with their picks, Colin tried to separate the truth from the smokescreens and reshuffled his draft order for a seventh time. His seventh mock reflects the most recent developments, including Cleveland taking a quarterback not named Sam Darnold.
Here’s Colin’s Top 10, 7.0:
- Browns: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – Colin has had the Browns taking Sam Darnold since his first mock – he still thinks he’s the best option – but one of his NFL sources confirmed reports that new GM John Dorsey is heavily considering Josh Allen with the pick, so he made the change. Allen’s big frame and huge arm are a perfect fit for the nasty second half AFC North weather conditions, but he’s still a sub 60% completion percentage college quarterback, which is a huge red flag. Allen is boom or bust, but the Browns take the leap.
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
2. Giants: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – Reports through the pre-draft process have indicated that the Giants will pass on a QB here, but with Darnold falling in their lap they can’t pass him up. Darnold has the least bust potential of any of the quarterbacks, all the intangibles teams look for in a franchise signal caller, and his low key personality can handle the media spotlight. New York gets a successor to Eli and a potential star to match up with Carson Wentz in the division.
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
3. Jets (From Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – The Jets moved up to the third spot to draft a quarterback and come away with the best pure passer in the draft. There are more questions about Rosen’s durability and personality than there are about his ability. He’s ready to play right away, but he’ll have to avoid stepping into New York media landmines with his mouth. He and Darnold continue their cross-town rivalry on the other coast.
Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE pic.twitter.com/3aSY26m3m2
— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017
4. Browns (From Houston): Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – With their quarterback in the fold, the Browns take explosive edge rusher Chubb to pair with last year’s #1 pick Myles Garrett. Quality NFL pass rushers are hard to find, and Chubb is a special one. Cleveland will be getting plenty of pressure on opposing QB’s with their new dynamic duo.
Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0
— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018
5. Broncos: Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State – John Elway could go any number of directions with this pick, but elects to replace the departed Aqib Talib with the draft’s best corner in Ward. He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the combine, is an elite athlete, a sure tackler and immediately fills a huge need for Denver.
Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this? pic.twitter.com/MwXUEY6Fk7
— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 2018
6. Bills (From Colts) : Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – With the other top quarterback prospects off the board, Buffalo trades into the Colts 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.
— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018
7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – Colin still thinks Fitzpatrick is too good for the Bucs to pass up at 7. 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. Many say he’s the safest pick in the draft. Day 1 starter.
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. If the Bears are going to turn it around, they need to keep Trubisky off his back. Not a sexy pick, but a solid one.
Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8
— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018
9. Niners: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – GM John Lynch needs playmakers and grabs the biggest home run hitter in the draft for Jimmy G and Kyle Shanahan. Colin doesn’t think Barkley is a 20+ carry-a-game NFL back, but Shanahan will get him the ball in a variety of ways in what will be an explosive offense. Perfect marriage of player and scheme.
10. Raiders: Derwin James, S, Florida State – Jon Gruden needs impact players on defense and James is an elite athlete and playmaker that can cover or play in the box and lay the wood in the run game. Oakland’s secondary has been atrocious. James helps sure up the back end as Gruden rebuilds.
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) April 10, 2018
Watch Colin break down his Top 10, 7.0:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 11, 2018