Colin has put out 7 versions of his mock draft, depicting what he thinks will actually happen in the 2018 NFL Draft, but today he put out his ‘Mocked Draft,’ which lays out his dream scenario of how he hopes the draft will play out. There are plenty of surprises and longshots, but if it played out the way Colin wants it to, the storylines would break the internet. He knows you’re going to hate it, but that’s why he loves it.
Here are Colin’s dream draft picks, 1-10:
- Patriots (From Browns) : Sam Darnold, QB, USC – Bill Belichick has four picks in the first two rounds, and pulls off a stunner of a trade with new Browns GM John Dorsey to snag Tom Brady’s future replacement in Darnold. He packages his first pick, the Rams first pick from the Brandin Cooks trade, another pick to move up and get Darnold. Darnold’s personality is perfect for the Patriots culture and he can be groomed as Brady’s eventual replacement, while having time to learn the NFL game. Needless to say if this happened it would dominate sports talk for about a month.
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 – Colin isn’t buying the smokescreen that the Giants won’t draft a quarterback. They take the most NFL ready college QB from a skills standpoint to begin the transition on from Eli Manning. There would definitely be some Eli/Rosen drama at some point which would make an enticing sub plot for the New York media and the blogosphere.
Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE pic.twitter.com/3aSY26m3m2
— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017
3. Jets (From Colts): Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Colin has said that Baker Mayfield has the talent to win games, he’s just not sure about his maturity. He’s also said that Mayfield in New York would be the worst scenario for his career. Mayfield’s lack of size and arm strength are a bad fit for the winter conditions in New York, and the swarming Big Apple media could eat him alive by dissecting every late night out and crotch grab. Still, the Jets drafting a next gen Broadway Joe would generate plenty of headlines, good or bad.
— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018
4. Browns (From Texans): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – After dealing the first pick to Belichick, the Browns still get a QB of the future in Allen. According to multiple reports, John Dorsey has Allen compared favorably to Sam Darnold, but Allen to Cleveland is the ultimate boom or bust scenario. Allen’s cannon arm is perfect for the AFC North winter conditions, but his accuracy problems could make him a massive bust.
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
5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – John Elway goes best available player with explosive N.C. State 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. Colin thinks they would become the best pass rush combo in the NFL.
Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0
— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018
6. Colts (From Jets) : Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – The Colts traded down from the third pick, but the biggest home run hitter in the draft still falls to them at 6. Colin doesn’t think Barkley is a 20+ carry-a-game NFL back, but he’s dynamic and gives the Colts more offensive balance to take the pressure off of Andrew Luck coming off an injury. Colin is all in for a Luck comeback.
7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – For a ‘Dream Draft’ this isn’t a headline grabber, but Fitzpatrick falling to the Bucs could be a pick we look back on as a big time first round hit. Tampa needs secondary help and Fitzpatrick is the prototype NFL 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.
Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN
— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018
8. Bears: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – Colin wants the Bears to be good because it’s good for the league, and if that’s going to happen Mitchell Trubisky needs to be upright. Nelson gives Trubisky immediate interior line protection and a nasty streak in the run game that’s a perfect match for Chicago. Zero bust potential and a likely Pro Bowler. Easy decision.
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: Jets: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – John Lynch gets Kyle Shanahan and Jimmy Garoppolo an offensive chess piece in what should be a prolific San Francisco attack. Lynch has done wonders overhauling the roster in a short time, but the receiving corps lacks explosive playmakers. Ridley should flourish in their scheme. This might be too high for some, but It’s a good fit and the Niners will be far more heavily covered as NFC West contenders than past years.
— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) February 20, 2018
10. Cardinals (From Raiders): Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville: The Cardinals need to draft a quarterback and trade up to get the hotly debated Jackson. Jackson has elite NFL athletic ability, but doubters think he’ll struggle in the framework of an NFL offense. He could be a bust, but if he pans out he could be a star. With always injured Sam Bradford the likely starter, Jackson could get on the field sooner than later which would be a weekly storyline and back and forth from the anti- and pro-Jackson camps hoping for an ‘I told you so.’
Lamar Jackson is held to a different standard.
At age 19 & 20 he put up 3500+ PaYards/1500+ RuYard/45+ TD seasons. Heisman. 2x ACC OPOY.
It took Deshaun Watson a few games to take the league by storm when a coach built a gameplan around his skillset. DO THE SAME FOR LAMAR. pic.twitter.com/jdqKgIENcU
— Steve Frederick (@SportsGuyTweets) April 2, 2018
Watch Colin break down his Top 10 dream draft:
1. *Patriots – Sam Darnold
2. Giants – Josh Rosen
3. Jets – Baker Mayfield
4. Browns – Josh Allen
5. Broncos – Bradley Chubb
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 9, 2018