NFL Free Agency is in full swing, and Colin has revised his Top 10 mock draft according to changing needs based on team signings and other factors. His 3.0 Top 10 continues to shift, and features another team trading up to grab a quarterback.
Here’s how Colin sees the top of the draft playing out, 3.0:
- Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – Cleveland traded for Tyrod Taylor, but they still take Darnold with the #1 pick. He’s got a body that can withstand the punishment of the AFC North, loves football, has a franchise quarterback personality, and is just scratching the surface of his overall potential. There are still Saquon Barkley rumors floating around. That would be a big mistake.
(1.0, 2.0 – 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 – Colin moved Barkley up in his second mock after a strong combine and still thinks the Giants grab him at 2. The Giants front office appears to be content rolling with Eli Manning and will pass on taking a QB with the second overall pick. They just bolstered their o-line with the signing of tackle Nate Solder from New England, and Barkley would provide some balance to an offense that badly needs it. Barkley and Odell Beckham is a scary combo.
(1.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (2.0 Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State)
3. Cardinals (From Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – The Cardinals missed out on Kirk Cousins and, as of now, head into next season with never not injured Sam Bradford at quarterback. With the Niners, Seahawks, and Rams all set with franchise QB’s, the Cardinals trade up with the Colts and take Rosen. He’s the most polished passer in the draft, and arguably the most NFL ready. Without a quarterback in the NFC West the Cardinals will be dead in the water. Rosen is the pick.
(Colts: 1.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) (Colts: 2.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)
Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE pic.twitter.com/3aSY26m3m2
— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017
4. Browns (From Houston): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – With Sam Darnold in the fold, and future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas retiring, the Browns get line help with the “can’t bust” prospect in this year’s draft in Nelson. He’s a nastier version of Cowboys Pro Bowl guard Zach Martin, and will step in and play at a high level immediately. Nelson plays with an old school edge and makes a great bodyguard for Darnold.
(1.0, 2.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama)
Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8
— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018
5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – The Broncos signed Case Keenum in free agency so they’re out on drafting a QB. Instead, they go 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. B.P.A.
(1.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama) (2.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA)
Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0
— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018
6. Jets: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – The Jets couldn’t land Kirk Cousins, so they signed Teddy Bridgewater, and re-signed backup Josh McCown. Colin thinks adding an offensive weapon with Ridley to support either QB is a must. Ridley gives him an explosive weapon to pair with a decent young receiving corps.
(1.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State) (2.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama)
— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) February 20, 2018
7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – Colin had the Browns taking Fitzpatrick with the 4th pick in in his first two mocks, but has him falling to the Bucs after Cleveland takes Quenton Nelson. 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.
(1.0, 2.0 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame)
Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN
— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018
8. Bears: Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State – Ward is still the pick for Chicago. He put on a show at the combine with a 4.32 40-yard dash and is the best cover corner in the draft. He also tackles. Every NFL team can use a lock down corner and Ward has the potential to have an immediate impact like fellow Buckeye Marshon Lattimore did with the Saints.
(1.0 – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M) (2.0 – Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State)
Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this? pic.twitter.com/MwXUEY6Fk7
— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 2018
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. The Bills just signed A.J. McCarron as a stop gap after trading Tyrod Taylor, but he clearly isn’t the long term answer. Allen’s size and huge arm make him a perfect fit for the harsh elements in the second half of the season if he pans out. He’s the biggest boom or bust player in the draft, but the Bills step in and swing for the fences.
(1.0 – Niners: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State) (2.0 – Josh Allen – QB, Wyoming)
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: Roquon Smith, LB, Georgia – Jon Gruden needs to transform the Raiders atrocious defense and the Butkus Award winner is a good start. Smith is an unrelenting tackling machine who racked up 137 tackles for the Bulldogs last year and ran a 4.51 at the combine. Fast. Explosive. Smith is a huge upgrade from what’s currently on the roster.
11. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Colin’s Top 10 this week goes to 11 to include Baker Mayfield to the Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill is coming off a serious knee injury, and even though Colin thinks Mayfield has off field and maturity issues, he can play. Colin has said on numerous occasions that he wouldn’t take Mayfield, but Miami is comfortable enough to pull the trigger.
— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018
Here’s Colin to run it down:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 15, 2018