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Whiskey Slick's 2018 Mock 1.0
Published at 2/13/2018 11:30:19 AM
2 Full Rounds with 64 Write-ups
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Needs some work, but the kid has an arm like a young John Elway and he made some beautiful touch passes in the Senior Bowl too. Enormous upside.
Darnold had a disappointing 2017, but size and skill are impressive and unlike Rosen there are no character issues or injury history. Sitting for a year or two behind Eli is ideal.
There are two ways to protect your QB, a strong O-line and/or an elite RB in the mold of Elliott, Gurley and Fournette. Barkley is the latter. That said, any O-lineman they take in this spot would be a big reach over Barkley.
TRADE: Jets leap Denver, from 6 to 4, to insure they get their man. The Broncos probably would have taken Rosen anyway. Elway prefers the prototype, not someone you might have to tailor a spread offense around, but Mayfield is a plus 70% passer (consecutive seasons), not as a dink & dunk artist, but as a downfield passer. That kind of accuracy (and mobility) doesn't grow on trees. The draft trade value chart is 200 Points. The Jets early 3rd RD Pick is 230 Points. That seems like a fair trade for both sides, but the Jets have two 2nd RD Picks as well. If the Browns insist on their later 2, they might have to overpay to finally get their QB.
I'm not sure the Broncos will be brokenhearted over getting leaped for Mayfield. Not that Mayfield isn't a terrific QB prospect, but as I said above, Elway prefers the prototype and Rosen is definitely that. If not for some injury and character concerns, he might have been a TOP 2 Pick.
Every rules change over the past two decades has made this a passing league. Just look at the offensive (record breaking) numbers in the Super Bowl. So the two most important things you need in todays NFL is a franchise QB had a lethal pass rush. Garrett and Chubb could be a lethal pass rushing duo at the bookends for many years to come.
This small school product has as much upside as any player in this draft. Some smart draft guys are comparing him to a young Demarcus Ware. The Bucs desperately need an elite edge rusher and this could be their man.
Like Davenport, Edmunds was vastly underrated only a month ago. That seems to have ended for both of them. IMO Edmunds is a serious candidate for DROTY (Defensive Rookie of the Year) in 2018. He's a monster.
Most people consider Barkley and Nelson the best players in this draft regardless of position. The 49ers stole their young FQB for a 2nd RD Pick and just made him the NFL's highest paid player, now they have to give him every chance to succeed with upgrades at WR and on the O-line.
I think he's a big, physical corner, the kind every team is looking for, but either way, corner or safety, he instantly upgrades the Raiders sieve of a pass defense.
Some people will call this a reach and it probably is, but here's the deal, unless you have a FQB in this league, or damn close to it, you are nothing on your way to nowhere. That said, Jackson may not be perfect and he's certainly not the prototype, but this kid is dynamic and he loves football, and he's a better passer than he's given credit for too. Not that he doesn't need work, but there is plenty of upside here.
Bengals get their pick of the litter at OT, a position they desperately need to address. That said, Brown has the size, strength, power and wingspan that you just can't teach. This behemoth protected Mayfield's blindside like the Hope Diamond. I believe he will be the first OT off the board.
Monster NT or 3-4 DE. This guy is a force, the kind of player you have to double on every play, and even that might not suffice.
This kid is a TOP 10 talent. Potential shutdown corner in a league where shutdown corners are growing extinct. If he falls to the Packers here, I would consider it a steal.
Williams had a down year in 2017 due to injuries, but in 2016 he looked like a TOP 5 Pick. I think thats the player you are getting when healthy. I'm sure they would love to draft a QB here, but IMO there are none left who carry a 1st RD Grade. So they'll have to wait until RD 2 (#47) and hope for Rudolph, Falk or Mike White, maybe even Lauletta who looked like Jimmy Garoppolo in the Senior Bowl, taking home Game MVP honors.
His numbers at Alabama certainly don't suggest he's a TOP 20 Pick, but WR's are totally dependent on their QB's and Bama' had one of the worst passing QB's in college football. Its a testament to Nick Saban's greatness that he could take a team with that QB to the finals, but there's no way they win it if they didn't make the switch to the Freshman QB at halftime. IOW's I believe Ridley is a lot better than his numbers indicate, and the Ravens need to take that gamble. They have to get Flacco a legit go-to-guy.