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Matt Queue Mock Draft: Big Trade Up
Published at 4/17/2018 12:57:33 PM

Mock Draft 2.0. I don't have much to do, and the league changes quickly, so here's another mock draft

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Round 1

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

There have been a lot of reports of Josh Allen overtaking Sam Darnold as the favorite for the first overall pick. I'm not buying it. Cleveland cannot afford to whiff on Josh Allen, who - despite his otherwordly potential - may need someone better than Hue Jackson to help him get there. Darnold is safer while still offering a high ceiling.


2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State

I do not think the Giants will find a suitable trade partner at #2, and I don't see them taking a QB right now. The best thing for Dave Gettleman is to add a superstar to the team to build their future around. It might be a QB, but I think Bradley Chubb and Saquon Barkley are more guaranteed to reach the highest level of play. It's New York, they'll be able to poach a QB in free agency when Eli retires.


3. Jets: Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

It sounds like the Jets' preference for quarterback starts with Sam Darnold, then they prefer Josh Allen if Darnold is off the board. I believe the only QB the Giants will pick this year would be Sam Darnold. In the event Allen in Darnold are both off the board by the time the Jets get to pick, this is definitely going to be Baker Mayfield.


4. Bills: Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

CLE receives: picks #12 and #22, 2018 third round pick, 2019 second round pick
BUF receives: pick #4, 2019 third round pick

If Barkley is gone, Cleveland would be wise to grab Buffalo's two first-round picks in a trade. Rosen would benefit strongly from the small market city, as Aaron Rodgers did from being in Green Bay. All the skills are there and this guy's ready to start.


5. Broncos: Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

I believe John Elway might choose to target one of the consensus top three talents. With all three of them off the board, Denver will look to protect the guy they spent so much money on to start for them. I think the Broncos are one of the teams that are likely to target a second-day QB like Mason Rudolph or Kyle Lauletta




6. Colts: Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, N.C. State

The Colts' dream pass rusher falls to them at the sixth overall pick, and they're elated. An offense-heavy start to the draft means the Colts get their version of Joey Bosa. With multiple second day picks, the Colts can have a franchise-changing draft this year.


7. Buccaneers: Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

Derwin James can be what Jalen Ramsey offers the Jaguars in terms of a leader in the secondary. It gives the Buccaneers' defense a new identity and an actual role model coming from Tallahassee. I think Denzel Ward and Josh Jackson are other options for Tampa Bay.


8. Bears: Joshua Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa

At first it seemed like Marcus Davenport would be the top-10 reach of the year. Now, I think Jackson will steal that spot after improving on his numbers at his pro day. Bigger cornerbacks tend to go before smaller ones early in the draft (Eli Apple vs. Vernon Hargreaves), and Jackson offers more size than Denzel Ward. He's an instinct player that reminds me of Marcus Peters, but could end up like Trae Waynes.


9. Cardinals: Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

SF receives: pick #15, 2018 second round pick, 2018 fifth round pick
ARI receives: pick #9, 2019 fourth round pick

For the record, I don't think the Cardinals have to worry about the Dolphins picking Mayfield at #11. Arizona has to worry about potential trades from teams like the Chargers, Saints, or Steelers trying to make a move. Mayfield can learn from Sam Bradford while he avoids the beating that's going to come with the immediate starting QB gig next season.


10. Raiders: Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

The Raiders value Vea over the top CB prospects, so I think this will be the pick here. Vea can anchor the defensive line for years to come while Khalil Mack dominates the edge. This duo reminds me of Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata.


11. Dolphins: Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State

Denzel Ward falls to the same spot Marshon Lattimore fell to in last years draft. While Ward is the inferior player, he has a great chance of becoming a top CB on a team. The Dolphins need secondary help in the worst way, and this is the start.


12. Browns: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama

The Browns are in a really great situation with another pick left in this draft. They are also fortunate they can pick a top defensive prospect of their choosing between Tremaine Edmunds, Roquan Smith, and Fitzpatrick. Minkah was mocked to the Browns at four early in the pre-draft process, and he'd still be a good fit for them here.


13. Redskins: Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

The Redskins go with another Alabama defender with Payne. He is an athletic monster who can dominate both in rushing the passer and stopping the run. He made Jonathan Allen better playing beside him in college, and he can do it again in the pros.


14. Packers: Tremaine Edmunds, Outside Linebacker, Virginia Tech

The Packers need secondary help and another wide receiver, but I think they go with the best player available. Tremaine Edmunds is an athletic freak who can learn from Clay Matthews. This defense is a piece or two in the secondary away from being scary.


15. 49ers: Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

This pick has one purpose, surround Jimmy Franchise with talent. This could just as well be a wide receiver, but that position is much deeper than offensive tackles are. McGlinchey is better than Garrett Bolles was coming out of college last year, and learning while starting across from Joe Staley would be an awesome opportunity.


16. Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Ravens cannot give up on trying to land a game changing wideout. It's the last piece this team needs to be good enough to make a playoff birth with Joe Flacco. At least it would've been last year. I think this could be the start of a rebuild for Baltimore. However, Ridley's a good start. He's a pro ready receiver who can succeed as a long term 1B option.


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