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2018 NFL Mock Draft (four analysts making picks as THEY would make them) #29-32

Date:
April 16, 2018

The unfiltered transcripts of a mock draft and chat between four draft analysts -- rotating picks, putting themselves in the place of the GM for that team, making the picks THEY would make when it was their turn with explanations on why...and subsequent comments from the analysts.

We'll be displaying four picks per day over the next 8 days for a complete one round mock and a lot of words/commentary.

Enjoy!

1. XC = Xavier Cromartie...America's foremost mock draft authority, national award winner/record setter in draft accuracy on Huddle.com

2. END = Ender...budding mock draft analyst

3. MC = Myles Crowe...Draft analysts and RB prospect expert

4. RC = R.C. Fischer...College Football Metrics and Fantasy Football Metrics' own...

Fantasy author/analyst Jason Katz will moderate the proceedings

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1.01 Cleveland Browns: QB Baker Mayfield

1.02 New York Giants: EDGE Bradley Chubb

1.03 New York Jets: QB Josh Allen

1.04 Cleveland Browns: CB Denzel Ward

1.05 Denver Broncos: QB Sam Darnold

1.06 Indianapolis Colts: RB Saquon Barkley

1.07 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Derwin James

1.08 Chicago Bears: G Will Hernandez

1.09 San Francisco 49ers: G Quenton Nelson

1.10 Oakland Raiders: LB Tremaine Edmunds

1.11 Miami Dolphins: EDGE Marcus Davenport

1.12 Buffalo Bills: OT Mike McGlinchey

1.13 Washington Redskins: DL Vita Vea

1.14 Green Bay Packers: WR Courtland Sutton

1.15 Arizona Cardinals: DL Taven Bryan

1.16 Baltimore Ravens: C James Daniels

1.17 Los Angeles Chargers: LB Roquan Smith

1.18 Seattle Seahawks: CB Jaire Alexander

1.19 Dallas Cowboys: CB Minkah Fitzpatrick

1.20 Detroit Lions: EDGE Harold Landry

1.21 Cincinnati Bengals: CB Josh Jackson

1.22 Buffalo Bills: QB Lamar Jackson

1.23 New England Patriots: OT Kolton Miller

1.24 Carolina Panthers: CB Mike Hughes

1.25 Tennessee Titans: LB Leighton Vander Esch

1.26 Atlanta Falcons: DT Da’Ron Payne

1.27 New Orleans Saints: TE Hayden Hurst

1.28 Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph

 

XC: 1.29 Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Derrius Guice

You don't need a QB if you never throw a pass. I can't resist reuniting Fournette and Guice. The Jags had the most rushing attempts in the league, and they wish that they could run it even more. The Jags need a legit second RB to take some of the load off of Fournette or to take on main duties when Fournette's ankle flares up. Yeldon is a non-entity.

 

MC: cue the Fournette owners loading up their tomato shooters.

 

END: There’s always been interest in Rudolph. Some teams do think he’s a system QB but some don’t. It was noteworthy for the media only because 1. They don’t like Rudolph and 2. It just recently dawned on them that the Patriots might be looking to draft a QB. Xavier is right in that Rudolph might go ahead of Jackson, but it’s very hard to gauge Lamar’s spot right now. His potential range is massive. At the moment I’m leaning that he goes high...possibly top 10. Teams allegedly love him despite the issues with his mom. It’s always possible it’s another Geno Smith head fake though because there were rumors Geno was going top 5 even up until the draft. 

 

1.01 Cleveland Browns: QB Baker Mayfield

1.02 New York Giants: EDGE Bradley Chubb

1.03 New York Jets: QB Josh Allen

1.04 Cleveland Browns: CB Denzel Ward

1.05 Denver Broncos: QB Sam Darnold

1.06 Indianapolis Colts: RB Saquon Barkley

1.07 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Derwin James

1.08 Chicago Bears: G Will Hernandez

1.09 San Francisco 49ers: G Quenton Nelson

1.10 Oakland Raiders: LB Tremaine Edmunds

1.11 Miami Dolphins: EDGE Marcus Davenport

1.12 Buffalo Bills: OT Mike McGlinchey

1.13 Washington Redskins: DL Vita Vea

1.14 Green Bay Packers: WR Courtland Sutton

1.15 Arizona Cardinals: DL Taven Bryan

1.16 Baltimore Ravens: C James Daniels

1.17 Los Angeles Chargers: LB Roquan Smith

1.18 Seattle Seahawks: CB Jaire Alexander

1.19 Dallas Cowboys: CB Minkah Fitzpatrick

1.20 Detroit Lions: EDGE Harold Landry

1.21 Cincinnati Bengals: CB Josh Jackson

1.22 Buffalo Bills: QB Lamar Jackson

1.23 New England Patriots: OT Kolton Miller

1.24 Carolina Panthers: CB Mike Hughes

1.25 Tennessee Titans: LB Leighton Vander Esch

1.26 Atlanta Falcons: DT Da’Ron Payne

1.27 New Orleans Saints: TE Hayden Hurst

1.28 Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph

1.29 Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Derrius Guice

 

END:

1.30 Minnesota Vikings - We're a playoff team without many weaknesses. We're in a division with Aaron Rodgers and the rising Mitchell Trubisky. The Eagles, Saints, Cowboys, 49'ers, and Rams are all strong, dangerous teams we could face in the playoffs, and each one is led by a very good QB. There are a couple really good corners available that could help us combat all that heavy passing we could be seeing, but it's important to take the right one because we need someone that can step in and contribute positively as a rookie over our more experienced guys. Corners typically struggle their first year (other than the special ones like Lattimore and Ramsey), but we won't be asking our rookie to play against #1 receivers on the outside. We'll stick him in the slot and let him run with smaller, faster receivers. The Minnesota Vikings select...cornerback...Donte Jackson LSU

 

1.01 Cleveland Browns: QB Baker Mayfield

1.02 New York Giants: EDGE Bradley Chubb

1.03 New York Jets: QB Josh Allen

1.04 Cleveland Browns: CB Denzel Ward

1.05 Denver Broncos: QB Sam Darnold

1.06 Indianapolis Colts: RB Saquon Barkley

1.07 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Derwin James

1.08 Chicago Bears: G Will Hernandez

1.09 San Francisco 49ers: G Quenton Nelson

1.10 Oakland Raiders: LB Tremaine Edmunds

1.11 Miami Dolphins: EDGE Marcus Davenport

1.12 Buffalo Bills: OT Mike McGlinchey

1.13 Washington Redskins: DL Vita Vea

1.14 Green Bay Packers: WR Courtland Sutton

1.15 Arizona Cardinals: DL Taven Bryan

1.16 Baltimore Ravens: C James Daniels

1.17 Los Angeles Chargers: LB Roquan Smith

1.18 Seattle Seahawks: CB Jaire Alexander

1.19 Dallas Cowboys: CB Minkah Fitzpatrick

1.20 Detroit Lions: EDGE Harold Landry

1.21 Cincinnati Bengals: CB Josh Jackson

1.22 Buffalo Bills: QB Lamar Jackson

1.23 New England Patriots: OT Kolton Miller

1.24 Carolina Panthers: CB Mike Hughes

1.25 Tennessee Titans: LB Leighton Vander Esch

1.26 Atlanta Falcons: DT Da’Ron Payne

1.27 New Orleans Saints: TE Hayden Hurst

1.28 Pittsburgh Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph

1.29 Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Derrius Guice

1.30 Minnesota Vikings CB Donte Jackson

 

MC: Patriots.  We can count on New England trading back this pick (if they haven't already done so with the previous one) about as much as I can count on my wife impatiently nagging me to do something right in the middle of a game that could easily wait till tomorrow.  But this draft is about staying put, and the Patriots could use an extra body inserted into its linebacking unit, one that desperately needs to get faster and more athletic.  Hightower dealt with multiple injuries last year, and spent some time as a pass rusher..... and Van Noy is a FA after this year. Behind those 2 it's basically empty at LB moving forward..... and so I'm begrudgingly giving them the player I feel offers one of the highest upsides at LB this draft and whom I'd desperately prefer to have slide to day 2 and land in Miami -- Lorenzo Carter.    

 

Bill Belichick will know how to get the most from this gifted player.   Carter should be capable of handling Belichick's scheme and contribute early on, and BB has an affinity for linebackers with pass rush potential, something that Carter is more than capable of as a blitzer and could grow to excel at in time as a 3rd down rush specialist. If Belichick could swish the magic wand and turn 5th round Rob Ninkovich into a very good and productive Swiss Army Knife after doing nothing his first 4 years in the league on 2 other teams,  then I can't imagine what he could Frankenstein up with a guy equally versatile but twice as talented.  New England took a hit losing Jamie Collins.  They can atone for that by drafting Carter here. 

 

RC: Let's see, the Eagles...we know they need a backup QB because Nick Foles is so terrible...

As I was thinking about the Eagles situation, I re-realized...they don't really 'need' anything. They will want an RB because Jay Ajayi is the worst and they love the RBBC, but you can find RBs anywhere at anytime...preseason, in-season. So, the Eagles really only have one kinda need at a key position -- another CB. Sidney Jones returning takes some pressure off, but CB is the one thing they could stand to get stronger at. So, I took the best CB that I had left on the board.

1.32 Eagles select CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado 

I like the size + extra long arms, OK speed, but quite agile (sub-4.0 in the short shuttle). Has nice cover skills and effort, but I wish he was more of a tackler but I can live with that if he can shut people down/cover well. I like Oliver better than Carlton Davis or Anthony Everett at this stage of analysis. 

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About R.C. Fischer

R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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