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Edited by Matt Hicks, Staff Writer
This mock draft was conducted on March 21st by the Top2Sports Staff. Below are the results, with quick descriptions for some of our picks. To step into the GM seat and hear how the live draft went down, with full explanations of every pick, listen to the NFL Mock Draft 2 episode of Top2Pod
- Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC
Reports from around the league all seem to be pointing towards Darnold as the top choice for the Cleveland Browns following his great pro day. The Browns almost surely take their franchise quarterback with this pick and lock up the 20-year-old project to learn behind Tyrod Taylor.
- Buffalo Bills (from NYG) Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming
The Giants take advantage of a “king’s ransom” package offer which includes, amongst other picks, the 12th and 22nd overall picks from Buffalo. The Bill use this pick to make sure they get their guy; Josh Allen. Allen has the big arm and tough play style that Buffalo fans will rally behind for years to come. He offers big upside when combined with deep threat Kelvin Benjamin, but of course comes with accuracy concerns. Not convinced he’s worth the 2nd overall pick? See: draftjoshallen.com
- New York Jets (from IND) Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma
Baker in New York is still Joe Namath 2.0. I love the fit and I think Mayfield can jump start this organization. Mayfield comes with great mechanics and a strong arm, balancing out his character and height concerns. The Jets and Baker seem like a perfect match and it will ignite a rivalry for years to come between the two AFC East rookie quarterbacks.
- Cleveland Browns (from HOU) Minkah Fitzpatrick, Defensive Back, Alabama
- Denver Broncos Quentin Nelson, Guard, Notre Dame
- Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ) Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Penn State
Barkley, who some have debated is worthy of the first overall pick, seemingly free falls to the Colts here. Although the conventional pick is Chubb, Indianapolis benefits from taking the generational talent, even at a position that is less valued than defensive end.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb, EDGE, North Carolina State
- Chicago Bears Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State
- San Francisco 49ers Tremaine Edmunds, Linebacker, Virginia Tech
- Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith, Linebacker, Georgia
The Raiders have next to nothing on defense besides Khalil Mack. I think Gruden knows he needs a Derrick Brooks type linebacker to lead his defense while Mack gets after the quarterback. With Edmunds going off the board right in front of them, Roquan Smith is an easy pick for the Raiders here.
- Miami Dolphins Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle
Miami passes on quarterback here, opting instead to stick with Tannenhill and replace the literally large gap that Suh left in their defensive front.
- New York Giants (from BUF via CIN) Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA
Wait, what? Maybe we overthought this, but Josh Rosen takes the deepest QB dive since Brady Quinn. The Giants are thrilled to get a franchise QB after trading down. Although this isn’t probable, it’s also not illogical; there’s a clear drop off in need after the top 3 picks meaning two quarterbacks will be left at 11. Although Rosen is well regarded as a ready to play quarterback, it’s going to come down to fit and if the Giants trade back early, the fit might not be at the top for Rosen.
- Washington Redskins Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA
- Green Bay Packers Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville
- Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville
Arizona seems like the floor for the top 5 quarterbacks. In Jackson, Arizona gets the most dynamic quarterback in the draft, and very well could have gotten the best value. Jackson comes with great strength and durability, a good arm, and some mechanical concerns but fits in well paired with David Johnson in what could be a very quick offense.
- Baltimore Ravens Rashaan Evans, Linebacker, Alabama
Crabtree signing in Baltimore takes the Ravens away from wide receiver early and instead go back to their old ways and draft defense. They select ‘Sugar’ Rashaan Evans to wreak havoc in the middle of the defense to fit the tough play needed in the AFC North.
- Los Angeles Chargers Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas
- Seattle Seahawks Derwin James, Safety, FSU
James has top 10 skill but falls all the way to Seattle here, making him a fantastic value. James fits the bill of a Seahawks defender, rangy and physical. He replenishes their now depleted secondary and can be a hallmark of their team for years to come.
- Dallas Cowboys Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Ridley falls right into the Cowboys’ lap at 19. Whether Dez is a Cowboy or not, Ridley would add yet another weapon to the arsenal of Dak Prescott and could help Dallas finally get the boost they need to win the NFC East.
- Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst, Defensive Tackle, Michigan
- Cincinnati Bengals (From BUF) Mike McGlinchey, Tackle, Notre Dame
- New York Giants (From BUF via KC) Derrius Guice, Running Back, LSU
With Guice somehow on the board at 22, the Giants completely forget who Wayne Gallman is and call Jonathan Stewart’s agent to tell him he’s better off retired. The Giants win the draft, hands down, if they could somehow land a franchise running back and quarterback.
- Los Angeles Rams Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
- Carolina Panthers Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU
Sutton could be considered the top wideout in this class, and the Panthers need more support for Cam Newton. Sutton gives Carolina everything that Funchess cannot as a WR 1.
- Tennessee Titans DJ Chark, Wide Receiver, LSU
Every draft has a surprise and Chark going in the 1st would be one of the many of this mock draft. The Titans could use a compliment to Corey Davis and Delanie Walker. Chark could give Mariota the weapons he needs to finally pay off as a franchise quarterback Tennessee needs him to be.
- Atlanta Falcons Dallas Goedert, Tight End, South Dakota State
Dallas “Gogurt” Goedert is the first tight end off the board in the draft. He provides an otherwise solid Atlanta offense with a playmaking tight end, so that we can all finally stop pretending Austin Hooper is fantasy relevant.
- New Orleans Saints Da’Ron Payne, Defensive Line, Alabama
- Pittsburgh Steelers Josh Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa
The Steelers have not found the formula in the secondary since Polamalu retired. Josh Jackson is a big, physical corner who can pair with Joe Haden to form the best Steelers secondary in years.
- Jacksonville Jaguars Leighton Vander Esch, Linebacker, Boise State
- Minnesota Vikings Sony Michel, Running Back, Georgia
Thought Chark at 25 was wild? Try this; the Vikings are in position for a luxury pick, and Dalvin Cook and Sony Michel in the same backfield is silly good. They’ll find a way to use that talent in a backfield that could make Ingram and Kamara look boring.
- New England Patriots Orlando Brown, Tackle, Oklahoma
- Philadelphia Eagles Uchenna Nwosu, Linebacker, USC