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2018 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

The Bills work the draft board twice to make two picks in the first round

April 03, 2018 - 10:07 pm

Derek Kramer
@DerekKramerWGR


There are three weeks until the 2018 NFL Draft and the suspense is figuratively killing a large portion of the Buffalo Bills fan base. Too many questions. Not enough answers. So much speculation that there is no stone left unturned.

  • "They need to trade up"
  • "They can't give up their whole draft class"
  • "Do they get to No. 2? Cleveland at No. 4?"
  • "Which quarterback will they take?"

This is obviously only for entertainment purposes and get everyone's minds going. However, there is a way that the Bills can have their cake (two first round picks) and eat it too (get a top quarterback in the draft).

With that said, let the fun begin!

 

1.) Cleveland Browns
SELECTION: Sam Darnold - Quarterback - USC
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 220 pounds

While Darnold has some kinks to work out in his game (all of these quarterbacks have something to work on), the Browns have been heavily linked to Darnold for a long portion of this draft process. Cleveland can also allow Darnold to fix some of his mechanics while he sits behind Tyrod Taylor.

 

2.) New York Giants
SELECTION: Bradley Chubb - Defensive End - North Carolina State
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 276 pounds

The Giants sit at No. 2 and take the best player available. While it will be tempting to move down, the Giants have more chances at an extra first round pick with trade talks involving Odell Beckham Jr. growing more intense. 

 

3.) New York Jets (from the Indianapolis Colts)
SELECTION: Josh Allen - Quarterback - Wyoming 
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 233 pounds

Between Josh Allen and Josh Rosen, I'd go Rosen every time. However, I'm sold on the fact that the Jets moved up for Allen. After the Bills pumped out tons of interest in the big-armed passer to the media, the Jets reacted by trading three second round picks to move up three spots. It's for Allen. 

 

4.) ***TRADE - Denver Broncos (Acquired from the Cleveland Browns)***
SELECTION: Baker Mayfield - Quarterback - Oklahoma
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 216 pounds

The Broncos have been linked to Mayfield since the Senior Bowl, and there is no doubt that the Bills are scaring another team. Denver moves up to guarantee they get Mayfield to compete for a starting job against Case Keenum.

 

5.) ***TRADE - Cleveland Browns (Acquired from the Denver Broncos)***
SELECTION: Saquon Barkley - Running Back - Penn State
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 229 pounds

The Browns land a couple of mid-round picks to move down just one spot, where they take Barkley to aid the running game and get the best player available on the draft board.

 

6. Indianapolis Colts (from the New York Jets)
SELECTION: Minkah Fitzpatrick - Cornerback - Alabama
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 203 pounds

The Colts have holes in a lot of areas, taking the versatile Fitzpatrick to help their secondary. The Colts were not interested in falling to 12 before, so a trade up from the Bills to the sixth pick is not going to happen. 

 

7.) ***TRADE - Buffalo Bills (Acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)***
SELECTION: Josh Rosen - Quarterback - UCLA
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 218 pounds

The Bills have the ammunition to move anywhere that they need to, including to the fourth pick. But the Bills would be allowed to exercise patience with both Mayfield and Rosen, being available as of the fourth pick. The best part of this trade up? It's only five spots, which would allow the Bills to keep the 22nd pick in the first round. Buffalo would give up the 12th, 53rd, 56nd and 65th picks in this year's draft.

 

8.) Chicago Bears
SELECTION: Connor Williams - Offensive Tackle - Texas
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 288 pounds

Williams is the top tackle of the class and the Bears could use a player to protect second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The Bears could look into linebacker Roquan Smith as a possibility as well.

 

9.) ***TRADE - Arizona Cardinals (Acquired from the San Francisco 49ers)***
SELECTION: Lamar Jackson - Quarterback - Louisville 
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 211 pounds

The Cardinals are sitting at 15 with Miami ahead of them, and the Chargers at 17 as a threat. Arizona moves up to secure a quarterback of their own, giving up the 15th, 47th, and 79th pick in 2018, plus a 2019 second round pick to move up six spots in a move similar to Buffalo's trade up.

 

10.) Oakland Raiders
SELECTION: Roquan Smith - Linebacker - Georgia
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 225 pounds

While Jon Gruden is turning the Raiders into a team better suited for 1999, there is no way they can pass up the sideline-to-sideline range and athletic talent that Smith boasts.

 

11.) Miami Dolphins
SELECTION: Vita Vea - Defensive Tackle - Washington
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 340 pounds

The Dolphins lose out on all of the quarterbacks that go in the top-10, but have a stellar talent fall to them in Vea, who would fill the void left by Ndamukong Suh. Guard Quenton Nelson is an option for Miami at this pick as well.

 

12.) ***TRADE - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Acquired from the Buffalo Bills via Cincinnati Bengals)***
SELECTION: Quenton Nelson - Guard - Notre Dame
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 330 pounds

Nelson's slide is more about his position than his talent. Nelson is a top-five talent, Tampa falls back thanks to Buffalo and still gets a top-five type of player they coveted in the draft process. 

 

13.) Washington Redskins
SELECTION: Jaire Alexander - Cornerback - Louisville
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 192 pounds

The Redskins' secondary has been a mess, even with the addition of Josh Norman several years back. Alexander gives Washington another corner to pair with Norman, allowing the secondary to start to improve.

 

14.) Green Bay Packers
SELECTION: Calvin Ridley - Wide Receiver - Alabama
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190 pounds

Ridley is the best receiver in a deeper, but not top-heavy draft class. With a lethal combination of size and speed, Ridley gives the Packers a threat that is similar to now-Raiders wideout Jordy Nelson. 

 

15.) ***TRADE - San Francisco 49ers (Acquired from the Arizona Cardinals)***
SELECTION: Cortland Sutton - Wide Receiver - SMU
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 216 pounds

Sutton is a player who runs well for his size, but gives Jimmy Garoppolo a big target to get the ball to in red zone situations. The 49ers could use some help at wideout as Marquise Goodwin was the most productive player in 2017 and Pierre Garcon is 31-years-old. 

 

16.) Baltimore Ravens
SELECTION: Derrius Guice - Running Back - LSU
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 218 pounds

The Ravens offense could use any upgrade to their offense, and while Alex Collins ran well for Baltimore, Guice is a talent that cannot be denied. Guice is a far more balanced runner than his predecessor, Leonard Fournette. 

 

17.) Los Angeles Chargers
SELECTION: Mike McGlinchey - Offensive Tackle - Notre Dame
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 315 pounds

The Chargers don't get a chance to move up for Lamar Jackson, but can settle for one of the better tackles in a good draft class on the offensive line. 

 

18.) Seattle Seahawks
SELECTION: Joshua Jackson - Cornerback - Iowa
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 192 pounds

With the departure of Richard Sherman and the health of Kam Chancellor, the Seahawks went from Legion of Boom to Legion to Burnt. They need to aid the secondary quickly, and Jackson is a fine prospect to start with. 

 

19.) Dallas Cowboys
SELECTION: Derwin James - Safety - Florida State
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 211 pounds

The Cowboys defense gets a major upgrade to their secondary with the rangy James, capable of center field free safety ability combined with hard hitting in run support.

 

20.) Detroit Lions
SELECTION: Da'Ron Payne - Defensive Tackle - Alabama
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 308 pounds

Payne is another talented defensive tackle coming from Alabama, with a nice combination of strength and intensity to create havoc in the trenches.

 

21.) Cincinnati Bengals (from the Buffalo Bills)
SELECTION: Will Hernandez - Guard - UTEP
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 330 pounds

Hernandez is a road-grading interior lineman that can also hold his own in pass protection. The Bengals got outside help with Cordy Glenn, now they get help on the inside of the offensive line.

 

22.) ***TRADE - New Orleans Saints (Acquired from the Buffalo Bills)***
SELECTION: Mason Rudolph - Quarterback - Oklahoma State
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 230 pounds

The Bills bail out of 22, getting at least a third round pick (91st overall) to move down in the first round. The Saints, meanwhile, take the sixth quarterback of the first round to groom behind Drew Brees.

 

23.) New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams)
SELECTION:
Leighton Vander Esch - Outside Linebacker - Boise State
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 256 pounds

The Patriots were often linked to Vander Esch, but his stock has been rising. With an additional first round pick, New England doesn't have to worry about losing their chance at Vander Esch.

 

24.) Carolina Panthers
SELECTION: Christian Kirk - Wide Receiver - Texas A&M
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 pounds

Kirk is a smaller, quicker threat for a receiving corps that is often drafting taller wideouts that specialize in high-pointing the football.

 

25.) Tennessee Titans
SELECTION: Denzel Ward - Cornerback - Ohio State
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 191 pounds

Ward is a speedy corner who has experience playing on the inside and outside, allowing the Titans a versatile corner to shore up the secondary.

 

26.) Atlanta Falcons
SELECTION:
Taven Bryan - Defensive Tackle - Florida
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 291 pounds

Bryan is still learning the defensive tackle position, but has enough talent and athleticism to make the Falcons versatile defensive front better.

 

27.) *** TRADE - Buffalo Bills (Acquired from the New Orleans Saints)***
SELECTION: Maurice Hurst - Defensive Tackle - Michigan
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 280 pounds

The Bills slide down to get Hurst, who did have a minor health scare at the NFL Combine that could affect his draft value. Hurst is a smaller, quicker, 4-3 defensive tackle with a burst off the line reminiscent of Kyle Williams.

 

28.) Pittsburgh Steelers
SELECTION: Tremaine Edwards - Linebacker - Virginia Tech
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 250 pounds

The Steelers have a hole in the heart of their defense with the spinal injury of linebacker Ryan Shazier. Edmunds is one of the best inside linebackers of the draft and able to help stabilize the middle of Pittsburgh's defense.

 

29.) Jacksonville Jaguars
SELECTION: Orlando Brown - Offensive Tackle - Oklahoma
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 348 pounds

Brown lost himself some money with a putrid athletic showing at the NFL Combine, but he is still a heavy hitting, power scheme tackle that would fit perfectly into the offense coached by Doug Marrone.

 

30.) ***TRADE - Indianapolis Colts (Acquired from the Minnesota Vikings)***
SELECTION:
Rashaan Evans - Linebacker - Alabama
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 234 pounds

The Vikings bail out of the first round, and the Colts get a linebacker to help shore up a terrible Indianapolis defense.

 

31.) New England Patriots
SELECTION:
Mike Hughes - Cornerback - Central Florida
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 189 pounds

The Patriots got embarrassed in the Super Bowl, reminding the team that they need depth in the secondary. They traded for Jason McCourty, but adding Hughes can only help.

 

32.) Philadelphia Eagles
SELECTION:
Sony Michel - Running Back - Georgia
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 220 pounds

Michel came into his own in a backfield that starred Nick Chubb. Michel is a more complete runner than Chubb, and his pass catching skills make him the pick for an explosive Eagles offense.

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