CAPACCIO: 2018 Mock Draft No. 2

The Bills wait a little longer to make their move

Sal Capaccio
April 18, 2018 - 11:49 pm

Photo: Troy Babbitt - USA TODAY Sports

With one week to go until the 2018 NFL Draft kicks off, here's my second mock draft:

1.) CLEVELAND BROWNS - Josh Allen (QB, Wyoming)

COMMENT: I believe the “Allen-to-Browns-first-overall” hype is legitimate. So let’s do it.

2.) NY GIANTS - Saquon Barkley (RB, Penn State)

3.) NY JETS - Sam Darnold (QB, USC)

COMMENT: With the Browns taking Allen, the Jets have the option of Darnold, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Rosen. They take Darnold, who many believe is the safest of all the quarterbacks in this class.

4.) CLEVELAND BROWNS - Bradley Chubb (DE, NC State)

COMMENT: With how the board falls, the Browns will get plenty of phone calls to trade out of this spot, but they stay put and get both the best quarterback on their own board and the best defensive player in the draft who, by the way, they now pair with last year’s No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett on opposite sides of the defensive line. 

5.) DENVER BRONCOS - Quenton Nelson (OG, Notre Dame) 

6.) MIAMI DOLPHINS - Baker Mayfield (QB, Oklahoma)
***Trade with Colts; Dolphins give up 11 and 42***

COMMENT: The Dolphins love Mayfield and just can’t let him fall any further, knowing the Bills may also be interested in trading up for him. So they give up their second round pick to jump up five spots. After starting the offseason with the third overall pick, the Colts have now parlayed that into five of the top-49 selections, including dropping to No. 11 overall, where they can still get a talented player who will help them.

7.) BUFFALO BILLS - Josh Rosen (QB, UCLA)
***Trade with Buccaneers; Bills give up 12, 53, and 121***

COMMENT: This is a really good scenario for the Bills. Three quarterbacks are taken ahead of Rosen, considered by most to be the best pure passer in this draft. And with him falling all the way to No. 7, general manager Brandon Beane doesn’t have to give up nearly as much as he would have to get into the top-five. Using the trade the Dolphins just made as a baseline, the Bills can still keep their second first round pick in this draft (No. 22), but give up the first of their two second rounders and a fourth to get the deal done. For the Bucs, who want a defensive back and have only six picks in this draft, no safeties or cornerbacks have come off the board yet, so they know they’ll still have a great shot to get one of the top guys at either position after dropping five spots, and they pick up two additional picks, as well.

8.) CHICAGO BEARS - Roquan Smith (LB, Georgia)

9.) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS - Denzel Ward (CB, Ohio State)

10.) OAKLAND RAIDERS - Minkah Fitzpatrick (S, Alabama)

11.) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS - Tremaine Edmunds (LB, Virginia Tech)
***Trade from Miami***
12.) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS - Derwin James (S, Florida State)
***Trade from Buffalo***

COMMENT: Both the Colts and Buccaneers still get two of the top players at needed positions after making their deals with the Dolphins and Bills, respectively, and dropping five spots each.

13.) WASHINGTON REDSKINS - Josh Jackson (CB, Iowa)

14.) GREEN BAY PACKERS - Calvin Ridley (WR, Alabama)

COMMENT: After letting go of Jordy Nelson, the Packers immediately find a replacement and someone who will make Aaron Rodgers feel a lot better about the way this offseason has gone.

15.) ARIZONA CARDINALS - Mike McGlinchey (OT, Notre Dame)

COMMENT: Instead of drafting their quarterback of the future, the Cardinals take the best tackle in the class to help protect new quarterback Sam Bradford.

16.) BALTIMORE RAVENS - Vita Vea (DT, Washington)

17.) LOS ANGELES CHARGERS - Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville)

COMMENT: The Chargers have to plan for life without Philip Rivers at some point. The good news for them is he can still play a couple more years which gives Anthony Lynn and his staff time to develop the dynamic Jackson the way they’d like.

18.) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS - Da’Ron Payne (DL, Alabama)

19.) DALLAS COWBOYS - Christian Kirk (WR, Texas A&M)

20.) DETROIT LIONS - Derrius Guice (RB, LSU)

21.) CINCINNATI BENGALS - Taven Bryan (DL, Florida)

22.) BUFFALO BILLS - Leighton Vander Esch (LB, Boise State)

COMMENT: After losing Preston Brown in free agency, the Bills are able to land one of the top linebacker prospects in the class as his replacement. The athletic and versatile Vander Esch will immediate help against both the run and the pass. He’ll be penciled in to start right away with his former Boise State teammate Tanner Vallejo backing him up.

23.) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - Kolton Miller (OT, UCLA)

COMMENT: Miller has become a fast-riser in this draft, and, right now, the Patriots have a massive need at left tackle.

24.) CAROLINA PANTHERS - Mike Hughes (CB, UCF)

25.) TENNESSEE TITANS - Maurice Hurst (DL, Michigan)

26.) ATLANTA FALCONS - Tim Settle (DL, Virginia Tech)

27.) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS - Hayden Hurst (TE, South Carolina) 

28.) PITTSBURGH STEELERS - Jaire Alexander (CB, Louisville)

29.) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS - Will Hernandez (G, Texas-El Paso)

30.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS - Connor Williams (OT, Texas) 

31.) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - Mason Rudolph (QB, Oklahoma State)

COMMENT: After trading away Jimmy Garoppolo and with Tom Brady turning 41 this season (not to mention questions already surrounding his future), Bill Belichick uses his second first round pick to grab the steady Rudolph as his next heir apparent.




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