With the Combine done we have officially jumped right into the start of free agency. It only makes sense to give you a free agency scenario before a mock draft just so you can envision how its all going to shape up.
Free Agency Scenarios:
Kirk Cousins to Vikings
Case Keenum to Broncos
Sam Bradford to Cardinals
Allen Robinson to the Bears
Kyle Fuller to the Bears
Sammy Watkins to the Panthers
Andrew Norwell to the Bucs
Trumaine Johnson to the Browns
Le’veon Bell resigns with Steelers
Jarvis Landry traded to the Ravens
1. Browns – Sam Darnold QB USC
The Browns have hired Bill Parcells on to help them with their quarterback search. Even though Sam Darnold doesn’t fit with exactly what Parcells views as a sure-fire lock, he’ll like this clean cut prospect.
Bill Parcell’s rules on drafting a QB:
1. Three year starter
2. Be a senior in college
3. Graduate from college
4. Start at least 30 games
5. Win at least 23 games
6. Have a 2:1 touchdown-interception ratio
7. Complete at least 60% of passes
Out of the top QBs https://t.co/wDKtdAnk6e
— Brandon Robinson (@BrobNFL) March 5, 2018
2. Giants – Josh Rosen QB UCLA
The Giants have been rumored to be shopping this pick and I do think they would trade the pick at the right price, but they are likely trying to gauge the market to see what is out there. Josh Rosen is the top QB in this draft and it’s going to take at least three first round picks to get them out of this spot.
3. Colts – Bradley Chubb EDGE NC State
Moving to a 4-3 defense, the Colts and Bradley Chubb are a match made in heaven. The NC State product will immediately come in and make a big-time impact for this defense.
4. Trade/Dolphins – Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
It seems as if Adam Gase has been searching for his quarterback ever since he got the job in Miami. Baker Mayfield has everything Gase could want in a leader and a signal caller.
5. Broncos – Quenton Nelson OG Notre Dame
Broncos miss out on Kirk Cousins and Baker Mayfield this off-season, but their consolation prize might be the best overall prospect in this draft, Quenton Nelson.
6. Jets – Josh Allen QB Wyoming
Josh Allen is the most scrutinized prospect in this year’s draft. Whether you view him as a franchise quarterback or not, there is a very good chance Allen goes in the top 10.
7. Buccaneers – Saquon Barkley RB Penn State
In this scenario, the Bucs are waiting for Roger Goodell to turn their pick in as soon as he says “Josh Allen, quarterback Wyoming”. Saquon Barkley will give the Bucs their last piece to the puzzle on offense that would create mismatches at any point on the field in their 12 personnel package.
Just watch him do his thing. 😳 pic.twitter.com/lYWd4LjkGG
— NFL (@NFL) March 2, 2018
8. Bears – Minkah Fitzpatrick SAF/CB Alabama
Having already addressed the wide receiver position and bringing back Kyle Fuller, the Bears have the ability to go best player available. Minkah Fitzpatrick is a top five player and doesn’t need any position designation before making this pick. He can play outside corner, nickel corner, free safety, strong safety, dime linebacker, etc. I think you get my point. Fitzpatrick is the type of player that, once he’s selected, instantly fills whatever hole your defense has with an above-average starter.
9. 49ers – Denzel Ward CB Ohio State
The 49ers have a lot of holes on their team but with a young quarterback and six-year contracts for both Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch, the front office of this team can afford to be very selective of how/when they make their moves this off-season. It just so happens a potential top five player drops to them at nine in Denzel Ward.
10. Raiders – Roquan Smith OBLB Georgia
The Raiders have lacked a true identity to their defense for as long as I can remember. Roquan Smith would immediately come in and give Jon Gruden a true sideline-to-sideline defender in the middle of their defense.
11. Trade/Packers – Tremaine Edmunds OBLB Virginia Tech
Tremaine Edmunds is a prospect that is expected to have a better pro career than college career. After showing his tremendous upside at the Combine, Edmunds likely is viewed as a top 15 player by most teams.
12. Bengals – Connor Williams OT Texas
Coming into the year, Connor Williams had a lot of buzz as a top five lock in the draft. After an injury plagued season, Williams has his share of doubters whether 2016 was just a one-year wonder for the Texas product, or if he can even project to the left tackle spot after his arm length only measured to 33 inches at the Combine.
13. Redskins – Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
The Redskins tried to replace DeSean Jackson with Terrelle Pryor in order to stretch the field. After that didn’t work out, Jay Gruden is looking to fill that void. Calvin Ridley has the type of speed needed to stretch the defense vertically. He’ll make game-changing plays for this offense and create mismatches for Josh Doctson on the other side.
14. Trade/Browns – Isaiah Oliver CB Colorado
The Browns yet again trade back in the draft looking to maximize their value with the Texans pick after acquiring the number four overall pick with the Deshaun Watson trade. Isaiah Oliver has the type of length and technique that would allow him to excel in a press man scheme at the NFL level.
15. Cardinals – Vita Vea IDL Washington
Vita Vea’s hype has stalled after a lackluster performance at the Combine. He might not be viewed as a top 10 player, but he still has the ability to completely change the front-7 of any defense. His power and size allows him to be versatile among different schemes.
16. Ravens – Derrius Guice RB LSU
The Ravens come into the season looking to jump start their offense. After acquiring Jarvis Landry in this off-season scenario, they bring in another big-time difference maker to the offensive side of the ball. Derrius Guice will bring the type of smash-mouth attitude respected by any savage on the planet.
17. Chargers – Derwin James SS FSU
Overall, the Chargers have a very underrated team. Derwin James would add another spark to this team that might just get them over the hump. James has been said to have the same ability at strong safety as Kam Chancellor, who Gus Bradley coached during his time in Seattle.
18. Seahawks – Joshua Jackson CB Colorado
Many people would argue that after his stellar performance at the Combine, Joshua Jackson put himself into the top 15 discussion. Jackson would excel as a cover 3 corner at the next level and would be a great fit for Seattle’s defense.
19. Cowboys – D.J. Moore WR Maryland
There might not be a player in the draft that helped his stock more than D.J. Moore. He wowed many in Indy and it’s my personal opinion that he’s a lock at this point to go in round one.
DJ Moore measuring at 6-0, 210, jumping a 39.5″ vertical and 11′ on the broad jump is an impressive start to his combine.
— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) March 3, 2018
20. Lions – Taven Bryan IDL Florida
Back-to-back years the Lions select someone from the Florida Gators in round one. Another player with the ability to make an instant impact on defense, Taven Bryan would help solidify the middle of Detroit’s defense.
21. Bills – Rashaan Evans OBLB Alabama
Rashaan Evans is the type of old school player that Sean McDermott covets. Evans has massive upside that would help the Bills defense stopping the run, rushing the passer, and in coverage.
22. Bills – Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
Getting a starting offensive tackle in the second half of the first round is a steal. McGlinchey has the ability to start day one for the Bills. Regardless of the Bills plan to keep Cordy Glenn or not, the former Notre Dame offensive tackle is a steal at this point in the draft.
23. Rams – Harold Landry EDGE Boston College
There is a very good chance that Harold Landry gets drafted before this point in the first round. Athletically, Landry had a very good showing at the Combine, but his arms were a little shorter than you’d like. There will be differing opinions on this prospect, who some view as a one trick pony.
24. Panthers – Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
In 2017, the Panthers were very predictable on offense. Christian Kirk would give them versatility and another weapon along with Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen, and Devin Funchess in this offense. He will be a major mismatch in the slot.
25. Titans – Da’Ron Payne IDL Alabama
Da’Ron Payne is a value pick at this point in the draft. He shows all the necessary traits to be versatile along any defensive front.
26. Falcons – Isaiah Wynn OG/OT Georgia
Seems like a match made in heaven for former Georgia Bulldog Isaiah Wynn to stay home where, not only is this a need pick, but also great value at this point in the first round.
27. Saints – Marcus Davenport EDGE UTSA
Marcus Davenport has differing opinions among the draft community. He has excellent length and power, but hasn’t shown the ability to consistently be able to use an arsenal of pass rush moves.
28. Steelers – Leighton Vander Esch OBLB Boise State
The Steelers have huge holes at both safety and linebacker, especially after losing their star inside linebacker Ryan Shazier. They’ll look to mask that hole with Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch, who has all the necessary processing and diagnosing ability to go along with his athletic ability. I project him to be an above average starter at the next level.
29. Jags – Will Hernandez IOL UTSA
The Jaguars introduced a smash-mouth style of football last year after adding key additions to their defense in free agency and then using their first two picks in their draft in 2017 on a bruising back and a stud left tackle. They’ll add to their power based scheme by adding a guard out of Texas San Antonio, Will Hernandez, who has all the ability to transcend this offensive line to the next level.
30. Vikings – Billy Price OG/OC Ohio State
The Vikings have very few holes along their roster. After adding Kirk Cousins in this scenario, and with Dalvin Cook returning to their offense, the offense has gone from being a letdown to their defense the past few years to above average. Billy Price has the ability to join his former teammate, Pat Elflein, and give Kirk Cousins the protection he needs to thrive in this offense.
#Buckeyes center Billy Price @b_price54 announced he has an incomplete pec tear that he suffered during the bench press at the NFL Combine. Kudos to Billy for insisting on talking to the media about everything. https://t.co/oaxvVSN5pL
— Kevin Noon (@Kevin_Noon) March 2, 2018
31. Patriots – Mike Hughes CB Central Florida
The Patriots secondary was abused in the Super Bowl and with it being a foregone conclusion that they lose their starting corner, Malcolm Butler, they have to replace 98% of their snaps at that position. Mike Hughes has excellent twitch and length to go along with his superb click-and-close ability.
32. Eagles – Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
Another one of the most complete rosters in the NFL, the Eagles are in a very good spot to address a position of need. Offensive tackle is a glaring need with Jason Peters growing in age and overcoming injuries. On the other side, Lane Johnson has been popped multiple times for performance enhancing drugs. Unfortunately for Philly, there wasn’t a true value at the tackle position in this spot. Instead they opt for one of the most competitive football players in the entire draft. Confidence is never an issue with Jaire Alexander. Excellent in man-to-man and zone, he has all of the diagnosing and processing ability to succeed in any scheme necessary. He could get early time in the slot with Patrick Robinson hitting the free agency market.