Mock Draft Monday: The Final Mock!

April 23rd, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

 

1. Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen, QB: Should this be the pick? No. Allen has unique traits that make him an intriguing prospect and the Browns will not have to play him immediately, so that does work in his favor, but he has flaws that may never be corrected and he might end up as another big armed QB that just didn’t make a great QB.

2. New York Giants: Sam Darnold, QB: If the Giants don’t take a QB here, then they are in denial of what they are. Manning has not been very good the past few years and while he might have a few years left, they could be just good enough to not be in the position to get their QB of the future. Barkley is intriguing, but this team needs to set itself up for the future.

3. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB: This pick is getting a lot of buzz, and while this is the season of lies, I think this one has some truth behind it. Mayfield has the attitude to fit in well in the New York media.

4. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB: The Browns continue to revamp their offense with Barkley. He is a true foundation back that can contribute in all facets of the offense.

5. TRADE-Buffalo Bills: Josh Rosen, QB: The Broncos missed out on the Mayfield sweepstakes, so they decide to trade down and let the Bills come up to get their QB. Rosen is the most NFL ready and could win that job immediately.

6. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, Edge: The Colts trade back pays off as they get the best defensive player in the draft and an additional three 2nd round picks.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James, S:The Bucs have done a nice job in free agency shoring up their pass rush needs but still need help in the secondary. James is an athletic freak who would bring instant stability to the back end and would be a fan favorite because of his local ties.

8. Chicago Bears: Quenton Nelson, OG:Perhaps the best player in the draft falls to the Bears and it just so happens it fills one of their biggest needs. They invested alot in Trubiski, now it is time to protect that investment

9. San Francisco: Roquan Smith, LB: With the niners front seven, Smith should be able to make plays all over the field. He is really good at everything and should be a staple in the niners defense for many years.

10. Oakland Raiders: Tremaine Edmunds, LB: Edmunds is more of an athlete than a football player right now, but he is only 19 and is a physical freak. His ceiling is as high as anyone in this draft and he has a chance to be an elite playmaker in the NFL.

11. Miami Dolphins: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S: The Dolphins are a wild card for a QB and may even trade up to get one. If not, they would love for one of the LB’s to fall to them, but in this scenario, that doesn’t happen. Fitzpatrick brings some versatility and some playmaking ability to the Safety position.

12. TRADE-Denver Broncos: Denzel Ward, CB: Broncos traded back after missing out on Mayfield, but they pick up some additional picks and still fill a big need on their defense.

13. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea, DL: The Redskins would have loved Fitzpatrick to fall to them here, but getting Vea will create a very talented Dline to play in a very tough division.

14. Green Bay Packers: Harold Landry, Edge: The Packers struggled to get to the QB last season and Landry can come in and immediately upgrade the position.

15.Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB: The Cardinals sit tight and get one of the most polarizing players in the draft. Jackson has potential to be a superstar QB in a league starved for stars at the position. Hopefully, he can sit this season to get some of his mechanical issues fixed. The thought of him and David Johnson in the backfield together is scary if you root for another team.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR: The Ravens passing game has been pretty brutal the past few years and needs to be addressed. Ridley may not have #1 traits, but he can be a high end #2 and should be a reliable target for Flacco.

17. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike McGlinchey, OT: Rivers is not getting any younger and with each hit he takes, it seems like it could be his last. McGlinchey is a blue collar player who might not look pretty doing it, but he gets the job done.

18. Seattle Seahawks: Kolton Miller, OT: The Seahawks have not really addressed the Offensive Line early in the draft and really need to get some help to keep Wilson healthy and clean in the pocket. Miller fits the athletic profile the Seahawks look for and while he needs some development, his athletic traits are undeniable.

19. Dallas Cowboys: Leighton Vander Esch, LB: Vander Esch is an ascending player with intriguing athletic traits. His instincts are still developing, but he fills a big need on a Dallas defense that could use some influx of talent at the LB position.

20. Detroit Lions: Derrius Guice, RB: The Lions have not had a running game for so long and with the addition of Guice, it can take some pressure of Stafford. With a more balanced offense, new head coach Patricia can focus on the defense.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: James Daniels, OC: Daniels is one of the better Olineman in this class and would be an immediate upgrade on a line that needs some help. Daniels has position flexibility and will be a solid starter day 1 at either Guard or Center. Adding him should help create running lanes for last years 2nd round RB Joe Mixon.

22. TRADE-Denver Broncos: Isaiah Wynn, OG: Denver’s offense is going to have a different look to it with a new QB and a new RB in the backfield. Getting a solid player like Wynn to shore up that line would be a big help.

23. New England Patriots: Jaire Alexander: While CB may not be the biggest need for the Patriots, Alexander is too good to pass up here. He brings a tenacious attitude to the position as well as the ability to play in different schemes. He also can be an immediate contributor on special teams.

24. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Moore, WR: The team needs offensive weapons for Cam to be able to use. They have bigger possession receivers on the roster, but need that home run threat. Moore has a nice combination of size and speed and is electric after the catch. Getting the ball into his hands quickly and letting him work will do wonders for Cam and that offense.

25. Tennessee Titans: : Rashaan Evans, LB: Of course the former LB turned head coach is going to grab an incredibly smart and talented LB to anchor his defense for years to come.

26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan, DL: The Falcons really only have Grady Jarrett to play along the Defensive Line, so the Falcons grab an athletic freak who can disrupt from the interior to pair with him. He is raw, but with some coaching, he has all the traits and motor to be a beast on the interior.

27. New Orleans Saints: Mike Gesicki, TE: A guy like Da’Ron Payne here is tempting, but the Saints have never really replaced the production of Jimmy Graham and Gesicki would be a perfect replacement.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ronnie Harrison, S: Harrison just seems like a Steelers type player. He is a hard nosed player who brings toughness and intelligence to the back end of the secondary.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Da’Ron Payne, DL: The Jags do not have a ton of needs, but if you look closely, they have a lot of money tied up in the Dline and some tough decisions will need to be made after this year. Payne plays that aggressive style and could be a nice long term replacement plan.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Billy Price, C: The Vikings are another team without a lot of glaring holes. One area that could use an upgrade is at Center. Pairing Price with former teammate Elflein would create a solid line that will protect their huge investment at QB and open holes for up and coming RB Cook.

31. New England Patriots: Marcus Davenport, Edge: Davenport has a similar makeup to former Patriots 1st round pick Chandler Jones. He has the size and length the Patriots look for and while his game needs polish, he has the athletic and physical traits to be a well rounded player on the edge.

32. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Reid, S: Obviously when you win the Super Bowl, you typically won’t have any glaring holes. If anything, the Eagles continued to improve this offseason. They did make a trade for a Safety that was released just a few weeks later and while Reid won’t be asked to start immediately, his intelligence and position flexibility will be an asset on an already stacked roster.

 

There it is. My final mock. Is this even close to how it will go, probably not, but I think each pick is a realistic representation of what the teams could do on Thursday night. Obvously, it seems like this year could see a ton of trades and while I predicted one, I think there is potential for a lot of movement on draft night. I think it is going to be a very exciting and intriguing first round. We are getting real close now. I know I can’t wait.

 

 


Scouting Report: Isaiah Wynn, OG/OT

April 23rd, 2018

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Background 

  • From Florida
  • Was named one of Tampa Bay’s Top High School Athlete.
  • Human Development and Family Science
  • 1 of 4 players named as a permanent team captain.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Corners and Safeties

April 22nd, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, we did it. We made it to the last group for the big board series. I hope you have enjoyed reading these as much as I have enjoyed watching the film and preparing these for you. As I have stated in year’s past, Safety is not my favorite group to scout. When you do not have all 22 tape on these guys, it can be a real challenge to see everything you want out of these prospects. Add that to the fact that it is hard to know what the Patriots look for in Safeties. Clearly it is not all about physical and athletic traits and more about mental processing, because that is the only explanation for some of the picks the team has made at the position. I would argue, those picks have not worked out and hopefully the next time they do take a Safety, there process will have changed a bit. As for Corner, it’s another position where what I like and what the team looks for may be to different things. Anyways, these are the guys I like at both positions and in theory would be good fits for the Patriots.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Off Ball Linebackers

April 20th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Linebacker might be the one position fans agree on as being a position of need for the Patriots. After Hightower got hurt last year, the unit was….well, not very good. The team tried a lot of different combinations and in the end, they just didn’t have the talent on the roster to be able to do all the things the team wanted to do and require from the position. I have to imagine that the team will look to add someone at the position early in the draft and there are some guys who fit what the Patriots like to do at Linebacker.

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Scouting Report: Connor Williams, OT/OG

April 19th, 2018

 

 

Background

  • Very productive from Day 1, starting as a freshman.
  • Only 20 years old. 5-12-97
  • From Texas
  • Brother played for Stephen F Austin & Akron.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Defensive Line/Edge Rushers

April 18th, 2018

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The offense has been fully covered, so now we can move on to the defensive side of the football. Let’s start by looking at the Edge defenders, a position that the Patriots have struggled to get great production out of the past few seasons. For the Patriots, being a player that gets after the QB is not good enough. The team looks for players who are more balanced. They want guys who have pass rush ability, but also the strength to stop the run. Several years back, Belichick mentioned he prefers guys who land somewhere close to 6’4″, 260 Lbs. and run a 4.6 forty so that is where I start as well. I am a little more lenient when it comes to those hard and fast rules, so if I see a guy I like that doesn’t fit the mold, he still gets the nod on my big board. As for Interior Defensive Lineman, there isn’t really a tell when it comes to a players physical makeup. Again, they must be stout against the run, but they have added some smaller, more athletic guys to get some interior pressure.

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Prospect Interview: Isiah Hennie

April 18th, 2018

Isiah Hennie is a small school prospect from Sacramento State. Isiah played wr/st & was electric whenever he had the ball in his hands. With 4.4 speed & the ability to juke & cut by defenders he’s almost a mini Dante Hall out there. He really understood how to put defenders in a bad spot making it that much harder to touch the slipperly player. Hennie not only has playmaking ability, 100 rec seasons but also showed off a tremendous football I.Q.

Get to the prospect a little better below.

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