Mock Draft Monday: Mike’s One Rounder

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

This mock is what I think the teams will do, not necessarily what I think they should do.

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB: I get it, the Browns have either taken the wrong QB or passed on the right QB for a couple of decades now and that is why they have been terrible for that same amount of time. At least this time around, it seems they are doing it the right way by getting a bridge QB for this year so a guy like Darnold, who is not ready to start, has a chance to develop.

2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB: This pick has a lot of ramifications on what will happen the rest of the draft. This pick could just as easily be a QB or Bradley Chubb, but it seems the Giants think they can make another push with Manning at QB and Barkley could help take some pressure off the passing game.

3. New York Jets: Josh Rosen, QB: Rosen is probably the best QB in the class right now. On the field he is very clean from a mechanical standpoint and has the arm to make all the necessary throws. There are some off field and injury concerns with Rosen, but he has the tools to be a franchise QB. The Jets have built in some time for him to learn the system, but he would be the one QB from this class that could find some success if he was thrust into playing time his rookie year.

4. TRADE-Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen, QB: With the Jets making the early trade up into the top 5 and the unwillingness it seems the Giants have of moving down, the Bills will have to pay a hefty price to get one of the potential franchise QB’s. Allen has the big frame and the experience in a colder climate to handle the Buffalo weather. He will need time to develop and if Allen is indeed the pick, I worry the Bills won’t give him that time.

5. Denver Broncos: Baker Mayfield, QB: The run on QB’s continues. Elway has stated he will continue swinging for a franchise QB until he gets one and he did request Mayfield be coached by his staff at the Senior Bowl. The Broncos did pick up Keenum this off season, but he will serve as the perfect short term plan until Mayfield can adjust to an NFL offensive system.

6. Indianapolis Colts: Bradley Chubb, Edge: This team is rebuilding and the trade they made with the Jets certainly allows them to do that much quicker while potentially still getting the guy they would have taken at 3. Chubb gives them a true pass rush threat that the team has lacked for some time.

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 49’ers: Tremaine Edmunds, LB: The Niners have done a nice job of retooling that team on both sides of the ball, but LB is still a question mark, especially with the legal trouble Foster has found himself in. Regardless of what happens to Foster, adding Edmunds to play next to him or in his place is a good idea.

10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB: The Raiders LB’s last year were brutal and its a position that needs a major overhaul. Smith is a bit undersized, but athletic and instinctive, making him very dangerous on the field. He does just about everything well and should plug in right away as a starter.

11. Miami Dolphins: Vita Vea, DT: The Dolphins have done some major housecleaning this off season, including the release of Suh, which leaves a major hole in the middle of that defensive line. Vea is a big body who moves well and can make plays in both the running and passing game. Adding Vea may make the loss of Suh not as bad as originally thought.

12. Cleveland Browns via Buffalo: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S: Getting Fitzpatrick here seems like a steal and with a pick like this it brings the Browns even closer to being legitimate again. Fitzpatrick allows the Browns to move last years first round pick Jabril Peppers to move closer to the line of scrimmage where he is much more comfortable playing.

13. Washington Redskins: Marcus Davenport, Edge: The Redskins have struggled to get pressure on the QB in recent years and have lost Trent Murphy in free agency, so the group is even more depleted. Davenport has rare traits, but is raw. He will have to make the jump on the fly as he will most likely get thrust into a significant role early on.

14. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Ward, CB: Ward has top 10 tape, but he slides a bit due to size concerns. Ward plays more physical than his size would indicate, but he will struggle with bigger receivers in the NFL. This is amazing value that has fallen into the Packers lap however.

15. Arizona Cardinals: Connor Williams, OT: The Cardinals are in rough shape at several position on offense and could go in a variety of ways, including QB. However, QB here might be a bit of a reach and they have no one to block for DJ or protect Sam Bradford. There is a good chance the Cardinals are picking high again next year and may wait to grab their future QB then.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, WR: This just seems like a match made in heaven. The Ravens are desperate for WR help and with Ridley’s skillset, he can come into that offense and contribute immediately.

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 are a team that take analytics very seriously and have trended towards more athletic players along the offensive line. So far that really has not worked out for them, but they go to the well one more time with one of the most athletic players from a testing standpoint in the entire draft. Miller seems like another project, but his physical and athletic tools might be hard for a team like Seattle to pass on.

19. Dallas Cowboys: Rashaad Evans, LB: Evans would be a nice complimentary piece to the LB corp. that the Cowboys already have in place. He is an instinctive player who is really good against the run and underrated in coverage.

20. Derrius Guice, RB: Matt Patricia is a very smart man and will come up with a defensive scheme that will work with the pieces he has. His star QB needs some help though and the Lions have been a joke when trying to run the ball the past several years. Guice can be that reliable back that extends drives and makes opposing defenses have to play the run again.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Isaiah Wynn, OG: The Bengals offensive line is a mess, but they have tried to fix it this offseason. If Cordy Glenn can stay healthy, he is an instant upgrade. Adding Wynn would solidify another position along that line and should allow the Bengals to look better in both the running and passing game.

22. Cleveland Browns via Buffalo: Josh Jackson, CB: The Browns continue to improve their secondary with this pick. They traded Jason McCourty earlier this off season, but have made some mid level pickups to replace him. Adding Jackson to the mix gives the Browns a young, versatile secondary that could be scary in the years to come.

23. Los Angeles Rams: Leighton Vander Esch, LB: It is amazing how quickly the Rams went from an afterthought to maybe one of the scariest teams on paper. The Rams traded away Ogletree this offseason, but replace him with a very athletic and still ascending talent in Vander Esch. He will be surrounded by a lot of talent, so his mistakes should be minimized while he develops his game.

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: Da’Ron Payne, DL: New coach Mike Vrabel remembers from his Patriots day what a good Defensive Line can do for a team. When Payne plays to his full potential, he is a true disruptive force in both the running and passing game.

26. Atlanta Falcons: Maurice Hurst, DL: It has not been a great off season for Hurst. First the heart condition scare and then a sub par performance at his pro day could lead to a bit of a slide for arguably the top Dlineman in this class. The Falcons are more than happy to reap the benefits from his slide and fill a major need in the process.

27. New Orleans Saints: Mike Gesicki, TE: The Saints apparently tried to bring Jimmy Graham back this offseason, but he chose GB instead. Gesicki would fill that same role nicely. A TE in name only, Gesicki is a big target and an offensive weapon who would make an already scary offense even scarier.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ronnie Harrison, S: The Steelers have been looking for Safety help for some time, and Harrison’s game seems to fit what they like to do to a T. He is a smart player who reads and reacts to the ball quickly. He can cover a lot of ground in a hurry and isn’t afraid to come up and make the big hit. He just seems built for the Steelers secondary.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Lamar Jackson, QB: It is almost hard to imagine, but the Jaguars don’t have a ton of holes on their team and look to be a team on the rise. The one position that could hold them back is QB. Bortles was okay last year in their run to the AFC Championship, but you could see when it came down to it, the team just did not trust him to throw the ball. Jackson will need time to develop and Bortles is on a team friendly contract. If Jackson can clean up his mechanics and be a more consistent passer, the Jags would be scary.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Will Hernandez, OG: Another team that does not have a ton of needs, but one area that could use an upgrade is at OG. Hernandez is that throwback type guard that would fit in nicely in Minnesota.

31. New England Patriots: Jaire Alexander, CB: With the addition of McCourty, Corner is not the Patriots biggest need in the short term. However, Alexander is a versatile Corner who has top 15 type ability, but slips in the scenario due to a foot injury that affected his play this past season. Not only does he have great potential at Corner, he was electric as a punt returner in college as well. He may see limited reps year one at Corner, but should contribute immediately on special teams.

32. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Reid, S: The Eagles have very few if any glaring holes on their team. They have had another strong off season and potentially could be better on paper than their Super Bowl winning team. One area that they lack depth at is Safety. Reid is a smart, athletic player than has some versatility to his game.


While not as ambitious as Jeff’s, this was still a fun exercise and hopefully I can add to it as we go. Let me know what you think.


29 Responses to “Mock Draft Monday: Mike’s One Rounder”

  1. Ryan says:

    IMO James Washington and DJ Chark are better home rum threats than Moore, who is going to be more of a possession receiver and chain-mover when he enters the league. He has a deep game, but it’s definitely not his go-to.

  2. howie horvath says:

    1st Pick Rd 1 Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
    2nd Pick Rd 2 Lorenzo Carter, DE, Georgia
    3rd Pick Rd 2 Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
    4th Pick Rd 3 Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State

  3. brandon maxham says:

    mock draft : 1st traded to DET for 2nd , 4th and 5th .

    2nd:Leighton VanderEsch ILB-OLB

    2nd(DET):Kyle Lauletta QB – the one QB I think is best fit for the Pats to get

    2nd:Rasheem Green DE-DT

    3rd:Dalton Schultz TE – one of my top 3 TEs.

    4th(DET):Chase Edmonds RB – my binkie for RB

    4th:Brandon Parker OT – I feel like he might be the best fit for us.

    6th:Natrell Jamerson S

    7th:Braxton Berrios WR-PR

    • brandon maxham says:

      opps I forgot to add the 5th that I have the Pats receiving from DET.

      5th:Ade Aruna DE-OLB

  4. Daniel Sullivan says:

    I am hoping for Johnny Manziel as a Patriot. This bold move would only come from
    the top Organization in Sports. I would say only two quarterbacks in this draft have as
    much talent as Manziel.

    • steve earle says:

      And if he doesn’t work out maybe we could trade him to the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets.

  5. brandon maxham says:

    mock draft 3/27:

    1st:Maurice Hurst JR DL

    2nd: Fred Warner OLB-ILB

    2nd:Dallas Goedert TE

    3rd: Oren Burks ILB-S

    4th:Brandon Parker OT

    6th:Logan Woodside QB

    7th:Braxton Berrios WR

    So many players to like , but not having a lot of picks makes it difficult. Having a deep RB class help because we could just pick up an UDFA RB instead of drafting one ( BB doesn’t draft a lot of RBs).

  6. Daniel says:

    I didn’t want to have to ask, but can I get some feedback on thismock so far through 5 rounds please?

    1st – Lamar Jackson – QB OR (If Jackson is Unavailable) Frank Ragnow – C
    2nd – Orlando Brown Jr. – LT
    2nd – Jeff Holland DE
    3rd – Quin Blanding – FS
    4th – Travin Howard LB/SS
    5th – Matthew Thomas – OLB

    • Mike says:

      I like the Jackson pick a lot. I don’t think Orlando Brown fits the profile of what Patriots look for from an athletic perspective. I like Holland as a developmental prospect, maybe a little early for me though. Not a safety expert, but like Blanning.

      • Daniel says:

        Thanks guys for the feedback. I can’t seem to make myself care about college football (or any sport other than pro football) for some reason, so I don’t know have any first hand insight about these players, but I was wondering if Brown might be the opposite of a “workout warrior.” CBS cited his stellar performance last two seasons and described him as a “pulverizing” run blocker.

        “Brown, labeled as a mid- to late-first round draft pick at the beginning of the season, worked his way into the Top 10 of Draft boards with a dominant junior season. In protecting Baker Mayfield’s blindside for the third straight season, Brown imposed his will on opposing defensive ends. He stood tall in physical tests up front at Ohio State, Kansas and against TCU, starting all 14 games. Brown earned unanimous First Team All-American honors and was the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second consecutive season. – Joey Helmer, OU Insider”

        I wonder if he could be better than Solder with a couple years of coaching by Scar. That seems like a quality use of a 1st round pick. I definitely don’t want Cannon being forced to play out of position.

        • steve earle says:

          After his classic combine flop there just have to be questions of where he should be rated? Myself I’d be very afraid to select him any higher then our 3rd, but that’s just me. How does anyone explain what happened there?

    • Russell says:

      I like S Blanding, not a fan of QB Jackson. I find it hard to believe BB would draft a QB 1st, to sit on the bench, when the team has other needs.

      • Daniel says:

        That was precisely my sentiment when Bill drafted Garappolo. But I think Jackson can be a very special type of player. Judging from quotes excerpted from interviews with him, Jackson seems to be very professional and dedicated to his craft. The value of that attitude might be incalculable when given the chance to learn from Brady and Belichick, especially considering he averaged more yards per attempt last season than did Carson Wentz in 2015, combined with his uncanny production levels rushing the football.

    • Daniel Sullivan says:

      Picks 2,3 and 5 would be great addition to Pats.

      Enjoy the Draft.

  7. matt says:

    According to ESPN the Colts QB was sacked 52 times last year. Unless I miss read it. Why would the Colts draft a DE. Yes Chubb is a great DE but wouldn’t be better to draft a O line man. And fire the O line coach?

  8. Daniel Sullivan says:

    Possible Pats trade and Mock Draft.
    Patriots trade 1st pick to Houston Texans for pick 68 and 98 in third round also the
    103 pick in fourth round.

    1 Possible trade to Texans.
    2 Connor Williams OT Texans
    2 Duke Ejifor DE Wake Forest
    3 From Texans Anthony Everett CB Alabama
    3 From Texans Riley Ferguson QB Memphis
    3 Durham Smythe TE Notre Dame
    4 From Texans Andre Smith ILB UNC
    4 Gerard Avery ILB Memphis
    6 Dane Cruikshank S Arizona
    7 Richard Demario RB Arizona St.

    Good Luck Red Sox and Please get some pitching help.

  9. Russell says:

    Very good job Mike, the only changes I would make is Carolina WR Courtland Sutton, better size at 6’3″, and the Patriots with LB/Edge Lorenzo Carter., can’t see them drafting a CB or RB with the 1st pick.

    • macspak says:

      Russ, I also would not take a RB in the 1st round but why not a CB, especially if they were the highest rated on the board?

      • Russell says:

        I think BB has better luck finding CB’s later or undrafted. BB does not have a strong history drafting CB’s early. McCourty has been a better S than a CB, and this could be the same for Meeks if drafted , but again not 1st.
        My bet is LB, DL, or OL with the 1st pick.

  10. TommyG says:

    Killing me with all these mocks of CB the problem is with the front 7….

    • Jeff Fid says:

      Sure but do u reach for a player there or take a Top tier CB?

      I have a feeling if people saw this current secondary people would think diff.

      • steve earle says:

        Why do you assume any other choice would be a reach? Nothing against the CB but just saying.

    • macspak says:

      CB definitely is a need. All depends on the best value at 31. If Jackson falls to 29 I could see a trade up to grab him.

    • rob says:

      Charvarious Ward CB in the 3rd or 4th frees up the top 3 or 4 picks for front 7 help plus maybe a qb

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