Pre Combine 1st Round Mock Draft

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Ryan Tannehill from Texas A /

It’s February so let the mock season start, here is the way too early first round mock draft (no trades):

1st overall – Cleveland Browns – Saquon Barkley – RB – Penn State

To be honest, I have no idea what the Browns are doing.  How do you not fire a coach that has one win in two seasons? They were supposed to have traded for A.J McCarron for a 2nd and 3rd round pick.  They need everything, so they take the best player on the board.  But I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to draft Johnny Manziel again.

2nd overall – New York Giants – Mike McGlinchey – OT – Notre Dame

The logic would be a QB.  But Manning is back and so is Odell and the rest of the crew.  They got a first-year coach, and they are primed to at least make one more run at this, before Manning hangs it up.  For them to do that, they need to protect the quarterback.  McGlinchey is the best Left Tackle in this year draft class.

3rd overall – Indianapolis Colts – Josh Rosen – QB – UCLA

The Colts just hired Frank Reich – former QB.  He’s got zero ties to Andrew Luck.  For all he knows, Luck might not even play again.  Reich killed it with Wentz in Philly, so he brings another QB to groom.  Look – Indy has holes on both sides of the field, but they take baby steps and start with a brand new QB.

4th overall – Cleveland Brows – Bradley Chubb – DE – NC state

I would honestly respect the Browns a lot more, if the obtain the top two players (skill wise) with their first and fourth overall pick.  Yes – they still need a QB and probably everything else, but they are starting a brand-new foundation.

5th overall – Denver Broncos – Sam Darnold – QB – USC

Vance Joseph knows he’s got a legit D that is basically a game manager away from making the playoffs.  The Broncos don’t have a QB on their roster that makes sense.  The 2nd year coach will select a top 5 QB to save his job.

6th overall – New York Jets – Bake Mayfield – QB – Oklahoma

New York City – you don’t get a bigger stage than this, and that is where Mayfield will play.  The Jets needs to get younger at the quarterback position and Baker might be a day 1 starter.

7th overall – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Minkah Fitzpatrick – DB – Alabama

Brett Grimes is getting old.  Fitz comes in and locks down the number 1 corner positions

8th overall – Chicago Bears – Orlando Brown – OT – Oklahoma

Bears got their QB of the future last year, and now they need to protect him.  Can you honestly name one player on the Bears Oline other than Kyle Long?

9th overall – San Francisco 49ers – Derwin Jones – S – Florida

John Lynch drafts a player that he actually thinks resembles his game.  Jones is a beast and potentially the best player in this year’s draft class – you are drafting the next Sean Taylor.

10th overall – Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith – LB – Georgia

The Raiders lack leadership on D.  They need a player than can set a tempo and take over the game planning.  Smith is an every down Linebacker and will serve well with Chucky.

11th overall – Miami Dolphins – Tremaine Edmunds – LB – Virginia Tech

I haven’t changed my mind on Edmunds.  He’s the player the Dolphins need the most and fits everything the Dolphins are looking for in every down Linebacker.

12th overall – Cincinnati Bengals – Quenton Nelson – G Notre Dame

The Bengals will be okay riding the red rocket again, but they need more depth to protect him and open running lanes for Joe Mixon, which will then lead to more play action for A.J. Green.  Nelson is the perfect fit.

13th overall – Washington Redskins – Vita Vea – DT – Washington

The Redskins now have Alex Smith.  They got their running back and starting wide receiver in last year class.  They will now focus their attention on fixing their leaking run defence.  Vea is a big body in the middle and that will help that out.

14th overall – Harold Landry – OLB – Boston College

The Pack need pass rush, and Landry is the best available.

15th overall – Arizona Cardinals – Lamar Jackson – QB – Louisville

Carson Palmer is gone, so might be Fitz.  The Cards have legit talent on D, but they have zero talent outside David Johnson on the opposite side of the ball.  A backfield of Jackson and Johnson is scary…

16th overall – Baltimore Ravens – Josh Allen – QB – Wyoming

Joe Flacco is old and getting bad.  The Ravens might go wide receiver or even cornerback, but they have zero depth behind Flacco, they use a pick to build for the future.

17th overall – Los Angeles Chargers – Denzel Ward – CB – Ohio State

The Chargers were one the most surprising teams last year, an opponent no one wanted to face.  There O is set – they add Ward on the back end and they have the makings of a legit D.

18th overall – Seattle Seahawks – Connor Williams – OT –  Texas

The Hawks traded with Houston at the deadline last year to solidify their left tackle position, now they select Williams to solidify the other side. We know that the Hawks don’t spend money on their online, so they need picks to fill those positions.

19th overall – Dallas Cowboys – Courtland Sutton – WR – SMU

First Wide receiver off the board.  I don’t know what is going to happen with Dez, but the Cowboys need legit weapons outside of Dez and Jason Witten.

20th overall – Detroit Lions – Derrius Guice – RB – LSU

If the Lions actually had a legit running back, something has been missing since Barry Sanders, their team can actually be scary.  Guice might be a lil bit of a reach, but he’s got the skill se to be a three down back in the NFL.

21st overall – Buffalo Bills – Billy Price – C – Ohio State

The Bills find their replacement for Eric Wood that will be retiring.

22nd overall – Buffalo Bills – Calvin Ridley – WR – Alabama

The Bills traded away all their WR – and were left with nothing.  I know the Bills needs a quarterback, but the majority of them are off the board.  They can wait until the 2nd round, but they take the best player available.

23rd overall – Los Angeles Rams – Arden Key – DE – LSU

I think Key will play outside linebacker in Wade D – but a scary Defense gets even more talent to rush the quarterback.

24th overall – Carolina Panther – Sam Hubbard – DE – Ohio State

If you think the Dolphins need youth at the Dline, then you should feel sorry for the Panthers.  Peppers and Harris were valuable players, but they are slowing down.

25th overall – Tennessee Titans – Jaire Alexander – CB – Louisville

The Titans need help at the corners.  There front seven looks legit, but they struggled in the back end.  Alexander can provide some help.

26th overall – Atlanta Falcons – Da’Ron Payne – DT – Alabama

The Falcons signed Poe to an one year contract and he didn’t live up to the hype.  Payne can come in and start – Day 1.

27th overall – New Orleans – Malik Jefferson – OLB – Texas

The Saints D started finding a little swag last year.  We know that they will score points, but adding to their D can potentially make them an even scarier team.

28th overall – Pittsburgh Steelers – Marcus Davenport – OLB – UTSA

Davenport will slide in this upcoming draft, but he won’t pass the Steelers.

29th overall – Jacksonville Jaguars – Mike Hughes – CB – UCF

The biggest flaw in the Jags D is their nickel cornerback, especially since Aaron Colvin is leaving via free agency

30th overall – Minnesota Vikings- Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame 

Adam and Diggs are great wide receivers.  The Vikes drafted Treadwell, but he has been a disappointment.  Equanimeous is the extra target they need in the red zone.

31st overall – New England Patriots – Taven Bryan – DT- Florida

The Pats will most likely cut Alan Branch and with Bryan they will replace him.

32nd overall – Philadelphia Eagles – Hayden Hurst – TE – South Carolina

Celek and Burton will most likely be gone.  Zach played really well last year, and the Eagles like to have formations where they can line up with two TE.  Hurst is a big player that joins a big team.