The Cowboys cut Dez Bryant. So now where do we go? Does Dez fulfill his post-cut promise of haunting the Cowboys twice a year – meaning he’ll sign inside the NFC East – or will he go for a bigger opportunity somewhere like… New England? And what is the “new direction” for the Cowboys? Obviously they now have a need at wide receiver.
It’s been a couple weeks since we dug into the 2018 NFL Draft, so here comes another mock draft. As we did with the last version, we’ll break down the first round picks and then unload rounds 2-4 rapid fire.
Let us know who we missed!
1. Cleveland: Saquan Barkley, RB, Penn State
The more I watch the draft conversation unfold, the more convinced I am that Barkley won’t make it past the Giants with the second pick. With that being said, if we borrow the logic from the movie Draft Day, if the Browns throw out the conventional pick at the top of the draft the entire order from here goes to hell. Barkley is a generational back who changes their entire offense – and they can come back at four and get one of the top three quarterbacks in this year’s class.
2. NY Giants: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
If the Browns take Barkley, this becomes a fascinating pick. Everyone who loves Darnold will come calling to get their hands on this pick – and the Giants might see this as the time to draft the heir to Eli. They also might want to replace JPP with Bradley Chubb here, which makes sense. My bet is that, if Darnold is available, the Giants take him and look to the future.
3. NY Jets: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Jets moved up to this spot to get a quarterback. The question is which one. Josh Allen is getting a lot of hype, but so is Rosen. If the Jets want a personality, they’ll go Rosen. And I think they will here.
4. Cleveland (from HOU): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
This pick makes this a win in the first round for Cleveland. In our last mock we had the Browns going with Darnold and Barkley, but the sense that Barkley doesn’t make it past number two swaps the order. There’s also a lot of talk that the Browns aren’t necessarily sold on one of Darnold or Allen being better long-term, making the wait-and-see-who’s-left approach a stronger strategic play here.
5. Denver: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Same thoughts here we’ve had almost the entire offseason. Mayfield’s ability and swagger make him the perfect quarterback for John Elway at five.
6. Indianapolis (from NYJ): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
How about you trade down four spots, load up with more picks to help build around whatever is left of Andrew Luck, and you still get an elite offensive guard? Nelson is an immediate impact interior offensive lineman who solves a huge issue in Indy.
7. Tampa Bay: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
The Bucs already traded for JPP but their pass rush was bad enough last year that having a player the caliber of Chubb still on the board makes this almost laughable. They’ll be tempted by Minkah Fitzpatrick here, but having two really good pash rushers up front changes the dynamic of the defense in Tampa immediately.
8. Chicago: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
If the top seven picks play out as they did here, this becomes one of the more enviable places to be in the draft. Chicago needs a linebacker, there are two tremendous players available. They could use secondary help, and Fitzpatrick is still on the board. Smith is our pick here because he’s a legit inside linebacker who helps the Bears now and into the next decade.
9. San Francisco: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
The Niners have two significant needs: protect their quarterback and linebacker. So of course they’ll take a defensive back here, right? If GM John Lynch can get his hands on an elite safety like Fitzpatrick, he’ll do it and not think twice. This would be incredible value for San Francisco.
10. Oakland: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
John Gruden would love this pick. Edmunds is a young, athletic stud linebacker. They’ll be tempted by Vita Vea here, but Edmunds is a game-changer for their defense.
11. Miami: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
The best replacement for Ndamukong Suh falls into their lap.
12. Buffalo (from CIN): Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Buffalo traded up to get a quarterback and they’ll take Jackson if they stay here. If the Browns take Barkley, the Bills will be the most active team trying to get the second pick away from the Giants.
13. Washington: Derwin James, S, Florida State
The Redskins get the elite safety they haven’t had since the untimely death of Sean Taylor. They need a lot in Washington, but this is the best player on the board for what they need.
14. Green Bay: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
The Packers need an offensive line, a wide receiver, and a lot of defensive help. Davenport is a hot prospect a lot of people like, making him a nice pick here for Green Bay. I wouldn’t be shocked if they went with one of the top tackles in this class here, though.
15. Arizona: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
The Cardinals need a quarterback, but with the top five off the board it’s hard to imagine they’d take one here. They also need to replace the Honey Badger and Ward is the best corner in this year’s draft. Some mock draft have Ward going in the top ten, so this is really good value for Arizona.
16. Baltimore: Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
Everything we said about the Packers is also true here. Bryan is a hot prospect and has a nasty streak that will make him a popular player in Baltimore.
17. LA Chargers: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
There are a couple spots in the first round where a sixth quarterback coming off the board wouldn’t be a shock, and this is one of them. The Chargers need a successor to Phillip Rivers, and Mason Rudolph might be their guy. But taking a top defensive back here helps them win now. Waiting on a quarterback might be costly, but not trying to win with what’s left of Rivers is as well.
18. Seattle: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Some will argue Alexander is the top corner in this year’s draft, which makes him a logical pick for the Seahawks rebuilding secondary. The Seahawks might go defensive line here as well, but Alexander is the best player for their needs.
19. Dallas: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland
For the first time, Calvin Ridley isn’t the top receiver off the board. Moore is rising quickly and has the look of an elite player who, with the departure of Dez, makes this a strong fit for the Cowboys. Dallas also has needs at linebacker and safety, but they’ll go receiver in the first now.
20. Detroit: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
The Lions might look to fix their tight end issues here, and could also be tempted to address their running back situation. But a rock in the interior of their defensive line makes too much sense; they, too, still need to replace Suh. Payne is a great talent.
21. Cincinnati (from BUF): Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The Bengals need a lot. Evans is a good leader who steps into a leadership role with a defense that remains a hot mess.
22. Buffalo (from KC): Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The Bills’ second pick of the first round will almost certainly address their offensive line needs. The fact that the top tackle in the class is available here would be great fortune.
23. New England (from LAR): Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Patriots now have two picks in the final ten of the first round, which they’ll need to use to address some glaring issues. Taking a really good tackle to protect Tom Brady should be a priority.
24. Carolina: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Carolina could go any number of directions here, including tight end and/or linebacker. But Hughes is the fourth corner in this draft that many feel could go anywhere from the top ten to the end of the first round. They’ll come back and add depth elsewhere later.
25. Tennessee: Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
The Titans used their second pick last year on a receiver, but the talent available at that position could lead them to going with one again here. But Landry is a superb talent who steps in and starts Day One.
26. Atlanta: Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
The Falcons would love to get their hands on a top tier corner here, and might also consider a defensive tackle or linebacker. But Hurst is an athletic tight end with a huge body who would add another dynamic to the Falcons’ offense.
27. New Orleans: Mo Hurst, DT, Michigan
The Saints would love to get their hands on Hurst. They would also love to get a game-changer like Hurst to bulk up the inside of their defensive front. If they don’t go tight end, New Orleans would be thrilled to add a player like Hurst this late in the first round.
28. Pittsburgh: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
The Steelers might go quarterback here if Mason Rudolph is on the board. They might also address their offensive line, or consider a potential long-term answer in the backfield if their relationship with Le’Veon Bell doesn’t improve. But Vander Esch is a starter immediately and helps soften the loss of Ryan Shazier.
29. Jacksonville: Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia
When Paul Posluszny retired the Jags had a spot open up at linebacker. Carter is the kind of athlete they’ve been building around in Jacksonville. They could consider a tight end here as well, but Carter is too good to pass up.
30. Minnesota: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
The Vikings spent a boatload of money on Kirk Cousins and hope to get a healthy backfield to compliment him next year. Protecting Cousins will be important, and Wynn is an exceptional lineman.
31. New England: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
The Pats three goals for this offseason are: build a defense from scratch, protect Tom Brady and find a successor to Brady. If they draft McGlinchey and Phillips in the first round, they’ll have to strong building blocks to achieving two of those goals. Phillips is a massive, disruptive force on the defensive line.
32. Philadelphia: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
The Eagles don’t need much coming off a championship, but Guice is the kind of luxury defending champs love to add. He’s a three-down back who would improve that component of an offense that – reminder – won a championship two months ago.
33. Cleveland: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
34. NY Giants: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
35. Cleveland (from HOU): Uchenna Nwoso, LB, USC
36. Indianapolis: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
37. Indianapolis (from NYJ): Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
38. Tampa Bay: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
39. Chicago: Martinas Rankin, OL, Mississippi State
40. Denver: Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
41. Oakland: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
42. Miami: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
43. New England (from SF): Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
44. Washington: Ronald Jones II, RB, USC
45. Green Bay: DJ Chark, WR, LSU
46. Cincinnati: MJ Stewart, CB, North Carolina
47. Arizona: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
48. LA Chargers: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
49. Indianapolis (from SEA): Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
50. Dallas: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
51. Detroit: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
52. Baltimore: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
53. Buffalo: James Daniels, OL, Iowa
54. Kansas City: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
55. Carolina: Arden Key, EDGE, LSU
56. Buffalo (from LAR): Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
57. Tennessee: Rasheem Green, DE, USC
58. Atlanta: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
59. San Francisco (from NO): Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
60. Pittsburgh: Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
61. Jacksonville: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
62. Minnesota: Jessie Bates III, S, Wake Forest
63. New England: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
64. Cleveland (from PHI): Obo Okoronkwo, LB, Oklahoma
65. Buffalo (from CLE): Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
66. NY Giants: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
67. Indianapolis: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
68. Houston: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
69. NY Giants (from TB): Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech
70. San Francisco (from CHI): Frank Ragnow, OC, Louisville
71. Denver: Ben Banogu, DE, TCU
72. NY Jets: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
73. Miami: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
74. San Francisco: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
75. Oakland: Cody O’Connell, OL, Washington State
76. Green Bay: Braden Smith, OL, Auburn
77. Cincinnati: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
78. Kansas City (from WSH): Porter Gustin, LB, USC
79. Arizona: Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State
80. Houston (from SEA): Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest
81. Dallas: Hercules Mata’afa, DE, Washington State
82. Detroit: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
83. Baltimore: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
84. LA Chargers: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
85. Carolina (from BUF): Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
86. Kansas City: Da’Shawn Hand, DL, Alabama
87. LA Rams: Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
88. Carolina: Matt Pryor, OT, TCU
89. Tennessee: Scott Quessenberry, OL, UCLA
90. Atlanta: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
91. New Orleans: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
92. Pittsburgh: Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky
93. Jacksonville: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
94. Minnesota: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
95. New England: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
96. Buffalo (from PHI): Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
97. Arizona (supp): Cameron Smith, LB, USC
98. Houston (supp): Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
99. Denver (supp): Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
100. Cincinnati (supp): Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
101. Green Bay (from CLE): Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
102. Tampa Bay (from NYG): Iman Marshall, CB, USC
103. Houston: Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State
104. Indianapolis: Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame
105. Chicago: Simmie Cobbs, Jr, WR, Indiana
106. Denver: Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama
107. NY Jets: Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia
108. NY Giants (from TB): Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama
109. Oakland: Mark Walton, RB, Miami
110. Denver (from SF): Chad Thomas, DE, Miami
111. LA Rams (from MIA): Will Clapp, OL, LSU
112. Cincinnati: Jalyn Holmes, DE, Ohio State
113. Washington: James Hearns, DE, Louisville
114. Cleveland (from GB): David Bright, OL, Stanford
115. Chicago (from ARI): Chris Campbell, CB, Penn State
116. Dallas: Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford
117. Detroit: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
118. Baltimore: Godwin Igwebuike, S, Northwestern
119. LA Chargers: Keishawn Berria, LB, Washington
120. Seattle: Andrew Brown, DE, Virginia
121. Buffalo: Dorance Armstrong, Jr, EDGE, Kansas
122. Kansas City: Mason Cole, OL, Michigan
123. Miami (from CAR): Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
124. Kansas City (From LAR): Jeremy Irwin, OL, Colorado
125. Tennessee: Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
126. Atlanta: RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami
127. New Orleans: Shaquem Griffin, OLB, UCF
128. San Francisco (from PIT): Trenton Thompson, DT, Georgia
129. Jacksonville: Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis
130. Philadelphia (from MIN): Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
131. Miami (from NE): Austin Corbett, OL, Nevada
132. Philadelphia: Jordan Atkins, TE, UCF
133. Green Bay (supp): BJ Hill, DL, North Carolina State
134. Arizona (supp): Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
135. LA Rams (supp from NYG): Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
136. LA Rams (supp from NE): Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh
137. Dallas (supp): Trevon Young, DE, Louisville
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