Bob LeGere's 2018 NFL mock draft 1.0

QB run early, TE run late in LeGere's first NFL mock draft

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I have no idea in which order the top four quarterbacks will be drafted – and neither does anyone else.

But I think Rosen has the best combination of tools, production and potential. There has been concern about his personality rubbing teams the wrong way and a certain aloofness that might not endear him to teammates. But in the approximately four minutes that I half-listened to him speak at the scouting combine last month, he seemed like a good dude. So there’s that.

Sure, it’s easy to be captivated by Josh Allen’s meat-hook hands; but 16 touchdowns in 11 games last year -- for Wyoming? There’s a lot to like about Sam Darnold, but I’m a bit turned off by the turnovers, especially the fumbles, although I don’t know that his (relatively) small hands have anything to do with that.

There’s no doubt that Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield has a bit of an attitude, but you want to see some of that in your quarterback/team leader. The height thing? He’s a giant compared to Drew Brees, so I’m fine with that.

With that being said, let the mocking begin.

1. Cleveland Browns: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

After suffering through the failed DeShone Kizer experiment, they take a cerebral QB less prone to turnovers. Hopefully they’ve learned a lesson about rushing a QB into the No. 1 job.

Browns fans, check out Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Josh Rosen (subscribers only)


2. New York Giants: QB Sam Darnold, USC

It’s a perfect time to find Eli Manning’s replacement, while still giving the new guy time to grow. Turnovers are a concern, and he played just two years at ‘SC, but everything else is a positive.

Giants fans, check out Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Sam Darnold (subscribers only)

3. New York Jets: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming

Despite swinging and missing badly on QBs five times in the past seven years, they keep hacking with a chance to hit it out of the park with a physical specimen who’s also a gamble.

Jets fans, check out Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Josh Allen (subscribers only)

4. Cleveland Browns: RB Saquon Bakley, Penn State

After getting their franchise QB, they add arguably the best player in the draft and a Day One difference maker.

Browns fans, check out Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Saquon Barkley (subscribers only)



5. Denver Broncos: Edge Bradley Chubb, N.C. State

They’ll gladly take the best defensive player in the draft to resuscitate their once-great “D.” But, if one of the top 3 QBs falls …

Broncos fans, check out Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Bradley Chubb

6. Indianapolis Colts: OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

More than anything, they need protection for QB Andrew Luck, and this guy’s as close to a sure thing as anyone in the draft. A potential Pro Bowler as a rookie.

Colts fans, Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Quenton Nelson (subscribers only)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Could also opt for CB Denzel Ward to upgrade a woeful secondary. Fitzpatrick can play CB or S, and the Bucs need help at both positions.

Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Minkah Fitzpatrick is here, Bucs fans (subscibers only)

8. Chicago Bears: LB Tremaine Edmunds, Va. Tech

Scheme-diverse stud with awesome upside as an edge rusher, a much-needed commodity. A bit raw, but he’s just 19 and could be a monster in a year or two.

Bears fans, read Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Tremaine Edmunds (subscribers only)

9. San Francisco 49ers: CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State

UFA Richard Sherman will help – if he’s healthy – but Ward would be another step in the right direction for a rebuilding defense.

Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Denzel Ward, Niners fans (subscribers only)

10. Oakland Raiders: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia

They need a defensive leader, a physical presence and a centerpiece, and Smith can be all that and more. He’s a bit undersized but plays big.

Roquan Smith scouting report, Raiders fans (subscribers only)

11. Miami Dolphins: DT Vita Vea, Washington

Plug-and-play replacement for Ndamukong Suh at a much cheaper price. Should make everyone on a mediocre defense better.

Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Vita Vea is here, 'Phins fans (subscribers only)

12. Buffalo Bills: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

If you were just talking about top production at the highest level, he’d be the first QB off the board. Or, if he were 2 inches taller.

Baker Mayfield scouting report is here, Bills fans (subscribers only)

13. Washington: S Derwin James, Florida State

Would provide much needed help in the back seven, and some evaluators have James as the No. 1 safety.

Greg Gabriel's Derwin James scouting report (subscribers only)

14. Green Bay Packers: Edge Marcus Davenport, UTSA

They missed Julius Peppers’ pass rush off the edge last year, and Davenport might be a bit of a project, but his massive upside is worth the gamble.

Packers fans, read about Marcus Davenport here (subscribers only)

15. Arizona Cardinals: QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville

An absolute project, but he gives OCs a unique skill set to work with and opposing DCs nightmares.

Lamar Jackson's scouting report is here, Cardinals fans

16. Baltimore Ravens: LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

Offense is a greater need, but they didn’t become a perennial dominant defense by passing on impact players, such as this sideline-to-sideline playmaker.

Greg Gabriel's Leighton Vander Esch scouting report is here, Ravens fans

17. Los Angeles Chargers: DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama

They add a superior run stuffer and an interior disruptor to an elite group of pass rushers and a defense that was arguably the NFL’s worst against the run.

Read about the newest Charger, Da'Ron Payne here (subscribers only)

18. Seattle Seahawks: OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

Their O-line has been a disaster for years, and the mid-season pickup of OLT Duane Brown helped, but this is another huge step in the right direction.

Seahawks fans, Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Mike McGlinchey is here (subscribers only)

19. Dallas Cowboys: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Dez Bryant is 3 years removed from his last 1,000-yard season, and Terrance Williams had zero TDs last year, so some new blood is needed, and Ridley is the most NFL-ready WR available.

Calvin Ridley's scouting report is here, Cowboys fans (subscribers only)

20. Detroit Lions: DT Taven Bryan, Florida

Too soon for a RB, so they go big in the defensive rebuild with an ideal 3-technique to provide help for DE Ziggy Ansah and DT A’Shawn Robinson.

Lions fans, Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Taven Bryan is here (subscribers only)

21. Cincinnati Bengals: OG Will Hernandez, UTEP

Their interior O-line needs immediate attention, and QB Andy Dalton needs better protection. They added OLT Cordy Glenn, and Hernandez is a massive anchor inside.

Bengals fans, read about new OG Will Hernandez here (subscribers only)

22. Buffalo Bills: OT Connor Williams, Texas

After dealing OLT Cordy Glenn to the Bengals, they’re looking for his successor, and Williams is more than capable with an impressive combination of size and athletic ability.

Bills fans, here's the goods from Greg Gabriel on Connor Williams (subscribers only)

23. New England Patriots: Edge Harold Landry, Boston College

No one ever knows what Bill Belichick will do, but you can never have enough edge rushers, and Landry had 16.5 sacks in 2016. Some teams will be scared by Landry’s slump/ankle injury last year, but not Mr. Hoodie.

The scouting report on your newest front-seven weapon, Harold Landry, Patriots fans (subscribers only)

24. Carolina Panthers: CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Bashaud Breeland failed their physical, so CB remains a glaring need. Almost everyone agrees it will be a DB, and Alexander offers an excellent combo of cover ability and speed.

Panthers fans, here's Jaire Alexander's scouting report (subscribers only)

25. Tennessee Titans: Edge Arden Key, LSU

There are character concerns, but it’s worth taking a chance on a potentially elite edge rusher, especially since Brian Orakpo is 32 and Derrick Morgan is 29, and both are entering contract years. The Titans used the 33rd overall draft pick on Kevin Dodd in 2016, and he has 1 sack.

Titans fans, Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Arden Key is here (subscribers only)

26. Atlanta Falcons: TE Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

Level of competition is a minor concern, but he’s got better receiving skills than any TE on the roster and more than enough size to make him the most complete player in the draft at his position.

Dallas Goedert scouting report from Greg Gabriel, Falcons fans (subscribers only)

27. New Orleans Saints: TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State

Athleticism is off the charts, and they love to stockpile offensive weapons. He’s not going to help you much as a blocker, but Gesicki is a matchup nightmare as a pass receiver.

Saints fans, check out this Mike Gesicki write-up from Greg Gabriel (subscribers only)

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Ryan Shazier won’t be back anytime soon, and the defense fell apart after he was hurt, but Evans could lessen the Steelers’ pain. He’s versatile and has great range as a run defender and in coverage.

Rashaan Evans scouting report from Greg Gabriel, Steelers fans (subscribers only)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: WR Courtland Sutton, SMU

They have to have a pass catcher here after letting 1,000-yard WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns walk. Sutton’s not a burner, but he’s fast enough (4.54) for a big (6-4, 218), strong (18 reps) playmaker who scored 31 TDs in the past 3 seasons.

Courtland Sutton scouting report by Greg Gabriel, Jaguars fans (subscribers only)

30. Minnesota Vikings: OG Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

O-line, and specifically guard, is clearly the biggest need on a roster that remains ready to compete for a Super Bowl. Wynn would be the team’s top OG the day he’s drafted and a Day One starter.

Vikes fans, check out Greg Gabriel report on Isaiah Wynn (subscribers only)

31. New England Patriots: OT Kolton Miller, UCLA

A replacement for Nate Solder is a must, unless they use their earlier choice to address that gaping hole. Miller is 6-9 but an exceptional athlete for his size.

Kolton Miller writeup by Greg Gabriel, Patriots fans (subscribers only)

32. Philadelphia Eagles: TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina

Overaged because he spent 2 years in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, but he’s a versatile all-around TE. They need to replace Trey Burton, who left for the Bears, and even if Brent Celek returns, he’s 33.

Eagles fans, read Greg Gabriel's scouting report on the Super Bowl champs' new tight end, Hayden Hurst

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