NFL Draft: Hub Arkush's Mock Draft 3.0

Two clubs trade into the top 10 for QBs in Hub's latest mock draft

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This is still a long way from what I expect my mock to look like by the time we get to the start of Round One, but having had a chance to visit with a number of teams now and with pro days in the books, draft boards have become increasingly educated since I conducted mocks 1.0 and 2.0.

It is possible the first four picks — if the Cleveland Browns deal No. 4 — or four of the first five if they don’t — which I don’t believe they will — will be quarterbacks. But I don’t believe that will happen.

However, four of the first 10 picks will be QBs, which is still absurd because I don't think any of these passers are among the top 10 prospects. Some teams never learn, and that’s what happens with QBs.

Because there are at least five — and possibly as many as eight teams thinking QB — there will be more trades in the first round than usual, and it won’t be just to select the signal-callers.

With so many quarterbacks going too high, some of the best players in the draft will still be there between pick Nos. 5 and 10, and teams will try and come up to select them. Prospects between five and 10, then, will fall out of the top 10 and . . .

All of that is likely to make this one of the most entertaining drafts in years. Here is a look at how some of it could soon unfold.

1. Cleveland Browns – USC QB Sam Darnold

Everybody is hearing Josh Allen here now, but John Dorsey is too smart to take a mediocre college QB with the first overall pick.

Subscribers, check out Greg Gabriel's full scouting report here

2. New York Giants – Penn State RB Saquon Barkley

When was the last time the Giants had a franchise back? How long have they been looking?

Full scouting report: Saquon Barkley

3. New York Jets – Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

The Jets paid dearly to get here, and Mayfield is the best QB prospect in this draft.

Full scouting report: Baker Mayfield (subscribers only)

4. Cleveland Browns – North Carolina State EDGE Bradley Chubb

Chubb and Myles Garrett can be the anchors of a top-ten defense.

How does Greg Gabriel evaluate Chubb?

5. Buffalo Bills (trade with Broncos) – UCLA QB Josh Rosen

Bills determined to trade up and get their QB; Broncos net a bushel of picks.

Full scouting report: Josh Rosen

6. Indianapolis Colts – Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson

Might be the best prospect in this draft, and it’s all about protecting Luck in Indy.

Our subscribers get Nelson's scouting report here

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick

Corner biggest need but can’t pass on best defensive back in draft.

What does Greg Gabriel think about Minkah Fitzpatrick?

8. Arizona Cardinals – Wyoming QB Josh Allen

Cards do it here or risk getting left out of top 4 QB prospects; Bears needed more high picks.

What does Greg Gabriel think of Josh Allen?

9. San Francisco 49ers – Florida State S Derwin James

Needing help everywhere but QB, Niners go for highest ceiling.

Our subscribers get full access to Greg Gabriel's report on James here

10. Oakland Raiders – Virginia Tech Tremaine Edmunds

A special athlete for a defense badly in need of one.

What is the full scouting report on Tremaine Edmunds?

11. Miami Dolphins – Texas OL Connor Williams

Could slide into guard, could be a cheaper better option to Ja’Wuan James.

Scouting report: Connor Williams (subscribers only)

12. Denver Broncos (from Bills) – Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey

Case Keenum proved he can play if Broncos’ front gives him a chance.

What does Greg Gabriel think of McGlinchey? Get the report here

13. Washington – Georgia LB Roquan Smith

Best player on board fills Washington’s biggest need.

Scouting report (subscibers only): Roquan Smith

14. Green Bay Packers – Ohio State CB Denzel Ward

Packers are stunned the top corner prospect in this draft is still there for them.

Full scouting report: Denzel Ward

15. Chicago Bears – Boston College EDGE Harold Landry

Bears pick up an extra second- and third-rounder this year and still net top edge rusher.

Our subscribers get the full scouting report on Landry here

16. Baltimore Ravens – Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

Ravens have no choice when draft’s top wideout prospect is waiting for them.

Get the full scouting report on Calvin Ridley here

17. Los Angeles Chargers – Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch

LB may be Chargers greatest need, and this kid is flying up boards.

Here's what Greg Gabriel thinks of Leighton Vander Esch

18. Seattle Seahawks – Oregon RB Royce Freeman

A reach, but 'Hawks have been watching him for four years now.

Our subscribers get Royce Freeman's scouting report here

19. Dallas Cowboys – Alabama DT Da’Ron Payne

This is one of those steals that will happen because the QBs went so high.

Scouting report: Da'Ron Payne

20. Detroit Lions – LSU RB Derrius Guice

The Lions simply can’t ignore running back any longer and Guice is a boom-or-bust gamble they make.

Derrius Guice scouting report

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Stanford S Justin Reid

Bengals would rather help O-line here, but safety’s a need and Reid is best player on the board.

Justin Reid scouting report (subscribers only)

22. Denver Broncos (from Bills) – UTEP OG Will Hernandez

This is another steal and, with McGlinchey, completes much-needed O-line rebuild.

Scouting report: Will Hernandez

23. New England Patriots – Alabama LB Rashaan Evans

Not as big as Dont’a Hightower but brings the same versatility, and Pats need LB upgrade.

See the full scouting report here on Evans (subscribers only)

24. Carolina Panthers – SMU WR Courtland Sutton

Devin Funchess may be more a 2 than a 1, and Curtis Samuels hasn’t scared anyone yet.

Courtland Sutton scouting report

25. Tennessee Titans – UTSA EDGE Marcus Davenport

This is a perfect match of serious need and an exciting prospect who’d be a risk going any higher.

Our subscribers get the full scouting report on Marcus Davenport

26. Atlanta Falcons – Florida DT Taven Bryan

Not sure what the Falcons didn’t like about Dontari Poe but Bryan is a great fit.

Greg Gabriel's full scouting report on Bryan here

27. New Orleans Saints – Washington NT Vita Vea

Saints 'D’ still needs some beef, and they don’t come much beefier than Vea.

Get Greg Gabriel's scouting report on Vita Vea here

28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Iowa CB Josh Jackson

Top college corner with the size to play safety, and Steelers need both.

Greg Gabriel's full scouting report on Jackson is here

29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Georgia OG Isaiah Wynn

Jaguars don’t have a lot of holes, but Wynn fills their biggest, and Leonard Fournette becomes a monster.

Greg Gabriel's full report on Wynn is here

30. Minnesota Vikings – Auburn OG Braden Smith

O-line still needs work, and Vikes so deep everywhere else can afford a need pick here.

Braden Smith breakdown here

31. New England Patriots – Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby

Watch the tape and you may think you’re seeing Jason Peters.

Tyrell Crosby scouting report from Greg Gabriel here for our subscribers

32. Philadelphia Eagles – Penn State TE Mike Gesicki

A bigger version of the departed Trey Burton is just too good to pass.

Mike Gesicki write-up here (subscribers only)

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