Duane Lively’s Post Super Bowl Mock

(Sept. 7, 2011 - Source: Brett Deering/Getty Images North America)

Day After The Super Bowl Mock

History could shine favorably on the quarterback draft class of 2018. Not since 2012, have we seen this much excitement around the quarterback position. In 2012, Nick Foles was selected in the 3rd round (88th overall). Last night he won Super Bowl MVP honors, for his excellent performance in Super Bowl LII. Although he was the 7th quarterback chosen in 2012, he is only the 2nd quarterback from the class to win a Super Bowl.

Kirk Cousins was a 4th round selection (102nd overall), and the 8th quarterback chosen in 2012. With Cousins set to hit free agency, it could shake up the 2018 NFL Draft. We know in March, he will search for a new home, because last week the Redskins traded for Alex Smith.

Nick Foles is currently under contract with the Eagles, and it does not expire until the completion of 2021. The Eagles will likely receive offers for Foles. However, the front office might not be willing to part with him. It was only 2 months ago when Carson Wentz suffered a season ending knee injury. It’s more likely for the Eagles to keep Foles, until the Wentz injury becomes clearer.

For this mock draft, I spun the quarterback wheel and Kirk Cousins landed on Arizona. Cousins could end up with the Broncos, Jets, Cardinals, Bills, Browns, Vikings, Jaguars, and so on. As for Nick Foles, I think it makes sense for him to stay in Philadelphia for the 2018 season.

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California
The only way John Dorsey is passing on a quarterback is if he lures Kirk Cousins in. Otherwise, Sam Darnold is the best quarterback prospect in the 2018 draft. This pick would change the direction of the Cleveland Browns franchise. He is a tough competitor, exceptional leader, with a gunslinger mentality. Browns fans have waited a long time, and they finally get their franchise quarterback. Darnold will quickly become the leader of this franchise and is starting, Day 1.
2 Denver Broncos  Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
TRADE FROM GIANTS– Denver is in desperate need of a quarterback, and Josh Allen is just what the doctor ordered. John Elway has not been shy about his interest in Allen. It’s plausible that Josh Allen is John Elway’s guy. Elway attended Allen’s final bowl game and his attention was tightly glued to Allen at the Senior Bowl. Allen needs a year with NFL coaches to fix his mechanics. It’s possible for Denver to sign a veteran quarterback, and groom Allen in year 1.
3 New York Jets Josh Rosen, QB, California Los Angeles
TRADE FROM COLTSJosh Rosen is ready to start on Day 1. In 2017, he improved his accuracy by 7 points while under pressure, and over 2 points with down the field passes. Was given the name “Chosen Rosen” after an epic 27-point, come from behind victory over Texas A&M. He threw 4 touchdowns in the final 15 minutes.
4 Cleveland Browns  Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Saquan Barkley is a multifaceted running back, who is a threat to take it the distance on any given play. Barkley recorded 39 career rushing touchdowns (over 35 career regular season games) and added 7 receiving touchdowns. Barkley could run under a 4.4, 40-yard dash at the combine.
5  New York Giants  Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State
 Bradley Chubb is the Wolfpack’s career sacks leader. He has recorded 20 sacks, and 44 tackles for loss over the past 2 seasons. Possesses a nice combination of size and athleticism. Extremely quick burst off the ball, especially for a bigger Edge rusher (275 pounds). Gets a lot of notoriety for his pass rush ability but is also one of the best run defenders in the nation.
6  Indianapolis Colts  Quenton Nelson, INT-OL, Notre Dame
The Colts must do a better job protecting Andrew Luck. They were also 5th worst in the NFL with 3.7 yards per rush attempt. Quenton Nelson is a Day 1 starter, and the best interior offensive lineman to enter the NFL draft in a very long time. Not only is he a great run blocker, but he only surrendered 1 sack in his last two seasons.
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers  Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Minkah Fitzpatrick is the playmaker the Buccaneers are missing on defense. He is the swiss army knife of the secondary, because he brings a lot of position flexibility. The 49ers could play him single high, move him to nickel corner, outside corner, or even nickel linebacker.
8 Chicago Bears Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The Bears offense is anemic, and in desperate need of someone who can move the chains. Mitchell Trubisky is still a very inexperienced quarterback who needs some legitimate weapons around him. Calvin Ridley could provide a spark that is missing. The Bears front office will likely add some receivers in free agency. They still need to look at the long-term picture and draft a mainstay in the offense. Ridley makes a lot of since in Chicago.
9  Buffalo Bills  Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
TRADE FROM 49ERS – Yes, Baker Mayfield is polarizing. However, he is also a natural leader and an excellent football player. Baker’s college production is off the charts, as he accounted for 152 touchdowns in his college football career. Buffalo needs a leader at the quarterback position. The Bills will probably implement more RPO’s to add some familiarity to the offense.
10 Oakland Raiders Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
There is not a more Raider type of pick than Tremaine Edmunds in this draft. The Raiders are notorious for making high draft selections based on size and speed. The 6’5″ Virginia Tech linebacker has speed that’s not typically given out to players of his stature. He has a lot of position flexibility. He can line up as a pass rusher or off-ball linebacker.
11 Miami Dolphins  Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Roquan Smith has excellent sideline to sideline speed. Does his best work chasing ball carriers on the perimeter. Roquan was the heart and soul of the Georgia Bulldog defense. He improved every year at Georgia and capped his career with an outstanding season.
12 Cincinnati Bengals Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The Bengals desperately need help on the offensive line. The Bengals triple threat backfield (Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard, and Jeremy Hill) was supposed to be explosive during the 2017 season. Instead the rushing attack managed only 3.6 yards per carry (tied for 3rd worst). To make matters worse, the offensive line could not pass protect, giving up 40 sacks. Connor Williams could help improve the offensive line.
13 Washington Redskins  Derwin James, S, Florida State
Derwin James is a dynamic player, and he probably would not be available here, if not for an injury that took away his 2016 season and slowed him down in 2017. Football players do not come in better packages than James. It is possible to play him at safety or linebacker. He is so physically gifted that he will likely excel anywhere he lines up.
14 Green Bay Packers  Marcus Davenport, EDGE, Texas San Antonio
In 2017, the Packers gave up 7.9 yards per pass attempt (3rd worst), allowed 67.8% pass attempts to be completed (3rd worst), and 236.8 passing yards per game (10th worst). The Packers need to get more pressure on the quarterback (37 sacks in 2017). Marcus Davenport reminds me a lot of a young Jason Pierre Paul. Both come from smaller schools and have freakish Jason Taylor type builds. It might take Davenport some time to adjust to craftier technicians, but he has the physical traits to become a star in the NFL.
15 Arizona Cardinals  Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Mike McGlinchey is the best run blocker of all tackles in this draft class. I think McGlinchey will end up at right tackle, but he can also kick inside for the short-term if needed.
16 Baltimore Ravens  Derrius Guice, RB, Louisiana State
Derrius Guice is an explosive runner who reminds me a lot of Marshawn Lynch. He is a tough runner between the tackles and has breakaway speed. One crack and he can take it to the house. Guice is going to be an outstanding running back in the NFL.
17 Los Angeles Chargers  Vita Vea, INT-DL, Washington
The Chargers don’t have a disruptive force in the middle of the line, and they need one. Fortunately, the 2 best defensive tackles are still on the board. Either Vita Vea or Maurice Hurst, would be fine choices here. They’re both excellent pass rushers. I think Vea comes off the board first, because he is the better run defender.
18 Seattle Seahawks  Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Joshua Jackson is 6’1″ and when you add his height and long arms, it equals a great deal of length. The only question mark is his speed, which will be tested at the combine. He has potential shutdown ability and could be the ideal replacement for Richard Sherman.
19 Dallas Cowboys  Maurice Hurst, INT-DL, Michigan
The Cowboys need to address the middle of the defensive line. Maurice Hurst is a play-maker who generates great production from his speed and he can get after the quarterback. His total 47 quarterback pressures tied for most (in 2017) among draft eligible interior defensive linemen.
20 Detroit Lions  Taven Bryan, INT-DL, Florida
Haloti Ngata has been a great free agent acquisition for the Lions. Ngata is 34 years old and scheduled to hit the open market. Even if the lions bring Ngata back, Taven Bryan provides youth in the middle to build the future around.
21 San Francisco 49ers  Denzel Ward, NICKEL, Ohio State
Denzel Ward is a bit undersized but more than makes it up with his athleticism, and he is gifted in coverage. He could come off the board much earlier, but I think he is a NICKEL corner at the next level.
22 San Francisco 49ers  Ronald Jones II, RB, Southern California
Ronald Jones II is a smooth running back, and he fits Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme very well. He makes running the football whether inside or outside look easy. He is extremely dangerous in the open field. Very secure with the football. In 623 touches throughout his college career he only fumbled twice, losing just one.
23 Los Angeles Rams  Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
 The Rams need to upgrade the cornerback position. Trumaine Johnson was franchise tagged last offseason and is a free agent. Nickell Robey-Coleman and Troy Hill (restricted) are also free agents. Even if the Rams bring Johnson back, there is a huge void in the secondary. Isaiah Oliver could solidify the cornerback position.
24 Carolina Panthers Arden Key, EDGE, Louisiana State
Arden Key has the athletic ability to be a top 5 pick in just about any draft. Yet he has fallen to No. 24 in this mock and realistically could fall out of the first round. About a year ago, I compared Arden to Barkevious Mingo, and that was based on his football play. Arden is a special talent, but he needs to dedicate his life to football. His natural ability has gotten him this far, and if he masters proper techniques then he could be a special player. His career will be determined by how much he wants to play football. If he wants it then a team is going to get the steal of the draft.
25 Tennessee Titans Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
Harold Landry is a 3-year starter for the Eagles. Over the past 3 seasons Landry has piled up 25 sacks, 148 tackles, and 46 and a half tackles for loss. His 2016 campaign was outstanding. Battled an ankle injury in 2017, and his numbers were down.
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne, INT-DL, Alabama
Atlanta needs a defensive tackle. Da’Ron Payne was a dominant force in the College Football Playoff National Championship, living in the Georgia backfield. Payne put together a very nice resume during his time at Alabama. He will only be 20-years old when he is drafted.
27 New Orleans Saints  Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram had the second and third most receptions and receiving yards for the Saints in 2017. If a defense predicted a pass to the running back, they were often right. The Saints passing attack was off without Brandin Cooks, and Christian Kirk fits the same mold.
28 Pittsburgh Steelers  Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
Ryan Shazier suffered a horrendous injury to his back, and the status of his future is unknown. What is known, is the Steelers do not have anyone else to play the position. Although Darius Leonard is not a thumper, I have yet to see him miss a tackle.
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Billy Price, INT-OL, Ohio State
The Jaguars recipe is to run the ball and play great defense. Billy Price is a physical offensive lineman who will fit in perfectly. He has position flexibility to play guard or center.
30 Minnesota Vikings Harrison Phillips, INT-DL, Stanford
Harrison Phillips is a dominant run defender with outstanding power. Phillips is a 3-year state wrestling champion and 4-year national wrestling champion.
31 New England Patriots Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Mason Rudolph has a lot of potential to rise during the draft process. An injury to his foot caused him to miss the Senior Bowl. If he performs well at the combine and at his Pro Day, then Rudolph might be drafted higher. His biggest challenge will be coming from a spread offense to a pro style system, but he has all the tools and the intelligence to be an excellent NFL quarterback.
32  Philadelphia Eagles  Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The Eagles just won the Super Bowl, but no team is flawless. They could use more production from the linebacker position. Rashaan Evans has the speed and athleticism to shine behind the Eagles robust defensive line.

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