Duane Lively’s Mock Draft 3.0

 

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California
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 offseason
2 New York Giants Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Josh Allen is not ready to start on Day 1 and with the Giants he doesn’t have to. Allen sports one of the strongest arms to ever enter the NFL. He sits for a year or two while he learns from a 2-time Super bowl Champion.  Giants offseason
3 New York Jets Josh Rosen, QB, California Los Angeles
The Jets moved up with the Colts and they get their man. Josh 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.  Jets offseason
4 Cleveland Browns Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Saquon 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. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Barkley confirmed he is the best non-quarterback in this draft.  Browns offseason
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Denver signed Case Keenum to a 2-year, $36,000,000 contract. He will get paid a lot of money to groom the young Oklahoma quarterback. Baker Mayfield’s college production is off the charts, as he accounted for 152 touchdowns in his college football career. He basically rewrote the college football history book.  Broncos offseason
6 Indianapolis Colts 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.  Colts offseason
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quenton Nelson, INT-OL, Notre Dame
Quenton Nelson is this year’s top offensive lineman and although his best position is guard, he can play any position on the line. Not only is he a great run blocker, but he only surrendered 1 sack over the last two seasons.  Buccaneers offseason
8 Chicago Bears Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Tremaine Edmunds is a 6’5″ linebacker with 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. Vic Fangio will have a lot of fun using this Swiss army knife.  Bears offseason
9 San Francisco 49ers Marcus Davenport, EDGE, Texas San Antonio
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.  49ers offseason
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Roquan Smith has excellent sideline to sideline speed. He 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.  Raiders offseason
11 Miami Dolphins Vita Vea, INT-DL, Washington
Vita Vea has the combination of power and speed to make an immediate impact in the NFL. He does a lot of the dirty work and makes a lot of people around him look extremely good.  Dolphins offseason
12 Buffalo Bills Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Lamar Jackson is a dynamic quarterback who will need an offense to fit his special athletic abilities. He is not a passer yet. He is a very gifted athlete who is running a spread offense and learning to be a passer. If used properly then he could have a lot of success in the NFL.  Bills offseason
13 Washington Redskins Denzel Ward, NICKEL, Ohio State
Denzel Ward is a bit undersized but more than makes up for it with his athleticism, and he is very gifted in coverage. He could play inside or outside at the next level.  Redskins offseason
14 Green Bay Packers Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Minkah Fitzpatrick is the playmaker the Packers are missing on defense. He is the swiss army knife of the secondary, because he brings a lot of position flexibility. The Packers could play him single high, move him to nickel corner, outside corner, or even nickel linebacker.  Packers offseason
15 Arizona Cardinals 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.  Cardinals offseason
16 Baltimore Ravens Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Calvin Ridley is this years top-rated wide receiver. The Ravens need an explosive player to unlock the stale offense they have produced over the past couple of years. They need a spark and a difference-maker. Ridley provides that for them.  Ravens offseason
17 Los Angeles Chargers Kolton Miller, OT, California Los Angeles
This draft does not seem to have an elite offensive tackle, but it has some very good prospects. Kolton Miller is arguably the best of this year’s class. Russell Okung held down the left side very well last year, but the Chargers need better play from the right tackle position. Miller could eventually become the starting left tackle.  Chargers offseason
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. He has potential shutdown ability and could be the ideal replacement for Richard Sherman.  Seahawks offseason
19 Dallas Cowboys D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
Dez Bryant has left the building and the Cowboys need help at receiver. D.J. Moore will have big shoes to fill.  Cowboys offseason
20 Detroit Lions 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.  Lions offseason
21 Cincinnati Bengals Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
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. Mike McGlinchey is the best run blocker of all tackles in this draft class.  Bengals offseason
22 Buffalo Bills Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
The Bills moved to 4-3 defense in 2017 and they are still looking for linebackers to finish the transition. Rashaan Evans will help to solidify the middle of the field.  Bills offseason
23 New England Patriots Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
The Patriots struggled at inside linebacker last year due to injuries. Leighton Vander Esch provides the insurance the Patriots need.  Patriots offseason
24 Carolina Panthers Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
The Panthers need help at corner and Isaiah Oliver can line up just about anywhere. He can play in press coverage and off-man. Oliver could start opposite James Bradberry on Day 1.  Panthers offseason
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
Sam Hubbard is flying under the radar this draft season, much like T.J. Watt did last year.  Titans offseason
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne, INT-DL, Alabama
The Falcons lost Dontari Poe and need to replace him. Da’Ron Payne is the premiere run stuffing interior defensive lineman in this draft. His game does not translate to the stat sheet, but he is a major contributing factor for other players stats to exists.  Falcons offseason
27 New Orleans Saints Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
The Saints need to regain a presence from the tight end position. Mike Gesicki played in the shadows of some exceptional talent at Penn State. Last year Brees checked down to the backs quite often and he needs a presence over the middle of the field.  Saints offseason
28 Pittsburgh Steelers 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 will be an outstanding running back in the NFL.  Steelers offseason
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Connor Williams could play tackle at the next level. However, he will likely kick inside. A knee injury sidelined him for most of 2017. He showed during the combine that he was healthy.  Jaguars offseason
30 Minnesota Vikings Isaiah Wynn, INT-OL, Georgia
It is arguable that no player has improved his draft stock more over the past few months than Isaiah Wynn. He adds the physicality inside, and he is also an exceptional pass blocker.  Vikings offseason
31 New England Patriots Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Mason Rudolph could get drafted higher than people think on draft day. An injury to his foot caused him to miss the Senior Bowl. 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.  Patriots offseason
32 Philadelphia Eagles Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
LeGarrette Blount played a huge role in Philadelphia last year and his production will be missed. The Eagles like to run the ball and do so with a running back by committee approach. This is nothing new to Sony Michel, who shared the backfield with Nick Chubb at Georgia.  Eagles offseason
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