Duane Lively’s Post Combine Mock

Post NFL Scouting Combine Mock

It’s been a week since the NFL Combine concluded. Some players moved up the boards, others lost ground, while others stayed exactly where we thought.

Shaquem Griffin was a huge winner of the 2018 NFL Combine. His heart-felt performance transcended all NFL fans expectations. On the other hand, Orlando Brown was a huge disappointment in nearly every test and drill. While Saquon Barkley proved that he is exactly who we think he is.

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.
2  New York Giants  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. During Eli Manning’s tenure, the Giants have never had a back of this caliber.
3  Denver Broncos  Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
TRADE FROM COLTS – 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 possible that Elway sees a little bit of himself in Allen. 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 for at least a portion of year 1.
4  New York Jets  Josh Rosen, QB, California Los Angeles
TRADE FROM BROWNSJosh 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.
5  Buffalo Bills  Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
TRADE FROM COLTS – 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. He basically rewrote the college football history book. Buffalo needs a leader at the quarterback position. The Bills will probably implement more RPO’s to add some familiarity to the offense.
6  Cleveland Browns  Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Minkah Fitzpatrick is the playmaker the Browns are missing on defense. He is the swiss army knife of the secondary, because he brings a lot of position flexibility. The Browns could play him single high, move him to nickel corner, outside corner, or even nickel linebacker.
7  Tampa Bay Buccaneers  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.
8 Chicago Bears 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 in his last two seasons. Harry Hiestand, Nelson’s Notre Dame O-line coach makes a living for the Bears now.
9  San Francisco 49ers  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.
10  Oakland Raiders  Vita Vea
The Raiders have struggled from the defensive tackle position for several years now. Vita Vea has the combination of power and speed to make an immediate impact in the NFL.
11  Miami Dolphins  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.
12  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.
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  Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Lamar Jackson is a dynamic quarterback who will need an offense to fit his special athletic abilities. Mike McCoy was recently hired as the new offensive coordinator and he has worked in several different offensive systems. Jackson and McCoy could complement each other’s talents very well.
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.
17  Los Angeles Chargers  Da’Ron Payne, INT-DL, Alabama
The Chargers don’t have a disruptive force in the middle of the line, and they need one. 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.
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.
19  Dallas Cowboys  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 come off the board much earlier, but I think he is a NICKEL corner at the next level. The Cowboys defense was exploited in the slot last year. Quarterback needs of other teams push talented players down and benefit the Dallas Cowboys here.
20  Detroit Lions  Maurice Hurst, INT-DL, Michigan
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.
21  Indianapolis Colts  Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
The Colts move back twice. From the first move, they pick up a couple of extra Day 2 picks from the Broncos. From the second move, they acquire a 2019 first round pick along with the 21st and 22nd overall picks in the 2018 draft. 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.
22  Indianapolis Colts  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.
23  Los Angeles Rams  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. 23 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.
24  Carolina Panthers  Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
  Sam Hubbard is flying under the radar this draft season, much like T.J. Watt did last year.
25  Tennessee Titans  Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
Isaiah Oliver provides the size at outside corner the Titans need.
26  Atlanta Falcons  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. The Falcons love to run the ball as much as they pass. Wynn adds the physicality inside, and he is also an exceptional pass blocker.
27  New Orleans Saints  Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
 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. Dallas Goedert provides a consistent medium range passing weapon the Saints are lacking.
28  Pittsburgh Steelers  Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise 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. Leighton Vander Esch steps in immediately to solidify the position.
29  Jacksonville Jaguars  Will Hernandez, INT-OL, Texas El Paso
The Jaguars recipe is to run the ball and play great defense. Will Hernandez is a physical offensive lineman who will fit in perfectly.
30  Minnesota Vikings  Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
I have some major concerns about Mike Hughes bouncing around from team to team. There are certainly red flags. However, I have very few concerns about his ability to play football. He is a smooth corner with special athletic traits.
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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