The Draft begins April 26th so, this is my Mock Draft. I love writing these things because no one can tell me I can’t. Also, I get to play General Manager so these picks are from the perspective of Nick Gordon, GM of every team in the NFL. I’m going inside the organization and working from the inside out. Looking at team needs and best available players. The idea of a mock draft is kind of silly because just one wrong pick will throw the entire thing off, so these are my picks as GM of each team in the NFL. This is not necessarily who I think they will draft, but more who I think they should draft.
1. Cleveland Browns – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
This is the absolute most important pick of the draft because what happens here affects the direction each team goes directly after but, sorry, I can’t pass up on a generational talent. Taking a RB first overall is ridiculously rare, but if there was ever a time to do so it’s now for the Browns.
2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Maybe the most NFL ready QB in the draft. Chosen Rosen fits the NY state of mind and can learn how to be a professional for a year behind Eli Manning.
3. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
I go off script here. In the past, the Jets have taken the golden boy, and it hasn’t worked out. They need a QB like Mayfield who has exceeded expectations his entire career. PSA, MAYFIELD IS NOT MANZIEL!
4. Cleveland Browns – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
He has the most upside of any player in the draft. Allen needs to work on his accuracy but I love him for the Browns in what is the second most important pick of the draft.
5. Denver Broncos – Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Honestly, I’m just taking whichever QB is left of the big 4…
6. Indianapolis Colts– Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
This is the ultimate domino affected pick. If Barkley goes to Cleveland then I think Chubb slides to Indy. If not, Chubb could get taken with Cleveland’s 4th pick.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama
The Bucs secondary needs a lot of help and Fitzpatrick is one of my favorite players in this draft class.
8. Chicago Bears, Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Nelson would be higher but everyone picking earlier has more pressing needs. Nelson is a Stud that will really help protect Mitch Trubisky.
9. San Francisco 49ers, Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Pretty simple here. Smith won’t be taken before the 9th pick and the 49ers need a LB. Smith is an athletic LB who will impact that defense right away.
10. Oakland Raiders, Tremaine Edmunds, ILB, Virginia Tech
Behind Barkley, Edmunds is probably the biggest freak athlete in this class. A lot of upside.
11. Miami Dolphins, Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Vea is a freak up front that could try and fill in for a no longer present, Ndamukong Suh.
12. Buffalo Bills, Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
In a normal QB class, Rudolph would be number 2 or 3 on the big board. Rudolph has a lot of arm talent and throws a great deep ball. He did have an arsenal of weapons around him at Ok State though.
13. Washington Redskins, Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
If he is still there, this is a no brainer in my opinion for the Redskins.
14. Green Bay Packers, Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio St.
Green Bay needs a CB and if Ward is available they need to pounce on him. He was a lock down corner in the BIG 10 and has great hips. He could be an elite corner at the next level.
15. Arizona Cardinals, Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Ridley is not talked about nearly enough. He is a game breaker and will be a 1st option, do it all receiver in the NFL.
16. Baltimore Ravens, Mike McGlinchy, OT, Notre Dame
Baltimore needs to revamp their O Line and McGlinchy is one of the top O line prospects in this draft. Not a sexy pick, but a necessary one.
17. Los Angeles Chargers, Derwin James, S, FSU
Jalen Ramsey 2.0? I’m not sure but if James can stay healthy. He has all the talent in the world to be one of the best safeties in the NFL
18. Seattle Seahawks, Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College
Landry was one of my favorite players to watch in college. He single handily dominated some top offenses in the country the past two years. An absolute steal at 18.
19. Dallas Cowboys, Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
With Dez gone, the Cowboys need a viable option down field and as a big bodied WR I think he can come in and fill the role right away.
20. Detroit Lions, Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
Underrated guy from a non-power 5. Quick off the ball will be disruptive in a third down package.
21. Cincinnati Bengals, Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
Great build for a guard at 6’2 342 lbs. That’s an absolute load…
22. Buffalo Bills, D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
Buffalo needs a WR after this offseason. They also need a QB and a lot of other things, but I like D.J. Moore for the Bills.
23. New England Patriots, Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Listen, Tom’s career is winding down and Lamar Jackson is probably the most underrated player in the entire draft. The Patriots have a history of taking QBs for the future and Belichick loves to take the best available football players. I love this pick.
24. Carolina Panthers, Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
Another target for Cam Newton. I like Hurst and his ability to be an athlete in the open field. He is older though so his ceiling could be more limited.
25. Tennessee Titans, James Daniels, C, Iowa
High spot to take a center but the Titans need help there badly.
26. Atlanta Falcons, Tavern Bryan, DT, Florida
This pick just works. Bryan will be available and the Falcons need help on the D line. Slam dunk pick.
27. New Orleans Saints, Dallas Goedert, TE, SDSU
Can play a few different places with a big body and a lot of athleticism. Good target for Drew Brees.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers, Rashan Evans, OLB, Alabama
The Steelers defense was horrendous last year and with the potential career ending injury to Ryan Shazier, the Steelers need an OLB. I like Evans here a lot.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars, Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Very good CB and if he falls to the Jags its an easy pick up.
30. Minnesota Vikings, Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
The Vikings need help up front and Wynn is a highly tested guard who has done well against top talent. This pick makes a lot of sense for all parties involved.
31. New England Patriots, Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Losing Dion Lewis will hurt more than people think. Time to try and find a premier back. Sony Michel has breakaway speed that could fit will in New England.
32. Philadelphia Eagles, Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Miller protected Josh Rosen and now he will protect Carson Wentz. Really like the upside of bringing in Kolton Miller.