Kevin Hanson's 2018 NFL Mock Draft- Updated: Sunday, April 15th
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With the seemingly endless amount of possibilities including draft-day trades, projecting an NFL draft is virtually impossible even minutes before it begins, let alone almost two weeks ahead of time.
With that said, here is a look at how the 2018 NFL Draft could play out:
1. Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Even though another prospect tops our 2018 NFL Draft Big Board (and most big boards), this pick will almost certainly be a quarterback. While the Browns have two top-four selections, the only way they have their choice of quarterback is by using this pick to draft one. With the Jets missing out on Kirk Cousins in free agency and trading up to No. 3, at least one other QB will be selected in the top three. ESPN insider Adam Schefter described a potential QB-QB-QB start to the draft as "likely." Perhaps the Giants won't draft Eli Manning's eventual replacement at No. 2, but it wouldn't be shocking to see Buffalo (or Arizona or someone else) trade up in front of the Jets.
No position is more important in professional team sports than quarterback and Cleveland needs to get this pick right after passing on opportunities to draft Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in back-to-back drafts. By trading for Tyrod Taylor, who will be the team's 29th starting quarterback since 1999 (when pro football returned to Cleveland), the Browns are afforded the opportunity to sit whichever signal-caller they draft here and allow him to learn and develop before being thrown into the mix.
So, will the pick be Sam Darnold, who has a higher floor, or Josh Allen, who has a higher ceiling?
Not only has John Dorsey's "friend" suggested the Browns will take Allen, but you could also argue that Allen more closely fits the style of a Dorsey pick. As NFL Network's Bucky Brooks notes (via Cleveland.com): "John Dorsey spent a lot of his formative time in the league in Green Bay when Brett Favre was the quarterback, a big, strong-armed thrower, a guy who could really throw off platform, could make improvisational plays and really make up for a lot of things with his exceptional arm talent. And then when you go back and you look at (Dorsey's) draft history and some of the guys that he's taken, he has a long track record of going for projection and potential over production.''
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Way-too-early 2019 NFL Mock DraftWe are one week away from the 2018 NFL Draft, so naturally, I've just posted my 2019 NFL Mock Draft.
Yes, 2019. (That wasn't a typo.)
Of course, we wouldn't project how the 2019 NFL Draft could shake our without already posting our 2018 NFL mock draft.
With the 2019 draft more than a year away, the draft order, the prospects that will declare early, how next year's free agency will shape team needs, etc. are all as clear as mud.
I'm not here to tell you that I have all of that figured out.
Based on what we know today, however, this is a preview of how the 2019 NFL Draft could play out. But of course you should take it with a massive grain of salt as so much will change between now and then.
The draft order for this mock was determined by using the inverse order of our consensus NFL power rankings (average ranking from a variety of national media outlets). One exception is we made sure that the 12 playoff teams were represented evenly by the AFC and NFC.
With all of that said, here's our way-too-early 2019 NFL mock draft:
1. Indianapolis Colts (Draft History): Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
At this point, who knows what the Colts will get from Andrew Luck in 2018? Yet to throw an NFL-sized football, a wait-and-see approach is probably best considering how last season played out. I suppose if the Colts are picking first, there's a good chance that Luck did not play (another season) and a quarterback would be in play here.
Second-to-last in the NFL in sacks (25) last season, the Colts are likely to target edge rusher Bradley Chubb in the 2018 NFL Draft. But even if they fall to him at No. 6, you can never have too many pass-rushers. With first-round draft pedigree (father Nick and brother Joey), Bosa was named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year as a true sophomore as the former five-star recruit led the Buckeyes in tackles for loss (16), sacks (8.5) and QB pressures (nine).
2. Miami Dolphins (Draft History): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Dolphins have been linked to Baker Mayfield as much as any other team throughout the draft process. If the Dolphins don't move up, it's unlikely that Mayfield falls outside the top 10 (and to them at No. 11). If they are selecting this high in 2019, they could have their pick of quarterbacks.
Possessing prototypical traits, Lock led college football with 43 touchdowns last season and may be the favorite to be the first signal-caller to hear his name called in 2019. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah wrote earlier this offseason that "Lock gets the most buzz ... (and) ... might have the highest ceiling" (of next year's crop of quarterbacks). "Everyone loves his size and arm strength."
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2018 NFL Scouting Combine ResultsThe on-field NFL Scouting Combine workouts occurred from March 2nd-5th and below are the results:
|Austin Allen||Arkansas||6'0"||210||9 5/8||30 5/8||4.81||29.5||112|
|Josh Allen||Wyoming||6'5"||237||10 1/8||33 1/4||4.75||33.5||119|
|J.T. Barrett||Ohio State||6'1"||224||9 7/8||32||4.7||30||108|
|Kurt Benkert||Virginia||6'3"||218||9 1/2||31||4.95||31||112|
|Sam Darnold||USC||6'3"||221||9 3/8||31||4.85||26.5||105|
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