BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Here’s how the WIVB Sports Department sees the 1st round playing out-
Josh Reed’s Mock Draft
1) Browns- Sam Darnold, QB, USC
(Comment: Is this the year Cleveland finally gets it right?)
2) Giants- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
(Comment: The Giants will try to squeeze two more years out of Eli Manning and giving him a RB to carry the load will go a long way)
3) Jets- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
(Comment: The Jets will have their pick between Mayfield and Rosen and I believe they go with the kid from Cali)
4) Browns– Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
(Comment: Cleveland will have a big decision to make with Bradley Chubb still on the board but in the end they need secondary help)
5) Broncos- Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
(Comment: With Case Keenum under center the Broncos will pass on a QB and add arguably the best player in the draft)
6) Colts- Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
7) Bucs– Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
8) Bears- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
9) 49ers– Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
10) Raiders- Vita Vea, DT, Washington
11) Dolphins- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
(Comment: Miami will roll with Ryan Tannehill at QB and go with a playmaker on defense)
12) Bills– Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
(Comment: GM Brandon Beane has said all along that his number 1 job is landing a franchise QB and pulls the trigger on OU’s signal caller)
13) Redskins- Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
14) Packers- Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
15) Cardinals- Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
(Comment: Back-to-back Cards. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson leaps over Josh Allen and is the 4th QB taken)
16) Ravens- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
17) Chargers- Mike McGlinchey, OT, UCLA
18) Seahawks- Derwin James, S, Florida State
19) Cowboys- Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
20) Lions- Harold Landry, DE, BC
21) Bengals– James Daniels, C/G, Iowa
22) Bills- Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
(Comment: The Bills are thin at LB and this draft isn’t deep at the position so Buffalo snags one of the few top ranked linebackers)
23) Patriots– D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
24) Panthers- Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
25) Titans- Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
26) Falcons- Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
27) Saints- Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
28) Steelers- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
(Comment: Ben Roethlisberger is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. The Steelers find his eventual replacement in a prospect who is also a big, tall, QB from a mid-major program)
29) Jaguars- Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
30) Vikings- Billy Price, C, Ohio State
31) Patriots- Connor Williams, OT, Texas
32) Eagles- Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Nick Filipowski’s Mock Draft
1 – Browns: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
For a team that continually screws this up, this is the one year the Browns don’t blow it and find their franchise quarterback.
2 – Giants: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Eli Manning is 37 and unless Dave Gettleman knows something about Davis Webb nobody else does, it’d be a pretty bad look to pick No. 2 overall and miss on a difference maker at the most important position in the NFL. The plus – he won’t have to play right away and can learn under Manning before taking over.
3 – Jets: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
They need a quarterback and to the surprise of many, they take Rudolph.
4 – Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Josh Rosen No. 1 and the most electrifying offensive player the draft has seen in recent years! What could go wrong in Cleveland?
5 – Broncos: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama
I’m not convinced the Broncos are in on a quarterback, especially early in the draft. Defensively I think they look to find Aquib Talib’s replacement in the secondary and they get a guy who can be a day one starter with Fitzpatrick.
6 – Colts: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Let’s not kid ourselves. Nobody knows what the health status of Andrew Luck is. But, if you want a shot and keeping him healthy, you have to keep him upright – something the Colts OL hasn’t been able to do over the last three years – regardless of who is under center.
7 – Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
Sure they traded for JPP, but for a team that ranked last in the league in sacks, you can’t pass on a guy who could make things difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
8 – Bears: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
Chicago needs to make sure they have a healthy Mitchell Trubisky. In 12 games he was sacked 31 times…that number climbs to 41 in you project him to play a full 16 game season.
9 – 49ers: Sony Michel, RB Georgia
It might be a bit of a reach at nine, but how can you pass up the play making ability of Michel?
10 – Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Offensive coordinators already lose sleep scheming for former UB stud Khalil Mack. Add in Smith and the Silver and Black could improve upon their 23rd overall defensive ranking in a hurry.
11 – Dolphins: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
With N’damunkong Suh no longer the big man in South Beach, the Dolphins look to shore up their defensive line with Payne.
12 – Bills: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
It’s happening. After swings and misses for the past 18 years, the Bills get their first franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly. The swag, the accuracy, the game-play – Mayfield brings it all. Everywhere he’s gone he’s been a winner, and that’s exactly what the Bills need.
13 – Washington: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Alex Smith is in town and he could certainly use a difference maker on the outside. Ridley should be able to step right in, help Smith and the offense get going.
14 – Packers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
The Packers passing defense ranked in the bottom half of the league, and James could start day one and be a difference maker at safety and even as a slot corner.
15 – Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Carson Palmer is no longer in the mix due to retirement, but it’s not like Sam Bradford screams confidence with his injury history. Lamar Jackson falls all the way to 15 and Arizona gets its quarterback of the future. Maybe he wins the job outright, but maybe he sits a year behind Bradford before dominating.
16 – Ravens: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
The addition of Michael Crabtree helps Joe Flacco and the offense to an extent. Sutton provides a solid No. 2 option for Flacco and helps the passing attack go from one of the league’s worst, to at least respectable.
17 – Chargers: Mike McGlinchey, OT, UCLA
There are plenty of questions along LA’s offensive line. It’s almost a toss-up if they go for a tackle or a guard/center.
18 – Seahawks: James Daniels, C/G, Iowa
Russell Wilson is usually running for his life. James Daniels helps settle some of Seattle’s offensive line woes.
19 – Cowboys: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Makes sense given the health concerns at the position in Dallas.
20 – Lions: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Although it slightly improved in 2017, the pass rush hasn’t been there the past few years for Detroit. Bryan could provide good production in his rookie year.
21 – Bengals: Billy Price, C, Ohio State
Helps shore up Cincy’s OL with the departure of Russell Bodine.
22 – Bills: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
So, the Bills get their quarterback of the future on offense and then on defense with the addition of Evans.
23 – Patriots: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Father Time hasn’t caught up to Tom Brady, yet. To keep TB12 healthy they go after a big OT.
24 – Panthers: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Star Lotulelei signed with the Bills as a free agent leaving a pretty big hole on Carolina’s defensive line. Vea fills it.
25 – Titans: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
It’s not like Marcus Mariota’s weapon are wowing anybody. Pettis could provide some relief on the outside and in the return game for the Tennessee
26 – Falcons: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
Projected to be the third guard off the board and a 1st or 2nd round selection, this is a good pick for the Falcons who need to improve their offensive line.
27 – Saints: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Buckeye teammates re-united as Ward joins Marshon Lattimore.
28 – Steelers: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Fills and need for the Steelers.
29 – Jaguars: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Fills a need for the Jags.
30 – Vikings: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
Kirk Cousins isn’t getting any younger and there is plenty of buzz around Lauletta. It’s a reach, but why not.
31 – Patriots: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
First the Pats get their protector…then they get their future QB.
32 – Eagles: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
Not the most inspiring list of tight ends on Philly’s roster, but Andrews can step in and start.