NFL Mock Draft 2018: Dolphins trade up for Baker Mayfield; Saquon Barkley to Browns
With an uncertain future for Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins get aggressive once they see Mayfield fall
Restructuring Ryan Tannehill's contract made it actually more difficult for the Dolphins to move on from him in 2019, but Miami's front office has made it clear that future dead money won't deter it from being aggressive.
Mayfield has been linked to the Dolphins for a while now, and at his size, I think he's the most likely of the consensus top quarterbacks to slip out of the first five selections.
At that point, it'd be time for Mike Tannenbaum to go up and get him.
The Oklahoma star wouldn't necessarily have to be the starter as a rookie, but the gig would essentially be his for the taking in Year Two.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. With no past experience of trading down as a GM, Dave Gettleman would need a king's ransom to move out of this spot, especially with a big, prototypical defensive end available. And as for his fit in James Bettcher's base 3-4 alignment ... if Chandler Jones can be productive in his scheme -- which he was -- Chubb certainly can be too.
3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis)
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. The Jets again go with perceived upside above everything else with Allen, a quarterback who certainly has the least off-field or maturity concerns among Rosen, Mayfield and Allen, although I think the Jets will seriously consider Rosen.
4. Cleveland Browns
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. If Rosen gets to No. 4, I have a hunch the Bills will be very interested and offer a nice compensation package to the Browns here. Problem is, going from No. 4 all the way to No. 12 is quite a move back, and I don't think Cleveland wants to slip out the top 10 completely. Barkley, Hyde, and Duke Johnson would be a tremendous young backfield trio.
5. Denver Broncos
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. John Elway remained patient and got his quarterback of the future in Rosen. There is serious money tied up in Case Keenum, but if he's cut in 2019, he'll save the club $11 million. The Broncos are a true wild card in the top 5.
6. Miami Dolphins (via mock trade with Colts)
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. The Dolphins send their second-round pick (No. 42 overall), their second fourth-round selection (No. 131 overall) and a conditional 2019 fifth-rounder to move from No. 11 to this spot to nab Mayfield. With Bradley Chubb off the board, the Colts are more comfortable moving back.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers
10. Oakland Raiders
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. Smith is somewhat of a throwback player at the linebacker position, and even with Tahir Whitehead in the mix, Jon Gruden can't pass on the Georgia star who has elite speed and coverage ability.
11. Indianapolis Colts (via mock trade with Dolphins)
12. Buffalo Bills (from Cincinnati)
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State. The cost to move up was ultimately too much, and the Broncos didn't want to trade with an wild-card contending AFC team at No. 5. Rudolph checks a lot of the Bills' boxes.
13. Washington Redskins
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech. The Redskins re-signed Zach Brown but need more talent at the linebacker position behind their underrated defensive front. Edmunds is ready to roam freely at the second level and has loads of upside.
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame. Like the Bills, the Cardinals felt a move for a quarterback was too costly, and they have a gigantic hole at offensive tackle. McGlinchey steps in right away at one of the club's tackle spots.
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Vita Vea, DT, Washington. The Chargers needed to add some bulk on the interior before Corey Liuget was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season. Vea can two-gap and has a surprising amount of pass-rush ability at his size.
18. Tennessee Titans (via mock trade with Seahawks)
Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State. After losing Avery Williamson in free agency, the Titans have a big need at the linebacker spot. Vander Esch is a sideline-to-sideline star at the second level. The Titans send their third-round pick (No. 89 overall) and a fifth-rounder (No. 162 overall) to slide into this spot. Seattle gets extra picks, which it definitely needs.
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Los Angeles Rams (via mock trade with Lions)
21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo)
22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City)
23. Detroit Lions (via mock trade with Rams)
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Seattle Seahawks (via mock trade with Titans)
Taven Bryan, DL, Florida. The Seahawks get the Titans' third-round pick (No. 89 overall) and a late-round selection in the trade and get Bryan, a long multi-dimensional defensive lineman who'll be a chess piece for Pete Carroll.
26. Atlanta Falcons
Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama. Another NFC team with a need in the trenches on defense, the Falcons pick Payne to be a run-stopper on early downs --potentially in a two-gap role -- then free him in obvious passing situations.
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State. The Steelers need more talent and aggression in their secondary. Despite his smaller size, Ward is tenacious on the field and has the speed to run with wideouts downfield.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles
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