Prisco's What Teams 'Should' Do 2018 NFL Mock Draft: Browns take Josh Allen, then trade back
Giants grab Bradley Chubb at No. 2, while Jets go with Josh Rosen
Is the following mock draft proof that I did a really good job this year with my mocks?
I think it is, and the reason I say that is because what follows here is my annual what-they-should-do mock, which means how the mock should go, not how I think it will go. Surprisingly, this what-they-should-do mock is eerily similar to some of my prediction mocks.
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So is what I think is going to happen actually synching up with what should happen? Or did I over-think the entire process?
Like in most of my mocks, I have the Cleveland Browns taking Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen with the first pick in this one. He has the highest ceiling of any of the quarterbacks, which is why the Browns should take him.
I have two mock trades in this one. I have the Buffalo Bills going up to the fourth spot – Cleveland's second first-round pick – to land USC quarterback Sam Darnold. They would give up the 12th pick, the 22nd pick and a second and fourth next year to make the deal.
The other trade is the Arizona Cardinals trading up to the 10th spot to take Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. They would give Oakland the 15th pick in the first round and a second-round pick next year.
The Cardinals have Sam Bradford, but they need a young quarterback to develop and Mayfield would be that guy.
Just remember, this is a mock of what I think teams should do, not what they will do.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. New York Jets (from Colts)
4. Buffalo Bills (CLE mock trade)
Sam Darnold, QB, USC. They should make this move up to land their quarterback. Give up their two first-round picks and a second and fourth next year to land Darnold.
5. Denver Broncos
6. Indianapolis Colts (from Jets)
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. They would land the draft's best play-making linebacker in this spot. Smith will be a Ray Lewis-type player. They need a game-changing player on defense. With Chubb gone, they take the three-down linebacker.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers
10. Arizona Cardinals (OAK mock trade)
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. The Cardinals make the move up to take Mayfield to get their quarterback of the future. They have to do something after not taking one last year.
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cleveland Browns (BUF mock trade)
13. Washington Redskins
Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama. They need to take a game-changer on the back end. Fitzpatrick would give them a Malcolm Jenkins-type player.
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Oakland Raiders (ARI mock trade)
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama. They were second worst in rushing yards against last season and Corey Ligiut is facing a four-game suspension. Payne would be a nice fill-in and then eventual starter.
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland. They have to get better outside in the passing game. They just don't have enough speed, and Moore would help fix that.
20. Detroit Lions
21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Bills)
22. Cleveland Browns (BUF mock trade)
23. New England Patriots (from Rams)
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
Will Hernandez, G, UTEP. They are building a big, tough, physical line. Hernandez would be a nice addition to that group and would push right guard A.J. Cann.
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles
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