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Mock Draft 2.0

Updated: 04/10/2018 6:18PM ET

Saquon Barkley*
RB , Penn State
HT: 6000v |  WT: 233v |  40: 4.41v
The ex-Nittany Lion is a one-man arsenal who can tilt the balance of a game. He is a dangerous player who can take away the soft edge of a defense. Has rare speed to turn the corner and barrel up the field in the blink of an eye. Has exceptional vision inside as a gap runner. Talented enough to run around, through, or over the top of a defender. His explosive speed was showcased in the 2017 Rose Bowl where he outran USC speedster and now starting Titan corner Adoree‘ Jackson for a touchdown. Barkley was 44 pounds heavier than Jackson. Will be one of the top five running backs in the league the day he is drafted. A projected yearly pro bowl participant.
Quenton Nelson*
OG , Notre Dame
HT: 6050v |  WT: 325v |  40: 5.35e
Best offensive lineman in the 2018 Draft. The Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman likes big offensive and defensive linemen. Look for a trade down if he can't get Barkley. The fourth-year junior from Holmdel, NJ red-shirted in 2014. He started at left guard for three straight years and ended his career as a unanimous All-America. He is competitive, intense, patient, athletic, and explosive in his play. The flexible and stout blocker locks up and controls his target. Bradley Chubb is also a consideration.
3. New York Jets f/Ind
Baker Mayfield
QB , Oklahoma
HT: 6005v |  WT: 215v |  40: 4.84v
Our top QB prospect since last summer.The former Sooner is an instinctive playmaker who has the ability to memorize, handle new situations, handle adjustments, and demonstrate discipline with the football. A successful quarterback must have two things at the top of position specifics - accuracy and decision making. Mayfield’s overall accuracy is crisp and consistent to keep receivers on their routes. He has excellent ball placement where the receivers rarely have to adjust for a ball. He can hit a moving target at full speed with timing, touch, and just the right velocity to make it a catchable ball.
Josh Rosen*
HT: 6040v |  WT: 226v |  40: 4.92v
Loads of natural talent. Second-team All-Pac 12 and ranked number nine nationally in total offense with 329.1 yards per game. Rosen’s watershed game was the comeback over Texas A&M last fall where the Bruins turned a 44-10 deficit into a 45-44 overtime win. He passed for over 400 yards in five games in 2018.
Sam Darnold*
HT: 6033v |  WT: 221v |  40: 4.87v
Has a strong, sturdy athletic frame and the ability to throw on the move. Hard to believe but Darnold is the first USC quarterback to throw for 4000 yards in a season. His best game was in the 2017 Rose Bowl where he passed for 453 yards in a seesaw win over Penn State. Was named the MVP of the Pac-12 championship game after passing for 325 yards and two touchdowns versus Stanford.
Bradley Chubb
DE , North Carolina St
HT: 6043v |  WT: 269v |  40: 4.67v
The Colts are going to a 4-3 defense and need outside pressure. Chubb is their guy.Three-year starter and two-time team captain from Marietta, GA. First-team All-America and All-ACC as well as the 2017 Hendricks Award and Bronko Nagurski Award winner. Productive finishing second in the country with 25 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Collected 22 tackles for loss in 2016 and added 9.5 sacks. He had six forced fumbles combined the past two years.
Minkah Fitzpatrick*
S/CB , Alabama
HT: 6001v |  WT: 204v |  40: 4.49v
Junior entry from Old Bridge, NJ. Three-year starter for the Tide. Versatile defender with experience at multiple positions in the secondary. Has played corner, nickel corner, nickel linebacker and safety. Shows skill at all spots. Quick and fluid with above average agility. Adjusts well moving downhill and is physical in run support. Plays the nickel spot with instincts, reactions, and skill.
Tremaine Edmunds*
LB , Virginia Tech
HT: 6044v |  WT: 253v |  40: 4.55v
Junior entry from Danville, VA. Two-year starter with good length, production, and overall size for a linebacker. Projects at just about any linebacker position in any scheme. Was most often in the box for the Hokies. Very quick in his initial reaction and gets downhill into a gap with a decisive first step.
Mike McGlinchey
OT , Notre Dame
HT: 6077v |  WT: 309v |  40: 5.20e
The two-time team captain ended his career with a consensus All-America honor. He is a big, wide, and physical presence who brings a refreshing, yet old school blue collar approach to the game. A bruiser who tries to stand out via advanced technique and physical play. Gets out of his stance quickly and ready to pounce. Hands are inside and ready to attack. A bit of a reach here but Staley isn't getting any younger and Trent Brown has had an uneven career.
Denzel Ward*
CB , Ohio State
HT: 5107v |  WT: 183v |  40: 4.30v
The Buckeyes have another live one in Ward. Last year Lattimore and Hooker were NFL starters. Junior entry and first-year starter from Macedonia, OH. Spent most of his early career as a backup and saw very productive sub package work in 2016. Smooth fluid pedal with effortless change of direction. Outstanding transition in all directions. Very good lateral quickness with a burst to close. Sudden break on the ball with no wasted movement. Outstanding ball skills.
Roquan Smith*
LB , Georgia
HT: 6007v |  WT: 236v |  40: 4.53v
Junior entry from Montezuma, GA. The two-year starter is an instinctive inside linebacker who could project as a Will in most schemes. Excellent initial read and react with good footwork. Patient in read with a downhill shuffle and outstanding change of direction.
12. Buffalo Bills f/Cin
Mason Rudolph
QB , Oklahoma State
HT: 6045v |  WT: 236v |  40: 4.92v
He has the traditional NFL body and makeup of an NFL starter. Tall, strong, and comfortable in the pocket. Very accurate all over the field that has the proper blend of touch and zip on his passes underneath. Consistently sets his receivers up for postcatch success, leading them into space and throwing them open.
Derwin James*
FS/SS, Florida State
HT: 6016v |  WT: 215v |  40: 4.45v
Junior entry and two-year starter from Haines City, FL. Missed most of 2016 with knee injury. He is a uniquely gifted athlete with size and length along with a versatile skill set that is coveted by NFL teams. He can play deep half and third coverage with outstanding range along with good match-up skill on inside receivers and backs. Will also play in the box with linebacker responsibilities.
Jaire Alexander*
CB , Louisville
HT: 5102v |  WT: 196v |  40: 4.38v
Junior entry from Charlotte, NC. A two-year starter who only played in six games last season. Has experience in a wide variety of coverages including Cover 2, 4, press 4, 3, press and off man. As a hard corner he shows physical reroute ability with a quick strike with his hands. Maintains balance and can ride a receiver up the field. Very good zone defender with awareness and ability to react to multiple routes in the deep and short outside zone.
Josh Allen*
QB , Wyoming
HT: 6047v |  WT: 237v |  40: 4.78v
Flashes top skills. Flashes the ability to throw a frozen rope. Will take advantage of poor coverage. Will slide in the pocket. The big guy can extend plays and buy time for his receivers. He will flash the ability to sell a screen pass and hide the ball from the defense. Many times he throws better rolling outside rather than staying in the pocket. Appears to have feel in the pocket and side steps the rush. Generally stands strong. Steps up in the pocket to throw. Can break tackles with his strong lower body working through traffic. Accuracy and decision making are off. Will be drafted on potential not past track record.
Calvin Ridley*
WR , Alabama
HT: 6004v |  WT: 189v |  40: 4.45v
If Ridley had a consistent passer to throw to him no telling how many records he would have set. His speed,quickness and agility will get him a starting job next year.
Connor Williams*
OT/OG, Texas
HT: 6051v |  WT: 296v |  40: 5.05v
Junior entry and two-year starter from Coppell, TX. Heading into the 2017 season, Williams was tabbed as the top lineman in the class after freshman All-America 2015 and All-America 2016 seasons. The thick, powerful, yet graceful athlete checked all the boxes when it came to franchise left tackle prospects. However just a few games into his junior year, he suffered a knee sprain and missed the majority of the season.
Sam Hubbard*
DE , Ohio State
HT: 6053v |  WT: 270v |  40: 4.75e
Junior entry and two-year starter from Cincinnati, OH. A hell bent for leather competitor who was second-team All-Big 10 and an academic All-America honoree. Finishes long and short pursuit. Pushes the pocket from the outside in the Buckeyes’ NASCAR package. Contain and technique conscious. Plays with leverage to walk an offensive tackle back to the quarterback. A disruptive and relentless player who book-ended two strong seasons.
Vita Vea*
DT , Washington
HT: 6040v |  WT: 347v |  40: 5.10v
Was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Also was the winner of the Morris Trophy as the top defensive lineman in the Pac-12 as voted on by offensive linemen in the league. Vea was the major factor in Washington leading the country in run defense. Two gap ability. Strong at the point of attack. An elite run defender with the ability to stack double teams. Doesn’t stay blocked.
Isaiah Wynn
OG , Georgia
HT: 6026v |  WT: 313v |  40: 5.10e
Three-year starter from St. Petersburg, FL. Has started all but one game over his final three seasons. Even though he carries the typical build and body of a guard, Wynn shifted to left tackle as a senior and played admirably, earning first-team All-SEC and secondteam All-America honors. Does an excellent job of setting up with proper knee bend, hands up and inside, and a wide enough base.
Marcus Davenport
HT: 6056v |  WT: 264v |  40: 4.59v
A raw and inconsistent talent who had more good days than bad. A long and athletic pass rusher who stood up in a two-point stance where he is more comfortable than in a three-point stance with his hand on the ground. He played down inside at times and with his hands up blocking the quarterback’s vision. He routinely won his pass rush reps with both power and speed. Needs more of a variety of pass rush moves
DJ Moore*
WR , Maryland
HT: 6000v |  WT: 210v |  40: 4.42v
Junior entry and three-year starter from Philadelphia, PA. Was voted Big-10 wide receiver of the year. An elite playmaker and competitor with the football in his hands. Fought through poor quarterback play to make a highlight reel worth of catches. Pound for pound very tough as an athlete. Shows special burst and acceleration off the line of scrimmage.
Harold Landry
LB , Boston College
HT: 6023v |  WT: 252v |  40: 4.67v
Offensive tackle and linebacker are two need positions. Landry plays the run well with good agility on the edge and the ability to make plays in space. Tackles well. Powerful at the point of attack. Holds up against strong blockers with good leg bend. Productive pass rusher with a variety of moves. Nonstop hustle helps his cause as he will make plays with second effort as the quarterback steps up or scrambles..
Josh Jackson*
CB , Iowa
HT: 6003v |  WT: 196v |  40: 4.56v
Junior entry and one-year starter from Corinth, TX. There may not be a player in the entire class that did as much as Jackson did with only 14 career starts. After playing the nickel role in 2016, he stepped into the starting lineup this past fall in replacement of Desmond King who left for the NFL. In his 13 games, he led the nation with eight interceptions and 26 passes defended. He was tested a lot and passed with flying colors.
Leighton Vander Esch*
LB , Boise State
HT: 6042v |  WT: 256v |  40: 4.64v
Junior entry from Riggins, ID. One-year starter. Played in only six games in 2016 due to injuries. Has a lanky frame with some room to grow. Tall for a typical inside backer but has the tools to be productive inside or outside.
Dallas Goedert
TE , South Dakota State
HT: 6045v |  WT: 256v |  40: 4.77e
His 92 catch/1123 yard season in 2016 had glimpses of Travis Kelce, looking too fast for linebackers and too big for safeties to cover. He has the flare for the dramatic, routinely making one handed catches, leaping above defenders in traffic, and barreling over potential tacklers after the catch. His size and athleticism are hard to find, but his ball skills are what make him a special standout. Has a unique ability to adjust low, behind and high showing competitive toughness in traffic. Has the contact balance to complete the catch with defenders draped around him.
Da'Ron Payne*
DT , Alabama
HT: 6024v |  WT: 311v |  40: 4.96v
Junior entry and two-year starter from Birmingham, AL. Earned All-SEC honors in 2017 and did his best imitation of an immovable force. An explosive athlete who has strength at the point of attack. Uses his arms and hands to control the blocker. He closes the inside running lanes with authority.
Mike Gesicki
TE , Penn State
HT: 6054v |  WT: 247v |  40: 4.56v
Three-year starter from Manahawkin, NJ. Gesicki had two years in an evolving Penn State offense. Things started to turn around in 2016, as he combined for 105 catches for 1242 yards and 14 touchdowns. The freaky matchup nightmare started to appear on a weekly basis and he showed several flashes of dominance all over the field. His game very well translates to this era of NFL offense where tall, long, big, and fast pass catchers are on everyone’s want list.
Kolton Miller*
HT: 6085v |  WT: 309v |  40: 4.98v
Junior entry from Roseville, CA who started 23 games over three years. Started five games in 2015 and 2016, with the latter being a result of a season-ending foot injury. Was entrusted with the left tackle position for all 13 games in 2017, protecting the blind side for one of the top pro quarterback prospects in this draft. Has high-level measurables and surprising movement skills for such a long-limbed athlete.
Mike Hughes*
CB , Central Florida
HT: 5101v |  WT: 189v |  40: 4.50v
Junior entry from New Bern, NC. First-team corner and second team return specialist in the AAC. One-year starter who transferred from Garden City Community College. Good initial reactions with a quick smooth pedal when backed off. Very quick feet. Solid in press coverage with a physical jam to disrupt a receiver off the line.
Rashaan Evans
IB , Alabama
HT: 6017v |  WT: 237v |  40: 4.68e
Evans is rangy and brings his power while on the move. He can shadow athletic running backs laterally and shows the ability to patiently pounce on the action. He is a heady player who can get himself in position to impact the play via both instincts and positive initial steps. On third down, Evans can be used as an edge rusher or in coverage, being equally effective in both roles.
Ronnie Harrison*
FS , Alabama
HT: 6020v |  WT: 207v |  40: 4.55e
Junior entry from Tallahassee, FL. Two-year starter after being a valuable backup as a freshman. Has good size and length for the position demonstrating athletic ability and speed. He plays over the top coverage with good range and proper angles to the ball. Solid in zone coverage in both deep and flat coverage. Will rotate to the short flat and occasionally match up with a back or tight end.