After months of rumors and speculation – and hundreds of telephone calls at my end – we are only nine days away from the 2018 NFL Draft. And here's what I know for sure: Much of what unfolds within the top 10 picks rides on top of what the Giants do in second place. Last week, Peter King and I mocked four different Top 12 scenarios. If you want to find out what GM Dave Gettleman can do, there are three.
Take a Quarterback: If the team does this, the chance of QB 1-2-3-4 going is intensified. We would know by then that quarterbacks would go 1
Take the Choice: Gettleman has said that he wants to design a player with "Gold Jacket" potential, and that seems to limit how far he wants to go. But I was told that the Giants worked on players like UTSA DE Marcus Davenport, who at least say they've changed the idea. If they would trade the selection? Then we would go QBs 1-2-3, but a QB lover comes from the market, and so the fourth QB might slip a little.
Take a non-QB: I'll say that I think Player Penn State RB would be Saquon Barkley. "Dave said he wants a guy he can imagine in a gold jacket, and there are two types in this design; and really, for me it's One-Barkley, "said one AFC executive on Tuesday." [Quenton] Nelson will be damn good, but he's not perfect. "If Barkley's the choice, well, then we saw a small one Quarterback slide.
Oh, and this third scenario? That's what I'm projecting in this mock draft How far would the quarterbacks fall? My fourth mock design for the 2017-18 academic year is here for you …
And if you've missed the earlier versions, here are November (1.0), February (2.0) and March (3.0).
1st Browns: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Crumbs of Evidence is everywhere on this one. Other: Owner Jimmy Haslam has asked for Allen.
2NY Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Toughest team to peg. Darnold, who is available, throws a wrench in But the new GM Dave Gettleman said he wanted a Hall of Famer …
3rd NY Jets (ex r Colts): Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Question by Josh Rosen vs. Baker Mayfield is resolved in the building with the safest QB presence on the board.
. 4 Browns: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
Browns are more than a potentially big rusher – they also get someone who could make Myles Garrett better.
. 5 Broncos: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Denzel Ward, Quenton Nelson, trading in … word is Elway confidantes Gary Kubiak and Matt Russell love Mayfield
6. Colts (via jets): Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Chubb would make the call easy for Chris Ballard. I think he would feel good here with Smith or Tremaine Edmunds.
. 7 Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
Demar Dotson injury brings Nelson into the game. Derwin James is too. But Fitzpatrick is safe / perfect for Mike Smith.
. 8 Bears: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
Nelson – a great prize that comes late in the top 10 – plays for his college coach and gets his head over Ward.
9. Bills (over 49ers): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Brandon Beane examines every opportunity to act. This does not need to give up his two 1s.
10th Raiders: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
The hope that Smith falls seems to be slowly dying. And Oakland has done its job on this moody athlete in peace.
. 11 Dolphins: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Drumbeat on Miami Mayfield love continues and I think roses would be a consideration as well. Vea is also pretty good.
12th 49ers (via bills): Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
John Lynch recovers the 2 he treated for Jimmy G. and gets a player he could take at 9.
. 13 Redskins: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Many teams in the top 10 like Ward, and the Redskins could use him to replace Kendall Fuller.
fourteenth Packers: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Green Bay telegraphed its lust for the corner with the Kyle Fuller offer sheet. The new DC Mike Pettine wants man cover types.
15th Cardinals: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
If Arizona can not advance for a quarterback, it must get protection for the injury-prone it has.
sixteenth Ravens: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Surprise! Baltimore has an aging QB with a bad back, who has not played very well lately. Time to look into the future.
17th Chargers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
DC Gus Bradley gets a Kam Chancellor clone, with a dice roll, that James can become the player he was before the injury.
18th Seahawks: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Jackson's test scores were not great, and that hurt his stock, but it fits in well with Pete Carroll's defense.
19th Cowboys: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Courtland Sutton will seduce Dallas, but Ridley gives them a receiver ready to join Dez Bryant.
20th Lions: Da & n; Ron Payne, DL, Alabama
I think new head coach Matt Patricia will give his players an example of what he's looking for with this selection. And Payne fits that.
21. Bengals: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins are getting older, so the Bengals need pressure players in front.
22nd Bills: James Daniels, G / C, Iowa
The reward for patience in trading is a guy who could be a 10-year cornerstone in one of two emergencies.
23rd Patriots (via Rams): Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
In my last bill, Miller had the 31st to be the Pats. His shares have gone up, so New England is taking no chances.
24th Panther: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
Carolina has worked on many interior designers. Hernandez can slip straight into Andrew Norwell's old place.
25. Titans: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Evans is a versatile piece that is a great example of what new coach Mike Vrabel will want in his seven front players.
26th Hawks: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Atlanta lost to Dontari Poe, and we all know that the premium Dan builds Quinn on his defensive front.
27th Saints: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
New Orleans has flexibility to go a number of different ways. Alexander would go well with Marshon Lattimore
28. Steelers: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
Pittsburgh has left a hole in injury to Ryan Shazier, and Vander Esch is the perfect guy to fill it.
29th Jaguars: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Sutton is by no means a finished product, but his physical characteristics make him a bargain for the Jags.
30th Vikings: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The Vikings were still able to use an offensive line help, and Williams was able to start guard and evolve into a left attack.
31st Patriots: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
At best, the Patriots are now year after year with Rob Gronkowski, making a close stop to an emergency post.
32nd Eagles: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Jay Ajayi is in a contract year, and so this selection comes a year later, with a trade from the first round also possible.
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