Free agency has given first-round projections a shake, including a big trade by the Jets to move up to No. 3. Will the Cards or Bills follow suit to grab the QB of their choice?
1. Cleveland Browns
Sam Darnold, QB, USC
We’re still not sure which QB the Browns prefer, but Darnold is the much safer bet than Allen.
2. New York Giants
Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Dealing away JPP opens a big hole on their line and Chubb would certainly fill that void.
3. New York Jets
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Jets didn’t move up here to pass on a potential franchise QB. They obviously like each of the Top 3.
4. Cleveland Browns
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Barkley is a special talent that will help makeover the Browns’ woeful offence.
5. Denver Broncos
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Has shown an improvement in accuracy at the Senior Bowl and his pro day and the Broncos should bite here.
6. Indianapolis Colts
Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Could trade down and bank even more picks, but Nelson would make an instant impact on their line.
7. Tampa Bay Bucs
Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
With needs at both corner and safety, Fitzpatrick’s fall into their lap is very fortuitous.
8. Chicago Bears
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
With Robinson signed in free agency, the Bears will most likely look to their defence in the draft.
9. San Francisco 49ers
Derwin James, SS, Florida State
Adding Sherman helps the secondary, but getting a safety would help that unit get even stronger.
10. Oakland Raiders
Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Defence is certainly a priority for the Raiders and Ward is top corner in the draft.
11. Miami Dolphins
Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Letting Suh walk creates a big hole in the middle of their line that Vea can easily plug up.
12. Buffalo Bills
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The Bills get lucky in this mock to land one of the top QBs here, but will likely try their hardest to move up.
13. Washington Redskins
Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Vea would be a good choice, too, but Smith is a good all-around LB that can help in run defence.
14. Green Bay Packers
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
Made some nice splashes on offence in free agency and can address free agency in the draft.
15. Arizona Cardinals
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Signing Bradford is a good short-term investment, but the Cards need to invest in a QB for the future.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Signing Crabtree is a decent move for now but Ridley could be Flacco’s top target for years to come.
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Got some O-line depth in free agency and could add a wrecker in the middle of the defensive front.
18. Seattle Seahawks
Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
It looks like the Seahawks have many needs and Jackson is a great fit for their scheme with his size.
19. Dallas Cowboys
Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
Lee is getting older and has a poor track record with health. LVE would make a good successor.
20. Detroit Lions
Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan State
New coach Patricia should address a defensive line that couldn’t get it done last year.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Raashan Evans, LB, Alabama
Trading for Glenn helps out their weak O-line and taking Evans plugs a hole at linebacker.
22. Buffalo Bills
Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
The recent arrest of 2017 second-rounder Zay Jones should make receiver a position of need.
23. Los Angeles Rams
Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
Landry could be in much higher demand as one of the better edge rushers in the draft.
24. Carolina Panthers
Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
Norwell’s departure opens up a hole that can easily be plugged by the mauler Hernandez.
25. Tennessee Titans
Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
The Titans need to rebuild the interior of their line to have consistency in their running game.
26. Atlanta Falcons
Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Defections from the Falcons defensive line makes this a high priority addition.
27. New Orleans Saints
Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
After a failed pursuit of Jimmy Graham, the Saints take a potential future star at tight end.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Guice is a good option after talks with Bell have stalled and there isn’t a good value pick at LB here.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
The Jags filled their holes in free agency and take an unprecedented sixth QB of the first round.
30. Minnesota Vikings
Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Getting another incredible athlete in their secondary would bolster an already-great defence.
31. New England Patriots
Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
As the top OT in the draft, could go much higher, but the Pats get a steal here to replace Solder.
32. Philadelphia Eagles
Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
The champs have done an excellent job in free agency, but need a good prospect at OT.
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