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The final mock draft? Yeah I think so.

Look I know there will be trades as the draft comes near.  Buffalo is almost certain to pull off another deal to move up at least one of their first round picks.  Other teams look to probably move up or down as well.  Should be interesting.

Saying that, this is my last mock draft.  Period.  I promise.  I am not going to go all Mel Kiper and do a new mock draft every hour on the hour until draft day.  That’s insane.  Even for a guy who’s job it is to analyze the draft to the point he’s checking the prospects’ fibre in their shit.  Anyway, let’s get to my last list followed by possibly inaccurate rantings afterwards:

FIRST ROUND

1 cleveland browns Sam Darnold, QB (USC)
2 ny giants Josh Rosen, QB (UCLA)
3 new york jets Josh Allen, QB (Wyoming)
4 cleveland browns Saquon Barkley, RB (Penn State)
5 denver Denzel Ward, CB (Ohio State)
6 indianapolis Bradley Chubb, DE (NC State)
7 tampa_bay_buccaneers-primary-2014 Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB (Alabama)
8 chicago bears Quentin Nelson, G (Notre Dame)
9 san francisco 49ers Tremaine Edmunds, LB (Virginia Tech)
10 oakland Vita Vea, DT (Washington)
11 miami_dolphins-primary-2013 Baker Mayfield, QB (Oklahoma)
12 buffalo Roquan Smith, LB (Georgia)
13 washington Derwin James, S (Florida State)
14 green bay Marcus Davenport, DE (UTSA)
15 arizona Orlando Brown, T (Oklahoma)
16 Baltimore Connor Williams, T (Texas)
17 los_angeles__chargers-primary-2017 Leighton Vander Esch, LB (Boise State)
18 seattle.png Mike McGlinchey, T (Notre Dame)
19 dallas Joshua Jackson, CB (Iowa)
20 detroit_lions-primary-2017 Rashaan Evans, LB (Alabama)
21 cincinnati James Daniels, C (Iowa)
22 buffalo Mason Rudolph, QB (Oklahoma State)
23 Harold Landry, DE (Boston College)
24 carolina Isaiah Wynn, G (Georgia)
25 tennessee titans logo Will Hernandez, G (UTEP)
26 atlanta Maurice Hurst, DT (Michigan)
27 new orleans Billy Price, C (Ohio State)
28 pittsburgh Malik Jefferson, LB (Texas)
29 jacksonville jaguars Calvin Ridley, WR (Alabama)
30 Taven Bryan, DT (Florida)
31 Sam Hubbard, DE (Ohio State)
32 Philadelphia Kolton Miller, T (UCLA)

SECOND ROUND

33 cleveland browns Carlton Davis, CB (Auburn)
34 ny giants Derrius Guice, RB (LSU)
35 cleveland browns Jamarco Jones, T (Ohio State)
36 indianapolis Isaiah Oliver, CB (Colorado)
37 indianapolis Brian O’Neill, T (Pittsburgh)
38 tampa_bay_buccaneers-primary-2014 Ronald Jones II, RB (USC)
39 chicago bears Jaire Alexander, CB (Louisville)
40 denver Lamar Jackson, QB (Louisville)
41 oakland Da’Ron Payne, DT (Alabama)
42 miami_dolphins-primary-2013 Sony Michel, RB (Georgia)
43 Chukwuma Okorafor, T (Western Kentucky)
44 washington Dorance Armstrong Jr., OLB (Kansas)
45 green bay D.J. Moore, WR (Maryland)
46 cincinnati Ronnie Harrison, S (Alabama)
47 arizona Courtland Sutton, WR (SMU)
48 los_angeles__chargers-primary-2017 Terrell Edmunds, S (Virginia Tech)
49 indianapolis Oren Burks, LB (Vanderbilt)
50 dallas Dallas Goedert, TE (South Dakota State)
51 detroit_lions-primary-2017 Arden Key, DE (LSU)
52 Baltimore Kerryon Johnson, RB (Auburn)
53 buffalo Harrison Phillips, DT (Stanford)
54 Da’Shawn Hand, DT (Alabama)
55 Mark Andrews, TE (Oklahoma)
56 carolina Anthony Miller, WR (Memphis)
57 tennessee titans logo Rasheem Green, DE (USC)
58 atlanta Justin Reid, S (Stanford)
59 san francisco 49ers Mike Hughes, CB (UCF)
60 pittsburgh Kyzir White, S (West Virginia)
61 jacksonville jaguars Braden Smith, G (Auburn)
62 Martinas Rankin, T (Mississippi State)
63 M.J. Stewart, CB (North Carolina)
64 Philadelphia Anthony Averett, CB (Alabama)

Random Info

  • Might as well give in and go with the QB top-heavy draft.  It feels like Darnold, Rosen and Allen will be the top three in some order.  The caveat here is that the three teams currently in the top three spots (CLE, NYG, NYJ) might not be the top three draft spots on draft night.  I could see Buffalo or even Denver moving up to get the quarterback they want unless they are OK with who I have them taking (Rudolph to the Bills, Jackson to the Broncos).  Lamar Jackson is intriguing and I could see him as a first round pick but he almost seems like a guy who has to be picked by the time Buffalo makes their first selection at 12 or he will wait until the next round.  As a Bills fan I honestly would be happy to get a guy like Lamar Jackson but I can understand the risks there.
  • This all means the Browns may get a top QB AND Saquon Barkley for their first two picks.  Scary.
  • Does anyone forgo getting a QB knowing one A-A-Ron Rodgers becomes a free agent after this season?  I could see a team basically balking at drafting a decent QB and making a serious run at Mister Rodgers during the 2018-19 offseason.
  • If I had to go draft steals at this point, according to my mock draft, I would say the Bills getting Harrison Phillips, the Cards getting Courtland Sutton, Ronnie Harrison to the Bengals and the aforementioned Lamar Jackson to Denver.  Which means none of these will happen.

That’s it, that’s all.  The draft is 13 days away, Thursday night April 26th on like 400 channels or something.  I still will watch the NFL Network coverage.  I honestly believe they do a better job.  I have always found it amusing that the majority of people watch the ESPN coverage and then bitch about that same ESPN coverage.  Then turn the fucking channel, dipshit.

I will be live-tweeting the opening night I am sure (unless something comes up).  I will not live-tweet the rest of the draft.  Otherwise you would witness the clear breakdown of a man gone insane (in a series of like 200 tweets).  Would make for a fascinating TV-movie-of-the-week but not so fun to actually live through.

Soon enough (after the draft) I will do my annual draft review and talk about how shitty my picks were.  Then it’s on to the real meat and potatoes of my blog (and if you are vegetarian, find something else to eat.  I don’t make two separate dinners.)  The most important games of the season and then getting into some conference previews.  We are….oh god, 134 days away from the first official day of the college football season.  So.  Long.  Away.

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4 thoughts on “The final mock draft? Yeah I think so.

  1. I’m 100% certain that the Packers will sign Aaron Rodgers to a contract extension between now & the beginning of next offseason. If not, WOW.

    NFL Network coverage of the draft blows ESPN out of the water every year. On another note, is it only me or is there a chance that the four letter network loses the rights to Monday Night Football when their contract expires?

    1. I’ve seen stranger things happen in the NFL. I think it would be wise to re-sign Rodgers but who knows what he would want. If he wants a contract with a bunch of guaranteed money the Packers may balk. Who knows?

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Monday Night Football becomes a thing of the past. If ESPN decides not to continue with MNF after their contract expires it really can’t be picked up by anyone else except maybe the NFL Network. At this point, MNF isn’t must-see football anyway and hasn’t been for a few years now (save the odd game here and there). It’s no better than Thursday Night Football and now that FOX has that you can bet they will get better games than TNF has had in the past. This would relegate MNF further down the list in importance.

  2. That could be true at some point where Monday Night Football becomes a thing of the past. At the same time, I’m sure that Turner Sports, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon might want in on an NFL package & it would be their opportunity if ESPN walks away. It will be interesting to see what happens with the future of MNF.

    Tomorrow night when the 2018 NFL Schedule is released, we will find out which games Fox gets for Thursday Night Football. It’s a five year deal so I would be shocked if better quality games are not on the Thursday card.

    1. Yes the schedule reveal will say a lot. Also, the NFL may have to realize that regardless of who would want a new MNF package that there is no way they can expect as much money for it, especially if it’s Amazon or Facebook who won’t overpay due to having no skin in the game at this point like ESPN does (which is part of their problem here).

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