Knight Crier Mock Draft 2.0


Jake Copestick

The Eagles took Tennessee’s Derek Barnett with the 14th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

It’s Draft Week, so the Knight Crier staff decided to update their draft picks. Here’s a new mock draft up to date with trades just two days away from the 2018 NFL Draft.

  1. Cleveland Browns- Sam Darnold, QB, USC – Darnold may turn the ball over more than Browns GM John Dorsey likes, but his leadership and work ethic make him the pick. Darnold will have weapons like Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry, and David Njoku at his disposal to speed up his development, and finally give Cleveland the signal caller they’ve been looking for.
  2. New York Giants- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA– Josh Rosen has a big attitude, a high football IQ, and a huge arm. Rosen’s personality will fit in perfectly with the high expectations and limelight the New York fan base brings.
  3. New York Jets (from Colts)Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – The Jets didn’t swap first rounders and give up three second round picks to the Colts to pick a defensive end or a running back. Baker Mayfield brings the fire and grit to withstand the scrutiny of playing in New York, and provide the Jets with a quarterback they can invest in and develop.
  4. Cleveland Browns (from Texans)Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – With the Browns second pick in the top 5, they’ll take Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, who is everything a team would want in a running back. His big play ability and receiving skills will hopefully have the Browns set at running back (and quarterback) for the next decade.
  5. Buffalo Bills (Projected Trade with Denver)Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – The Bills send their two first round picks (No. 12 and 22) and a future pick to Denver in exchange for the fifth pick. Josh Allen gives the Bills a quarterback with big hands and a cannon for an arm that’s well equipped to deal with the nasty weather in Buffalo.
  6. Indianapolis Colts (from Jets)Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State– The Colts already traded back once, and could possibly do it again. Indy added three second round picks in the process of trading down, and could still end up netting arguably the top defensive player in this year’s draft in Bradley Chubb. Adding an every down pass rusher should be at the top of the list for the Colts.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Minkah Fitzpatrick, FS, Alabama – The Bucs could opt for Quenton Nelson to bolster their bad offensive line, but they should look to fix their defense first. Adding a safety as versatile as Fitzpatrick would give the Bucs a do-it-all  playmaker opposite of second year player Justin Evans, and improve a secondary that was torched all last year.
  8. Chicago Bears- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame – The Bears have their quarterback of the future in Mitchell Trubiskey, and they have weapons around him in Allen Robinson, Jordan Howard, and Trey Burton. Nelson is widely believed to be the best offensive line prospects in recent memory, and he’d be a welcomed addition to the Bears already solid offensive line.
  9. San Francisco 49ers- Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech – It was only a year ago when the 49ers drafted Reuben Foster, but thanks to a slew of off the field issues, Niners GM John Lynch might have to go searching for his replacement much too soon. Tremaine Edmunds is a gifted athlete with the tackling skills to develop into the leader of the 49ers defense.
  10. Oakland Raiders- Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia – The Raiders struggling defense could use a presence in the middle to bring everything together. Roquan Smith, who won the Butkus Award for being America’s best college linebacker, brings a work ethic and leadership ability beyond his years that would help solidify Jon Gruden’s defense.
  11. Miami Dolphins- Derwin James, S, Florida State– The Dolphins are most likely going to go with the best available player here and pick Derwin James. James is a Florida native and likely the best safety in this draft. James should bring an enforcer mentality to the defense.
  12. Denver Broncos- (Projected Trade with Buffalo)Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State– The Broncos are in need of a shutdown corner after Aqib Talib was traded to the Rams. Although Ward is undersized, he can make plays on the ball, and be a starter right away.
  13. Washington Redskin- Vita Vea, DT, Washington– The Redskins run defense ranked 32nd in the NFL last season and changes need to be made. Vita Vea is a big athletic presence that should help as a run stopper.
  14. Green Bay Packers- Marcus Davenport, DE, UT- San Antonio– The Packers need a player who can add some punch into the defense and Davenport has the impressive raw talent that can fill that need.
  15. Arizona Cardinals- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama– As long as the Cardinals do not trade up for a quarterback, they should be looking to find a playmaker on the outside. Ridley is the top guy at wide out for this draft and is most commonly projected to Arizona.
  16. Baltimore Ravens- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame– With the loss of center Ryan Jensen, the Ravens might have to shuffle and add pieces up front. If McGlinchey is still on the board at 16, not only is he best available, but he is also a solid fit for Baltimore.
  17. San Diego Chargers- Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama– The Chargers could use a strong run stopper who can eventually take over for Brandon Mebane. Payne plays like a pro and is built like a wall of granite with exceptional lean muscle mass.
  18. Seattle Seahawks- Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa– With the abrupt departure of future hall of fame corner Richard Sherman, Jackson is a rangy corner with elite ball skills who would fit into the Seattle defense perfectly.
  19. Dallas Cowboys- D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland– The Cowboys finally made the tough decision in getting rid of the cancer that is Dez Bryant. But now they need to fill a void at wide receiver that feels to have been missing for some time now. Moore should quickly become the top target for Dak Prescott.
  20. Detroit Lions- Harold Landry, DE, Boston College– The Lions are in need of a disruptive defensive end. Landry lacks elite size, but his burst, stride length and ability to dip and rip around the edge give him special potential as an edge rusher.
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Bills)Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP– Still suffering from the losses of Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler, the Bengals need help on the offensive line. Adding Hernandez gives the Bengals good size and strength up front.
  22. Denver Broncos (Projected Trade with Buffalo) Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M– With the second first round pick in this years draft, the Broncos need skill position players. Passing on a QB in the first round allows them to grab weapons for Case Keenum and Christian Kirk gives them a threat in the passing game.
  23. New England Patriots (from Rams)Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA– Losing Nate Solder to free agency makes the Patriots in need of a tackle. Kolton Miller had an excellent combine and should be a ready to play player protecting Tom Brady.
  24. Carolina Panthers – Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville– With needs at CB and WR, the Panthers go with an elite talent in Alexander who can become the number one corner for the Panthers by the end of his rookie year.
  25. Tennessee Titans – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama– Under a new head coach with a defensive mind in Mike Vrabel, he can get a linebacker for years to come. A physical linebacker who can be a leader of a defense should be an enforcer for the Titans.
  26. Atlanta Falcons – Taven Bryan, DL, Florida– After the loss of Dontari Poe, the Falcons should prioritize on the DL The junior from Florida can play both inside and out and gives the team a day 1 starter.
  27. New Orleans Saints – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina– With no obvious weaknesses, the Saints can add another weapon for Drew Brees to use. Hayden Hurst gives the Saints a physical TE that has elite hands and big play ability.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State– With the injury to Ryan Shazier, the Steelers need a Linebacker that can be a leader in the middle. Leighton was a monster his one full year at Boise State and has the quickness and tackling ability to be a solid starter at the next level.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU- An elite talent that has the tools to become one of the best, Sutton can become a weapon for Blake Bortles in the passing game. If the Jags use him effectively, this could be a steal in the first round.
  30. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia– With high expectations entering the season, the Vikings can grab a guard that can help the running game of Dalvin Cook and protect franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins.
  31. New England Patriots – Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida– After the loss of Malcom Butler to Tennessee, Mike Hughes will be pleased to join the Patriots. An elite athlete that really increased his stock over the past year. Should be a starter right away.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles – Sony Michel, RB, Georgia– With Sproles a question, the loss of Blount, and Jay Ajayi entering his final year on his contract, Sony Michel gives the Eagles a great back that mixes speed and power very well. A workhorse type of running back can be a great compliment to Wentz and the offense.