Brugler: FINAL 2018 NFL mock draft
NFL Draft Scout
When listening to John Dorsey describe what he is looking for in a quarterback, the first word he said was "win." He also said "feet" and "accuracy" are important. Those three words sum up Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield as a prospect.
He went 34-6 as a starter for the Sooners, leading the team to three Big 12 titles and two appearances in the College Football Playoffs. He moves well to create second-chance plays and his accuracy downfield would have worked in any conference.
So all the recent Mayfield-to-Cleveland rumors shouldn't be a surprise.
Bottom line on Mayfield as a prospect, after breaking down his film, you simply run out of reasons why he can't thrive in the NFL. We'll soon find out, likely with Mayfield as a member of the Browns.
Updated: 12:45 p.m. ET, April 26
1. Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (6-0, 214, 4.75)
All of the noise coming out of Berea are pointed toward the Browns drafting Mayfield, which wouldn't be a surprise. General manager John Dorsey was in Green Bay during Brett Favre's tenure as the Packers' quarterback and Mayfield has the same competitive make-up.
2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (6-0, 233, 4.40)
General manager Dave Gettleman is looking for "impact" with this pick and has a draft history of targeting skill players on offense and front-seven disruptors. Penn State's Saquon Barkley and NC State's Bradley Chubb are both in play with this pick.
3. New York Jets: Sam Darnold, QB, USC (6-3, 221, 4.85)
When the Jets traded up to the No. 3 pick from No. 6, I doubt they anticipated Darnold being available with this pick. But it looks much more possible now, giving New York a legitimate long-term answer at the position.
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4. Cleveland Browns: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State (6-4, 269, 4.65)
The most important position on the roster is quarterback, which Cleveland will address at No. 1. The second-most important position? The position that gets after the quarterback. And Chubb is the best pass rusher in the draft.
5. Denver Broncos: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State (5-11, 183, 4.32)
With Aqib Talib traded and Bradley Roby entering the final year of his rookie deal, the Broncos have a need at cornerback. Not only does Ward boost the position for Denver, but he is also arguably the best player available on the draft board.
6. Indianapolis Colts: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia (6-1, 236, 4.51)
The Colts' new scheme under new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus requires a playmaking linebacker who can play every down, making an impact vs. the run and the pass. Smith is an ideal fit.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James, S, Florida State (6-2, 215, 4.47)
Although he is a better athlete than football player right now, James has a bright future as do-it-all defender able to play single-high or in the box. Justin Evans and James gives the Bucs a talented safety duo.
8. Chicago Bears: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame (6-5, 325, 5.22)
The "Monsters of the Midway" moniker is generally associated with the all-time great defenses in Chicago, but Nelson would help reinvent the nickname for the Bears on the offensive line.
9. San Francisco 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech (6-4, 253, 4.54)
At only 19 years old, Edmunds is still very young in mind and body, but the potential is off the charts. And with the future of last year's first-round pick Reuben Foster up in the air, linebacker remains a need for the 49ers.
10. Oakland Raiders: Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama (6-0, 204, 4.46)
Jon Gruden is hoping Roquan Smith falls to this pick, but regardless, he will be looking for an impact defensive player. Fitzpatrick offers the athleticism and positional versatility that will appeal to the Raiders.
11. Miami Dolphins: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (6-4, 220, 4.97)
The Dolphins might not be targeting a quarterback in the first round, but if one were to fall to them, it would be tough to pass, especially Rosen, who will either push Ryan Tannehill to be better or overtake him on the depth chart.
12. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming (6-5, 237, 4.76)
The Bills are the most likely team to trade up for a quarterback, but they could opt to stay at No. 12 and see how the board plays out. With his size and physical traits, Allen would fit well in Buffalo.
13. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea, DT, Washington (6-4, 347, 5.10)
The Redskins need help at every level of the defense, including up front, where a nose tackle would help solve several issues. At 350 pounds with power, range and upside, Vea fits what Washington has lacked up front.
14. Green Bay Packers: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College (6-2, 252, 4.64)
The Packers are expected to go with either a cornerback or pass rusher at this pick and if that is the case, there will be several options available. However, an easy argument could be made that Landry is the best of the group.
15. Arizona Cardinals: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (6-2, 216, 4.44)
The Cardinals currently have a bleak situation on the quarterback depth chart, led by Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon. Jackson plays a different style than those passers, but his potential will bring excitement to the Arizona offense.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame (6-8, 309, 5.25)
With Alex Lewis expected to move to left guard, McGlinchey would provide an immediate upgrade over James Hurst as the Ravens' starting right tackle. He played both left and right tackle for the Fighting Irish.
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State (6-4, 256, 4.65)
A versatile, every-down linebacker is arguably the most important need on the Chargers' roster. Vander Esch has the tape, traits and production to come off the board in the top 20 picks and should continue and get better with more reps.
18. Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA (6-6, 264, 4.58)
The Seahawks are revamping several pieces on defense, including the pass rush. And Davenport has the athletic profile that fits what Pete Carroll and John Schneider typically covet.
19. Dallas Cowboys: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland (6-0, 210, 4.42)
I think option A for the Cowboys is linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, but in this scenario, he is off the board. Depending on who is available, the focus could shift to wide receiver and Moore gives Dallas versatility to play the X, Y or Z wide receiver positions.
20. Detroit Lions: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida (6-5, 291, 4.98)
The Lions need more pass rush athleticism up front on defense, either outside on the edges or inside. Bryan needs to better piece things together, but size and athletic traits make him an attractive pro prospect for a team looking for an "under" tackle.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Frank Ragnow, OG/C, Arkansas (6-5, 312, 5.01)
Despite missing the second half of his senior season due to injury, Ragnow is still well-liked among NFL scouts, mostly due to his toughness, leadership and guard/center versatility.
22. Buffalo Bills: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia (6-3, 313, 5.05)
The Bills offensive line looks dramatically different from a year ago with the retirements of Richie Incognito and Eric Wood and the trade of left tackle Cordy Glenn. Wynn has the versatility to play multiple spots up front, projecting as a plug-and-play lineman.
23. New England Patriots: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA (609, 309, 4.91)
With Nate Solder no longer in New England, Miller will likely appeal to the Patriots. Miller is similar to Solder as a prospect due to his inconsistency, but rare size/athleticism combo.
24. Carolina Panthers: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (6-0, 189, 4.43)
The Panthers have a good-sized target in Devin Funchess and a deep threat with Torrey Smith, but Ridley would give Cam Newton a receiver who can create his own separation and bail out the quarterback at every level of the field.
25. Tennessee Titans: James Daniels, OG/C, Iowa (6-3, 306, 5.15)
Although the interior offensive line isn't an immediate need, Daniels would be an upgrade over Ben Jones at center and left guard Quinton Spain is in the final year of his rookie deal.
26. Atlanta Falcons: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (6-2, 311, 4.90)
With Dontari Poe now in Carolina, the Falcons have holes on the interior defensive line. Payne has a unique mix of power and quickness to play a variety of roles up front.
27. New Orleans Saints: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa (6-0, 196, 4.48)
The Saints had good luck with a first-round cornerback (Marshon Lattimore) last year and could try and repeat the process with another Big Ten corner prospect if Jackson falls to them.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Reid, FS, Stanford (6-0, 207, 4.40)
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is searching for a defensive back who can play free or strong and hold up in the slot. Reid has shown that versatility on tape and Pittsburgh has met with him on several occasions.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Connor Williams, OT, Texas (6-5, 296, 5.05)
Jacksonville spent big bucks in free agency to add Andrew Norwell to the offensive line and might not be done. Williams gives the Jaguars immediate depth at both tackle and guard.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP (6-2, 327, 5.14)
The Vikings would like to address the trenches with this pick, either on the offensive or defensive line. Hernandez is a mauler in the run game and it won't take him long to push for a starting role at guard.
31. New England Patriots: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama (6-2, 232, 4.75)
A pre-draft visitor to New England, Evans is a hard-charging linebacker who can put his hand on the ground, chase down the run or drop in coverage. His versatility will be a key selling point to Bill Belichick.
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU (5-10, 224, 4.49)
If this mock draft plays out, the NFC East would boast Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley and Derrius Guice. That's an impressive group -- and one that should scare the defenses in the division.