And here we go with the 2018 NFL Draft with breakdowns, thoughts and analysis of every pick.
NFL Draft: First Round Pick Breakdown From The College Perspective
Welcome my self-serving, pretentious stream-of-consiousness notes for the first round of your 2018 NFL Draft. I’ll make my dumb comments during and after each and every pick.
NFL Draft: Predraft
– Have you ever seen someone about to make a really, really, really big mistake, and were powerless to do anything about it?
– Really, Cleveland? You’re going to take Baker Mayfield? Don’t be so … Browns.
– He’s too short, has an okay arm, and isn’t quick. I’m a huge Mayfield fan, and I hope this works, but the No. 1 overall pick needs to have more tools than being feisty.
– There are four players in this draft with special, Hall of Fame tools and upside at their respective positions – Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson, Bradley Chubb and Derwin James. The Browns could have two of those four if they wanted.
– But enough about Cleveland being Cleveland. If Mayfield is out of the way at the one, now it gets interesting. Mayfield is more like a 9-through-12 value pick, and even then, that’s passing on better players at other positions.
– Blowing off the final mock draft I did, if Mayfield really does go at the one, then Saquon Barkley 2 to the Giants, Sam Darnold 3 to the Jets, Quenton Nelson 4 to the Browns, Josh Allen 5 to the Broncos, Bradley Chubb 6 to the Colts, Derwin James 7 to the Buccaneers, Denzel Ward 8 to the Bears, Tremaine Edmunds 9 to the Niners, Roquan Smith 10 to Oakland, and then Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson go with the next two picks to Miami and Buffalo in some order.
– If you didn’t produce in college, why are you going to rock in the NFL? By the way, Taven Bryan came up with 5.5 fewer sacks on the red carpet than he did in his entire Florida career.
– Denver trying for the second overall pick? Sam Darnold Sam Darnold Sam Darnold Sam Darnold Sam Darnold?
– Think of it this way. If Cleveland took Baker Mayfield at the four, and Saquon Barkley at the one, no one would complain. It just so happens that the two picks are going to be flipped around.
– I’m embarrassed to admit that the Dilly Dilly ads still work for me. I don’t get out much.
– Rich Eisen just threw out the “happy wife, happy life” line. Now the fun of the Dilly Dilly ad has dissipated.
– At this point, if it’s not Baker Mayfield at the one, this becomes a totally disastrous day for the NFL Draft reporter and media types.
– “Because I think those other two quarterbacks are better.” Mike Mayock going Mike Mayock with Sam Darnold and Josh Allen ahead of Baker Mayfield on his top ten list, and with Mayfield not even on it.
1. Cleveland Browns
PICK: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
– Ohhhhhhhh, Browns … NOOOOOOOOOOO.
– Oh Cleveland. You keep being Cleveland. If you wanted Case Keenum – the comp for Mayfield – you could’ve just gone and picked him up.
– Sorry, but the No. 1 overall pick should have the tools. Mayfield has a good-enough arm, but he’s small, plays small, and he’s not exactly as athletic as he’s made out to be.
– There are way too many people trying to use the words “winner” and “leader” and “attitude” when it comes to Mayfield. He isn’t a No. 1 overall pick.
2. New York Giants
PICK: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
– Good for you, Giants, for not trading this pick. Set the tone for the franchise with Barkley, get two more years out of Eli Manning, and here you go.
– Five 100-yard games last year. Five. He’s amazing, he’s a perfect running back prospect, and he’s a GREAT guy. Five. Something’s missing.
– Welcome to my fantasy league for the next ten years, son.
– He’s not a workhorse, and he’ll have to get ready to handle the ball a whole lot more. But there’s no arguing this – he’s the solid shot at changing up the offense with one massive pick.
– And now the draft begins. Sam Darnold certainly has a whole lot of holes and concerns in his game, but he fits what the New York Jets need. The trade up is about to pay off big.
3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis)
PICK: QB Sam Darnold, USC
– I still can’t believe Baker Mayfield really went No. 1 overall.
– Now Jet fans all over will go ask their barbers for the Beavis cut.
– You can hear Mike Mayock’s excitement tick up talking about Darnold. That same lilt wasn’t there for Mayfield.
– There are a whole lot of issues that Darnold will have to get through. Give it two years, and then … boom.
4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston)
PICK: CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
– OHHHHHHHHHH, Browns … NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
– First, Cleveland takes a short quarterback, and then a corner who doesn’t pick off passes. Wonderful.
– Why wouldn’t Cleveland trade down?! You go and get Ward a few picks later.
– Yeah, Ward is a need pick for a team that needs a corner, but Cleveland couldn’t have screwed up these top four picks more royally.
5. Denver Broncos
PICK: DE Bradley Chubb, Denver
– Quarterback Schmarterback. Chubb is a fantastic pick on the other side of Von Miller, and NFL, have a whole lot of fun with this.
– Cleveland could’ve and should’ve taken Chubb with one of the top four picks.
– Denver needed and edge rusher, and it got one with Hall of Fame upside and skills. A brilliant pick that fell right into their lap.
6. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets)
PICK: OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
– Boom. Nelson might be the best player and prospect in the draft, and the Colts just landed a guy who’ll be a Hall of Fame-caliber talent for the next decade.
– It was a no-lose situation with Chubb and Nelson there with those last two picks. As it turned out, the six was a fantastic
7. Buffalo Bills (from Tampa Bay)
PICK: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
– You knew this was coming. The Bills had to do something to secure a quarterback, and with Josh Allen and Josh Rosen on the board, it was a move to make sure they could get one of them.
– Rosen was the better pick and the better option, but okay. Allen’s upside is amazing, and there’s decent value here considering what they traded away. Now Allen has to stop being bad at football.
– Sorry, Buffalo, but give this a few years. It’s going to take a while.
– Somewhere in this universe, my Bills-fan grandma is mad right now.
– Yeah, Allen has the same measurables as Carson Wentz, but Wentz was a tremendous college player.
8. Chicago Bears
PICK: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
– Solid. Would’ve liked Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick here, but solid.
– The Chicago defense has the dangerous playmaking defender to make a whole lot of big things happen. This will work out just fine.
– Uhhhhhhh, NFL Network? It cut to commercial right in the midst of Mayock analyzing Roquan Smith.
– There are plenty of defensive backs in the second round on down. Chicago can get more help for the secondary or for the D line later.
9. San Francisco 49ers
PICK: OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
– Fine, but there are some superstars on the board. Yeah, you have to keep Jimmy G upright, but with Derwin James and Minkah Fitzpatrick on the board, McGlinchey is just an okay tackle.
– He’s great, but the nine is a bit too early. There area whole lot of great players on the board, and he’s not quite the same prospect as some of the other stars.
– Sort of stunned no one traded up to get Josh Rosen, and ….
we go. Arizona is trading up with Oakland. Rosen is the best quarterback in this draft, and the Cardinals are getting a total steal.
10. Arizona Cardinals (from with Oakland)
PICK: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
– Best pure quarterback in the draft. Brilliant passer, brilliant throwing motion, brilliant move by the Cardinals to get here.
– He’s ready now. He’s going to be able to step into the starting job from the start and let it rip. He might be ticked that he slid, but he’s in a fantastic situation.
– Rosen passed Step One. He didn’t get injured being hugged by Goodell.
– As long as he can sling it, it won’t matter how much he talks. He’s going to be a whole lot of fun.
– Yeah … he looks ticked. It seems crazy that pride can get wounded so much by sliding a bit, but if you’re that alpha-male quarterback, you don’t like being the fourth one off the board, even if you go at the ten.
– Sam Bradford … thanks for all you’ve done for the franchise.