OurTurf’s Mock NFL Draft Part 1

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams.  But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

PICK 1 BROWNS Sam Darnold – QB, USC
Cleveland can’t afford to pass on a quarterback here. They have built their defense but the offense needs major help. Trading for QB  Tyrod Taylor as a veteran will keep the Browns afloat if Darnold struggles but I don’t see that happening as all the tangibles needed to put the Browns in the winning column.
PICK 2 GIANTS SAQUON BARKLEY – RB, PENN STATE
With the Odell Beckham Jr., extension request looming, QB Eli Manning will need as much help on the ground as possible. Barkley is the real deal and will bring excitement and different schemes for Pat Shurmur to deploy. This is a no-brainer. They can pick up a future back up in the second or third round.
PICK 3 JETS JOSH ROSEN – QB, UCLA
Talk of “Broadway Mayfield” is a bit ridiculous. Head coach Todd Bowles wants a long-term QB with zip and a power arm to deliver to receivers that can ball out. Behind Josh McCown, who is injury prone, Rosen is a perfect pocket passer and can win over in training camp.
PICK 4 BROWNS NICK CHUBB – RB, GEORGIA
The Browns need a run game to go along their new QB, and Chubb will be perfect for Hue Jackson’s winning scheme. He runs with patience and has good high step and balance. Breaks plenty of tackles with great speed and burst.
PICK 5 BEARS QUENTON NELSON – OG, NOTRE DAME
PROJECTED TRADE WITH BRONCOS. I have the Bears trading up to get their guy by giving up a 4th rounder and 2nd rounder in 2019. Broncos can still address the safety position with defensive back Derwin James if DB Minkah Fitzpatrick is taken by the Bucs.
PICK 6 COLTS BRADLEY CHUBB – DE, N.C. STATE
The Colts can no longer ignore the “elephant in the room”.  They need a pass rusher. Their defense has struggled to generate any pressure off the edge and they have to be relevant against their division rivals.
PICK 7 BUCCANEERS MINKAH FITZPATRICK -DB, ALABAMA
Such an all-around player who can play safety, corner and nickel corner in sub packages. A talented playmaker who can make a difference against the run.
PICK 8 BRONCOS DERWIN JAMES-S, FLORIDA STATE
PROJECTED TRADE WITH BEARS. With Aqib Talib in Tampa, the Broncos need a player who can stop the likes of running backs Marshawn Lynch, Kareem Hunt and Melvin Gordon with his style of hit and run. Despite what some may think, he can cover.
PICK 9 SAN FRANCISCO DENZEL WARD-CB, OHIO STATE
Niners defense will be rocking with the addition of cornerback Richard Sherman in free agency. Add Ward who has DB Kam Chancellor-type skills and he will impose hurt between the hash marks alongside Sherman.
PICK 10 RAIDERS TREMAINE EDMUNDS-LB, VIRGINIA TECH
Jon Gruden loves freakish players and he will love putting in a hitter with high-ceiling ability alongside outside linebacker Khalil Mack and DE Shilique Calhoun.
PICK 11 DOLPHINS VITA VEA, DT WASHINGTON
Bad boy Ndamukong Suh is gone, leaving a gaping hole in the pack of the defense. Vea’s point of attack will fit right in.
PICK 12 BILLS JOSH ALLEN-QB, WYOMING
Even though the Bills acquired AJ McCarron, Allen will fit right in at the perfect time to learn from the veteran. His big arm will serve well with WRs Zay Jones, Jordan Matthews, and Kelvin Benjamin.
PICK 13 WASHINGTON CALVIN RIDLEY-WR, ALABAMA
QB Alex Smith is giving it a shot post-Kirk Cousins and he will need a major target downfield. Ridley is the favorite in the draft and has the speed to light it up.
PICK 14 PACKERS LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH-LB, BOISE STATE
The Packers are piecing together a young linebacker core and with linebacker Clay Matthews in his 30s, adding Vander Esch alongside ILB Blake Martinez will give their defense a one-two punch in the middle.
PICK 15 CARDINALS BAKER MAYFIELD-QB, OKLAHOMA
New OC will help Mayfield clean up a few things that will help him succeed behind Sam Bradford. He is an energetic playmaker who fits perfectly in new Coach Steve Wilks system.

Coming soon will be picks 16-32 to finish off Our Turf Football predictions.

How did Wanda do with Part One of the Mock Draft?  Feel free to let her know on Twitter @WandaW63

#SmartWomen #SmartFootball

Follow us on social media!

Leave a Reply