Nick Pooler’s 1st Round Mock Draft

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This is my mock draft without adding in any draft pick trading or any other transactions:

1.Cleveland Browns: QB Sam Darnold- USC

To me, this is what the Browns need to do. I think Darnold has great upside and potential. Give Tyrod Taylor his opportunity and when the moment is right, give the ball to Darnold. There has been talk come draft day that they will take Baker Mayfield at 1, I could see it happening but in my opinion it would not be their best option here.


  1. New York Giants: RB Saquon Barkley- Penn State

The Giants have improved on offense picking up Nate Solder to help the line. With the potential of picking up Dez Bryant as well, picking up the best player in the draft with Barkley is huge. Could give a trio of OBJ, Bryant and Barkley.


  1. New York Jets: QB Josh Allen- Wyoming

The Jets need a quarterback. Yes, Teddy Bridgewater was picked up but he also hasn’t played in two years. Josh McCown will not keep up what he did last year. The Jets need a lot but by picking up Allen, it is a step in the right direction.


  1. Cleveland Browns: DE Bradley Chubb- North Carolina State

I do think the Browns have the assets and opportunity to trade up to the number two pick. But if that does not happen, why not bring in Chubb to line him up on the other side of the ball of Myles Garrett. If the Browns add Darnold and Chubb, this could be a team to watch on the rise. Similar to the 76ers in basketball.


  1. Denver Broncos: QB Baker Mayfield- Oklahoma

I would not be surprised if Rosen went here, but I think Mayfield is better. He is a proven winner and can get the job done. He is looking forward to silencing his haters. He can take a year to learn from Case Keenum and should get his opportunity sooner rather than later.


  1. Indianapolis Colts: G Quenton Nelson- Notre Dame

With Andrew Luck coming back it is crucial that the Colts solidify their line. What better way then to pick up the best lineman in the draft. Nelson will be an instant starter and will help the Colts as much as he can. Has the looks to me as being a franchise player that should be in Indy for quite some time.


  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Minkah Fitzpatrick- Alabama

Throw Fitzpatrick with Brent Grimes, Vernon Hargreaves, Chris Conte, Jason Pierre-Paul, Gerald McCoy, Vinny Curry, Kwon Alexander, LaVonte David and Kendall Beckwith and your looking at one of the most lethal defenses that could have the best opportunity at a bounce back year.


  1. Chicago Bears: CB Denzel Ward- Ohio State

Quite possibly the biggest steal in the top ten. Ward has huge upside and could change around the Bears secondary that already showed some promising features last season. They aren’t there yet, but just wait Bears fans. Your time is coming.


  1. San Francisco 49ers: MLB Tremaine Edmunds- Virginia Tech

Edmunds will help the 49ers a lot and they are in desperate need of a linebacker after the troubles with Reuben Foster. Edmunds and Roquan Smith could go either way but I think Edmunds fits in better with the 49ers scheme and gets ready to enter a roster with a bunch of guys who think they are ready.


  1. Oakland Raiders: OLB Roquan Smith- Georgia

Before free agency, the Raiders would take a defensive back here. After adding good depth to the secondary, Smith is a good, safe pick for Oakland. He can learn from Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack. Does not get much better than that. Expect Smith to be an instant starter and help out the poor defensive showing of the past few years in Oakland.


  1. Miami Dolphins: QB Josh Rosen- UCLA

Again, I could see Rosen and Mayfield going either way but this is just the way it falls. With Ryan Tannehill coming back and the Dolphins looking like a complete rebuilding team, this gives them a chance to solidify their future. If Tannehill does not work out, there are plenty of teams that would take him and the Fins would get great talent and assets back with Rosen ready to go.


  1. Buffalo Bills: QB Mason Rudolph- Oklahoma State

If I’m the Bills, I’m doing everything I can to trade up in the top 5 and get a quarterback who is ready. Yes, Rudolph has good potential but no he is not Darnold, Allen, Rosen or Mayfield. Another option here is Lamar Jackson but I think Rudolph is what the Bills want if it is down to those two. A team who is giving AJ McCarron a chance to start also has to give him a run for his money just in case that plan does not work out.


  1. Washington Redskins: DT Vita Vea- Washington

Vea is a game changer. Between him and Da’Ron Payne you could go either way but I think Vea has more upside but not by much. The Redskins need a boost to their pass rush and could use Vea’s help. Another pick here could be Calvin Ridley to give Alex Smith more depth  but the safe pick is Vea here who can control the defensive front.


  1. Green Bay Packers: CB Mike Hughes- UCF

Why not take a leader of a team who just went undefeated in college football? Hughes is a true winner and will not stop. Just what the Packers defense need. Getting to learn from Tramon Williams and Davon House would boost his production well. The Packers need help in the secondary and this will definitely help.


  1. Arizona Cardinals: WR Calvin Ridley- Alabama

The first wide receiver taken and to me it is a no brainer. They need someone to throw to after picking up injury prone Sam Bradford. With the only two well-known receivers on the roster being Larry Fitzgerald and JJ Nelson, Ridley will be an instant starter who will impact the passing game right away.


  1. Baltimore Ravens: T Mike McGlinchey- Notre Dame

The second Notre Dame lineman taken, McGlinchey is another instant starter for Baltimore. Putting him on the other side of Marshall Yanda could be paradise for Joe Flacco who just gained Willie Snead and Michael Crabtree as well. McGlinchey would be the second lineman in three years from Notre Dame taken by the Ravens along with Ronnie Stanley. Expect the Ravens to do big things with their O-Line impacted greatly.


  1. Los Angeles Chargers: S Derwin James- Florida State

To me it is either James or Payne here for the Chargers. Either way the defense gets a lot better. Teaming him up with Jahleel Addae at the Safety position, this young Chargers defense gets even younger and better. Expect the Chargers to contend in the AFC West this year as their play will depend on their offense. After getting Joey Bosa last year, these are two players who could lead the Chargers for quite some time.


  1. Seattle Seahawks: CB Josh Jackson- Iowa

The rebuilding Seahawks? Jackson is not Richard Sherman but he is the closest they are going to get to Sherman with this pick. With Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor still there, Jackson has something to learn from. Instant starter for a team that has seemed to be dismantling very quickly. Jackson will help them stay young and could be the ‘Hawks number one corner alongside Shaquill Griffin, Byron Maxwell and Neiko Thorpe. They are in desperate need at this position and Jackson will fulfill that need for the time being.


  1. Dallas Cowboys: WR Courtland Sutton- SMU

This could go Sutton or DJ Moore but I think Sutton helps fill Dez Bryant’s spot the best. At 6’4, Sutton gives them size on the outside and will complement Terrance Williams very well. Expect those two to team up and bring back the revival of Dak Prescott with Zeke Elliott leading the team. Expect him to have an instant impact to the team and the fans.


  1. Detroit Lions: DE Marcus Davenport- Texas-San Antonio

The Lions are in great need of pass rush. Ezekiel Ansah can not do it all even though he is great. Giving them Davenport will boost their D-Line a lot especially after getting no help in free agency on defense. Davenport is another one that will be an instant starter and can be expected to team with Ansah in a great way. The Lions still need more on defense but this is a great place to start.


  1. Cincinnati Bengals: G Will Hernandez- Texas El-Paso

A team that needs a lot that looks to be on the downslide. The Bengals need to protect Andy Dalton. Getting Hernandez gives them a guy who is not afraid and will plug right into that lineup. The Bengals had a down year and got screwed with a bad draft pick. I would not be surprised to see them make some trades during the draft in order to stock up more picks that they desperately need.


  1. Buffalo Bills: DT Da’Ron Payne- Alabama

After taking Rudolph earlier in the draft, they finally get their guy to replace Marcell Dareus. Payne had an amazing showing especially on national television. He will start right away and Bills fans will not be dissapointed. This will also give Kyle Williams more time to rest when need be andthe team won’t rely on him as much which will be good for him and his load.


  1. New England Patriots- T Kolton Miller- UCLA

After blocking for Josh Rosen, he now will block for Tom Brady. Quite the difference. Miller will head to a team in desperate need of lineman help after losing leader Nate Solder in free agency. Miller will be a solid, safe pick for the Pats who will do everything they can to keep Brady healthy for as long as they can.


  1. Carolina Panthers- CB Jaire Alexander- Louisville

The first Cardinal taken and it is not Lamar Jackson. After losing Daryl Worley, the Panthers need some help on the outside. Alexander showed a lot of promise in his career at Louisville and will be a plug for Carolina on the outside in a tough division. The best pick in my opinion for them here is Mike Hughes but with him off the board, Alexander is a tremendous second option.


  1. Tennessee Titans- C Billy Price- Ohio State

Yes, I know Titans fans not the most interesting pick but they are just a few pieces away from greatness. I could also make the argument of snagging pass rusher Harold Landry here, but Price will help the Titans line where he will fight for the starting center spot with Ben Jones. The Titans faced several injuries on the line last year and Price is the best scenario for them.


  1. Atlanta Falcons- LB Leighton Vander Esch- Boise State

A quiet player that can make a huge impact. Vander Esch is going to a team with strong linebackers but little depth, the only middle linebacker on the roster is Deion Jones. No he will not start over Jones but he will give a great boost off the bench in a great selection here for Atlanta and could be a sleeper in this years draft.


  1. New Orleans Saints- DT Taven Bryan- Florida

Sheldon Rankins could use all the help he could get here. Yes this pick could be crazy. All the Saints fans are looking for a tight end to go with Josh Hill. But I think they are fine with just Hill. they can get a tight end in later rounds but when talent like Bryan is still out there, he can’t keep sliding. The Saints getting even younger is scary but expect Bryan to be impactful early. Great boost to this already impressive young New Orleans D.


  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: DE Harold Landry- Boston College

Landry slid as far as he possibly can. A fast, edge rusher that will impact Pittsburgh’s defense tremendously. Throw him with TJ Watt and it is a scary thought. With Ryan Shazier still out. Landry could be a leader on this team. The Steelers fell down a little on defense last year and it cost them in the playoffs. Landry is a strong safe pick for the Steelers here.


  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: WR DJ Moore- Maryland

The Jaguars over exceeded expectations last season. Getting Moore will give them a replacement for Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. Their two top receivers over the past couple years are both gone. Moore will start and very well might be their number one target. Bortles should be happy with this pick and so should Jaguars fans. Could be a fan favorite for a while.


  1. Minnesota Vikings: G Connor Williams- Texas

Williams is a good pick and a steal for the Vikings. Surprisingly, the Patriots don’t snag him at 23. Williams is a top 5 lineman in this draft and a very confident pick. Will impact a playoff team right from the start and will help protect newly acquired quarterback Kirk Cousins right off of the bat. Williams was projected to go higher but based on the talent at other positions, I have the Vikings getting maybe the steal of the first round at 30.


  1. New England Patriots: QB Lamar Jackson- Louisville

I did just say the Vikings got the steal of the draft but I lied, the Patriots did right here. A Heisman Trophy winner, Jackson will learn from the best coach and player ever. Two different types of games, Jackson will develop the brain of Brady and take over when the time is right. Many backup QB’s have learned from Brady and left, but I expect Jackson to be the one to stay around and take over. It will be weird at first to see a mobile quarterback at first but Pats fans still have quite a few years to get used to the sight so don’t start to worry or get excited just yet.


  1. Philadelphia Eagles: RB Sony Michel- Georgia

The second player taken from Georgia and the second running back taken in the draft. With the last pick in the first round, Michel helps the Eagles run game who lost Blount. Michel played great in the College Football Playoffs and boosted his draft stock. A great pick for a team that is only going to get better. This gives Jay Ajayi a running mate that will provide a lot of reps for Philly.


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