Zack Marseglia NFL Mock Draft

  1. Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield QB, Oklahoma.

Mayfield brings a winning mentality to Cleveland, and should be the pick here. He reminds me of a Drew Brees/Russell Wilson mixture, and the Browns should nab their future signal caller.

 

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

Barkley is the best overall player in this draft, and the Giants should be happy to plug him into their backfield. He offers elite strength and speed, and should take some pressure of Eli.

 

  1. New York Jets from Indianapolis Colts: Josh Allen QB, Wyoming.

Allen is a big 6’5” and has elite arm strength. This pick is a toss up here, but I think Allen has a higher ceiling than Darnold. If I’m the Jets, I take Allen right here.

 

  1. Cleveland Browns from Houston Texans: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

Bradley Chubb is the top defender in this class, and the Browns can pair him with Myles Garrett. This defense looks a whole lot better, and they should get after opposing offenses. Look out.

 

  1. Denver Broncos: Sam Darnold, QB USC:

I think Elway opts to plan for the future, and with that Darnold is the pick. Darnold comes out of a pro style offense at USC, and should be the third QB off the board here.

 

  1. Indianapolis Colts from New York Jets: Quenton Nelson, G Notre Dame

Nelson very well could be an elite guard day one, and he gives the Colts a bookend guard for the next fifteen years. Nelson is head and shoulders the best offensive lineman in the class, and the Colts need to keep Andrew Luck upright if they want to return to the playoffs.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S Alabama

The Bucs need talent in the backend of their defense, and Fitzpatrick is the top safety in this class. He may not offer the athleticism of Derwin James, but Fitzpatrick is a ball hawk, and the smartest safety in this class. Football IQ is an underrated trait for safeties, and he can produce. If I’m Tampa, I start here.

 

  1. Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith, LB Georgia

Smith is the top linebacker in this class, and the Bears could use an infusion of youth and athleticism in their linebacker core. He offers sideline to sideline range and instantly makes this defense better. Watch out for the Bears.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers: Trumaine Edmunds, LB Virginia Tech

Edmunds is a close second in this years running for linebackers, as he doesn’t have the experience of Smith, but is more of an athletic freak. Edmunds can rush the passer or drop back into coverage, and with Reuben Foster’s career in jeopardy, the 49ers need an insurance policy.

 

  1. Oakland Raiders: Denzel Ward, CB Ohio State

Since all the linebackers are gone, the Raiders go with Denzel Ward. Ward gives them a plug and play starter in the backfield and instantly becomes a number one corner. While I think there are bigger needs, this is how the cards fall in my mock.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Josh Rosen is the number four guy this year, and he is a good fallback option for Miami. I think it’s time Miami hits the reset button, and drafting a quarterback will do that. He has great size and can make any throw on the field. He should be a viable option in Miami to start the rebuild.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills from Cincinnati Bengals: Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville

Jackson is the most athletically gifted player in this class, and somehow that is at quarterback. He has an elite arm, and elite legs, and I can see him as a much better Mike Vick in his prime. He needs some work with his footwork and decision making, but under the right system, Jackson could be elite.

 

  1. Washington Redskins: Vita Vea, DT Washington

The Redskins needs some size and strength up front. They could go Da’ron Payne here, but Vita Vea at nose tackle instantly makes this defense better. He is a mammoth of a man at 347 pounds, and instantly makes this struggling run defense better.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Davenport, Edge UTSA

The Packers need help on defense, and Davenport is a gifted athlete with great size. At 6’6” and 270 pounds, he gives the Packers an athletic big man coming off the edge. He reminds me of a Julius Peppers, and the Packers could get the steal of the draft here.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama

Taking a QB here is a reach, and I think Arizona needs to add some youth in their wide receiver core. Ridley is the most complete wide receiver in this class, and is well beyond his years in route running. With Fitzgerald getting older, it’s time to give the Cardinals a younger playmaker.

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Isaiah Wynn, G Georgia

The Ravens need to protect Flacco and keep their O-Line a strength. Wynn gives the Ravens an All-Pro caliber future guard. He is big, strong, and likes to finish his blocks. The Ravens may have one of the top O-Lines in the league after this.

 

  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Derin James, S Florida State

The Chargers need playmakers on defense, and James is just that. He lined up everywhere, including defensive end, for the Seminoles, and should be considered a steal this late. He should be used anywhere and everywhere for the Chargers, and his versatility makes the Chargers defense that much better.

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Mike McGlinchy, T Notre Dame

The Seahawks need to protect Russell Wilson if they want any chance of returning to the playoffs. McGlinchy is one of the top tackles in this class, and the Seahawks should love his size at 6’8”. Look for him to be a bookend for the Seahawks.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Geisecki, TE Penn State

Jason Witten can’t play forever, and Geisecki is the top tight end in this class. They could use help on defense, but giving Prescott a new weapon on offense should only help his development.

 

  1. Detroit Lions: Da’Ron Payne, DE/DT Alabama

Payne is a beast along the d-line, and should help take the pressure of Ziggy Ansah. Patricia is going to want interior pass rushers in Detroit, and that is what he gets here.

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals from Buffalo Bills: Connor Williams, T, Texas

Once regarded as a top five lock, the buzz around Williams has cooled off. He is an elite pass blocker who had one bad game against Maryland last year that cost him. He also lacks the size teams like in tackles, but he is the most fundamentally sound tackle in this class.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills from Kansas City Chiefs: Taven Bryan DT, Florida

An athletic specimen, Bryan gives the Bills a potential huge upside pick. He could develop into an elite playmaker under the right coaching. The Bills have the luxury of taking him here without any huge needs on the roster, or at least anyone worth taking.

 

  1. New England Patriots from Los Angeles Rams: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

The Pats need help on the front of their defense, as they have no consistent pass rush. Landry comes in with an NFL ready body and can give the Pats a bookend DE who will immediately upgrade the pass rush.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers: Josh Jackson, CB Iowa

My favorite corner in the class, Jackson offers elite size at 6’1”, and had eight picks last season in Iowa. He is an infusion of talent in a defensive backfield that is sorely lacking.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans: Leighton vander Esch, LB Boise State

The Titans need linebackers to complete the defense, as their linebackers are on the wrong side of 30. Vander Esch offers great upside here, and should be a three down linebacker ready to step in and start day one.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons: DJ Moore, WR Maryland

All of sudden Julio Jones and the Falcons are in a funk. Either way, DJ Moore helps take some of the pressure of Jones and Matt Ryan, and gives the Falcons a playmaker capable of taking coverage away from Julio. Defense is a need here, but the Falcons have a lot of young pieces back there and can afford to wait until round 2.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints: Mason Rudolph, QB Ok State

The Saints take the successor to Drew Brees here, as they need to prepare for the future. Rudolph has a great arm and can make every throw on the field. Sitting a few years under Brees will help him develop his ability to diagnose coverages.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama

With Shazier’s future in doubt, the Steelers need another playmaker. Rashaan Evans is a stud from Alabama, and should step in right away and fill the role of the Mike backer. Evans doesn’t have the speed of Shazier, but he is still an athletic player who should step in and help right away.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Malik Jefferson, LB Texas

Jefferson is one of the most underrated players in this draft, and should fill a huge need along the defense of the Jags. While they could go offense here to help Bortles, they should keep the defense humming along, and Jefferson steps in and has the potential to be the best linebacker on the team.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings: Will Hernandez, G UTEP

Hernandez is a very strong guard and loves to finish his opponents off into the ground. The Vikings have their man in Kirk Cousins, and now they need to protect him. Hernandez steps in and starts day one.

 

  1. New England Patriots: Kolton Miller, T UCLA

With their second pick, the Pats take the replacement to Solder. Tackle is a need here, as protecting Brady should remain a priority. Miller is a long, athletic player who steps in and starts day one.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

With no needs on the roster, Guice comes in and gives the Eagles another option in the back. With Blount gone, he can slide in and offer number one back potential. He keeps the Eagles running back committee one of the most dynamic in the leage.

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