With the draft beginning shortly, we take a look at each pick made in our community mock draft compared to the picks in my final mock draft earlier this week. We seem to have some pretty outstanding symmetry in this especially from picks 18-24.
1. Cleveland Browns
Community: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Damien: Sam Darnold, QB USC
Notes: He just has all the look and feel of the top QB in the draft. Even if Baker Mayfield has the numbers.
2. New York Giants
Community: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
Damien: Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State
Notes: All agreement so far. The best player in this draft goes just below the top QB.
3. New York Jets
Community: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Damien: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Notes: Rosen and Mayfield are a tough call in some regards. But two things have me leading Mayfield here. 1) The Jets traded above the Broncos because the Broncos seem to like Mayfield 2) Mayfield just has that New York swagger about him.
4. Cleveland Browns
Community: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Damien: (Trade with Bills) Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Notes: So, Rosen goes within one pick of the community pick. Rosen is a polished QB with the clutch factor to his game they would love in Buffalo.
5. Denver Broncos
Community: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Damien: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Notes: Back to the same thinking with the midwesterner with the horse on his helmet going to the midwest team with a horse on its helmet. He’s a big armed passer just like John Elway was and just as he likes.
6. Indianapolis Colts
Community: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Damien: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Notes: The consensus second best player in this draft. He’s a monster guard and too talented to pass up.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Community: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Damien: Derwin James, S, Florida State
Notes: We all agree with one of the two outstanding safety talents going to Tampa. Can’t go wrong with either one if you’re the Bucs.
8. Chicago Bears
Community: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Damien: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Notes: The community has Chubb gone in their mock, but I don’t. With the draft’s best pass rusher out there, the Bears take him. If you all are right about Chubb being off the board, you may also be right about Edmunds as the pick.
9. San Francisco 49ers
Community: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Damien: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Notes: The best corner vs the best linebacker. I went linebacker because of the serious charges on Reuben Foster. Just one year after drafting him, they may have to replace him.
10. Oakland Raiders
Community: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Damien: (Trade with Packers) Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
Notes: Without the option of trading down in the community mock, Vea makes some sense here and I love the pick. But I also think the Raiders are open for business to trade down and there will be some great players on the board teams will be eager to jump up and get. In this case the Packers grab outstanding safety Fitzpatrick who is already off the board in the community mock.
11. Miami Dolphins
Community: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Damien: Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Notes: I like your thinking here. And if Mayfield were on the board, the Dolphins may be silly to pass him up as the QB talent Ryan Tannehill has never quite cracked up to be. I put Vea here as a presence in the middle lost with the release of Ndamukong Suh.
12. Buffalo Bills
Community: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Damien: (Trade with Browns) Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Notes: Again, I would bet most think the Bills would trade up to get a QB. But since that wasn’t an option in the community mock, they get their QB here. Makes a lot of sense. I have Denzel teaming up with TJ Carrie is a step up for the Browns cornerbacks.
Community: Derwin James, S, Florida State
Damien: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Notes: In this case you and I were both thinking simply that there is one player left on the board who is clearly the best player. Different players, but the result is the last of the elite draft prospects comes off the board.
14. Green Bay Packers
Community: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Damien: (Trade with Raiders) Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Notes: You guys send the draft’s best receiver to Green Bay to replace Jordy Nelson who was cut and signed on in Oakland. In my scenario the Raiders pick up at least a third round pick in the deal and get the best tackle in the draft who can start at right tackle this year and move to left tackle next year. And, yes, I made this pick before Mike Mayock, Mel Kiper, and Todd McShay all mocked McGlinchey to the Raiders.
15. Arizona Cardinals
Community: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Damien: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Notes: You guys probably see Jared Veldheer now in Denver and put McGlinchey there. Makes sense if he’s on the board and none of the top QB’s are there. In my mock, Lamar Jackson is still there and they desperately need a QB. So much so, I wouldn’t surprised if they trade up to get one if the opportunity presented itself.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Community: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
Damien: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Notes: We are in agreement on a receiver going to Baltimore. I guess none of us think Michael Crabtree will solve all their receiver issues. You have Ridley already gone. I don’t.
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Community: Connor Williams, OT, Texas
Damien: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
18. Seattle Seahawks
Community: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Damien: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
19. Dallas Cowboys
Communnity: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
Damien: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
20. Detroit Lions
Community: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
Damien: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Community: James Daniels, C, Iowa
Damien: Billy Price, C, Ohio State
22. Buffalo Bills
Community: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Damien: (trade with Browns) Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
23. New England Patriots
Community: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
Damien: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
24. Carolina Panthers
Community: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland
Damien: DJ Moore, WR, Maryland
25. Tennessee Titans
Community: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
Damien: Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
26. Atlanta Falcons
Community: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Damien: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
27. New Orleans Saints
Community: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
Damien: Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
Community: Leighton Vender Esch, LB, Boise State
Damien: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
Community: Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
Damien: Connor Williams, G/T, Texas
30. Minnesota Vikings
Community: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
Damien: Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
31. New England Patriots
Community: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Damien: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
32. Philadelphia Eagles
Community: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Damien: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado