Week 5 is officially in the books! We saw some surprising wins along with some unexpected losses. Let’s see how this will shake up the NFL Draft.
*Draft order taken from current ESPN league standings
1. New York Giants (0-5) – Josh Rosen, QB UCLA
Another week in and Rosen is still my top QB and a player that will/should be drafted highly. This time, with the Giants moving to the top, Rosen goes #1. The Giants need to find the eventual replacement for Eli and generally, they don’t own a pick this high. They need to take advantage and take a player with all the tools to succeed at the next level and keep the Giants moving in the right direction.
2. Cleveland Browns (0-5) – Saquon Barkley, RB Penn St
Barkley may not be at the top of the draft this week, and this still may be too high for many, but Barkley is a stud. When talking about Barkley as much as we do, you begin to run out of words to describe his play. Simply put, Saquon Barkley is easily the top playmaker in this year’s draft and looks to be the best RB prospect we have seen in many years. He will provide an instant spark to a struggling offense.
3. San Francisco 49ers (0-5) – Sam Darnold, QB USC
Come draft time, the 49ers will be looking to add a franchise QB to jump-start this team and be the leader they have been missing. Many think they will explore options in free agency, namely Kirk Cousins, but Darnold will be the pick until then. Aside from a long wind up, Darnold has everything you look for in a franchise QB.
4. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) – Josh Allen, QB Wyoming
Josh Allen hasn’t lived up the expectations many have had for him, particularly against his Power 5 opponents. My theory is that his supporting cast can’t hold up against the athletes they went up against. In the Chargers offense Allen would have a ton of young, talented players to get the ball to. On top of that, he will have the opportunity to learn behind a top notch QB before he is handed the keys. Some team will jump on the upside Allen brings and the Chargers should be that team.
5. Chicago Bears (1-4) – Courtland Sutton, WR SMU
Here we see the first twist to the new mock draft. Sutton started off slow but has quickly turned into the WR many thought he could be and still has a ton of upside. Sutton is a big, strong, athletic WR with strong hands that can battle DBs at the catch point. The Bears need a WR and another playmaker to pair with Trubisky, I believe Sutton to be that guy.
6. Indianapolis Colts (2-3) – Tarvarus McFadden, CB Florida State
In a division with talented WRs and some young and emerging QBs, the Colts will need to add some talent in the secondary to pair with Vontae Davis and the Rookie of the Year candidate Malik Hooker. Tarvarus McFadden is a ball-hawking corner with size and length to contend with a WR. With speed and instincts to go along with it, McFadden would be an excellent addition to the Colts defense so they can attempt to slow down these emerging offenses.
7. Arizona Cardinals (2-3) – Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville
It’s not secret Carson Palmer is a shell of his former self and doesn’t have an offensive line to protect him. The decision to go OL or QB will be a tough one but ultimately they need to find their future playmaker. Lamar Jackson has made some major improvements with his passing abilities, especially from within the pocket. He also brings the athleticism needed with a struggling offensive line. His arm strength will have the Cardinals enamored with Jackson and will give them their QB of the future.
8. Tennessee Titans (2-3) – Harold Landry, EDGE Boston College
After losing their starting QB, the Titans could see themselves in a free fall. On the plus side, they will get a shot at one of the better players in the draft. Harold Landry is one of the more aggressive and well-rounded pass rushers in this year’s draft. He has an excellent array of pass rush moves and would greatly improve the Titans defense as a whole.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) – Christian Wilkins, DL Clemson
The Bengals could go in several different directions with their picks as they have a few holes to fill to improve their team and grabbing Christian Wilkins would do just that. Wilkins is an all-around menace on the defensive line. He has the skills to rush the quarterback and an excellent motor. Wilkins also does a great job getting off blocks and assisting in stopping the run. Wilkins would be an excellent pair with Geno Atkins and help boost the Bengals defense.
10. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) – Derwin James, S Florida State
Prior to the season, I don’t think many would have guessed the Cowboys would be picking here. But on the positive side, this would allow the Cowboys to land one of the best, if not the best player in this draft. Derwin James is as complete of a defensive back as it gets. He has the coverage and ball skills to play the pass but also has the instincts, tackling ability, and aggression to stop the run. The Cowboys could use a playmaker like James on the defensive side of the ball.
11. Cleveland Browns (via Texans:2-3) – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB Alabama
In addition to improving the offense, the Browns will be searching for a defensive back to replace Joe Haden. With Minkah Fitzpatrick, they will find themselves an all-around stud in the secondary. He is a guy that can play safety or corner at a high level. Getting Fitzpatrick would give them the shutdown corner they have been searching for.
12. Oakland Raiders (2-3) – Connor Williams, OT Texas
The Oakland Raiders don’t have many holes to fill on their team as they have done a great job drafting over the years, but an improvement to the offensive line is needed. Connor Williams is an elite level athlete that is excellent technically. Williams has the versatility to play inside or out at a high level and would give the Raiders stability along the offensive line for years to come.
13. Washington Redskins (2-2) – Derrius Guice, RB LSU
The Redskins have done a great job building an offense and if they keep Cousins around, they will need a quality running back to balance it out. Derrius Guice plays the game at an elite level and shows excellent athleticism. He has the vision and burst to be a threat to make huge plays in the run game. Guice would provide the balance they need to take pressure off Cousins.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) – Bradley Chubb, EDGE NC State
With a stud on the interior of their defensive line, the Buccaneers need a quality pass rusher on the outside to get to the quarterback. Chubb is an explosive player off the edge that does a great job finding creases in the defense and gets upfield quickly. He combines good hand usage and strength to push back offensive lineman. Chubb would help open things up for their Pro Bowl DT and provide much needed assistance on defense.
15. New Orleans Saints (2-2) – James Washington, WR Oklahoma St
With Brees getting older, the Saints could end up grabbing his successor. But with Washington still on the board, he will be hard to pass up. Washington has high end speed to stretch the defense and the ball tracking ability to make the spectacular grabs. After trading Cooks in the offseason, the Saints could use a playmaker like Washington to help get this offense back to where it used to be.
16. Miami Dolphins (2-2) – Malik Jefferson, LB Texas
17. Los Angeles Rams (3-2) – Jerome Baker, LB Ohio St
18. New England Patriots (3-2) – Arden Key, EDGE LSU
19. Baltimore Ravens (3-2) – Quenton Nelson, OG Notre Dame
20. Minnesota Vikings (3-2) – Mike McGlinchey, OT Notre Dame
21. Detroit Lions (3-2) – Jaire Alexander, CB Louisville
22. New York Jets (3-2) – Luke Falk, QB Washington State
23. Seattle Seahawks (3-2) – Orlando Brown, OT Oklahoma
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) – Marcus Allen, S Penn State
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) – Ronnie Harrison, S Alabama
26. Buffalo Bills (3-2) – Auden Tate, WR Florida State
27. Atlanta Falcons (3-1) – Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama
28. Denver Broncos (3-1) – Vita Vea, DL Washington
29. Carolina Panthers (4-1) – Dorance Armstrong, EDGE Kansas St
30. Green Bay Packers (4-1) – Maurice Hurst, DL Michigan
31. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) – Bryce Love, RB Stanford
32. Buffalo Bills (via Chiefs:5-0) – Tony Brown, CB Alabama