Final Courier Mock Draft


Carlos Peterson, Editor-In-Chief

The draft is upon us and now the Courier is providing its final Mock Draft.


1 Cleveland Browns– Sam Darnold QB, Southern Cal

No change in this pick. Darnold is the best fit for Cleveland and Hue Jackson. They need wins…. badly.

2 New York Giants– Saquon Barkley RB, Penn St.

The Giants believe they have the roster to compete in the NFC East and Barkley is the home threat out of the backfield that they haven’t had since Tiki Barber. This is huge in prolonging the career of Manning.

3 New York Jets– Baker Mayfield QB, Oklahoma

Mayfield has the arm and the moniker of being a New York quarterback. His arm talent and efficiency will be necessary to challenging the Patriots in the AFC East. Todd Bowles had some solid play from his team last year. Now it’s time for them to go get their guy.

4 Cleveland Browns– Bradley Chubb DE, North Carolina State

The Browns build on getting their franchise guy by snatching the best pass rusher in the draft in Chubb. Pairing him with Garrett should keep the likes of Roethlisberger and Flacco up at night.

5 Buffalo Bills (Trade /w DEN)– Josh Allen QB, Wyoming

The Bills go and get their guy in Allen. Has the arm and build for those Buffalo winters.

6 Indianapolis Colts– Quenton Nelson OG, Notre Dame

The health of Andrew Luck is the most important thing for this franchise moving forward and Chris Ballard understands that. This pick is really a no-brainer if Nelson is on the board for this pick. The best offensive line prospect in almost 20 years.

7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Derwin James S, Florida State

The local product Derwin James heads to Tampa and gives some much needed help to struggling defense

8 Chicago Bears– Mike McGlinchey OT, Notre Dame

The second Notre Dame offensive lineman to come off the board in Mike McGlinchey. He’ll be reunited with his college offensive line coach, Harry Hiestand. Ryan Pace has emphasized the importance of the development of Trubisky. He got his head coach in Nagy. It’s time to buy the insurance plan.

9 San Francisco 49ers– Denzel Ward CB, Ohio State

The 49ers are now in a division where Russell Wilson and Jared Goff reside. Getting help on the back end of the 24th ranked defense last year will be a big help in trying to recapture the division.

10 Oakland Raiders– Roquan Smith LB, Georgia

Denzel Ward would be the ideal pick here being that Oakland was horrible on the back end a year ago but Gruden shouldn’t be deterred from upgrading his defense. Smith gives this Oakland defensive staff the best sideline to sideline linebacker in the draft.

11 Miami Dolphins– Vita Vea DT, Washington

The Dolphins need to account for the loss of Ndamukong Suh and Vea will be a versatile lineman that has a game resembling Haloti Ngata.

12 Denver Broncos– Josh Rosen QB, UCLA

Much has been made about the attitude of Josh Rosen however his talent and acumen for the game is hard for Elway to pass up.

13 Washington Redskins– Marcus Davenport DE, UTSA

Davenport is unbelievably raw for a top 15 pick however so was Ezekiel Ansah years ago and its paid off well. If Davenport hits, he’ll be a great to pair with Ryan Kerrigan.

14 Green Bay Packers– Harold Landry Edge, Boston College

When the Packers won the Super Bowl back in 2010 they were with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the top teams in sacking the quarterback. Landry could bolster this pass rush tremendously and give Rodgers the help to get back to the Super Bowl.

15 Arizona Cardinals– Lamar Jackson QB, Louisville

Arians said it best, Lamar Jackson is a special talent. He won’t be ready Day 1 but with the right coach he’ll be a terror for NFC West defenses.

16 Baltimore Ravens– Dallas Goedert, TE South Dakota State

Joe Flacco needs a target to go over the middle. Goedert can provide him the athleticism and catch radius to really start becoming a potent offense.

17 Los Angeles Chargers– Minkah Fitzpatrick S, Alabama

The fall of Fitzpatrick ends at 17 when the Chargers are on the board. An already underrated roster gets arguably the best football player in the draft.

18 Seattle Seahawks– Will Hernandez OG, UTEP

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were at their absolute best when they could dictate the tempo of the game with their run game. A road grader like Hernandez could get them back to that style of play.

19 Dallas Cowboys– Calvin Ridley WR, Alabama

It’ll be important to get Dak some targets on the outside now with the departure of Dez. Ridley can give them a crisp route runner with excellent speed.

20 Detroit Lions– Derrius Guice RB, LSU

Matt Stafford has had to carry the Lions for most of his career. Guice will help take off some of the workload for him and establish some physicality for new head coach Matt Patricia.

21 Cincinnati Bengals (Trade /w BUF)- Frank Ragnow C, Arkansas

The Bengals need help up front. Ragnow provides an athletic interior lineman for Cincy.

22 Denver Broncos (Trade /w Buffalo)- Sony Michel

The Broncos get a back to replace CJ Anderson and someone to pair in the backfield with Rosen

23 New England Patriots– Mason Rudolph QB, Oklahoma State

Robert Kraft forced the hand of Belichick last fall when he traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for a second round pick. Now he gets another quarterback to add fuel to the fire in New England.

24 Carolina Panthers– Christian Kirk WR, Texas A&M

Kirk, a little bit of a reach at 24, can provide Cam the speedster he hasn’t had since Steve Smith was catching passes in Carolina.

25 Tennessee Titans– Trumaine Edwards LB, Virginia Tech

This defense could use an athlete like Edwards, who can provide so much in terms of interior pass rush and run defense.

26 Atlanta Falcons– Taven Bryan DT, Florida

Dan Quinn goes back to his roots as a defensive coordinator at Florida and plucks Bryan for his defense. Bryan will provide help early and should become a force as his game becomes more refined.

27 New Orleans Saints– Isaiah Oliver CB, Colorado

You can never have too many corners when you’re in a division that has Mike Evans and Julio Jones. Oliver is the prototype for the modern desire for long corners.

28 Pittsburgh Steelers– Mike Hughes CB, Central Florida

Joe Haden is a nice player but adding a player like Hughes could really elevate the Steelers defensive backfield.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars– Leighton Vander Esch LB, Boise State

The retirement of Paul Posluszny hurts but adding the athleticism of Vander Esch in the middle of that defense will do wonders.

30 Minnesota Vikings– Courtland Sutton WR, SMU

This roster doesn’t have many holes and that’s a testament to Rick Spielman. Getting a Cousins another target to throw to is a good idea given that they have to play Aaron Rodgers twice a year.

31 New England– Kolton Miller OT, UCLA

The Patriots fill the hole left by Nate Solder by plugging in Miller. Tom Brady gets the protection he needs to try and get to another Super Bowl.

32 Philadelphia Eagles– D.J. Moore WR, Mayland

An already explosive offense gets enormously better with the ability of Moore. Should provide Wentz with the ability to get open underneath. Still raw but has a great roster in Philly.

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