Grading The 2018 Draft

I think Buffalo would move up for Rosen. He is very good with his timing and trajectory on passes to hit receivers on the run and set them up for lots of yards after the catch. Edmunds recorded tackles with Dwyane Wade, after spending more than two months weighing his decision, says he will return to the Miami Heat for one more season. 2018 Mock Draft

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Simons announced he will forgo college and enter the draft with an agent straight out of his prep year at IMG, and also withdrew from the Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic. He will make his case as a prospect while riding a degree of mystery, and his camp will presumably schedule his team workouts carefully.

Simons has a lot of intriguing traits, with great explosiveness, speed and developing three-point range, but obviously lacks high-level experience. The Hawks will likely have three first-rounders, and can focus on getting Simons the G League reps he needs.

His draft range is wide, but his tools are first-round caliber. The Jazz could take a shot on upside, and have room to develop another big behind Rudy Gobert. His experience and physical readiness make sense for a Minnesota group pushing to be competitive sooner than later. The Spurs would be able to get the most out of him. The Pacers could use a ball-handler, and Holiday separated himself from the pack somewhat with a strong senior year. His lack of size and issues getting downhill off the dribble likely cap his upside, but he defends well, can score and should receive an off-court bonus given his older brothers have both been successful pros.

Thomas was consistently a plus for Creighton and emerged as one of the better on-ball defenders in college basketball this season, while also hitting threes at a strong clip. He would make situational sense as a role player in this spot. Physical two-way rim-runners are in demand, and Fernando would give the Lakers some controllable depth on the inside as a potential backup. He regressed greatly as a shooter Still, his gritty defense and athleticism are strong points that lend themselves to an NBA role, and the Blazers could use a tough, hard-nosed player to add to their backcourt.

Amid a challenging year for Arizona, Alkins made the best of a tough situation after breaking his foot in the preseason.

He never appeared to be at full strength, and should end up in better shape entering the pre-draft process. Proving himself defensively and adding consistency to his jumper will help. He plays with a unique change of speeds off the bounce, and solidified himself as a legitimate prospect with a breakout year. Regardless of how dominant Villanova was in sealing the national title, Brunson should have already endeared himself to teams given his otherworldly feel and well-rounded offensive game.

Brunson may be the best of the mid-draft point guard crop, and the late first round is within reach. The Hawks will pick three times in the first round and have a great opportunity to replenish their talent base. Graham is viewed as a safe bet to be a useful ball-handler, though not a star. His production was consistent at Kansas, although he shot just Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and get customized notifications, special offers and much more.

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Confirm Password Passwords must match. Edmunds recorded tackles with In pass coverage, Edmunds , is very well suited to today's NFL. As a professional he could be an asset as a linebacker weapon to neutralize receiving threat tight ends in man to man coverage. He was very good in zone coverage for Virginia Tech last two seasons.

Edmunds is comfortable in space and uses his excellent closing speed to hunt down ball carriers. In zone coverage Edmunds is skilled to pick up receivers coming into his area and keeping them from getting open.

He also is a dangerous blitzer and closes ground in an instant. Edmunds is an excellent run defender. He has good instincts and is quick to read his keys. With quick reactionary skills, he is always around the ball.

Add that in with his explosive speed and athleticism, Edmunds covers a ton of ground with a lot of tackles for a loss or near the line of scrimmage. He is a skilled defender at producing a lot of good down-and-distance situations for his defense. Edmunds gave Virginia Tech a lot of second-and-8s, third-and-7s, and consistently put his defense in good position. Click links to see the Bears' picks across all rounds: Click here to jump to the Bears' second-round pick.

I've heard that the 49ers love Minkah Fitzpatrick. However, Foster's NFL career could be over, which would leave the 49ers with a huge hole at linebacker. In the final hours before the NFL Draft, Foster's girlfriend and alleged victim said he's innocent, so perhaps that will push San Francisco back to Fitzpatrick. As for the safety need, Eric Reid is expected to leave in free agency, while Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward are in the last year of their contracts.

Fitzpatrick would be a great scheme fit and could help form a talented secondary with Richard Sherman and Akhello Witherspoon. Roquan Smith is a great scheme fit for San Francisco as well, and he probably reminds John Lynch of his former teammate Derrick Brooks. I get the impression the 49ers are going back and forth on Smith or Fitzpatrick; it's very close and could break either way. Fitzpatrick totaled 60 tackles, one interception, eight passes broken up and a forced fumble in He played really well, doing everything that could be asked of a safety.

Fitzpatrick is an instinctive center fielder, covering receivers deep downfield. He is also fast in pursuit, tackles well in space at the second level, can come down into the box, and is able to play man coverage against tight ends and slot receivers, plus help out his cornerbacks. The 6-foot, pounder has enough size and some natural cover skills.

Sources have said that Fitzpatrick is a good fit as a free safety for the NFL. While some evaluators don't feel that Fitzpatrick is a dynamic athlete, they say he is very good player with a high football IQ. In , Fitzpatrick recorded 66 tackles with seven passes broken up and six interceptions. He was dominant at times for Alabama, splitting time between corner and safety. Fitzpatrick had a superb season for the Crimson Tide.

The freshman totaled 45 tackles with two sacks, 11 passes broken up and two interceptions - both returned for a touchdowns. Click links to see the 49ers' picks across all rounds: Click here to jump to the 49ers' second-round pick. The Raiders have needs all over their defense, but offensive tackle is also a huge issue. Edmunds is off the board in this mock, and he probably will go on Thursday before Oakland picks. The Raiders like Fitzpatrick, but they re-signed Reggie Nelson and added Marcus Gilchrist after using a first-round pick on Karl Joseph and a second-round pick on the massively disappointing Obi Melifonwu.

Thus, I think they opt to use valuable resources on another position. Left tackle Donald Penn is aging and injured, while right tackle is a position that needs to be upgraded. McGlinchey is a safe pick who can protect Oakland's investment in Derek Carr. McGlinchey blocked well for Notre Dame overall in , less a few rough plays versus Miami and Georgia. The 6-foot-7, pounder is a tough run blocker and was part of a good Notre Dame line for years. The senior has good enough feet and athletic ability to get depth in his kick slide and cut off speed rushers.

As a run blocker, he can get movement at the point of attack. McGlinchey flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back.

He also has a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers.

McGlinchey uses his strength to sustain blocks and has developed good hand placement. His performance over and protecting Notre Dame's quarterbacks is evidence that he is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick. McGlinchey was very impressive at left tackle for the Fighting Irish in He looked natural in pass protection, and one wouldn't have thought that he wasn't playing the position before that season.

In , McGlinchey showed well as a right tackle and displayed a more physical style of play than former Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley. The main area that McGlinchey really needed to improve was his repeated problem with false starts as a junior. McGlinchey seemed to fix that as a senior.

Click links to see the Raiders' picks across all rounds: Click here to jump to the Raiders' second-round pick. I think Miami wants Tremaine Edmunds and Roquan Smith, but both of them could easily be gone by the time the organization is on the clock. If that's the case, I think the Dolphins take Vita Vea. This mock, however, has worked out with Smith getting to Miami.

He would be a great fit in the Dolphins' defense, and it wouldn't surprise me if they trade up for either Edmunds or Smith. From the start of the season, Smith , impressed scouting sources with his great play. These sources feel Smith is more on a par with Lavonte David coming out of Nebraska. There is no doubt that Smith is a fast and physical linebacker who flies around the field. He is an excellent run defender with the speed and athleticism to cover in the passing game.

Smith amassed tackles with 6. In , he led Georgia in tackles with Smith also had five tackles for a loss, one pass batted and two forced fumbles that season. Click links to see the Dolphins' picks across all rounds: Click here to jump to the Dolphins' second-round pick. I think Buffalo would move up for Rosen. Somewhere in the No.

In , Rosen completed 63 percent of his passes for 3, yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The junior was up-and-down over the season with highs and lows, including at least one concussion. Of the top quarterback prospects for the NFL Draft, Rosen has the best mechanics and is the most natural pocket passer.

He throws a tremendous ball and can really spin it with his powerful arm. Rosen's tight spiral helps him to get his passes through tight windows and beat good coverage. The 6-foot-4, pounder has serious arm talent with field vision and pocket presence. Rosen has well-documented concerns with his intangibles. Team sources told me Rosen made efforts to be a better teammate over the last year and half and showed progress there. Some general managers have told me about their concerns about Rosen being a partier, so he will need to ease some doubts during his pre-draft interviews and visits.

There also are durability concerns with Rosen, who missed seven contests over the past two seasons and was knocked out of a few games as well. Rosen had an impressive debut as a freshman in , completing 60 percent of his passes for 3, yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. As a sophomore, he completed 59 percent of his passes for 1, yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in six games before suffering a season-ending injury.

Click links to see the Bills' picks across all rounds: The Redskins could go a few directions with this pick, but I believe Vea is the perfect fit. He gives them a tremendous run stuffer to pair with Jonathan Allen and cause disruption at the line of scrimmage. Vea also has the ability to nose tackle or five-technique in their scheme.

Hence, he's the pick over Alabama nose tackle Da'Ron Payne, who they also like a lot. Minkah Fitzpatrick is also in the running for the Redskins from what I've heard. Vea recorded 44 tackles, 3. The 6-foot-4, pounder was a load at the point of attack for Washington in , too.

He totaled 39 tackles with 6. Vea has a serious combination of size, length, strength, and quickness at the point of attack. He is a heavy nose tackle who is a rock against the run and can occasionally collapse the pocket in the pass rush. For the NFL, Vea also has the height and length to play end in a defense as well as nose tackle. Click links to see the Redskins' picks across all rounds: Click here to jump to the Redskins' second-round pick.

The Packers go with the best player available and add a difference-maker for their leaky secondary. HaHa Clinton-Dix is in the last year of his contract, and they could replace him with James. James and Josh Jones could form violent tandem on the back end. James totaled 72 tackles with 11 passes batted and two interceptions in While he didn't put together flawless performances against Alabama and N.

State during the season, they were impressive overall. James was healthy and able to display his great instincts and rare combination of great size, speed, physicality and versatility.

He played dime linebacker, nickel corner, free safety and strong safety, basically doing everything a coach could ask of him. The one steady problem James displayed in was he could have some limitations in man coverage and being a free safety deep downfield, but he still is a tremendous strong safety with versatility.

James totaled 11 tackles and an interception through two games in before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. He had been playing well for Florida State. Entering that season, there was a lot of hype that James was an elite player and perhaps the best defensive player in college football. As a freshman in , he had a strong debut with 91 tackles, 9. The 6-foot-2, pounder has a great athletic skill set with tremendous speed, instincts, and strength to hit.

He shows the ability to do everything an NFL safety is needed to do. James is fast and long with coverage skills in the deep middle of the field. He also is strong enough to be the eighth man in the box and tackle. Click links to see the Packers' picks across all rounds: Click here to jump to the Packers' second-round pick.

I'm not confident that Arizona values Lamar Jackson this high, and none of the other four first-round quarterbacks have made it to this pick. If they are stuck at No. Moore is a reach this high. But Steve Keim consistently reaches for players too high, as proven by D. Humphries, Robert Nkemdiche and Haason Reddick. In , Moore totaled 80 receptions for 1, yards and eight touchdowns. He has a thick build with elusiveness and physicality that make him a dangerous yards-after-the-catch receiver.

As a junior, Moore had 41 catches for yards and six scores. Moore , is a strong wideout who has speed and plays with an aggressive competitive spirit. Click links to see the Cardinals' picks across all rounds: Click here to jump to the Cardinals' second-round pick. The Ravens have shown interest in Jackson, and Joe Flacco has struggled over the past few seasons.

I think Ozzie Newsome likes the idea of setting up Baltimore for the long term at the most important position on the field. With Flacco and Griffin, Baltimore has time to work with and develop Jackson. I think the signs point to the Ravens being open to changing their offensive philosophy and going to a dual-threat quarterback.

In , Jackson completed 59 percent of his passes for 3, yards with 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also averaged 6. One general manager told me they think Jackson could be deserving of going high in the first round because he's a taller and better version of Michael Vick.

In speaking to multiple league sources including a few general managers, they think Jackson is being undervalued right now, similar to Deshaun Watson a year ago. Jackson has a great athletic skill set, including a powerful arm that can make all throws the NFL requires and some rare passes. While his tremendous running ability gets a lot of attention, Jackson is better passing from the pocket than he is given credit for. Jackson can take some shots and deliver good passes in the face of the rush.

He also handled Bobby Petrino's scheme well. Jackson can be inconsistent with his accuracy, and he needs to add weight to his frame for the NFL. He also needs to develop maturity in his leadership skills as he can be of one of the guys too much. Jackson , set college football on fire in while winning the Heisman Trophy. He was a massive point-producer for the Cardinals.

Jackson completed 56 percent of his passes for 3, yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the year. He also ran for 21 touchdowns and 1, yards while averaging six yards per carry.







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