LaPan’s Final 2-Round Mock Draft

Round 1

1) Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold

With the rumors pulled aside, all signs point towards the Browns going with Sam Darnold to be their next signal caller. He has good size, a good arm and appears poised for prime time. There is a lot of work to be done in Cleveland, but getting their quarterback is the first, and biggest move.

2) New York Giants – Saquon Barkley

The Giants are in prime position to trade back with a quarterback-starved team and collect a haul of draft picks. There is a chance, however, they stay put and take their best player on the board in the dynamic Penn State product – Saquon Barkley.

Some believe Barkley is the next great running back to enter the league, others feel he is overrated. However you feel, the Giants believe he can be a difference maker and a “face of the franchise” type of guy, per reports. He has good size, great instincts, and breakaway speed – checking off just about every box a team would look for.

3) New York Jets – Baker Mayfield

Get the “Broadway Baker” tee shirts ready – the Jets appear to be all in on making Baker Mayfield their next franchise quarterback. If anyone is ready for the bright lights, it is Mayfield. He has the accuracy and field vision to be a very good NFL starter –  and the confidence and attitude to lead any team. The spot couldn’t be any bigger for the Jets, and they land a difference maker.

4) Cleveland Browns – Bradley Chubb

Much like the Giants, the Browns are in a great spot to trade back for even more picks. Since they have a full stock, it is wise to take a defensive difference maker. Chubb is a three-down player with the size, strength and quickness off the line to be a disruptive force in the NFL.

He is known for his ability to bend the edge – and he can do that with the best of them in this draft – but his ability to contain the run and set the edge on early downs make him the clear-cut top defensive player in the draft. A great building block for a Browns team that needs a talent infusion.

5) Denver Broncos – Josh Allen

No adjustment to the altitude needed, the Broncos take a big gamble on the biggest arm in the NFL Draft in Josh Allen. There are moments of pure brilliance and jaw-dropping throws from Allen, but his decision making, accuracy and experience against elite talent lead to big questions for Allen. The Broncos are playing with fire a bit with this pick, but need a quarterback and can’t wait to take one.

6) Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson

Taking a guard in the top-10 is about the least splash pick as a team can get, but in this case Quenton Nelson is the right pick for the Colts. With Andrew Luck returning, Indy needs to protect him. Get a mauler and a great pass blocker in Nelson and protect your investment – simple as that.

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Harold Landry

Adding Jason Pierre-Paul will, without a doubt, help the Buccaneers lack luster pass rush. Adding Harold Landry – a pure pass rusher – will take it to another level. Landry is lightning off the line and bends the edge very well. Lining him up across form Pierre-Paul will allow him to see single blocks, something he should be able to defeat with ease.

8) Chicago Bears – Denzel Ward

The Bears have a lot of options here, but adding the top cornerback in the draft is the best path. Denzel ward is a fluid athlete with huge upside as a corner in the NFL. He has great ball skills, terrific recovery speed. He needs to work on his physicality at the line and one his field awareness, but with the athletic tools and ball skills he presents it is hard for the Bears to pass.

9) San Francisco 49ers – Minkah Fitzpatrick

While many are expecting the 49ers to add to the new Jimmy Garoppolo offense early, the 49ers can get an impact defender in the top-10 with Minkah Fitzpatrick available. He can be used at corner or in the slot when needed, but he fits in as a free safety in the NFL. He has size, speed and playmaking ability that will help the 49ers build on their young defense.

10) Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith

This pick makes too much sense for the Raiders to pass on it. Roquan Smith is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker that commands the middle of the field with great instincts and a lot of force behind his pads. The middle of the Raiders defense has struggled in recent years, but that can be fixed with the selection of Smith.

11) Miami Dolphins – Josh Rosen

Is it too early to draft Ryan Tannehill’s replacement? Not when arguably the top quarterback in the draft falls to the Dolphins at 11. Josh Rosen has a pro arm, has run a high-powered offense and displays great accuracy.  There are a lot of places the Dolphins can go here, but when a potential franchise quarterback falls into your lap, you can’t pass.

12) Buffalo Bills – Tremaine Edmunds

The Bills have an obvious need for a long-term quarterback, but with the top four off the board, snagging one of the highest upside players in the NFL Draft seems like a good decision. Edmunds has a rare combination of size and speed, allowing him to get anywhere he wants on the field. He has some growing left in his game, especially in play recognition and playing with power. He will add a new element to the middle of the Bills defense if he reaches his ceiling, but is also a leap of faith for the Buffalo front office.

13) Washington Redskins – Vita Vea

The Redskins need more strength in the middle of their defense, and adding Vita Vea adds a whole lot of strength. Vea is a plugger who commands double teams – and often beats them. He is exactly what the Redskins need

14) Green Bay Packers – Jaire Alexander 

The hope for the Packers is that Kevin King develops into a top cornerback, but they still need help across from him if he does. Drafting a physical, aggressive, smart cornerback in Jaire Alexander is the perfect fit. He can cover inside with ease, but plays aggressive enough to cover outside. He uses good footwork and a relentless fight to take over his opponents and could be one half of a very good us in Green Bay.

15) Arizona Cardinals – Lamar Jackson

A quick look at the Cardinals quarterback depth chart shows a group that need an infusion of young, low cost, exciting talent. You will not find a more exciting talent than Lamar Jackson. There are questions around his accuracy and frame, but Jackson has the ability to make nearly all the throws needed in the NFL – plus his ability to run when plays break down make him a great dual threat. With Sam Bradford in the fold, Jackson can essentially redshirt a season in the NFL, something that will benefit his career greatly.

16) Baltimore Ravens – Derrius Guice

No need to over think this one in Baltimore – draft the top offensive player left on the board. The Ravens could use an extra punch in the run game – a violent runner such as Derrius Guice will provide that. Concerns about his makeup should not have any affect on his draft stock, he has the traits of a dominant running back in the NFL and would fit perfectly with the Ravens.

17) Los Angeles Chargers – Derwin James

When the best player available meets a major need, you are in a great position. That is the case for the Chargers, who need a safety and land Derwin James. He patrols the middle of the field with size, speed and aggression. His presence should help a good, young defensive backfield flourish.

18) Seattle Seahawks – Mike McGlinchey

The Seahawks offensive line was horrible in 2017 – there is no denying that. Protecting Russell Wilson has to be the top priority, and landing Mike McGlinchey to protect his back side will be a massive upgrade.

The experienced tackle possesses great footwork and fundamentals, combining it with good power to win at the line of scrimmage. He will step in and start day one in Seattle, and could be a big piece in the re-tooling in Seattle.

19) Dallas Cowboys – Courtland Sutton

With the departure (putting it kindly), Dak Prescott needs a new number one receiver. Enter the top overall receiver in the NFL Draft in Courtland Sutton. He does not overwhelm defenders with speed or quickness, but the complete package of size, hands and ability to create subtle separation make him a great outside threat in the NFL. The Cowboys luck out with his fall thanks to a run on quarterbacks, and get Prescott a solid, young number one.

20) Detroit Lions – Marcus Davenport

Matt Patricia enters his first year as Lions head coach and immediately adds to his defense. Yes, Detroit has Ziggy Ansah – but he could be gone after playing a year on the Franchise Tag. Davenport is a raw, aggressive rusher that will benefit from learning under Ansah. He has a long frame and pretty good athleticism. While he will likely not blow by any tackles, he has a good set of rush moves and has a violent punch that helps him win off the line.

21) Cincinnati Bengals – Will Hernandez

The interior of the Bengals is from from the strength of the team. This has hurt their run game and after investing in Joe Mixon, they need to invest. Getting a mauling, mean blocker such as Will Hernandez is exactly what they need. He has a solid frame and great strength, but he wins with his leverage off the line. He finishes every block – bringing a nastiness to the line without overdoing it. A perfect fit for the Bengals going forward.

22) Buffalo Bills – Maurice Hurst

Medical questions aside, Maurice Hurst is a disruptor in the middle. He explodes off the line and plays well against the run or the pass. He can play from a 1 technique out to a 5 technique – causing mismatches in all spots. The Buffalo defense is known for creating pressure, and Hurst can provide another level of that.

23) New England Patriots – Rashaan Evans

Alabama linebackers  work in New England. The Patriots have a need at linebacker. There might not be a more perfect fit than adding Rashaan Evans between Kyle Van Noy and former Alabama star Dont’a Hightower. Evans reads plays extremely well and brings some serious physical play. For a run defense that was embarrassed at points in 2017, Evans is a natural fit.

24) Carolina Panthers – Calvin Ridley

Eventually the Panthers have to give Cam Newton a number one receiver. Adding Calvin Ridley might just be the guy that Newton needs. His numbers at Alabama are deceiving, as he did not have the greatest quarterbacks throwing him the ball. He has the speed to create separation combined with big play ability. He can play inside or out, creating options. He fits a huge need in Carolina, and is a great value at the end of the 1st Round.

25) Tennessee Titans – Taven Bryan

The Titans defense needs to fit the attacking style of new coach Mike Vrabel a bit more, and adding an explosive, disruptive defensive lineman will help with that. Bryan is lightning fast off the line, causing massive problems for opposing guards. Allowing him to rush freely will greatly benefit the Tennessee defensive backfield as well.

26) Atlanta Falcons – Isaiah Wynn

The Falcons were not the same team that made a Super Bowl run, and the offensive line problems contributed to that. They get a chance to move a former tackle in Isaiah Wynn down the line, and down I-85 (work with me on that one) to sure up the line. He has great size, positional versatility and really good play strength. He plays with great leverage and utilizes his length to win against opponents. Not only will he help protect Matt Ryan, he can help the run game and Devonta Freeman be a big factor again.

27) New Orleans Saints – Mason Rudolph

Much like the New England Patriots, the New Orleans Saints have to start thinking about life after a superstar quarterback. Drew Brees might have a few years left, but Rudolph is the perfect fit to eventually replace him. He has a tremendous deep ball with great placement and anticipation. He still needs some work on the intermediate game, but learning under Brees is the way to develop him.

28) Pittsburgh Steelers – Leighton Vander Esch

Another year, another linebacker drafted by Pittsburgh. This time, they need to make the pick to fill the void left by the Ryan Shazier injury. Leighton Vander Esch is a versatile, instinctive linebacker that has Steelers written all over him. He has a nose for the ball, can provide some help rushing the passer and plays with good speed. The Steelers are knocking on the door in the AFC, and helping their defense could put them over the top.

29) Jacksonville Jaguars – D.J. Moore

With the departure of Allen Robinson in Free Agency, the Jaguars have to re-stock at wide receiver. D.J. Moore combined good size with speed and footwork to get open. He creates good separation and has a great catch radius. He is also a nightmare for defenses with the ball in his hands. The Jaguars defense carried them in 2017, and the offense looks to catch up in 2018.

30) Minnesota Vikings – Connor Williams

When you invest the franchise on Kirk Cousins, you better have a tackle to protect him. Connor Williams is a solid pass blocking tackle from Texas that uses his anchor well and plays with great fundamentals. He is not the strongest player at the point of attack, but his ability going in reverse should be the perfect addition to the new offense for Minnesota.

31) New England Patriots – Da’Ron Payne

It is an Alabama defense double-dip for the Patriots. After adding a Rashaan Evans at 23, they get a disruptor up front in Da’Ron Payne. Pairing him with Malcom Brown and/or Danny Shelton will help diversify the New England front, and could create more single blocks on the edge for Trey Flowers. Payne knows how to get into the back field, and proved that in the biggest spots, he was ready to make a play. Evans and Payne fortify the middle of a weak rush defense, helping make the Patriots the favorite in the AFC again in 2018.

32) Philadelphia Eagles – Sony Michel

The defending Super Bowl champions add an every-down back to their already loaded offense makes them a major player to repeat. Michel runs with great vision, awareness and speed. He goes from zero to full speed in a hurry, and can break the big one in an instant. He is the perfect complement to an already very good Eagles offense.

Round 2

33) Cleveland Browns – Kolton Miller

34) New York Giants – Josh Jackson

35) Cleveland Browns – Ronnie Harrison

36) Indianapolis Colts – Mike Hughes

37) Indianapolis Colts – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo 

38) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Chukwuma Okorafor

39) Chicago Bears – James Daniels

40) Denver Broncos – Orlando Brown

41) Oakland Raiders – Isaiah Oliver

42) Miami Dolphins – Harrison Phillips

43) New England Patriots – Anthony Miller

44) Washington Redskins – Frank Ragnow

45) Green Bay Packers – James Washington

46) Cincinnati Bengals – Justin Reid

47) Arizona Cardinals – Tyrell Crosby

48) Los Angeles Chargers – Josh Sweat

49) Indianapolis Colts – Ronald Jones II

50) Dallas Cowboys – Dallas Goedert

51) Detroit Lions – Billy Price

52) Baltimore Raven – Hayden Hurst

53) Buffalo Bills – Christian Kirk

54) Kansas City Chiefs – M.J. Stewart 

55) Carolina Panthers – Jessie Bates III

56) Buffalo Bills – Braden Smith

57) Tennessee Titans – Lorenzo Carter

58) Atlanta Falcons – Tim Settle

59) San Francisco 49ers – Mike Gesicki

60) Pittsburgh Steelers – Darius Leonard

61) Jacksonville Jaguars – Nick Chubb

62) Minnesota Vikings – Sam Hubbard

63) New England Patriots – Duke Ejiofor

64) Cleveland Browns – Dorian O’Daniel