2018 NFL Mock Draft May 6

The 2017 NFL draft has just concluded, but it is never too early to look to next year. Draft picks are ordered by Super Bowl Odds.

1. San Francisco 49ers- Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Brian Hoyer isn’t the long term answer for the 49ers and they reached on C.J. Beathard in the 2017 NFL Draft. Allen may be from a small school, but he has legitimate talent. He has the prototypical size for an NFL quarterback at 6’5″ and 222 pounds. Allen will have to prove himself in his big games against Iowa, Oregon and Boise State in the 2017 season.

2. Cleveland Browns- Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, Alabama

Joe Haden is aging and the Browns did a great job of addressing the rest of their defense in the 2017 NFL Draft. Fitzpatrick has started since his freshman season and is a very versatile defensive back.

3. Los Angeles Rams- Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

If Jared Goff is going to be the long term quarterback, he needs more weapons. Ridley is a good option with 1,814 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in two years at Alabama. He can be a good outside receiver for the Rams, which is not something they currently have.

4. New York Jets- Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Darnold needs to improve his mechanics and have a strong second season as USC’s starting quarterback. If he does so, he will be a first rounder with no doubts. The Jets need to get a franchise signal caller and so far, this looks like a good quarterback class coming in.

5. Chicago Bears- Derwin James, S, Florida State

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Derwin James (Photo by: si.com)

Quintin Demps has had just one good season as a pro and that shouldn’t be expected to continue. James is an elite athlete at defensive back and will likely go in the top ten in the 2018 NFL Draft if he can stay healthy.

6. Jacksonville Jaguars- Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

The USC-UCLA game will feature two great quarterbacks. Rosen has been a phenom since his freshman year at UCLA, but last year got his throwing shoulder hurt and even had some nerve damage. He needs to stay healthy and if he is able to, is capable of being the first quarterback selected. If the Jaguars are picking this high, Blake Bortles is out as the starting quarterback.

7. Buffalo Bills- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Wilkins is overlooked because of how many talented players were on Clemson last season, but with a lot of them gone, it is his time to shine. The Bills need to address the defensive line early in this draft. Two first round picks gives them some versatility in this draft.

8. Los Angeles Chargers- Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

The Chargers doubled up on guards in the 2017 NFL Draft, but the tackles could be improved to protect the aging Phillip Rivers. McGlinchey would have gone first round in 2017, but elected to go back to school for one more year.

9. Detroit Lions- Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

Kirk might end up being the best receiver in this class, but will likely see his stock slide if he doesn’t produce this season with a new quarterback. He is a little shorter than most teams like at 5’11”, but can play on the outside and be a difference maker. The Lions need to upgrade their receiving corps to give Matthew Stafford some more weapons.

10. New Orleans Saints- Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU

One thing that the Saints didn’t address in the 2017 NFL Draft was a pass rusher who could play opposite Cameron Jordan. Key is a great speed rusher, who elected to go back to school for another season. The Saints would love if they fell to them so they could get after Cam Newton, Jameis Winston and Matt Ryan more often.

11. Washington Redskins- Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

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Mason Rudolph (Photo by: ncaa.com)

The Washington front office doesn’t have a good relationship with Kirk Cousins. He will likely leave after the season due to being franchise tagged the last two seasons. Rudolph is another quarterback who has great size at 6’5″ and 235 pounds. He only threw four interceptions last season, which shows how well he protects the ball.

12. Miami Dolphins- Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

Interior offensive linemen usually don’t go this high, but Nelson would’ve been a first rounder in the 2017 draft had he come out. The Dolphins were able to address a lot of their needs this offseason, but they still need to get a guard because they are moving Laremy Tunsil out to tackle.

13. Cincinnati Bengals- Connor Williams, OT, Texas

Cincinnati addressed all of their skill positions in the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, but their offensive line is not good. Williams has a lot of experience at Texas and should upgrade the offensive line instantly.

14. Philadelphia Eagles- Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Barkley helped lead Penn State to a Big Ten Championship last year and was their best offensive player. He does a little bit of everything well and will be one of the first running backs off of the board. The Eagles drafted Donnell Pumphrey, but he isn’t an every down back in the NFL.

15. Tennessee Titans- Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

The Titans don’t have too many needs, but can improve the pass rush. He was a monster for the Boston College defense last year, finishing with 16.5 sacks. There were only two games were he didn’t register a sack, which bodes well for his NFL future.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson

Donovan Smith hasn’t gotten his career off to a great start, meaning if he struggles again he will be replaced. Protecting Winston’s blindside has to be the number one priority for the Bucs.

17. Baltimore Ravens- Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

The Ravens haven’t had an effective running back in years. Guice showed flashes of what he could do when Leonard Fournette sat out with injury last season. He should have a breakout year for LSU.

18. Carolina Panthers- Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

The Panthers continue to not address the offensive line well. They need to clear some holes for McCaffrey and protect Cam Newton. Brown is a big prospect, who is another good tackle prospect in this draft class.

19. Arizona Cardinals- Luke Falk, QB, Washington State

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Luke Falk (Photo by: seattletimes.com)

This year’s quarterback class is going to be loaded, if everything happens the way most think it will. That paired with the fact that there are a lot of aging quarterbacks and as usual teams that are bad and need new ones, A lot might go in the first found in the 2018 NFL Draft. Falk is a system quarterback, but Patrick Mahommes overcame that to be the second quarterback selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. He will need to have an impressive senior season where he shows he can read defenses to maintain his spot in the first round.

20. Minnesota Vikings- Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah

The Shariff Floyd injury complicates things for the Vikings. Lotulelei is a big physical defensive tackle that can really plug up the running lanes.

21. Indianapolis Colts- Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

Jefferson has all the potential in the world and it should all come together for him this season for Texas. The Colts have started to revamp their defense, but it still needs a lot more work.

22. Buffalo Bills (via KC)- Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

Sutton was a fringe first rounder had he come out this year and will likely be one of the best wide receivers coming out next season. With Sammy Watkins possibly leaving in free agency, Sutton can be paired with current rookie Zay Jones.

23. New York Giants- Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State

The Giants didn’t draft a tackle and now will need to get one next year. Fortunately for them, as it now stands, there are a lot of good tackles in this draft class.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Troy Fumagali, TE, Wisconsin

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Troy Fumagali (Photo by: WXYZ.com)

If Jesse James doesn’t step up, the Steelers will need a new tight end. Fumagali made some incredible grabs in the Cotton Bowl and with a good season, will move himself into first round consideration.

25. Denver Broncos- Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia

Jamal Charles was just signed, but that isn’t a long term solution. Chubb could be the selection if the Broncos lose faith in Devontae Booker. He has some injuries, but when healthy Chubb is  a great running back.

26. Oakland Raiders- Da’Shawn Hand, DL, Alabama

Hand has been burried on the depth chart at Alabama, but will get his chance this season. The Raiders have a terrible defensive line and need to start addressing it.

27. Cleveland Browns (via Hou)- Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh

Whitehead can play a variety of positions in the secondary and can fit in next to Jabrill Peppers. The Browns’ luxury of a lot of picks, gives them a lot of options.

28. Atlanta Falcons- Da’Ron Payne, DL, Alabama

The Falcons need to get some players on the interior of the defensive line. Payne, like Hand, will get his chance to shine this season.

29. Seattle Seahawks- Martez Ivey, OL, Florida

Ivey could play guard or center for the Seahawks, but they need offensive line help so badly, it doesn’t matter. Protecting Russell Wilson hasn’t been a concern in the past for Seattle (even though it should have been), but it should be going into the future.

30. Green Bay Packers- Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

McFadden is a lengthy corner that can help the Packers stop the pass. They addressed the secondary this offseason, but if it doesn’t improve, they will target more secondary help.

31. Dallas Cowboys- Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

Hubbard got to start in Joey Bosa’s place when Bosa was suspended, but made a name for himself. After a few more years of good play, he could go in round one. Dallas picked Taco Charlton in the first round in the 2017 NFL Draft, but could still use pass rushing help.

32. New England Patriots- Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State

The Patriots have a glaring need at pass rusher and Lewis might be their guy. He has a lot of experience at Ohio State and New England can turn him into a star.

 

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NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl

Maryland and Boston College meet up in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl and have some solid pro prospects. Both teams have put a lot of players in the NFL. One such candidate from this year, Maryland corner back William Likely, is injured and won’t be playing in this game. Besides Likely, here are the prospects to watch in this year’s Quick Lane Bowl:

Maryland Terrapins

Jesse Aniebonam, DL

Projected Draft Range: Fifth round-seventh round

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Jesse Aniebonam (Photo courtesy: AP)

Aniebonam is just a junior and may not leave for the NFL, but a has had a great season with nine sacks. At six foot three and 260 pounds he has good size for an NFL defensive lineman. Consistency is Aniebonam’s main issue. He had a five game stint with just a half sack. The Terrapins went 1-4 during that sack drought by Aniebonam. The wise decision is to go back to school, unless he has a great day in this bowl game, that improve his draft stock.

Boston College Eagles

John Johnson, S

Projected Draft Range: Fifth round-seventh round

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John Johnson (Photo courtesy: bostonherald.com)

Johnson has been the reason why the Eagles’ pass defense has been so good. As a safety, he has tremendous ball skills with seven passes defended and three interceptions on the season. His instincts lead him right to where the ball is on most plays. He isn’t afraid to do the dirty work and make tackles as he has 65 total tackles on the season. Johnson may have the versatility to play some corner in the NFL as well. At six feet one inch tall and 201 pounds, he will need to add some muscle, but has a solid frame to build on.

Harold Landry, DE

Projected Draft Range: Second round-fourth round

Landry is also a junior that may elect to stay in college, but his value is as high as it will likely get. He has 15 sacks this season, which is tied for the lead in the FBS. His consistency has been great, as there are only two games where he didn’t have a sack. He shows up in big games, with a sack against Clemson and two against Florida State. Landry is also great at forcing turnovers, something that all NFL teams value, with six forced fumbles on the season. Maryland won’t drop back to pass much in this game, so he has to make the most of the opportunities he has to impress scouts.

 

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2016 Quick Lane Bowl Preview

There is an old ACC match-up in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl, where Maryland will be playing Boston College.

Maryland Terrapins

The Terrapins started the season at 4-0, but struggled in Big Ten play and finished the season at 6-6. They have only beaten one team who is bowl eligible, UCF. The good news is they don’t have any bad losses, as all of the teams they have lost to made bowl games this season. It was not a bad season for head coach D.J. Durkin’s first year.

Perry Hills has been the main quarterback for the Terrapins, although a lot have played. The best thing about Hills is his completion percentage at 66%. He has 1,235 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Being mobile will be a key in this game for Hills.

D.J. Moore has been the best target for Hills and has 597 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He has big play capabilities with a long catch of 92 yards for a touchdown. Teldrick Moore has added 407 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

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Ty Johnson (Photo courtesy: zimbio.com)

Running the ball is what this offense does best. Maryland has 14 different ball carriers on the season. Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison have been the most effective. Johnson has 845 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns, but most impressively is averaging 8.9 yards per rush. Harrison rushed for 633 yards in the regular season and five touchdowns.

The rush defense for the Terrapins has been awful, allowing 218 yards per game, which ranks at number 101 in the country. The rank of the pass defense is 50, giving up 216 passing yards per game.

Jesse Aniebonam has been a force with nine sacks on the season. Jermaine Carter Jr. has done a little bit of everything for the Terrapin defense with 94 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Boston College Eagles

The Eagles were 4-6, but won their last two games to become bowl eligible. They have two good wins, one over NC State and one against Wake Forest. Both teams were bowl eligible. They did lose to one bowl ineligible team in Syracuse.

Patrick Towles, the transfer from Kentucky, is the signal caller for Boston College. He did not have a great year with 1,579 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, six interceptions and a completion percentage of 51%. Towles has NFL potential, but hasn’t played to his ability this season. He does have some mobility, as he was recruited as an athlete out of high school.

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Harold Landry (Photo courtesy: bostonglobe.com)

The best receiver for Towles has been Jeff Smith with 391 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately a lot of the receivers can’t get the necessary separation for Towles to get them the ball.

Boston College has four players with over 200 yards rushing. The running back who has done the most is Jon Hilliman, who finished the regular season with 463 yards and five touchdowns.

Because the offense is so bad, the defense has to be great. The Eagles rank number eight in the country with only 107 rushing yards allowed per game. The pass defense is also pretty good and only give up 204 passing yards per game.

Defensive lineman Harold Landry is tied for the lead in the country in sacks with 15 on the season. That is more than one per game, as he has gotten continuous pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season.

Prediction

Boston College’s stout defense will limit what Maryland can do. While they stop the Maryland offense, Towles and the offense will find a way to score just enough points to win the game.

 

Boston College Eagles 19 Maryland Terrapins 13

 

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