Matt Miller’s Scouting Notebook: Updated Post-Trade Deadline 2018 NFL Mock Draft

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Earlier this week, we came out with a mint ridicule breeze to flog off a second half of a NFL season. Then a trade deadline went off like a rocket and threw a wrench into a good series of a picks. When that happens, there’s usually one thing to do: start over.

Following vital trades like Jimmy Garoppolo to a San Francisco 49ers and a unsuccessful trade of AJ McCarron to a Cleveland Browns, here’s an updated demeanour during what a initial turn could demeanour like formed on a stream breeze sequence and what I’m discussion from NFL teams.

It’s critical to note that with all my ridicule drafts, I’m basing a picks on what I’m discussion from NFL sources and not what we would do. If it were adult to me, Baker Mayfield would be in this ridicule breeze and Saquon Barkley would be a initial altogether pick, nonetheless that doesn’t filigree with what I’m hearing. 

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1. Cleveland: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

After unwell to send in a paperwork to acquire AJ McCarron, a Browns are behind on quarterback watch. Rosen is a best passer in this year’s category and a many NFL-ready.

2. San Francisco: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Trading for Jimmy Garoppolo outlines off a 49ers’ biggest offseason need. Now a front bureau is giveaway to squeeze a best actor in a breeze in regulating behind Saquon Barkley.

3. New York Giants: QB Sam Darnold, USC

Darnold competence confirm to stay in propagandize when it’s all pronounced and done, nonetheless for now, he has to be deliberate a top-three collect given a needs during quarterback. If a Giants are drafting in a tip three, a quarterback of a destiny has to be a pick.

4. Indianapolis: EDGE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State

General manager Chris Ballard will wish to build adult a lines on both sides of a ball. North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb has a speed, energy and prolongation off a dilemma to be a difference-maker from Day 1.

5. Tampa Bay: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

The subsequent good ‘Bama DB could be Minkah Fitzpatrick.David J. Phillip/Associated Press

The Buccaneers could go descent line here, nonetheless Minkah Fitzpatrick is too good to pass on. He’s a versatile safety/cornerback with a impression category off a charts good. Fitzpatrick has a products to be a Pro Bowler as a rookie.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming

Josh Allen is not a plug-and-play quarterback nonetheless has a athleticism and collection to be a inheritor to Philip Rivers once he retires. This doesn’t fill an evident need nonetheless sets a Chargers adult for a future.

7. Chicago: OT Connor Williams, Texas

The best descent lineman in a breeze category goes to Chicago to strengthen a behind of Mitchell Trubisky. Williams has missed all nonetheless dual games this year with a stretched MCL, nonetheless when healthy, he has a athleticism and prolongation as a blocker to still be a tip pick.

8. Oakland: OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

The Raiders have to repair a defense, nonetheless that competence come with a growth of Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonwu. Don’t nap on left tackle, given a age of Donald Penn and his holdout progressing this year. McGlinchey is a Taylor Decker-type blocker who can step right into a lineup.

9. New York Jets: EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College

The Jets need a quarterback nonetheless usually skip out on a Big Three and shouldn’t strech for a passer. Instead, a front bureau can keep building a beast invulnerability by adding a rapid edge-rusher in Harold Landry. 

10. Arizona: EDGE Arden Key, LSU

The Cardinals are an aging organisation with needs in a nearby destiny during quarterback, left tackle and far-reaching receiver, nonetheless their concentration early in Round 1 will be on a best-player-available pick. Arden Key has a talent to be a top-five collect if teams pointer off on his shoulder damage and his withdrawal LSU quickly this spring.

11. Cincinnati: OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Losses in giveaway organisation and a miss of growth have left a descent line in shambles. A discerning repair comes with Quenton Nelson. The Notre Dame left ensure is outrageous in a run diversion and has a lively to attain in space as a pass-blocker. 

12. Cleveland (from Houston): WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Whoever is personification quarterback for Cleveland subsequent deteriorate will need some-more talent around him during far-reaching receiver. Even nonetheless this front bureau has spent a vast series of picks and income on receivers, it’s still a large need. Calvin Ridley is a healthy route-runner and pass-catcher with No. 1 receiver potential.

13. Detroit: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson

The center of a Detroit invulnerability is plain nonetheless could use an ascent in a approach of a three-down player. Christian Wilkins has a initial step to dig descent lines and a energy to tighten down a run game. He’s also versatile adequate to line adult in any of a defensive-line techniques.

14. Denver: S Derwin James, FSU

The Broncos have to figure out a quarterback position nonetheless are doubtful to spend another first-round collect on one. Instead, demeanour for a delegate to get younger with a high-upside actor in Derwin James, who is a illusory contestant nonetheless looks a tiny shy entrance behind from a 2016 knee injury.

15. Washington: RB Derrius Guice, LSU

LSU’s Derrius Guice has all a intensity in a world.Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

The one area former GM Scot McCloughan was never means to indurate for Washington was during regulating back. Throw Derrius Guice into a brew with Chris Thompson and this is a intensity tip twin in a NFL. Guice has a energy and lively to kick defenses in a series of ways.

16. Baltimore: WR Courtland Sutton, SMU

The invulnerability and descent line demeanour set for a destiny in Baltimore, nonetheless a ability positions on offense need rejuvenation. Courtland Sutton would give a Ravens a vast aim (6’4″, 216 lbs) with a ability to post adult defenders in a red zone.

17. Jacksonville: QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

It’s extraordinary that a Jaguars are carrying success in annoy of Blake Bortles, nonetheless that’s where we are now. Selecting Mason Rudolph is a form of pierce Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone would like given his accuracy, slot participation and singular turnovers.

18. Tennessee: CB Holton Hill, Texas

After drafting Adoree’ Jackson final year, a Titans still need a big, earthy press cornerback to compare adult with tip receivers. Holton Hill is that dude during 6’3″, 201 pounds and with a skills to take a turn divided from offenses.

19. Dallas: CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State

Outside cornerback is still a need in Dallas, even after drafting Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. Add Denzel Ward and his feisty play during a line of scrimmage, and Dallas has a contingent during cornerback many teams would covet.

20. Green Bay: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Speed off a dilemma is still a need in Green Bay. Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell has a speed, length and ability to modify all that to energy with his palm in a mud or station adult off a corner.

21. Miami: RB Damien Harris, Alabama

Jay Ajayi is out and a Dolphins are left with a need during regulating behind unless Kenyan Drake or Damien Williams can warn us all in a heading role. Harris has power, speed and prophesy in space to be a rookie starter.

22. Atlanta: DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan

The Falcons are still one of a NFL’s many considerable rosters nonetheless contingency stay forward of a bend as players come and go with giveaway agency. Another spoke in a defensive line will be huge, and Maurice Hurst’s dispatch conflicting a run and pass-rush ability make him an ideal fit with Atlanta.

23. Carolina: WR Christian Kirk, Texas AM

Kelvin Benjamin is left and now a Panthers need to reinstate him with a rapid hazard down a field. This offense misses Ted Ginn Jr., and Texas AM’s Christian Kirk can be that form of stretch-the-field actor Cam Newton needs.

24. Seattle: CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado

The Seahawks scarcely traded Jeremy Lane before he unsuccessful his physical, and they already indispensable an ascent conflicting Richard Sherman during cornerback. Isaiah Oliver has a distance (6’1″, 194 lbs) to fit into a Seattle invulnerability and plays with a speed and physicality they like, too.

25. Los Angeles Rams: CB Tarvarus McFadden, FSU

Tarvarus McFadden could give a Rams skills they haven’t had given Janoris Jenkins manned their LCB position.Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Adding another starting cornerback to a Rams invulnerability should be a priority now that a offense appears to be headed in a right direction. Tarvarus McFadden’s 8 interceptions in 2016 and athleticism demeanour like first-round talent, nonetheless he’s struggled this year as a FSU invulnerability has taken a step back. He’s still estimable of a late first-round collect though.

26. Buffalo: DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State

The trade of Marcell Dareus opens adult a mark on a defensive line revolution in Buffalo. Dre’Mont Jones fits what conduct manager Sean McDermott wants in an jaunty penetrator identical to what he had in Carolina with Kawann Short.

27. New Orleans: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia

One of a hottest names in college football lands on a invulnerability that’s improving week-by-week. Roquan Smith has a range, instincts and playmaking to be a weakside linebacker a organisation suspicion they were removing in Stephone Anthony.

28. Pittsburgh: LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama

An athletic, tough, nasty linebacker in a center of a Pittsburgh invulnerability would be a good addition. It wouldn’t be a warn to see a far-reaching receiver or regulating behind here, depending on giveaway agency.

29. Minnesota: S Ronnie Harrison, Alabama

Harrison Smith is one of a best safeties in a NFL and a Vikings competence have a best altogether defense. If a descent line isn’t addressed early in a breeze (and it hasn’t been underneath Rick Spielman) grabbing a physical, Kam Chancellor-type clever haven creates sense.

30. Buffalo (from Kansas City): LB Malik Jefferson, Texas

With their initial collect in a round, Buffalo got Sean McDermott a Kawann Short-type pass-rusher. With this pick, they get him a Thomas Davis-style linebacker with glorious three-down skills. Jefferson can ramble in space or give pressures off a edge. The Bills will find a fit for him.

31. New England: OT Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

Left tackle Nate Solder is a giveaway representative this offseason and a Patriots have no one on a register to reinstate him with. Even if Solder is behind for a one- or two-year deal, Bill Belichick needs to get a tackle of a future. Chukwuma Okorafor isn’t a inhabitant name yet, nonetheless he has a moves of a first-rounder.

32. Philadelphia: OT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma

Jason Peters’ age and Lane Johnson’s suspensions make tackle a need in Philly. Orlando Brown (6’8″, 345 lbs) is a large male with eye-popping lively nonetheless needs to supplement strength in his reduce physique to be an chosen blocker. Still, he’s estimable of a first-round collect on upside.


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—Where will Baker Mayfield go in a draft? we spoke to an NFL ubiquitous manager Thursday morning who pronounced Mayfield is “a mid-Day 2 guy. He’s not a first-rounder.” Meaning late second or early third round. we have Mayfield ranked as a late first-rounder right now, nonetheless a NFL’s tallness disposition competence keep a 6’1″ Mayfield out of a initial day.

Marshon Lattimore has been one of a NFL’s best cornerbacks by a initial half of his rookie season. Said one NFL executive to me this week, “He should have left tip five. Sometimes we overthink it.” Marshon fell in a breeze due to a story of hamstring injuries nonetheless has been unusual so far.

—Sleeper Watch: UT-San Antonio edge-rusher Marcus Davenport. The 6’7″, 255-pound edge-rusher has apparent strengths in his length, nonetheless his engine also runs prohibited around a game. The defensive finish should be a tighten for a Senior Bowl.

—Stock Up 1: Linebacker Roquan Smith from Georgia. Smith is a tiny small (6’1″, 225 lbs) for some, nonetheless he looks like an ideal weak-side linebacker. Smith is a junior, so he’s not a certain thing to declare, nonetheless he has Round 1 tools.

—Stock Up 2: Arden Key from LSU. The defensive finish is behind after blank partial of a deteriorate with from shoulder medicine and looks unstoppable now that he’s figured out his best personification weight (255 pounds). 

Arden Key (LSU) could be one of a best pass-rushers in this category during a NFL level.Gerald Herbert/Associated Press/Associated Press

—I make copiousness of jokes about a Browns on Twitter, due to their failures to find a authorization quarterback. But it’s time to indicate a finger during a Denver Broncos, too. Trevor Siemian isn’t a guy, and now they’ve incited behind to Brock Osweiler with Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly hurt. With 4 quarterbacks on a roster, nothing have proven they can be a man long-term.

—Fun Fact: The Philadelphia Eagles traded Sam Bradford to a Minnesota Vikings for a first- and fourth-rounder. Those picks have turn Derek Barnett and now Jay Ajayi. 

—The San Francisco 49ers got Jimmy Garoppolo for a second-rounder and a Cleveland Browns offering a second and third for AJ McCarron before messing adult a process for finalizing a trade. Does that value seem approach off to anyone else? McCarron was a fifth-round collect in 2014 and now he’s value a dual and a three?



5. Bradley Chubb (EDGE, North Carolina State) vs. Mitch Hyatt (OT, Clemson)

Bradley Chubb has overtaken a tip edge-rusher ranking on my breeze house following a good initial half of a season. He’ll get maybe his best exam so distant conflicting Clemson’s run diversion and a pass insurance of left tackle Mitch Hyatt. This is a diversion that will boost a batch of one of them with Hyatt a border first-rounder during this time.


4. Josey Jewell (LB, Iowa) vs. JT. Barrett (QB, Ohio State)

J.T. Barrett has a Ohio State offense humming after early struggles and is starting to reignite a doubt of if he can be a late-round quarterback prospect. Barrett and his offense will run into one of a nation’s best and many prolific linebackers this weekend in Iowa’s Josey Jewell. Jewell isn’t a top-flight contestant nonetheless has implausible instincts and takes flawless angles to a ball. He’s a Round 2 actor during this time.       


3. Will Grier (QB, West Virginia) vs. Iowa State defense

WVU’s Will Grier has been putting on scoring clinics in Morgantown.Ray Thompson/Associated Press

Will Grier is a personality of an glorious West Virginia offense (featuring Justin Crawford, Ka’Raun White and David Sills during a ability positions) and has done plays with his arm and legs this deteriorate as he rehabs his breeze batch after transferring from Florida. Grier is a bit small (6’2″, 204 lbs) nonetheless is creation a on-time throws scouts will love. He’s also been unsuitable and contingency infer himself conflicting Matt Campbell’s pretender Iowa Cyclones.


2. Derrius Guice (RB, LSU) vs. Alabama defense

When Leonard Fournette was a starting regulating behind during LSU, he struggled to furnish a game-changing stats fans expected. It eventually didn’t impact his breeze batch or his ability to make an impact in a NFL right away. Guice will get his possibility to one-up Fournette now that he’s healthy and confronting a athletic, feisty Crimson Tide defense. Linebacker Rashaan Evans is a man to watch as he outlines Guice all game.


1. Sam Darnold (QB, USC) vs. Arizona defense

Sam Darnold has 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this deteriorate with usually dual games in that he didn’t chuck an interception. Interceptions and turnovers are issues, nonetheless final year during this time, fans and analysts were down on Deshaun Watson for his interceptions (he eventually threw 17 final season). Darnold needs to fibre together some-more mistake-free games to encourage decision-makers he’s a heading claimant to be drafted initial overall.


10. Grading a Trades

49ers/Jimmy Garoppolo: A

The 49ers get their quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo for a second-round collect and get 8 games to see what he can do in a offense before creation a preference on possibly regulating a authorization tab or re-signing him long-term this offseason. It also frees adult a 49ers to trade out of a early first-rounder they’re set to have this year.

Bills/Kelvin Benjamin: C

The Bills indispensable another far-reaching receiver, nonetheless Kelvin Benjamin’s story of issues with work ethic and conditioning should shock you. Sending third-and seventh-round picks for Benjamin isn’t a outrageous seeking price, nonetheless he is set to be a giveaway representative subsequent offseason.

Eagles/Jay Ajayi: A

One of a NFL’s best offenses gets many improved during a cost of a fourth-round pick. Ajayi is a kind of dual-threat conduct manager Doug Pederson used so good in Kansas City. As prolonged as he meshes good with a Eagles’ coaches, Ajayi can be a star.

Jaguars/Marcell Dareus: C

Dareus was during one time gifted adequate to be a No. 3 collect in a breeze nonetheless fell out of preference in Buffalo. If a Jaguars can get him motivated, Dareus is a game-changer in a center of a line, nonetheless there are a series of doubt outlines surrounding his work ethic.

Jets/Rashard Robinson: B

The Jets done a still pierce to take a San Francisco 49ers’ best cornerback off their hands. Rashard Robinson has some issues with management that led to him being benched in San Francisco, nonetheless his tender talent is good adequate to be a No. 1 corner. The Jets have to feel they can rise him nonetheless paid a low cost (2018 fifth-rounder) to take that chance.

Seahawks/Duane Brown: A

The Seahawks badly indispensable a left tackle and a Houston Texans badly indispensable to replenish breeze picks after trade adult for Deshaun Watson and trade a second-rounder to get absolved of Brock Osweiler. Brown is a form of tackle who can step right into a offense and fuel a Super Bowl run.


9. MMQB NFL contributor Albert Breer, appearing on WTAM radio, pronounced USC quarterback Sam Darnold will wish to wait and see who has a tip collect or dual in a NFL breeze before determining either or not to enter a draft. Breer also combined that if a Cleveland Browns are drafting initial or second, Darnold could stay during USC.

Darnold could simply stay during USC for a 2018 season.Ralph Freso/Associated Press

This competence be true. Breer is well-connected and isn’t a form to speculate. What we don’t know is Darnold’s meditative here. 

A. Even if a Browns don’t have a initial or second pick, they could trade adult to name Darnold.

B. Darnold competence not be a initial or second collect and could still tumble to a Browns if they are selecting later.

C. Even if Darnold earnings to USC, a Browns could once again possess a tip collect in 2019 and name him there.

If Darnold truly wants to equivocate Cleveland, a usually approach to do it is around an Eli Manning or John Elway final that he won’t play for them.


8. Feel Good Story of a Day: The New Orleans Saints’ parsimonious finish organisation went to a hospital to revisit Chicago Bears parsimonious finish Zach Miller after he underwent puncture vascular medicine following a nasty injury. Doctors worked to save Miller’s leg following a damage and were successful, nonetheless he had to stay in New Orleans and not transport home to Chicago with a team. 


7. After an roughly three-year absence, Josh Gordon is behind in a NFL.

The joining reinstated Gordon this week on a redeeming basement and he will be authorised to play a final 5 weeks of a 2017 NFL season. Gordon can attend meetings and work out now nonetheless can’t use with a organisation yet. Younger fans competence not remember Gordon, who hasn’t played given Dec. 21, 2014. He was one of a league’s many widespread receivers before being suspended.

Gordon is usually 26 years aged and could still have a prolonged and prolific career forward of him, if he can stay out of difficulty off a field.


6. After appropriation Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade, conduct manager Kyle Shanahan told reporters in a press conference, “I can’t guarantee we that he will play this year.” He will.

Jimmy G in his new uniform.Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

The 49ers didn’t trade a second-round collect to not find out if Garoppolo can be a man prolonged term. Remember, Garoppolo is a giveaway representative in 8 weeks and a 49ers will have to make a preference on either to use a authorization tab or pointer him to an extension. They won’t do that though saying him play.


5. Nick Saban’s mind and a physique of an NFL star? That sounds flattering good, right? That’s Alabama defensive behind Minkah Fitzpatrick, who now ranks as my No. 4 altogether player. B/R’s Michael Weinreb has a good form on a Alabama junior.

Fitzpatrick has played cornerback in a past, nonetheless this year, he is backing adult during giveaway safety. In that role, he has excelled personification like a quarterback on defense. Fitzpatrick’s impression category is impossibly high, and his football category is too. I’ve formerly compared him to a brew between Jamal Adams and Jalen Ramsey.


4. Andrew Luck is out for a year. That’s from ubiquitous manager Chris Ballard, who announced Luck is being placed on harmed reserve.

Andrew Luck cannot see a margin for a Colts this season.AJ Mast/Associated Press

This is a intelligent pierce for a series of reasons. The Colts are 2-6 and on lane to possess a No. 4 collect in a arriving draft. Rushing Luck behind onto a margin won’t make a Colts rival down a widen and could usually means them to collect after in a round.

Also, if you’ve seen a Colts offense this year, we know putting Luck behind that descent line would be a calamity and usually risk serve injury.


3. Talk about a dream job: The Cleveland Browns will compensate Brock Osweiler roughly $900,000 to play for a Denver Broncos this weekend. Thanks to his $16 million income a Browns took on in sequence to get a Houston Texans’ second-round collect in a 2018 draft, Osweiler is creation roughly a cold million per week to play for another team.


2. Stick to Football Episode 30 is ready for download—and if we haven’t already, go forward and allow and leave a five-star review! 

This week, Connor and we are assimilated by Carolina Panthers regulating behind Christian McCaffrey to plead Call of Duty, his acclimation to a NFL and what Cam Newton is like behind a scenes. We also mangle down a trade deadline and how that affects any team’s breeze needs. To tighten it all out, we take your fan questions in a “Draft on Draft” shred with a intern, Kennedy.


1. If you’re a fan of a podcast, we have good news for you: Stick to Football is expanding to dual shows per week with Stick to Football Fridays launching after today. The shows will be a tiny shorter and there won’t be a guest, nonetheless co-host Marshal Miller and we will give we some-more NFL breeze news and records with players to watch in a Saturday games any Friday.

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