UK Ravens mock draft 2018

Everybody is mock drafting their socks off at the moment and why should British Ravens fans be any different? A few weeks ago (before the Rams traded away their first round pick to the Patriots, you'll notice) a few of us held our own mock draft.

Eight people each picked for four teams and the results are below. Your draftees were George Message, Shane Richmond, Craig Turton-Lyndel, Cam Streeter, Gareth Luscombe, Amy Ross, Stu Parkin and Ian Demain. Some have spent lots of time watching tape of these players; others, like your author, were basically pulling names from a hat. Let us know what you think…

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB
The Browns arguably should go for Barkley at this spot – he’s among the best players in the draft. However, with both New York teams lurking and needing QBs, the Browns have to pull the trigger on their future franchise QB. Sam Darnold looks like the safest bet and the draft may pan out so they can pick Barkley at number 4. (A nice QB/RB first round mix. Hopefully it turns out as well as the 2012 Weeden/Richardson project!) George Message

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2. New York Giants: Baker Mayfield, QB
If you’re picking this high in the draft and you’ll need a QB in the next couple of years then you have to take one. The position is too valuable to pick another position here. There are questions about Mayfield’s height and how he’ll adapt to the NFL but the Giants have the luxury of being able to groom him behind Manning for a year or two if necessary. This is Eli’s eventual replacement. Shane Richmond

3. New York Jets: Josh Rosen, QB
With Darnold and Mayfield off the board with the first 2 picks, the Jets go for the next best QB available in Rosen. He’s pro ready and should immediately start. The question is, is he mature enough to survive New York? Craig Turton-Lyndel

4. Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley, RB
Easy selection. In this scenario, with the Browns already getting their QB, it’s time for best player available (BPA). Barkley is too good to pass up at #1 but if he is picked there, the Browns run the risk of ‘Browns-ing’ it up again by passing on an ‘elite’ young QB, as with Wentz and Watson. In this group mock, they are lucky enough to get their choice of QB and let the best player in the draft slide to them at #4. Cam Streeter

5. Denver Broncos: Josh Allen, QB
Vance Jospeh of the Broncos coached Allen at the senior bowl for the North team. He has a strong arm and can throw on the move. In the Kubiak offence he could be incredible, especially if allowed to sit for a year behind Keenum. Gareth Luscombe

6. Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson, G
Talk about a dream scenario. The Colts are spoilt for choice. On the one hand, they need desperate help at rushing the passer and could look to Chubb. Whilst it would be a sexier pick, the team stay true to their board and draft arguably the best player in the draft. The Colts made an investment in Andrew Luck and saw how bad things got without him. They must protect their $25m man and Nelson does just that. He could also help change the fortunes in a disappointing running attack. Amy Ross

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, DE
This was an easy pick for Tampa Bay. Despite trading for DE’s Vinny Curry and Pierre-Paul, the Bucs had the worst pass rush in the NFL. With Chubb falling to them, this gives them the chance to grab the best defensive player in the draft and start developing their own talent. Stu Parkin

8. Chicago Bears: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB
The Bears need DB help and Minkah Fitzpatrick has the flexibility and talent to fit in almost anywhere they want to put him. Ian Demain

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9. San Francisco 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds, ILB
The 49ers were hoping to pull the trigger on Fitzpatrick at this spot but were just nipped by the Bears. Linebacker might not fill the most pressing need but the 49ers stay true to their board and draft Tremaine Edmunds whose speed will fit in nicely in the NFC West. George

10. Oakland Raiders: Maurice Hurst, DT
The Raiders could use help across their defense, with the secondary being a particular need. Still, I’m sticking with BPA, especially since it fills another need at the same time, so they’re picking up Michigan’s Maurice Hurst. Shane

11. Miami Dolphins: Vita Vea, DT
After sensationally cutting Suh the Dolphins have a big hole to fill, and with Vea available at pick 11 they swoop in and pick him up. He’s a strong (41 reps!), raw lineman who will fit nicely in the front line. Craig

12. Buffalo Bills: Lamar Jackson, QB
I believe the Bills will trade up to 2 from the Giants. I also think a team will trade up to take Jackson before this pick, but taking trades out of the equation, this is my pick. The Bills have a lot of holes on their roster. I see McCarron being a bridge guy for them and Jackson is the only first-round talent QB left on the board. However, do the Bills see a little too much Tyrod Taylor in him? A guy that gave them his all, got them to their first playoff appearance in decades, but never got the credit he deserved from the franchise and was then traded to the Browns? There’s no doubt that there are similarities between the two, the main one being that they’re both dual-threats. I’m going Jackson, but it would be interesting to see what they do if this situation plays out in real life. Cam

13. Washington: Calvin Ridley, WR
This draft is short of top end receivers, so I think the Washington DC franchise gets in first. Other options were Denzel Ward or Derwin James but I think there is more depth at corner, particularly, hence the premium on getting a receiver. Gareth

14. Green Bay Packers: Denzel Ward, CB
Like many other teams, the Packers need help along their O-Line to protect their QB but with Nelson long gone, other options at 14 might be a stretch. Ward could slot in and start Week 1 and help develop the Packers secondary. Amy

15. Arizona Cardinals: Courtland Sutton, WR
A position of need in Arizona, who lost both Jaron and John Brown this offseason. Ridley has a good chance to be the first WR off the board but many experts have Sutton as the best WR this year. A former basketball player, he averaged 15.2 points in high school and now, at 6’4″, he’s an athletic monster, recording 76 catches for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was not a Power 5 player but don’t let that or his questionable top-end speed discourage you. His competitive nature, coupled with a physical build and good hands should make him a welcome addition to the Cards and an eventual replacement for Fitzgerald. Stu

16. Baltimore Ravens: Derrius Guice, RB
I have to admit that I outsourced this pick to Rose Wilford, who is a massive Guice fan. Would the Ravens really take him at 16? I’m not sure but he’s undoubtedly a talent. Ian

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17. Los Angeles Chargers: Connor Williams, OT
The Chargers may want to add their QB of the future here but, with the top five QBs gone, they instead look to protect the one they have. Rivers may be coming to the end of his career but he still has a few years left in him – as long as he is protected. Connor Williams would be my choice at this spot to help fill a need at either tackle spot. George

18. Seattle Seahawks: Derwin James, S
The Seahawks need help on the O-line, so I was tempted to go with McGlinchey here but they also need some strong defensive personalities to replace the players they’ve let go during the off-season. James, who’s probably fallen this low because of injury concerns, fits the bill nicely. Shane

19. Dallas Cowboys: Roquan Smith, OLB
The Cowboys will be rubbing their hands together if Smith falls this far in the draft. They need LB help with Lee often injured, so arguably the top linebacker still on the board is Dallas bound. Could be a formidable pairing with Jaylon Smith. Craig

20. Detroit Lions, Rashaan Evans, OLB
I was so close to having Raquan Smith sliding to me, but it’s time the Lions finally replaced Stephen Tulloch, with the MLB spot having been a glaring hole for them for a couple of seasons now. A defensive end, offensive lineman or corner could also be in play here, especially with RB Derrius Guice off the board. Cam

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Harold Landry, OLB
The Bengals are lacking in edge threats and therefore when Landry was available at 21, I thought he was BPA and met a need. It was him or Davenport, and I think Davenport has all the athleticism and not the technique. Landry’s technique and ability to bend the edge make him the second best edge player. Gareth

22. Buffalo Bills: Mike McGlinchey, OT
After selecting their QB of the future at 12 the Bills look to a tackle to protect him for the next five years. Mike McGlinchey could be the best OT in the draft and could slot in at either right or left tackle. The Bills could go receiver at this pick but with Ridley and Sutton gone they don’t reach and select a solid week 1 starter. Amy

23. Los Angeles Rams: Marcus Davenport, OLB
Having made plenty of moves in the off season, the Rams add to their group of edge rushers with Davenport. Yes, he may be raw compared to earlier draft picks but he’s shown good technique in college against both the pass and run and has the perfect team mate in Donald to lean on and learn. If he can hone his long arm skills this could be a shrewd development pick-up in the long term. Stu

24. Carolina Panthers: DJ Moore, WR
Wide receiver is a big priority for the Panthers and DJ Moore, who has been neck-and-neck with Ridley as the top WR in the draft, fits the bill. A speedy player who will work well opposite Torrey Smith. Ian

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25. Tennessee Titans: Da’Ron Payne, DT
The Titans were looking for help rushing the passer, on their O-Line and at receiver, after Corey Davis failed to hit expectations last season. So to see picks 21 – 24 fall the way it did would be tough! I could easily see a trade up (or down) in this scenario but if there are no takers Da’Ron Payne would fill a need along their D-Line. George

26. Atlanta Falcons: Josh Jackson, CB
This was definitely a case of going BPA, rather than filling a need. The Falcons need help at a few positions but the picks that would fill those needs – DT or WR, for example – feel like a reach given what’s left on the board. Instead Jackson, who has the potential to be a top NFL CB, gets the nod here. Shane

27. New Orleans Saints: Mike Gesicki, TE
Ever since Jimmy Graham left the Saints they’ve had a big hole to fill. Coby Fleener is not the answer despite giving him a 5 year deal. Combine star Gesicki gives them a legitimate pass catching tight end and at 6’5, a red zone target. Could be a solid safety blanket for Brees. Craig

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Jefferson, OLB
Seriously, who cares about this pick? The Ravens fan in me is over the moon that Gesicki got picked up one spot before, because he would’ve been my choice for the bumble bee looking fools.  With Shazier out for a while at least, I think they’ll look to replace him for the time being, rather than go for someone like QB Mason Rudolph, who it seems like they’re very hot on as well as Jefferson. Cam

29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Will Hernandez, G
This was a toss up between Hernandez and Wynn to upgrade the Jags’ interior O-line. I think that Hernandez’s grit, finish and bullying mentality will mesh well with the run game being put together in Jacksonville. His mentality makes him the pick to bulldoze holes for Leonard Fournette. Gareth

30. Minnesota Vikings: Isaiah Wynn, G
Kirk Cousins is the new man in town and his contract is fully guaranteed so keeping pass rushers as far away as possible needs to be guaranteed too. After a run on offensive lineman, and with Orlando Brown’s combine meltdown in mind, the Vikings take the BPA. Some might consider this a reach but it fills an immediate need. Amy

31. New England Patriots: Kolton Miller, OT
This may not be the most attractive pick here for New England but it’s an area of need and with the OT depth not being its strongest, picking up Miller at the end of the first round could pay dividends. At 6’9″, 310lbs, he’s surprisingly quick on his feet and could be an instant replacement for the departed Nate Solder in protecting Brady. Stu

32. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaire Alexander, CB
More of a BPA move than a need pick, this. Alexander is likely to be the second CB drafted so if he falls all the way to 32 then the Eagles would be crazy to pass him up. Ian

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