The day is here.
All the rumors, projections and guesses will be rendered irrelevant when the teams make their picks in the first round of the much-anticipated and much-hyped NFL Draft.
This year’s version contains a ton of uncertainty at the top, including the chance for a series of trades. That leaves any mock draft vulnerable to being blown up right from the start.
I’m not afraid to take my shot.
I have the Browns taking USC quarterback Sam Darnold at No. 1, North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb at No. 4, Colorado cornerback Isaiah Oliver at No. 33 and Texas tackle Connor Williams at No. 35.
|1. Cleveland||Sam Darnold||QB||USC||Darnold just makes more sense than the other quarterbacks being mentioned.|
|2. N.Y. Giants||Saquon Barkley||RB||Penn State||Giants decide to help aging QB Eli Manning rather than find his replacement|
|3. N.Y. Jets (from Colts)||Josh Rosen||QB||UCLA||Jets go Rosen over Baker Mayfield.|
|4. Cleveland (from Texans)||Bradley Chubb||DE||N.C. State||With two of the top QBs on the board, John Dorsey could get a trade offer he couldn't refuse|
|5. Denver||Josh Allen||QB||Wyoming||Im not predicting trades in this mock, but watch for the Bills moving up if Allens still available|
|6. Indianapolis (from Jets)||Quenton Nelson||G||Notre Dame||The dreadful line gets a big boost|
|7. Tampa Bay||Minkah Fitzpatrick||DB||Alabama||Versatile, smart and driven. Bucs get a keeper.|
|8. Chicago||Denzel Ward||CB||Ohio State||Top cover corner is great value at this spot.|
|9. San Francisco||Derwin James||S||Florida State||GM John Lynch knows a big-time safety when he sees one.|
|10. Oakland||Roquan Smith||LB||Georgia||Look for the Cardinals to make a move if Baker Mayfields still available.|
|11. Miami||Baker Mayfield||QB||Oklahoma||Dolphins might trade up to get him earlier.|
|12. Buffalo (from Bengals)||Lamar Jackson||QB||Louisville||Make it five quarterbacks in the first 12 picks.|
|13. Washington||Vita Vea||DT||Washington||The first defensive tackle is taken.|
|14. Green Bay||Tremaine Edmunds||LB||Virginia Tech||The 19-year-old has a ton of potential.|
|15. Arizona||DaRon Payne||DT||Alabama||Cardinals bolster defense if they cant trade up for a quarterback.|
|16. Baltimore||Marcus Davenport||DE||Texas San-Antonio||He can learn from one of the best in Terrell Suggs.|
|17. L.A. Chargers||Mike McGlinchey||T||Notre Dame||The first left tackle goes much later than normal.|
|18. Seattle||Jaire Alexander||CB||Louisville||Legion of Boom needs new members.|
|19. Dallas||Calvin Ridley||WR||Alabama||Cowboys have done their research on receivers.|
|20. Detroit||Taven Bryan||DT||Florida||New coach Matt Patricia gets a cornerstone for his defense.|
|21. Cincinnati (from Bills)||Isaiah Wynn||OL||Georgia||Another addition to the line.|
|22. Buffalo (from Chiefs)||Will Hernandez||G||UTEP||Protection for the new quarterback.|
|23. New England (from Rams)||Leighton Vander Esch||LB||Boise State||Bill Belichick is one of the wild cards in the first r|
|24. Carolina||Josh Jackson||CB||Iowa||Cant go wrong with a tall, ball-hawking corner.|
|25. Tennessee||Harold Landry||DE||Boston College||A pass rusher is always a good pick.|
|26. Atlanta||Maurice Hurst||DT||Michigan||Heart condition makes it a risky choice.|
|27. New Orleans||D.J. Moore||WR||Maryland||Only the second receiver picked.|
|28. Pittsburgh||Rashaan Evans||LB||Alabama||Steelers address the middle of the defense.|
|29. Jacksonville||Hayden Hurst||TE||South Carolina||The first tight end off the board.|
|30. Minnesota||Mike Hughes||CB||Central Florida||Coach Mike Zimmer knows how to build a defense.|
|31. New England||Kolton Miller||T||UCLA||Good value this late in the round.|
|32. Philadelphia||Christian Kirk||WR||Texas A&M||A productive pass catcher for the champs.|
|33. Cleveland||Isaiah Oliver||CB||Colorado||The Browns need an elite corner and hope they found one.|
|35. Cleveland||Connor Williams||T||Texas||A possible replacement for Joe Thomas at left tackle.|