It is mock draft season, so while everybody is build up a board for this year, we redrafted the 2018 class top 10 picks.
It is that time of the year, mock draft April. Setting up a board is really great fun and exercise. You invest you time, so it can be destroyed in a couple of hours with a trade, or a non-offical Tweet! So lets go back in time and redraft the 2018 class TOP10 picks.
The rule is simple, it is not to list the top 10 player from the class, but assess the franchise and make a pick based on there situation – in this case 2018 -, what would have been a good alternative. (No trades)
1. pick – Josh Allen (CLE)
Clearly in 2020 Josh Allen emerged as the best QB from this class. The Browns was looking for a new QB, to build on. Of course the question sticks, where does Allen’s potential starts, and the Bills player development ends in this process. But based on the need, the personality and the talent, Allen is an undeniable options here for the Browns.
2. pick – Denzel Ward (NYG)
The Giants thought that they are in win now mode. Clearly they were in a trade down position, but we can suspect, the Browns 4th pick was blocking them to do so, if Barkely was on the board the Browns would have been taking him (they went with Chubb in the second round). But the secondary could use some playmakers, who can force turnovers, so Ward is our pick over Alexander.
3. pick – Lamar Jackson (NYJ)
Lamar can make his on plays, so maybe he could add some extra to Jets offense, what they desperately need. Of course it is hard to distinguish Lamar efforts and personal treats behind a great offensive line at the Ravens, but he can be a great player to build around, because of his playing style, and this would be really tempting for a big market team.
4. pick – Jaire Alexander (CLE)
The Browns stays with the original position, cornerback. Alexander is one of the best shutdown corners of the league. Great at suffocating a WRs in coverage. It would be a shame to leave him on the board, and CB is a need for the team. Maybe he would not been an instant impact in the first year, but still could have been developed into the same great player as he is right now.
5. pick – Saquon Barkely (DEN)
The Broncos just got Keenum. He was really expected to be a good QB, of course the franchise thought the same about a washed up Flacco as well. The defense was in a good shape, and the offense really needed a great playmaker. So as the board was, passing on Barkely would have been a mistake, even with Nelson on the board.
6. pick – Quenton Nelson (IND)
Impossible not to emphasize how the Colts nailed this draft. Since the original pick was on the board, seems like an obvious pick. No introduction needed, he is the first guard to win Offensive Rookie of the Month. He is above average in pass protection and run blocking as well.
7. pick – Baker Mayfield (BUF)
The Bills were out to get a franchise QB, so we went with the best QB left on the board, Baker Mayfield. The Bills and Mayfield fit can be questioned, but Sean Mcdermott could have been a great influence on the young QB. Taking personality into account Darnold could have been a pick here, but he did not live up the the expectations. On the Oklahoma Sooners QB the judge is still out, but at least he was able to keep his place in the team he was originally drafted.
8. pick – Orlando Brown (CHI)
The Bears had need on the offensive line, and Brown’s versatility is the key here. As year one he could been a great swing tackel, and now he could been a great left tackle for the Bears. He is still young he can develop a lot in the upcoming years.
9. pick – Calvin Ridley (SF)
The 49ers was really good in general (they could have been trading down). They went for Mike McGlinchey, who is really good in run blocking (that is really important in this system), but weaker on the pass protection. Since the other potent offensive linemans were gone. WR seems like a good option. This was bad WR class, but Ridley would be a great fit and addition to Shanahan’s system.
10. pick – Darius Leonard (ARI)
Leonard was a suprise pick on the real draft, but his rookie campaign was even more suprising. Hi was the Defensive Rookie of the year winner. He is really great in tackles and can step back to help the secondary. His great intelligence on the field makes him a rare and unique player. So the Cardinal pass on the leftover QBs (Darnold, Rosen), in favor of Leonard.
What do you think about our redraft?
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